Friday, May 22, 2015

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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Redskins Quarterback RGIII welcomes daughter, RGIV




Congratulations to my hometown sports hero Robert Griffin III and his wife on the birth of their first child together, daughter, Reese Ann Griffin.

She will be an RGIV as she shares the same initials as dad, Washington Redskins quarterback. 

"-Jeremiah 29:11- Reese Ann Griffin was born today! All 7lbs 9 oz. of her!
Life Changer! #Blessed #ReeseAnn," the proud papa tweeted.

He also made an announcement on Facebook sharing the same photo as in the tweet (above).

"May 21, 2015 has forever changed our lives for the better!" Griffin wrote on Facebook on Thursday, with the hashtags such as "#MomRockedIt" and "#YesWeCriedAndByWeItMeansMe."

Congrats!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

10 Things To NOT Ever say to your Kids



 I stumbled upon this very well written article published last Spring in Women's Day, titled, "10 Things You should Never Say to your Kids." Seeing as how I'm guilty of uttering more than one of these offenses, I read author Denise Shapani's explanations of each and they make complete sense! Very insightful stuff.  Now the challenge is to remember these lessons and resist the urge to repeat the offensive utterances. Oy!

The list of the ten are:

1. "I know you can try harder."

2. "Are you sure you need that second cupcake?"

3. "You always…" or "You never…"

4. "Why can't you be more like your sister/brother?"

5. "I told you waiting until the last minute was a mistake!"

6. "You're the best at soccer!"

7. "Don't worry—the first day of school will be fine."

8. "Because I said so!"

9. "I wish you didn't hang out with Jack; I don't like that kid."

10. "That's not how you do it! Here, let me."

Head over to Women's Day to read Shapani's reasoning for each HERE!

photo: Thinkstock
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REPORT: Russian Pres Vladimir Putin welcomed a secret baby girl


The KGB has nothing on snooping gossip bloggers!

If you are one of those people like me who follow world politics, you may remember that this past March, Russian president Vladimir Putin disappeared. The Kremlin tried to pass off some bogus excuse for the absence of the world leader.

It turns out Vlad most likely in Switzerland visiting his newborn daughter to his much younger former gymnast girlfriend Alina Kabaeva.

The two have long denied being in a relationship, but Swiss press claim they are new parents.
Kabaeva gave birth in April at the Clinica Sant’Anna in Sorengo, Switzerland, a suburb of Lugano, Swiss newspaper Corriere Del Ticino stated.

The local branch of Swiss broadcaster RSI reported that 31-year old Kabaeva, 31, had booked two rooms at the ultra-private clinic to the rich and famous.

There were reports of an unusual amount of black Sedans with Russian diplomatic license plates in the town where the clinic is located around the same time that the 61-year old Putin disappeared.



And if that wasn't evidence enough, Kabaeva emerged after weeks of absence at a gymnastic contest in Moscow to celebrate the end of World War II in a red tent dress and looking heavier, older and fatigued, New York Post  reports.

You can run but you cannot hide from the ever snooping press! ha!

Congrats Vlad and Alina!


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30 Blogs for Frugal Moms


The recession may be over but that doesn't mean you have to stop watching your pennies and staying on budget. For those moms (and dads) out there who like to pinch pennies and save a few dollars, here is a post from our partners at Au Pair Care, featuring 30 blogs and blog posts dedicated to helping out frugal moms:


