Friday, December 21, 2012

Pick Up Last-Minute Toys at Target!

Target is my by far my favorite store for buying just about everything my family needs. It's a a one-stop shop for me year-round, but it's even more my premiere store during the holidays. I've purchased several toys that my daughter will absolutely love from the store. From a Dora the Explorer guitar to PlayDoh to a Doc McStuffins figurine, she's going to be thrilled when she sees what "Santa's" brought.

If you're still on the hunt for the season's best gifts for kids, look no further than Target's Top 20 Toys! This roundup of the hottest toys for the holiday also comes with a gift to you—free shipping! But since it's so close to the "big day," you'll be happy to find most of the items listed still available in stores nationwide.

Here are a five of my top picks from the list:

Furby Collection available here, $54

Leapfrog LeapPad2 Explorer Kidz Bop Music Pack available here; $129.00

Baby Alive Baby Wanna Walk Doll available here; $39.99

Disney "Bounce Bounce" Tigger available here; $26.99

The Amazing Spider-Man Mega Blaster Web Shooter with Glove Set available here; $15.99

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Did you visit Target this season for gifts?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Children's Place: The 'Place' To Be!

Ever since my daughter, Ava, was born (nearly 3 years ago!), she’s been heavily outfitted in clothing from The Children’s Place.

 Her entire wardrobe is at least 90% TCP, while the other 10% is divided between Target and GapKids. The fact that it’s only a couple of blocks away from my apartment probably helps, but even if it weren’t conveniently located, I’d still shop there frequently. The prices are always affordable and the clothes are nothing short of adorable. Plus, the quality is excellent, which is a huge selling point because we parents all know how quickly kids can wear out clothes!

Last week, I was invited to a “shop day” at the store for a mini shopping spree. And since I enjoy shopping for Ava more than for myself, it was a real treat! Ava and I were surrounded by sparkly sequin skirts, glittery holiday dresses and plenty of comfy PJs. There was so much cute stuff to choose from, I had to tear Ava away from the overload of goodies, especially the eye-catching accessories. After about an hour or so, we left with several items including: boots, jewelry, tops and bottoms!

One of my favorite pieces, Sequin Ombre Skirt; $24.99

If I had a son, I’d totally buy this cozy-looking Flannel Shirt for him; $9

We couldn’t have walked out of the store without these snazzy purple Pom-Pom Chalet Boots; $17

Do you shop at The Children's Place?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Kenya Dolls Return!

Twenty years ago, little BGs everywhere fell in love with the top-selling African-American doll in history—Kenya!

Screenshot of Kenya dolls from a TV commercial in the 1990s.

Now, the doll that stole the hearts of young girls is returning to store shelves this fall. Created in various skin tones, Kenya will return with sassy fashions and beautiful features that made the doll a favorite back in the 90s.

To promote Kenya's return, Shanica Knowles from "Hannah Montana" is featured in a music video, "Proud," celebrating the doll's relaunch.

Check it out here:

Did you own a Kenya doll back in the day? If not, what was your favorite childhood toy?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Makeup Maven Moms

Last year, I had the opportunity to catch up with some of the leading makeup and beauty mavens in the business who happen to be moms. Iman (Iman Cosmetics), Lisa Price (Carol's Daughter), Bobbi Brown (Bobbi Brown Cosmetics), and Maureen Kelly (Tarte Cosmetics) all shared beauty tips, parenting lessons they've learned, and more.

Click here to read the piece!

Are you a fan of Tarte, Carol's Daughter, Bobbi Brown or Iman products? 

Friday, April 27, 2012

BBG Chats with Kimora Lee Simmons-Hounsou

Ever since she hopped on the seen as Mrs. Russell Simmons back in the late 1990s, Kimora Lee Simmons-Hounsou has become a mainstay in urban pop culture.

From turning the fashion brand, Baby Phat, into an empire to her outrageous antics on her reality show, Life in the Fab Lane, Ms. Fabulosity has no plans of slowing down.

Kimora Lee Simmons-Hounsou out and about with her children, Ming-Lee, Aoki-Lee, and Kenzo earlier this month.

I spoke with the fashion mogul about being a mom of three, life after Baby Phat, and more. Check out the interview here.

Who's your favorite celebrity mom?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monsters Made Friendly

If your child is convinced that there are monsters living under his bed or is simply afraid of the dark, ScareMeNots, a new plush toy line might be the solution to those nighttime fears.

Recommended for kids between the ages of 3 to 9, these stuffed toys are designed in the likeness of friendly monsters and were created to comfort children and protect them from the "scary" ones.

