Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving: 5 Tips to save you thousands of calories

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Granted Thanksgiving is a time to really tear down on some really good food, but the Holiday is the start of a series of Holidays (Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter) of non-stop eating that have the average person packing on pounds that they don't shed later. 

A typical Thanksgiving dinner plate can be 2,900 or more.  People think it's the turkey that makes them so sleepy and tired after Thanksgiving meal, but in reality, it is all the carbohydrates that are part of the average Thanksgiving meal: cornbread, stuffing, rice, macaroni pie, rolls, casseroles, pasta, etc.

There are simple ways to save some of those calories. Here are five tips:

1. Say no to the gravy. 

2.  Put only two portions of carbs on your plate instead of three.

3. Fill up with veggies, salads, cabbage, green beans. Have those items take up most of your plate. 

4. Drink a full glass of water before you eat to trick your body into getting fuller faster.

5. If there is a salad served, eat that first before eating the hot foods. This move will also help trick your body into getting fuller faster on less high calorie, high carbs foods.

The most important of which is portion control. If you must sample all the goodies, opt for one tablespoon of each verses a full portion size. 

Good luck and Bon Appetite!


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6 celebrity couples who split up before baby was born

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I saw this smokin' hawt photo of Christina Milian today and thought boy is her ex singer/ mega producer The Dream missing out. The couple was one of several celebrity pairs to split in the middle of a pregnancy and BEFORE the baby was born.


Christina Milian was 8 months pregnant when she filed for divorce from The Dream  in 2010.
Personally, I know of a few friends who wound up splitting with their boyfriend or spouse before having their baby and each of them say it was very challenging being pregnant and not at least having someone to help them through those challenging months. A few have said, in hindsight, they would've waited it out until baby was born. Oy! Here are four other celebrities who split before their child was born:
In 2004, four months before delivering her 1st child, son Leni, whose dad is billionaire Flavio Briatore, Heidi Klum started dated Seal, who she later married and had 3 kids with before they too split in 2012.





Rapper Nas and singer Kelis were in the middle of filming their MTV reality TV show when they split while she was 7 months pregnant with their first child together in 2009. 





Alexis Knapp had to get Ryan Phillippe to submit to a paternity test to prove that the child she was carrying was his.  The two split before Knapp confirmed she was pregnant in 2010. 





Ex Spice Girl Melanie Brown too had to force comedian/actor Eddie Murphy to submit to a paternity test to prove he was the father to her then-soon-to-be born daughter Angel Iris born ironically on Murphy's 47th birthday, April 3, 2007.  The couple had split in 2006 and back then there was no way of proving paternity until the baby was born. 







No one knows for sure who the dad is to Mad Men star January Jones' first child, son Xander, but she announced she was pregnant in May 2011, five months after splitting with her boyfriend Saturday Night Live's  Jason Sudeikis. Rumors swirled that Ashton Kutcher may have been the dad. The two are good  friends.

Edited to Add: I found this post of 12 Celebrities that broke up before the baby was born that Crushable did a year ago which also includes Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan, Mary Louise Parker and Billy Crudup and Tiki and Ginny Barber which I so would have added to this list had I remembered about them too!
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Black Friday: 5 Websites that track The Deals



Thanksgiving is this week, but that also means so is Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving annually has represented a time for retailers to offer deep discounts on electronics, toys, appliances and other high ticket items. It's a great time to get a deal on an item you may have been keeping your eye on for a while. If you are expecting a new arrival in the new year, this may be a great time to seek out deals on high price baby items like monitors, breast pumps, high chairs, bedding and nursery furniture.

It is also the busiest shopping day of the year and a time for retailers to recoup losses they may have had in other quarters throughout the year. Various websites have cropped up to educate shoppers in advance on which online and brick and mortar stores are having door-buster sales. Here are a few to get you started and help you plan if you are interested in scoping out and possibly getting a great deal this year.
  1. Black Friday Ads
  2. BlackFriday.com
  3. Black Friday GottaDeal
  4. Fat Wallet Black Friday Deals
  5. Slick Friday Black Friday Deals


Get out there and SAVE! Good Luck!

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Who Rocked Balmain Award Show best: Alessandra Ambrosio or Kim Kardashian?


Enquiring minds want to know who rocked Balmain Resort 2015 top and skirt best:

Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena  in Las Vegas this week or Kim Kardashian at the 2014 MTV VMA earlier this year?

