By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.com
Rachel Zoe and familyRachel opened up to The Bump about the best and worst parenting advice she's gotten (and her perspective is very refreshing!). She also let us in on how she's giving back to families in need.
The Bump: What's something most people would be surprised to know about your pregnancy?
Rachel Zoe: Being pregnant with Sky was really great actually. Maybe the fact that I wore heels until I gave birth. A lot of people made fun of me for it. I was determined!
TB: There's a moment in every new mom's life where you realize, "Holy crap. I'm really a mom!" What was yours?
RZ: I think it was when realized the amount of time I was spending on ModernNursery.com and Diapers.com -- almost as much as I'm on Style.com! I also think the fact that my bag's filled with everything from makeup to toy cars and crayons, to baby wipes. I think I realize every day at some point that I'm a mom. But I love it so much.
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Get design and decorating ideas for children's rooms, from fun color palettes to clever storage solutions.
Craft a clubhouse
Adhesive cork squares allow for changeable wall displays, while the round table and chairs are easy to move for games or other activities.Create a kid-friendly work space
Not sure how to start? Here are some decorating strategies to think about.
kid-friendly work space
Adjustable Plexiglas shelves keep everything in this workspace handy but out of the way.Use your own heirlooms
A well-placed heirloom
To decorate with your own heirlooms, be inventive. Here, a homeowner updated the dresser she used as a kid for her own children's room by updating the handles with yellow spray paint.
The eye moves upward
Raise your gaze
Draw the eye up (and save your walls from holes) by using the tops of window- and doorframes to showcase small artworks. Color is key: See how the yellow pieces here pop against the robin's-egg blue.
Don't fear color
Be bold with color
This girl's bedroom is a cheerful orange--a happy hue on rainy days.
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How Facetime, Skype, and other technologies help working parents stay connected to home. By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
I'm a full-time working mom and one of growing number of female primary breadwinners in the United States. One of the perks of my work is that I occasionally get to travel to different parts of the country for conferences or meetings. But these trips, as well as the days I spend at work when my kids are home for the summer, can be hard on my family.
But, luckily, I'm a working mom in the age of Facetime, Skype, and other apps that can help me stay in touch with my kids.
When I was a kid, my mom would call me after school to make sure I got home OK and wasn't watching too many soap operas while I waited for her to get off work. But as most parents know, a phone call can be tricky with kids -- especially younger ones who haven't mastered the art of conversation.
Video-chatting with my kids while I'm on a layover in Detriot helps keep us in touch, even if my kids don't have a lot to say. Often the conversations will goRead More »from I Use My Smartphone to Be a Better Parent
Celebrate Flag Day with a craft and a treat.Flag Day, the holiday that recognizes when Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States, takes place annually on June 14th. It's also the perfect day to warm up your patriotic crafting and cooking skills, and generate some summertime fun with your kids. Here's a fun way to commemorate Flag Day with your kids and celebrate the red, white and blue (with matching paint, glitter, chocolate and sprinkles):Read More »from Celebrate Flag Day with a Craft and a Treat
A Flag Day craft: Sparkly star decorations
This simple craft is easy for kids of any age, and the end result is a versatile America-themed decoration that can be hung from trees, displayed in windows, decorate your front door (or bedroom doors), or be attached virtually anywhere that needs some red, white and blue spirit.
Begin by collecting cardboard pieces, easily taken from disassembling cereal boxes or shoe boxes. Prior to crafting, cut out stars for kids to use as patterns, then let kids trace stars of different sizes on the cardboard. After cutting
Every mom needs I am the first person to say that it's important for mom to be happy and healthy in order for the babes to also be happy and healthy. But, I'm kind of falling behind - everyday life takes over and mama time and TLC takes a back seat. For instance, despite putting it on my to-do list every single day, I have yet to get out and exercise and - why yes! I will have that Coke Zero for breakfast. I know! Terrible, but its the reality of a busy mama.Read More »from 10 Unusual Ways I Manage to Get Some "Me" Time
With all that said, you can image that having ME time is nearly impossible. I work straight through the day then it's dinner time and well… you get the point. So I've learned to sneak in ME time in very unusual and creative ways.
