Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Happy "hump" day! Today we are celebrating our new collection for Target.com which just launched a few days ago. We are loving this collection because it is adorable and affordable! Ranging between $39.99-$44.99, you can pick up a few pieces for your spring wardrobe without leaving the house and without the guilt! The fabrics feel great and the styles are on trend. With stripes and jewel tones, these pieces will wear well into the summer. For your consideration, here are some of our favorite pieces from this collection:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
*Ginger has been used to relief illness fir centuries and is one of the most effective measures in decreasing the severity of your nausea. You can consume ginger in many ways; from eating a ginger slices and sipping on ginger tea to sucking on ginger candies.
*Drink plenty of water and eat the moment you wake up because dehydration and an empty stomach can make your morning sickness worse. Have snacks by your bed at all times so that you can ease your nausea if you wake up in the middle of the night.
*Avoid acidic or greasy food at all costs because it prompts nausea and heartburn.
*When you are pregnant and have a cold, your usual discomfort cam seem amplified. While you may not be able to take medicines containing pseudoephedrine and aspirin, there are plenty of other ways you can take on your cold proactively. If you have a sore throat, try gargling warm water three times a day. Salt kills bacteria and warm water will feel good for your aching throat.Another great holistic option is a syrup made from honey, lemon juice and a spoonful of vinegar. Warm the syrup over the stove and sip.
* Nobody wants to acknowledge the "H word" but with unfortunately, hemorrhoids are very common for women who are pregnant. Interestingly, the best way to avoid hemorrhoids is to avoid constipation. By eating plenty of high fiber foods, exercising and drinking plenty of water you can avoid this uncomfortable issue. If you already are suffering from hemorrhoids, try taking a bath with warm, shallow water.and sit for20-30 minutes. After sitting, pat down the area or if you have time, let it area dry. Another way to soothe hemorrhoids is to apply a cool compress or an icepack to the area.
What are your favorite holistic cure-alls? Share them with us!!
Have a happy Tuesday!
The Moody Mamas
Monday, March 28, 2011
When you are pregnant, it sometimes feels as though your feet are about to fall off in agony when you are not even wearing heels! Though a lot of women feel more severe symptoms later in pregnancy, many women seem to forget about foot health when they are pregnant and opt to complain instead. Foot health is something that you should consider though because your belly grows, more pressure is put on your lower back. Therefore, poor fitting shoes can cause back and circulation issues as well as swelling and varicose veins. Besides for making an outfit better, finding a shoe that accomodates to your ankle and foot needs can make your body feel better!
Interestingly enough, according to the American College of Ankle and Foot Surgeons, it is suggested that square toed shoes offer the most of amount of foot room. Additionally, while heels are not the best option, completely flat shoes such as ballet flats or moccasins are not an ideal choice. Rather, shoes that have a broad, low heel are best.
Lastly, do not be stubborn if your foot is growing like your belly. While you should not anticipate a large change in shoe size, it is completely normal to become a half size or a full size bigger than your pre-pregnancy size.
Be on the lookout for cute and comfy shoes this spring! We love moderate wedges, kitten heels,espadrilles,and fun flats with a little lift as great pregnancy options. You will have plenty of time to wear those sky high heels post-baby but for now, keep your health in check and be smart when choosing your footwear!
Have a great day!
The Moody Mamas
Friday, March 25, 2011
Visit a park!
• There are so many great activities that you can do in a park. For starters, visit
the local farmers market to pick up some organic and locally grown goodies.
Have your hubby whisk up something scrumptious, and chow down on a
healthy lunch by having a picnic in the park. Another bonus? You get to
people watch while you savor each others company!
• Throughout the spring time and summer time, many concerts are held at local
and city parks. A lot of the time it is free to watch, so take a walk down to
your town’s park and enjoy some live music. Bring a kite along and see if you
still have the same super kite flying skills as you did when you were a kid.
• Go stargazing at night! Take a drive to an area that has little light pollution,
bring a big blanket, and sit atop of your car and watch for shooting stars!
• Some parks have botanical gardens that are starting to bloom, taking an after
lunch stroll through these is a nice afternoon pick me up.
Visit the Zoo
• Now is the time to start doing outdoor activities, and visiting the zoo is a
perfect one! You may even see some spring time newborns, it also might get
you excited about your little one on the way!
