Working parents constantly struggle with finding a healthy balance between their careers and family life. Should they just learn how to thrive with controlled chaos? On Easy Does It, designer Cortney Novogratz shares her secrets with host Ereka Vetrini.
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Novogratz and her husband, Robert, are a design team and property developers who purchase homes, refurbish and then sell them. On their HGTV show Home by Novogratz, they are known for creating homes that mix modern and vintage styles, turning "drab places into creative places." But along with their many design, television and book projects, the two are parents to seven children.
The Novogratz Family
Because the couple are business partners, their home functions as their office and a work portfolio. Work-life balance might seem easier because they create their own business hours. But they still face the same challenges as other working parents. "We're constantly on the go, asking ourselves how we want to
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Working parents constantly struggle with finding a healthy balance between their careers and family life. Should they just learn how to thrive with controlled chaos? On Easy Does It, designer Cortney Novogratz shares her secrets with host Ereka Vetrini.Read More »from Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible?
Life is hectic, with or without kids in our lives. But parenting adds a different kind of stress and our kids often pick up on it. Did you know children can "catch" their parents' stress? Finding simple ways to ease the thick layer of tension in your life becomes even more important. Meditation expert Karen Maezen believes that finding quiet time on a daily basis can help parents find a calmness that can benefit the whole family. She tells Away We Grow host Diane Mizota why even five minutes of quiet time is essential to handle the stresses of every day.
"Paying attention to life as it is -- right now -- you learn how to handle the stress of ever day," says Maezen Miller, who is also a mom and Zen Buddhist priest. Before she became a parent, she felt she had the "perfect life," but she didn't know how to be happy. Meditation changed her world.
Maezen Miller knows first-hand how difficult it can beRead More »from How 5 Minutes of Calm Can Change Your Life
Kids understand the art of lying at an early age. Parenting expert Maureen Healy says fibbing is a part of a child's natural development and helps him or her test limits and learn about acceptable and unacceptable behavior. While Canadian research indicates that toddlers who lie are often highly intelligent, what happens when stretching the truth, or avoiding it altogether, becomes a problem? And how should mom and dad react?
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"They're trying to outsmart us from the beginning," says Healy, author of Growing Happy Kids, tells Away We Grow host Diane Mizota. "So if your child is telling a little lie, I guess there good news is they're probably super smart."
- Team Mom Staff | Team Mom – Fri, Nov 2, 2012 1:36 PM EDT
Studies have shown that sharing dinner as family can help kids form good eating habits and boost their self esteem. But by sitting down to eat a meal with your children, you can also teach your kids the art of communication. Celebrity chef and mom Cat Cora gives Away We Grow host Diane Mizota her tips for helping kids open up at the dinner table.
When not co-hosting the Bravo series "Around the World in 80 Plates" or working on her many culinary-related projects, Cora is with her four sons. As a kid, Cora had dinner with her parents every single night of the week. Her memories of that special time with her mom and dad clearly influence her desire to carry on the tradition in her own family. She says, "I knew my parents cared. I knew that they were involved. I knew that they loved me. It does really make a difference to gather, and it gets to be quality time."
But Cora's secret weapon to get her boys to the table starts beforeRead More »from How Family Dinners Can Inspire Better Communication with Your Kids
Clutter is a common home decor for families with young children. Parents aggregate an abominable hodgepodge of kid gear that only grows as their children get older. A recent report by UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives of Families found that each new child in a household "leads to a 30-percent increase in a family's inventory of possessions during the preschool years alone." Organization expert Tracy McCubbin says the source of the clutter is delayed decision-making. On Easy Does It with Ereka Vitrini, McCubbin shares simple ways families can free their homes -- and lives -- of clutter by letting go.
