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Becoming a first time mom that has to do constant direct nursing, because my baby won’t tolerate bottle feeding at all is quite a disenchant for a lingerie lover such myself. During my last trimester of pregnancy I hunted many nursing bras but of course haven’t been a mom yet I have no clue what to look for in a nursing bra. I grunted in dismay because everywhere I look for nursing bras I found dull design and sadly but true most bras just don’t feel comfortable when I tried on. I just thought I’d share what I stumble so far on what works and what don’t on nursing bras.
As mentioned before I am a big fan of lingerie. So getting used to beautiful collections such as Victoria’s Secret, Chantelle, La Perla, Malizia by La Perla, Simone Perele, and more… it’s quite a difficult task to find elegant nursing bras with expectation of such sophisticated design encompassing great material such as the ever so soft and beautiful Chantilly lace. Yes my first hunt is for style not for comfort so here are couple of nursing bras having the style and great design: HotMilk Mama, PANACHE, and Cake Lingerie. I like them because they come with great support and no underwire.
Shown above is HotMilk mama.
Above is PANACHE and below is Cake Lingerie
Although these nursing bras are stylish and fashionable, the comfort level and practicality of these bras simply not at the top notch level. Of course this is based on my own experience because I am in constant nursing situation and nursing isn’t neat, period. If baby won’t latch it’s a mess, if there’s let down it’s another mess, so I ended up having to wash nursing bras all the time and hand wash isn’t an option because like most mom, I am so exhausted and tired with taking care of the baby so I opted for a more functional and easy to use type of nursing bra which is the sleep nursing bra with no clip. If I have to wear clip style nursing bra I’d opt for Bravado! Bravado! offers great support and comfort but its clip style to me means extra time and just extra hassle.
pictured above is Bravado!
Despite its fashionless look, sleep nursing bra is my most favorite nursing bra style. These bras are comfortable, fast to handle for on and off nursing and easy to maintain. I like Motherhood Maternity Sleep bra and Majamas sleep bra.
above is majamas nursing sleep bra and below is motherhood maternity wrap nursing sleep bra
The Majamas is made out of elastic material while the Motherhood maternity is made of 100% cotton.
At the end comfort and functionality has won me over design, because believe it or not motherhood is tough for a first timer. Having these sleep style bra is very convenient and to me is very user friendly. I’ll post another topic on how to nurse both in private and in public and why this no clip style bra is on my top preference.
I love nursery design project, though I tend to like design for baby girl than for baby boy because there are so many cute objects to match with baby pastel colors. I collect these nursery pictures for my inspiration purposes, enjoy it.
Art of quilting and fabric crafting that totally inspire by monster – can you believe this. It sounded scarry at first but after seeing Jennifer’s creation these monster are so adorable and it reminds me of Monster Inc =)
So if your kids afraid of those terrible monster you might want to let your kids get used to the idea of these cute monster, I don’t know if this will make little kids more comfortable or more agitated – what do you think?
pictures from: cottonmonster.com
In economy like these I think INCHworm shoes is a cool invention, it allow parents to buy less shoes for their kids because instead of buying three different shoes as their kids’ feet grow, they can buy only one now that will serves all three sizes. How do they do this?
Here’s a brief description from inchwormshoes.com and just another tip most of these shoes cost only $40.00 (that’s a good deal for 3 pairs, don’t you think?)
Built right into INCHworm shoes is the iFit technology. The iFit technology allows you to GROW the size of the shoe with a simple push of the button. So eliminate unnecessary trips to the shoe store and provide your children with better fitting shoes that last up to three sizes longer. Inchworm shoes grow in half size increments. Just push the button on the side, and pull the toe of the shoe to adjust into the next size.
I just got back from the Mexico weekender cruise by Carnival. I remembered I had so much fun while I join the origami towel session (lesson to make stuff animal from folding towels – above pictures are my own creation). Yes the Cruise Ships stewards actually do this as a customary to greet their guests, so each night their guest came back to their cabin they had folded towels into neat animals. Won’t it be fun to treat guests coming to your place with these stuff animal towels? especially for if you’re thinking of making event this Easter season – it surely can be a good part of Easter’s gathering activity.
Watch how to do it here:
here are couple more stuff animals made by others:
I grew up playing with Barbie. She had a lot of clothes and shoes and she always looks good in any of them. My first Barbie doll had long blond hair and I quickly learned that her hair is more delicate than mine. I once washed and blow dried her hair. After that her hair was never the same again.
I can’t believe that today is Barbie’s 50th birthday! She made her debut on March 9, 1959. By the way, do you know Barbie’s official name? It’s Barbara Millicent Roberts. For the longest time, I’ve only known her as Barbie.
Do you think Barbie looks like this now that she is 50? I think this Barbie is too old to look 50. I always assume Barbie will still look hot in her fifties. This is probably suitable for 70 year old Barbie. What do you think?
Image from funny-potato.com
Find out whether Barbie’s measurements are realistic after the jump!
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I have to admit that I am not a good cook and I am not trying to be one. Despite my lack of enthusiasm in cooking, I still need to feed healthy food to my family. We all know that chicken breast is the healthiest chicken cut. However, I can never cook chicken breast that tastes good. It is always dry and hard. I tried baking it, frying it and even slow cooking it. Nothing works. Finally, I tried a really easy recipe (I do not remember where I got it from)
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Do you want pets that are super cute yet low maintenance? Pets that don’t shed hair, don’t need to be walked, and don’t need a vet. Meet Nyokki Grass Pets from www.Wrapables.com
Nyokki means grow in Japanese, and that’s exactly what these Nyokki Pets do! These little pet plants are adorable and original and they are hand made in Japan from glazed ceramic. They are shaped like eggs with fabric legs. Filled with a growing media and rye grass seeds, these Nyokki pets are easy to grow – seeds germinate and grass grows to full height in less than two weeks. You can style your Nyokki’s “hair” or cut it and watch it grow again! Comes as a set of two matching Nyokki pets. Choose from Monkey, Chickee, Froggie, Piglet, Kitty and Bear.
I found this recipe from Kraft foods, it’s really easy, fast and delicious. Whenever I’m in a hurry to make dinner I always make this. Once, I serve this to my aunt who doesn’t like fish and she loved it. She called me the next day asking for this recipe and she calls it “heavenly food”. This recipe is very simple and foolproof. You just can’t go wrong with this.
Parmesan Baked Salmon
Image from Kraft foods
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
4 salmon fillets (1 lb.), skin removed
2 tsp. lemon juice
10 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup crumbs)
PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix mayo, cheese and pepper until well blended; set aside.
PLACE salmon on foil-lined shallow baking pan. Drizzle evenly with lemon juice. Top with cheese mixture; spread to evenly cover salmon. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs
BAKE 12 to 15 min. or until salmon flakes easily with fork.
I make mine healthier by using non fat mayo and whole wheat bread crumbs instead of ritz crackers. and it’s still delicious. You can serve this with rice or pasta and some vegetables.