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December 2014

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3 Ways To Help Little Ones Celebrate The New Year!

December 31, 2014
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Whoooo Hooooo, Let the countdown begin! The New Year is almost upon us, but as we make plans to celebrate the adult way, we can’t forget that our little ones want to take part in the joyous occasion too. While it’s highly unlikely that your tots will be able to stay awake til midnight (or that you even want them to), they can celebrate a modified version of the New Year in an age appropriate way. Below are a few tips! Continue Reading

Entertainment

‘Teen Mom’ Star Pregnant With Baby Number 2!

December 30, 2014
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Maci Bookout is no longer “16 and Pregnant”, now she’s 23 with another bundle of joy on the way!

Bookout and her longtime beau, Taylor McKinney are expecting their first child together in June. This will be Maci’s second child; the world saw her give birth to her first, a baby boy named Bentley, on the inaugural season of MTV’s hit show 16 and Pregnant.

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The Teen Mom star confirmed the surprising news to InTouch Weekly.

“We still can’t believe it,” Maci told the magazine after disclosing that doctors advised her that her polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis (PCOS) made the chances of having more children very slim. “It was a huge shock, but we are very excited. I didn’t think that another pregnancy was possible,” Bookout admitted.

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Congrats to Maci, Taylor and little Bentley!

Entertainment

Alicia Keys Gives Birth To Second Son!

December 28, 2014
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It was so nice, they had to do it twice! Alicia Keys and hubby, Swizz Beatz have welcomed another baby boy to their family.

Alicia and Swizz both announced the news on Instagram Sunday with the message, “The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy!! #Blessings”.

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Alicia gave birth to, Genesis Ali Dean on December 27th at 1:52 a.m. weighing 6lbs 5oz. This is the second son for the musical couple who are already parents to four year old, Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean.

Congrats again to the happy family!

Product Reviews

Step-for-Step … is Pediped the Best?

December 28, 2014
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There are TONS of adorable shoes available for little girls. No seriously, have you seen the selection out there?! There’s no shortage of super cute kicks for your tiny tots. But, how many of them can claim to be comfortable and good quality, too? Not many that I know of and that’s why I’m officially a big fan of Pediped.

#CharlieB got her first pair of Pedipeds just a short while ago and she and I are already in love. The footwear company prides itself on “comfort, quality, and style—in that order” and that’s evident from the first time CB step foot in hers. I’ll be honest, Charlie isn’t the biggest fan of shoes, socks or anything on her feet for that matter. She loves to look at shoes, but they typically don’t stay on long … however, the “Grip ‘n’ Go” shoe in the “Henry” style (pictured above) stayed on almost all day. That’s a big deal in the Barnett household! On top of that, the shoe was super cute and had a sturdy sole for my little clumsy toddler, LOL!

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Pediped shoes promote healthy foot development by offering footwear for every stage of growth. There’s the “Original” for infants and little ones learning to walk. There’s the “Grip ‘n’ Go” style for active toddlers transitioning into confident walkers (Charlie B’s current phase). And there’s the “Flex” for those with a solid stride. The selection of styles for each type of shoe is almost endless — there are dress shoes and sandals for girls, sneakers and boots for boys and everything in between. I think the only thing they’re missing are moccasins … oh please, Pediped make some moccasins!!

All in all, Pediped has a fan in me and most importantly, in #Charlie B. To learn more about this awesome company, their innovative technology and the husband and wife team that created it, go to www.Pediped.com and tell them I sent you :)

Bonus Note: Their customer service is second to none! The Pediped team helped me find the perfect shoe for #CharlieB and even when I made a blunder in ordering, they rectified it immediately and with a smile. That means A LOT to a mom like me!

Fashion

How To Dress Your Cool Kid: Fashion Tips Straight From A Stylist

December 27, 2014
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Finding fashionable frocks for little tots can sometimes be a daunting task. If you want quality and comfort, plus something stylish and fly that doesn’t cost a fortune, it takes some hard work and research. Luckily for me, my friend is a beauty editor and keeps her kid looking cool all the time! You may remember former “SASY Mom of the Week”, April Jones — she’s a fabulous fashionista (check out her IG: @iamaprildenise) with a super chic two year old daughter named Olivia Blair. She’s here to give you some tips on how to keep your little one looking fierce at all times … without spending all your money. ~ Modern Martha Stewart xo

When asked to describe Olivia’s personal style, yes my two-year old has personal style, I would describe it as west coast cool with a touch of sass. I normally combine comfortable chic basics in neutrals with a fabulous statement piece(s) to add a little rock star element. Pops of color and prints are of essence, however we stay away from pinks (and ruffles) because lets face it the kid is not a prissy pageant queen. Olivia rocks a curly fro’, not pigtails with bows.

