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16 Creative Gifts for Father’s Day

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Father's Day Gifts

By Casey Watkins, Brit + Co

When it comes to Mother’s Day, we’re totally on it with flowers, chocolates, frills and pink and watercolored stationary. But come Father’s Day, most of our minds suddenly draw a blank, and we wonder, “What do you get for the guy that has everything?” Gift cards seem impersonal and he already owns all his favorite movies. So now it’s time to get creative with that gift for the favorite man in your life. Take a look at these 16 dad-approved DIYs that go beyond the usual.

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The Most Kid-Friendly Places to Live

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By Sean Griffis, Brit + Co

Choosing where to settle down and start your family is no easy task. When you’re single, there are only several variables you have to think of for your solo self (friendly + romantic? check + check!). But when your brood starts expanding, you have to take into account more important things like affordability, education, crime rates — the list goes on — to give your kid(s) the best childhood they can have. While it was interesting to see which cities are the worst for families, we thought it would be a little more beneficial to shout out some of the best of the best. Our parents always did tell us to be fair ;)

MOST KID-FRIENDLY CITIES

This top 10 list, compiled by Livability, was determined by a variety of factors — from the usual to the unique. While the outlet did factor in education opportunities, cost of living and more into where each city landed on the list, the judging criteria was also how many restaurants had kids’ menus and how many kid-friendly parks and activities these cities could boast. What the research database discovered was that a majority of the cities on the list are suburbs of larger ones, giving these the perfect small-town feeling for your family, while also offering the perks of city living. Sounds like a win-win to us.

1. Boise, ID

2. Downer’s Grove, IL

3. Overland Parks, KS

4. Cedar Rapids, IA

5. Plano, TX

6. Carmel, IN

7. Brentwood, TN

8. Palo Alto, CA

9. Royal Oak, MI

10. Newton, MA

BEST CITIES FOR YOUNG FAMILIES

Thanks to Apartment List, the struggle of finding a city that you and your family will love growing into (and be able to afford along the way) has gotten somewhat easier with the help of this top 10. By considering factors like school quality, housing cost and safety, the “rentonomics” site uncovered 100 of the best cities for those newlyweds that happen to already have a plus one. Here’s the top of that roster:

1. Fishers, IN

2. Allen, TX

3. Naperville, IL

4. Castle Rock, CO

5. Frisco, TX

6. Carmel, IN

7. Olathe, KS

8. Ankeny, IA

9. Franklin, TN

10. Lakeville, MN

MOST AFFORDABLE CITIES FOR FAMILIES

Of course, education rankings and crime rates are at the forefront of our minds when it comes to choosing the perfect place for you and the fam to call home, but sometimes the deciding factor is how affordable a specific locale is. Forbes compiled a list of the most budget-friendly options by taking a look at median family incomes and housing prices to see how much take-home families actually get after all the essential costs come out of their paychecks. Our wallets are telling us we need to move.

1. Birmingham, AL

2. Knoxville, TN

3. Buffalo, NY

4. Oklahoma City, OK

5. Cincinnati, OH

6. Memphis, TN

7. St. Louis, MO

8. Dayton, OH

9. Indianapolis, IN

10. Columbus, OH + Detroit, MI (tied)

BEST BIG CITIES FOR FAMILIES

By taking a look at crime, labor and school ratings of some of the larger cities throughout the nation, Parenting produced a list of 10 of the best big cities for families; because sometimes you just can’t give up that urban life. With a ton of family-friendly activities packed in each and high standings when it comes to education and workforce, children growing up in these 10 locations seem to have it pretty good.

1. Boston, MA

2. Colorado Springs, CO

3. Nashville, TN

4. Dallas, TX

5. Allentown, PA

6. Richmond, VA

7. Worcester, MA

8. Raleigh, NC

9. Virginia Beach, VA

10. Madison, WI

MOST WELL-ROUNDED CITIES FOR FAMILIES

WalletHub compared the availability of family activities, health options, quality education choices, affordability and the socio-economic environment of 150 of the largest cities in the US to determine the best of the best. With so many factors and cross sections taken into consideration to create this particular list, we’re dubbing these 10 the most well-rounded cities for you and yours.

