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4 Simple Ways to Live a Little Greener

Finding easy ways to make your life a bit more eco-friendly can seem like a daunting task. In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve put together our top tips to get you started on the track to making your everyday life a little more environmentally friendly. For more products to help you along the way, check out our Earth Day events.

1. Start with Books. Learn about the Mother Earth together. Books about the environment like Hoot & Flush by Carl Hiassen and Maisy Grows a Garden, are a great way to teach toddlers and preschoolers in a fun, interactive way.

2. Go Local. The local food movement means farmer’s markets are popping up everywhere. It’s not only a fun outing with your family, but the selections of fruits, veggies and other foods are amazing. And you can feel good about supporting your local farmers. Make sure to bring a big reusable tote to carry everything. Bring It has a great line of functional and fashionable totes.

3. Recycle as a Family. Recycling should be a family activity. Make recycling easy by having clearly marked containers at various spots around your home with lists of common products that can be recycled rather than trashed.

 4. Volunteer. Many communities sponsor green activities, like pitching in to help clean up a local park or playground. Maybe the area around your child’s school could use sprucing up.

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Brand Spotlight: Introducing with love from africa by kate quinn

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Today, zulily has the unique opportunity to bring you the first look at a line of clothing that is very special to us both for its unique look and its purpose.  The with love from africa by kate quinn line of organic clothing features beautiful prints inspired by the scenes of Nairobi and Kenya. But it’s not just the beautiful designs that get us so excited. In partnership with Bébé Ravi, the clothing is lovingly handcrafted by women in Nairobi and Kenya,areas with unemployment rates as high as 40%. We had a chance to speak with the women behind kate quinn organics, Kate Quinn herself, about the driving factors behind creating this line and her inspiration.  

What led you to partner with Bébé Ravi, and what inspired you to develop your “with love from africa” line?

I met Siamanda Chenge, a former fashion model from Kenya, a few years ago at a show in NYC.  She currently runs a Kenyan women’s knitting project that creates the most beautiful sweaters, Bebe Ravi, which in turn helps support an orphanage that provides homes to boys and girls, many of them orphaned by HIV.  I was immediately inspired by her work, which is both meaningful and visually stunning.  I had been waiting for an opportunity for us to create some good together, and we finally developed this line, which is a woven custom print cut and sew collection, classic lines with fun details. zulily fell in love with it, and the rest is history.

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Where did you get your inspiration for the colors and patterns of the “with love from africa” line?

The prints are inspired by colors and textures etched in my memory from my last trip to Africa, sunsets, sky, grass fields after the monsoon.  The silhouettes are inspired by heirloom vintage party dresses and jumpers, both whimsical and easy to wear.

Can you explain the charitable contribution aspect?

The first production of this collection will create 30-35 new jobs for women in these villages. With each purchase, moms can feel good about helping moms in Kenya to cloth, feed and care for their children. In addition, a percentage of the revenue from the clothing is put back into the community through the support of the Patrick Chege Memorial Orphanage.

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Why did you choose to partner with zulily on this line?

I knew zulily would be the perfect fit due to their enormous heart and ability to get things done. We presented the idea to zulily and they fell in love with it. The rest is history. We know the zulily moms will love it just as much as we do.

See the full line of with love from africa by kate quinn today on zulily.

Get Ready for Summer: Top 5 Essentials

Between a bump in the barometer and days of endless sun, there’s nothing that puts a pep in your step like the anticipation of Summer fun. While Summer might not be here just yet, it’s never too early to prep for warm-weather festivities. From backyard barbecues to soaking up sun by the surf, we’ve gathered together five of our favorite Summer essentials to get you out the door and enjoying the sun in style.

1. Tote

 

From the beach to the farmers market and everything in between, you need a great tote to carry all your goodies to and fro.

2. Swimwear

 

Whether is a swim diaper for baby or your favorite polka dot bikini, Summer by the sea is always better with a vibrant swim wardrobe for beachside retreats.

3. Barbecue Accessories

Tis the season for baseball tailgates and backyard cookouts. From heat resistant mitts to tongs and kid proof plates, having an arsenal of barbecue accessories is sure to garner any cook a few smooches.

4. Pool Toys

 

From lounging poolside under the umbrella or doing cannonballs into the deep end, pool toys just make Summer more fun.

5. Get Fit Gear

 

With warm weather comes a plethora of outdoor activities to get the whole family up and moving. From state of the art rapid-ready gear to totally zen yoga apparel, summer isn’t complete without a wardrobe that’s ready to get fit.

Devon’s Discoveries: Diaper Bag Organization

The day finally arrived— Baby #2 was born about a week and a half ago and we couldn’t be more excited!  Baby G is a delight: happy, sleepy, and cuddly… and Bean is slowly but surely adjusting to big sisterhood.  I guess we’re all adjusting to becoming a family of four and we’ve already instituted some changes to make things run a little more smoothly.  One of my first orders of business was to get my diaper bag in order.  Juggling diapers, wipes, spare clothes and all of the other stuff you have to cart around with a newborn and a 21-month old is no laughing matter.  So I turned to zulily for some help in getting my diaper bag in tip-top shape.  I ordered two different bags, one for each girl’s diapers and wipes.

I also ordered this cool wet bag, which I’m using to store a change of clothes for each girl.  I love this bag because you can store wet clothes in here, which will come in handy when we have the inevitable accident.

My diaper bag may be a complete disaster in a few weeks, but right now it looks like a shining example of organization.  And hopefully it’ll keep me and my sleep-deprived brain from putting newborn-sized diapers on Bean!

