Yes, it's exactly like all moms say: Once you've had a baby, it's a bit tougher to rediscover your pre-baby body. But these brave new mommies put their post-pregnancy body issues up against the latest treatments and found a little help where it was needed.
Body Bummer: Deflated Boobs
Melanie (with Connor, 9 months)
"During pregnancy and nursing, my breasts were not my own. And when I stopped nursing, I wasn't sure I wanted them back: My skin was crepey and my chest looked deflated. I tried Mama Mio Bootcamp for Boobs, $85, a 30-day system of skin care (serum and firming cream) and instructions for two fast, simple exercises that target pecs, triceps, and biceps every day. (One of the exercises is push-ups, which I confess I did not do. At all.) Applying the lotions helped me reconnect to that part of my body, and made my chest look smooth, even-toned, and - dare I say, perkier?"
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Body Bummer: Stretch Marks
Kim (with Elizabeth, 10
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Yes, it's exactly like all moms say: Once you've had a baby, it's a bit tougher to rediscover your pre-baby body. But these brave new mommies put their post-pregnancy body issues up against the latest treatments and found a little help where it was needed.Read More »from How to Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back
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Rumor has it that Jessica Simpson bought her own engagement ring for her boyfriend, Eric Johnson, to give to her. It's a diversion from the traditional "rules," but perhaps happy couples need to break certain marriage rules (like these).
But, while we're all for taking the lead and being independent - perhaps she doesn't need an old-fashioned engagement, just these retro rules that will keep the marriage happy - don't you think Jess is taking it a little too far? Or do you think the gossip mag reasoning is valid: that Jessica has more money and wants to show him she doesn't need his money - just his love - to get married, and that Jessica wants what she wants and doesn't see any reason to wait. For that matter, do you buy into these new rules of marriage?
We can't help but worry about Jess, though. Since "do I make enough money" is one of men's biggest "secret" fears, could this act, especially when it's publicly questioned, be emasculating? Learn the truth about men, women, and
We've all been there. It's time to get some shut-eye, but tomorrow's to-do list starts swirling through your mind like a tornado. As your head spins into a panicked frenzy and your stomach is aflutter, you curse yourself for not being able to turn off your brain: Missing out on sleep is only going to make you even more stressed. Here, tips that'll help you unwind when your thoughts are running rampant.Read More »from 8 Ways to Declutter Your Mind and Get to Sleep
1. Stick to a natural sleep schedule.
If you're having problems sleeping (like 74 percent of women across the country, according to the National Sleep Foundation), try to align your schedule more closely with nature's. "Your body clock, hormones, temperature, and blood pressure fluctuations measure out a 24-hour day that's in tune with the rising and setting of the sun," says neurologist David Simon, M.D., cofounder and medical director of the Chopra Center and author of the new book The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intentions Into Great Choices. When you stay up into the wee hours
Who cares about this one's new movie or that one's reality show - we're mostly loving celebs for their beauty and style ideas. Try these ASAP!Read More »from 6 Celeb Trends You Can (and Should) Rock
1. A statement necklace
AS WORN BY: Michelle Yeoh
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: A dramatic piece like this turns even a basic tee into an outfit. In fact, any simple top is the perfect blank canvas for a showstopping necklace. Our fave versions are chunky stones, multistrand metallics, and mixed-media combos.
PAIR IT WITH: Slicked-back hair. As with the clothes, you want to keep hair simple. Apply gel to damp hair and blow-dry it smooth. Pull hair back and spray it into place.
Related: How to Wear Wrap Bracelets
2. Winged eyes
AS WORN BY: Olivia Wilde
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Smoky shadow shades are always sexy - and the little sweep up at the corners is like an instant eye lift. To get the look, choose an eyeshadow palette with four shades: the lightest goes under your brow bone, next lightest is for your lids, the second darkest is your "wing" shade,
New friends, new teachers, new routines - making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the school year is chaotic for your kids and for you. Get back into the swing of things with fresh ideas from fellow moms who've been there, done that.Read More »from How to Have a Better Start to the School Year
Get Your Kids Psyched!
