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Monthly Archives: April 2010

  • Maternity Clothes For All Body Types

    When you are pregnant, suddenly your shape and size are changing daily. What looks used to work well and flatter your figure may suddenly look ridiculous or unflattering on your evolving frame. This can be particularly challenging around the Holiday Season or for more dress-up occasions when you really want to look your best and not let pregnancy get in the way. Here are some general guidelines to dressing when pregnant according to you shape.

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    When you are pregnant don't be afraid to show some skin. A pregnant body can be very sensual and you still have great assets. So don't be shy about showing off great legs or pretty arms, shoulders or going strapless. Be sure to define your shape the way your like it. You want some definition to you pregnant belly without going uncomfortably skin tight. Grecian can be flattering as it can drape over your curves to show off the gist of your belly without showing your belly button in detail. However, too big equates to baggy which only makes you look bigger. An empire waist looks that are more contained look great on almost any pregnant body type. Belting dresses beneath the bust can create this look. Deep shades like teal and plum that are popular this season are flattering on pregnant shapes, particularly if you are further along than busy patterns or metallics

    Busty

    Maternal America Flutter SkirtIf you are the busty type you are probably three times more busty when you are expecting. Your body has taken on new dimensions and everything you try on seems to be accentuated by your pronounced cleavage. A good look to try to de-emphasize the chest is a flirty dress in one shade. By sticking to one shade of color your figure becomes elongated and you look much leaner and slimmer.

    Also going with a more tailored or structured dress that gives you a clear silhouette, you better define your shape. For example, instead of going hippie chic, go with better bust support and strong vertical pleats. A hemmed and pleated knee length flirty dress with a structured chest and wide straps will do wonders for your figure. Finally, always look to support and lift. Forget strapless or backless dresses as you will never find the level of support you need. Always look for a dress or top with wide enough shoulder straps for a supportive bra.

    Hippy

    Maternal_America_Embellished_DressA skirt or dress with inverted pleats keeps hips looking narrower. An A-line skirt is also a good choice for camouflaging hips. Even just a flared hem de-emphasizes the hips. Again choose structure in defining your silhouette so you show off a small empire waist and don't get swallowed in something loose and baggy. Remember to show off your best assets, so if you have pretty shoulders, flaunt them with a sleeveless bodice dress, strapless or one shoulder style. Draw attention to your best body parts up high - look for a jeweled neckline or brighter colors around the face or neck. Even wearing some bling jewelry will keep the gaze upwards.

    Petite

    If you are petite and you don't want to tower in platform shoes or stilettos when you are pregnant, there are some other tricks to add some length to your frame. If you have great legs, then show them off. Go for shorter hems and sheerer hose to elongate your shape. Show off some skin somewhere- arms and necklines are a great place to start. Pleats and bubble hem can work well if its not overdone - you want to add some volume without looking like a powder puff. Accessorize smartly. A few well chosen pieces that don't weigh you down is all you need to add some height.

    Tall

    If you are tall, then you have a lot of choices. Tall frames can get away with prints and patterns, horizontal stripes and all the usual hazards most women need to avoid can actually be more flattering when tall. Do make sure your clothing fits you well. Beware of cuts that tent out and make you appear bigger than you are or that miss your curves. Sleek and fitted always looks better no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy. Do be careful with super short hemlines and minis as they can make you look like a giant whose clothes got shrunk in the dryer. Otherwise, have fun with accessories as you can get away with more to wear as you have more space to fill!

    So whatever your shape, find some maternity clothes that fit and flatter your figure and make you feel as beautiful and sexy and as you truly are. Bottom line, if you feel great in the clothes you are in, then you will project that to those around you.

  • Water babies 'have better balance and grasping skills' than non-swimmers

    The following article was posted at the Daily Mail:

    Teaching babies to swim from just a few months old helps them to develop impressive physical skills later in life.

    A university study found baby swimmers balance better and grasped objects more easily than non-swimmers.

    This difference persists even when children are five years old, according to the research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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    Three-month-old babies can hold a standing balanced position in the water, scientists reported

    Professor Hermundur Sigmundsson from NTNU and Professor Brian Hopkins from Lancaster University, compared 19 baby swimmers against a control group of 19 children who had not participated in baby swimming.

    The only factor that separated baby swimmers from the control group was swimming. All other factors, such as the parents' education and economic status, were the same.

    The baby swimmers had participated in swimming classes for two hours a week from the age of 2-3 months until they were about 7 months old.

    A typical session might involve helping the baby do a somersault on a floating mat, having the baby dive under water, jump from the pool edge, and balance on the hand of a parent while reaching to pick up floating objects.

    When they were five the two groups were tested with a number of exercises such as balancing on one foot, skipping rope and catching a beanbag.

    The researchers said the results were startling.

    'We saw very clearly that baby swimmers were the best in exercises that related to balance and the ability to reach for things,' says Professor Sigmundsson.

    Professor Sigmundsson says he was simply overwhelmed by what the instructor was able to get the babies to do.

    'The instructor was able to bring three-month-old babies right up to a balanced position, standing on his palm. The babies locked joints - it was amazing to watch,' he said.

