Hilary Duff: “I don’t want to rush him through life and the stages that are going by so quickly.”

Hilary Duff Announces Each Pack of Trident Gum purchased This Week Is A Donation to Smiles Across AmericaYesterday, Hilary Duff celebrated Trident gum’s 10-year anniversary of their sponsorship of Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America campaign. (The campaign provides oral disease prevention to uninsured children.) This week 5 cents of every pack of Trident gum purchased—up to $200,000—will go to the cause! Parents sat down with the actress-cum-pop star and mom of 2-year-old Luca to talk dental health, why she’s more afraid of the terrible 3s than the 2s, and her own mommy monologue—Lizzie McGuire-style.

P: You’ve been involved in a lot of charitable work, what drew you to this cause?

HD: I think I just got inspired knowing that Trident has supported Oral Health America for the past ten years and they’ve raised over 2 million dollars doing such good. I’m starting to work with my son, taking care of his teeth everyday and trying to teach him how to brush. I’ve always had teeth issues so I know how painful it can be. I want to teach him how important it is to keep healthy teeth and brush after meals. And it’s my gum! This is actually my gum that I buy.

P: Speaking of teaching your son to brush, is he brushing his own teeth? Does he ever complain about having to do it? 

HD: He wants to brush his own, but I brush him first and then I let him “brush.” We started brushing when he had two little nubs sticking out just to get him used to it. My friend told me, “Get a toothbrush in there as soon as you can and make it a habit and routine.” We try to make it fun. I’ll be like “I bet you can’t stand on one foot while I brush your teeth” and he goes “I can! I can! I can!”

How to Brush Baby's Teeth
How to Brush Baby's Teeth
How to Brush Baby's Teeth

Aside from brushing, healthy eating habits are important, too. Check out Parents’ Toddler Nutrition Quiz to see if he’s eating right.

P: Now that Luca is 2 years old, tell me: Are they terrible?

HD: No. Not at all. I’m worried for 3 because 2 has been a breeze.

P: What’s your favorite part about 2?

HD: I think just all the vocabulary that happens. He’s getting so vocal and now he can put 4 or 5 words together. It’s a big thing when they can start joining words, but it’s sad too because some of the really cute things that you love go away quick. He’s starting to sing. He loves to sing the ABCs and The Great Big Spider—he does not like The Itsy Bitsy Spider he likes The Great Big Spider.

P: So you changed the words?

HD: Yes. And I guess…just how capable he is with everything now. He knows what he wants, but he’s a very sweet little boy and he has a really good spirit. He has the best smile. I’m lucky, but I’m a little afraid for 3 because 2 has been great.

P: Is there anything that he does that makes you think “Oh my gosh, he’s such a little mini-me?”

HD: All of his vocal-isms. He says “oh!” all the time because I say “Oh.” I’ll say to him “It’s time to go!” He’ll say “OH!” The other day I put something on instagram where he sprayed me with the hose. I didn’t think he could pull the trigger because they’re really tough. I just say “sure” all the time and I said “You can’t spray me” and he said “SURE!” and then pssshhhhh blasted me with the hose. He also says “No way” which is bad. I usually say it in a good way when I get excited like “no wayyyy”  and now he says it in a bad way. I’m like “Do you want to change your diaper?” “No way!” Excuse me? The sass.

P: This year has been a year of transition for your family. What has been the key to maintaining a positive parenting relationship for you and for Luca, perhaps as an example for other moms that might be going through harder times?

HD: I think the key thing for us is that he’s our main priority and we love and care for him so much and so everything else will straighten out eventually. We’re just trying to move forward with as much love as we can for him and our family. And we have a lot of respect for each other.

P: You’re most famous for your portrayal of Lizzie McGuire. She always had that inner monologue running through her head as a cartoon. What’s your mommy inner monologue like?

HD: I wish I could be funny right now, but I really don’t think it’s funny. I think a lot of the time I remind myself to count to ten. Take a breather. Their little legs can’t always keep up with ours and I don’t want to rush him through life and rush through the stages that I notice are going by so quickly. My life is so busy and so hectic and I move so quickly that it’s like, take it down a notch. It’s all good. So I think Ok count to 10. Sometimes it’s so easy to say “I’m just gonna pick you up and we’re gonna go,” but I want to be really patient with him.

Photograph: Michael Simon/StarTracks

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I Can’t Believe I’m Blogging About an Apple

But it’s a really good apple!