"I come from a family of hoarders so I just see people, what I like to say is, they're being owned by their stuff," says McCubbin, "and it's super emotional and we don't know what to let go of. We don't know how to make kind of smarter, unemotional decisions about our stuff." McCubbin runs dClutterfly, where she works to help their customersRead More »from Easy Ways to De-clutter Your Home and Life
Teaching your kids about the dangers of strangers can be overwhelming and frightening for both you and your children. But using the term "stranger danger" may not be the best way to educate kids, says Pattie Fitzgerald, founder of Safely Ever After. Data shows 90 percent of sexual abuse happens to children by someone they know. Fitzgerald talks with Away We Grow host Diane Mizota and shares her tips on how to protect kids from predators.Read More »from How to Talk to Your Kids About Strangers
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"Stranger danger really doesn't serve our kids because it's not strangers," says Fitzgerald. She recommends parents use the phrase "tricky people" to describe who children should be aware of because it encompasses people that they know and don't know to varying degrees. "We're basing it not on what somebody looks like, but what they say, what they want to do with a child. And that's how you know it's a trick."
So what signs should your kids look for when they suspect someone is a "tricky
Can parents host a Halloween-themed party for their kids without breaking the bank? Celebrity event planner Brian Worley tells Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini how to create a spooktastic affair with simple household items.
When it comes to Halloween decorations, your house is the "best shopping place in the world," says Worley. Use what you have to create a gloomy glow, include candles, mirrors and picture frames. Purchase inexpensive cobweb material and add it to your decor.
And you don't have to worry about decorating every single room in your house. For in an instant spook factor, cover a black tarp with Christmas lights, cobwebs and other Halloween trinkets. Worley also recommends that you stick to dressing up three key areas that receive the most foot traffic: the entryway, the kitchen, and the bathroom.
Food also serves a double purpose at your Halloween shindig. A table filled with Halloween-themed treats like Boo Pops is delish and decorative.
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Are you tired of spending your weekends cleaning the house instead of spending time having fun with your family? According to home expert Kelly Edwards, you can easily solve this problem by making little changes to your daily routine and making cleaning a lifestyle choice.Read More »from Clean Your House in 15 Minutes
"Now, that doesn't sound very exciting," Edwards tells Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini. "However, when you think of it in the context of, 'I'm gonna wake up in the morning and I'm gonna immediately make my bed, or when the mail comes in I'm gonna go through it and I'm done. Or something like right before dinner, throw in a load of laundry...that way when you put the kids to bed, you can fold it. Done, done and done. At the end of the week, it's like 5 loads are done."
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Edwards believes that by tidying up over the course of the week, you'll free up time on your weekends. "You're not literally siting there worrying on a Saturday or Sunday about cleaning your house instead of
- Team Mom Staff | Team Mom – Thu, Oct 18, 2012 3:21 PM EDT
Americans waste more than $2,000 a year by throwing away unused groceries. Are shoppers being duped into buying what they don't need by sneaky tactics employed by supermarkets? On Easy Does It with Ereka Vetrini, consumer spending guru Phil Lempert shares his strategy for smart shopping, including when -- and why -- you should avoid meat markdowns.
First, shop on Wednesdays as this is the typical day that grocery stores host their sales. When you arrive at the store, Lempert recommends that shoppers avoid the path that supermarkets have set out. Stay clear of the produce department until the end of your trip. "It's full of aromas and colors and it puts us in a great mood, and we're gonna spend more time in the store," says Lempert. "I want you to head to the center of the store where it's got unemotional boxes and jars and cans and so on. And frankly, from a food safety standpoint, that's what you want to put in your cart firstRead More »from Smart Shopping: A Surprising Way to Tell If Meat is Really Fresh
- Team Mom Staff | Team Mom – Tue, Oct 2, 2012 5:36 PM EDT
The dictionary does not hold enough adjectives to describe how parents feel when faced with toddler tantrums. We've seen families get booted from flights and a kindergartener get arrested as a result of epic meltdowns. Is there a sure-fire method to stop a toddler in the midst of an outburst? Probably not. But according to a leading pediatrician, tots are like little cavemen who need to be tamed. The way to calm them is to understand their language -- and act like a toddler.Read More »from The Secret Weapon to Tame a Tantrum? Act like a Toddler
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"Well, toddlers are not so much little children as they are little cavemen and if you spend an afternoon with them you know they're uncivilized," Dr. Harvey Karp, creator of The Happiest Toddler on the Block, tells Diane Mizota on Away We Grow. "They'll wipe their mouths on your blouse and they'll pee anywhere they want then they'll throw things at you. So it's important to understand this because that changes they way you speak to