When it comes to Elf on the Shelf excitement, everyone wants in on the action! It's a fun way to get your family into the spirit of the season all December long, and then there's the added bonus of how well it gets kids to behave, knowing that there's a watchful eye peeking at them. We've found a few celebs who couldn't resist the allure of the sneaky elf. See which A-listers have been getting extra clever after the kids are in bed, right here.
Decorating a nursery is easy enough, but creating a special space for a big kid that's equally stylish and age-appropriate is another story. When we see a room that strikes that balance in a special way, we're inclined to want to share it with our readers. Case in point, this exquisite traditional navy-and-white room from Dallas-based Emily Hewett & Associates. Click through and see why classic is the furthest thing from boring in this room that's truly timeless.
Whether your family likes to craft with household items (buttons, toilet paper rolls, coffee filters) or prefers to pick up a crafting kit, our favorite crafts of 2013 are sure to inspire your inner artist (and if the output is something that they can proudly display, then that's even better)! Check out our favorite kids crafts of 2013 — what better way to keep your brood busy over Winter break?!
We decided to have a joint party for Hattie and Finn (their birthdays are only a couple months apart), so we could celebrate both birthdays together (it was Hattie’s second birthday in October and Finn’s first in August!). We went with a rodeo theme (it all starts with the theme!) and dressed up our little birthday babes in cowgirl and cowboy attire. Here are my pics from our day at the rodeo!
More great reads from Tori Spelling:
Crafting With Stella at Jo-Ann Fabric
A DIY Guide to Creating the Perfect Holiday Mantel
Tori's Holiday Gift Guide For CupcakeMAG
A DIY Christmas: Pinecone Christmas Trees
Whether they were vacationing on an island or running around the city, famous families had a busy 2013. Lucky for us, the cameras were there to capture some of the picture-perfect moments. Check out everything from Beyoncé bonding with Blue Ivy to Jimmy Fallon heading out with his newborn daughter in our favorite celebrity family photos of the year.
Adorable and deliciously minty Milano Minis Candy Cane inspired us to develop a homemade mini Milano cookies. But we had to take it one step further and decorate the tiny treats with colored candy melts, crushed candy canes, and festive sprinkles. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make candy cane Milano cookies.
We asked key fashion influencers to share stories about how they have justified a shopping splurge or must-have item. Whether the purchase is spontaneous or practical, it appears we all play our own mind games. Keep reading to see if you can relate to their shopping justifications.
A student's attempt to make his teacher happy has led to an unpleasant situation. Sam McNair, a senior at Duluth High School in Georgia, received a yearlong suspension for hugging his teacher. According to officials, the hug was accompanied by a kiss, both of which violate the school's sexual harassment policy. Sam denies kissing the teacher and adds that he has hugged many teachers, including this one, and has never been reprimanded. The suspension will prevent Sam from graduating on time and could affect his college career.
"He's a senior," April McNair, Sam's mother, told the CBS Atlanta. "He plays football and was getting ready for
Do you think Sam's hug deserved a suspension? Share your thoughts below.
Sure photos of celebs out and about with their families are fun, but photos they take of their kids themselves are golden. There's no better way to get a glimpse into celebrity tots' lives than through their parents' Instagram accounts. From birthday parties and world premieres to holidays and first days of school, some of our favorite celebrity parents are as obsessed with posting photos of their kids as we are! Whether you're addicted to Gisele Bündchen's sweet photos of her kids frolicking on the beach (like we certainly are!) or Molly Sims's adorable pics of Brooks' daily happenings, know that you're not the only one checking them out! So now's the time to tell us — who was your favorite Instagramming mom of the year? Share your opinion in our poll and comment section.
This is one card you won't have to recycle. The Holdernesses, a family of four from North Carolina, traded the traditional Christmas card for a funny video message. Set to
To see why the parents opted for a viral card, read the full story on the Huffington Post.
My daughter is currently obsessed with Disney Junior's Little Einsteins, so when I spotted this adorable party from Brandi Costa of Painted & Sprinkled, I knew I had to share! Thrown for her 4-year-old son, Gabe, this party beautifully incorporates both the show's fun and highbrow artistic elements, all of which Gabe loves.
"Gabe isn't your typical child; he's special in many ways, blindness being one disability he has and was born with," Brandi says. "When Little Einsteins comes on TV, he lights up with smiles and coos along with the characters. He's totally engaged in the experience." We're betting Gabe was equally engaged in this awesome party, photographed by Marta Rhine. Keep clicking for all the details.
While you prep your house for the holidays, make sure it's free of any hazardous food, toys, and gadgets. The past year saw its share of recalls, especially which it came to children's products. From your tot's favorite food to trusted car seats and strollers, several mommy must-haves were pulled from store shelves this year. Before you ring in 2014, make sure these recalled items aren't in your nursery, freezer, or playroom.
