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5 Co-Stars Turned Couples & Parents

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Parents-to-be Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher – along with Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas – join a long list of Hollywood A-listers who’ve found love at work.

We’re taking a look at 5 celebrity couples who met on-set, and later became parents.

Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas

Parents-to-be Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are taking their fairy tale from the screen to real life.

The Once Upon a Time co-stars were wed in April 2014, and are currently expecting their first child together.

The couple met in 2011 while filming the hit ABC show. For the pair, life imitated art as their own romance started after playing on-screen loves Snow White and Prince Charming.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

Although they met in 1998 on the set of the hit television series, That ’70s ShowMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher didn’t start dating until 2012.

In February 2014 it was announced that the couple were engaged. And in March, news broke that they are expecting their first child together — reportedly a girl.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

Longtime couple Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos first met on the set of All My Children in 1995. The pair eloped the following year in Las Vegas.

The couple are now parents to three children: Michael 16, Lola 12, and Joaquin 11.

Of their 18-year marriage, Kelly says their inspiration comes from their own parents.

“Together our parents have been married for almost 100 years. We’re all swans; we mate for life,” she shared.

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer

The stars of True BloodAnna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, first met on-set of their hit television series in 2007.

The pair were wed in 2010 and welcomed fraternal twins Poppy and Charlie in September 2012.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

A-list couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. Their union attracted much media attention since Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston when he first started the film. But in April 2005, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, “Brangelina” were spotted canoodling on a beach in Kenya.

Together now for nine years, the power couple have six children: Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 7, and 5-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

The happy couple became engaged in April 2012.

“We’d actually like to [get married],” Pitt said prior to their official engagement. “And it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

With the costs of feeding a family of four somewhere up around $146 to $289 a week, it stands to reason that cutting costs at the grocery store is probably up there in terms of places where parents are trying to cut back. This week’s deals can help with that cause. We’ve got discounts from places like Peapod, Magic Kitchen, David’s Cookies and more.

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Parents Given 90 Minutes of Babysitting, No Idea What to Do

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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

ROCKVILLE, MD – Charles and Megan Thompson were unexpectedly offered an hour and a half of free babysitting on Saturday, and had absolutely no clue how to use it. “I was dumbstruck when our neighbor said she’d watch the kids for a bit,” said Megan, 31. “We were elated, but what on earth could we do?”

Charles, 32, immediately started looking at movie times. “The last movie we
saw without the kids was Slumdog Millionaire,” he said. “What do grown-ups watch now?”

“We discussed the chance we’d fall asleep during a movie that didn’t have screaming cartoon characters,” said Megan. “We considered going to a restaurant, but if we used our time sitting in traffic or waiting for a table, I might have started sobbing.”

In the end, the couple remembered they had to return a lamp to IKEA and they walked the aisles slowly, hand in hand, without having to remove children from Expedit shelving units or from under Ektorp sofas. “It was amazing,” Megan said. “Just the two of us, talking over meatballs, wondering how bed linens could cost nine dollars. It was totally romantic.”

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Is Disneynature’s Bears Too Wild For Your Kids?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Disneynature BEARSBy Chelsea P. Gladden, BreezyMama.com

Lately, it seems as though it’s getting harder to find a kid’s movie that isn’t too scary for my 5-year-old, yet can still keep her entertained. Frankly, I thought I’d be safe with another gem from the Disneynature series, and in general, this movie worked well for my daughter. However, Bears, like many quality wildlife shows, features the raw, often scary story of survival, which required this mama bear to be on high alert for scenes that might be too much for her litte cub.

Following a mother brown bear and her two newborn cubs for a year, Bears gives a glimpse into their lives: from waking up after hibernation in need of finding food, to avoiding avalanches, threatening rivals and other predators, such as a pesky wolf.

