Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine's Day Style inspiration for you and Jr.

Valentine's Day is two weeks away! Are you dressing up your little one in red for school, dinner, or some other function for the holiday? Or how about for yourself. Will you be painting the town red with your significant other or spouse?

Have fun! We've got some style inspiration ideas for you to consider as you plan your outfit or your son or daughter, powered by our friends at Shopstyle:

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

35 blogs for new moms following a low carb lifestyle to lose weight

So I am on a low-carb kick these days as I try to drop a few sizes and get to fit into all these itty bitty sample size clothes these fashion designers offer up bloggers. Once upon a time I was a size 2. Okay, that might have been in high school and once in college, but I digress. So you all get the benefit of my research on low carb option. Here are 25 blogs Kenney Myers assembled and asked me to share with you all a while ago. So here ya go! Perfect if you just had a baby and are doing Atkins or Zone or some other low-carb diet to help you get back to pre-pregnancy size.

Good luck!

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Snooki & JWOWW give up reality TV to become fulltime stay-at-home moms

The Jersey Shore era has officially ended.

Next Wednesday will be the last episode of the spin off, Snooki & JWOWW, to the wildly popular MTV reality TV show which featured the some alcohol-induced, testosterone bucking and ratchet debauchery days and nights of a group of friends who vacationed on the New Jersey shore for summer vacation. The original show ran from 2009 to 2012 ending with the season Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was pregnant. 

Jennifer "JWOWW" Farley penned a sweet note alerting her fans of the end on her blog:
The end of Snooki and JWOWW is near! As women, it’s all about our kids. We don’t care about getting our hair or makeup done. We’re basically stay-at-home moms. The “Snooki and JWoww” series finale airs next Wednesday where you will see Snooki and Jionni get married and our baby Meilani get christened. It’s the end of a big chapter of our lives and it’s bittersweet. I think both Snooki and I want our kids to grow up having normal lives and not be in front of the cameras 24/7. We did it as adults so we had a choice, it’s time we let them have that choice to. Just because we won’t be on your TV screens anymore doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing our honest and dirty rambles! You just have to stay tuned to see where we’ll be next! Can’t wait for the next chapter in our lives! XOXO
This show lasted only two seasons because it appears there's no ratings for breastfeeding moms. *snark*

I am actually that old that I remember when MTV used to just do specials in the summer following a few kids to the shore (not this group) for vacation and never imagined it would turn into a full-time show that will create stardom for its cast members. (Nicole has over 6 million followers on Twitter and JWOWW has close to 4 Million). At times, it was the highest rated show for the music network. 

Polizzi, who has two children, has gone on to pen a New York Times best seller and has a bunch of other lucrative entrepreneurial ventures.  Jennifer "JWOWW" Farley, too started a tanning lotion line and sells many products as well as appears on a variety of other reality TV shows on TV.

Among some of the other successful cast mates include Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino who has his own show on TVGN about his life and Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio is a highly-paid and sought after DJ who has worked with 50 Cent to Britney Spears.

It was a fun ride. 

Time for full time mommyhood! What do you think of their decision?
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10 iPhone apps to help you manage your household expenses

