Fashion Friday – Celebrity Mommy Style

Fashion never came that easy for me. Literally as far back as I can remember, I was wearing mismatched socks or pants that didn’t necessarily “go” with my shirt. Once I hit my teenage years, though, I started looking to others for “inspiration”, sometimes from friends, sometimes from celebrities or fashion magazines, which led to  more than a few fashion missteps – trends that I thought were cool, but now in hindsight, definitely were not.

Now that I’m someone’s Mom, it’s a bit of a conundrum– I know its important to me to look the part of a cool mom (at least once my girl starts going to school), but I’m SO SO busy, I don’t really have time to think about it. Kind of a dilemma right? And then I see celeb moms who just get it right, and make it look effortless, which makes me think- “I could do that… I could be that well put together, if I just planned a little bit”.  Well, this year I’m really going to try it.

Gwen Stefani Mommy StyleSo who’s going to be my celeb mom inspiration? There really are many to choose from. There’s Gwen Stefani- who has managed to remain the coolest chick around, even after two babies. She’s a rockstar in real life, and always looks the part- even when hanging with her kiddos at the park. As much as I wish I was that cool though, I’m not sure I could pull that off even with all the time in the world to plan.

Then there’s Katie Holmes, who manages to look sophisticated in literally every picture I’ve seen of her– perfectly tailored designer fashions, always in-season.

The more I think about it, I think that the celeb Mom style that would work the best for me, at least some of the time anyway, would be Jennifer Garner, or Jessica Alba. Always appropriate for the occasion, always well-put-together, even when going casual, always classic and classy. And, they look comfortable– which to me, is most important. Yes- I’ve settled on it then. And there’s my New Year’s resolution. To be as well put together as a celeb mom, 50% of the time… and to train for a 5K.

What’s your Mommy style? Do you have a favorite celebrity who inspires you, or do you do your own thing?

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Supporting a Mom’s Right to Breastfeed

It’s been all over the news- a Mom in a local retail store was harassed by store employees for nursing her baby… while covered.

Here at Bebe au Lait, we support breastfeeding– studies have shown time and time again that its best for Mom and Baby. We also support breastfeeding mothers, and their right to feed their babies anywhere, anytime, however they choose.

Nurse-InWe were proud to see our nursing covers show up in media coverage, from print to online to TV- during the protests in support of a Mother’s right to feed her baby on-the-go.

 

 

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Toddler Time – Change is Good…Right?

I knew it was coming. I knew EVENTUALLY, my daughter would either need to go to pre-school, we’d move, or some set of circumstances would occur where we’d have to change childcare providers, but I kept pushing that idea away, saying, “well, that’s way off”. Well, “Way off” has now become “next week”.

My little girl’s last day at her current daycare is this Friday. She’s been attending this home daycare since she was 12 weeks old. She’s had the same little buddies for close to 2 years– they’ve grown up together, been the closest thing to siblings that she has had (so far), and on Friday, I’m expecting her to say bye to them, because we’re moving and she’ll be starting at a new daycare next month.

I’m feeling so conflicted about this– really worrying about the whole situation. Will she be scared at the new place? Will she ever be as comfortable there as she was before? Will she make close friends the way she had before? Will she miss her friends and the daycare owner and ask for them? How can I explain the situation to her? What can I possibly do to make this transition easier?

My husband is falling on the other side of this coin, saying that kids are really adaptable and that change is good, that she’ll fit right in because there will be other kids around and I’m stressing out over something that will work itself out. By the way, this is always the case. I constantly worry about her… for everything. Is she the right weight? Is she sleeping enough? Do we read to her enough? Does she get enough outside time? This transition worry really is just another thing to add to the list but it’s weighing on me more than usual, probably because I feel like I’m forcing this situation on her… it’s our choice to move, and that choice is causing this “life change” to occur for her. And I’m freaking out a bit.

I’d love to hear about other people’s experience with this kind of change.  What can I expect? What is the best way to help my kiddo through this transition?

Ah, the joys of parenthood… Just learning as I go!

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What’s for Dinner Wednesday – Baked Macaroni and Cheese

We keep meals pretty healthy at my house– most of the time. Every once in a while though, its nice to splurge on some serious comfort food, and its been cold and dreary outside lately, which made me crave some seriously creamy, cheesy macaroni. After some searching, my husband found a recipe that resulted in mac and cheese that was truly delicious, and worth the splurge!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package of elbow macaroni
  • 8 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded Muenster cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups of half and half
  • 8 ounces of Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • a little bit of pepper

And here’s how to do it:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the oil and pasta and cook for as long as stated on the package of macaroni. Melt 8 tbsp. of butter, and pour over the drained macaroni and mix in a large  mixing bowl. Combine all the shredded cheeses in a separate bowl. Add the half and half, all but 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese mixture, the Velveeta and the eggs to the macaroni, and mix. Transfer to a large casserole dish and top with a bit of pepper, and the final 1/2 cup of shredded cheese mix. Bake for 35 minutes until hot and bubbling around the edges.

I like my macaroni cheesy, so I upped the cheese on the recipe above- the original recipe can be found here:

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