• An Adorable Ladybug-Themed Party

    by Niamh

    Looking for a good old fashioned kids' party? This super cute ladybug-themed event is really easy to throw, with a craft activity, party games, and a stunning birthday cake.

  • 24 Edible Valentines

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    This Valentine's Day, treat loved ones to the thoughtful, delicious gift of an edible valentine! From easy, chocolate-dipped pretzels and heart-shaped cheddar crackers to pretty French macarons, we've found 24 amazing valentines your sweethearts will love.

  • 11 Adorable Valentines for Kids to Give

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    Trying to figure out the right kind of valentines for your kids to give out? Instead of buying them, why not help your kids make their own? No matter their ages, there's an adorable (and free!) printable or valentine card craft for every child ahead.

  • How to Handle the 3 Top Birthday Party Fears

    by Amanda Morin

    If the thought of throwing a party for your child's birthday makes you tense, here's sage advice on how to handle three common party planning challenges, from a lack of friends to invite to parents who don't RSVP.

  • Two Easy Valentine's Day Activities for Little Kids

    by Darla Hutson

    Valentine’s Day offers a great opportunity to explore crafts and fun learning activities with your children. Help make the day of love and friendship special for your children and share some quality time together with these two cute and easy crafts!

  • What Moms Most Look Forward to in 2013

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    Whether you're welcoming a new baby or a husband returning from deployment, we love hearing about the poignant moments you're looking forward to in 2013. Read on for 20 special moments that are eagerly anticipated by moms in 2013, then tell us your own!

  • 10 Truly Worthwhile Baby Shower Games

    by LilSugar

    Tired of the same old baby shower diversions? Instead of microwaving a chocolate-filled diaper, introduce a more personal game, like a wisdom bucket list or a baby photo game. Here are ten ideas that your guests will truly enjoy — and appreciate!

  • An "It's a Small World"-Themed Birthday Party

    by Kate Stahl

    From a beautiful hand-painted castle to delicious strawberry cupcakes with international toppers, this sweet "It's a Small World" party is full of creative ideas you can incorporate into your child's next birthday party. Click through to get inspired!

  • Best of 2012: Oddest Baby and Kids' Products

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Have you ever seen an unusual and baffling kids' product at the store? LilSugar's rounded up 11 picks for the strangest products of 2012 that are sure to make you laugh.

  • My Christmas Jello Obsession

    by Niamh Farnon

    This mom gets in over her head when she decides she's going to create the 12 days of Christmas in Jello form. Read about the mishaps of her experiment, and why one of her children says he won't ever eat Jello again.

  • Easy Ways to Turn Family Photos Into Year-End Videos

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Instead of sharing the typical "Happy New Year" card to update all your friends and relatives near and far, try creating a photo montage video! Click through for four free, quick and easy ways to make your own 2012 year-end video.

  • Best Kids' Birthday Party Themes of 2012

    by Kate Stahl

    From retro-inspired superhero and transportation bashes to the girliest parties around, these extremely cute and creative kid parties rounded up by LilSugar all have one thing in common – very happy kids! Click through to get inspired for 2013's parties.

  • 6 Party Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    The food at holiday parties can be so appealing that it's sometimes hard as a mom-to-be to remember that there are some big food no-nos on the table as well. Enjoy the holidays, and a healthy pregnancy, by being aware of these six foods to avoid.

  • 17 Festive Non-Alcoholic Drinks

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    Peppermint eggnog, carmel apple cider, nutella hot chocolate...yum! There's nothing like a festive drink to put you in the holiday spirit, and we've rounded up 17 delicious ones you can enjoy with your kids. Click through to whet your thirst!

  • 5 Ways To Avoid Toy Overload

    by Mo Cooper

    Having too many toys can make your house a disaster area, not to mention overwhelm your kids. Moms offer five suggestions on dealing with holiday toy overload.

  • 11 Cool Personalized Gifts for Kids

    by Lisa Horten

    Racking your brain for a holiday gift that will really stand out this year? Consider a personalized gift for your child. From toys to room accents, here are 11 cool gifts for your one-of-a-kind kid.

  • Best Gifts for New Moms

    by Lisa Horten

    Our favorite gifts for new moms merge practicality with a bit of fun and indulgence. From customized jewelry to a chic agenda to keep her on task, these gifts are sure to make a newly minted mama smile.

