Toys 'R' Us Files For Bankruptcy

Toys ‘R’ Us is coming back, but with some big changes

Kathleen St. John  |  July 19, 2019

In a win for your happy childhood memories, Toys “R” Us announced Thursday that the toy-store chain will begin to reopen later this year. More than 700 Toys “R” Us locations closed in 2018 after the company filed for bankruptcy the previous year. The company’s new owner, Tru Kids Brands, is now preparing to bring …

Top travel gear for kids as rated by the pros

Anna Weaver  |  July 18, 2019

Taking your kids on adventures away from home can be eye-opening for both parents and children. These trips help make memories for your kids and broaden their horizons. But to get there, especially with younger kids, you need to take along a lot of gear. For example, your children need to be in car seats …

Pampered Chef is giving away tons of cute kitchen gadgets with this sweepstakes

Steph Auteri  |  July 17, 2019

If you’re anything like me (someone who loves food), your kitchen cabinets look like a tornado of ramekins and bundt pans and other specialty items. In one of my kitchen drawers, for example, a batter dispenser cozies up to a set of rice-ball molds. In a corner cabinet, a cupcake cone baking rack sits precariously …

The 7 best slip-on sneakers you can buy on Amazon

Marie Rossiter  |  July 17, 2019

Slip-on sneakers combine comfort, convenience and even some style, making  them an ideal option over traditional lace-up shoes. With a slip-on sneaker, you still get that classic rubber sole, but you don’t have to worry about tying laces — not to mention their sleek appearance makes them feel less casual. Slip-on sneakers are also less …

We tested this well-reviewed collapsible water bottle from Amazon — here’s our take

Mandy Gambrell  |  July 15, 2019

There’s a water bottle being sold on Amazon that collapses and expands in an accordion-like fashion, and it reminds me of the discontinued Burple drink mix packaging. This lightweight, foldable sports bottle costs $16.99 and has great reviews on Amazon — 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 114 user reviews. So I decided to check …

This butter jar is not only cute, but it’ll keep you from ever having to refrigerate your butter

Augusta Statz  |  July 11, 2019

Believe it or not, butter will stay safe when left outside of the fridge, but it doesn’t hurt to take extra precautions to make sure your butter lasts as long as possible. Because it’d be a shame to have to throw such goodness away! That’s where this totally cute butter dish comes in handy. The …

Ford Announces Its Moving Ford Focus Production To China

Ford is recalling 58,000 Focus vehicles because of fuel tank issues

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 11, 2019

Ford is recalling select Focus vehicles after discovering an issue that could lead to drivability concerns and even loss of power. The recall affects select 2012 and 2017 models with 2.0-liter GDI engines and 2013-14 Focus ST vehicles with 2.0-liter GTDI engines. According to Ford’s notice about the recall, the software used to service the …

10 adorable gifts for alpaca lovers

Carina Wolff  |  July 11, 2019

Plenty of animals are cute, but there’s something eccentrically adorable about an alpaca — they have a special charm, even if they’re not the most mainstream animal. While you can find cute gifts with cats and dogs anywhere, finding an item with an alpaca on it is special and charming. If you have an alpaca-lover …

10 adorable rompers and jumpsuits you can get from Amazon for $25 and under

Augusta Statz  |  July 11, 2019

Throwing on a romper or jumpsuit in the morning is an easy way to look put-together with minimal effort. So whether you’re always running behind or you just want to have time to do something besides try on a million different outfits, you should add a jumpsuit (or 10) to your wardrobe. Luckily, Amazon has …

University of Texas at Austin is offering free tuition to students from families that make less than $65K

Kathleen St. John  |  July 11, 2019

Wow! This is great news for Texas residents: Yesterday, the University of Texas at Austin announced that the school would cover tuition and fees for in-state students whose families earn $65,000 a year or less. The money comes from the state’s Permanent University Fund. UT’s Board of Regents voted to create a $160 million endowment …

Hot Dog Buns Sold at Walmart and Other Grocers Are Being Recalled For Choking Hazard

Mandy Gambrell  |  July 11, 2019

If you’re about to have a cookout, be sure to check the hamburger and hot dog buns to make sure they aren’t part of a big recall affecting multiple baked goods products. Flower Foods Inc. issued the voluntary recall of its products on July 9. The recall is “due to the potential presence of small …

This outdoor chair with netting can protect you from bugs wherever you go

Augusta Statz  |  July 10, 2019

Whether you’re going camping, sitting on the sidelines at your kids‘ soccer game or hanging out at the park or beach this summer, the bugs will find you. This time of year, it can feel like no amount of bug spray will protect you from the gnats and mosquitos. But that’s where this chair comes …

