Huge mistakes everyone makes when shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond makes the interior designer in us very excited. Thank you to shows like Fixer Upper for making us believe we can all decorate like Joanna Gaines. But luckily, if you struggle finding the right items for your place, the retail giant has a ton of great stuff. From the beautiful bedding options to affordable artwork and sleek appliances ⁠— it really has everything we need. It’s also great for festive occasions, and you can even do your wedding registry at the store. They seriously have one the best dish and silverware sections. And according to CNBC, the secret is out about their robust inventory, as the retail chain brings in nearly $3 billion a year.

However, with all of the options available it can be hard to make the right decision. From picking up expensive back-to-school items to missteps in the clearance section, here’s how to avoid the common mistakes shoppers make at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Buying pricey back-to-school items

When your child is going off to college for the first time your instinct might be to buy them every modern convenience you can, but that isn’t necessarily a great idea. First of all, it’s an impermanent place they’ll be staying and it can get very expensive. Cheatsheet recommends staying away from things like a fancy hamper from Bed Bath & Beyond, which can set you back around $60. Instead, get them a laundry basket that is practical for them to carry to the communal laundry room and is much more cost-effective.

Also, avoid buying from the dorm furniture section at the retail giant. Stylish study setups that have already been curated by the store can come at a hefty price tag of $120. That’s a lot for items your child will probably discard relatively quickly. To stay on budget, try picking out inexpensive furniture from different stores that have not been bundled together.

Not downloading the Bed Bath & Beyond app

The first thing you need to do if you want the most current discounts is sign up for them online at the retail giant’s website (per CBS News). However, if you’re less into receiving coupons by regular mail and more of a tech enthusiast, the app might be a better option. Shopping expert at True Trae, Trae Bodge, explained the app keeps all of your coupons and receipts in one place. This means way less of a mess in your purse with trying to keep track of everything. It also has a very handy feature, where you can scan any barcode in the store for price checks on products.

Another techie hack that can save you 20 percent is signing into your Bed Bath & Beyond account and adding an item to your online shopping cart (via CBS News). Then, exit out of the page by closing the tab. The store often will send an email with a 20 percent off code to encourage you to buy the product. Also, make sure to not throw away coupons you receive in the mail from the chain because they never expire.

Not shopping the clearance section the right way and tossing receipts

The Spruce recommends to not just look at the clearance sections that are typically located in the center aisles. Other sections have their own clearance items, like the bedding section, where you can find some incredible deals. Designer bedding with budget friendly prices? Sign us up! Expert on savings at CouponSherpa.com, Kendal Perez, also suggested shopping the clearance area on Monday. “According to retail insiders, Bed Bath & Beyond restocks its clearance section over the weekend, making the beginning of the week the best time to search for deals,” Perez said (via CBS News).

Another mistake is not saving your receipts. According to The Krazy Coupon Lady, Bed Bath & Beyond recently updated its return policy — which means if you don’t have your receipt, the store will only give you a credit for what the item is currently being sold for and will subtract 20 percent. The store once had a flexible return policy, but Benjamin Glaser from DealNews.com said the chain has gotten stricter. “Returns with a receipt can be made for a full refund, with essentially no time limit,” Glaser explained (via CBS News). So if you decide to buy with cash, make sure to keep those receipts in a safe place.

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Cassie Shows Off Postpartum Body, But We Wish She Didn't Have To

Since having daughter Frankie in December, singer and model Cassie has not the most prolific of new celebrity moms on social media. But on Monday, she took to her Instagram Stories with an admission that we think might explain her absence. She seems to have gone back and forth with accepting her postpartum body.

“I haven’t posted anything like this in a while, but I’m very proud of myself,” wrote Cassie, who married trainer and bull-rider Alex Fine last year, shortly after ending her 10-plus-year relationship with Diddy. “The female body is truly an amazing thing. I didn’t rush to lose weight after having Frankie in December, but when I was ready to, I struggled with it for some months.”

