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This Fit Mom Is Eight Months Pregnant!

Meet Sarah Stage. She’s eight months pregnant and basically broke the internet with her super hot, super svelte preggo pics. Check out her pregnancy pics month-by-month to see her transformation. It really is incredible!

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And this was Sarah just four days ago.

Eek officially 81/2 months… And he’s now 5lbs #34weeks

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Food, Product Reviews

Charlie B. Chooses Chobani!

In a world full of yummy fruit and veggie pouches, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But, leave it up to #CharlieB to weed out the best of the best.

In all honesty, Charlie is a pouch connoisseur. She loves Earth’s Best, Go Go Squeeze, Ella’s Kitchen and Happy Baby … but, now we can add Chobani to her list of likes!

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Lifestyle

How To Have A Stress-Free Sunday!

All week long I look forward to relaxing during the weekend, but it never fails, the weekend seems busier than the work-week! For that very reason, I’ve dedicated time every Sunday to get in at least 15 minutes of stress-free relaxation. Since I know there are some mamas out there that can relate, I’ve decided to pass on a few tips on how to make sure you get in some “me” time … even if it’s just 15 minutes 🙂

1. I’m A Sucker For A Spa Mask & Bath: Literally, an over-the-counter mask can feel like a Burke Williams facial when you’re a busy mom. I wear mine around the house often, but when it’s time to decompress, I lock myself in the bathroom, tell the Hubby I’m unavailable and soak in a warm bath with candles all around. It’s my absolute fave way to spend a Sunday night.

2. Go For A Walk: Sometimes you just need to get away and a walk is the perfect way to do so. If you can, try to take a stroll solo dolo. If that’s not possible, then take your little one with you right before nap time. Baby will fall asleep and mama can take in the scenery and enjoy the quiet time.

3. Turn Off The TV: Sometimes keeping up with all of your favorite shows is a chore (an enjoyable one, but still time consuming). When I feel like my DVR is running my life, I like to shut it down completely. When the little one finally goes to sleep, sit in silence for a bit. It will do wonders for your mind. Although, I’ll admit, I’m such a busy body that sometimes I can only do it for five minutes. Womp!

4. Get Organized: Do you get anxious about the week ahead? Do Mondays make you mad? If this is the case, organize your week ahead of time … feeling prepared goes a long way in helping that overwhelming feeling. Typically, I’m not a Monday hater, but when I feel like my day is going to be hectic, I make a list and instantly I feel like I can tackle the challenges ahead.

5. Do Something Different: If your weekend looks hella busy and you have no clue why, just clear the schedule. I know, easier said then done. But when I feel like errands, meetings and appointments are taking over, I press PAUSE! I hate missing moments with Charlie B. and when the work-week is super busy, sometimes all I have is the weekend. So, I try to make the most of it. Just take a step back and think about what’s really important to you.

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Entertainment, Fashion

#MCM: My Fave Mommies At The Oscars!

#MommyCrushMonday will be extra special tomorrow, because it’s the Oscars edition! These SASY moms knocked it out of the park this year and clearly know how to rock their stilettos in a world full of spit-ups and sippy cups!

First up, Scarlett Johansson looked simply flawless in the green, body-hugging, Versace gown. I MEAN! She just gave birth five months ago. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!

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Newly married Solange Knowles was on fire in the red Christian Siriano pant suit. She’s. Just. Everything!

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Also wearing Christian Siriano, Kelly Ripa stunned in this elegant black dress.

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New mommy Zoe Saldana showed off her snapback body in this pale pink gown by Versace. Saldana gave birth to twins boys last November.

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And, of course, it’s not a red carpet until Jennifer Lopez steps on the scene! J. Lo or as she is now affectionately called, Slay Lo, was hands down my fave at the Academy Awards. She just gets it right every single time! Wearing Elie Saab, the bronzed beauty shut it down and completely took my breath away. Round of applause.

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Lifestyle, Things I Love

The Pros & Cons of Kidspace Museum

We’re always looking for fun, new activities for little #CharlieB, so when I heard about the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA, it became a must visit destination.

To sum up our experience, Charlie had a FIT when it was time to leave. Now you know, that’s definitely a sign of a good time!

Here are a few of the highlights…Keep in mind, Charlie is 20 months old.

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S+S TV

Disneyland Measles Melee: Are You Pro or Anti Vaccinations?

The Disneyland measles outbreak is an unfortunate situation that has reignited the vaccination war in the U.S. To date, over 50 adults and children have contracted the highly contagious illness while at “the happiest place on Earth”.

Recently, while making an appearance on the HLN show “Dr. Drew On Call”, I gave my stance on vaccinations. Take a look at the snippet below…

First, let me say, I whole heartedly believe in vaccinations and the health and safety it provides my daughter (and others around her). But, I do believe physicians need to do a better job at educating their patients about immunizations and the risks they run by not getting them. As a parent, it should be my choice, not the government’s, to vaccinate my child. But, I should also be provided adequate knowledge about the medicine being injected into my child’s body … and unfortunately if you do not do your due diligence, then you will most likely not receive that information.

As I previously stated, #CharlieB has received all of her vaccinations. But, after viewing the CDC’s immunization schedule, we decided (with the help of Charlie’s pediatrician) on a less aggressive schedule that worked for us and still assured that Charlie would receive the best care. The recommended chart is below. Did you stick with the recommendation or did you amend it like we did? I’d love to hear some feedback from other moms and dads!

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Lifestyle

Toddler Tales: How We Got Rid Of Binky!

Bye, bye binky! There were laughs, tears and tantrums, but we finally got rid of the pacifier.

