Tag: pregnancy

Go from knocked-up to knockout with Pilates videos just for moms

This year my New Year’s resolution is—you’re gonna be shocked, I know—to lose ten pounds. Or maybe let’s just round it up to 20. Ready to talk Pilates videos? If you’re in a similar boat, I think you’ll love these new ones I’ve found created specifically for expectant moms and those of us trying to lose postpartum weight. Even if our babies are now toddlers. Or older. Erica Ziel is a master Pilates instructor (and Heidi Klum lookalike, but don’t let that deter you) and the creator of the Knocked-Up Fitness series. I tried out the After Baby DVD, and man, are my arms sore...

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Web Coolness: free holiday printables, postpartum selfie madness, and cookies galore.

Must make: Free printable holiday envelopes ready to assemble. Too cute! Must read: The little joys of holidays with the kids. We love this list. Must watch: Adorable video of a little girl signing a holiday concert. Must eat: The perfect winter salad recipe on Food 52 if you’re OD’ing on holiday treats. Today is the last day to nominate your favorite kids and family brands for a Cribsie award. (We’re excited to be among the judges!) We are super impressed with this Winter reindeer craft made from fallen branches or boughs. Grab the drill. A father-daughter photo series to make you count your proverbial...

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Keep it Down Tea: As the name implies, give the gift of not barfing.

We love fun, indulgent gifts from time to time, but sometimes a practical present can be a lifesaver. If you know a pregnant mom who’s experiencing morning sickness, here’s how to be her holiday angel. And don’t worry–you can still place it in an adorable mug and tie it with a big red bow. Keep It Down Tea by Anna Naturals is specially formulated to help ease nausea and morning sickness, thanks to ginger. But unlike some other morning sickness preparations, the ginger isn’t overwhelming, and the taste is surprisingly fruity and pleasant. It’s a Christmas miracle! I’m not pregnant–...

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Rosie Pope offers a kind way to get that belly back in shape after baby

With an ever-expanding belly and a baby coming any day now, I’m already wistfully thinking about those blissful days when we didn’t have to suck in our bellies. (Ha.) I’m hoping to have some semblance of stomach muscles left after the delivery, but if not, I’m relying on this product from soon-to-be mom of four (whoa!) Rosie Pope, to help get that stomach flat–or flat-ish–while helping a great cause.   We’ve ben fans of Belly Bandit for years, and now they’re partnering with baby guru celeb and friend of Cool Mom Picks Rosie Pope to create a new organic, limited-edition version...

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Web Coolness: Disney princesses redressed, NYC for free, and more LEGO women

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too!   Disney princesses get beautifully outfitted in more historically accurate clothing. (via Laughing Squid) If serving dinner to your kids is a big production, you’ve got to see this hilarious video that turns it into just that. The kids will have geometric fun making these smiling polyhedra characters from Minieco. NYC for free: Check out Mommy Poppins list of free New York attractions for kids. Do you remember fourth grade? This photographic series captures the wishes and worries of special kids from around the globe. (via Design Mom) Ice Cream...

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A maternity dress you can really live in

It’s pretty well established at this point that we curvy girls are ever grateful for the wrap dress as a wardrobe staple. And now when those curves extend (and extend and extend) to your baby bump, there’s a cool maternity dress that will get you through months of pregnancy and back down again. I really like the Judy maternity wrap dress from Isabella Oliver. The shape is flattering, the blue color will look dazzling on any skin tone, the short sleeves take care of some of our (ahem) problem areas on the upper arms. It’s just the perfect day...

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A pregnancy care package subscription to make those 9 months a little easier to take? Yes, please

Every pregnancy is a gift and with this being my third, I still marvel at how miraculous the whole process is. But along with the miracle of life comes other “gifts” like massive indigestion, fatigue, bloating, and well, I’ll spare you the others. Just in time for my final pregnancy, I’m so happy to find a new service that sends moms-to-be like me a box of treats every month to make the pregnancy a little easier. The pregnancy care packages from Mommies First are customized to suit whatever month of pregnancy you are in. The sample box I got...

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Nine Naturals: Because once you go all natural while pregnant, it’s hard to go back to crappy shampoo

I still remember the day I learned about sulfates, parabens, and phthalates and what they can do to unborn babies. I waddled into my bathroom, read the ingredients of my favorite products, shook my fist at nasty chemicals and the companies that put them in shampoo, and ran out to buy beauty supplies that were healthy and safe for pregnancy.  [don’t miss a special discount after the jump]   We first covered Nine Naturals when they debuted in 2009, and we jumped at the chance to try their new formulations for hair and body. The entire idea behind the...

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The ultimate maternity camisole, made simple

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m cold all the time, or just like wearing lots and lots of layers, but for many years now, a camisole has always been a staple in my wardrobe. It also continues to be, now that I’m shopping for maternity clothes again only I want a really, really good one.   I like how a good cami just smoothes everything out but with my expanding belly, the camisoles that I used to wear are quickly becoming halter tops. Not a good or comfy look. Luckily, I have discovered a line of...

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Stylish maternity wear for working mamas who want to work it

If I were pregnant right about now (and I am so not–just to be clear) I would be all over the new spring maternity line at Hatch Collection. They make the kind of splurgy, sophisticated pieces for working mamas who need to invest in a few great items they can live in without feeling frumpy. I think my favorite is the slouch dress which comes in either a comfy jersey (my vote!) or a few washable silk-poly options in bright, fun colors. It’s the kind of versatile dress you can wear to work with great shoes; over leggings on...

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