Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dolce & Gabanna Milan Fashion Week show featured models and babies


It was a treat to see photos from Dolce & Gabanna's Fall/Winter 2015 Milan Fashion Week fashion show featuring mom models and their babies. ''

The inspiration for the show was the extraordinary beauty and strength of mothers, model Karli Ross wrote

The couture brand tapped top models like Bianca Balti to walk the runway with their own babies, toddlers and young children. 


It also had some pregnant models walking.

Much of the colorful, well-designed, ready-to-wear fashion also included the kids wearing matching shift dresses with rose embellishments or a doodle-print. Some are saying it is a clear ode to Angelina Jolie's wedding dress which featured artwork from her and Brad Pitt's children. 

I loved it! Bravo! Being a mom doesn't mean you have sacrifice your interest and love of fashion.

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10 Winter outdoor play tips


With rising childhood obesity rates and the increasing illnesses that accompany a sedentary lifestyle, it’s no secret that kids should be encouraged to get outside and engage in active play. As the lower temperatures approach, so does cold and flu season, which can be greatly exacerbated when kids are held indoors where germs can easily be spread through respiratory droplets and exhalations. Keeping kids safe while they’re out in the cold, however, is an absolute necessity. The following guidelines can help you ensure that your kids’ activity levels don’t suffer at the onset of winter and that they stay safe until the spring thaw rolls around.
  
  1. Use Sunscreen – Protecting kids’ skin from the damaging rays of the sun is a major priority for most parents and caregivers during the summer months, but one that often falls to the wayside when temperatures cool down. In fact, the reflection of the sun off of snow and ice can be almost as damaging as direct exposure. Make sure that your youngsters are slathered with sunscreen before they hit the outdoors.
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  3. Waterproof Clothing is Key – Keeping kids warm during the winter chill relies heavily upon your ability to keep them dry. Melting ice and snow can leave most fabrics wet, soggy and very cold. Make sure that you invest in some waterproof or water-resistant clothing and shoes, especially proper boots.
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  5. Know the Signs of Frostbite – Frostbite occurs when your child’s skin or extremities are literally frozen. The nose, ears, fingers, cheeks and toes are most commonly affected, and it can be quite dangerous when these extremities suffer from frostbite. Signs of superficial frostbite include itching, numbness, tingling or burning sensations. The affected skin may become white, flushed, yellow or blue and appear frozen, and will be cold to the touch.
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  7. Dress for Success – Just because your kids are bundled against the cold doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re wearing safe clothing. Hoods and hats don’t take the place of helmets for activities like biking or skating, while tight clothing that restricts movement can present a danger as it inhibits kids’ ability to move and balance properly. Be sure that your brood is dressed appropriately for outdoor play, not just for cold temperatures.
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  9. Insist on Warm-Up Breaks – When kids are enjoying themselves and are particularly absorbed in an activity, it’s easy for them to lose track of time. That’s why it’s important for you to insist on periodic warm-up breaks to check for signs of hypothermia or frostbite and ensure that they don’t get too cold.
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  11. Keep Ice Skating Safe – Ice skating is a beloved, time-honored cold-weather outdoor activity. It can also be quite dangerous, though. Public areas designated for ice skating are far safer than ponds or bodies of water on your own property, which may not be thoroughly frozen and could crack under kids’ weight. Be sure that any ice your children are going to skate on is frozen solid, and that they’re wearing the right protective gear.
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  13. Smart Sledding – Racing down a snow-covered hill on a sled is one of life’s great thrills, even for adults. Kids love sledding, but it’s important that they understand the basic safety rules before setting out. Sledding down hills that terminate near a road, down paths that have obstacles like jumps, rocks or bumps, or down icy slopes are all sledding safety no-nos. Kids should also never be pulled on sleds behind moving vehicles of any kind.
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  15. Don’t Forget About Dehydration – Dehydration isn’t a concern reserved solely for warm-weather months. While your children are enjoying a session of outdoor play, be sure that they’re taking in plenty of fluids.
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  17. Scarf Safety – Scarves are useful tools for protecting against the cold, as they can be wrapped around almost any part of the body that feels cold. However, they can also become ensnared in moving parts of toys or overhanging branches, closed in doors, or otherwise tangled in a manner that presents a strangulation risk. It’s better to opt for cowl-style scarves until kids are a bit older and less rambunctious.
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  19. Double-Check Equipment – Making sure that any equipment for outdoor play, whether new or old, is in good condition, fits properly and is otherwise suitable for use before sending kids outside with it. Damaged or broken equipment can very easily cause injuries, especially if kids are using them improperly to compensate for the damage.
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Harper Beckham beats Blue Ivy and North West as most coveted celebrity child model


So Blue Ivy and North West aren't the most sought after child models after all?

The UK Telegraph claims that Harper Beckham's parents Victoria and David Beckham have been offered up to $30 million worth of modeling contracts since she was spotted sitting in the front row at her mom's New York Fashion Week show last week.