  • Why We Crown Our Tree with a Taxi

    by Mary Jacobsen Teague

    Peace, calm, and warmth: a mom of two little ones describes how Christmas traditions are naturally invented and established as a family grows, and the reasons she always tops a tree called "Herbie" with a taxi cab.

  • Nintendo Gifts Fit for Little Gamers (and Their Parents)

    by Nicole Nguyen

    These Rated E (Everyone) games really are fun to play at any age. From Scribblenauts to the Angry Birds Trilogy, these Nintendo gifts for little gamers will win over parents and may even entice older siblings to join in!

  • Gifts for the Mom Who Has Everything

    by Kate Stahl

    What do you get the mom who has mastered swaddling, can unhook a car seat with one hand, and knows dozens of bedtime books by heart? Check out these special treats for experienced moms, from an at-home facial tool to cute and useful items for her wardrobe!

  • Homemade Holiday Gifts: Vanilla Extract and Other Ideas

    by Janelle

    Instead of spending tons of money on gifts, I spend my time creating goodies in my kitchen. Here's my easy recipe for homemade vanilla extract, plus 8 more gift ideas your friends and family will love and that you can pull together for pennies!

  • Best Gifts For Kids Under 10

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Hunting for a cool gift for a baby, tot, preschooler or grade-schooler? We've got you covered with spot-on ideas for kids from infancy to 5th grade. Click through to find the one that'll really make your little one smile!

  • Best Gifts for Five-Year-Olds

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Your five-year-old will be mighty pleased with any of the toys in this list, including craft kits, concentration games that build on school skills, and the latest from LEGO and Koosh, not to mention an incredibly fun scooter chalk toy!

  • Best Gifts for Eight-Year-Olds

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    If you're shopping for an eight-year-old, look no further. From cool science kits and remote-control helicopters to an updated version of Twister, this list not only has you covered but includes ideas that are fun for the whole family!

  • Best Gifts for Seven-Year-Olds

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    From fashion-based craft kits and an auto-tune microphone to games that bring the whole family to the table, we've rounded up the best gifts for the seven-year-old on your list. Don't miss the game that brings Angry Birds to life!

  • Best Gifts for Four-Year-Olds

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Shopping for a four-year-old? These fun finds — including colorful magnetic building tiles, an incredible musical toy, racing cars, and a superhero craft kit — are sure to remain hits long after your preschooler unwraps them.

  • Best Gifts for Babies

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Getting ready for baby's first holiday? From activity gyms and bead toys to an adorable rocker and the softest play mat ever, here are nine gifts perfect for the littlest one in your life!

  • 17 Beloved Family Traditions for Christmas

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    What makes you most excited about the holidays? From a surprise visit by Santa's elf to a family trip to admire the neighborhood lights, our moms have shared treasured family holiday traditions that spread good cheer. Read on for inspiration!

  • Best Gifts for 6-Year-Olds

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    It's a good year to be six! From a make-your-own comic book kit to super-fast toy cars and one of the most unique Barbie dolls we've seen in years, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to your six-year-old's face.

  • Best Gifts for Three-Year-Olds

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Shopping for the adorable three-year-old in your life? From toys based on favorite Disney characters to puzzles, spaceships and educational electronics, here are 13 fun gifts that little ones will adore.

  • Best Gifts for Two-Year-Olds

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Hunting for toys for a curious two-year-old? These great picks include a play table that sings about the food it's cooking and wooden puzzles that can be solved in different ways.

  • 41 Clever Places to Put Your Elf on the Shelf (PHOTOS)

    by Kate Stahl

    Drawing a blank on new creative spots to put your Elf on the Shelf? Check out these clever ideas from around the web, rounded up by LilSugar; then tell us in the comments where your elf will wake up tomorrow morning!

  • 9 Best Gifts for Mom-to-Be

    by Lisa Horten

    If there's a special mom-to-be on your holiday list, save the baby gifts for next year and treat her to something just for her. Our list includes gifts both fun (peanut butter & pickle ice cream) and practical (a digital SLR camera), and starts at $15.

  • Best Gifts For One-Year-Olds

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    From cool ride-on toys to easy-to-manage blocks, these 12 gifts for one-year-olds help develop motor skills and teach shapes and colors while also helping them do what comes naturally at this age: explore the exciting world around them!

