Kelly Oxford's By now, you've likely heard of author and screenwriter Kelly Oxford, whose rise to humorist fame was fueled by her razor-sharp (like, the-Met-ball-chandelier's-worth-of-razor-blades-sharp) Twitter feed, which has more than half a million followers. Many of her best tweets are inspired by her three children, who usually don't realize how funny they are ("I refuse to correct my 4 year old when she calls Nicki Minaj, 'Nicki Massage' "), but make a strong case for the notion that a sense of humor is an inherited trait ("Got angry at 4 year old for not getting ready for bed, and she said, 'This is why you don't have kids.' "). Judd Apatows of the world, take note: Oxford and her progeny may fast be becoming the funniest family online.
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For all of these reasons, Vogue thought Oxford would be the perfect person to approach for advice on planning a summer vacation with children. After all, her second-funniest source of those golden
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- Parentables | Team Mom – Wed, May 29, 2013 7:15 PM EDT
Image: qmnonic/Creative CommonsGrocery shopping is not one of my favorite tasks despite the fact that my husband seems to think it is my version of a day at the spa because it takes me so long to accomplish on a typical Saturday afternoon.Read More »from 5 Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Grocery Store (For Real!)
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I generally leave the kids behind because well, you all know why. There is nothing fun about grocery shopping with your kids. However, yesterday I had no choice but to bring them with me on an after school shopping trip because we were desperately in need of a few things, and as we were checking out I thought to myself, "Grocery shopping is a really good thing for kids to do."
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Now, don't get me wrong, if you've got really little ones, by all means wait until your partner is home, hire a sitter, or beg your neighbors to watch them, but if you've got school-aged kids the grocery store is a place they should visit at least every once in
- YouBeauty.com | Team Mom – Wed, May 29, 2013 9:38 AM EDT
Make sure their outdoor playtime is safe.
Here's an eye-opening statistic: Just one blistering childhood sunburn more than doubles a person's risk for melanoma over a lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
And while you may try to protect your family by diligently applying sunscreen before trips to the beach, pool or lake this season, experts say that one of the most common places children absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays is at school.
"When kids participate in field day, practice sports, play at recess, and even sit next to a window all day, they can absorb a damaging amount of UV rays-especially over time," says dermatologist Ana M. Duarte, M.D., division director of dermatology at Miami Children's Hospital. "As low as 25 percent and as high as 80 percent cumulative sun exposure occurs during childhood years."
Compounding the problem is that most schools lack policies for sunscreen usage, and some even go so far as to forbid it. Just last year, a school ban on sunscreen left twoRead More »from Are Your Kids Getting Unhealthy Sun Exposure at School?
- Parentables | Team Mom – Fri, May 24, 2013 4:20 PM EDT
Photo copyright DCLQuestion from a "19 Kids and Counting" fan: Has Jim Bob's change to a healthier lifestyle affected mealtime for the rest of the family?
Jim Bob is definitely eating a lot more fresh vegetables, fish and chicken and trying to stay away from fried foods. He's really eating smaller portions and avoiding the junk food. The family's food has changed a lot along with Jim Bob's. My kids really love fresh vegetables and fruit. When we can keep it in the house and get it at a good price, we really stock up. Right now, we have our whole counter and refrigerator full of produce that we were able to get really reasonably priced at the store and at the farmers' market. We're trying to get healthier in our choices by eating more fresh stuff. Then if we can't get fresh, I buy frozen because that's next to the best in the fruits and veggies category.
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- OKMagazine | Team Mom – Tue, May 28, 2013 3:32 PM EDT
Kim Kardashian's baby has already logged more airline miles than most of us will in a lifetime, and she hasn't even been born yet, but how safe is all of this jet-setting while pregnant? With summer travel season on the horizon, The Doctors' co-host Dr. Lisa Masterson weighs in on staying safe while you're on the move.