"Companies see her as the greatest role model for a wholesome, modern family image,"an insider reportedly stated. "She's surrounded by a happily-married working couple and go-getting brothers. You cannot buy that kind of appeal."

The same insider said that mom and dad have rejected all offers. 

Must be nice to be able to afford to turn down all that dough. 
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dad whose wife died after quadruplets delivery will raise babies alone


New dad to quadruplets Carlos Morales has the most heart-wrenching story of the week.

"I went from having the best day of my life," speaking about the January 15, 2015 birth of his four children, "to the next morning experiencing the worst day of my life."

His wife since 2007, Erica, died of excessive blood loss during the C-section delivery and never got a chance to even hold the babies she and Carlos wanted so badly to have. The couple had endured miscarriage and IVF to conceive the children.

Erica Morales pregnant with the quads.

Fortunately, the three girls and one boy, born at only 7 months gestation at between 2 to 3 pounds each, are all healthy.

Morales is left to raise them alone.  Before the birth, he and Erica hadn't decided on what to name one of the girls and fittingly, after Erica's death, Morales chose to give that child her mom's name.

The one she will never get to meet. How utterly sad. 

A GOFUNDME page has been created to help Morales cope with the cost of raising his babies. As of this posting, it has raised $228, 000 of its $500,000 goal.

Read the complete story at PEOPLE.

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Celeb Moms (and their Kids) on Instagram (PHOTOS)


It's back. A rundown  on what some of the celebrity women we've covered here in Bellyitch are sharing recently on Instagram. Today, we're reposting some of the more adorable moments Celeb moms posted of themselves with their kids (and a few without).

Ali Larter enjoys the morning with her new daughter.


Third-time new mom Savannah Brinson shared a photo of her boys with hubby LeBron James. 

Ivanka Trump and her brood pose for a photo shoot.
Garcelle Beauvais and her twin boys.

Cheering on dad Chris Bosh who was sidelined with a lung blood clot is his wife Adrienne and their kids.
 

Still digging this family photo of Josh Duhmel, Fergie, their son and nephew.
 
Lil Kim's daughter Reign is soooo cute!

Alicia Keys unveiled a photo of her new son Genesis Ali in a cute family black and white with hubby Swizz Beatz, their older son Egypt and Swizz's son Kaseem from a previous marriage. 

Zoe Saldana and hubby Marc Perego team up to take twin sons on a nature walk.

It's belated but this photo of Tori Spelling  and her large brood at their Super Bowl party is so cute!



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Saint Patrick's Day: 25 sites to visit for crafts, recipes & other ideas


Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Educators, parents, nannies and craft lovers who want to celebrate the day may be looking for crafts, and other ideas for kids. Our partners at Babysittes.net want you to check out these 25 blogs with Saint Patrick's day craft, party decorations, meals, desserts, and activities  ideas for the children to do for the Irish holiday:

Crafts
Make these simple crafts with your kids as part of your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  This often overlooked holiday can be really entertaining if you make a point to celebrate it just like you would other holidays with special crafts, decorations and food.  These five blog posts will share some craft projects you can enjoy with your kids.
Decorations
Up your house’s festivity factor this St. Patrick’s Day by decorating in plenty of green and gold. Some of these decorating ideas are appropriate for younger children, while others are better suited for the older kids.  Get together as a family and enjoy some creative time together decorating your home.
Meals
All things green are up for grabs on St. Patrick’s Day.  What, you don’t think your kids will be excited about spinach and kale and other green leafy food?  No problem! Just make regular food green instead and see what the kids think of it.  It doesn’t have to be just for dinner, enjoy these five blogs that have breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.
Desserts
While green is definitely the star color for St. Patrick’s Day, it isn’t all confined to just that color. After all, you can’t forget about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Make some rainbow inspired desserts instead of just green ones this year.  For some inspiration check out these five blog posts.
Activities
What kind of things can you do as a family or with the kids for St. Patrick’s Day?  Some cities have St. Patty’s Day parades, so you might see if your city is having one.  Or you might decide to have a party for the kids in the neighborhood.  Take a look at these five blog articles for some ideas on activities that your kids or your family might enjoy.


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Earth Day: Eco-Friendly Celebrity moms who do good for earth


Earth Day is a month away! 

For this edition of Eco-Friday, we are going to highlight some of our fave Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms who have shown they have a commitment to the earth and helping others overcome natural disasters.

Jessica Alba co-founded an eco-friendly baby company, the Honest Company, which makes earth friendly products.

Drew Barrymore, actress, author and entrepreneur is known to be a flower child and recently she launched an eco-friendly and affordable make up line called  Flower Beauty.

Beyonce Knowles has worked with Second Harvest food bank network and with her husband Jay-Z founded United Nation's Water for Life, an organization devoted to giving people worldwide access to clean drinking H2O. 

Gisele Bundchen, international Brazilian model, has been involved in plenty of earth conscious programs and events over the years. She and husband Tom Brady live in a 22,000 square foot eco-friendly green mansion with solar panel roofs and a rainwater recovery systems. 