People often admire the way I style Olivia and they’re pretty much amazed when I tell them where I purchase her wardrobe. I love to mix and match pieces from Old Navy, American Apparel, The Gap, Zara & local thrift stores. The majority of her wardrobe is from the Gap due to their affordability, stylish on-trend collections, and most importantly their high quality. Bluebird Children’s Designer Resale Boutique on Larchmont is where I find Liv’s designer pieces and the majority of her outerwear. I’m also obsessed with Zara’s stylishly chic outerwear for children. I purchase her “mini-me” looks from there as well.

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During the winter season I’m able to experiment with layers and create fabulous ensembles for my little one.

Olivia’s LA Winter Staples

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Timberlands $75 www.timberland.com
Liv gives Tomboy swag when rocking these. We normally pair them with leggings and a chunky sweater, or with a denim on denim look. The outfit possibilities are endless.

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Leather Jacket $65.90 www.zara.com
This comfy chic jacket is the perfect grand finale to any outfit. I’m obsessed with its high quality and detail. Liv always turns head when she’s in this piece.

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Faux Fur Vest $14 www.bluebirdkidsla.com
Did I mention that we LOVE statement pieces. This vest is not only fabulous it’s super versatile. We throw it over a dress, or flannel and leather leggings combination.

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Waxed Skinny Jeans $34.95 www.gap.com
One of my favorite pieces in Liv’s wardrobe, these skinnies give attitude all day, erryday. The chic on-trend finish is fashionable and fun.

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Pony Hair Leopard Print Mary Jane Flats $24 www.bluebirdkidsla.com
Originally $70 these fabulous finds are definitely one of Olivia’s “statement pieces”. They’re normally paired with a black opaque tights and sweater dress look.

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Harem Pants $15.90 www.zara.com
So cute, comfy and COOL! These basics are perfect for an active toddler. Don’t be afraid to venture to the boys section for your princess. Lots of Liv’s basics were designed for “little boys”.

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Converse $35 www.converse.com
Every Cali girl should have a mean converse collection. Olivia’s footwear basics and self-proclaimed favorites, she usually wears them with leggings or sweats.

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Scarfs & Bandanas $3+
Olivia LIVES for accessories. She is literally the only toddler who will wear a scarf around her neck or fedora on her head the entire day. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree!

Chunky Sweaters $34.95+ www.gap.com
Cozy and always in-style, chunky sweaters are perfect for LA’s mild winters. We love to throw them over a denim collar shirt or oxford for a polished preppy chic look.

Thermal Long Sleeve T-Shirts $14 www.americanapparel.net $5 www.oldnavy.com
These basics are the most used pieces in Liv’s wardrobe. They’re awesome for layering, and are extremely comfortable. She loves rocking them to the playground.

When designing a wardrobe for your stylish tot, try to abstain from overspending.
It would be absolutely ridiculous to spend obscene amounts of money outfitting a toddler who’s growing at the speed of light! If you do go overboard make sure it’s an investment piece like gender neutral outerwear that can be passed down to their siblings or even your future grandchildren!

SASY Moms

Jordan Tesfay

December 15, 2014
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Meet SASY mom, Jordan Tesfay — Actually, you probably already now this mommy model! She broke down barriers as CoverGirl’s first plus size CoverGirl Model, but this newlymom (kinda like newlywed, get it?!) isn’t resting on her laurels. With an 11 month old daughter and numerous professional endeavors, Tesfay truly is the epitome of a SASY mom. Find out more about her in our Q&A below.

S&S: What do you think makes you a SASY Mom?
JT: Like many new moms, I learned to juggle baby, career and household responsibilities without a manual. All the while, managing to apply makeup, do my hair and workout; so that I looked and felt good about myself.

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S&S: Not only are you a SASY mom, but you’re a history-making model as well! What does it mean to you to be the first plus size CoverGirl?
JT: Covergirl is an iconic American brand that most models dream of representing, because plus size models are often are not afforded the same opportunities as their slender counterparts. I was honored and humbled at the chance of making history, as the first plus model ever to appear in a beauty campaign for Covergirl.

