This Mini Pie Maker Is Perfect For Your Mini (And Social Distance-Friendly) Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be different this year (that is, if you’re not an asshole). Most cities (and even the CDC at this point) have advised people not to travel, and to spend the holiday with people they’re already living with, which means no huge dinners inside, no gathering around closely around a turkey being carved, and definitely no double-dipping. It’s a huge bummer, but if we all do our part, we’ll see far less positive COVID cases, hospital over max capacity, and deaths. But just because Thanksgiving isn’t what we’re used to, doesn’t mean that it’s ruined. You can make your mini Thanksgiving special and get to bake all the things you normally would — and you can do so by wasting way less food and making it look cuter.

How? With Dash’s mini pie maker. It comes in red:

And in aqua:

If you already own their mini waffle maker (I have two, no biggie), you know that Dash likes to make miniature versions of things. And it really does make things all the more delicious (if you’ve ever wondered why fun-sized candy, like Mr. Goodbar and Snickers taste so much better, the secret is that it’s because it’s TINY).

“Is this… for babies?” My 73-year-old Russian father asked me when he saw my mini pie maker the other day (I work from home and never leave the house, and he’s retired, so we consider our visits safe). You may also get Zoolander “Is this a school for ants?” jokes. But you’ll have the last laugh when you get to serve individual pies to your guests this Thanksgiving (and other holidays/for fun) because not only does everyone get their very own little pie, but Dash’s lil’ appliance allows you to make a variety of pies in a short amount of time — and it’s super easy to use, whether you get your dough pre-made or you do it yourself, old-school. (Smitten Kitchen’s flakey, buttery pie crust is my go-to, if you’re curious).

The deets: This pie maker makes 4-inch pies (sweet or savory, your choice), and all you need to do is wait for it to heat up (it’ll tell you when it’s ready when the red light blinks), lay out your bottom crust, pile in your filling, fold your top over the filling (or lay out strips for a lattice crust), close the appliance, and wait about five minutes. And voila! You’ve got yourself a mini pie. Or a baby pie, as my dad calls it. Baby pies for all!

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We Will Use The Force To Obtain This Baby Yoda Slow Cooker

In honor of Season 2 of The Mandalorian (which just started streaming on Disney+ today!), we present you: A Baby Yoda slow cooker from Uncanny Brands. Because not only do we love all things Star Wars, but we love making convenient dinners. Baby Yoda took over our lives late last year when the first season of The Mandalorian first premiered. The Child immediately stole our hearts, and ever since, we’ve been buying everything from Baby Yoda Monopoly to Baby Yoda Build-A-Bear. All kinds of Baby Yoda toys have popped up, and we’re buying them all, obviously.

And now, we can give our kitchen some Star Wars flare with this 7-quart Baby Yoda slow cooker, which serves up to six people, has a removable stoneware insert, and is super easy to use. Depending on what you’re cooking, you have “low,” “high,” and “warm” settings that make it easy to perfectly make the most delicious meal.

If you already have a slow cooker, consider this as the perfect gift for the Star Wars fan in your life who could benefit from some help in the kitchen.

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We’ll Be Drinking Spiked Eggnog From This ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Glass Moose Mug

Every year, my family and I watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation after we’re done eating Thanksgiving dinner. It’s cheesy, outdated, and the some of the jokes have not aged super well, but it’s tradition nonetheless. Even if this holiday season is looking different because of COVID-19, I still plan on streaming or renting Christmas Vacation, even if it’s with just myself and my husband. We have to! What better way to ring in the holiday season than by watching Clark Griswold try to pull off the perfect Christmas only to have literally everything go wrong?

And since I’ve been looking for ways to make the holiday season feel a little more normal, I spotted this Christmas Vacation glass moose mug that Clark and Eddie use to sip egg nog from while Eddie’s Rottweiler chugs tree water (and we all know what that led to later on), and you know what? I’m going to buy it, because there will be a lot of (spiked) egg nog this year and I might as well make it more fun. Made of glass and holding up to 8 oz. of liquid, this moose mug is perfect for hot chocolate, hot toddies, and other festive drinks.

National Lampoon Christmas Vacation eggnog scene
Warner Bros.

It also make the perfect holiday gifts for everyone you know, because just about everyone has seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and there’s no such thing as too many mugs in the house.

The moose mug is also a great gift for yourself if this is how you’re feeling these days:

Here’s to eggnog and hopefully getting our holiday bonuses this year!