After spending her career modeling and performing, we imagine it was difficult for Cassie not to feel she was in the same physical shape as she had been in for most of her life. Pregnancy and childbirth take a toll on the body — changing everything from lung capacity to bone density — and it’s not necessarily realistic to expect that once the baby is finally outside your body that you can get it “back” just by exercising and dieting a lot.

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But we very much wish that no new parent felt that this is something they have to do. If we could live in a world in which women weren’t compelled to show off how they lost the baby weight — or even feel the need to explain that doing so is taking some time — we might all be a little healthier and happier.

For her part, Cassie said she realized she needed to be easier on herself.

“I stopped putting so much pressure on myself and with less stress and healthier habits,” she wrote. “This is me today 7 months postpartum. Feeling really good, I’m healthy and working on my strength. Love your body!”

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Congratulations to Cassie for feeling good and being proud of herself, truly. Everyone else reading this, please know that you absolutely do not need to have abs like that seven months after having a baby, or ever. Do postpartum workouts and eat right so that you have the strength and endurance to care for your child and do everything else that makes your life fulfilling, not so that you have that extra line down your middle when you wear a bikini.

Cassie has managed to spend her career going by just one name. We wonder if her daughter or any of these celebrity kids with unique names will have the same privilege.

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Gigi Hadid Reveals a Bit of Her Bump & Why You Won't See More

During her pregnancy, Gigi Hadid is learning one of the first harsh rules about motherhood: Some people will care more about your child more than they do about all the other amazing things you create. Case in point, in preparing to promote Gigi Journal Part II, an art book she created with V Magazine, she wound up receiving tons of fan questions about showing off her baby bump, yet again.

“I’m so grateful for the positive comments and the questions and wanting just to know that we’re all good and safe and everything’s going great and I love you guys,” Hadid said on Wednesday in a long Instagram Live post to unveil the book.

“Obviously, I think a lot of people are confused why I’m not sharing more, but I’m pregnant through a pandemic,” she explained. “Obviously, my pregnancy is not the most important thing going on in the world. That’s a reason that I felt that it’s not really something that I need to share apart from with my family and friends. Obviously, a lot of people have lost lives due to coronavirus that was in the beginning of quarantine and still happening. And then we moved obviously into the reemergence of the [Black Lives Matter] movement, and I thought that our presence on social media should be used for that.”

This is a very mature, selfless way of explaining Hadid’s lack of pregnancy updates. Mine would have been more like, “I’ll post if I want to, so mind your own business,” only with more expletives. (Reason #798 Hadid is a social media star and I am not.)

But beyond the fact that the world is on fire and there are more important things to discuss than the shape of one model’s belly, Hadid also does want to maintain a bit of privacy during this very special time.

“I have been taking a lot of pictures of my bump and sending it to friends and family,” she said. “And it’s been really cute and exciting, and I’m trying to document it well because I’ve heard a lot of people say, make sure you don’t miss it. And I will be sharing stuff like that in the future. I just am not rushed to do it, and I feel like right now, I just want to experience it.”

Hadid spends her entire life presenting an image of herself for public consumption, so it’s pretty understanding if she wants a break from all that.

“I just don’t want to worry about waking up every day during my pregnancy and worry about having to like look cute or post something,” she went on.

We’ll always have the Bella twins for pregnancy bump pics.

Still, she made one tiny concession for curious fans who just want to see evidence of the life growing inside her. After she had previously explained about not looking pregnant on Instagram videos taking from the front, she discussed her love of loose, linen clothing, particularly the set from Holiday she was wearing. Then she unbuttoned the bottom of her shirt.

“OK, there’s my belly, y’all,” she said, revealing the top of her bump and leaving the rest out of view of the camera. “It’s there. It’s just that from the front, it’s different. … I’m taking my time with sharing my pregnancy, and you guys will see it when you see it.”

With that, she continued on with her original purpose, to show off Gigi’s Journal. Because, for real, can we please let a mom-to-be also have her career?

