Post Baby Style!

I gained a lot of weight with my first daughter, I was put on bed rest for the last two and a half months and lost all will power and boredom took over and I ate. Now, for some reason I thought it would be different than “regular” weight and when the baby come out that the weight would just magically “fall off”.  Did anyone just snort with laughter as they read that? You know where I am going with this – right? So, to my surprise, after she was born – I still had a HUGE stomach and it took a few months for it to eventually come down.  (I also had some other issues with my uterus prolapsing but that is another post).  So, for many months I lived in my maternity tops and stretch pants. Finally, I got sick of looking at myself in stretch pants, I thought about different ways I could complement my new and “working on improving” body.

These are the “must have” staples that I found for my closet:

1). Jeans – yes, I bought 3 sizes up but they didn’t have an elastic waist band…this was huge (pun probably intended)!
2). Hobo and flowing tops – they are/were fortunately in style and there are so many colors/designs, even if hobo isn’t your style you can make it work.
3). Shift dresses – the key is finding one that the neckline is low enough and just wear a cami/undershirt underneath for easier nursing access.
4). Mostly dark colors/black – this is my style by nature to wear mostly black but it definitely helps conceal.

The most important thing to remember is that you have just gone through the best and possibility hardest thing you will ever do. What you wear doesn’t really matter. But if you are like me, when you feel good/you look good and you feel good when you look good! Happy shopping!

Oh, one more thing – clothing swaps are great for this “inbetween” stage too. Plan one with your girlfriends and have them invite one person…make it into a party, you will be surprised how many clothes you can pull together!

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Mama Monday’s….Makeup Tip!

Good Morning Mama’s!

I didn’t really wear makeup until I was in my mid-20’s. I first tried it out in junior high; my mom found out and banned it. But of course, being the rebellious tween (I shudder to think of the payback I am going to get with my two daughters – at least I have ten years) for about a month I snuck over to a girlfriends house in the morning before school to put on that terrible, pink lipstick with blue mascara….anyone else remember that look?

In my 20’s, I went through a heavy black eyeliner and red lipstick (which I still seem to fall back on every now and then) and now I pretty much have a daily routine. Please let me just say that I am not saying that anyone needs to wear makeup! However, if you are someone that enjoys applying makeup and/or wearing it then here is your tip!

Have I mentioned that I have a three year old and five month old and haven’t slept in oh, three to four years? Add to the fact that I have Italian blood and the beautiful (yes that is sarcasm) raccoon eyes that come with that ethnicity. For those reasons, I have been on the hunt for a good under eye concealer and boy oh boy did I find one!

I am not here to promote any brand over another so I am not going to mention the specific brand…if you really want to know leave me a comment with your email address and I will ping you directly. BUT, I do want to share that if you can find a good under eye concealer, it makes all the difference between being a disheveled, tired looking mama and a bright eyed and bushy tailed mama…personally, I prefer for people to see me and not that I am just another tired mama.

And, a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your lovies!

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Chic Tech: Apple’s iPad

Happy dude with iPadApple’s latest product has finally been released after over a year of speculation and rumor, and months of anticipation and media attention. On the very first day the iPad was available, Apple claims to have sold 300,000 units. Facebook, Twitter, and pretty much every news source were lit up with stories about Apple’s new device, and just about everyone was wondering how this new gadget works.

Elegantly, as it turns out.

No stranger to great design, Apple has created another beautiful device with the iPad. It is thin and minimalist; it has a sleek aluminum back, and a glossy screen with a black bezel on the front. It only has three buttons: The home button at the bottom of the screen, the sleep button on the top edge, and a volume up/down button. There is also a switch that will lock the screen orientation in place.

Upon first turning it on, it is immediately apparent how to use it. Videos have already shown up on YouTube (see below) of cats and dogs touching the screen and interacting with the device. For a human, it makes even more sense. Tap an icon to launch an “app”, press the home button to quit the app. Swiping your finger across the screen is the most common way to navigate your way around the device. If you’ve already used an iPhone or other touchscreen mobile device, the iPad will feel completely natural and intuitive. To those who haven’t, the device will make complete sense within 20 seconds.

So, what can you do with it? If you already have a laptop or netbook, the advantages of the iPad don’t seem immediately apparent. The beauty of the iPad is in the apps. Sure, computers already have thousands of applications and programs available to them, and there is an equally vast selection of web apps available to everyone on the web, but the iPad makes many of these applications completely portable.

Laptops and netbooks can travel anywhere, but they can’t necessarily be used everywhere. The iPad can. To use a netbook or laptop, you need to set the computer down on a surface to be able to type or use the trackpad. The iPad doesn’t require this. If I need to do any sort of task while I am standing up, or on the move, the iPad is my buddy.

In addition, there are so many tasks that are currently reliant on computers, yet don’t really need much computing power or sophisticated input to be accomplished. The iPad is perfect for these tasks. Imagine doctors being able to access your medical file, or warehouse workers doing an inventory, or even scientists out in the field collecting data. The uses for the iPad will continue to expand as developers write more software for it.

Of course, there are so many other things that it can do right now: Manage your contacts, browse the web, play movies and music, plus act as a digital reader. Right now, publications are hard at work porting their content to the iPad. Before we know it, we may be reading all of our books, newspapers, and magazines on devices like the iPad.

Tablet computers are still very much in their infancy, but I think in a few years, your average person will no longer consider owning a computer. Everyone will be carrying a tablet, because they do so much of what a computer can, yet are cheaper and easier to use. Once again, Apple leads the way in practical and useful computer technology.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

New Year – Same Old Resolution

Again this year, I made the New Years resolution to be more organized. I was feeling as though I’d already failed miserably in so many ways, however today as I was sitting in the orthodontists office waiting for my daughter, I picked up the magazine Redbook. This is a magazine that I never read (which is amazing since my magazine pile is around 3 feet tall right now and it feels as though I subscribe to every magazine there is – another New Years Resolution waiting to be conquered!). Anyway, this article peaked my interest.
The best part? I do nearly all of these things already. For example: I just installed a cute basket at the bottom of the stairs which is meant to capture all the things that need to go upstairs (tip 22). Last year I whipped up this jewelry organizer (tip 18)

Jewelry Organizer in Nest

And our old TV armoire that I love, was rendered useless since the invention of the giant flat screen – I repurposed it as our ‘mid-range fancy china’ cabinet a couple of years ago (tip 24) Seriously, I could have written this article!

So, I have concluded that I might not be as disorganized as I thought and maybe I can now tackle another project as a New Years resolution…Now, should it be that magazine habit or the 9 years and GB’s of digital photos? – gulp.

How are you doing with your resolutions?

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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