A tot's touch of color makes all the difference! Children can make their mark on everything from sneakers to Hermes scarves these days. And, J. Crew just launched a Crewcuts shoe shop coloring book. The five artistic designs include wellies, ballet flats, and sneakers. They can be downloaded (for free) and printed for kids to color or brought to life digitally and then either printed or uploaded to the J. Crew Facebook page for others to see. The artistic activity is much cheaper than buying the actual kicks!
Grab a cold one and watch your child chug! Once lil ones reach their first birthday, their intestinal tracts have matured enough to properly digest cow's milk and absorb its fat content. The dairy aisle of the grocery store is filled with enough varieties to suit every tot's taste. Before grabbing a carton off the shelf, take this quiz test your knowledge.Take the Quiz
Editor’s note: The following is a guest post written by Annabel Karmel, the British children's chef and kiddie cookbook author. This week Annabel shares tips for feeding tots after school without spoiling their dinners.
When children come home from school they are usually starving. Most children tend to head straight for the chips or biscuits, as they are the only things to snack on, but these have high levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat in them, so if you have time try making some snacks yourself that we be more delicious and nutritious for them.
It is important to spend a little time making some healthy snacks they can eat when they get home, but that won’t spoil their appetites.
Keep the fruit bowl full; so that the children can help themselves, or you can always spend a few minutes cutting up a selection of fruit and put it on bamboo skewers or thin plastic straws. Raw vegetables or pita bread with a tasty dip or wraps also make good nutritious snacks and are easy for your children to help themselves to from the fridge.
. . . Annabel
Have a picky eater that refuses to eat his greens or a lil girl who is begging to be your sous chef, but you don't know how she can help? Submit your cooking and feeding questions to The Children's Table group over in the LilSugar Community and we'll have Annabel answer the questions each month!
There's a chill in the air that has mamas-to-be seeking out ways to keep their burgeoning bellies under wraps. As celebrity moms make their way through London Fashion Week, singer Lily Allen was spotted sporting an array of coats and capes to keep warm. While most expectant ladies won't be covering up in a Louis Vuitton cape this Winter, there are plenty of flattering styles available. We've rounded a few up below.
Clockwise from top left: Ann Taylor Loft Maternity Trench Coat ($160), Old Navy Fleece Double-Breasted Jacket ($40), Isabella Oliver Maternity Duffle ($360), Veronique Maternity Convertible Car Coat ($515), Topshop Maternity Duffle Coat ($145)
When it comes to footwear, Shiloh Jolie Pitt incorporates both fashion and function. The little girl was on trend when she was spotted wearing a pair of loosely laced black combat boots through London's Heathrow airport. The rugged boots are fab for Fall since they keep feet warm in cold weather and rain so kids can stomp around the playground. We've rounded up a handful of durable boot options.
Hair loss is the pain after pregnancy! It often occurs in the months after a new mama's hormones adjust. From the clumps of hair found in the shower drain to the baby wisps that sprout up, mothers have much to deal with after delivery. We asked Paul Lebrecque from the eponymous salon for some tips in managing postpartum hair.
- Don't be afraid to keep hair long. Paul agrees that the 47 percent of LilSugar readers who have kept their hair long are making life easier. Long hair gives moms more options, including ponytails, chignons, and updos.
- Consider a Keratin treatment. The Brazilian straightening treatment makes blowouts fast and easy, lasts for up to three months, and is safe for use on nursing mothers. Paul does recommend that moms should pump and dump their first batch of milk the next day as a precaution.
- Keep popping prenatal vitamins. The same vitamins that give expectant mamas thick manes and strong nails can help combat hair loss. Paul tells his clients to stay on the pills for three months after their tots have weaned.
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Lots of mamas have ideas for children's books, but few actually sit down to put their stories on paper. Celeb parents however, are eager to ink! Tori Spelling's first children's tome, Presenting Tallulah ($13), is released this week. She joins other Hollywood moms and dads whose names you might find on your kiddo's bookshelf. Check out the authors and their page-turners.
Ready to toss the diaper bag, but still need an emergency nappy or two? Diaper Buds ($1 for two) are vacuum packed, individually wrapped diapers that expand to the size of regular versions once the packages are opened. Designed for moms on the go, three packets fit into the same space as one traditional diaper. Would you keep them in your purse?
