May 28, 2012

Kellie Martin's 'Rompstore' Features Eco-Friendly Wooden Toys


When her daughter Maggie was born in 2006, Army Wive's Kellie Martin wanted to design a playroom filled with safe, non-toxic and creative toys. But finding those all-natural  'back-to-basic' toys was a challenge, the new mom soon discovered.

“We weren’t doing any plastic or battery toys, but I was having trouble finding stuff,” she says.

Through an acquaintance, Martin came upon Romp - an online store featuring the type of green baby and kid toys she had been searching for. The first toy the ER actress bought for her daughter, 8 months at the time, was a wooden camera.

"A friend of mine who's a photographer told me about this little wooden camera that she'd gotten for her daughter at ROMP. So I found it, I ordered it, and that was it --- I was a longtime customer!" 

But Martin explains that upon hearing the online store would soon be closing, she became inspired to make an entrepreneurial move and save the store.

“[I thought], ‘I can’t let it close!’” she says, immediately calling her husband. “I said right away, ‘I think we should buy it.’''

 Today, Martin makes sure the virtual aisles of her online store are filled  a wide variety of super cool (and cute!) wooden toys, fun art kits, and kiddie chic room decor. 

And speaking of that wooden camera she bought her now 5-year-old daughter when she was just a baby, the actress tells CBB-

"I have such a cool kid and I have loved to see her grow. And I also love to see the way she engages with her toys. That little wooden camera I was telling you about that I got her when she was 8-months-old, to this day - she's now 5 - she still plays with it. She saw these caterpillars who were going into their cocoons and she said, 'Mom, mom, I have to go get my camera.' She ran into the other room, grabbed her camera, and took pictures of the caterpillars." 

Martin adds-

"These toys really stimulate their creativity, their minds, and encourages them to use their bodies and be part of this world. As opposed to being plugged into anything technological. I've fought like mad to keep her away from my iPhone and we don't let her touch the computer. I just feel like she has her whole life to do that."

Check out Kellie's entire collection of green baby and kid toys at Rompstore.com.

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May 26, 2012

Heidi Klum Wows at Cannes


A stunning Heidi Klum made her way to the Cannes Film Festival this weekend- joining the many other gorgeous celeb moms in attendance.

Klum showed her sexy side in a metallic-detailed Marchesa dress when she attended the premiere of The Paperboy, which co-stars yet another beautiful celebrity mom- Nicole Kidman.


Nicole Kidman's Glamorous Cannes Style

Nicole Kidman showed off several ultra-glam looks at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend - our favorite is the Lanvin gown she wore to the premiere of her movie -The Paperboy - with husband Keith Urban.




Some other looks Kidman sported at the film festival-

She choose a sophisticated form-fitting orange-red dress at a photocall for The Paperboy.



And chose to coordinate outfits with co-star Clive Owen while promoting her other new film, Hemingway & Gellhorn.





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Pregnant Glow: Reese Witherspoon


Pregnancy looks F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. on Reese Witherspoon.

The actress, who is in her second trimester, showed off her beautiful pregnancy glow at the premiere of her new movie, Mud, which co-stars Matthew McConaughey.

Witherspoon arrived in Cannes on Thursday, with her husband Jim Toth,  to promote her new movie at the famous film festival.

The long 14 hour flight from L.A. didn't seem to bother the pregnant mom of two however - who told  Us Weekly magazine  'The flight over was actually pretty good. I feel great.'

Earlier Saturday, a radiant Witherspoon showed off her growing baby bump in a chic 'little black dress'  and sky-high fuchsia stilettos.






May 24, 2012

Bump Watch: Elizabeth Berkley's Upcoming Summer Arrival


Actress Elizabeth Berkley is due to welcome a new arrival this summer - her first baby with hubby Greg Lauren.

The CSI: Miami actress has taken a break from acting to focus on family life - her most recent role was in 2011's television film, Lucky Christmas.

When she announced her pregnancy in March, Berkley told TMZ:  'In life there are moments you cherish forever and this is one of them.

'We are so excited to share this moment and special news. The baby is due this summer.'

Charlize Theron: Baby Talk and Puppy Love


While some dog owners may worry about their pets adjusting to a new baby in the house, this was not the case for actress Charlize Theron when she brought her 9-day-old son, Jackson, home.

"It was the most beautiful thing I've ever witnessed," the actress, 36, tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "From the moment this baby came into our home, those two dogs have never been more in love."