S&S: Curvy seems to be very “in” right now … As a mother to a young girl what do you hope to teach your daughter, Zarah about body image?
JT: My daughter has a very bright and wonderful spirit. I hope that I can teach her to never lose sight of the voice within her. That voice that will guide, protect and honor her so she has the confidence to look within rather than externally for role models.

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S&S: For many years it seemed as though modeling and motherhood couldn’t mix, but now we see lots of models having babies and even bringing them to set. Has the modeling industry become more accepting of mothers or is it still a stigma within the industry (behind closed doors)?
JT: No, I wouldn’t say there is a stigma in the industry. Except that the challenge is often how quickly your body can bounce back after having the baby. The faster you bounce back, the more your celebrated. So perhaps there does exist a stigma, if a woman does not bounce back quickly after giving birth.

S&S: You’re in fantastic shape! Was it tough “bouncing back” after giving birth? What was/is your fitness regimen?
JT: Thanks! As your readers know, new moms especially, have to squeeze exercise in when they can. Early morning Yoga via youtube, while I watch my little one, and power walking are my favorite ways to stay in shape. I also try to be mindful of my diet. I support my fitness regimen with a healthy diet, balancing complex carbs with proteins and using my Nutribullet for healthy juices.

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S&S: In addition to mommy and model, you are also a lawyer and entrepreneur! Can you tell us about your other endeavors and how you’re able to juggle everything?
JT: Through Gods grace and family, I happily manage to juggle it all. I enjoy organizing and planning ahead, daily, weekly, yearly and long term goal writing is something that I do regularly. Writing my goals and activities down helps me to organize and compartmentalize my thoughts. Once I write it down, I stop worrying about whatever the task is and just check it off once it’s completed. Also, I take time to
pamper myself. Simply things like a bath with my favorite oil or an at home manicure, help to refresh my mind and spirit.

S&S: And since we’re StilettosAndSippyCups.com, we have to ask…what is your favorite pair of stilettos to rock on the catwalk?!
JT: My Kate Spade Patent Nude Pumps. Love them!

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Model, mogul and mommy … isn’t that impressive! Make sure you keep up with Jordan and her fabulous life on Twitter and Instagram @JordanTesfay.

Entertainment

Zoe Saldana Gives Birth To Twins!

December 13, 2014
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This has been a week full of baby news! Zoe Saldana and husband, Marco Perego welcomed twins to their family days ago and no one even knew.

According to the Mirror, Saldana gave birth on December 8th. Zoe was notoriously private during her pregnancy and it seems it will stay that way even after delivery. No details about the twins have been released — names, gender, weight, height … absolutely nothing.

Even though the couple prefers to stay quite, it doesn’t mean their “friends” will. “Zoe and Marco are delighted, Zoe has been ready to drop for some time and they are both ecstatic to be meeting the twins,” a friend of the couple told the Mirror. “This a dream come true for both of them, they are absolutely delighted. They have been looking forward this day for the last nine months. Both want a big family so this is the start.”

Entertainment

Hayden Panettiere Welcomes A Baby Girl!

December 13, 2014
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Another day, another induction into the celeb SASY mom club. Congratulations Hayden Panettiere, you are the newest member!

Hayden gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday, December 9th. This is the first child for Panettiere and her fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko. “Daughter Kaya Klitschko weighed in at 7 lbs., 14 oz., and measured 20 inches,” according to People.

“We are over the moon and madly in love!” the couple tells the mag.

Congrats again to the proud new parents.

Entertainment

Keira Knightly Expecting First Child!

December 13, 2014
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Congrats to Keira Knightley and hubby, James Righton … they’re having a baby!

The actress and rocker, who were married in May 2013, are expecting a little bundle of joy next year.

In a 2012 interview with Vogue, Knightley gave her thoughts on motherhood.

“I don’t want to deny my femininity, but would I want to be a stay-at-home mother? No. On the other hand, you should be allowed to do that, as should men, without being sneered at.”

Congratulations, to the happy couple!

Sippy Cups

Sassy Attitude & Talking Back … The “Inside Out” Trailer Is Hilarious!

