The Best Dining Room Tables

Eating together is an important part of family living. Whether it’s family dinners with your children, siblings, or parents, or dinner parties with your closest friends, a dining table allows you to gather and share food. It’s not just a place for eating, either. Your toddler might do his coloring at the family dining table,… Read More

The Best Car Vacuums

Having a vacuum that can do it all is certainly a nice goal. You may find, however, that dragging your do-it-all vacuum into the garage to vacuum out your car is a giant pain and not worth the hassle. Even if you do have a vacuum that can clean your car effectively, if you don’t have a… Read More

The Best Bagless Vacuums

If you vacuum your home as much as you should, then you may be getting sick of dealing with always having to replace the vacuum bags. They’re a pain to pull out without making a mess, and it feels like you’re always out of the refills when you need them. Not to mention those refills… Read More

The Best Cordless Vacuums

If you’ve ever found yourself annoyed by bending down to plug, unplug, wind or trip over a power cord while you’re vacuuming, the chances are you’ve thought about getting a cordless vacuum. The vacuuming process is slowed down tremendously when you need to stop mid-clean for every room, so why would you keep using a… Read More

The Best Canister Vacuums

While modern vacuum cleaners come in various colors and stylish designs, the most important factor to consider is how well they clean. You might also wonder which type of vacuum is best for cleaning your flooring? Should you purchase a model with or without bags? How loud does it run? And finally, how heavy is… Read More

The Best Upright Vacuums

When shopping for a new vacuum cleaner, the most important consideration is how well it cleans. You might also wonder which type of vacuum is best for cleaning your specific flooring? Should you purchase a bagless model? How heavy is the vacuum cleaner? And finally, how well does it suction and trap dust? Finding the… Read More

The Best Lightweight Vacuums

A lightweight vacuum can be a helpful tool in keeping your house tidy. From cleaning simple messes like crumbs to helping with your weekly cleanup routine, a good performing lightweight vacuum is capable of being your go-to option because of its small size and ease of use. Having a lightweight vacuum makes your full-size model… Read More

The Best Carpet Vacuums

Three things in life are inevitable: death, taxes, and vacuuming your carpet. There might be 100 other activities you’d rather be doing, but sooner or later it’ll be time to clean your floors, and when it is, a quality carpet vacuum can help turn a tedious chore into a breeze. We examined dozens of carpet… Read More

The Best Clothes Steamers

Steaming your clothes is such an easy way to eliminate the wrinkles that steamers are becoming more popular than ever. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and nearly every article of clothing can be steamed with ease. You can even find a mini steamer to take it with you in case of… Read More

Hand stamp on memory foam

Memory foam technology may have been around for years, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new in memory foam mattresses. In fact, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, improving on the benefits and eliminating many of the cons of first-generation memory foam. As you peruse our list of the best memory foam mattresses, keep… Read More

Apartment interior

Sudden moves happen. And keeping your family safe and comfortable is an absolute priority. That said, looking for a family apartment in a far-away city or town is rough. You could pay for a hotel for your entire family until you can find an apartment, but that costs a pretty penny. Searching for an apartment… Read More

Business woman holding a sneaker and high heel

Is work/life balance possible? Finding the perfect balance between work and leisure can be hard, but it’s definitely possible. You don’t want to slack off at work, but you also don’t want to push your family and home life to the side. We’ve teamed up with NowSourcing to bring you another great infographic on work/life balance… Read More

Mom blogging with baby in hand

You’ve probably heard it more times than you can count – and said a time or two yourself – kids don’t come with instructions. The best you can do is love them, try your hardest to make the tough choices that you think are right for them, and defer to those who know better than… Read More

Happy family with a kite

Wanna be happier? We’ve teamed up with NowSourcing to bring you this infographic with the top habits and characteristics of the world’s happiest people. Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to https://familyliving.com/ with this graphic. Full Text Transcript of the Infographic Habits of the World’s Happiest People Happiness is more than an… Read More

St. Louis, MO

Due to its location along the Mississippi River and its proximity to the Illinois state border, St. Louis has always been a bustling city key to the country’s economy and trade. This hasn’t changed since its founding, and with the largest metropolitan population in Missouri, it pulls from a wide variety of cultures and areas…. Read More

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, North Carolina is a cross between classic Southern charm and a burgeoning business and financial center. For the perfect mixture Southern hospitality, with a city vibe,  and a dash of NASCAR, a trip to the beautiful Charlotte, NC can’t be beat. Whether you’re planning your first visit to the city of Charlotte or you’ve… Read More

