Nick Lachey's wife is stoked about the bun in her oven and its effects on her bod!Soon-to-be-mommy Vanessa Lachey recently appeared on Bethenny Frankel's talk show, glowing throughout the entire interview and proudly showing off her 7-month rotund baby bump (which we just learned is harboring a boy. Eek!) Read More: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo's Exuberant Wedding Shower
"I love everything about being pregnant!" She exclaimed, according to Us Weekly. "It's empowering as a woman to be able to go through this process and create a human being." Vanessa also candidly added, "It was so amazing to walk out and do the show and not have to worry about sucking it in!"
But, don't think that her pregnancy has been all easy and fun. Mrs. Lachey admits there are some changes she's not so keen on. According to the magazine, she's a bit fed up with how her belly button's been reacting to her burgeoning belly. Apparently her innie has become an outtie. Not uncommon, but nonetheless, a bit strange.
"(At first) I thought, I wouldn't mind if (my belly button) popped because
- YourTango.com | Parenting – Thu, Jun 28, 2012 4:18 PM EDT
Nick Lachey's wife is stoked about the bun in her oven and its effects on her bod!Soon-to-be-mommy Vanessa Lachey recently appeared on Bethenny Frankel's talk show, glowing throughout the entire interview and proudly showing off her 7-month rotund baby bump (which we just learned is harboring a boy. Eek!) Read More: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo's Exuberant Wedding ShowerRead More »from Vanessa Lachey Loves Everything About Being Pregnant
By Liza Barnes, for SparkPeopleRead More »from Outdoor Adventures Fit for Families
Have you thought about how great it would be to include your family in your pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family exercise will improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, and at the same time develop stronger connections between all of you. With a little creativity, you can find a way to make it work for everyone.
Here are a few outdoor ideas to get your family focused on fitness:
Get out in the yard. Sunshine, fresh air, soft breezes, and the smells of nature-what could be better? Still, many people rank outside yard work right up there with filing tax returns. Hundreds of gas and electric yard tools were invented so you could stay inactive and indoors more often. People are putting a lot of effort into these products so you don't have to use any effort at all.
Self-powered yard work can be an incredible source of fun, relaxing exercise. It might be a time-saver too, if you can use it to offset some gym time. The whole family
By Christine Johnson, for Babyfit
You can buy all the books and read all the articles you want on pregnancy and childbirth, but your mother is really your best resource for the answers to these questions! And although her pregnancy and childbirth experience might seem outdated, she can offer some of the best, most honest advice. We've compiled some questions that you can use to interview your mother on a special occasion, such as Mother's Day or her birthday--it's a fun and creative way to bond!
After I delivered my first child, my mom and I used these questions to compare the differences in our experiences--we spent an hour and a half on the telephone, reflecting on some of our fondest mommy memories! I was just as surprised at the similarities as I was with the differences in each of our unique experiences!
- Did you have trouble conceiving?
- How long did you "try" before getting pregnant?
- Did you ever lose any pregnancies?
- How did you tell others you were pregnant?
These gifts will bring big smiles, the next time you need a gift for your favorite little pal's birthday.Read More »from Great Birthday Party Gifts for Kids
BlocksBrinca Dada Blocks
Perfectly imperfect blocks allow little hands to create their own puzzles. There is no right or wrong, with these shapely structures.
Available at brincadada.com, $49.
Scented JewelryTiny Hands Scented Jewelry
Opt for a crash-free sugar rush with whimsical, scented jewelry. Pint size pumpkin-pie rings, pancake-stack studs, and blueberry-pie charms; there's always room for dessert.
Available at tinyhandsonline.com, $12-$75.
Kids Gear We Can't Live Without
Worx Toys Inferno Fire Engine
Transparent windows reveal moving parts inside the fire truck, so your little gear-head learns how vehicles really work.
Available at amazon.com, $49.
Princess DollsHello Hanna Princess Dolls
A variety of punch-out outfits and stickers accessories let mini opinionistas imagine a princess who kicks butt at karate while wearing a crown with panache.
Available at hellohanna.com, $12.
To see 75 other birthday
By Dr.Laura Riley, OB/GYN for GalTime.com
pregnant on plane
Lots of pregnant women are asking about travel safety. Here are a few tips.
