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When a 4-year-old's birthday party turns into a bloodbath, Johanna discovers what she is (and is not) made of.Read More »from Two of a Kind
Reading is the key to keeping kids' skills up over the summer.
By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media editor
Summer slide -- when kids forget what they learned from the school year -- is pretty common. But there's one proven method for preventing it: reading. Kids who read a lot over the summer not only maintain reading skills, they go back to school better prepared for all subjects.
There are many ways to get kids reading. Schedule regular sessions every day, read with them, read to them, and help them choose a wide array of material -- even comic books. Check out our Summer Reading List for Kids for book picks for all ages. And if your kids are reluctant readers, consider these books to coax them.
And remember, it's OK -- in fact, it's beneficial -- for kids to get bored, too. Downtime encourages kids to use their imagination and creativity and develop their inner selves -- essential skills they can use allRead More »from How Can You Prevent the Dreaded "Summer Slide"?
Tinted eyelashes for a faster beauty routineYou can look perfect, even when you are in a rush. Speed up your routine and get out the door more quickly with these head-to-toe tricks.Read More »from 9 Tricks to Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Routine
1. Shower at Night
It sounds like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how much time you can save by getting your shower out of the way the night before. If skipping your morning rinse is out of the question, think about forgoing washing your hair instead. Bedhead and messy updos are in, after all.
2. Use Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo may be a staple in just about every busy woman's medicine cabinet, and we can't sing its praises enough. Skip washing your hair with these innovative sprays that mask oil, dirt, and odor on dirty hair. Look for powdery sprays that also add volume to make it seem like you've just had a blowout.
3. Style While You Sleep
Take a cue from model Lily Aldridge and get ready the night before. "I like to do my hair at night," the model told ELLE.com. "That way, when I wake up in the morning, I have the perfect no-fuss
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Mon, Jun 17, 2013 2:24 PM EDT
Lessons in motherhood
Bee will be turning one later this summer - a milestone that marks endings and beginnings and seasons anew - and I've been feeling increasingly reflective. Our days are slow but climbing quickly - a rollercoaster car approaching the first hill, ready to crest into oblivion as we hold on for dear life. And I can't help but shake this sense that, on the other side of the hill, time speeds faster. Moments will blur into days and days into years as we attempt to clear our head and gain our footing and enjoy the ride before it's over. So today, I choose to pause and reflect on the many lessons I've learned in my short ride as a passenger in the motherhood rollercoaster car:Read More »from Play the Cards You're Dealt: 3 Things I'd Tell Any New Mother
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1. Play with the cards we're dealt.
I'm a different mother than I'd expected. Bee is a different baby than I'd expected. Somewhere between pregnancy hormones and babysitting memories, I'd painted a perfect portrait of a mother and daughter, snuggling together in a
girl eatingImpress your guests with our creative candy decorations -- all completely doable in less than 30 minutes!Read More »from Impressive but Easy Cakes
By Amanda Kingloff, Taryn Mohrman, and Erica Clark from Parents Magazine
Mini Smash Cake
A mini layer cake for a first birthday is coated in frosting, edged in colorful sprinkles, and topped with the cutest little "cupcake." To make the topper, pipe a swirl of frosting onto a small peanut-butter cup and decorate with sprinkles and a nonpareil "cherry."
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Birthday Buzz Cake
Create flowers on a sheet cake in seconds. Use a green food marker to transform the sticks of lollipops and adorn with gummy spearmint leaves. A yellow jelly-bean bee (flanked by two halves of a black jelly bean) gets its stripes from a black food marker and leaves a trail of chocolate sprinkles.
Simply press jelly beans into a frosted layer cake for this showstopping effect.
Carefully cut Airheads into strips and twist them around your finger to form streamers. Arrange
Keep sane when sharing a family bathroom.
When my kids were still very little, too young to take baths on their own and still in diapers, I was the proud owner of a lovely home with two bathrooms. Then, as children do, they began to grow. My clever decorating scheme gave way to bathtub crayons, cartoon characters, and toothpaste from floor to ceiling - don't ask how the little darlings managed that last one, because I couldn't tell you.
As a family of five, we've had to make our shared bathroom work for us. In short, I learned all about sharing a bathroom with children. Happily, I discovered a few things along the way to make the entire adventure less painful and more productive (and even kind of fun) for everyone.
A Place for Everything…Including the Duckies
Strictly speaking, the basic bathroom supply list for most kids includes soap, towels, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and little else. I have yet, however, to encounter a parent who hasn't also tried to find room in the bathroom for countless rubber duckies, specialRead More »from How to Make a Family Bathroom Work
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