I am delighted to have been named SUPERMOM OF THE WEEK by the fantabulous BIG CITY MOMS!

http://www.bigcitymoms.com/supermom.php

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POP QUIZ: BACK IN BLACK

POP QUIZ: WHY IS BLACK THE ULTIMATE NEUTRAL FOR ALL PREGNANT WOMEN?

Black is mysterious and chic. Black is basic enough to make a statement. Or not. Black is classic. Black is seasonless. Black matches with everything. Black can be dressed up or down. Most important?  Because it absorbs light, black hides imperfections and is, hands down, the most slimming color on the planet.

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BUMP IT UP DOES BOSTON

 

Bump it Up: Transforming Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement
Book Signing at ISIS MATERNITY, 800 Boylston Street

Thursday, 8/19 at 7:00PM

Don’t forfeit your fashion identity to pregnancy! Join style expert and author Amy Tara Koch for a book signing and live fashion demonstration showing how the “pregnantista” can transform a handful of basics into dozens of jaw dropping maternity ensembles. Witty chapters include How to Mask Your Mound ‘til Week 12 , Elevate Basics with a Dash of Flash, Faux Glow 101, (the preggo glow is an urban myth!), Get High! (Exit the preggo dumps with a heel), 10 Ways to Use Accessories as Tools (vertically!), Rework Innerwear (nighties) as Ready to Wear all illustrate Koch’s stance on how to score maximum style (hint: it involves a lot of accessories!) without investing your unborn child’s college tuition on an entirely new wardrobe. The author’s tips are complemented with designer sketches and tips by Donna Karan, DVF, Isaac Mizrahi, Nicole Miller and a cadre of high profile editors from Vogue and Glamour. Free gift bag with book purchase. This event is open to the public. Space is limited, registration required.

http://www.isismaternity.com/classes/type/expertspeakerseries

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THE BRITAX B READY WINNER IS…….

I loved all of your entries. Many tugged at my heart and I only wish that I had a cadre of strollers to give away. Happily, I will have frequent giveaways on my site. I ultimately picked the story that was most about the triumph over frump. Here is her entry:

The fight against frump is something that I battle on a daily basis. Sometime sthe urge to throw on a comfy pair of yoga pants and an oversized tee is so overwhelming that it send me running to the freezer for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to complete the ensemble. But I decided early on in my pregnancy that I did not want my bump to go unnoticed. I flaunt it by staying healthy and wearing form fitting tunics, leggings, long necklaces, heels and scarves-not all togethre, naturally as I subscribe to Coco Chanel’s golden rule. My goal is to appear as  long and lean a spossible with 15 lbs of extra weight on my frame. Bottom line is that I have learned that my clothes do not have to enhance my bottom line. Pregnancy is a time to feel beautiful, and I am bound and determined to embrace my bump with pride…and maybe just a half pint of Cherry Garcia :)

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FRANCES LARGEMAN’s Cheatsheet for What to Eat and What to Avoid during Pregnancy

All of the containdications during pregnancy can drive you mad. Thanks to Frances Largeman Roth, the issue is demystified and eating is made simple. And, fun!’

 

Let’s get all the Don’ts out of the way first. I prefer to focus on all the delicious, healthy stuff you can eat when you’re pregnant, but there are a few things you do need to steer clear of when you’re expecting.

What to Avoid

1. Alcohol.

2. Tobacco (weed, too!).

3. Caffeine; limit it as much as possible. Stick to no more than 200mg per day, which is about an 8-ounce cup of coffee. That includes energy drinks that

contain natural forms of caffeine, like guarana, yerba mate, or ginseng.

4. Unpasteurized (raw) milk, juice, and other beverages.

5. Unpasteurized cheeses, such as Brie, Camembert, blue cheese,

feta, and queso fresco. As long as it’s pasteurized, go for it!

6. Processed meats, such as lunch meat, hot dogs (unless they’re steaming

hot), lox, meat spreads, and pâté.

