Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's a.... Gender Reveal!

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

KinderCare Winter Camp + Homemade "Goo" [Sponsored]

KinderCare Winter Camp

KinderCare offers seasonal camps to help encourage and reinforce core learning activities, the 
winter camps are specifically designed to offer a balance of fun & continued learning during the holiday break. 

Winter Camp is open from December 19-30.

If you'd like more information about KinderCare's Winter Camp, or to find a KinderCare in your area, visit .

KinderCare Snow Day

KinderCare invited us to a morning of snow and science,
along with a tour of their Eastlake location. 

How to make homemade "goo" (aka flubber, slime, silly putty):

  1. Add 1tsp Borax into 1cup of lukewarm water. (Optional : Add 1tsp of glitter)
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add 10 drops of food coloring and a 4oz bottle of non-toxic white Elmer's glue (or other brand).
  4. Stir. Don't be afraid to get your hands in there and kneed the flubbery goo. Kneed it until it becomes smooth and all the water is absorbed
  5. To store the goo, place it in a zip-lock bag and remove as much air as possible.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Maternity Wear Wednesday: 14 weeks

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I love this super flowy dress from Love21 (Forever 21's adult clothing line). This style is very popular for fall, because it is a maternity piece the elastic band is a bit higher on this particular dress. 

This outfit is great for any trimester, whether you are hiding your semi-there baby bump, or looking for something that'll cover a full blown 9 month bump. (I also like to use large braceletes and cute shoes to distract from my protruding belly.)

14 weeks with Baby #2

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

DIY: No Sew Tutu Costume

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Keeping the Romance Alive While TTC

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blog Hop: 25 Things You May Not Know About Me

Christine, from Everyday Mama, is heading up a Blog Hop. 
She made a great point that moms are great at writing or talking 
about any and everything... except ourselves. So, here are 
25 things you may not know about me.  

Photo by: Traces of Green Photography 

  1. I was allergic/intolerant to eggs, gluten (wheat), and casein (milk) for 5 years. My daughter was my “cure”.
  2. After my allergies were gone I ate scrambled eggs with cheese, on a bagel, with a tall glass of whole milk, everyday, for at least 2 months.
  3. I read to learn. I don’t like fiction, unless it’s a children’s book.
  4. I believe that all books should have pictures, diagrams, charts, anything visual to break up all the words.
  5. I think that my daughter is quite honestly the funniest person I have ever met, and she is only 2.
  6. I think that it shouldn’t take longer to prepare a meal, than it takes to eat it. This is why I don’t cook often.
  7. I helped my mom start and run an at-home business at age 7.
  8. I drastically changed my career choice 3 times in college, without ever changing my major. (1. Special Effects Make-Up Artist, 2. Sports Advertising, 3. Baby Planner)
  9. In high school I was the lead make-up artist or designer on 15 different theatre shows.
  10. I hate crowded places. I try to only go to touristy locations or malls Monday-Thursday.
  11. I’ve never had anyone other than my mom clean my teeth. (She’s a dental hygienist.)
  12. I love new office supplies.
  13. Being creative and crafty makes me happy.
  14. I’d rather talk to you in person or talk over the phone, rather than email.
  15. I used to collect print ads. 
  16. I dominate at the game “Chubby Bunny”.
  17. I enjoy sending and receiving cards, and won't throw them away.
  18. I use cleaning as a procrastination tool.
  19. I love giving presents, and I can’t keep them a secret.
  20. Wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do.
  21. My favorite color is lime green.
  22. My husband and I were good friends for almost 2 years before we started dating.
  23. Dressing my daughter helped me add more color to my own wardrobe.
  24. My own baby “plan” involves adoption, in the future.
  25. I’m crossing my fingers for Baby #2 soon.  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Winners of the What to Expect 4 Book Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered in the sweepstakes!

The winners are...

Molly Godfrey - WTE Before You're Expecting

Britt - WTE When You're Expecting

Kendra Mason (Akritical) - WTE the First Year

Chelsea (Someday I'll Learn) -  WTE the Second Year

Please email with your shipping info.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Baby Steps Perinatal Fitness Interview + GIVEAWAY

Most pregnant women know that they should participate in some kind of physical activity while pregnant, but there are so many questions about what is safe, when to start, when to stop, etc.

Wouldn't it be great to have a personal trainer who specializes in pregnancy?

We sat down with Chad of Baby Steps Perinatal Fitness, in La Jolla, to talk about his business, work out philosophy, and the why's, when's, and how's of prenatal exercise.