  • Doubling Down for Santa

    by Nicole Dash

    Here's why I'm sticking to my tall tales about magical elves and flying reindeer — even through my kids are asking questions.

  • 5 Embarrassing Mistakes to Avoid at Your Next Holiday Dinner Party

    by The Domestic Life Stylist

    If you're planning on entertaining this holiday season, check out this checklist of common mishaps— before the guests arrive!

  • 15 Pasta Entrees for Holiday Dinners

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    Tired of turkey or ham on holidays? Here are 15 pasta dishes to serve instead, or as a complementary side dish. From traditional mains like lasagna to more unique dishes like pasta shells stuffed with squash, there's a festive dish here for everyone.

  • 9 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    From Sunday comics to old maps, these playful wrapping paper alternatives not only save you a bundle, they make gifts more personal. To take the tedium out of wrapping, try out some of the more crafty ideas in this list with your kids!

  • 40 Fabulous and Unique Birthday Cakes

    by Rebecca M Gruber

    Party time! Whether you whip up cakes from scratch or bring your vision to the bakery, these fabulous cakes — including butterflies, magician hats, airplanes, and even royal crowns — will give you a ton of inspiration for your child's next celebration.

  • 9 Unique Hostess Gifts Moms Love

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    If you aren't sure what to bring to a friend or family member's gathering, check out these nine unique treasures shared by our members and bloggers. Some are simple DIYs, others are quick purchases, and all make considerate gifts your hosts will love!

  • 9 Tips for Terrific Family Photo Holiday Cards

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    Just what is it that makes a family photo holiday card such a beloved tradition? These 9 tips from moms who are seasoned family card-makers will steer you in a happy direction whether you're sending yours by snail mail or email this year. Happy holidays!

  • 5 Tips for Teaching Kids Good Holiday Manners

    by Mary Beth Sammons

    Some moms cringe at the idea of a relative calling their child a brat after misbehaving during holiday dinner, so they begin proper manners prep early. Here are five mom tricks for the best holiday manners your kids could have from moms who've been there.

  • What a Dark Moment Taught Me About Gratitude

    by Molly Lindquist

    "Knowing that I will be loved without breasts and without hair takes away some of that fear of the unknown." A mom of two counts her blessings while recuperating from a bilateral mastectomy.

  • 25 Holiday Favorites from "The Cookbook"

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    Mom bloggers are sharing everything from must-eat appetizers to tempting, allergy-friendly desserts in the new Circle of Moms Cookbook. This selection of 25 of their most mouthwatering dishes will whet your appetite for the approaching holidays!

  • 5 Tips for Moms Alone for the Holidays

    by Mary Beth Sammons

    Home alone for the holidays? Circle of Moms members who are single and girding to celebrate the holidays without their kids share 5 tips for staving off the holiday blues.

  • 12 Family Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    From a crunchy pumpkin cake and allergy-friendly pumpkin ice cream to "Thankful Cupcakes," we're sharing 12 scrumptious and family-tested Thanksgiving desserts to enjoy this holiday. Don't miss the adorable Turkey pops!

  • 9 Black Friday Shopping Tips

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    For some, shopping the Black Friday sales the day after Thanksgiving is a family tradition while others avoid it at all costs. Whether you'd prefer to get your shopping done in line or online, these nine tips will help you make the most of the hunt!

  • 11 Perfect Pies for Fall

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    There's nothing like a warm slice of freshly baked pie to brighten up a chilly fall day. Here, we've rounded up 12 scrumptious mom-tested pie recipes that are perfect for the holiday or any day— including apple, pecan, sweet potato, pumpkin, and more!

  • 3 Holiday Survival Tips for Blended Families

    by Amanda Morin

    Making the plans to spend time with family over the holidays is tough, but for blended families it can be a nightmare! Here are three tips to help you finesse the holiday shuffle.

  • 15 Pirate Party Ideas (Flip Book)

    by The Circle of Moms Editors

    Thinking of throwing a pirate party for a bunch of young swashbucklers? We've rounded up 15 pirate-themed ideas for a kids party, from an impressive treasure chest dessert to an inventive way to walk the plank. Ahoy!