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MotherMag Editor Shares Travel and Fashion Trends

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

MotherMag.com editor Katie Hintz-Zambrano

MotherMag.com editor Katie Hintz-Zambrano with her inspiration, Diego.

San Francisco-based fashion journalist Katie Hintz-Zambrano always wanted to start her own website, but was stumped brainstorming a unique angle that would stand out in a sea of other fashion sites. Then she had her son Diego, and it clicked: “I had the idea for a parenting site that was style-leaning.”

Hintz-Zambrano says she noticed other fashion bloggers starting to have children too, and realized she had to stake her claim before somebody else did. “There’s no way after having a kid you’re going to want to write about how to style leather pants five ways,” she says. “Everyone was going to start having kids and that coverage was going to shift, and I wanted to be the person to do that.”

Hintz-Zambrano joined forces with Nashville-based blogger and mother of four James Kicinski-McCoy, and MotherMag.com was born. The lifestyle blog — which covers style, beauty, travel, and of course, motherhood — has only been live for six weeks but already has thousands of followers on Instagram. (Which makes sense: Kicinski-McCoy and Hintz-Zambrano were both finalists for Parents’ 2014 Social Media Awards in the Instagram category!). I had a chat with in-the-know mom Hintz-Zambrano about what’s on trend and on her radar.

P: I love MotherMag’s ‘Mother Hoods’ travel section! What is a great travel destination this summer?

HZ: For a fashion-leaning parent: Sayulita, Mexico. It can be a really fun trip where the parents get pleasure out of it, but so do the kids. It’s not that touristy yet, and it’s not far from San Francisco, so this could be popular with West-Coasters.

P: What are some summer must-haves for moms right now?

HZ: There’s something cool about fruit prints. A shirt with oranges or lemons is summery and fresh. That’s a trend that isn’t too huge, but it’s bubbling up.

Also for moms, we’re super lucky that flat shoes are in, like Birkenstocks. A clean, white, slip-on Van is great to invest in from summer to fall, and it’s on trend to have minimal, comfy shoes. They’re having such a moment now, and they’re so comfortable and breathable and you can run after your kids and not fall over.

Jumpsuits are super cool, and they always look unexpected even though they’re trendy. We’ve been calling them adult onesies on the site! They’re so easy, you don’t have to think about what to pair them with. You can wear them to the office, the park, anywhere, and it’s still appropriate.

P: What do you think will be the coolest back-to-school trends for elementary schoolers this year?

HZ: Harem pants for boys, that European silhouette. A year ago, I would have said, ‘No way that’s coming back,” but I see that happening. Maybe in a more conservative market, ethnic print pants. For girls, touches of neons and pom poms. Dress things up a little bit! And I don’t think you can go wrong with a beautiful striped shirt. They’re available at every price point, and they always look great on kids. Also a bold statement sneaker, for both boys and girls, with wild colors and prints will be an enduring trend.

 

Image: Courtesy of MotherMag.com

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New No Child Left Behind Rules

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

For years, the Obama Administration has tried to reform the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. The law holds schools directly accountable for student progress in reading and math and leads them to face sanctions, including potential closure, if they don’t meet set standards. NCLB’s criticisms have been manifold: that it forces schools to teach to the test and deemphasize (if not outright ignore) other subjects; that it is a negative, punitive approach; that it doesn’t truly reform the educational system; and that the standards are unrealistic (48 percent of the nation’s 100,000 public schools were labeled as failing under the law last year).

With no consensus in Congress on how to fix the problem, the President has taken matters into his own hands. In a press conference this afternoon, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 10 states—Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee—have agreed to work within the Administration’s reform guidelines and will thus receive a waiver from the potential sanctions slated to go into effect in 2014. These states will continue to set a higher bar for achievement—including college- and career-ready standards—but now have more freedom in how they implement it. More important, they can focus on tailoring solutions to the individual needs of poor-performing schools and students. They’ve also agreed to reward schools ranked at the top and that display clear gains (something NCLB didn’t do), and to implement meaningful teacher and principal evaluation systems.

This NCLB bypass effectively puts more control of education back in the hands of individual states. Assuming the states follow through as promised and look at long-term structural fixes, granting them waivers should be a good thing for public students in these states. But it is also a clear acknowledgment that that the United States is nowhere near to achieving the law’s goal of getting kids up to grade level in reading and math within the next two years. No wonder 28 other states have indicated that they, too, plan to seek waivers.

What do you think: Are the NCLB waivers a good thing or merely an admission that our system remains broken with few signs of improvement?

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Project Nursery on Ohdeedoh!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

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Everyday, I’m a proud mom to my son Oliver, but today, I’m a proud, crafty mama. Ohdeedoh, the ultimate blog for all things fabulous in kids’ design and craft, wrote up a flattering (I’m blushing) piece on the June 2011 story Project Nursery about my son’s bedroom.

Visit Ohdeedoh to read their post and take a peak at Parents for all of the craft how-tos!

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Fun Bracelets Inspired By Braces

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

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Watch out Silly Bandz—there’s a new bracelet in town. When I stumbled upon the website for Braced-Lets—colorful, collectible bracelets made with actual orthodontic braces—I knew I had to blog about them. Not only are they great for stacking and trading, they’re the perfect present for kids and preteens sporting braces (as well as those who simply worship a metal-mouthed babysitter or older sib).

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Happy New Year from Parents

Friday, December 31st, 2010

New Year 2011 babyWith 2011 starting tomorrow, what resolutions are you and your family making?  Look no further than our guide to helping kids make and keep New Year’s Resolutions.  We at Parents resolve to keep bringing you the best and most beneficial parenting news, personal stories, and product reviews.  As you wave good-bye to 2010, take a few moments to look at the highlights of the year–the top news, toy recalls, trends, and more:

And as you welcome the advent of 2011, look to see what we predict for the year and what we have in store for January:

We at Parents also want to take a few moments to say: Thank you for continuing to be such avid readers of our magazine and our site.  Because of you, dear readers, Parents had several amazing milestones this year.  We reached over 100,000 Twitter followers, received over 150,000 “Likes” on Facebook, and we won a MIN Award in the “Editorial Series or Special Section” category. 

We hope your new year will be bursting with brightness.  Happy 2011!

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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 Mom.com 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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Ultra-Hip Ultrasound

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Screen-capture-11 As if seeing your baby in utero isn't thrilling enough, now there's a way to trick out your ultrasound.

Yes, it's true you can download the iPhone app called Pimp My Ultrasound to give your unborn child stylish headgear like bows, football helmets or santa hats, accessories such as sunglasses, a guitar, or a credit card, and then embellish with text bubbles and picture frames.

No, this should not be your first priority when viewing your ultrasound, but it makes for a good giggle. And it not all just fun and games, they donate 5% of their profits to charities that work with babies in need.

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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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