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10 Tips for Keeping the Kids Safe on Halloween

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Halloween is traditionally a time of good-natured mischief, mild trickery, and wild fun for kids.

In today’s world, however, parents are forced to be a bit more cautious regarding kids’ safety than their parents were. Provided that you teach your children to adhere to certain safety rules and take the recommended precautions yourself before a trick-or-treating expedition, Halloween hijinks can be as fun, and as harmless, as they were in days gone by.

  1. No Trick or Treating Alone – No matter how old your child is or how much he insists upon being allowed to go out by himself, it’s best to insist that he at least be accompanied by a group of friends. While it’s not practical to accompany your young teen personally, ensuring that he’s with a trusted group of friends can help to keep him out of harm’s way and do wonders for your peace of mind.
  2. Integrate Reflective Materials into Costumes – One of the biggest hazards for children during the Halloween festivities are drivers that cannot see them. While your child should understand that walking or playing in the street is never acceptable, it’s still best to take every possible precaution by integrating reflective materials that will glow in headlights and make your child easy to spot.
  3. Keep Props Flexible and Blunt – Regardless of how hard your pirate tries to bargain for a more realistic-looking cutlass, you should make sure that all costume props are flexible and have dull edges to prevent accidental injury. Kids can be hurt during make-believe jousts, and can also fall on their own “weapons,” should they lose their balance as they scamper across the neighborhood lawns.
  4. Teach Safe Pedestrian Behavior – In order to reduce the chances of your child being struck by a passing vehicle, it’s imperative that you help them understand the rules governing pedestrian behavior. Even if you plan to accompany your child every step of the way, he should still have a basic idea to prevent accidents.
  5. Opt For Makeup Over Masks – Masks are a perennial Halloween favorite, and often the scarier they are, the better. Despite their popularity, however, masks aren’t always the safest choice for a costume. Unless your child has particularly sensitive skin, opting for gentle, non-toxic makeup or face paints is a far better option. The construction of most masks creates a situation in which the wearer’s peripheral vision is obstructed, which can increase your child’s chances of being involved in an accident.
  6. Glow Stick Safety – Some parents opt to give their children glow sticks to boost their visibility to drivers. While this is a perfectly safe and quite effective option for children old enough to handle them properly, the chemicals can be hazardous if glow sticks are handled improperly. Before handing these luminescent items over to your little ones, be sure that they understand never to puncture the plastic casing and to promptly discard any glow stick that is leaking.
  7. No Risky Treats! – Candy and other treats that have damaged packaging, look as if the wrapper has been tampered with, or are unfamiliar should not be eaten. Kids with food sensitivities and allergies should also hold off on eating any of their haul until they get home to make sure that they don’t accidentally come into contact with a dangerous allergen.
  8. Skip Costumes That Fit Improperly – While your little princess may want a train that trails behind her for three feet or the Dracula in your midst a long, flowing cape, these costumes simply aren’t safe for children. These long, draping materials can be tangled, caught on moving objects, or cause your child to trip.
  9. Stranger Danger – While it’s not a good idea to instill a blind terror of all strangers, your child should understand that some strangers can be dangerous, and that they should never enter the home of anyone they don’t know very well and trust completely. It’s also Halloween etiquette to not approach houses with the outside lights off.
  10. Zero Tolerance Vandalism Policies – Though much of Halloween mischief is largely harmless and in good fun, kids need to know that a zero-tolerance vandalism policy will be enforced before they walk out the door with their friends. Toilet papering, shaving creaming, and egging, among other destructive acts, can lead to serious trouble and should never be tolerated or condoned by parents.

Much of your approach to child safety on Halloween will depend upon the age and maturity level of the children involved. While very young children are likely to be content with a trip around the neighborhood, a modest haul of treats, and the chance to show off their costume, older kids will likely insist upon having a bit more autonomy.

It’s also wise to have a candy policy in place before the first piece falls into your child’s trick-or-treating bag to avoid gorging on sugar or fighting over the subject.

Christina Milian Bumps It Up in Paris

Mom-to-be Christina Milian pregnant star is having a great pregnancy and keeping busy,

The “Dip It Low” singer and actress shared numerous pics of herself in Paris, France, on her Instagram, revealing her growing baby bump.

