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Parents Goody Giveaway: Win a Month’s Supply of Tea from ZHENA’S

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Between running the kids from one activity to the next and tackling your own errands, it’s a wonder you find time to get in any exercise at all. For those days when getting to the gym just doesn’t seem possible, a new tea line from ZHENA’S may help you feel like you’re doing something to keep your New Year’s healthy-eating resolution.

The Extra Strength Slim Me Tea is 100 percent natural, with ingredients including green tea and raspberry ketones, thought to help burn fat faster. It can be served hot or cold. We tried emptying the contents into a water bottle after straining. It’s an easy way to sip on the tea throughout the day and keep yourself feeling full.

ZHENA’S is offering THREE lucky winners the chance to select a month’s supply of Slim Me Tea. You can choose from the brand’s four flavors: peach vanilla, superfruit mixed berry, raspberry mint, or cranberry ginger.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day January 27. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on January 28 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Congrats to our winner Jessica Obonyo, Ginger Bayless, and Sandy Mittleider Ewing!

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Celebrity Moms Talk Postpartum Weight Loss

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop

The urgency to lose the baby weight in Hollywood is almost as serious as an Oscar win.

Who dropped the postpartum pounds the fastest? Who debuted their post-baby body on a magazine cover? How much did she gain during her pregnancy?

Some of our favorite celebrity moms – including Drew Barrymore, Jessica Simpson, and Gwyneth Paltrow – are sounding off on this buzzed about topic.

Drew Barrymore
Former child star Drew Barrymore recently sat down with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and opened up about husband Will Kopelman and their 4-month-old daughter Olive.

“Absolutely not. I want nothing to do with that hamster wheel from hell,” Drew said of quickly dropping the baby weight to appease Hollywood’s standards.

She added: “It seems miserable. I want to be healthy enough that I feel good mentally and I don’t care what the weight is,” the E.T. star said.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Mom-of-two Gwyneth Paltrow supported her good pal, celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, at her Pregnancy Project event in New York City last Fall.

“You can really put the pressure on yourself — I didn’t,” Gwyneth has said of shedding her postpartum pounds after giving birth to her now 8-year-old daughter Apple and son Moses, 6.

The Academy Award-winning actress said that she revelled in new motherhood and took her time to lose those last few pounds.

“I was at home in sweatpants and breastfeeding for a long time,” Gwyneth shared. “I really took my time. And when I started to want to get back into shape, I was so thankful to find Tracy.”

Tracy Anderson
Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson recently launched her Pregnancy Project workout DVD collection, providing women with safe and effective fitness routines during the pre-and-postnatal periods.

Tracy tells Celebrity Baby Scoop that these DVDs – which she filmed during her recent pregnancy with daughter Penelope – are a “passion project” that are “really needed for women.” The fitness guru – who has an impressive client list including Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Molly Sims, and Christy Turlington – opened up about losing the 33 pounds she gained in just 11 weeks.

“I’ve spent thirteen years creating this fitness method for women and I use it myself, so I really credit the method for staying fit in the prenatal and postnatal stages,” Tracy shared with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

“In my first pregnancy 14 years ago, I gained 60 pounds and it was the most nightmarish thing to get off,” she added. “I was so happy to not have to worry about going into pregnancy this time; I knew what I was doing. I followed my own advice during this second pregnancy and gained around 33 pounds. I was able to lose it all in about eleven weeks.”

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson’s 50-pound weight gain during her first pregnancy was one of the most talked-about topics of last year.

The Fashion Star mentor recently graced the January/February 2013 cover of Weight Watchers magazine, showing off her weight loss after the May 1 arrival of her daughter Maxwell.

“I really have to separate myself from the world’s expectations and really just be healthy with myself,” Jessica shared. “I’m not a supermodel. My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel. I’m just your everyday woman.”

And all eyes are on the singer-turned-entrepreneur again. On Christmas Day, Jessica confirmed her second pregnancy by sharing a picture of baby Maxwell with the words “Big Sis” written in the sand in front of her.

Kendra Wilkinson
Former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson welcomed her first child, son Hank, with football star husband Hank Baskett in December 2009.

The Girls Next Door star opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the media’s focus on her body during the pre-and-postnatal stages.

“The media is the media. They’re going to do what they please. I’m okay with it,” said Kendra of the constant criticism of her weight.

“I had to really look deep into myself and think more about myself,” she added. “I’m a deep thinker and there’s this thing I always think about: what if today, mirrors just went away. What if your reflection just went away? What if I had no pictures of myself? Would I feel great, would I feel pretty? And the answer is: yes I would. The mirror can play tricks on you.”

More Celeb Mom & Baby News:

Kristi Yamaguchi: “I Feel so Lucky in Being a Mom”

Beverley Mitchell Celebrates Baby Shower, Talks Birth Plan

Melissa Joan Hart on Baby Weight, Returning to Work

CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on Celebrity Baby Scoop.