- The not-to-be missed photos of parents, kids, and pets from this year — BabyCenter Blog
- Snooki's binge-drinking wakeup call came while breastfeeding — The Stir
- Axl Duhamel has a power breakfast with Hollywood royalty — Celebrity Baby Scoop
- Can David Beckham prevent his sons from getting tattoos? — People Moms & Babies
- 6 steps for a healthy bed-rest workout — Fit Pregnancy
- The surprising benefits of charting — The Bump
- The best hand sanitizers for families — Real Simple
- 8 things we learned about babies this year — HuffPost Parents
Though you're busy baking cookies and trimming the tree, you may find yourself with a little downtime this season. Why not use it to curl up on the couch with the kids and watch some festive films? From timeless classic to new animated features, check out this selection of Christmas movies the entire family is sure to enjoy!
Fitting in exercise to battle the baby weight is hard enough after your first pregnancy, but once number two comes along, it can be downright impossible. Whether you have a hard time leaving your little ones or can't find care for them, the best way to burn some calories while also entertaining your kids is to pop them in a double stroller.
This Thule Chariot CX2 ($1,150) is nothing short of amazing. Not only does it act as a regular double stroller (it comes with a stroller kit attachment shown above), but you can get other kits that allow you to bike ($80), jog ($130, shown below on the CX single stroller), and hike or ski ($285) with your kids. Pricey yes, but worth it if you're an active and outdoorsy person who wants to enjoy her favorite hobbies with the fam.
Say you're going for a walk with the kids and you meet up with your friend taking her kiddo for a jog. You can easily click out the stroller wheels and click in the one large, fixed jogging wheel (which stores in the back of the stroller), and off you go! The hand brake makes you feel totally in control when going down hills with your 40-plus-pound load, and the huge compartment attached in the back is handy for storing diapers, wipes, water bottles, snacks, and extra clothes, and there's still tons of extra room for more. There are also little side compartments inside so your kids can access their own snacks or cups when they want.
One of the best features is the built-in sunshade that can cover the top half of the stroller to keep the sun out of your little ones' eyes or be rolled back on cloudier days. There's also a second built-in cover that shields the entire stroller and clips in place for protection from the wind, rain, and cold. If your kids need a breeze, just unzip the waterproof layer, and there's a mesh layer to keep out bugs and debris. The tinted windows on the sides allow your kids to be entertained by passing dogs and cars, and the two five-point harness straps will keep each child safely on his or her side, which means you won't have to interrupt your run to break up a fight about who's tushy is taking up too much space.
I have a BOB Revolution to compare the CX2 to and although it's much harder pushing double the kids around (talk about a hardcore workout!), this stroller has amazing maneuverability. The ride is smooth, the shocks make it less bumpy for the kiddos (even on dirt trails), and although it's twice as wide, I can still push it with one hand. The handlebar has an extra bar attachment in the middle, which is great for cruising on flat roads, and you can switch to the side handlebars when you need more control heading downhill.
The best part about this stroller is that the kiddos are so happy. They have each other to keep them company, and the whirring scenery going by has an amazing calming effect, for all of us. This double stroller has become our home away from home, and it allows me to exercise with my kids, which has not only helped me get back into shape, but now the kids know that exercise is a part of everyone's healthy life.
Since kiddos aren't exactly the cheapest investment, if this seems way too steep to purchase, you can go for a more basic model, the Thule Chariot Cheetah 2 ($550). It has fewer bells and whistles, but will still allow you to get outside and move with your two kids.
If all she wants for Christmas is a doll to call her own, we've got nine great ideas for your little girl (or guy!). Scroll through and see some of the sweetest playtime baby and big-kid dolls from The Land of Nod, Pottery Barn Kids, Etsy, and more. And if you need additional last-minute gift inspiration for girls or boys (it's not too late!), check out our ultimate gift guides for each.
That baby ought to be in pictures — lots of pictures! Baby's first day will seem like a blur to everyone involved in the lil one's birth. For some moms, it takes looking back at photos of the day to actually recall some of the events. Before handing your camera over to a friend or relative who's promised to capture it all, make a list of the pictures you want to ensure they are recorded before everyone falls off to sleep. Here are our top 10 must-take photos on baby's first day.
Celebrity mini mes were out in full force with their parents this weekend, soaking up the most wonderful time of the year as Christmas approaches. Jennifer Garner gave her daughter Violet a lift to celebrate her big game, while Selma Blair shared a snack with little Arthur during their afternoon at the farmers market. Meanwhile, in Paris, Salma Hayek and her daughter, Valentina, dressed up for an event. Read through to see all that plus more stars who showed their kids a great time this weekend!
You remember what it was like to be a kid on Christmas morning. You could hardly sleep the night before, and all you wanted to do was to run into the living room and rip open those presents. Depending on what you got, you either cried, shouted with glee, or did a little bit of both. Your kid's no different, so get ready for the range of emotions come Dec. 25. To prepare you (and give you a trip down memory lane), we bring you the best gift reactions, in GIFs of course. Good luck!