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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $450 Travel System from Baby Jogger & Maxi-Cosi

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

I’ve noticed some expectant parents “making” a travel system by buying the stroller that they want with a different brand’s car seat, figuring out through research that the two are compatible. But we love this new development: Baby Jogger has partnered with Maxi-Cosi, offering the popular City Mini stroller along with the gorgeous Mico AP car seat for a ready-to-go, super-stylish travel system you can buy in-store at Babies “R” Us or online at

Note there isn’t a huge savings; the $450 price is about what you’d pay for them separately, which makes this travel system a bit different than others. But this “bundle” can still make your registry more efficient and assures new parents that these two products are made for each other. (And on a side note, I could sit and play with the color combinations all day.)

Baby Jogger and Maxi-Cosi are offering ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader the chance to win a Baby Jogger City Mini & Mico AP travel system, worth $450! (The stroller will come in crimson/gray and the car seat will come in total black, as shown in the top photo). To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 16. Be sure to check back on April 17 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

And if stroller-speak such as “travel system” is making your head hurt, watch my little tutorial!

Congrats to our winner Phil Taylor!

Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System

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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?”

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrities are pregnant, or find maternity dresses for spring at Shop Parents.

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Exercise With Baby: Building Core Strength
Exercise With Baby: Building Core Strength

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the sixth in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our fans. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Congress Hall, Cape May, New Jersey

This grand landmark hotel, open since 1816, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in a town famous for its stunning Victorian homes.

BOOK IT! From $158; you can check your travel dates online at

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Book the Over the Moon, Baby! package (use Babymoon2014 as the code) by May 21 for a stay before June 30, from $255 a night on weekdays to $350 a night on weekends. You’ll get a 50-minute prenatal massage, a T-shirt for you and a bodysuit for Baby-to-be, an in-room movie, extra pillows, stash of gossip magazines, mocktails for two, free valet parking, plus a $25 “craving credit” (about a $500 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 888-944-1816 for full details. Pay special attention to these blackout dates you can’t book: April 18, 19, 25, 26 as well as May 23, 24, and 25. Have fun!

And once he’s born, use these tips to give Baby his own special massage!

How to Massage Your Baby
How to Massage Your Baby
How to Massage Your Baby


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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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Parents Goody Giveaway: Win a $60 Super-Spinning Ride-On from Radio Flyer

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Here at Parents, we couldn’t be more ready for the sun to start shining, so much so that in our July issue, we have a whole spread devoted to outdoor toys. And since even that seems far away, we’re super excited to cover ride-on toys in an exclusive slideshow to appear online in May.

The latest one to catch our attention: Radio Flyer’s Cyclone. Using their arms, kids can spin 360 degrees in any direction they please. Perfect for ages 3-7, we love that the Cyclone encourages kids to be active with the added bonus of twirling fun. (Side note: We tried it here in the office and confirmed that lightweight adults can ride it too!)

Also: Longtime Radio Flyer fans can share their favorite memories through Little Red Stories, an online gallery where families can submit and browse tales of red wagons and other toys, photos, and videos of cherished Radio Flyer experiences. Those who spill have the chance to be selected as the monthly winner of a $500 gift card to Plus, all entries will be considered for the big $10,000 grand prize, including a custom Build-A-Trike and Build-A-Wagon, all to be awarded next month.

In the meantime, Radio Flyer is offering the Cyclone, a $60 value, to TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 14. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on April 15 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

With Easter on its way next weekend, it’s never too early to start brainstorming fun family activities. Try making this cute plastic easter egg bunny!

Congrats to our winners Teresa Honores and Megan Karcilar!

Plastic Egg Easter Bunny
Plastic Egg Easter Bunny
Plastic Egg Easter Bunny

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Minnie Driver: “It’s the quality of time you spend with your child, not the quantity.”

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Parents sat down with Minnie Driver during a lunch to celebrate the launch of the “Be a Claritin Trailblazer” campaign. In an effort to help everyone enjoy their time outdoors, the makers of Claritin have donated $50,000 to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a non-profit that converts unused railways across the country into public parks. Minnie talked with us about why this project is so important to her and her son Henry, 5, their favorite outdoor activities, Easter plans, and her latest role as a single mom on NBC’s “About a Boy.”

P: How did you come to be involved in this cause?

MD: [On "About a Boy"] I play a very overprotective mother of a very sedentary child who doesn’t really like to go outside and do much. My son is the exact opposite of that. All he wants to do is go outside and run around, but I come from a long line of allergy sufferers—which is how I got involved. I love the idea of recycling aspects of where we live into something that is going to be healthful.

P: Does your son have allergies, as well? 

MD: He does. He actually has them worse than I do. I’m about to take him to an allergist when we get back because it’s only just properly surfaced. Poor little bean.