If Gigi and Zayn don’t have a name picked out yet, maybe they can get inspo from these wacky celebrity baby names.

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The real reason you shouldn’t drink raw milk when pregnant

Maybe you’ve gone most of your life without really questioning what you’re eating. You have friends who talk about non-GMO this and gluten-free that, and you’ve shrugged it off and kept eating your Cocoa Puffs. But all of that can change when you’re pregnant, and you become intensely aware that whatever you put into your mouth is also feeding your baby. Suddenly, you crave free-range chicken and apples picked off the trees of a local orchard. You make yourself a salad from lettuce and carrots that still had a little dirt on them when you bought them at the farmer’s market.

And what about milk? Should you keep on buying that half-gallon at the grocery store — which has been pasteurized to remove bacteria — or does your imagination send you to a barnyard, where a pink-cheeked milkmaid hands you a rustic metal pail, filled with the frothy, raw, unpasteurized milk from that morning’s session with Bessie? According to Nourished Kitchen, raw milk indeed has many health benefits, ranging from enzymes that allow you to better absorb the calcium to beneficial bacteria that support gut health.

But experts warn that it’s extremely dangerous for pregnant women to drink raw milk. Here’s why.

Drinking raw milk when pregnant can cause serious complications

The biggest risk of drinking raw, unpasteurized milk when you’re pregnant is that you could develop Listeria, which causes a miscarriage or stillbirth in 20% of women who contract the pathogen. The American Academy of Pediatrics noted that higher rates of pre-term delivery, as well as sepsis and meningitis in newborns, have all been linked to a Listeria infection due to the mother’s consumption of raw milk (per Live Science). If you’re wondering whether milk from cows that are grass-fed is safe to drink — or if a farmer says the milk is tested to confirm lack of bacteria — the CDC says there’s still a risk that the milk will be unsafe to drink, noting that even healthy animals from clean farms may pass on harmful microorganisms.

What about if you’re not pregnant? Raw milk enthusiasts chug the stuff because they believe in its health benefits and are outraged by government regulations restricting its sale. “Legally, I can feed my children fast food three meals a day. But then to get this incredible, nutrient-dense, fresh local food, the farmer in my state is criminalized for selling that to me,” stay-at-home mom Liz Reitzig told NPR. However, the bottom line comes from Mary Glode, a professor of pediatric infectious disease at Children’s Hospital Colorado: “Pasteurization is one of the major public-health advances of the century. It’s a shame not to take advantage of that.” (via WebMD)

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Children's Books Featuring Boys of Color You'll Want to Buy Now

It wasn’t always a given that we could give you a list of the best children’s books featuring boys of color. In mainstream American pop culture, we have been quick to embrace the music and poetry of Black and Latino men. We love our Black and brown actors and comedians. But until very recent history, we have been far, far behind on giving them starring roles in literature, as little boys or as grown men.

That, as you must know if you’re reading this, is a serious problem that we’re still a long way from fixing entirely. But at least now little boys and girls don’t have to resort to reading only books about animals and white kids. They can see themselves in the pages too. These children’s books for boys of color are also for boys and girls of all backgrounds, of course, because we turn to books to expand our worlds as much as to see them reflected.

Some of what we list here, such as Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, bring to life true stories of slavery, oppression, and triumph. Children will be totally engrossed as they’re educated about what it’s like to have a family divided by immigration, such as in René Laínez’s From North to South, or to have little money, like in Trombone Shorty’s memoir for children.

We have gathered some of the best children’s books that uplift Black and brown boys, too. Karamo Brown’s I Am Perfectly Designed and Mechal Renee Roe’s Cool Cuts are full of infectious joy and love.

