Thursday, August 28, 2014

#TBT: 21 Celebrities on their Baby Shower day

Forgive us for being offline for a major part of the day today. We hit 7 million page views for some odd reason and the server crashed! Lessons learned. We're back up...but absent fresh content.

Good thing today is Throwback Thursday! Enjoy this post from 2012 featuring 21 celebrities on their respective Baby Shower day:

Unforgettable star Daya Vaidya shared a photo of the scrumptious BakedByMelissa cupcakes she received during her baby shower this past spring May 20. Vaidya and her hubby are expecting identical twin boys to join their family which already includes their adorable daughter, Leela.

These days it is not uncommon to have brands present and sponsor celebrities' baby showers and gift them with many items from their lines. 

Here are other celebs on their baby shower days through the years as featured in People's CelebrityBabies pages and other sources. Too cute!
Adrienne Bosh, wife of NBA's Chris Bosh, baby shower in March 2012

Without a Trace's Roselyn Sanchez last December 2011

Molly Sims shared on her website this spring

Try this DIY Detox, Exfoliating, and Sports Spa Body Treatment

In a couple days I am set to head to a pretty formal event where I will have to wear a snug fitting dress and look my best for pictures. Yup! I'm going to be a bridesmaid for the first time ever in a friend's wedding. I'm quite excited.

On top of the many things I would like to do but don't have time to squeeze in at this last minute is a spa day. I love getting spa treatments at day spas so I needed to figure a way to get it in anyway.  Also, I have been going hard at the gym to look decent in the dress and have been researching do-it-yourself at home sports spa treatments online. 

I combined a few items I had read and used my own intuition and came up with a regimen for a detoxifying, exfoliating spa treatment that also had a sports medicine healing portion to it. It came out pretty well. 

Here is what it entailed:

First, I sprinkled a generous amount of (2) AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salt in a tub of running hot water, then added a few drops of (3) Mia Roma 100% pure Essential Oil in Eucalyptus and a few drops of the same brand of oils but in (4) Lavender. 

I followed up dropped about 4 to 5 (4) Sea Kelp tablets in the water and let it all dissolve.  This is great for breaking up fat 

I soaked in that for about 30 minutes, then rinsed it off. 

I then used a (1) exfoliating pad and applied some  Dead sea minerals scrub all over the body, and focused on my legs, thighs and back using   H2O Spa's leg and muscle rub

Then after rubbing that in really good to exfoliate some dead skin, I showered that off. 

I finished up by spraying some Ancient Meinerals Ultra Pure Magnesium oil all over my body. This oil is 

I left that on for about 20 minutes while checking my social media accounts in the bathroom and rinsed it off and pat dried myself off. 

I felt polished, super clean, refreshed and rejuvenated. 

Afterwards, I applied some (6) Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream moisturizer to the body and super thick (7) Burt's Bees  foot cream on my feet and covered them up with a pair of thin sports socks! They will come out super soft by morning.

It  all was just what I needed and I felt as if I had been in an expensive spa when I was done! But unlike the spa, I had plenty of products left over so I could repeat it all again next week or whenever I needed another jolt of detoxification and exfoliation. 


Highly recommend it for all ladies--- and gents out there!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chinese Giant panda faked pregnancy to get extra perks - No really!

Well isn't this a trip? A Giant female panda bear who was set to star in the first-ever live broadcast of the birth of panda cubs has been faking her pregnancy all along to get more food and better treatment!

Zookeepers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China determined that the 6-year old panda, Ai Hin, had a phantom pregnancy even though in July she showed signs of pregnancy early on:  a change in appetite, less movement and an increase in progestational hormone.

Panda researchers have determined that after the bears realize that pregnant bears get preferential treatment like more buns, fruits and bamboo and an air conditioning room with around-the-clock care, they start to show behaviors associated with early pregnancy.

And the reason for the extra treatment is because Giant pandas, which have but a 3-day window each year to get pregnant, do not generally breed in captivity. These phantom pregnancies are not unusual, either, as a result. 