I’m cursed with children who are mega picky about fruit. Berries can’t be even remotely “squishy.” Bananas can’t be too ripe, or too yellow. Watermelon can’t have a hint of mealiness to them. One kid likes only green grapes, the other only red. As for apples, their favorite is the hard-to-find (and very aptly named) Honeycrisp. That’s until now, when we can mercifully add another variety to the mix: SweeTango. Have you heard of these? I hadn’t, but they’ve been around since 2009. They’re bred at the University of Minnesota and are a blend of Honeycrisp and Zestar apples. Like their parents, they’re really crunchy, juicy, and sweet.

SweeTangos are hyper-seasonal, meaning they’re only around for a brief part of the season–specifically, mid August (on the West coast) into November. Last year, they sold out in 60 days.

Because people who are into SweeTangos are really into SweeTangos, a big social media push is underway this season. Share the place you’ve found the apple using #SpotSweeTango on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and you can win a season’s worth of them, plus a trip to a SweeTango orchard. (You can also text your location to 99000.) To find SweeTangos near you, check out the interactive map that launched this week. Since they’re good enough to make my kids happy, I know they’ll be good enough for you and yours!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win an Urbini Avi Jogging Stroller!

Lots of new moms would love a jogging stroller, but when it comes to paring down a registry list, the jogger is often one of the first items to go. (Sniff!) A new stroller line, called Urbini and sold at Walmart, is out to change that. Their jogging stroller, the Urbini Avi, comes in at $200, putting this piece of baby gear in reach! The Avi is built for parents looking for a little exercise, but it has a compact frame and easy fold, so you’d be fine relying on it for everyday use, too.

We’re happy to announce that ONE (1) lucky winner will get a red Avi jogging stroller, which has an approximate retail value of $200. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day September 18. More Qs about our giveaway? Read our official rules. Be sure to check back on September 18 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Watch this video and learn how you can get baby gear on a budget!

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How to Buy Baby Gear on a Budget
How to Buy Baby Gear on a Budget

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Making the Play with Andrew Luck

What do you do with your kids to get active? An NFL quarterback wants to know!

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is helping launch “Make the Play” with Quaker Oats to help motivate families to eat healthy and get active. Parents can submit their favorite ways to play with their families. The winning family with the most innovative game or original way to be active gets to participate in a “Day of Play” with Luck. Parents caught up with Luck to learn about the importance of kids getting active with their families.

P: What inspired you to get involved with “Make the Play”?

AL: This is my third year getting to work with Quaker. It’s really because we share so much passion for healthy lifestyles and encouraging kids to get outside to play for at least an hour a day, to eat good breakfast, and sleep well. I think those are great messages to get behind. I feel strongly about them and so does Quaker.

P: How did active play influence your childhood? 

AL: It was a big,big part of my childhood. I have three younger siblings, so the four of us were outside all the time after school playing games, making up games. My sister made up a game called “roof ball.” We’d play that constantly. She always beat me in it, and it made me very mad. But we were outside all the time. We’d wait for my dad to come home from work, and he’d take 15, 20 minutes to just throw a football or shoot basketball hoops or kick a soccer ball or play volleyball. That was always a big part of my childhood, and I know it must have helped me with sitting down and doing homework later or falling asleep. It was a great way to use up some energy.

P: What was “roof ball” like? 

AL: “Roof ball” was a game where we’d throw a ball on the roof and the person who caught it got points. I shoulda won, but I rarely did.

P: What are some advantages of children getting active? 

AL: I do think studies have shown that getting active for at least 60 minutes a day helps with concentration and focus, so I think that’s important. Just an active lifestyle is great for health overall.

P: What athlete inspired you as a kid to be active? 

AL: My dad [Oliver Luck] played football in the NFL, and he was a quarterback, as well. He was always an inspiration, and I loved watching Peyton Manning and Steve McNair. I enjoyed watching those guys.

P: How does eating right affect your performance?

AL: It’s a big part of being a professional athlete. To me, breakfast is my most important meal. It’s often the meal you play a game on. I make sure I have oatmeal, milk, and fruit. It’s the fuel you use to hopefully do your best, so eating right is a big part of being a professional athlete. I wish I paid more attention to it earlier in my life.

P: What’s you favorite oatmeal topping? 

AL: Fruit! All types of fruit—berries, especially.

P: What are some ways parents can inspire their kids to get active? 

AL: I always appreciated my dad coming outside and playing with us—or my mom—and being a part of the game we were playing or refereeing it or just being outside. That was fun for us, and it was very encouraging.

P: What are you looking for when judging the “Make the Play” contest? 

AL: Two simple things! One: Involve other people. It’s fun when a bunch of people are playing the game and families. Two: Have fun. Make sure you’re having fun, and that will come through on the videos.

For more information on the “Make the Play” contest, visit QuakerMakeThePlay.com.

