Stefanie Wilder Taylor's post-baby bodyNow that Jessica Simpson's had her baby, it seems the race is on for her take off the weight. I personally loved that she seemed to have a devil's-food-cake-may-care attitude about her weight gain and seemed to be giving the media the middle finger for daring to report constantly on her expanding belly. But I guess it's because she had a multimillion dollar deal with Weight Watchers to cushion the sting. The rest of us are not so lucky.
We real women have to deal with constant headlines featuring celebrities who are celebrated for losing weight quickly -- and might I add, completely unrealistically. Headlines from People magazine read: "Model Alessandra Ambrosio Drops 45 Lbs. of Baby Weight in Three Months to (Nearly!) Bare All" or "How Victoria's Secret Model Heidi Klum Got Runway Ready in Two Months." More recently, we've been treated to "hot mama" pics of Jennifer Garner, Candice Crawford (Tony Romo's wife), Hilary Duff, and the no longer babyweightalicious Beyonce.
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Stefanie Wilder Taylor's post-baby bodyNow that Jessica Simpson's had her baby, it seems the race is on for her take off the weight. I personally loved that she seemed to have a devil's-food-cake-may-care attitude about her weight gain and seemed to be giving the media the middle finger for daring to report constantly on her expanding belly. But I guess it's because she had a multimillion dollar deal with Weight Watchers to cushion the sting. The rest of us are not so lucky.Read More »from What Women's Post-Baby Bodies Really Look Like
Can you believe this came from IKEA?!Just when I think I've found all the IKEA hacks possible, I run into even more amazing customizations almost anyone can afford. How could I not be giddy when a MALM dresser magically floats on the wall or an IVAR is transformed into a 19th-century antique? These 5 new IKEA hacks show that big style doesn't have to mean a big budget.Read More »from Hacking It: 7 New IKEA Hacks that Look High-Class
BESTA Photography Display 1. BESTA Photography Display
Here's a great home office idea: Display your photography or art in BESTA Glass door cabinets. You could make a collage or display wallpaper. Really, the possibilities are endless.
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Box O' KARLSTAD 2. Box O' KARLSTAD
Inspired by the design of the $7,000 Autobahn sofa, Susannah Koger built a box around her KARLSTAD sofa using birch plywood. Sleek!
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HESSUM Stair Runner 3. HESSUM Stair Runner
This gorgeous stair runner was created using eight patterned HESSUM rugs and antique decorative nails.
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Related: 5 amazing IKEA LACK table makeovers
Built-In MALM Dresser 4. Built-In MALM Dresser
Though it looks like an expensive custom addition,
- Babble.com | More Family Fun – Tue, May 8, 2012 4:54 PM EDT
I have to confess to a crazy love for lawn games. Seriously, who doesn't love a good bocce ball match during a barbecue? With the summer months quickly approaching, I am loving these ideas for great lawn games for families. (Plus many of them include DIY tutorials!) Perfect for entertaining a crowd or a little family fun in the evenings, lawn games are the ultimate summer staple…Read More »from Take Me Out to the Lawn Game: 7 Games Your Family Can Play Outside
Backyard Twister1. Backyard Twister
Everybody loves Twister, and this backyard version is easy to create. Make a circle template, grab a few cans of spray paint in different colors, and you're good to go!
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Related: 20 classic movies you should watch with your kids
Lawn Jenga2. Lawn Jenga
Oversized Jenga?! Brilliant. You can make it yourself using lumber that's cut to size and sanded to create the requisite 54 blocks used in Jenga.
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Patio Scrabble3. Patio Scrabble
Obsession is the only way to explain how I feel about this patio Scrabble board. This set was made by pouring concrete into a
5 reasons I love breastfeeding my toddlerThree square meals a day, plus a boob here and there, is how we roll in our house. Addie may not be nursing every two hours, but she certainly still enjoys nursing as much as she did a year ago.Read More »from 5 Reasons I Love Nursing My Toddler
If my daughter decided to nurse until she was in college, I probably wouldn't mind. (Well, I probably would but it sounded so much better in my head.)
I've gotten a number of comments about her age and weaning, but if someone isn't the mom… he or she doesn't get a say! Right?
Speaking of comments from people, I am kind of sick of nursing comments, in general. They weren't cute six months ago, and they totally aren't cute now. Can I get an amen? Anyway!
Related: 20 everyday items my toddler finds fascinating
I'm over the moon to make it to my nursing goal of one year. Looking back, I never thought it was possible, and now I'm en route to a new goal, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of nursing a child until age two. I did it for a year… What's one more?
There are a number of
- Babble.com | Fashion – Tue, May 8, 2012 12:26 PM EDT
Flowing maxi skirts in every pattern and price range are popular this seasonMaxi skirts are definitely trendy right now (especially the pleated variety), and we love how easy they are to wear. Paired with a simple top and easy sandals, they can take you anywhere from the park to a dinner date this summer. The patterns range from pretty florals to bold, bright graphics. There's almost certainly one that's perfect for you. Check out a collection of our 7 favorite printed maxis for summer:Read More »from The Days (and Skirts!) Are Getting Longer: 7 of Summer's Best Maxi Skirts
Inkjet Maxi Skirt1. Inkjet Maxi Skirt, $148
This has such a summery feel in the colors and patterns. The added length of the maxi skirt really showcases the unexpected collection of colors and patterns, which would never work with a shorter skirt.
