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Friday Night Movies

Friday, August 17th, 2012

This Week’s Big-Screen Goody:

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.


This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Gruffalo: The Gruffalo’s Child

The Original Christmas Classics Sing Along

Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles

Power Rangers Super Samurai: Super Powered Black Box, Vol.1

Power Rangers Super Samurai: Super Showdown, Vol. 2

Sesame Street: Elmos Alphabet Challenge

The Smurfs and the Magic Flute

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 10: The Complete Final Season

Veggie Tales: The Penniless Princess


The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

Community: The Complete Third Season


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Meet TV’s New Moms

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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:


Ben and Kate


Malibu Country


How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)


The New Normal


Not to worry, Dads! There’s also a show for you….

Guys With Kids


What do you think? Are any of these shows must-see TV?




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Friday Night Movies

Friday, August 10th, 2012

This Week’s TV Goody:

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.



This Week’s DVD Goodies:

The Cat in the Hat

Curious George: Dance Party!

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Fireman Sam: Heroic Rescue Adventures

Franklin: School Days with Franklin

Let It Shine

Looney Tunes Show: There Goes the Neighborhood

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding


The Look-Who’s-Turning-25! Parents’ Pick (Blu-Ray Edition):

Adventures in Babysitting (25th Anniversary Edition)

Full Metal Jacket (25th Anniversary Edition)

Spaceballs (25th Anniversary Edition)


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Olympics 2012: Q&A with Mia Hamm

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

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.

“One who likes to eat, who likes her food!”


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Win Back-To-School Supplies!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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:

Prize Pack 1:

Madpax Halfpack

Kids Desk Organizer

Rocket Pen

AutoDrive Flash Drive

Rubik’s Pencil Holder

Aladdin Expandable Container


Prize Pack 2:

Gummy Bear Backpack

Kids Desk Organizer

Fiskars Scissors & Ruler

ORE Originals Lunch Sack

Sushi Stapler

Ugly Doll umbrella

Bic Impressions Mini Pencils 10 Pack


Prize Pack 3:

Color My World Backpack

Popeyed Pencil Pouch (in Staples stores)

Cuddly Wolf Bag

Bic Impressions Mini Pencils 10 Pack

Fossil Erasers

Built NYC Doggie Lunch Bag


Prize Pack 4:

Skip Hop Hippo Backpack

Mead Notebook

Stack-A-Doodle Crayons

Streamline Mini Tape Dispensers

Honest Boy Pencil Sharpener


Aladdin Expandable Container

I Love Tootsie Roll Lunch Box

Popeyed Pencil Pouch (in Staples stores)


Goody luck!


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on August 1, 2012. Ends: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on September 10, 2012. Subject to Official Rules at Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. For full rules, click here.



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Friday Night Movies

Friday, July 27th, 2012

This Week’s Viral Goody:

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.



This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Dr. Harvey Karp, LIVE: A Conversation About Babies, Toddlers…and Sleep.

Hey Arnold! Season Two, Part 2

Pippi Longstocking: The Best of Pippi Longstocking

SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: Last Stand / Triton’s Revenge / Viking Sized Adventures


The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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.


This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Chloe’s Closet: Super Best Friends

Scooby-Doo: Laff-A-Lympics, Spooky Games

Timmy Time: Happy Birthday Timmy

Wiggles: Big Birthday


The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

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Celeb Chat With Nancy O’Dell: Family Vacations

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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


Image courtesy of Ulrica Wihlborg

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