Board games are a fun family activity. But how do you get your preschooler interested in playing games that involve moving pieces around a board, taking turns, and playing with more than one competitor? Here, Circle of Moms members suggest introductory board games to keep your preschooler engaged and entertained. From childhood classics to games based on familiar preschool songs and books, these 11 games will show your young child how fun playing indoors can be.
Jessica Alba Dishes on The Honest Company's Newest Products and the Diaper Design She Insisted on Using
Jessica Alba isn't slowing down one bit as her eco-friendly baby and household cleaning product company, The Honest Company, enters its sophomore year of operation. The mom of two — Honor, 4, and Haven, 1 — has spent the past few months introducing new products for the company and promoting her bestselling guide to healthy and chic living, The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You. On the final day of her publicity tour, she headed up to Greenwich, CT, to receive the Champion For Children Award from the Mount Sinai Hospital Children's Environmental Health Center.
It was there that Jessica and the company's cofounder, Christopher Gavigan, spilled the beans to POPSUGAR about the next area they'll enter: the health and wellness arena. At the end of the month, Honest will introduce organic toothpaste and organic vitamins (both prenatal and children's versions), two products that grew out of their own children's needs. Jessica explained, "I was given prescription prenatals from my OB, and not only were they crazy expensive, no matter how many samples he gave me, every one of them made me nauseous." Her new vitamins are free of artificial colors, scents, and flavors (they're flavored with real fruits) and kid-tested (and approved).
Here are some more highlights from the conversation.
Jessica on why she focuses on Honest diapers' design: "I think cute-factor is so important when you're looking at the little booger all day long!"
Jessica on how involved she is with the diapers' designs: "I'm really nitpicky. . . . That's where I was like, 'I'm obsessed with Alexander McQueen, he made skulls beautiful, we have to put skulls on a diaper.' And my partners were like, 'You're crazy; nobody's going to buy that!' And I'm like, 'Are you kidding me? Just try it!' It ended up being like our No. 1 diaper!"
Jessica on her favorite diaper design: "I'm really into the strawberries right now. I always loved Strawberry Shortcake, and [Haven's] a little ginger, so the strawberries look really cute on her."
Whether you're bringing home baby to a house in the suburbs or a studio apartment, chances are, there's a time you've wished for just a little more square footage than what you currently have. We're here to tell you that it's not about the space itself, rather how you use it. Some of the most beautifully designed nurseries we've seen are those that take advantage of every square foot — and do so in style.
You probably know Mamas & Papas for its modern, highly functional strollers and high chairs, but the immensely popular British brand just introduced its babywear and kidswear collection to the US!
The stylish line includes everything parents need to dress their little ones from birth through toddlerhood, including essential one-pieces and rompers and on-trend toddler outfits and separates made for everyday play and for special occasions. Bright colors and patterns, chic details, and soft fabrics are staples in the collection, and pretty much everything is machine-washable. Keep clicking to check out some of our favorite pieces in Mamas & Papas' US clothing debut, and be sure to check out the brand's site for many, many more kid-chic options!
Just when we thought we'd seen it all, along comes Itty Wigs. Touted as the "silly strands novelty girls headband," these little headpieces give your baby girl the locks of her dreams (sort of . . . ). Ranging in price from $8-$11, the "hair-raising" headbands were developed by Missouri-based grandmother, Diana Thatcher. Inspired to create a Lil Rascals-themed video of her then 4-month-old granddaughter, Thatcher rigged up a variety of wigs for the baby girl out of household crafting items (you can see the results here). She had so much fun with the idea that she took it to the next level, designing the Itty Wigs shown here.
Would you buy one of these for your little girl? They're meant to be a novelty item, but is it one that you can get behind? Vote in our poll below, and share your comments on the one-of-a-kind (really, they're patented!) headband.
We're all guilty of it; we let our real (often pricey) cameras collect dust while snapping away hundreds of lesser-quality photos of our kids with our phones. But no longer! We found the remedy: chic camera cases from Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and more, all stylish enough to inspire you to take that camera out on the town, to the park, and to all the other places where your kids do cute, photo-worthy things (that's everywhere, right?). Your children's future photo albums will thank you.
When it comes to all American, few brands are more red, white, and blue than Tommy Hilfiger. The iconic designer has fashioned an entire business around classic American style. That's probably why it's no surprise that Tommy Hilfiger just launched a second capsule collection with Disney featuring some of the most popular American characters of all time — the Muppets.
The limited-edition Spring/Summer collection — which just became available at Tommy Hilfiger and Macy's stores, as well as online at Children's Salon — includes an adorable collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts featuring the images of Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, and more wearing selected fashions from the designer's Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The pieces are sized for tots from 6 months to 16 years old.
In a cute statement, Miss Piggy described working with the famed designer, saying, "Moi adores working with Tommy on the Muppets collection. Not only is he talented, elegant, and gracious, but he does all the work. All moi has to do is tell him what I think about the designs and Tommy takes care of all of it! Isn't that fabulous? Kermie also loves working with Tommy." She appropriately added, "I love the pieces with moi — they're so stylish, so now, so moi. I also love the designs featuring Kermie and moi — and especially the top that reads 'Miss Piggy 4 Kermit.' It never hurts to advertise your intentions, n'est ce pas?" We couldn't agree more, Miss Piggy!
Click through to see the entire collection.
Inspired by the occasion of their dad's fiftieth birthday, Mario Batali's teenage sons, Benno and Leo, developed their very own cookbook in his honor, and it's recently been published. The Batali Brothers Cookbook is a compilation of Leo and Benno's favorite recipes, plus some Batali family staples courtesy of Mario himself. We were lucky enough to chat with the brothers, who we were pleased to learn are following fast in their dad's orange-Croc-clad footsteps. Click through to read our interview with Leo and Benno Batali, and check out two of their favorite recipes to try out in your own kitchen!
Gorgeous Spring flowers are all around us (and hopefully you, too), so celebrate this lovely season with floral maternity finds from Topshop, Seraphine, and more. Patterned pants from ASOS and Gap work are totally on trend and spirit-lifting, while cute tees and tops featuring large print roses or small print blooms will work now and throughout the Summer. Keep clicking to check out those fantastic flowered finds and more!
If the Memorial Day barbecue that you're hosting this coming weekend includes invites for the entire family, then keeping the kids in attendance entertained is just as much of a concern as achieving the perfect grill marks on your burgers. Avoid BBQ boredom by picking up any of these supersilly finds for your weekend cookout. They'll ensure that kids stay amused and entertained all afternoon long!