1. What inspired you to start BabySteps?
  I started the program when I first found out my wife, Juliann, was pregnant with our first child. Until that time I had been working as a successful personal trainer for over 8 years, but when my wife inquired as to what forms of exercise would be most beneficial to her during her pregnancy, I was at a loss for words and felt I had to find out more. My search led me to discover an overwhelming amount of scientific research supporting the benefits of regular prenatal exercise. Most striking to me were the benefits that active mothers pass on to their unborn children. I felt the fitness world had dismissed this entire demographic due to unsubstantiated myths that exercise during pregnancy was too risky, which has now been proven otherwise. I decided to develop an exercise program that provides pregnant women with the confidence and know-how necessary to stay fit and active throughout their entire pregnancy and in to the postpartum period as well.

2. What's different about your philosophy and style than other prenatal exercise programs?

 Pregnant women often know they should exercise, but don’t know if they can safely continue with their

normal routine or if they can even begin an exercise program if they were previously sedentary. It seems
there are so many unknowns with pregnancy that women are left with a multitude of unanswered
questions and the idea of taking on an exercise program can be daunting. The reality is that pregnancy
is the ideal time to get moving. My philosophy is this- Don’t focus on what you can’t do, focus instead
on everything you can do!

  BabySteps fitness programs aim to provide women with answers to their questions regarding pregnancy
and exercise. It is unique in that it draws from different disciplines such as classic strength training,
yoga and pilates and addresses every facet of fitness such as core conditioning, strength, flexibility,
balance, cardiovascular endurance, breathing and meditation. Each program is uniquely designed so
that no two sessions are ever the same, which places different demands on the body so that the client
continues to see results. Currently, we offer private, semi-private and group exercise sessions. Women
have the option to choose the environment best suited to their personality and individual needs.

3. What are the benefits to working out during pregnancy?
  The benefits are endless and immeasurable. Here are just a few of the amazing benefits

  of exercise during and after pregnancy:
  • Eliminates or reduces pregnancy-related discomforts
  • Prevents and treats pregnancy-induced diabetes
  • Improves calcium absorption, preventing high blood pressure, preclampsia, and future osteoporosis
  • Relieves tension, stress, and possible depression
  • Reduces the strain on your back and sciatic nerve
  • Increases energy, particularly in the last trimester
  • Improves immunity
  • Strengthens pelvic floor muscles giving you better control during labor
  • Prevents or reduces the risk of labor complications
  • Minimizes postpartum blues or depression
  • Gives you time for yourself (and my wife swears by this one!)
  • And MORE!
4. When is it too late to start?

 It is never too late to embark on an exercise journey. Although it is ideal to be fit or at least planning
on it prior to conception, we don’t live in a perfect world. Pregnancy is a great time to get moving. In
fact, the real hazard is inactivity, which can lead to excess weight gain, pain, increased blood pressure
and possibly gestational diabetes. Almost 80% of women who develop gestational diabetes during
pregnancy will go on to become a Type II diabetic later in life and their children and more likely to
be overweight and develop diabetes as well. If you have no medical complications, exercise is the
healthiest decision you can make for yourself and your baby.

We're giving away a $160 gift certificate to 
Baby Steps Perinatal Fitness!

The gift certificate can be used towards two (2) one-hour private sessions 
or eight (8) one-hour group exercise lessons. 

  • This sweepstakes is open to San Diego County residents
  • To Enter: leave a comment below.
  • The winner will be chosen at random, by, to receive a $160 gift certificate and an organic onesie from Baby Steps Perinatal Fitness.
  • Deadline to enter is Saturday, August 6th at 11:59pm

Good Luck!

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Winner of the Sign4Baby Giveaway is...

Thank you to everyone who entered!

If you are not Danielle, and would like to learn take a Sign4Baby class, just follow this link to Joann's website

Caught the giveaway bug? 
We have another giveaway happening right now :)

The winner was chosen at random, by

Thank you again!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Join us for a Mom's night out this Saturday!

Join us for a "night off" with spa services, 
wine specials, food, and fun! 
Presented by Spaphile.

Spaphile is a weekly deal site that offers discounted spa services and products.

This event is not limited to moms, or women, 
but what mom doesn't like a massage and a glass of wine?

We hope to see you at Fifty Seven Degrees this Saturday!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Baby Sign Language

Have you ever wondered what your baby was thinking, or if they even understood what you were saying?

Have you experienced the helpless feeling when your child is crying or throwing a tantrum and you wished you had known what it was they wanted?

Have you tried teaching your child (and yourself) sign language??

