Gum You’ll Actually Want Your Kid to Chew

The back of the wrappers show where your money is going.

I distinctly remember the first time I got detention: I was behaving perfectly in 8th grade health class when the teacher asked: “What’s in your mouth?” Busted. I had forgotten that I was chewing some “illegal” post-lunch gum and ended up having to pay the price of a 30-minute after school time out. But I suspect if I’d been chewing Project 7 gum back then, I would’ve had a stronger case in my defense: “I’m doing it for a good cause!”

Founded by father of three Tyler Merrick, Project 7 is a company dedicated to making “products for good.” Each flavor of their chewing gum is dedicated to its own charitable mission — and with choices like Birthday Cake and Coconut Lime, doing good can taste good too! (Plus, it’s sugar-free, calorie- free, and contains the good-for-teeth ingredient, xylitol.) Check out the delicious  options:

  • Fresh & Breezy — planting trees
  • Mint Julep — cleanwater
  • Peppermint Vanilla — fighting hunger in the U.S.
  • Front Porch Lemonade — education
  • Birthday Cake — antibullying
  • Coconut Lime (2014 Gum of the Year!) — helping with homelessness

Available in resealable packets for just over a dollar, Project 7 gum makes it possible for almost anyone to make a difference. You can find the gum in grocery stores and coffee shops, and the mints are now available on every American Airlines flight! Bonus: The graphics on the back of each packet make it super easy for moms to start a conversation with their kids about the importance of giving back.

[Note: Gum is a choking hazard for children under age 4. Use caution.]

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Robin McGraw’s Lip Shades Fight Back Against Domestic Violence

Picking out a yet another lip product never gets old, and now you can wear a new hue while making a difference. 

All profits from the Robin McGraw Avery Lasting Love Collection  ($16 each, RobinMcGrawRevelation.com) will be donated to domestic violence prevention programs though When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation. As described on its web site, the foundation “creates and advances programs that help women and children, especially those affected by domestic violence, live healthy, safe and joy-filled lives.”

The “Georgia” mentioned above is McGraw’s late mother, Avery is McGraw’s granddaughter. Each lip gloss shade incorporates the first and middle names of McGraw’s mother and daughter-in-law, Erica. Now we’re wondering if there’s a product named for McGraw’s husband–the famous Dr. Phil–in the works!

If you’ve reached the big 4-0, this beauty tips are for you!

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Image courtesy of Robin McGraw Revelation.  

 

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14 Celebrity Moms Breastfeeding in Public

Considering their lack of anonymity with paparazzi lurking at every street corner, we salute celebrity moms who breastfeed their babies while out and about!

Although it’s still considered taboo in some circles, there’s no shame in nursing your baby in public — or on the cover of a magazine for that matter! And we’re so glad that celebrity moms such as Gwen Stefani, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kourtney Kardashian are on board.

Take a look through our pictures and read about 10 celebrity moms who have breastfed in public.

Kourtney Kardashian

Reality star Kourtney Kardashian was seen breastfeeding her daughter Penelope in Miami, Florida.

After taking a dip in the pool with her kids, Kourtney was later seen breastfeeding her then 12-month-old baby girl.

Kourtney has been outspoken about her love for breastfeeding. When her sister, Kim Kardashian, was pregnant, Kim recalled a conversation she had with Kourtney about the possibility of wet nursing.

“She said to me, ‘One sister should babysit all the kids, so I can go out or vice-versa, and whichever sister is babysitting should just breastfeed all the kids that are there,’” Kim shared.

While Kim was “disgusted” by the idea, she went on to ask Kourtney, “Does that not freak you out?”

Kourtney responded with, “No, it doesn’t,” adding, ”That’s what they did back in the day.”

Gwen Stefani

No doubt about it, Gwen Stefani loves being a mama.

The Just a Girl singer, 44, recently shared an image via Instagram, breastfeeding her 5-month-old son Apollo during their family vacation. “#Switzerland,” the mom-of-three captioned the precious pic.

The rockstar mama Gwen Stefani was also seen sharing a tender moment with her then 3-month-old son Zuma on a park bench in Los Angeles. A few months later, the mom-of-two talked about how Zuma self-weaned during No Doubt’s reunion tour.