Couponing
While taking the time to clip coupons and scour weekly papers, print ads and websites for the best deals may seem more time-consuming than the payoff warrants, you may be surprised at just how much money you’re able to save on food and personal care products by using coupons to your advantage. These five blogs give you some insight into how coupon-savvy moms manage to save so much money, helping you fill your pantry without emptying your bank account.
Utility Bill Savings
While it’s certainly important to help your family do their part in making a positive impact on the environment by saving energy, the savings that a few small changes can generate is another motivating incentive. These five bloggers talk about the best ways to make your home more energy-efficient, and how to make sure that your energy costs aren’t higher than is strictly necessary.
Frugal Meal Ideas
Feeding your family on a budget doesn’t have to mean that you’re resorting to cheap, pre-packaged foods that are long on the preservatives and short on quality. These five food bloggers understand the importance of striking a balance between high quality and low cost, providing great meal ideas that won’t break the bank.
Savings at the Pump
Gasoline prices might fluctuate slightly from time to time, but they’re almost always more expensive than is manageable for many families. Saving fuel is not only good for the environment, but also good for the family budget. That’s why these five bloggers are offering their sage advice on how to save at the gas pumps, so that you are able to reduce your footprint while increasing your budget.
Saving on School Supplies
Back-to-school shopping is a lucrative season for retailers, coming in second only to the winter holidays in terms of revenue. Whether you’re purchasing supplies for one child or several, it’s easy to overspend when autumn rolls around each year. These five bloggers understand the struggle of keeping your children well-stocked and set up for academic success without draining your wallet in the process.
Saving on Kids’ Clothing
Shopping for kids’ clothing can be one of the most stressful and upsetting situations for families on a tight budget, as kids are anxious to have the name-brand duds of their peers despite the fact that the family budget doesn’t quite have room for a pair of designer jeans. These five blogs tackle the sensitive and often complicated subject of shopping for kids’ clothes on a tight budget.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bump Watch: Country singer Jessie James Decker keeps It Real


Okay! Here we go! My new fave pregnant celeb may be country singer Jessie James Decker.

The reality TV star of the E! show Eric & Jessie: Game on and her husband New York Jets linebacker Eric Decker are expecting their second child, a son, in September.

This week, Jessie kept it all the way real with this very relatable Instagram 5-month belly progression photo that she captioned:

"Keepin it real mommy style. Stains. Gotta pee face but don't wanna get up and non supportive bra Cus I just don't care hahah! #vivismama #23wks"

That's what I'm talking about. We see enough of the picture perfect, carefully filtered and presented inspirational pregnant celeb photos that most cannot obtain or duplicate, even if they tried. 

Finally, one who isn't afraid to show what many real pregnant women look like when they're chilling at home and letting it hang out.

Love!

The Deckers are also parents to their 1-year old daughter Vivian, born last March 18.

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Download Todd Parr's 'We're Pregnant' for FREE & A Charity Benefits


I love Todd Parr books! My eldest son loved them when he was a kid.

The award-winning popular author has expanded his subject area and has penned a super fun eBook called "We're Pregnant".

And the best part is that the book is FREE and with each download, the publisher, The First Years, will make a $1 donation to Project Night Night (up to $10,000). Project Night Night is a nonprofit organization that provides more than 25,000 free “night night” packages each year to homeless babies, toddler and children.

So you can get a cute fun book while making a difference to less fortunate children. Win Win!

Download your FREE book HERE!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FASHION: Salma Hayek killed it at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival


Yes, we are down with the "Ask her More" campaigning encouraging the focus of celebrity women on red carpets to be about their careers and accomplishments. But we are also part fashion blog, we cannot help but point out that  Salma Hayek is killing it, fashion and style-wise, at this year's Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

In this age of celebrities over 40 being accused of not dressing appropriately for their age, Hayek, a past Bellyitch bumpwatch alum, shows how to be sexy, classy and graceful while still current and age-appropriate stylish



She appeared mainly in Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent with a sprinkle of other couture designs. Along her side often was her billionaire business man husband and Frenchman François-Henri Pinault.

She wowed in Gucci on the red carpet to the premiere of Carol on May 17.


She looked radiant in red Alexander McQueen while talking at the American Pavilion.




Was FAB in Saint Laurent at the Kering Official Cannes Dinner at the Place de la Castre.


It wasn't all fashion and glitz, Salma lent her expertise and perspectives as a few roundtables and female empowerment events during the annual event.  For example, on  May 16, she slayed in another classic MQD Alexander McQueen Tuxedo dress while attending the Variety Celebration of UN Women at Raddisson Blu.



And on Friday, May 15 she started the weekend in Black while attending "The Art of Behind the Scenes Jaeger-LeCoultre and Finch & Partners" party at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc


That same day, she worked it in a Saint Laurent silk patchwork Georgette dress at the Kering Talks 'Women In Motion' at Kering suite during The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France.


Loved the dotted Alexander McQueen dress she rocked the day before that at the Premiere of "Il Racconto Dei Racconti" ("Tale Of Tales")  on May 14, 2015.



And earlier in the day in another Alexander McQueen dress at the photo call for that event.