Personally, I love the black pumps pairing compared toe the fringe gladiators Kardashian's rocking though I love the  curvy fit on Kim better, yet Ambrosio's legs are amazingly lean, toned and super sexy. But then again, what would one expect from a Brazilian Super model, huh?

It's a battle of our Bellyitch BumpWatch alums. 





Back stage, Ambrosio looked radiant in an Azzaro Spring 2014 couture dress.


Photo: Getty

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Travel: Flying With an Infant: How to Avoid Disaster



With Thanksgiving around the corner and some people opting to fly to visit family during the holidays, our blogger Marc Courtiol, is sharing tips on dealing with flying with an infant:

Having a newborn can be stressful enough without leaving the house, so it is easy to understand why so many new parents are reluctant to travel. Babies need constant care, they are unpredictable, and their crying is sometimes difficult to stop. All of these things work against travel, which requires as much predictability as possible. The good news is that many infants fall right to sleep as soon as the plane starts moving, but you just cannot know beforehand. Plus, nobody wants to be those poor parents stuck on an airplane with a baby who refuses to be quiet. That is no one’s idea of a fun vacation.

But you do not have to be scared to travel with your infant. Sure, things may not go perfectly, but the trip does not have to be a disaster. Here are some ideas to keep in mind.

The right attitude
Start preparing by getting in the right mindset for traveling with an infant. Especially if this is your first child, this may require you to alter your view of the world to some extent. For starters, while it is important to be considerate of others, you simply cannot get hung up on what strangers think about you. There are always going to be curmudgeonly people who bellyache when a crying baby is in their vicinity, and there is nothing we can do about them. So just forget about them and focus on your family.

Also, try to approach the whole thing with a sense of calm. The best way to do this is to take it slow. Give yourself plenty of extra time for everything. If you usually leave for the airport two hours early, give yourself two and a half to three hours this time. Move slowly through the trip, and stop to attend to the baby whenever he or she needs anything. If you can cultivate this sort of attitude, your baby will pick up on it and will likely be more calm.

Plan early
Plan your trip as early as possible so you can reserve seats in an optimal row. Exit-row seats are great because they give you extra room to maneuver with the baby. Also, if you have never traveled with an infant before, you might want to call the airline and talk to a real person about their policies. Your baby should be able to fly for free, but many parents choose to buy a seat for their infant anyway for the extra room. Airplanes are generally a tight fit, but a full three-seater in an exit row can be a cozy little temporary home for mommy, daddy, and baby.


Knowing what to bring 

When flying with a newborn, the key is to bring as few things as possible while having everything you need to take care of your baby. It can be difficult to find this balance. Here are some things that you definitely need:

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Rosie Pope attends Project Nursery co-founder's fab suprise baby shower


You missed this because we forgot to share with you these adorable pics of maternity-wear designer and past blog feature Rosie Pope attending the  New York city surprise baby shower for "Project Nursery" co-founder Melissa Fluhr

Totally adorbs! Flugh and her pal, Pam Ginocchio—post-college roommates and interior design enthusiasts, both founded the company while tackling their own nurseries— and since then, the website has been THE go-to for kid friendly and nursery design.

Congrats Melisa!


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REVIEW: Get thru holidays with Dr. Ross' Defy Vitamins



Women often lose themselves caring for their family and others that they often forget to nurture & care for themselves. 

This cold and flu season, women, including pregnant, nursing and new mothers, need to make sure they stay healthy all around.

One way to do that is to take a daily multi-vitamin & if possible essential oils and oral supplements. 

I tried out Dr Ross's new DEFy multivitamin complex tablets and the Omega 3 Fish oil ($58 bottle) for a few weeks and could immediately notice the difference in my energy level. 

Amazing to rediscover the importance of a daily multivitamins because, again, I make my kids' take their daily chewable, yet I don't normally take one myself.

Now I do.  

The 30-day supply package comes with a chewable tablet & oil soft gel pill. The chewable is a bit chalky & I take it with water to erase the taste which is otherwise still decent. 

I love that they come in convenient pre-packaging so you can just chuck it in your bag or pocket before you head out.

The supplement is suitable for pregnant and Breastfeeding moms and with each purchase of a bottle, Defy, sends one to a bottle to a woman in need

Very nice! Social Good is Good.

Defy Vitamins  rocks! Get it at the company's website or from our Amazon affiliate HERE!
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kourtney Kardashian covers Fit Pregnancy


Kourtney Kardashian covers the December 2014/January 2015 edition of Fit Pregnancy. Inside the magazine, the boutique chain owner and reality TV star reveals that her baby is due on Christmas Eve December 24. 

