Photo Credit: instructables.comI had a really difficult time finding stylish, comfortable maternity jeans when I was pregnant with my first kid. I stocked up on full panel boot cut jeans from GapMaternity (US$68). The demi panel jeans made a mockery of my pregnant self as they slid down my belly and forced me to hike up my pants every five minutes. But the full panel jeans? Super cozy.
I know several women who made their own maternity jeans out of a favorite pre-pregnancy jeans. Well, over at instructables.com, you can get step-by-step details on how to make your own maternity jeans.
I'm not sure this would have worked for me because I don't think my rear would have fit into any pre-pregnant jeans after the second trimester. But imagine if it did work? How good would it feel to be in your comfy jeans throughout your pregnancy? Talk about an ego boost.
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Tue, Jan 6, 2009 8:42 PM EST
Photo Credit: instructables.comI had a really difficult time finding stylish, comfortable maternity jeans when I was pregnant with my first kid. I stocked up on full panel boot cut jeans from GapMaternity (US$68). The demi panel jeans made a mockery of my pregnant self as they slid down my belly and forced me to hike up my pants every five minutes. But the full panel jeans? Super cozy.Read More »from DIY maternity jeans for the craftalicious expectant mom
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Tue, Jan 6, 2009 7:52 AM EST
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesMoms and dads are clicking coffee mugs (and wishing they were martini glasses) over breakfast this week as they prepare to send their young kids back to school.Read More »from Parenting poll: Did you count the days until winter break was over? (Don't lie.)
As I read through my Twitter feed and Facebook status updates from friends today, the general message went like this: "Awww, yeah. Winter break is over."
I know, I know, there are those of you that cherished every single millisecond that your kids were home for two weeks. I (mostly) adored every moment with my kids. But we were playing on the beach in Kauai for nine days, so I kind of feel my opinion doesn't really count.
Here's the thing: the clinking of the coffee mugs is not so much because about our eagerness to get the kids out of the house. (Yes, I can say this with a straight face). It's a celebration of the few consecutive hours of blessed silence we'll regain since school let out two weeks ago. It's a cheer for surviving the many, many moments of unstopped banter (and bickering) among your kids when you thought your
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Holiday Gift Guide – Wed, Dec 17, 2008 10:24 PM EST
photo credit: charlene prince birkeland/crazedparent.orgThe holidays bring out my crafty/cooking geekness like nobody's business. I usually try to add some homemade element to our Christmas gifts, but this year I'm going gonzo (my husband's word choice). Cooking, sewing, crafty bits and pieces. It feels really good to be making things after being completely immersed in work.
On to the homemade gift idea.
I can't even remember where I got the original recipe for this homemade barbecue sauce. After a few modifications, I think it's safe to call it my own.
We spent Saturday morning making the sauce and storing it in these cute preserve jars I found at Cost Plus. They're made in Italy and super cheap (the smallest jars are $3).
I had two final decisions to make: what to name the sauce and how to label the jars. Last night I was over at BigHugeLabs.com making the mosaic for the Cranberry Obsession Snow Cake post when I found this Badge Maker idea (wave hello to John Watson at Flagrant Disregard).
I decided the badge mustRead More »from Creative gift tags/labels for homemade holiday gifts (and a recipe!)
Little kids love showing their grandparents how much they adore them. Around the holidays, you can let them be a part of the gift-giving process by letting them create their presents for Grandma and Grandpa. We've picked some of our favorite ideas for DIY gifts from the grandkids.
Do your kids make anything for their grandparents? Share your ideas!
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Shine Food – Tue, Dec 16, 2008 9:58 PM EST
(Alt. title: What happens when I see a photo of a gorgeous dessert on a magazine cover.)
No sooner had the December issue of Sunset magazine landed in our mailbox when I declared, "I must bake that cake on the cover."
At the time, I had no occasion for such a glam dish. When CityMama asked who could bring dessert to a little Silicon Valley tweet up, I quickly volunteered. I spent most of Sunday in the kitchen, the boys (all three) sauntering in and out of the room, desperate for a taste of a key ingredient: white chocolate.
