Those elusive five pounds in your weight loss program are driving you nuts. Is there an easier way to shave those last few pounds from your body? Yes, and it's as simple as creating an optical illlusion by wearing the right pair of jeans. And you don't even have to try the latest fad like the Starbucks Diet. Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini went shopping with stylist Clare Mukherjee and learned the secrets to finding jeans that give your body an instant lift and make you look five pounds lighter.
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Before you even step foot in a store, Mukherjee says that women need to do some homework. First, get to know your body: "Know what your want to hide and what you want to highlight," she tells Vetrini. And be sure to measure your waist.
Next up, know your jean options. Skinny jeans can be really flattering if they have enough stretch to them. Flare jeans, says Mukherjee, are tough to pull off in flat shoes. However, if you have a
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Team Mom | Team Mom – Thu, Sep 27, 2012 12:57 PM EDT
Those elusive five pounds in your weight loss program are driving you nuts. Is there an easier way to shave those last few pounds from your body? Yes, and it's as simple as creating an optical illlusion by wearing the right pair of jeans. And you don't even have to try the latest fad like the Starbucks Diet. Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini went shopping with stylist Clare Mukherjee and learned the secrets to finding jeans that give your body an instant lift and make you look five pounds lighter.Read More »from Can the Right Pair of Jeans Make You Look 5 Pounds Lighter? Yes!
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Team Mom | Team Mom – Fri, Sep 21, 2012 1:19 PM EDT
The thought of having your kids help you cook dinner might make you dizzy. The mess! The chaos! But teaching kids to love cooking doesn't have to be a disaster. On the contrary, it helps empower children while helping them learn to love new foods. A recent study by the University of Alberta showed that kids who help prepare meals make healthier food choices. An added benefit? It could help make your dinner hour more civilized. Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini talks to Melissa Lanz of The Fresh 20 and learns how cooking dinner together as family can become the best part of the day.
Video: Bento-inspired lunches your kids will love (seriously!)
Lanz's idea for The Fresh 20 spawned from the realization that she needed to teach her children, now 6 and 7 years old, how to eat healthy...as a family. The company is a meal planning service that uses unprocessed ingredients to cook weeknight dinners for families. Says Lanz: "When they were really young, I wanted to be that mom that was superRead More »from Cooking with Kids: Make Dinner Time Your Family Destination
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Team Mom | Team Mom – Wed, Sep 19, 2012 12:44 AM EDT
The kids have only been back at school for a few weeks. Are you already tired of packing their lunches? In a recent survey by Coupons.com, 50 percent of moms with school-age children said that shopping for and packing their kid's lunches causes them serious stress. While a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can turn into a school controversy, the biggest hurdle is more likely to be your own kids and their refusal to eat what you're serving up.
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Whether you have a picky eater or a child who needs more variety in his or her lunch, don't despair. Away We Grow host Diane Mizota spoke with author and Weelicious.com founder Catherine McCord about the amazing and enticing bento-style school lunches that she makes for her son. Three years ago, McCord started taking photos of her son's lunch every day and posted the images on Facebook. "Each lunch is completely and totally different," says McCord.
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Team Mom | Team Mom – Wed, Aug 1, 2012 10:44 AM EDT
Olympian Ryan Lochte's love life is perhaps as hot a topic as his swimming skills. But before things get too serious with any lady love, there's one person any future Mrs. Ryan Lochte will have to win over: his mom. Team Mom on Shine has the exclusive on what Ilena Lochte wants in a daughter-in-law.
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When Gabby Douglas was 12 years old, she asked her mom if she could move 3,000 miles away from home to train with an elite gymnastics coach. Her mom said no, but finally relented two years later. Now 16, the gymnast is leading Team USA at 2012 London Games and is working to make her childhood dreams come true.
Douglas was only three years old when her older sister, who was taking gymnastics classes, taught her a few moves. "I was the baby sister that could do all the tricks," says Douglas, who is the youngest of four children. Her family took notice of the ease at which she could perform perfect cartwheels, even on one hand. When Douglas was six, she began to take gymnastics classes.