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"You don't really want to travel after 36 weeks, but I would say 34 weeks, and the reason being is pre-term labor can start any time, but typically it's more common around 34 - 36 weeks," says Dr. Lisa. "That's a time when it's really important for the baby. If women are traveling somewhere and they go into pre-term labor they are going to be stuck in a place they're not familiar with. The airlines say 36 weeks but I think to be on the safe side 34 weeks is much better, that's what I do in my practice."
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- Babble.com | Team Mom – Wed, May 29, 2013 10:08 AM EDT
baby weight lossI'm back in the size I was wearing before I got pregnant with my daughter. I'm not sure if the number on the scale is exactly the same but I'm able to wear my old clothes, for the most part. Not all of them, of course, because pregnancy shifts things around. I'm not the same shape I was before my daughter, and different still yet from before my 5 year old son. It's ok. I would be different even if I hadn't had kids because 39 is different from 29 or 19. That's just how it is.Read More »from Parenting Off the Pounds: How I Lost My Baby Weight by Doing Absolutely Nothing
I gained a lot of weight with each of my pregnancies. Then it came off after each one. In my case it was 9 months on, 9 months off. Sometimes in fast spurts, sometimes more slowly, my weight changed as my body did what it needed to do. Now I'm 11 months past my second birth and the weight is gone but for a small residual ring around my waist and, of course, my fantastic nursing boobs.
You want to know what I did to lose the weight? Not a darn thing.
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Get your kids excited about the farmer's market.
When I became pregnant with our first child, I started learning more about the food industry. I decided I didn't want chemicals, hormones and other additives to be part of my diet. Furthermore, I wanted my daughter to eat clean. By the time we had our second child, we had switched to a primarily organic diet. We enjoy farmer's markets and fresh, local food. I am surprised at how many vegetables my kids like. These farmer's market meals will delight your children too.
It's fun to go to the farmer's market with your children and pick out some fresh local berries. French toast with berries is a bright and healthful way to start the morning. Whole wheat bread, farm fresh eggs and organic berries give this meal substance. Add a little bit of maple syrup to satisfy a child's sweet tooth.
Healthy French Toast
8 pieces of whole wheat bread
6 farm fresh eggs
½ cup of organic milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Organic blueberries and raspberries
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- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Tue, May 21, 2013 4:46 PM EDT
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Thinkstock / The BumpNew research appearing in the American Journal of Human Biology suggests that a woman's reproductive functions may be tied to her immune status. While previous studies have found this same immune and reproductive association in men, this is the first time the association has been found in females.
Beginning by speaking of animals in general, Kathryn Clancy, anthropology professor at the University of Illinois who led the research, said that first and foremost, "an animals energetic resources must be carefully allocated. The body's first priority is maintenance, which includes tasks inherently related to survival, including immune function." From there, Clancy said, that any remaining energy is dedicated to reproduction. And due to a "resource allocation" to maintenance and reproductive efforts, often times environmental stressors can lessen the available resources.
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- Babble.com | Team Mom – Tue, May 28, 2013 9:57 AM EDT
Heidi Klum was in the news last week after she revealed that she gives her kids $1 if they finished the healthy smoothies she makes them.Read More »from Heidi Klum Pays Her Kids to Eat Their Veggies — and so Do I
messy baby I believe this is genius parenting because I do the same thing. Actually I don't need to bribe my kids to drink smoothies because they have one for breakfast almost every morning, but I do sometimes need to hand over cash to get them to eat vegetables.
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My boys used to eat everything, but once the older one reached 5 (they are 7 and 9 now) they turned against anything green or red. That meant peas were spit out onto the plate, broccoli was held away from their mouths with two fingers, and tomato sauce - once their favorite - was left untouched along with the pasta or pizza it covered.
I tried all the tricks to get them to eat vegetables again. I pureed spinach and mixed it with blueberries to make bars a la Jessica Seinfeld. I covered broccoli in butter, then salt, then soy sauce, and their
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