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It’s no secret Trader Joe’s has a cult following. From heat and eat meals and fun florals, to unique products you can’t find anywhere else, it can be hard to know where to start as a TJ’s newbie.

Luckily, the grocer has revealed it’s 13th Annual Customer Choice Awards: the yearly rundown on fan faves that take the cake. Continuing in the pandemic tradition, many of the items are the same as last year, but that just goes to show you can always count on Trader’s for your go-to groceries. Keep reading to see who took home the prizes.

Favorite Overall: Mandarin Orange Chicken & Entree

A winner for the last several years, this tasty frozen dish makes you a superstar at the stove. Kids and parents will love the saucy meal that pairs great with frozen rice that heats in three minutes.

Favorite Beverage: Non Dairy Oat Beverage

Honestly, we aren't sure how this product over-performed and beat out ginger beer and spiced apple cider, but now we've got to try it.

Favorite Vegan/Vegetarian Item: Soy Chorizo

2021 called, it wants its soy chorizo back! This vegetarian friendly item is a winner again for the new year.

Favorite Cheese: Unexpected Cheddar

When it comes to Trader Joe's, we're just here for the cheese. Like last year, Unexpected Cheddar is the big cheese.

Favorite Snack: Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets

These nuggets of goodness continue to be a fan fave. Perfect for snacks or pairing with a glass of wine, they're filling and pack a salty punch!

Favorite Sweet/Dessert: Chocolate Chip Hold the Cone

So cute and so perfect for a mom trying to inhale a dessert before her kids catch her.

You can check out the rest of the winners at traderjoes.com.

––Karly Wood

All photos: Courtesy of Trader Joe’s

 

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Calling All Cocomelon Fans! Spotify has made a special announcement that will make parents uber happy: new original content is coming in the form of four new series that will keep your littles entertained.

Perhaps the most exciting is a brand new podcast, Cocomelon Story Time that launches on Mon. Jan. 24. The interactive storytelling experience for kids ages two to give is hosted by JJ and Cody and is packed with nursery rhymes, classic fairy tales and much more. You can already catch a sneak peak below!

Spotify is also dropping three additional ways to keep your Cocomelon fans excited:

  • Gardenkeeper Gus: A preschool podcast that follows 6-year-old Gus and his squirrel best friend Rel on their garden adventures. Debuts on Jan. 31
  • 100 Cinderellas: An anthology collection of global Cinderalla stories perfect for bedtime. Debuts on Feb. 14.
  • Deep Blue Sea: A series of episodes taking place on an underwater laboratory, Sea Lab Alpha, with a view of sea life. Debuts on Feb. 28

All of Spotify’s new shows are available to stream within the Family and Kids Hub and the Spotify Kids app, exclusive to Spotify Premium Family subscribers.

––Karly Wood

 

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It’s time for the Hearth and Hand spring refresh at Target! Joanna Gaines fans will be delighted to know the designer just released a fresh lineup of up Easter and spring-friendly home goods, and even an adorable collection of wood toys for the kids.

There are over 300 new products, most of which are already available to shop online and your local Target store. Keep scrolling to see our faves for this year.


Hearth and Hand Target Spring Collection Wood Trio Serve Caddy

Wood Trio Serve Caddy

$20 BUY NOW

Instantly amp up your serving table with this simple and classy caddy. The attached bowls boast a natural wood finish and coordinate with your basic servingware.


Hearth and Hand Target Spring Collection Arched Metal Frame Mirror

Arched Metal Frame Mirror with Shelf Brass Finish

$60 BUY NOW

Great for modern, contemporary or farmhouse decor, this arched frame also features a shelf for added function.


Hearth and Hand Target Spring Collection Distressed Strip Stoneware Pitcher

Distressed Stripe Stoneware Pitcher

$20 BUY NOW

Perfect for a spring brunch, this distressed pitcher holds a whopping 78 oz. and works for hot or cold beverages.


Hearth and Hand Target Spring Collection Footed Wood Serve Station

Round Footed Wood Serve Stand

$25 BUY NOW

Coming in several sizes is perfect for desserts, appetizers or even for use as a display piece.


Hearth and Hand Target Spring Collection Wash Your Hands Sign

'Wash Your Hands' Stoneware Wall Sign

$10 BUY NOW

Thanks to the pandemic, every household needs one of these adorable signs which is equal parts funny and functional.