Trendy sun hats you can get on Amazon for $20 or less

Bridget Sharkey  |  July 10, 2019

There is nothing like soaking in the rays. But the risks of sun exposure are serious. From skin cancer to signs of aging, the dangers are real, so you should be careful about your exposure to direct sunlight. That is why sun hats are an important warm weather accessory. Whether you want a hat that …

These $10 folding hangers are a must-have travel accessory

Chelsea Davis  |  July 10, 2019

Packing for a trip is always a pain, no matter how excited you are to get away. You don’t want to over- or under-pack and you can’t help but worry that your nice clothes will inevitably get wrinkled or ruined. We’ve all been there. Fortunately, you can now buy game-changing travel hangers on Amazon to …

This $20 must-have beach towel is sand-resistant and fast-drying

Augusta Statz  |  July 9, 2019

Going to the beach is a blast. But the car ride home and the clean-up afterward is less than enjoyable, to say the least. Having to rinse off a ton of sand that seems to magically get stuck in the most mysterious of places can be time-consuming and it definitely puts a damper on the …

10 adorable tiny houses you can buy on Amazon

Tricia Goss  |  July 9, 2019

Have you ever considered downsizing? Not just moving into a slightly smaller place, but really scaling back on your belongings and living space? Could you live in a tiny house? If a minimalistic lifestyle appeals to you, look no further than Amazon. Yes, the purveyor of all things deliverable will ship you a tiny home—or …

McLaren is selling a $400 electric car for kids

Kathleen St. John  |  July 4, 2019

Kids of the 1980s and ’90s pleaded with their parents for Power Wheels — a pink Barbie convertible, perhaps, or a little red Jeep. Today, mini motor enthusiasts can beg for smaller versions of big-name auto brands, and the automakers are happily getting in the game. Luxury sportscar brand McLaren just introduced their model 720S …

This cooling bowl will keep your dog’s water cold this summer

Augusta Statz  |  July 2, 2019

Dogs love spending time outdoors come summertime — they aren’t called the “dog days of summer” for nothing — but you’ll want to be sure you’ve got a way to keep them cool while they’re running around, playing fetch and rolling around in the fresh cut grass. Thankfully, this bowl works to keep your dog’s …

Fun pool floats you can buy on Amazon for under $35

Brittany Anas  |  June 28, 2019

Gone are the days of flimsy, monochrome pool floats. Replacing them are pool floats packed with a lot of personality and that will help you lounge in the water in style. Here are nine pool floats on Amazon, all under $35, that will make a splash this summer and that are bidding for some attention …

Pier 1 Imports Considers Closing 15 Percent Of Its Stores After Disappointing 4th Quarter

Pier 1 Imports Is Closing More Stores

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 28, 2019

If you’re a fan of Pier 1 Imports, prepare yourself for some bad news. After announcing in April that the store would be closing 45 locations, they have added 12 more stores to the list, for a total of 57. Interim CEO Cheryl Bachelder warned in April that more closures may be coming soon, and …

This $15 T-shirt with 2,700 Amazon reviews is perfect for summer

Augusta Statz  |  June 27, 2019

Highly-rated Amazon products are worth paying attention to — especially when they’re this cute. This T-shirt from the brand YunJey has been reviewed over 2,700 times and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. And based on what people who have purchased the shirt have to say — this is the tee …

J.K. Rowling is releasing 4 new ‘Harry Potter’ stories

Augusta Statz  |  June 26, 2019

Lovers of the “Harry Potter” series, I hope you’re sitting down for this news: J.K. Rowling is releasing even more stories about the “Harry Potter” universe! The stories come in the form of a collection of e-books titled, “Harry Potter: A Journey Through…” The books feature non-fiction short stories that have been adapted from the …

18 travel essentials you need before your next vacation

Bridget Sharkey  |  June 25, 2019

Who’s ready for vacation!? Statistics show that 100 million Americans are planning to enjoy a family vacation this summer. And over half of these families say that they are planning to road-trip it. Whether you are taking planes, trains or automobiles, if you are one of the millions who have a vacation planned in the …

Cute Inflatable Baby Pools Are On Sale For $10 At Walmart (Regularly $26)

Augusta Statz  |  June 20, 2019

Now’s the time to get the backyard ready for summer. And to help you do just that — Walmart’s having a sale on inflatable pools for babies and kids that will be perfect for your little ones! Inflatable pools great for even the tiniest of babies are on sale for just $9.99, when they regularly …

I Almost Gave Up on My Instant Pot Until I Learned These 4 Tricks

Brittany Anas  |  June 18, 2019

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas. Since then, I’ve dried out beef to the point it was inedible (my dog even agreed), overcooked chicken and somehow burned a vegetable soup. Suffice to say, the cumbersome device hasn’t exactly proven itself worthy of coveted shelving space in my kitchen.  But, I know pressure cookers get …

