Thursday, October 30, 2014

Alyssa Milano's breastfeeding Instagram photo is awesome, stirs usual commentary online


Sometimes I feel it's like the movie Groundhog Day each time a celebrity posts a photo of herself breastfeeding a child on social media. The celebs say they are doing it to share, to lessen the stigma, and to support other women and encourage them to breastfeed their babies. 

Nonetheless, a good chunk of society is still not cool with seeing exposed breast in public and definitely not on their social media stream. Plenty believe it should be kept private and then there are those (many among the 3K+ and counting commenters on this Yahoo! story about the photo) that will call the celeb a "fame whore" only sharing the imagery for glory and attention and not true altruistic purposes.

Even when wary graduating college students do it out of convenience to hush a crying baby and share in social media, they're getting flak. 

Alyssa Milano, who just welcomed daughter Elizabella with husband David Bugliari, is the latest. Milano, who also has a 3-year old son, Milo, with Bugliari, shared a photo on her Instagram account this past Monday, October 27  with a quote from Milan Kundera’s “Life of Elsewhere". 

Very cool just don't read some of the comments in the various articles about the photo.

*sigh*

We know who you are and where your heart is Alyssa. Kudos to you for being an advocate!


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

So an "Uber for Kids" car service is here


A San Francisco start up has created what is being called "Uber for Kids". 

Essentially, the app Shuddle enables ride sharing where a fleet of all women drivers (currently) picks up kids who need rides to sporting games, practices and other extracurricular activities and takes them to their destination.

As with Uber and Lyft, a booking (which must be done by 10 am the day before with Shuddle) sends the image and name of the driver. The parents provide a password which the driver must repeat and the kid knows.

And also like with the popular ride share apps like SideCar, there is a GPS transmission of the vehicle and route that the parents can monitor to track the vehicle their precious kids are in as it travels to the destination. Also, no kids who require car seats are allowed. 


Shuddle's Nick Allen founder told The Huffington Post that it is a mere coincidence that all its drivers are female but chalks it up to them getting all the women who don't feel comfortable being Uber drivers. 


The added requirements for Shuddle drivers beyond criminal histories, DMV records, and employer reference. All drivers must either have kids of their own or have the experience of having worked with kids at some point. 

"Think of your driver as a neighbor who you can count on," Allen said.

The 11 person company has faised $2.6 million in funding  from various angel- and institutional investors, and plans to expand beyond San Francisco, where it is currently only available. 

photo: Facebook
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Which Celeb Family does Halloween Best?



Each year, several celebrity families dress up in themed Halloween costumes, outfitting up themselves and their kids to match the theme.  

Jessica Simpson, NFL's Eric Johnson and daughter Maxwell went as a Swedish Family, Niecy Nash and fam did the Little Red Riding Hood storybook, Tori Spelling  and Dean McDermott rocked Wolverine and other superheros theme, while Brook Shields and fam went at members of The Addams Family. Last year, Snooki went as Dorothy form The Wizard of Oz with son Lorenso dressed as the lion and fiance Jionni LaValle as the scarecrow. 

All very creative. 

But a few are great at being consistently creative, year after year and we'd give the best Celeb Halloween family award to Neil Patrick Harris  and fam, Alyson Hannigan and fam' amd  Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey. 

Who do you think tops the celeb family Halloween look?









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Stay-at-home moms, you are supposed to be paid this annually


Saw this infographic from Salary.com which itemizes the would-be pay for stay at home moms over a 5 year period from 2008 to 2012.

It estimates that in 2012, a SAHM would earn $112,916 if she were paid in cash for her labor

That does not include overtime hours.

This is great to keep around for the next time someone tries to devalue all the work SAHMs do in the home!

Ha! What do you think? Agree? Think it's too low or high?
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HURRY: Download TheBump.com's new Apps for Charity today!


There is only a few days left for you to download one of TheBump.com's pregnancy apps for iPhone and Android for its "Bump it Forward" in October campaign.

