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  • Advice to New Moms -Be Yourself!

    link to Art Docent Program Home PageIf you are about to become a first time mom or if you are a new mom, here is my hand me down mom advice for you. Don’t cringe, because it’s advice you’re going to like, not critical unsolicited advice that by virtue of being a mother you will be sure to get a lot of anyway. Here’s my advice, do things your way. Don’t crumble to the pressure to be perfect, or try to be your own mother re-incarnated. You may not be wired to be just like that neighbor or friend who “seems” to do it all perfectly while sewing her kids’ clothes and posting cute Pinterest quality DIY birthday invite, party favors and everything in between. It’s easy to drive yourself crazy from pregnancy onwards trying to figure out how to live up to what you perceive is the perfect mom because, really, no one really is. We can only be our own best version and that’s usually much better than copying somebody else’s version.

    My advice to you and my younger self of 10-12 years ago is try to simply be the best mom you can be without driving yourself crazy. Being the best mom for you might mean that you splurge on a biweekly housekeeper to help you keep your sanity. It also might mean that your husband is the main cook in the house and you all do not fall in the traditional role criteria for Mom and Dad – that’s just fine too. Maybe you are the main breadwinner and both you and your husband work fulltime, so you child is in fulltime daycare. There are many excellent daycares our there that work out wonderfully for families (just be sure to vet them and be willing to pull the plug and change if for any reason you feel you should). It might mean that you hire a babysitter on your day off so you can recuperate and feel human again.

    Yes, being a mom takes sacrifices that 95% of the time you are glad to make. The hard part I find (and in talking with other mom friends it seems to be a theme), is feeling the need to live up to all of the mom standards that seem to be imposed upon us. As your kids get older to preschool and elementary school age, you will find there is tremendous pressure to volunteer. Now volunteering is a good thing and a tremendous benefit to not only your child but other children and can be very fulfilling. But if volunteering becomes an obligation that crowds our calendar out of other priorities and the energy we need to be a good mom at home with our own children, then the balance has tipped too far. Sometimes as moms we feel that it’s okay to sacrifice ourselves to the breaking point and the truth is that when we are totally burnt out and spent and even ill, we are of no use to anyone, including our families. So, it is okay to say no and to ignore the guilt when we feel we do not need to give more if we are not going to giving cheerfully.

    Also, you might find there are certain areas that you enjoy volunteering (and perhaps more gifted at) than others. I have found I enjoy teaching my kid’s reader’s workshop and some art classes, but I get antsy chaperoning for every field trip. My kids whine and complain when I don’t go on many of these field trips, but I tell them there are other moms that do that type of volunteering, but I do the other sort of volunteering in their art classes or reading workshops. The opportunities are endless for volunteering in the class, on the playground, on the soccer teams and for playdates of course. Don’t overcommit yourself or you will become bitter and there’s nothing worse than an unhappy volunteer or an unhappy mom. Choose how you can best contribute and leave your guilt on the doorstep.

    In addition to busyness the other area we need to stand up for as moms (this goes for moms of older kids too), is the right to embrace our own identity. Once a mom, always a mom and that is beautiful thing. In the beginning it’s a new and novel identity that we can revel in or sometimes feel we haven’t quite deserved (don’t worry, that feeling will pass soon!) But, as we give more of our time and selves to our children and families, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle and forget that we have needs too. So, it is important, no matter how silly it may seem, to set a discipline early of not only taking couple time with our partners, and girl time with some friends, but also time alone to do something we really want to do even if it’s read a magazine and have a cup of coffee somewhere where no one will bother us for an hour or taking a little time out each day to walk or hit the gym. By doing this on a regular basis we will reconnect with our inner selves and have a renewed enthusiasm for our family and loved ones.

    Fashion is also a way to connect to our inner selves and something that we can choose to express who we are. A famous fashion icon (can’t remember who) once said something truly revolutionary- it was “if we change the way we dress, we can change the way we think.” The gist of the message was that if we truly dress to express our identity, not necessarily the trend or please our partners (which is not always a bad thing from time to time on a date night), but play with and develop a style that suits our personalities, than that fashion statement becomes a means to expressing our unique personalities in our lives. This is why actors and actresses wear a costume or dress the part for a play or a movie, because not only does it communicate to the audience who they are in their role, but it allows them to fully embody the identity they are portraying. It is the same with fashion and quite liberating and fun as well to experiment with our style and give ourselves permission to change our style, until we find something that truly makes us feel alive and show our truth.