Given the fact that only 1/3rd to half of pandas born in captivity in China survive past infancy, the extra care of pregnant pandas is warranted.'s also a set up for fake pregnancies like that of Ai Hin who recently went back to her old self, sans pregnancy symptoms.  Look at that! 
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Celeb RoundUp: NBA's Baron Davis, JLS' Ortise Williams welcome sons; Hayden Panettiere, Kelly Rowland bump news

Here is a brief roundup of some celebrity pregnancy news:

New York Knicks NBA player Baron Davis and his fiance Isabella Brewster welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, last Friday. Brewster, a Brazilian American, is the younger sister of actress Jordana Brewster, and previously dated Katy Perry’s ex-husband Russell Brand and actors Bradley Cooper in 2009 and Milo Ventimiglia in 2010. Congrats

Across the pond, former UK boy band member of the non-defunct pop group JLS OritsĂ© Williams and his  girlfriend  Brit reality TV star Aimee Jade Azari  welcomed their first child together, a son, on Sunday, August 24.

Hayden Panettiere revealed on the red carpet to Monday night's Primetime Emmy awards that she is expecting a baby girl when she told E! News she couldn't wait for "her" to come out.  Panettiere and fiance Wladimir Klitschko are expecting their first.

Also on the red carpet, this time to MTV's VMA's on Sunday, Kelly Rowland revealed that her favorite part of pregnancy is feeling the baby kick from inside! Sweet! Me too. Rowland and her husband, manager Tim Witherspoon are expecting a son this year.
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Back to School: 10 tips to boost your immunity from germs

Back to school also means back to excess exposure to a variety of germs and viruses your kid or kids may pick up from classmates and being back home to your household. 

With Flu season around the corner, boosting your immunity is essential to staying healthy through the school year. 

To help you ward off the sickies this fall, Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G., a licensed herbalist at Rainbow Light, specializing in holistic health medicine, natural products, organic, wellness and diet/weight loss, offers these 10 tips for boosting your immunity:

1. Get regular exercise. Regular exercise helps condition resistance to infections by circulating blood and immune cells.

2. Practice hydrotherapy. After exercise, get into a cool swimming pool or shower to help circulate surface immunity. Hydrotherapy has been practiced in many cultures for at least 2,000 years to help maintain and restore health.

3. Sleep is vital. In one study, the cold virus was swabbed into two groups of volunteers. One group was allowed eight hours sleep, while the other was restricted to less than seven hours. The latter group was three times more likely to contract a respiratory infection (Cohen et al, 2009).

4. Address symptoms early. If you start feeling under the weather, try an herbal remedy with herbs researched for immune support (elderberry, andrographis, berberine) like Rainbow Light® Counter Attack™ Immuno-Response to bolster immunity and reduce symptom severity.

5. Try adding immune-boosting products and nutrients into your diet.

6. Limit sugar and processed foods. These items can have a negative effect on your health, especially when immunity is compromised.

7.  Incorporate garlic into dishes. Fresh garlic has natural immune-boosting qualities. Try to incorporate it into dishes, particularly if you aren't feeling well.

8.  Take a daily multivitamin. It's difficult to get all of our daily nutrients from food. Fill gaps in your diet through a multivitamin to get what you need for optimal health.

9.  Drink hot green tea. It contains compounds that help strengthen resistance.

10. Get fresh air. Dress warmly and venture outdoors, even if only for a short, brisk walk. The fresh air invigorates and boosts natural defenses.

 Following a "whole, simple and nutritious" diet approach, Dr. Hobbs actively motivates clients to participate in personally designed health plans while educating clients on the immense benefits of a clean diet outlook.

 Good luck!

Trend Alert: Fall Leopard Print while Preggers


One of the fall's trends we've spottedthat will play big this fall is leopard. As we know, many woman do not feel comfortable wearing prints while pregnant over fear they may make them look even larger than they already all as they expand in belly girth. Good thing there are many ways to work the trend, specifically via accessories. 

Here are examples of how to pull off he leopard trend while pregnant: 
1. Belt - Wear it above the bump and below the breast bone

2. Jewelry - It can be subtle, but going bold makes more of a statement

3. Scarf - You don't have to do brown leopard either, mix it up with colorful as well

4. SmartPhone Case - Show off your trend savvyness by carrying a leopard print coverd smart phone

5. Shades - Finally, polish off any look with some funky leopard sunglasses with large frames.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Actress Amanda Peet reveals pregnancy on 2014 Primetime Emmy red carpet

There was another pregnancy reveal on the Emmy red carpet last night: actress Amanda Peet showed up in a flowing floral gown alongside her husband Game of Thrones executive producer David Benioff.