 

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Rosie Pope’s Advice for Kate Middleton: “This Too Shall Pass”

Rosie PopeBy Lisa Weber

Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she’s also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of “Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy.”

Just recently, Celebrity Baby Scoop spoke with the mom-of-four about how she balances work and home, what makes royal babies so exciting, and her plans for Rosie Pope Baby.

CBS: The news about Will and Kate expecting baby #2 has taken the world by storm. What is it about royal babies that get the world so excited?

RP: “Being a prince or princess was probably everybody’s fantasy if only for a few moments as a child. To see it happen in reality is an amazing and magical thing and we get to watch the whole thing happen! It’s uplifting and the stuff of fairy tales but in real life.”

CBS: Kate looked so adorable during her first pregnancy; do you think she will duplicate her first pregnancy fashions or go with a different look?

RP: “Definitely duplicated but maybe she’ll get a little more daring now that she is confident in both how well the world received her fashion choices and in herself. First pregnancies feel so unknown and nerve racking and second pregnancies can be a little more relaxing. You are more used to the changes your body is making.”

CBS: As a maternity fashion designer, what advice would you give women who are pregnant and hoping to remain stylish?

RP: “Stay true to your sense of style and quite simply if it wasn’t something you would wear before you got pregnant, don’t wear it now that you are. We are lucky to have a lot of wonderful maternity designers today and so you can really find things that fit your new and changing body but are in align with the sense of style you have always had. I always keep this in mind when designing maternity clothes. Women want to feel like themselves as much as possible rather than trying too many new things in this very new world (to them) of pregnancy.”

CBS: As a mom of four, what advice would you give Kate about coping with morning sickness?

RP: “This too shall pass. It’s the only way to get through it because it is really not pleasant. She needs to use her support network to get rest and help with George. It is hard already being a mom taking care of your toddler while also trying to take care of yourself and the new baby. Kate is lucky to have help and now is the time to use it.”

CBS: What’s it like in your house with four active kids? What are they into these days? How do you keep everyone organized and keep your sanity?

RP: “It’s crazy but a beautiful kind of crazy! While schedules are so important to make sure we get everything done I have certainly learned to be more relaxed and go with the flow. I try and find those special moments of one on one time with my kids so that we connect in a very special way each day.”

CBS: As a working mom, how do you find balance between career and home?

RP: “I am still trying! One of the most important things are key touch points when I can. For us those are breakfast together in the morning and dinner together along with bath time and stories at night. Being there when they open their eyes in the morning and when they shut them at night are so important to me.”

CBS: Do you have any new projects you’d like to share with us?

RP: “I am working so hard on Rosie Pope baby, expanding the line and the distribution. I am so excited at the number of wonderful stores that will be carrying it come January. I am also planning to launch nursing as an extension of my maternity line next year too. If I totally give up sleeping I might finally finish my second book too!”

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrities are pregnant, or find maternity clothes at Shop Parents.

Rosie Pope's Style Picks for Kate Middleton
Rosie Pope's Style Picks for Kate Middleton
Rosie Pope's Style Picks for Kate Middleton

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Schoola: Your Kids’ Clothes = Money for Your School

Sending your kids back to school involves buying new school supplies and possibly a new wardrobe (or at least it feels that way). Your kids continue to grow, and styles continue to change, but what do you do about the clothes that no longer fit? Donate them, of course!

Not only can you donate your child’s gently-worn clothing, but you can donate to their school as well by purchasing or donating like-new clothes through Schoola.com.

How it works? It’s as simple as the ABCs! Gather your child’s outgrown clothing, enter your address and school on Schoola.com, and wait for the pre-paid donation bag to arrive in your mail. Fill it, then leave it for the postal service to pick up. Schoola tags, photographs and posts the clothing in its online store–obviously at thrift-store prices. For each purchase made, $2 of every $5 in sales goes to the school designated by the donor. It’s a win-win situation!

Stacey Boyd, founder and CEO, has these tips on cleaning out your kid’s closet before school:

  • “Kids grow so quickly, it’s important to refresh their closets every school year. I try to clean out my daughters’ closets at least twice a year, as that’s how fast she seems to outgrow her clothes!”
  • “Remember what your child wore and didn’t wear last year. If your kid hasn’t worn something in the past year, they probably won’t wear it this year–if they still fit into it.”
  • “Always consider donating the clothes your kids no longer wear, and if you can find a store like Schoola that gives the proceeds back to organizations in need–even better!”

Want more tips on how to save on back-to-school clothes?

 

Back to School: Save on School Clothes
Back to School: Save on School Clothes
Back to School: Save on School Clothes

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Real Glam Moms: Little Lights of Mine

Ayesha Curry

Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

We don’t like to play favorites, but we have to admit something. RGM was inspired by this week’s mom and her quick makeup routine video.