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An Outdoor Heated Kitty House Exists To Keep Your Cat Nice And Toasty

Who says dogs are the only pets who get their own houses? Cats like to stay warm, too, and if you have a catto who solely lives outdoors, or one who likes to go outside whenever they please, you might want to give them this little heated house as an option. Even if you just happen to live in a neighborhood that has a lot of wandering outdoor, feral cats, this home provides shelter for when it rains or snows. Cats are tough and all, but all of us like a little luxe treatment every now and then.

This heated cat home features a 20 watt plush heated bed inside, and you turn it on by simply plugging the 5.5-foot cord into an outlet (you may need an extension cord or weather-proof surge protector if you don’t have exterior outlets). The house offers two entry ways and door flaps you can remove if you want, but they’re there to protect your cat from cold temps and weather conditions. Plus, the heated bed comes with a pad cover that you can remove and wash if you need to (more like have to, since cats like to keep clean thankyouverymuch).

The functionality and safety has been tested (and certified) by MET Labs (and the heating tech exceeds all electrical safety standards in the US), if you’re concerned about your cat’s well being. Even if your kitty is an indoor cat, you can still provide them with this cozy nook as an option. It comes in olive and “cottage design,” as well as a one-year warranty. You can also purchase the house without heating if you prefer.

“As most reviewers have mentioned, this house was easy to put together and we were impressed with the quality. We ordered the heated pad with the house. We’ve been feeding a feral female cat for two years, and have made some progress getting her to trust us (within 3 feet now without fleeing). We wondered how’d she take to this new feature. We placed the house on our sunny front porch, and at first, did not put the plastic flaps, which easily velcro on and off. We put some special treats inside and she’d go in and then go right out. We kept it up, adding treats every day. One morning, we saw her coming out of the house. She had obviously spent the night, and as it got a little colder, we’d peek out there and she wouldn’t scoot and run, but stay where it was warm and cozy,” one Amazon reviewer wrote.

Another customer left a glowing review, stating, “We are THRILLED with our outdoor kitty house. A couple of years ago a feral cat named Emmett adopted us. As we bonded he eventually spent more time inside our home, However, Emmett still has a need to spend time outdoors; and there are times we have to be gone for several days which means he stays outdoors. Since Minnesota winters can be bitterly cold we knew we needed a way for Emmett to find shelter. We discovered the outdoor kitty house on Amazon and we believe it is one of the best purchases we have ever made. Emmett instinctively knew it was his new home and went in without coaxing. Now when we look for Emmett, chances are he can be found sleeping in his secure, heated home.”

With over 5,700 5-star reviews, it’s safe to say that we’re buying one these cozy cat cottages right meow.

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This Pre-Lit Cactus-Shaped Christmas Tree Is Bringing Us So Much Joy Right Now

If you’re thinking about decorating for the holidays already, you’re not the only one. If it sparks some much-needed joy in your life, then why not? 2020 has been a dumpster fire, and there are officially no rules. Decorate for Halloween in August? Sure! Put up your tree in October? Do. It. At the very least, you can be planning for November, and November 1 is fair game for getting festive, whether that means buying ornamental turkeys for the mantle, or creating paper snowflakes for the windows. When I saw this pre-lit artificial cactus-shaped Christmas tree on Amazon, I knew that it was the perfect edition to my living room. It’s quirky, it’s fun, and it matches my little Spanish-style house in Los Angeles. And it’s something different than the standard tree (which is also wonderful and magical, don’t get me wrong), and I could use a little pizazz in my life.

You can get one that’s 5 feet, 6 feet, and 7 feet. It comes pre-lit with LED lights, red and golden ornaments, and a golden bow to top things off. The tree itself is made with eco-friendly PVC material, and all you really need to go with it is a tree skirt, and presents, obviously.

 

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Walmart Is Selling A Mickey Mouse Instant Pot, And It’s Making Our Kitchen The Happiest Place On Earth

Disney lovers, it’s been a bad year for us. It’s been a bad year for almost everyone, but if you’re someone who visits the Disney parks often, or makes a special, yearly trek with your family, then you’re probably feeling that loss of magic in your life. Sure, Disney World in Florida is technically open, but you may not feel safe to go with your family right now, and that’s honestly a good call. There will be no Dole Whips, no Mickey-shaped pretzels, no Space Mountain footage to post on Instagram. Your kids might feel sad they won’t get to pose with Star Wars characters or Disney princesses. But this purchase might make you feel better: Walmart is selling a Mickey Mouse-themed Instant Pot and it comes in three colors: white, red, and black (with miniature Mickeys).

Since you can’t go to Disney, invite Disney into your own kitchen. The 6-Qt Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 is a pressure cooker, sauté pan, rice cooker, slow cooker, food warmer, and yogurt maker — and it’s also a sous chef of sorts, because it monitors your meal to make sure your food doesn’t overheat. That makes it totally possible to throw your ingredients in the Instant Pot and walk away for a bit if you need to.

