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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Michigan Mom With 2 Wombs Welcomes Twins!

A Michigan woman with two wombs has given birth to twin daughters — one from each uterus.

Sarah Reinfelder's two healthy babies were delivered seven weeks premature Thursday by cesarean section at Marquette General Hospital in the Upper Peninsula.

The 21-year-old woman has a condition known as uterus didelphys, and doctors say such twin births are rare. The uteri are different sizes, with the larger twin born from the larger uterus.

Dr. Connie Hedmark and Dr. Breanna Pond first delivered Kaylin Joy, then Valerie Marie, the larger twin by one pound. Kaylin Joy weighed 3 pounds, 15 ounces.

The twins, who don't have fully developed lung function, are expected to be hospitalized for three or four weeks.

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Nadya Suleman Turns Down Offer For Free Home and Nursing Care

While it is being widely reported that Nadya Suleman, the California mother of octuplets born last month is not receiving offers for free products and care, it may seem that this isn't true. She is just being picky as to which ones she accepts...

The founder of a nonprofit nurses' group says that the busy mom allowed an offer of free, 24-hour care for the infants and six older children to lapse.

Linda Conforti-West, founder of Angels in Waiting, said today that Nadya Suleman appeared to lose interest in the group's proposal when she was told last week that a reality show and a biweekly press conference on the babies' condition was out of the question due to their fragile immune systems.

Angels in Waiting's offer, which included a new home, expired Thursday at midnight.

Suleman's publicist could not be immediately reached for comment.

Angels in Waiting specializes in care of premature babies.

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Group To Develop National Guidelines On How Much Alcohol — if any — Is Safe During Pregnancy.

The group representing obstetricians and gynaecologists said Thursday it will develop national guidelines on how much alcohol — if any — is safe for women to consume leading up to and during pregnancy.

"The advice is extremely inconsistent, the advice is sometimes downright wrong and the perception on the part of the public is extremely wide and varied," said Dr. Vyta Senikas, a spokeswoman for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Because there are currently no guidelines in Canada, advice varies from province to province and from physician to physician.

"I have patients who think a couple of beers a day is not an issue. And the question is, is it an issue? That's what we're going to look at," Senikas said. "And it has to do with the equivalents of what a couple of beers are and what a martini is. And there's the whole issue of binge drinking and patterns of alcohol drinking. It's a review of the literature on that."

She said one doctor may tell a pregnant woman, or a woman trying to get pregnant, "don't drink at all," while another may say "moderate drinking" is OK.

"Are we talking about a beer? So what's the percentage of alcohol? Are we talking about a Canadian beer or imported beer? Light beer, wine, cocktails. What are we talking about there? A lot of people, when they think of alcohol, they think of liquor like gin, whiskey. But they may not think of beer," she said. "We've been made aware the message is inconsistent and may in fact be wrong."

The goal is to put together the best national and international information available to develop guidelines and recommendations for physicians to give to patients.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists estimates between one and six out of every 1,000 children are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, a term that refers to disabilities that can result from alcohol use during pregnancy.

It is about time that everyone is on the same page.

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Julie Bowen Expecting Twins!

Add Julie Bowen and husband Scott Phillips to the list of celebrities who are expecting twins.

The couple, who announced last November that they were expecting another child, are actually having twin boys, her rep confirms to People.

Twins are the new trend in Hollywood.

Molly Ringwald and Brooke Mueller are currently expecting twins.

When they arrive they will join other famous celebrities like Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Lisa Marie Pressly, Rebecca Romijn, Tony Dovolani and Diane Farr who are already doing double duty!

PHOTOCREDIT:Photo by: Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic VIA SOURCE


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Team of 70 Successfully Separates Conjoined Egyptian Twins

A team of 70 medical personnel led by Saudi Arabia's minister of health successfully separated conjoined Egyptian twins on Saturday at a Riyadh hospital, doctors said.

Nine-month-old Hassan and Mahmoud, who were born joined at the abdomen, were separated after nine hours of surgery, Saud al-Jadaan, one of the team's doctors at King Abdulaziz Medical City, told AFP.

The boys were in separate rooms in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit as doctors worked to reconstruct the body parts the twins had shared, including bowel, urinary tract and sexual organs.

This was being done to give the boys as much natural organ function as possible.