The new mom shared how her furry family members are actually helping take care of the new addition-

"Berkley, a terrier mutt,.... he's actually the pacifier thief ... He'll just lay there with the [baby's] pacifier in his mouth, she says. Blue, a Pit Bull, serves as her alarm clock. "He woke up with me for every feed, for every change, and whenever the baby would cry the pit would start crying," Theron says. "He'll do anything for that baby."

The Snow White and The Huntsman star told Ellen that although she brought Jackson home when he was just 9-days-old, the adoption process took almost two years to complete.

"It really took two years of just waiting and then one day it's finally there. It just feels exactly how it's supposed to feel. I don't know how to describe it. It just feels right."

Image: INF
 

Baby's Day Out: Katherine Heigl Steps Out With Adalaide


Katherine Heigl was spotted out and about with her new baby daughter, Adalaide, in Beverly Hills Wednesday (May 23.)

Heigl's mom, Sandy, joined her daughter and granddaughter for the day out.

The actress shared recently how she and hubby Josh Kelly came up with the baby name they chose for their new little one-

“Her full name is Adalaide Marie Hope Kelley,” Heigl told HELLO! recently.

“Adalaide because of my great-grandmother, Marie after my middle name, and Hope because that is what the process became.”

Adalaide joins big sister Naleigh, 3½.

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May 23, 2012

Snooki Is Having a Boy!


It's a boy for Jersey Shore's Snooki and fiancĂ© Jionni LaValle

The pregnant reality TV star,24, posted the baby news on her Facebook page-

"Can finally share the good news......we're havin' a BOY," the post read.

Image: Courtesy Snooki


 


Meet Jillian Michaels' Two New Babies!


May has been a big month for Jillian Michaels! The trainer from The Biggest Loser welcomed a new daughter - adopted from Haiti - and a new son that partner Heidi Rhoades gave birth to on May 3 in Los Angeles.

“We’re swimming in babies over here,” Michaels, 38, says in an exclusive interview with People.

In a happy coincidence, Michaels tells the magazine how she was finally able to bring home her new daughter, two-year-old Lukensia, after a long adoption process on May 3 - the same day Rhoades gave birth to the couple's son, Phoneix!

Becoming instant parents to two new babies has kept the couple busy, to say the least. But, says Michaels - they wouldn't have it any other way.

“I don’t even answer email. I don’t have time to care about anything else,” she notes. “I want to be really present and enjoy all the nuances of their growth and development. I don’t want to rush any of it.” 

 Read more about Michaels’s new life as a mom and to see more images from the exclusive family photo shoot, in the June 4 issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Image: Andrew Macpherson

May 22, 2012

Nicole Richie Dresses to Impress at Fragrance Awards


Nicole Richie looked gorgeous in her Emilio Pucci dress when she attended the 2012 Fifi Awards Monday.

The annual event honors the best in fragrance accomplishments, and this year was held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City - and has been tabbed as the Oscars of the fragrance world.

Justin Bieber won the “Elizabeth Taylor Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award” for his bestselling scent Someday—which broke sales records selling over $3 million dollars worth in just three weeks when it debuted last year. Bieber was not at the awards, but gave his acceptance speech via video.

Other celebs nominated for their fragrances included Heidi Klum - who won the “Broad Appeal Women” award for her fragrance Heidi Klum Shine - Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce.

Kid-Free Zone: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's Alone Time



Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck got a little alone time this week. The parents of 3 were spotted out and about enjoying a leisurely walk sans kids on Monday (May 21.)

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Pretty in Pink: Suri Cruise


With her pink and grey galoshes to the pink in her jacket, Suri Cruise brought some of her own special brightness to a rainy Monday in N.Y. City this week.

The six year old looks like she in a hurry to get somewhere - rain or not - as she holds tight to her mom's (Katie Holmes) hand.

Image: Humberto Carreno/StarTraks

May 21, 2012

Sweetness: Farmer's Market Treats For Seraphina


Jennifer Garner's family enjoyed a trek to a Pacific Palisade's farmer's market this past weekend, where Seraphina, 3, seemed to enjoy the sweet taste of fresh strawberries with just a dash or two of popcorn mixed in!

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Party of Four? Scott Wolf, Wife Expecting Baby Number Two


Scott Wolf and his wife, Real World: New Orleans alum Kelley, 35, are going to be parents for the second time.

