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Rosie to the Rescue: Psst, I Wash My Hair Once a Week

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Rosie Pope's HairEvery week, Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels,” will be blogging for Parents.com! 

People sometimes ask me, “What do you do to pamper yourself?” But with three kids under 4, a husband, and a crazy work schedule, there really are no spa days in my world. And there certainly aren’t yoga retreats sprinkled with juice cleanses and some guy named Rodolpho (think male model) to massage my stressed limbs.

But I do believe in figuring out ways to make my life less stressful while also injecting a dose of glam (my version of pampering). So now, let me present to you… “The One-Wash Wonder.” That’s right: Unless I manage to fit in a workout, I only wash my hair once a week. Why? Because it takes forever to blow-dry, I’m not very good at it, and I would simply rather savor the taste of my coffee beans if I have any spare time in the morning, or get a few more minutes in bed than to be hurriedly running shampoo through my tresses. I have it down to a fine art and now after years of perfection, I will share my secret with you:

Sunday: Wash thoroughly with some high-quality shampoo and conditioner. You should splurge on these. Only using them once a week means they’ll last forever, so you can justify the cost! Put very little conditioner on the roots, but do use lots elsewhere. Blow-dry really well using your favorite products (but keep to a minimum) and stay away from waxes and hair sprays or other products that make your hair more greasy or prone to needing to be washed. Use curlers, and then leave in a loose bun on top of your head till morning.

Monday: Wear with illustrious pride: You are a walking hair model. Repeat bun at night.

Tuesday: Oh yeah, still looking good. No need for a bun tonight; let hair hang loose and relax those roots.

Wednesday: Spruce up with a little dry shampoo (baby powder works, too). Do some curling-iron action if necessary, then brush out those curls for a more natural look. I’m a fan of the Mason Pearson hairbrush, made with boar bristles (put it on your Christmas list, because it’s expensive). Leap into the day with your curls, but keep your brush handy for spruce-ups throughout the day! Sweep back into that loose bun at night.

Thursday: Ponytail day! That’s right, ponies don’t look good just on teenagers. Make sure your tail’s not too high, but not too low either. Think sleek, and use water instead of spray to tame the wild frizzy bits up front. Wear as you wish at night. Always save a few strands to wrap around your hair tie for a more polished look.

Friday: Make a defined part in your hair, and wear your ponytail low and sleek.

Saturday: Sweep your tresses into a sleek bun. Go crazy today, hair spray and all. I like a high bun, others low. Choose what looks best for your head shape.

Sunday: Repeat that bun (high, low, however you like it) and relish in the fact that tonight is wash night and you’re actually looking forward to it. Voilà, glamour without the hours!

And next time you see me, maybe you’ll crack a smile, knowing exactly where I am in the weekly cycle of the one-wash wonder!

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Rosie to the Rescue: Travel With Kids

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Rosie Pope, Pregnant in HeelsEvery week, Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels,” will be blogging for Parents.com! 

I have officially begun my book tour for Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy and I am not in the least bit prepared, at least not in the usual way. I know most would have their outfits all laid out in advance, and at least some idea where on earth they were supposed to be at any given time. But not me, at least not on this particular adventure because I have decided to travel with one of my kids on each leg of the tour.

Firstly Vivienne. She is the greatest at the longest flights, not through any amazing skill of mine but because she is only 4 ½ months old and has no idea we are on a plane! So she is joining me cross-country to California. JR is coming to Dallas, Minneapolis, and Chicago, as he is by now a superstar travel companion since I’ve made him hit the road with his mama pretty much since the day he was born (maternity leave isn’t a luxury I have yet had). And Wellington is joining me in Atlanta, Bethesda, and Cherry Hill, NJ. Holy Moly is all I have to say! He is 19 months old and a total hurricane—a sweet one nonetheless.

What I am prepared for, however, is traveling with kids, as prepared as one can ever be! I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you some of the tricks I have picked up over the last few years as I try and juggle work and the great opportunities for adventure across America with my children. Hope these 10 points will help you, whether you are traveling by train, plane, or automobile:

1) Forget all your normal rules (if you have any, which I hope you have a few) like “no sugar!”

2) There is no such thing as “making good time” when you are with kids (that is directed mainly at you, dads!). Build in time for breaks!

3) I know this is a tough one, but you really shouldn’t feed your kids while the car is moving. Choking is a real danger, so make stopping to eat part of the adventure.

