Posts Tagged ‘ Current Affairs ’

Yahoo! News Remakes America

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

As part of the coverage of the 2012 Presidential election, Yahoo! News has debuted “Remake America,” a webseries profiling six families as they try to reclaim the American dream. Each week, another five-minute episode puts a personal spin on issues like unemployment, foreclosure, and the mounting healthcare costs that are so common in today’s economy. But they’re not going it alone—each family gets help from career gurus, personal-finance experts and medical professionals as they fight to make ends meet. Viewers can connect by sharing their own experiences on dedicated comment threads or voting for which step each family should take next. Check it out below.

Do you think these videos paint an accurate picture of America today? How are these issues affecting your family?

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Shout-Out Saturday

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

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Are you the craftiest mom on the block? Show off your skills by entering our craft contest here, and you could be in the magazine and take home a $300 gift card.

In Case You Missed It…

A couple of weeks ago, GoodyBlogger Kara posted this blog about “Take Our Children to the Park…& Leave Them There Day.” Let’s just say the debate got a little, um, lively. Free-Range Kids posted this response. Check out the comments on both blogs, and feel free to weigh in. Just keep it civil–this isn’t the comment section for Yahoo! News.

Tweet of the Week:

@DiaperDiaries: Unexpected bonus of the washer/dryer delivery today? My kids have been playing in the box for an hour.


McDonald’s just announced that they’re recalling 12 million Shrek drinking glasses, which contain cadmium in the paint.  via CPSC

News To Us:

Some schools around the country are switching to four-day weeks for students.

And This Week’s Link Love Goes To…

910 Moms

Barefoot Mommies

Happy Housewife

The Lemonade Stand

Marvelous Girl

Mommy Life

Mommy Too Magazine!


My Trendy Tykes

Sesame Ellis

StarBaby LA / LA LA Land — Pint-Sized

Stroller Derby

Temporary Insanity

This Full House

If you want to get some link love for your blog, email us at, and tell us a little about your site. And have a Goody Weekend!!!

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DIY Social Networking

Friday, January 8th, 2010

screen-capture-1Online moms unite! We recently featured ten “Power Moms” of the blogosphere and beyond in our story (the February issue of Parents is on newsstands next week). But one of the great things about the Internet is that it’s a true democracy–we can all have a voice. The trick is figuring out how to get your voice to stand out in all the noise. And whether you want to get into blogging, tweeting, or facebooking, the methods are surprisingly the same. Check out five pointers to get you started.

  • Do your research. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Mommy blogs and Twitter “tweeters” out there. Read a few of them…if you’re not already (see Goody Reads to the left and our Twitter/Facebook feeds to the right for some suggestions). For blogs, you should also compare blog-hosting sites, such as WordPress and TypePad, to decide which one is right for you.
  • Find your niche. Have a passion for kids’ shoes? Great! Check if there’s a similar blog, FB page, or tweeter out there for this subject. If so, brainstorm how to make yours different. If not, congrats! You’ve got the market cornered, so to speak.


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Friday Night Movies

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Be This Week's Poll Goody:

Disney announced this week that it will offer refunds for its Baby Einstein line of DVDs (bought June 2004 to September 4th), which had been marketed as educational for babies and toddlers (a claim that's caused the company problems over the years). Apparently watching TV doesn't make your child a genius. Who knew? But a lot of parents didn't expect Baby Einstein to turn their kid into, well, Einstein–they just wanted something good their little one could watch while they cooked dinner or took a much-needed breather. Regardless of the reasons for buying the DVDs, you now have the option of a refund. Here's what we want to know: Are you planning on getting the refund or letting it go? Post a comment below to let us know!


Tt This Week's DVD Goodies:

Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension, Vol. 5

Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension, Vol. 6 

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 2 

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 2 

The Secret Saturdays, Vol. 2 

Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)


The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week (Halloween Edition):

Let The Right One In


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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

News Image NEW One in five kids had flu-like symptoms this month, according to a CDC survey. Washington Post

Costume shopping this weekend? Take care when choosing face paint. USA Today

Pregnant women must read! Get your H1N1 shot. New York Times

Boys vs. girls. Sex can affect the outcome of twin pregnancies, finds a new study. HealthDay

Car seats are a safety must, in the car, but outside the car they can pose dangers. Reuters

Want a pet? Don’t mess with small turtles. Yahoo! News

Fewer calories, less sodium, more veggies. An Institute of Medicine panel calls for an overhaul to the school lunch program. Los Angeles Times

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Ww This Week's Big-Screen Goody:

If you've been reading my column regularly (Hi Mom!), you've probably figured out by now that I was a fantasy- and sci-fi-loving geek as a kid. The darker children's movies, like The NeverEnding Story, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth, were my favorites, and they still hold a special place in my equally as geeky adult heart. So, I went into the big-screen update of Where the Wild Things Are (rated PG) with some pretty big expectations. And in that sense, I was let down. To be fair, it was a perfectly good movie, especially in the beginning with its quieter family interplay. Fellow GoodyBlogger, Barrie, LOVED it‚Äîthe acting, the plot, the haunting visuals. But I walked away with the feeling that it was missing something. I just didn't get swept up into the childlike wonder that I'm used to when watching the best of these type of fantasy films‚Äîand maybe that's more of a reflection of me (and my current state of cynical grown-up-ness) than of the movie itself. I'm curious to see what you guys think. Post a comment, and let me know your review. 

One note of warning, though: The Maurice Sendak classic tale that we all know and love is great for the preschool set. This live-action movie? Not so much. Use your discretion: The film's larger-than-life monsters and darker themes might scare kids under 8—unless you have a fantasy fan-in-training on your hands.

Wub This Week's DVD Goodies:

The Backyardigans: Robot Repairman

Bakugan, Vol. 5 

Barney: Christmas Star 

Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection, Vol. 7

Playmobil: The Secret of Pirate Island 

PThomas & Friends: Sodor Friends Holiday Collection 

Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases, Vol. 3 

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubb Idol (Featuring Beyonce)


The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

The Proposal


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Friday Night Movies

Friday, June 19th, 2009

This Week's Trailer Goody:

The '80s are soooo back! I was probably a little too excited when the first-look trailer for the new Fame remake hit the Interwebs the other day. A "Woohoo!!!" might have been involved. Don't judge! When I was little, my teenage sister couldn't get enough of this dancing/singing film and TV sensation. Some dancing and singing in our living room might have been involved. OK, you can judge. Check it out, and let us know if you're excited or appalled that it's getting a big-screen update:


T This Week's DVD Goodies:

Morning Light

Thomas & Friends: Hop on Board Songs and Stories

Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases: Vol. 2

Transformers: The Complete First Season (25th Anniversary Edition)

Zoey 101: The Complete 4th Season  


The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week (TV Edition):

Burn Notice: Season Two

Everwood: The Complete Second Season

Family Guy: Vol. 7

Saving Grace: Season Two  


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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

News Image NEW Check your medicine cabinets: You might want to hold off on this popular cold remedy—and read up on homeopathic solutions. Yahoo! News

Families are spending less time together, a new poll finds, and it looks like technology may be partly to blame. Chicago Sun-Times

The challenge: Getting girls to sign up for sports. New York Times

Are you scaling back on your kids’ summer plans? Many families are. CNN

Lice! What camps are doing to keep them at bay. USA Today

Heading to the pool this weekend? You’ll want to read these water-safety tips. Health Day

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