In February 2013, Ayesha Curry created Little Lights of Mine. Through YouTube videos on recipes and family fun with her 2-year-old daughter Riley, she shares all she is thankful for as a stay-at-home mom. I discovered Ayesha back in April when I watched her Husband Tag video. I was less focused on her basketball star hubby, Stephen Curry, and more on her flawless lilac lipstick.

What is your beauty routine like?

I only buy products that I know I could use everyday if I wanted to. They have to be easy to apply and sort of effortless.

How has your routine changed since you had your daughter?

There was a short time where my routine was nonexistentthe newborn phase. The only thing I reached for was mascara. Now that she can occupy herself for a short period of time, I can get a nice natural makeup look on my face in under five minutes. So I guess my time to apply has changed significantly since having Riley.

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?

I think you just feel better about yourself! Of course we don’t need makeup all of the time, but it’s nice to feel fabulous every now and then.

How do you find time to focus on your blog, your family, and yourself?

It’s always a work in progress. We play around with our schedules to see what works best each week. No two days are ever the same. We love to plan family outings ahead of time and always set aside time for family dinner. Nap times are usually when my best blogging is accomplished. I’ve acquired the skill of multi-tasking since becoming a mommy. Oh the perks!

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve received?

Wash your face before bedtime, and always wear sunscreen!

Do you have any beauty advice for moms?

A good vibrant lipstick goes a long way! Perfect for those days when you’re tired and don’t feel like doing much to your face.

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LITTLE LIGHTS OF MINE’S FIVE FAVES 

1. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil: I love a good strong brow! It’s my no. 1 go to.

2.  Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Hands down, the best mascara I’ve used. It’s super easy to apply, and it lengthens and volumes like no other.

3. Coconut oil: It’s so multipurpose! I use it to remove makeup before washing my face, as a moisturizer, hair mask, and of course, to cook!

4. The Honest Co. Healing Balm: This works wonders on my lips and cuticles. I also use it during diaper changes for Riley when I notice a little redness. It vanishes within hours.

5. MAC lipstick: I love a vibrant lip! Red, orange pink! They just do it the best. My favorite colors right now are : Velvet Teddy, Chili, Pink Pigeon, and Morange.

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Dress Up Time! Halloween Costumes for the Pregnant Set

Whether you want to flaunt your bump this Halloween or would prefer to hold onto your exciting secret a little bit longer, these ideas will see you through the costume party season.

Put that bump on display:

That go-to Disney Princess costume can wait! You finally have a bump to show off and are eager to incorporate it into your Halloween getup. Take a look at these options. Still undecided? Check out these other pregnant Halloween costumes

No matter how old you get, Halloween is always about the candy. Dressing up as a gumball machine is not only sweet, it allows you to make the most of that belly! Picture an adult-sized version of this costume from Pinterest. Clever and functional!

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Love the outdoors? Dress up as Mother Earth by wearing a mix of greens and blues, and then pin a printout of the globe to your bump. Get it?! It’s also a great budget-friendly idea.

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Britney fan? Go “Baby One More Time” on your friends by dressing up in a Spears-inspired school girl outfit that’s pretty punny. Make sure to flaunt that belly! This is perfect for moms undergoing their second or third pregnancy.

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Put that bump away:

Maybe you haven’t spilled the beans yet, or maybe you just want to go through one day of your life without someone asking you when you’re due (hey, Halloween is all about pretending to be someone else!). These costumes are for you.

You’re tired all the time and baggy clothes have never felt so good. So why not incorporate this getup into a costume? Save yourself from hours of primping and don a “bed head” look. All you need is a pair of cute pajama pants, a robe (an oversized option will help conceal a growing belly), and some bunny slippers. Twist some plastic curlers in your hair, and you’re good to go. If you’re feeling extra spirited, swap out your purse for a pillow case.

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Go Risky Business this Halloween. Borrow an oversized white oxford shirt from your guy, slip on a pair of sunglasses (and maybe some spandex if the button down isn’t quite long enough to wear in public!) and channel your inner Tom Cruise all while concealing that bump.

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You can’t go wrong with a classic pumpkin costume! Channel your five-year-old self and cover your bod, as seen below. Hard to tell what’s underneath! If you do decide to make the big reveal, these pumpkin-painted pregnancy bellies are pretty clever!

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Trick or treat? Try making this witch-themed cupcake!

Halloween Treat: House on Witch Cupcake
Halloween Treat: House on Witch Cupcake
Halloween Treat: House on Witch Cupcake

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