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.

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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


The Ever Elusive Wedding Weight

I am about 4 months postpartum at this point. I gained a whomping 45lbs with this little guy. My great love for ice cream should explain the weight gain (any and all kinds of ice cream or anything that resembles ice cream, I mean I really, really, like it). So with the help of child birth, cutting out the ice cream, and some light exercise I have managed to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (mind you pre-preganancy weight of baby 3, which was way different than pre-pregnancy weight of baby 1). So this is where the real work begins...the ever elusive wedding weight. That's my goal; and why not? I am ready to put in the work even though I know my body and mind are going to be screaming.

So the what's the plan? The plan is two fold, change my eating habits and find a workout plan that I enjoy and will stick with. Basically, the food plan is low carb, high protein with lots of veggies and fruit at around 1500 calories per day. The problem is I'm a bit of a foodie, so I can't survive on just baked chicken breast for eternity. Last night I made scallops and turkey bacon with a side of asparagaus. Who doesn't love bacon! Everyone approved, even the little ones.

As for the workout portion of the plan, I have joined a Crossift gym, or box as they call it, and am mixing that up with running. So far, I am drinking the Crossfit kool-aide, it's fun, ever changing and challenging.

Oh, and by the way, he was worth every pound :)

ciao, Tina

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fit and Fab Fergie Ferg

Fergie and Josh Duhamel were recently spotted overseeing the construction at their new Brentwood home. With little Axl Jack less than six weeks old, she looks absolutely amazing. If you would like to channel her look, we found these pieces that look great together.

Mommy Chic

Short brown boots

Melie Bianco vegan messenger bag
$140 -

Frilly scarve
$13 -

Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Friday, October 4, 2013

Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins

Only ten weeks left! It’s starting to feel like I’ve been pregnant forever so I’m happy to be in the home stretch. Unfortunately, I’ve reached another milestone in this pregnancy and have officially gained the full amount of recommended weight (and I’m not talking about the lower end of the range). With ten weeks left to go, I am a little disappointed in myself. I have vowed to reel it in and chill out with the evil chocolate that's always tempting me at the office. Don’t get me wrong, I fully intend to indulge here and there, but would like to try to exercise a little self-control.

The arrival of fall has been joined by a new craving for anything and everything pumpkin flavored. While the Starbucks pumpkin bread is totally worth all 390 calories, here is a 120 calorie treat that is tasty and satisfies my craving.

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp table salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2/3 cup natural applesauce
1 cup canned pumpkin
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 egg
2/3 cup fat-free milk
Non-stick cooking spray
powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray (recipe makes about 15 muffins).
2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl combine applesauce, pumpkin, sugar, egg substitute, egg, and milk; mix thoroughly.
4. Stir the flour mixture into the applesauce mix.
5. Pour the batter into muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
6. Let cool for about ten minutes. Sprinkle powdered sugar.
7. Enjoy!

Even my toughest critic approves!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Crazy Husband the Spartan

So this is what I’m married to: someone who has worked out his entire life and somehow enjoys it, ugh! While I’m trying to keep my hand out of my daughter’s Oreo stash, he is training and competing in 26.2 mile obstacle course races (Spartan races) in the mountains of Vermont. Me, on the other hand, as a working mother of three, and my youngest, Pano, only three months old, I am starting to organize a workout schedule and menu planning... sounds like fun!

ciao, Tina

Friday, September 27, 2013

Work It Keke

Kim Kardashian recently came out of hiding for dinner with her beau and she looked every bit as fabulous as she did a year ago. She showed off her post baby curves dressed in all white with a pale pink overcoat. If you want to channel her look, we found these pieces that look great together.
Mommy Chic