January Jones Pregnant

January Jones Pregnancy, madmen

So yes yes yes during the contract delay dilemma of MadMen January Jones is pregnant and oh so showing.  They obviously already wrote in the pregnancy but I wonder how they are going to cover up the larger than usual baby bump.  That is definitely the magic of the camera.

What is in your kid’s lunch box?

It is that back-to-school time and we are furiously searching for the perfect container for our little tots to take to school.  I have been doing this for quite some time and I know it is a struggle to find the perfect container.  What do I look for?  Easy to wash, easy for the kids to open, reusable, keeps foods fresh, and can fit in the lunchbox.  How do I split this up?  I have specific storage containers for specific food groups.

1) My first group is Sandwich Days.  Sandwiches can include wraps, pita, burritos etc.  So during Sandwich days the kids take a container that is sectioned.  One section is for their sandwich, another fits the fruits, and the last fits the snack.  It is a perfect easy way to keep all your foods fresh and separate.  It is easy to wash, reusable, and very easy for the kids to open.  This is oh so economical and BPA free!

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2) My second food group is Soup, Pasta, Rice, Salad Days.  This includes anything that should stay warm, is liquid, or should stay cool.  My mom used to pack my lunch daily and would always give me soup in my Thermos.  So when I started packing lunches of course the first thing I bought was a Thermos for my kids.  So I use a Thermos to pack all kinds of warm foods.

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So this is great for the warm stuff but what about the snacks and fruits?  I use again the ziploc small round and square containers in 2 different sizes so that they will fit different shaped snacks, fruits, and veggies.  Again these are very economical, easy to wash, easy to open and close and have lasted me forever.


Kardashian Sisters Pregnancy Dilemma

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So which Kardashian sister is going to get pregnant first?  Insiders are reporting a cat fight brewing in the Kardashian sister circle.  Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim are reported to all be trying to pregnant.  We all know that Khloe has been trying for some time with no success.  It is said that she is depressed thinking that her other sisters may get pregnant before her.  So which one is going to fertilize that little one?  Not sure only time will tell.  But I will say that new baby will definitely be a lucky one.

Beyonce’s Baby Bump

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I know this is old news but I had to confirm that Beyonce is 100% pregnant per my reliable sources.  There are rumors about how far along she is but the bottom line is she is pregnant.  What do you think this Jay Z/Beyonce fusion will be like.  I can only imagine!

“Zoop” Around Town with the Zooper Bolero

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In a few weeks, my family and I will welcome Baby #3 into the mix. Like many of my friends, I thought 2 kids was plenty, and I gave away the majority of my baby gear after baby #2 outgrew it all. 4 years later, I’m back, pounding the pavement, looking for the best stroller that would make getting around town and country smooth and easy.

With my first 2 children, I had the same Ingelsina Zippy in blue and I loved it — one hand fold and unfold, fine sized canopy and basket, stands compactly when folded. This stroller was sturdy and lasted through two kids and heavy use on the streets of NYC and unpaved and grass surfaces in the ‘burbs.

This time around, though, I wanted a stroller that I could easily steer with one hand and that would come with “everything” — rain and sun cover, bassinet option, solid construction, easy to clean fabric, flat recline — all for a reasonable price. A lot to ask for in one stroller, I know! After much searching, I’ve found it!

The British company Zooper offers the Bolero. Here is what Zooper says about this stroller:

“Uptown, downtown, across town, Bolero’s simple fold, one-hand operated backrest, and one-hand steering make it easy to be on the move. This compact stroller is suitable for infants, compatible with select infant car seats and is comfortable for toddlers. Firm, padded backrest reclines flat to support an infant’s head and shoulders. A simple fold design results in a compact freestanding stroller for storage. Canopy can reverse when used with bassinet.”

All Zooper strollers are pretty difficult to find in US stores to test in person, so I hesitated to buy one. One day, though, on a trip into NYC, I saw a woman using the Zooper Bolero in a museum, and I asked her about it (by the way, if you’re looking for a working lab in which to test or witness baby gear in action, hang out in NYC for a day!). She raved about all the features and swore that the stroller was even easy to navigate through the small aisles of her local grocery store. She allowed me to try the stroller as she walked along with me. The steering was, indeed, quite easy and the fold, though not completely one-handed, is easy to do.