The operation, which could be seen live on the hospital's website, was originally expected to take 15 hours but went more quickly than planned, hospital spokesman Sami al-Shalan said.

"We are three hours ahead of time," he said, attributing that to the operating team's experience. It was the 21st successful operation to separate conjoined twins at the facility.

The boys should be able to go home to Egypt in two months if there are no complications.

It is amazing to me that there were 70 people assisting with this operation because only 46 people participated in the recent octuplet delivery.

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Ali and Estella at The Park

Ali Landry and daughter Estela enjoyed a nice LA day at the park yesterday.

The always nicely dressed Estela rides in my son's FAVORITE car the Step 2 Whisper Ride.

Ali Landry at the park


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Friday, February 27, 2009
Can Your Diet Increase Your Fertility?

Harvard Researchers studying 18,000 women found those on a fertility diet were six times more likely to conceive.

Their research found that the fat in whole dairy products like milk and ice cream improve fertility.

Experts also advise would-be moms to stay away from trans fats, or at least limit consumption to no more than four grams a day.

Foods that increase fertility are:

  • good proteins
  • slow carbs, like vegetables, fruits and brown rice

Foods that decrease your chances of getting pregnant are:

  • Fast carbs, which are found in white rice, white bread and white sugar
  • red meat

Dr. Koren Barrett of the University of California says this is because

"higher insulin levels and higher glucose levels or sugar levels in our blood disrupt our hormones."


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Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Jolie-Pitts Hit Broadway

Brad Pitt with Shiloh, Maddox and Angelina Jolie, Pax and Zahara go to see 'The Little Mermaid' on Broadway in New York City.

Boy do they get around? Just two nights before they were all in LA...

Not present are the newest additions to the family: twins Vivienne and Knox.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the kids go to see Little Mermaid in NYC


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Staten Island Couple Introduces Quints And Takes Two Home

The first two of the quintuplets born to Staten Island couple Jamie and Kevin Ferrante spent their first night at home last night.

The pair became the proud parents of four girls and one boy on December 27, but only Alessia and Emily came home Wednesday night.

"It's amazing; it's real and it's here," said dad, Kevin, who caught a little sleep in between feeding Alessia -- who now weighs 4 pounds, 1 1/2 ounces -- and Emily -- who is 4 pounds, 3 and 1/2 ounces -- every three hours or so.

"They're a little smaller, they're basically doing everything a regular baby does," he said about his girls. "It's a lot of sleeping for them."

The first-ever experience yesterday of holding all five of the pint-sized newbies at the same time, came as a sweet shock.

"It was like 'wow' you really feel it," he said. "I didn't know what that would be like. It really hit home."

Matthew Ferrante is expected to come home by the end of the week following hernia surgery. The littlest quintuplets, Amanda and Ella, still need to remain in the hospital to gain weight.

"They just have to gain a little weight; they're all off the oxygen," said proud but exhausted dad, before heading out for the hospital for feeding, a routine he and his wife have been keeping for weeks.

Tuesday night the neonatalogist told them to get lots of sleep because it will be the last time for a very very long time.

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Step 2 Spring/Summer Favorites

Step 2 is our favorite outdoor toy company. We have found that their toys are durable, multi-functional and innovative.

Last week they introduced their Spring/Summer outdoor line-up.

Here are our favorites:

Look for us to introduce their Fall line up in a couple of days...


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Kelly Rutherford Glows At Bent On Learning Benefit

Kelly Rutherford glows during her arrival at the 2009 Bent on Learning benefit at the Stephan Weiss Studio NYC.

The Winter Fundraising Gala was hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and sponsored by a l i c e + o l i v i a and urban zen foundation.

Bent On Learning offers yoga classes to students in grades preK-12 in public schools throughout New York City

Kelly is currently pregnant with her second baby, a girl, in June.

PHOTOCREDIT:J.McCarthy/WIREIMAGE.COM


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Children Find Newborn in Tesco Bag Outside London Apartment

A group of children found newborn girl abandoned in a Tesco bag outside a block of flats yesterday.

The infant, who was less than 24 hours old, was crying and extremely cold, despite being wrapped in a blanket and placed inside a re-useable supermarket bag.

The baby has made a good recovery and started to drink milk after being taken to hospital last night.

Police are desperate to trace her mother. They fear she could be suffering both physically and mentally.