This will be the third child for Kim Kardashian's big sister and her boyfriend Scott Disick. The couple are parents to 4-year old Mason and 2-year old Penelope.

Looking good!

photo: Fit Pregnancy
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Black Friday: 5 Tips for Surviving it Safely


We are counting down the days until Black Friday, and each year local and national reports indicate that consumers and customers get harmed during some of the mad rush to get into doors to grab  limited-quantity "door-buster" deals.  Everyone has to exercise caution and be safe.  Self-Defense expert Jarrett Arthur offers some tips for the Black Friday season. Jarrett, a high-ranking Krav Maga black belt instructor and Program Director at the Krav Maga Worldwide National Training Center has taught hundreds of men, women and children self defense,  has these 5 tips:

1)         Pay attention to your surroundings, not the Tickle Me Elmo in aisle 3.  I doubt it’s caused by the overconsumption of Tryptophan, but Black Friday tends to bring out the crazy in people. From shoppers pepper-spraying other shoppers to armed robberies, fistfights to all out stampedes, there is an undeniable spike in the crime rate. People lose their freakin’ minds on this particular day of the year, and shoppers are so focused and intent on snagging the item they want that they miss important cues around them that may signal danger early on. Avoid chatting, texting, or running price comparisons on your smart phone, and instead opt to use your eyes, ears, and gut instinct as you shop. Frequently check the space and people around you, open your field of vision by occasionally scanning the entire store or parking lot. Don’t ignore someone who is behaving oddly, utilize one of the many armed guards that major stores will be hiring and let them know what you saw and where you saw it.

2)         Check your ego at the door. Seriously.  Did you see it first? Where you first in the line? Was it in your cart? Probably. While I’m all for standing your ground and not letting anyone hassle you or take advantage, I’m also for remaining intact and alive. Without a doubt, the number one culprit of crime on Black Friday is out of control ego and the bewildering life or death urgency that people put on the purchase of material possessions. And argument can quickly escalate into a shoving match, which can easily escalate into strikes being thrown, and potentially a weapon being brandished. If the threat of escalation becomes real, your best option is to walk away, particularly if your kids are in tow.

3)         Have an escape plan and a pre-determined meeting place with family.  Violence has a ripple effect. Especially in crowded places, a confrontation in one section of a store can spread to chaos throughout with unbelievable speed. Take a few moment upon entering a building, store, or shop to identify less-obvious exits (read: the ones in the back), which will be easier to navigate in an emergency since the majority of shoppers will immediately flock to main entrances. Determine a quick emergency escape route with your family, and choose an easily identifiable location outside the building to use as a safe meeting place in case of separation.

4)         Crowds are dangerous.  Any competent self-defense instructor will agree that the key to staying safe in a confrontation is to create as much space as possible by any means necessary. Super tricky to do when you and a couple hundred strangers are packed in front of a sliding glass door like sardines counting down the seconds until you can get your hands on a brand new _____. Here’s where vigilance and listening to your gut are extra important. Small scuffles can rapidly turn into chaotic and very dangerous situations. If something doesn’t feel right, throw in the towel and head home. Merchandise X is definitely not worth your safety and wellbeing. Additionally, pickpockets love lines and crowds because you’re forced into close quarters. Keep wallets, purses, and bags tightly zipped (a small luggage lock is added protection) and on the front of your body. Standing sideways in lines also gives you a little bit more space.

Jarrett Arthur, Self-Defense Expert

5)         Parking lots and vehicles are prime territory for bad guys (and gals). Think about it. It’s dark outside, hundreds of shoppers are flooding parking lots at odd hours of the morning and night, parking way far away from entrances, wandering back to their isolated cars distracted by post-purchase reveling, most likely on their phones, with tons of brand new, expensive loot. Two words: prime pickings. Park as close to entrances as possible. Utilize security guards as escorts if you have to park in remote areas of the lot or garage. If you can’t easily carry your purchases in one hand or one one arm you should get a shopping cart. Get your keys (and pepper spray or stun gun if you choose to carry one) out before you even leave the store. Get off your phone, take out your earbuds. Check your surroundings frequently and check your vehicle (back seat, both sides, underneath) before approaching. Load items quickly.  Stay put until automatic sliding doors, hatch backs, or lift gates shut completely before you get in, lock the doors, and drive away. Don’t spend time idling in the car organizing receipts and planning the next stop. Get in and go.
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UK Star Billie Faiers does IG Maternity biz promo best



Many celebrities use their massive followings in social media like Twitter and Instagram to promote products and services they sell as part of an endorsement deal or their own brand or label.

