Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pregnancy Style

After the morning sickness subsides, and the Tums kick in, pregnancy is truly a joy. There's nothing better than feeling your little baby move and groove in your tummy. The downside to pregnancy, the necessity to purchase a new wardrobe that you will only wear for a handful of months. While maternity clothes are completely unavoidable at this stage of my pregnancy, in the beginning I tried to buy clothes that I would be able to wear beyond pregnancy. Oversized sweaters and shift dresses are great examples of pieces that work pregnant or not.

Gwen Stefani has the right idea! If you would like to channel her look, we found these pieces that look great together.

Mommy Chic

Eat your heart out Jess...maybe?

Stepping out with my ladies and had to post. Jessica out with her man is also looking good, she definatley has me on the curves and that's ok. I think I am going to step up my workouts to get some definition but I'll give some more info on that later. Looking at this picture of Jessica makes me want to get a tan and a blow out. What do you guys think? Too bad I'm in Chicago with snow and hat hair.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

No Pain No Gain

I feel so incredibly huge. I'm definitely not one of those women who wears pregnancy with a beautiful glow (if you're one of them, I hate you by the way). I'm only 5'2 so I am now officially short and round (very round). I'm at the stage right now where I have to sleep propped up on four pillows to reduce the inevitable reflux (note I said reduce, it's never really gone). Simply walking to the bathroom makes me short of breath (which is just downright embarrassing). My feet are huge and kill me after standing for five freaking minutes. When I say that my feet kill me, I mean that they feel like I am standing on nails and needles. I only have four weeks left and I can't wait to meet my baby girl, but also can't wait to no longer be pregnant. I so badly want to be back to normal but since I'm a complete idiot and have gained a ton of weight, I know that it is going to take a while. I'm already fantasizing about my postpartum diet. You know that things have gotten bad when you're actually excited to start a diet. And I'm like, really excited.

The funny thing is that as soon as the baby comes, I am going to forget all about the downside of being pregnant. Right now my mind is set that we are not having any more kids after this, but I won't be surprised if I'm so in love that I start planning when I am going to do it all over again.

The evidence... Tina caught me double fisting munchkins on the way to lunch. Eating on the way to eat. Maybe pregnancy isn't so bad.

Touche, cute elephant, touche. - At least you don't have to be pregnant for two years.

Ok, enough complaining. On the bright side, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returned this week (I'm very distraught over the season preview and the possibility that Lisa and Brandy have an argument) and Twilight Forever came out (never before scenes of my beloved Edward, yes, please). All is right in the world.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Momma's Best Halloween Costume

Shouldn't momma get to enjoy Halloween as well? With all the children's activites and costumes for Halloween mommy can get in on the fun with her favorite "costume," the big bag. A large bag will not only carry all your mommy essesntials but will add extra coverage when hiding a less than fab area and can dress up any outfit! Here are some options that won't scare anyone away:

Momma's Best Halloween Costume

Christian Louboutin bag

Reebok handbag

Leather purse

Brown purse

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Duchess Wows in McQueen (again)

Seriously, could Kate Middleton get any more perfect? She looked flawless, as usual, at Prince George's Christening. I really want to hate her, but she seems so genuinely nice that I just can't do it. Dressed in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the Duchess' ivory dress matched her adorable son's traditional christening gown. I'm just dying to pinch those cheeks!

If you would like to channel her look (and who wouldn't), we found these pieces that look great together.

Mommy Chic

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's On B*tch!

Ms. Simpson better bring it because the race is on to slim down post baby. Having had the pleasure to share the birth month with Jessica, we are now both trying to shed weight, although I don't have a multi-million dollar contract with weight watchers as an incentive (boo hoo for me). Regardless, I have my own motivation of wanting to live a long and healthy life looking as good as I can in my mommy heels. My goal is to be a MILF! I admit it, I want to be a MILF and I'm not hiding it!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane:

The good ol' days...young and fit

Pregnancy...a blur of cupcakes and heartburn

Now 4.5 months post baby...looking pretty good but we can do better Jessica!!! No need to hide behid that big purse, let's do this!

So follow me as I battle with Jessica, who will win? Will it matter that she has personal trainers and chefs? Or can my super mommy powers give me the will to get back to the good ol' days?

ciao, Tina

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fun and Yummy Low Calorie Halloween Popcorn Balls

I know that a lot of toddlers are picky eaters, but my Annabelle puts most to shame. She won't even eat the typical little kid food. Chicken nuggets? No. Pizza? Nope. Mac and cheese? No way. Peanut butter and jelly? Not a chance. Hot dogs? Yeah right!

Imagine my delight when I discovered that she likes popcorn. I fully recognize that there are many healthier foods that she should be eating, but the list of things that she will eat is so incredibly short that I rejoice at being able to add just about anything. Since making this discovery, I decided to make some popcorn balls. Considering my lack of self-control these days I thought that it might be a good idea to try to make a lower calorie version of this Halloween treat. At about 80 calories each, they turned out great!

5 cups fat free air-popped popcorn
3 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons reduced fat peanut butter
3 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Mix together popped corn and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
2. Fill a smaller bowl with ice and water and set aside.
3. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together honey and peanut butter until bubbling.
4. Pour the honey peanut butter mixture over the popcorn and chocolate chips, and combine well with a spatula.
5. Dip hands in ice water and roll popcorn into 2-inch balls (dip hands in ice water in between each ball as well). Place them on a sheet of parchment paper to cool.
6. Enjoy.
Makes 10 popcorn balls