7. Raw foods, including meat, fish (sushi), shellfish, eggs (sorry, honey,

that includes raw cookie dough), and sprouts (including alfalfa, mung,

clover, and radish).

8. Fish that are high in mercury (cooked or uncooked), such as swordfish,

tilefish, king mackerel, and shark.

9. Herbal supplements.

10. Artificial sweeteners (unless you’re diabetic). A new study showed that diet sodas are linked to preterm birth.

What to Enjoy

1. Folic acid-rich foods, such as fortified cereal, lentils, edamame, spinach,

asparagus, and citrus fruits.

2. Iron-packed foods, such as beef, bison, chicken, eggs, salmon, Swiss

chard, dried apricots, and tofu.

3. Protein, which can be found in lean meat, poultry, seafood, soy-based

foods, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and quinoa.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are plentiful in salmon, tuna, enriched

eggs, walnuts, and flax seeds.

5. Choline, a nutrient important for baby’s brain health, which you’ll get in

eggs, soy-based foods, pork chops, cauliflower, and liver.

6. Calcium to build strong bones and teeth, found in milk, yogurt, cheese,

spinach, and broccoli.

7. Vitamin B12, a vitamin found in cooked clams, beef liver, fortified cereal,

trout, salmon, and beef.

8. Vitamin D, a critical vitamin that’s abundant in eggs, salmon, sardines,

fortified milk, and good old sunshine.

9. Vitamin C, which you’ll get in strawberries, red bell peppers, and citrus

fruits.

10. Zinc, a mineral that you can get in fortified cereal, beef, pork, chicken,

yogurt, beans, and cashews.

Here is one of my favorite recipes from the book. For more recipes and info, please visit www.franceslargemanroth.com.

Chunky Monkey Muffins

My goal for this recipe was to create a chocolatey banana muffin.

This definitely fits the bill, and it’s also great for those

times when things aren’t moving so well…if you know what I

mean. Each muffin has 3 grams of fiber, so eat it with a full

glass of water and grab some reading material. For a tasty little protein blast, add a dollop of peanut buttery goodness inside.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Makes 15 muffins

 

Baby Bonus: 5 grams of protein means this muffin has way more

than empty calories—plus, it’s got a bit of vegetarian omega-3

from the flax seeds.

 

Momma Must-Have: 3 grams of fiber.

1¼ cups organic whole-wheat flour

½ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, dark cocoa powder

(such as Hershey’s Special Dark)

2 teaspoons baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

2/³ cup semisweet chocolate chips

6 ounces low-fat vanilla yogurt

2 medium overripe bananas, mashed

1 egg (preferably omega-3-enhanced)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

¼ cup soy or 1% milk

1/³ cup natural smooth peanut butter (optional)

1 tablespoon (or more) wheat germ

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

Coat liners with cooking spray and set aside.

2. M easure out the flours, leveling with a knife, into a large mixing

bowl along with the brown sugar, flax seed, 1 tablespoon cocoa

powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Whisk together

until combined.

3. Combine the yogurt, bananas, egg, vanilla extract, oil, and soy

milk in a separate bowl until thoroughly mixed (it’s okay if there

are a few chunks of banana left).

4. Fold the banana mixture into the dry mixture just until combined.

If using peanut butter, fill the prepared muffin cups ½

full with batter and then spoon 1 teaspoon peanut butter on top.

Fill the cups with more batter until ¾ full (if not using peanut

butter, simply fill the cups ¾ full with batter). Sprinkle tops

with wheat germ and put in the oven for 20 minutes or until

the tops of the muffins look dry and spring back when touched

in the center. Allow to cool on the stovetop.

5. Bake the remaining muffin mixture while you’re snacking on a

warm one, and go find a good magazine.

Calories 240; Fat 9 g (Sat 3 g, Mono .5 g, Poly 2 g); Cholesterol 15 mg; Protein 5 g;

Carbohydrate 36 g; Sugars 15 g; Fiber 3 g; Iron 1 mg; Sodium 246 mg; Calcium 32 mg

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