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15 Gifts Your Kids’ Teachers Will Love

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

National Teachers Day is upon us and the pressure is killing us! Okay, not really, but we do tend to get a bit anxious when an occasion requires us to give our kids’ teachers gifts. I mean, what if the other parents spend more money and we look cheap? What if the aspiring Martha Stewart mami shows us up with a beautiful craft or mega-thoughtful basket (again)?

Sometimes the pressure of getting the perfect gift for this May 6 holiday keeps us up at night. Since the Japanese proverb reads, “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher,” we’ve taken the guesswork out of gift-giving for teachers with a list of 15 presents your kids’ teachers will love. No more stress over what to buy? Count us in!

Continue reading at Mamiverse.com for some great gift ideas.

 

Baby Mushroom Creates A Safe And Comfortable Place For Baby

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Whether your little one has just started to reach and grab, or is already sitting on their own, it’s great to have a spot reserved just for them.   For that reason, many parents opt for foam tiles to make plopping and rolling easier.   But what most parents don’t know are many of these options that are only safety-rated for children over the age of 3. Unlike these products, the Snug Square Play Mat by Baby Mushroom can be used from birth, won’t come apart, and is the most comfortable (thanks to the padding) baby play mat on the market today.  Even new mom Jessie James Decker of E!’s hit show Eric & Jessie: Game On is a fan!

The perfect solution to help keep baby comfortable – during playtime, tummy time or anytime – the Snug Square is extra large (which means mom and dad can fit too!), great on any surface, is light and portable (we love that it rolls up for easy storage), is plush and luxuriously soft, and not an eye soar (comes in three stylish colors to match any décor).
Parents will love the fact that its also machine washable – so not to worry about spit up, diaper accidents, or spilled milk.

The Snug Square Play Mat ($99.95) is recommended from birth on, sold online and in retailers across the country.

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Report: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Marrying Privately This Weekend

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From our friends at Your Tango!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly nabbed their marriage license and will wed this week in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports. Kimye will officially swap vows in America at a justice of the peace as a matter of formality ahead of their planned lavish nuptials in Paris.

Wait, what? A justice of the peace? No bridezilla moments for Kim? Her business is sharing ALL details of her life, so what’s the deal with such modest marriage plans? As it turns out, the L.A. wedding is merely a legal issue and the pair will hop on a private jet — because of course they will — and head to Paris afterward, which is where the BIG weddings will take place. Yes, weddings, as in plural. But that’s actually a formality, too. READ THE ARTICLE: Report: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Marrying This Weekend!

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127 Favorite Celebrity Maternity Looks

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Work it! One of the biggest dilemmas expectant mamas face is how they’ll dress their growing bumps for nine (almost 10) months. There’s certainly no shortage of cute maternity clothes these days, but it’s how the clothes are styled that make a pregnant mama feel like a hot mama-to-be. We’ve rounded up 127 of our favorite celebrity maternity looks for a little pregnancy style inspiration.

Check them out and visit Popsugar Moms.

 

Favorite Travel Essentials for Summer

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

Whether it’s a road trip to see abuela or a grand-scale European vacation with multiple plane trips, families everywhere are gearing up for fun spring and summer travel. And as anyone who’s ever traveled with little kids knows, efficiency is key! If you’re getting for a trip with the kiddos, there are so many useful travel must-haves that will make the trek a breeze. Check out some of our favorite summer travel essentials for families.

For Road and Plane Trips


One for the road: If your vacation plans include visiting family, chances are they won’t have a toddler car booster seat in their vehicle or for the dinner table. And you can’t necessarily rely on car rental agencies to provide them either, at least not without being charged a small fortune.

Continue reading at Mamiverse.

 

Who Could Be Two Of Lindsay Lohan’s Baby Daddies?

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From our friends at Your Tango!

The Lindsay Lohan list was only the tip of the iceberg in showing just what a broken, hot mess the onetime Mean Girls star really is. The news of her miscarriage during the filming of her OWN series, Lindsay, was sadly met with the same combination of sympathy, skepticism and scorn that the rest of her troubles are — both by the general public and by those close to her.

An insider told Radar Online that he or she believes Lohan is actually making up the entire miscarriage story, about which she was pretty vague and almost nonchalant in comparison with her other dramas. READ THE ARTICLE: “Who Could Have Been Lindsay Lohan’s Baby Daddy?”

