Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Head Start: Links to Shopping Deals


If you're done stuffing your face and looking to get a head start on all the best Black Friday fashion shopping deals, we have a running and updated list! Check in here often

BCBG: 50 Percent Off Holiday Must Haves now until Dec. 1.
BCBG Generation: 50 Percent Off Site Wide Online today only.
Bloomingdales: Today Only! Early Bird: take 15 percent off a great selection of regular and sale price merchandise with code THANKS + free shipping.
Boutique To You: 20 percent off sitewide today only with code AF20THANKS.
Calvin Klein: 25 Percent Off Women's + Men's Underwear+ Free Shipping now until Dec. 2.
Calvin Klein: Extra 40 Percent Off + Free Shipping Sitewide now until Nov. 30.
Cost Plus World Market: Save 50 Percent On Hundreds Of Items + get an extra 10 Percent Off by using the code savebig10.
Cynthia Rowley: All Sale Items 60 Percent Off and 20 Percent Off all Full Price Holiday & Resort! Gift with Purchase of $300+ now until Dec. 1.
Fossil: $25 Off $150, $50 Off $200, + Free Shipping & Returns on All Orders until Dec. 1.
Luisaviaroma: Extra 20 Percent Off Winter Sale Collection now through Dec. 2.
Net-A-Porter: Enjoy Up to 50 Percent Off now through Dec. 31.
Nine West: 20 Percent Off Purchase of $125 or More through Nov. 28.
Saks Off 5th: Take an Extra 40- 50 Percent Off Your Purchase with code BLACKOUT now through Nov. 30.

Nordstrom: Designer clearance event now through Jan. 6

DKNY: 20 percent off sweaters and outwear now until Nov 29.

BCBG Generation: 40 percent off online today only.

American Eagle: Take 40 percent off and free shipping at American Eagle with code GOBBLEUP.

Charlotte Russe: It's buy one, get one free at Charlotte Russe. Buy one, get one free with $5 dresses and $5 shoes.

Express: Get 50 percent off everything Nov. 25 through Nov. 28 at Express.

J.Crew Factory: Get 50 percent off everything plus free shipping at J.Crew Factorywith code THANKS.

Kate Spade New York: Save up to 75 percent plus $5 ground shipping in the US and $10 in Canada at Kate Spade New York.

Lands' End: Get 40 percent off select categories each day and 30 percent off the remainder of your order at Lands' End through Nov. 30.

Lucky Brand Jeans: Save 45 percent on all orders and get free shipping at Lucky Brand Jeans.

Theory: Shop the Holiday Kickstart Sale and get 40 percent off select merchandise at Theory.

Tibi: Get a free additional 20 percent off sale items at Tibi through Nov. 28 with code BLACKFRIDAY14.

Stella and Dot: 25 percent off all sale items now through Nov. 30.

Madewell: 25 percent off sitewide now through Nov. 30 with code GIFTON.
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23 Celebrity Moms' 2014 Thanksgiving Day Photos


Today is Thanksgiving and many families are taking the time to gather and celebrate all they are thankful and grateful to have. We checked into social media to peep what some of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, current moms-to-be and other past featured moms are doing this Thanksgiving Holiday week.

Blue Ivy, Beyonce's daughter, gazes upon an ornately decorated tree

Drew Barrymore and daughter were featured in a perfume ad


Kelly Rowland was sharing a piece of her new baby blesing

Jaime King and her brood in Christmas sweaters

Garcelle Beauvais and her boys pose for an usie.

Adrienne Bosh prepped her kids' children's table

And she also donated and volunteered at a local food kitchen for he homeless.

Mom-to-be CaCee Cobb's hubby Donald Faison and son Rocco were having a moment

Ciara conquered grocery shopping with her kids

Ivanka Trump and daughter were caught having an adorable moment during a promo campaign event.


Eva Marcille was celebrating getting her body snatched back into model shape
 

Kim Zolicak was celebrating her twins Kaia and Kane's 1st birthday.