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Revving Up Your Resolution

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

It’s only February and some of our treadmills (mine included) have already started collecting dust. Let’s face facts: after a long day, getting the kids to sleep is about as much exercise as our bodies can take. That’s why I’ve decided to start focusing more on my diet, and less on getting 5 workouts in every week.

Two weeks ago, just a day after a pair of my favorite slacks refused to close, I   came across the George Foreman “Grills” Weight Loss Challenge. George Foreman grills has partnered with Food Network star, Gina Neely, from Down Home with the Neely’s, to present this new program, which runs from March 4th to May 26th. Sign-up closes March 3rd.

You can sign up for free at GeorgeForemanCooking.com/WeightLoss by March 3rd, and you’ll get a weight loss kit that contains 28 days of meal plans created by Gina. These are 10 minute, low-calorie, delicious grilled meals. Yesterday I made my husband two Southern BBQ Turkey Sliders for lunch. They took 10 minutes to make, and together they were only 332 calories. They were so good; he kept demanding to know where I bought them.

Along with the meal plans, you also get fitness tips including exercises that you can do at home with no extra equipment, a calorie calculator, grocery shopping cheat sheet, food tracker, and restaurant guide. The George Foreman Cooking Facebook page also has an online community where you can get additional support and tips, and interact with other contestants. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the challenge is the chance to win a first place prize of $1,000 prize money and a $500 credit for product from Whole Heath, or a grand prize of $2,500 prize money and a $500 credit for product from Whole Health.

Gina Neeley took the challenge and she looks amazing! When I spoke with her, she said that, in just a few weeks, her palate has gotten so accustomed to the new, healthier meals, that she couldn’t handle the sweetness of her old favorite goodies. I’m ready to make that my story. Rev up your New Year’s resolution with me and sign up!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Texas School System Finance Plan Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
The system Texas uses to fund public schools violates the state’s constitution by not providing enough money to school districts and failing to distribute it fairly, a judge ruled Monday in a landmark decision that could force the Legislature to overhaul the way it pays for education. (via Huffington Post)

Adult Diabetes Drug May Work in Very Obese Youth
A drug originally approved to treat adults with diabetes may also help severely obese youths lose some weight, according to a new study. (via Reuters)

Where Do Babies Come From: Why a Super Bowl Ad Got It Wrong
“Dad, where do babies come from?” The opening line of Kia’s Super Bowl commercial doesn’t beat around the bush. The question spills forth during a car ride, making Dad’s eyes bug out before he quickly recovers and spins a fantastical story of a planet, Babylandia, from which newborns of every ilk originate. (via Time)

Researchers Pioneer Treatment for Viral Infection Common in Children
Researchers at Imperial College London have discovered a new way in which a very common childhood disease could be treated. In the first year of life, 65 per cent of babies get infected by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). (via Science Daily)

Playtime: Affectionate, Less Controlling Mothers Have Strongest Relations with Their Children
Researchers long have evaluated the roles parents play in children’s development. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that mothers’ directiveness, the extent to which they try to control the content and pace of young children’s play, varies based on the children’s ages and the mothers’ ethnicities. In addition, the study found that the more directive the mothers were during play, the less engaged children were with them and the more negative emotion the children displayed toward their mothers. (via Science Daily)

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I Kept My New Year’s Resolution and Lost 80 Pounds

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

“Lose weight. Get fit. Do a triathlon.”

Those were among my new year’s resolutions last year, and for once, I accomplished them.

In hindsight, my goals for 2012 seem preposterous. I’d just given birth to my third child three months earlier. I was weary from sleep deprivation, carpooling duties, homework, laundry, slapping together meals, freelance work, and postpartum hormones. I didn’t have a lot of “baby weight” to lose, because I hadn’t gained much. It didn’t matter, though: I went into my third pregnancy already vastly overweight. I remember stepping on my ob-gyn’s scale that first visit after I learned I was pregnant again: I weighed 198 pounds. By the time I was ready to deliver, I weighed in at 220.

Through the miracles of birth and breastfeeding, by the time the new year rolled around (so to speak), I weighed 185 pounds, heavy by any definition but especially large on my 5’4″ frame. I posted only pictures of my kids on Facebook, and retreated from public view like Greta Garbo, if Garbo had been a puffy-faced mom and not a movie star.

After the new year, something clicked. I’d been committed to losing weight before, but as corny as it sounds, this time I had a mantra in mind, “This is your year,” and I just believed it. When I got roughly 30 pounds down, people really started to notice the change. Their kind words–and the thrill of clothes shopping–encouraged me to keep going, until I’d lost a total of 80 pounds: 45 of those through my own work and 35 due to delivery and nursing (thank you, my baby girl Fiona!). And just shy of my baby’s first birthday, I completed my first sprint triathlon.

People sometimes ask me how I lost weight and now seems like a good time to look back, as a handful of those pounds crept back on over the holidays and like a few of us here at Parents and well, everywhere, I’m on a kick again, getting up before dawn to exercise and deleting emails about free brownies in the office kitchen as fast as I can. (Trade secret: There is always free food when you work at a magazine!)