    He believes that the survey shows that specific training in young children gives results.

    'It's incredibly exciting that specific training for young babies has an effect later in life. Development is a dynamic interplay between maturation, growth, experience and learning.

    'Our study shows that we must never underestimate the learning aspect.'

    The study was published in the May 2010 issue of Child: Care Health and Development.

  • Sexy Nursing Dresses for Spring and Summer

    I love when the warm weather starts each spring and summer season because it means I can finally bring out my favorite fashion staple: the dress. Whether it is a sundress, a maxi-dress, or a cute LBD, I wear dresses every chance I get. For a variety of reasons they have become my favorite fashion staple. Dresses are effortless, comfortable, and easily create a fashionable outfit with just one piece of clothing. They can be dressed up or dressed down, worn for a night out on the town or for a day at the beach. When nursing, dresses are a great staple to pepper your wardrobe with, as you will find comfort, practicality, and fashion all in one. Nursing dresses are stylish yet functional, and the variety available ensures that every nursing mom will find something to fit her needs.

    OV181_5Maxi dresses are huge this season, as they are a stylish and comfortable option for expectant and nursing mothers. A hugely popular option this year is the Beach Maternity/Nursing Dress from 1 in the Oven. Effortlessly classic chic yet trendy at the same time, this gauze fabric dress will keep you comfortable all day long. The light-weight fabric makes this perfect for the beach, a lunch around town, or running errands. When paired with cute strappy sandals or flip-flops, an entire look is instantly created. The gorgeous neckline and empire waist are incredibly flattering, and the flowing fabric creates a sophisticated look. Easy nursing access is designed with a four-button closure, making this dress both a practical and stylish option.

    Another maxi dress which is a great stylish option for your spring and summer wardrobe is the Maternity & Nursing Maxi Dress from Japanese Weekend. A v-neck design creates a long and slimming look and the empire-waist highlights the smallest part of your body. A geometric tribal pattern highlights one of the biggest trends this season and creates an allover cohesive look. With easy and discreet nursing access, this nursing maxi dress is perfect for a day or night out on the town.

    0MA-D8049_2When the weather is warm, throwing on a cute sundress is a quick and easy way for a busy mother to instantly put together an entire outfit. One of my favorite dresses is Maternal America’s Nursing Dress. This sexy and sophisticated dress can easily be worn dressed down with gladiator sandals and a big bag, or dressed up as the perfect LBD with heels and a shiny clutch. The crossover design with wide shoulder straps provides support for the nursing mother while also creating easy and discreet nursing access. The super-soft fabric drapes stylishly over your belly if you choose to wear this as a maternity dress, or gently hides your postpartum baby weight. Effortlessly stylish yet practical, this nursing dress is a fantastic option for nursing mothers.

    An incredibly cute and stylish LBD is the Lucy Maternity/Nursing Dress from 1 in the Oven. Hitting just above the knee and designed with a flattering scoop neck, this dress is incredibly versatile. Easily dressed down with flats or sandals during the day or dressed up at night with some funky heels, it can be worn in a variety of different settings. Made of super soft Modal fabric and designed with a flattering empire waist, you will be comfortable and stunning. Easy and discreet nursing access is created by simply lifting the top layer at the empire line to access two nursing slits. One of the best features of this dress is the gentle pleating at the belly, which helps to hide and postpartum baby weight. This LBD is comfy, stylish, and will fulfill your nursing mom needs!

    Overall, adding several go-to dresses to your spring and summer wardrobes is a great idea for the busy nursing mother. A dress creates a quick, stylish, and comfortable outfit very easily, leaving you feeling and looking beautiful. Whether you choose to dress it up or down, a nursing dress is a perfect staple for the busy mother.

  • Kourney Kardashian’s Belly Bandit

    Kourtney_Kardashian1After pregnancy and the excitement of the newest addition to your family, all mothers deal with the reality of the postpartum belly. As one transitions out of pregnancy, the additional weight can be a bit frustrating to deal with. Exercise and healthy eating are important, but with the busy and hectic schedule of having a new baby in the home, this can be difficult. Anything to help the process along and get one back to one’s pre-pregnancy shape is amazing, and mothers are constantly on the look-out for tools and tricks that will help them feel and look great. The Belly Bandit, an abdominal compression wrap, is hugely popular with new mothers and has worked wonders for celebrity moms, including the beautiful . Kourtney who loved it so much that she collaborated with its designers to make one that has her own signature sassy and sexy style.

    The Belly Bandit is an abdominal compression wrap which helps bring you back to your pre-pregnancy body. It has a variety of benefits, the most obvious being that it helps you regain your pre-pregnancy shape. However, it also helps to decrease bloating caused by water retention, give added leg and back support, and reduce the swelling of the uterus. While you are nursing, it has the added benefit of helping you with your posture so that your back pain is reduced. These benefits explain why the Belly Bandit is so popular with moms everywhere.