“Paris on the weekdays, then somewhere exotic on the weekends. ?,” the “Whatever You Want” hit maker  captioned a fierce photo of herself striking a pose in a crimson red T-shirt under a black leather jacket, paired with thigh-high boots, accessorized herself with a red Fendi bag, hoop earrings, and and circular aviators.

Cute!

Milian and her French singer songwriter boyfriend Matt Pokora are expecting their first child together. She is mom to Violet Nash with ex rapper-producer The Dream, (real name Terius Youngdell Nash)

 

Besides producing films, Milian has been showing off her bump on her feed as well.

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Struggling with Motherhood Meghan Markle Is Getting No Empathy, Love

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Sad meghan markle

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Man, poor Duchess Meghan is having a difficult time adjusting to life as a Royal and a mother.

While filming a documentary during a diplomatic trip to Africa with her husband, Prince Harry, she did more than reveal that their adorable son Archie has red hair, she also talked about having a tough time adjusting to motherhood.

In speaking with journalist Tom Bradby for the ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey“, Meghan Markle shared her struggle with being a new mom and newlywed to Prince Harry:

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she said. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um…yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

After Bradby asked if she  was struggling and not okay, the Duchess responded, “Yes.”

The news about this confession of the yet-to-be-released project comes on the heels of news that she and Prince Harry are considering leaving the UK altogether and remarked in passing about making a home for themselves in South Africa, and reports of their plans to sue the British press for hacking her phone,  and formal statements from Prince Harry calling on the tabloid press to quit harassing her and subjecting her to racist or unfair treatment.

“Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations — something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis,” the statement read.

“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he said in a reference to his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a 1997 car crash while trying to elude paparazzi in Paris.

While the former Duchess Fergie, Sarah Ferguson, too was hounded relentlessly by the press, as was Harry’s mom  as he noted, those watching Markle’s treatment think compared to Duchess Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, Meghan is getting inequitable treatment perhaps because she is partially black and American.

When Kate  Middleton wore a one shoulder dress, the British press called her elegant but when Markle wore a similar style dress at the British Fashion Awards, they referred to it as “vulgar.”

Before and since Markle’s confession about having a difficult time adjusting to motherwhood, I have seen people in social and traditional media be critical of the British monarchy dismiss her complaints.  Many have also suggested that she gets what she asked for by marrying into that family and becoming a Royal.

US Talk show host Wendy Williams infamously stated so on her show this week.

In my opinion, such flippant, dismissive and harsh reactions show lack of empathy. Irrespective of what one feels about the family she married into or the fact she had tremendous wealth, I think kindness or at least passive observance is in order when someone expresses sadness over dealing with personal anxiety or stresses.

For the average man or woman that come across the reports about Markle’s confession, it so easy to scroll by they don’t care but they don’t. Instead, they make these blatant pronouncements that come off as cold and callous and sort of truly reflects poorly on the person making the disparaging remarks.

That’s my opinion. Feel free to disagree.

We all should strive to be kind. We have enough things to fight and get upset about. No need to pile on.

 

Shay Mitchell’s Labor and Delivery Video Is The Realest

Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell gave birth to her first child recently and filmed her entire birth story for her YouTube pregnancy journey channel.

From the point her water broke at home, to the frantic ride to the hospital, to the administering of Pictocin to hurry along the stages of labor to a fight with her Canadian actor boyfriend Matte Babel over when to insert a pain relieving epidural in the base of her spine, it was all captured and displayed in a well edited captivating video posted on Monday, October 21.

Her Doula is the Bomb, by the way.

By the end of the 33 hour journey, Mitchell welcomed a healthy baby girl and the captivating content did not stop there.

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While spending two days postpartum in the hospital, Mitchell took questions and answered them via Instagram story. Wowza! We think that may be a new social media record for most engaging celebrity birthing experience.

You can watch the 11-minute video here:

 

 

Sofia Vergara To Pay $80K in Unwanted Frozen Embryos Battle with Ex

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Sofia Vergara


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’s Sofia Vergara and her ex fiancé Nicholas Loeb are still embattled over the state of two fertilized and viable embryos the two created while together but recently a judge ordered the Colombian beauty to pay Loeb close to $80,000 in his legal fees and costs.

