It's your little one's special day, so there's no stopping Mom when it comes to planning the perfect birthday bash. Kids wait all year to celebrate their big days, and with one of these amazing party themes, they're sure to have the best days ever. From parties inspired by glitter, sprinkles, strawberries, and lemonade to princess bashes of every variety to boy-perfect soirees featuring mad scientists, pirates, ninjas, and even construction cones, we've rounded up the best themes for the guest of honor! Keep clicking to find the party that best matches your little birthday boy or girl.
We all know the moms who always want to rain on your parade and always need you to bring sunshine to brighten their day. They suck the energy out of the room and, frankly, out of you, but since they're your friends you stick it out. But if keeping toxic mom friendships is having a negative impact on your life, it may be time to reconsider how you deal with them.
If one of the things that you're missing most during your pregnancy is kicking back with an icy cold Summer cocktail at the end of a long day, you're in luck. We've rounded up 12 delicious, nonalcoholic drink recipes for moms-to-be, or anyone looking to cut back on their liquor intake. There's no reason to hit your next backyard barbecue empty-handed anymore. Cheers!
Animated sequel Despicable Me 2 comes out on July 3, reuniting us with Steve Carell's animated antihero Gru. Besides Gru's minions, there are more characters to check out this time around, including Lucy Wilde, voiced by the hilarious Kristen Wiig. We have an exclusive peek at Lucy, along with a cute clip of Wiig and Carell introducing the new character, who enters Gru's life and antagonizes him, but becomes his partner and friend (and maybe more, as you'll see!). Watch to see the two actors together and some cute footage from the film.
What does your teen wear at the airport and why does it matter?
That's the question Boing Boing Founder Mark Frauenfelder is asking TSA, after his 15-year-old daughter was allegedly "humiliated and shamed" for her outfit by an employee at the Los Angeles International Airport, the Huffington Post reports.
According to the teen's text to her father, she was at the checkpoint where TSA officials check IDs when the worker said, "You're only 15, cover yourself," humiliating the girl in front of her peers.
Although Frauenfelder wasn't accompanying his daughter at the time because she was on a "college tour" with other high schoolers, he believes the comment was a "big deal" because it is the first of what will "unfortunately be many layers of sexism she will encounter in her life."
To find out how TSA responded, read the whole story at the Huffington Post.
The Summer blockbuster season kicks into high gear this weekend with the highly anticipated release of Monsters University, but it's not only the flicks that have kids (and retailers) excited — it's the toys. Movie tie-in toys are always a hit with little ones, who love to reenact scenes from the movies, but all toys aren't appropriate for kids of all ages. That's why we've done the dirty work for you — playing with the toys to advise you which are best for each age group. Happy playing!
Summer is the perfect time for kids to take a plunge in the pool, but before doing so, parents might want to consider giving their children this new device.
Warm weather may mean it's time to break out the BBQ, but it also means putting some of those standby soups, stews, and other hearty meals on the back burner for the season. If you're searching for Summer dinner inspiration for your family, look no further. These 25 recipe ideas feature seasonal ingredients and are sure to satisfy parents and kids alike. Eat up!
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Here's a post from our partners at BabyCenter! Every week, we bring you the best parenting and lifestyle stories from the experts at BabyCenter, including this post about encouraging our children.
My baby was just born 10 weeks ago, and my daughter isn't even 3, but I constantly find myself asking what I can say or do for my children to help them be grow up to be happy and successful human beings. What can I do as their mother, to guarantee they always remember they're loved? Especially once they reach those awkward teenage years where life itself seems to revolve around high school status.
They can't possibly doubt how much I love them. I mean, they're small, but I never stop telling them, and I never plan to. But will that be enough to hold their trust, and keep them on a path to happiness? Is there something I can say, maybe one sentence that will forever have impact on their life?
Turns out, I'm not the only one asking myself these types of questions. Actually, I'd be surprised if most moms at some point or another didn't ask themselves these same sort of things. Rachel Macy Stafford, also known as Hands Free Mama, has searched for similar answers.