Whether you are on a plane, train or in a car, pregnant women are at a greater risk for blood clots than non-pregnant women. Therefore, on those long trips, make sure to get up and walk around every hour or two, drink lots of water and wear support hose to improve the circulation. If you don't have support hose, don't rush out just before your flight. You can wear spandex running pants or tights.
If you are going someplace sunny and warm, don't forget your sunscreen. Wear it everyday along with a hat.
Beware of ticks! Cover up your lower legs and avoid walking through tall grass. Do a tick check every 24 hours and remove ticks with tweezers.
One last thing. Every pregnant woman worries about the safety of bug spray. Remember these two
Looks like this dad is doing his fair share!These days there's a lot of discussion in the media about the unfair division of household labor. And a lot of moms I know sigh over the fact that their spouses and partners don't seem to carry their full weight when it comes to taking care of the kids.Read More »from How to Help Your Man Be a Better Dad
Of course, a lot of those same moms are the ones who butt into every baby-related decision Dad makes and who find him incapable of changing a diaper correctly.
I know, because I've been one of those mothers, with disappointing results. And after fourteen years of motherhood, during which my husband and I have come to a nearly fifty-fifty parenting split, I've come to realize: Ladies, often the problem is us.
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As Margot recently shared in a comment on my post about how mothers can help their partners become more involved fathers:
"I have to let go and LET him be an amazing dad. The biggest hurdle we work to overcome everyday is my tendency to 'just do it myself'. It's a
If childhood had a season, it would be summer. Long days of riding our bikes 'til the streetlights came on, playing in our neighbor's sprinklers, and flagging down the ice cream truck - when we think back on our own childhoods, it's the summers we remember most. Armed with our friends and our freedom, summer taught us everything we knew about being young.
Now it's time for your kids to experience a season to remember. Check out the top 25 things every kid should experience this summer:
- By Lori Garcia
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Sleepover MoviesNothing says "sleepover" like popping in a great movie to watch with your best friends. Whether you have tweens who are new to the sleepover scene or veteran teen overnighters, this list of 10 great sleepover movie picks is sure to get the night off to a great start -- we've got everything from silly comedies for kids to three-hanky romances and super scary movies for teens.Read More »from Best Sleepover Movies for Kids of All Ages
Check out our full list of 50 sleepover picks over at Common Sense Media.
*Pixar classic is one of the best movies of all time!*
Toy Story follows the adventures of the toys who belong to a boy named Andy. His favorite is a sheriff from the Old West named Woody, who acts as the leader of the rest of Andy's toys -- including a skittish Tyrannosaurus Rex (Wallace Shawn) and Mr. Potato Head. All is going well until Andy gets a very special birthay present: a toy spaceman named Buzz Lightyear.
For ages 4 and up
Read our full review here.
My Neighbor Totoro
*Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship
- Astrology.com Momscopes | Parenting – Thu, Jun 28, 2012 1:39 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
It's showtime for your baby -- new situations, new people, a non-stop performance. Today, it may all be too much for them, but any diva-esque tantrums on their part can be averted by simply being there to offer lots of hugs and kisses.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Maya-Aztec Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Somehow we never get too old for a little sibling rivalry. Today, it may be you rather than your child who has to deal with some jealousy in the family. Do your best to not take sides and let those involved work it out on their own.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Celtic Love Tarot Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Does it seem like every parent you know is constantly rushing around? Today, you and your little one should buck the trend and just take things a little more
Is Let's talk about only children. Earlier this week I shared what parents of only children wanted you to know. Today I'm at it again, only this time as the voice of only children. I can do that because I am one.Read More »from 5 Common Misconceptions About Only Children
Every Only I've ever met (and yes, we're a rare breed) has shared in the same frustration I do about the myth of the only child.
As it turns out, we have psychologist Granville Stanley Hall to thank for perpetuating common misconceptions of only children. In the late 19th century, Hall supervised the study, "Of Peculiar and Exceptional Children," where he described only children as misfits who possess odd behavioral characteristics. He even went so far as to say, "Being an only child is a disease in itself." Wow, thanks Hall, no really, thank you.
Related: 11 simple ways to bully-proof your kids
According to TIME Magazine, Toni Falbo, a professor of educational psychology and sociology at the University of Texas at Austin has worked tirelessly to disprove Hall's findings. As
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