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If you’re looking for a light snack to enjoy at any time of day, you can’t go wrong with popcorn. It’s great for movie nights, of course, but also also as a mid-morning snack to tide you over until lunch, a snack to share with the whole family, and something to make nights in a… Read More

Warm, comforting potato soup is the perfect light meal, but sometimes you don’t have the time or energy to make it from scratch yourself. Instead, you can buy potato soup either completely pre-made, ready to heat and eat, or as a soup mix that you simply add water and/or other ingredients to. You can find… Read More

I have fond memories of my first attempts at baking a cake. I had two younger brothers who would gather around, eagerly eyeing the mixing bowl. They wanted the creamy leftovers when I was done, of course, and since we raised our own eggs and I’d heard nothing about potential food-borne illnesses then, I always… Read More

Few canned foods are quite so versatile, healthy, or downright delicious as baked beans. Whether you’re planning on cooking up a British-style beans-on-toast breakfast, making a bean sandwich, looking for a simple side for a full-blown barbecue or cookout, or just want to stock up on hearty, non-perishable, and easy-to-make foods in case you can’t… Read More

While some people love the bitter taste of dark chocolate, others eat it purely for health benefits. According to some studies, dark chocolate, which is generally made of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar (and no milk) can improve cognitive functioning and reduce the risk of heart disease. A little bit of dark chocolate might… Read More

Cold brew coffee is all the rage right now, and it’s easy to see why. A perfect summertime drink, cold-brewed coffee has lower acidity and bitterness than hot brewed coffee. Cold brew’s smoother and lighter taste comes from its 12 hours (or longer) brew time that slowly draws out coffee from the beans at room… Read More

Few non-perishable foods are quite so capable of warming the heart and delighting the tastebuds as a good bowl of chicken noodle soup. Canned chicken noodle soups, however, can be a hit or a miss—while some are just about as cozy, comforting, filling, and tasty as canned foodtuffs come, just as many others are bland,… Read More

Marinara sauce is a classic staple in almost every household across the United States. Sure, you can make it yourself fairly easily, but sometimes you just want to boil up some pasta, stir it into a ready-made sauce, and have a family favorite ready to serve. The trouble is finding good marinara sauce. Some just… Read More

Peanut butter is eaten in over 90% of American households. Every year, we consume about 700 million pounds of it. If most of us were forced to choose just three food items that we would never let our pantry or kitchen cupboards be without, one of those foods would likely be peanut butter. But which… Read More

Creating a homemade pasta sauce from scratch is great and all, but who has the time? Lucky for us there are a number of delicious and nutritious pre-made pasta sauces out there that taste as good as mom’s family recipe. Convenience is king, but flavor matters too. We found several pasta sauces from family-owned companies… Read More

When you don’t have time to head to the store or make soup from scratch, there’s no need to sweat—these days, you can find all types of soup online, from delicate, savory, soul-warming broths and miso soups to hearty clam chowders, gumbo, and seafood bisque. There are so many worthy, just-like-homemade options out there, in… Read More

White chocolate is a tasty confection made from cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, and vanilla. While white chocolate isn’t technically a chocolate since it doesn’t contain cocoa solids (which provide the brown color and chocolatey flavor), it’s still a delicious option for a dessert or treat. From truffles to candy bars to baking chocolates, we’ve… Read More

Penne pasta got its name from its unique shape. The word penne comes from the Italian penne, which means feather, derived from the Latin penna, which means feather or quill. Indeed, the pasta was believed to resemble the shape of the steel nibs of old-fashioned fountain pens. Pasta maker Giovanni Battista Capurro from Genoa was… Read More

Tomato sauce is a versatile ingredient that can be used as a base in a variety of recipes. From zesty Italian pasta sauce to spiced Moroccan tomato dishes, the possibilities to create a flavorful and healthy meal for your family are endless. With so many options on the market it may be difficult to find… Read More

If you happen to be anything like the team members here at Creative Family Moments, a good cup of coffee in the morning is likely item number one on your daily list of non-negotiables. While we might be willing to lower our standards a little when it comes to breakfast fare, office snacks, lunchtime sandwiches,… Read More

When it comes to snacking, pretzels remain a popular choice. These little goodies are made from dough shaped into a knot or a stick, then baked until crisp and seasoned with salt or other flavors like cheese, chocolate, honey, or cinnamon. Where did pretzels come from in the first place? Historians aren’t sure, as there… Read More

A favorite of kids and adults alike, there’s just something special about a glass of creamy, cool, rich chocolate milk. There are a ton of tasty chocolate milk options out there, even for those who are dairy free or vegan. We’ve found some of the tastiest shelf stable chocolate milk options for you to stock… Read More