Here’s how I did it:

I gave myself infinite time to lose weight. There would be no crash diets or crazy schemes I couldn’t stick with for a long time. I needed a sensible approach with flexibility. For me that plan was Weight Watchers. I did it online.

I shook off setbacks. Sometimes, I ate more than I’d planned. There were weeks I’d lost only a half-pound, or nothing. I remembered my goal, and kept going.

I didn’t exercise right away. My past attempts at doing it all at once–dieting and hitting the gym–left me discouraged, and hungry. I focused exclusively on my food intake for a good six weeks, before I started feeling a little lighter, and felt encouraged to get moving. I walked my kids to school, and started jogging home with Fiona, just a few yards at a time at first, until I was running a mile, and then another, around the neighborhood.

But I did set a big fitness goal. That was a triathlon. I hadn’t laced up a pair of running shoes in years. I didn’t own a bike. But I had months to train. Think about it: What can’t you accomplish with months to prepare? I seized opportunities to exercise: If my husband met us in the evening at our outdoor community pool, he handled the kids while I swam laps. Sometimes I didn’t get to the gym until after 9pm, but I never regretted peeling myself off the couch to go.

I surrounded myself with crazy people. When you have a vision of yourself in mind–for me, it was “athlete”–it’s not the time to listen to skeptics wonder aloud how you’re going to fit in exercise between your baby/kids/commute/job. I hooked up with an awesome training group of crazy-in-a-good-way local women called the Triwomen. Why crazy? They believe anyone–that includes you–can do a triathlon. I met a 65-year-old who learned to swim just so she could compete in her first tri. Talk about inspiring!

I bought a bikini! I’d like to say I got fit for my health, and for my three kids. That’s true. But my happiest moment, second only to finishing the triathlon, arrived in the form of a Nike two-piece I bought for our beach vacation last summer. My body’s far from perfect, but in my new midnight-blue bikini I felt…good. I felt free playing in the ocean with my kids and husband, and boogie boarding to shore beside my son. I was healthy, happy, and for once, completely unselfconscious about how I looked. That tremendous high is motivation enough to keep me on track this coming year.

In 2013, I plan to run a half-marathon, another reach, considering I hadn’t run more than 4 miles at a stretch in all of 2012. But with the help of (crazy) committed friends, time, and training, I know I’ll get there.

Good luck with your goals, whatever they may be. This is your year!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Climbs; Millions Without Power
Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 33, many of the victims killed by falling trees. (Associated Press)

Slimmer Future for Heavy Kids Who Get Help Early
Weight-loss programs can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to a pair of new studies. (Reuters)

Mammograms: For One Life Saved, 3 Women Overtreated
Breast cancer screening for women over 50 saves lives, an independent panel in Britain has concluded, confirming findings in U.S. and other studies. But that screening comes with a cost: The review found that for every life saved, roughly three other women were overdiagnosed. (Associated Press)

U.S. Set to Sponsor Health Insurance
The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans that will be offered to consumers in every state. (New York Times)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Study: Breast-Feeding Keeps Women Thinner, Even Decades Later
While breast-feeding is touted partly as a way to help new mothers lose weight, it may help keep their weight down even decades later, a new study from England suggests. (via MSNBC)

Strength Training Key in Preventing Alzheimer’s
Studies presented at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference found that resistance training was particularly beneficial for improving the cognitive abilities of older adults. (via CNN)

Adopt These Three Habits to Lose Weight
Three habits are key to weight loss and sustained weight control, a new study finds. Women in the study who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn’t skip meals and avoided eating out, especially for lunch. (via MSNBC)

Questionnaire Completed by Parents May Help Identify One-Year-Olds at Risk for Autism
A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers found that 31 percent of children identified as at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at 12 months received a confirmed diagnosis of ASD by age 3 years. (via CNN)

Study: More TV Linked to Larger Waists and Weaker Legs for Kids
The more television a child watches, even in the first years of life, the more likely he or she is to be thicker around the middle and less muscularly fit, according to a new study. (via ABC News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Toddler Hit-and-Run Sparks Outrage in China
A video showing a toddler being struck twice by vans and then ignored by passers-by is sparking outrage in China and prompting soul-searching over why people didn’t help the child.

Parents Can Improve Kids’ School Experience
If you’re one of those parents who regularly asks your children, “How was school today?” a noted child psychologist says you deserve the rote answer you often get.

Weight Loss Surgery Benefits Entire Family
Having gastric bypass surgery has a ripple effect that causes family members to lose weight, eat better and exercise more, a new study shows.

Colombian Girl Reunited with Family, but Questions Remain
It was front-page news on the websites of all the major Colombian media Tuesday: Nhora Valentina Munoz, the 10-year-old daughter of a town mayor, was back home after a kidnapping that lasted 19 days.

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