Are you trying to watch your spending this holiday season?
Check out these toys for less than $10, which include popular names such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Barbie.
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New moms who post selfies of flat abs and toned thighs after giving birth are proving unpopular on social media in recent months.
Remember Maria Kang, the mother of three who posted a photo of herself on Facebook this fall looking fit in a bikini and surrounded by her three toddler sons, with the caption: "Whatís your excuse?"
More on her in a bit.
The latest culprit is Norwegian fitness trainer Caroline Berg Eriksen, 26, the wife of Norwegian soccer player Lars-Kristian Eriksen. And here's the Instagram shot that ticked people off. She wrote, "I feel so empty, and still not 4 days after birth."FULL ENTRY
Making your toy list and checking it twice before heading out to the mall or trying to snag a Cyber Monday deal today?FULL ENTRY
Will your house be full of kids this Thanksgiving? Most kids love to craft. So if you are looking for fun ways to keep those little hands busy, check out this Fox 19 video clip for tips from Cincy Event Planning.
Learn how to make original place settings for guests, art stations at the table for kids, and art projects kids can work on all day long that capture the spirit of the day.FULL ENTRY
Are your kids eager to help in the kitchen this Thanksgiving? They may not be able to lift the turkey into the oven or slice up those notoriously hard yams, but there is plenty children can do to help out on the big day.
We asked three local foodie parents -- a dad chef, a mom food blogger, and a mom cooking show host -- for tips on how to put eager kids to work in the kitchen this Thursday. Here is what they had to say.
Stephen Coe is the chef at BOKX 109 in Newton. He's also a dad to four-year-old Adalide, two-year-old Bryton, and six-month-old CamdenChase.
"People tend to shy away from having their kids help in the kitchen," said Coe. "But they love to be involved and there are plenty of safe and easy tasks that let them contribute to the meal."
Let them help make dessert. While you work on the main meal, why not put your kids to work on the all-important dessert? Let them roll out dough or stir pie filling. They can tear up bread for bread pudding.
Amber Rodriguez's passion for singing has taken her all the way to the White House.
Amber, 17, of Chelsea, a member of the Boston Children's Chorus, is accepting the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for the Boston Children's Chorus from Michelle Obama today. She is in Washington, D.C. with David Howse, executive director of the chorus.
Watch the live feed of the presentation at the White House today at 2:15 p.m.
The Boston Children's Chorus is one of 12 programs nationwide receiving the prestigious 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which recognizes exemplary after-school programs from across the country.
Here is Amber, left, with singer Melinda Dolittle after a concert this past summer. (Photo: Boston Children's Chorus).
The Boston Children's Chorus was chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists. The award, administered by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, is the highest honor such organizations can achieve in the United States.FULL ENTRY
Ryan Seacrest is producing a new show for Nickelodeon tentatively called "Go Viral." It's a game show in which kids will perform challenges based on viral videos.
We thought we'd help Seacrest with ideas for his new show by offering seven challenges for kids, inspired by viral videos this year.
Also, check out some other celebrities who have made products for kids.FULL ENTRY
Some parents are calling for the removal of US education secretary Arne Duncan after a comment he made Friday about "white suburban moms" that set off a firestorm.
Duncan was speaking at a gathering of state superintendents of education about the backlash he's getting for the controversial Common Core State Standards that have been adopted in all but four states. Politico.com first reported Duncan's remark.
Here is what Duncan said, reported by the Associated Press. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)
Itís fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who ó all of a sudden ó their child isnít as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isnít quite as good as they thought they were, and thatís pretty scary. You've bet your house and where you live and everything on, ĎMy childís going to be prepared.í That can be a punch in the gut.FULL ENTRY
A South Dakota mom named Stephanie Metz ranted about helicopter parenting on her blog "The Metz Family" last month and the world took notice.
The post was inspired by her little boy who wanted to bring an action figure to school for show and tell but then decided otherwise because he was worried his teacher would think the figure too violent. The 29-year-old mom of two boys ages four and two said she encourages her kids to entertain themselves, wants her boys to be boys and be able to play with toy guns without being labeled a threat, and writes that not too long ago, kids who were bullied "brushed it off and worked through it."FULL ENTRY
Two babies from Winthrop share a very unique birthdate -- 11-12-13.
Hazel Mary Viens, left, was born yesterday at Brigham and Women's Hospital. And Drini Calaj, below, was born at Tufts Medical Center.
Hazel's middle name pays homage to her grandmother, Mary Viens. And it was Mary, from Braintree, who insisted that her grandchild was going to come a day early because of the special date, said mom Diana Vien. Diana's due date was Nov. 13. (Photo: Diana Viens)FULL ENTRY
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.