Hollywood A thousand lifetimes ago, I was an actor. It was kind of a family tradition. My grandmother was an actor, my aunt was an actor, my grandfather did some vaudeville, my mom and dad met doing a student musical in grad school. Theatre is a huge part of my upbringing and it was a natural pursuit for me. I did plays in youth group and in high school, then I majored in theatre in college. After that, I spent a few years doing children's theatre, working crappy day jobs, and auditioning for a lot of roles that always went to this incredibly talented actress in DC named Mikala. I have nothing but fond memories of my theatre days. It was fulfilling as a job and as a hobby. Someday, when I have more time and more energy, I'd like to start doing amateur theatre again, just for fun. I have every intention of teaching my kids about the magic of live theatre, both as audience members and, if they want, as performers or technicians. You learn wonderful things in a play: teamwork, respect for others,Read More »from Why I Will Never Let My Kid Be a Child Star
Bad Luck? Kim Kardashian’s Baby Shower Organized by Same Party Planner as Her Wedding to Ex Kris HumphriesBy The Vivant | Parenting – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 10:42 AM EDT
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Photos From Kim's Baby Shower You know what they say: It's hard to find a good party planner, especially one you can work with for every type of occasion. Luckily for Kim Kardashian, her family has found a saving grace in Sharon Sacks, a renowned event planner and friend of Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner. Aside from the lavish baby shower Sacks planned for Kim that happened yesterday in Beverly Hills, she is also responsible Khloé Kardashian's wedding to NBA player Lamar Odom (which she threw together in 12 days), and most notably Kim's second wedding to ex-husband Kris Humphries.
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The infamous and controversial 72-day union was slammed in the press-but the glitzy nuptials were certainly as chic as can be. Sacks clearly has no regrets about being attached to the project, even referring to it as "Hollywood's wedding of the century" on her website.
Hopefully, Kim's baby shower,
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, May 31, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
What I really do with my time
Each of us makes our own choices for how we will mother and what is best for our children and our families as a whole. For our family, we have chosen to have one stay-at-home parent, and that's me. I care for the needs of our family and home during the day and do my writing work at night, after my littles are in bed. It's working well for us, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have this choice for our family. It's not always easy, but it is always worth it.
When I was a kid, I remember thinking that being a stay at home mom couldn't possibly that hard. Didn't moms just get to read magazines and tell their kids what to do all day? Judging by my stack of magazines, many months high, that I've yet to even glance at, the answer is no. Fellow stay at home moms, this one's for you and the hard work you do. Here's a little glance at where all my time goes. Where does yours go? Is it dinnertime before you realize it? Every day I wonder, "Where did the day go?"
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Isn't it true that for every decent photo you capture of your children, there are literally hundreds that need to be deleted? This past weekend I took some time to clean up and organize the photos on both my computer and my smartphone. The process was tedious, and I think my pointer finger got a blister on it from hitting the delete button over and over again.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, May 31, 2013 12:02 PM EDT
They say that baseball is America's favorite past time, but I disagree. I believe that watching TV is truly America's past time. It's a place that fills us with stories and ways to peer into the daily lives of people like us, with better hair and makeup. In the past 60 years, there have been several TV shows that have changed the face of the average family. We've gone from the "traditional" nuclear set of 2 parents with 2 kids of the Leave it to Beaver and The Donna Reed Show era to showcasing blended families, multicultural families, gay parents, single parents and more. Here are a few other TV shows that have changed the face of the average family.
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toy gun - actual size Remember Beverly Hills 90210? The old one, not the next generation one. Well, remember how there was that whole plot line about how the school created a rule that anyone who got drunk at prom wouldn't be allowed to participate in graduation? And then Donna got drunk at prom, got caught, and was told she couldn't graduate? But wait! All the 90210 gang, having decided the rule was unfair, walked out of finals and chanted, "Donna Martin graduates!" outside Donna's disciplinary hearing until all the adults in the famous zip code capitulated and let Donna do exactly what she wanted because they realized they had been so unfair as to make a capricious and arbitrary rule about underage drinking. Remember all that? And remember how, as a teenager in 1993, you thought that was awesome? But now as an adult you look at that and think "Dude, WTF? She knew the rules and she broke them. Donna Martin does NOT graduate. And frankly, all the kids should fail the finals they refused to take."Read More »from No Toy Guns in School: Should There Really Be Consequences for This?
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, May 30, 2013 4:21 PM EDT
Inspired by the popular Instagram hashtag #tbt (Throwback Thursday) where people share their nostalgic photos, I was inspired to dig up a few of my own baby photos and compare them alongside my own baby's photos. Check out our "Then" and "Now" photos! - By Lauren Hartmann
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Thinkstock / The BumpAs a mom of a 6-year-old and a soon-to-be 2-year-old, it's easy to forget what my life was like before having kids - you know, back when I could sleep until noon or spend an entire Saturday afternoon leisurely window shopping. Of course, I love my children and cannot image my life without them (that goes without saying) but I think it's only natural to sometimes miss the freedoms of your kid-free days. And it's okay. Simply recognizing how some things were just easier back then doesn't mean you don't fully relish and embrace your current role as mom.
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I admit, I sometimes reminisce about my pre-kid days and think, I wish I had appreciated that more back when I was able to enjoy it! Or I'll read an article about a woman who went on a solo adventure around the world and think, I wish I had done that when I had the chance! That's not to say that I'll never be able to do some of these things,
My husband and I had a terrible time coming up with names for our children. We didn't want any family names, but needed names that worked well in both English and Spanish and were easy to pronounce for the non-Spanish speaking side of the family.
We wanted something fresh yet classic. Our son's name, Matías was inspired by a German ski jumper when my husband was watching winter sports on ESPN. It worked in Spanish (that's the version we use) and wasn't too common. Our daughter's name, Lucía (that's Little L) was much more difficult to agree on, but I wanted a strong, traditional and not overly used Spanish name. I felt so much pressure to choose the right one, after all this is for life!
The point is that every parent draws inspiration from somewhere - a family name, a favorite sports star, a name they once read in a book or a favorite television show character. I always say, when you know you know. So if you are looking for some inspiration, here are names that have madeRead More »from 10 Baby Names Inspired by Your Favorite TV Shows
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