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

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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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Download a Free, Family-Friendly Tune!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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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Middle Child? August 12 Is Your Day!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

August is certainly the month for celebrating family! In case you missed it, Sisters Day took place on August 3, while August 11 and 12 mark Son and Daughter Day and Middle Child Day, respectively.

Middle children are often thought to be the neglected ones in the family, but that hasn’t stopped our favorite on-screen kiddos from showing their spunk. After all, what would Modern Family be without brainiac Alex? Can you imagine The Middle (which actually refers to the Midwest, not birth order!) without overeager Sue? Going back a decade (or two!), how much did you love Even Stevens‘ Ren and Full House‘s Stephanie?

Real-life middles have been pretty accomplished–think Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Princess Diana, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Personality-wise, middle children are thought to be people-pleasers, somewhat rebellious, peacemakers, and social creatures. Quite the mix of traits!

Are you a middle child or the parent of one? Do you or your child exhibit any of the traits mentioned? Here’s what a few of our Parents editors have to say about their middle child role!

“I’m a middle child, a girl between two brothers. When I was really little I hated it because the two of them were the best of friends and they would always pick on me. As a teen and an adult, however, I love that I’m neither first nor last. I’ve always had my older brother there to pave the way for me. He taught me from his experiences, yet I still had the opportunity to teach my younger brother from mine.” –Alexandra Johnston, assistant photo editor

“I’m a middle child (and also the only girl). My older brother was hyperactive and my younger one was the mellowest kid ever. My parents were so busy ‘handling’ one and being grateful for the other that I was able to fly under their radar—and consequently got away with a lot!” –Alexa Barre, copy editor

 

 

 

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Robin McGraw’s Lip Shades Fight Back Against Domestic Violence

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Picking out a yet another lip product never gets old, and now you can wear a new hue while making a difference. 

All profits from the Robin McGraw Avery Lasting Love Collection  ($16 each, RobinMcGrawRevelation.com) will be donated to domestic violence prevention programs though When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation. As described on its web site, the foundation “creates and advances programs that help women and children, especially those affected by domestic violence, live healthy, safe and joy-filled lives.”

The “Georgia” mentioned above is McGraw’s late mother, Avery is McGraw’s granddaughter. Each lip gloss shade incorporates the first and middle names of McGraw’s mother and daughter-in-law, Erica. Now we’re wondering if there’s a product named for McGraw’s husband–the famous Dr. Phil–in the works!

If you’ve reached the big 4-0, this beauty tips are for you!

Makeup Over 40
Makeup Over 40
Makeup Over 40

Image courtesy of Robin McGraw Revelation.  

 

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Celebrate Friends and Sisters on August 3–and Every Day!

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Whether your kiddo has a great group of buds, one bestie, a sister, or a sister who doubles as a BFFL (best friend for life, of course!), she’s in luck, because Sunday, August 3 is Friendship Day and Sisters Day!

While presents certainly aren’t necessary for this fun holiday (friendship is free, after all), those looking to amp up the celebration may enjoy gifting a pal one of the goodies below. Click the images to shop.

Your child can print out a picture of herself and a BFF and then add “captions” using these fun, inexpensive stickers. ($2.50, Amazon.com)

This clever set of bodysuits is great for twins (talk about a built-in bud!) or just for friends. Even better, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Save the Children charity. ($30 for set of two, BabyBasket.com)

Friendship bracelets never go out of style! Pals can make their own using this set, which is recommended for kids ages 3 and up. ($15, Target.com) Your daughters can show their sisterly spirit by wearing one of these pieces! (One-piece: $10, Babies R Us; Carter’s Top, $18, Boscov’s)

Whip out this book next time your child has a friend come over! They’ll never run out of activities. ($10, Barnes and Noble)

It’s always fun to meet new playmates! Here’s how you can help your child expand his social circle.

Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends
Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends
Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends

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Steal That Kid’s Style! Our Takes on Fave Pitti Bimbo Looks

Friday, July 25th, 2014

High-end clothing and accessories aren’t just for the Carrie Bradshaws of the world. The designers showcased at children’s fashion fair Pitti Bimbo, a bi-yearly event in Florence, Italy, prove that garb for little ones can be just as chic. Unfortunately, some of the pieces can run pretty steep–especially when you consider how much your kiddo grows each year!

Don’t worry, though–even if you’d rather save than splurge, your child doesn’t have to dress like a Plain Jane. Here, we’ve put together looks modeled after some of our favorite Pitti Bimbo fashions shown at past fairs. Your little one will be ready to hit the runway in no time! Click the “Off the Rack” images to shop.