    The Belly Bandit assists you in regaining your pre-pregnancy shape and is incredibly easy to use. This abdominal compression wrap simply wraps around your belly and uses Velcro to fasten itself. It is smooth with no tags so that it is very comfortable to wear. The lightweight and tagless design is made so as not to irritate your skin. As you wear it throughout the day, you will be comfortable and at ease while paying extra attention to your posture. Worn underneath your top, your confidence will be boosted as you subtly regain your pre-pregnancy shape.

    Kourtney_Kardashian-2The Belly Bandit is being worn by moms everywhere, including tons of new celebrity mothers. From Minnie Driver to Julie Bowen to Brooke Muller, it has helped celebrity mothers regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. Kourtney Kardashian is no exception. After using it and falling in love with the way it made her feel and the results she got, Kourtney decided to team up with the Belly Bandit team and create her own design. Her new band is sexy and stylish, just like she is. This Limited Edition design is a must have for all new mothers, as you will feel stunning and sexy when you wear it! A silky tan fabric lines the inside while a beautiful faux lace design is on the outside. What makes Kourtney’s design extra special is that it is so stylish that it is the first design that can be worn over one’s clothing. To help you regain your shape and still feel sexy, try Kourtney Kardashian’s Limited Edition Belly Bandit. Its style and results will truly surprise you!

    When buying your Belly Bandit, there are a few helpful hints to keep in mind when trying to decide on the correct size. If you are purchasing it early on in your pregnancy, buy one to two sizes up from your pre-pregnancy size. When purchasing towards the end of your pregnancy, measure your belly at about eight months pregnant, as this will generally be your size directly post-partum. If you are purchasing it just prior to pregnancy, subtract three to five inches from your waist for the correct size. Choosing the correct size is important so that it works correctly and is comfortable as you wear it.

    The Original Belly Bandit has been hailed by mothers as a must have tool for getting your body back to its pre-pregnancy size, and Kourtney Kardashian’s Limited Edition version simply makes a great product even better. The stylish and sexy design leaves you feeling stunning and confident. To regain your pre-pregnancy shape and feel sexy while doing it, try adding Kourtney’s new design to your post-pregnancy wardrobe. You will look and feel great!

  • Plan Your Babymoon!

    Whether you are expecting your first child or your third, the anticipation leading up to the arrival of the newest member of your family can be a busy time, with preparations and adjustments in full swing. As a way to diffuse the stress and to spend some special one-on-one time with your partner, a new trend has recently taken off: the Babymoon! A Babymoon is a trip designed for expectant parents to relax and rejuvenate before the newest member of the family arrives. To eliminate the stress and bring you and your partner even closer together, a Babymoon is a great way to prepare for the birth of your child. Choosing the right Babymoon for you is important, and with a few quick tips you will be enjoying a relaxing vacation in no time!

    One Day Getaway

    The One Day Getaway Babymoon is a great option if you do not have a lot of free time, but still want to rejuvenate and relax with your partner. Although in all likelihood you will not be able to go to a tropical beach for the day, you can book a full day at a wonderful spa where you and your partner will be pampered. There are many upscale spas that specialize in pre-pregnancy treatments, such as special massages or belly facials. The maternity massages are relaxing and comfortable, as many spas use adjustable beds and add special cushions to ensure you are comfortable. These one day spa getaways are romantic as well, as they offer couples massages and treatments. Simply being able to relax and not worry about anything will bring you and your partner closer together.

    Extended Escape

    The Extended Escape Babymoon is perfect for those couples who have several free days that they can use to sneak off on a special vacation. When choosing where to go, it is important to choose what is most relaxing to you. Whether that is going to a tropical paradise where you can relax at the beach or finding a luxurious hotel in the middle of your favorite city, there are plenty of Babymoon options to suit every couple’s tastes. It is truly about bonding with your partner and rejuvenating yourselves in preparation for the birth of your child.

    There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your Babymoon destination. If you will be flying or travelling for longer distances, consult with your doctor beforehand and make sure that there is good medical care at whichever destination you choose. Also, try to plan your Babymoon during the second trimester of your pregnancy, as doctors have recommended the time between eighteen and twenty-four weeks as being the safest time to travel.

    Keep in mind is that while any relaxing trip as a couple is perfect for a Babymoon, many resorts offer packages designed specifically for an expectant couple. With pre-pregnancy massages for the expectant mother as well as spa services designed specifically for men, these resort package deals are a great option when looking for a Babymoon that will require little planning and truly provide relaxation.

    If you are going to a beach destination spot, or even one where there is an inviting pool where you will be lounging. Shop for your maternity swimsuit well in advance so you won’t be stressed out trying to find one at your vacation destination when you find your pre-pregnancy bikini no longer fits. Also, not all local maternity stores carry maternity swimwear. If you do order online, order well in advance so you have chance to try on your suit and make sure you like it in case you want to order a different color or size. You want your vacation to be as stress free as possible, so have your bag packed with all essentials well in advance!

    A Babymoon, whether one day or one week, is a great way to bond with your partner and prepare mentally and physically for the birth of your child. Such an exciting time in your life calls for celebration, and relaxing and pampering yourself with your spouse. From a spa visit to relaxing on the beach, there is the perfect Babymoon option for every couple. You will feel close, connected and refreshed, and ready for the newest addition to your family.

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