The Whole Nine Yards star glowed in a pretty and feminine Giambattista Valli while out on the town, while daughters 7-year old France  and  4-year old Molly cheered on dad at home. Sadly, the hit HBO fantasy drama was shut out. 

At age 42, Peet is in the over 40 celebrity mom club. 

Congrats on the impending arrival!
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Back-to-School Checklist: 5 things you need to Do Soon!

As summer winds to a close, parents are scrambling to get school supplies, do last minute shopping and scheduling hair appointments and hair cuts for their little ones.  But there are other tasks that are less tangible but are key to a successful school here. 

Here is a list of things to get set, regulated or purchased before or during the first few days of the new school year. 

1.       Whip Your Immune System into Shape Schools are hot beds for illness- especially during the first few days of the school-year. Make sure your children are current on all their important vaccinations to protect them as flu season begins.

Do it the natural way: Eat foods high in vitamin C. According to Dr. DeSilva, of Amazon Origins, “foods high in Vitamin C provide help the body produce Collagen, which promotes the body’s natural healing process.”

- Foods with the highest Vitamin C levels? Camu Camu berries, Red/Green peppers, and Guavas.

2.       Visit the Eye Doctor According to Vision Council of America, “One in four American children has an uncorrected vision issue.. [and] more than 10 million children suffer from vision problems that may cause them to fail in school.” 

 With statistics like these, it’s important to visit an eye doctor, so that problems with you and your children's vision can be detected in its early stages. Ophthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler also adds, “It's important to correct these issues, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, before they create more serious complications such as difficulty learning or the development of recurrent headaches.”

3.       Update Emergency and Medical contact Information
In the event of an emergency, finding necessary contact information could be the difference between a small problem and a huge disaster. Here is a free template.

4.        Retrain Your Sleep Cycle Make waking up early for school a little less dreadful by training your body to wake up at the time you’re supposed to. While you may still need the boost of an alarm clock, not taking naps throughout the day, avoiding nightlights, and even trying melatonin (consult with your doctor) can help you get, and stick to your school sleep schedule.

5.       Get Organized  Getting organized ahead of time can save you time, but it can also save you money and potential stressful situations. Anticipate things you will need ahead of time. Things like outfits, lunches, and school/office can all be prepared the night before you need them, leaving you with significantly less stress in the morning.

 Good luck!

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2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet: Celebrity Moms glam it up

The stars were out last night at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

We were on the look out for some of the celebrity moms and moms-to-be that we've featured on the blog before and certainly they did not disappoint:

Kerry Washington rocked  an orange Prada dress with intricate crystals embroidered within with matching Prada clutch and fab Fred Leighton jewels.  Washington, who had her first child earlier this year, was nominated for an Outstanding actress award for her role on ABC's Scandal.

Giuliana Rancic went old Hollywood glam in this stately crimson Gustavo Cadile dress, worn with Christian Louboutin heels and Forevermark diamonds jewels. 

Gwen Stefani did not walk the red carpet, still was shimmering in the halls in a silver Atelier Versace Fall 2014 top and long skirt with metallic ornaments at the neckline. Very rock and roll and futuristic, yes?

Nashville star and mom-to-be Hayden Panettiere was radiant and glowing in a floor length Lorena Sarbu  gown from her Fall 2014 collection, accented with Fred Leighton earrings and a dainty diamond bracelet, set off with nude make up and a diamond encrusted headband. Gorgeous!

Halle Berry  also skipped the early arrivals red carpet even though she presented the last award for the night. She looked stunning as usual in this high-slit flowing feminine Elie Saab gown, posing  in the press toom. Very nice!

Love Love Brazillian model Camila Alves in my fave North African designer Zuhair Murad gown from his 2014 Resort collection. Beautiful with this white Aldo clutch and a pair of Brian Atwood ‘Hamper’ heels to finish off the perfect look. Her Oscar-winning hubby Matthew McConaughey  was a top nominee last night for his role in HBO's True Detective.

