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Got a Great Kid-Product Idea? Tell Huggies!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

What if that awesome invention you thought of while dozing off after a midnight feeding could lead to some big bucks? 

Thanks to the Huggies MomInspired Grant Program, parents who’ve dreamed up products designed to help fellow moms and dads have the opportunity to win some cash–$15,000, to be exact!

Eight parent entrepreneurs who have either developed a product or an ingenious idea will receive these grants. The 5th annual competition is already underway, but applicants may enter through September 30, 2014.

Here are the rules!

  • Who: Anyone with an original, innovative and viable new product idea to help make life easier for parents; must be 21 or older and reside in the United States
  • How: Log onto and submit application, including the idea and business plan
  • When: June 17, 2014 through September 30, 2014
  • Why: For the chance to receive $15,000 and advice to help start or grow your business idea

Struggling to potty train your kiddo? Check out Huggies’ “Potty Dance” tactic!

Potty Dance Party
Potty Dance Party
Potty Dance Party

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OPI Brings Back Popular Nail Polish

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014


Have you been missing this minty shade? Well, you’re in luck.  “Damone Roberts 1968” is doing another limited engagement.

OPI first collaborated with eyebrow expert Damone Roberts in 2009. Roberts, who has sculpted the arches of some of our favorite celeb moms (Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow), used the color of the walls in his Beverly Hills and New York City salons as inspiration to create this perfect-for-summer polish.

You can purchase the highly coveted hue here for $20.

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Wanted: Beauty Product Testers!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

For an upcoming issue, Parents is looking for moms to test out new facial skin care products. If you’re interested, send an e-mail to by June 24, 2014 that includes the following information:

1. Name

2. Age of your child(ren)

3. E-mail address

4. Mailing address

Important Notes

Sorry, but you are not eligible if you:

  • Are currently pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Live outside the U.S.
  • Receive mail at a P.O. Box


We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


Image: Woman Splashing Face With Water Above Bathroom Sink via Shuttershock

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Urban Outfitters Brings Cute Korean Beauty Stateside

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Don’t mistake these adorable fruits and veggies for a child’s play cooking set! A look inside reveals the latest skin care offerings from the store for all things quirky and cool.

 Last week, Urban Outfitters debuted its Beauty Shop at the new three-story Herald Square location in New York City—the largest one in the world. Korean brands like Tony Moly (maker of these darling delights), along with Clio, Mizon, and The Face Shop, fill up most of the shelves.

 Can’t make it to The Big Apple? You can purchase the products online and in select stores.

 Our Faves:


Peachy keen: This hand cream smells just like the fuzzy fruit! ($8)

Cherry picked: Packed with SPF 15, this lip balm is the perfect addition to your beach bag. ($8)

Apple a day: Keep wrinkles away with this peeling cream that reveals softer skin. ($16)


More summer beauty finds:

Beauty Products That Help You Beat the Heat

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Jam to New Indie Tunes, Out Free for Mother’s Day

Friday, May 9th, 2014

If the only song you associate with Mother’s Day is “Mamma Mia,” it’s time to expand your horizons with a playlist featuring some less mainstream tunes. 

From now until May 16, you can download eight songs from independent artists when using your desktop or laptop device–and the tunes are free. Moms familiar with the Legally Blonde soundtrack will enjoy hearing Lisa Loeb’s “No Fairy Tale” (her song “We Could Still Belong Together” was featured in the movie!).

Other songs include: “Our Love Fits” (Danny Weinkauf with Laurie Berkner), “Tu Eres Amor” (Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band), “Smile in My Heart” and “Mama’s House, Daddy’s House” (Suzi Shelton), “Ice Cream Girl,” (Brady Rymer), “Mockingbird,” (Zee Avi), and “Black Bear Mama” (The Okee Dokee Brothers).

Click here to jam out:

While you’re listening, read about the ways in which music lessons can benefit your child. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be listening to your own son or daughter rock out! And if you’re going to be delivering anytime soon, learn about the ways in which music can help you during labor.

Feel like singing with Baby? Go ahead and bust a move!

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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What to Take for Pregnancy Pains

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

* By Sarah Lyon and Jessica Hartshorn

We hear from pregnant moms that when they walk into a drugstore, they’re not sure what’s safe and what’s not.

Obviously the number-one rule is to call your obstetrician’s office and get their okay before taking anything, even your regular pain medication. They’re going to know the latest recommendations, and be more reliable than any website. (Even ours!)

Another tip is to look for brands that cater specifically to pregnant women. Healthy Mama, for instance, is a line of seven FDA-approved products that address ailments including heartburn, aches and pains, and constipation, all deemed A-OK for pregnant and nursing women. “We put all the safest remedies under one brand umbrella, and they’re the safest solutions with the right formulations and dosages,” Healthy Mama founder Rachel Katz-Gallat said. Their most popular product is the “Boost-It-Up” caffeine-free energy drink (Olivia Wilde is a fan!), which also works to reduce morning sickness.

Earth Mama Angel Baby is mainly a line of pregnancy and postpartum skincare, but they also have teas for nausea and heartburn, and lots of advice on herbal remedies for problems such as swollen feet or a painful bottom (carrying a baby puts a lot of extra pressure there!).

In order to find some of these pregnancy-specific brands, you may want to look at a Whole Foods store or a Vitamin Shoppe, someplace where there are trained salespeople who can guide you. A salesperson can’t take the place of your doctor, but can give you suggestions that you can go back to your doctor and ask about. Their lines tend to be more natural, and also more focused; we found an entire “Mother & Children’s Health” section at a Vitamin Shoppe, which is not something you’re likely to find in your typical broad drugstore.

That said, if your local drugstore is all you have the time and energy for, the pharmacist on duty can be a good source of information as well. Feel better soon!

Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Copy Met Gala Looks…for Maternity!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Sure, celebs including Selena Gomez, Giselle Bundchen, and Emma Stone looked stunning at last night’s Met Gala, but most of us can’t afford to copy their style–let alone squeeze a bump into a designer gown (unless we’re Lake Bell!). However, with a little creative license, pregnant fashionistas can work to replicate these gorgeous looks. If you have a cocktail party on the calendar, read on, and click on any of the maternity pictures to buy a dress!

Just because you have a bump doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle like Chrissy Teigen! Don this metallic number and you’re sure to turn heads.

To blend in with the black and white crew (aka Cara Delevingne and Stella McCartney), try out this piece.

Rock black lace like Giselle Bundchen with this sexy number.

Go floral like Karolina Kurkova. It’s easy to copy her color scheme with this blue, flowy dress.

 Do something a little bit different and get funky like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

In this knee-length number, you can still look red-hot like Selena Gomez.

 Maybe Amber Heard’s lacy gown will inspire you to don this dress.

 Save the crop top for another day–but you can still rock pink like Emma Stone.

Click on any of the maternity dresses above to go to our shop, or just check out all our maternity dresses.

Not ready to let the world know you’re pregnant? Here are some outfit tips for those looking to hide a bump!

Hide a First-Trimester Bump
Hide a First-Trimester Bump
Hide a First-Trimester Bump

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Wanted: Moms for Makeovers

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Are you craving a new look? Parents magazine is seeking moms in their 20s and 30s in the NYC area who are game for a makeover. You must be willing to cut/color your hair and be available for a full-day photo shoot in June. Send a few lines about what you’re hoping to accomplish with your makeover, along with your age, city, and one or two recent photos (one should clearly show the issues you have with your hair) to by May 8th, 2014. Put MOM MAKEOVER in the subject line. Thanks!







Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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