The former Party of Five actor took to his Twitter account to share the news-

"Just between the 10,149 of you and me, my wife and I are expecting our second child," Wolf Tweeted on Saturday. "We are expecting that because she's pregnant. Happy us."

The couple are parents already to 3-year-old son, Jackson Kayse. 

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Beach Buddies: Gwen Stefani & Sons


Gwen Stefani and her boys - Kingston, 6 and Zuma, 3 - had a day full of sand and fun on Sunday (May 20.) in Marina Del Rey, Ca. 



The trio  were enjoying a day with friends at the beach - and the singer certainly showed everyone just how well she can keep up with her energetic boys (while still looking absolutely glam!)




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Smile! Sarah Michelle Gellar and Daughter Charlotte


Smiling ladies - Michelle Gellar and two-year-old daughter Charlotte are all smiles Saturday as they leave a ballet class for Charlotte.

Gellar and her hubby, Freddie Prinze, Jr. recently announced that they are expecting another baby. But the couple are staying mum so far on whether Charlotte is getting a baby brother or sister.

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Victoria Beckham And Her Men


Victoria Beckham made it a night out with her men only on Sunday.

Victoria, David and their sons, Cruz, 7, Romeo, 9, and Brooklyn, 13 all attended the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute's Sports Spectacular event in Century City, Calif.

Image: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty




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Gwyneth Paltrow and Kids Take In Jay-Z's Concert


Gwyneth Paltrow took her kids, Apple Martin, 8, and little brother Moses, 6, to see their 'Uncle' Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s “Watch the Throne” tour Saturday night in London.

What? You are confused about the 'Uncle' part? 

Gwen and her hubby, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, are very close friends with Beyonce and Jay-Z. Thus the kids now refer to the singer and father of Ivy Blue as 'Uncle.'


Paltrow tweeted fans from the concert, “Yup. Uncle Jay at the O2,”   and shared a picture of her kids doing Jay-Z's infamous diamond hand sign.

May 20, 2012

Kristin Cavallari's Easy Breezy Pregnancy Style


Before heading to a baby shower in her honor on Saturday, mom-to-be Kristin Cavallari headed to a hair salon appointment on Friday,

Happy, beaming and relaxed, Cavallari is making pregnancy look easy indeed!

Jessica Alba Sans Kids.....It's Business Time For Mom


Jessica Alba managed to step away from mommy duty for a little while this week to tend to her business duties. Alba - who was recently named one of the top 100 most creative people in business in 2012 by Fast Company - looked amazing in a red dress coupled with a short leather jacket and black pointed toe heels as she headed to a business meeting in Beverly Hills, Ca. on Friday (May 18.)

The busy mom of two daughters, Haven , 9-months old and Honor Marie, 3, was recognized for co-founding The Honest Company, a line of eco-friendly baby and household products.

In a new interview for the June issue of Marie Claire magazine, Alba reveals that she was uncomfortable with the public's perception of her after starring in the show, Dark Angels, when she was 19.


"I had a show [Dark Angel] that premiered when I was 19. And right away, everyone formed a strong opinion about me because of the way I was marketed," she says. I was supposed to be sexy, this tough action girl. That's what people expected... I felt like I was being objectified, and it made me uncomfortable. I wanted to be chic and elegant!"

Jessica tells the magazine she now feels more confident about her looks and sense of style.

"Now that I'm older, I've learned how to own it," she says. "But I'm still not very overt."

"There are some women who dress for men. I dress for myself. It took me some time to get here. Being a mom and feeling grown-up have helped. Now if I'm going to wear something short, it has to have a high neck or a little sci-fi toughness to it, an edge." says Alba.

The actress will soon be seen in the Sin City sequel, A Dame to Kill For, along with actor Mickey Rourke. The 3D movie is slated to start filming this October in Austin, Texas.

A Radiant Kristin Cavallari Celebrates Her Baby Shower


Looking positively radiant in a long black maxi -style maternity dress, Kristen Cavallari celebrated a baby shower in her honor this past weekend - held in an private Hollywood Hills home.

Cavallari and her fiance, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Culter, 29, are said to have received just about everything their new baby will need including a Peg Perego high chair in chocolate, a chocolate colored monkey blanket, squeaky bath toys and plush baby towels, strollers, car seats, and baby clothes.

