Celebrity families around the world included their little ones in special moments over the weekend. David Beckham had his sons on the field in Paris after his final home game of his soccer career, while Victoria Beckham and Harper watched from the stands. Meanwhile, back in Boston, the Bündchen-Brady clan had a jam-packed weekend that included two separate trips to the park, and Sarah Jessica Parker and her twins kicked off their routine school week in NYC. Click through and see how other celebrities and their kids bonded over the last few days!
If you and your children head to a public pool this Summer, there's a good chance that you might be swimming in something unexpected. In a recent sample of public pool water, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 58 percent contained E. Coli bacteria — a sign of fecal contamination — and 59 percent contained P. aeruginosa, the Huffington Post reports.
Researchers explain that sometimes people have "fecal incidents" in pools, or if someone enters the pool without showering first, the bacteria sheds off the body and into the water. "These findings indicate the need for swimmers to help prevent introduction of pathogens (e.g., taking a pre-swim shower and not swimming when ill with diarrhea), aquatics staff to maintain disinfectant level and pH according to public health standards to inactivate pathogens, and state and local environmental health specialists to enforce such standards," the researchers said.
Do your kids shower before getting in the pool?
Nursing moms have a new reason to celebrate. In a surprising about-face, Walmart has gone from refusing to print a photo of mom Kayla Andre breastfeeding, to allowing her to host a nurse-in demonstration in its Alberta, Canada, store.
Earlier in May, Andre's husband headed to Walmart to print out a photo of his wife nursing their young son as a Mother's Day gift. To his chagrin, the store refused to print the breastfeeding image, saying it violated the mass chain's anti-nudity policy, the Huffington Post reports.
Andre was shocked and protested to local media that the image should have been printed, saying it's a natural occurrence — despite debates over breastfeeding in public. So she organized a "nurse-in" to be held in the store, to protest the store's decision in shaming her for breastfeeding.
Walmart quickly recognized the flaw in its action, however. It apologized and clarified the store's policy for employees so that they would know breastfeeding photos are acceptable. So Andre quickly turned her protests into praise, and re-dubbed her nurse-in as "a celebration of the fact that Walmart recognized its mistake."
Andre applauded the store for being "a reasonable company who listens to their customers," and noted the chain offered gift certificates for photo printing to nurse-in participants. "They have clarified their policy, and that is something to celebrate!" she says.
Would you protest or participate in a breastfeeding event at Walmart?
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and whatever your weekend plans entail, we can't think of a better way to celebrate than with a special sweet treat. Whether you prefer a classic patriotic theme or want to get inventive with cupcakes that look like they just came off the grill, stock up on some sugar, heat up the oven, and get baking!
Little girls and linen sundresses are a sure sign that Summer's arrived. But what if you could actually make your little one's sweet dress yourself? And what if you could make it out of a beautiful tea towel you found at your favorite home store — or better yet, an antique one packed away in a box somewhere? It's an easier project than you would think.
Inspired by her granddaughter, Jude, and some vintage towels she had stacked away in her attic, Martha Stewart and her staff at Martha Stewart Living created five simple patterns that require little more than a sewing machine to create. These no-zipper, no-snap projects (they just require a button or two and some bias tape for the most intricate of the patterns) are so adorable, that like Martha, you won't mind giving new life to antique fabric that can be enjoyed by a new generation. Click through to see the designs up close and get the patterns, which can also be found in the June issue of the magazine.
When it comes to kids apparel trends, hooded scarves have been hot for a few years now. They serve multiple functions on chilly Winter days, keeping little heads, necks, and hands warm all at once, and with the added kiddie appeal of coming in a variety of different animal themes, these hooded scarves have naturally taken off as a trend. But what about when Winter's over?
A new line from Spirit Hoods Kids is offering a solution to working your kids' favorite accessory into their Summer wardrobes. Surf Rat Hoods are cotton and terrycloth variations of the standard hooded scarf and are meant for pool or beachside use. The one-size-fits-all (ages 4 to 12) hoods retail for $49 each and come in pink or blue. A portion of the net proceeds from all of the brand's sales go toward the conservation of endangered animals, making the hoods a purchase that you can feel good about and turn into a learning lesson for your children.
We have to admit — the hoods are pretty cute, and plenty of kids out there would love wearing them on their summertime adventures . . . but do they serve a purpose? Would you buy a Surf Rat Hood for your kids?
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Manners in the modern age aren't just an issue for the "ladies who lunch" set — issues of etiquette arise every day, in every way, especially if you're a parent! As moms, we're responsible not only for our own decorum, but also for setting an example for our kids.
We were lucky enough to chat about the topic recently with Lizzie Post, great-granddaughter of the famed Emily Post and one of the authors of the 18th edition of Emily Post's Etiquette: Manners For a New World. Totally in touch with the "What's the right thing to do when . . . " challenges that moms face on an ongoing basis, we found Lizzie's advice to be incredibly useful and realistic. Read on — we hope that you find it to be just as beneficial!
Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have be an impossible combination. Though nursing while flying may be a bit tricky, mamas who must travel without their tots don't have to worry about lugging a pump with them when traveling to Chicago anymore. In what appears to be the first program of its kind, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and Medela launched the Nursing Mothers Amenity Program yesterday. For $30, participants in the program will receive a hospital-grade Symphony breastpump and a breastfeeding Accessory Starter Set, which includes Medela's Micro Steam Bags, Quick Clean Wipes, Pump and Save Bags, and disposable bra pads when they check into the hotel. The program also provides nursing moms with in-room refrigerators, microwaves, ice packs, cooler bags for transporting the milk, and staff trained to support nursing moms with services like FedExing milk back home.
