If it gets your kids to sit down for a healthy meal, we're all in favor of playing with your food! We've rounded up 60 ways to make eating enjoyable, even for the pickiest little palates. From breakfast to dinner, and everything in between, check out these great ways to make food fun!
While some schools honor their teachers and faculty with a simple luncheon or class gift, the lucky staff at the school that Maegan's (of Confessions of a Scrapaholic) daughter attends had something extraspecial in store this year. As chair of the school's Hospitality Committee, Maegan led the charge of parents in feting the staff with a week-long Dr. Seuss-themed Teacher Appreciation Week celebration.
Check out all of the incredible details, and take some of the legwork out of planning your own Teacher Appreciation Celebration by purchasing the entire suite of printables here. Oh, the places you'll go!
Tonight, the worlds of Hollywood and fashion came together for one of the most star-studded events of the year. The Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise known as the Met Gala, is the fashion world's equivalent of the Academy Awards. This year's event celebrated the launch of the Met's Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, and amongst the A-list models, actresses, and fashion fixtures hitting the red carpet in their punk-inspired best were quite a few famous moms.
Check out some of the Met Gala's most famous, fabulous celebrity mom attendees who left the kiddos at home for a most glamorous night out on the town. Whose look is your favorite?
We're all used to seeing "mommy and me" coordinated ensembles for little girls and their mamas, but how about little boys? In honor of Mother's Day, we've rounded up five adorable mother-son outfits — all perfect for Spring weather. Sure, they'll hit an age when the suggestion of matching mom will elicit eye rolls, but until then . . . let's hear it for the boys!
If you're up on your POPSUGAR Moms, you're well aware that we're big fans of HATCH Collection maternity wear. This Spring, the brand introduces its first-ever line of resort wear with the debut of HATCH Plage. The beach-ready collection encompasses 12 soft gauze pieces, all available in black and white. What could be easier than that?
If you've stepped into a design or home decor store lately, then chances are you've seen your share of "poufs," or mini ottomans. They're great for grown-ups to rest their feet on, and they're the perfect size for little people to play with and sit upon. We've rounded up some of our favorite styles for kids' rooms, in a wide range of designs. Have a favorite? Do tell!
This Mother's Day, skip the egreetings and share your sentiments in pen and ink instead. We've rounded up 11 of the prettiest, wittiest, and most creative cards for the most-loved moms in your life. Click through to find the greeting that's most appropriate for the mama who's on your mind on May 12.
For some moms, style isn't an option, it's a necessity. If you've perfected the art of pushing a double stroller in three-inch heels and are able to transform your designer tote into an undercover diaper bag, this category most likely applies to you. Check out some of our favorite fashionable Mother's Day gift ideas, and go ahead and bookmark those that speak to you most on your special someone's web browser. We can almost guarantee that they'll get the hint!
There are plenty of designer duds for kids on the market, but a new NY-based brand has given the concept an entirely new spin. ChaLK NYC, the brainchild of designer Colleen Crivello, is a collection of leather, fur, silk, and knit apparel for girls ages 2-10. "It's luxury with an edge," Crivello said at the CHaLK launch party this week. The designer applies the same principles from her background in womenswear to her pieces for children, resulting in beautifully detailed and completely unique looks for little ones.
Shop now at CHaLK NYC, or see the line in store at Barneys New York's Madison Avenue and Beverly Hills locations beginning this July. Click through to see some of the highlights from CHaLK's debut collection!
Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up, and there's plenty of time left to get crafty with your kids and make something meaningful for the men and women who have the very important task of educating future generations. These eight great ideas recognize the teachers in our lives, and make great parent-child projects. Need additional inspiration? Check out this amazing Teacher Appreciation Week Party, and incorporate your favorite element(s) into your own thoughtful gesture.
As a mom who loves to cook for my baby boy, the biggest kitchen dilemma that I've faced is what to make — and how to transport it — when we're out and about. I usually end up resorting to squeeze pouches, which the little guy loves, and are superconvenient, but I always prefer homemade when given the option. Apparently I'm not the only one out there facing this challenge, as a new cookbook from Kim Laidlaw, Baby & Toddler On the Go, addresses the issue.
San Francisco based Laidlaw is a mom herself, a food writer, and the author of two other cookbooks. Her approach to preparing meals for babies and toddlers on the run is based on a six-tiered philosophy: plan, gather, cook, store, transport, and feed. Sound daunting? It's really not, so long as you're organized and factor in some advance prep time. Give it a shot for yourself by taking it to the kitchen with one of these three recipes from the book.
If you're the type of mom who flocks to the kitchen in your free time; has pinned, clipped, and bookmarked more recipes than you'll ever get around to; and prefers to host a party rather than attend one, then we've got some great gift ideas for you. From the most savory treats to luxe kitchen accoutrements, allow our favorite picks for food-loving mamas to inspire your Mother's Day wish list. Bon appétit!