Los Angeles

For many people, a visit to Los Angeles is something that’s on their bucket list. The city’s weather is often mild and sunny, making it a great area to visit anytime of the year. During the winter months, you’ll generally only need a jacket – so leave the snow gear at home. Los Angeles is… Read More

Tweezers and eyebrows

The 25 Top-Rated Tweezers for Your Health and Beauty Needs A good quality pair of tweezers is a must-have tool, not only for plucking stray hairs from your eyebrows, but for removing splinters or glass in case of an accident. There are many affordable options available on the market today, in a wide variety of… Read More

Alarm clock and a woman waking up

The 25 Top-Rated Alarm Clocks for a Great Start to Your Day Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up naturally at just the right time each day? You could ease into your morning, waking up and stretching luxuriously as you plan your day and make yourself a nice breakfast. You may even have your body… Read More

Woman with headphones

The 25 Top-Rated Headphones You Can Score for a Reasonable Price Every day, millions of people put on their headphones to listen to their favorite movies, music, movies, online courses, tutorials and more. In fact, in today’s digitally-powered world, headphones have become a necessity. You can use them to amplify sound without bothering anyone else…. Read More

People toasting with glasses of wine

The 25 Top-Rated Wine Glasses to Enjoy All Your Favorite Wines If you’re shopping for the best wine glasses, you probably find yourself faced with the age-old question: what makes the perfect wine glass? When choosing the best wine glasses for your needs, there are four basic criteria to consider: Material: Wine glasses are most… Read More

Person going skiing and wearing a balaclava

The 25 Top-Rated Balaclava for Winter Sports, Hunting, and More Although the term “ski mask” can often call to mind bank robber, you may be more familiar with it that the term “balaclava.” Both of those terms refer to a mask that will cover your face and neck, and traditionally, as much of you as… Read More

Mother and daughter using a washing macine

The 25 Top-Rated Washing Machines for Better Performance and Greater Efficiency While you may think purchasing a washing machine is pretty much the same for everyone, there is actually a wide variety of washers on the market to fit an equally wide variety of needs. You may simply need a new washer to replace your… Read More

Ceiling fan

The 25 Top-Rated Ceiling Fans to Add a Touch of Style & Better Air Circulation to Any Room Shopping for ceiling fans can either be fun or a huge headache. Luckily, a bit of knowledge can deter the latter: arm yourself with the know-how to determine what you need and, even more importantly, what you… Read More

HDMI cable and HDMI splitter

The 25 Top-Rated HDMI Splitters to Eliminate Cord Clutter and Connect All Your Devices The problem with many of today’s HDTVs, monitors, and other displays comes down to ports – namely, that there are too few for all your myriad devices. Of course, you have a Blu-ray player, some sort of smart-TV something (Roku, Apple TV,… Read More

The 50 Top-Rated Gift Ideas for the Musician on Your Holiday Gift-Giving List A musician’s soul has a melody that bleeds into everything they do. Very often, they will go about their day without being able to express how much more alive they feel with music. Why not give them a gift with meaning, one… Read More

Christmas gifts at work

The 25 Top-Rated Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Coworkers The holidays are fast approaching, which means your office is probably in the throes of organizing a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange. And that means you’re knee-deep in wondering what gift-worthy something you could possibly find without breaking the bank (or busting the very-low… Read More

Grandma getting a gift

The 25 Top-Rated Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Grandma You’ll have to take a lot into consideration when trying to find the right gift for your grandma. You’ll have to know her interests, sure, but you’ll also need to consider her age and yours, whether it’s a gift from your children to your mom (or… Read More

A child putting gifts into a Christmas stocking

The 50 Top-Rated Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List Stocking stuffers are often some of the most challenging items on your holiday shopping list. Do you opt for the cheap and fun, the useless and funny, or the expensive and useful? There are tons of little gadgets and odds and ends that… Read More

Scholarship award

Family Living Today, in conjunction with RKT Publishing, LLC, is excited to announce the 2017-2018 Child Welfare and Development (CWD) Scholarship Award for Students Pursuing a Degree in Social Work. This is a new scholarship that will be awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 to students pursing a bachelor’s degree in social work with… Read More

Woman taking clothes out of the dryer

The 25 Top-Rated Dryers to Make Doing Laundry Less Painful A clothes dryer is sure to be an essential part of your family’s home, and one of the most-used appliances. Which is why it is important to consider which features are important to you, and what size will be appropriate for your needs. In no… Read More

New mother receiving gifts

The 50 Top-Rated Gifts for New Mothers from the Heartwarming to the Sanity-Saving New moms have a lot more going on than it may appear to the outside world. They’re adjusting to a whole new life, and that creates a whole lot of chaos. When you combine that with the holiday chaos that occurs naturally… Read More

