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‘Tis the Season to Give!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The holidays are here and alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet has officially kicked off the season with their annual toy drive to benefit Baby Buggy!

 

Join them in donating a new pack of diapers, wipes, a book or toy! With every donation, you will enjoy a 15% discount on any full price merchandise between now and Christmas Eve. Have a great holiday, everyone!

Land of Nod Opens in New York

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Land of Nod, a store specializing in high-quality kids’ furniture, is launching a SoHo Toy Shop in New York City. Drop by 136 Prince Street at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 9, to take part in their grand opening. They also have lots of activities lined up until December, so be sure to check out their event calendar below.

 

Have a Fun Mother’s Day!

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

While we recognize that Mom has made great strides in her texting abilities, there are times when her texts make us long for the good old days when she only knew how to speak into the phone. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, check out Virgin Mobile Live’s compilation of 11 Outrageous and Bizarre Tests From Mom. If nothing else, we now know Mom is only a text away for a hell of a laugh!

Social Network Horror for Families

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

SHOCKING REPORT SHOWS HOW CHILD PORN IS BEING TRADED IN PLAIN SIGHT

WARNING: THIS STORY IS NOT FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Conducting interviews on this topic is the commentary editor and staff writer for WND, the largest independent Internet news service in the U.S., Chelsea Schilling.

Bombshell! America’s favorite social network is child-predator playground…

She’s a tiny brunette with brown eyes, barely 10, and she’s naked – posing for the man who raped her and traded her photo like currency with thousands of insatiable predators on Facebook.

The girl doesn’t smile, because she knows what comes next. Her abuser will share photos and earn bragging rights from thousands of others just like him who will exchange their own titillating snapshots – often images uploaded from cell phones – of boys and girls they molest.

She’s beautiful. In fact, she could be your own daughter, or little sister. Her little curls dangle over her youthful skin. Her bare body is clearly underdeveloped. But she has become a tool for sex, an X-rated trading card, a means to arouse the world’s sexual deviants.

There are many more young girls and boys like her – not in some sleazy magazine from the back of an adult bookshop, not from some homemade videos in the red light district, not in the back alleys of Bangladesh, but on the pages of one of the most successful new Internet companies in the world.

Meet the dark underbelly of Facebook, an ubiquitous U.S.-based company making an initial public offering expected to value the company as high as $100 billion.

Graphic images of sexualized children under age 12 and adults raping young kids are traded among circles of pedophiles on Facebook. Censored screenshots published are among the mildest of those found.)

Another profile reveals a small boy, about 8, who looks much like a neighborhood Little League champion or Cub Scout. He’s been forced to undress on a bed and hold his ankles behind his head as his captor photographs his exposed genitals and anus.

One more boy, about 12, is lying face down on a bed as an adult male penetrates him. The photo is a mobile upload – likely taken by a third person in the room who observed the child’s rape and posted the image to Facebook with a cell phone.

On other pages, child-porn deviants share a photo of two naked girls who are kissing and fondling one another outdoors. Yet another boy, who appears to be about 4, is receiving oral sex from a child roughly two years his senior.

Other children just like them are shown sodomizing one another – or being raped by adult men or women – in photos and video links of the abuse posted on Facebook. Entire albums of exploited boys and girls are visible to the public and shared with the click of a mouse.

Understand how you can protect yourself from being “Violated Online” with this important resource from WND Books.

On the Facebook user page called “Kidsex Young,” one man asks others, “Care to trade vids?” Another posts a video of a naked man fondling a baby on a bed.

 

To read the whole story, go to: http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/kids-raped-sodomized-on-facebook-pages/

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chelsea Schilling is a commentary editor and staff writer for WND, an editor of Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert, and a proud homeschooling mother. Schilling joined the Army at age 17, receiving the exceptional designation of expert marksman three times. In addition to WND, Schilling has worked as a news producer at USA Radio Network and as a news reporter for the Sacramento Union.

 

Image from: GrzegorzDomaradzki

Elisabeth Rohm

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

We catch up with the charming (and very busy) film and TV actress, author, fitness advocate as she talks about boarding school, her two novels, diet sodas, Abduction, and how motherhood to adorable little Easton is the most important part of her life

 

Long before the Twilight series, this Prius-driving mom and Global Green supporter was already helping “promote” the whole vampire scene on Angel. More noteworthy, Elisabeth Rohm’s most famous on-screen role to date is of a stunning A.D.A. on Law & Order. In September, she plays Mrs. Harper in the highly-anticipated film Abduction, and is already signed on for four more films for the year. Learn how she balances a busy life without compromising her time with her husband, Ron, and their uber cute daughter, Easton.

 

Describe your years growing up. What were your biggest dreams as a young girl?
I was raised by a textbook hippy, so my childhood was about nature, meaning the outdoors and animals. Back then, my biggest dream was to work with animals, like being a vet or something of that nature. I was all about horses, dogs, and creatures.

 

You were born in Düsseldorf, but migrated to New York, then moved to Connecticut, then finally to Southern California. What was the transition like, moving around so much?
I really didn’t move around a lot. I was born in Germany and moved to NY when I was 1-year old. I attended high school and college in New York, so I had a very stable childhood in New York. However, I love being bicoastal.

 

Words by Kariz Favis

To read the whole story, grab a copy of BC Magazine’s Anniversary 2011 issue.