“I didn’t want him to [quit],” Gwen said. “It felt like a total rejection. It was really hormonal, and trying to stop in the middle of tour was insane.”

Natalia Vodianova

Joining in on the trend, Russian model Natalia Vodianova shared the first photo of her son Maxim, who was born in early May, via Instagram. In the shot, the naked model mom is seen breastfeeding her newborn.

Pink:

Pink has been open about her attachment parenting philosophy. Tweeting her response to this year’s controversial TIME magazine cover on extended breastfeeding, she wrote:

“I felt that the article in TIME on attachment parenting was unfortunately a tad extreme. I support attachment parenting 100%… And have a very happy and healthy little girl to show for it. It’s time we support what’s healthy (breast feeding) instead of judge it.”

Alicia Silverstone

Eco-friendly mama Alicia Silverstone was seen nursing her son Bear Blu, then 10 months, in March 2012. While wearing her son in a baby carrier, the actress was also breastfeeding her boy.

Since welcoming her firstborn child with husband Christopher Jarecki, Alicia has written about nourishing her son on her blog The Kind Life. The Clueless star admitted breastfeeding can be painful at first, but the outcome can result in “insane feelings of ecstasy.”

It can be [painful], but just at first,” Alicia wrote. “What I’ve been told is it’s important to have the bonding latch right away. Everyone I know who had pain in the beginning says how amazing it was after the first two weeks – that the insane feelings of ecstasy while baby nurses are the best ever, and that it’s so worth the baracuda jaws for two weeks. Also, I have seen and heard so much about how the baby, when first put on the chest immediately after birth, will crawl up to your nipple after a while and open its mouth like a little bird looking for the nipple. How cute and precious is that?”

Jaime King

After struggling with infertility and numerous miscarriages, actress Jaime King proudly shared a photo breastfeeding her son James.

“Breastfeeding should not be taboo- and bottle feeding should not be judged- it’s ALL fun for the whole family,”she captioned the Instagram shot.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

When her daughter Ramona was 7-months-old, Maggie Gyllenhaal was caught by the paparazzi breastfeeding in a New York City park. At the time, the internet was abuzz with controversy over the intimate shots. Some said the paparazzi were too intrusive, while others felt that Maggie didn’t seem fazed at all – regardless of who saw her – as she breastfed her baby in public.

The Academy Award-nominated actress has commented about the pressures of breastfeeding and raising a newborn.

“I’m not a leave-them-in-their-crib-to-cry kind of girl. Fundamentally, I didn’t find that worked. Everyone’s got their own thing, you know? You can’t tell another person when it’s right to stop breastfeeding, or how to put your kid to sleep. Every child is different.”

Julie Bowen

Modern Family star Julie Bowen made an appearance on Lopez Tonight in 2010, where she shared a picture and talked to George Lopez about nursing her then 1-year-old twin boys, John and Gus.

“It’s like two little liposuction machines on you,” she said. “They suck the fat out of you. They call it the ‘double football hold.’ You hold one here, and here [gesturing to her breasts], like two footballs… They’re doing God’s work right there, helping me return to my birth weight.”

Julie later commented on her feelings about the pressures of breastfeeding.

“I’m a big live and let live-r,” Julie said. “Seriously [do it], if it works for you, if it’s easy. If it wasn’t easy, I wouldn’t have done it. Some people can’t do it physically…so don’t do it.”

Miranda Kerr

Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr and her estranged husband Orlando Bloom welcomed their first child in January 2011. The model mom tweeted a gorgeous photo of her and baby Flynn, then 3 months. “Another day in the office,” the new mom wrote, sharing a photo of herself in full hair and make-up at a photo shoot breastfeeding her adorable babe.

Having returned to work just a couple of months after giving birth, Miranda said her quick post-baby weight loss is thanks in part to breastfeeding.

“I think if you really eating the right foods, putting the nutrition into your body and doing yoga and breastfeeding; those things have helped me get back into shape. I remember I was on the elliptical machine when I was pregnant with Flynn.”