What sold me on this stroller finally is that it comes with all these features that other strollers sell at additional cost. In buying the Bolero (the 2011 model retails at $399, but I purchased a new, still in the box 2010 model — no difference except the difference in color options — for $269 on Ebay), you get the stroller that fully reclines, a generous canopy, rain and wind covers, a good sized under basket, has 4 wheel suspension, and the seat converts into a bassinet for infants (no need to buy an additional bassinet attachment!). The padding is ample to keep baby and toddler comfortable during rides. And the colors are stylish, varied, and vibrant. Zooper offers these accessories with all its strollers.

So, if you’re looking for a stroller, think about the Zooper Bolero. As the company’s motto promises, it’s “more than you think.”

Happy, Healthy Baby Search By Sephora May 14th

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LAVANILA Laboratories announces the birth of its newest addition; the Healthy Baby Collection.

To celebrate the launch of the Healthy Baby collection, LAVANILA is teaming up with Sephora on a nationwide search to find the new face of their healthy baby collection. The Happy, Healthy Baby Search will run from May 12th to June 1st and will be open to children 6 months to 4 years old.

To kick off the search, LAVANILA will hold an open casting call in New York City at the Sephora Fifth Avenue store. Parents are encouraged to bring their babies to the store from 2pm to 6pm on Friday, May 14th to meet the judges, get their babies’ entry photo taken and receive samples of the new Healthy Baby Collection. The first 50 parents to attend the casting call will receive a Sephora gift card with a mystery value worth up to $100.

Parents outside of the New York City area are invited to enter the contest at http://www.Sephora.com/win/healthybaby from May 12th to June 1st.

The grand prize winner will receive: an opportunity to be face of LAVANILA BABY, a three day/two night trip for mommy and baby to New York City, a professional photo shoot, two keepsake photos from the photo shoot, the entire Healthy Baby Collection and a $500 Sephora gift card.  Two runners-up will also receive the entire LAVANILA Healthy Baby Collection and a $300 Sephora gift card.

WHERE: Sephora Fifth Avenue
597 5th Avenue (Between 48th and 49th Streets)
New York, NY 10017

**Come Early! The first 50 parents to enter their baby will receive a Sephora gift card worth up to $100

WHEN: Friday, May 14th, 2010 from 2pm to 6pm

HOW: Visit Sephora on May 14th or enter your baby online at Sephora.com/win/healthybaby until June 1st. All babies must be between six months and four years old. No purchase necessary to enter.

Sandra Bullock Adopts Baby

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What a whirlwind!  We just can’t keep up with Sandra Bullock and her up – down life.  First Oscar, then adultery, now baby!  How cute is that baby right?  We are pleased to inform all TotBell readers that Sandra Bullock has adopted a little boy from New Orleans named Louis Bardo Bullock.  We are so happy for her and want to congratulate the entire Bullock family.  Best of luck

I Need a Quiet Hairdryer!

cricket Qzone hair dryer, cricket hair dryer,cricket hairdryerSleeping baby and loud hairdryer just don’t go together!  We have scoured the market for the quietest hair dryer that will not disturb a good slumber and we found it!  Parents.com also agrees!  The Cricket Q-Zone Hair Dryer is the perfect hair dryer for every new mom.  The Q-Zone Hair dryer has a patented energy- efficient technology that allows it to operate on just 1500 watts when it really delivers power equal to 1875 watts. It’s lightweight and ergonomically designed for comfort, and contains tourmaline to cut down on drying time and add shine to strands.

Guess what else.  It comes in 100% recyclable packing!  wow!

NY Readers! Pamper Mom at The Plaza Beauty!

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Find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or bring in your loved one for a day of pampering at The Plaza Beauty in NYC. Join experts from sought-after brands like Kimiko, Alchimie, Smashbox, Ky Bae, JUARA, Juliette Has a Gun and Rancé Fragrance for a Beauty Retreat featuring tips, treatments, trunk sales and more. On May 7th and May 8th, customers are invited to learn about what’s in store for the season, experience products firsthand, and indulge in beauty essentials from around the world.

The Plaza Beauty
One West 58th Street, Concourse Level
NY, NY 10019
214 223 4694

Cool Gadgets: TV?

zoboomafooThis one is for you moms and dads who have older kids.   Children’s television programming is always an issue with parents.  What do we let them watch, how long, etc.?  I have grappled with these issues with my son who is definitely fond of the box.  Parents always can rely on PBS to offer incredible children’s programming with very limited commercials.  So this week I am profiling my favorite children’s show ever, Zoboomafoo, an incredible show with two brothers and a lemur who explore the beautiful world of animals.  They go to various parts of the world and explore the most unusual animals.  They also mix in skits of animation and games.  I love it and my son does too!  Check it out at www.pbskids.org/zoboo .