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Friday, September 20th, 2013
Jessica Seinfeld with Thyme Maternity’s President Jon Plens at Babies “R” Us in New York City. Photo from MaryAnneRussell.com.
When caring for Baby, you barely have time to think about yourself let alone what you’re wearing, including the essentials like nursing bras. But for mamas experiencing financial and family hardships, stylish duds could just be the perfect spark of hope.
That’s a message the uber-cool clothing line Thyme Maternity understands all too well. To celebrate the opening of its first in-store shop in New York this week, the brand is teaming with Baby Buggy, a non-profit providing struggling moms across the country with essential gear and services.
We caught up with Baby Buggy’s founder Jessica Seinfeld, mom of three and wife of Jerry Seinfeld, to learn more about this exclusive partnership:
The event is themed “Look Great, Feel Great.” Why is that such an important message for you?
The moms we help are struggling with the very basics, so they don’t feel great about themselves every morning they wake up. They face things most of us could never comprehend. For us to give back through Thyme Maternity is almost life changing because it gives them a little bit of light in a dark time.
How have the families you’ve helped responded to the partnership?
One of our moms is so happy she actually has something nice to wear to work for the first time. Every dollar she stashed away went to her family and not herself. To give a mother something special, especially during this time, is a wonderful thing.
What’s your favorite thing about Thyme’s new fall line?
They really took fall to a bright, not somber place. What I like about this line is that it’s flattering for all different shapes, and the colors are really pretty.
What helps you balance work with family?
I only know how to work. I’m not good with staying home, especially now that my kids are in school all day. I try to kill it every day and put in as much as I can to spend more time helping people.
The “Look Great, Feel Great” event runs throughout this weekend. For every item purchased through September 22 from the line’s maternity shops in Babies “R” Us as well as online at BabiesRUs.com/Thyme, Thyme will donate a piece from its collection to Baby Buggy. To top it off, all items will be Buy One, Get One 50 percent off, a win for moms everywhere. For instance, you can pick up TWO of Thyme’s great nursing bras starting as low as $30! Happy shopping…
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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
This is a guest post by Isabel Kallman, the founder of Alphamom.com. Isabel is volunteering with Meredith Corporation in Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that believes everyone deserves to live in a safe, healthy home. Earlier this year, the Parents team spent a day cleaning, painting, and gardening at Gerritsen Beach, New York, a Brooklyn neighborhood hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Visit parents.com/WeRebuild to see photos of the workday, volunteer for a project, or to make a donation to support Rebuilding Together’s efforts.
Gerritsen Beach after Hurricane Sandy by Joseph Mikos Photography
The beginning of September always brings with it a flood of memories and anxieties, frankly.
It’s the beginning of the school year in the Northeast. It’s the beginning of a month filled with beautiful skies and crisper weather, just like on September 11th, 2001. And, it’s the beginning of Hurricane Season for the East Coast.
As a child, Hurricane Season in New York City wasn’t something to which we paid that much attention. I remember schools being closed during Hurricane Gloria. But, she skipped New York City.
By college, Hurricane Andrew of 1992 was very memorable. Not because it hit New York (it didn’t), but because its path had crossed with the homes of some of my college buddies from Florida. They came back to college in the Northeast having endured a Category 5 hurricane. My world and cares were expanding beyond New York City.
Over the past two years, New York City has prepared itself for Hurricane Irene and seen firsthand the devastation of Hurricane Sandy (some like to call it Super Storm Sandy, but to me that moniker underplays the devastation she left in her wake). I saw some of it firsthand in the days following.
Unfortunately, I think this is our new normal in the Northeast. I think we should be prepared for annual super storms and hurricanes to hit our coast.
Since Hurricane Andrew, I have often wondered how the residents of the Caribbean and the southeastern states mentally prepare and steel themselves for Hurricane Season. But if there was one lesson I learned back during Hurricane Katrina it was how the American public rallies around others and how the Internet is an effective tool in connecting those who want to help to the resources that allow them to do so. The comfort I reach for now is knowing for sure that if and when a hurricane strikes our area again, there are many many people who want to help.
When my friends from around the country learned of the desperate need for supplies in hard-hit areas of NYC like the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island, I was inundated with messages asking where they could send supplies.
I discovered in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy so many wonderful organizations that were able to coordinate the many volunteers who wanted to help. One such group is Rebuilding Together. It’s a non-profit group that for the past 25 years has been helping communities throughout the US with critical repairs post-devastation.
