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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Honor Marie Is Adorable

Miss Honor Marie Warren looked like such a big girl walking to music class with her nanny yesterday

Her mom, Jessica Alba, recently spoke about how quickly Honor, 15 months, has grown.

She said: "Life moves so fast as a new mom. Sometimes I wish time would slow down.

"Every milestone is memorable, from the numerous wardrobe changes in her first five months due to her explosive diarrhoea to the first time she said, 'Mama.'

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Hatley Pink Bears Collection

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and now children can get in on the do-gooding to raise funds for a cure by donning any piece from the adorable Pink Bears collection from Hatley. All items feature bears in pink and chocolate brown hues in varying designs. An annual tradition, during the month of October, Hatley donates 20% of their website sales from certain items to the John Wayne Cancer Institute Breast Center at Saint John’s Health Center in California.

Parents are spoiled for choice when perusing the Pink Bears collection which includes sizes infant to 7 as well as a super hip Pink Bears tank and shorts pajama set for tweens. Several styles of toasty 100% cotton pajamas for babies, a cheeky cotton “bearly eating” bib, an infant playset featuring a onesie and pants, a fleece bundler, a cozy corduroy dress for girls and a number of accessories make it easy to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness by shopping the Pink Bears collection. Moms can even get in on the stylish, beneficial fun, as Hatley’s Pink Bears collection includes a selection of women’s lounge and sleepwear. The Hatley Pink Bears collection ranges in price from $9.99 to $66.00, so there’s something perfectly pink for every charitable budget.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Hugh Jackman Goes Pumpkin Picking With His Family

It's that time of year again!

Hugh Jackman, his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and kids Oscar and Ava were spotted yesterday enjoying the afternoon picking pumpkins at the Silverman's Country Market in Easton, Ct.

The 90 year old 'pick your own' farm features a widespread orchard, scenic tractor rides, and petting farm with many types of barnyard animals, and fowl.

Sounds like fun!

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Disney Partners With HandsOn Network To Offer Free Entry To 1 Million Volunteers

Disney is offering a free day's admission to 1 million guests who complete a day of volunteer work next year.

The "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program will provide certified volunteers with a one-day ticket to any park at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., or Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., in 2010.

Would-be volunteers must register online (starting Jan, 2010) with Disney (must be residents of the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico) to be eligible for the free admission.

Disney is partnering with HandsOn Network, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, to connect people with projects and to certify that the work was done.

"We are trying to inspire 1 million people to volunteer in their communities and we're inspiring them to do that by giving them a free day at a Disney park," Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Rasulo called the promotion "very timely," citing the increased needs of nonprofits in the weak economy, as well as President Barack Obama's national volunteering initiative.

I LOVE it!!

This would also be an brilliant way to have your kids earn their way to Disney by helping someone else. Plus it is a productive way to spend some family time together.

Our family will be doing this for sure.


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TLC Announces 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' Will Be Relaunched As 'Kate Plus 8'

After weeks of tumbling ratings and a never ending barrage of tabloid stories, TLC announced today that they have decided to take the show in a different direction - minus Jon!

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"Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family," TLC president Eileen O'Neill said in a statement. "The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate's journey really resonates with our viewers."

Also in the works is a project with Kate for 2010, possibly the talk show we've heard rumors of?

"Kate Plus Eight" will continue to focus on the eight Gosselin children — 5 year-old sextuplets and 8 year-old twins — but now "include a deeper focus on Kate's role...and her journey as a single mother."

Last week, only 1.7 million viewers tuned in to "Jon & Kate," nearly 80 percent down from the season premiere.

TLC also said that they would continue their "exclusive" relationship with Jon Gosselin and that he would continue to appear on the series but on a less regular basis.

"Kate Plus Eight" will premiere Nov. 22.

Will you watch?

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Monday, September 28, 2009
Celebrity Kids Attend Premiere of 'Handy Manny Motorcycle Adventure'

Celebrities and their kids came out on Saturday to get the first look at the new Handy Manny Motorcycle Adventure Movie.