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zulily’s Baby Must-Haves For Moms On A Budget

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New moms and moms-to-be have no doubt gotten tons of advice on products you should buy for your baby from family, friends, co-workers, and more. zulily, a retailer focused on all things for moms , compiled a list of some practical (and charming!) baby products that are functional and fun but won’t break the bank. From blankets to books, check out these baby must-haves for moms on a budget.

·       Swaddle Blankets – Cuddle your little one in the chicest patterns and prints without taking a hit to your wallet. Low prices on these soft and comfortable muslin blankets allow soon-to-be-moms to pick up a few extra, as well. Now that’s a bargain, baby!

·       Bibs – Bibs are like shoes – it seems you can never have too many! Keep your baby clean and cute with these days of the week bibs. New moms inevitably lose track of time, making these bibs both fun and functional (but we promise we won’t tell if you use Sunday’s bib on Wednesday).

·       Nightgowns & Beanies – Bedtime clothes can be as adorable as baby day wear. Outfit sets like this one ensure your baby’s slumber is warm and comfortable from head to toe.

·       Eric Carle’s Very Little Library Boxed Board Book Set – No nursery library is complete without Eric Carle’s popular stories, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Relive your childhood memories of his famous illustrations with your new son or daughter.

·       Baby Sling – Fashionable Baby (and mom) on Board! Baby slings are a necessity for new moms, and slings like this one keep your little one close while keeping your hands free. Use a sling as a nursing cover to get even more bang for your buck.

·       Motion Bassinet – Every new mom needs time to put the baby down to throw in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher and a bassinet or swing with gentle rocking motions helps keep the baby calm, if not always asleep, for just such chores.

About zulily
zulily is a retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day—all at incredible prices. We feature an always-fresh curated collection for the whole family, including clothing, shoes, home decor, toys, gifts and more. Unique products from up-and-coming brands are featured alongside favorites from top brands, giving customers something new to discover each morning. zulily was launched in 2010 and is headquartered in Seattle with offices in Reno, Columbus and London. zulily’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol ZU.

 

Even Kate Middleton Has “Normal” Mom Moments

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Thanks to her status as the Duchess of Cambridge as well as a full-time and extremely qualified nanny, Kate Middleton doesn’t have to handle all the dirty work of motherhood herself. But being a royal doesn’t make her exempt from every little unpleasant thing that comes with raising a child. Nose wiping and toy fetching, anyone? Read on for all the moments that make Kate just a little bit like a “normal” mom.

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10 Favorite Kids’ Breakfast Cereals

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

Cereals have always been a part of humankind’s diet. Porridge was a traditional food in much of Northern Europe and Russia back to antiquity, and remains a popular breakfast items in many parts of the world. Native Americans ate corn, or maize, as a food staple, processing it into grits. By the mid 1800s, companies began grinding oats and selling them as nutritious breakfast cereals.

Overcoming the idea of “horse food” as a breakfast staple was made a lot easier with the production of ready to eat cereals, available right out of the box with no cooking time. The most famous of these is Cheerios, introduced May 1, 1941. Following WWII and the massive baby boom that swelled American populations, cereal companies targeted young children with sugar-laden, cartoon-inspired cereals. Those breakfast cereals we enjoyed as kids are still popular today and we have to admit, we still love them, even though we know we shouldn’t. Here are our favorite kids’ breakfast cereals…and our guilty pleasures!

Continue reading at Mamiverse.

 

The 10 Most Beautiful Instagram Pics By January Jones

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From our friends at Your Tango!

Mad Men is coming to a close, but thankfully, you won’t have to say goodbye to Betty Draper (or Betty Francis, as it were) forever. January Jones joined Instagram pretty recently, and her posts are almost as colorful and entertaining as her dresses on the show — and her dating history.

Jones keeps her private life pretty private, but the actress and former model has been linked to some of the biggest names in Hollywood. She was rumored to be dating Adrien Brody before she was famous, and when Ashton Kutcher was still on That ’70s Show from 1998 to 2001, he famously dated January Jones — and she says he told her she should quit acting! (Hey, he’s never really been known for his keen intellect, right?) READ THE ARTICLE: ‘Mad Men’ Star January Jones’ 10 Most Beautiful Instagram Pics!