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Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother two, former History professor, and lifelong shopper.  She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember.  Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California.  With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.

Get The Look: Our Hottest Spring Trends

Spring has sprung! And it’s brought along the must-have trends that you’ll love. We dialed in during this season’s New York Fashion Week to bring you our top four favorite trends ripping the runways. Shop these haute spring and summer styles today. 

Baroque:

 

The party print of the season has to be baroque. Originating from Europe, its ornate design is synonymous with opulence, making it an ideal choice for special occasions. Dress the part of a fashion goddess when incorporating this regal trend into your look. From the desk to dinner, it is a style do!

The lust-worthy print gives a modern moto jacket a regal edge and looks great on a classic shift, but if you’re looking for a leisurely-luxe version of the trend, pair a blinged out baroque-inspired bijoux with a simple tee. Get the look starting April 3.

Nautical:

 

Nautical notes made a stylish splash on the runways. Expect contemporary styles that never fail, like Brenton striped crewnecks, navy skimmers, crisp white linen blouses and sailor-inspired trousers. This trend’s effortless style makes it a spring favorite and ideal for lunches with the girls, family trips to the lake house and even a casual evening out.

Get the look on April 5th with the premiere of Vecceli Italy on zulily.comKnown for their sea-side-inspired apparel and luxurious jewelry, the brand delivers a casually-chic ensemble from head to toe!

Floral:

 

Get ready for a floral flush. This season, bountiful blooms live on in tropical tones, Hawaiian-inspired prints and metallic tinges. Tory Burch perfected the trend with a high-shine drop-waist dress covered in blossoms, while Elie Saab serenaded us in sweet style notes with her petal trimmed shift. 

Shop our signature In the Garden collection on April 8th for your next botanical ensemble. With floral inspired accessory and apparel, the options are endless!

Ruffles and Lace:

 

This trend is no longer limited to little divas - it’s time for Mom to have fun with ruffles and lace, and with these flirty styles, we’re sure you will! Feminine ruffles and diaphanous lace accents have taken over women’s wardrobe. By far one of the most popular trends of the season, when ruffles and lace are worn right, they make a mighty fine duo. Keep in mind less is more, so don the fancy flourishes in moderation – a sheer lace pant or tiered ruffle shift will do the trick!

Boasting an ethereal vibe that’s perfect for spring, dive into our pastel hued Ruffles and Lace collection going live April 16th. Enjoy tousled layers, decadent lace embroidery and even slinky fringe finishes that will have you swooning.  

From Celebrity Baby Scoop: 5 Celebrity Moms With a Brood of Boys

Aren’t little guys the cutest? Our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop recently took at some celebrity with broods of boys.

With the recent arrival of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s third son – Apollo Bowie Flynn – let’s take a look at four more Hollywood moms whom have all boys in their brood.

Gwen Stefani:

Rocker couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale welcomed their third son - Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale – on February 28, 2014.

In January, the Cool singer – already mom to sons Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5 – revealed that she was expecting another boy. Wearing a blue shirt and crown, Gwen captioned an Instagram photo: “I was ready to hand over the crown. But I guess I am still queen of the house. #itsaboy #surroundedbyboys.”

In 2010, the No Doubt frontwoman admitted that her brood of boys is a bit “weird.”

“I mean, it does seem weird that I don’t have a girl, but I feel like I’m running out of time,” Gwen shared. “I also don’t want to spread myself so thin that I can’t even be good for them… Poor Zuma, he’d be the middle guy. I’m not focusing on it right now, but it’s not up to me anyway, you know? These things are miracles, so we’ll see. Otherwise, the clothes are probably going to go to some girlfriend of Kingston’s!”

Melissa Joan Hart:

Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart and husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, are parents to three boys: Mason, 8, Brady, 6, and Tucker, 18 months.

“I was actually relieved it was a boy,” Melissa told Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “It makes life a little easier. I wasn’t prepared for the ‘girly’ toys and accessories. I couldn’t be more happy with the family I have surrounding me but I’m not ready to say I’m done having kids just yet.”

Cate Blanchett:

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett and husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, have three sons: Dashiell, 12, Roman nearly 10, and Ignatius, nearly 6.

“Having boys is great,” the Elizabeth star said. “It’s a neat position to be in and I love the high energy that comes along in raising boys. It’s fun.”

Julie Bowen:

Modern Family star Julie Bowen and husband Scott Phillips are proud parents to three sons: Oliver, nearly 7, and 4 1/2-year-old twins John and Gus.

What’s life like in her all-boy household?

“I have three boys, so my house is … rowdy!” she joked with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “They are close in age, so they really do like playing with one another, and so far, get along very well. I hope that continues.”

Britney Spears:

While she loves her boys, pop superstar Britney Spears says she’d love to give her sons —Sean Preston, 8, and Jayden James, 7 — a baby sister.

“I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl,” Britney admitted.

She added: “I think she would be like a mini-me. I think it’s going to be crazy. I’m not going to feel as alone in the world anymore. I’m going to feel like I have a second person, like, that’s me.”

More Hollywood mom & baby news:

Kellie Martin: “Nobody Tells You How Much You Multitask As A Parent”

Craig Morgan: “I’ve Always Appreciated Where I Am At”

Heidi Klum: “I Try To Live My Bucket List”

Kendra Wilkinson: “I Feel Like I Am The Perfect Teacher For A Young Girl”

 

CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com