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Baby on board, what do I wear!? Step three: FINALISE!

You closet is cleaned out, you’ve made your lists of what you really want and what you think you will need.  Now it’s time to begin building that wardrobe!

Step three is about building your wardrobe from the bottom up.  You’ve gone through your existing closet and put away everything you won’t need.  You’ve also determined what phase you will be in per season and made your lists.  So here we go!

 
First trimester and post baby go hand in hand: People often worry about the longevity of their maternity clothing.  Buying items that are too large in the beginning in hopes that you will grow into them is a huge mistake. When buying your first trimester maternity items, make sure that they fit you now.  Begin with your Belly Bands, basic bottoms such as black pants, skirt or capris and versatile items like camisoles, T-shirts and sweaters.  Know that these items will serve you very well in the beginning and you will get most of their wear post-baby.  Yes, we’re now talking what you’ll be wearing once you are not pregnant anymore.  Buy good quality basics that are in your proper size as these will probably be the items you will get the most use of when you’re home being mommy to your new little bundle.

 
•    2nd trimester the first big boom:  Begin your 2nd trimester shopping alongside your trimester shopping.  Somewhere in the middle of your second trimester you’ll begin to wonder what happened!  Your belly will finally begin to look like a real baby bump. This is the trimester in which the golden stretch rule comes in.  Stop wearing current items you don’t want to ruin with stretching.  This is the time to start getting the most use out of your maternity tops and pants.

 
•    3rd trimester the final push:  You will be wearing what you’ve bought on a daily basis.  At this time in your pregnancy, some women can easily wear their initial maternity clothing.  Yet some other women may become victim to swelling and may need a larger size.  If you fall within the latter category, opt for true stretch items like a pair of basic pants and maybe one or two maternity tops in a larger size.  Take note that items bought specifically for this period in your pregnancy probably won’t serve you as long as the items you bought closer to your pre-pregnancy size.  Yet bear in mind that these items will be worn consistently and washed several times a week, so pay attention to fabric quality.

 
The key to success in looking great and wearing suitable maternity wear during your pregnancy is mere organization.  Take the time to properly go through your closet and remove the items you don’t need in order to assure that you can easily find and coordinate your new wardrobe.  Once that is done, build your new wardrobe from the basics up.  Don’t forget to pull out all of your bling from the hidden crevices of your drawers!

 
Happy organizing and shopping!
All the best to you and your new adventure!

Baby on board, what do I wear!? Step two: Plan your shopping

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Jeans for mommy from MaliMoo Baby!

Today is all about  making your lists.  Now back to evaluating your regular wardrobe before you go and start spending your hard earned money on maternity wear!

Step two is short and sweet today.  This step is all about planning your maternity shopping expedition.

In step one you learned about the different aspects of evaluating the clothing (specifically stretch items) that you currently have in your closet.  You  have organised, packed away all the items you won’t need during your pregnancy (or that no longer fit) in proper plastic bins and have pulled out all of your accessories from the woodwork.

Now you are ready to look at what how you can enhance what you do have and makes lists of what you don’t have or will need in the coming months.

Fancy the season: Start with making a list of the seasons you will be pregnant and an approximate stage you’ll be during each of these.
•    Maternity Bathing suit: To consider if you will be within your second or third trimester during the hottest summer months.
•    Maternity winter coat: To consider if you will be within your second or third trimester during the winter months.
•    Maternity business suit: To consider if you have a job that requires business attire.
•    Special events: Will you have any events like weddings or other special occasions that will require you to buy something a little formal?  Jot this down on your calendar and note what phase you expect be in during that time.

Make a working list: Create a working list of items you think you will need.
•    Determine if you will need any of the items listed in Fancy the season.  Jot these down.

•    Build some outfits based on what still fits you in your closet.   Are you still just squeezing into these things?  Are these items you have kept in your closet because you plan on wearing them out?  Do you feel that you can sustain these throughout the first trimester, possibly the second in your pregnancy?

•    Look at your lifestyle.  Now may not be the time to go with a whole new image overload especially with your body changing rapidly.  If you are accustomed to wearing jeans to work and on week-ends, consider planning to buy a few cute dresses for those showers or other weekend events you may have coming up.  But if you are a denim girl, you will want your denims when you are pregnant.  Research maternity jeans styles you may want to invest in.  On the flip-side, if you are a business woman and live in dresses or suits, then plan accordingly with your list items.  Again, work with your seasons and what stage of pregnancy you will be in.

•    Create your wish list.  Begin from the bottom up.  I say that because bottom pieces are what you will need least of and moving upwards (tops) you will want the most of!  Start adding things like pants, jeans, skirts and then move up to camisoles, t-shirts, dressy tops, bras and underwear etc.  Put an approximate number of how many pieces of each you feel you may need.  How often in one week do you currently wear your basic black pants?  Jeans, favorite T-Shirts?  Remember that you won’t be building in the same numbers as you have now.

 

Step Three will outline how to narrow your list and at what point in your pregnancy you should consider buying these items!

Until then, enjoy your wish list making and evaluating!