Those in attendance were:

  • Neal McDonough, Ruve Robertson with their children Catherine and Morgan
  • Angela Bassett and her son Slater Josiah
  • Alison Sweeney and her son Ben
  • Nicole Sullivan and her sons Dashel and Beckett
  • Ali Landry and daughter Estella

If this looks like a movie your little one may enjoy, tune into The Disney Channel this Sunday @7pm for the small screen premiere.

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Deux par Deux Pairs Modern Sensibility With Captivating Design

Award winning Quebec clothing label Deux par Deux boasts a fall/winter 09/10 children’s collection that is a unique, vibrant, fantastical departure from typical wee apparel, featuring a self-proclaimed “flamboyant style with European inspirations” stitched into every fiber. Faux fur trims, chic silhouettes and a generous offering of bold rainbow hues strewn throughout both the boys and girls collections highlight a child’s playful zest for life and colorful outlook on the world.

Launched by Claude Diwan and Maurice Elmaleh in 1986, Deux par Deux has always delivered daring apparel to pint-sized fashionistas from newborns to age 16. This season’s vivid plum, pink and yellow winter coats will brighten even the dreariest gray winter days; and candy-colored pieces running the gamut from layettes to snowsuits, and including hats, tights, sweaters, dresses, jumpers, scarves and jeans translate seamlessly from day to day wear to special occasion apparel. Kids can also stand out on the ski slopes in warm, brilliant snowsuits accessorized with faux fur hats reminiscent of the toppers worn by Beefeaters in London.

Now incorporating more eco-friendly bamboo cotton into their cotton tops and knits, Deux par Deux pairs modern sensibility with captivating design, resulting in apparel that is as refreshing and original as its wearers.

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Jillian Barberie Shows Off Her Growing Bump At Khloe Kardashian's Wedding

And expectant Jillian Barberie was spotted yesterday arriving at Khloe Kardashian's wedding with hubby Grant Reynolds.

The Good Day LA Host showed her wild side by wearing form fitting zebra print dress with matching kitten heels.

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Orbit 2010: Demo of New G2 Stroller(VIDEO)

At ABC this year, Orbit pre-viewed G2 stroller that will likely be available in early 2010.

This gorgeous red version(will also be offered in mocha and black) of this stroller shown features a redesigned 3D rotating stroller seat, newly designed tires, a child's snack tray and white frame.

Below is a video demo with Orbit CEO Joesph Hei for Australian baby site babyology.


Canadians looking to purchase an Orbit will be happy to know that Orbit will soon be available here as well!

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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Introducing The New Alpha Sherpa: Review and GIVEAWAY!

Manitoba's Baby Sherpa, has introduced a new backpack called ALPHA SHERPA. While this heavy-duty bag was specifically designed for families on the go with little ones in tow, it also is a versatile bag for everyone from teens to senior citizens. Now that my youngest child is almost two years old, I figured I was ready to ditch the diaper bag and give the ALPHA SHERPA a shot at being our family’s tote bag of choice. Inaugural mission: a day at the beach.


Initially, my first thought was that the fitting instructions were pretty complicated(there are 9 steps!). But, after I figured out how to get the hip belt across my hips (and not directly under my boobs!), I was able to take advantage of the ergonomic design. It was a good fit and I certainly didn’t look like I was carrying a diaper bag.


I then began the task of loading up for the day. Exploring all the features of the ALPHA SHERPA was a lot of fun. I was happy to pack our picnic lunch and snacks in the integrated soft-sided cooler, which eliminated the need to bring a traditional cooler. I used the insulated bottle holder to pack milk for the kids and put an additional bottle of water in the mesh holder. I then added towels, bathing suits, diapers, extra clothes and hats in the main compartment.

There is no shortage of space for personal gear with individual, zippered pouches for my cell phone, digital camera, sunscreen and wallet. One of my favourite features was the key retriever; great peace of mind when you’re at the beach… my keys weren’t going anywhere! I decided to use two karabiners to hook some pails and shovels to the D-rings and then I slipped our beach umbrella through the open pouch on the front of the bag.

