March Maternity Must-Haves

Spring into spring with on-trend pieces that maximize your maternity moxie

amy tara koch bump it up March maternity must haves

1. Pea in the Pod Maternity Anorak Jacket $138

2. Topshop Maternity Moto Mid Stone Jeans $65

3. Isabella Oliver Scala Striped Maternity Tank $75

4. Yarnz Linen Tiki Hut Scarf $66

5. Hatch Maternity Slouch Dress $198

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BYE BYE BLUBBER: POST DELIVERY EATING

The first step to losing weight is obvious. Throw away all of the junk food in your house and replace it with fruits, steamed vegetables, proteins, grains and yogurt. Ask your parents and in laws to bring over healthy foods so you have them at the ready when hunger strikes. In exchange for their generosity, load them up with all of the fattening “treats” people drop off to celebrate the birth of the baby. Here’s the catch 22 about post-pregnancy weight loss. Food is the last thing you want as you stare at that spare tire dropping over your jeans. But, eating is required to bolster your metabolism. High protein, fruits and whole grains boost energy and burn calories. Instead of eating three big meals, have 4 to 5 small meals per day so you keep your metabolism fired up. Stop eating by 7pm. Frequent meals keeps your blood sugar steady so you don’t fall victim to binge eating. Also, Keep healthy snacks-whole wheat crackers, dried figs, carrots and fruit-in your purse so you don’t succumb to junk food pit stops.


My friend Lauren Slayton, author of  The Little Book Of Thin also has some excellent insight into getting fit with what she calls “delicious de-bloaters.”


“It’s pretty amazing what can happen to our bodies even in 48 hours of focused, clean eating. These are fun, quick fixes but they work (and many of those stars use them). To avoid feeling and looking bloated, skip the 3 C’s: canned food, carbonated beverages and cocktails (yup). While you’re at it skip sweet and wheat. Work the water- we can debate the amount of water you need for optimal health but the amount to look your best? A lot. You need fluid to shed fluid so have 96 onunces a day of filtered water, 2-4 cups unsweetened green tea and 1 green juice (1 fruit max in the juice) as well. Next, consume asparagus, dandelion greens, ginger, lemon and parsley–these foods each have different ways of extinguishing that extra layer, you know that layer. Potassium helps you shed sodium, parsley is a great source and so are dandelion greens (and dandelion tea). Probiotics in asparagus feed good gut bacteria (it’s the bad bacteria that leads to bloat).

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To speed up the loss of water weight:

  • + Drink fennel tea. Fennel is a diuretic which helps you knock out water weight and flush toxins.
  • + Squeeze lemon in all beverages Lemon (a key ingredient for the infamous Master Cleanse) is another diuretic that helps the body eliminate water weight and toxins. FYI, seltzer and lemon is a great way to curb the appetite until its time for your next meal

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February beauty favorites

One of the many perks of my job is to be on the receiving end of countless beauty products. Many beautify. Many hydrate. But many are forgettable. This month I was on a quest for magical potions with the power to transform. Drab to fab. Dry to dewy. Exhausted to exhilarated. Here’s what I found:

atk february beauty favorites

1. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips$14.50,  The lanolin base soothes chapped lips like no other product. I use it as a base under lipstick.

2. Chantecaille Sunscreen + Primer $89,  I love a “two-fer.” This super smooth products fill softens lines and offers a dewy luminescence while protecting the skin.

3. Mally Evercolor Starlight  Eyeliner $15,  Glides on and can be used over, under or in the waterline of the eye.

4. Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream $42,  Like a BB cream on steroids–this supplies coverage, SPF and a lit-from-within radiance.

5. Josie Maran Argan Oil $48, My winter savior. I use it under lotion and over makeup. It is especially fabulous for under the eyes.

6. Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil $48, Transforms my wild mane into hair not dissimilar to that of the bouncy haired Breck girl.Can be used when hair is wet or dry.

7. Vaniply Skin Ointment $6.99, The new vaseline without the icky petroleum. Use it for severe dryness all over the body.

8. Lancome Effacernes Undereye Concealer $30.50, Can make bags and tell tale signs of extreme exhaustion disappear.

9. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color $57.50, This is celebs secret red carpet weapon. Dust on cheeks, forehead and decollete for a sun-kissed look.

