Relaxation in a bottle?

I am a troubled sleeper. Always have been. Rather than drugging myself nightly with Ambien, I try to concoct a cocktail with amino acids and herbal roots to deliver the coveted sound sleep. I have tried Melatonin, Valerian root tea, 5 HTP and a Whole Foods sleep aid called DEEP SLEEP. Results vary on my type A–ness that day. In the NYT and some of my fave food blogs like The Nibble, I have learned about a non-alcoholic beverage that induces relaxation; the anti-Red Bull. UNWIND is laced  with my fave relaxation go-tos-L theanine, rose hips valerian root and melatonin. With only 40 calories for a 12-ounce can (10 grams of sugar, the drink is  all natural and OU kosher, in Citrus Orange, Goji Grape and Pom Berry)  Will let you know if it delivers the tag line “vacation in a bottle.”

Unwind cans

16oz cans (case of 24 cans) $54.95

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Huffington Post: Gifts to Delight the Most Hormonally Challenged Mom/Mom-To-Be

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People.com: No Fuss Travel Tips and Tricks for moms

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People Magazine Travel Story

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LE QUIRK C’EST CHIC!

Now that you’ve got the real gifts, invest in some quirky products for your friends and family!

 

Self-Inking WTF Stamper (WHAT THE F**K?), $10
The gift of self expression.

 

Knock Knock Pads (Best-Of Bundle), $19
Why have pedestrian post its when you can have humor!  Incite a chortle from the person you are about to enlist for help with these hilarious essentials.

 

Jonathan Adler Prozac Vase, $80
A humorous canister is a thing of greatness. This is the perfect home for MOMMY’S LITTLE HELPERs. Or,  q-tips.

 

Customized TISSUES by Kleenex, $5
Email a  picture of your husband, friend, etc, Makes getting a cold almost fun! LOVE THIS!!!! CUSTOMIZED SNOT RAG!!!

 

Wacky Bacon Bandages, $9
Funkify your boo-boo with bacon bandages.

 

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Baby, it’s cold outside. But…super haute at the two BUMP IT EVENTs I had this month in Chicago

There is nothing more fun than helping women look and feel their best. I had book signing/styling sessions in Chicago this month with BUMP CLUB CHICAGO and NPN (Neighborhood Parents Network) and loved showing moms to be how to “bump up” their assets and channel their inner glamazons.

Attentive guests at Bump Club Chicago 12/6

Attentive attendess at Preggers for Bump Club Chicago 12/6

Amy styling at Bump Club Chicago

Amy styling at Bump Club Chicago Event 12/6

Some of the beautiful guests of the evening at NPN event 12/16

Models: Emily Hotz and Maria Vassilakis with Amy

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Amy giving her words of fashion wisdom at Bubbles 12/16

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Bump It Up Holiday Survival Mom to Be Kit Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered my Bump It Up Holiday Survival Mom to Be Kit Giveaway on Facebook. Winner is Ashley Shafer (picked through random.org).
Ashley Shafer This is an awesome kit. I deserve this kit because I attended a book signing you came to in Dallas at a Bump It Up event, it was an awesome night. I am recently pregnant and haven’t been able to get anything for myself to make it through my pregnancy.


We’re also giving a runner-up prize to Courtney, who entered for her sister Danielle (We were touched by her story).

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Twitter Party: Last Minute Holiday Travel Tips with Amy Tara Koch

(As seen on: http://momsfashionfile.com/last-minute-holiday-travel-tips-with-amy-tara-koch.html)

Fashion File Twitter Party –RSVP here!

Date: Wednesday, December 15th
Time: 9:00pm EST/8:00 pm CST/6:00 pm PST

Your Stylish Hosts:
@savvysassymoms @momtrends @sassymomchicago

Special Guest – Amy Tara Koch, style expert, author of Bump It Up, journalist and all-around fashion aficionado will be our special host, sharing her last minute holiday  travel tips and joining in the conversation. Amy is a trend reporter for NBC (WMAQ-  TV) and contributes to American Baby, Pregnancy, Mom and People.com’s Mom and  Baby, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Travel & Leisure, American Way, Self, NPR and The Huffington Post. Follow@AmyTaraKoch

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Fashion does not have to be overwhelming, in fact it should be fun!

Grab a girlfriend, a glass of wine and join the fashionable conversation. Holiday travel sparks anxiety in the most unflappable parent. The trick to keeping it all together? Patience, preparation and packing like a pro. Amy is joining the conversation to share her picks and tips to make your trip a breeze!

These parties are for YOU and open to anyone wanting to learn or share some friendly style advice.   We want everyone to feel confident in their own individual Mom Style.