Whether you’re looking for a healthy after-school snack for the kids, something to help you avoid those post-dinner potato-chip binges, or a crunchy complement to the soft and savory offerings on your cheese platters and appetizer tables, there are few better options out there than the humble cracker. But, despite their simplicity, the difference between… Read More

There’s nothing like enjoying a piece of smooth, rich chocolate. And while chocolate comes in a variety of styles, the simple chocolate bar is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to indulge in this decedent dessert. Whether you’re a dark chocolate fan or solidly in the milk chocolate zone, we’ve found some of… Read More

True coffee connoisseurs know that filling their cup with the best tasting coffee requires more than simply selecting the best bean—the way in which you make that coffee, alas, also has a significant impact on the quality of the final product. In recent years, “third wave” coffee lovers have discovered that one of the best… Read More

Oyster crackers add the perfect amount of crunch to soups, chowders, and chilis. The toasted, crispy texture is the perfect complement to a warm bowl of food, and oyster crackers are often served alongside these dishes at restaurants and at home. We reviewed dozens of oyster crackers to identify the best of the best. We… Read More

While some people prefer chocolate bars, others love the mix of flavors and the convenient size that you get with chocolate candy. And candy makers have risen to the occasion pairing chocolate with all kinds of delicious flavors in these bite size pieces. From mint to caramel to peanut butter, we’ve found some of the… Read More

Having a car seat for your infant and toddler is a must; that much goes without saying. When your child outgrows his infant car seat, though, there is still plenty of years before he’ll fit safely into the seat belt that comes standard in your car. If your infant car seat has a weight limit,… Read More

While the vacuum market may be much more varied than it once was, there’s a reason that the first popular home vacuums were upright vacuums: They’re so easy to use! You’ll walk along with an upright and the length of the power cords have a typical standard that will allow you to vacuum from room to… Read More

The Best Pet Insurance Plans

Chances are good that each year, you spend some time choosing the health insurance plan that will work best for your family. Many pet owners also maintain pet insurance for their four-legged family members. Pet insurance can make it less financially stressful to care for your pet in the event of an injury, accident, or… Read More

Even before 2020, having food delivered was a convenience that many families enjoyed. Now, many see it as a necessity. You can have produce, meat, and prepared meals show up on your doorstep on a weekly or monthly basis, making your life easier. Did you know that you can do the same for your dog?… Read More

Father and son using a tablet together on their couch

Does the thought, “Are my kids safe online?” ever cross your mind? As a parent, it’s completely normal to have concerns about cybersecurity. After all, kids are spending an increasing amount of time online. According to The Center for Parenting Education, kids and teens spend an estimated 44.5 hours each week in front of digital… Read More

The Best Smartwatches for Kids

Do you wonder how you ever lived without your smartwatch? If your answer is “yes,” it makes sense that you’re now considering buying one for your kids. Needless to say, a standard smartwatch won’t do—you’ll need to give them an age-appropriate one that actually fits them. This is where smartwatches for kids come in. They’re… Read More

The Best Measuring Cups

Whether you’re looking to upgrade, replace, or buy your first set of measuring cups, you won’t want to do so blindly. A quality measuring cup will have you set for every recipe you know and the potential more difficult ones you’re going to come across. But if you’re stuck on what type best suits your… Read More

The Best Fitness Trackers for Kids

If you have a fitness tracker, chances are your kids are going to want one too. However, buying an adult fitness tracker for younger kids may not make much sense. To start with, an adult wearable may be too complicated for kids to understand and master. It also might not properly fit their small wrists…. Read More

The Best Citrus Juicers

If you’re interested in making your morning juice the freshest, and highest quality you can manage, then you will definitely want to consider picking up a citrus juicer. There are quite a few types of a citrus juicer and the range of quality, just as with nearly any popular product, is vast. If you’re not… Read More

The Best Multi-Cookers

The busier you get the more in need you are of a multi-cooker in the kitchen. Not only will it open up your meal options, but it will also make each time you prepare food easier than you’ve ever imagined. For those of us who don’t want to, or can’t afford to, do a drive-thru… Read More

The Best Dish Racks

Some people find doing the dishes by hand meditative and some would rather tackle almost any other chore. Whatever your thoughts on the matter, you’ll need a dish rack to hold your clean dishes and allow them space to dry naturally. The right dish rack will make the task easier, so it doesn’t seem like… Read More

The Best Sewing Machines

Sewing is sometimes seen as a lost art, but whether you sew your own clothing, make quilts for decoration or functional use, or simply need a way to hem pants and fix seams, a sewing machine can be a helpful appliance to have in your household. There are several types of sewing machines, and you… Read More

