5 Pregnancy Essentials You Need RIGHT NOW!

5 Pregnancy Essentials You Need RIGHT NOW!

Are you pregnant? Congratulations! Me too!

Being that this is my third pregnancy, I feel pretty confident that I have a good grip on what is a pregnancy essential and what is not. I have found quite a few items to really make my life a whole lot easier while pregnant, so I compiled a list of the top 5 items you need RIGHT NOW so you can enjoy your pregnancy just a little bit more.

 

kevel zipper ties1. Kevel Mommy Fly Tie

Kevel Mommy Fly Ties are the perfect money-saver (especially if you don’t gain a ton of weight during your pregnancy) because they allow you to wear all your favorite pairs of jeans instead of springing for elastic waist maternity jeans. These fly ties work by attaching the rubber tag to the button, then looping the bands through the zipper and then through the button-hole. Makes any jeans “fit” even though your belly is growing!

Kevel Mommy Fly Ties come in 3 waist-expanding sizes that allow you to rock your favorite skinny jeans throughout your entire pregnancy.

Price: $16.99 with six per pack.

Buy It: Nordstorm, Duane Reade and Buy Buy Baby.

For more information, visit www.kevel.com


 

black belly band2. Belly Armor Belly Band

The Belly Armor Radiashield Maternity Belly Band is definite must for all moms-to-be that spend a lot of time at the computer or using their cell phone. The Belly Armor’s Belly Band provides a comfortable, full coverage support you need with a little added protective benefit. Belly Armor’s belly band is lined with the their patented RadiaShield technology that prevents you and your baby from everyday radiation from cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPhones, etc. So not only do you get the coverage and support you want from a belly band, you are protecting you and your baby from harm too!

In May of 2011 the WHO reclassified Cell Phone Radiation in the same potentially carcinogenic category as chloroform, engine exhaust, and lead. From France to China to San Francisco, governments worldwide are taking the emerging evidence of public health risks from everyday radiation seriously. For additional information and important facts on radiation today, check out Belly Armor’s website.

Price: $59.99

Buy It: Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and BellyArmor.com

For more information, visit www.bellyarmor.com


 

nursing cover3. DRIA Nursing Cover & Maternity Top

Not JUST a nursing cover, this fashionable poncho fits like a modern jersey style t-shirt and adds style to any outfit. You can wear it as maternity top, then after baby is born use it as a breastfeeding cover up. It also doubles as a stroller cover and a car seat cover, making this a versatile and very useful piece. Long after nursing is over and baby is grown, you can continue to wear this poncho as a beach cover up with flip flops or on the weekends with leggings and tall boots. Hands down one of the most fashionable nursing covers I’ve ever seen!

Price: $79

Buy It: driacover.com or amazon.com

Fore more information, visit www.driacover.com


 

pregnancy yoga4. Healthy Fit Happy Mom Prenatal Exercise Routines

The Healthy Fit Happy Mom Prenatal Exercise Routines are targeted to strengthen and tone your body, helping to prepare it for labor and childbirth. If you’ve been pregnant before, you’ll know how important it is to exercise, eat well and stay healthy while pregnant. Not just four baby but for your growing baby, but for your mental, physical and spiritual well being.

“Healthy, Fit, Happy Mom: Volume 1″ has three workouts, one for each trimester, with simple healthy tips as well as yummy recipes to help nourish you and your baby’s body. All of the exercises on the DVD use just your body-weight, so you won’t have to buy any fancy equipment. Just put on your comfy clothes, grab a bottle of water and get moving!

Price: $6.95 for DVD 1 or $14.95 for the 3 disc set.

Buy It: Amazon.com

For more information, visit www.healthyfithappymom.com


 

sea band mama5. Sea-Band Wrist Bands for Nausea Relief

Thank goodness for Sea-Band Mama Acupressure Wristbands or I wouldn’t have made it through the first trimester of my pregnancy! I had pretty bad morning sickness this time around and was actually surprised by how much these wristbands helped.