Hearth and Hand Target Spring Collection Speckled Stoneware Exposed Rim Egg Tray

Speckled Stoneware Exposed Rim Egg Tray

$17 BUY NOW

Amp up your Easter gathering with this adorable speckled egg tray.


Hearth and Hand Target Spring Collection Toppling Tower

Toppling Tower Wood Blocks Game

$15 BUY NOW

Cute enough to put on display, but functional enough to actually play with, this timeless wood toy comes with 48 pieces and is great for kids four and older.

—Karly Wood

All photos courtesy of Target

 

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We are deep in the throes of winter and if you’re looking for a fun afternoon activity, why not try out a few easy cookie recipes? Better yet, give a few three ingredient cookie recipes a try! These easy cookies recipes require the fewest ingredients but still pack a sweet punch. Keep reading to see everything from simple peanut butter cookies and Palmiers to cake mix cookies and more.

photo: What Molly Made

Thin Mints

No need to wait for Girl Scout cookie season when you have this recipe for homemade thin mints. With just three ingredients, you may be making this recipe on the daily.

Get the easy recipe at What Molly Made.

photo: Chelsea's Messy Apron

Palmiers

Palmiers are made from puff pastry dough and are oh so delicious. This easy recipe mixes store bought and pantry staples, and will wow at your cookie ecxhange,

Find the entire recipe at Chelsea's Messy Apron.

photo: Gardening Foodie

Butter Cookies

Butter, flour and sugar is all you need to get baking. This simple butter cookie recipe make a great canvas for frosting, or enjoyed with a dusting of sugar.

Find the full recipe at Gardening Foodie.

photo: Crayons & Cravings

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

Shhh! Your guests will never even realize you made this delicious lemon cookies with a box of cake mix! Add in a few extra ingredients and transform this mix into the lemony cookies of your dreams.

Check out all the details at Crayons & Cravings.

photo: Comfort of Cooking

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

It only takes 10 minutes of baking to enjoy these cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies. With simple ingredients you likely have on hand, they'd make the perfect side to your morning cuppa joe!

Get the recipe at Comfort of Cooking.

photo: Made to Be a Momma

Strawberry Crinkle Cookies

Refreshing and oh-so-pretty, these crinkle cookies are great for spring––or just strawberry lovers. Cake mix and basic baking ingredients are all you need to whip up these sweet treats in a flash.

Get the full recipe at Made to Be a Momma.

photo: Princess Pinky Girl

Cake Mix Cookies

Customizable and creative, these cake mix cookies bring an element of fun to the table. You can stick to the three-ingredient list or add a few extra to add some fun color.

Find the recipe at Princess Pinky Girl.

photo: The Wicked Noodle

Starry-Eyed Christmas Cookies

These little cookies couldn’t be easier—just melt some chocolate kisses on top of pretzels, and then the kiddos can help you decorate with festive M&Ms.

Check out the recipe at The Wicked Noodle.

photo: Crayons & Cravings

Funfetti Cookies

Everybody knows sweets are just better with funfetti. Grab an extra box of the cake mix the next time you're at the store, and change up dessert with this alternative treat.

Get the full recipe at Crayons & Cravings.

photo: Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking

Nutella Cookies

You had us at Nutella! These hazelnut cookies couldn't be easier, and are much simpler to eat then scooping out Nutella by the spoonful from the jar.

Get the full recipe at from Chef Gemma Stafford, Bigger Bolder Baking.

photo: Hardly a Goddess

Haystack Cookies

These fun cookies are a nice departure from traditional ingredients like flour and eggs. Instead, grab some low mein noodles and watch them turn into a delightful, butterscotch-y dessert.

Get the full recipe at Hardly a Goddess.

photo: Barefeet in the Kitchen

Peanut Butter Cookies

These chewy beauties keep it real simple and all about the PB. Just a few ingredients and you'll be sinking your teeth into them in no time.

You'll find the entire recipe at Barefeet In the Kitchen.

––Karly Wood

Feature photo: Marc Marckstein via Unsplash

 

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Ready or not, their period is coming. Rather than procrastinate ’til the day of, now is the ideal time to have the period convo and stock up on supplies so your kid feels excited (as much as one can be!) and prepared. From bags to the best period underwear on the market, we’ve rounded up all the supplies you need to make the most helpful period pack for your tween and teen.