    Pregnancy is wonderful opportunity to experiment with our style and go outside our comfort zone. The pressure is off because when you are pregnant, people are excited for you and your growing bump. The pressure to be thin becomes irrelevant (and should be). Also, you suddenly need to shop for a wardrobe of maternity clothes because you have outgrown everything in your closet. As your body changes, we can suddenly experiment with enhanced cleavage styles and empire waist designs that you might have never tried before. Have fun with it and play dress up on your new form with new styles and colors! Try out that maxi maternity dress or bold prints that were out of your former fashion comfort zone.

    Motherhood is a wonderful time in life but it can also be busy. Focus on the beauty of your children and don’t second guess your instincts. Follow your gut in making smart choices for your child and for yourself. But remember to embrace your unique identity and have fun expressing yourself in your maternity fashion choices.

  • Feature Product – The Betsy Maternity Bikini

    Prego Maternity SwimwearPregnancy is a fun time to experiment with fashion. Your body is changing, you are about to become a mother so you identity is about to be forever altered (in a good way!) So why not have some fun and enjoy that extra bit of cleavage as inspiration to try out some new styles you may not normally consider?

    A growing trend now going on a “Babymoon,” or vacation with your partner while you are expecting your baby. This is an excellent opportunity to bond as a couple before your little one arrives and catch that last bit of relaxed time with your spouse before you are on fulltime Mom and Dad duty. A Babymoon can be anywhere. It can be close by where you and your husband escape for a fun weekend or as exotic as a cruise vacation. Either way, it’s worth the time and investment and you will remember this special time together for years to come.

    If you are able, it’s fun to get away to a warmer climate or beach in the middle of winter. This gives you a chance to escape the winter blahs and break out a swimsuit and warm weather clothes. Many moms enjoy trying new styles in their maternity swimsuits when they are away from home where they feel less self-conscious. It’s a great opportunity time to show off your belly in a fun and festive maternity bikini. You can also bring a maternity cover-up to wear out to the beach or pool.

    If you want to really spice it up, try a tropical theme suit like The Betsy Bikini by Prego Maternity. The blend of cheetah print spots with a soft rose flower pattern make it one of a kind. The attractive keyhole halter top and stretch bikini bottoms feature a wide waistband that can be worn rolled up or down, perfect for your pregnancy belly for both style and comfort. Find some strappy sandals and the right accessories and you are ready for a fun day in the sun and the water!

  • The Maternal America Cheryl Maternity Swimwear

    The Maternal America Cheryl maternity swimwear is new for the Spring 2013 season. It comes in a cool and refreshing mint color for some extra flare whether at the beach or by the poolside. The top has a small halter tie to add support but you can easily wear it strapless. Just take that tie and make a bow out of it. Up or down it has real style and elan.

    The top is ruched at the middle between the cups. There's a slight conture under the slightly padded cups which will give you a bit of a lift.The bottoms are ties at the side. It's a great feature to help keep pace with your growing figures.

  • 20 Percent Off All Products At TummyStyle.com

    It's our super spring sale at TummyStyle.com. Get 20% Off all products including your favorite maternity swimwear, nursing pajamas, maternity clothes, nursing clothes and more!

    Use Coupon Code 20OFFSPRING to save 20% Off.

    Sale ends soon so shop today!

  • Maternal America Skinny Ankle Maternity Jeans

    Who says a maternity jean must be boring? Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to wear a pair of jeans with those awful cutout panels that go over your belly. Instead, look to the Maternal America Skinny Ankle Maternity Jeans in their great turquoise color. Put these pants on and people will wonder if you really are pregnant because they fit so well!

    They fit under your belly the same as the ever popular Maternal America Megan Jeans and have a wide elastic waist band to keep them from falling down. Unlike other jeans, these pair are so comfortable that you will never want to take them off.

    The pant legs taper down at the ankle to give that nice fitted and slenderizing look. Pair with a nice baby cap T-shirt and you are ready to hit the town with your girlfriends.

    What's more, many of our customers like these jeans so much that they continue to wear them even after their pregnancy. It's really hard to tell that that you were wearing them while pregnant.

    At $92, they are a bargain and most likely will never make it to the laundry basket!

  • The Prego Maternity Bahama Nite Posh Swimwear

    The Prego Maternity Bahama Nite Posh swimwear will make you wish you were lying on a sandy beach looking up at the stars. It's a super comfortable maternity bathing suit with a rich brownish gold floral pattern on a black base. The styling, color and pattern will make your admirers think the suit is more expensive than it really is.

    The Bahama Nite posh maternity swimsuit comes with adjustable straps to help get your sizing right. The top is padded and very supportive with the wide straps which makes it a good option for the women bigger on top.

    The bottoms are black and fit below the belly. Like all Prego Maternity Swimwear, this suit is made really well!

  • Bikini Thief Maternity Swimwear New At TummyStyle.com!!