While reading an article about what makes a good or nightmarish sports parent, Stafford honed in on this paragraph:
". . . College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: 'I love to watch you play.'"
Stafford called this a life-changing sentence, and in her post, describes how she's since practiced telling her children how much she loves to watch them swim, sing, play, read . . . All things she would normally over-elaborate about. She's focused on saying this simple phrase, when compelled, and she's noticed a difference with her children.
Once your kiddos have transitioned into full-size beds, and your family's baby days are officially over, every mom faces the question of what to do with their very first sleep space. You may have seen our gallery of the best ways to repurpose your crib, but then there's the question of what to do with that miniature mattress. Here, we've rounded up 10 clever ways to give your crib mattress a new life — from a dog bed to a reading nook, and beyond!
Royal baby fever is spreading as we await the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby. The heir to the throne is sure to be gifted luxurious clothing and baby gear, but the tot isn't the only one who will be raking it in next month. According to analysts, the British economy may see a $380 million boost due to baby's birth, and that will mostly come in the form of royal fans buying just about anything that screams of babies and Great Britain — think onesies, strollers, booties, and more! With that in mind, we sought out our favorite British finds for little ones — be it the future king or queen of England, or your own little prince or princess!
- Hilaria Baldwin opens up about her fit and sexy pregnancy — FitPregnancy
- Nick and Joanna Swisher introduce Emerson Jay — Celebrity Baby Scoop
- 15 over-the-top rules from the world's strictest parents — The Stir
- Research shows planning a home birth may be safer — The Bump
- 7 old-school outdoor games to teach your tots — BabyCenter Blog
- The most annoying people you'll meet while pregnant — HuffPost Parents
- Bill Horn and Scout Masterson celebrate Simone's third birthday — People Moms & Babies
When it comes to favorite Summer motifs, whales rule the ocean blue! From the bathtub to the bedroom, there are plenty of fun ways to incorporate these beloved creatures of the sea into your kids' decor, wardrobes, and more. Thar she blows!
- How to throw a guest-friendly wedding bash — Love & Sex
- Check out these awesomely creative candy ads — Food
- Sail away with a Summer houseboat rental — Home
- Video: Make your own Isabel Marant-inspired studded belt — Fashion
- 18 things you never thought you could DIY — Smart Living
- See the first pictures from the Veronica Mars movie set — Entertainment
- 5 signs that your lunch needs a makeover — Fitness
- The royal family goes off duty — Celebrity
- The pros and cons of Adobe Creative Cloud — Tech
- Beauty treatments you'll want to get naked for — Beauty
- You've got to see these cats on leashes — Pets
- Fun ways to serve up watermelon for kids — Moms
- Zac Posen talks dressing celebrities and "warrior" Joe Manganiello — Fashion
Nothing screams "Summer's here!" quite like a ripe, juicy bite of watermelon. Take advantage of the summertime favorite's short shelf life by serving it up in an extra-special way. Whether you're carving a whole melon or turning it into a frozen treat, these nine fun ideas are sure to delight your little ones. Eat up!
From The Hunger Games to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a number of movies today are based on popular books. Some moms say there are good reasons to read the book first, while others prefer their child just see the movie. To help you decide whether your teens should only be allowed in the theater after they finish the book, here are four questions to consider.
It wasn't all that long ago that we were amazed by the launch of Orbit's Sidekick, a skateboard attachment for their G2 stroller. The added ride-on fave gives bigger tots the luxury of rolling when their young sibling was being pushed.
Now it looks like Quinny is about to one-up things in the skateboard-loving baby world with plans for the Longboard Stroller. According to our friends at Child Mode, the Dutch stroller company is working with Studio Peter van Riet to "develop strollers to suit the urban lifestyle." The ultimate way to do so? With a stroller that combines mobility with practicality, thus a longboard (skateboard) attached to a stroller seat — providing parents with a mode of transportation and exercise, while still giving tots a safe, comfortable place to sit.
The project is still in development mode, as the designers work to perfect the stroller, ensure its safety, and incorporate testers' feedback. But even in its current state, we're doing a bit of a kick flip over the entire idea. How about you?