Saucy! Is one word to describe Modern Family's Sofia Vergara who stunned in a body hugging Roberto Cavalli dress, while dripping in Lorraine Schwartz  jewels. Fab! Her show tied Fraisier with its 5 consecutive comedy show Emmy wins. 

Pleasantly surprised to see Heidi Klum tame her usual over-the-topness this year as she graced the red carpet in Zac Posen resort 2015 dress, accessorized with a Jimmy Choo ‘Tube’ clutch with matching Jimmy Choo ‘Xenia’ sandals and and accented with delicate Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Love the deep waves. The Project Runway  creator did well tonight. 

Claire Danes went for the pop of color in Givenchy from the designer's Fall 2014 collection. She wore Lorraine Schwartz pieces to complete the look. Very pretty and feminine. The star is a multi-Emmy winner for her role on Showtime's Homeland and was nominated last night as well. 

Hardly recognized this super svelte Julianna Margulies in this sleek Narcisco Rodgriguez gown and leather clutch. We heard FD Gallery set her up with a 13.26 carat old mine cut diamond earrings and a 7 carat rose cut Hemmerle ring. Wowza! Love the up swept do and the black headband. Simple. Classic.  Margulies won last night the Outstanding Actress award for her role on the hit NBC drama The Good Wife.  Congrats!

How cute was Julia Roberts in a playful and youthful  Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture mini dress with its bold beading and sexy plunging neckline? Roberts won big tonight, having many nominations and an Emmy for her role in The Normal Heart.  Loving the peep-toe pumps by Christian Louboutin. She accented the look with Irene Neuwirth jewels. Winning!

Nominated for her role in Return to Zero Lifetime mini-series, Minnie Driver was outfitted in the designs of another bumpwatch alum Marchesa. Very cute look pulled off with  Stuart Weitzman shoes,  Fred Leighton jewels and a Rauwolf clutch. Loved her since Good Will Hunting!

Padma Lakshmi  was fierce in a Ralph Rucci couture gown. The Top Chef award-winning show host donned a pair of classic Manolo Blahnik heels and also went with Fred Leighton ring and earrings, and a Judith Leiber bag. Marvelous!

One of our original features on celeb moms of twins included this gorgeous woman  Angela Bassett, nominated for her Outstanding actress for her role on the mini-series  American Horror Story was fab in this Grecian wrap Elisabetta Franchi dress, accented with an Oroton"Freize" clutch. 

These moms were really bringing the sexy tonight! 

photo: Getty

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Vine Video Artist captures wife's Pregnancy in 6 seconds (VIDEO)

Well it's pretty safe to say that stop-motion video artist Ian Padgham wins the battle of the accelerated pregnancy and birth video trend with his 6 seconds viral video.

The short video of Padgham's wife, Claire Pasquier, has reached 9 million loops and growing!

Very neat! Check it out!

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Paparazzo Celebrity Pics Recap (PHOTOS)

One of our fave social media paparazzo Sellebrity Rick has been out and about doing his thing and captured some of our Bellyitch BumpWatch alums & other celebrity parents he has shared on his Pheed, including...

Jaime King coming out a store recently. My she is super thin! She only had her son last Summer and dropped all get baby weight and then some!

Kim Kardashian who looked to have lost an earring or something...
Hilary Duff who manages to always look tres fashionable in whatever she wears out....

...and Kyle Richards of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills coming or going in LAX with one of her daughters ...
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren heading to the BeyoncĂ© and Jay Z "On the Run" tour concert in Cali...
...which was also attende by Amber Rose...
Salma Hayek too was looking fab in all black at the event... was Sanaa Lathen who is not a parent but played a pretty fab pregnant lady in The Best Man II...
...but mom Nicole Richie was also in the house...
...of course Mama Knowles was present.... was Courtney Love....
...and is that Ellen Pompeo?....
-and finally Reese Witherspoon, a few months ago wrapping up some shopping. 

Not sure if he is a parent but just wanted to share a photo of Shamar Moore who never gives up an opportunity to show off his abs! ��

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