It’s available for $80 and is the perfect gift for yourself, or anyone else in your life who could use some cheering up (as well as dinner hacking help).

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This Touch-Control Lamp Dims And Brightens Based On Your Mood, And It’s Only $30

I recently replaced my bedside table lamp (it was old and it had a black scorch mark from a candle). It was something I’d been wanting to do for the last year, but I kept putting it off because that would mean I’d need to research, and who has time to research? (Responsible, good adults, I guess.) I couldn’t stare at the candle burn anymore, so I went on Amazon and spent a couple hours looking into the different types of lamps (did I want something modern? Quirky? Classic?) that would be perfect for me and my nightstand. And I finally found one that checked off all the boxes.

I’m a book and magazine stacker/hoarder, so the lamp couldn’t take up too much space. I’m also someone who reads in bed for (ideally) at least an hour a night on week nights and more during the weekend, so I needed a bright light. But I also wanted a lamp that would give me a more subtle glow if I felt like watching a show on my laptop with a sheet mask on. Aka, as spa-like as possible. Since regular lamps don’t normally have the capability to give you both practicality and custom ambiance, I found a touch-controlled lamp that would dim, brighten, and even change colors — all I have to do is tap it until I get the lighting I want.

The Aukey table lamp is the perfect size. It’s small and doesn’t take much room, but it gets really bright when you want it to. I don’t need to turn the main light switch on if I’m reading or cleaning and need full vision. It comes in white, rose, gold, and silver (got silver, and it looks cute with my navy blue accent wall and white and gray sheets). I like that it’s so minimalist, because that way I can spruce up my table with a bright and fun candle (don’t worry, I’m much more careful about fire now) or plant. Which I didn’t will not put anywhere near the lit candle. It’s perfect for kids, too, since it’s so durable and they’d get a kick out of the ability to make their room glow blue, purple, red, orange, or green.

And it was only $30 (if you’re a Prime member, you may be eligible to save $5 with a coupon). I love my cozy, special little space now (and many others — over 8,800 people who gave the Aukey lamp a 5-star review)

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The Most Unique And Fun Cookie Cutters To Make Baking Extra Festive This Season

One of the best parts of the holiday season is busting out our best cookie cutters and baking with our kids. Putting on our apron and setting up our fancy baking gear that gets a workout only once a year while our kids teeter on their pint sized step stool. (Okay more like flour all over the counters and icing dripping down the cabinets, but it’s still awesome and magical and delicious!) We all have our classic heart, start, and tree cookie cutters that serve us well from year to year, but why not mix things up this season? The cookie cutter market is saturated with just about every shape, style, and design we could imagine and then some. (Seriously there are some things that just shouldn’t be on a cookie!)

When shopping for cookie cutters there are not only so many options to choose from, but also so many materials. Aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and plastic — so what’s the difference? Plastic and aluminum cookie cutters don’t last as long as the other options, but are great for kids (especially the plastic ones) — yet are more difficult to cleanly cut dough. When the shapes are ones we love and want to pass on to our kiddos, copper cookie cutters are the way to go. Stainless steel will provide durable cutters that slice through the best sugar cookie dough with ease, but will rust if not dried immediately after washing.

Baking cookies for friends and family is a past-time that we mamas love to share with our kids and give us much needed downtime in an otherwise hectic holiday season. We’ve rounded up our picks for the best cookie cutters of 2020 to inspire even the biggest Scrooge to get into the kitchen. We promise there’s even some funny ones too, because let’s face it, we all could use a good laugh right about now.

All-Around Best Cookie Cutters

Wilton 101-Piece Cookie Cutters Set

When baking with the littles, plastic cookie cutters are truly magic. They’re dishwasher safe and safe for little fingers too. Wilton’s 101 Piece Cookie Cutter Set has something to offer for every holiday and then some (like fun alphabet letters). Included cutters cover Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, and even Super Bowl Sunday!

$16.45 AT AMAZON

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters 11-Piece Christmas Cookie Cutter Set with Recipe Booklet

No one does cookie cutters better than Ann Clark. This family- run business has been cutting out fun and creative shapes for the past 30 years, all while offering the most delicious recipes in cute packaging. This is the optimal starter set for anyone looking to replace older plastic cookie cutters or give as a gift to a younger generation of aspiring bakers with 10 classic winter holiday shapes and recipe booklet with ideas for both dough and frosting.

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Homy Feel Mini Geometric Shaped Cookie Biscuit Cutter Set

Cookie cutters can be for so much more than just sweet, sugary dough once a year. We love this box set of geometric shapes from Homey Feel, which can be used to make an amazing fruit platter in the summer. Cutting melons and other fruit with cookie cutters not only pretties up trays, but also makes the fruit itself look extra special.