December 13, 2014
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Pixar’s Inside Out is probably one of the most buzzed about animated features for 2015 and just one look at the trailer and you’ll know why.

“Told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a little girl”, Inside Out stars Diane Lane, Amy Poehler and Kyle MacLachlan, and also features Mindy Kailing and Bill Hader — Now, that’s a pretty funny line-up! Here’s a description of the film according to Pixar…

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Inside Out doesn’t hit theaters until June 2015, but check out a sneak peek of the kid’s flick below. We’ll definitely be going to see it, how about you?

SASY Moms

Dominique Penn

December 8, 2014
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Who runs the world? GIRLS Dominique Penn! Being a mommy of two little boys is already a handful, but this gorgeous momnpreneur also has a bun in the oven, a successful boutique and children’s book series, plus she fully supports her husbands who spends a lot of time on the road due to his job in the NFL … needless to say, Mrs. Penn is one busy lady. But, she took some time out of her hectic schedule to chat with Stilettos & Sippy Cups and give some advice on being organized and following your dreams, plus she gave some insight on being a “football wife” (hint: it’s not what you think!).

S&S: You are the mother of two boys with a little princess on the way!  How do you think raising a girl will be different than raising your boys?  Are your two little ones ready for a baby sister?!

DP: Raising a girl will be totally different from raising my boys. At least, I hope so lol. I am expecting to buy dolls and princess items, opposed to monsters and cars all the time. It will be refreshing to buy pink and purple head-bands and tutus instead of basketball shorts and tennis shoes.

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DP: My two little ones Donald & Dominick are ready for a baby sister! Especially my oldest, he wants his sister to make chocolate chip cookies for him and watch movies with him. My youngest, Dominick, still doesn’t quite get it yet, but he pulls my stomach to his face all the time and kisses my navel! He knows something is in there lol. It truly is the sweetest thing ever.

 

You created a blog and baby boutique called “Everything Mrs. Penn Loves”!  Tell us about your brand?  Also, you’re an author too!  Tell us about your children’s book series.

My brand is about “Everything” that I love, from items in target, to family, to different products and more. I built “Everything Mrs. Penn Loves” to share my life with the world and to engage/inform other moms with items that I may see that I like or items that I may carry in my store.

My children’s book series is what I am the most proud of! I created the series to express the love between my eldest son, Donald , and his life adventures while captivating the love between friends and family! I have a total of 10 books in the series with the first three that released this year!! The Many Adventures of Donald series has been truly one of my favorite projects of all!

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 What does Mrs. Penn absolutely LOVE about being a mompreneur?

I absolutely love that this is  my “OUT”! A lot of times when you are a stay at home mom, with the kids, day in and day out, you can easily lose yourself. This gives me my “OUT” and it makes me feel good to do something that I love, for myself.

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 Your husband is a NFL player and has to travel a lot with his team, how do you manage raising the kids, taking care of home and running a business when he’s gone so often?

I manage everything with a book organizer, my iphone, and a great support system. While building my businesses, my family comes first. If they need me, I’m there and I don’t let any business get in the way of that and its been working thus far, #Family1st.

What is the most common misconception about “football wives”?

There’s a lot of misconceptions about “football wives” or “wives” in general. I think the biggest one is that were all complacent in where we are in life and our lives are so easy. I have met a lot of women that are dedicated to the their families , who want to become “mompreneurs”. Women that want to branch out and start their own thing but at the same time they understand what it takes to hold down the household . I’ve met successful women that have foundations and businesses that are making names for themselves that you will never hear about because we aren’t “famous”. So I think that’s  one of the biggest misconception of all.

In addition, a lot of people think our lives are  “easy” because we have “money” as if money is the solution to all of our problems. I know I can speak for many wives/ fiancées/ gfs out there that there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. When our men are in pain, tired, or missing childbirths, Christmas holiday parties or school recitals, money cant replace those moments.

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And since we’re StilettosAndSippyCups.com, we have to ask…what is your favorite pair of stilettos?!

My favorite pair of stilettos are my Versace “Signature Medusa High Heel Sandals” in black! They are so stylish and comfortable to wear!! They are truly my all time favorites!!

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Make sure you follow Dominique on Twitter  @DominiquePenn and Instagram @EverythingMrsPennLoves.  Also, check out her store “Everything Mrs. Penn Loves” online and at 16736 Ventura Blvd, Encino Ca 91436.