 Available at for $19.99

With endearing names like Defender Dave and Protector Patty, these plush playmates will help your little one feel safe and secure. Even if your child doesn't live in fear of ghosts and goblins, ScareMeNots, make great cute and cuddly companions. 

Available in 6 different colors and styles, this award-winning toy will have your tots talking. 

Does your child have a favorite plush toy to keep him/her feeling safe at night?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Up Close with Timberly Whitfield of "Coffee Shop Confessions"

What mom doesn't love hearing juicy, heartfelt confessions from other parents about their children and the men in their lives? Then gabbing about what they've heard to others? In my experience, not many. That's why the new YouTube's CafeMom Studios' web series, Coffee Shop Confessions, is sure to be a hit among parents –– especially moms!

The cast of Coffee Shop Confessions (from L to R) Alex McCord, Timberly Whitfield, and Julia Knight.

Hosted by three incredibly witty and savvy moms and a dad: TV personality Timberly Whitfield, Real Housewives of New York star, Alex McCord, Julia Knight, and actor/founder of Cafemom Andrew ShueCoffee Shop Confessions launched earlier this month and features re-enactments of hot topic secrets that the hosts tackle roundtable style.

Even though it's only been on the web a few short weeks, it's already becoming a mommy must-see.

I recently caught up with co-host, producer, and mother of two, Timberly Whitfield, to get her take on parenting, the new film Bully, and more!

Timberly Whitfield

Check it out below:

1       What advice would you give a new mom who feels overwhelmed?
"Breathe!  I know it sounds too simple, but I'm telling you it works.  Just a few deep breaths can do wonders for calming a stressed-out mom.  I have to constantly remind myself to do the same, because it's not something that comes naturally.  The shallow breathing that we typically do only increases anxiety.  Slow breathing really stills the mind and body in the moment, and you can then operate from a better place and deal with the situation at hand.  My mother is a yoga instructor and has been doing yoga all of her life, so I definitely take this from her.  Whenever I can I take a Kundalini yoga class which involves yogic breathing, and that keeps me centered for a long time!

I would also tell an overwhelmed mom to talk about whatever it is that is making her feel that way.  Keeping things inside will only make you feel more frustrated.  Talk to a friend, your husband, your children even.  I love because it's a website that offers a safe place for moms to talk to other people who are going through similar situations.  And sometimes that's all you need - an opportunity to vent and not be judged!"

1           What do you hope to bring to "Coffee Shop Confessions?"
"We are three real moms (and a dad), all from very different backgrounds, who don’t always agree.  So, first of all, I hope we are entertaining!  We do want people to keep watching.  We weigh in on moms’ secret confessions and I hope from time to time people will take away some useful tips and/or advice they can apply to their own lives. 

Mom Confessions is a very popular feature on the CafeMom website, so they decided to build a show around it.  The confessions are reenacted, then the four of us – Andrew Shue, Alex McCord, Julia Knight, and myself – dish about it.  We had such a great time working together, and there was instant chemistry.  I hope that comes through."

Moms are always looking after everyone else; how do you find balance being a working mom? 
"I don’t know that we find balance, per se. I think balance can be a scary word because it implies perfection, and therefore seems unattainable. I see life for a mom more like juggling. You know when you juggle (which I learned to do, by the way), your eye stays focused on the ball that’s in the air, not down at the other balls in your hand. As moms we are constantly juggling many things. We are master multitaskers. Whatever “ball” is in the air is what we are focusing on in that moment. So you’re in that moment when you’re at work. You’re in that moment when you’re playing with your kids. You’re in that moment when you’re preparing dinner. And, so on. It ain’t easy! I’m always working at it."

How would you describe your parenting technique? 
"I don't know that I have a "technique," but I definitely should get one!! I remember how my mom could give my brother and me a single look, one we thought was terrifying, and that look would end any fighting, arguing, misbehaving in an instant. Well, I certainly don't have that. Wish I did! I guess I'm more of a softie. My husband is tad bit tougher, so that helps."

Have you seen the movie, Bully? If so what were your thoughts? 
"I have not seen Bully, but it's definitely on my list to see. I am horrified by what I've seen and heard in the media about bullying. There are a lot of wonderful things about our modern technology, but I think bullying has gone to new heights because of it. Between social networking and the use of cell phones, there is so much more harm that kids can do to one another now. It's definitely a whole new world - very different from when I was growing up. I'm very happy that the rating for Bully was changed from "R" to "PG-13." I think it's important that all parents see it, and then view it a second time with their teenaged children. The more people are aware, the better chance we have putting an end to bullying! It is an "epidemic" that has to stop."

You can watch Coffee Shop Confessions here!

Do you watch any mom-focused web series?