Inspector Simon Rooke, of Lambeth Police, said:

'I would like to stress to anyone, in particular the mother, that they should not hesitate to call us.

'We are concerned for the welfare of the mother and want to ensure that she is receiving the appropriate medical attention. The sooner we can locate her the sooner she can get medical help.'

The baby , who has been named Grace by the nurses, may be black or Asian. Police think that she was left outside the flat between 4.30am and 8.30am yesterday.

Even though the baby was very, very cold she has made a speedy discovery because she was brought to hospital very quickly and treated.

Let's hope that they can do the same for her mom.

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Release Your Emotions On The 'Punch‘n’Cuddle'

We all have good and bad days. So don't keep your feelings to yourself.

Take them out on the Punch‘n’Cuddle!

Punch‘n’Cuddle is what you get when you cross a beanbag with a cuddly toy & a punch bag. It invites & demands physical and expressive interaction. Whether your emotions are positive or negative, Punch’n'Cuddle will absorb them and keep you fit at the same time.

No prices available. Your can e-mail the company from their website


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'Most unfortunate names' revealed

TheBabyWebsite.com has uncovered some very unusual names after looking through online telephone records.

It sounds like a bad joke, but a study has revealed that there really are unfortunate people living with some interesting names in the UK.

Here are some of the ones they found:

  • Terry Bull
  • Paige Turner
  • Mary Christmas
  • Anna Sasin
  • Justin Case
  • Barb Dwyer
  • Stan Still
  • Annette Curtain
  • Tim Burr
  • Anna Prentice
  • Annette Curtain
  • Bill Board
  • Pearl Button
  • Jo King
  • Barry Cade
  • Carrie Oakey
  • Priti Manek

A spokesman for TheBabyWebsite.com said:

"When the parents of some of those people mentioned named their children, many probably didn't even realise the implications at the time.

"Parents really do need to think carefully though when choosing names for their children.

"Their name will be with them for life and what may be quirky and fun for a toddler might be regretted terribly when that person becomes older or even a grandparent perhaps."

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Introducing...Ze Super Zeros

This past week at the Toy Fair, All New Materials Inc. debuted another innovative brand called the Ze Super Zeros.

The plush animal friends each feature a super-power and super-challenge. Each character’s biography will reveal its secret powers and will encourage kids to imagine their own Super Zero adventures.

These six plush “super hero” friends are designed in France and are European safety-tested for all ages.

MSRP is $29.99, suitable for age 0+.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
bloom's nano Gets Thinner and Spunkier

Modern baby gear company bloom has introduced a thinner, sleeker version of their popular nano highchair.

Already known for being one of the thinnest highchairs on the market, The nano is now thinner, has a bigger tray and it is offered in brighter colors.


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Monday, February 23, 2009
Win A Fisher Price Bounce and Spin Pony At BabyGizmo

Our friends at Babygizmo are giving away a Fisher Price Bounce & Spin Pony this week.

This super cool toddler toy bounces, spins, and rewards your child with lots of music and sounds.

When connected wirelessly through your tv, your child's actions make big things happen on screen. The learning continues through three levels as your child grows.

Visit Babygizmo.com to enter to win!


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The Dreary's Bundle Up In Brooklyn

Keri Russell with her husband Shane Deary lug their son and his toys home after a day of playing at the park in Brooklyn.

**EXCLUSIVE**Keri Russell with her husband Shane Deary and their son River take a walk in Brooklyn


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And The Winner Is...Fair Indigo Jooble Giveaway

Fair Indigo is new clothing company that does business a different way.

They wanted to create stylish, high-quality clothes while paying a fair and meaningful wage to the people who produce them. It’s a concept known as “fair trade” and it means they put people first. They have handpicked the best, most ethical factories around the globe and presented them with a new concept: paying workers a fair wage, not just a minimum one.

Giveaway: Fair Indigo offered 1 Growing Your Baby reader the opportunity to win a Joobles Gift Package Containing 1 Joobles bear and a Hooded Sweater (value $98)

Congratulations to our winner Crystal!

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Gwyneth Picks Apple Up From School

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow picks up daughter, Apple, from her North London school.

When she is not picking the kids up from school, Gwyneth has been busy writing a cookbook and giving diet and fitness tips via her website Goop.