$10.99 AT AMAZON

Most Unique Cookie Cutters

Build a Snowman Kit Cookie Cutter

Do you want to build a snowman? We do! We love this 10- piece 3D printed complete Build A Snowman Kit from BobbisCutters on Etsy. The kit includes a top hat, snow cap, scarf, beard, carrot nose, branches for arms, bow tie, and mittens — everything needed to build the best snowman!

$17 AT ETSY

Fred NINJABREAD MEN Cookie Cutters, Set of 3

We all have our gingerbread cookie cutters, but Fred and Friends have brought excitement to the classic shape with this Set of 3 Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters. For an action- packed snack (we can see it now, the kids doing more playing than eating) or to spice up the holiday dessert conversation these make food fun.

$17.34 AT AMAZON

Aviv Judaica Hanukkah Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters

We love Aviv’s Stainless Steel Hanukkah Cookie Cutters as a Hanukkah gift for your favorite baker or as something to do with the kids one night. This boxed set includes familiar shapes like a Menorah, Dreidel, Maccabee Shield, Candle, and Star of David and made out of a material that will last for years to come. Pro-tip: remember to dry the cookie cutters right away to prevent rust.

$14.95 AT AMAZON

Ann Clark Ugly Wool Sweater Cookie Cutter

We think Ann Clark’s Ugly Sweater cookie is the perfect decorating task for the kids (or any mamas who are not Pinterest worthy bakers) where icing detail doesn’t matter. Go ahead, let them layer on the Red Hots and silver sprinkles to their heart’s content! Think of this as a 2020 replacement for ugly sweater parties, drop and run ugly sweater cookies.

$5.99 AT AMAZON

3 Piece Mini Ginger House Stainless Steel Cookie Cutter

Just before Santa comes this Christmas Eve, pop in a movie and whip up a batch of hot cocoa. Then top it with an adorable mini gingerbread house made by assembling the pieces of this 3-Piece Christmas House Cookie Cutter Set. We love the idea of letting the kids decorate them and then packing them up as gifts with hot chocolate mix and a cute mug.

$10.49 AT AMAZON

7 Piece Christmas Story Cookie Cutter Set

“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!” We all live in fear of becoming that parent from our most favorite holiday movie, A Christmas Story. Now while we’re binge watching it on TBS for 24 hours straight we can also be binge eating cookies in infamous shapes straight from the movie from The Cookie Cutter Shop on Etsy (yup even the leg lamp and the bunny suit!).

$10 AT ETSY

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters Extra Large Vintage Pickup Truck with Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter

Every classic Christmas movie has the iconic shot of the station wagon with the tree tied to the roof. Now, thanks to Ann Clark, we can relive those sweet memories (even when we put up a fake tree) with the Vintage Pickup Truck With Tree Cookie Cutter. Go ahead, inspire the nostalgia of loved ones this holiday season.

$6.49 AT AMAZON

Reindeer Cookie Cutter

Sweet and simple (so simple the kids can do it without help!) this Reindeer Cookie Stamp from the Not Too Cookie Cutter Shop on Etsy produces beautiful cookies every time. After using the included measuring guides to assure proper thickness, simply press and release the dough into perfectly shaped cookies.

$15 AT ETSY

Merry Christmas Cookie Stamp

The Merry Christmas Detailed Cookie Cutter from 3DKamotion on Etsy delivers a simple, straight-to-the-point message in a very detailed way. In order to optimize the design when using a detailed cookie cutter, 3DKamotion notes, “For more complex designs, press down on one side of cutter, lift a little (not completely off), press down on the other side of the cutter, lift off a little, then press down on all sides and wiggle cookie cutter off of dough.”

$10 AT ETSY

Funny Cookie Cutters

Face Mask Cookie Cutter

Because it’s 2020, need we say any more? Commemorate the chaos on a cookie or simply make a delicious treat to thank all our essential workers this holiday season and beyond. Imagine our kids finding this cookie cutter in a drawer in 10 years? Here’s hoping it’s like looking into a time capsule!

$4 AT ETSY

Fred SNACK ATTACK! Shark and Surfer Cookie Cutters

These already-been- eaten Snack Attack! Shark and Surfer Cookie Cutters from Fred and Friends give us a laugh every time. Imagine the look on your kids faces when they see there is a bite missing from their cookie and it wasn’t Mom! These fun cutters will wow at birthday parties and beyond for guests both young and old.

