Wanted: Beauty Product Testers

Calling all beauty-loving moms on the go! We need your help.

For an upcoming issue, Parents is looking for moms to test out new “speedy” beauty products. If you’re interested, send an e-mail to parentsbeautydept@gmail.com by August 22, 2014 that includes the following information:

1. Name

2. Age of your child(ren)

3. E-mail address

4. Mailing address

5. Favorite type of beauty product

Important Notes

Sorry, but you are not eligible if you:

  • Are currently pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Live outside the U.S.
  • Receive mail at a P.O. Box

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Give Back: Shop Save the Children Products at T.J. Maxx

You’re always looking for an excuse to make a T.J. Maxx run–the store is chock-full of on-trend clothing, funky home items, cute stationery, and more. Now, it’s possible to shop and give back when you purchase one of the Save the Children products available in every T.J.’s location throughout the country. Save the Children has worked since the 1930s to care for, protect, and provide education for children in the United States and around the world. 

T.J. Maxx has maintained a partnership with the organization for three decades and is currently selling special Save the Children blankets ($17) and reusable shopping bags (99 cents each) featuring kid-friendly designs. The blankets make great birthday or holiday gifts (it’s never too early to start gathering for friends and relatives), and 25 percent of profits benefit Save the Children. The tote bags are just 99 cents each, with all profits going to Save the Children. They’re ideal for toting to the supermarket and are also great for stashing laundry and dry cleaning.

Short on space? You can still assist the organization by donating any amount of money at checkout. Odds are you’re making some back-to-school shopping trips in the coming weeks, so stop by the store to donate! Products will be sold through the end of the month.

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

Photo courtesy of T.J. Maxx

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Celebrity Moms Share Back To School Tips

By Jenny Schafer

It’s time to start thinking about the back to school season.

While this time of year can cause stress and anxiety, Celebrity Baby Scoop reached out to some savvy celebrity moms – and rounded up top favorite brands – to help beat the back to school chaos.

Jennie Garth

Mystery Girls star Jennie Garth and her ex-husband, Twilight star Peter Facinelli, are parents to three daughters: Luca, 17, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 42, shares her favorite back to school quote, from none other than Dr. Seuss.

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”

The mom-of-three went on to share her favorite aspect of the back to school season. “[I love] all the excitement that brews over new classes, new teachers, new clothes and a new year of experiences,” Jennie tells Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Some of her favorite back to school products? “I love Mabel’s Labels because it makes everything so easy to keep track of — especially when you have 3 girls,” Jennie says. “I also love the Planet Box lunch boxes — they keep everything fresh without hurting the environment.”

Rosie Pope

Pregnant in Heels star Rosie Pope and her husband Daron are parents to four kids: sons J.R., nearly 6, Wells, 3, and daughters Vivienne, 2, and Bridget, 5 months. The mother-of-four, 34, advises moms to start their day earlier than everyone else.

“The more time you give yourself the less stressed you’ll be,” Rosie shares with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

“I found myself constantly nagging the kids to get dressed, eat breakfast, run to the car, run, run, run,” she admits. “[Then I asked myself] why make the morning so stressful when adding an element of time can make each morning so much more fun. Waking up earlier also means earlier to bed and that gives you a little personal time too.”

As for the back to school season excitement, Rosie says she’s a “total nerd.”

“I’m a total nerd at heart and so I love, love preparing for back to school with stationary buying adventures and picking out this years’ back packs,” she admits. “The more excitement around school, the more your child will want to go and that’s a beautiful thing.

Melissa Joan Hart

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch alum Melissa Joan Hart and her husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, are parents to three sons: Mason, 8, Brady, 6, and Tucker, nearly 2.

The mom-of-three, 38, talks about the “bittersweet” aspect of the back to school season.

“It’s always bittersweet when the fall arrives and it’s time to get the kiddies back to school,” MJH tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “It marks the end of summer and signifies that your little ones are growing up too quickly.”

That said, the Melissa & Joey actress is sure to count her blessings at the same time.

