If it gets your kids to sit down for a healthy meal, we're all in favor of playing with your food! We've rounded up 60 ways to make eating enjoyable, even for the pickiest little palates. From breakfast to dinner, and everything in between, check out these great ways to make food fun!
This holiday season, teach your children the importance of charity by giving them an extraspecial gift that gives back. Uncovering everything from a hand-crocheted baby rattle to a herd of sheep in a needy community, we've found 11 ways to do good with your children's gifts this year. Something fun for them to unwrap that goes a step further by helping those in need? Sounds like a formula for success to us!
Being apart from our kids from time to time is an inevitable part of modern parenting. And while smartphones, tablets, and laptops do a great job at keeping us connected (even toddlers have become scarily adept at using them), we're still firm believers in kids playing with toys. That's why the introduction of something as straightforward, simple, and still exceptionally creative as Toymail to the hi-tech play market makes so much sense.
"We didn't want to create another toy that puts a kid in front of a screen. We believe there's a better way to approaching technology for kids, and that's by making toys social," says founder Gauri Nanda.
So just what is Toymail? Once you've purchased the Toymail "Mailman" that best suits your child's personality (six options retail for $59 each and include a raccoon named Rochester, a skunk called Bushwick, and Fairfax, a sneaky bunny, amongst others), connect it to your home WiFi using the Toymail app. Once the connection's been established, parents, grandparents, and other friends and loved ones can use the app to record and send your kids messages at any time and from anywhere. Each mailman lets out his own signature alert (forget rings and beeps — we're talking snorts and wheezes) to alert your child when a new message awaits, and they can then reply through two-way talk. The Daily Toymailer greets kids by name each morning with the addition of a fun song, fact, or even an inspirational quote.
Are you the kind of shopper who manages to spend your paycheck before it arrives? Or are you practical, holding off on morning lattes to support your wardrobe fund? Whether you're spontaneous or careful with your money, ShopStyle's game will help you discover your shopping personality. We all know justifying the purchase is half the fun of shopping — right? Play the How Do You Shop Style? game, and you'll be entered to win a luxe bag from Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, or Proenza Schouler — start playing now!
As a child, she played with your makeup and pretended to get ready for a fancy affair. Now your little girl is a full-grown tween who wants her own set of beauty products. Though you're hesitant to buy her makeup, there are plenty of products that make her feel like an adult without looking like one. From essential foundations to fun hair dyes, here are nine beauty finds that your tween — and you — will love.
Topshop PH Reactive Lip Tint
Before she rocks red lips, have her try Topshop's neutral shade ($18). The lipstick contains PH-reactive pigments, which self-adjust to a shade that works with your daughter's skin tone.
Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation
Great makeup starts with a good base. Maybelline's Fit Me stick ($7) creates a shine-free foundation in a few strokes. It's also perfect for covering the inevitable pimples.
Joy to the Girls
Forget YouTube tutorials. Joy to the Girls eye shadow kit ($46) contains a how-to guide for creating the perfect eye for day and nighttime looks.
Throw the phrase "sleep like a baby" out the window, because it's (literally) not what it sounds like! Most newborns are very noisy sleepers, and it's totally normal. Because of an infant's immature breathing-control center of the brain, common sleep sounds can include rattling, whistling, and gurgling noises, according to What to Expect When You're Expecting. This is caused by the standard rate of breathing slowing down or speeding up during rest.
While some noise is normal, if you're truly concerned that your sleeping baby is in distress (signs can include flared nostrils, the muscles in the chest and neck contracting more deeply than usual, persistent grunting or rapid breathing, wake them up, and call your pediatrician right away.
Noisy sleep isn't the only unexpected newborn quirk! Find out if your baby's crossed eyes or cradle cap are cause for concern or just come with the territory of being a newborn.
The cutest part of Christmas is watching children belt out their favorite carols, but one girl raised the level of adorable at her school's annual concert. Rather than stand still during the performance, kindergartner Claire Koch chose to sign the songs. What was meant to be a surprise for her parents, both of whom are deaf, ended up being the ultimate show stealer. Try not to smile during her performance.
Lice — a four-letter word no mom wants to hear in her house. Unfortunately, you could take every precaution and still find the creepy crawlers in your child's hair. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6 to 12 million infections occur each year among children ages 3 to 11. When this happens, parents are faced with two choices: fix the problem themselves or bring their child to a pro. While DIY solutions cost less, many moms are finding the professional treatments — starting around $85 and inching up to $300 — are worth the money.