Jeffrey Sebelia

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

For the Project Runway season three winner, the road to success as a fashion designer was coupled with a troubled past and a battle with drug addiction. Learn how he beat the odds to reinvent himself as one of today’s most sought after young designer (who also serves as just ‘dad’ to his little one, Harrison)
“Being creative begets more creativity,” is the profound assessment of Jeffrey Sebelia on his journey from musician to seasoned fashion designer. He’s best known for his stint as the punk-rocker with the clawing wit who won Project Runway’s third season, but underneath the sweatshirts and tattoos is a man who’s truly driven by passion for his craft—and a father, at that. Sebelia has told of a troubled childhood and a faded musical career that forced him to work behind the scenes, which eventually led to a battle with depression and drug dependency. He found his calling as a designer, thus joining Project Runway after much encouragement from season 2 alum, Santino Rice. There, his upfront personality and inherent talent soon earned him notoriety, and the title as season three champ. To date, his roster of clients include the likes of Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tommy Lee, Madonna, and his long-time friends (Linkin Park frontman) Chester Bennington and Dave Navarro.

 

Aside from keeping up with his pre-Runway line, Cosa Nostra, Sebelia has recently come up with a 70′s to 80′s-inspired children’s line called La Miniatura. BC gives you the exclusive about this new collection and how he managed to overcome his personal struggles and refocus his creativity, all while being a dad to little (and fashionable) Harrison.

 

Words by Valerie Anne del Castillo
To read the whole story, grab a copy of BC Magazine’s Anniversary 2011 issue.

Make a Better World with Books

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Happy May Day!  Did you know what other lesser-known holiday also falls this month? Children’s Book Week (May 7th to 13th), the national celebration of reading for youth. If you’re not familiar, Better World Books collects and sells books online to donate books and fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than 8 million new and used titles in stock, it’s a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value.  To date, the company has raised over $11 million for libraries and literacy, and diverted millions of books from landfills.

 

What’s the best time for to learn the love of reading?  Better World Books agrees with me — the sooner the better.  That’s why I wanted to spread the word about Children’s Book Week, the national celebration of reading for youth that kicks off May 7th.

 

The observance (administered by Every Child A Reader and sponsored by the Children’s Book Council) honors the life-changing potential of a book, especially during a young person’s formative years.

 

Here are a few ways to celebrate for Children’s Book Week (and all year long!):

 

  • Buy a book from BetterWorldBooks.com.  With every book purchased, they donate a book to someone who needs it.  The vast majority of donations goes to Books for Africa and Feed the Children.
  • Pick out one of your (or one of your parents’) favorite books from childhood and introduce it to your kid at bedtime.
  • Spend some time at your local library.  Even a few minutes here and there in our busy schedule will help instill a lifelong love of books.
  • Pen your own children’s book to read to your kids.  Have them also write their own to read to you, too!
  • Pick out 5 books, either from your own collection or from a book store, to donate to literacy campaigns throughout the world (Better World Books is a great example of one such outlet.)

 

And, Better World Books is reducing the price on a huge selection of used children’s books.  Shop their Children’s Book Week sale selection and get 3 used books for $9, and any additional used books for $3 each.

 

Children’s Book Week kicks off on May 7th, and ends on the 13th.  So get reading!

 

Photo source: qctonline.com

Detox Staples for a Healthy Stomach (and Body)

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

PRUNE JUICE
Prunes contain sorbitol, a stool-loosening sugar. Its juice is a vitamin-packed, fiber-rich drink that is also a good source of iron and potassium. It’s also loaded with phytochemicals, which prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol.

LEMONS
Lemons contain high levels of vitamins A and C, and minerals like potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron. It is also rich in bioflavanoids (or vitamin P), antioxidants that stimulate bile production for better digestion.

GREEN TEA
Green tea contains catechins, which helps lower LDL cholesterol. Studies have also shown that the antioxidants present in green tea aid in more efficient fat elimination and control, by raising the body’s metabolism.

For more detox tips, check out the Spring 2011 issue of BC Magazine.

Taboo

Monday, March 19th, 2012

With a cult following and Grammy under his belt, this Black Eyed Peas member counts fatherhood and getting out of jail as some of his all time feats


Jaime Gomez’s 2007 mugshot takes but a few seconds to find on an online search—too easy that even a 5-year old armed with the proper dexterity and spelling can Google it.

 

Sometimes a wake-up call comes in your sleep—for others, it is punctuated by a night in prison. Known to the world as Taboo, his autobiography, Fallin’ Up, takes us through this (not so scary) Latino’s journey of being born in an area of poverty and violence, how a spunky grandmother helped mold him, being a misfit in his communities growing up, raising his son at 17 while moonlighting in clubs as a performer, struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism, rising above his personal demons—to the husband and father he is today.

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All The Small Things

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Former pop punk band Blink 182’s frontman Mark Hoppus and then-MTV exec (and now designer) Skye, tells us that when it comes to their son Jack, all the littlest things mean the biggest.

 

 

Though Mark Hoppus has moved to rock on as singer and bass player for his new group +44 (along with former bandmate Travis Barker), and is releasing a new album worldwide, he also plays a more supporting role on the homefront as wife Skye’s star continues to shine—being the head honcho for Childish Clothing, a fun and hip line for maternity and children’s wear. We got to know the close-knit fam of three at their posh home in Beverly Hills, finding out their stories of love, travel, music, fashion, and how we are now halfway to Matsuhisa and scoring front-row concert tickets. (more…)