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Chambray is a fantastic wardrobe staple that, at first glance, may seem difficult to pair up, but once you realize how versatile it is, you will love what it does for your style. This neutral, classic top can be paired up with a variety of trendy wardrobe items helping to work them into your style rotation with ease. If you've been shy about trying out colored skinny jeans or patterned shorts, the Chambray top is a great way to tone down both pieces and balance out the look, and that's just one way to use this versatile top!
Today, I've come up with five different ways to incorporate chambray into your summer wardrobe - from maxi skirts to skinny pants and even a chic pencil skirt for the office, the possibilities are, quite frankly, endless with Chambray. Take a look at how you can start to bring this classic neutral into your regular wardrobe rotation.
Ever wondered what it’s like to taste breast milk? Okay maybe not. But a candy company called Lollyphile has caught the interest of hundreds of people in the last three days with the introduction of its new, breast milk flavored sucker.
Lollyphile founder, Jason Darling, said he came up with the idea by watching his friends with their infants.
Despite the photos of a cute baby enjoying one of the pops on the company’s website, they are meant to target adults.
“Sure, the kids are all crazy cute, but what slowly dawned on me was that my friends were actually producing milk so delicious it could turn a screaming, furious child into a docile, contented one. I knew I had to capture that flavor,” Darling said in a press release.
During my first pregnancy I was terrified to do any type of exercise. I wanted to run. I had been running for years. The doctor gave me the okay to run, but visions of a jostled baby scared me, and so I did little more than walk a few blocks here and there. I gained quite a bit of weight and had a tough time taking it off once I delivered.
My second pregnancy, though, went a bit differently. I ran until just a few weeks before delivery. I ran three days a week, three miles at a time, until I got too big and the baby pressed down on my bladder, leaving me to believe my water had broken on one particular jaunt. (The friendly staff at the local ER assured me, after an ultrasound, that wasn’t amniotic fluid I’d leaked but – much to my embarrassment – another bodily fluid.) I did so to keep my sanity and, I hoped, to keep in shape so that after baby came I had more energy and could drop the added weight faster. (I did on both counts.)
Still, I always wondered how safe exercise was during pregnancy, what was okay to do, and what should be avoided during that time. So I turned to a few experts with questions about the safety of fitness during pregnancy and to find out their thoughts about exercising with baby on board.
The first few months of a baby’s life are full of midnight feedings, seemingly constant diaper changes, and a general lack of sleep. While in some families the main responsibility falls to the mother to wake up with a fussy baby, James and Kimberly Van Der Beek have developed a system of distributing duties to share the stress and burden.
James Van Der Beek – known for his role on Dawson’s Creek – says, "We’ve got the triage thing going. Whoever slept the least [the night before] gets to sleep. We take a lot of turns.” Kimberly agrees, “Today I woke up with the kids and yesterday he did. It’s pretty fair.”
Kimberly spends a lot of time as an activist for natural birth and other motherhood issues. She also urges people to ask for help from friends and family when it becomes overwhelming. She says, “It’s hard to be 100 percent mom 100 percent of the time so it’s nice if you can have family and other people helping you out.”>
Let’s face it, we get a lot of attention when we’re pregnant.
Which is, of course, as it should be.
We are, after all, the ones growing an actual human being inside of us. But this Father’s Day, I will begrudgingly admit that it may be time to acknowledge that special man in our lives with just a little thanks and appreciation.
And while I’m not advocating that we all need to take on the attitude of my mother-in-law, who burst into the hospital room minutes after I had given birth to our first daughter and exclaimed, “Oh, you look so tired, honey!” except she wasn’t talking to me, she was addressing my husband, who responded, “I am exhausted!” I will still dutifully point you in the direction of some great gift ideas.
10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan has been on the waiting list for a lung transplant for 18 months. With only weeks to live, she was on the bottom of the list due to a policy that concerns the age of the patients in need of lung transplants.
The young girl was born with cystic fibrosis, a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. It causes the body to produce sticky mucus that clogs the lungs.
Children under age 12 are not on the priority list for adult organs; they get sent to the bottom. This meant that unless every adult ahead of her on the list refused to accept the lungs that were offered them, Sarah would not have access to new lungs.
In 2012 there were only 11 child lung donors and two lung transplants for children between ages 6 and 10.
With summer vacation quickly approaching, parents everywhere are looking into summer camps, pool passes, and fun family getaways. Summer is typically a time for endless hours outside and sunsets that linger.
But did you know that children face a real danger of losing some of the educational gains made during the school year if they do not continue with reading during the summer? It’s true. Commonly referred to as the “summer slide”, some kids lose valuable academic skills when they do not exercise their reading muscles for a couple of months. While a nice break is definitely in order after a long school year, it’s also important to sneak in some reading throughout the summer months.
Six books seems to be the magic number for older, independent readers, but pre-readers and emerging readers need to continue with at least twenty minutes of reading each day.
Reading can be a lot of fun, particularly during the summer months. Shake things up a bit and keep up those academic skills while having fun with your kids this summer.
The lazy, carefree days of summertime provide an awesome opportunity for you to make a fresh start in your life. Whether you want to give up smoking, start an exercise program, refine the way your family eats, implement a new household budget, improve your health, deep clean and un-clutter your home, or get your relationship back on track – now is the time to do so!
According to Deepak Chopra, the renowned abundant living personality, it only takes 21 days of consistent conscious living to create new habits in your life. Doing something consistently for 21 days in a row helps you break through mental boundaries and ensures you a fresh start. Think about it. Only 21 short days. Just 3 small weeks. If you can get through 9 months (40 weeks) of pregnancy, chances are you can get through 21 days of commitment to a new way of life.
The following tips will help you make positive changes in your life so that you can get a fresh start regardless of what situation in your life you are trying to change.
Maxi dresses are a great summer wardrobe staple. The best thing about these dresses is that they serve as a wonderful base for creating many fabulous looks. Just by adding a shrug, a vest, a statement necklace, or a cardigan sweater, you can easily transform one dress for several occasions. Flip-flops or flat sandals are really the best type of shoe to pair with a maxi dress, however if you want to give yourself a little height a great pair of espadrilles is also a nice option.
The maxi dress I've chosen for the following sets is a J. Crew v-neck available in three color options. If you're looking to keep the price down, stores like Gap and Old Navy are also great places to shop for inexpensive maxi dresses that will work just as well in creating these looks! Today I've accessorized the same dress with five different looks.
When it comes to date night, I will admit that I’m a little on the vanilla side. Dinner and a movie made up my husband and I’s first date, and our formula hasn’t changed much.
I’m always on the lookout for ways to shake up the romance a little, and pregnancy is the perfect time to take the opportunity to try out some new date night ideas—before you need a babysitter!
I came across some ridiculously cute date night ideas from Brittany at The Lily Field that meet me my three criteria for a fun and pregnant date night: cute, easy, and cheap! She and her husband plan fun and spontaneous date nights every month for each other and although I can barely manage to plan dinner every night for my family, I can manage to steal some of these adorable ideas!