$11.45 AT AMAZON

The Child (Baby Yoda) Cookie Cutter

What better way to cement pop culture domination then to do it on a cookie? The Mandalorian’s The Child (Baby Yoda) Cookie Cutter from 3Doohickeys on Etsy is the perfect cut out creation for every future Star Wars- themed birthday party or just because your kids want cookies and it’s May the 4th.

$12 AT ETSY

9 Piece Fiesta Pinata Cinco de Mayo Cookie Cutter Set

Speaking of May the 4th, on May the 5th otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo this themed 9 Piece Fiesta Pinata Cookie Cutter Set from The Cookie Cutter Shop on Etsy has something for the whole family. From the maracas to the piñata and the margarita glass these cookie cutters are as much fun to eat as they are to make.

$13 AT ETSY

Novelty Cookie Cutters

R&M International Hand Shaped Cookie Cutters

We love R & M’s 3 Piece Hand Shaped Cookie Cutters, which take the idea of mommy and me to a whole new level. What fun to bake treats in the kitchen with our LOs and let them cut out hand shaped cookies and cupcake toppers of their own size. Perfect for preschool parties and baby showers, these are sure to delight.

$7 AT AMAZON

Personalized Paw Print Dog Cookie Cutter

For all the dog moms in your life (yes we used to throw dog birthday parties too before kids), why not embrace their love with this Personalized Paw Print Dog Treat cookie cutter from ThreeDGeek on Etsy? If baking homemade dog treats is more your style, this cutter will also work for the best peanut butter banana dough you can muster.

$7 AT ETSY

Ann Clark TURKEY Metal Cookie Cutter

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this year with less of a crowd, there might be less demand for all those pies. Why not serve turkey themed cookies with this cookie cutter from Ann Clark? Big enough it can count as an actual Thanksgiving dessert, but small enough you can have more than one!

$3 AT ETSY

Custom Text Cookie Cutter

We have so much to be thankful for this year, why not put it on a cookie? This Custom Text Cookie Cutter from NotTooCookieCutter on Etsy is the ideal holiday hostess gift with or without the cookies. Simple phrases like “Thanks for all you do” or “Be Merry” spread the power of positivity in a delicious way.

$15 AT ETSY

Looking for more great must have gadgets and gear to prep for the holidays? Check out all of our mom approved home and kitchen gear.

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Amazon Just Casually Dropped Its Big Fall Sale, And Thousands Of Products Are Discounted

Surprise! Amazon’s Big Fall sale is here, and the online retailer is offering major deals on pretty much everything. While you might be waiting for Black Friday to get those discounted home goods, you may want to check out what Amazon has to offer first. From Keurig’s coffee/espresso machine, to BISSELL’s hard floor mop clear and vacuum cleaner, to a variety of kids’ toys, Amazon hasn’t come to play with their Big Fall Sale. Chances are, you’ll at least get some smart holiday shopping done this week.

While literally *thousands* of products are on sale, these are some of our favorite deals.

Amazon Big Fall Sale home products

Lasko Ceramic Portable Space Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

Winter is coming. So before it actually *gets* cold, we need to prep ahead of time and make sure we’re going to stay warm. Even if you have central heat, you never know when things break down and you need that space heater in a pinch. Or, if you want to save a little bit and focus heating up one or two rooms versus the whole house, space heaters are financially-savvy. Lasko is a trusted brand, and this one in particular is great for the office or bedroom — you can safely leave it on a desk or on the floor. It comes with three quiet settings (fan only, low, and high heat). This will warm up about 300 square feet.

$34.25 AT AMAZON

You save 18%

Beautyrest Foot Pocket Soft Microlight Plush Electric Blanket

It’s an electric blanket with a FOOT POCKET. Hello, genius! For us humans whose feet get cold easily, this is a game-changer. This blanket is extra long (62” by 52”), so drape it over yourself and your kids/partner on the couch, when you’re hanging out in bed, etc. Especially on days your back aches or your cramps are a motherfucker, you will be extra thankful for this blanket.

$30.6 AT AMAZON

You save 41%

BISSELL 20391 Hard Floor Mop Cleaner

Raise your hand if you can just never get that floor clean, no matter how long you spend on it, no matter how much you scream at the kids and dogs to not ruin it, and no matter how many expensive cleaning sprays you buy. It’s allllll about the mop. Which is why investing in a Bissell is a blessing that will pay off and save your sanity. This pro-level, powered mop safely cleans hard surfaces (including hardwood) and it includes soft touch pads for gentle cleaning as well as scrubby pads for tough, sticky messes. (BISSELL supports the BISSELL Pet Foundation and a portion of every purchase goes towards saving homeless pets.)