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Which Celeb Mom’s Parenting Style Is Closest To Your Own?

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Once our favorite celebrities become parents, we’re exposed to an entirely different side of their personas. Alicia Silverstone, who was at one time best known for her Clueless role as spoiled valley girl Cher Horowitz, is now an advocate for attachment parenting, orgasmic natural childbirth, and prechewing her son’s food for him. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s Tina Fey, whose bestseller, Bossypants, includes a (hilarious) prayer to her daughters: “Lead her away from Acting, but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes . . . and not have to wear high heels.” Which celeb mom’s parenting style is closest to your own?

Take the quick quiz to find out if you’re more of a Beyoncé, Alicia, or Kourtney at Popsugar Moms.

 

Josh Holloway Talks About New Son Hunter & ‘Lost’ Co-Stars

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From our friends at Your Tango!

It’s an exciting time for Josh Holloway. Not only is the former Lost heartthrob starring in his own series, the CBS cyber-drama Intelligence, he recently became a father for the second time when his wife Yessica gave birth to the couple’s first son. Named Hunter Lee, the little guy joins four-year-old sister Java.

Now a pro, here, Holloway talks parenthood, Intelligence, and Lost.

YourTango: What have you learned about fatherhood that better prepares you this time around?

Josh Holloway: I was not prepared for how much love I would have in me. So I’m a little worried: How can I love something as much as I have for my daughter? But everyone says your love just grows. READ THE INTERVIEW: Exclusive! Josh Holloway Talks His New Baby & ‘Lost’ Co-Stars

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Which Type Of TV Mom Are You?

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Though critics say the golden age of television is long gone, we’re pretty sure there are some redeeming gems to be found on the boob tube — particularly if you take a deeper look at some of the moms on there. From gentle nurturers to strict disciplinarians to crazy-competitive mamas, the moms on our favorite shows truly epitomize every type of mother. Take this quiz to see which iconic mom you most identify with — are you more of a Sarah Braverman or a Clair Huxtable? A Charlotte York Goldenblatt or a Tami Taylor? There’s only one way to find out!

Continue reading and take the quiz at Popsugar Moms.

 

The Bachelor’s Molly Mesnick Shares Details Of Riley’s First Birthday Party

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Believe it or not, it’s been just over a year since The Bachelor couple Molly and Jason Mesnick shared their baby shower with us. Since that time, they added Riley to their family (making Jason’s son Ty, 8, a big brother) and experienced all of the firsts that new parents see throughout the year.

Just as she did with her shower, Molly didn’t want to plan a “traditional” first birthday party for her daughter. “Since most of the guests were adults, I didn’t want the party to be too childish,” Molly said. “Rather, I catered to the adults with small accents that played into a first birthday party!” That meant catering to more grown-up needs like having a working bar stocked with adult drinks and bar-like seating courtesy of online home furnishings retailer Wayfair.com and a photo booth filled with props her family and friends would use. For sweets, they turned to one of our favorite West Coast bakers, Jenny Keller from Jenny Cookies, and for lunch, they kept the table full of comfort foods.

Keep reading for all of the stylish details from Riley’s birthday party at Popsugar Moms.

 

Kourtney Kardashian Covers Mini Magazine’s Spring Issue

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The spring issue of Mini Magazine is now out!  The modern magazine for parents features an interview with Kourtney Kardashian – who talks about her new Kardashian Kids line and shares her thoughts on raising Penelope, 1, and Mason, 4.

Also included are Mini’s Mom Must-Haves, Joy Cho’s new collection for Target, an interview with Candace Cameron Bure, and a section by Celebrity Baby Scoop on Gwen Stefani’s best maternity looks. To celebrate the spring launch – Mini is throwing the Ultimate Spring Giveaway.

In Kourtney’s interview she says Mason is already showing off his sense of style. She states, “Everyday is different but he loves to dress himself and pick his outfit every day.”

The 34-year-old also says her family is priority.

“Nothing comes before my children. I find that putting everything else in order of importance also helps to get everything done! Having an amazing, Daddy, doesn’t hurt either.”