For each download of The Bump Pregnancy App on iPhone and Android and newly launched The Bump Baby app for iPhone, The Bump will give a donation to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.

The Bump is also launching a Charity Registry Program featuring Every Mother Counts. Nice!

Good stuff! Go support!

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Celebrity Fall Maternity Styling Tutorial


This fall, if you aspire to look chic, trendy and stylish like some of our past Bellyitch Bumpwatch celebs, here are some tips to help you along.

1. Stick with basic solids. Black, White, Steel Gray, Red, Maroon, Pink, Beige are your go tos

2. Layer, layer, layer. You will be in various stages of feeling warm or cold anyway, so don't put on too heavy clothes. Rather, start with a maternity tank, add a thin longsleeve jersey top over that, then top it with a sweater or blazer. Tights are good under skirts too. 

3. Accessories are your friend. Update or make trendy any basic style palette by adding whimsical scarves in fun patterns like leopard print or pucci to add a spark of color to your look. Malin Akerman above does it well while shopping.

4. Big bag. Will Travel. Carry a tote for several reasons. Not only because they can fit a lot of your junk but also, a tote in a structure style is a great fall look.

5. Oh what a Booty! Go with booties in low heel styles to give you a little lift but help you stay stylish. The ones Kristin Cavallari, Gwen Stefani and Kim Kardashian are wearing in the graphic above are great funky options.

6. It's a Wrap.  Finally, instead of a thick overcoat or jacket, get a warm pashmina  or other oversized scarf to drape over your look. It will polish it off perfectly!

Good luck styling ladies!



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New Study links C-Section births to Autism


Babies born through Caesarean section are more likely to develop autism, a new study says.

Academics warn the increasingly popular C-section deliveries heighten the risk of the disorder by 23 per cent.

However, they urge caution on the findings and have stressed more research is needed.

Professor Louise Kenny, one of the authors and a practising obstetrician, said the link between C-sections and children developing Autism Spectrum Disorder also remains unclear.

"Parents should be reassured that the overall risk of a child developing ASD is very small and that Caesarean section is largely a very safe procedure and when medically indicated, it can be lifesaving," she said.

The study was carried out by University College Cork and was been published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry on Monday.

It reviewed existing findings from studies on C-section and ASD in a number of countries including Australia, the United States, Canada and Sweden.

They also looked for any links between the surgical delivery of a baby and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

But there were only two studies to review and their findings were unclear.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Which Celeb Mom Does Halloween Best? Heidi Klum, Kelly Ripa, XTina, Fergie, Kim K or Bethenny?

Some celebrity moms are known for their annual elaborate Halloween costumes. We thought we'd share with you our faves and ask which of the following celebrity mom which we've featured and "bump watched" in the past does the best Halloween costumes.


Heidi Klum hosts an annual costume gala and succeeds in out besting every person there in her very over-the-top get ups. When she and Seal were married, they did couple costuming with the matching gorillas topping it for me.



Kim Kardashian West usually goes with a sexy version of whatever costume she's in...no surprise there.  Her Wonder Woman, Little Red Riding Hood, Mermaid and Cat Woman costumes were saucy.

When married to ex Jordan Bratman, the diva with powerful pipes Christina Aguilera dressed in sexy get ups and went as a sexy nurse, sexy cop, and sexy pirate wench. Once she did spooky with a ghost bride and groom.



Meanwhile, annually on her daytime talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael, and before that Live! with Regis and Kelly funny host Kelly Ripa goes as other celebrities. Most famously, she's dressed as Sarah Palin, Honey BooBoo, Snooki, Cher, Duck Dynasty boys and more recently with her co-host Michael Strahan or Nick Lachey she's gone as the most talked about couples: Beyonce and Jay Z, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.




Fergie also goes way over the top and went as a Toddler in a Tiara one year, Cleopatra another then recently she and hubby Josh Duhamel have done spooky going as Elvira and RiffRaff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Day of the Dead figurines. 


