Makeup & Beauty Monday: Skin Crack Care 

This is not exactly a glamorous topic for Makeup & Beauty Monday — but if you have a kiddo like mine who has really horrible skin cracks in the wintertime (this is the third winter it’s been an issue), I recommend this product. My son says it stings a bit, so it may or may not work for kid who’s very sensitive to that sort of thing, but if it’s a really painful crack they’ll just feel a momentary sting and then their skin can heal. (It does say “no sting” on the package, and I’ve used it myself a couple of times and I think it’s just fine.) We also put Cerave on his feet at bedtime, but I see that Amazon has a whole bunch of other balms specifically for cracked skin, so if you have this problem yourself or your kiddo or another family member does, I’d love to hear what you guys are using as a solution. Nexcare Skin Crack Care

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Family Friday: Magformers Standard Set

I don’t think I’ve ever done a roundup of some of my kids’ favorite toys, but as we’re heading into the holidays, I wanted to highly recommend Magformers. One of our former nannies got them for J when he was really young, and both kids have loved playing with them for years now. They’re durable, and they’re versatile, because you can go from just having fun with them (and, say, building diving boards, which is what H likes to do right now) to making really complicated things. There are different sorts of sets (robots, log cabin, etc.), but we just have the standard ones and the boys love them. Magformers Standard Set

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Organizing Thursday: 3 Sprouts Storage Box

There are a lot of places that sell fabric storage boxes, including IKEA, which is the ultimate spot for affordable ones, but some of the sturdiest boxes we’ve gotten (that are also sort of gorgeous) are these kid-friendly ones from 3 Sprouts. They’re great for holding the kids’ toys, and I highly recommend them. We have the peacock and dragon (and one more that I can’t remember now), and they’re strong and don’t collapse like some we bought from Target. They look really cute on your bookshelf, too! Besides the design pictured, there are 12 others, including a mouse, an owl, and a rhino, and each is $16.99 at Amazon (Prime eligible). 3 Sprouts Storage Box

(If you’re looking for a budget option or for smaller bins, check out our earlier post on how to store toys in an Expedit/Kallax shelving unit.)

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Family Wednesday: Amazon Cashmere

You’re probably aware that Amazon has a bunch of its own clothing brands, but did you know that their cashmere is worth checking out? We’re featuring a cashmere sweater from Lark & Ro today, but they also have a men’s sweater line called Buttoned Down (for example, this men’s cashmere full-zip sweater). My husband just got a Buttoned Down sweater as a gift and it’s really soft — I’d say it’s comparable to cashmere that we’ve gotten from Neiman Marcus Last Call and other places. I don’t know what the Black Friday deals will be at Amazon, but if you see any on Lark & Ro cashmere in particular, go ahead and grab them. Lark & Ro 100% Cashmere, 12-Gauge 3/4 Sleeve Crewneck Cardigan

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you enjoy the long weekend with your families!

Psst: Amazon’s toy deal of the day is on wooden toys from Hape, including some great marble runs, play kitchens, and more.

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Family Friday: Made 2 Play Sneaker Winter Boot

For a couple of years, I’ve been buying my son these winter boots from Northside at Amazon. They’ve been OK, but he said that snow got into them sometimes. This fall I did some looking around online and settled on these unique boots from Stride Rite. The bottom part is built like a sneaker, and there are velcro fasteners that can tighten the boots in two different places. The flexibility of the top portion makes me think that they’ll be better at keeping out snow, but we shall see. (You can also fold down the top, as pictured.) They’re machine washable, too, which is pretty nice. These boots have a 4.4/5.0 at Amazon from 400+ reviews, and they range in price from roughly $20 to $54. The sizes available are Toddler (1–4 years) and Little Kid (4–8 years), and the color options are blue/green, pink, purple, and black, as well as designs with Frozen, Spider-Man, Star Wars, My Little Pony, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Stride Rite Made 2 Play Sneaker Winter Boot

Psst: Like I’ve mentioned before, Amazon often has Black Friday deals in the days and weeks leading up to Black Friday — including some of the best deals of the year on kids toys. Today, Amazon’s deal of the day is on Kidcraft dollhouses, train tables, and play kitchens —  prices more than 50% off in some cases.

Psst 2: One more sale of note: mega sale (“Premier One Day Event”) at Pottery Barn Kids and all sister brands — prices up to 50-70% off, including on furniture.

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Family Friday: Woven Jersey Navy Pouf

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly piece of decor that’s still kind of stylish for your home, I have to sing the praises of Land of Nod poufs. We have a bright green one from a couple years ago that’s similar to this, and it’s durable and the kids like it — and it works well in the space. This is sort of the more grown-up version but if you have any little ones to spoil this holiday season (or the grandparents want to), they also have a $120 giant dog stuffed animal pillow that your kids can flop on that looks really adorable. The pictured one comes in blue and cream and is $99. Woven Jersey Navy Pouf

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