Talking about the inspiration behind Kardashian Kids – Kourtney shares, “I have always had a passion for children’s clothing. My mom and I opened up a children’s boutique called Smooch which we had for five years and I did all of the buying. My grandmother also has a children’s boutique called Shannon & Co. which she has had for 30 years and my sisters and I grew up working in. It is in our blood. Once I had my own children, I found a new appreciation, understanding and education about children’s clothes!”

Browse the pretty pages of Mini and visit mini-magazine.com.

 

A View On Dads & Their Diaper Disasters

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

We men like to maintain a facade of unflappability. Nothing… not the daily commute, a backed-up toilet, or the new puppy eating the brand new sofa, can upset our personal apple cart. Well, guys, it’s time to come clean (literally) because, deep down inside, all men know that there is one thing that can shatter our resolve like nothing else…diaper disasters!

That’s right! I’m a guy and I just admitted it. Dirty diapers gross me out! But, as every dad quickly finds out, sometimes it falls to the guy to change the diaper. Since babies are not known for “holding it” until it’s convenient for you, the full diaper often occurs in some awkward places. A while back, we polled our male readers to learn about their diaper disasters. A few brave male souls suspended their personal macho just long enough to share their stories with us. To make everything fair, I’ll also share one of my own first:

Continue reading at Mamiverse.

 

5 Celebs Who Split Up Before Marriage

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From our friends at Your Tango!

The American public seems to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with celebrities; sometimes we adore them (Sandra Bullock), sometimes we find them self-righteous and beyond arrogant (Donald Trump) and sometimes we don’t, for the life of us, understand at all what they are famous for (Paris Hilton and EVERY single Kardashian). In other words, we judge them; an act that, at its root, is innately unfair. We don’t even, after all, actually know them.

Public opinion and fame have always been a package deal, one can argue that the famous know that going in. They are also more than fairly compensated for the judgments they endure; the local bartender who goes off on an anti-Semitic rant will never be put under the scrutiny of Mel Gibson, but the local bartender doesn’t have a career that has netted him 600 million dollars either. READ THE ARTICLE: Break Up To Make Up: 5 Celebs Who Split Up Before They Married

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Spring Cleaning Time For Your Baby

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

Spring cleaning is a common practice for many families. We often take extra time to dust, clean closets, and shampoo upholstery in the spring but, when we have a baby, there are some special spring cleaning procedures that should be added to our to do lists!

CHECK FOR RECALLS


Believe it or not, there are thousands of recalls each year on baby and child toys and accessories. Everything from high chairs to car seats to teething rings are determined to be unsafe and in need of additional parts, exchange, or a good toss in the dumpster. While many products come with a postage-paid card for you to register your product and give the company your contact information so they can reach out to purchasers who need replacement products, what busy mom has the time or energy to fill these out and mail them?

Continue reading at Mamiverse.

 

Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis Engagement: Do Friends Make The Best Lovers?

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From our friends at Your Tango!

After two years of dating and much speculation about their relationship going further, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have confirmed their engagement. They have been friends since starring together in That 70′s Show as Kelso and Jackie and they began dating after Kutcher split from ex-wife Demi Moore in 2011. They make a really cute couple who have been photographed many times together, looking at each other lovingly. From the surface, it appears that they are a good match for one another. So this begs the question — do friends make the best lovers? READ THE ARTICLE: On Ashton & Mila’s Engagement: Do Friends Make The Best Lovers?

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Celebs Who Literally Wrote the Book on Parenting

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Celebrity parents are just like us. They endure pregnancy pains, change dirty diapers, divvy up carpool duties, and more. Of course, once they’ve made it through the first year, they tend to turn their experiences into million-dollar book deals. From a funny opinion on epidural use to Pd.D.-supported parenting theories, these mothers (and one father) have a lot to say on a topic we all care about.

Check out the celebrities who want to teach you how to raise your children. Continue reading at Popsugar Moms.

 

Celebs Who Rocked a Baby Bump at the Oscars

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

We’re gearing up for Oscar night with one of our favorite topics: megastars who have hit the red carpet with a baby bump. Not only have some of the biggest movie stars in the world attended the Oscars while pregnant, but some of those same stars have also taken home the night’s coveted prize!

Natalie Portman won the Oscar for best actress for her performance in Black Swan just a few months before giving birth to son Aleph. And who can forget Catherine Zeta-Jones’s performance in support of Chicago at the 2003 Oscars — while nearly nine months pregnant?! Keep reading for more of the Oscars’ best maternity moments!

