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Vanessa B.

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Whining While Weaning…

I’m currently weaning my 9 month old daughter …and I’m doing most of the whining.

Actually, after tonight we may be tied. I’m whining because, if I’m being honest, I have no idea what I’m doing. She’s whining because, well…she wants the boob.

So, after admitting that I don’t know what the heck I’m doing how on earth do I think I can give advice? Because, every advice column/website/forum/discussion board I’ve come across spews the same old tired advice and since it’s all crap I figured I would give the REAL DEAL on weaning.

First of all, it’s harder than childbirth. OK, maybe that’s dramatic, but it has been one of the more difficult parts of parenting. It’s as if your child is going through some type of withdrawal and you’re just along for the emotionally grueling ride.

Plus, not only is it a trying time for baby, but it’s pretty painful for mommy too. Swollen, engorged, rock hard boobies are no one’s idea of a good time.

However, with all that said, I think I’ve figured the whole thing out (how presumptious of me!). It will NEVER be easy. It’s not meant to be. It’s a major disruption in a child’s life and change is rarely easy…even for adults. So, my biggest piece of advice is to be PATIENT. I’m only a few weeks in and I ignorantly thought it would be easy, breezy and that we’d be done by now. Now I realize there’s a long road ahead and that’s totally fine.

I could tell you to wean gradually. Or have someone else give your baby bottles instead of you. I could even say place a hot towel over your achy breast. Or suggest replacing your boob with a pacifier. Or any other useless rhetoric you’ve probably read a million times, but at the end of the day you will find what works best for you and your baby through trial and error. Period.

My only advice would be to have patience. Easier said than done, believe me, I know. But, I know all to well that stressing about the situation will only make it worse. Just think, you’re not the first woman to wean and you won’t be the last. No baby nurses forever and even if you suck at weaning your baby is bound to get off the tit…eventually…

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Working Moms: How We Get It All Done…While Looking Great, Of Course!

Moms are the busiest people on the planet. Point. Blank. Period.
There’s no way around it, BUT you can still be Superwoman and chic at the same d*mn time! Here’s our best advice on how to be a SASY mom.

1. Be Like Santa Claus
How so? Make a list and check it twice! Seriously, the best advice I’ve ever received was to write everything down. Even the stuff you swear you will remember because 9 times out of 10 that will be the first thing you forget. Important meeting? Hot date with the hubby? Kids soccer practice? Happy Hour with the girls? There’s a time and place for everything as long as you remember it. I’ll say it again…Write It Down! Organization is imperative for success.

2. Take Time To Look Good
I know people will hate me for this but looks DO matter. If you look good, you feel good. I’m not saying you need a full on glam squad every day, but a hot shower, cute outfit, combed hair and a little mascara go a looooong way. Plus, when you look your worst you’re bound to run into the last person you would want to see.

3. Don’t Forget, Your Child(ren) Live With YOU…Not The Other Way Around
Kids are amazing but they shouldn’t be your entire life. If your child is the center of the universe you’re well on your way to raising a terrorist (ok, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but you get the point). Children need to know that they don’t own you. The house should be adult-centered, not child-centered. This does not mean neglect your little one, it simply means they should’t run the house. They’re just kids, not God!

Entertainment, SASY Moms

The Oscars: Baby Bump Edition!

Well, this will be a short post. We only saw two baby bumps at the Oscars — Kerry Washington & Elsa Pataky!

Wearing a beautiful, custom made Jason Wu dress, Jen Meyer jewelry, Christian Louboutin shoes and a Judith Leiber bag, Kerry completed the awards season on an amazing high note.

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The stunning Scandal star is expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha this Spring.

And while Kerry had our favorite red carpet bump, Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa had our most uncomfortable looking one.

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Pataky looked like she was due any second while on the red carpet for the Academy Awards, but luckily she didn’t deliver while there. At any rate, she looked amazing for a women carrying twins in a green embellished gown and stilettos, of course!

Entertainment, SASY Moms

Photos: Top Celeb Baby Bumps!

Now, more than ever, women are embracing their beautiful baby bumps…and dare we say it, getting a little sexy with it! Here are a few of our fave belly, some brazenly bare and some chicly covered.

5. Ciara
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4. Drew Barrymore
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3. Doutzen Kroes
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2. Kerry Washington
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1. Gwen Stefani (since she’s our FAVE one pic just won’t do!)
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Fashion

Another Kardashian Kid Is On The Way!

So, who’s pregnant this time? No one…HA! This Kardashian kid is a clothing line!

“My dream come true!”, Kourtney posted on Instagram with a picture of the new “Kardashian Kids” print ad.

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Following their uber-successul “Kardashian Kollection” at Sears, the Kardashian klan have expanded their brand to include the little ones. This moves is quite obvious seeing as how Kourtney has two toddlers, Mason & Penelope, and Kim has 8 month old North.