Here are 10 ways I sneak in some relax time - I take what I can get!
1. I wait until my husband gets home and I go to the supermarket - ALONE! I know, its not fun and it has to be done, but going alone is like being on vacation in Hawaii for me. I walk up and down the aisles, singing along to Michael Bolton or whatever soft
"Instill in your kids the idea of visualizing who they want to be. My mom used to do this with me all the time; she would point to the Romper Room hostess and say, 'You have the personality for that.' She had these specific career ideas for me that I thought were hilarious." -- Jenny Rosenstratch, author of Dinner: A Love Story
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Photo: Oprah.com"Mothering is partly the daily practice of living my own life, so that my daughter is free to live hers." -- Sil Reynolds, coauthor of Mothering & Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years
Photo: Oprah.com"Calm down, people. I used a special baby shampoo that I later learned had carcinogens in it, and I freaked. Then I found out that it causes cancer only if you feed several bottles of it to your child every hour." -- Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Photo: Oprah.com"Get outside! Have a picnic, climb a tree, make a fort, watch the clouds move through the sky.
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jun 6, 2013 1:25 PM EDT
shoppingMy wife took our son grocery shopping today, and missed several items on the list, including a couple of key ones like beer and eggs. (Ok, so the eggs aren't that essential.) I'm not writing to complain, much. My wife's out of practice. I do the majority of the grocery shopping, and I do nearly all of the shopping with our son. (My wife might pop out to grab some items, but not with Felix in tow.)Read More »from Why Couples Should Split Up Childcare and Chores Equally
By contrast, this weekend she went away for work and I took Felix to the farmer's market, a much beloved Saturday morning excursion that he makes with his mom. There, I missed buying fish and rhubarb, and generally found it difficult to navigate the trike-riding little guy through the crowded, narrow aisles of the farmers' stands.
This illustrates a basic economic concept called specialization. Ideally, when you go to work, you have a discrete job description, a well-defined set of tasks to accomplish that don't overlap too much with other people's. It's not efficient if you're doing the same
- Cheapism.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jun 6, 2013 9:01 AM EDT
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Baby gear these days is downright expensive. Even cheap cribs start at around $150 and cheap electric breast pumps cost more than $100. The good news is that many baby items can be reused if you've already had one child, or if you're open to used baby gear handed down from friends and family or found in secondhand stores. Below are some items you may be able to reuse under the right circumstances.Try used baby gear to save money.
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Baby Clothes and Linens. Baby clothes, burp cloths, swaddling blankets, cloth diapers, crib bedding, and the like are all perfectly fine to reuse. Just be sure to give any used baby stuff a good wash with hot water and you're all set. Granted, baby clothes get stained easily and often, so if it's something that you can't get clean or you don't think you'll actually use, then toss it.
Cribs. Cribs can be reused with a few important precautions. If your kids will be close in age, then a crib used previously by an olderRead More »from What Baby Gear Can You Safely Reuse to Save Money?
All mothers fret about their babies, but don't let these common concerns drive you crazy.Read More »from 10 Things New Moms Shouldn't Worry About
By Linda DiProperzio
Although a baby's constant crying might alarm you, it's important to remember that crying in newborns and infants is normal. "Children under age one cry for many reasons: hunger, sleep, dirty diapers, and being over or under stimulated," explains Michelle Haley, M.D., pediatrician at Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. "And parents should realize that crying will not hurt an infant."
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Dr. Haley also points out that a baby who cries a lot is not an indication of poor parenting skills -- some babies simply cry more than others. Erika Landau, M.D., co-author of The Essential Guide to Baby's First Year, agrees. "If you respond immediately and the crying stops, there is no reason to worry."
If your infant is inconsolable, you may want to ask your pediatrician about colic. "Colic is
After using it as a convenient, all-purpose excuse, Johanna discovers the very real advantages to having a "Mommy Brain."Read More »from The Truth About "Mommy Brain"
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