Monday, May 25, 2015

Celebrity Moms Memorial Day Salutes

collage: Hollywood Life
This Memorial Day, several of the celebrity moms we've covered in recent years sent out salutes and recognition of those who lost their lives in war. Here are a select few: 





































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'Grey's Anatomy' saved this breastfeeding mom's life




When young breastfeeding mom, Sarit Fishbaine, was told the lumps in her breast were just probably milk collection and not to worry about, she didn't immediately get a second opinion. 

She was only 34. She wasn't concerned. It was only after she saw an episode of Grey's Anatomy, where a patient had similar issue - breast feeding, lumpy breasts, on set breast cancer - that Sarit realized a second opinion was worth it. 

That action saved her life. 

Read more about Sarit's story at Huff Post: http://ow.ly/NbRbG

photo: Facebook

- by Chelsea Social
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Happy Memorial Day from Bellyitch


Because life is more than a Barbecue or an Internet Meme, today we salute those who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom and the flag for their country. 

And to those who lost their lives before getting a chance to meet their child, like:



Lt. James J. Cathey whose pregnant wife, Katherine Cathey, is depicted in a photo taken by Pultitzer Prize Winning photojournalist Todd Heisler.  Her baby was due Jan 1, 2006 but her husband died in an explosion in Iraq on August 21, 2005.--Todd Heisler/Rocky Mountain News




In Memory and In Memoriam today, and always.

-From Bellyitch Blog


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Memorial Day Pool opening season safety tips


Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of pool season again because most public and private pools open for the first time in the year. It's a good time for parents to review their water and pool safety rules. 

Here is a snippet of some tips we've shared from the now-defunct "Parenting the First Time Through" blog:

Never leave a child unsupervised Children should never be left unsupervised in the water, especially very young children.  It only takes a few inches of water to drown, so don’t think that your toddler will be fine alone in the baby pool. Accidents happen, children can fall and hit their head, infants can lose their balance and go under, or even crawl into a slightly deeper section of a sloped wading pool while chasing a toy. '

In its Drowning Prevention Fact Sheet, Safekids.org states that since 1999, an average of 745 children under the age of 14 drown every year, with children under the age of 5 representing 76% of all deaths. Further, in 2009 more than 5000 children under the age of 14 suffered non-fatal near-drowning injuries. Children under 5 made up 80% of this number.

These numbers are startling and should be a call to vigilance for parents, especially those who own pools at home.  Safekids.org goes on to say 72% of deaths and 55% of injuries occur at home pools under the age of 5, while 45% of fatalities in the older age bracket (5 to 14) occur at public facilites.  Even inflatable pools are not exempt. In just those few inches of water there were 244 reported submersion cases between 2001 and 2009 in children under age 11.

Don’t count on the lifeguards to babysit - While public pools and beaches may employ lifeguards, don’t count on them as the sole supervisor of your children. They are there to help make the swimming area as safe an environment as possible for everyone. That means they are watching not just your children, but you, your friends, your friends’ children, and every other swimmer. That’s a lot of people.

In sum, be vigilante. 

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gossip Girl #1 Leighton Meester is expecting her first child


When Blake Lively was pregnant with her daughter James last year we at Bellyitch were ecstatic that Serena Van der Woodsen was preggers. 

But you know we were really asking, "When is Blair Waldolf going to have a baby?". Well the wait is over. Leighton Meester is pregnant and showing off her casual baby bump style. She and her husband, Adam Brody, are expecting their first child since marrying the OC actor last February 2014.

Leighton has been doing film projects and just wrapped a stint on Broadway's production of Of Mice and Men

And maybe the actress singer will be working on a baby lullaby album? But whatever she does, Bellyitch is on bumpwatch. 

Congrats Leighton!

Read more at Popsugar: http://ow.ly/N8D8S



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Memorial Day: 20 Green Grilling Tips


It's Memorial Day weekend and many families around the US may be hosting barbecues and cook-outs in celebration of the holiday remembering fallen soldiers of war or military servicemen who have passed away. As you prepare to host an event in your home, consider implementing some of these simple suggestions for having a Green, Eco-Friendly and Environmentally-friendly event.