"I talk with my daughters about how the start of a school year is about new beginnings, new friends, and new opportunities. My oldest will be starting fifth grade this year, so we discussed how it's a great chance for her to let her personality shine through in the new surroundings. I encourage her to approach the new year with a big smile - it's a small thing, but it really does instill her with confidence. When my younger one started at a new school, I told her to walk in like a princess, with grace, confidence, and courage; those words alone were enough to get her excited." -J'Anmetra Burgess, 33, Raleigh, NC; mother to Kourtney, 11, and Rosmound, 4
Related: 7 Secrets of Low-Stress Families
"I talk to my children
Photo Credit: JupiterimagesWhat did researchers see when they spied on every living, breathing moment of 32 families for four days straight? Fights, bribes, hugs, eye rolls, and some amazing truths about how we can all live more happily together.Read More »from 7 Secrets of Low-Stress Families
Researches found that getting a glimpse into the lives of other families gives us a unique perspective on how to better take care of our own. Use what they learned to calm stress and create joy in your house.
1. Low-stress couples don't divvy up the chores.
"Surprisingly, it didn't matter how evenly couples split up the chores," says lead researcher Tami Kremer-Sadlik, Ph.D., director of research at UCLA's Center on the Everyday Lives of Families. "We found that both spouses were happier when both felt like they were working toward the same goal, regardless of who did more" (and women did more across the board). Know that just talking about your joint mission for the family can eliminate much of the "keeping score" conflict.
Read more about how to split up
- The right jeans should fit your life, work with your style - and make your butt look uh-ma-zing. To save you hours of dressing-room drama, we've found the sexy, flattering pairs that do all that and more.
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Laundry seems simple: detergent, water, spin, dry. But then there are those laundry mysteries - and we're not talking missing socks. Here's what you must know about what's going on in your washer.Read More »from Your Laundry Made Simple
How many detergents do I really need?
Your regular all-in-one detergent will clean your clothes - but specialty detergents keep those clothes in better shape for longer. Do you really need a detergent for every color and fabric in your wardrobe? Some specialty detergents are worth adding to your laundry-room shelf. Here's why:
WOOL/CASHMERE DETERGENT: When it comes to your cashmere, skip the dry cleaner! Hand-washing wool and cashmere delicates maintains the soft, feel. Dry-cleaning chemicals, on the other hand, break down the yarn in wool and cashmere and strip the fabric of its natural oils (plus, the process is pricier than hand-washing!). Try The Laundress Wool & Cashmere shampoo - the formula is more like a hair shampoo than a laundry detergent, which means it effectively targets sweat
Photo Credit: Ben GoldsteinHey, it's called a junk drawer for a reason. Say goodbye to these all-too-common space wasters.Read More »from 8 Things You Can Get Rid of Without Guilt
1. Kitchen items you haven't used in a year or longer. If you've never used your breadmaker or panini press, the odds you'll use it in the near future are pretty slim. Donate the bulky appliances and enjoy the extra space.
2. The entire contents of your junk drawer. There's a reason you call it that! Think you might have some useful items stored there? Empty the whole drawer into a box, and any time you use an item, place it back in the drawer. At the end of the month, toss whatever's left in the box and rename the newly functional drawer.
Related: 26 Organizing Tricks That Really Work
3. Clothes that no longer fit. They make it more difficult to search your closet to find the things you do wear. If you truly believe they'll fit at some point in the near future, then box and store them until then.
4. School work from high school or college. The material is most likely outdated, and the
photo credit: Lara Robby/Studio DThe Prettiest New Use for an Old Bottle! Raid your recycling bin and give glass bottles a pretty, new purpose with patterned paper. You'll have vases in only 3 steps!
TOOLS YOU'LL NEED
- 5 to 7 glass bottles
- Glue dots (available at michaels.com)
- Heavy-stock wrapping paper (we used reversible wrap from smockpaper.com, so coordinating the patterns was a cinch)
STEP 1: Select five bottles in different heights and hues. Mix it up with apple juice, milk, soda, sparkling water, and wine bottles. Remove labels with hot water. (Use Goo Gone for sticky leftovers.) Lay wrapping paper flat. Wrap a piece of paper around each bottle, adding a 1/2-inch overlap.
STEP 2: Now that you know how much paper you'll need, cut pieces to desired widths. Taller bottles should get a band that measures about 4 inches wide, and smaller bottles look best with 2-inch bands.
STEP 3: Use one glue dot to adhere the paper to the glass and a second glue dot to stick down the overlap. For extra Read More »from 3-Step DIY Project: Designer Vases