$99.99 AT AMAZON

You save 17%

Rivet Sheena Glam Tufted Velvet Shell Chair

I’m going to go ahead and call this the “mermaid chair” and while it’s certainly a statement-making chair, it’s functional, comfortable, and comes in three colors (the teal-colored one is the one on sale, though). Anyone who sees this chair will think you got it from West Elm (it’s Amazon Brand, surprise!).

$150.28 AT AMAZON

You save 15%

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus Lightweight Upright Vacuum Cleaner

If you have pets, then you know it’s near impossible to have a clear house. As soon as you vacuum the floor, it’s immediately covered in dog/cat hair five seconds later. I don’t know why, I don’t make the rules. The animal-loving brand BISSELL (a portion of all purchases goes towards saving homeless pets) created an ultra powerful vacuum that’s specifically designed to pick up hair and uses its Smart Seal Allergen System with optional Febreeze filter traps that eliminate allergens and odors while vacuuming. With tools like LED Crevice Tool, Pet Turbo Eraser Tool and 2-in-1 Pet Dusting Brush, this vacuum is the only match against your furry and destructive cuties.

$169.99 AT AMAZON

You save 26%

HP Neverstop Laser Printer 1001nw, Wireless Laser with Cartridge-Free Monochrome-Toner-Tank

Since many of us are WFH, we now *need* a good printer. Which is weirdly hard to come by, considering people have created self-driving cars (but for some reason I can’t find a printer that won’t stop jamming? Elon Musk, you should consider going in the printer industry, just sayin’). Anyway, this HP printer is the only printer I’ve ever used that has actually…worked? Well? It’s fast AF as a laser printer, is cost-effective (less than 1 cent per page), is wireless, so you can print something from the other room, and is Alexa-compatible. It’s truly the best you can do in the printer department. Until Tesla comes along with one, that is.

$249.89 AT AMAZON

You save 11%

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Apple Pumpkin

Get festive up in here with this Apple Pumpkin Yankee candle on sale! As an unapologetic Yankee candle fan, I can attest how strong this candle is (you only need to light one for your entire home to smell like a pumpkin patch). This large jar will last you, but I usually buy a few to last me all season long.

$20.99 AT AMAZON

You save 25%

AmazonBasics Acrylic 8-Compartment Durable Makeup Jewelry Accessories Storage Organizer Tray

I may not be wearing much makeup anymore, but I still go all out with my skincare routine. This clear makeup organizer makes it actually easy to organize your products (versus opaque, which actually hides your stuff), and although its acrylic, the high-quality material appears as though it’s glass. You can also store other goods, like jewelry, hair accessories, cufflinks, etc. It comes with 8 individual compartments.

$13.55 AT AMAZON

You save 31%

Preference 2-Ply Embossed Toilet Paper

As Scary Mommy’s shopping editor, I never thought I’d be writing about toilet paper, but it’s 2020 and here we are. If you have TP PTSD from earlier this year when it became near impossible to find a single roll, use this sale as an opportunity to stock up (responsibly, obvs, no need to go crazy).

$49.28 AT AMAZON

You save 51%

Amazon Big Fall Sale kitchen deals

NutriBullet ZNBF30400Z Blender

Finally caved and decided to buy a NutriBullet? Get it on sale now and save $20. This 1200W blender can handle pretty much anything — smoothies, hot ingredients for soup, DIY dressings, you name it. There’s a reason why people love NutriBullets so much. With a 64oz blender, it can hold a ton of liquid, so no worries about your cup overfloweth. Best of all? It’s dishwasher-safe, so when you’re done, you can just toss it in the dishwasher. Yisssss.

$79.92 AT AMAZON

You save 20%

Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker

PSA: You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to score a good deal on a new coffee maker. This Keurig makes regular coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos, so no need to have a coffee maker and a separate espresso machine (which probably calls for its own ~special~ coffee). With a large water reservoir, you can brew 6 cups before you have to refill, it’s created with smart technology which basically means you get your coffee brewed without waiting forever. With over 8,500 reviews and 4.7 out of 5 stars, it’s safe to say this multipurpose coffee maker is a hit.

$169.13 AT AMAZON

You save 15%

Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer plus Oven Cooker with Temperature Control

I’ve sung my praises about the Dash air fryer before. It’s easy to use, it’s personally helped me eat healthier even with my French fry and hot wings addition, and it’s super cute (I have the aqua-colored one). If you’ve never tried an air fryer before, Dash’s is truly one of the best in the market, and it just so happens to be on sale now.