• Baseball season is here! This is a date idea that your hubby would LOVE.
Going to a baseball game is something fun and exciting to do if you have been
stuck at home all winter. Give in to your cravings and get a hotdog with extra
onions or a big bag of cotton candy.
Drive- in Movies
• Cozy up next to your lover in the back of your car if you have a van, or bring
some lawn chairs and pack some snacks to see a drive-in movie! This is a
great way to get out of the house and enjoy some snuggle time with your man
(especially if you are seeing a scary movie)!
• This would be a great way to spend a romantic spring night. Get all dolled up,
show off that baby bump, and head to the pier! Some dinner cruises can be
expensive, but a lot of websites like Groupon.com or Livingsocial.com have
occasional discounts on dinner cruises up to 70% off!
Horse Carriage rides
• Cities like Chicago and New York have year round Horse Buggy rides. Spring
time is the perfect time to take a ride throughout the city and smell the fresh
As well all know, spring is the season for love, so enjoy every minute you can with your mate before the baby is born. This is a perfect time to do some extra “bonding” you can be ready and confident for when baby arrives!
Have a fabulous day!
The Moody Mamas
Thursday, March 24, 2011
· When choosing nontoxic products, try a vinegar and water solution. This combo works best for cleaning windows and is inexpensive too!
· Hydrogen peroxide is great in helping to remove stains naturally and easily in any area of your home.
· When looking for a deodorizer and cleanser try a baking soda and water combination that is gentle enough to use on nearly every surface.
· Be sure to move all furniture and clean out the dust bunnies from underneath. Spring is the time when allergies get the worst and you want to avoid those nasty coughs and sneezes as much as possible!
· When cleaning off furniture in the baby’s nursery or any place in your home, try combining ¼ cup lemon juice with 1 tablespoon oil and use a cloth to rub on
· While you’re cleaning take the extra time to check for banned children's products. To check for recent recalled products, go to www.recalls.gov.
· Test all your smoke alarms to ensure they are working, the batteries should be changed at least once a year so be sure to do that as well.
Plug away time! We have a new spring collection currently available on www.target.com. Check it out!!! Yay for new clothes!
Have a fabulous day & good luck spring cleaning!
The Moody Mamas
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Spring Dress Trends
With the weather finally breaking, we’re sure many of you have a handful of weddings to attend this spring. Dressing for these occasions while pregnant can be as easy as 1-2-3! Literally. Start with one basic fashion piece such as a chic and comfortable dress, add shoes and accessories, and your finito! To help you with some looks that can work for a variety of occasions, we picked some of our favorite MM dress and will highlight how to wear them!
- Our first pick is our sleeveless black tunic dress. A great way to pair this dress is with a trendy white blazer in case it’s a chilly spring day. Also, a blazer is a nice cover-up if you don't want your bump to be the center of attention. We think that this dress looks great with a glam cuff and a basic pair of black wedges. We love wedges because not only do they look great and height, but usually they won't won’t leave your feet aching. Not so sure?Bring a pair of simple black flats to change into after all the photos are taken!
- Our second look is a sexy silver dress with a tied bust line to show off your growing baby bump. Metallic colors are very trendy this spring so don’t be afraid to have fun with a simple dress and add an element of color! Also trendy are bright hues such as yellow. Want to incorporate that trend into your overall look? Up with anted with a yellow accessory such as a clutch. A pair of matching glitz wedges and a simple silver bracelet with dangle earrings and you’re ready to go. We adore this look for outdoor weddings in the upcoming months as well.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Now is the time of year when fruits and veggies are all the rage! Spring time is just the start of fresh produce coming to farmers markets near you, and we know that you all can’t wait to start shopping! It is especially important to keep a nutritional, healthy and balanced diet when you are preggo to make sure your baby gets all the nutrients possible.
What are the in season produce, you ask? Well here is a mini grocery list!
- Artichokes, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, celery root, fennel, kale, potatoes, and rhubarb.
- Strawberries, pineapple, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, blood oranges, peaches, and nectarines.
We know that many pregnant women are always craving something sweet. So instead of making a whole batch of brownies that are 5 million calories, try this delicious recipe for strawberries romanof that is only 207 calories per serving.
