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- Stay healthy during your 9-to-5 work week! — Fitness
- Buy these luxury lip balms without any remorse — Beauty
- How to expertly decorate with garlands — Home
- You wouldn't even know these are diaper bags! — Moms
- Prada's new jewelry line is a girl's best friend — Fashion
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- Drool over these hazelnut oatmeal chocolate chip cookies — Food
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Will your TV be set to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show tonight? While the first thing that comes to mind when watching the VS Angels strut down the runway probably isn't diaper duty, many of the models are in fact working moms. We went backstage with Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge, and Doutzen Kroes to learn their secrets to juggling motherhood and a demanding career.
While their jobs may not look anything like yours (ours either!), much of what they had to say resonated as being relatable for any working mother. Join us for a behind-the-scenes exclusive with Adriana, Lily, and Doutzen as they dish about balancing their glamorous gigs with diaper duty and just how they manage to make it all work.
A visit with Santa is an annual tradition for many families, but it isn't always greeted with enthusiasm by tots. The idea of sitting on a stranger's lap causes many kids to cry and run back to their parents' arms. Thanks to technology, however, children can still interact with Santa without enduring a terrifying trip to the mall. From customized phone calls to personal emails, there are many ways for parents to keep the magic of Santa alive for a bit longer.
Back in the day, students hunched over their desks and practiced cursive until their hands cramped. But those days are long gone. The Common Core standards have removed cursive from the English curriculum, turning it into a lost art form. While some think cursive is just a way to make papers aesthetically pleasing, there are other advantages. Cursive has been shown to increase brain activity, improve academic performance, and inspire creative thinking. Luckily, your child can still reap the benefits without the school's help. With these hands-on apps and fun games, kids can learn how to write in cursive outside of the classroom.
Cursive Touch and WriteCursive Touch and Write ($3) gives kids an excuse to play with their food. Kids choose from an assortment of treats like chocolate frosting, whipped cream, and ketchup to work on their handwriting. Once they perfect single letters, you can switch to whole word mode where kids learn how to link letters together.
LeapFrog Dry Erase WorkbookLeapFrog's workbook ($6) provides 16 pages of practice for kids. Once they finish all the activities, simply wipe it away and start again.
Kid-O-Cursive MagnatabTeach them to write before they enter school with the magnatab ($29). Available in uppercase and lowercase, the magnetic tablet allows kids to trace letters with a pen while pulling the magnetic balls. Once the balls are together, the child has successfully "written" the letter.
Christmas came early for patients at the Riley Hospital for Children. Last week a group of elves repelled down the walls of the Indianapolis hospital, greeting the children through the windows. American National Skyline Inc. worked with the hospital to coordinate the stunt, intended to spread holiday cheer to the children who won't make it home for the holidays.
The elves weren't the only special guests that day. Santa also made an appearance and gifted each child with a toy.
To see the children's reactions, read the full story at Huffington Post.
Moms, make sure to check out your meat before whipping up dinner tonight! Yauk’s Specialty Meats is recalling 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products. The recall comes after the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service deemed the production of these foods unsanitary. The FSIS has not received any reports of illness.
The recalled foods were sold in in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming and include the following products:
- Colorado Best Beef brand various fresh, smoked and shelf-stable meat products.
- James Ranch brand jerky and summer sausage.
- Rocky Plains Meats brand hams, bacon, raw and smoked sausage, jerky, and raw poultry.
- John Long Farms brand fresh and smoked pork products.
- Horned Beef brand jerky.
- Mile High Hungarian Sausage brand fresh and smoked bacon and sausage.
The products in question have the establishment number "Est. 20309" or "P-20309" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were produced between April 1, 2013, and Dec. 5, 2013, and can be identified by four-digit Julian dates ranging between 3091 and 3339.
