Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Posh Mom Style Icon: Kelly Ripa

So far, Ms. Kelly Ripa, has been on at least two of my past top X lists (Top 10 Celebrity Power Moms  and Top 7 Ridiculously Fit Celebrity Moms), so it should come as no surprise to find this fashionista mom featured as the the third Posh Mom Style iconic figure. Woot! Check it:

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If rumors would have it, Beyonce would be expecting her eighth child this year.

“I mean, it’s a part of it. At this point they said I’ve been pregnant like eight times, so I’m kind of used to it,” BeyoncĂ© told MTV News at a screening for her concert DVD, “I Am … World Tour.”

She adds, “I just hope that one day, when I decide to be pregnant that people are happy for me, ’cause I’m like gosh, like, everyone’s like, ‘Oh god, please! She’s been pregnant 100 times.’ One day, hopefully, I will be. So whatever; it’s a part of being a celebrity, I guess.”

READ MORE at BlackCelebKids 

My dear Beyonce is getting up there, but CANNOT out-seat JENNIFER ANISTON, who according to this old Bellyitch post on Aniston has the most "she's pregnant" covers than any other celeb hands DOWN!
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Study: Pretty women give birth to more girls? Say what?

Will and Jada-Pinket Smith with gorgeous daughter Willow & son Jaden.

Just when you thought the world was sometimes a cold pretentious place that only values the beautiful people, you bump into a blog like this sharing a shallow study to make you feel even worse!

Check this out from UK Mail:
Single girls have always grumbled that good-looking men are difficult to find.
But science may have just proved them right – because beautiful women are more likely to have daughters than their plainer counterparts, according to a study.
As parents tend to pass on genes that determine looks, this could result in handsome men becoming rather thin on the ground.
And it may also explain why many models have daughters who follow in their glamorous footsteps – such as Yasmin Le Bon, who is signed to the same modelling agency as daughter Amber, and Jerry Hall, whose daughters Elizabeth and Georgia Jagger have both taken to the catwalk.
Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, of the London School of Economics, analysed data from a survey of 17,000 babies born in Britain in March 1958 and tracked them throughout their lives.
At the age of seven, their attractiveness was rated by their teachers.
When they reached 45, they were asked about the gender of any children they had.
Those rated as attractive were equally likely to have a son or daughter as their first child – but the unattractive sorts were more likely to have a son.
Put another way, the beautiful women were more likely to have daughters than those who were less blessed in the looks department, the journal Reproductive Sciences will report.
Model mother: Yasmin Le Bon with daughter Amber
Model mother: Yasmin Le Bon with daughter Amber
A previous study of 2,000 Americans suggested that women are becoming more beautiful over the generations because attractive women have more children than plain ones – and a higher proportion of their offspring are girls.
Dr Kanazawa believes that parents tend to produce children who benefit from their own attributes.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Mario Lopez's reality show "Saved by the Baby"

um, how come no one told me that cutie pie with those adorable dimples had a reality show on VH1 about getting ready for his baby with girlfriend, Courtney Mazza? We're already 5 episodes in for the season of Saved by the Baby!!!! (they already had their gorgeous baby girl, Gia Francesca Lopez who came in at 6lbs 4 ounces this past September 11 )

Now I have to add that to my ginormous list of TV shows I have to catch up on... Goshdernit!

I wish I had an army of snitches who would keep me up to date on these things.

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Little Scholastic Books Winners Announced!





Michelle Coppolla

for winning two Little Scholastic books: Alphabet and Peek-a-boo Zoo!!

compliments of Little Scholastic!

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Product Review & Giveaway: Baby's Home ...What Now?

There are several new would-be first time parents who have living parents and relatives who live nearby or are willing, able and available to dispense round-the-clock, on-demand answers, suggestions and advice.  Wanted or not, having a small community of human resources who can give you the non-book and non-medical answer to a lot of the issues you read about in books is a God send.

For those who are not so lucky or may not feel comfortable taking the advice from their circle of friends, there is a wonderful DVD called "Baby's Home...What Now?" that I would whole-halfheartedly recommend for any first time parent.

The 60-minute  DVD includes 8 chapters that cover the most essential aspects of those early weeks and months after delivering a baby: preparing to take the baby home, nursing, swaddling, calming baby, dealing with sleepless nights, hormones, you name it! The best part was the advice from real parents who looks like they had just finished going through or were right smack dab in the midst of dealing with these issues. I mean really, you can still see the expressions of shock, wonderment, exhaustion and joy on their faces. These parents are still in the baby moon phase. It's great because it also includes a few dads offering the male perspective. You don't see that often.

