I love this time of year. The windows are open, you can hear the birds, smell the grass, and the shining sun is amazing. Another common smell this time of year is all the neighbors' barbecue dinners. I love the smell of a burger cooking and the spices and herbs that are being used to make the perfect steak. While I was sitting here taking in that lovely aroma, I realized there are a lot of fun baby names that can be inspired by the barbecue season. If you are like me and this is one of your most favorite times of year, if you love those smells coming through your window, you may find some inspiration there for your baby-to-be. Here are 7 baby names inspired by the BBQ season! -By Devan McGuinness
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Jun 24, 2013 10:24 AM EDT
I love this time of year. The windows are open, you can hear the birds, smell the grass, and the shining sun is amazing. Another common smell this time of year is all the neighbors' barbecue dinners. I love the smell of a burger cooking and the spices and herbs that are being used to make the perfect steak. While I was sitting here taking in that lovely aroma, I realized there are a lot of fun baby names that can be inspired by the barbecue season. If you are like me and this is one of your most favorite times of year, if you love those smells coming through your window, you may find some inspiration there for your baby-to-be. Here are 7 baby names inspired by the BBQ season! -By Devan McGuinnessRead More »from Raising the Steaks! 7 Baby Names Inspired by Barbecue Season
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Jun 24, 2013 9:49 AM EDT
The HBO series The Sopranos has been on pretty much everyone's minds the past week after the untimely passing of its star James Gandolfini. One of the aspects that made his role and the series so different is that he didn't just concentrate on just his mob family, but the family at home. And those story arcs, from dealing with Tony Jr.'s scholastic failings, to Meadow's coming of age dramas, to the caring for and death of his mother, were some of the most powerful and most relatable of the series. We've collected some of the most poignant parenting moments and quotes from the show, 7 lessons in parenting via Tony Soprano. -By Sunny ChanelRead More »from A Word to the Wiseguy: 7 Lessons in Parenting from Tony Soprano
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Sat, Jun 22, 2013 2:38 PM EDTLooking for a baby name that conjures up images of glamorous gals and handsome, debonaire fellas? Want a name that is classic, timeless, but also reminiscent of the past, something with a vintage feel? How about turning to the glamour of old-time Hollywood, when the stars were all in black and white, but weren't any less dazzling? While some of the most famous actors had very classic, common names, like John Wayne and James Dean, many of the names of old Hollywood actors and actresses are so ingrained in our genre that we can't help but think of Ginger Rogers when we hear the name Ginger, or Cary Grant when we hear Cary. So if you want an iconic name that sparks of beauty and glamour, consider one of these 7 names inspired by Old Hollywood. - By Andrea Howe
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- Disney Spoonful | Parenting – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 5:37 PM EDT
Easy to make - even easier to wash away!Most kids love finger paints and my kids are no exception. I, however, dread the clean up. So we decided to take it inside the tub and it has been a success! Great fun for rainy days or for when the kids are reluctant to take a bath, this activity also helps them learn about color combinations and express their creativity. And I love it because clean-up is very easy and the ingredients are gentle on my toddler's skin as well.Read More »from Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Baby Picasso in a Tub! Homemade Bath Paints
1/2 cup baby wash
1/4 cup cornstarch (or tapioca starch)
Drops of food coloring
Muffin pan or plastic egg container
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1. In a small container, add baby wash and cornstarch and mix well.
2. In a separate and smaller container, take a portion of the mixture and add the desired amount of food coloring (I recommend starting with less than a drop).
3. Put the colored mixture in the muffin pan and repeat the previous step with another color until all the colors are used. Feel free to mix
- Ali Swank | Parenting – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 5:09 PM EDT
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- Common Sense Media | Parenting – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 4:40 PM EDT
Ultra-violent video games get a lot of attention -- but there are plenty of less-violent alternatives.By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media editor
Among teen and preteen gamers, the names of violent video games travel fast. And before you know anything about these games, your kid wants to play them. It's difficult to stay on top of it -- and it's even harder to know exactly what's in a game in order to make an informed decision about whether or not to buy it.