The celeb babies of 2013 are an adorable, attention-grabbing bunch — North and George, we're looking at you! (And with Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington, and Emily Blunt all currently pregnant, we're expecting a lot more celeb baby mania in 2014!) But which of this year's most famous new bundles of joy was graced with the best first name? Today, we're debating the boys. From the rocker moniker Fergie and Josh Duhamel gave their young son to the princely name given to an actual prince, which recently born celeb baby's name do you like best? Weigh in below!
There's no doubt that milk does the body good, but when it comes to organic vs. nonorganic, many wonder which does the body better. New research may finally put that debate to rest. A recent study found that whole organic milk contains more omega-3 fatty acids, which play a large part in heart health. Omega-3s offer other benefits, especially for children who are more likely to drink milk than eat fish and flaxseed. The fatty acid aids in cognitive development and growth and lowers their chance of developing asthma and diabetes.
To learn more about the study, read the full story at the Huffington Post.
We're not endorsing kids hunting any kind of animal or really even watching Duck Dynasty before about age 10, but this duck-hunting birthday party inspired by the hit A&E show is simply too creative and cute not to pass along. Thrown by designer Lauren Haddox for her son William, this budget-friendly party took place in the morning and was stocked full of breakfast foods, creative activities, and even a faux duck hunt.
"One way to save on a birthday party is to serve breakfast foods," says Lauren, who designed a printable collection especially for the event. "The 'duck feed' cereal bar was stocked with rice (Rice Krispies), oats (oatmeal squares), and grain (granola). We had mallard milk, goose eggs, strawberry decoy spread, wood duck waffles, swamp water, duck call donuts, and more!" Keep clicking to check out all the adorable edibles and more!
Now that's one multitasking mama! Supermodel Gisele Bündchen was the picture of a pampered, multitasking mom this morning, sharing a picture of herself getting her hair, makeup, and nails done all while breastfeeding little Vivian, 1. She wrote, "What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep"?
It's the first time she has openly talked about showed her support for extended breastfeeding since suggesting that there should be laws requiring breastfeeding for six months back in 2010. Her words sparked a world of controversy at the time. Earlier she wrote, "Breastfeeding, mainly the first days, poses some challenges, but the reward is sublime. In addition to having all the proteins, fats, and vitamins the baby needs, breastfeeding is an act of love and affection." But it appears that Gisele is sticking by her beliefs, as Vivi (as Gisele refers to her) celebrated her first birthday last week.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, "with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond." But only 29 percent of American moms nurse until the 6-month mark.
So tell us — how long did you nurse your tot?
While most of our holiday shopping is dedicated to our kids, every hardworking mom deserves a little something special this time of year. When it came time to come up with a gift guide that's just for stylish, in-the-know moms, we went straight to the source — our very own editors. From a day at the spa to a designer handbag, and even a wish for whine-free holiday travel (we can dream, right?), the Sugar mom picks range from the practical to the luxe and lovely. We also threw in some of our favorite gifts (in other words, things we'd really like ourselves) we're picking up for our kids, hubbies, friends, and more! Check out what's on our holiday gift and wish lists this year!
It seems like there's a new must-download app for kids every day, but there's nothing to say that app is actually educational or fun. Thousands of new kids' apps appear in the iTunes and Google Play stores each year. Lucky for you, we've done the dirty work and culled that list down to 30 that are worth the download onto your phone or tablet this year. From the educational — reading, writing, and 'rithmatic all represented here — to the purely fun, check out our top download picks for kids for 2013.
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- What to say to the parents of the kid who gave your child lice — The Stir
- Simon Cowell plans an English tea baby shower — Celebrity Baby Scoop
- Guess which child Tori Spelling's protecting these days — People Moms & Babies
- Behind the scenes of Danielle and Kevin Jonas's baby shower — Fit Pregnancy
- Kelly Clarkson picks out a unisex baby name — The Bump
- Cookie Monster takes on Lord of the Rings in new parody — HuffPost Parents
If a new diaper bag is on your holiday wish list, you don't need to sacrifice your style for sensibility. There are plenty of posh picks for moms whose goal is to get out and about with baby (and bag) without missing a style beat. Whether you're more likely to opt for bold pops of color or to keep things classic, there's an option for every mom's preferences and needs. Here, nine of our favorite new diaper bags of the year.