From the beginning, we learn that many cubs don’t survive their first year and immediately the tension is palpable. Fears that an overly hungry rival bear may try to eat them (and actually does go after them!) combined with the over-eager wolf ready to pounce the second the mom turns her back, lead to some anxiety-filled moments that had us on the edge of our seats.

To top it off, the mama bear’s conscious effort to search for food in less threatening environs nearly has her starving to death and you can actually start to see just how emaciated the nursing mother becomes.

Set in Alaska, the documentary is just as captivating a story as any animated cartoon; my daughter and I couldn’t help but root for our heroes every step of the way. Narrated by John C. Reilly, the script offers up humor and playful moments as well. Overall, it wasn’t too scary for my daughter, but the tense moments had her squirming.

At one point, the boy cub gets stuck in water as high tide comes in and my daughter reached for my hand as we hoped he wouldn’t drown. Another particular scene that my little cub found frightening was, “When the [male rival] bears fight.” Other than those moments, she seemed to handle the “scary” scenes well.

Since I saw Disneynature’s Chimpanzee (where the mother dies), I was concerned about whether the cubs would make it and they definitely tease throughout that they likely won’t! SPOILER ALERT: They do survive their first year and their mother fuels up on enough milk to feed them during hibernation to keep them alive for the next spring.

Taking a cue from my daughter’s reactions, however, Bears would be a little too intense for my 3-year-old twins, but any child over age 4 should be fine. Also, the pacing is on the slow side and toward the end, I was concerned it wasn’t going to hold my daughter’s attention for much longer as she started to get antsy in her seat. If your child has a short attention span for movies and television, this movie might not be a choice for her.

That being said, my daughter declared a few times afterward, “It was awesome!” She also added in the car ride home, “Mama, animals are great movie stars!”

Entertaining and informative, Bears demonstrates no matter what your species, a mother’s love for her family is a powerful thing — right down to the occasional bear hug.

Disneynature’s Bears opens in theaters everywhere 4/18/14

Grade on a scale of kid’s films: B

Rated G, Minor conflict among animals; Tense moments; 77 minutes

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Earth Day: 3 Eco-Friendly Celebrity Moms

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hollywood is going green!

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day. From Gisele Bündchen to Jessica Alba, let’s take a look at three green celebrity moms who inspire others to protect Mother Nature.

Jessica Alba

Actress Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are parents to two daughters: Honor, 5½ and Haven, 2½. 

Shortly after her second daughter arrived, the Fantastic Four star partnered with Christopher Gavigan, dad-of-two and founder of Healthy Child Healthy World, to create The Honest Company, an online source to purchase eco-friendly baby/kid products.

The Sin City actress opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about how she encourages her girls to minimize their carbon footprint.

“First and foremost, we try to model and practice eco-friendly habits for the girls,” she shared. “Otherwise, we talk to them about being mindful and explain that things can be turned into something else one day. This can be as simple as teaching them about recyclables and showing how to sort bottles and cans from trash.”

She added: “We also do a lot of DIY crafts like using cardboard boxes to make airplanes and dollhouses—our creative playtime together similarly shows the girls about repurposing old items.”

The mom-of-two is all about living eco-friendly on a daily basis.

“Involving children in gardening and cooking is another great way to inspire eco-friendly living,” she said. “Caring for the plants in our herb wall garden helps Honor understand the steps to growing food (including patience!), how it ultimately lands on her plate, and about being a good steward of the planet.”

“Honor is also a great sous chef when we’re in the kitchen, so being a part of the dinner process encourages her to eat the foods she grows and develops her taste for fresh ingredients,” she continued. “Hopefully, this lays the foundation for children to prioritize their health and that of the planet.”

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone is one outspoken green mama!

The actress caused quite a stir with a video that went viral. The Clueless star was seen feeding her then 11-month-old son Bear Blu mouth-to-mouth on her eco-friendly blog The Kind Life.

She wrote: “I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum! I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite…and mine.”