    This hip and happening brand is worn by famous celebrities all over the world and is now made for maternity too! The owner/designer of Bikini Thief, Whitney Anderson, comes from a family of boat captains and fisherman in Cape Cod and the island of Martha’s Vineyard. With this lovely ocean backdrop and idealic childhood she has weaved together a tapestry of colors and patterns that are not only beautiful fabrics but designed to fit your curves with comfort and style.

    Cover model Kate Upton recently rocked the Classic Bikini Thief striped sailor style. This French classic style never gets old or goes out of style. Thin sideways stripes bring out the inner beauty in this suit as well as its model. For maternity, sideways stripes, as opposed to wide horizontal stripes are flattering and slimming.

    Megan Fox was also spotted seaside recently in the Bikini Thief Zuma style which sports a solid black bottom and thin black and white stripe bikini top with ruffle detailing. Mixing and matching solid bottoms with patterned tops is a popular style now and a fun way to mix up your collection for a whole new look. Buy some basic black and chocolate bottoms and go for it with your bikini tops!

    Kate Bosworth is also a Bikini Thief fan. She was recently spotted knee deep in the ocean in the Sayulita Suit. This suit also features a cute black and white stripe design with a cute vintage style sweetheart bikini top and hipster bottoms.

    Typically a top selling designer, who tips their toe into maternity swimwear, may make a misstep or two before getting it right for right maternity cut and fit. This is not the case for Bikini Thief. We were thoroughly impressed with the quality, detailing and fit of these maternity suits, including superior built in bust support with seamless shelf bras and overall support and comfort in the design. Here are a few of the styles we liked best:

    Among the Maternity Collection for Bikini Thief, a personal favorite is the Mal Pais. This suit makes a statement with a bold and playful seaweed pattern in either royal blue and black or coral and black. This two piece maternity Tankini has a gold metal ring at the top of each fully linked cup. The back features thick criss-cross straps that have adjustable buttons at the base of each strap in the back. The bikini brief bottoms are fully lined with full coverage in the back.

    A super romantic style is Bikini Thief’s Pisces Dream that comes in both bright pink and grey fish pattern and citrine yellow and grey fish pattern. This maternity two-piece tankini is truly dreamy. It features a gathering in the center for a sweetheart style accented with striped detail. Adjustable striped straps that match the bottom design go over the shoulders and the bra is fully lined for extra support. The sides of the stop have adjustable ruched edges with stripe ties on the sides. The striped bottoms have an extra support belly band and are fully lined with full coverage in the back. Pisces Dream is an elegant and beautiful style with fantastic fit and function.

    The Asian infused style of the St. Bart’s two-piece maternity tankini comes in both bright red and black coral embroidered flower design or the inverse of black with red coral flower design. Either way, the colors and pattern is stunning. Both color choices are made the same with a gathered center top and fully lined shelf bra with wide comfortable criss-cross straps in the back. Adjustable buttons are at the back of each strap in the back so that you can truly swim with support and without fear in this suit! The bikini brief bottoms are a solid color and are fully lined with full coverage in the back. This suit will be your go-to suit throughout your pregnancy!

  • Olian Ella Plaid Maternity Dress

    You'll look great in this mid-thigh plaid patchwork maternity dress from Olian. Full length sleeves combined with a pair of tights or leggings adds to the elegance. The sides are stitched in with a stretchy black fabric to add to the slimming effect. Both front and back are the plaid patchwork. It's great for the office or just walking the kids to school.

    Only $110 now at TummyStyle.com. Sizes range from XS to XL which means there's something for you!

  • Maternity Swimwear - The Prego Paisley Hug-Kini

    With hot pink bikini bottoms and a pink paisley print on a white base, this Prego paisley Hug-Kini is sure to be one that you really love. The paisleys are interspersed with small flowers and leaves to give it a classic look.

    The sides of the tankini are ruched to hug, expand, and grow with you as your pregnancy progresses. It will look really great on your belly and help keep your belly button from showing!

    The tankini top is a halter tie with ruching between the bust. The padded bra will keep you from any embarrassing showing as well as add in some support.

    It is currently on sale for $63.20 which is a really great deal!

  • Maternity Swimwear - A Great Strapless Mini Back In Stock

    This Prego Maternity Swimwear known as the Avalon Strapless Mini comes in a hibiscus patterned top which will make you think of the shores of Hawaii.

    It has been a very popular choice among TummyStyle customers. It has very flattering lines and works well throughout your pregnancy.

    As with all Prego Maternity Strapless Minis it comes with a detachable strap for added bust support. The bra is padded for additional coverage.

    This maternity swimsuit is available from Small to XL and retails for $72.

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