Moms Fashion File Agenda

“Last Minute Holiday Travel Tips

  • What to wear (for Moms)
  • Of-the moment toys to keep kids busy
  • Cootie protection-toilet in route and in the air
  • Bribery material: snacks and games
  • Organizational products for packing
  • Best Carry-ons
  • TECHY-needs for Moms and family
  • Organization a go go-in-bag pouches

Giveaways throughout the event from Kodak, Endless.com, Miracle Body Jeans, MomAgenda.com, Cream of Wheat, Tide, Duracell, Episcencial and Belli Skincare!
Over $400 will be given away during the party.

*Please RSVP by linking up here! You must RSVP to be eligible for the prizes
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Gift Guide Part 2: Accessories Queen

NEWSFLASH: We don’t want a vacuum cleaner. Bake Wear is a bust. The monogrammed coffee holder for the car (to energize us for schlepping the kids) is not our idea of “good gift.”

In a four part groovy gift giving series, I spill the beans on fantabulous products that will really help moms and moms to be unleash a smile as big as her to do list!

ACCESSORIES QUEEN

JCrew Calf Hair Belt, $60
Add of the moment panache with  an animal-print accent
French Connection Cascade Necklace, $45
Add drama in a snap with this affordable multi strand gold necklace
Alexander McQueen Skull Bracelet, $195
Be fashionably funereal with skull this  silver-tone brass bracelet with cream skull detailing; a Mcqueen signature look.
Ann Taylor Feather Clutch, $138
December is about descending over the top in to high glamour world. A feather clutch will take you there.
Leighelena “Jigsaw” Karung Size Buckle Bracelet, $95
The very definition of statement piece, this snakeskin and gold cuff will add style wattage to any basic
J Crew Refined Silk Cashmere Wrap, $75
Our silk/cashmere wrap is made with a very refined fabric that drapes beautifully. It can be worn as a wrap or a scarf.
American Eagle Cable Knit Convertible gloves, $19.95
Look chic with functional “glittens” that allow easy access for texting and grabbing keys from a jam packed
House of Harlow 1960 14k Gold Plated Starburst Cocktail Ring with Black Leather, $50
Get the celeb look with Nicole Richie’s oversized bobble

For more great ideas for an ACCESSORIES QUEEN Check out:

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Bump it Up with me this thursday 12/16 in Chicago: signing & styling soiree!

Calling all MOMS-TO-BE!

Join Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN) for Bump it Up w/ Amy Tara Koch Style Expert  at Bubbles Academy 12/16 6pm-7:30pm RSVP

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Gift Guide, Part 1: Beauty Babe

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1. MAMA MIO mini kit, $37

Purists like moi (love the pun!) love Mama Mio’s luxe, omega filled skin care. An added bonus is the fact that there are no synthetic colors, parebens or irritating petrochemicals lurking so the products are safe for pregnancy and beyond. The kit offer a mini boob tube, Omega Shower cream, Omega Body Cream, Omega Balm, a candle and Tummy Rub Oil

2. Arcona, Four Your Eyes Only Kit, $85

Want to bid adieu to crows feet? Brighten exhausted eyes?  Arcona’s 4 piece kit targets wrinkles with cosmeceutical-grade ingredients, such as enzymes, antioxidants and amino acids which protect and deeply hydrate problem areas.

3. QVC, Smashbox Studio To Go Limited Edition Mega Palette, $59

Bronzer? Check. Illuminating powder? Check. Gel liner? Berry stain lip glosses a plenty? Check. Get your glam on with this all-in-onekit from Hollywood hotshot beauty brand Smashbox

4. BLISS Spa at Home Oxygen Blast , $84

Want to tap into some just-been to-South Beach radiance? The secret ingredient to glowing skin is oxygen. Bliss has taken its bestselling in-spa treatment and worked it into a kit for home use. $84

5. The Body Deli: Body Kit Set #1, $72

I despise beauty products that smell like a revolting marriage of bug repellant and GLADE. So, the fresh smelling THE BODY DELI, beauty products inspired by “living foods”, was right up my alley. The products incorporate raw, fresh, natural and organic ingredients, like organic yogurt, amino acids, fresh fruit and vegetables, and all-natural plant oils. All of the products are handmade in small batches and are so pure that pregnant women can enjoy them too.

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6. Soap and Paper Factory Perfume Solids, $18

Channel the tropics with this divinely fragrant perfume solids in lavendar, verbena, orange and more

7. MINIMERGENCY Kit for Her, $12

Designed for women by women, I love MS. & MRS’ stash of 16 emergency essentials (from breath mints and dental floss to earring backs) in a chic (can double as coin purse) gold metallic case.

8. Tide To Go, $5

A simple solution fo rlife’s unexpected spills

9. Jemma Kidd air kiss lipgloss duo, $9.99

Proffer a perfect pout with this natural looking duo of glosses

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