Our celeb correspondent (and Entertainment Tonight cohost) Nancy O’Dell recently had the chance to chat with actress Jennifer Garner. Jennifer’s new Disney movie, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (Rated PG), is out this weekend, and the star and mom of three was super-psyched to share the modern-day fairy-tale with us. Here’s what she had to say about it:
Are we all going to cry when we see it? Do I need to bring tissues with me?
“I took two mom friends to an early screening before it was done, and they both–even during the happy scenes–cried their heads off. I watched them more than I watched the movie because they were so funny. But in a good way–it made them realize how much they love their kids and their lives. It’s reaffirming. It really is something that everyone who reads Parents magazine should make a point of going to see. If it doesn’t make you cry, call me and I’ll give you a dollar.”
Read more about the movie in the full interview from the September issue by clicking here.
For the past few years, it seems like all the major networks have been playing with the wacky-family formula to try to find the right mix for the next Modern Family. A dash of parental dysfunction here; a splash of kid snark there. This season, the main ingredient seems to be single moms. There’s at least one new series with a single-mom character in the lead on most channels this fall. Check out a few of the shows:
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been watching the Olympics pretty much every waking hour. As with the Super Bowl, I get an extra kick out of watching some of the commercials. My favorite TV spots this time around are for the upcoming Wreck It, Ralph! movie. It probably helps that I have the sense of humor of a 12-year-old. Check out the clip below.
Soccer fever is coming to the States again as the U.S. Women’s Team goes for the gold tomorrow against Japan. I recently had the chance to chat with one of the sport’s most famous players: retired superstar Mia Hamm. Goodyblogger and big soccer fan Taryn even managed to the crash the interview at our office for a pic with her hero (at right, with Mia). For her new project, the athlete and mom of three (5-year-old twins and a new baby boy) has teamed up with the Grain Foods Foundation to share her nutrition and fitness tips with families. Check out what she had to say:
What made you want to get involved with this project?
“I think being involved in something like this and sharing my experiences with families about eating healthy and the importance of grains and whole grains in your diet is a good thing. I’m four months postpartum, and I’m 40, so my body doesn’t respond as well as it used to. I could sit there and eat pasta all day long and not worry about it when I was younger, and now I really have to focus on making sure I set a good example for my kids. I make a lot of mistakes, too, and I’m constantly re-evaluating how I’m doing things and trying to be better every day, whether it’s as a mom or taking care of myself. This is a new stage of my life, and it’s been a big transition for me from pretty much working out for living every day to just trying to find ways to get myself where I want to be.”
Congratulations, by the way…you look great!
“I’ve got 15 to 20 more pounds to go so….”
Was losing weight harder the second time? Or was it the same?
“Second time is harder. I’m older, and I was dealing with postpartum injuries. I had a C-section, and I tried to start running way too soon. And my body was like, ‘No!’ so I had to stop. My daughter came by the other day, and she patted me on the stomach and was like, ‘Mom, your tummy is getting smaller.’ It’s so humbling.”
I think our readers will be happy to know that it’s hard for an Olympic champion as well.
It’s that time of the year again, and the only thing harder than getting your kid up in the mornings is trying to get him to go to the store for some back-to-school shopping. But we can help! We’ve rounded up four awesome backpacks that are stuffed with cool supplies. And the best part? You can take them home for free. For a chance to win one, post a comment in the comments’ section below, noting which “Prize Pack” you want to score (Prize Pack 1, Prize Pack 2, Prize Pack 3, or Prize Pack 4). We’ll pick one winner for each of the four goodies. The prizes are:
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The good thing about a slow weekend at the theaters is it makes me turn to the Web for some entertainment. And I found just that in the new web series, Written By A Kid. The format is simple: A kid tells a story to the two hosts, who ask questions, and as the child is talking, it cuts away to scenes from the story. The first webisode, “Scary Smash,” is fun, funny, and full of geeky cameos. Extra credit goes to the person who can identify the person playing the “S.Q.U.A.T.” leader. Check out the vid below.
I was going to write about The Dark Knight Rises today, but in light of this morning’s tragedy, the Goodybloggers just want to say that our hearts go out to the families in Aurora, Colorado. Parents‘ Health Director Kara Corridan will be on CBS This Morning tomorrow to discuss how to talk to children about such events. Tune in if you’re looking for advice on this tough subject.
When you think of celebrity vacations, exotic resorts and spas may come to mind. But our celeb correspondent Nancy O’Dell found out that many famous parents like to have a low-key summer with the kids. Some of their favorite getaway spots may even be in your neck of the woods. Check out the celebs and their destinations of choice by clicking here for the full story from the July issue of Parents. And don’t forget to catch Nancy weeknights on Entertainment Tonight–or chat with her directly at facebook.com/nancyodellspage.