That amount is a 35 percent reduction of the amount Loeb sought. The judge reduced it after finding the legal fees records Loeb produced to the court don’t match the request.

As fans may recall, before Vergara and Loeb broke up in 2014, the two discussed plans of having a baby together using in-vitro fertilization and a third-party surrogate.

In 2013, they visited the ART Reproductive Center to undergo the IVF process and entered into a signed agreement that stated, among other things, that one person could not use the cryopreserved material to create a child without the explicit written consent of the other.

However, since the breakup, Loeb sued for full custody rights over their two pre-embryos that are in cryogenic storage at ART’s facilities today.

Vergara pointed out that would violate their agreement because she didn’t want them.

Loeb eventually withdrew his claim but outstanding elements of the case remain.

Vergara has a 27-year old son, Manolo, from her pervious relationship with Joe Gonzalez and has been married to actor Joe Manganiello since 2015.

WNBA’s Skylar Diggins-Smith Played Pregnant All Season

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Dallas Wings Skylar Diggins-Smith

Another professional female athlete who recently had a baby is speaking out about maternity leave treatment they received from the sports industry.

This time, Women’s National Basketball Association  star of the Dallas Wings team, Skylar Diggins-Smith revealed Saturday that she played an entire season while pregnant but was called a “quitter” for taking two months off to cope with postpartum depression after giving birth to her son.

Diggins-Smith, 29, said she played while pregnant throughout the entire five-month 2018 season and “didn’t tell a soul” adding that she was the leading player in the league and averaged 17.9 points and 6.2 assists. She also earned her fourth All-Star slot.

But Diggins-Smith said when she took two months off early this season to spend time with her newborn son and handle postpartum depression, she was slammed as a “quitter” who was giving up on her team.

 

 

Diggins-Smith first announced her pregnancy close to two months following the end of the Wings’ ended its 2018 season back in August.

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HuffPo reports that even though she was scheduled to play in the 2019 season, she never did and it looks like her PPD has some reason to do with it.

 

 

“Under the WNBA collective bargaining agreement, players who become pregnant under contract are to receive half their salary, and their medical expenses are to be covered by insurance, ” according to Yahoo Sports.

It’s unclear if she will return. Diggins-Smith is the latest of several female athletes to speak up. Earlier,  marathoner Alysia Montano complained Nike lessened her pay while on maternity leave, then Allyson Felix co-signed and

RHOBH’s Teddi Mellencamp Gets Ready for Baby #3

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Teddi Mellencamp

Another housewife from Bravo TV The Real Housewives franchise is expecting a baby; this time Teddi Mellencamp from the Beveryly Hills franchise.

It’s baby number three for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her husband Edwin Arroyave.

Teddi, whose famous dad is 80s rock star John Cougar Mellencamp, shared a recent bump progression photo with her kids. The fitness pro posted a bump progression photo of herself in a bump revealing LBD body con dress while posing with her two kids, 6-year old Slate and 5-year old Cruz this week.

“When I first had Slate, I was driving myself crazy going to every ‘Mommy & Me’ class I could find online! If you know me, you know I can barely stand driving down the street, but I was determined to meet other likeminded moms,” she wrote in a post promoting the Peanut app and website in a sponsored post. “Luckily, I was eventually able to find my ‘mom tribe.’ And then when I got pregnant with Cruz, most of those mamas were expecting as well.”

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When I first had Slate, I was driving myself crazy going to every “Mommy & Me” class I could find online! If you know me, you know I can barely stand driving down the street, but I was determined to meet other likeminded moms. Luckily, I was eventually able to find my “mom tribe.” And then when I got pregnant with Cruz, most of those mamas were expecting as well. But now, five years later, here I am pregnant again and on the lookout for some new expecting moms to share and bond with. And with a busier than ever schedule, I am so blessed to have discovered @peanut. It's an app to meet other women in your area who the same similar interests and are at a similar stage in life. You can arrange meetups, share experiences, ask questions and get answers from real women. I've been able to easily connect with new moms and moms-to-be nearby, as well as join in discussions without any judgment. Favorite maternity workout wear? How to stay fit? Weird pregnancy cravings? There are so many conversations happening on there! I seriously don’t know how we did it before @peanut! To all moms and moms-to-be out there, I recommend you sign up. I promise you, it’s worth it ? #peanutapp #ad

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The Celeb Baby News We Scooped ‘PEOPLE’ and ‘US Weekly’ On

Photo of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds with infant daughter

Photo of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds with infant daughter

Even though Bellyitch has been in the celeb bumpwatch biz for over a decade, it’s not often that this site scoops major gossip press like PEOPLE and US Weekly but alas it did on this recent celeb baby news.