When it was fully loaded, I was carrying almost 30 pounds (yes, I weighed myself) and I managed it comfortably as we made the trek from the parking lot to the beach. As soon as we hit the sand, everyone’s shoes came off and I hung all four pairs from the bungee X for the remainder of the day. Though I didn’t feel the need to cart my notebook to the surf, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the laptop sleeve and found a change pad that I used both as a seat on the sand AND a place to change my daughter.


The ALPHA SHERPA is a great looking hiking pack that hides all the parent essentials that usually have to be toted around in a diaper bag. The most telling evidence of the SHERPA’s style is that my husband can’t wait to steal it for himself, and not just for use when he’s on Daddy duty.

The ALPHA SHERPA bills itself as “the first total parent hybrid diaper and laptop bag”. It truly is a hybrid, offering parent-focused versatility in a smart, comfortable design. I was impressed by the SHERPA’s sheer carrying potential, its well-thought-out organization, and its gender-friendly style. It had definitely earned its new place as our family’s go-to tote for family outings.

To receive 20% AND free shipping off use code Blog20 until Oct. 31, 2009.

Baby Sherpa is offered one(1) Growing Your Baby Reader the opportunity to win an Alpha Sherpa Backpack.

Congratulations to our reader Vickie!

Thank you to the blogs that blogged about our giveaway:

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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Teutonia To Introduce TS-4000 Travel System

New For 2010 Teutonia will introduce a new travel system called the Ts-4000. This new stroller is an all-in-one solution for parents who want the convenience of purchasing everything all at once.

Included in the package is the stroller frame, a Tario35 infant seat and a stroller seat($699).

I had the chance to play with the stroller and push it around the show room. I like how easily everything snaps into place and how nicely it pushes. The ts-4000 has a great compact fold and comes in 2 colors black and red.

Below are some pics that were in the press pack and one I took that isn't very good. (sorry, I was holding the baby and he was very unhappy)

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Keisha Castle-Hughes Takes To The Runway With Daughter Felicity-Amore

Two-year-old Felicity-Amore, the daughter of actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, was due to make her runway debut but instead took to the catwalk at the Trelise Cooper Kids show in her mother's arms.

Keisha is a big fan of Trelise Cooper's kids' clothing, and Felicity-Amore was be the youngest in the lineup of mostly four-year-old models.

"I have waited this long for her to fit the clothes because they are so beautiful, and then it was just a fun idea to have her in the show," Castle-Hughes said.

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Nine Naturals: Healthy Hair Care Products Designed Just For Moms-to-be

Keeping track of everything you must avoid while pregnant can sometimes be a daunting task. Nine Naturals has designed a line of hair care products that makes this important time a little easier. They have kicked out the chemicals that are suspected to cause harm to an unborn baby including parabens, phthalates, sulfates and DEA. Studies have found that the chemicals in many beauty products can lead to birth defects or act like hormones that interfere with the normal reproductive system.

So many things to worry about!

Nine Naturals shampoo is invigorating. As the mom of 2 very active kids, I find that I am too rundown to even enjoy a shower at the end of the day. For me, the smell from the peppermint essential oil gave me a bit of a boost. It's subtle, yet fresh aroma was enough to perk me up after a wild day of the kids running me all over.

The conditioner's essential oil combination of rosemary and peppermint gave my head that cool tingle that was refreshing.

Most notably, when dry, my hair was soft and manageable.

Pregnant or not, Nine Naturals line of hair care products deliver, without causing concern about environmental effects or loading your body up with unnecessary chemicals.

Priced from $18.

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Friday, September 25, 2009
Fashion and Music Unite At Rock and Rattle

Rock and Rattle is an edgy apparel company for toddlers and babies.

Some of their cool designs include tie t-shirts, onesies, dresses and the best hoodzies ever!

For boys, Rock and Rattle makes a fabulous hoodie that comes equipped with a velcro mohawk. This sweater is not only unique, but it turns heads - everywhere we go.

When my son wears his, he looks like a warrior riding a tricycle. The bright red must bring out his alter-ego.

Now that Fall is here, I have found that these lightweight sweaters are perfect for under a vest or as a jacket on a cool day.

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Parents who want their child to look original will definitely find something here that will stand out in a crowd.