- 4 cups sliced strawberries (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
- 1/3 cup whipping cream, chilled
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mint sprigs (optional)
- Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill 3 1/2 hours.
- Place cream, 3 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon over strawberry mixture. Garnish with mint, if desired. Serve immediately
Artichokes are also in season. This yummy veggie is packed with dietary fibers, B vitamins, and magnesium. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants which helps your skin glow, makes your hair lustrous and is super healthy for the baby. Here is a recipe for a delicious artichoke dish, Baked artichoke with garlic dip. Delish!
- 2 whole garlic heads
- 4 medium artichokes (about 3 1/2 pounds)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap each head separately in foil. Bake at 400° for 45 minutes; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.
- Cut off stems of artichokes, and remove bottom leaves. Trim about 1/2 inch from tops of artichokes. Place artichokes, stem ends down, in a large Dutch oven filled two-thirds with water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until a leaf near the center of each artichoke pulls out easily. Remove artichokes from pan.
- Combine half of garlic pulp and wine in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes. Add broth; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 8 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in butter and salt. Pour mixture into a blender; add remaining half of garlic pulp. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Sprinkle dip with parsley, if desired. Serve dip with warm artichokes
Spring time is also great time to make delicious salads. It is very important for a pregnant woman to get a good amount of greens and fibers in her diet, and this Fava bean, sweet pea, and sugar snap salad recipe is perfect for that!
- 4 pounds unshelled fava beans (about 2 cups shelled)
- 2 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed
- 1 cup shelled green peas (about 1 pound unshelled)
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint
- 2 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Remove beans from pods; discard pods. Cook beans and snap peas in boiling water 1 minute or until snap peas are crisp-tender. Remove beans and snap peas with a slotted spoon. Plunge beans and snap peas into ice water; drain. Remove tough outer skins from beans; discard skins.
- Combine beans, snap peas, green peas, mint, and prosciutto in a large bowl. Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Pour over bean mixture, and toss well.
We would love for you to share any healthy spring time recipes you have with us, and to try out the ones we posted today!
The Moody Mamas
Monday, March 21, 2011
Spring officially began yesterday. It’s time to say goodbye to the brutal winter weather and welcome the crisp spring season with open arms! What better way to celebrate this recent change in weather than to get away on your own spring break trip? We’ve put together our top recommendations on where to escape to this season before the birth of your little bundle of joy.
Many people refer to this time with your significant other before the baby is born as a “babymoon”. Babymoon’s also don’t necessarily have to take place in the spring. You can have a little getaway with your loved one anytime before the baby is due. It’s a great time to re-connect and have some romantic time for yourselves before your lives become increasingly hectic and you’ll wish for this time back when you’re up at 3am with your little one. This is becoming an increasingly popular trend with celeb’s before they give birth, but you don’t have to be rich and famous and travel to exotic islands to enjoy a little r&r away from home before you give birth. Try one of these excellent idea’s we’ve put together just for you!
- Spa/Resort Packages for Mom’s to be:
Barefoot and Pregnant is an excellent spa that is the first of its kind to cater specifically to expecting mothers. They offer services specifically designed to make you feel most comfortable at that specific stage in your pregnancy. You can also relax and practice your deep breathing with some prenatal yoga poses. They have numerous packages designed to fit any expecting mother’s wants and needs. These spa’s are located mainly throughout California, but don’t worry, you don’t need to travel all the way to California to experience these luxurious services. Many spas throughout the US from Connecticut to New Mexico have specially designed packages for expectant moms! So try something new and research a spa that is a short distance away (but still far enough away so you don’t feel so close to home).
- A trip to a big city:
If you live within an accessible distance to Chicago, Los Angeles or New York weather by plane or car, book a weekend getaway at a luxurious hotel in the middle of the city and don’t be too shy to book the honeymoon suite for you and your significant other! This is a time to really reconnect and bond, there are no limitations on where you can go or stay! Big cities always have events going on and offer endless opportunities to have a great time, Broadway shows, festivals, shopping, candle light dinners, and much more. Remember always to consult with your doctor before traveling by plane, even if it’s only two hours away. Your second trimester is the most recommended time of travel while pregnant, your morning sickness should have worn off and you’re hopefully not too tired to be up and moving.