The Best White Noise Machines

Are you looking for a no-fuss way to help you and your family have more restful nights of sleep? A white noise machine could be precisely what you’ve been searching for. White noise machines are devices that are designed to aid sleep by masking household, environmental, and other noises that may disturb sleep. They do… Read More

The Best Bike Locks

Bike thieves never tire of coming up with new and inventive ways to deprive us of our rides. Thankfully, however, bike lock manufacturers are doing their very best to keep up, rolling out increasingly crack-resistant, cut-resistant, and tougher locks that are capable of deterring and thwarting even the most determined would-be robbers of our rides…. Read More

The Best Ironing Boards

Ironing might not be everybody’s favorite chore, but it’s one of those tasks that have to get done, and to tackle it properly, you’ll need an ironing board. With newer fabrics, and washer and dryer technologies, not every garment you own needs ironing, but there are still clothes that you can’t get away with leaving… Read More

The Best Chromebooks for Kids

Access to technology has become increasingly essential for education, even for kids as young as elementary schoolers. And, of course, there’s recreational value as well. But for parents who didn’t grow up in this digital climate, it can be tough to determine what your kids actually need and even tougher to figure out how to… Read More

The Best Breast Pumps

As a mom, you’re probably familiar with the benefits of breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that it protects against a variety of diseases and conditions in infants including respiratory tract infections, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and childhood overweight and obesity. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services adds that… Read More

The Best Baby Monitors

Though the adage suggests that peaceful and deep sleep is “sleeping like a baby,” any parent knows that nothing sleeps as poorly as a baby! You can expect your baby to get up throughout the night and that means you need to be prepared. A baby monitor will allow you to keep an ear out… Read More

The Best Standing Desks

For those who spend their days at their desk, then a standing desk is definitely something worth considering. You probably already know that standing 8 hours a day, 5 days a week isn’t ideal for your body’s fitness. While you should take the time to get a bit of exercise in, there just never seems… Read More

The Best Food Processors

For most anyone who spends regular time in the kitchen, a food processor is a staple item. Sometimes more complicated recipes will require them, but more often, a food processor will make a typical recipe incredibly easy. You’ll be able to spend your time doing the parts you love, and less time stressing uniform chops… Read More

The Best Laundry Detergent

One of the necessities in your family’s home and maintenance items is laundry detergent. If you’re not sure what kind of laundry detergent is best for your home, though, you may want to take a closer look at the types and the results in relation to your needs. If you have a soccer player who… Read More

The Best Handheld Vacuums

Some days it seems like every time you turn around there’s another mess to clean up. The more messes, and the more spread out, the better a handheld vacuum will fit into your life. While you won’t get the same suction of an upright or canister – you may be surprised at how effective the… Read More

The Best Blackout Curtains

When you or someone you love needs to sleep while the sun is up, darkening the room goes a long way to providing better rest. Standard curtains may help a little bit, but blackout curtains are specially designed to block out the sunlight and UV rays. The fabric used to create these curtains also helps… Read More

The Best Pillows for Side Sleepers

Ahhh… a good night’s rest. If you’re not already experiencing good sleep, it might be time to rethink your bed and pillow. What you sleep on and what you rest your head on effect the quality of your zzz’s. Choose a pillow based on your sleep position to optimize your rest. Using a pillow designed… Read More

The Best Electric Shavers/Razors for Men

Whether you prefer to sport a beard, flash a ‘stache, or be clean shaven, you need a shaver or razor to do the job. What type of shaver or razor you choose depends on your preference and grooming needs. Electric shavers and razors for men are available in a wide variety of styles, from basic… Read More

The Best Nitric Oxide Supplements

Nitric oxide supplements usually include L-arginine and L-citrulline, amino acids found in meat, nuts, legumes, fish, poultry, and even watermelon. Scientists believe nitric oxide helps your body relax and widen blood vessels to promote blood flow throughout the body. People take nitric oxide supplements for various reasons, from improving athletic performance and faster muscle recovery… Read More

The Best Vacuum Sealers

Enjoy fresh food longer when you use a vacuum sealer. Unlike other storage options, such as a plastic bowl and lid, zipper baggie, or aluminum foil, a vacuum-sealed bag or container will keep food fresher longer due to the lack of oxygen. Foods retain quality and nutrients, and you have less food waste. We looked… Read More

The Best Weight Loss Supplements and Diet Pills for Women

Losing weight is difficult, and sometimes you just need that little extra push. When used properly, weight loss supplements or diet pills may be a tool that can help women lose weight. Weight loss pills are typically made from one or more ingredients that may help decrease your appetite, increase burning fat, or reduce fat… Read More