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Monday, November 18th, 2013
DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.
“Have left over blueberries in the fridge? Let’s make something of them!” Alison says.
3 cups water
1 cup blueberries
1. Pour water into a pot and heat over a high flame until boiling.
2. Stir in blueberries and smash with a spoon or potato masher. Mix well and allow to cool slightly until lukewarm.
3. Dip card stock into dyed water and allow to dry completely before using. (Experiment with dipping times and angles.)
Alison’s extra tips for Parents readers:
- Swap it: Instead of blueberries, try beets, blackberries, tea, or turmeric spice.
- Challenge your kids to count and measure the ingredients before you get started.
- Explore and investigate! The color of your dye is true to what it looks like in the pot, so experiment with your measurements to create different shades.
- To let stationery dry without disturbing the dye, secure the card stock to a wire hanger with clothespins.
For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.
Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.
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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Whether you want to start your holiday shopping or stock up on fall and winter weather essentials for your family, this week’s deals will save you on clothing, kids pretend play items and more.
- thredUP. 20% off your entire purchase + Free Shipping for New Customers (Coupon Code: GOODY20). Expires 12/31/13.
- Sears. $10 off boys’ and girls’ clothing orders of $45+ (Expires 11/21/2013). Coupon Code: TENOFF45
- DisneyStore. 50% off select costumes and costume accessories (Expires 12/01/2013). No coupon code needed.
- Nordstrom. Half-yearly sale for women and kids — save up to 40% and get free shipping (Expires11/17/2013). No coupon code needed.
- Target. Buy two family sweaters and save 15%, buy three and save 20% (Expires 11/16/2013). No coupon code needed.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
You know Giada De Laurentiis: the Food Network star, author of 10 books, mom, and all-around busy lady who somehow stays thin, healthy, and gorgeous. It’s enough to make us mortals green with envy. But happily, in her new book Giada’s Feel Good Food she is sharing her get-healthy and stay-there secrets with the rest of us. In a recent conversation, Giada revealed some of her tips for eating well on a budget and why she doesn’t believe in diets.
Q: As parents, we focus a lot on good nutrition for kids (which is important of course). But we don’t talk as much about good nutrition for parents. Do you think that’s problematic?
A: I like to say that this is the perfect opportunity to lead by example! My daughter Jade loves asking me questions while I’m cooking, and if I don’t baby-talk her, but rather get on her level and explain what all the yummy things going into my smoothie are and how they are going to fuel my body, then she’s far more likely to try what normally would look to her like a nasty green shake! It’s a great motivator, being an example for anyone.
Q: Why do you think it’s so difficult for many moms to eat well?
A: Two words: busy and tired. The thing is, the best way to help offset those two words is a well-balanced meal plan and some fun exercise. I’m not suggesting a boring diet or some workout that you’re going to dread all day long. Life is short, and we are made to be happy! Take a brisk walk with the kids through the neighborhood. Play hide-and-seek. Or try some nice yoga moves together! Eating healthy can and should be delicious; I think sometimes people just need to have the opportunity to discover an appreciation for fresh foods and natural flavor.
Q: What are three simple things parents can do to improve their diets?
A: Skip sodas, replace refined sugars with natural sugars like those found in fruit, and eat more often in smaller portions. Portion control is truly the key.
Q: Do you have any tips for people on a budget who are trying to eat well?
A: Skip the restaurant and cook at home. It will be easier on your wallet than eating at restaurants night after night. If you don’t consider yourself a cook, start simple and be patient with yourself. Learning to cook for yourself is a great way to be budget-savvy, plus it will taste better because you will learn to make it just how you like it. And if you do have a night out, skip the booze and do dessert at home to skinny up that check!
Q: Why do you say you don’t believe in diets for you?
A: Because I don’t stick to them and I generally resist things that seem like deprivation. I choose to get excited about my health and my body and adjust my meal plan and activities accordingly. Being healthy is a lifestyle and a state of mind, and diets don’t contribute to that in a positive way for me. It’s not sustainable, and I like things I can build on, look forward to, and get excited about. Being healthy is exciting!