“But, usually for busy mommies, it can be a blessing to have your days to yourself again — at least for a little while,” she says. “But it also means busy mornings trying to get your picky eaters to hurry and finish their sausage and eggs so they don’t miss the bus or the bell. And it also means the crazy over-scheduled sports routines begin again — not to mention homework.”

The actress goes on to share some of her favorite back to school products that help her smooth-out the transition.

“Some things that help me get my kids back to school ready are Mabel’s Labels because I can make sure all those coats, backpacks, lunch boxes and hats don’t go missing,” says the busy mom-of-three. “It’s always nice for the kids when you send them off with a new first day of school outfit, and of course a new pair of sneakers by Stride Rite that will help them get the most out of walking those hallways and navigating recess times. And Net Nanny is a great tool to help parents feel like they are protecting their kids when they are online attempting to do their homework.”

Courtney Lopez

Extra host Mario Lopez and his wife, Broadway dancer Courtney Lopez, are parents to daughter Gia, nearly 4, and son Dominic, 11 months. The mom-of-two, 32, opens up about the back to school season.

“The back to school brings an excitement to our household,” Courtney tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “We love school!”

Courtney goes on to share some of her favorite back to school products.

“It’s always fun to order Gia’s new Mabel’s Labels to help keep her stuff out of the lost and found, her stylish, yet dependable Stride Rite shoes, and now we have discovered Net Nanny to keep her safe when she uses the internet for any cute little assignments,” she shares. “I just finished reading a book from Melea Johnson (“Create Your Own Money Saving Adventure” fromwww.freebies2Deals.com) on how to save for all of our back to school goodies, too.”

Natalie Morales

Today Show co-anchor Natalie Morales and husband Joseph Rhodes are parents to two sons: Josh, 10, and Luke, 6. The NBC News star talks about about her love of the back to school season.

“Back to school has always been my favorite time of year,” Natalie tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “Now that I have kids, even more so! It’s about new beginnings, new possibilities and of course back to school shopping.”

The mom-of-two, 42, shares her best tips for getting ready for the season.

“A few weeks before school starts, I always look through my kids clothes and make sure they have everything they need,” she shares. “I have them try on stuff that they may have outgrown and figure out what I need to replace. And I love getting new school supplies. I still remember every year I always loved getting my new Trapper Keeper. With two young boys who lose everything, I also make a point of labeling everything and I love Mabel’s Labels.”

Brooke Anderson

Entertainment Tonight correspondent Brooke Anderson and her husband Jim Walker are parents to daughters Kate, 5, and Lily George, 8 months. The mom-of-two, 36, talks about her love for school and getting her girls ready for class.

“School is the first step in making your dreams a reality,” Brooke shares with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She adds: “My mom was a teacher so I saw firsthand how hard she worked to ensure her students learned as much as possible while also having fun. It’s important to not only nurture learning and reading in our children, but to thank the teachers who dedicate so much to helping kids grow and achieve.”

And it’s a bittersweet school season for her elder daughter who is entering “big girl school.”

“I love the fresh start and new beginning that comes with every back to school season,” Brooke says. “A new backpack, pencil set, and first day outfit add to the excitement too. I have to say, I’m a little emotional about it this year as my daughter graduated preschool and is starting kindergarten — real school! Where did my little baby go? Although I’m anxious, luckily she is thrilled and cannot wait to begin ‘big girl’ school. So no need to worry! Right?!”

Brooke goes on to share some of her best tips – and products – for the back to school season.

“When I say I label everything withMabel’s Labels, I label everything – backpack, lunch bag, clothes, shoes,” she admits. “It gives me peace of mind that her belongings will always make their way back to her even if she misplaces them (as 5-year olds tend to do). And bonus, the labels are super cute and fun. My daughter loves to pick out her own clothes and shoes and I’m sure the first day outfit will be a big deal [laughs]. She will probably choose her fave Hello Kitty Stride Rite kicks to give her a little luck as she navigates kindergarten.”

Nina Garcia

Project Runway host Nina Garcia and husband David Conrod are parents to two sons: Lucas, 7, and Alexander, nearly 4.