In the world of mobile devices, few are as popular or as versatile as Apple’s powerful iPhone. Busy professionals have quickly learned just how useful an iPhone can be when it comes to streamlining business operations and tracking data, but it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn how much the iPhone in your pocket can do in terms of managing your personal life as well. These 10 apps are effective and valuable budget-management tools and can assist you in the often complicated business of tracking and keeping up with household expenses.
  1. Manilla – Chosen as a Top 100 Web Business by PC Magazine and’s App of the Week, the free Bills & Account Manager app from Manilla helps you monitor your bills, statements and notices so that you can keep up with exactly how much money you’re spending in each area. As an added bonus, you can also set up text or email message alerts to let you know when a bill is due to help you avoid further damage to your finances with late fees and penalties.
  2. Expenses and Income – CashTrails Lite – The free Lite version of CashTrails lets you track both what’s coming in and what’s going out, as well as log your daily expenses to help determine exactly how much money is spent on incidental purchases. Group filtering to separate your regular expenses from those of a professional nature or special vacation spending allows you to compartmentalize your budget and organize your entries in a way that makes most sense to you.
  3. Spending – The simple name of this $2.99 app is an indication of exactly what you can expect from it; an app that is no frills, no fuss and directly to the point. Spending helps you keep up with how much money you spend, track your expenses and manage your accounts quickly and easily. There are no extraneous features and no superfluous commands or complications, leaving this app beautifully easy to use and free of frustration.
  4. iSpending – With this free app you can set up separate categories to compartmentalize and track your expenses in a more detailed fashion, while still keeping an eye on the big financial picture. Daily, weekly, monthly and annual summaries are displayed on the home page, allowing you to access budget and expense information at a glance.
  5. Pageonce – Money & Bills – Part of managing your household budget and tracking expenses is making sure that you stay current with all of your bills. That’s where this free app comes in handy, allowing you to keep up with and even pay all of your bills with just a few taps of the screen. Called the “Cadillac of money management apps” by CNN Money and chosen as an iTunes Staff Favorite, Pageonce is a valuable expense tracking tool.
  6. iXpenseIt Lite – Tracking daily and monthly expenses is fast and simple with the free Lite version of the paid iXpenseIt app, which is more than powerful enough to easily keep up with household budgeting. CNN Money Magazine calls iXpenseIt Lite one of the “Best iPhone Apps” and LAPTOP Magazine rates it among the 50 Most Useful iPhone Apps.
  7. Expensify – While this free app is designed for business travelers, you can still keep up with your daily household expenses by using Expensify. You can even generate full PDF copies of your household expense reports for later review!
  8. Checkbook HD Free – Once upon a time, household expense tracking and management was accomplished by keeping an up-to-date and accurate checkbook register. As paper checks become less and less common, this free app simulates the experience to help you keep up with your bills the old fashioned way.
  9. Bills Monitor Free – With this free app, you can review upcoming expenses through the calendar view or specific categories, keeping up with what’s going out at any given time. If you’d like to keep your household expenses and budgeting information hidden from prying eyes, there’s also a password-protect function.
  10. Smart Budget – Free, straightforward and easy to use, Smart Budget allows 30 trial transactions before requiring an upgrade to the full version, giving you plenty of time to decide whether or not this expense management and household budgeting tool is for you. Should you choose to upgrade, it can be quickly and easily handled with in-app purchasing.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Molly Sims' Red Carpet Maternity Fashion

Yup, I think I've said this before but Molly Sims definitely is having the most awesomest fashionable pregnancy this go-round.

I love loved this actress, author and former model's long black strapless Lela Rose ball gown she wore last November 2014 while attending the 2014 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Tiffany & Co held at The Book Bindery  in Culver City, Cali. So elegant and flawless.  She wore shoes by Alaia and Norman Silverman jewels to accent this fab look.

But the avante garde break out moment came a month prior when she attended ELLE magazine's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. It was cool to experiment with the crop top look while preggers.

The pull-back pony was the perfect hair to fit with the simple black wrap dress she wore while attending the Annie for Target launch event at Stage 37 in Nor York City in October.

Then while sticking with a mainly black palette, she went va va glam with a bump-hugging sequins evening dress on the red carpet to the amFAR LA Inspiration Gala in LA on October 29. The retro-waves glam hair swept to one side was to-die for!

Finally, and most recently, she departed from black and went the polar opposite in a bright yellow Lisa Perry dress with jeweled ethnic embroidered trip to the 72 Annual Golden Glow Awards Post-Party  at The Beverly Hilton Hotel earlier this month.

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Dad asks CA to ban non-immunized kids from sick son's school

A California man who has a son with leukemia is demanding the state ban children who are not immunized from his child's school.

Carl Krawitt's 6-year old son Rhett has undergone a few rounds of chemotherapy and has not re-built his immunity yet sufficiently to get all of his immunizations. Until then, Krawitt has filed a request asking that the 7% of kids at his son's school, Reed Elementary in Tiburon, California be forbidden from attending school. That rate is higher than the 2.5% statewide that take up the state's option to skip immunization for personal and religious reasons. The San Francisco Bay area, generally, has some of the highest exemption rates in the state and nation.

Rhett requires "herd immunity" or others around him to all be immunized to protect him from coming down with communicable diseases like the measles.

"It's very emotional for me," Krawitt told NPR. "If you choose to not immunize your own child and your own child dies because they get measles, OK, that's your responsibility, that's your choice."