Va Va voom!

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10 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad

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If you are racking your brain trying to figure out what to get for your dad, husband or partner this upcoming Father's Day, here are some gift ideas you can consider putting together or gifting him:

  1. The Academic: A basket filled with a collection of books and book marks and/or downloads of his favorite titles on Nook, Kindle or Audible.com.
  2. The Sports Dad: Two tickets to a game or his favorite team's jersey and cap.
  3. The Movie Loving Dad: A movie prize pack including theater ticket vouchers, a sample of movies, microwave popcorn and/or candy assembled in a basket.
  4. The Cigar Loving Dad: A couple of his favorite cigars and/or a cigar holder, engraved with his initials if you still have time to get that done.
  5. The Jazz Loving Dad: An old jazz album of his that you put in a frame that you can pick up from Target or Walmart and/or tickets to a local jazz performance or club
  6. The Outdoorsy Dad: A collection of common accessories items he needs for a day out hiking, or bike riding or kayaking  that has gotten worn down and need replacing. Assemble a few items of each with some sporting magazines in a basket.
  7. The Businessman Dad: Cuff links, suspenders, a tie tack and/or the traditional tie would be perfect. Anything that can be quickly monogrammed is a plus.
  8. The Nascar loving dad: A poster, cap and other car accessories featuring the logos of his favorite driver
  9. The Hipster dad: A coffee mug with a Starbucks gift card and an iTunes gift card (and or a music mix on a jump drive or CD of his favorite songs)
  10. The Wine Loving dad: A basket with an assortment of his favorite wines, a pack of gourmet crackers, a wedge of aged cheese and a wine bottle opener

Good luck!
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Brenda Song clears up ancient pregnancy rumors, her ex Trace Cyrus claps back


Post break up with long time beau Trace Cyrus, actress Brenda Song is clearing up a pregnancy rumor that even Bellyitch reported.



In an Instagram message (that has since been deleted), Song responds to the years-old rumors:

"I usually never speak of my personal life, but I'd like to clear up some rumors. A few years ago there were rumors that I was pregnant and/or had a miscarriage. I just want to say that those rumors were not true. They were just lies and fabrications. I apologize for not clearing this up sooner and for the continual damafe (sic) that these lies have caused @TraceCyrus."

She continued, "We may no longer be together but I hope he can forgive me and I wish him nothing but the best."

Not good enough for the rocker brother of Miley Cyrus who broke up with Song in the summer of 2012. He clapped back to her post:

"Yes they were lies THAT U MADE UP and told me, my entire family and all our friends." 

Um....

Well..we in the blogsphere had reason from Song to believe she was pregnant too.

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, the Disney Channel child star tweeted to her fans after getting engaged to Cyrus, " I won't be tweeting so much these next couple of days! My stomach is full of excitement! Big plans..big plans. You'll soon see ya'll! xo BS."

So...

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DIY: Memorial Day-inspired Nails and Make-Up


Congress has in place recommendations and rules that limits the way the American flag is displayed and used, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. For example, it should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise; it should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free; should never have anything placed on it; and never  advertising purpose, nor embroidered on cushions or handkerchiefs, printed on paper napkins or boxes, nor used as any portion of a costume. 

That doesn't stop make up and nail polish design aficionados from using the colors and Old Glory to inspire their designs and looks. Here is a collection of unique interpretations from our Pinterest following.













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Monday, May 18, 2015

WANTED: Expecting Mom-to-Be to Model in a Houston baby expo


My friend Monica is putting on another one of her fabulous pregnancy and maternity expos. This time it is in Houston, Texas and she is looking for models!

Here is her casting call:

Are you Pregnant and Fabulous?  We Want You! 

Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show Presents "Bump the Runway" in Houston, Texas. 

We need YOU, baby bumps, fashionistas and fabulous moms-to-be! Must be able to walk in the "Bump the Runway" fashion show on JUNE 6th (Houston, Texas) 
 
Send us a photo and in the subject line please put "Expectant Mom" to Maggy François at bbbeventcasting@gmail.com

Presenting partners include Babies R Us, The Bump and others.

Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show 
Saturday June 6, 2015
11am-3pm
Hotel Derek
2525 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027

Details, tickets and more visit www.BABYBASHANDBLING.com
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