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No word on when the line will be available in stores, right now it’s just “coming soon”.

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Entertainment, SASY Moms

Vanessa Simmons Gives Birth To A Baby Girl!

Just a week after serving her baby an eviction notice…

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Vanessa Simmons has finally given birth! According to TheYBF, Simmons and long time boyfriend, Mike Wayans welcomed a baby girl named Ava Marie Jean Wayans. It was actually Vanessa’s uncle Danny who broke the news saying, “My brand spanking new Grand niece is named Ava Marie Jean [Wayans]…you go mommy Vanessa …”

And it looks like the little girl is already a fashionista, just like her auntie Angela Simmons. Vanessa posted a pic of Hermes booties for her baby with the caption, “Mama’s Lil Princess”.

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Congratulations to brand new SASY mom Vanessa Simmons!

Entertainment, SASY Moms

Surprise! Lil Kim Is Pregnant!!

This may be the most shocking news of the day…Lil Kim is expecting her first baby!

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The “Queen Bee” debuted her baby bump while performing at The Blonds show during New York Fashion Week. Proudly rubbing her pregnant belly, Kimberly posed for an excited crowd that erupted in cheers.

Word on the street is that the father of Kimmy’s baby is her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Mr. Paper.

Congrats Notorious K.I.M!

Entertainment, SASY Moms, Stilettos

Sexy In Stilettos: Beyonce Parties Hard!

Heyyy, Mrs. Carter!

Serving body in a two-piece dress, Beyonce popped her booty and some bubbly while at an uber-exclusive private party. In pics she posted to her Tumblr, Queen Bey can be seen dropping it low while holding a bottle of champagne and a clear plastic cup — clearly, she’s the LIFE of the party.

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In other photos, the SASY mom shows off her super sexy stilettos while strutting her stuff in a parking garage.

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And even Bey’s baby sister and SASY mom herself, Solange got in on the fun in a festive pink suit.

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These Knowles’ sister know how to have fun!

Sippy Cups

Diddy’s Kids Featured In Fashion Ad

Looks like hustling runs in the family! Diddy’s daughters Chance and twins, D’Lila and Jessie are the new faces of Ruum American Kid’s Wear.

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The pint-sized beauties are featured in the ad campaign for the ultra-trendy fashion company and look absolutely adorable modeling casual wear. Chance rocks her gorgeous natural curls, while the twins take cute to another level with their over-the-shoulder braids.

The is the very first fashion gig for the music mogul’s daughters, but we’re sure it won’t be the last…they’re SASY SUPERSTARS!

Entertainment, SASY Moms

Twins Girls For Michael Jordan + Yvette Prieto!

Michael Jordan is having the best birthday ever!!! The NBA Hall of Famer, who turns 51 years-old on February 17th, and his wife, Yvette Prieto just welcomed identical twin daughters!

Ysabel and Victoria were born on Sunday, Feb. 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida and according to Jordan’s rep, “Yvette and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival.”

Prieto and Jordan tied the knot last April. The twins are Yvette’s first children, while MJ has two sons and a daughter from his previous marriage.

Arts & Crafts

Love For The Little Ones: Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas For Kids

Of course, as grown ups Valentine’s Day is all about wining, dining and romance — but what about our little ones? Forget the days of generic V-day cards from the grocery store with superheroes on them, this year step it up a notch and get creative!

Pinterest (the best place on Earth!) directed me to the NurtureStore website which boast 250+ Valentine ideas. But, because you don’t have time to sift through TWO HUNDRED posts about cupid, I did all the hard work for you.

Below are the top 5 (in my opinion) ideas for a creative and crafty Valentine’s day with your little ones!

5. Nothing says love like a V-Day muffin!
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Click here for the recipe. Fun to do with your kiddo or for your kiddo!

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This project teaches fine motor skills, manual dexterity, concentration and patience…plus, the finished product is awesome. Link.

3. Make your own globe…your OWN globe!!
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Talk about creative, this little idea will be a keepsake for years to come and it’s soooo much better than finger-painting on construction paper. Get the deets here.

2. A bear hat for Valentine’s day? Yes.
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Warning: Cute Overload! Feel like knitting? Then click here.

1. Create an Valentine’s Day art journal.
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Too many ideas for just on project? Then this is a great way for your kiddies to collect all of their creativity in one place. Link.

BONUS: Valentine’s Day sensory box or time capsule.
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Depending on the age of your little one a sensory box could be a great idea to help develop motor skills and sensory perception in younger children. Also, creating a time capsule could be a yearly tradition or a one time thing. In honor of V-Day, fill the capsule with things you love and open it years down the line.

Happy Valentine’s Day! xo

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