At the same time, the best children’s books don’t always aim to teach children, not so obviously anyway. Matt de la Peña’s award-winning Last Stop on Market Street shows rather than tells about the beauty we can find in everyday lives. Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved classic The Snowy Day gives us little more than a perfect slice of life that we would very much love to save in our pocket to cherish later. We can hear the music of Havana’s streets in the words of Margarita Engle’s All the Way to Havana, and the rhythm of New York’s neighborhoods in Laban Carrick Hill’s When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop.

We also won’t sleep on the illustrators of these children’s books boys and girls love to stare at for hours. From the inimitable work of Jerry Pinkney in God Bless the Child to the depictions of Little Legends from new rising star Vashti Harrison, these books are worthy of filling your bookshelves long past the days when your children outgrow picture books. But then we hope you’ll pass them on to others, too.

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Still Growing! Pregnant Teddi Mellencamp’s Family Album

Teddi Mellencamp may hold a diamond on TV, but her husband and kids are the real gems in her life.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and husband Edwin Arroyave are parents of daughter Slate and son Cruz. The Skyline Security Management founder is also the father of daughter Isabella from a previous relationship.

Us Weekly broke the news in September 2019 that Mellencamp is pregnant with their third child after the couple struggled with fertility issues.

“Edwin’s like, ‘It was meant to be!’ We’re both just so over the moon!” the Bravo star gushed to Us at the time. “Even when I finally was like, ‘I took the test and it’s positive,’ he was like, ‘We have to go to the doctor! I don’t believe this test! Did you take a different vitamin that might have showed up and said you were pregnant?’”

The accountability coach admitted that she doesn’t know how she got pregnant naturally after multiple rounds of IVF and suffering more than one miscarriage, but she’s “really happy that it happened!”

“Doctors say that sometimes it just happens,” she told Us. “There’s no real reason why, maybe it’s because you’ve alleviated the pressure and your body just feels more relaxed to get pregnant?”

Mellencamp and Arroyave’s kids are also “so excited” about getting another sibling.

“They’ve been talking about it for a long time and, actually, it’s been my son who’s been like, ‘Mom, we need to have another baby,’” Mellencamp told Us. “And I never wanted to get his hopes up. So when we told him, he was through the roof. Like, amazing. So excited.”

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Jon Gosselin: Why I Didn't Spend 4th of July With Son Collin

Celebrating apart. Jon Gosselin explained why he didn’t spend the 4th of July with his son Collin.

“Happy Fourth of July to every one!!!” the Jon & Kate Plus 8 alum, 43, captioned a Saturday, July 4, Instagram selfie with his girlfriend, Colleen Conrad, and daughter Hannah. “Sorry for the late post!!! Collin had other plans with his friends this weekend, that’s why he is not in the picture (shame I have to explain all that, but I just did)!!!!”

Conrad posted pictures on her own account, writing, “Happy 4th of July!! Missing Collin who dissed us for his friends.”

Jon welcomed Hannah, Collin and their sextuplet siblings Aaden, Joel, Leah and Alexis in 2004 with his now-ex-wife, Kate Gosselin. The former couple are also the parents of twins Madelyn and Cara, 19.

Following their split, Jon and the Kate Plus Date star, 45, were granted shared physical custody of their kids. Hannah moved in with the prep cook in 2018, and he was given sole custody of Collin the following year.

In May, Collin gushed about his relationship with his dad’s girlfriend in honor of Mother’s Day.

“I don’t think mother can describe all the things Colleen has done for me,” Collin wrote via Instagram at the time. “Yes a mother clothes her children and cooks for them but it’s the best feeling when your mother or mother figure is one of your best friends and always has your back, the one who always shares that laugh of the humor only you guys get.”

He went on to write, “I could call it Mother’s Day, but it’s more than that, Colleen, you are so much more than a mother to me, you are one of my guidelines and one of my guiding lights. Thank you doesn’t say enough, I love you so much and you’ve done so much for me that claims you my strong, happy, loving and awesome mother figure, you’re irreplaceable. Thank you so much Colleen love you so much!!!”