A recent post on Today.com featured two parents who found that going to the pros was not only more time-efficient but more effective over all. According to the owner of one of the delousing centers, "My goal all along was to be able to teach people to treat it by themselves. If you understand the whole process, then you can handle it yourself."
Where do you fall in the lice debate? Weigh in on our poll, and share your thoughts in our comment section.
Crisp, white-covered landscapes, begging for a child to burst onto the scene — freshly fallen snow is the perfect backdrop for a Winter photo session with your kids. But how to capture your children and the light and fluffy snow accurately? We turned to Minneapolis/St. Paul-based photographer Amy Lucy Lockheart, founder of Amy Lucy Photography and a Clickin Moms mentor who teaches the "First Steps with a DSLR" class, to get some pointers for photographing this season.
She shared, "We take hundreds or even thousands of pictures of our kids outside during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. When it gets to be Winter, our kids go out to play, but our cameras tend to stay inside. It’s time to change that! Bring your camera when you go play in the snow. You may just get some of your favorite photos of your kids!"
Read on for Amy's 10 best tips for photographing kids throughout the Winter months.
Moms, double-check your child's night light before bed tonight! Ikea has recalled 2.9 million children’s wall-mounted lamps. The recall comes after a 16-month-old died due to strangulation from the lamp's cord.
The recalled lamps were sold throughout the US and Canada.
From brand-new animated icons like talking snowmen, crazy cavemen, and racing snails to new stories from old favorites like Monsters, Inc. and Despicable Me, 2013 was a pretty great year for animated movies. This year's crop of cartoon films taught our littlest ones important lessons about self-confidence and finding your own path, and, of course, made them laugh out loud over and over again. So what was your favorite animated film of 2013? Weigh in below!
When celebrities hit the red carpet, a flurry of media attention most always ensues. And when the A-listers in the spotlight are also expectant moms? The lights, camera, and action seem to immediately double. We applaud the following 10 celebs for making daring style statements with their baby bumps on display. Which look was your favorite?
- Ivanka Trump says life is crazy with 2 kids — Celebrity Baby Scoop
- The genius thing the family missing in the snow did to survive — The Stir
- See Benjamin Brady's totally cool birthday cake — People Moms & Babies
- Offbeat baby names are more popular than ever! — Fit Pregnancy
- Sneaky ways to hide that you're trying to get pregnant — The Bump
- 8 gross things you probably did as a new mom — BabyCenter Blog
- Your new-baby supply checklist — Real Simple
- A nanny's charge takes some hilarious photos — HuffPost Parents
Are visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in your head? For many of us, it wouldn't be the holidays without a visit to a local production of The Nutcracker. George Balanchine's ballet masterpiece is as much a part of the holiday season as the smell of pine and the sound of wrapping paper falling to the floor.
For Darcy Miller, editorial director for Martha Stewart Weddings and a mother of three young daughters, the New York City Ballet's George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition. Darcy remembers seeing the ballet as a little girl and loves taking her daughters each year. They've watched the video and listened to the soundtrack hundreds of times. The ballet inspired Darcy to create a Winter wonderland party filled with ballerinas, snowflakes, nutcrackers, and angels to usher in the season. Keep reading for a look at this dreamy party.
Want to delight the little gamer in your life? Fill her stocking with one of the following new-for-2013 video games. From the latest from Super Mario, Sonic, and Pokémon to unique new games that let your little ones turn into a papery messenger (weird, but cool, we promise), an NBA star, or a girlie Lego friend, these games are sure to please during the holiday season and beyond. Keep reading for our favorite video games of this year!
Disney Infinity ($75) lets kids play with a mix of digital and real-world characters, including Sulley, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Mr. Incredible, in more than 50 minigames!
NBA 2K14 ($30-$79) joins forces with LeBron James to create a competitive basketball game both kids and parents will love. A great soundtrack adds to the fun.
- Look back at the best home decor Instagrams from 2013 — Home
- Watch Kellan Lutz's abs in the new Hercules pictures — Entertainment
- Bet you've never made Christmas cookies like these before! — Food
- Behold the scientific reasons guys are so attractive — Love & Sex
- Video: Work out on your business trip with this hotel-room ab routine — Fitness
- The 18 most pinned DIYs of 2013 — Smart Living
- How to deck out your teen's hangout spot — Moms
- Put a geeky twist on your ugly Christmas sweater — Tech
- Kate Middleton's hair is having the best year ever — Beauty
- 25 models with unbeatable street style — Fashion
- How Pope Francis surprised us all in the year 2013 — Celebrity & News
- Vintage fitness ads you won't believe existed — Fitness