4) When faced with the question, “How much longer?” try and quantify time in terms of your kid’s favorite TV show, as it will make more sense and likely satisfy the question.

5) Buy mini gifts and wrap them well. Have your wee one open them throughout the trip. I love stickers, books, UNO cards (you can adapt the rules for many ages), lollipops, connect-the-dot mini books, and crayons.

6) Try to book flights during nap times and if there is ever the opportunity for a red-eye, take it! Get the kids in PJs before the flight and explain that it’s “lights out” as soon as you take off. Nothing like the hum of the engine to help kids sleep.

7) As well as packing extra clothes for your kids, remember kids can also vomit on you (oh yeah, I’ve been there), so always keep an extra shirt for yourself somewhere handy.

8) Take as much nutritionally rich food, but not messy, as possible. Luna bars are amazing as they are extremely tasty, seem like a treat, and not messy. There’s nothing worse than being at the whim of gas station or airport food!

9) You can take stuff to drink past airport security so you don’t have to spend so much money on water or juice. Just mention you have kids and security will run special tests on the liquids. I was one happy mommy when I figured this out!

10) Most of all, remember that the journey is part of the adventure and it can be just as full of anxiety and excitement for kids as it is for you. Take a little time to explain all the steps of the trip and then try and enjoy them, even if they don’t go according to plan. Just because you aren’t sunning yourself with a cocktail by the pool doesn’t mean you’re not on vacation!

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Rosie to the Rescue: Room for Improvement

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Rosie Pope and FamilyEvery week, Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels,” will be blogging for Parents.com! This is her first post.

Let’s face it, parenting is full of life’s best moments, but it can also be very stressful. Even if you’re Mom of the Year, you’re bound to make mistakes. I had one of my own recently when I decided to try a new bedtime routine with my boys, ages 4 and 19 months.

My sons share a room, but go to bed at different times. For some crazy reason, probably because I was dramatically sleep-deprived from having a newborn—I’m also the mom of a four-month-old girl—I decided that the two boys were going to go to bed at the same time, not staggered, as had worked so well for so long. Everyone would get to sleep earlier and have more energy the next day, I reasoned.

Ha. Instead, chaos ensued: My little boy could see his big brother and wanted to get out of the crib and play. Then he cried, which freaked out my older son, who ran out of bed and into the living room screaming. Next the baby woke up. Nobody fell asleep and soon everyone, including me, was crying!

Once I’d finally got my younger son to sleep after rocking him and singing a thousand songs in my terrible singing voice—I’m no Christina Aguilera—I found my big boy, looking confused, sitting on the couch. I felt so defeated I could’ve collapsed on the floor, or at least ask my husband to pour me a glass of wine, but instead I smiled, gave my boy a hug and said, “Well, buddy that was not a good idea of Mommy’s!” I explained that I tried something new but that it didn’t work very well, and the important thing was that when I realized it wasn’t working, I decided to change my plan.

Evaluating your actions—and then changing course should they be misfiring—was a great lesson for my son. I often see professionals from politicians to doctors sticking to plans that are failing. The best leaders are those who can evaluate as they go, and be big enough to admit when they’re wrong and change direction.

I know that I taught my son something very valuable that night, even though I’m bound to make some crazy mistake again soon! Whether your error or your child’s is big or small, remember to teach him that in failure, we can almost always find success.

Now, please pass the wine.

Want to meet Rosie? Attend one of her upcoming author events for her new book, Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy. The full schedule:

Monday, Oct. 1 | Ridgewood, NJ | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Bookends

Tuesday, Oct. 2 | New York, NY | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Destination Maternity – Madison Avenue Store

Wednesday, Oct. 3 | Calabasas, CA | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Barnes & Noble

Thursday, Oct. 4 | Glendale, CA | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Barnes & Noble

Saturday, Oct. 6 | Dallas, TX | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Barnes & Noble – Lincoln Park

Sunday, Oct. 7 | Minneapolis, MN | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Mall of America – Macy’s Court

Monday, Oct. 8 | Chicago, IL | 12:00 – 2:00 PM | Macy’s State Street

Monday, Oct. 8 | Chicago, IL | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | A Pea in the Pod – Water Tower Place

Wednesday, Oct. 10 | Atlanta, GA | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Fox Tale Book Shoppe

Friday, Oct. 12 | Bethesda, MD | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Bethesda Row Mall

Saturday, Oct. 13 | Cherry Hill, NJ | 12:00 – 2:00 PM | A Pea in the Pod at Macy’s

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Taylor Dayne: Surrogacy and Single Parenthood

Monday, July 16th, 2012

You probably remember Taylor Dayne as the big-haired,‘80s pop sensation that captured the world with her hit, “Tell It to My Heart,” but that’s not how she’s billing herself these days. For the past decade, Dayne has been center stage to a different crowd—her 10-year-old twins, Astaria and Levi, whom she had through surrogacy.