“I love to see my kids energized by the back to school excitement,” the mom-of-two, 49, tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “They can’t wait to see their friends, meet their new teachers, and get back to their routine.”

As for getting her sons prepared for class, Nina enjoys every moment.

“We really enjoy planning for back to school and buying their uniforms for school and sports,” Nina shares. “We order most of our back to school clothes from Lands Ends, LL Bean, Patagonia and Brooks Bros. We use Mabel’s Labels to organize it all.”

She adds: “I remember the excitement that I felt when going back to school. I enjoy seeing the excitement now in my kids and I do my very best to make it a family planning event.”

Molly Mesnick

Bachelor couple Jason and Molly Mesnick are proud parents to 1-year-old daughter Riley.

“When I was a kid, buying all of my new school supplies was the best part of getting ready to go back to school,” Molly tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “I still love doing that with Ty today,” she says of her 9-year-old stepson.

Some of her favorite back to school products?  “I love Mabel’s Labels, the reality star, 29, says. “[They are] perfect for the kids’ lunch boxes, gym shoes, and school supplies. I also love to stock up on Stride Rite shoes. The kids wear through them so quickly, so we’ll get them a few pairs for every occasion and activity.”

Garcelle Beauvais

NYPD Blue star Garcelle Beauvais is proud mom to three sons: Oliver, 23, and twins Jax and Jaid, nearly 7.

With her second children’s book titled, I Am Living In Two Homes, coming out August 19 on Amazon, the actress-singer, 47, shares her favorite mommy motto.

“I always say, ‘Be the BEST you can be,’ to my boys,” Garcelle shares with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

As for her favorite aspects of getting back to school, the mom-of-three admits she gets wrapped up in the excitement of the season.

“I love the shopping, of course,” she laughs. “Target is our go-to store. I also love the excitement of getting to see which teacher we get and which friends are in the boys class.”

And she shares her favorite back to school products. “[I love getting new] backpacks, Stride Rite sneakers, cool water bottles, all labeled with Mabel’s Labels.”

Chandie and Joey Lawrence

“Here we go again” is Chandie and Joey Lawrence‘s favorite back to school quote. The couple are parents to daughters Charleston, 8, and Liberty, 4.

As for their favorite aspect of the back to school season, Chandie says it’s “the excitement from our girls.” She adds: “Getting new lunch boxes, backpacks and clothes. And, them seeing their friends again! We get excited seeing all the new things they are learning and remembering.”

The couple went on to list their favorite back to school products.

“[We love] Mabel’s Labels – gotta label things, right?” they laugh. “[We also use] Thirty-One gifts lunch totes and utility totes for dance and sports; Funkins cloth napkins (perfect little place mats for the not so clean lunch room tables); Sistema food containers (they are totally amazing); Nalgene water bottles; and of course the LL Bean backpack (they are indestructible). As well, Lunch Box Love have these little love notes with fun trivia which a staple for the lunch bags — the perfect reminder that they are being thought of during the day.”

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

Back to School: Advice for Every Grade
Back to School: Advice for Every Grade
Back to School: Advice for Every Grade

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Kid-Friendly Pantry Options

This is a post from Jessica Sanderson of Modern Day Moms provided by our sponsor Del Monte. This content was commissioned by our brand partner.  Such content is not written by, and does not necessarily reflect the views of parents.com.

We recently remodeled our pantry and decided to make it a little more family friendly. You should have seen the before photo. Whoa. It was messy.

Here is an “in progress” photo:

Pantry remodel

Crazy, right?

The after photo looks much better, promise.

Pantry Remodel

With this new pantry system, we were able to create a bottom shelf specifically for my daughter. I went out and bought a clear organizer bin and used it to organize and hold her snacks. It was the perfect size for her fruit cups, drinks, and other various snacks.

Del Monte Peaches

By seeing everything easier, she was actually able to make healthier choices. When we put the new pantry in, we went through and got rid of a lot of the junk and replaced it with healthier options like fruit burst squeezers, fruit cups, raisins, pretzels and more.