Studies have shown that teaching hearing babies sign language has many benefits, including:

  • Increased vocabulary and communication skills
  • Builds confidence in both babies and parents
  • Decreased outbreaks, tantrums, and aggressive behavior due to frustration
  • Increased IQ
  • Fine motor skill development
  • Builds trust in parents and caregivers
  • Positive emotional development 

(To read more research from studies on signing and babies click here and here.)

   I love being able to sign with my daughter! Not only do we have fun bonding and learning together, but it has come in very handy! (Pun semi-intended)

  Our first introduction to signing was with the Baby Signing Time DVDs when she was about 6 months old, and at 9 months she first signed "milk". We started with the basic needs - milk, eat, more, and all done - then worked our way up. 

Photo by Stills by Hill
Recently we were invited to sit-in on a Sign 4 Baby 6 week session, with Joann Woolley (pictured left, signing "duck"). 
The six weeks consisted of 6 different categories of signs; animals, family, colors, feelings, play time, nature/weather.
Joann's class is fun and interactive! It's hard to grab the attention of 6 babies between the ages of 6 months and 2 years, but she does it through singing, dancing, animal noises, and of course signing.

We're in love with her class, because not only is it a fun learning environment for you and your little one, but it also gives you the opportunity to meet other parents and make new friends. Joann is also a wealth of information, teaching not only the signs, but also how to use them and how to effectively teach them to your children. 
I learned that facial expressions and tone of voice are really key, especially when learning signs about feelings and emotions.

If you would like to find out more about Sign 4 Baby, go to the website, and while you are there, take a look at the classes offered and let us know which class you and your little one would like to take to be entered into our giveaway.

  • This giveaway is open to San Diego County residents
  • To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us which class you would like to take, or what signs you would most like to learn. (Deadline to enter is July 21 at 11:59pm)
  • The winner will be chosen at random to receive 1 FREE 6 week Sign, Play & Learn class valued at $125
This Giveaway is CLOSED.
(Don't forget to enter our "What to Expect" giveaway, while you're at it.)

Good luck!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Giveaway: "What to Expect"- Before, During, and After Pregnancy

   Ask any mom, "what book would you recommend for pregnancy", and 9 times out of 10 the response will be, "What to Expect When You're Expecting".  This book has been coined the "bible of pregnancy" and is a trusted resource guide for over 16 million expecting parents! 

   What to Expect When You're Expecting has been on the New York Times' Best Seller List for over 500 weeks, but did you know that there are 3 others in the parenting line?

-What to Expect Before You're Expecting
-What to Expect The First Year
-What to Expect The Second Year

Scroll down below the pictures to find out how to win one of the four!

 Rules for Entry:

  • This sweepstakes is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, ages 18 and older. 
  • Deadline to enter is July 31, 2011 at 11:59pm.
  • Four (4) winners will be chosen at random and announced on August 1, 2011. Each winner will receive one (1) of the books listed above.
How to Enter:
  • Mandatory Entry: Post a comment below telling us which book you would like to win and who you would like to win it for (yourself, sister, friend, etc)
          Super Easy!
  • Additional Entries:
    • Tweet "I just entered to win the @What_To_Expect giveaway from @BabyBumpBeyond! " (1x entry)
    • Leave a comment on our Facebook page, telling us what you are most excited about for parenthood, or what your favorite moment has been thus far. Be sure to tag What to Expect in your post for a total of (2x entries).
    • Share the link to this giveaway on your Facebook page (1x entry)- Be sure to tag Baby Bump & Beyond, LLC. so we can count it! 

Good Luck!

Giveaway Closed

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Importance of a Great Doctor

No one likes going to the Doctor's office. This is especially true for kids- even when they are healthy they get poked, measured, weighed, and given shots.

The Doctor's office is not a fun place for parents or kids, which is why it is so important to have a great Doctor.

A great Doctor is more than their medical degree and qualifications, beyond writing stats and prescriptions.

A great Doctor is someone who...

  • Listens to ALL of your questions and gives relevant, helpful answers
  • Takes an interest in your child, as a person, not as a pay check
  • Knows who you are and is up to date on your child's medical history
  • Adapts to squirming babies and timid toddlers
  • Has your child's best interest in mind
  • Is helpful with topics that are especially important to you
  • Never criticizes, puts down, degrades, or otherwise disrespects you or your child

After a recent run-in with an Urgent Care Doctor who possessed none of the above qualities, I wanted to  send a HUGE THANK YOU to my daughter's primary care Doctor,  Dr. Mark Shalauta. Not only does he exemplify all the characteristics and qualities listed, he also blows bubbles and reads Curious George books for Laila in our appointments!


Do you know a fantastic Doctor? Leave a comment below and tell us why he/she is so great!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Special Thanks...