If you missed the first step click here to read step one!

Happy jotting!

 

Baby on board, what do I wear! Step one: How to evaluate what you have

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Beautiful Zara Maternity top

Beautiful Zara Maternity top

Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life.  A time to reflect on all the lovely things you’ve done and all the things you aspire to do.  With the new blooming life in your belly, you’ll be filled with only happy thoughts until that fated day when the top button of your pants will no longer close. Uh-oh, the unwelcome fat days have come.  Rather than feeling depressed and filled with self-loathing about your body’s “discrepancies”, embrace these changes: Inside and out.

The most difficult task is shopping for a new wardrobe.  Add a body that has a mind of its own and the shopping experience has now become more of a nightmare than the week-end therapy it once was.

The trick to maternity wear shopping for both the body and the pocket book is to do it in steps.

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting the three vital steps to evaluating your closet and how to organize yourself so that you maximize the use of your current clothing and dollars.

Today covers STEP ONE: Evaluate what you do have and how you can make what you own an asset in your new maternity wardrobe.  Invest in some large plastic bins to store your no longer fitting items while they wait for you to come back to your skinny body!

Here are some tips on how to determine what to keep and what to stash:

  • The sexy squeeze:  A sexy squeeze item is anything that you can still squeeze into and wear comfortably for at least a couple more weeks, including items that you can salvage with the use of a maternity band can be kept in the closet (for now).  Remove all clothing items that definitely do not fit anymore. Put these away in your store away bin.
  • Golden stretch rule: Some tops, dresses and sweaters made of stretchy fabrications and can be worn at the beginning of your pregnancy.  These items may even carry you through to the very end; But before you wear out your non-maternity stretch clothing, you’ll need to decide what you plan to wear out and what you plan to wear once you are back to the skinny you.  While it’s nice to wear what you have, you’ll need to remember that some stretch fabrics won’t recover after being stretched to new heights.  These types of items will generally be ruined due to lack of stretch recovery.  Therefore, the golden stretch rule is to keep items in your closet that are long enough, stretch enough and that you don’t mind wearing out.  Store away those precious stretch pieces you wish to spare from distorting with your new sexy body and want to wear again after baby is here.
  • Over and open: Button down shirts, jackets, blazers and other over pieces are hit or miss.  Some women enjoy the open jacket look or shirt blazer look.  If you have a few good over pieces that can be worn open for fashion sake, then by all means keep them in your closet.  Just remember that some items like these look ridiculous unless they are properly buttoned up.  So for those un-fit babies, pack them up for later.
  • Baby Booty: Baby booty is the first thing to creep up on most women.  Pants, jeans and shorts are the trickiest items to wear when you are pregnant. These are the first items you will need to replace and are typically the last item that most people go back to in their old size (right away).  Choose these items wisely.  Any non stretch bottom that is already giving you grief has to be put away in that bin immediately.  Keep all yoga pants, leggings and joggers that you don’t mind sacrificing to the “golden stretch rule” (see above).   Items that matter should be put away.
  • Bring the Bling: Except for belts, all other accessories are the items that have no “shape” restraints.  Now is the time to go through all of the bling you have, including those you probably forgot about.

The key to success in looking great and wearing suitable maternity wear during your pregnancy is merely organization.  Take the time to properly go through your closet and remove the items you don’t need in order to assure that you can easily find and coordinate your new wardrobe.  Don’t forget to pull out all of your bling from the hidden crevices of your drawers!

Until step two, HAPPY ORGANIZING!!!

Slow Cooker fun for busy moms

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Preparing dinner after a long hard day is not an easy task.

The biggest complaint I hear from most mothers is trying to decide what to make.  The second largest complaint is finding recipes that are quick and not too complicated.

In comes the slow cooker.  I know that not all things taste great in a slow cooker, but no one says that you need to use it on a daily basis.

Once or twice a week is suffice and a great help on those extremely over scheduled afternoons.

 

I went on a little internet search and found some interesting recipes that I thought I’d share with you.

I plan on trying these recipes out over the next couple of weeks and will let you all know what I think (or should I say, what the boys think as I’m cooking mainly for them. I can survive on chips and chocolate)!

If any of you try them out, let me know your thoughts.

 

Here is what I found:

 

To die for crock pot roast recipe on www.Food.com

The initial photos and the reviews seem quite fantastic.  My only issue are all of those “packets” of dressings and sauces that it calls for.  I just keep thinking “sodium, sodium, sodium.”  But I guess when desperate to have a roast on the table when time is an issue, sodium can step aside once in awhile.  Based on the reviews,  it’s well worth a shot at trying.

 

 

 

 

Apricot Chicken on About.com – BUSY COOKS

I love apricots and I love chicken.  So far in all of my crock pot experiences, chicken is not always the ideal meat.  Yet this recipe had me taking a double take.  The opening paragraph is a little misleading as it states that it only calls for 4 ingredients (every busy moms dream) however when reading the recipe it doesn’t take long to realize that it’s more like 6 or 7.  That being said, the instructions are pretty clear and the reviews are very positive.  I’m definitely going to try this one out.