Indeed, the video starts out by telling the audience the purpose is to depart wisdom that many parents WISH someone had told them before they had to take their baby home.

I loved loved the five experts who dispensed advice on the DVD.  They included New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Ian Kerner, who I loved for his down-to-earthedness. There was definitely something refreshing about his delivery. The other four experts too had a laid back and matter of fact calm to their responses to what I would imagine is frantic, harried and overwhelmed new parents. I agreed with most of the advice they shared,  though not all. One piece that I did not agree with was the advice about pacifiers being okay to use routinely. I feel parents get too comforted in them and begin relying on them as a crutch, so much so that they don't explore other options for calming their baby and let them use the pacifier well into their toddlerhood. So NOT a good look.  It goes against the part of the video when they tell parents that baby's cry. It's their way of communicating. Don't think you have to do something to stop them from crying.

Other sage advice I appreciated hearing on this DVD from 5 experts: Guilt over not being successful at nursing and having to supplement with formula, you don't have to pick your baby up at every wimper, you can't spoil a new born; just because you haven't had a period yet doesn't mean you can't get pregnant, and the real difference between baby blues and postpartum depression.

I was watching an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta and saw the very hot crocheted blue going home outfit that one of the housewives and first time parent, Phaedra, dressed her baby in and I immediately thought of one of the earlier pieces of advice given on this DVD: Don't buy too much stuff for the baby and by all means, skip on the cutesy frilly outfits! Too funny! It is quite true though. Babies prefer comfortable, simple breathable cottons and anything that they won't be overheated in.

In sum, I'd say of all the various going home DVDs out there (and I have witnessed more than my fair share) this one is tops. It's not too preachy. It's humorous at points and you finish it off better informed than you were and maybe feeling better prepared for the first few weeks of living with your new baby!

Definitely GET this for yourself or a gift for the preggers woman or family in your life. It retails for $24.95 and is available at Amazon.com.

Check out an intro video here:

The creators of Baby's Home...What Now? are giving away to one lucky Bellyitch Reader his/her own copy of the DVD! Just in time for the holidays!!  Simply fill out the below form and remember you get an extra entry for tweeting or posting it on your Facebook wall and an extra 3 entries for creating your own blog post about the contest on your own blog. But you must enter here below first and tell me how you entered for each entry.  Limit US & Canada. Deadline December 10.

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Best Pop-Up Book for Kids

It's Cyber Monday and stores all over the "Internets" are giving online retail shoppers wonderful deals. I was reminded at a trip to the thrift store while looking for a vintage purse and jeans of the reason actual real life "in store" scrummaging may be worth getting in the brick and mortar world every once in awhile. I wandered over to the kids section and picked up this wonderfully creative and interesting book with the Alphabet in it -- in 3D!! And it's called that ABC3D by French designer/artist Marion Bataille. Check out a video of the book:

Each letter is a crafty work of art that surprises the tiny learner with each page turn. It's a simple ABC book.  In three colors: Red, Black and White, the colors scientists used to say are best for newborns and infants. I wouldn't leave it alone with a small kid though because some of the pieces are delicate and the transition from X to Y and from E to F is so slight that you can't open the book all the way to see those preceding letters, but overall, it's a great pop-up book. I mean for an adult even! It would make a great coffee table book. I was fascinated by the craftsmanship of the letter "U" personally.

Hard copy. I got it for $1.20 and it retails for $19.99 and is sold on Amazon.com for $13.57 (Check out the REVIEWS!). It was nicely used and not stiff as when you probably first pick up a pop-up book never opened before. I've picked up gently used children's classics from consignment shops also. Always make time to shop for the kids there while looking for your vintage broaches and pieces for yourself, divas!

A child could NEVER HAVE too many books. I learned this lesson from my 5-year old who we flooded with books since birth and can already read! (I have to check to what extent his viewing the "My Baby Can Read" series once in a while played a factor and/or his being eager to read just like his big brother can. I'll get back to ya on that one! LOL!)
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Posh Mom Style Icon: Christina Milian

2nd up in the posh mom series is new mom to Violet Madison, Christina Milian

I hope Kendra Wilkinson is taking note of Christina and Victoria Beckham who are very very sexy moms cause I was watching her show the other day and reading a headline on a magazine in the grocery store and she was asking the question. I was like duh! I think Kendra inspired this series actually.

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Altheta Black Monday Sale

CyberMonday sale

Nov 29 12am to 11:59PT

great place to get your sweats, yoga pants and work out gear


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Posh Mom Style Icon: Victoria Beckham

So this post starts my posh mom style icon profile series, starting with the oh so stylish Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham. What a fitting person to start the series huh? Enjoy...

the fierceness and fabulosity of it all, eh?

