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Review: The ‘Kid Lid’ protects your laptop from baby and toddler users

In this digital era we live in, chances are most babies will find themselves in front of a laptop viewing an educational  DVD or cartoon while resting on her tummy on a play mat before the age of one. By the time an infant gets to toddlerhood, he would have become a pro at online games. It’s just the world we are living in now.

But babies and kids’ love for laptop videos can be costly if they bang on the keys or spill food or drink inside of it.

Enter the Kid Lid. This innovative product, which retails for $29.99, is essentially a cover for the keyboard portion of the laptop.

The latest iteration of the invention which launched and got funded on Kickstarter last year folds up easily for storage and portable carriage. It also comes in Black. That was the color of our complimentary review copy ($39.99).

Created by a company called Mogolo, The KidLid can be wiped cleaned or placed in the dishwasher even, and is made up of BPA-Free Poly Carbonate plastic. It covers laptops that are 13 or 15 inches in sizes and comes in white, but the black and watermelon colors are also available in the fold up variety. An elastic velcro strap helps keep the lid in place.

I love it and found it to be perfect and functional! Check out a video on the product:

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Parents launch Kickstarter to fund Baby Essentials vending machine

In 2011, we featured a neat invention, The Nanny Caddy, a vending machine for parents who may have forgotten or used up some baby essentials while traveling through airports, shopping at the mall, or visiting zoos or amusement parks. 
Fast forward a couple years and you have parents Vanessa and Phil Carrington who’ve updated the concept. Think: touch pad interface, credit card swipe to prevent theft, printed or email receipt, adjustable trays, refrigerated options, digital ads pace and shopping cart feature for multiple purchases, among other neat features. The Carringtons are launching their own version called WeGoBabies!
“We wanted something better than a ‘potato chip’ machine (not that there is anything wrong with those but we weren’t selling potato chips.), ” they write in their Kickstarter fundraising campaign site. “We wanted to integrate all of the technology we have become accustomed to using every day, into the automated retail world”.
The Pitch:

Forgot your baby’s​ formula, diapers, portable DVD player for his favorite

Yo Gabba Gabba movie?? ​ No worries with the new innovation WeGoBabies! It’s a

common problem parent’s face when they’re away from home with their kids…a

“doh!”​moment when they reach for something their little one needs

and realize they forgot to pack it. That’s when WeGoBabies comes to their rescue. WeGoBabies

is a supped-up, state-of-the-art​vending machine stocked with everyday items

for babies and young children, including: formula, milk, healthy snacks,

juice, diapers/wipes, toys, bottles, pacifiers, teethers, and even larger items​like

hand-held electronics and booster seats! 

​This ​is not your ordinary vending machine!  WeGoBabies technology is

like nothing you’ve ever seen with all the bells and whistles, such as:​
  • Dual system vending:

    refrigerated and non-refrigerated all-in-one
  • Inventory, advertising, and

    machine functionality monitored from remote location – so it’s always well

    stocked
  • ​Large user-friendly touch

    pad selection screen
  • Receipt printer for proof of

    purchase and easy exchange/refund options, and many more features…
The Ask: And to get more of theses machines into more airports, malls and venues where harried parents frequent, the Carringtons are turning to the public for help and have launched a Kickstarter campaign, this past May 5 to help raise $50,000 for working capital.
If you can, and care to help the cause, read more and if you like and want to help make it come into fruition, then SUPPORT!

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Would you use any of these words to describe your body after having a baby?

Australia photographer Taryn Brumfitt asked 100 women on the street to give her one word to describe their bodies, these were some of the answers they gave her:

Wobbly





Imperfect





Stumpy





Very average





Short





Fat





Frumpy





Gross





Disgusting





Digusting.





Disgusting.

Now Brumfitt is raising money via Kickstarter to produce a documentary called “EMBRACE” that will explore the origins of women body shaming and loathing. 
The campaign started as part of her own journey to lose weight and achieve the perfect body. To get it, she entered herself into a body-building competition, but then she had a baby. 
Her body changed but she said she loved to love that imperfect body. 
What has really been the catalyst is a “Before-After” photo she posted on her Body Image group’s Facebook page that went viral and grew 3 million likes.
The campaign, which launched on May 10, is already half funded at about $100,000 but has 46 days to go. Something tells us, she will surpass her goal pretty soon.

