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Parents We <3: Hillary Frank

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Up at 3 a.m.? So is Hillary Frank, with her podcast about parenting, “The Longest Shortest Time.”

Why start this podcast?
Radio has this power to make you feel like there’s a friend talking in your ear. You can feel so lonely as a new parent, so it’s nice to know there’s someone else out there, at home and up in the middle of the night, dealing with gigantic questions just as you are.

What parenting questions do listeners ask?

People want to hear about all of the big things: sleep, feeding, health issues, work. They also want to know how to make
mom friends. That’s why I started the Facebook groups—one for mamas and one for papas—so parents could have more personal conversations with each other. Parents from the groups have even started meeting up in person.

What’s been your most popular podcast?
“The Missing Chapter to Ina May’s Guide,” when I interviewed midwife and author Ina May Gaskin. I found Ina May“s Guide to Childbirth so empowering when I was pregnant. But I didn’t have the blissful childbirth that she led me to believe I could have and wound up feeling betrayed by her.

Tune in to see what happened by downloading this episode, plus others, for free at or

—Allison Berry

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Generation Rex: 3 Reasons Young Women Might Be Choosing Dogs Over Babies

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Trend alert! Fancy-schmancy researchers recently discovered a decline in birth rates for women 29 and younger while (get this) other researchers have found that purchases of small dogs have spiked dramatically, with young women buying the most. Yup. Many millennials are replacing motherhood with puppies. The nerve! When we first heard the news we wanted to personally call each and every one of these dog moms to tell them all about the many joys of parenthood. But during a middle-of-the-night breastfeeding session, we got to thinking … hmm. Maybe these ladies are on to something? Here are three reasons puppy parenthood just might be a whole heck of a lot more manageable than the real thing:

Dogs are easier to potty train. No poop in the house after a few weeks versus poop in the house (and sometimes on your clothes) for years.

Feeding pups is easy-breezy. No one judges what you feed your dog nor expects you to make your own organic, gluten-free puppy food in a blender.

No Pinterest anxiety. It’s your dog’s birthday? A bone and a belly scratch are all it takes to give your pup the Best. Day. Ever.

—Sabrina James

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

 By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of

With school right around the corner, you’ve probably gotten a whole lot of back-to-school shopping out of the way already. For all those last-minute add-ons, though, use this week’s deals from places like OshKosh B’Gosh, the Disney Store, Kohls and more to score any things you didn’t grab in the first go-round.

  1. OshKosh B’GoshSave $20 on your in-store purchase over $40 (Follow the link and print coupon). Expires 9/6/2014.
  2. HartstringsGet 20% off orders $200 or more, plus free shipping (Coupon code: HARTSTRINGS15). Expires 12/31/2014.
  3. Disney Store. 40% off 2014 Dated Collection (Follow the link to redeem offer). Expires 12/31/2014.
  4. Kohls. 15% off orders over $75 or more (Coupon code: SAVEVS4). Expires 10/1/2014.
  5. Carter’s. 40% off Preemie Perfect Collection (No code needed). Expires 12/31/2014.

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of

There’s almost nothing better than getting something on a steep discount or for absolutely free, and this week’s deals will help you do just that. From eBay and Famous Footwear to Yoyo, Best Buy and Gaiam, use these deals to buy one item and get the second for sale or for free.

That’s our favorite way to shop.

  1. eBay. Buy 1 and get 1 50% off sitewide (Coupon code: HALFOFF). Expires 9/8/2014.
  2. Famous Footwear. Buy 1, get 1 50% off sitewide (No code needed). Expires 9/14/2014.
  3. Buy 3 books, get 1 50% off (Coupon code: 3BOOKS50). Expires 10/30/2014.
  4. Best Buy. Buy more and save more on select Blu-ray movies (Click through link). Expires 9/14/2014.
  5. Gaiam. Buy 2 or more and get 20% off all orders (Coupon code: AF20SAVINGS). Expires 8/31/2014.

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Star Moms Participate in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Celebrity Baby Scoop is joining in on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.

In the trending campaign, people are asking 2-3 of their friends to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads. If your friends do not accept the challenge within 24 hours, they must donate $100 to an ALS association of choice.

In the last few weeks, the #IceBucketChallenge has literally soaked some celebrities, including Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and Martha Stewart. Not to mention, some of our favorite celebrity parents such as Gwen Stefani, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba and Gavin Rossdale. Check out Gwen and Gavin’s video here, and then see their 8-year-old son Kingston also take on the challenge.

Pop superstar Jennifer Lopez also took the challenge, and got some help from her 6-year-old twins Max and Emme. The Jenny From the Block singer, 45, shared the video via Instagram.

And we loved Ben Affleck’s funny Ice Bucket Challenge via Facebook, where he got playful with his wife, fellow actress Jennifer Garner, and their daughters Violet, 8, and Seraphina, 5, erupted in contagious giggles when he threw her into their backyard pool.

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Celebrity Baby Scoop’s senior editor, Jenny Schafer, lost her father to ALS and created her own video to challenge a few Hollywood moms: Hollywood insider GG Benitez, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, Real Housewives of O.C. star Tamra Judge, and Broadway dancer, singer and actress Courtney Lopez.

First to accept the challenge was GG Benitez. See her fun video here (andhere) and check out the online buzz from her clients who took the challenge: Mabel’s LabelsPOSH Mommy and Freebies2Deals and The Orange Rhino.

Next up for the challenge was Courtney Lopez. Check out this priceless Instagram video, showing her support for the cause — with some help from her adorable 3 1/2-year-old daughter Gia.

“I was nominated by @herscoop and @celebritybabyscoop for the #icebucketchallenge #alsicebucketchallenge!,” Courtney says, then nominates actress Eva Longoria.

“And I nominate @evalongoria and @kearrangiovanni ! #doit,” she continues.

Courtney’s husband, Extra host Mario Lopez, couldn’t help but show his support. The Saved by the Bell alum, 40, went on to tweeting about their video.

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of

If your child wears a uniform to school, you know that doesn’t necessarily mean you save any money on back-to-school clothing. Between the skirts and scooters, blouses, polo’s, jumpers and pants, there’s plenty to prepare for when it comes to back-to-school, even if your child will be rocking a uniform. Use this week’s deals to score discounts on all the uniform staples from places like JCPenney, Justice & Brothers, Sears and more. Now your kid will look good going back to school, and you won’t go broke in the process.

  1. JCPenney. 40% off boys uniforms (Follow the link for savings). Expires 9/06/2014.
  2. Sears. Save $10 off orders $75 on Dockers school uniform styles for kids, plus free shipping (Coupon code: DOCKERS9). Expires9/20/2014.
  3. French Toast. 15% off sitewide (Coupon code: SAVINGS). Expires 9/30/2014.
  4. Justice & Brothers. 15% off all orders (Coupon code:15). Expires 10/4/2014.
  5. Staples. $5 off orders $25 or more on school uniforms (Coupon code: 92469). Limited time offer.

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Celebrity Moms Share Back To School Tips

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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” 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.”

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Kid-Friendly Pantry Options

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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

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.

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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.

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