He added, "but if your child gets sick and gets my child sick and my child dies, then...your action has harmed my child."

Krawitt and his wife sent a letter asking the state "require immunization as a condition of attendance with the only exception being those who cannot medically be vaccinated."

So far, the superintendent said he is considering and monitoring the situation and health of students at the school.

The only thing, by the time a kid contracts measles which has had a recent outbreak in California, it may be too late for Krawitt's son.

What do you think? Fair or no?

h/t NPR
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Molly Sims covers 'Fit Pregnancy' Again, gives 2nd pregnancy insights

Actress, model and author Molly Sims covers the February edition of Fit Pregnancy.  She also covered the mag in 2012 when she was pregnant with her 2-year old son Brooks.

The mom-to-be gave some great insight to the life of the 2nd time pregnant woman in her cover interview.

She shared how this pregnancy has been easier even though she said she had morning sickness all day this round and only in the evening with her first. 

The author of the new Amazon bestelling book, "Everyday SupermodelMy Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple" said she has learned "not to freak out over every single symptom," and to be more practical, adding "now I know exactly how many onesies I need when the baby arrives. I don't have the anxiety of being a first-time mom. Moreover, I know to wear my Spanx tights when I go out, and my T.E.D. compression hose when I fly to prevent blood clots."

She also realized that being too hung up on wanting to realize a baby plan is not realistic. 

"First, I had a velamentous cord insertion [when the umbilical cord inserts into the fetal membranes rather than the middle of the placenta, causing a higher risk of rupture]," said Sims, who is married to hubby Scott Stuber. "The doctor monitored me closely throughout the pregnancy, and I had a scheduled C-section to protect the cord, which was necessary, but disappointing. This time, I don't have the same condition, so I'm not opposed to a VBAC [vaginal birth after Cesarean]."

Imperfect can be perfect.

Read the entire interview at Fit Pregnancy  HERE or pick it up at newsstands!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trend Alert: How to do the Sheer Trend, Maternity style

The Fall 2014 sheer trend we saw on fashion runways is making its way onto the award season red carpet. Maternity wear designers are not getting left behind in the movement and have been updating their options to accommodate the trend as well.

If you are one of those moms-to-be who like to keep up with trends, you'll be happy to know there are options out there tailored to you too.

Here are a few items we found while scoping our partners at Shopstyle!

photo collage: lingerissimi/bellyitch
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Best Snow Day Announcement: 'School is Closed' set to Frozen's 'Let it Go' (VIDEO)

When our kids' school is out, we get an email or an automated call or perhaps we get the word watching the local news.

Moses Brown High School principal Matt Glendinning of Rhode Island took a creative and fun route by capturing the news in a hilariously funny YouTube video to the very popular Oscar-winning tune "Let it Go" from the blockbuster Disney animated film  Frozen. 

Too funny! Check it out: "School is Closed":

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VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop's Yandy Smith welcomes daughter

Congratulations to Love and Hip Hop's Yandy Smith on the birth of her daughter yesterday, Monday January 27. The music manager shared news of the baby's impending arrival on her Instagram account yesterday.

"The Princess is coming," she captioned a photo of herself in a maternity ward gown with her fiance Mendeecees Harris giving her a smooch. "We can't wait to meet out little princess."

This is the second child for the couple. They have a son, whom they welcomed in July 2012. He has two boys from previous relationships. 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