Check out the Promo Video

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Kristen Bell: A Hollywood Mom Who Knows the Power of Social Media

  

So far 2014 has been

quite the year for actress Kristen Bell, and we’re only three months in! In

addition to starring in her passion project, the newly released Veronica

Mars
film, she’s also become the face of an ever growing movement to

protect celebrity children from paparazzi. Oh, and she was also a voice actor

in this one movie you may have heard of last year, it’s called Frozen?
Since the birth of her

daughter, Lincoln, in March of 2013, she hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.

That same month she teamed up with writer Rob Thomas to help turn their former

television series Veronica Mars into a film. The two of them were caught in negotiations with

Warner Brothers —who owned the rights to the franchise but didn’t want to put

up cash to make the film— when they decided to start a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the funds instead. They were

the first group ever to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a film that was

already owned by a major studio, a risk that turned out to be worth taking

considering the campaign managed to raise more than its goal of $2 million in

the first day alone.
Kristen Bell has become

one of the most active and well liked celebrities on social media as well. In

fact, according to social media analysis tools Topsy and ViralHeat, at least 80% of the tweets mentioning the celeb have only positive

things to say. Kristen used this strong media presence while trying to raise

the funds for Veronica Mars, and is now redirecting that power

toward another cause close to her heart – that one of her child, and the

children of other celebrities.
Along with her husband,

Dax Shepard, and other celebrities (including Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, who helped pass legislation in California protecting the children of celebrities last

year) she’s launched a campaign against the “pedorazzi”, as she calls them. Her

and Shepard argue that while they chose the become famous, their children did

not, and while being photographed by the paparazzi comes with the territory of

what the parents do, their children didn’t ask for it and don’t deserve it.

She’s a Mama Bear on a mission and it appears that nothing will stop her.

Her “No Kids Policy,”

which targets media outlets who publish paparazzi photographs of celebrity

children, has been wildly successful since its launch earlier this year. Major

media outlets such as People, Us Weekly,  Buzzfeed.com, Entertainment

Tonight
, and many other notable current events, news, and entertainment

outlets have all interviewed the star about her cause. She’s also been on a

media blitz, making live appearances to spread her message. She even appeared

alongside her husband on Access Hollywood to debate a few real-life

paparazzi regarding the issue. 
As for her acting work,

she’s currently starring in the critically acclaimed House of Lies on Showtime and reprised

her cameo role as the vapid and catty Ingrid de Forest on NBC’s Parks and

Recreation
earlier this year. 
Kristen Bell as Jeannie Van Der Hooven  in House of Lies
She’s also rumored to have a role in the recently greenlighted, online spin-off

of Veronica Mars for The CW’s website. If the rest of the year is going

to be like the first few months of it has been for her, 2014 is going to be one

heck of a year for Kristen Bell.




Spencer Blohm  is a freelance entertainment, pop culture, and lifestyle blogger. When he’s not busy working he can usually be found at the movies or planted in front of his T.V. He lives and works in Chicago where the winters only encourage such behavior.

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EXCLUSIVE: Veronica Mars Movie opens today, WIN a copy of the movie Here! ($29.98)

Veronica Mars was a short-lived TV mystery how (2004-2007) with a huge cult following— one that loved the show so much that the devoted fans of the crime drama about a female student who moonlights as a private investigator helped fund its silver screen debut.

The movie, which stars our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Kristen Bell, opens today in select theaters.

It has had quite the unprecedented, unconventional and film industry-changing run to get here.

Last year, screenwriter Rob Thomas turned to the crowd fund sourcing Kickstarter platform, an online hub that enables underfunded creatives with little resources and contacts to raise money for their projects from members of the public. Creatives share their plea with friends and the online community and supporters can pitch in from $2 to $5,000 or more to help make their dream come true. In exchange, donors get advanced copies of the product, autographed copies of movie posters or other benefits. They usually do not get a share in the profits that would come about from the project, however.
Screen capture of the campaign mid-run
In record time, last year, 4 hours and 24 minutes, the Veronica Mars Movie campaign  raised $1 million. By the time the Kickstarter clock ended, 91,585 backers helped raise $5.5 million. It even got a million dollar donation from one source.
The movie shot last summer and will be available shortly after it leaves theaters in May. Bellyitch is giving away a copy of the movie of the Digital HD DVD to one lucky reader in the US or Canada!

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But first, think you know all there is to know about Neptune, California? Test your Veronica Mars knowledge with all 3 levels of super-fan trivia and find out if you are the ultimate Marshmallow!

 (For those who don’t know, that is the term for Veronica Mars’ die hard fans)

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Rob Thomas has put together the 10 must seen episodes from the series here:

Watch the Trailer HERE:

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