[ Photos: Gymnastics starlet Gabrielle Douglas ]
In 2008, Douglas and her family watched Olympian Shawn Johnson compete in the Beijing Games. According to Douglas' mom, Natalie Hawkins, the young gymnast was taking mental notes. Says Hawkins, "She [Douglas] said, 'Look at Shawn and her coach. They look Read More »from Raising an Olympian: Gabby Douglas
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Team Mom | Team Mom – Fri, Jun 29, 2012 3:46 PM EDT"Anything is possible" is the mantra for those who compete in any Ironman triathalon, a grueling contest that challenges speed, endurance and heart. The phrase often sounds cliche when it rolls off of our tongues as we say it to our kids or to our friends. Sometimes we even have to convince ourselves to believe in it. But for single mom and Ironman triathlete Heather Wajer, the adage goes beyond running, swimming and cycling; it's the story of her life.
In her early 20s, Wajer had the difficult task of becoming the primary caregiver of her mother, who was dying from Lou Gehrig's disease. After a three-year battle, her mom passed away and Wajer turned to food, alcohol and smoking to cope with the loss. Years passed. At 34, she weighed more than 315 pounds. Her marriage was crumbling. And she was starting to worry about her own role as a mom to her then 3-year-old son, Griffin.Read More »from Team Mom Pep Talk with Heather Wajer: Teaching Our Kids by Example
"I realized that if I continued down
Sixteen-year-old world-champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber views herself as a normal teenager. Known for her fighting spirit and fierce work ethic, the young phemon is anything but average. She's vying for a spot on Team USA this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif. How does Wieber survive pressure that has the potential to be all-consuming? According to her mom, it's all about laughter.
"I always think about Jordyn up on a beam with cameras in her face and 12,000 people watching, and knowing she's on live television," says Rita Wieber. "And then at that moment, we want you to do your very best beam routine ever."
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The teenager doesn't expect anything less of herself, either. She's been a gymnast since she was a young child. Her mom recalls watching her daughter as a toddler standing on her dressing table on one leg while her parents dressed her. Her balance seemed a natural fit for the gym. And when she was 10, she wanted to try elite
- Lolo Jones will be making news this weekend, and it won't be focused on her dating life. Instead, she'll show off her speed and fighting spirit as she makes her third attempt to qualify for Team USA. Her ultimate goal: Winning gold at the 2012 London Games to make her mom proud of the champion she created.World champion
Jones, 29, will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials for Track and Field, being held in Eugene, Ore. on June 22-July 1. "By the time London Olympics comes," she says, "I'll be running for 12 years, devoting two to four hours every day for a race that lasts 12 seconds."
Jones currently holds the American record for 60 m hurdles. She competed in the 2008 Beijing games and was favored to win the 100m hurdles but during the race, she tripped on the ninth hurdle. "There was a point when I knew I was winning and I knew I was going fast, that's when the unthinkable happened," she says.Read More »from Raising an Olympian: Lolo Jones
Photo gallery: Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones
"She came so close," says Jones' mom, Lori, as
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Team Mom | Team Mom – Mon, Jun 11, 2012 2:00 PM EDT
A few weeks ago we profiled U.S. gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte. If you're not used to seeing his face in the news yet, get ready. According to The New York Times, Lochte "is being groomed to be a breakout Olympic superstar" at the 2012 London Games this summer.Read More »from Swimmer Ryan Lochte on Speedos and His Biggest Cheerleader...His Mom
The Thread recently had a chance to interview Lochte and his mom, Ileana. Lochte talks about his favorite personal items that he can't live without and his special bond with his mom. Superstar power? We think so.
U.S. gymnast Alicia Sacramone is attempting a comeback this weekend. And according to her mom, it's all about "unfinished business."Read More »from Raising an Olympian: Alicia Sacramone
The medal run has been bumpy, at best, for the world-champion athlete. Sacramone was the captain for the U.S. gymnastics team at the 2008 Beijing Games; the team won the silver medal. But during individual competitions at the Beijing Games, Sacramone tumbled several times in her quests for gold -- from a fall off the balance beam to a misstep and spill during her floor exercise. She's spent the past year recovering from a torn Achilles heel, an injury that occurred while practicing for the world championships. Her participation in the Visa Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend will mark Sacramone's first competitive appearance since her foot surgery. Next up? The Olympic trials. Sacramone wants to earn her spot back on Team U.S.A.
Photo gallery: Alicia Sacramone on the comeback trail
"It would definitely be a big confidence booster because