Continue reading at Popsugar Moms.

 

Harry Connick, Jr: “I Married The Girl Of My Dreams”

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From our friends at Your Tango!

In 13 years of American Idol and almost as many changes in judges, the current panel just might be the best yet — thanks in great part to the addition of Harry Connick, Jr.
Not only does he bring impeccable music pedigree to the table, he’s cute, funny and has great chemistry with Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. He’s also been married to his wife, former model Jill Goodacre, for 20 years, and says, “I married the girl of my dreams, and I’m so happy.”

Gotta love that, right? Here, get to know Mr. Blue Eyes and the father of three daughters better: READ THE INTERVIEW: Exclusive! Harry Connick, Jr: ‘I Married The Girl Of My Dreams’

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Keeping Up With the Kardashian Kids Clothing Collection

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

When I heard that Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney Kardashian were releasing a line of clothing for kids, I cringed (just a little). But the truth is that I’m pretty much in love with these adorable little numbers. The gold stars, polka dots, and butterfly prints that make up Kardashian Kids are perfectly suited for little girls up to 24 months — and because the collection will retail between $15 and $30, they’re pretty well suited for Mama’s budget, too. Kourtney Kardashian, mom to Penelope and Mason, explains her vision behind the baby threads: “Since becoming a mom, I’ve been so inspired to create Kardashian Kids with perfect prints, heavenly fabrics for a baby’s skin, and to bring fashion to the baby world that is affordable.” Mission completed. Well done, ladies!

The sweetly sophisticated pieces are bound to win you over too, but you won’t be able to outfit your baby fashionistas just yet; the line doesn’t actually roll into Babies “R” Us stores until March 15.

Continue reading at Popsugar Moms.

 

How To Exercise As A Family To Reduce Heart Disease Risks

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

We all know the importance of living a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and nutritious foods to reduce heart disease. As moms, we have every intention of raising our children in a healthy, nurturing environment. However, a busy schedule can be overwhelming on its own, without adding the pressure of having to squeeze in exercise. Nevertheless, it is imperative that we figure out how to incorporate a healthy, physically active lifestyle into our daily schedules while taking into consideration the delicate self-esteem issues of our youngsters.

So the dilemma remains… How to incorporate exercise into a busy family schedule? Here are three suggestions to help you do just that. Continue reading at Mamiverse.

 

Prenatal Style Tips from The Chew’s Daphne Oz

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From our friends at Fit Pregnancy!

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but sometimes, feeling the part is easier said than done. That’s why we asked our gorgeous February/March cover star and host of The Chew, Daphne Oz, for her favorite prenatal style tips. Let’s get glowing.

Don’t Sacrifice Comfort
“I have two pairs of stretchy maternity leggings and jeans, which I will never give up, because once you experience an elastic band for a waist you will never go back. I hope to be able to pull it off after pregnancy.”

Wear Versatile Clothes
“I’m trying not to buy too much straight-up maternity wear that I can’t wear afterward. So I love Rosie Pope blouses, where you can wear them while you’re getting back into your body. You don’t want a full wardrobe of pregnancy clothes because you might encourage yourself to never leave this body behind.”

Read the rest of the article at fitpregnancy.com.

 

Do You Want To Build an Updo? 5 Cool Hairstyles Inspired by Frozen

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Children, mine included, have been singing the songs from Disney’s Frozen for weeks now, but my daughter went a step above crooning the tunes over and over again. She wanted their updos. And badly. She told me she wished her locks would look “exactly how the real Anna and Elsa’s mommy does theirs.” So, as any good mom (who’s bad at hair) would do, I scoured the web and found a few easy enough tutorials that are sure to have your Arendalle-dreaming-lady looking like the princess you already know she is.

Continue reading at Popsugar Moms.

 

11 Totally Perfect Valentines For Your Teen That You Won’t Find At Hallmark

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From our friends over at Mommyish!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means it’s about that time to get cards and candy for all the kiddos. If you’re struggling to find the perfect card for your teenager, you’re in luck! Below is a lovely collection of Valentine’s Day cards that will probably work a lot better than what you see on the racks in stores. Print these out and hand them to all the older kids in your house!