Price: $6.49 – $12.50

Buy It: Amazon.com, drugstore.com, Walgreens.com and in stores like Walmart.

For more information, visit www.sea-band.com


 

Disclaimer: Some of the products in this article were provided to us free of charge for the purpose of product testing. This does not effect our opinion of the products in any way. We only write about products we personally like and use, regardless of how they were acquired.

Get Outside and Go Hiking This Summer!

Exercise is important to good health and general well-being, so it is never too late to begin a regular routine. The more active you are the more energy you expend in the form of calories. If your aim is to lose weight, expending more calories than you take in from eating is an important step in weight loss; unless you’re already very active, anyone will benefit from an increase in their exercise level. One of the best in terms of initial cost, variable levels of exertion and overall benefit, hiking is one of the best exercises for people.

hiking boots

The first step in preparing for hiking as an aerobic activity is making sure you have the right gear. Hiking is an outdoor activity and your feet should be adequately prepared for walking on uneven ground over natural landscapes. A good pair of walking shoes or even a pair of hiking boots from a reputable dealer like theclymb.com is necessary for proper protection. Quality and more importantly comfort are the main factors in choosing your hiking footwear. In making the footwear choices, you should consider what sort of hiking trips you’re going to be making.

For a beginner, it is best to start off slowly; choose even paths with gentle inclines and clearly marked trails. Local parks often have walking tracks that provide the interesting sights of nature while also providing a clean and accessible path to follow. After you have decided what sort of footwear you will need, you should give them adequate break-in time. It is not advisable to wear a pair of hiking shoes or boots directly from the box to the outdoors. If the product description does not give a clear idea, ask a sales representative or phone the shoe or boot manufacturer.

With your new footwear in hand and your hiking path chosen, it is time to consider anything else you might need, like natural fiber socks, a plastic reusable water-bottle for proper hydration, sunscreen, a backpack to carry with if you plan to be outdoors for long periods, and even a walking stick. If you’re new, don’t forget to pace yourself! Injuries from being improperly prepared will derail an exercise program before it has begun.

Don’t forget to join theclymb.com to get all the gear you need at up to 70% off retail price! I just joined and I am amazed at what a huge selection they have. Can’t wait to get some new running sneakers…

 

the clymb

 

HKNB Fashionable & Stylish Workout Wear

If you’re anything like me, you probably have trouble staying motivated and sticking to your fitness routine. Every day I come up with a bunch of excuses (to myself) of why I don’t need to workout that day or why I have something else to do that’s more important. I’m too busy today, I don’t have the energy, my weight is ok today, my jeans fit fine today I’ll wait till tomorrow, I have too many things on my to-do list to make time today, I’m having my period, I have a headache, my knee hurts, my asthma symptoms are acting up today, and the list of excuses goes on and on…

Sometimes one of the only ways I can get myself to actually workout is to get on the stair stepper while I’m watching recorded episodes of The Carrie Diary’s or Dancing With The Stars (my guilty pleasure.) My (attempted) daily workout routine usually consists of yoga, walking and the stair stepper. One of the ways I keep myself motivated is to wear stylish workout clothes! Wearing pieces that flatter my body help me feel confident which helps me stay motivated.

Today I started off my morning with my own little modified version of yoga and some stretching…

Heidi Klum for New Balance Workout Wear

Heidi Klum for New Balance Workout Wear

I was treated to four pieces from the new collection by Heidi Klum for New Balance that I couldn’t wait to try out. Above, I’m wearing the HKNB Coverup ($79.99) and HKNB Tech Capri ($74.99).

What’s nice about the pieces in her new collection is they are appropriate for any kind of workout routine. Whether you like running, walking, dancing, yoga, pilates, aerobics or just going to the gym, any of the items in the Heidi Klum for New Balance Collection will easily fit into your workout wardrobe.