Hilary Duff is involved with USA Harvest a non-profit that collects surplus from area restaurants for homeless, missions and soup kitchens and has donated millions of dollars in  meals to the homeless. 

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville actress, volunteers to register youth to vote and works with programs to help wild sea creatures including dolphins and other endangered wildlife. 

Kelly Preston , with her husband John Travolta, Preston is famously known for donating their private jet to fly in loads of supplies and medicine to the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area during Hurricane Katrina.  

Alicia Silverstone is a vegan who has worked often with PETA and helped promote its campaigns. Silverston also lives in a very cool eco-friendly house.










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Google launches new YouTube App just for little kids




Each of my kids have been addicted to YouTube and YouTube videos beginning at age 6, but as a parent I am always concerned that they could easily navigate away from family-friendly cartoons and mine-craft play and onto the more nefarious and R-rated content that can be found freely on the social media video sharing site. 

Good news! Google has built, from the ground up, the first ever YouTube Kids app for kids ages 2-8. It's available for FREE in the Google Play and Apple Store in the United States now.

The app features a fun, bright and playful design and is packed and pre-loaded with age-appropriate videos, channels and playlists. To add an educational component, there is also a focus on early literacy. The icons are larger, bolder and brighter to appeal to young audiences.

And parents remain in control with its parental control options:

o    Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that limits kids’ screen time. The app alerts them when the session is over so you don’t have to.
o    Sound Settings:  Parents have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching quietly while you catch up on chores or simply take a break in peace.
o    Search Settings: If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off the search feature.
o    Product feedback: The goal is to continuously  improve YouTube Kids App, so there’s also a space for you to give YouTube your feedback.

Sweet! The app has different categories, depending on the interest of each kid in your family. I have a nature and animal lover, a tech kid and a pony and little figurine fan. 

Among the favorites are: Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends, National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow and Thomas the Tank Engine, and discover new videos coming soon from beloved YouTubers like the Vlogbrothers and Stampylonghead.

It was great to see that a non-profit watchdog group I know and love has also approved and highly recommends it!
Common Sense Media said, the app is "an exceptionally fun way for kids to browse online videos and for adults to guide their viewing."

Cool beans!

"It's a serious contender as a family's go-to way for kids to watch videos online," according to the non-profit organization which provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. "There's something for everyone on YouTube Kids. Toddlers to big kids will be able to find a show, some music, or some educational content that fits their interests."

Check it out, friends! Here is a promo vid:

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Molly Sims' fab Oscar after-party look (Get the LOOK)


File this in the category: Missed from Oscar red carpet coverage. 

Second-time mom-to-be Molly Sims also wowed in a gorgeous blue sequin evening dress by wedding gown designer EZRA Couture at the Vanity Fair after Oscar party.

Her fab team of stylists paired the look with a Salvatore Ferragamo  clutch, and jewels from Sutra. Great look! 

Sims and her husband Scott Stuber are expecting their second child, together. They have a 2-year old son Brooks.


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Home employers 2015 tax guide (INFOGRAPHIC)


It's tax season once again. Families that hire others in their home may want to start gathering information about recent updates in the tax codes as it relates to being an in-home employer.

For example, the mileage reimbursement was raised to 57.5 cents per mile, and the for the first time, employees who purchase health insurance policies through the exchange will be eligible for a federal subsidy.

Also, the IRS has ruled that a mobile for a caregiver is not tax deductable.

Our friends at Care.com's Home Pay have created an infographic listing other need-to-know rules for household employers for 2015:


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Celebrity Social Media Pregnancy Announcements Guide...More


I saw that Yahoo! Celebrity did a post sharing some of the best celebrity pregnancy announcements.

I thought it was cute how the site pointed out the 5 different ways that celebrity women have used social media to announce their respective pregnancies as opposed to going the traditional route of having a publicist send it to US Weekly or PEOPLE magazine:

1. bun in oven; 2. Use a younger sibling to make the announcement; 3. letting the bump do the talking; 4. Just get to the point and make it direct; and 5. through a beautiful silhouette on a personal website.

Here are some other celeb announcements styles that Yahoo! Missed! 



The Ultrasound shared in social media is also a very common but still cute announcement that several celebrities have used like Danielle and Nick Jonas, for example.
The Spaghetti Prego announcement like NFL's Torrey Smith and his wife.  At this point, it's becoming a bit cliche though given how many people in Pinterest have used that announcement format.

The younger kid making an announcement using a chalkboard like Miami Heat's Chris Bosh  of the NBA and his wife, Adrienne, who used their son Jackson  to announce his sister.


Showing the pregnancy test stick is also a trend like how Tamera Mowry-Housley and Busy Phillips did.
But one of the still most popular way is the cupping the belly red carpet reveal like with Beyonce, Amber Rose, Marion Cotillard, and Gwen Stefani.

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