I was fortunate enough to be a guest of Parents Magazine at Meredith Corporation’s annual Rebuilding Together volunteer day in Gerritsen Beach. Along with 499 other volunteers, I visited the small Brooklyn seaside community where 75% of the homes were unexpectedly flooded during Hurricane Sandy. In team groups, we all worked furiously to help as much as we could that day. I was assigned to help paint and restore Kidde Beach which is the small neighborhood beach where Gerritsen community–especially the kids and families–gather during summer nights and hang out.
We hammered and painted as furiously as we could. Together we wanted to make a huge impact that day. I left with sore arms, but even though we couldn’t accomplish and restore everything, I was comforted to know that Meredith Corporation and Rebuilding Together would be in Gerritsen finishing up restoring homes and Kidde Beach as long as necessary.
Thank you from young Gerritsen Beach resident
Hurricanes are horrifying, as is the devastation they leave behind. But the Americans who rise to the occasion and help? They are awesome and a source of help and comfort to others afterwards. Knowing that fellow Americans want and do help, well, that is a huge comfort to me. Especially now that it’s September again.
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Thursday, August 1st, 2013
This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.
With swollen feet, extra weight and achy body parts, it’s rare to see pregnant women wearing heels.
But some of our favorite high profile moms-to-be could not give up this wardrobe staple throughout their pregnancies. From Kim Kardashian to Kate Middleton to Jessica Alba, let’s take a look at 10 pregnant celebrity moms and their fancy footwear.
Just a month before welcoming her daughter North West, reality star Kim Kardashian stepped out for lunch with her momager Kris Jenner at Stanley’s in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on May 16. Wowing in a white dress, Kim looked lovely, yet swollen, in her heels.
Heels became quite the hot topic while Kim was expecting her first child. After tweeting, “I never thought I would ever say this… But I’m wearing flats today,” Kim was asked to elaborate.
“You know what, they actually hurt my back,” the expectant mom said. “I love high heels … Whatever makes me feel good, I want to wear. And I love wearing heels. I’m trying the flats, but we’ll see.”
One month before welcoming son George, Kate Middleton made an appearance in Southampton, England, on June 13 to name Princess Cruises’ latest ship, the Royal Princess.
The radiant mum-to-be, 31, walked the blue carpet in a $265 dalmatian print coat by Hobbs, accessorized with a black fascinator and black heels.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Mom-to-be Jennifer Love Hewitt struck a pregnant pose at Mickey Through the Decades Collection launch celebration at Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, Calif. on July 13.
The Client List star, 34, looked radiant in a gray tank, black skinny jeans and wedge heels.
Reportedly pregnant Rachel Zoe, 41, stepped out with her son Skyler, 2, and husband Rodger Berman in Malibu, Calif. on July 2. After stopping by Desert Sun Nail Salon for a spa treatment, the couple took their tot to Bui Sushi for an early dinner.
The celebrity stylist went boho chic in a black ensemble and wedge heels.
“Being pregnant with Sky was really great actually,” she said. “Maybe the fact that I wore heels until I gave birth. A lot of people made fun of me for it. I was determined!”
One month before giving birth to son Ace, Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson were seen arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on May 3. Eric carried their 1-year-old daughter Maxwell while Jessica was all smiles for the nearby paparazzi.
The pregnant singer-turned-fashion-designer, 32, looked airport-chic in a printed maternity dress and black jacket, accessorized with a bright orange Birkin bag and sky-high peep-toed heels.
Two months before welcoming her son Noah, Transformers actress Megan Fox rocked a pair of Jean-Michel Cazabat wedge heels and a black maxi maternity dress alongside husband Brian Austin Green on July 15, 2012. The handsome couple attended church in Los Angeles, Calif. on Green’s 39th birthday with his 10-year-old son Kassius.
Two months before welcoming her son Lorenzo, Snooki took a tumble in her heels.
When Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi announced her pregnancy in March 2012, the pint-sized MTV star said, “I’m going to wear heels throughout. I’m 24, not 50!”
But while filming her hit show Jersey Shore in Seaside Heights, New Jersey on June 21, 2012 the expectant mom took a tumble in her platform sandals. Luckily, she wasn’t seriously injured.
“I feel confident in them, and I know I’m not going to fall, so until it feels very uncomfortable, I’m still going to rock them,” Snooki said earlier this month of wearing heels. “I’m only 24 and I’m pregnant — it doesn’t mean I need to be wearing flats and ugly shoes. I can still look good.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Three months before welcoming her son Rocky, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar was photographed with her adorable daughter Charlotte, then 2, in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on June 16, 2012. The expectant mama looked lovely in a white summer dress and brown wedge heels.
Four months before welcoming son Camden, reality star Kristin Cavallari stopped by the Earth Bar to pick up a couple healthy drinks-to-go in West Hollywood, Calif. on April 11, 2012. The Hills alum was radiant in an orange mini dress and nude heels.
