Trend Alert: Beer Garden Play Dates

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Need something to do this weekend? Call a friend, hit your local beer garden, and watch the kids play all afternoon. Feeling torn about whether or not this is okay? Understandable; it's a hot topic in the parenting community and within the bar scene. But across the country, beer gardens are becoming go-to destinations for... read more

A Look Back at Sheryl Crow's Adoption Story

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Happy National Adoption Day, y'all! We're taking a look back at country singer Sheryl Crow's adoption story. 2006 was a hard year for the singer. She faced a very public split from then fiancé, Lance Armstrong, and was diagnosed with breast cancer only weeks later. But these challenges only strengthened Crow's desire to live the life she always wanted.... read more

Nate Berkus Creates a 90-Square-Foot Nursery

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Elle Decor
This isn't Nate Berkus's actual nursery. But what the expectant designer dad created for an editor of ElleDecor.com is stunning all the same — and with just 90-square-feet of New York apartment space to work with. The interior designer visited Amy Preiser, a digital editor at the magazine, and transformed her tiny guest... read more

National Adoption Month: A Family's Beautiful Photo Tribute

Baby Sam from Blended photo series
Kate T. Parker
What happens when you adopt a beautiful baby boy who looks nothing like the rest of your family? If you have a sister who happens to be professional photographer, then you consider yourself lucky there is someone to capture that moment you become a family. This photo series, entitled Blended, is photographer Kate T.... read more

Target's Home Style Expert Emily Henderson Talks Marriage, Fun & Family

Emily Henderson lifting up son, Charlie, with husband.
Stephanie Todaro
It's a balancing act for sure: building a thriving career, raising a 1-year-old and maintaining a loving marriage. But Target's Home Style Expert Emily Henderson makes it look easy. The interior designer has spent the past year adjusting to life as a new parent. In her latest interview with The Nest,... read more

National Adoption Month: One Couple's Journey with Embryo Adoption

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Yesterday we reintroduced you to Katherine Heigl's adoption story. But as we learned from Liz and Kevin Krainman, there's more than one way to adopt. The Austin, Texas, natives considered the little-known option of embryo adoption when Liz discovered she had a severe diminished ovarian reserve at age 33. So while IVF wasn't going to allow them to... read more

National Adoption Month: Katherine Heigl's Story

Katherine Heigl and her adopted daughter Naliegh at "The Nut Job" premiere
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Tonight, Katherine Heigl makes her return to network TV. And she isn't the prom-dress-sobbing, LVAD-wire-cutting Izzie Stevens you know and love from Grey's Anatomy. Nope; this time Heigl appears as a badass CIA analyst solving the mystery of her husband's death on NBC's State of Affairs. In real life, though, Heigl's day-to-day routine isn't so fast-paced... read more

Adorably Sweet Baby Growth Tracking Ideas from Two Moms

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We love babies, obviously, but we got really excited when we saw these month-by-month baby photos inundating our newsfeeds. Two moms found two very refreshing -- and very different -- approaches to tracking baby's growth. The first is BennyFeed, one mom's Tumblr complete with "Hey Girl" memes and life hacks inspired by baby Ben. The best part?... read more

What to Do When Your Kid is THAT Kid

Blonde baby crying
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Let's admit it… we've all been the judgmental parent on the airplane or in line at the grocery store or at the playground who looks disdainfully upon the misbehaving child and his parents. We've all thought OMG, can't you control your child? or How can you just let him act like that? Even after having... read more

Heartbreaking Song From a Dad to Dying Newborn Son

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We're sad to report this story doesn't have a happy ending, but it's a testament to a father's love. As his newborn son, Lennon, fought for his life in the NICU, Chris Picco sang him the Beatles's "Blackbird." The impressive cover even included a guitar. Picco's wife, Ashley, had just passed away after an emergency C-section. “It’s impossible to... read more