Special thanks to our sponsors and everyone who attended our Baby Planner Launch Party with 
Josie Brown!

Photo by Traces of Green Photography
Thank you, Mara, for generously allowing us the use of your beautiful store, Posies & Ponies.  

The event was a great success, and we were thrilled to meet the new and soon-to-be moms in attendance!

 Tracy, of Traces of Green Photography, was kind enough to lend her services for the party, 
caputring some special moments of the ladies and their babies.

To find out more about the companies  featured at the event,
please click on their links below:

A Mother's Dream: Kristen's Miracle Birth Doula Services.

Acc-u-dose: Fever Treater gives both concentrations of Tylenol allowing the parent to give the correct 
                    dose from infancy to adolescence.  

Acu-Life: One stop shop for acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage.

Art bellies: Custom maternity art. They also have a new iphone app.

Baby Chix: A unique line of products made specifically with gift giving and entertaining in mind.

Baby Fabulous: Organic baby clothing and blankets. The personalized "Name in Brights" blanket was 
                          featured at the event.

Baby on Board Apparel: A lifestyle brand for the mommy-to-be. Their designs are staple pieces and 
                                        are meant to work with every woman's existing wardrobe.
Eco Breastpumps: Hospital grade breast pumps that are 100% recyclable.

Eco Store USA: Eco friendly cleaning products, lotions, and soaps.

First 8 Days: A book that should be on every soon-to-be parent's reading list.

Green Your Air: Cleaning and filtering the air nature's way, with plants.

Happiest Baby on the Block: Parenting DVDs that teach soothing techniques for baby.

Hot Mama Gowns: Organic hospital gowns that are uniquely designed with breastfeeding in mind.

Hot Mama Yoga: Offering pre-natal and mommy-and-me yoga classes.

Join the Hoopla: A premium daily coupon site that features carefully selected offers for families. 
                           (coming soon)

Kiwi Magazine: A magazine to introduce families to the latest in natural and organic living—showing 
                           how to practice this lifestyle on an everyday basis.

Lil'grams: The hassle-free way to share your baby's memories with everyone that matters – as often or 
                  as little as they wish.

Mama Pear Designs: Lactivist inspired wear for Moms and Babies.

Minted: an online destination for fresh, modern stationery, announcements, and photo cards.

Mother's Milk Tea: Promotes healthy lactation and is traditionally used to increase breast milk 

Only Patsy Ann: One-of-a-kind handmade items.

Prince Lionheart: Modern, trendy, beautiful, and innovative baby products manufacturer.

Shaklee: Eco friendly home products.

Spiffies: Spiffies products contain Xylitol, a natural food substance, that gently fights cavity-causing 

Sprout: Oranic baby food stages that grow with your child to provide a balance of healthy organic 
             fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins.

Traces of Green Photography: Our "go-to" photographer! Take a look at her portfolio and see if there 
                                                 are any familliar faces.

Wonder Bumpers: #1 Crib bedding alternative, Doctor Recommended. 

Photo by Traces of Green Photography

One more BIG thank you to Josie Brown, author of The Baby Planner, for sharing her 
book tour with us and bringing attention to the Baby Planning industry!

If you have not purchased her book already, you can order it from  
and other book retailers

Thanks again to everyone who participated!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Baby Planner Novel Launch Party!

San Diego Parents! Join Us for the Ultimate Party!

Fri May 20, 2011

7449 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Hosted by:
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Josie Brown will be reading from my latest novel,
THE BABY PLANNER (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books).


- Sprout Organic Baby Food

- Kiwi Magazine, for Growing Families the Natural and Organic Way

- EcoStoreUSA, maker of Eco-Safe Cleansing Products

- Spiffies, maker of Infant Dental and Teething Wipes

- Organic Mother's Milk Tea, from

- Making Your Work in Progress  a Work of Art



Join the Hoopla

Mama Pear Designs

Baby on Board Apparel

Baby Chix Entertainment Accessories

Hot Mama Yoga

Green Your Air

Hot Mama Gowns

Promising Growth

Baby Fabulous


Traces of Green



- A set of Wonder Bumpers,
the #1 doctor-recommended crib-safe bedding

books and parenting programs, from Dr. Karp

- A gift from Beth Duris, Shaklee Distributor

How to Take Care of You, as Well as Your Newborn

- A $100 gift card to their favorite bookstore, courtesy Josie Brown.
The drawing will be done on Monday, June 20, 2011.
Click here for details...

Beaba USA
BabyCook, Gift Bag, Cook Book, and Multi-Portion Set (national contest)

Prince Lionheart


Bloomin' Belly Soaps

RSVP is strongly advised!

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