One month before welcoming daughter Haven, Jessica Alba was the picture of pregnant style yesterday as she attended an event at West Hollywood’s Jenni Kayne boutique with her then 3-year-old daughter Honor on July 10, 2011.
Dressed in a black skirt, brightly colored top and wedge heels, the Fantastic Four star seemed in great spirits as she chatted with friends before heading inside.
Did you wear heels during and/or throughout your pregnancy?
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Monday, July 29th, 2013
Sometimes giving back feels like a chore, but it doesn’t have to. I recently came across Kellogg’s Family Rewards Giving, which allows you to donate to schools and charities with nothing more than a computer and products you probably already have around the house.
Kellogg’s new loyalty program only requires that you peek inside the box of participating products (like Special K, Mini-Wheats, and Nutrigrain granola bars) and type in the code online. Kellogg’s then sends you a donation code you can use to give donations of $1 or $5 to the school or charity you care about. From a typical grocery order, you may be able to donate a couple of dollars a month.
Kellogg’s partners include Feeding America, Action for Healthy Kids, American Red Cross, Share Our Strength, United Way, Food Research and Action Center and more than 120,000 schools. If you don’t see your child’s school on the list, talk to the principal about getting your school involved.
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013
I am not a car guy.
There are plenty of shiny, expensive objects I lust after, but I’ve never cared much what my ride looks like or what company’s insignia is on its rear. But as my family stands at the crossroads between old car and new car, I find myself feeling unusually emotional about the transition. I am going to miss the old buggy.
This, after all, is the car in which we brought home both of our babies. It’s the car in which I struggled and eventually learned to install a car seat. And it’s the car that suffered innumerable tire problems after a harrowing drive to the hospital through pothole-riddled streets to get there just in time for #2 to arrive. It’s the car for which I then waited at the shop as my wife cuddled that newborn on her first full day of life. And so on.
So yes, it’s just a hunk of steel and glass and other materials, which I will be glad to see driven away by a buyer who’s just handed me a check. But it’s also a pile of memories, our mobile home of sorts since before we even had kids. And so forgive me my wistfulness. Those tiny creatures whose first precious moments outside of the hospital were spent in that back seat are now on their second and third car seats. One is going to be a first grader, the other will start nursery school come September. Old enough to ask, incessantly, “Are we almost there?” and to seemingly drop more pretzels on the floor than were in the bag originally. Old enough to lobby for specific types of cars and colors and for where they will sit once we get it.
There’s nothing wrong with the old car, and it should have many years of good life ahead of it with its new owners. But as we look forward to a new member joining our family this fall, we’ll have a new tiny creature who will need his or her own seat and will need to find his or her own place—in the car and everywhere else—beside his or her bigger sisters. Bigger family, bigger car.
And so it’s not all sadness to see the old car go, not by a long shot. But as I learn to navigate a big honkin’ car unlike any other I’ve owned, I’ll also need to do the same with my big honkin’ family. Exciting, even thrilling, something I wouldn’t trade or surrender for anything. And also more than a little scary, a jump into the unknown.
Umpteen car salesman have promised me smooth rides and easy maintenance. May it be.
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we had the chance to interview Dr. Allan Peterkin, a facial hair expert and author of three books on the subject: One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair, The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide To Shaving Face (co-written with Nick Burns), and One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of The Mo. Here’s what he had to say…
What are your thoughts on the ever growing trend for men and facial hair? Are we in a cycle like fashion?
We’ve definitely seen facial care come in and out of fashion. We’ve been on this particular wave since the 90’s and within five years I think the pendulum is set to swing the other way—right back to the preppy, clean shaven, Mad Men look. It’s an up and down: moustaches, beards, etc. were once a look relegated to rebels and eccentrics, but now they’re really accepted as mainstream. I think the moustache was probably the final hurdle to surpass, and I’ve think we’ve largely gotten there.
If a guy has a beard, how should his regimen differ from that of a guy with a shaved face? Aside from the need to shave every day…
Men really need a baseline level of care that transcends facial hair. Beard or no beard, guys need to wash their faces and moisturize every day, at least twice a day. Because men’s skincare needs are different from women’s, companies are making new products designed specifically for men’s skincare needs, like the new Dove Men+Care Face Range. Guys can follow three easy steps: cleanse with face wash, shave, and finish with either moisturizer or a gentle post shave balm—a really simple way for the everyday guy to step into grooming.
What are the difficulties of maintaining facial hair?
The biggest difficulty of maintaining facial hair is the upkeep. Guys think that once they grow a beard, the work is done—but it’s really just the opposite. Guys need to clip and trim their facial hair, and keep the margins clean (the lines that define the particular style). It is also important for guys to wash and condition their facial hair to maintain moisture and keep it soft.