 

 

Slow cooker/crock pot Vegetable beef soup recipe on Cully’s Kitchen

Now this is something that is up my alley.  The ingredients are many but  real foods (like meat and potatoes mmmmm).  Also, lots of great photos to help you out!

I’m also glad I came across this food blog as this blogger Cully seems to be onto something …..

 

 

 

 

So happy Crock cooking people.  I’m off to try my new slow cooker.

If you  have any quick recipes to share, do send them over!

 

 

The REAL way to survive the infant and toddler stages

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This weeks blogger is Heather Mott

Heather Mott

 

Heather is a stay at home mom to twin boys, triplet boys and a single daughter. She started this blog to take the place of the baby book that she was never good at keeping. She shares all the things that go along with raising a big family, keeping up a marriage and a social life at the same time.  http://mottmultiples.blogspot.com is written as a firsthand experience of what raising multiples is all about.

 

 

 

I am a SAHM to 6 children.  They are all my biological children and I carried all of them to term…well almost.  I have twin boys who are 10 years old, a daughter who is 7 and triplet boys who are 3 years old.  I have had long days that I thought would never end and have had those days where I ask myself, “When will this end”.  I also have days when I count my blessings and am so thankful for all that I have been given.  I may not be an expert but this is how I survived the infant and toddler stages.

 

Stick To a Routine.  I have found that keeping a schedule is the key to keeping yourself sane as well as keeping a happy child.  Kids need to know what is happening next. They do better when they know what to expect.  I especially adhere to a strict naptime and because of this I have 3 year old triplets that consistently nap 2 to 3 hours a day and still have a solid bedtime routine as well.

 

Leave The House.  Get out… Get out… I love the days when we just get in the car and wing it.  I never get too bent out of shape if they can’t handle all of my errands but even if it is just a stop or two it can revive even the most stressed out mom.  I sometimes just need to be out and about just to see what all is happening.  I often will stop by the bank; fill up the gas and then maybe end at the park for some play.

 

Date Nights.  My husband and I are very good at keeping to a weekly date night schedule.  We are very busy with the schedules of our 6 kids but we come first and we need to take time out to do something…just the two of us with no interruptions.

 

Demand Respect.  Children need to know who is in charge and who the boss is.  They need to know that they need to treat their parents with respect.  I begin to correct my children at a very early age about tones in their voices, how to ask for things, please and thank-you, excuse me and various other manners that I feel are and will be important as they get older.

 

You Need People.  Most of us mom’s need more in our life than 24hrs a day of babies and toddlers.  Treat yourself to regular evenings out or morning coffee outings with the ladies.  I look forward to the nights when a couple of my friends and I set up a gathering.  We might meet up at 7 or 8pm and just talk, have a drink and maybe some appetizers.  Sometimes I have to force myself out of the house but when I come home I feel alive all over again.  I have also been known to have a morning cup of coffee at Starbucks or take a walk with a friend.  Sounds so simple but can be so satisfying.

 

Play dates.  Find them and utilize them.  I am not a fan of lots of play dates but I will tell you that it is the play dates what has kept me sane on those cold winter days.  My favorite and only play dates are the ones where I get a play date too (meaning that I must like the momma).  Who cares if the kids are not the exact same age, who cares if it only last an hour or so.  Share house visits or meet somewhere and enjoy.  You will return home and feel like the kids had some fun and you had a play date as well.

 

Boredom=Fighting. My husband sometimes wonders why the triplets go crazy for him.  You know what I am talking about.  The mornings when everyone is fighting, constant crying, lots of time outs and the time goes by so slow.  I have to admit that sometimes I am not in the mood to play and entertain but when I do jump in and get them interested in something it can often reset everyone and get them into better moods.  I still have to remind myself about this because I am often trying to get things done around the house and expect them to play amongst themselves.

 

Ask/Tell Your Spouse What You Need.  I am still learning this one.  My husband will never do what I think he should do and will never read my mind.  Instead of getting upset with him because of what he didn’t do I have discovered that I just go to him and ask/tell him specifically what is needed.  Can you please get up and help me clean up the family room so I can sit down too.  Can you please take the kids outside and play while I try to get dinner ready.  Will you please start the homework with the older ones while I take the little ones for a walk?  More often than not he will look at me and say “sure”.   Men don’t think the way we do and never will.

 

Sleeping Through the Night.  This is by far the most important things that needed to happen early on for me.  I need my sleep and when I get sleep than I can do anything.  I did the CIO method (cry it out) for all six of my children and all with great success.  My twins were sleeping thru the night at 8 weeks, my single at 8 weeks and my triplets at 11 weeks.  I am a true believer that children as young as infants learn how to get the attention of their parents.

 

Socialize.   Introduce your children to lots of people.  The more places you take them and the more people you come in contact with the more your little ones will feel comfortable around others.  I have a huge family with lots of people who want to take my kids and have sleepovers.  We do things with other couples and I think this also helps.  Use babysitters and show your kids that mom leaves but mom always comes back.  Going off to school has been a relatively easy transition for all six of my children.