The Australian beauty added,

“I intend to breastfeed for as long as I can,” she said. “My breast milk will give our little Flynn the nutrition he needs for his continued healthy development and to all mums out there I am sure you will make the right choice for you and your baby.”

Just hours after giving birth to Flynn, Miranda shared a precious picture breastfeeding her newborn. In response to the photo, she said,

“The photo was one of the first photos Orlando took. We both loved it and we wanted to share it. The pleasant surprise was that it also had the added benefit of promoting breastfeeding which to me is the most natural thing in the world and I love it.”

Angelina Jolie

W magazine’s November 2008 issue celebrated art — namely Brad Pitt’s photographs of his gorgeous family. His black-and-white shot of Angelina Jolie feeding one of their then 3-month-old twins [Knox or Vivienne] with the baby’s tiny fingers graced the cover of W. The serene, natural and relaxed shot only reaffirmed Angelina’s breathtaking beauty.

Angie opened up about breastfeeding during a very emotional time of her life.

“I had lost my mum, I’d had a baby and I’d been breastfeeding and I was in a very emotional place as a woman. I knew instinctually and talked to Brad about it, that if I could find something that would get me physical again it would be like therapy, because everything was making me cry.”

Salma Hayek

On a goodwill trip to Sierra Leone in 2009, Salma Hayek famously breastfed a week-old infant whose mother was too malnourished to produce milk herself. The actress recalled the wet nurse experience.

“The baby was perfectly healthy, but the mother didn’t have milk. He was very hungry. I was weaning Valentina [then 2-years-old], but I still had a lot of milk that I was pumping, so I breast-fed the baby,” she says, her voice dropping. “You should have seen his eyes. When he felt the nourishment, he immediately stopped crying.”

Salma says she was hoping to raise awareness that Sierra Leone has the highest infant mortality rate in the world. She went on to say, “I actually think my baby would be very proud to share her milk. And when she grows up I’m going to make sure she continues to be a generous, caring person.”

Years later, Salma continues to answer questions about acting as a wet nurse.

If you have milk, you have milk, and if they’re hungry, they’re hungry,” she said. “I think it’s a beautiful thing, because motherhood is a very strong place for women to connect and understand each other.”

Keely Shaye Smith

James Bond star Pierce Brosnan and his wife, former journalist Keely Shaye Smith, famously graced the December 1997 issue of REDBOOK with their then 11-month-old son Dylan. Then a fairy revolutionary cover, editor in chief Kate White explained that the magazine produced two covers – one being “more traditional” – for the first time in its history because they didn’t want “to force the image on anyone.”

Meanwhile, some convenience-store-chain owners said that if customers complained, they reserved the right to move the cover behind the counter along with risqué men’s magazines like Playboy and Penthouse.

Lucy Lawless

Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless shared an intimate shot with her then 3-month-old son Judah to promote World Breastfeeding Week in 2002, which featured her quote, “Breastfeeding — My best role ever.”

Mayim Bialik

Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik, who also holds a PhD in neuroscience, shared an image breastfeeding her 3-year-old son Fred on a New York City subway last year. The attachment parenting advocate wrote a thoughtful piece to accompany the intimate shot.

I have written about my now 3-year-old son Fred, and his nursing rhythms before,” Mayim wrote. “To recap: Fred nursed for a solid 12 months with no supplements, no solid foods, and not even a sip of water. He got the hang of eating solids around 18 months, but continued to nurse all day (with bottles of pumped breastmilk when I was at work), and on demand all night. A typical night involved no less than four wake-ups and sometimes six (every 2 hours on the clock for 12 hours of bed time was not unusual). This went on for almost 3 years.”

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Quiet House Throws Mom Into Panic

Our writer Sarah Schmelling offers a funny perspective in her Parents magazine column, ”Just Kidding! 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A local mom nearly lost her senses here Tuesday when she realized her house had been quiet for 20 minutes, despite the fact there were three children under the age of 7 inside.

“I noticed that I’d actually been able to finish a cup of tea, which is unheard of in my house,” said Amy Hansen, 32. “I immediately had to see what on earth was happening.”