#CharlieB didn’t start using a paci until she was 11 months old and I had begun weaning. Pre-baby, I was one of those people that said I would never use a binky — but when you’re trying to get a screaming baby to calm down at 1am you’ll try just about anything.

Fast-forward seven months and I had decided that 1 1/2 years old would be our cut-off point … it was time to phase out binky (dun, dun, dunnnnn!). By this point Charlie used her pacifier during nap and bedtime, so we were gearing up for some pretty sleepless nights. Luckily, it wasn’t that bad.

In effort to eradicate binky we went with the “cut-off” method. We took the pacifier and snip, snip — completely cut off the nipple.

DAY 1 – During the day, when CB asked for binky we gave her the cut-off one. She put it in her mouth, looked at us and laughed. She attempted to chew the little bit of nipple that was left, but that was about it. However, at bedtime there was quite a fuss. She held on to binky but couldn’t use it to soothe herself. After about a half an hour she finally went to sleep.

DAY 2 – During the day she didn’t ask for binky much, but once again she demanded it at night. However, night two was much better. We did our nightly routine of bath, book, pray and bed and she went down after only about 15 minutes with just a bit of whining.

DAY 3,4 & 5 – OK, the next three days got REAL y’all. There was fussiness during the day and night. Bedtime was roughhhh! On these days she chewed binky, threw tanrtums, cried excessively and could not be soothed. I literally almost gave up and just gave her a regular pacifier. BUT, I’m glad I didn’t. After about an hour (each one of these nights) she fell asleep.

DAY 6 – I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. This day there was no day time fussiness, minimal binky requests and a far easier bedtime ritual. While she still asked for her “friend” when it was time to go to sleep, she just held it and was out relatively quick.

DAY 7 – ***praise hands emoji*** On this day she didn’t ask for binky during the day at all! During bedtime she did ask for it, but gave it back when she realized it was still the cut-off version. After that she was out like a light!

It literally took a full week to rid ourselves of binky. It was tough but I’m really glad we stayed the course. I hope this posts helps someone out there. If you have any “breaking binky” tips I’d love to hear them! Just email me at Stilettos.SippyCups@gmail.com.

Notes:
CB does get rocked to sleep and it helped immensely with soothing her.
During our phase out Charlie did have a bottle during bedtime which also helped immensely, but now she just has a sippy cup of warm milk.
She also still wakes up in the middle of the night about 75% of the time, but this is unrelated to binky. Most times it’s because she’s too wet or hungry.

Entertainment

Did Beyonce Just Announce Second Pregnancy?

Beyonce just posted a photo on Instagram and it almost broke the internet! Did Queen Bey just announce baby number two is on the way?

With no caption at all, BK uploaded this selfie covered in sand with baby Blue by her side.

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Her middle section seems to be fuller, but it could just be the mounds of sand covering it. If you scroll through her last few IG posts, it’s hard to tell if the pop diva will be popping out a playmate for Blue Ivy anytime soon. Just take a look at the pics in the gallery below and let us know what you think. Pregnant … or nah?!

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Toddler Tales: The First Day Of Daycare…

I’ve been dreading this day for some time now, but it finally happened. #CharlieB went off to daycare…

For the last 19 months, when the Hubby and I were at work, Charlie spent time with her awesome caretaker Valencia. She took great care of Charlie; She taught her letters, shapes, colors, numbers, etc., they played, laughed, learned … it was great. But, one thing was missing — interaction with other children. Sure, we went to play groups, music time and gymnastics class, but there needed to be more. So, as a family we decided to try out daycare.

It took a loooong time to find the right place, but we feel happy and comfortable with our choice. Unfortunately, that didn’t make today any easier 🙁

The Drop-Off: We had visited the daycare center twice before today, so Charlie was a bit familiar with the facility and her teacher. However, that only eased a bit of her apprehension. She walked into her classroom, played with a toy phone and some blocks … but NEVER took her eyes off of mommy and daddy. We hung out for a while, trying to help Charlie assimilate to her new surroundings and after 15 minutes she seemed to warm up a bit. Time for the magic trick known as “The Disappearing Parents”! When Charlie wasn’t looking we slipped away and out of the door. We took a peek inside and saw her looking for us, but luckily, there were no tears! That’s a success, right?

Alllll Day at Work: I thought I would feel better knowing that Charlie didn’t cry when we left, but that wasn’t the case. Did she cry after we drove off? Did she cry all day? Does she think we abandoned her? Will she resent me? Were the other kids nice to her? Did we make the wrong decision for our daughter’s life??? I had a million questions running through my head all day.

The Pick-up: Finally, it was time to pick up my baby!!! I don’t know who was more excited me or Charlie. It was a scene straight out of the movies — we spotted each other across the room, locked eyes and ran into each other’s arms, in slow motion of course. I don’t think we’ve ever hugged each other tighter. When I finally loosened my grip, Charlie’s teacher proceeded to tell about her day.

She cried for just a “hot second” when she realized we were gone. She played well with the other kids. She was also very polite to the teachers and said “please” and “thank you” when appropriate. She did well during nap time and seemed overall pretty happy. The only downside was she wouldn’t eat…at all.

After getting that report I feel like day one was pretty successful. During the car ride home I asked Charlie if she wanted to go back tomorrow and she said “yes”, which is a good sign! I’ll just make sure to pack her lunch just in case she doesn’t like the school’s options again.

Hopefully, tomorrow will be easier for me too. She didn’t cry all day. She didn’t feel abandoned. And it’s seems like she had a great day. Maybe I should just follow her lead.

Today was such a special day that Charlie decided to put on her pretty princess tiara and party dress!

Today was such a special day that Charlie decided to put on her pretty princess tiara and party dress!

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