Once I warmed up, I took off the super soft and comfortable coverup and stripped down to the HKNB Tunic Tee ($39.99) in florescent green. I love how thin and lightweight this tee is. It’s very stretchy and soft, making it very comfortable to workout in. The Tech Capri’s are equally as comfortable. Slim fitting and super stretchy, I feel totally unrestricted wearing these – like I could do anything! Same with the HKNB Essential Tight ($74.99) which are pretty much my favorite leggings now. They have cute shirring/gathering at the ankles, a hidden pocket in the waist band for your keys (or other small items) and are made of a moisture wicking fabric.

Heidi Klum for New Balance Workout Wear

Heidi Klum for New Balance Workout Wear

All four of the pieces I received to review fit perfectly, were very comfortable and flattering as well. My favorite pieces was definitely the HKNB Coverup. I am absolutely in LOVE with it! It’s super soft on this inside, which is great against bare skin, unlike most workout sweatshirts. I also appreciate that it’s long enough to cover my butt, which is essential in my opinion! Another neat feature is the thumb holes in the sleeves and the large kangaroo pocket in the front. Perfect for putting your hands in or throwing your cell phone or iPod into. This coverup has such a nice shape to it and is so stylish that I can definitely wear it even when I’m not exercising. It’s definitely going to be a part of my daily wardrobe, not just my workout wear.

Heidi Klum for New Balance Workout Wear

If you are interested in fashionable and stylish workout wear, you should definitely check out the Heidi Klum for New Balance collection. If you are already a fan of Heidi Klum for New Balance, show off your workout style on Twitter or Instagram using the #HKNB hashtag! I can’t wait to see your workout looks!

HKNBNew Balance has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. The Heidi Klum for New Balance partnership combines New Balance’s expertise in fit and form with Heidi Klum’s commitment to sophisticated style, to create a versatile collection for women that is both everyday wearable and chic.

Learn more: http://www.newbalance.com/Heidi-Klum/heidi-klum,default,pg.html

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by New Balance via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of New Balance.

Bio Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Shorts Make Inches Disappear!

I recently lost a lot of weight on The Dukan Diet and very successfully managed to get back to my pre baby weight. And not my ‘before my second baby’ weight… my ‘before my FIRST baby’ weight. I now weigh the same as I did when I got married. Totally great… makes me super, super happy. However………. I don’t look like I did when I was 18 anymore! Hmm, go figure… Amazing what growing two brand new human beings in your body will do to it.

So needless to say, I have some…er….. rough edges? Few stretch marks… little bit of cellulite… no boobs…. but I can’t complain too much. I could look a lot worse!

Thankfully, I found Delfin Spa Bio-Ceramic Shorts to help in my fight against gaining back extra pounds and combat all that cellulite.

Delfin Spa’s Cellulite Reduction System is an effective and convenient means to reduce visible cellulite and leg circumference. The system comprises Bio-Ceramic lined neoprene shorts and specially formulated Anti-Cellulite cream. Delfin Spa’s Anti-cellulite cream utilizes a combination of natural plant extracts to lessen cellulite, improve micro circulation and assists in reduction of retained liquid.

Delfin Spa’s Bio-Ceramic shorts act as a thermal agent to improve the penetration and efficacy of the Anti-Cellulite cream. They are comfortable to wear and thin enough to wear under clothing while going about your daily activities. The bio-ceramic material is the key to Delfin Spa shorts not being bulky as it reflects your body heat back into you.

I wear them almost everyday now. I had friends and family comment on warmer days “How can you stand wearing those?! Aren’t you got and sweaty under there?” lol Um, yeah… that’s the point! And now that it’s freezing here, I find the extra layer helps keep me warm. Admittedly I don’t sweat as much with these on when it’s cold, obviously, but I hope they are still working!

I use these as my secret weapon to help whip me back into shape if I’ve been cheating on my diet for a few days… (Sshhhh, don’t tell Dr Dukan!). They help reduce water retention (hence the sweating) which is especially helpful during “that time of the month” when you are more likely to retain extra water and bloat. I really feel like these shorts help me fight back.