Senior receiving a gift

The 50 Useful and Unique Gifts for the Older Adults in Your Life Holiday gift-giving can be quite a challenge, but it’s often even more challenging when you’re looking for the perfect gift for an aging loved one. Whether you’re in search of the perfect gift for an aging parent, grandparent, or another friend or… Read More

Daughter giving dad a gift

The 50 Top-Rated Gifts Sure to Please Your #1 Dad Considering all your dad has given you over the years – including your very life’s blood, ya whippersnapper! – you probably want to treat him to a special gift for the holidays. The problem: Dad can be tough to shop for. Until now, that is…. Read More

Daughter giving a gift to mom

50 Top-Rated Gifts for the Hard-to-Buy-For Mom When trying to find the right gift for mom, you may feel a bit of pressure. Because if there’s one thing you do not want to do it’s to disappoint the woman who gave you life. Whether you nail it out of the park or swing and miss,… Read More

Man receiving gifts

The 50 Top-Rated Gifts Any Man Will Love to Receive It can be so hard to find the right gift for the men – or gifts for the dads – in your life. If you think about it, though, you may already know one of the biggest reasons why: if he wants it, he will… Read More

Coffee grinder

The 25 Top-Rated Coffee Grinders for Fresh, Perfect Brew If you’re a coffee aficionado or you’re just looking to experiment with your morning coffee’s taste, a grinder can become your best friend. A bladed grinder will be more cost efficient and versatile while a burr grinder will provide you more evenly sized grounds. Unlike other… Read More

Electric blanket

The 25 Top-Rated Electric Blankets to Keep You Warm and Toasty Is there anything in the world cozier than snuggling down into a soft, warm, and comfortable bed? No. No, there is not. Enter the modern electric blanket, a heated blanket designed not only for warmth but for ultimate comfort and strict safety. This is… Read More

Man opening curtains

The 25 Top-Rated Curtains for Privacy, Blocking UV Rays, and Better Sleep Sleep is one of life’s most pleasurable necessities – who doesn’t love to snuggle in bed, wrapped in blankets and sweet dreams? – but it’s also one of the most elusive. Brilliant sunlight, outside sounds, and cold drafts, not to mention night shifts, cranky babies,… Read More

Woman using an electric trimmer

While very few children under the age of 18 are injured due to trimmers and edgers, it is important to keep a few safety precautions in mind while using. Never allow children to operate a trimmer or edger. Given their size, most powered trimmers and edgers cannot be operated by young children. Be sure to… Read More

Man with a chainsaw

Chain saws can be an incredibly dangerous item for even adults and experienced users, for that reason children should not operate a chain saw. Read your owner’s manual carefully before operating, and ensure you have proper safety equipment including: eye and ear protection, gloves, closed-toed shoes, and any protective guard. Only operate in well-ventilated areas… Read More

Garden tiller

Hand tillers aren’t a particularly dangerous item aside from their sharp edges, but their motorized counterparts can be if proper safety precautions aren’t observed. Always ensure the area you’re about to till doesn’t have any gas lines or wires buried below, and wear proper safety gear including closed-toed shoes, hearing and eye protection and gloves…. Read More

Man unloading dishwasher

The 25 Top-Rated Portable Dishwashers for Apartments, RVs, and More Nobody loves to wash dishes by hand. But, if you live in a small apartment, have a summer home, or travel frequently in an RV, you probably assume that standing and washing dishes is the only way you can get them done because of the… Read More

Pond with water features

Pond and water features can help to add visual interest and practical enjoyment to your outdoor living space. They are not without their risks, however, and so it is important to observe some safety precautions when shopping for and installing items around your pond. For any sort of electrical element, you’ll want to ensure that… Read More

Patio furniture

Patio furniture can take your outdoor space from good to great and is an excellent way to extend your family’s living space to the outdoors. There are some safety considerations to keep in mind when selecting and using patio furniture, namely that an item is secure and that you do not pinch or cut yourself… Read More

Woman taking care of a man in a wheelchair

If you are among the nearly 40.5 million Americans caring for parents or elderly loved ones, you know how difficult it can be to juggle your caregiving responsibilities with your personal and professional lives. Today, nearly 25% of American adults ages 45 to 64 care for aging adults, and nearly 61% of caregivers are employed… Read More

A person using a handheld vacuum

The 25 Top-Rated Handheld Vacs to Make Cleaning a Breeze After having a regular stand up vacuum for a while, most people find themselves wishing it wasn’t so hard to clean up smaller messes. Finding a handheld vacuum is the next logical step. These vacuums often end up surprising their owners with all they can… Read More