Guests at the co-ed shower were treated to cupcakes with blue and green frosting and a three-tier sponge cake by Pink Salt Event Cuisine.

The couple, who are expecting a baby boy, have decided to postpone wedding plans until after their son is born. And, according to Cavallari, the expectant parents are already talking of having more babies... soon.

"We were talking about the possibility of having another kid right away and then getting married so we can have two kids close in age," Cavallari recently told Glamoholic. "We want four kids, so we're thinking maybe have one more, then get married, then have two more. But we'll see -- it all depends on how the first one goes."

Image: Twitter.com/KristinCav

May 19, 2012

It's a Pink and White Baby Shower Theme For Kourtney Kardashian


With her first daughter about to be born, you just had to know that Kourtney Kardashian's baby shower would be a pink affair!

And indeed pink and white was the theme of the party - held May 12. Us Weekly has shared some pictures of the happy day, which included all of the Kardashian family and their friends. 


The party featured a Burt's Bees beauty bar and Dolly's Premium Cotton Candy (which seemed to go over well with adorable 2-year-old Mason.)

Kourtney showed off her baby bump in a very pretty lacy Diane von Furstenberg dress, and mingled with guests, including her sister Kim's new beau - Kanye West.


"It was perfect," the second time mom-to-be tells Us Magazine of her special day.

Bill and Giuliana Rancic's Surrogate: "She's giving us a gift and we're going to be eternally grateful."


After 4 long years of heartache and struggles, Bill and Guiliana Rancic are about to become parents thanks to a gestational surrogate, who Bill describes as ' great...a very caring woman.'

The couple have a few important things on their list of things to do before baby arrives (if they know the sex - they are not sharing!)  - which includes shopping for a new home for their growing family and decorating the nursery.

Beyond the baby preparations, the parents-to-be would like to squeeze in one more thing before their new son or daughter arrives - a babymoon!

"That's the goal. We're hoping to go to Italy. We have a very small window and I'm hoping that we're going to be able to get away because we need a little bit of R&R," admits the excited dad-to-be.

Image: Andrew Eccles/The Style Network

Jessica Alba, Daughters In Gorgeous Photo Shoot


A gorgeous trio:  Jessica Alba and her daughters - Honor Marie, 3 and Haven Garner, 9 months - posed for a photo shoot recently to celebrate Alba being named one of the top 100 most creative people in business in 2012 by Fast Company.



The actress was recognized for co-founding The Honest Company, a line of eco-friendly baby and household products.

“You spend more time changing your kid’s bum every single day than anything else,” Alba says of the colorful yet chemical-free diaper collection. “Why not have it be more pleasant?”

Image: Courtesy FastCompany


May 18, 2012

Charlize Theron's Adorable Traveling Companion


Charlize Theron is busy these days promoting her latest movie - Snow White and the Huntsman - and her six month old son, Jackson is on hand to help his mom out.

Theron and her adorable baby are currently in Madrid, Spain promoting Snow White, and just last week the two started off the European tour with a stop in Paris.

He may be just six months old, but baby Jackson is on his way to being one of the cutest world travelers ever.

Image: INF

May 17, 2012

A Walk in the Park for Kendra and Her Two Hanks


Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett enjoy a walk in the park with their curly-haired two year old, Hank Jr. on Wednesday.

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Mom-To-Be Snooki Shows Off Her Bump


Snooki tweeted a picture of  herself today which, according to the Jersey Shore star, 'shows off her bump perfectly!'

The mom-to-be was wearing one of her favorite fashion accessories - a pair of gold high heels. Snooki has said that she is able to continue wearing her 'fabulous shoes' during her pregnancy - at least for now -because her feet 'aren't swelling yet.'

Image: Courtesy Snooki

May 14, 2012

Jessica Simpson Maternity Launching This Fall


New mom Jessica Simpson, who just became a mommy to daughter, Maxwell Drew, is launching her own maternity clothing line: Jessica Simpson Maternity.

The collection will feature maternity clothing with a vintage 1970s feel, including printed tops, maxi dresses, jackets, blazers, sweaters, knits and denim, starting at just $36.

Simpson's newest fashion endeavor is due out this fall, and will be available at Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity and Macy’s stores.

Courtesy Destination Maternity

Baby Pictures: Barry Williams Introduces Samantha Rose


The Brady Bunch's 'Greg' has shared baby pictures of his newborn daughter, Samantha Rose. And she is a cutie!