Bags

4-Pack Sanitary Napkin Bags

$13 BUY NOW

Whether you're packing pads or panty liners, or just like the compact nature of these bags that come in a pack of four, this collection is a subtly cool option for tweens and teens. Choose from five colorways and patterns, then stow in backpacks, purses or athletic bags so your kid is always prepared.


Funny Yet True Period Bags

$9.50 BUY NOW

Got a tween with a good sense of humor? These bags from Etsy take this time of the month to a bold new level. Choose from black or beige, along with hilarious sayings like "crime scene prevention kit" and "shark week."


Llama Zippered Bag

$6 BUY NOW

This simple bag with a water-proof exterior comes in more than 35 patterns and just so happens to be the perfect size for those period products.

photo: mixetto via iStock

Feminine Hygiene Products

Every kid is different, so chat with your tween about whether they are more comfortable with pads or tampons. Whatever you choose, pack several into your period pack, along with some panty liners to keep them prepared. Thinking about period underwear? Keep scrolling to see some of our picks.

Period Underwear

KT by Knix

$22 BUY NOW

Knix now offers undies for the younger set, KT By Knix. These raved-about period underpants come in bikini, boy short, boxer brief and sleepover short styles. Choose from medium, high and super absorbency levels in tons of colors.


Modi Bodi

$26 BUY NOW

With options that protect for up to 24 hours, Modi Bodi's Red collection is worth looking into. Cute patterns abound in styles like hipster boyshorts and bikinis, with further leak protection ranging from light to maxi. You can shop styles individually or save on a bundle to last their whole cycle.


Thinx (BTWN)

$23 BUY NOW

THINX (BTWN) is the well-known brand's tween and teen line, which offers sizes for smaller figures with narrower thighs (we recognize this may not work for all body types but is worth exploring if it's a possible fit). Made with organic cotton, these undies can supposedly absorb five tampons' worth and come in bikini, brief, shorty and sleep shorts options.


Ruby Love

$90 BUY NOW

One of the OG purveyors of period underwear, Ruby Love's lineup of undies is hard to beat. Shop hipster and seamless options that come in fun prints and offer protection for up to 2.5 tampons' worth. On heavier days, your tween can also add Ruby Love's reusable, double-sided pad for even more protection.


Bambody

$15 BUY NOW

Available on Amazon and arguably the most cost-effective option on our list, Bambody has more than 14,000 reviews with an average 4.5-star rating. We love that sizes start at XX-small to fit petite tweens and teens, in addition to a nice color assortment, varying levels of absorbency and four different styles.

Period Tracker Apps

Knowledge is power (yes, even—and especially—when it comes to periods), and there are plenty of discreet apps to help teens get a better handle on planning. We tend to love:

  • Clue: Kids can track moods, cycle duration and receive predictions on this free app. Available for both Apple and Android phones
  • Magic Girl Period Tracker: Designed with tweens and teens in mind, this app offers tips, videos, chat features and a customizable calendar. Available for both Apple and Android phones
  • Easy Period- Lite Tracker: Simple and easy to use, this app is to the point without extraneous features. Available for Apple phones.

Cramp Care

Rael Natural Herbal Heating Patches

$11 BUY NOW

No one wants to deal with cramps, especially at school. These heating patches by Rael are discreet and made with three herbal ingredients. Simply stick to your belly, and let the patch act for up to eight hours.


Hyland’s Young Adult Moon Menstrual Cramp, Irritability and Back Pain Relief

$14 BUY NOW

Most schools do not allow students to carry their own medication, so Hyland's homeopathic product is a good alternative. It's made with natural ingredients and is free from hormones, caffeine and harsh anti-inflammatories.

––Karly Wood

 

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Last November, rumors swirled that the Disney Channel’s first animated original series, The Proud Family, would be returning to television. Now, Disney+ has confirmed it will be rebooting the show that ran for two seasons in a new way.

Today, Disney announced that the wait is almost over, along with a new trailer you can view below. The rebooted show lands on Disney+ on Wed., Feb. 23 with weekly episodes to drop every Wednesday.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will bring back all the original characters and the actors who voiced them all! You’ll once again be able to hear Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy, Jo Marie Payton as Suga Mama and Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby Proud.

While you wait for Feb. 23 to arrive, you can catch up on all the original episodes on the streaming service now.

––Karly Wood

Feature photo: Courtesy of Disney

 

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If you want to add a little beauty to your brick stash, you’ll love the LEGO Botanical collection. Not only does this gorgeous lineup make for great therapeutic afternoon of building, but it’s also the perfect way to say “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day.