Q: Like many moms you are one busy lady! How do you manage to fit exercise and healthy eating into your schedule?
A: For me, the key is good planning. You have to set yourself up for success, you know? I like to cook a few meals in advance to help with the impossible days in the week… there are always a couple!
Q: You mention that when you were younger you were addicted to chocolate and sugar. How did you kick the habit?
A: I got pregnant. Jade changed everything for me. Once I started eating for two, I really started really paying attention to what I was eating and made it a habit. A good one!
Q: If we forced you to choose, what would you say are your favorite three recipes in the book?
A: That’s hard. This book is full of my favorite recipes and feels a little like sharing my diary because a lot of these are what I cook myself… but I would say the Avocado-Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries, the Swiss Chard Rolls with Wild and Brown rice and Indian Spices, and, of course, my go-to Spinach, Ginger, and Apple smoothie [recipe below]!
Q: A lot of moms deal with picky eaters. What do you think is the best way to encourage kids to eat a variety of foods?
A: The best way to encourage them is to involve them in the process! I think the root of picky eaters is that they want control. It’s a power struggle, and I think that’s totally okay. They want to have control of what goes in their bodies, and it’s the perfect opportunity to empower them. Flip through the cookbook with them, see what sounds fun to make, and then cook with them! It will change a picky little eater’s tune just like that.
Q: What are your daughter’s favorite foods?
A: My girl loves her waffles. I’d have to say that’s probably her favorite right now. I’m excited though because she’s adventurous with food and is willing to try new things. She has a strong opinion and knows what she likes, but she’ll give things a shot, which is great.
Q: You’ve also written children’s books. What inspired you?
A: Jade is my ultimate inspiration. I wanted to write something she could enjoy soon, rather than having to wait until she can use my cookbooks. I come from a big Italian family of storytellers and I wanted to have a way to tell about the adventures I had with my own brother when I was a kid. We were fortunate as kids to get to travel a lot but even when we were just playing in our room, it turned into a grand adventure. Our imaginations were limitless, and I really wanted to encourage that curiosity for exploration — exploring the world as well as the kitchen!
Get recipes that will help your baby go start eating solid foods here. Plus, get everything you need for holiday baking from Shop Parents.
Spinach, Ginger, and Apple Smoothie
From Giada’s Feel Good Food
Makes 2 cups; Serves 2
1½ cups ice
½ cup water
1 medium apple, such as Fuji or Honey Crisp, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
1 (1-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 cup packed baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Combine all of the ingredients in the blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
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Thursday, October 31st, 2013
This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.
Happy Halloween from Celebrity Baby Scoop!
What better way to celebrate the spook-tacular holiday than by looking at our favorite celebrity kids in their boo-tiful costumes!
From Neil Patrick Harris’ festive family-of-four, to Alyson Hannigan‘s colorful crew, to Tori Spelling‘s foodie-themed fun, let’s take a look at some of the best Halloween costumes in Hollywood.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris shared an adorable picture with his twins – son Gideon and daughter Harper – dressed up last Halloween in Wizard of Oz costumes.
“Happy Halloween everyone! Hope your tricking and treating gotcha lotsa booty! Here’s our family costume pic,” NPH posted via Twitter.
We love seeing the Harris-Burtkas’ Halloween costumes!
The year before, the festive family-of-four dressed up in a Peter Pan theme, with NPH going as Captain Hook, David as Peter and their twins as Smee and Tinkerbell.
And not to mention this year’s Alice in Wonderland theme!
“Our costumes for the Halloween carnival at the kids’ preschool yesterday,” NPH posted via Instagram. “But 10/31 will be frighteningly different..! @DavidBurtka came up with both themes/costumes. He’s amazing.”
Gravity star Sandra Bullock and her 3-year-old son Louis attended a Halloween party as skeletons in Studio City, Calif. this year (October 19).