Gwyneth Paltrow goes to pick her daughter up, London


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Soldier Watches His Baby's Ultrasound From Iraq

New ultrasound technology and the Internet have allowed Army Spc. Nicholas Weaver to see the baby he has on the way at home while he's serving in Iraq.

The 20-year-old soldier got a sneak peek of his son in the womb in a sonogram streamed live from a Folsom imaging center. The sharp, 3-D image clearly revealed little Aiden Weaver's wide eyes, pug nose and tiny fingers. A slight smile crossed his face beneath a full head of hair.

"He looks squished - but adorable," Weaver said in a computer instant message to his wife, Megan. "He looks a little bit like both of us."

The expectant mother, who is 32 weeks, she was excited to beam the images to her husband, who is not expected to be home in time for the birth in April.

The dad-to-be began a three-year enlistment last April. He is expected to return home in June, although his commanding officers are working to get him a leave in April to be present for his son's birth.

Many 3D Ultrasound clinics offer families the opportunity to see their growing relatives over the internet. It is definitely a nice twist that this dad was able to log on from so far away.


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Melanie Chisolm Welcomes a Baby Girl

Congratulations to Melanie Chisolm and partner Thomas Starr on the safe arrival of their first baby.

Scarlet Starr arrived at 4:10 p.m. last night in London.

The baby girl weighed in at 8 lbs., 3 oz., and is "beautiful" and "doing fine," the singer announced on her Web site.

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PHOTOCREDIT:Eamonn McCormack/WireImage.com


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Just Like Mom: Kid Sized Dyson Vacuum

Dyson Vacuums are the hottest 'must have' items for moms who want to keep their houses free of pet hair and dirt.

Knowing this, Casdon Toys has created a mini version for your tot to lug around the house and help while you are doing your housework.

Available in 3 styles, these true to style replicas feature on board accessories and an imitation of Dyson's patented cyclone action!

Mommy's favorite feature - They actually pick up. Every Bit Helps!!


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UPDATE: Nigerian Mom Welcomes Sextuplets

In a sad turn, the young mom that just delivered 6 tiny babies in Nigeria has passed away from complications associated with the delivery.

Ajoke Bello, 32, gave birth to the six babies by Caesarean section operation on Thursday and was initially in a stable condition.

But she developed complications from excessive bleeding at hospital in Sagamu, Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

The naturally conceived babies - three girls and three boys - were in a stable condition, said medical officials.

The new mom died at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital yesterday morning.

Professor Femi Ajayi, the chairman of the board of the hospital, confirmed her death to the Nigerian Tribune newspaper:

"It was an unfortunate incident.

"The doctors and nurses at the hospital put in their best to ensure that the woman lived.

"She was under close monitoring as the medical team did not leave any stone unturned to ensure that she was alive."

Charity groups have been making donations for the upkeep of the 6 babies.

This mom also has 2 other children and her husband reportedly 'fled' after the news of the sextuplets arrival.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Feature Review: Babybjorn Baby Carrier Synergy (GIVEAWAY)

My first Babybjorn Carrier was probably one of the first ones made. It had snaps to hold your baby in and was nice, but simple.

Our new carrier, The Babybjorn Baby Carrier Synergy is anything but simple. It features an adjustable back panel that provides maximum support for the lower back and lightweight 3D mesh material.

Gone are the hard-to-close snaps and in their place; a pair of color coded clips that lock into place to keep your baby safe and secure.

I love this carrier's ability to fit both my husband and I perfectly. Every part of it is adjustable so that both parent and baby are comfy. The head support is padded and adjustable to provide proper support for our baby's head and neck. When he gets older we can fold it down to allow him to face forward.

The soft, breathable material makes the Baby Carrier Synergy perfect because it reduces heat and moisture.

The back panel is a big plus. The added support is great for long walks or a full day of traveling.

Best of all, the whole thing fits nicely into a storage pouch that is attached inside the carrier.

Giveaway: Babybjorn is offering 1 Growing Your Baby reader the opportunity to win a Marine Blue BABYBJÖRN® Baby Carrier Synergy(value aprox $160)

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Nicole Richie Expecting Baby #2!

Nicole Richie and boyfriend Joel Madden are expecting another child, just a year after welcoming daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden.