$79.99 AT AMAZON

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T-fal Professional Nonstick Cookware Dishwasher Safe Pots and Pans Set

If it’s time to replace your cookware, T-fal is a quality brand you can rely on to last you a long time *and* make delicious food. The set includes:  8 inches fry pan, 10.25 inches fry pan, 1 Egg Wonder fry pan, 1 quart; saucepan with lid, 3 quart; saucepan with lid, 5 quart; stockpot, stainless steel steamer insert, and 2 nylon tools. Everything is durable and non-stick, so no burnt scrambled eggs.

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Toyk Aqua Magic Mat

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Kids’ Baking Sets & Junior Cookbooks For The Aspiring Baker Or Chef In Your Fam

Not only does learning to cook and bake give our kids the ability to feed themselves, but it’s also an avenue for creative exploration. Busting open a kids’ baking set is equivalent to setting up a science experiment — add the ingredients and see what happens! With so many online tutorials for cake decorating and cookie creation, our little chefs will be eager to test out the kitchen, even if they need a stool to help them reach, or a cooking dictionary for the new terms.

Purchasing a proper kids’ baking set, not a play kitchen toy, gives them tools that are sized right and sets them up for success. Some of our favorite gifts as kids were our first bakeware and junior cookbooks. It all seems very grown up deciding on a recipe and then doing it themselves (okay, with some/all of our help). Creativity and critical thinking as well as real-world problem solving skills are developed as kids learn to cook and bake. And let’s face it, we might get out of making dinner once or twice a week — win, win!

We’ve picked out our favorite selection of kids’ bakeware and kid-friendly cookbooks packaged for gifting, but many with next-day delivery if Mama has a weekend project to get done. Grab an apron and let’s get the kids ready for all the fall and winter holidays!

Best Kids Real Baking Sets

MindWare Playful Chef: Deluxe Cooking Set For Kids

MindWare is known for providing all kinds of activity kits and gear to not only keep our kids entertained, but also get them learning. Young cooks ages 4-10 will delight in strapping on the included kids apron (fits kids’ size 4 and up) and getting to work with their measuring tools that are color- coded to match the included recipe cards. The recipes promote healthy eating and limited parental help by teaching new skills and tricks to kids looking to learn. Each of the utensils are sized right for small hands and pair well with the Playful Chef Safety Knife Set for Kids by MindWare. 

One reviewer commented, A birthday gift for my 3 year old granddaughter. She LOVES it, makes her happy so it makes me happy.”

$39.94 AT AMAZON

Handstand Kitchen Ultimate 75-Piece Baker's Set

75 pieces sounds like a hell of a lot of little parts to keep track of around the kitchen, however this children’s baking set from Handstand really is the ultimate baking set. This cutely packaged, giftable set includes the basics like spatulas and a rolling pin, but also extended gear that others don’t have, like 25 cake pop sticks and piping bag nozzles. We love the included cake mold, mini tart pan, and mini cupcake tray and aren’t shy about admitting we plan on using them too. Seriously, what’s cuter than a mini tart?

Geared for ages 6 and up, this set has everything you could possibly need for tackling any recipe, except an apron. Handstand’s Amazon shop has the cutest mommy and me matching aprons, as well as really cool cake molds, and seasonal bakeware. We want them all!

$50 AT QVC

MasterChef Junior Baking Kitchen Set

MasterChef with Gordon Ramsey is one of America’s favorite culinary shows, so it’s no wonder that our LOs will gravitate towards this pint- sized kids’ cooking kit. Each of the included tools have silicone handles for a non-slip grip and are big enough for real cooking, but small enough for junior chefs. We love that this set includes a few MasterChef recipe cards, but there is also a blank one for our kiddos to jot down a family favorite (peanut butter kiss cookies or Mom’s meatballs maybe?) to keep long term. 

We love that this MasterChef Baking Set is one of five in a series of MasterChef cooking kits. Other kits include the Cutting Board Set, Pizza Cooking Set, Breakfast Cooking Set, and more, which all partner nicely with the MasterChef Junior Cookbook.

$29.99 AT AMAZON

Hapinest Kids Baking Set For Ages 4-8

With Hapinest Kid’s Baking Set, our LO’s world really can be made up of rainbows and unicorns. We absolutely love the included corduroy and felt unicorn apron, which is so cute it will make anyone want to get into the kitchen and bake. All of the included bakeware in this kit is unicorn themed (a perfect gift for the little unicorn lover in your life) and packed with cookie cutters, recipes, and even a pint sized rolling pin. 

One reviewer shared, Bought this for my 5 year [old] daughter & she loved it! The recipes in the booklet that came with the set are super simple & easy to follow. I loved that that roller rolls the cookies out the same thickness every time. I’d definitely recommend buying this as a gift. It’s such a fun activity for kids to do & to watch them use their imagination while decorating the cookies!”