Hansen noted that she heard no hysterics, no one yelling, “Guys! Watch this!” followed by a mysterious thud, no furniture straining under the weight of jumping humans, no singing, no one yelling at someone else to stop singing, no slamming doors, no one on the edge between giggling and crying, no “ninja attacks,” no crashing, and no shattering.

When Hansen found all of her kids in the living room, two of them looking at books and one drawing in a notebook, she was still suspicious. “I had to ask them if they were in fact my children and not some kind of robot clones that had just wandered in,” she said.

Luckily, her 5-year-old daughter soon broke a pencil, blamed it on her brother, and then knocked a container of Legos off the table. “Phew! I felt so much better,” said Hansen. “For a while there, that was crazy.”

Mom Confessions: If I Could Spend a Day Without My Kids I Would¿
Mom Confessions: If I Could Spend a Day Without My Kids I Would¿
Mom Confessions: If I Could Spend a Day Without My Kids I Would¿

Image: Two children with books via Shutterstock

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This Month’s Screen-Time Finds

Here are some of our favorite new movies, games, and more!

Movies and Television

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back, this time in a live-action adventure. The gang of Ninjutsu-trained fighters teams up with April O’Neil (Megan Fox) to save New York City from Shredder and his evil Foot Clan. PG-13, opens August 8

In Dora and Friends: Into the City! our bilingual heroine is moving to an urban area, making new friends, and exchanging her trusty paper map for a tech-savvy app. But her adventures, which focus heavily on community service and helping others, are still educational and entertaining for her legions of preschool fans. 2 years+, premieres August 18

Experience life under water with DeepSea Challenge 3D. The film recounts James Cameron’s personal journey exploring on a submarine in a way that will inspire both kids and adults. PG, opens August 8

Amazon Studios just launched Annedroids, an original kids’ series about a girl genius. The live-action adventure show explores her amazing scientific discoveries and the difficulties of growing up. The first six episodes are available through Prime Instant Video, and more episodes will follow later this year.
4 years+, premiered July 25 on Amazon

Your little Barbie fan’s imagination can fly free with Barbie and the Secret Door, a new DVD release. When the shy princess Barbie discovers a magical hidden world, she must gather her courage to protect the land from danger. Luckily, she has two new friends—a mermaid and a fairy—to help her.
3 years+, $20

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood kicks off Season 2 with some big news: Daniel’s baby sister, Margaret, is on the way! The arrival of a new family member lets the PBS Kids hit series explore difficult emotions, such as feeling left out and dealing with change. 3 years+, premieres August 18

Video Games

Swing away with Mario Golf: World Tour. Players join the classic Mushroom Kingdom characters to putt and drive on a series of challenging courses. (Watch out for those vicious Piranha Plants!)
6 years+, $30 for 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS

Put your problem-solving abilities to the test with Pushmo World. Players push, pull, and climb blocks to solve more than 250 puzzles. Plus, a new feature called the World Pushmo Fair hub lets users easily share and play puzzles by other users around the world. 6 years+, $10 for Wii U

The lovable video game characters of the early ’90s are back in Lemmings Touch. The all new version was designed just for the PlayStation Vita, so players can use the touchscreen to guide the Lemmings through a variety of themed worlds, including Candy Land and Space. Keep an eye out for the mischievous Lemming while you’re at it! 6 years+, $10 for PS Vita

Apps

Eric Carle fans will love The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends – Play & Explore app. The beloved characters and gorgeous illustrations come to life on your device in a series of activities that include counting and memory games for kids. 3 years+, $4 for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android

Little Builders lets your child experience a construction site without any mess. He can mix cement, drive a digger, paint a house, or operate a crane with ease. But watch out, because you never know when a water pipe might burst! 2 years+, $3 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Teach your kid to care for the environment with Habitat the Game. Players adopt a virtual polar bear and must complete real-world actions—such as turning lights off and conserving water—to keep the creature healthy. Little ones will take pride in making an actual difference in the world with these exciting games. 4 years+, Free for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

It’s Peppa Pig’s Party Time! Your kid can help her prepare by designing the invitations, decorating the party bags, and baking the cake. Afterward, join in the fun with some party games, including musical chairs and pass the parcel. Savor the memories with snapshots saved in the app’s photo album—and then start all over again! 3 years+, $5 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Sago Mini Space Explorer lets children explore the universe with an adorable dog named Harvey. Guide him past stars and planets, make alien friends, and take a spin in a flying saucer. The open-ended play experience encourages kids to make up stories as they go. 2 years+, $3 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Image courtesy of Paramount