For either a son or a daughter:

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Just a friendly reminder to your teen:

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Best Potty Training Methods

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

Even though I have two kids in diapers, I’m not in a rush to potty train my eldest, Emma, who is almost 2 years old. As I’ve prepared for and completed some of the early stages of potty training, I’ve realized that mothers are completely bombarded with all the books, advice, products, and programs on the market, telling us exactly what will and won’t work to get our babies to use the toilet. Still, when it comes to potty training, my daughter and I are taking it slow, and figuring it out as we go along.

Continue reading at Mamiverse.

 

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Celebrity Moms Love A Good Selfie

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

It only makes sense that celebrity moms would be Instagram experts, right? Combine a career spent behind the camera with a love of sharing snaps of kids that seems to be a prerequisite of motherhood, and it’s a perfect storm of social media mastery.

Whether they’re at home, work, or play, check out some of our favorite famous faces (as captured by themselves!) to grace our Instagram feeds.

Continue reading at Popsugar Moms.

 

8 Reasons You Wish Your Kid Was More Like Honey Boo Boo

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From our friends over at Mommyish!

A new season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premiered on TLC on January 16! Whether you love her or not, you can’t beat Honey Boo Boo’s self-confidence. Though she may not be considered a role model in the traditional sense, there are 8 reasons your kid could learn a thing or two from the tiara queen of the south.

1. She has work ethic.

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You can’t argue with the fact that Honey Boo Boo is good at what she does.

2. She has her own language.

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If you ever watch the show, then you know that most of the time “Honey Boo Boo speak” has to be translated with subtitles. Kids are known for making up their own crazy languages or speaking Pig Latin, and Honey Boo Boo has it down to a science!

To read more, please visit Mommyish!

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Can Homeschooling Work for You?

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

When the idea of homeschooling my kids was first introduced to me, I totally balked. Images of socially backwards children with big glasses and crooked teeth flooded my mind.

So you can imagine my surprise to learn that in 2007, homeschooling was on the rise, and there were more than 1.5 million children being homeschooled in America. In fact, from 2001 to 2009, a U.S. Department of Education study found that homeschooling had grown by 77 percent! Today, homeschooling has become a mainstream educational alternative.

Continue reading at Mamiverse.

 

Has Your Child Been Embarrassed By Your Accent?

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

Is your child embarrassed by your Spanish, Cuban, Mexican or Puerto Rican accent? Young people do not want to be different. Youngsters wish to belong, especially to the country and to the culture they were born into or have adopted. They are true conformists and their parents and grandparents who do not have fluency and a certain dexterity in English make them feel ashamed, uncomfortable, and embarrassed in front of their peers.

Long ago, some of my college classmates avoided taking me to their homes because they were embarrassed by their parents’ lack of mastery of the English language. I had that impression because I was often asked to wait in the car while they went indoors to get something we needed: a book, money… whatever. But keeping me outside did not keep me from hearing one of their parents come out and shout something in broken English with an Italian, Slovak, Czech or Bulgarian accent.

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25 Most Stylish Celeb Mom Looks of 2013

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Whether they’re making an appearance or just hitting the playground, celeb moms prove that you can look chic and tote around a tot or two. The most stylish moms in the world — including Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham, and Miranda Kerr — had some majorly fashionable moments in 2013! We’ve rounded up 25 of our favorite celeb mom looks of the year — from Rachel Zoe’s avant-garde ensembles (often accompanied by an equally fashion-forward look on son Skyler) to Hilary Duff’s laid-back but always on-trend outfits. Keep reading to find your favorite and get some mom-style inspiration!

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What’s The Secret To Successful Parenting?

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From our friends at Your Tango!

“What can we do about Bobby?” Every parent has moments of fear and anxiety about their parenting skills and their children’s emotional health. In this era of too much pressure to get it right, right now, where do you go to tell if your child [or you] need help? How do you decide between occupational therapy, counseling, parenting education, medications and special education? What if you are going through a divorce? How can you keep your child’s difficulties from causing relationship problems with your partner? CONTINUE READING THE ARTICLE: “What’s The Secret To Successful Parenting? Play Time!”

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10 Things Your Kids Need To Do In 2014

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From our friends over at Mommyish!