The Oscar winner wore ghoulish face paint and a black and white lace dress with a bone-like corset. To match his mama, the sweet preschooler donned a black and white skeleton jumpsuit with removable wings.
Last Halloween, the adorable mother-son duo dressed up as Jessie and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.
Instant Mom star Tia Mowry-Hardrict was all smiles with her son Cree, 2, in West Hollywood, Calif. this year (October 13).
Sporting a Superman costume, Cree and his famous mama had a blast picking out the perfect pumpkins at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch.
Alyson Hannigan and husband Alexis Denisof love getting dressed up at Halloween.
The cute couple were seen trick-or-treating with their daughters Satyana and Keeva in Brentwood, Calif. last Halloween Day. The festive family-of-four were a colorful bunch in their seahorse costumes.
The high-profile family love celebrating Halloween. The year prior, they dressed up as a scarecrow couple alongside their sweet daughter Satyana who went as a pumpkin.
And who could forget those fabulous kangaroo costumes when Sati was just a lil’ baby!
“The Princess of Darkness,” proud papa Jack Osbourne captioned a shot of his adorable baby girl.
Dressed up as her 62-year-old rockstar grandfather Ozzy Osbourne, 1-year-old Pearl Osbourne nailed it with a long black wig and purple shades in the hilarious photo.
LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
Grease is the word for LeAnn Rimes.
The country singer dressed up as Sandy from the classic movie last Halloween. She posted photos on her Twitter account of herself, husband Eddie Cibrian and stepsons Mason, and Jake.
She wrote: “Family of the Grease days, Indiana Jones and a tribute to our navy seals.”
Who’s the Boss? star Alyssa Milano got into the Halloween spirit with her sweet son Milo last Halloween.
“Happy Halloween from Tinkerbell and Peter Pan,” Alyssa posted via Instagram.
The actress and her baby boy looked like the perfect duo in their Halloween costumes.
Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren got festive with their two daughters, Honor and Haven, last Halloween.
Just days before Halloween Day, the sweet sisters were spotted in matching Incredibles costumes as they headed out with their movie star mom in West Hollywood, Calif.
The Sin City actress didn’t join in on the fun on that occasion, but she did later post a pic to Twitter in the festive spirit!
Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott are proud parents to four children: Liam, Stella, Hattie and Finn. Last year, the proud mom shared some adorable shots of her costumed cuties.
When he was just one-month-old, her youngest child, son Finn, celebrated his first ever Halloween in adorable fashion, dressing up as a little sushi roll.
The reality star mama seemed to pick a foodie theme for her kids’ costumes last year: she also posted a photo of her then 1-year-old daughter Hattie dressed up as spaghetti and meatballs.
Baby first Halloween!
Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi shared a festive photo of her family dressed up in their Halloween costumes last year.
“We got superhero swag. #Lorenzos1stHalloween,” the proud new mom captioned the photo with fiancé Jionni LaValle and their then 2-month-old son Lorenzo.
Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrity is expecting in 2013, or find great Halloween costumes at Shop Parents.
What’s your favorite Halloween costume out of Hollywood?
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
By Savings.com Editor Susan Yoo-Lee
As a result of the shorter holiday shopping season, retailers are hoping to cash-in on sales by offering great deals before Black Friday and Cyber Monday even roll around.
Here are some of the best deals across the web to help you meet your holiday shopping needs this year:
- Need toys and games for your little love bugs? Save $20 off your toy and game purchase over $200 at Sears. Use coupon code STOYS20. Expires 12/31/2013.
- If you’re one of the many millions planning to travel this holiday season, Budget car rental has an incredible offer for you. Until the end of this year, you can save 40% off your car rentals at Budget by using coupon code U347956. Expires 12/31/2013.
- Who doesn’t love Legos? Get a free holiday set with your LEGO purchase over $99. Plus, you get free shipping. No code needed. Expires 10/31/2013.