With florals that won’t die, the LEGO Creator Flower Bouquet ($50) and LEGO Bonsai Tree ($40) are the gift that keeps on giving. Each set has over 700 pieces each and is geared more towards adults than kids.

The Creator Flower Bouquet comes with 756 pieces to construct a variety of flowers, including snapdragons, roses, poppies, asters, daisies, and different grasses. The set comes with elements that feature new shapes and colors to make that perfect petal shape, and each bud can be arranged in a vase to your liking.

Harness your inner zen with the 878 piece Bonsai Tree set. It comes with with a rectangular pot and a slatted wood-effect LEGO stand. If you look close enough, you may even spy the little frogs that make up each blossom piece.

Both sets are sold out on LEGO.com, however, you can use the site to check your local store inventory to snag your own set. You can also find both the bouquet and Bonsai tree on Amazon.

––Karly Wood

All photos: Courtesy of LEGO

 

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News flash: Costco Valentine’s Day rose sale is back! Here’s the scoop on the lovely deals you can score on roses, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

First, like most things lately, prices have gone up. Last year, most of Costco’s floral options were for $55. This year the price is now $60––but still an amazing offer if we do say so ourselves. Choose from the following awesome deals: 50 white roses for $60, 50 hot pink and light pink roses for $60, 50 red and white roses for $60, 50 bi-color roses for $60, 50 quad-color roses for $60 or even 50 yellow roses for $60!

Photo: Waldemar Brandt via Unsplash

Members and non-members alike can snag this preorder-only deal by placing their order no later than Feb. 10 by 11 a.m. Pacific. But be forewarned, this is one hot deal and supplies are likely to run out before then.

Shoppers can choose delivery dates of Feb. 1-4 and 8-10 and all with free shipping and handling (taxes still apply). Non-members can also get in on the deal, but they will have to pay a 5 percent surcharge.

These beautiful bouquets all have 50 centimeter stems, are Rainforest Alliance Certified and come from Costco’s South American farms. Costco prides itself on running socially responsible farms so you know these beauties are coming from a wonderful place.

The order of 50 roses comes in two bundles of 25 stems and without a vase. It’s probably wise to start shopping for a vase (or two) that can handle 50 of these gorgeous flowers!

––Karly Wood

 

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There are few things more comforting that a warm meal on a chilly day, but why not up that feeling in a big way? Campbell’s has partnered with CAMP and announced two limited-edition scented candles, Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese and Chicken Noodle Soup, that will take you straight to cozy town. 

Starting today, visit Camp.com/Campbells or CAMP stores in New York, New Jersey, Dallas and Connecticut to snag a limited-edition candle. Not only that, you’ll get access to a free Winter Warmup Guide that’s packed with activities for parents and kids to do together. 

So what exactly do the candles smell like?

The Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese candle boasts notes of roasted tomato, peppercorn and grilled cheese (is anyone else suddenly hungry?). The Chicken Noodle Soup candle is made up of notes of savory chicken, cloves and buttery crackers.

And bonus! Once the candles have fully burned, kids will find a miniature Snowbuddy to keep!

The candles also embrace the classic Campbell’s soup can design the world has come to know and love and take inspiration from the 2020 Snowbuddy commercial. Each one retails for $24 while supplies last, with ten percent of net proceeds helping to benefit Feeding America.

Head to camp.com/campbells to purchase yours before they’re gone.

––Karly Wood

All photos: Campbells/CAMP

 

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Parents and coffee are synonymous. Why not add little scrumdiddlyumptious creamer to enhance your morning cup of joe?

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, International Delight just launched a new treat to up your coffee game: Wonka Whipple Scrumptious Fudgy Caramel Creamer. Available in a regular and zero sugar recipe, the flavor-packed creamer is sure to put a smile on your face.

photo: International Delight

As if that was’t exciting enough, International Delight has hidden 10 Golden Tickets on bottles of the new limited-edition creamers that bring a big prize. If you’re on of the 10 lucky winners, you’ll get:

  • A year’s supply of International Delight coffee creamer
  • Limited-edition, Willy Wonka-themed Alex + Ani bracelets with Willy Wonka charms
  • Coffee tumbler
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory on 4K Ultra HD

The new Wonka Whipple Scrumptious Fudgy Caramel Creamers are available now for a limited time at major retailers nationwide in 32 oz. size for $3.79.

––Karly Wood

 

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