“I felt that it was all meant to be,” Dayne told Parents in a recent interview; “My children were just waiting for their time to come into my life.” For many of us, the thought of being a single mother and bringing two kids into the world seems daunting, but for Dayne, whose biological clock was a “time bomb,” it was a decision that she wanted—and needed—to make.

“I’m not a ‘coulda woulda shoulda’ girl. I didn’t want to be the woman who looked in her rear-view mirror and realized she never contributed something to this life,” she explains. “I wanted to have a larger purpose and I saw my chance at it through surrogacy.”

While the happy mom’s mantra is “single I am, but a family we are,” she admits that she would eventually like to share her life with a partner and expand her three-unit family. “Conventional or not, we’ve made our family work for 10 years,” says Dayne, “And for now, we’re happy.”

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Top 5 Mommy Moments That Drive You Nuts

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Editor’s Note: Ellen Seidman, from the Parents.com blog To the Max, sent this to us from her friend Jill at Scary Mommy.

This guest post is by the awesome Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy, one of the most popular mom blogs out there. That’s because Jill is extremely funny, extremely wise, extremely real and all about extreme honesty. Jill’s mom to Lily, 8; Ben, 6; and Evan, 4. Somehow she’s managed to write a book, Confessions Of A Scary Mommy. It’s out this week, and it’s every bit as relatable and delicious as her blog. I asked how she squeezed that in—who has time to write a book?! “I wrote a lot of it at 3:00 a.m.,” she explained. Ah. And now, her top 5 mom moments that drive ya nuts.

There is absolutely nothing in the world that compares to the love that I have for my children. It is consuming and overwhelming and simply the most powerful emotion I have ever felt in my life. It’s perfect.

So, how is it that these children whom I love more than anything in the world have a way of getting to me like nobody else ever has? The intensity of the annoyance and frustration I can feel for creatures I love so much never ceases to amaze me. Maybe it’s the balance of loving people so much — that the other emotions have to be equally as intense. I’m not sure what it is, exactly, but it’s a good thing that I do love them so much, or I’d have a pretty tough time liking them. Especially at times like these…

1. When they fuss over bedtime. I just don’t get it — if someone were to give me a bath, put me in clean pajamas, read me a story and rub my back until I fell asleep, I would think I’d died and gone to heaven. Instead, my children insist on bargaining on the timing, refusing to brush their teeth and fighting over bedtime stories. It always ends up being the least pleasant way to end a long day.

2. When they act up during a work call. It’s hard being a work at home parent — hard for the mom to maintain a level of professionalism when she’s chewing leftover grilled cheese crusts for lunch and changing diapers in between assignments, and tough for the kids to understand that they need to respect a role other than mother. The toughest part by far is the work phone call. If I have an important call, I will set my children up with TV show or a computer game, a snack, and instructions not to interrupt me unless there is massive blood, broken bones or an intruder in the house. When the door bursts open because someone changed the channel or they ran out of popcorn, visions of throwing the TV on the floor and bolting off to an off-site office dance in my head.

3. When they whine. When my daughter was a newborn, she cried a lot. Like, constantly. I was convinced that the worst sound in the world to a mother was her darling offspring’s inconsolable cry. What on earth could compare to that? And, then she hit the whining phase and those tears suddenly became melodic.

4. When they wet the bed. I know, I know, it’s not their fault that their bodies aren’t yet wired to wake up in the middle of the night, but still, little pisses me off more than seeing a figure next to my bed at 3AM whimpering that he is soaking wet. The most infuriating part? It always, always, seems to happen on the very night when I have finally washed the sheets and freshly made the bed.

5. When they trash a clean playroom. It’s a rare occurrence when I actually get around to deep cleaning and organizing the playroom. Hours and hours of Lego sorting and Barbie organizing and putting every last toy in the proper box pays off, though, when I can step back and admire the beauty of everything being where it belongs. Sadly, it never lasts more than five minutes before one of my children will inevitably look for some minuscule item and dump out every last box in the process.