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Related: 37 stylish finds to buy at Forever 21 right now
Dinigan Maxi Skirt2. Dinigan Maxi Skirt, $138
I love the bright, watercolor feel of this pattern, and the thigh high slit adds a little sex appeal to the flawy style!
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Esker Maxi Skirt3. Esker Maxi Skirt, $118
The subtle, tone on tone pattern in this off-white skirt is gorgeous in an intricate,
Buying organic isn't nearly as hard as people thinkOver the last month I've written quite a bit about organic foods: reasons to consider buying organics, ways to save money on organic dairy and budget for other organic foods.Read More »from 6 Tips for Starting an Organic Eating Plan
Maybe you're convinced that you'd like to go organic, or you're just organic-curious, but you're feeling overwhelmed by all the options. Fear not: here are six helpful ways you can work on implementing more organics into your family's diet:
Most of us simply don't have the budget for a 100% organic diet, so think about what's most important to you. For example, maybe you'd like to choose organic versions of "the dirty dozen" - the list of fruits and veggies that, when farmed conventionally, have the most pesticide residue. Or maybe you'll choose the foods your family eats the most of, like dairy. Take a few minutes to consider your reasons for going organic, and make a list of foods you'd most like to prioritize.
2. Reframe the issue
If you're struggling with justifying the higher cost of organics
Small PuppyLast month, we brought you the 10 best big dog breeds for families for those of you out there that adore the larger, huskier type of pooch. Today, we highlight the best small dogs for families.Read More »from 7 Best Small Dog Breeds for Families
Although pint-sized pups might look unassuming, children still need to be taught how to properly interact with any dog, big or small. Small dogs have been known to bite and in some cases, even more than larger dogs. However, small dogs do have a certain advantage.
For starters, they can go with you virtually anywhere. There are so many purse and bags out now in pet stores that you can literally take your dog with you everywhere you go.
Plus, for the many city dwellers who still really want to share their lives with a canine companion, a small dog is the way to go.
Related: The top 10 most popular dog breeds of 2012
Oh, and did we mention they are devastatingly cute? (I mean, just look check out the photos below.)
Don't be fooled by the Maltese. Although they are tiny in stature,
Short Chic HairLast year I wrote a post called 15 Short Hair Cuts That Scream CHIC (Not MOM), and now I'm back with 12 more haircut ideas that might tempt you to chop off your hair for something that's harder for baby hands to tug and quicker to wash and style.Read More »from 12 Short Hair Cuts that Scream Chic, Not Mom
Or just something to change up your look.
Here are 12 short hairstyles that scream chic:
Short and sassyShort and Sassy
This bob instantly adds sophistication, and it can clearly look more modern than "soccer mom." She may not be short OR sassy, but Katie Holmes looks stunning!
Cute and playfulCute and Playful
This cut looks adorable, even with a casual head scarf. Add a bow for a more whimsical and girlish look.
Sleek and chicSleek and Chic
This look is sleek, stylish and sophisticated! The woman in the photograph donated her hair to Locks of Love. We're sure she looked gorgeous with long hair, but we're loving the new look!
Related: 25 award-winning beauty finds under $10
Bang BraidBang Braid
Carey Mulligan proves that braids aren't just for the Rapunzels among us. Who knew Carey Mulligan
7 Spring Fashions Everyone Can Pull OffI have to say, I'm loving some of the new trends I've been spotting for spring and summer! I mean, 5 years ago, who would have ever thought we'd see the triumphant return of neon? And peplum? I love me some peplum. I'm not crazy about every new style that comes around, but it's easy to look cool this season. Here are 7 trends that everyone can pull off.
Some people just can't find a comfortable heel. Wedges give the height without the pain. They pair perfectly with skirts, shorts, and jeans.
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Colored Denim 2. Colored Denim
Colored denim isn't just for the bold. New hues can easily be worked into your wardrobe. This pink pair is a bit more subtle than some of the colors I've seen and works well with flats or wedges. Add an airy blouse to finish off the look.
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Maxi Skirts 3. Maxi Skirts
What I love about maxi skirts is that they're easily dressed up or down. Pair this simple jersey one with a white v-neck, and you're good to go!
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April showers bring May deals!Memorial Day ushers in amazing deals every May. In fact, Deal News reports that this month will boast some of the best sales of the year since January: "You'll see the ubiquitous sale ads, but where these promotions truly become money-saving is in the plethora of stacking coupons we find on those already-discounted goods." So start saving those coupons and stock up on these 7 items.
Gym Memberships 1. Gym Memberships
When it's beautiful spring weather, you really don't need to spend hours inside at the gym. Many people prefer outdoor exercise in May, so now is the time when gyms are scrambling for memberships and offering great deals.
With graduations and weddings abounding in the spring, May is a good time to catch a deal on cookware. Start checking out the prices now, but save the purchases for Memorial Day weekend!
Mattresses 3. Mattresses
Spring cleaning equals spring furniture for many. If your bed is less than comfy and cozy, it's an ideal time to go mattress shopping, since stores areRead More »from 7 Things that Are Cheaper to Buy in May