Now, when she goes to reach for a snack, she grabs a fruit cup instead of the first thing she used to see, which usually involved some sort of cracker, chip, or candy mess. The old pantry was not very organized and there were no shelves to help keep things neat. I’m so happy I am now able to devote a small space for her.

In a snack rut? Try the Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers! These squeezers offer the goodness of 1 ½ servings of fruits and vegetables. They have a fruit-forward taste so kids love them! No high fructose corn syrup. No artificial flavors. Excellent source of Vitamin C. Gluten free. Great for on-the-go.

For more information, check out the Del Monte Facebook Contest!

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Get Organized for Back to School with Lunchbox Snack Stations #SqueezeorSpoon

This is a post from Stacie Vaughan of Simply Stacie provided by our sponsor Del Monte. This content was commissioned by our brand partner.  Such content is not written by, and does not necessarily reflect the views of parents.com.

It’s almost time for back to school to start up once again. Are you ready for the chaos to begin? School mornings in our home are crazy! It seems like I’m always rushing around trying to get them both girls ready and out the door to catch the bus on time. Between making breakfast, ensuring teeth are properly brushed and preparing a healthy lunch bag for the girls, I’m frazzled by 9 am. I’ve resolved to make this year different though with a little bit of organization and preparation! I can do this.

My stroke of mommy brilliance hit when I was browsing the aisles at our local craft store. I spotted these pretty colored baskets in the clearance section and thought I could use them to help organize the morning chaos. I knew exactly what I wanted to use them for: Lunchbox Snack Stations!

Lunchbox Snack Stations

I decided to make one for both of my daughters and then also bought one extra to use for my husband for the days he needs to pack a lunch. I figured these stations would save time in the morning so I wouldn’t have to dig through the pantry to find healthy snacks that the girls like to eat.

My daughters have very specific likes and dislikes in terms of the snacks they’ll eat. If I give them each their own lunchbox snack station and fill it with healthy snacks I know they enjoy, then they can just pick and choose what they want to bring with them to school.

It’s really simple to make these Lunchbox Snack Stations. All you’ll need is some baskets, duck tape and some alphabet stickers.

Lunchbox Packing Stations

I wrapped a piece of duct tape around each of the baskets. It makes the baskets look a little fancier and also provides a spot for the alphabet stickers to go.

Lunchbox Packing Stations

Using the alphabet stickers, put each child’s name over the duct tape.

Lunchbox Packing Stations

Homemade Lunchbox Packing Stations

Voilà! Your Lunchbox Snack Stations are ready!

Lunchbox Packing Stations

Now it’s time to fill it with some healthy and delicious lunch snacks! My kids enjoy eating Del Monte Plastic Fruit Cups so I put a few different varieties in both their stations. I made sure to give Olivia more of the Orchard Peach flavor since that’s her favorite.

Del Monte Pineapple Coconut

Another option would be to add Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers. With 1½ servings of fruits and vegetables and a yummy fruity taste, kids love them. As a mom, I appreciate that they have no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.

I think these Lunchbox Snack Stations are a win-win. They help to keep us organized in the mornings and also provide the kids with healthy snacking options to fuel their day. I feel much better about school starting up again. Bring it on!

Head over to the Del Monte Facebook page and enter their contest to win a (insert prize). Entering is simple. Just share a photo of your kids’ favorite Del Monte snack- Fruit Burst Squeezers or Plastic Fruit Cups!

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Download a Free, Family-Friendly Tune!

Looking for fun new songs that are safe to play in front of the kids? We have a band for you!

The Pop Ups, a Brooklyn-based group comprised of Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, are releasing their album Appetite for Construction on August 19. Songs are upbeat, catchy, and family-friendly, so no need to press mute when your little one walks into the room. Themes mentioned in the lyrics include costume parties, crafts, and more. Their song “All These Shapes,” which is available for download now, is all about creativity. Lyrics include, “What can you make with all these shapes?/Triangle magnet on my fridge/Are you an Egyptian pyramid?”

Below, watch an exclusive video from the band:

The Pop Ups Talk Shapes from jacob on Vimeo.