Christina Milian chilling on a jeep.

Snooki was showing off her adorable daughter on her 2 month birhday


Rachel Zoe was trying her hand at flower arrangement for Thanksgiving dinner

Alessandra Ambrosio and her children vacationing on the beach

Kristin Cavallari's newest addition was all ready for turkey day and Bears football

Gwen Stefani on The Voice

Hilary Duff looking pensive


Jessica Alba vacationing with friends

Madonna getting a push by her daughter.

Molly Sims took her son to see Penguins of Madagascara
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We are very thankful to have you all as loyal readers and supporters. Everyday you encourage us to create content that informs, incites dialogue, edifies, amplifies and inspires you.

Hope you and yours have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving, today and always.

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Black Friday: 5 Ways to Save this Year



This year strategically plan your Black Friday adventure with Stephanie Nelson from the CouponMom.com who offers these suggestions:

1. Plan and Budget - Come up with a holiday gift list and plan. Decide who you need to buy for, what you can afford to spend overall, and divide that among all your gift recipients. Then shop the deals, coupons and savings strategies to stretch the budget. Check the store ads and websites for special "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" deals.

2. Compare Prices - When you are shopping for a specific item, compare prices online on the item before hitting the stores or shopping online. Prices can vary significantly, and an online retailer may offer free shipping and have no sales tax.

3. Be Coupon Savvy - Use coupons to drop the price even further:
·        Sign up for the email newsletters of favorite retailers and shopping malls to be the first to get special coupons
·        Follow a retailer's social networking page (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to get access to special coupons or limited-time flash sales
·        Go to an online coupon site like www.CouponMom.com to find coupon codes for discounts and free shipping
·        Watch the newspaper ads and catalog mailings for in-store coupons.

4. Buy Gift Cards - Buy discounted or bonus gift cards to give as gifts or to use to shop for gifts .
·        Take advantage of bonus gift card offers that many restaurants offer at this time of year to give as gifts (for example, buy $100 worth of gift cards and get a free $20 gift card)
·        Redeem cash back rebate dollars from credit card programs for bonus gift card values. For example, use $20 of your credit card rebate dollars to get a $25 gift card to selected retailers.
·        If you are using a gift card to shop for gifts, be sure to combine them with coupons if available.

5. Get Cash Back for Purchases - If you have a cash back credit card, shop through the credit card website's shopping mall to get extra rebates on your purchases.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Halle Berry wins court order to stop ex from straightening daughter Nahla's hair to make her less black, she alleges


Who straightens the curly, yet already fine-textured, hair of a school aged little girl?  Model Gabriel Aubry, that's who, while he had his daughter, Nahla Aubry, who he had with Halle Berry in his care.

Berry accused him of trying to make Aubry appear to be more white and sought and receive an injunction stopping him from straightening 7-year old Nahla's hair. 

Man, that's almost sacrilegious in some communities to chemically straighten a girl's hair at such a young age, though there's no evidence that was done here.

It all had me thinking of this recent story about a half-Jewish, half-black college co-ed, who didn't even know she was bi-racial until she sent in her photo with her Georgetown University college application materials and the college sent her back a letter about the Black Student Union.  It turns out she was the product of her mom's extra-marital affair with a black man and her parents decided to get past it, which included never telling her of her African American heritage.

It was so interesting about identity. That student is now a 37-year old film maker Lacey Schwartz who submitted her documentary "Little White Lie" in the San Francisco film festival recently. The feature will air on PBS soon. 

Check out the teaser.


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Bump Day: Ali Larter shares belly progression silhouette


How super cute is mom-to-be Ali Larter's recent belly progression photo the TV host and former model shared to  her social media followers this Sunday?

Her 2-year old son Teddy sat hugging her leg. "Happy Sunday!" she captioned the Instagram photo. "I hope somebody you love is holding you close today."

Sweet!

Larter, who is expecting her second child with husband Hayes MacArthur, also has a great mom brand and blog. 