10 Family-Friendly Winter Vacation Locations

The Westin Lake Vegas Resort  Spa -

If you live in a cooler climate that experiences wintry weather during the colder months, but aren’t a fan of toughing out the colder days or participating in winter sports, the idea of escaping to a warm, sunny locale for a quick family vacation during winter break can be incredibly appealing. While there are a staggering number of places around the world that enjoy warm weather during the winter months, these are 10 of the best and most family-friendly spots to visit if you’re looking to escape the winter doldrums with your brood.
  1.     Florida Keys – With average temperatures in the 70’s, even during January and February, the Florida Keys offer American families the chance to get as close to the equator as possible without leaving the continental United States. In addition to the many beaches and water sports, there are also ample opportunities to learn more about marine life on a glass-bottomed boat or a chartered eco-tour.
  2.     Dominican Republic – Skipping the country in search of warmer climates doesn’t have to empty your bank account. During the winter months, most resorts in the beautiful and exotic Dominican Republic slash their prices dramatically, leaving their prices well within most budgets. Temperatures during the winter months also tend to hover in the high 70’s to 80’s.
  3.     Maya Riviera, Mexico – With year-round temperature averages of about 78°, the Maya Riviera is a popular destination for those who aren’t wild about winter weather. From sparkling beaches to spectacular Mayan ruins, there’s definitely something to suit every member of your family in the area.
  4.     Hawaii – If you don’t mind a bit of crowding, the Hawaiian Islands may be the perfect choice for your winter getaway. Because each of the eight islands has their own attractions and offer something different to tourists, you’ll be able to find activities everyone in the family will enjoy. Luxury accommodations can get quite pricey, however, because the winter months are quite popular for tourists to visit Hawaii.
  5.     Las Vegas, Nevada – Vegas might have the dubious honor of being dubbed “Sin City,” but it’s also a surprisingly suitable family destination, and ranked number one on’s list of wintertime bargain destinations in the United States. Average temperatures fall a bit short of tropical in the winter, hovering in the low 60’s during the winter months, but you still won’t need to pack those heavy jackets and scarves.
  6.     The Amalfi Coast, Italy – During the winter months, the Amalfi Coast region is one of the warmest areas of Italy, with average temperatures in the 50’s. Some hotels and restaurants are closed or on limited schedules during the winter months, but there are still plenty of attractions to keep everyone entertained and out of the snow during winter break.
  7.     Phoenix, Arizona – With spring-like temperatures hovering in the high 60’s, the many attractions and activities in Phoenix make the city a great escape from winter weather for a short jaunt during winter break. There are plenty of activities for kids, including museums and other educational pursuits, as well as a variety of outdoor activities.
  8.     Guanacaste, Costa Rica – From zip-lining through rainforests and thrilling canopy tours to surfing lessons and low-key horseback trail rides, there’s plenty of tropical fun to be had in Costa Rica during the winter months. The crowds are almost non-existent and prices are dramatically dropped during the winter season, which can be quite rainy in certain areas but is easily avoidable by traveling a very short distance.
  9.     Orlando, Florida – Families have been making the pilgrimage to Orlando year-round for decades to visit the Happiest Place on Earth and take advantage of the many amenities. It’s significantly less expensive during the winter months, provided that you avoid peak days like Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, and will have average temperatures in the low 70’s.
  10.     Cyprus – The third largest Mediterranean island is dotted with olive and citrus groves, mountains and beaches, and is an impressively low-cost winter vacation destination for families. Temperatures are in the high 70’s from November to February. The island also does not shut down during the winter low season, so you’ll still be able to visit historical sites, go hiking, and enjoy the many amenities of hotels whose rates drop by almost half from November through March.

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Chasing The Duggars: The Bates from 'Bringing up Bates' are expecting the 20th child in the family

So the other TV family with 19 kids also has a family member expecting a baby. 

This January 1, The Bates family, consisting of dad Gil, mom Kelly Jo and their 19 children, ages 2 to 25, got their own reality TV show on UPTV after appearing on several episodes of TLC's 19 and Counting.

The show, Bringing Up Bates, premiered this January 1 and featured a storyline where the oldest daughter Erin, and her husband, Chad Paine, discovered that they miscarried their first child. However, since that airing, the couple has gong on to conceive again.

Erin shared a sonogram of her baby on her Instagram account this weekend.  She wrote:
I’m so glad and relieved that last night's episode has finally aired! Chad and I have been waiting to share our big news with the rest of the world for quite some time now. The news is true! Chad and I are having a baby! To say that we are thrilled would be such an understatement. ;) We can hardly contain our excitement as we prepare to be parents. As many of you know, starting a family.

As we reported before, over at The Duggars household, their eldest daughter Jill announced last October that she and her husband Derrick Dillard are expecting their first child. This will be the 4th of 5 grandchildren in the family because Josh Duggar and his wife Anna have 3 kids and announced this past December that they are expecting their fourth child. Jessa Duggar just got engaged to her beau Ben Seewald last August.  

It looks in the production of children competition, the Duggars are pulling ahead! ha!
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