1. Plano, TX

2. Sioux Falls, SD

3. Overland Park, KS

4. Fremont, CA

5. Irvine, CA

6. Virginia Beach, VA

7. Lincoln, NE

8. Anchorage, AK

9. Gilbert, AZ

10. Amarillo, TX

BEST SMALL TOWNS FOR FAMILIES

Metro areas aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. That’s why Family Circle decided to break from the big names and highlight some of the best small towns in the country for families to raise their children. Deciding factors on the best were the quality of schools, how affordable housing is and the “giving spirit” of these more suburban spots. Aw. You may have even called one of these your hometown in the past.

1. Westborough, MA

2. Camas, WA

3. Franklin, TN

4. Westfield, IN

5. Woodbury, MN

6. Boerne, TX

7. Lake Mary, FL

8. Elmhurst, IL

9. Apex, NC

10. Brecksville, OH

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By Cortney Clift, Brit + Co

Motherhood is no cakewalk. Unless you mean literally walking through a pile of cake, in which case that is highly likely. Whether you’re in need of some serious advice or just some reassurance that you’re not in it alone, these 15 books on the trials and tribulations of motherhood are sure to do the trick.

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by Casey Watkins, Brit + Co

In case you didn’t know, being pregnant on Mother’s Day qualifies as that little mama’s first legit Mother’s Day. Whether you have a bestie who is in her first trimester or about to pop, it’s time to start searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. And because rocking a bump is hard work, you’ll want something to help her relax and feel prepared for the months to come. Take a look at these 13 Mother’s Day gifts that are perfect for any soon-to-be mama.

1. Mama Bee Skincare ($20): Skincare is even more important when you’re preggers. Set her up with some all-natural goods that will keep her feeling soft.

2. Organic Diapers ($14): Any mom will tell you that you can never have too many diapers. Gift her some patterned, eco-friendly ones that you know will be good for the baby.

3. Lavender Calendar ($16): Help your fave preggo lady relax with a stress-reducing candle like this one from the B+C Shop.

4. The Belly Book ($11): Pregnancy is a magical-yet-difficult time. Help the soon-to-be mom record all the pros and cons with this nine-month journal.

5. Knitting E-Class ($20): Not only will this be a source of entertainment, but she’ll get some nice baby stuff out of it too. That’s definitely a win-win.

6. Reading Material ($19): If you know that your friend is planning on breastfeeding, stock her up with a good book to read during all that down time.

7. Beach Ball T-shirt ($30): This shirt (above) is almost too adorable for words. Beach-ball belly FTW!

8. Cotton Swaddle ($38): Find the most natural cotton swaddling blanket possible and then help her practice for the real thing.

9. Organic Nursing Scarf ($60): Scarves are a new mama’s best friend. Not only do they make a fashion statement, but they also act as a stylish and functional nursing cover.

10. Dotty Tumbler ($14): Those pregnant ladies need lots of liquids. With a pretty tumbler like this one, she’ll be hydrating all day long.

11. Push Pack ($45): If your bestie’s due date is closing in, this collection is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. We’re positive it has things in there that she hasn’t thought of.

12. Black Leather Bag ($119): Don’t let your BFF be a victim of the drab diaper bag. Gift her a massive leather tote to carry all those new-mom essentials.

13. Subscription Box ($30): Gift your pregger pal with a monthly subscription box to keep her happy and healthy. With everything from pre-natal fitness DVDs to maternity wear, these goodies are sure to keep her and the baby in good spirits.

 This post was originally published on Brit + Co by Casey Watkins.

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By Samantha Guthrie, Today Moms

Hi everybody. Like expectant parents everywhere, my husband and I are thinking a lot these days about baby names. We bandy names about, try them out on paper, say them out loud to see how they sound. And yes, we have been known to call different names out to my belly, to see if the baby answers to the name by kicking his/her approval. (Note to other expectant parents: this strategy does not work.)

It’s been interesting to see how Mike and I view names. I like an unusual name — not something funky or too showy or trying too hard — but something that not every kid in kindergarten is going to have. Mike likes traditional names, especially ones with history or family meaning. (And I do, too, of course.) But I admit I had to laugh when, when considering a certain boy name, he worried, “I like it, but won’t people will be asking all his life, how do you spell that??”

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