  1. Plan ahead so you don’t have too much food.
  2. Use natural charcoal or better yet natural gas or propane grill which are more environmentally friendly. 
  3. Buy local produce from local farmer's markets
  4. Buy organic foods
  5. Consider vegan or vegetarian options which are better for the digestive system
  6. Use all natural insect repellent and bug sprays which are better on the skin, especially for small children
  7. Bring home the goods in a recyclable or paper not plastic bags
  8. Serve food on reusable plates and utensils or biodegradable or recyclable flat and tableware
  9. Start your fire with a chimney starter instead of lighter fluid
  10. Cook with pans and items made of recyclable materials
  11. Spread the energy consumed cooking around by having guests bring a dish
  12. Grill as much as you can, and even cook the foods in the burners on the grill because it saves energy
  13. Cover pans while cooking to reduce cooking time or energy bill if you are cooking on the stove in the kitchen
  14. Cut up the food into smaller pieces to let them cook faster and save energy
  15. Consider using a water-filter pitcher or a faucet mounted filter for water instead of bottle water
  16. Mix up a batch of lemonade or iced tea and serve in a large pitcher or punch bowl to cut down on cans and plastic bottles
  17. Figure out creative ways to "remix" the leftovers rather than dump them out. 
  18. Compost the veggies or grill scraps. 
  19. Clean up using non-toxic cleansers and Green cleaning products
  20. Recycle when you're done!


Even if you can institute a few of these suggestions, you would have done at least something to reduce your carbon footprint, and give back to Mother Earth. Happy Grilling!

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Nicole Trufio's ELLE Australia cover is fashion meets motherhood


Breastfeeding has been around since the dawn of motherhood...FOREVER! Thus, it is refreshing to see model Nicole Trufio's on ELLE Australia's June cover breastfeeding her new son, Zion Clark. The news stand cover has Nicole wearing Prada holding a sleeping Zion. 
The subscriber cover has Nicole in Burberry and Tome NYC nursing a hungry Zion. 

An  alternative version has her holding her gorgeous son as he sleeps. Lovely!
Bellyitch loves both subscriber covers  because they show the reality of motherhood and the working mum. Cheers!
See the subscriber cover of Nicole and baby Zion here:http://bit.ly/1HmEacw
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

5 Last Minute Memorial Day Cook out Salad Recipes


If you're heading out to a cook out for Memorial Day and still scratching your head on what to take over to the host's home or what salad to make if you are hosing a barbecue or cookout, here are 5 easy and simple salad recipes from the FoodNetwork to consider. Above is the Roman Salad


Ingredients

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup pitted green and black olives, halved
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
3 anchovy fillets, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
8 fresh basil leaves, shredded
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound vine-ripened tomatoes (about 3 tomatoes)
Directions
Cook the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat until thick, syrupy, and measuring 1/4 cup, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Combine the olives, parsley, anchovies, capers, garlic, basil, pepper, and olive oil in a small bowl and toss to combine.

To serve, slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick rounds and place, slightly overlapping, on a serving plate. Spoon the olive and parsley mixture over the tomatoes. Drizzle the reduced balsamic over the salad and serve.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_36960_RECIPE-PRINT-FULL-PAGE-FORMATTER,00.html?oc=linkback





BLT Pasta Salad


Ingredients

12 ounces corkscrew-shaped pasta

1/2 cup milk
12 ounces lean bacon
3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons chopped chives or scallion greens
5 heads Bibb lettuce, quartered, or 5 cups chopped romaine hearts
Directions
Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as the label directs. Drain and toss with the milk in a large bowl; set aside.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 3 tablespoons drippings from the pan. Add the tomatoes, thyme and garlic to the pan and toss until warmed through; season with salt and pepper. Crumble the bacon into bite-size pieces; set aside 1/4 cup for garnish. Toss the remaining bacon and the tomato mixture with the pasta.

Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and 3 tablespoons chives with the pasta until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lettuce; toss again to coat. Garnish with the reserved bacon and the remaining 1 tablespoon chives. Serve at room temperature.

Per serving: Calories 960; Fat 56 g (Sat. 20 g; Mono. 30 g; Poly. 18 g); Cholesterol 125 mg; Sodium 2,114 mg; Carbohydrate 73 g; Fiber 5 g; Protein 44 g




Black Bean and Corn Salad


4 ears corn, husks removed

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup diced red bell pepper
3/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup snow peas, julienned
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Directions
Preheat the grill to medium.

Grill the corn until lightly charred, about 2 minutes, turning frequently. Transfer the corn to a cutting board and using a serrated knife remove the kernels. Set aside.

In a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, then the red bell pepper and the red onion. Saute for 3 minutes, then add the vinegar, beans and corn and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and the snow peas and saute for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat to a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or cold.





Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives


Ingredients

Vinaigrette:


1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Quinoa Salad:

4 cups salted water or vegetable stock
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 cups quinoa
16 spears asparagus, trimmed
Olive oil, for brushing
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup pitted nicoise olives
4 ounces aged goat cheese, shaved
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
Directions
For the vinaigrette: Combine the vinegar, honey and mustard in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and blend until emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste and pulse a few times to incorporate.

For the quinoa salad: Bring the salted water or vegetable stock to a boil and add the thyme. Stir in the quinoa, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Preheat the grill. Brush the asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill on all sides until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, fold in the asparagus, olives, goat cheese, basil and parsley. Add just enough vinaigrette to moisten the salad; don't make it too wet. Transfer to a platter and drizzle with more of the vinaigrette.

Serves: 6; Calories: 477; Total Fat: 29 grams; Saturated Fat: 6 grams; Protein: 13 grams; Total carbohydrates: 43 grams; Sugar: 6 grams; Fiber: 5 grams; Cholesterol: 9 milligrams; Sodium: 446 milligrams


Orzo Salad With Shrimp and Feta



Ingredients

Kosher salt

8 ounces orzo pasta (about 2 cups)
1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails removed), coarsely chopped
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground pepper
Grated zest of 2 lemons, plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
1 cup diced English cucumber
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons halved kalamata olives
Directions
Preheat the broiler. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the label directs). Drain and rinse under cool water; shake off the excess. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside while you make the shrimp, stirring occasionally to prevent clumping.

Toss the shrimp on a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon olive oil, the garlic, and salt and pepper to taste; arrange in a single layer. Broil the shrimp, turning once, until opaque and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the shrimp, lemon zest and juice, scallions, mint, dill, cucumber, feta, olives and the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil to the bowl with the pasta; toss. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 6 hours. (Bring to room temperature before serving.)
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TV Host & Idol Alum Kimberly Caldwell is expecting her first child


Aww man! I was a loyal American Idol fan, especially in the early years and I was a fan of the two Kimberlies, two top ten finalists both named Kimberly (Caldwell and Locke), in Season Two of the popular television singing talent show.

As we our social media specialist Chelsea Social reported on our Facebook page this week, one of those Kimberlies, Kimberly Caldwell, is expecting her first child with her professional soccer husband Jordan C. Harvey.

The newlyweds since December already have a name for their impending arrival, a girl, already has a name, Harlowe Monroe.  *gush* How Beautiful! That's going to be a gorgeous baby!

Since Idol, Caldwell released an album and works regularly as an actress and television host on network and cable channel programs, most recently, the TV Guide Network. She also designs handbags and headbands and has a beauty makeover business.


Caldwell, who resides in Vancouver, Canada with her hubby who plays for the Vancouver White Caps player hubby,  shared a gorgeous bump photo when she was 16 weeks along on her Instagram page.

As avid soccer lovers and shower singers here at the Bellyitch offices, we look forward to hearing more about Harlow once she arrives.