Like I said, it’s a good thing I love them so much. Remind me why I do, again?

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Move over dad: Mom’s better at soothing baby’s pain
Preemies show less pain when mom holds them than when dad tries to comfort them, according to a new study of babies having blood drawn at the hospital.

Nutrient powder may fight anemia in kids
Kids given extra iron, zinc and vitamin A were one third less likely to be anemic, study finds.

What teachers really want to tell parents
Ron Clark, a teacher who started his own school, asks parents to work with teachers for the sake of their kids.

Are Parents Changing Kids’ Diapers Less Often to Save Money?
Over the past couple of years, sales of disposable diapers have fallen at the same time that diaper rash cream sales have increased.

Children excluded from school shopping?
Only 56 percent of parents say they’re bringing their kids along for back-to-school shopping this year, down from 80 percent last year, according to marketing data firm America’s Research Group.

Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain: Study
Babies living in bilingual homes have a longer period of time when their brain is flexible to different languages than infants living where just one language is spoken, researchers say.

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Jennifer Griffin: Mom and News Reporter Who Covered Osama bin Laden’s Death

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Jennifer Griffin, FOX News, Osama bin LadenThis past Sunday, Jennifer Griffin, a Pentagon Correspondent for FOX News, was at home in the D.C. area trying to tuck her 2-year-old son into bed, when a source called to announce bin Laden’s death.  Suddenly, from focusing on a child who was staying up past his bedtime, Griffin found herself focusing on confirming the death with multiple sources.  She called into FOX News to report on air and then from there, drove to the Pentagon to continue more reporting for the next 24 hours.  In addition to reporting on the war in the Middle East (she was there on 9/11) and national security issues, Griffin is also the mother of three young kids, two girls and one boy.

Read a first-hand account, shared with Parents.com, of how this extraordinary working mom was involved in a memorable moment in American history:

“I had just gotten home from a friend’s house with 2-year-old Luke, my youngest.  It was later than his bedtime, and I was scrambling to warm him a bottle and convince him to put on pajamas. I was at the stove when all of my phones started ringing. The messages on my Blackberry made it seem like [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi had been killed. I put on the TV, gave Luke a bottle on the couch, and told him to be very quiet. That’s when I got a call saying that it was Osama bin Laden, but the source said I couldn’t go [on air] with [the news] unless I got a second confirmation. 

“I started dialing like mad and I had three phone lines going at once. I finally got an e-mail from a top-level intelligence source with a one word answer to my question, sent at 10:25 pm on Sunday, May 1: We got him? Dead?  The response, sent at 10:47 pm, was: Yes…

(more…)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupGene Tests Label Kids Sports Stars
Scientists have identified several genes that may play a role in determining strength, speed and other aspects of athletic performance.  Marketers have begun to sell genetic tests based on these findings online for up to $200. Some customers say the test results help them steer their children to appropriate sports. But skeptical doctors and ethicists say the tests are putting profit before science. [MSNBC]
 
Mom Guilt: 94 Percent of Us Have It.  Can We Ditch It for a Week?
BabyCenter declared last week “Guilt-Free Parenting Week. Guilt is the source of a campaign at Baby Center, which reports that 94 percent of moms surveyed feel parenting-related guilt. The challenge: live your life for a week with guilt-free parenting. [Today Moms]
 
Hot-to-Trot Ponies?  Dolls That Wax?  Toys Get Tarted Up
Toy manufacturers began following the marketing strategy “Kids Getting Older Younger” when they realized that toys marketed towards kids between the ages of 8 and 12 were attracting kids who were in the 3-year-old to 8-year-old age range because they wanted to emulate their older brothers and sisters. [Today Parenting]
 
Anesthesia For Kids Necessary, But Cognitive Danger?
An estimated 4 million children receive anesthesia every year, but little is known about their effects on the developing brain. A growing body of data from studies in animals suggests that these drugs could adversely affect neurologic, cognitive, and social development of neonates and young children. [Medical News Today]

Mexico Puts Its Children on a Diet
By all measures, and the obesity starts early. One in three children is overweight or obese, according to the government. So the nation’s health and education officials stepped in last year to limit what schools could sell at recess. [The New York Times]

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