Resolutions are really wasted on us parents, as we are all pretty perfect. You know who really needs to resolve to improve in 2014? The little people we gave birth to. Below is a whole list of things that our kids can resolve to do better in the New Year.

1. To stop leaving a few crumbs in the cereal box

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What sort of monster leaves three sad Froot Loops in the bottom of the box and opens up a new box of cereal? Your kiddo. I am not sure who is supposed to consume the sad cereal dust at the bottom of the box, but your kids assume the magical pantry cleaning fairy will deal with this while they happily tear through a new box of Cookie Crisp.

2. To stop asking us questions the second we get on the phone 

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If you ever want to get your kid’s attention, make a long distance phone call. It doesn’t matter how old your kid is…you will never be as fascinating to them, nor will they ever need to ask you something important, or demand your attention, as much as they will the second you try to make a phone call.

For more things your kids need to do in 2014, please visit Mommyish.

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Zulily: Make More Room To Play

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Remember what mom used to say — a place for everything, everything in its place?  It’s time to get serious about getting your kids’ room or playroom in shape. At zulily, we’ve got some great tips and essentials to transform your kids’ cozy corners of the universe into oases of organization.

Tip 1. Seeing spots. Easily and affordably add instant pops of colorful (and interactive!) fun with these dry-erase decals.

Tip 2. Reach for a rug. Simply adding a vibrantly colored new rug with an interesting design dramatically changes the look and feel of any room.

Tip 3. Streamline with stackable storage solutions
After you and your little packrats sort through clothes that no longer fit, toys that no longer turn heads and books that no longer are opened, bring in your indispensable storage solutions and you’ll have everything that “made the cut” neatly organized in no time.

Tip 4. Ramp up the cozy and comfy factor
Add in a few new pillows, a beanbag chair or a super soft throw, and watch your little ones greet their refreshed rooms with great big grins.

Tip 5. Delight with unexpected accents. Add flair with fun yet functional essentials.

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How To Host A Healthy Holiday Party

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and connection; for eating, drinking, and being merry. Yet, many of us feel stressed and overwhelmed just by thinking about the holidays. So here are some tips with a healthy spin to end this year and welcome the new one with some vibrant, uplifting energy!

HOSTING A HEALTHY HOLIDAY MADE EASY
: The quick answer is…lighten up. When throwing a party, many hosts make the mistake of having too many options which lead to stress, worry, and probably having more than one thing flying out of control. Have you noticed when you go to an upscale cocktail party they only serve a maximum of three amuse-bouches? Yes, simple is the answer.

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8 Unique Holiday Gifts For Your Teenage Daughter

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Are you having trouble figuring out what to get your teenage daughter this year for the holidays? It might seem like all she wants is an iTunes gift card or an accessory for her iPhone or iPad, but aren’t you tired of giving electronics and gift cards as gifts? It might seem like technology is ruining the fun in gift-giving, but there are so many exciting gifts for teenagers that don’t involve cellphones or tablets. Our friends over at Mommyish found creative and unique holiday gifts that your teenage daughter is sure to love!

1. Crosley Portable Turntable, $115

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Nothing beats the sound of vinyl. Nothing. How cool would it be to actually be able to share the experience of listening to music again – as opposed to everyone shoving headphones in their ear? Get your teen interested and there are never ending gift ideas in future vinyl purchases.

2. Sock Monkey Umbrella, $12.99

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Your teen queen will love using this eye-catching and adorable umbrella while walking with friends on rainy days!

For more unique holiday gifts for your daughter that have nothing to do with her iPhone, visit Mommyish.

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Ivanka Trump: It’s Chaotic With Two Children

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Mini Magazine’s new holiday issue is now available online. One of the interviews includes Ivanka Trump chatting about life with Arabella and Joseph.

She states, “We are back at the beginning and it’s chaotic! We are so fortunate and love that Arabella is a big sister now.”

Asked about her parenting style she shares, “Time and consistency are crucial, both as a parent and as a partner. My family is my priority, but I love what I do professionally. Balancing the two is a work in progress, but I think so far, I am doing OK.”

In the issue – read about Tia Mowry-Hardrict who graces the cover.  You’ll also discover articles on the CEO of Aden & Anais Raegan Moya-Jones, Real Housewives of Orange County’s Heather Dubrow and holiday gift guides. Visit mini-magazine.com.