Rock and Rattle's alternative styles are the perfect way to show your child's individuality.

Additionally, you can feel good knowing that all Rock and Rattle materials are preshrunk, machine washable, 100% cotton garments from the sweatshop-free companies of American Apparel and Alstyle Apparel.

I could definitely see Cruz Beckham or Kingston rocking out in one of the mowhawk hoodzies.

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Kelly Rutherford Granted Restraining Order Against Her Ex-Husband

Kelly Rutherford has been granted a temporary restraining order against her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch.

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According to documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court, the "Gossip Girl" actress claims Daniel has repeatedly harassed both her and their nanny, which she claims forced the nanny to quit.

"Daniel has begun to follow me, my mother, my nanny and he shows up unexpectedly to threaten and scare us," Kelly states in the documents.

It is also claimed that Daniel "has harassed [my nanny] with questions about me virtually every time he sees her ... last week Daniel's harassment of [the nanny] led to an actual threat that he is going to file a lawsuit against her."

Kelly says the nanny handed in her pink slip after that, causing her two kids -- Hermes and Helena - to lose someone they "love and trust."

Kelly's mother, Ann Edwards, is also quoted in the documents, claiming the German businessman once arrived at a restaurant where she was eating with the couple's two-year-old son, Hermes, and blocked them from leaving the establishment.

The restraining order requires Daniel to stay 100 yards away from Kelly, her mother, the nanny, and Kelly's home, job and vehicle - "except for brief & peaceful contact as required for court-ordered visitation."

Last month it was agreed that both parents would attend co-parenting counseling sessions and would share joint legal and physical custody of the two kids.

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Sprig's New Adventure Series

Sprig Toys is a great company our of Colorado that is dedicated to infusing creativity, smart design, quality manufacturing, earth-friendly materials, product satisfaction and responsible business practices into a superior line of fun, kid-powered toys.

We found them last year just before Christmas and have been in love ever since!

New for this Fall, Sprig is expanding their Adventure Series to include some great new products that can be used in the pool or bathtub.

We had the chance to play with the new line in Vegas. Below, I have included our pictures and Sprig's official press photos.

Jump in the boat and join Willie Ocean on a Caribbean scuba adventure. This cool set includes: 1 Sport Boat, 1 Adventure Guide - Willie Ocean, 1 Scuba Mask - interchangeable, 1 Airtank and 1 Scuba Flipper

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Dolphin Boat Explorer - Join Captain Owen on the open seas! This 8-piece set includes: 2 boats - Explorer Boat and Rescue Boat, 1 Life Preserver, 2 Dolphins - Mother and Baby, 1 Adventure Guide - Captain Owen, 1 Adventure Hat - Interchangeable, and 1 Backpack Accessory.

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Dino Adventure Rig - Join Rex Jungle on a fantastic dinosaur fueled adventure. This eco-friendly playset includes: 1 Adventure Truck, 2 Dinosaurs - Mother and Baby, 1 Adventure Guide - Rex Jungle, 1 Adventure Hat - Interchangeable and 1 Backpack Accessory.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Step 2 and Frigidaire Team To Offer Dream Kitchen Contest

Just in time for the Holiday season Step2 and Frigidaire are teaming up to offer an amazing contest.

Step2 is introducing a wide array of new kitchens covering a variety of price points, home décor styles and play pattern needs. Whether for boys or girls, experts like best-selling children’s cookbook author, Barbara Beery agree that having and using a play kitchen in a home builds imaginations and cultivates a love for cooking while helping to promote a lifetime of healthy eating habits.

To celebrate creativity in the kitchen for both parents and kids, Step2 is announcing a national contest that will award one grand-prize of a new dream kitchen suite from Frigidaire, including a refrigerator, dishwasher, over the counter microwave, and oven, as well as a new Step2 toy kitchen of their choice. The “Step2 Creative Kids in the Kitchen Contest” is asking families to submit an essay of 250 words or less on how they foster creativity when cooking and have fun in the kitchen together. Second place prize is a Step2 kitchen of their choice, while one third place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate good toward any toy on step2.com.

For more details and to enter, please visit contest.step2.com

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