You need to stop by  and check out her awesome Thanksgiving post!



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Study: Low alcohol consumption while pregnant not linked to birth defects



Heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy has long been linked to a range of developmental problems and birth defects including fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), low birth weight, and preterm delivery, but a new study from Yale and Brown University shows that low to moderate alcohol consumption is not associated with an increased risk of specific birth outcomes and measures of fetal growth.

The study is published in the Nov. 19 issue of the Annals of Epidemiology.

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Get Gwen Stefani's 'The Voice' Style



We have been really digging all of the awesome, futuristic, retro and other structured and flowly looks Gwen Stefani's style team have been putting together for her this season as she sits as a season guest judge on The Voice. Her tenure marks a third Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum's role on the popular NBC singing talent competition. Christina Aguilera is an original host and Shakira has sat in Aguilera's stead in previous episodes.

After each show, Stefani shares on social media a link to her website where fans can go to to "get her look." Fun, fab and smart!

Check it out here! 








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Brown, Trayvon, Race and Parents' Responses to these Verdicts


After the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case when his killer George Zimmerman was set free, I witnessed my online and social media world split into two.

All of my friends of color, black, Hispanic and Asian, including those who were parents, expressed on their status updates and shares a lot of rage, frustration and fear for their own kids because they could empathize with Martin's parents. They didn't automatically accept Zimmerman's account of what went down either. 

Meanwhile, almost all of my white friends on all of my social media accounts (and I have plenty) were "unbothered," blissfully sharing photos of their getaway weekends, outfits planned for parties and cat jokes.  It was as if the volatile and tense moments leading up to the verdict and the verdict itself didn't matter, in their lives anyway.

Also around that same time, Glee actor Cory Montieth ended his own life via a drug overdose, a victim of years of addiction. I then watched as mournful tributes and sadness from those same parents flood my news feed and marveled at how split the world and America really is along racial lines when it comes to empathy over the death of people not from their respective, race.

This round, when I learned yesterday that Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown's killer, police officer Darren Wilson, was not indicted for the death, I expected the same division.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to see  a few Caucasian friends elevate the case on their social media accounts and one, particular influential one, let her immense followers and friends know that something isn't quite right here.  Others made bold stances to throw out their toy air rifles, perhaps in solidarity or concern and consideration of cases like a recent one in Cleveland, Ohio where a 12-year old kid playing with one at a playground was shot and killed by an officer who thought it was real.

Progress. 



The criminal justice system in America appears to over-police and over-enforces laws on black and Hispanic and under-police or at least serve to protect well-to-do and majority people from the intrusion into their lives  by  "undesirables" or those who "don't belong". 

It also routinely grants the benefit of the doubt, accepts the accounts of, and under-enforce the laws when the victim is a black youth at the hands of a man sworn to serve and protect.

To change it up so that status quo doesn't reign and "Justice" doesn't permanently morph into "just is',' as in that's "just how it is,"  we need more fairness, equity and parity.

We can never accomplish this until the unaffected or those who benefit from the system are outraged too. 

They also can't be so willing to blame the victim, assassinate his character or accept all uncorroborated testimony suggesting the victim deserved his or her fate or did something to invoke being shot and killed, for example.  

Also, I think of a passage from writer  Calvin Hennick"7 Things I can Do that My Black Son Can't" which addresses what he learned about privilege from being in an interracial relationship which produced a bi-racial son.

Number 6 was " I Can Complain About Racism"
When I point out that black people are incarcerated at alarming rates, or largely forced to send their children to underperforming schools, or face systemic discrimination when searching for jobs and housing, no one accuses me of “playing the race card.”
So true. This why, perhaps, words of support from those unaffected hold more weight than words from those expected to be in support.

Racking my brain to find some way to explain it so more are empathetic,  I thought of analogy to present to a young mother of 3 sons who I recently had a long Twitter exchange with who asked why do Blacks protest and complain too much when it has nothing to do with them specifically. 