No one super pink and elaborate hot and girly like Bethenny Frankel who dressed as candy one year, Marilyn Monroe another, a sexy roller girl from the 70s and a sexy Hello Kitty! grrrrrr!

Love them all! I don't know who is the best! You tell us! 

Okay! Who rocks Halloween the best!???
photos: Getty, Starcast, Facebook, Instagram, HollyPhotos.com
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COURT: Facebook notice to dad insufficient before giving up baby for adoption


So we are seeing more and more social media case law in recent years. Last week, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a woman who got pregnant and gave up her child for adoption did not satisfy the requirement to give the biological dad notice by sending him a Facebook message.

Nine out of 12 judges on that court said:
Nothing in the record of this cause indicates that more direct contact with Father was impossible so that Mother was required to rely upon an indirect method such as Facebook to notify him of her pregnancy. Indeed, the record indicates she came to Father’s workplace to see him roughly six weeks after their last sexual encounter.
There is no indication in the record she knew she was pregnant at the time, and it is quite possible that she did not know, however it does demonstrate she knew where to find Father to talk to him in person and had no qualms about doing so. The record does not indicate she made any effort to visit Father again after this date, while he was still employed, to tell him of the pregnancy.
The record also does not indicate Mother made any other reasonable effort to contact Father directly and notify him. 
In other words, if she wanted to let him know she was preggers, she had better chances than via an indirect message on Facebook.

The three dissenting judges - who didn't have enough votes to change the outcome of the case- disagreed. 

They questioned why a man would have unprotected sex and assume there would be no pregnancy at some point or suspect something was up.  They relied on Oklahoma law when writing:
The duty of the male who has sexual relations with a female is (1) to be aware that a pregnancy might occur and (2) to inform himself. He cannot complacently wait for the female to find him in the event of a pregnancy. In this case the Mother tried to inform the father. There was no evidence that he attempted to learn anything. After the legislature had made its intent known, the majority opinion still maintains that the responsibility of informing a father lies fully with the female. 
The Father’s testimony reveals that during the times they were having intercourse, the Mother was seventeen years old and he was twenty to twenty-one years old. He testified that he knew where she lived, knew her full name and had her telephone number. When asked, 'What steps did you take to determine that she wasn’t pregnant after you had intercourse the last time?' His answer was 'None.' He was also asked, '[D]id you ever attempt to contact her and she denied contact with you?' He answered, 'No.'
They also were willing to consider a Facebook notice adequate by citing a past case where a court determined a fax notice was sufficient.

Interesting, no? What do you think?

h/t Eugene Volokh of the Washington Post
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Bumpwatch: Shakira's latest bump Instagram share


Colombian Latin pop star Shakira recently shared a bump progression photo of herself and her beau Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique on her Instagram account.

The couple were on their way to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Shak's co-branding partner Puig.

They are parents to 21-month old son, Milan.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

HURRY! SHOP SUNDAY Styleathon's CLOSING sales



So our style partner Rue LaLa is holding one of its very popular Sunday Night Stylathon events tonight, featuring heavily discounted designer items on sale. I plucked 5 fab pieces I loved to feature over here! 

These pieces have color, sophistication, comfort, but still stylish, fun and unique for every element of your wardrobe: casual, dressy, after-5, weekend and a statement piece of jewelry.

But if you are interested, you have to hurry up and buy because the items are limited stock and the sale ends at midnight! Yikes!

Happy Shopping! 
NOW $44.99  WAS  $109.00

NOW $44.99 WAS $79.00

NOW $84.99 WAS $355.00 

NOW$34.99 WAS $70.00





NOW $149.99  WAS $450.00




























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Kendra Hankinson Baskett returns to social media with happy pics


Kendra Hankinson-Basket's life is all drama on reality TV but on Instagram it's smilea and sunshine!

The former Playboy Playmate and star of E!'s The Girls Next Door finally came out from a self-imposed social media hiatus to share a photo of her daughter Alijah and son Hank IV at the pumpkin patch.

She also highlighted the fab nursery her designer hooked up on a recent episode of her WETV show Kendra On Top. 

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