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Great Ideas: How to Throw a Ghoulishy-Good Halloween Kids Party

10/10/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Halloween is one of my family’s favorite holidays. Not only is it frightfully-fun, but it’s the one time of the year where we can let it all hang out … literally. But as a full-time event marketing executive and busy mom of three kids aged 10, 6 and almost 4, I’m always on the lookout for cool, easy-to-create holiday ideas.

In the weeks leading up to the spooky day, the kids and I like to decorate the house with pumpkins, cobwebs, tombstones and skeletons, buy tons of candy to give away and scour sites for the perfect costume (we typically get ours from buycostumes.com). But this year, I’ve decided to throw a boo-tastic bash that my children and their friends can enjoy. Below are my fave kid-friendly ideas. Check them out.

Candace Montgomery, chicbusymom.com

Lacquer and Linen PumpkinsCourtesy Lacquer and Linen

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Great Ideas! 6 Yummy (and Kid-Friendly!) Lunch Recipes from Weelicious

09/05/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Catherine McCord: Weelicious Lunches Think Outside the Lunch Box book
Maren Caruso

Catherine McCord has had a lot on her plate — figuratively and literally! — since debuting her family-friendly recipes website, Weelicious, five years ago.

Not only is she busy running behind her two adorable school-aged kids (Kenya, 6, and Chloe, 4), but the Institute for Culinary Education alum recently released her second book, Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box, this fall.

McCord gave us a sneak peek and from stuffed pizza rolls to chocolaty vanilla wafers, it’s chock full of yummy dishes your kids will love to pack up for school.

Even better? To help you get a jumpstart on making healthy and delicious lunches for the tots, the meal planning guru is sharing some of her fave recipes. Check them out below:
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Giveaway: A GE Café French Door Refrigerator with Hot Water Dispenser (a $3,099 Value!)

06/10/2013 at 12:00 AM ET

GE Cafe French Door Refrigerator Giveaway
Courtesy GE Appliances

Talk about handy!

Leave up to the genius design team at GE Appliances to create the first ever refrigerator — the Café French Door model ($3,099) — to feature a hot water dispenser.

Now you don’t have to wait long for a steaming cup of tea or to warm up your baby’s milk.

Not only does it heat up to 16 ounces of water in two minutes, but it let’s you select your desired temperature. There are also four pre-programmed settings to make it simple when you’re in a rush.

Other amazing features include an advanced water filtration system, an adjustable temperature-controlled drawer for everything from meat and cheese to produce and fruit, TwinChill™ evaporators to help stabilize the levels of humidity in main area and freezer (say bye to freezer burn!) and LED lighting for a crisper illumination.
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Mario Lopez: Gia’s ‘Very Busy with a Full Schedule’

05/31/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

As the host of Extra and The X Factor, Mario Lopez knows a thing or two about having a full plate, but that’s nothing compared to 2-year-old daughter Gia Francesca.

“She’s very busy with a full schedule,” Lopez jokes to PEOPLE, noting his daughter’s currently enrolled in dancing and gymnastics classes. “She’s a funny kid. Great personality, very social, lot of energy. She’s a blast to be around and I love that she’s so warm with people.”

Gia’s personality should make the transition to big sister an easy one when Lopez and wife Courtney welcome their second child later this year.

“She’s pointing at the belly and saying, ‘There’s a baby in there,’” Lopez says. “She wants to know if it’s a boy or a girl, but we don’t know because we’re waiting to find out. That’s kind of tough sometimes, we just don’t know!”

Mario Lopez Talks About Daughter Gia and Expecting Second Baby
Courtesy Lipton Iced Tea

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Great Ideas! 4 Hot New High Chairs You Have to See

05/24/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Meet the newest breed of high chairs: they’re functional, sleek, and totally stunning to look at — even with oatmeal running down their legs. They’re so beautiful, it’s really a shame they’ll get covered in mushy peas.

They’re also super practical. The Summer Infant Bentwood chair perfectly tucks into your closet when you have a dinner party. And the Zaaz chair by Nuna has so many seating options that it might actually be a Transformer — the friendly kind, of course.

Dying to find out more? Here’s the scoop on our fave four:

OXO Sprout High Chair
Courtesy OXO

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Ali Larter Reveals New Cookbook — And Recipe!

05/15/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Ali Larter Kitchen Revelry Cookbook
Amy Neunsinger

Becoming a mom changes a lot in a woman’s life — your schedule, sleep pattern and more. But it can also awaken your desire to pursue other passions, which was definitely the case for Ali Larter when she welcomed 2-year-old Theodore in 2010.

“After my son was born, I realized how much time I spend on set acting and how much I love that, but when I’m not on set, I’m usually throwing dinner parties or cooking and entertaining in some way,” the actress tells PEOPLE.

“So I thought you know what, maybe I’ll try to put a book together, that sounds like kind of a fun thing to do in my off-time.”

The result of all Larter’s hard work is Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus From My Home to Yours, which will hit stores in September.
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Great Ideas! 9 Healthy & Easy Meals for the Whole Family

03/28/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Robin Kaiden Dietitian Healthy Family Meals Roundup
Courtesy Robin Kaiden

As a registered dietitian and new mom, Robin Kaiden fully understand the challenges of feeding your family well with limited time.

She also knows how hard it is to create healthy, well-balanced and adventurous eaters. Her trick: Cook meals the whole gang can enjoy.

From turkey tacos to veggie mac and cheese, Kaiden offers up her fave dishes for eaters big and small. Check them out below.

VIEW THE GALLERY: 9 Healthy & Easy Meals for the Whole Family

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