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BBC Mom Getting Interrupted Is Cute, But It's Time to Get Angry

If you haven’t seen the videos yet, rest assured you will have had hundreds of opportunities by day’s end: On Wednesday, two different mothers on two different British news channels had their interviews interrupted by their adorable children. It’s cute, no doubt. It’s something most of us can relate to this year, if we’re lucky enough to be able to work from home. But I’m wondering why more of us aren’t also enraged by the fact that this is our “new normal” with basically no end in sight.

Let’s go to the cuteness, first. Clare Wenham, assistant professor of global health policy at the London School of Economics, was on BBC News to discuss how local governments in England can make better use of data on COVID-19 cases to control the spread with lockdowns. I had to watch the video three times to understand that’s what she was talking about, because her daughter Scarlett stole the show by testing out different locations around the room for her unicorn drawing.

Wenham was very impressive in her ability to block out her daughter’s activities, but presenter Christian Fraser couldn’t help but acknowledge what was going on.

“What is your daughter called?” he said, basically ignoring Wenham’s previous statement. After she answered, he said, “Scarlett, I think it looks better on the lower shelf.”

Following Scarlett’s explanation about her interior decorating mission, Fraser declares this, “the most informative interview I’ve done all day.”

The internet has agreed, sharing the clip and launching polls about which shelf the unicorn should go on. For the title of favorite interrupted parent, Wenham is quickly outranking Robert Kelly, the dad whose children interrupted his BBC interview in 2017.

Meanwhile, Sky News foreign affairs editor Deborah Haynes was attempting to discuss the U.K.’s offer to accept 2.9 million British national overseas citizens and their family members from Hong Kong, in reaction to China’s new restrictive laws in the former British territory. But her son interrupted her to ask if he could have “two biscuits.”

Both Haynes and Wenham have replied to their sudden internet fame with grace, updating us on the unicorn’s status (top shelf) and chocolate cookie consumption. And to be clear, I think it’s a good sign that most people accept that this has become a necessary state of life during lockdown. This comes days after Florida State University announced it would no longer allow parents to care for their children while working from home. Other moms have been reporting that their employers are losing patience with them for having to include their children on Zoom calls, or schedule work at odd hours, even though they complete every work duty that is required of them.

But I’m also done with thinking this is cute. This is an international crisis, people. I’m unfamiliar with what’s going on in the U.K., but I know that the U.S. government is completely failing to address this problem. Opening up the economy can’t happen without giving us all of these things at once: more testing, more contact tracing, and a lot of funding to give working parents safe childcare options and safe schools.

On Thursday, the American Federation of School Administrators released a preliminary guide to reopening schools. In it, the organization estimates that for additional staffing and cleaning supplies, the average school district (3,659 students, eight school buildings) would need $1.8 million in additional funding. For an urban district like New York City (1.12 million students and 1,722 schools), the estimate is in the hundreds of millions. The Council of Chief State School Officers told the Senate that an additional $158 billion to $244 billion will be needed for safe reopening.

Remember how New York was using a convention center, Central Park, and a freaking Navy hospital ship to provide more bed space space for COVID cases this spring? Why aren’t we seeing that kind of mobilization right now to give us more school space for our children to remain socially distant from each other in the fall? Why aren’t there enormous movements to hire millions of new teachers so that we can give our kids smaller class sizes? Instead, we are looking at a fall in which working parents will still be either giving their jobs up entirely, or continuing this exhausting juggling act — only maybe sometimes having the relief of our kids going to school one week out of every three (that’s the estimate here in Brooklyn, anyway).

“Let me say the quiet part loud: In the COVID-19 economy, you’re allowed only a kid or a job,” Deb Perelman, founder of the SmittenKitchen blog, wrote in a New York Times op-ed on Thursday. Even though we actually have both, it’s impossible to do both well unless you’re wealthy enough to have a nanny.

