Fashion Friday – Dressing Your Bump for Holiday Parties

Linda Caredllini Black Dress Baby BumpI really do believe there’s nothing more beautiful than an expectant mom. That’s just as true when she’s wearing comfy, casual and cute maternity fashions as when she’s glamming it up. For this Fashion Friday- we want to know how you’re dressing your baby bump this holiday season. Are you keeping it casual or going all out?

Personally, I kept it casual most of the time while I was in my last trimester.  Since I was due in November, I didn’t have any holiday parties to attend while pregnant. The little black dress I saw Linda Cardellini wear last week made me wish I had though! What a perfect way to show off her baby bump- check out the article on people.com.

So ladies- what are your go-to holiday outfits going to be?

Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: December 2011 City Sprouts

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – December 2011

Store Name: City Sprouts

Years in business: 5+ years

Store Location:  6303 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130 & online at www.citysprouts.com

Contact Info: Molly Curlee

Hours: M- Sat: 10-6 & Sun: 12-5

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry? Hooter Hiders, Bebe au Lait nursing covers and the new Lille by Bebe au Lait Everyday Luxury Blankets because they are great! Plus their original nursing covers come in amazing fabrics and stylish prints.

What are your customers’ favorite prints to purchase? My customers are drawn Aero, Nest and Papillon.

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product? Hooter Hiders

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products? We have found that the Hooter Hiders are best displayed in stainless steel buckets and the Bebe au Lait covers sitting on a shelf.

What is the one thing you would like others to know about you? City Sprouts is a one-stop super cool baby & kid shop!

Cooking with Kids!

My girls love blueberries and I had gone to Costco to get a five pound tray but we weren’t going through them fast enough….found this recipe. It is delicious! We had to make them into muffins because my daughter is obsessed with the princess liners :)

Blueberry Zucchini Bread – Courtesy of Parents Magazine (May ’11)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (I used 2 cups all purpose)
¼ cup packed light-brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. coarse sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
¾ cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat the bottom of 4 mini 5-inch loaf pans or 1 9-inch pan with cooking spray; set aside. (I used muffin tins that were lined with princess muffin foils)

In a large bowl combine flours, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and baking powder; set aside. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Add to flour mixture and stir until combined. Gently stir in zucchini and then blueberries.

Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake about 40 minutes for mini pans or about 1 hour for 9-inch pan or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of each comes out clean. (I baked the muffins for about 20 minutes). Allow to cool in pan 10 minutes before removing. Serve warm or let cool completely before slicing. Each mini loaf makes 8 pieces, while the large loaf has 12. Freeze extra mini loaves for up to 3 months.

Nutrition per 2 mini slices 185 calories; 3g protein; 11g fat (1g sat. fat); 19g carbs; 1g fiber; 30mg calcium; 1mg iron; 154mg sodium

Mama Monday – Pedicures Anyone?

If you are anything like me, you take care of everyone in the house first and then if, you have time and more like energy left over you do something for yourself….sound familiar?

I know and everyone tells you that you are a better mom/wife/partner/everything if you do take time for yourself, so I did just that this weekend and took a couple of delicious hours just for myself!

Ok, so I did get the car washed – but I sat in the sun by myself for 30 minutes WITH MY EYES CLOSED – can’t do that with a 13 month & 3 1/2 year old with you. I then treated myself to a juice smoothie and headed over to the nail salon for a pedicure and mini-massage. Maybe the best three hours I have had in a couple of months!

You don’t have to make a big production out of taking time for yourself – just do simple things that give you a chance to just be.

Kick your feet up everyone once in awhile….I promise, you deserve it!