To date, I am yet to see any celeb do a good a job promoting their own maternity wear line they sell than British actress Billie Faiers who is on the hit UK show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE).

Faiers and her 23-year old TV personality sister Sam Faiers had launched an online boutique, Minnies, in 2011. So when the young star and her boyfriend George found out they were expecting, she made sure she featured clothes from Minnies in her IG often with a link back to the boutique's IG page.  She needed to mix up the pose a bit, but whatevs!

Very clever and the looks are fab, even though all these below are not from her boutique! 

Baby Nelly arrived in July and Billie miraculously bounced back into shape in no time flat. ugh! luky girl. 

Anyway, check out her fab maternity looks:



 

 

 

 

 

 



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

25 sites to help you pick your Baby's Name


There is a lot of hand-wringing that goes on when parents pick the name for their baby.  
A  2010 study in the UK revealed that 1 in 5 parents regret the name they chose for their child. Your kid's name can have consequences beyond the playground and onto jobs mostly due to no fault of his or her own. For example, another study found that boys whose parents gave them “girlish” sounding names like Ashley or Shannon were more likely to have behavioral problems in class. Also, it’s been found that people have preconceived notions about which names sound like they’re from lower socio-economic status and treat people with these names differently, especially in school. 

One study listed the top 10 "bad boy" names.  Another found that people react negatively to odd sounding names. On the other end, there have been some reports have addressed whether a bay name can help it succeed.

Before you go for a tech sounding name or a name inspired by Winter, the season your baby is due in, check out these 25 websites and blogs that offered suggestions, tips and insights into baby naming. 

Unique Names
It’s not uncommon to want a name that is different than all the others for your child.  Few want their child to be one of several kids with the same name at school. 


Biblical Those parents with a deep faith may lean towards a biblical name.  There are many kids out there with names like Jacob, Elijah, and Luke whose names come from the Bible. 

Historical Figures Naming your child after a great leader or a historical figure you really admire is a creative way to choose a name and the process has a story behind it.  

Unisex Names -Parents may want to avoid all gender associations from their kids and opt for a unisex name

After Cities Many couples like naming their kids after the place where they were conceived.  This may not work well for some people, but it does for others. 

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Thanksgiving: 5 Healthy Snacks to make with the kids



Thanksgiving is synonymous with family, friends and an overload of food. So, when it comes to dessert this holiday, skip the pie and substitute with these 5 healthier alternatives. Jenna Fernandes, CEO of CareBooker.com, the only FREE “Open Table” of family and pet care services, offers lighter desserts that are sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth without any guilt this Thanksgiving.

From holiday staples to fall favorites with creative twists, here are five great recipes to try with your family:

1.       The Caramel Apple Bar: This is an activity the whole family can participate in making. Start an assembly line by cutting apples into slices and inserting a candy stick for easier decorating. Once the prep is complete, dip the apples in chocolate or caramel and arrange the family’s favorite toppings such as sprinkles, coconut or crushed candy pieces to top this sweet treat.

2.       Turkey Muffin: Another great dessert to get kids creative with this fun treat for Thanksgiving. First, bake your favorite pumpkin muffin recipe and prep the decorating ingredients. Create the turkey feathers with sliced red and green apples, cut a small beak from a thin slice of carrot and finish off with squeezable icing for eyes. This simple recipe will turn this dessert into an art project.


3.       Yogurt-dipped strawberries: Yogurt-dipped strawberries are a favorite, guilt free dessert that includes healthy Greek yogurt and strawberries. Greek yogurt is high in protein and offers a thicker consistency perfect for dipping. Dip the strawberries in Greek yogurt, set on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and allow them to set in the freezer for one hour before enjoying with friends and family.

4.       Baked Apples: Apples are always a fall favorite and this baked apple recipe will become an instant hit on any family dinner table or dessert party tray this season. After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, slice apples and place in a baking dish. Finish off with a dusting of brown sugar and cinnamon for added fall flavor and bake for 15 minutes.



5.       “Cocoa-Nut” Bananas: This healthy treat is a perfect alternative to the traditional fall flavors. Start with slicing bananas down the middle. Roll each slice in cocoa powder and shake off the excess. Finish these healthy treats by rolling the slices in unsweetened coconut flakes and arrange on a fun tray.

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