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Bellyitch's Top 10 Trending Topics

What are people searching for today to land on Bellyitch? Here are the top trending topics:

1. Stella McCartney baby 2010
2. Piperlime Black Friday
2. Jennifer Freeman pregnant
4. Expensive Strollers
5. Most Expensive Baby Crib
6. Expensive Baby Clothes
7. How to Dress like Old Money
8. Shirtless Dads
9. Beyonce Confirms Pregnancy?
10. Alternative to Tummy Tuck

Bellyitch gets about 30,000 visits each month, 65% unique. If it was a country, it would be larger than Vatican City with its 1,047 daily visitors and 3,000 daily page views, which means you would need at least 2 Airbus A380's to seat the visitors. Don't mind me, I'm updating the Blog's ad spec sheet and thought I'd share my findings!


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Eco Friday: Raising Baby Green (Video)

Dr. Alan Greene, author of  "Raising Baby Green" shares with Parenting TV a few quick tips to raising a Green Baby, I guess for those who don't have time or patience to read a whole BOOK! I guess that would be 95% of the exhausted overextended parents out there! ha!

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Distracted Driving: Are Backseat Kids Worse Than Texting?

HuffPost blogger David Petrie takes on the dilemma of "Driving While a Parent" and its impact on distracted driving. I  can totally relate. Check out the post:
Experts at the United States Department of Transportation say there are three types of driver distractions:
  • Visual distractions lead drivers to take their eyes off the road.
  • Manual distractions lead drivers to take their hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive distractions lead drivers to take their minds off what they're doing.

According to these experts, texting is the most alarming driver activity because it involves all three types of distractions.

Have these experts ever driven in a car with an infant?

Driving alone in a car with an infant can be a nightmare. Take my oldest. To keep our house peaceful, we made sure she was completely addicted to Binkies two hours out of the womb. Still, a five-point babyseat harness would send her into such a tizzy that even pacifiers stopped working. When I had to drive her somewhere alone, I'd strap her in to her car seat, then I'd start the car, and then she'd start to wail. I'd give her a pacifier and she'd chuck it onto the floor. I'd drive a quarter mile, stop, retrieve the pacifier, and then repeat the process.

How did I clean the Binky? On good days I had coffee in the car. On bad days... I'll save you from the details.

I quickly learned to drive with multiple pacifiers, so as soon as she'd chuck one I'd reach back and pop another one into her mouth. She'd take a few sucks from that pacifier, chuck it, start to scream, and I'd reach back with another one. 

While I drove and while my daughter chucked Binkies I dealt with all three types of driver distractions:

  • Visual distractions took my eyes off the road as I tried to see where the pacifier landed.
  • Manual distractions took my hands off the wheel as I reached behind my seat and fished around the floor.
  • Cognitive distractions took my mind off of the road as I asked myself why-oh-why had I ever thought having a child was a good idea.

Distracted driving is a huge problem, but to limit a campaign to one source of distraction is unfortunate at best. One study showed that 60 percent of parents felt driving alone with an infant strapped in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat was "very distracting." Eighty percent feared it could cause an accident. In 2001 the American Automobile Association reported that young children in the car were one of the leading causes of driver-distraction crashes for people ages 20 to 29. Texting might be more widespread now, but the impact of a screaming child certainly hasn't changed.

The U.S. Department of Transportation created a website to get people to stop texting while driving. Why haven't they created a website to stop people from driving with kids in the car?

Also check out this article about Letting the kids have snacks in the car and why that contributes to distracted driving. 

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic & Piperlime Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

 Old Navy:
• Over 850 stores open at midnight on Thanksgiving
•Three days of Gobblepalooza -- and customers can learn the “Gobble” song and dance (words and dance moves available at gobblepalooza.com)
•FREE limited edition Dance Central video game to first customers to line-up in-store and purchase $25 worth of product, and you can play in select stores;
•$15 adult sweaters and jeans & $5 graphic tees and comfy pants for the whole family
•$10 kids jeans and $15 kids frost free jackets
•5% of the proceeds on gift card sales from 11/1/10 through 12/31/10 will go to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign
•Up to 50% off purchases (on Friday 11/26 until 10 a.m. PT) 
•"Gifts with Style" – sweaters, tops, denim, accessories for $5, $10, $20, & $30 (beginning Wednesday 11/24) 
Banana Republic:
•Friday only up to 40% off purchases (until noon)
•All weekend up to 25% off (starting Friday 11/26 at noon through Sunday 11/28)
Cyber Monday: 20% off site-wide
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