P: When he’s feeling under the weather, is there anything special that you do as mom to make him feel a little extra loved?

MD: Essential oils have really helped. Lavender oil and eucalyptus really help clear out his sinuses. I get him to lie down and I’ll give him a massage on his arms and his head. He loves that. Swimming helps, as well. He loves to be in the water because I think the itchiness goes away and the salt water really helps.

P: When neither of you are feeling the effects of the allergies, do you like trips to the park? What’s your go-to outdoor activity?

MD: We’re very outdoorsy. We surf. We live at the beach. We hike in the mountains in the back of our house. He plays soccer and tennis and tee ball. We’re outside a lot.

P: It sounds like you have him combining exercise and enjoyment and nature through his activities.

MD: Definitely. In Callifornia you can really do that. The weather permits you being outside a lot. Plus, he’s a boy. Running around is just the best thing for him to do.

P: Now that he’s 5 it is an age where he’s coming into his own, like a mini person instead of a baby. What’s your favorite thing about this age so far?

MD: You know, that he’s just so interested in the world. Just watching him explore it and now he’s sort of confident in it and in his exploration. It’s incredibly sweet to see his independence blossoming. He’s never been a shy boy, but I love the delight that he takes in the world.

P: Speaking of delight, do you have Easter plans?

MD: We have a big egg hunt planned. We live up on the bluff, and it goes all the way down the trail to the beach and then along the beach up until there are big flags where it ends. All the dads hide all the eggs early in the morning and we go for it. I can’t wait. It’s my favorite thing. The level of competitiveness also cracks me up.

Easter Chicks
Easter Chicks
Easter Chicks

P: Is Henry competitive?

MD: He just gets so excited. There is something so exciting about looking around in foliage and then seeing a pink egg. We dye them all like the week before. But I also do a thing where I know how to drain an egg and wash it out and then fill it with chocolate. It’s pretty cool. I did it last year for Henry and in the morning he came and hit the top of the egg like it was gonna be his breakfast and he was like, “It’s not cracking Mommy, what’s going on?” And I said, “I don’t know, open it!” And he opened it and [GASPED!] “It’s a CHOCOLATE EGG!”

P: During lunch you mentioned Henry’s love of Happy Feet and Frozen. I know you did the voice for Jane in Tarzan. Has he heard you in the movie?

MD: He absolutely loves it. It used to confuse him when he was little hearing my voice. I’m actually doing another movie for Disney, another big animation movie which will be out in a few years called Zootopia and he’s fascinated by me doing that. I’ve taken him to Disney. It’s really all coming together for him now and he realizes that me being a part of that is something special and amazing.

P: On your new show “About a Boy,” your character, Fiona, is this mix of an alternative mom yet super protective and hyper-vigilant. How do you compare on the Fiona scale?

MD: I’m not like that at all. I think it’s really funny, though, because I know so many women like that who think that they’re not. She’s a high perversion of some people that I know. And I have to be quite careful with dropping things in, not to identify. But I love her. She cracks me up.

P: In one episode she’s juggling life as a full time working mom and giving her son some freedom, but there is mom guilt. Do you ever experience mom guilt? What is your advice to other women who may experience that?

MD: I do all the time, but it is a choice. If you are choosing to go out to work, because you have to (which most women who work do), it’s sending such a strong message of having a great work ethic. It’s the quality of time you spend with your child, not necessarily the quantity. There are plenty of people who are around their kids all the time and don’t really connect with them. You have to trust that the time you spend with them is well spent and that there are many different ways to live your life. Mom’s not supposed to just be home. Dad’s not supposed to just go to work. I think if one can, it’s an amazing thing to be able to bring your child to your workplace at least just to see where it is, then they can picture you there. Whenever I’m going overseas, I find a picture of the place to show Henry.

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Photograph: Minnie Driver; Helga Esteb/

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American Baby Bests 2014: Maternity Clothes and Cheapie Find

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Television: Check Out a New Clip From Turbo FAST

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

One of my favorite children’s movies last summer was Turboa fast-paced adventure about a snail who dreams of racing in the Indy 500. The film is full of humor and heart that kids and adults can enjoy—and who can resist Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of a snail?

So naturally, I was excited when DreamWorks released five episodes of the animated series Turbo FAST (that stands for “Fast Action Stunt Team”) on Netflix during the holiday season. Picking up right where the movie ended, the show is full of crazy stunts, thrilling races and all sorts of new challenges for the wacky group of friends. Now, the next batch of episodes will be released on Netflix tomorrow, April 4. Take a sneak peek at what’s in store with this exclusive clip from an upcoming episode:

Plus, families can prepare for the release with the viewing party kit, which offers instructions for creating a racing obstacle course, coloring pages, trading cards and more. (Personally, I’m looking forward to trying the instructions for creating your own taco stand!)

Is your family planning on watching Turbo FAST?

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