I wanted to, but ultimately didn't, hit her back with a school analogy so she could understand: 
Imagine you have a talkative but otherwise good child who gets disciplined often in the classroom for talking too much, to the point as soon as she walks into the classroom or opens her mouth, she is presumed to be prepped to disrupt the class with her talking and gets sent to detention. 
Eventually, she is thrown out of school, altogether for being too talkative. As a parent, you take your case to the School Board. You gladly welcome parents of other talkative kids unjustly and routinely disciplined who have expressed similar frustration with the school's disciplinary procedures and anti-talkative kid bias. As they speak up on your behalf at the school board meeting, or to send in letters of support, you would never think to say they were complaining too much or didn't deserve answers for the discriminatory policy against kids like your own. 
If you could relate to that scenario re-read it again but replace the words "loquacious" or "talkative" with "black" and "talk" with "being black."

The exercise could have helped her "get it" finally, as to why these contentious cases imbue people to rally around victims. Ultimately, it is because they can empathize and/or  relate. 



What do you think? Are we divided based on our empathy to the victims of death, irrespective of how it comes? 

Or our cultural biases slanted so we care about some deaths than others or pick sides based on the side which we think we could relate to more? 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving arts and craft project for the kids


Want festive, homemade Thanksgiving decorations? Need an activity to keep the kids occupied? Pine cone turkeys are the solution to both of these problems. Thanksgiving pine cone turkeys are cute and simple enough that even young children will be able to make them with minimal supervision.  If you’re looking for an activity that will keep the little ones busy while you are preparing Thanksgiving dinner in the kitchen, this one is definitely worth trying.

Gather supplies- A day or two before Thanksgiving, gather up all of the necessary supplies and tools and put them in a box. That way they’ll be ready to set out for the kids to work with when the time comes. You’ll need:

    Various sizes of pine cones
    Feathers
    Brown pipe cleaners
    Glue
    Googly eyes
    Orange felt
    Safety scissors
    Paper (optional)

Create the tail- The children can create a colorful turkey tail for their pinecone by using different colored feathers.  If they want, they can dip the quill end of the feathers into some glue before poking them into the wide end of the pine cone.  The glue is optional because the feathers should stay in place if pushed all the way into the pine cone layers.  Continue to fill in the tail with feathers to make it as full as desired.

Make the head- Take the brown pipe cleaner and bend one end over to create a hook, then pinch the hook closed so that it’s shaped like a head.  Set the pipe cleaner aside.  Cut a very small triangle out of the orange felt for a beak. For young children, you may wish to do this step ahead of time. Glue the googly eyes and beak onto the shaped brown pipe cleaner and allow it to dry for a few minutes.

Attaching the head- Once the head is dry wrap the opposite end of the pipe cleaner around the pine cone until the head and neck are sticking up from the front. If the pipe cleaner is too long, cut it with the scissors or break it off by bending it back and forth at the same spot.

Adding feet- If you’d like to add feet to your turkey, you can freehand cut some feet and legs from the orange felt. Glue the legs to the underside of the pine cone with the feet sticking out in front.

Place card holders- Have the kids make enough turkeys so that each place setting has one.  Using cardstock, construction paper or any other paper you have on hand, write the names of everyone that will be attending your Thanksgiving dinner.  Lean the place cards against each turkey or stick it between the middle layers of the pine cone.  Now you have seasonal place card holders that can be used from year to year.  Or you can send the turkey pine cones home with the kids as a little party favor.

Tips:
  • You can use store bought pine cones for this craft or bake gathered pine cones in the oven at 250 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes to make sure there are no bugs in the pine cones.  Do this in advance so the pine cones have plenty of time to cool.
  • If you don’t have any pipe cleaners you can glue the felt beak and googly eyes directly to the front of the pine cone.
  • If you can’t find feathers or don’t want to use them then you can use feather shaped construction paper in various fall colors.  Depending on how much space is between the layers on the pine cone you may or may not need to glue in the paper feathers.





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