Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kate Middleton maternity fave Madderson London hits a US store


One of the designers that Kate Middleton wore while pregnant with her daughter has hit the US shores!

Luxury British label Madderson London will be sold exclusively in US maternity apparel designer and retailer A Pea in the Pod starting next month. 

The store will start by stocking five Madderson styles including an exclusive version of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge's  Naomi shift dress (above). The A Pea in the Pod version is made of navy jersey, updated with new French tweed in green, gold and white statement accents on the pockets and hemline.

The label was founded in 2012 by Sara Madderson and Helen Hughes and features maternity and womenswear targeting style-conscious fashion mavens. 

The initial collection will also feature a silk dress, solk tops and a navy cardigan ranging in price from $155 to $299. It will also be available at select Destination Maternity stores. 

New styles will stock in the Fall.

A Pea in the Pod is a fave and has been worn by many of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums including Jessica Simpson, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek, Nicole Richie, Amy Adams, Busy Philipps and others.

Here are the other styles:

Silk Adjustable  Bow Neck Maternity Top

Button Embellished Maternity Cardigan

Elbow Sleeve Pleated Maternity Dress

Elbow Sleeve Pocket Maternity dress, a version of Kate Middleton fave "Naomi" dress





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5 Tips to Avoid Overbooking your Child


In this era of the "helicopter parent", we see plenty of evidence of parents overbooking their children in activities. But the effects of involving your children in too many activities could have health consequences. The stress can lead to anxiety and depression in children.

To help parents avoid this dangerous potential consequence, resident expert on character education for the Wear the Cape Foundation has come up with "5 Tips to Avoid Overbooking Your Kids and Create Life Balance”:

1.     Let your kids know that you care about them for who they are, not just what they can do. Children need to know that your love is not contingent on their achievements.

2.     Remember that children do not have the same sense of time that you do. Part of growing up is being able to put things in perspective. There will likely be another friend, another team, another trip if this one does not work out.

3.     Working hard at something you love to do is one of the best parts of life. It takes some of us a lot of experimenting to find those things we love. Kids need that free time to try new things, as well as the permission to give them up and try something else.

4.     Some kids organize their time and find their interests with just a little exposure; other kids may need a bit of a push to try things that don't seem attractive or interesting (or may be threatening). The trick here is to be sensitive to individual needs and persistent in offering opportunities. If you need to be pushy, try to offer alternatives, so kids have a voice in what they will be doing. For example, some children thrive in competitive sports, and others may find their niche in hiking or dancing.

5.     Remember to include exposure to helping others in your family activities. One of the best ways of developing empathy in our children (and ourselves) is to feel the gratitude that is expressed when we help others. This doesn't happen if we don't have the opportunity of interacting with others in need or whom we help. This can happen within the context of the family itself, as well, and doesn't necessarily require a formal charity event. Create opportunities in which children can feel that they have meaningfully helped other family members or the whole family accomplish something. The combination of caring, responsibility, feeling respected, and gratitude is a powerful stew that nourishes the soul.

“When we're overprogrammed and feel we can't keep up, or are constantly running on empty, stress can lead to anxiety, depression and take a toll on our minds and bodies,” commented Dr. Brown. "For children, this can surface in many ways – trouble sleeping, frequent irritability, aggressiveness with siblings, trouble in school, moodiness or frequent illness are all common signs that something is not right and needs to be explored.”

To raise children of good character, a combination of guidance, freedom, and support in the context of shared values should be provided, Brown adds. 
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Bump Watch: Eudoxie Agnan Bridges, 9 months preggers, celebrates birthday



File this under missed! Happy Belated birthday to Fast and Furious actor and rapper Ludacris' African queen Eudoxie Agnan who celebrated her birthday back on May 13th with her hubby, her 13-year old step daughter Karma Bridges and a group of friends that included Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum, Monica Brown.

The beauty, who hails originally from Gabon, West Africa, looked gorge in a colorful Pucci-style print halter maxi dress cradling her bump.  

But the 9 months preggers med student and philanthropist also comes off in pics as being so "over" being pregnant.  She can barely force a smile in her latest Instagram pics.


Like above and this one below taken a few days ago on her way to pick up her husband from somewhere. 



Almost there, mama. Hold on! (smile)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chicago teen overcomes teen pregnancy, homelessness to become Valedictorian (VIDEO)


A Chicago teen overcame a pregnancy in the 8th grade, homelessness and hearing a teacher tell her she "was a waste of time" to become the valedictorian of her high school class.