In a message titled "Better than winning an OSCAR!" the daddy-to-be wrote,

"I am so happy to tell everyone that Harlow is going to be a big sister! God has truly blessed my family. Hope [you're] all feeling as good as i am right now."
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Nicole Richie takes Harlow to Chelsea Piers in NYC


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Slumdog Kids: Where Do They Go After The Oscars?

The two children who acted in Slumdog Millionaire caused some excitement when they arrived in LA this week to be part of the Oscars ceremony tonight.

Azharuddin Mohammed, 10, and Rubina Ali, 9, who played the young versions of the lead characters, have never flown or left India before. “Not in my dreams did I ever think that I will go to America,” said Rubina, who lives in a one-room hut in a Mumbai shantytown. “I have to buy clothes and shoes for the award ceremony. I’m going to go and take a lot of pictures and show them to people.”

Their trip mirrors Slumdog’s rags-to-riches storyline about a boy from a Mumbai slum who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? It is also certain to fuel the controversy already surrounding the film when the children are paraded along the red carpet tomorrow night — and then flown back to the Mumbai slums.

James Finn, of Fox Searchlight Pictures, said that the studio had made last-minute visa and travel arrangements for the children, who would be put up in a five-star hotel during their visit to Los Angeles. My question is: How fair is it to bring these children to sparkly Los Angeles, put them up in luxurious accommodations, feed them the best food and then send them back to the 'slums?'

The children’s parents are said to have rejected the studio’s offer for them to attend the Oscars at first, asking it to give them the money for the airfare instead so that they could spend it on something more useful.

An economy-class return flight from Mumbai to Los Angeles costs about 50,000 rupees ($1500) — a small fortune in a country where 76 per cent of workers earn less than $2 a day.

Azharuddin’s father usually earns 50-100 rupees a day selling scrap wood, but has been in hospital recently with tuberculosis. Rubina’s father has also been unable to work since breaking his leg.

Azharuddin’s family were recently evicted from their hut and they now live under a tarpaulin on the edge of a slum.

“He’s supposed to be the hero in the movie, but look how he’s living,” his mother, Shameem Ismail, said.
The parents accepted the studio’s offer only after it agreed to pay for Rubina’s uncle and Azharuddin’s mother to accompany the children.

Boyle and Christian Colson, the producer, are paying the families a monthly stipend and have set up trust funds for the children. But things have not gone smoothly.

The children have been unable to attend school because they have attracted crowds of journalists. And when Colson sent money to Azharuddin’s father to buy a new home, he gave it to a builder who disappeared.

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Maggie and Ramona Bundle Up In NYC

Maggie Gyllenhaal and daughter Ramona bundle up for their stroll in New York City.

Maggie recently helped Fisher-Price launch their new Precious Planet line.

She currently stars with her partner Peter Sarsgaard in Uncle Vanya at the Classic Stage Company on 13th St.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and daughter Ramona play hide and seek from paparazzi


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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Nigerian Mom Welcomes Sextuplets

A Nigerian woman welcomed a set of sextuplets yesterday at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

Amuda Ajoke Bello, who already has two children at home, increased her family to eight in just minutes.

Just after birth the babies, three boys and three girls, were all transferred to the Neo-natal Unit of the Hospital for more attention.

Two of the babies have now been moved to Lagos while the four others are said to be in incubators at the hospital.

The father apparently fled after he received the news. What a nice guy...

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Friday, February 20, 2009
Meet Zambi The Baby Elephant

One of the best toys we saw in NYC was Zambi The Baby Elephant.

This adorable pachyderm was created as part of Habro's PROJECT ZAMBI, a global cause initiative dedicated to raising awareness and supporting programs that help care for the estimated 15 million children who have been orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

It features soft and cuddly ears and feet that are covered in a special fabric pattern designed by boys and girls from Zambia in one of the communities dedicated to caring for children orphaned by AIDS.

Like the other animals in the Furreal Friends line of plush pets, when you play with Zambi he will play, blow kisses, raise his trunk, and trumpet his elephant call. He also has a sensor on his trunk, so he can hold onto your finger and “shake” your hand.

Hasbro has committed to donate a minimum of $500,000 (in U.S. dollars) to the PROJECT ZAMBI Fund, part of the Hasbro Children’s Fund, in 2009. This fund will benefit programs that help make life better for children orphaned by AIDS in Africa. The company hopes to expand this global campaign to include additional Hasbro products and brands in the years to come.

