Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Myanmar law requires Women space babies three years apart


Based on fears the minority Muslim population with a high birth rate may become the majority in the future, the president of Myanmar signed a controversial bill requiring mothers to space their children three years apart.

Hard-line Buddhist monks are said to have put pressure on lawmakers to draft the bill, which president Thein Sein signed on Saturday, May16.  It passed in parliament last month, even as human rights activists and a United States diplomat objected.

The nation is predominantly Buddhist, while Muslims make up just 10 percent of the population. However, that group's high birth rate sparked fear among monks that the Muslims will eventually overtake the country.

“The legislation contains provisions that can be enforced in a manner that would undermine reproductive rights, women’s rights and religious freedom,”U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said of a private meeting with Sein before the bill passed. “We shared the concerns that these bills can exacerbate ethic and religious divisions and undermine the country’s efforts to promote tolerance and diversity.”

Activists also say the law would be used to repress religious and ethnic minorities.

h/t Al Jazeera

photo: Getty 
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Actress Keira Knightley welcomed first child


Congratulations to Imitation Game actress Keira Knightley who gave birth to her first child with her musician husband James Righton, a source tells PEOPLE.


No word on the gender or name yet, but we know it was a surprise to them too as they opted to keep the gender secret until delivery.

Congrats!
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17 Father's Day Meals to Make for Dad

Bellyitch Rewind

This Father's Day why not go brave and try to make your dad or your kids' dad a meal and surprise him. Breakfast in Bed, or a special griller or a nice snack before the big game would make an excellent option and alternative to going out to eat, waiting a long time to get seated and spending a lot of money. 

We've assembled 17 recipes including options for various ethnic dishes, deserts, side dishes and main options to pick from and we tried to get recipes that are fairly easy to make or require not too many ingredients or complicated steps. 

Check out the collection and feel free to share! Enjoy!
Check out 17 Easy to Make Father's Day Dinner Recipes
by JJ Ghatt at Foodie.com

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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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