The photo of cake on the Sunset cover makes it appear that it would be quite difficult to make. On the contrary, it's easy to make. It just requires patience along with a couple pounds of butter and a dozen egg whites. (My arteries pumped furiously as I read the ingredients list.)Read More »from Dispatches from the test kitchen: Cranberry Obsession Snow Cake a la Sunset Magazine
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Tue, Dec 16, 2008 9:11 PM EST
photo credit: Arnaldo Magnani/Getty ImagesWhere do we begin?Read More »from Tom Cruise says he'd love it if Suri becomes an actress
Tom Cruise recently told Usmagazine.com that he'd love it if Suri became an actress. (She's even spent enough time on film sets to know when to be quiet when dad is shooting a scene. Ugh.)
No word on what mom, Katie Holmes, thinks about it.
Obviously, it's none of our business. However, we can opine, right?
I expect to see this little gal in the limelight for a very long time. It seems inevitable. But wouldn't it be cool if she just was a regular kid and her parents told her to steer clear of Hollywood life?
Photo Credit: theblackapple.typepad.comMy kids spend the weekend painting red and green holiday art on brown grocery bags. We're using them as wrapping paper for our Christmas gifts (in the spirit of eco-friendly holidays).Read More »from Adorable printable holiday gift tags
I hadn't come up with an idea for gift tags. Maybe rubber stamps?
But now I'm set because I found these super cute printable tags designed by Inside a Black Apple. You can print them on label paper, regular paper or heavier card stock. Love them!
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesI love a good bargain on children's clothes. (Okay, I love a good bargain on clothes.) But somehow I haven't made it yet to Mervyns, even though I know that this California and Southwest-based department store chain is going out of business. There are bargains to be found.Read More »from Bargains on children's clothes at Mervyns
Lia over at Freitas Family Follies sent me a note about her recent trip to Mervyns to pick up some clothes for her daughter. She spent US$35 on a pair of shoes, two pairs of pants and four shirts. Lia also mentioned the store is selling kid's jeans for US$5 a pair, which is awesome. I have always found children's clothes from Mervyns to be really durable, especially items from the Carter's brand.
Now, I must warn you that you may have to hunt around for your bargains because one, it's holiday time and two, the stores are in clearance mode (read: possibly...okay, probably...unorganized).
But I say it's worth it if you can stock up on inexpensive kid's clothes.
What's your bargain store for kid's clothes (besides
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Mon, Dec 15, 2008 8:22 PM EST
Photo Credit: Tracey Clark/shuttersisters.com
My favorite camera in the world broke a few weeks ago and I'm now learning how to deal with my new one, which has more bells and whistles than I'm used to (I still love it). But I'm in a mad rush to learn how to use it because I am the official photographer for all holiday gatherings for my family. And there will be many, many moments that need to be captured.
It's one thing to know how to use all the features on your camera. It's quite another to know how to compose a good photo. Tracey Clark, one of the founders of the community photo blog Shutter Sisters, recently posted a series called Great Greetings, which offers tips on how to take photos for holiday cards. But many of her tips can easily be applied to snapping photos of your family over the holidays.
Two of my favorite tips from Tracey:
- Look for the light. Tracey writes, "I love soft, somewhat flat light for my family portraits so I don't shoot in direct, shadowy sun. I look for open shade or shoot in early morning or
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Fri, Dec 12, 2008 11:12 PM EST
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesCelebrities may be giving their newborns funky, original names but what about the rest of us?Read More »from Top baby names of 2008 have a classy, traditional vibe
According toBabyCenter, parents aretossing out the unique (and sometimes wacky) names in favor of old-fashioned classics.
BabyCenter released their list of Top 100 Baby Names, which was pulled together based on more than 400,000 names submitted in 2008 by BabyCenter parents.
Okay, so what are the leading names? For girls: Emma, Sophia and Madison are the top three. For boys, the top three picks are Aiden, Jayden and Ethan. Other classic names making a resurgence are Nathaniel and Sophie.
But where do celebrity baby names rank? Sunday, the name of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's daughter, is ranked 8,781 on the list. And what about Vivienne and Knox, the names of newborns in the Jolie-Pitt clan? They appear as 1,133 and 1,372, respectively.
I love the older, traditional names that have stories behind them versus a name that is so unique that you know the parents worked really hard to create