These Floating Wine Glasses Are Just $2.49 At Aldi

Augusta Statz  |  June 14, 2019

Get ready to entertain in style this summer! These floating wine glasses are sure to take your summer parties to the next level. They look like actual wine glasses, so they’re sure to inject a bit of class compared to your usual drinking-wine-out-of-a-Solo-cup situation. The best part about the attractive plastic cups — besides the …

Target Corp. Reported A 4 percent increase in second-quarter profits

Target Is Recalling These Unicorn Toddler Rain Boots For A Choking Hazard

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  June 14, 2019

Attention, parents of toddlers who’ve shopped at Target in recent months: Target has issued a voluntary recall of children’s unicorn rain boots due to a possible choking hazard. The retailer is recalling 29,000 pairs of Cat & Jack “Lilia” rain boots that were sold nationwide after customers reported that the unicorn horn on the boots …

Michelin Is Making New ‘Puncture-Proof’ Tires

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  June 13, 2019

Flat tires and blowouts may soon be a thing of the past, if Michelin’s latest venture pans out. The company has teamed up with General Motors to create the first-ever airless, puncture-proof tires. Michelin recently unveiled a prototype at the Movin’On Summit in Montreal. Dubbed the Uptis, which is short for “Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System,” …

Lobster Lovers Can Win Their Dream Trip To Maine—Here’s How

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 12, 2019

If you love to dine on lobster, there’s no better place to go on vacation than Maine. The state is known for its fresh seafood. What even the biggest lobster lovers may not know, however, is that there is a peak harvesting season for Maine lobster, which results in what the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative …

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Target Doubles Paid Family Leave For Workers And Offers Backup Childcare

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  June 12, 2019

Not only is Target a family-friendly place to shop (especially because of the toy department and the food court) but now, thanks to a new parental leave policy, the retailer is becoming an even better place for parents to work. The company announced that it will double paid family leave benefits for all of its …

Here’s How Your Child Can Win A Birthday Party at Build-A-Bear

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 11, 2019

If a trip to Build-A-Bear is on your kid’s birthday wish list, the workshop is having a sweepstakes you have to enter. To kick off the second year of their Count Your Candles birthday program, Build-A-Bear is offering a chance to win a birthday party experience, plus a chance to participate in a limited-ticket offer …

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This JoJo Siwa Makeup Set From Claire’s Is Being Recalled For Asbestos

Bridget Sharkey  |  June 11, 2019

Here is some bad news for parents who shop at Claire’s: Yet again the national chain is coming under public scrutiny due to harmful chemicals in their beauty products. Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers that a JoJo Siwa makeup kit (SKU #888711136337, Batch/Lot No. S180109) sold by Claire’s tested …

You Can Now Buy A Charmin Toilet Paper Roll That Lasts A Whole Month

Haley Velasco  |  June 11, 2019

Bigger is better! Or at least that’s what Charmin is betting on with the size of their new toilet paper rolls. Called the Forever Roll, the brand promises that it will last you a month or more. And it’s guaranteed! If it doesn’t last a month, the Procter & Gamble Company-owned brand will give you …

Father’s Day Gifts From Daughter—7 Ideas For Your Dad

Bridget Sharkey  |  June 7, 2019

Father’s Day is almost here. If you’re a daughter struggling to figure out what to get your dad for his special day, don’t worry: We got you covered! Check out these awesome gift ideas for a daughter to give her dad for Father’s Day. Let’s celebrate the special man who helped make you the awesome …

Wal-Mart Lowers Earnings Estimate After Weak Second Quarter

High School Students Who Work At Walmart Can Get Free SAT Prep And Help With College Tuition

Kate Streit  |  June 7, 2019

High school students who work at Walmart can now get free SAT and ACT preparation courses. The company will also offer two to three general education college courses through a startup, Guild Education. These additions are part of an expansion of Walmart’s Live Better U program, in which the company subsidizes the cost for employees …

Father’s Day Crafts You Can Make For (Or With!) Dad

Kate Streit  |  June 6, 2019

Store-bought presents are nice, but most dads would probably agree that the best present they could receive on Father’s Day comes from the heart. If you’re looking for fun and meaningful crafts your kids can make for Dad, look no further — check out these four cool crafting projects that will make for a memorable …

Happy Father’s Day: 7 Unique Ways To Tell Dad You Love Him

Brittany Anas  |  June 6, 2019

The search is on for the perfect Father’s Day gift. But something you should keep in mind before you head out to the mall or drive yourself crazy trying to find the perfect present is that gift-giving can go beyond buying and wrapping a perfect present. We’re willing to bet that what dad really treasures …