Barry Williams and girlfriend, Elizabeth Kennedy, welcomed their first child together in April. Samantha Rose joins big brother Brandon, 9 - Williams' son from a previous relationship.

May 11, 2012

Boy or Girl: Melissa Joan Hart Saving Surprise For Delivery


There will be no finding out the sex of the baby for Melissa Joan Hart and her hubby, Mark Wilkerson.

Hart, pregnant with the couple's third baby, says she wants to be surprised when she delivers the baby later this year.

We don’t want to know. We found out both other times, but this one we want [it to be] a surprise,” said the Melissa & Joey star, 36,  at Wednesday’s Big City Mom’s Biggest Baby Shower in New York City.

The mom of two sons, Braydon Hart, 4, and Mason Walter, 6, is hoping to have another natural birth if possible.

“[Mason's birth] was completely medically intervened and I wanted my second one totally different so I did a hypnobirthing class and managed to pop Brady out naturally so that’s the plan again, but we’ll see.”

As for the upcoming Mother's Day holiday, the expectant mom is thinking food - specifically dill potato chips, which she says are her biggest craving right now.

"My husband said that he would make anything I want to eat, so we will probably spend the day at home eating all day,” says Hart.

Nicole Kidman Celebrates Motherhood, Family With Photo Shoot


Nicole Kidman is celebrating motherhood this Mother's Day with the release of  beautiful pictures from a mother-daughter photo shoot.

The pictures show Kidman - who was shooting on location for the June/July cover of Australia’sHarper‘s BAZAAR, - spending  time with her daughters, Faith, 16 months, and Sunday Rose, 3 1/2.



Although the actress initially intended the photos to be used privately in her own albums, Kidman explains the reason she changed her mind and released the photos -at the coaxing of the photography editor -

“I think it’s okay because you can’t see their faces; they’re still protected,” she explains. “I feel it’s a really lovely way to celebrate being a mum and being a family.”

Images: Harper’s BAZAAR

Family Fun for Alyson Hannigan, Alexis Denisof & Satyana


Expectant mom Alyson Hannigan, hubby, Alexis Denisof, and  3-year-old Satyana enjoyed a day of shopping in Santa Monica, Ca. Thursday. Little Satyana looked adorable in her cute multi-colored sundress - and was all smiles as she got a lift from her mom and dad!

The How I Met Your Mother star is due in June with the couple's second baby - and though they do know the sex of the baby, Hannigan and Denisof  are keeping mum.

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Glam Mom: Natalie Portman


Natalie Portman switches up her mommy look for a glamorous look and the result is stunning!

Portman and her hubby, Benjamin Millepied, celebrated at the New York City Ballet Gala Thursday night, along with other celebs like mom-to-be Drew Barrymore and fiance Will Kopelman.

We are guessing little Aleph - the couple's almost one-year-old son - stayed home with his sitter.

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Date Night For Gwen and Gavin


With sons Kingston and Zuma apparently at home with a babysitter, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale stepped out for a night of grown-up fun Thursday night.

The couple (who looked a-m-a-z-i-n-g!) attended Thursday's Heart Foundation Gala in Los Angeles.

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Drew Barrymore Plays Cover-Up the Baby Bump


It is getting harder to hide, but Drew Barrymore is still keeping her growing baby bump hidden as much as she can.

Last night the actress and her fiance,Will Kopelman, stepped out for the New York City Ballet Spring Gala. Mom- to-Be Drew wore a tuxedo jacket over her dress - perhaps an attempt at covering up her baby bump.

As the bump grows, the harder it will be to play cover-up - so maybe a pregnancy announcement from Drew will be delivered soon?!

Image: Pacific Coast News

May 10, 2012

Naomi Watts & Sons: Got Taxi?


Naomi Watts can relax - her 4-year old son, Sasha looks like an expert when it comes to hailing a cab! Watts and her two little men, Sasha and Kai, 3, were spotted out and about in New York on Wednesday.

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Shopping Gurus: Selma Blair, Arthur


Shopping can be tiring - especially if you happen to be an adorable 9-month-old baby boy! Selma Blair's son, Arthur, looks like he may be ready for a cat nap after shopping with his mom in Beverley Hills Wednesday. 

Or maybe the little guy is trying to sneak a peek at what is inside that Ralph Lauren bag!

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