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Get your bump red carpet ready

Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington looked amazing on the Golden Globe red carpet. One way you can channel their sleek silhouettes while pregnant is through pregnancy specific shapewear. Zero (belly) compression shapewear will smooth lumps and bumps on the thighs and rump while celebrating a burgeoning belly.

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via Huffington Post

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“Celebrities always look so fantastic because underneath their fabulous gowns are the perfect, foundational shapewear pieces,” says Olivia Capone Myers, Design Director of A Pea in the Pod. “Camouflaging seams and panty lines creates a more seamless look and having the added support of shapewear is especially important as your body transforms during and after your pregnancy.”

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Some of the brands that I love are  Spanx® and Belly Bandit®, Tummy Tube® by A Pea in the Pod, as well as a selection of seamless, adjustable strap and shelf-bra camis that are perfect to pair with any outfit. They are all available at Pea in the Pod.

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(From left to right) Belly Bandit Bamboo Post Partum Support Belt $69.95, The Tummy Tube by A Pea in the Pod $26 and Spanx Power Mama Shaper $38

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My Cheat Sheet for Eating Healthy and Working Out After Baby

Women fantasize about leaping back into their pre-pregnancy jeans right after giving birth. I mean, celebrities do it, so why cant the average woman? Seeing A Listers supersonically whittle their waists puts enormous pressure on new moms. Truth:  stars have an army of help: nannies, personal trainers and chefs to help them get back into shape. For real women, dropping the weight take some time. As January is always about fresh starts, I penned a story for What To Expect, a cheat sheet if you will, about realistic ways to bounce back after baby. There is no secret. Its all about smart, healthy choices. I offer up some fitness regimes, recipes and nutrition tips to get you looking and feeling your best. The old adage is true. It took nine months to put on and will take nine months to take off.

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6 Tips for Surviving Holiday Travel with Kids

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Tunic for Two: Pregnant Black-Tie Style

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OK! Magazine Features ATK BUMP IT UP AWARDS 2013

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Anti-Cootie ARSENAL for travelers of all ages

Cooties are a huge issue. I wipe down the tray and armrest with anti-bacterial wipes. I always bring an airline chair cover to cover the airplane seat. This washable fabric cover is a barrier between me and the filthy seat. Wipes are also used to open and close the bathroom door. And to flush the toilet. When traveling with small children Potty Toppers and Munchkin multi-use pads are a must. Ayr gel keeps nasal passages moist. When they are dry and cracked, germs can enter (I know, gross) your bloodstream.

Potty Toppers (pack of 40) $16.99 \\ Munchkin Multi-Use Pad (pack of 20) $6.09 \\ Nice Seats Airline Seat Cover $29.95 \\ Ayr Nasal Gel $3.99 \\ Wet Ones Anti-bacterial $1.69

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Travel + Leisure Instagram takeover!

BREAKING NEWS: I am taking over Travel & Leisure’s Instagram and Twitter feed over the Holidays! My task? To create a docu-diary of my family trip to Miami spotlighting what to see, do, eat and experience in this South Florida paradise. A Miami native, I have a bounty of family-fab adventures up my kimono sleeve.  And I am excited to share them with you firsthand. To follow me, use #TLTakeover and #TLHoliday on Instagram and Twitter.

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Of course the sun and surf are Miami’s premier attractions. But, there is so much more to discover. Just north of Miami Beach is the Florida Everglades, where we will be taking an open air boat ride through alligator and python filled mangrove swamps. At the Miami Seaquarium, we have signed on for a behind-the scenes-experience which includes “animal encounters” with sea lions and dolphins. In South Florida, boating is a way of life. In fact, there are hidden spots only accessible by boat like Stiltsville, in the Biscayne ChannelElliott Key and secret canal mazes woven in and around the Intracoastal. One day we are sailing with friends. The, next day, we will go by “rocket boat” from the Fountainebleau Hotel Marina to gape at beachfront mansions and iconic Art Deco cityscapes. The Miami food scene is undeniably exotic. We will be test  driving the city’s latest and greatest eateries. Kids in tow.
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Aside from the visuals of the trip, I will dispense tips and tricks on how to organize family trips, pack like a pro, get your kids engaged in activities at hand, nip tantrums in the bud, score upgrades, set the stage for successful dinners at upscale restaurants and much, much more. So, follow along on my adventure and please add to the conversation. Where are your favorite Miami haunts? What inside scoop do you have for readers?  How do you get your kids to try new foods? I want to hear and promote all of the feedback.

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Happy Holidays and safe travels!

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