Meatloaf, again? Every mama has a dinner that she can practically make with her eyes closed. She turns to it when she's pressed for time or just isn't in the mood to think up a new meal. Whether it's breakfast for dinner or another variation of rotisserie chicken, we want to know what you cook up on a regular basis. I'll kick things off with my top three go-to dinners for the kids:
- Pasta and meatballs
- Rotisserie chicken with roasted potatoes
- Tilapia fingers with corn and snow peas
Share your easy meals with us in the comments below!
It looks like Will.i.am isn't the only singer sharing the stage with Elmo and friends this Fall. As Sesame Street gears up for its 41st season, the gang will continue its tradition of welcoming a roster of familiar faces, including Jennifer Garner, Amy Poehler, Sherri Shepherd, Julie Bowen, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. Oprah will be lending her voice to a character while Katy Perry joins Usher and Will.i.am in parodying one of her hit songs. Families tuning in to the new season, which begins on September 27th, will notice a focus on science and technology (like the new Cat in the Hat series) with tots exploring the world around them.
Toys are going to the dogs! A recent walk down a store aisle had me doing a double take when I realized that the toy I threw in my cart was for a canine, not a child! PetSugar's picks sometimes look a lot like the items featured on Lil. Take this quiz and see if you can tell the difference!
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It's a pillow. It's a pet. And if you have a child under the age of 10, the plush toy is likely on his or her wish list. My Pillow Pets ($16-$25) are foldable stuffed animals that double as pillows and are moving from infomercials, mall kiosks, and craft fairs into many a tot's arms. With 33 plush characters, kids have plenty of options. Does your tot have this toy?
Sugar Babies and Sour Patch Kids aren't the only baby-faced treats that come ready to eat! Check out our ten cute (or creepy) baby-shaped treats that are perfect for a baby shower or first birthday.
Cheeky "Oops!" cake topper in aisle four of the craft store! Is mama celebrating a shotgun wedding or a surprise pregnancy? It's hard to tell, but I spied this decoration and wondered what others would make of it. What's your take, is it tasteless to celebrate an unplanned pregnancy with brazen decorations and jokes, or just an honest sign of the times?
Is your child the next Bono? Let him channel all that rhythm into making music with one of these eco-friendly instruments. BPA-free or made from renewable sources, the noisemakers are the safest way to rock.
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Moms are always full of suggestions – sometimes it's warranted, sometimes it's not. But when an expectant mama asked for advice before welcoming her first child, our community had opinions. Here's what they had to say.
- "Definitely go out and enjoy as a couple...and when the little one comes, try and take opportunities for yourself." – aembry396
- "Drink lots of water! Every time you pause for a breath, or just a quiet moment, drink a glass of water. It helps with sleep deprivation and other things that are going on in your body and trust me you don't want to go back to the hospital for forgetting to take a drink for two day's because you're so busy with the newest addition." – Anonymous reader Sarah 85
- "Take the help from other people when it's offered and don't worry about what the house looks like." – Anonymous reader littlet
- "I think the absolute most important thing is attitude. You're so tired and overwhelmed and there are 10,000 things to do and a baby depending completely on you and its stressful. It took me a while to realize how incredibly important the right attitude is." – MissSushi
- "Get a haircut. I haven't had my haircut since before my 9 month old was born because I can't stand to be away from him for an hour." – MonkiChriz
- "Trust your husband. It's his baby too, and even if he doesn't do things the way you would, he's doing what he feels is right. I never second guess my husband or tell him he's wrong, because what he does works for him." – amandachalynn
- "Sleep. And, shower. Even if your baby is crying, shower. He or she won't be traumatized from five minutes of tears, and feeling fresh and clean will make you feel partially human again!" – Asche
- "Don't listen to any horror stories! It just freaks you out and makes you nervous." – Anonymous reader Lady–Jay
- "Number one piece of advice is join a mom's group. Hanging out with other new mother is great; they know exactly what you're going through where other mom friends with older kids will have forgotten what it's like. You might make some lifelong friends." – wiggle