Nursing moms isn't necessarily the first thing I thought of when I heard Hard Rock Hotel — images of Michael Jackson's leather jackets and autographed guitars were the first thing that came to mind — but it may be time to switch up my thinking. The Nursing Mothers Amenity Program, which will donate the proceeds of the fee to benefit local families with children in Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago through The Jackson Chance Foundation, may be the nursing working mom's new best friend! What do you think?
There's no mistaking all that pink: these spaces are all about the girls. From boho-chic to vintage-glam, bold and beautiful to sweet and serene, the following 22 little ladies rooms and nurseries are beyond inspirational. Created by some seriously stylish mamas and professional designers, these gorgeous rooms are the stuff little girls dream about. Keep clicking to check them all out and choose your favorite!
- Does this billboard sexualize breastfeeding? — BabyCenter Blog
- The five worst people to run into when you're with your kids — The Stir
- Tom Brady has a fun day in the park with his boys — Celebrity Baby Scoop
- Check out history's original hipster parents — FitPregnancy
- Most doctors ignore protocol when diagnosing ADHD — Parenting
- Kim Kardashian's baby shower invitation revealed — The Bump
- Danica McKellar defends extended breastfeeding — HuffPost Parents
- Take a peek into Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover's baby shower — Celebrity Baby Blog
If you're a fan of J.Crew's adult clothing, chances are you love Crewcuts's always adorable selection for kids and babies as much as we do. There's no time of year that the brand shines more than Summer, with its preppy-boho tunics for girls, subtle colorblocking for boys, and over-the-top luxe lightweight cashmere for all. It wasn't easy, but we scoured the site and narrowed down our top 10 picks — for girls, boys, and babies — of the season. Click through and see if you agree with our fave selections!
- A checklist for capturing the best wedding photos — Tech
- Feel old with a look at 2013 prom themes — Sex & Culture
- Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel pair up for his Cannes premiere — Celebrity
- The right way to use a Beautyblender sponge — Beauty
- Cocktails to toast college grads and coeds-to-be — Food
- Inspirational toy-storage ideas — Moms
- Fashionable flats to live in all Summer — Fashion
- Quick and easy living room DIYs — Home
- A 5K playlist to help you run a 10.5-minute mile — Fitness
- Name that coming-of-age movie — Entertainment
- Gift ideas any graduate will appreciate — Smart Living
- Prep your bikini body with a 10-minute total-body workout — Video
- Homemade sweet treats for your wild bird friends — Pets
It's time for the 2013 POPSUGAR 100 bracket! Over the next few weeks we need your votes to make our sixth annual POPSUGAR 100 list. We're taking your picks with an interactive bracket. This year, we're mixing things up by narrowing down the list in four categories: The Fresh Faces, The Phenoms, The Game Changers, and The Classics. From there, take your top four and bring it down to one big winner.
Start by clicking here to play, and go through the matchups by picking your favorite celebrity each time, narrowing down the group. Share your winner, and watch to see who walks away with the 2013 POPSUGAR 100 crown! Plus, when you finish choosing your winner, you have the opportunity to enter to win a fabulous Victoria Beckham handbag!
School is wrapping up (have you picked up your teacher appreciation gift yet?), Summer is unofficially starting, and the time for cool Popsicles is near! Whether you're set to stock your freezer with store-bought pops or want to make your own — check back soon for our awesome and easy kid-friendly recipes — you can prep for Popsicle season with the following nine printables, party extras, and kid-friendly goods, all featuring Summer's favorite frozen treat!
The countdown to the unofficial start of Summer has begun! We're counting down the days until Memorial Day weekend, and in preparation for the start of beach season, we're giving our beach bag a bit of a makeover. Every year thousands of plastic shovels and beach buckets are swept into the sea, and sadly, it takes over 500 years for standard plastic to biodegrade. This Summer, make eco-friendly choices when it comes to your kids' beach toys. Check out eight of our favorite green finds — the beach, and your children, will thank you!
Keeping your kids' toys organized can seem like a never-ending and impossible-to-win battle. While we don't recommend taking the advice of one of our friends — who recently decided she might as well throw away all of her two toddlers' toys, since "they only wanted to play with the iPad anyway" — we get that keeping your house uncluttered and cute in a toy-filled zone is a tough job. That's why we tracked down 11 real kid's rooms that provide some direction on how to make all that stuff look attractive to you, your kids, and any visitors who might dare to visit. Keep clicking to learn how living with toys can be done stylishly (we swear it's possible!)
- If your little one will be in a wedding this Summer, you'll love these beautiful ideas!
- Button up with these 10 crafts you can make with buttons
- These stylish rockers don't sacrifice style for comfort
- We're betting you'll love these stylish nurseries and big-kid rooms for boys!
- The true sign that you're a mom? Here are 13 ways to tell!
- See how the royal nursery decorator would design her dream baby room
- 15 inspiring ideas for decorating your traditional nursery
- Rich Disney-goers are doing what to skip the lines these days?
- We've uncovered some great inexpensive finds for kids at Ikea
- Have a friend who's newly pregnant? She'll love these gifts
- See how celeb moms celebrated their Mother's Days (hint: surrounded by their little loves!)
Mother's Day had celeb moms surrounded by their loved ones this week. We saw everyone from Jessica Alba to Pink wrapped up in their little ones' hugs on the actual holiday, while throughout the week parents like Joel Madden, Rachel Zoe, and Molly Sims enjoyed precious moments with their tots.
With the Summer school break quickly approaching, now's the perfect time to add some fresh titles to your child's bookshelf. To help, we asked moms who have also been teachers to share some of their favorite children's stories. Whether you have a color-loving toddler, a beginning reader needing practice, or a preteen looking for an exciting plot, there's something in here for kids of all ages.