- It’s getting colder as we write. If you need to get new shoes for your entire family, save $20 off your purchase over $100 at Shoes.com on Amazon. Use coupon code FLOWER13. Limited time offer and can expire anytime.
- Your four-legged family members also deserve some nice holiday gifts! At PetSmart, you can save $3 off your purchase over $10. Use coupon code BDAY10CAT13. Expires 11/04/2013.
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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
It’s royal fever time again: Prince George’s christening is finally here, and it in William and Kate fashion, the event’s likely to break from tradition, but only in the classiest of ways, from a fashion photographer to changing the location.
First, let’s talk baby fashion. This is really going to be a tale of two dresses: Kate’s, and George’s (and probably the last time we’ll ever be talking about the prince’s dress!). No doubt Kate will wear one of her favorites from Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen or Amelia Wickstead, my money being on the latter for her formal fitted coats that seem appropriate for a church setting.
However, if Kate’s post-baby body is what I imagine it to be, she may opt for a figure hugging McQueen. There is also the small chance that Kate will do something particularly modern, and even wear a nursing dress under a tailored coat.
As for little George, we expect he’ll be wearing the Spitalfields silk gown replica re-created by the Queen’s royal dresser and designer Angela Kelly. The original had been worn by 60 royals before George, including his father and grandfather, and is the epitome of traditional.
The surprise twist, however, is the photographer who will be capturing the occasion: Jason Bell. He’s a cutting-edge fashion photographer known more for his works in Vanity Fair and Vogue than for royal palace photos.
There are a couple of more remarkable things about this pending christening. One is the break from tradition in location. Kate and William have chosen to hold the christening at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace. This is significant: It’s not where William nor Royals before him were christened, but it is the place that Diana’s body was laid to rest before her funeral—a location filled with meaning for William and for Kate. This will also be the first time that the relatives will be all together! All grandparents will be in attendance, and the future Kings: Prince Charles, Prince William, and of course Prince George. The six godparents, however, still remain a mystery.
So congratulations, Prince George. I can’t wait to see you in your finest.
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Plus: Admire the royal parents? Find your own parenting style, see photos from Prince George’s birth, or see how to design your own royal-themed nursery.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
By Savings.com Editor Susan Yoo-Lee
With Halloween only a few weeks away, it’s about to get really busy for the entire family. The good news is that retailers are releasing their best deals earlier than they have historically done because of the shorter holiday shopping period this year. In fact, we’re starting to see those great offers now.
Here are this week’s top five deals you can use for your entire family:
- If you haven’t gotten your Halloween costumes yet, right now you can save $20 off your purchase over $80 at Costume Discounters. Use coupon code SAVE80. Expires 10/31/2013.
- If you have a baby, take advantage of an offer from Diapers.com and save 20% on your diaper purchase. You can even combine this coupon with sale prices for an even better deal. Use coupon code GOSHOPAFF. Expires 12/31/2013.
- Do you need to buy a couple of sweaters, pants, long sleeved shirts for the entire family? Or a mixer in which to make your favorite holiday treats? Save 20% off any order over $100 at Kohl’s. Use coupon code CARAMEL. Expires 10/27/2013.
- For more kid-specific fall clothing deals, use this coupon from The Children’s Place to save 20% off your entire order. Use coupon code D7G813. Expires 10/31/2013.
- Stock up on winter indoor activities (or get a jump start on that Christmas list!) by saving $3 off select Hasbro games at Target. If your purchase goes over $50, click through this link first to save an additional $5 off your entire purchase, then add coupon code SAVE3GAMES at checkout to get the $3 off as well. Expires 10/27/2013.
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Friday, October 18th, 2013
Reality star and former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson is pregnant with baby #2! She and husband Hank Baskett, a former NFL player, are parents to Hank Basket IV, who turns four in December. In August, the couple told Us Weekly they were trying for another baby. Kendra is around eight weeks pregnant, according to the magazine.
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