Alicia and her husband Christopher Jarecki live in a Los Angeles home with solar panels and an organic vegetable garden. The actress is an advocate for animal rights and environmental issues and became a vegan in 1998. She shares her eco-friendly tips on her official website.

“The Kind Life is an interactive extension of my book, “The Kind Diet”, which is about living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time!,” Alicia writes on her blog. “The site is whatever you make of it; whether it’s joining the many others who are on this same journey or simply visiting to gather information and other tips. Whatever you need, you will find it here. I will be sharing all kinds of tasty morsels with you; from fashion and beauty tips, to simple ways that we can help the planet! By the time you’re done with your visit, your mouth will be watering and you will surely want to crash here forever. So come on in, kick off your shoes and check out all sorts of recipes, my favorite foods, nutritional information from doctors that are in the book, the very best restaurants, amazing travel discoveries, party planning tips, ways to make sure your house is as healthy and green as possible, great pet care tips, and so much more.”

Alicia is also vocal about elimination communication, the eco-friendly potty training technique coined by Ingrid Bauer, author of Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene.

“When Bear Blu was 5-months-old,” the proud mama tweeted, “[S]aturday bear blu went poo and pee on toilet 4x throughout the day…we were so proud! “Check out book Diaper Free..soo fun!” The actress added, “yesterday bear did 2 poops in toilet….so sweet! i’m saving so many diapers…even cloth ones….yahoooo! and it’s so fun!”

Gisele Bündchen

Supermodel mom Gisele Bündchen has long been an advocate of going green. The Brazilian beauty says that her children – Benjamin, 4, Vivian, 1, and 6-year-old stepson Jack – have made the importance of the message really hit home.

“I had my first munchkin, Jack (husband Tom Brady’s son with Bridget Moynahan), before I gave birth to Benjamin,” Gisele said. “After spending so much time with Jack I saw how he wanted to play with the stuff I was using instead of the toys we bought him. In terms of clothes, I bought Jack so many clothes and am now using them for Benjamin. Look, when I was growing up my sisters and I wore hand-me-downs and am now doing the same thing. This all goes back to my motto: Reduce, recycle and reuse. The more we buy the more we encourage the manufacturers to produce more stuff.”

Also a fan of elimination communication, Gisele said Benjamin was potty trained at 6 months old! How did she do it?

The model mom said that her son was on a schedule including breastfeeding in the morning and afternoon, promptly followed by a bowel movement, making it easy for her to put him on the toilet and eliminate the use of a diaper. Of the process she said,

“Give it about five minutes, and bang,” admitting with a laugh that she realizes the process is actually, “more complicated.”

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

If you’re a family that celebrates Easter, you know how the costs can add up quickly. The cute little outfits. The Easter baskets. The meal and decorations. These days families need a separate savings account just to celebrate the holidays. This week’s deals can help you out with all of that, though. With discounts on everything from egg decorating kits to the perfect Easter outfit to tasty Easter treats, we’ve got you covered.

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5 Celebrity Moms Who Embraced Their Post-Baby Bodies

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The urgency to lose baby weight in Hollywood is almost as serious as an Oscar win.

Who dropped the postpartum pounds the fastest? Who debuted her post-baby body on a magazine cover? How much did she gain during her pregnancy?

Celebrity moms face these and many more questions when it comes to their bodies after baby. So when we hear moms like Kate Winslet and Mariska Hargitay embracing their postpartum figures, we can’t help but celebrate with them.

Let’s take a look at 5 celebrity moms who did not focus on fast weight loss, but instead embraced the postpartum period and their post-baby bodies.

Kate Winslet

Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet is mom to three kids: daughter Mia, 13, and sons Joe, 10, and Bear, 4 months.

While recently promoting her new film Divergent, the actress said she’s in no rush to lose the baby weight.

“To be honest with you, after having a baby you end up being so busy with the baby and the nursing,” she said. “And I have two other children as well obviously, so there’s so much going on that the difficulty I find is remembering that you have to eat. Because when you’re nursing you really have to eat, otherwise you don’t produce anything that’s going to feed your child. So nursing’s a great excuse to eat heaps. That’s what I’ve been doing.”