You can download “All These Shapes” using the link below:

http://emailunlock.com/the-pop-ups/all-these-shapes

Happy listening!

Kiddos of all ages will enjoy a good beat!

Playing With Baby: Let the Music Play
Playing With Baby: Let the Music Play
Playing With Baby: Let the Music Play

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

Believe it or not, any second now the cooler weather can come swooping in.

We know, we know – there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy! But just because we’re still enjoying the warm weather doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking ahead – to the start of school and all the things we need to do to get the kids prepared. Use this week’s deals to cross ‘buy the kids new shoes’ off your list. With discounts from places like Boden, Adidas, Pacsun and more, there will be room left over in your budget for all those items still on your Summer Fun List.

  1. Boden. 15% off all orders (Coupon code: HB94548D). Expires 9/30/2014.
  2. Adidas$20 off orders of $100 or more, plus free shipping (Coupon code: ADIDAS20). Expires 8/17/2014.
  3. Pacsun25% off regular-priced items orders $75 or more, plus free shipping (Coupon code: SUMMERFUN). 8/31/2014.
  4. Toms Shoes. $20 off orders $100 or more, free shipping (Coupon code: THEBESTOF). Expires 8/19/2014.
  5. Converse. 25% off sitewide, plus free shipping (No code needed). Expires 8/21/2014.

 

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Creative Lunches with a Little Mommy Brilliance

This is a post from Trisha Novotny of 247 Moms provided by our sponsor Del Monte. This content was commissioned by our brand partner.  Such content is not written by, and does not necessarily reflect the views of parents.com.

The school bell is about to ring , the lunch boxes will be ready to be filled once again as our kids head off to their class rooms. How do we as moms keep our kids lunches fun and creative all year long at the same time getting our kids to eat their fruits and veggies? With 5 kids and years of packing lunches I have had a few Mommy Brilliance moments when it comes to packing Fun and Creativity lunches with these school lunch packing ideas

- DIY Containers - Save your yogurt containers – wash them thoroughly then use to fill with liquid Jell-O or pudding mixture (before it sets), place lid back on and refrigerate. Now you have your individual snack-sized Jell-O or pudding at a fraction of the cost for your kiddos lunches.

- Colored fun - Add colored fun to your child’s lunch by using colored plastic wraps. Or during the holiday’s use special zipper-type bags, and napkins that are in holiday themes.

- Write it - Each day include a short note to your child. Anything that shows them you love them and you are thinking of them will show your child you care. For free lunch box cards Click here for FREE lunch box notes.

- YOU Win - Surprise your kids with a prize like they get when they order at fast food restaurants.. It can be as simple as stickers, small candy treat or a small toy.

- Change it - use colored lunch bags instead of the typical brown bags or lunch box they take every day.

- Cut it shape it - have fun with your kiddos sandwiches by cutting the sandwich into interesting shapes or cut with cookie cutters.

- S’more for lunch – Cook-free S’Mores: Spread Marshmallow Cream (fluff) on one graham cracker square, then spread nutella on the other, and press together and place in a zippered sandwich size bag and place in your kids lunch box. What a fun yummy treat.

-Milk Money - Often children need change (coins) during the school year whether it’s for ice cream day, an extra milk at lunch or some other reason. To keep your children’s change from getting lost use a 35 MM film canister to hold the change that can be placed in their lunchboxes.

-Kids get packing- Allow your kids to help pack their lunches. With the use of pre packaged foods and snacks they can easily begin making their own lunches. Try using Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers which offer the goodness of 1 1/2 servings of fruits and vegetables . They have a fruity taste so kids love them! And moms love that they contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors are Gluten free and are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Perfect for on-the-go lunches.

What fun do you add to your kids lunches?

Do your kids love Del Monte snack foods then grab your camera and enter the contest

WIN: August 1 through September 1 Del Monte is asking consumers to share a photo on their kids favorite Del Monte snack – Fruit Burst or Plastic Fruit Cups (Squeeze or Spoon?)

Click here for more details and to enter this fun photo contest.

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