5 Creative Solutions for Working Parents

5 Creative Solutions for Working Parents

The kids may be back in school, but that doesn’t mean busy, working parents get a break—on the contrary, things can get even more hectic with packing lunches, policing homework, making it to soccer practice, and more. Fortunately, we’ve discovered five solutions that make parenting a little less stressful. Read on for the must-try apps, websites, and services to have on your radar.

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Easy Back-to-School Meals for Your Kids

Easy Back-to-School Meals for Your Kids

Back-to-school season is always stressful. After shopping for brand-new supplies and arranging carpool rides, it’s now time to help your small scholars with homework and prepare their school lunches. To make the latter easier on you, we’ve asked a handful of our favorite bloggers for their best kid-friendly recipes. Whether it’s a better-for-you breakfast or a more wholesome treat for their lunch bag, try these five ideas this fall.

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A Wholesome Late-Summer Dessert to Try Now

A Wholesome Late-Summer Dessert to Try Now

All too often, we’re faced with a choice between sugar-filled sweets and tasteless treats. But thanks to Laurel Gallucci and Claire Thomas of Sweet Laurel Bakery, it’s possible to enjoy the best of both worlds—more-wholesome desserts that are delicious to boot. Using the fewest ingredients, all of which are organic, the Los Angeles-based company makes baked goods free of grain, dairy, and refined sugar, in addition to some vegan and raw treats. Read on for a delicious recipe Sweet Laurel created exclusively for Beautycounter, featuring late-summer peaches from the Santa Monica Farmers Market.

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Simple Ways to Make Back-to-School Season Safer

Simple Ways to Make Back-to-School Season Safer

Stocking up on brand-new back-to-school supplies is one of the season’s most treasured traditions. But even time-tested rituals deserve an update, especially when your children’s welfare is involved. This year, make sure your little ones start the school year on the right foot with safer gear, much of which is also better for the environment. To help you, we’ve rounded up 13 items, including organic paint, all-natural glue, and stainless steel containers, to shop just in time for their first day of school.

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Better-for-You Treats for July Fourth

Celebrating Independence Day usually means backyard barbecues, outdoor picnics, and pool parties—where it’s all too easy to overindulge in greasy finger foods and brightly dyed desserts. That’s why we asked a few of our favorite food bloggers for perfectly patriotic treats with a healthier twist. From a flag-inspired popsicle to a festive, flavorful pie, check out these four guilt-free recipes that you and your family can enjoy over the holiday weekend.

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Guilty Pleasure: The Best Artisan Chocolate

Guilty Pleasure: The Best Artisan Chocolate

A life without a few guilty pleasures—like chocolate—would feel incomplete, and a lot less delicious. Lucky for us all, when you do want to indulge in the occasional treat, there are many options better than your average box of drugstore sweets. Whether you’re spoiling yourself or shopping for a special someone, check out the following seven companies that make chocolate to satisfy any sweet tooth.

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New High-Tech Ways to Green Your Home in 2015

New High-Tech Ways to Green Your Home in 2015

It’s hard not to geek out about the Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest and most renowned tech event in the world. Tens of thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas every year to learn about the latest in electronics and technology, and thanks to floating speakers and intelligent skateboards, this year’s CES didn’t disappoint. In addition to these cool gadgets, however, there were also plenty of practical innovations focused on energy efficiency and designed to help create a greener, safer home—a concept that we at Beautycounter can certainly get behind.

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Little Changes: Tales of a Reluctant Home Eco-Momics Pioneer Q&A With Author Kristi Marsh

Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at 35 with three young children at home, Kristi started on a quest to eliminate harmful chemicals from her life and environment. Her book, Little Changes—our next selection in our Beautycounter Book Club series—is the story of that journey.

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Little Changes: Tales of a Reluctant Home Eco-Momics Pioneer Q&A With Author Kristi Marsh

Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at 35 with three young children at home, Kristi started on a quest to eliminate harmful chemicals from her life and environment. Her book, Little Changes—our next selection in our Beautycounter Book Club series—is the story of that journey.

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

As the old song goes, it was a very good year—full of milestones met, partnerships formed, and, most importantly, word spread on our mission. Reflecting on 2014, we feel incredibly proud of our progress and humbly thankful for all that our community has contributed to support it. As you can imagine, we were full of good cheer at our annual holiday party—so much so that we broke out into songs of our own, covering everything from seasonal classics to contemporary hits. (We’re fortunate enough to have a concert pianist and an opera singer among our colleagues, so the impromptu sing-along had actual moments of greatness, not just champagne-fueled fumbling.) After all, we couldn’t be more serious about our message, but we still manage to have some serious fun while we work to deliver it. And we wish nothing more than equally good times ahead for you and your loved ones in 2015.