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MOMents Ep. 3: Mixed Up Clothing … Kids Fashion Done A Whole New Way!

May 15, 2017
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One of a kind fashion with a positive message, that’s what Sonia Smith-Kang created with Mixed Up Clothing and it’s the reason I just had to have her for episode #3 of MOMents!

As a bi-racial woman Sonia has a special place in her heart for the multi-cultural community. It’s the reason why she wanted to be an advocate and it’s also fueled the fire behind her clothing brand. With an emphasis on ethnic prints and styles, Mixed Up Clothing is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. There’s a message of inclusiveness in every stitch and acceptance in every enclosure. The kids clothing line is truly made with love and every single piece has a story — one, in which, that’s told right there on the tag.

During our chat for MOMents, Sonia and I discussed her upbringing as a military brat, how she left her job as an R.N. to turn her hobby into a business and how she works as a multi-racial advocate.

Check out Sonia’s kids clothing line, Mixed Up Clothing, by clicking HERE.

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MOMents Ep. 2: Fullproof Mother’s Day Gift Courtesy Spa Lé La

May 8, 2017
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Heyyyy ladies, it’s our holiday!! That’s right, Mother’s Day is around the corner and inevitably someone in your life will ask, ‘what do you want?’ Well, instead of the proverbial, ‘I don’t care. I’ll be grateful for anything,’ response, go in with a specific answer. SPA. LÉ. LA!

For this episode of MOMents, I visited the super cute spa in Studio City and it was everything! It’s not your normal spa, this spa caters to the mamas out there that want to luxuriate, but need some help with their kiddos. With expert, on-site child care, mothers can come to Spa Lé La for a guilt free day of pampering.

The spa delights in giving an unique experience to those who visit. Sure, you can get a massage, mani/pedi and facial, but you can also book a luxurious bath, an uninterrupted nap or just some quiet time. You remember what quiet time is, right?

While speaking with the owner Trina Reneá she gave me a little insight into the inspiration for Spa Lé La, how the name came about and the most difficult part of construction (hint: she probably need a nice, long, hot bath after dealing with the stress of it all ;-).

Following our chat I got the chance to experience some of what the spa had to offer. The Infrared Sauna was the perfect moment of solitude that had the added benefits of detoxification and improved circulation. Plus, it also aids in anti-aging efforts, weight loss and lower blood pressure. Win-win-win! After sitting in the sauna for about 25 minutes, I headed to relaxation room for an invigorating facial. Not only what the treatment divine, the products they use smelled so good I wanted to eat them!

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Check out my visit to Spa Lé La below … and make sure the people in your life get you a gift certificate for Mother’s Day!

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MOMents Ep. 1: Bouncing Forward, Snapping Back And NOT Breastfeeding … A Chat With “The FAB Mom” Jill Simonian

May 1, 2017
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MOMents w/ Vanessa B. is finally here and I could not be more excited! I’ve wanted to do a show highlighting incredible moms and amazing business and brands that cater to moms, for quite some time. Instead of waiting around for some network to give me a green light, I gave myself one — and here we are!

Jill Simonian is my first guest, and honestly, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better! Known as “The FAB Mom” (check her site if you haven’t already), Jill gives her perspective on almost every aspect of motherhood. She’s real, honest, knowledgeable and funny as hell … basically, my type of girl!

The gorgeous mama of two girls has just released her first book, The Fab Mom’s Guide: How to Get Over the Bump & Bounce Back Fast After Baby, and was kind enough to sit down with me during her book launch at Au Fudge in West Hollywood. We chatted about life before and after having your first kid, how to properly “snapback” and what being a “FAB” mom really means. And things got really interesting when she gave me her take on breastfeeding (she didn’t do it and doesn’t regret it!).

Check out our fun convo below and subscribe to my Youtube channel to see next week’s episode of MOMents. Also, make sure you get Jill’s book HERE!


My Breastfeeding Journey: 5 Months A Slave…

December 29, 2016
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Navy is almost five months old, which means I have been nursing for about five months now. I am his sole source of food; I am undoubtedly 5 months a slave. (it’s ok, you can laugh)

This time around things have been much different from when I nursed my daughter. Charlie B. was a breeze. She loved nursing, pumping wasn’t easy but I got it done and my freezer supply was hearty — Life was good. Navy B. is a whole ‘nother story. Sometimes he likes to nurse, sometimes he’ll fuss his way through it. Pumping was going great (I got a new pump and it made a world of difference) but then my supply decreased. Then, my freezer stash to a severe hit. Things were looking bleak.

In an effort to somewhat correct the downward tailspin my breastfeeding journey was taking, I took some drastic (and some not so drastic) measures to get back on track. Here’s what I did …

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Milky Mama – The Best of the Breast!

October 12, 2016
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Sometimes it feels like everyone wants you to breastfeed and no one wants you to breastfeed, all at the same time. While hearing “breast is best” everywhere you go, society is hell bent on shading, shaming and secluding mothers who actually take that advice. Crazy, right? Well, Krystal Nicole Duhaney is looking to make a change and I love her for it!

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Mud Pies & Much More … Tremendous Fun With Tinkergarten!

June 6, 2016
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When I was a little kid growing up in Michigan, I played outside all of the time — I absolutely loved it! Unfortunately, I’ve found that raising a kid in LA doesn’t provide the same opportunity. Luckily, we live across the street from a park and have a small backyard area, so #CharlieB gets her fill of nature, but not every kid is so fortunate. Annnnnnd that’s where Tinkergarten comes in.

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6 Months: The Good, Bad and Ugly!

April 13, 2016

Finally, I’m SIX months pregnant!!!

This milestone is a big deal. #BabyBoyBarnett has now reached “fetal viability”, meaning if the little guy were born today he would have a good fighting chance at survival (50% – 70%). This was huge for me because I felt myself being more worried and cautious during this pregnancy. Thankfully, I feel a little calmer now, which is one of the good things about month six.

Below are just a few of the things I’ve faced getting to this point and how I feel now.

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So, About This “Stop Slut-Shaming” Movement … I Have Questions.

March 11, 2016
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As a girl who’s been called a slut once or twice (or a hundred times) in her lifetime I am especially sensitive to the anti slut-shaming movement. As someone who’s worn her fair share of tight/short dresses, I appreciate the message that just because my outfit is sexy doesn’t mean you get to rape me. And as a mother to a daughter, I am grateful for the notion of self-love and women’s empowerment it preaches and the awareness it brings to the pervasive rape culture that is often swept under the rug. BUT, with all that being said, I am still confused by parts of the “stop slut-shaming” message and I feel like I should be able to ask some important questions and state some valid points.

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S+S Fundraiser Event: SHOP. PLAY. SUPPORT.

March 1, 2016
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Join Stilettos & Sippy Cups for a funfilled day of play and shopping!

“SHOP. PLAY. SUPPORT.” is a fundraising event to support the Stilettos & Sippy Cups scholarship for mothers entering or returning to college. The event will be a treat for the entire family and will include 3 hours of open play at Kiddie City (one of Charlie B’s favorite places!), exclusive access to prime vendors, arts & crafts for little ones, a gift bag and more.

Plus, Stilettos & Sippy Cups is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so your ticket purchase not only goes towards a fantastic cause, but it’s also tax deductible. That’s a WIN-WIN!

Please click this link to buy tickets:

And if you’re unable to make it to the event, but would still like to contribute, please consider donating on our GoFundMe Page!