Everyone talks about the necessity of maternity clothes during pregnancy, but the challenge of putting together breastfeeding-friendly outfits after baby comes is an unexpected challenge to most new moms. Investing in a nursing cover makes feeding babe on the go or in the presence of company a whole lot easier, but many mamas are reluctant to sacrifice style for practicality. These seven chic, lightweight nursing covers are just the right weight for Spring and do double duty, offering incognito coverage without screaming, "I'm breastfeeding!"
It's springtime, and we have 20 ways for you to celebrate the season with your crafty tots. Come rain or shine, these projects will keep little hands (and minds) busy. From a button bouquet to a DIY terrarium, check out some of the best craft ideas for kids in keeping with the spirit of Spring!
For many moms-to-be, the scariest thing about childbirth is the fear of the unknown. The experience can be terrifying, gratifying, humbling . . . but most likely, it'll encompass a whole range of emotions. Everyone who's birthed a baby has had her own unique experience, and talking to friends and family can be soothing to some and panic-inducing to others. Studies have found that stressing out about childbirth can actually make it last longer, so take a deep breath, and find out our top six tips for easing your anxiety about your upcoming arrival!
This year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is partnering with Wells Enterprises to launch a new campaign — 100 Years, 100 Wishes. Best known for its Blue Bunny brand ice cream, Wells is celebrating its 100-year anniversary by funding 100 wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. We caught up with Make-A-Wish CEO David Williams and Wells CEO Mike Wells to learn more about the program, and how you can get involved.
POPSUGAR Moms: Tell us about the 100 Years, 100 Wishes campaign.
Mike Wells: It's Blue Bunny's 100th anniversary, and when we sat down to figure out what to do, we thought about two things — how to honor the consumer, and to do good in some way — to give back. We started talking about birthdays, and what you do to celebrate birthdays. You blow out candles, you make a wish. The concept just clicked. We're funding 100 wishes, but our employees are also getting involved.
David Williams: They could have chosen to celebrate their 100th in a myriad of ways. The fact that they chose to partner with us is very significant. When a corporation of this size does something with us, it's a great day.
PSM: How many wishes does the foundation grant during an average year?
DW: Every year we grant just about 14,000 wishes. There are about 27,000 kids diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition every year. So for each child that we're able to help, there's one we're not. The good news is that since 1980, we've been increasing the number of wishes that we grant every year. Our vision is to provide one for every eligible child.
PSM: David, What's the most gratifying part of being at the helm of Make-A-Wish; and Mike, what's the most gratifying part of being able to partner with the organization?
DW: I'm very fortunate in that I get the opportunity to meet a lot of families, the moms and dads whose kids are sick. As a father, it would be so hard for me to express my gratitude to the people fulfilling my child's wish. They would not have known my son or daughter, yet to be able to do something to fulfill their one true wish — that would be very meaningful. Talking to the moms and dads is a very humbling reminder of the power of the organization.
MW: For me it's very similar, but I've also come to appreciate that in running a successful business — it's because of that that we're able to partner with Make-A-Wish and be part of this. Knowing that these families are experiencing this wish, and experiencing what David was just talking about as a result of us managing our business well and it makes us even more encouraged to do that for the next 100 years.
New mom and reality star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is creating her own mini empire, with footwear, novels, soda, and tanning products all bearing her name. The latest addition to the "Snooki" by Nicole Polizzi line? The Enzos — Snooki sunglasses — for kids!
Yesterday, Polizzi posted a giveaway on her website promoting the new line of sunglasses, exclaiming, "I will be launching a new children’s sunglass line, The Enzo’s! I am teaming up with Snooki Shades and NYS Collection to do a really cute contest where you show off your baby wearing a fun pair of sunglasses!"
Since giving birth to baby Lorenzo back in August, the proud mama has been outspoken on matters of motherhood — talking about childbirth, breastfeeding, and everything in-between. It seems only natural that she'd add a children's product to her ever-expanding product line. The question is — would you buy them for your kids?
Hilary Duff appeared on The View today, and spoke about 1-year-old Luca, and how motherhood has changed her. She credited Luca's arrival with boosting her confidence, and said what an incredible feeling it is to have the intuition to be able to care for a little person. When asked why she opted not to profit from Luca's first photos like many celebs do, she said she just didn't think it was the right way to start things off for her new arrival.
Back in 2010, the average payout from the tooth fairy for a lost tooth was $2.13. Nowadays, kids are raking in a bit more, with a 2012 survey from Delta Dental reporting an average of $2.40 per baby tooth, and $3.40 for a child's very first lost tooth. The study also found that while 51 percent of kids received just a dollar per tooth last year, 22 percent scored more than $5 per pearly white.
The variance in tooth fairy payout got us wondering — what's the going rate in your household? Some parents turn missing teeth into a monumental affair, starting their very own traditions with special pillows or props, while others pay little attention to the event. Do you scrounge up whatever pocket change is around on the evenings of missing teeth, or hit the ATM to make sure that payment is both substantial and consistent? Tell us about the tooth fairy's visits to your house — we want to hear what our readers are doing!