“I have to say, so much attention is placed on this thing of bouncing back after a baby,” she continued. “I don’t advocate fast weight loss at all after a baby, because you are nursing, you can’t, you have to eat and you have to be well… throwing myself into some workout regimen is crazy.”

She added: “Having just had a baby, I’m not going to be thinking about my arse.”

Reese Witherspoon

Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon had great perspective after welcoming her third child, son Tennessee, in September 2012.

At just 3-months postpartum – when the media asked how she’s “bouncing back” to her pre-baby body – the Oscar-winner kept it real.

“I don’t know if I’m bouncing back. I’m slowly crawling back,” said the actress, who’s also mom to daughter Ava, 14, and son Deacon, 10.

Drew Barrymore

Currently expecting her second daughter, actress Drew Barrymore didn’t stress over losing the baby weight after welcoming her baby girl Olive in September 2012..

“I don’t worry about it,” she shared of her post-baby body. “I probably wasn’t totally in shape before I got pregnant, but I do think I’m back to where I was. Perfect for me! I take care of myself. But I’m never going to be the person who talks about diet and exercise — I would fail that conversation!”

Prior to her second pregnancy, the Blended star praised the postpartum period as “sacred,” and not a time to be focused on rapid weight loss.

“I’m still working on it, but I’m not worrying about it,” she said. “We live in a society where everyone’s like, ‘Look at how amazing she looks two weeks out [from giving birth].’ I don’t want to be on that hamster wheel; that’s hell. I’m never going to have the kind of body that makes me excited about bikini season. I’ve never had a ‘beach body.’ But I want to feel like I’m showing up and doing my best. My goal is to be nice to myself, gentle toward myself, during this process. It’s such a sacred time.”

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson’s weight gain during her first pregnancy was one of the most talked-about topics of 2012.

The Fashion Star mentor graced the January/February 2013 cover of Weight Watchers magazine, showing off her weight loss after the May 1 arrival of her daughter Maxwell.

“I really have to separate myself from the world’s expectations and really just be healthy with myself,” Jessica shared. “I’m not a supermodel. My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel. I’m just your everyday woman.”

And although she’s a multi-millionaire and one of the world’s most beautiful women, Jessica says she’s still human and it hurts when people bashed her body.

“It’s not fun to be talked about,” she shared. “It’s not fun to be judged.”

“I never listen to it, no matter who the press talks about when they’re pregnant,” she added. “It’s ridiculous and unfair. I think any woman who is pregnant and creating a life is pretty much entitled to eat whatever she wants as long as she’s healthy. I wasn’t going to let the media take away from what was one of the happiest times in my life.”

Mariska Hargitay

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay is mom to three children: August, nearly 8, Amaya, 3, and Andrew, 2.

The actress says she not only embraces, but loves her body after baby.

 “I love my curves because they scream, ‘I’m a mama!’ I’m the girl who started wearing maternity pants about an hour after I found out I was pregnant because I was so excited about becoming a mom,” she shared. “Things are sagging a bit – I’m not going to lie. But am I going to be upset about the sag or am I going to look at my three gorgeous kids and my husband and count my lucky stars?”

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Just Kidding! Facebook Advice From Our Humorist in Residence

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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

Q: Lately, I’m being “unfriended” by other moms on Facebook on a daily basis. I don’t understand it because it seems that, unlike most of them, I have a really good handle on being a mom to my three kids. In fact, I actually find it easy! So I’m always sharing tips and my two cents on what’s worked really well for me. Not to mention all the photos I post of my amazing food, like the mozzarella I made by hand from milk delivered to my door by Amish buggy. Why wouldn’t they want to learn to be more like me?

A: Sorry, I didn’t finish reading your letter—I was too busy unfriending you.

 

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