Trameka Pope began her freshman year at the Wendell Phillips Academy High School  in Chicago, Illinois within days of giving birth to a baby girl, WFLD-TV reported.

Despite having to deal with the trials of being a teen mom, being homeless at one point during grade school and being told by one of her teachers that she wouldn't "amount to anything," Pope worked hard to eventually become a member of the National Honor Society and graduate first in her class.

On top of that accomplishment, Pope is a cheerleader and took college classes at Kennedy-King College while still in high school. She also works two part time jobs, and is an inspiration to many.

The hard-working and head strong young lady comes from an area where the unemployment rate is 25 percent yet managed to succeed above all odds.

She will attend Western Illinois University in Macomb on a scholarship next fall, after getting accepted in nearly 27 different colleges.

Kudos to her!

Hear from Pope in her own words:

FOX 32 News Chicago


h/t Inquisitr
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Celeb Pro Surfer Bethany Hamilton's pregnancy in 13 PHOTOS



Ever since celebrity pro surfer Bethany Hamilton Dirks announced  her pregnancy in an adorable video back in February, she has not stopped doing what she does best: shred the best waves!



The champion surfer is famously known for triumphantly recovering from a vicious 2003 shark attack that claimed her left arm. You cannot help but get infected with joy by simply scoping the awesome, fun and spirit-filled photos she shares regularly with her legions of fans and followers in social media.


And just like before, she's treated her Twitter friends to a series of bump progression pics throughout her pregnancy...and most of them involved her being on a surfboard and riding a wave!



No surprise there given she told Huffington Post after her pregnancy announcement that she planned to surf as long as possible.



"I plan to surf as long as I can," she said in the YouTube announcement. "Once the belly is pretty big, maybe I'll mellow it out and spend more time swimming and enjoying the ocean."



Whoa mama!

Add Hamilton to the long list of pregnant athletes who don't let anything like incubating a baby get in the way of a sport and love right through the end of their respective pregnancies...like the weight lifter, the trapeze artist,  the air rifle Olympian, the ballerina, the marathon runner and others.



And when baby arrives,  Hamilton says she is prepared for the challenge!

"I often forget that I have one arm," she said, "but when I think about it -- a squirming baby and changing the diaper and just me and this squirming baby -- it could be really challenging. I think that, how I live life now, I adjust and adapt to different things ... I think there's going to be things that will be very challenging with one arm, but I'll just have to find my own way to take care of the baby ... I'll have to figure it out and be creative."



On her due date next month, the beautiful Hamilton and her gorgeous surfer husband Adam are expecting the arrival of baby boy, their first, since marrying in 2013.





Adorbs!

photos: Twitter
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5 Budget-Friendly Activities for Families with Kids


With warmer weather finally upon us, everyone has the outdoors in mind. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make memorable memories for the entire family. Below are five fun budget-friendly activities from Ashely Spicer, co-founder of FLYAROO Fitness, a fitness program designed for toddlers and preschoolers.

·         Hula – Hula Hoops are just a few dollars, but can create hours of fun and can be a lifesaver on rainy days when you’re stuck inside. You can use it just like a jump rope, create a human ring toss game, play hula hoop pass or host a friendly competition to see who can hold the classic spin the longest.

·         Mini Yoga – Growing can be stressful on the body and mind and yoga has been proven to improve balance, focus and emotional well-being. Not a yoga expert, no worries, the Butterfly, Tree, Bridge, and Child’s pose are moves any child and parent can do together.

·         Build A Dance Studio – Move furniture and tables out of the way if needed and stick to songs that are 2-3 minutes long. Dancing is not only great for the soul, but just 20 minutes of dancing is great exercise and most importantly fun for the whole family. The best part, you can create your own signature move. Some of my favorite songs to dance to are “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Waka Waka” by Shakira and who doesn’t love the “Cha Cha Slide.”

·       Unstructured Fun – Pack a healthy picnic basket full of fresh fruit and whole grain sandwiches and head to your local park for some unstructured fun. Help your child use their imagination as they swing, slide and climb to victory while you channel your inner kid and fly through the air on the swing set.

·         Just Bike It – If you don’t know how to ride a bicycle, make it your mission this summer to learn. Not only is it great exercise, but can be great for family bonding. If you don’t own your own bike, no worries, many towns have affordable bike rentals. Just make sure your family is wearing proper protective head gear and pads for the junior riders. For babies and toddlers, there are seats that attach to your bike.



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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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