On the Runway: This Miss Bluemarine dress, modeled in January 2013, is perfect for the girl who loves all things pink (and has somewhere super fancy to go!). 

Off the Rack: Florals and bows? Check and check. This Youngland frock from Sears also has the satin look of the designer dress, but it’ll only cost you…wait for it…$13! 

On the Runway: He’ll stand out in the crowd when he sports a neon yellow polo! Classic khakis and a grown-up blazer make for a “brunch at the club” look. This outfit, shown in June 2013, is by Miss Grant.

Off the Rack: These pieces are all great basics, so stock up and replicate this look at a minimal cost. Pair the OshKosh polo ($11-$13.20, Diapers.com) with jeans during cooler months. To make the look more feminine, girls may enjoy wearing this similar-looking blazer, also by OshKosh, over a dress ($18, Target). 

On the Runway: Anchors aweigh! The nautical look goes high-fashion with this Philippe Plein dress, which was shown at the most recent fair this past June. 

Off the Rack: It’s patriotic-looking and summery just like its runway counterpart, but this anchor dress is super affordable. ($32, Zappos)

Images of runway styles 1 and 3 by Giovanni Giannoni; image 2 courtesy of Pitti Immagine. 

Back to school time will be here before you know it! Check it some of our fashion tips:

Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls

 

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Shop Wendy Bellissimo’s New Maternity Line!

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Pregnant women, rejoice! Wendy Bellissimo does more than curate amazing nurseries–she’s also bringing her flair for design to Destination Maternity, with a clothing and accessories line that just launched this week.

Wendy’s California-inspired, affordable pieces will be on sale at Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores, and online. Fall always feels more fun when flannel shirts, loose sweaters, and tribal prints are involved, and Wendy’s collection offers just those options!

Check out these looks:

Flannel doesn’t have to feel masculine. The lace back of this $44 top adds a sweet, unexpected touch. 

Finally, a top that focuses on exposing your arms, not your tummy! The funky print of this $38 V-neck makes it great for day or night. 

Wondering what to wear to your baby shower? This $48 maxi dress is a great pick.

Which pieces are your faves? If you’re just beginning to build your maternity wardrobe, make sure you stock up on these must-haves:

5 Maternity Must-Haves
5 Maternity Must-Haves
5 Maternity Must-Haves

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Tiffany Beveridge’s Cutie Quinoa Will Make You Laugh

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

She’s sassy, savvy, and LOL-worthy. If you haven’t heard of Quinoa (no, not the food this time!), you’re missing out. Tiffany Beveridge turned her viral Pinterest board, “My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter”, starring a little girl with the same name as the trendy grain, into a clever book for fans to enjoy.

Quinoa is spirited and a hipster, but it would be a major faux paux to refer to herself as one, according to “The Rules of Being a Hipster” that appear at the beginning of Beveridge’s book. More specifically, as Beveridge writes, Quinoa is “the fearless and fashion-forward little girl who dresses to the ninety-nines, attends elaborately themed playdates with her cohort of posh friends” and “sets more trends in an hour that the number of times you check your email in Twitter feed.” Quinoa lives and breathes fashion, and even knows how to undergo a “textile cleanse” (wearing all white for a week) when necessary. If you’ve never found yourself jealous of a fictional character, you (or your child) will be now.

Of course, the book is also parody of our obsession with the latest must-have foods, styles, and technologies. Case in point: Quinoa’s friends are named Hashtag and Chevron, and a list of Quinoa-approved monikers includes gems such as Chia, Sephora, and Peplum. Likewise: The key to choosing worthwhile extracurricular activities, Quinoa says, is to follow three simple criteria: 1. Can it be posted on Pinterest? 2. Can it be posted in Instagram? 3. Can it be posted on YouTube?

Just as Bevridge’s Pinterest board is full of witty captions next to perfectly styled images, the book contains similar musings. A picture of two children sitting on a staircase is accompanied with the caption, “While playing brownstone, Quinoa and Bodoni got into an argument over who got to be the liberal arts professor and who got to be the work-from-home dad.” An image of an energetic young child dressed in camo, flannel, and some bling reads, “Quinoa’s friend Ellipses has the moves like Jagger, the smarts like Zuckerberg, and the curfew of a 12-year-old.” Laughing yet?

While some of the cultural references may go over children’s heads, the book is a fun read for teens, young adults, and parents who will appreciate Beveridge’s insight and humor.

Are you raising a little fashionista? These looks will inspire her as back-to-school time approaches:

Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls

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