Coach Baby Bag Tote in Saffiano Leather
Especially appropriate for the working mom, Coach's Baby Bag Tote ($398) employs durable saffiano leather as a luxe alternative to the typical nylon tote. It comes in rich black violet (shown here), festive scarlet, or classic black.
Storksak Colorblock Diaper Bag
A subtle nod to the ongoing colorblocking trend, Storksak's Colorblock Diaper Bag ($132) comes in crisp navy and orange or sophisticated hot pink and brown. It includes an insulated bottle pocket and padded changing table for on-the-go diaper duty.
Even the most organized, well-prepared of moms have to leave something to the last minute, and for many of us, that something is stocking stuffers. Filling the kids' stockings with fun, original trinkets is always a challenge, but we've found that Etsy is a great resource for making things a whole lot easier. Resist the temptation to stock up on candy and plastic toys at the local drugstore, and instead peruse 25 of our favorite handmade Etsy finds — all quality gifts that you'll feel good gifting your little ones with . . . and they're all under $25!
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- Heat up your chilly December with these steamy books — Love & Sex
- Feel the burn with the best butt workouts of 2013 — Fitness
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- Make these adorable mini holiday herb wreaths — Smart Living
- Find out which celebrity is bringing crimping back — Beauty
- Perfect holiday gift ideas for your big kid — Moms
- You can wear your maxi skirt in Winter too! — Fashion
Celebrities may be gearing up for the holidays, but that doesn't mean they're not making time for their little ones as well! Over the weekend, Jennifer Garner and Samuel Affleck joined Ben and the girls at the park for a playdate, while Selma Blair spent the day at a farmers market with her son, Arthur. Meanwhile, in NYC, Sarah Jessica Parker braved the stormy weather with her little bundled daughter Loretta. See the other stars who were out with their kids over the weekend!
It seems like everyone is baking up diaper cakes these days! But there's a hot new trend in rolling and stacking the nappies — the shaped diaper cake! Inventive moms are going beyond the one, two, and three-tiered creations, by molding the Pampers into new structures from baskets to tricycles. I rounded up 23 of my favorites that you can use as inspiration for your own inedible confections.
Nativity scenes have come a long way since your grandma's day. Whether you choose a modern version from Alessi, a toddler-friendly Fisher Price or Peanuts nativity, or a handcrafted investment set from famed designer Alexander Girard, these 10 nativity scenes are likely to become your child's favorite piece of Christmas decor (all those little pieces!). Keep clicking to find your favorite.
Never has a baby bouncer caused so much controversy. Fisher-Price recently released the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat ($80), a bouncer that keeps baby safe while mom gets stuff done around the house. The problem, however, has to do with the toy bar that includes hanging toys, a mirror, and a place to put your iPad. While Fisher-Price sees this as an added form of entertainment, many parents think this is a danger to baby's brain.
They have a point. The American Academy of Pediatrics says children under the age of 2 should avoid any screen time. Critics also think the iPad feature teaches kids to rely on technology for entertainment, and parents to rely on it as a babysitter. Those who have reviewed the product called it "damaging," "a terrible idea," and "an embarrassment for humankind."
In a letter to the Huffington Post, Fisher-Price representatives said they understand parents' concerns, but that the iPad is an optional feature. "Parents can remove the toy bar that holds the iPad completely, or they can choose to use the toy bar with just the mirror," the company wrote. "The Apptivity portion of this product is there when parents want it and removable when they don't, so they have options for using the product that are most comfortable for them and their child over the course of time the seat will be in use."
What do you think of the Apptivity Seat? Weigh in on our poll and in the comment section!