This week, Ryan Reynolds confirmed what we’ve shared on this blog since September: that he and his beautiful actress wife Blake Lively are proud parents of another baby girl, their third.

The Deadpool star posted on his Twitter account a sweet photo of himself, his wife Blake Lively and their 2 month old infant being toted in a baby carrier to promote the upcoming Canadian elections and climate change on his account and confirmed he has three girls.

“I want my daughters to experience the same natural playground I grew up in,” he said in the tweet revealing the sex of his baby. “On Oct. 21, the candidate you vote for will SHAPE CLIMATE POLICY. I’m proud of the climate progress made the last 4 years. Click http://Elections.ca for voting info. #Capilano

PEOPLE and US Weekly magazines published their “exclusive” confirmation about the baby’s birth a whole three months after the baby news was the subject of a blind item  you can check here!

And apparently, according to Yahoo!, Reynolds is getting his wish to have a home full of girls.

Back in 2016, he told Entertainment Weekly Radio in 2016 “if I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled. Really, like I genuinely would be.”

It’s all because he grew up in a house with four boys, including himself, who tore up his parents home and he just was not interested in the rough and tumble life.

“My brothers and I, there’s four of us, we would destroy the house,” he recalled to EW Radio. “I was eight and I could patch and drywall at eight. We could actually repair an entire hole in the wall in our house within 15 minutes.”

He added: “That’s part of the reason I don’t want boys, because I don’t want a wiffle house. I just want the house to be normal.”

  • There you go! Dreams do come true!

R&B Divas alum KeKe Wyatt Is Expecting 10th Child

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R&B Singer and R&B Divas: Atlanta reality TV star Keke Wyatt is expecting baby number 10!

The Southern beauty announced the news on her Instagram account on Monday.

“My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy!” she captioned a slide show featuring a series of maternity portraits starting with one of her in a floral decorated bathtub wearing a lace body suit, another of her in a blue and white sequinned gown and a pink lace dress.

“We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family,” then plugged her soon-to-be-released YouTube series about her life called The Keke Show.

“You will see me balancing wife, mommy and artist!!! Trust me… it’s never a dull moment with my family. Love ya sugars.”

This is the first child for Wyatt and Darring.

Wyatt has eight children with ex-husband Michael Ford and another child from her previous marriage to Rahmat Morton.

Wyatt and Morton got married when the singer was 18-years old and divorced in 2009.

Internet Sleuths Figured Out Drake and Sophie Brussaux Celebrated Son’s 2nd Birthday Together

 



Internet sleuthing fans and the media figured out that rapper Drake and his ex Sophie Brussaux celebrated their son Adonis’ 2nd birthday together at Drizzy‘s Toronto mansion.

He posted a photo from the celebration event on his Instagram page which showed off large mylar balloons spelling out his son’s name with a tiny art rendering of Sesame Street character Elmo in the corner.

“Happy Birthday King ?”, he captioned the photo.

Around that same time, Brussaux posted the same photo and an outside portrait of herself standing in front of a floral Sesame Street charter Cookie Monster display in front of the outside of the mansion.

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On his actual birthday, the visual artist posted on her Instastory a throwback pic of herself in a bump-hugging black dress with the caption,“Today, it’s been 2 years I was having 50-sec contractions every 3 min for 24 hours man…all worth it.”

The visual artist added: “Only a handful of weeks left, over 200lbs. Looks like I’m carrying twins, but I swear I’m not.”

She is extremely private about her son with Drake and usually displays of her colorful oil paintings featuring landscapes, stills and portraits of celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Angela Bassett, Amy Winehouse, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.

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