These Gorgeous Bee Houses Are Just $14.97 At Costco

Steph Auteri  |  June 6, 2019

Just last month, the United Nations released a global assessment report that warned that 1 million wildlife species were facing extinction. Among them: thousands of bee species. This is bad news not only for the bees, but also for us. After all, many of those bees pollinate our trees and other flora, and our crops. …

Amazon Is Selling Grow-Your-Own Cherry Blossom Bonsai Tree Kits For $13

Augusta Statz  |  June 5, 2019

Now that burnout can not only be experienced but medically diagnosed, you may be more eager than ever to find ways to relax and unwind. Thankfully, you can practice your patience and cultivate a beautiful, living, miniature tree right in your home by purchasing this grow-your-own cherry blossom bonsai kit from Amazon. The kit from …

When Is Father’s Day?

Kate Streit  |  June 5, 2019

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 16, so now’s the time to start getting gifts for all the special dads in your life. With Amazon’s introduction of one-day Prime shipping, you can technically wait until the last minute to shop for presents from the online retailer. But why procrastinate? If you’re not ordering …

Amazon Is Selling Kits To Grow Your Own Avocado Tree For Just Under $20

Steph Auteri  |  May 31, 2019

If you’re anything like me, you know that avocado makes everything better. Avocado on your sandwich? Awesome! Avocado on your burger? Divine! Avocado on your salad? I wouldn’t eat it in any other way. And of course, toast just isn’t the same without an avocado spread. If she can’t mash up fresh avocado with some …

This Beach Chair Doubles As A Wagon And Will Make Your Summer So Much Easier

Augusta Statz  |  May 31, 2019

Getting to the beach can be easier said than done. Once the entire family’s loaded up with sunscreen, it’s time to lug all of your gear to the shore before finding the perfect place to plant yourself in the sand. But with a versatile product like this 2-in-1 beach chair and wagon combo — the …

You Can Get Giant Wooden Games At Aldi For $29.99

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 31, 2019

If you plan to host some summer barbecues this year or have an even bigger event coming up like a graduation celebration or backyard wedding, you’re going to need some entertainment. And if you’ve ever played giant yard games, you know it doesn’t get much better than that. According to Hip2Save, you can find giant …

You Could Win A Trip To Italy By Creating An Italian-inspired Recipe

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 31, 2019

Do you love to cook? How about coming up with your own delicious recipes? It’s not a skill many people have but, if you do, you probably end up playing host at a lot of dinner parties. Now that skill can land you an even bigger bonus thanks to pasta brand Explore Cuisine, which is …

FedEx Reports Sharp Decline In Quarterly Profits

FedEx Plans to Start Delivering Packages 7 Days a Week

Kate Streit  |  May 31, 2019

FedEx has announced it will begin delivering packages seven days a week. The new plan to add Sundays to its delivery schedule will begin next year. As of now, the company only delivers on Sundays during the holiday season. The additional day is meant to cater to the growing number of customers who do most, …

Best Protein Powder

The 3 best protein powders

Stephanie Faris  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall   Photo by Stephanie Faris     Why We Like It: Even when mixed with just water, we were impressed at how thick and frothy this shake was. It even had that delicious foam topping. In our testing, we found that it is prone to clumping, so with this one, you’ll need …

The 3 best alarm clocks

Stephanie Faris  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall   Kristin Forte/Simplemost Why We Like It: If you’ve struggled to see the display on your alarm clock or you just need a little help here and there, the American Lifetime digital alarm clock is the perfect one for you. In our testing, we found the text to be large and incredibly …

The 3 best salt lamps

Abby Stassen  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall   Kristin Forte/Simplemost Why We Like It: When we first took this salt lamp out of its packaging, the first thing we noticed was how sturdy it is. This salt lamp is massive, weighing in at between eight and 10 pounds, which means it really makes a statement when you add it …

The 3 best soda makers

Lauren Murphy  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall Photo by Kristin Forte/Simplemost Why We Like It: In our testing, this soda maker produced reliable carbonation every time — if you drink sparkling water daily, this model is for you. You’ll find that it’s simple, portable and looks sleek and modern on your countertop. Plus, it comes with everything you need …

The best toilet paper

Stephanie Faris  |  May 29, 2019

The Best Overall Toilet Paper   Quilted Northern/Amazon   Why We Like It: For those who value softness more than any other quality in a toilet paper, this version from Quilted Northern is for you. They don’t call it “ultra-plush” for nothing, and we found that this toilet paper lived up to its name! Unlike other …