Tame Your Cravings! Bump It Up Approved Cravings Replacement List

I have become a huge fan of David Zinczenko. His EAT THIS, NOT THAT books and appearances on TODAY SHOW brilliantly showcases how to make nutritionally superior food choices and avoid excessive caloric intake without sacrificing flavor. I especially love how he unearths saturated fat and sodium content and compares say, a Bacon Deluxe Double from Wendy’s to 42 deep fried jumbo onion rings with a Crisco chive dipping sauce. Genius. Master Z inspired me to craft a little post on how to rein in pregnancy cravings and choose healthier foods inspired by the flavor that you crave. The biggest issue? Sugar intake. Agave nectar and Stevia are stellar replacements for refined white sugar to sweeten tea, coffee, baked goods and oatmeal


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BUMP IT UP APPROVED BABY SHOWER GIFTS FOR MOM

 
 

The baby shower is a curious event. It is often at this moment  that moms- to- be are subtly notified that they-the stars of this infant making production-take back seats to their child . Each and every gift- onesies, feeding utensils, booties and receiving blankets are for the baby. And, mamma (this bizarre put –on- the- back- burner feeling is a precursor to life as a mom) is ignored. So, if you really want to make a mom-to-be happy, offer up something that will  make her feel beautiful, sexy and pampered.

Pish Posh Mommy: Pull String Valencia Bag, $34.99

“Pish posh mommy carry alls are a must-have for Type-A women who crave organization tout le temps. Versatile and chicm these printed carryalls–complete with a pull string pouch, a diaper clutch, a fold up diaper pad, a ‘wet bag’ for bathing suits or soiled clothes–can be dropped into my pures, my beach bag ot just plopped in the car”

The Belly Bandit, $55.95

Wearing a compression garment like The Belly Bandit  for 6-8 weeks after childbirth helps reduce uterine swelling and bloating. Celebs like Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Halle Berry rave about this modern day girdle (www.bellybandit.com) which comes in 5 sizes and three styles (I love zebra!).  

 

Belli Pregnancy: Complextion Perfection Duo, $34.00

  

 Get radiant with BELLI SKINCARE’s (free of chemicals, parabens and dyes) genius complexion duo which exfoliates, moisturizes, protects and evens out skin tone. A mama-to-be must have!

Belly Button Boutique: Mom’s First Days Kit, $70

Coming home from the hospital after giving birth is painful. Literally. Belly Button Boutique’s MOMS FIRST DAY kit has all of the essentials –cooling breast soothers, nursing pads, hipster panties, Feme pads-to keep a new mom (relatively) comfortable

MAMA MIO: Beat the Heat Bump It Up Pregnancy Style Kit, $75.00

 

Mama Mio’s Pregnancy specific skincare products go that extra mile to ensure that products are free from synthetic colors, parabens, sulfate detergents, petrochemicals and a host of known irritants. Developed by a triumverate of British supermamas, Mama Mio has put a playful spin on the woes of maternity with “Boob Tube” Bust Cream, “Tummy Rub” stretch Mark butter and “Lucky Legs”. And, the kit comes with a copy of my book!

You Lingerie: Azalea Orchid Bra, $ 29.99 and Panties, $14.99

Channel your inner sexpot with YOU maternity and nursing lingerie unique features include: 

-Soft cups ( no underwire) to accomodate size and aid in prevention of breast infection

-discreet one handed maternity nursing clips

-4 hook back allow added length for expanding rib cages

 

 Ms. and Mrs. Labor and Delivery Survival Kit, $45.00

A collection of delivery room essentials to soothe and support mom on D DAY: disposable camera, lip balm, stopwatch, back massager, etc.

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THE (FASHION) RESURRECTION: HOW TO REWORK A WARDROBE INTO OF THE MOMENT FABULOSITY

My forthcoming voyage to France this summer en famille is definitely breaking the bank. Plane tickets, Paris hotel, house rental in Provence.

But, don’t cry for me, America. The massive price tag (and mega memories that it will, of course, inspire) is entirely worth it. The tradeoff?  Staving off fashion purchases to offset the cost of consuming pain au chocolat on Rue Bonaparte. This retail cease and desist, though, has been a good thing. It has forced me to shop my closet and rethink old friends that have been neglected for –gulp- years. Though I clean and organize my closet routinely, there are quality pieces that have been ignored.

So, to craft of-the-moment-looks without spending a dime, I challenged myself to take a fresh look at the silky blouses, kooky belts, wide legged jeans, cropped blazers and accessories gathering dust and recast them in an innovative manner. Anything that did not excite me would be consigned to ebay or given away. My motivation? Clothes are like lovers. Having too many exes in one place is disconcerting. When they have fulfilled their moment in time, certain items need to be discarded in order to focus on the here and now.

Here’s what I came up with:

MACRAME BAGS
This  romantic 70s flower-child style is huge this summer. Channel it on the cheap with a flea-market find like this bamboo handle bag

PRINT BUTTON DOWN BLOUSE
This 70’s style top–boxy on its own–is sportified (Inspiration: Nicole Richie) with skinny jeans, a chain belt and a wedge heel.

LAYERED NECKLACES

Combing chain necklaces with contrasting beads and pendants a la SJP creates a groovy point of view and mega style

MULTI-TASKING MAXI SKIRT

To transform a maxi skirt into a glam trapeze dress, yank it over your boobs and add a few necklaces

COLORFUL CARDIGAN

Add to a neutrals for a pop of color

BOYFRIEND JEANS

Androgyny goes au courant with the addition of a scarf, some platform wedges and a slouchy, long tank

LACE

Lace is hip & sexy. I love it de-romantified with with with a chunky platform sandal or menswear inspired blazer!

BLAH, BASIC T-SHIRT DRESS

Bump up a simple dress with oversized beads, an armful of enamel bangles and a groovy scarf

SEQUIN BELT

Vintage stretchy, sequin belts are amazing tools to empire waist a blah black dress

COLOR BLOCKING

Mix and match crazy “hot” colors a la GUCCI for a statement look

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