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Memorial Day: 10 Unique and very EXPENSIVE grills

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Just in time for Memorial Day this Monday for you serious grill aficionados, here are 10 unique grills owned by true grill-masters willing to fork down thousands on a grill like this Mobile cylce barbecue pit found at New York's RUB restaurant. For hot roders only! Don't saddle up to this grill unless you have a Harley in your garage at home!

Here are 9 other grills for the serious barbecuer willing to fork down thousands on a grill!


The one-of-a-kind grill is an Allwyn Pramelator made in London circa 1906. The hood folds down to complete the smoker effect. 


This $1250 Pig Cooker  was created by artist Joel Haas. Great! Just the thing to remind you of what the thing you're cooking looked like alive. Eeek!



This automobile grill is the ultimate recyclable. Why tow away that old broken down car in the yard, when you can turn it into a cooking surface? Innovative!  source


Gun owners really love their guns and some so much, they're willing to create giant one to look like a Smith & Wesson Magnum 500 revolver. source



How about a Montero GTS grill made from a broken down classic Holden Montero? This one is in a private home in Australia.


Could it be? Yes a grill powered by a 5.7 liter V-8 HEMI engine. Wowee! It was once part of a Chrysler Group's 2005 "What can you HEMI?" contest. Winner! Now you know you're meat is going to be WELL DONE when it hits your plate, whether you want it to or not!



This Nascar BBQ sells for $16,995 and is full sized stainless steel and comes with a CD/DVD combo with 6 speakers. Nothing like grilling while watching a movie and listening to tunes at the same time! We are a multi-tasking generation, after all!


This German locomotive grill sold on eBay for over $12,000. wowee! Source


This Dragon BBQ Grills are really unique with only 3 or so being made. The first one sold for $65,000 and a second listed for $90K. It is a functional grill that is also part sculpture. Amazing!  But um not nearly $100K amazing! source



Bonus: Now for explicit humorologist only, there is this Rude Hot Dog Cooker aka Roast my Weenie! Weiners for Weiners maybe? 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Jennifer Love Hewitt glows in new Palmer's campaign



Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt glows in a recent ad for Palmer's Cocoa Butter campaign shoot. The Criminal Minds star is the brand's newest spokes model.

The actress, who is expecting her second child with husband Brian Hallisay, dressed in all white for the upcoming Palmer's ad campaign.

"After the success I had using Palmer’s through my first pregnancy, I knew I wanted to support the brand by baring my pregnant belly to celebrate the beauty of expectant mothers,” Hewitt says in a release from Palmer's. “These are products that I believe in and actually use—they help moms to embrace the natural glow of pregnancy and I find it so empowering to be able to show my pregnancy off in this way."



Hewitt and her The Client List co-star Brian Hallisay are expecting their second child. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Autumn, in 2014.

The Ghost Whisperer alum has a maternity line, L by Jennifer Love Hewitt sold exclusively in A Pea In the Pod stores nationwide.

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NUK introduces the first Orthodontic pacifier (GET $1 OFF to TRY)

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For first time moms (and dads) of newborn babies, a pacifier can be a saving grace. It's the perfect aide to soothe baby during those times in the day when fussy, cranky, tired or simply hungry and anxious for a feeding.

Now there is another purpose as a brand new orthodontic feature has been innovated lately! Well-known pacifier brand NUK® has updated its popular pacifiers for the first time in 55 years to incorporate a new advanced nipple that naturally fits in baby's mouth for oral development.

The new design has integrated channels that apply less palate pressure. There is also a scoop nipple cavity to  maximize tongue movement. A heart-shaped shield  prevents irritation and the thin neck to this new pacifier lessens jaw pressure. And for the eco-conscious moms out there, it is also BPA free.

Best yet, it's the first truly orthodontic pacifier!

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In celebration of the launch of this new revolutionary pacifier and to encourage parents to give them a try, NUK® will give out to customers entering WalMart a chance to receive $1 off NUK® Pacifiers.

All they have to do is go into a participating WalMart store,  take the Pacifier ABC Quiz and receive the coupon!

Try it out! And come back here and let us know how they work out!


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