What styles of facial hair have you tried? What was your favorite?
I’d say since college, I’ve done it all! I’ve had mustaches, a goatee, beards… you name it, but, I think my favorite look has to be stubble. Like a lot of guys, I’ve experimented and been influenced by pop culture—and I think this post-modern era is great because men can experiment in a way they never have, and try a lot of different looks.
One caution, though, is to consider your face shape! Mutton chops just don’t work for everyone—and while I’d love to have a ‘stache, it just doesn’t work for me.
What is your #1 advice for men and their face?
Guys need to care for their skin on a daily basis and utilize the right products: wash your face on a daily basis to keep it clean and fresh, use the appropriate technique when shaving, and choose a moisture rich product (I prefer a gel) to avoid irritation. Lastly, protect and moisturize, whether you choose to shave or not, with a product like Dove Men+Care Hydrate Face Lotion that contains SPF to protect your face from harmful UV rays. So many of us grew up with the mentality that we need to tough it out—if it hurts, it’s working—but grooming isn’t meant to be torture.
If you still need to find dad something for Father’s Day, try the Dove Men Care Father’s Day Gift Pack. It has everything dad needs to keep his face clean and moisturized, and for only $10 can you think of a better deal? Pick it up at your local drugstore for a done-in-a-flash Father’s Day gift that won’t collect dust on the shelf.
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Friday, May 31st, 2013
I’ve seen the future–maybe–and it is Google. But you knew that already, no?
I was among a group of journalists invited to an event yesterday in which Google showed off some of their latest and greatest products, including the much-discussed Google Glass (worn by a Google staffer in the photo at the right). In a space set up to simulate a household, they showed, room-by-room, the magic that Google applications can make.
The presenters kept reiterating that Google knows “everyone is on the go,” and has designed its products to cater to that busy lifestyle. That’s doubly true for us parents, whether we’re running after the little ones, or carpooling the older ones. To that end, here are some of the highlights of what saw at the event:
Voice search has come a long way. Using the Google search app from your mobile device, click the microphone icon and speak your query. On Android devices, it will speak right back at you, but that isn’t available on my iPhone, where I have to settle for it following my commands silently. Its ability to understand what you’re saying is solid, and beyond just searching the web, you can ask for directions, add items to your calendar, and send emails, all without typing.
Food-related searches will now bring up full nutritional information on foods. So you’ll be able to say exactly how many calories that slice of pizza will set you back or how much protein that smoothie will give you. This just launched today, so it’s hot off the presses.
What would a look at Google and the future be without discussing Google Glass, that tiny, wearable computer that clips onto your eyeglass frame? I didn’t get to try it, but did watch a demonstration, which helped me understand both the “what” and “why” of this technology. Glass is an attempt to address two paradoxical problems: We tend to walk around with our faces glued to our phones, while at the same time, we’ve all wished we could get to our phones–the camera, especially–quicker, before missing that unique moment. Glass sits just above your field of vision and is controlled by a swipe or tap of your finger, and significantly, your voice. Record a video, snap a picture, get step-by-step directions as you walk, send an email, all without breaking stride or burying your face in a phone. Imagine being able to actually capture your child’s first steps on video–while also being there to catch her when she stumbles.
Will it catch on? Only time will tell. Now, how about the self-driving car?
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Somewhere out there last night a mom (or perhaps a dad) became Parents magazine’s one millionth Facebook fan. I wish I could meet you, #1,000,000, but instead I must be content imagining you: You care deeply, so deeply, about your child(ren). You strive to stay on top of the latest news for families, whether it’s on serious issues like gun control and kids’ health or lighter fare like birthday cupcakes and the latest royal baby buzz. You speak your mind. You support your friends. You fight for what’s right. You poke holes in what’s wrong. And you celebrate the joys of being a parent, even as you’re cleaning up the messes. Now that I think about it, that probably applies to all of you, whether you’re fan #1 or #150,000 or the mysterious millionth.
If only George Hecht, the children’s advocate who started Parents 86 years ago could see all the many ways our community of families connects and communicates today. He would be so awed by you. Those of us who bring you Parents—on Parents.com, in print, in our tablet edition and yes, on Facebook—are awed by you too.
There’s a little treat posted now, a sample of some of our more popular posts for our fans. But we at Parents are really the fortunate ones because we get to hear from you in a way Mr. Hecht never dreamed would be possible. Whether you’re ranting, raving, supporting one another, sending us the love (or, yes, sometimes skewering us!) we value your opinions, your humor, your stories, your shares.
Keep ‘em coming! And click here to get your thank-you treat.
Dana Points is the editor-in-chief of Parents.
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