$34.99 AT AMAZON

Tovla Jr. Kids Cooking and Baking Gift Set with Storage Case

It’s all well and good when kids baking sets come in cute giftable boxes, but the panic of having kids cooking gear all over the kitchen once they’re open is real. Tovla has saved us mamas from the clean up headache by including a reusable tool box that stores everything in one spot. Next time our LO wants to make a batch of brownies, the need to ransack the kitchen will be gone. Some of our favorite included items (because there is A LOT) in this gender neutral set are a kids’ apron, color coded measuring cups and spoons, kid- specific nylon knives and cutting board, and a kitchen timer (meaning the iPhone won’t end up in the pancake batter). 

One mama shared her enthusiasm for this set, writing, My daughter got this for her 7th birthday and LOVES it! It has everything you need and comes with a case that makes storage simple! Had looked at buying items individually but it was more cost effective to purchase this as a set and everything matches as well. Would be purchasing again for future gifts for nieces and nephews!”

$59.95 AT AMAZON

RISEBRITE Real Kids Baking 35 Piece Set

RISEBRITE’s Real Kids Baking Set may look like a dress up toy because of the included chef’s hat and apron (which is IG- worthy) but it’s actually a great starter set for a curious chef. One mama remarked, I bought this for my 3- year old to dress up and help mommy bake. After opening the box, I was shocked! I almost love her baking utensils more than I love my own!” 

What exactly is there to love? Everything from a kid- sized oven mitt (something we don’t think about until it’s time to take the pan out of the oven) to a full set of silicone baking cups in cute, fun colors (not to mention the eco- friendly aspect of this!). The cookie cutters are clearly designed with kids in mind from animal favorites (elephants and bears) to hearts and stars, but durable enough that Mama can use them too. 

$34.99 AT AMAZON

Kids Cookbooks

Kids cookbooks are designed with simpler recipes, fewer directions and lots and lots of pictures. It may be tempting to hand over our copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, but think twice. Just like us, kids need to learn the basics of how to do everything from setting the oven temperature to the best way to hold a knife. The best kids cookbooks do a deep dive into building these skills with delicious recipes that the whole family will enjoy.

Best Kids Cookbooks

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Have a picky eater? One of the best ways to get them to try new foods is by having them make it themselves. Kids love to make and eat new things, things Mom doesn’t ever make (we’re rolling our eyes too). The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs from America’s Test Kitchen gives kids a wide variety of 100+ recipes for everything from cupcakes to breakfast tacos to family dinner. Not only are the recipes tested by over 750 kids for skill level and tastiness, we mamas love the 20 pages of culinary instruction included. There is even a glossary of terms to help our kiddos process directions. 

One mama reviewer shared, This was delivered on Friday and I woke up to avocado toast prepared by my 10 year old on Sunday. This book has boosted her confidence and encouraged her to try new things — Saturday night she made tofu and green beans!”

$15.13 AT AMAZON

Food Network Magazine The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook: 150+ Recipes for Young Chefs

Food Network Magazine has been inspiring mama chefs for years (and the actual TV channel for even longer) but they have taken the dive into children’s cookbooks. The Big, Fun, Kids Cookbook is really just that. 150+ recipes designed specifically for kids whether they aspire to be the Food Network Kids Star or just want to make a super cool cheeseburger cake (yup that is really a recipe) to impress their friends. Mamas might find some surprising inspiration in this cookbook, too, for easy family dinners. We love that there is even a coloring book section for when we need them out of the kitchen but still want to encourage their food exploration.

One reviewer commented, My 9 & 11 yr olds were in the sweet spot for this book! There was a nice discussion about kitchen safety in this book which was nice too. (Unfortunately this book does not cover ‘how to clean up your mess in the kitchen so mom doesn’t have to!’)”

$15.49 AT AMAZON

Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! By Deanna F Cook

Considered the sequel to the best- selling kids’ cookbook Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (And Eat!), is Baking Class, a kids baking cookbook specifically written to teach kiddos ages 8-12 how to do the exact science of baking with both sweet and savory treats. Step-by-step photos show budding bakers how to do things like knead dough, make pie crust, cut biscuits, and decorate cookies all while highlighting the importance of things like accurately measuring ingredients and following directions.

One mama wrote, Immediately upon opening it my daughter brought out pen and paper to make her grocery list of ingredients needed for her new recipes. I had feared that the thrill would wane as soon as we returned home with the groceries but she immediately made bread that turned out BEAUTIFULLY!!! It was so delicious, she was so excited and cannot wait to bake her next items.”

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Looking for more great gifting ideas for the littles? Check out all of our mom approved kids gear for year long entertainment.

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