Of course, many video games can provide enriching experiences and learning opportunities. But with ultra-violent video games, the negatives clearly outweigh any positives for kids. (Read Media and Violence: An Analysis of Current Research for an assessment of the studies measuring the effects of media violence on kids.) Complicating the issue is that many ultra-violent video games are actually technically superb.
But here's the thing: Violent video games may get a lot of attention, but there are always less-violent alternatives available. If your kid is asking for a game you've never heard of, consider yourRead More »from 10 Most Violent Video Games (and 10+ Alternatives)
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 3:03 PM EDT
Ready to hit the theater!Now that Monsters University is finally hitting the theaters, you might be faced with a dilemma: How to bring your toddler/little kid to see the movie when you have a baby in tow.Read More »from 10 Ways to Survive a Movie Theater with a Baby Under 2
Do you find a babysitter? Forfeit the theater experience and wait for the DVD?
I didn't bring my son to his first movie until he was 3 years old, mostly because he was extra sensitive to loud noises and dark spaces. But a friend of mine - the mom blogger behind Nessa Knows Best - has never been afraid to bring her babies to the movie theater, even with two kids under 2 years old. So I asked her for her best tips on how you can bring your baby to see Monsters University.
Here are 10 tips on bringing a baby to the movie theater:
1. Plan ahead.
Read reviews, watch the trailers, and ask other parents for their opinion before heading to the theater. (Pay special attention to the length.)
2. Time it right.
Conflicting nap schedules could be an issue, so it's important to know their schedule before buying movie
- We talk about baby fashion quite often here on Disney Baby, but one topic I have yet to delve into is maternity style and staying fashionable during your pregnancy. There are so many designers out there making cool, comfortable and super stylish outfits for expectant moms, and others who have fashion pieces that work well with your growing body.
As I am not currently expecting, I thought it would be fun to feature one of my friends and fashion experts, Audrey McClelland. She is a mom to four boys and she's currently expecting her first little girl in the next 2-4 weeks. So very exciting!
Audrey is the founder of Mom Generations, co-founder of Getting Gorgeous Events, an author, and someone with a whole lot of style. You know those people that seem to put outfits together effortlessly and look chic in just about everything? That's Audrey! Her look is chic and effortless, and I love how she uses a mix of affordable designers with more upscale brands.
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There isn't a news outlet anywhere (Shine included!) that hasn't been champing at the bit to find out what Kim and Kanye named their new baby girl. TMZ.com magically got their hands on the official birth certificate first and reported that the new little lady is called North West—not the K-whatever that every one had predicted.
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Clearly, North's parents were trying to come up with a witty, playful name that uses a fun riff on words—but the whole directional thing falls kind of flat. However, just when we were starting to feel sorry for the baby (its not her fault!), we recalled many other celeb parents who did the same to their star babies, so at least she's in good company:
- Actor Rob Morrow has a daughter named Tu Morrow.
- Actor Jason Lee has a son named Pilot Inspektor.
- Singer Jermaine Jackson has a son named Jermajesty.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 10:08 AM EDT
NO! I shouldn't go there. But I do. EVERY week. I simply have to find out what Gwyneth Paltrow is up to on Goop, her lifestyle website, and torture myself at the utter perfection that is Gwynnie's life. So I try, desperately, to live my life according to her rules. I've studied those cookbooks that promise that her (and your) kids will love Brussels sprouts - but when I try the same thing my kids spit them out and ask in all seriousness if I've tried to poison them. I've read about what spring wardrobe I should have, before remembering I don't have a spare $12,000 to spend. I've coveted her home furnishings and accessories, which as it turns out, are really made only for Hollywood stars and not us mere mortals. Then I go away and feel like a complete failure. So, for once, I thought I would share the 7 best (or worst?) tips that Gwyneth imparted to us all on Goop - but are they helpful? You decide… -By Suzanne Cowie
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