- Exotic Locations:
Some couples use this opportunity to truly take a “babymoon” and use it as a sort of second honeymoon to either the same location or trying somewhere new. Exotic traveling is not completely off limits to you while pregnant but again, make sure all travel arrangements are approved by your doctor and you are as healthy as can be! Places such as the Bahamas, Mexico, and Hawaii are excellent beautiful locations to travel too. All of these places are very modern and will have the medical attention available in case of emergency. These island getaways can last anywhere from 2 nights to 7 nights. All depending on what you and your loved one can fit into your schedule at the time.
This time together is really something you will appreciate and be glad you did a few months from now when your worlds are changed forever and you add a new member to your family. Be safe and cautious with the activities you participate in and make sure to stay hydrated and rest every so often to ensure the health of yourself and baby, but use this time to celebrate the new life you are about to welcome into the world and make it as memorable as possible!
Friday, March 18, 2011
How is breastfeeding beneficial?
- Breastfeeding women need an extra 500 calories per day because the body burns around that amount while breastfeeding. So, you can eat more and lose weight faster, and you may be back in your pre-pregnancy shape quicker than you think!
- There is nothing to buy or put together when you are breastfeeding, so it can give you much more freedom. Milk is always warm and ready when you need it!
- As long as you have some form of coverage, you can breastfeed virtually everywhere! No need for an extra big diaper bag.
- Some people believe that it is a very special bond between mother and baby when being breastfed
- Some believe that it may protect against some breast and ovarian cancers: Estrogen levels are very low when you breastfeed.
Disadvantages of breastfeeding
- Early breastfeeding may be uncomfortable.
- It can put a lot of pressure on you! As a mommy, you are responsible for every single feeding that your child experiences. You can use a breast pump and store milk, but it can be a huge hassle.
- Some women feel more tired and sluggish than usual while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding does drain a lot of energy from the body.
- Some may feel dryness in the nipple area, as well as aches and pains.
- The average newborn feeds approximately three to four hours a day, and for a very busy woman, this could be a burden on the schedule.
- Some women find it a difficult task to accomplish, and some find it challenging. You may find yourself becoming anxious because your baby is not taking to your nipple.
Instead of feeling pressured to breastfeed or to not breastfeed, try to make this decision based on your own beliefs. Be kind to yourself no matter what you decide and feel confident that you will be a great mom either way.
Have a fabulous weekend!
The Moody Mamas
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! More than just a religious holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has a found a home in our culture as a day to wear green, indulge in traditional Irish foods and drink Guinness (or some other Irish alcoholic beverage). You might not be able to take part in the excessive drinking today but there are still plenty of other ways you can celebrate this fun, festive day without entering a pub!
- Start a “pot o’ gold” piggy bank for your future baby. Put in a few lucky pennies or a some loose to change to start saving for your newborn’s college fund. Initiating this account on a “lucky day” is sure to bring good luck into his/her life!
- Take part in a Irish pregnancy tradition such as eating some honey to ensure that your baby will have a sweet disposition.
- Check out a local parade but make sure to leave plenty of space between you and your neighbors or else your belly could get some unwanted elbow jabs.
- Curl up at home and watch a movie that takes place in Ireland for a mind escape. One of our favorites? “Circle of Friends” which is a romantic drama that takes place in the 1950’s and stars Chris O’Donnell and Minnie Driver.
- If you have younger children, do a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft project with them such as creating a blarney stone or making a lucky pot of gold using items from your backyard (ie. stone) and a few things from the craft store. Looking for a some more creative ideas? Check out http://crafts.kaboose.com/pot-of-gold.html for awesome kid crafts!
- Head to McDonald’s for their limited edition Shamrock Shake. Yummmmmmm. Can’t get to the drive-thru make this replica at home. Great news is that if you love it, you don’t have to worry about not being able to get it again a few days from now!
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe
3 cups good quality vanilla ice cream
1 3/4 cups 1% milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Green food coloring if desired
1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until completely thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and serve!
- Make some delish green treats such as green velvet cupcakes, green eggs and ham, or honor the Emerald Isle with traditional foods like Corned beef and cabbage or Irish Soda bread. We love the this recipe from The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.http://www.foodnetwork.com/inas-irish-soda-bread/video/index.html
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you!!
The Moody Mamas