Jacqueline Burt Cote

Jacqueline is a writer and mother of three whose work has appeared in Salon, The New York Post, Bon Appetit, The Stir, Parents and a bunch of other places. If you think your house is messy, don't worry, because hers is definitely worse.

Every Parent Should Watch Out For These Common Playground Dangers

Even though you probably tend to think of today's playgrounds as less dangerous than the ones you played on (with their metal slides and patches of asphalt under the swings), playground injuries are still surprisingly common. Sure, the asphalt has…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Kate Hudson's Pregnancy Style Will Make You *Want* To Wear Maternity Clothes

Some women make pregnancy look effortless, and Kate Hudson is definitely one of them. While the 39-year-old mom says her first trimester with her current pregnancy was rough (she's expecting her third child, a daughter with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa,…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

10 Easy School Lunch Ideas That Your Kids Won't Actually Want To Trade

Every year at back-to-school time, I make a promise to myself: This year, I'll do a better job of packing my kids lunch. I have such good intentions, I swear, all involving fresh produce and multiple food groups and things that don't come in little…
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Wait, How Is It Practically Labor Day Already? The Holiday Is Creeping Up Fast

Even though it feels like it was just Memorial Day, the truth is that Labor Day weekend is right around the corner. It's kind of a bummer, because even though the summer isn't officially over until several weeks into September, everybody knows that…
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5 Unconventional Ways to Jumpstart Labor That Actually Work

There comes a point in every pregnancy when, no matter how much you liked being pregnant, you suddenly cannot possibly handle being pregnant for one more second of your life. This point is usually heralded by such developments as no longer being…
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Ryan's World Toys Are Selling Like Hotcakes, But You Can Still Get Some Here

If you've got a kid between the ages of about three and six who's into YouTube videos (and aren't all kids between the ages of three and six into YouTube videos?), chances are you're well acquainted with one of YouTube's most successful channels…
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10 Cat Names Inspired By The Royal Family, Because Felines Reign Supreme

Just like the trendiness of certain baby names can be influenced by popular members of the royal family, so are the names people choose for their pets. And just because the Queen has long been associated with a certain fondness for dogs doesn't mean…
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Actually, Here's When You *Shouldn't* Mess With Your Baby's Cradle Cap

While all three of my kids were different as babies (from appetites to sleeping habits), there's one thing they all had in common: cradle cap. No big surprise, considering the vast majority of infants develop cradle cap, and no big deal, either,…
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Popcorn & 7 Other Foods That Are Surprisingly Dangerous To Dogs

If you've ever had a dog, you know that most of them will eat just about anything: garbage, rocks, shoes, entire articles of clothing (though they'll inexplicably turn their noses up at actual dog food). Unfortunately, many of the things dogs are…
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10 Amazing Makeup Stick Products Because, Let's Be Honest, You're Lazy

Cosmetics trends come and go, but some stick around forever — and makeup sticks seem poised to do just that (no pun intended). Why are makeup sticks so appealing? Maybe it's because they're super easy to apply on-the-go (no brushes required!). Maybe…
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Cornstarch Is Diaper Rash Magic, But Is It Safe?

Babies are famous for having incredibly soft skin, but that velvety smoothness comes at a price: Itchy, painful rashes. That's especially true in the diaper area, of course, and there's nothing like a raging diaper rash to put a baby in a horrible…
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10 Baby Names That Begin With "X" & Have That X Factor

The letter "x" doesn't get a whole lotta love in the English language, or not at the beginning of words, anyway. (X-Ray? Xylophone? Yeah, that's about it.) So when you're trying to think of baby names, you probably don't have very many options that…
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Get $2 Tanks and $4 Uniform Shirts At Old Navy's Back-To-School Sale RN

There are very few things in this world that can be purchased for five bucks or less. A pack of gum, maybe? Or a cup of coffee (as long as it's not a fancy one). A sandwich would be pushing it, honestly. But thanks to Old Navy's current sale, you…
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Parents, Don't Pick A Daycare Without Asking These 10 Questions First

Choosing a daycare for your child can be an overwhelming and terrifying process. Even if you're thrilled to be getting back to work, the prospect of your little one spending the day apart from you is enough to give any mom a mild panic attack.…
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The Next Partial Solar Eclipse Is Coming, But Don't Clear Your Calendar

This summer, it seems like every other week there's some other major celestial event happening: Either yet another planet is going into retrograde or everybody's freaking out over the prospect of another eclipse, making special sunglasses to watch…
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10 Crucial Questions Parents Need To Ask A School Before Enrolling Their Kid

Kids usually have lots of questions before they start at a new school: Is the teacher nice? Do they have a playground there? What about snacks? But as a parent, you've got even more questions. Whether you have the option of picking between several…
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5 Ways Mercury Retrograde Is Totally Messing With Your Cat

When you're smack in the middle of Mercury retrograde, it seems like every single aspect of your life is affected by the cosmic mayhem. You're constantly putting out fires at work, everything you own seems to be malfunctioning, and communication…
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15 Cute Nursing Tops You'd Want To Buy Even If You Weren't Breastfeeding

After months of maternity clothes, most new moms really start missing their "normal" wardrobe. In fact, wearing non-pregnant outfits is probably one of the things at the very top of your "stuff I can't wait to do once I finally have this baby" list.…
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8 Nursing Bras That Go Above & Beyond

There was a time when breastfeeding moms had precious little to choose from in the bra department, especially if those moms wanted something other than a boring old functional garment with about as much style as an ACE bandage. Now, thankfully,…
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The 10 Most Popular Romance Novels of 2018 That Are Seriously *Hot*

Even if your bookcases are filled with the kind of Pulitzer-winning, critically acclaimed titles that appeal to the loftiest of book clubs, you might find yourself turning to more... frivolous fare during the summer months. When you're lying on a…
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