Or, well, it’s next to impossible, anyway. Hours before Wenham went viral, Time published an excellent piece she co-authored about how the U.K. and the U.S. were once the best-prepared countries to tackle a pandemic, before our political leaders got in the way of science. She has also been leading research on the gendered effects of the pandemic around the world.

I’m so mad that instead of gaining international fame for that work, she has become an example of it. If you are too, it’s time to call every government representative you can to demand better funding for our schools to face this pandemic safely.

And if that seems too much to handle while you’re working and caring for your kids — we get it — just wear your damn masks and make sure everyone around you is too.

You know what hasn’t stopped being cute? These kids face masks.






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Pregnant Nikki Bella Reveals Environmental Parenting Decision Ahead of Baby

Doing their part! Pregnant Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev want to help the environment by using cloth diapers when their first child arrives.

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“I think when we hear about cloth diapers we all freak out right?” the reality star, 36, said on the Wednesday, July 1, “Total Bellas Podcast” episode. “Like, it seems nasty. But when I saw Brie [Bella] doing it with [her daughter], Birdie, it was the easiest, non-nasty thing ever.”

Brie, also 36, chimed in, “Who would’ve thought my bougie sister would use cloth diapers?”

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Nikki said that she and the Dancing With the Stars pro, 38, realized that they could take “steps in making the environment better.”

She explained, “We still want to focus and help with Black Lives Matter, we want to help with the change in getting everyone to register to vote and being as a part of it as you can this year, but let’s not forget about our environmental issues because it’s easy to forget. For me, I’ve realized that I keep making more and more steps of being environmentally friendly and it feels really good.”

The California native announced in January that she and the Russian dancer are expecting their first child. Brie, who welcomed Birdie, 3, with husband Daniel Bryan in 2017, is also pregnant. The Total Bellas stars are due within two weeks of each other.

“We have the exact same symptoms,” Brie exclusively told Us Weekly in April. “We were so nauseous our first trimester and I was never sick with Birdie ever. [Nikki and I had] morning sickness all day long. We felt like we had car sickness. [It was] really bizarre.”

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Nikki went on to tell Us at the time that everything in her pregnancy felt “so new.” She revealed, “I guess I just didn’t realize how all these body changes would feel. I don’t just mean outer, but inner. There are days I really get rocked and exhausted and my body’s going through so much. … It’s just in this shock. It’s just tough.”

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This hack puts an end to sun glare on your laptop

With the weather finally getting warmer and many people working from home, it’s the optimal time to drag your laptop outside and sit in the garden answering emails (or on the balcony, or the stoop, or whatever outside space you have access to). Although working out in the sunshine definitely makes the day go quicker, as well as providing the requisite vitamin D we’re all craving right now, even the most expensive and high-tech laptop isn’t equipped for so much bright light.

The main issue with working outside in the sun is the natural glare on the screen, which can make it hard to see anything you’re trying to work on or read. Thankfully, the denizens of social media have devised an ingenious solution to this problem — and the good news is it’s affordable, easy to do, and doesn’t require even a modicum of IT expertise to pull off.

End sun glare on your laptop with a box

As reported by Metro, an intrepid LinkedIn user named Tom Wood posted a photo working from his own garden with a cardboard box propped up protectively around his laptop. “When you are working from home and want to enjoy the sunshine, yet can’t see your laptop screen because of the sun! Get yourself the latest technological breakthrough….. The Cardboard Box,” he quipped.

The hack was a massive hit online with one Twitter user gushing, “To whoever it was who posted this laptop box cover invention, the Delahoy family would like to say thank you,” alongside a shot of a woman happily working away on a balcony with a box propped up to block the glare. The original post has been liked more than 50,000 times with comments flooding in commending Wood for his genius.  

Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on the temperature of your laptop, even if you employ this nifty trick. As House Beautiful advises, most models will be fine up to about 30 degrees Celsius (around 86 degrees Fahrenheit) but, beyond that, you’re risking causing damage to your hard drive. Even with your box propped up, always be mindful and ensure your laptop isn’t overheating to avoid damaging it.

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