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

If you thought last week’s post full of Back-to-School deals was the bee’s knees, we’ve got an awesome encore for you this week, as well. Check out the coupon codes below to stock up on whatever might have been left off last week’s list, from Carter’s and Kohls to Sierra Trading Post, Tilly’s and more … you shouldn’t need to pay full price for anything for your kids when it comes to their back-to-school gear!

  1. Justice & Brothers$25 off your purchase over $50 (Coupon code: 38413084). Expires 7/31/2014.
  2. Carter’s40% off all orders (No code needed). Expires 8/5/2014.
  3. Kohls$10 off orders $30 or more (Coupon code: URSPECIAL). Expires 8/2/2014.
  4. Tilly’s20% off one item (Coupon code: DEALPRO2014). Expires 9/7/2014.
  5. Sierra Trading Post25% off your purchase over $125 (Coupon code: STP14). Expires 12/31/2014.
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#JOMO is the new #FOMO because #YOLO

The constant barrage of parenting humblebrags, pin-worthy pedicures, and perfectly posed (and filtered) pics of well-dressed, angelic children is causing us to miss out on what’s right in front of us. So, bid adieu to that nasty FOMO feeling and embrace JOMO (joy of missing out). Let everyone else hustle to keep up with the Joneses while you enjoy the relief of doing your own thing, no matter how un-Instagrammable it may be. Start by:

Just Saying No
When everyone’s volunteering for a PTA committee but you choose to binge-watch Orange Is the New Black instead, JOMO! When your single friend invites you to happy hour but you’d rather sing along to the Frozen soundtrack with the kids (again), JOMO! Only say yes to plans that truly excite you. Who cares if you don’t get tagged in the photo later?

Keeping It Real
Find IRL experiences that mimic the sites you enjoy most. If you’re always pinning craft ideas or recipes, take a cooking class or pick up art supplies and get creative with your kids. Crave connection? Join a mom’s group for a real-life social meet-up.

Seeing the Bigger Picture
For each image of a child quietly reading a book, there are hundreds of un-photographed moments where his behavior is…less than ideal. The next time you’re staring in awe (and envy) at a photo or status update, remind yourself that social media is not real life—and that all the good stuff happens off-camera anyway.

—Sabrina James

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Mom Confessions: My Latest Parenting Fail
Mom Confessions: My Latest Parenting Fail

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Simple One-Ingredient (Banana!) Ice Cream

You may or may not have heard the buzz about one-ingredient ice cream, and you may be wondering whether it’s too good to be true. Rest assured that, yes, it really is as quick, easy, and delicious as it seems! I whipped up a batch in less than fifteen minutes with stellar results. Most recipes call for a food processor, but a blender will work just as well.

This is a perfect treat for kids and adults with a dairy-free diet or as a light alternative to traditional ice cream, and it definitely doesn’t sacrifice taste. I used this recipe as a guideline and added a few of my favorite mix-ins.

This makes enough for two small portions or one hearty (read: sweet-tooth-approved) serving.

All you’ll need is:

  • 3 bananas, cut into small chunks and frozen

My optional additions:

  • 2 heaping tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • A few pinches of sea salt, to taste

1. Whizz your bananas in a blender or food processor. If your blender is low-power, like mine was, let the bananas thaw on the counter for about five minutes. If your bananas are straight from the freezer, stop a few times to give your blender a break and the scrape down the sides. Blend until the consistency is smooth throughout, like soft-serve.

2. Once you’ve got a smooth texture, that’s it!

3. If you want to take it a step further, add your mix-ins. Pulse just a few times until everything is incorporated. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of cinnamon and salt on top.

Let your imagination go wild when it comes to your mix-ins: nuts, berries, spices, candy, sprinkles, or granola are all great additions. Or, keep it plain and simple with just the bananas. Either way, relax and enjoy your guilt-free dessert!

Looking for more easy family desserts? Check out these recipes!

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