Increased heat and molecular stimulation enhances the effectiveness of your exercise by increasing blood flow and accelerating your metabolism so you can burn more calories. Bio Ceramic shorts also improve the effectiveness of any anti-cellulite cream by making it penetrate deep into the skin and the cellulite. These shorts are a great option to wear during yoga class too.

 

This summer I tried a similar pair of exercise shorts as these and they worked just as well, but Delfin Spa shorts are HALF THE PRICE! (They are on sale right now for $51.99 and they come with Anti Cellulite Cream (6 oz)!!!!)

Bonus! These come in Extra Small (which is the size I got) and the other ones I reviewed do not, which made them eventually fit quite baggy on me making them completely ineffective. You want these to fit like a glove… like a wet suit… very form fitting, in order to get the benefits from wearing them.

Purchase these shorts and other anti-cellulite products on DelfinSpa.com

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Zaggora Hot Pants Review – Lose 2 Jean Sizes in 2 Weeks!

Last week I mentioned I was reviewing Zaggora Hot Pants. I wore them for 3 days and noticed immediate results! Not only did I lose one whole pants size in the first 3 days, I literally lost noticeable inches from around my waist, hips, butt and thighs.

I didn’t wear them every single day for 2 weeks like I was supposed to, but I did wear them for at least 14 days within a 3 week period. I absolutely contribute some of my weight loss success with The Dukan Diet to be partly due to the Zaggora HotPants.

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Adding Exercise to Your Life: The Fitness Challenge

I have a dirty little secret to share with all of you: I don’t exercise. Ever. It’s probably been about five years since I really did anything physical.

With each passing year, however, I know that I should really do something to change the way I behave (I’m a pretty severe workaholic. I bet those of you who know me are surprised I admitted it, but it’s true!)  and take care of my body better… because while I’m kind of thin, I also get winded after a couple of flights of stairs. Not cool and definitely not healthy.

It’s definitely time for a change, and I’m ready to make it. After all, I want to start out the next month right! So, I have a proposition for those of you reading here today: at least one of you has to love working out (or you do it frequently enough to know a lot about it).

I’d love to hear your tips, tricks and favorite workout techniques. Since I know less than nothing (I’ve only ever worked out for unhealthy reasons, and I don’t want to do that again!) about fitness and health, I figured there were no better women to come to about this than our readers and friends here at The Fashionable Housewife.

So, what’s your favorite type of exercise? How do you refuel after you’re done (since I’m pretty sure my dinner of Goldfish and Thin Mints probably isn’t one I should keep pursuing)? When do you find time to fit it into your busy, child-filled schedule? And, more than anything else, how do you stay motivated?

If we can get my tush into gear, I’m hoping that I can prove that even someone who is fitness-averse like me can get into shape and be healthy!

Want to join the challenge and stay updated with what’s going on in my new attempts at fitness? Want to change your lifestyle along with me? Email me at jaime@thefashionablehousewife.com. We can offer each other support and motivation!

To see more of Jaime’s work, check out DenimDebutante.com.

FitFlop Electra Sandals for Spring – Summer 2010

FitFlop’s most delicious creation – the sequin-smothered Electra. It sold out at lightning speed last summer, leaving many a firm-bottom, fashion loving FitFlop fan disappointed. Well, they’ve made more of them this year, but we still recommend you get yours quick, just in case!

You can purchase the Electra at Piperlime.com for $60, ShoeBuy.com for $60, Endless.com for $60 and of course at Macy’s and Nordstrom as well.

This season’s Electra has a new super-slim™ leather toe post, and (for those of you who own every other color like me) they’ve added a new one in pewter.

All FitFlops are built with their muscle-activating Microwobbleboard™ midsole technology —so you get a workout while you walk.

I own 4 pairs of FitFlop sandals and 2 pairs of the FitFlop Mukluk Boots. I’m a huge fan of FitFlops because they actually deliver the results they promise. If you have any questions about FitFlops or your hesitating buying a pair for yourself, leave a comment and let me know! I can help you decide if they would be right for you.

If you have a pair of FitFlops, leave a comment and tell me which ones!