*For kids aged 4 years & up $49.99 Available Fall 09*


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The Beckham Boys Bend It Like Daddy

Cruz and Romeo Beckham played soccer together at a playground in Beverly Hills, California.

It appears the competitive pair have obviously learned a few things from their soccer daddy...

The Beckahm kids playing soccer at the park n Beverly Hills, CA

Until Cruz decides he wants to play basketball instead...

The Beckahm kids playing soccer at the park n Beverly Hills, CA


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Thursday, February 19, 2009
New Hampshire Family Trying To Survive On Just $1,500 Year

During this tough economic time many families have had to change how they spend money, cutting back on unnecessary purchases.

A family of four in New Hampshire has taken this principle to the extreme by giving themselves just $1,500 (or $125/month) for their groceries, household items and personal care expenses for an entire year.

To accomplish their goal this family has developed a new system of shopping that includes stockpiling foods and paying close attention to coupons and sales.

“My first inclination was, wow, that’s not that much money,'” they told MyFOXBoston.com. “But, hey, if we can do it it’ll save us a lot of money.”

And save they have. The couple said so far this year their average grocery bill is only $125 a month.

In addition to clipping coupons, the family shop at specific stores for certain items and have adjusted the way they plan meals.

“If I have chicken and ground beef and cucumbers and carrots and peppers that I need to use this week, then I’ll take all of that and I will look for recipes for those items,” the mom told the news outlet.

I am not sure if this is possible, unless they plan on making a lot of soup over the next year.

I have cut back substantially over the last few months and we still spend about $350/month on groceries. This wouldn't be possible in our house. We like our munchies too much!

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*The family's name has been removed*


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Toy Fair 2009: Sprig Toys

Environmentally Friendly toy company, Sprig Toys has introduced some new characters and playsets for 2009.

Designed for the active preschool child, Sprig's vehicles, character bodies and play sets are molded using SprigwoodTM – a child-safe, bio-composite material made from recycled wood and reclaimed plastic.

Sprig Hollow and Story Blocks Farm Set are the company's newest additions to their popular line.


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The Hasselbecks Enjoy Fashion Week

Tim Hasselbeck attends the QVC Returns to fashion week show in NYC with his children Grace, 3 and Taylor, 1.

Tim's wife Elisabeth is currently expecting the couples 3rd baby.

QVC Returns to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Toy Fair 2009: Tiny Love

Tiny Love has always been known for their original, innovative baby toys.

This year they have introduced some products that will benefit babies while they are playing around the house or while they are out with mom and dad.

I like that each product has an element for every developmental stage and that the company's website outlines the benefits for your baby at each stage for each toy.

This is a great resource for parents because it helps them know what things to look for when their child is playing with these and other products.

Here are our picks for 2009:

Clockwise:
  • Musical Nature Stroll
  • Island Stroller Set
  • Sweet Island Dreams Mobile
  • Music Take-Along Arch
  • Nature's Serenade Mobile


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Meet Charlie Woods!

Tiger and Elin Woods shared the first official photos of their newest addition - Charlie!

Just 10 days old, Charlie makes his debut along with his dad, mom and older sister Sam.

It's too bad he slept through the whole thing!

Credit: Dom Furore/Woods Family via Getty Images VIA GOLF.COM

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Toy Fair 2009: Playmobil

Playmobil is known for it's incredibly realistic kids play scenes.

They create some of the most elaborate toy re-creations of places we visit in real life.

Here are some of our favorites:

The Suburban House:

  • This two-story house with attic windows that tilt, expendable marquee, garden, a functioning doorbell and grill.
  • Also available is a backyard and many room furnishings.
Nautical Expedition:
  • The expedition ship floats on water, comes with a functional anchor winch and can be upgraded with the Playmobil Underwater Motor.
  • The research submarine explores the deep seas and it comes with an underwater motor with two arms that grasp.
  • Accessories include an underwater observation tank, research sub, research ocean crawler and some marine life.
Animal Clinic:
  • Children can help the veterinarian treat animals at the animal clinic. The set includes 3 figures, a pony, peacock, birds, puppies and rabbits.
  • Also available Vet operating room, Vet with Car and an Animal Nursery


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Phoenix Sun Player Jailed for Driving Recklessly With 3-Year-Old Son Unrestrained In Back Seat

Phoenix Suns Guard Jason Richardson was suspended without pay by the Suns after being jailed Sunday night for driving recklessly with his 3-year-old son unrestrained in the back seat.

He was booked on counts or endangerment, reckless driving, failure to use a child seat and excessive speed.

"I just want to apologize to everybody, teammates, my family, especially my fiancee," Richardson said. "This is a tough time for me. I've been questioned as a basketball player, questioned as a person, but my fatherhood in question is tough, because I try to be the best father I can be and try to keep my kids out of harm's way."

Scottsdale police clocked Richardson, 27, traveling at 67 mph in a 40-mph zone. He then reached a speed of 90 mph in a 35-mph zone.

When he was pulled over the Suns player admitted he was speeding. That's when the officer noticed that his son was not in a child seat in the back seat. He told the officer they were returning from dinner to his Paradise Valley home.

No impaired driving was suspected by police.

Richardson's fiancee picked up their son, but he remained in jail for a few hours.

I am speechless...I would never dream of driving to the end of t he street without my son buckled into the best car seat I could find. Some people just don't get it.

SOURCE via GYB reader Lisa F. Thank you!


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Featured Product Review: Medela Freestyle Breastpump

My number one piece of advice for new moms who will be breast feeding is to get a double electric pump. It is the quickest most efficient way to express your milk.

For the last few weeks, I have been using the Medela Freestyle Breastpump to help me pump off what my son doesn't use at the end of the day and I have to say that I'm in love with this pump.

When designing this pump they have left nothing out. Medela has created a product that is not only easy to assemble and operate, but it surprisingly quiet compared to other products I have used.

Here is what I found:

This pump weighs less than 1 pound and can fit in the palm of your hand. It features a digital display LCD screen, that is backlit for those late pumping sessions and a memory button so that you can save your favorite pumping pattern for the next pumping session.

The rechargeable battery makes it convenient for moms who need to use the pump at work, but can't always be near a power source. It allows for 3 hours of pumping time per charge.

Even though I don't have a lot of milk to pump off at the end of the day, this pump does it efficiently. The first 2 minutes of the cycle mimics the quick sucking that your baby does to bring your milk in and then it kicks into 'let down' mode, which is a longer, stronger pumping motion that really gets your milk out.

Now that my milk is established, I don't wait the 2 minutes. A let down button allows moms to put the kick into the longer sucking mode sooner than the two minutes if you need it. The Freestyle can pump 5 ounces off in just over 6 minutes, which is impressive at 4 am.

Busy moms will also like that a convenient hands free accessory kit ( belt, belt extension, hands-free straps hands-free adapters and bra adapters) has also been included to allow you to pump while reading a book or checking your e-mail. The pump attaches to the belt to fit around your waist, with the horns attaching to your bra for a true hands-free experience.

Medela has included a discreet tote bag to keep the pump in when you are not using it. The inside of the tote has many different compartments to accommodate diapers, wipes and other baby gear as well as your pumping equipment for a day away from home.

What's included:

More information available at medelafreestyle.com


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
RECALL: Evenflo® Children’s Activity Centers Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation Evenflo Co., today announced a voluntary recall of about 213,000 Evenflo Activity Centers because the cap on one end of the product can loosen and fall off, posing a fall hazard to a young child.

Evenflo has received 11 reports of dislodged end caps which resulted in nine minor injuries, including bumps and bruises. Evenflo has also received a report of a dislodged end cap that resulted in a child suffering a broken collarbone in Canada.

The recall involves Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun stationary activity centers made between October 2006 and December 2008. The model number is 6231711. Stage 3 position involves converting the product into an activity table. No other ExerSaucer models use end caps and, therefore, no other models are included in this recall.

Consumers should immediately stop using the activity table in Stage 3 and contact Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 (8 - 5 ET M-F) or visit the firm’s Web site at www.exersaucertriplefun.com to receive a free replacement end cap. The product may continue to be used in Stages 1 and 2 without changes.


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Jellybean Apparel Gives Your Pregnancy Some Personality

One of my favorite parts about being pregnant was wearing clothes with cute pregnancy sayings.

Jellybean Apparel is an Etsy retailer that creates some adorable pregnancy T - shirts.

If I was pregnant again, I would wear one of these three.


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