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As seen on The View From the Bay!

View from the bayWhat a day!  Not only did Janelle finish her oh-so-yummy drink after the cameras had stopped rolling but Spencer insists that the Glow mommy mocktails will definitely catch on… they’ll be big!

Glow Mama Mom-ito

Click here to see the video of Glow Mama’s founder Lucy Leahy mixing up a mommy mocktail storm on The View From the Bay.  She makes a refreshing and healthy Mom-ito and a delicious and powerful Strawberry Diaperi while still somehow managing to have a conversation and squeeze in a few pregnancy nutrition facts.  You go Glow Mama!

Don’t all mama’s deserve to be spoiled?

Every so often we are lucky enough to come across other mommy products that are not only gorgeous but made with natural and organic ingredients.  The Spoiled Mama is a skincare line developed by a Bay Area new mom, with an amazing tummy butter, bump gloss and body wash just to name a few of their great products.  Of course our favorite here at Glow Mama is the Mojito Mama Sugar Scrub - the perfect compliment to a Mom-ito if ever there was one.  So whether you are treating yourself or a mommy you know, make sure you check out the beautiful gift sets at The Spoiled Mama - and yes, the gift wrap option is definitely worth it… mama will be smiling all day.

Tamara over at The Spoiled Mama is super generous and has offered us a fabulous gift set to give away in July as our Goodies and Giveaways treat… so don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter for your chance to win.

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Rockin’ Mom Essentials

From my art mama point of view, I am not a cookie-cutter mom. I never had a planned timeline of when - or even if - I was going to have a child or how it was going to happen. I didn’t pick out baby names when I was 14 (okay, maybe I did pick one boy name and one girl name, but they didn’t stick!), and I can’t honestly say that I always knew I wanted to be a mom.

For the last part of my 30th decade, I was more concerned with exploring places, music and food with my husband, and gathering my ‘after hours poetry’ friends together to read poetry at various ‘establishments’ and acquire more inspiration for our writing.

I never listened to Top 40 music. I have no earthly clue about the difference between Fergie or the Pussycat Dolls. I love a summer evening listening to John Coltrane or a Saturday morning dancing to old Peter Gabriel. I was definitely there in the 80’s for the whole New Wave movement, and right in the front row of Grunge in the 90’s.

I saw a saying somewhere that I can easily adopt: Rocker Mom, not Soccer Mom. So for all you rockin’ moms, or even rockin’ soccerrock tee moms — I have pulled together some fun essentials for your new mom status. For your first essential, pour yourself an ice cold Glow Mama Mom-ito and enjoy!

Fun and Fashionable Maternity Apparel
Rock Star Moms - their motto is maternity wear for the rest of us.

Cry Baby Maternity - Because attitude is everything - Cute maternity swimwear! I like this guitar tee pictured here.

Motherhood Maternity - Affordable and fashionable. I was so excited when I ran across this store at the mall. You don’t have to change your style just because you’re pregnant.

Apparel for Baby
onesieJaminga - funky baby clothes

Urban Baby Runway - funny onesies and tees, cute dresses, shoes and boys and girls clothes.

The Retro Baby - rock band onesies and Dr. Suess baby clothes. My favorite: ‘My dad is rad’ onesie.diaper bag

Unique Baby Gifts and Diaper Bags:
Pokkadots - Modern gifts, books and diaper bags. My favorite: Fleurville Diaper Bag (pictured here).ballerina socks

Baby Bella - My favorite: Trumpette Baby Ballerina Socks. How cute are these?

Must-Have Baby RockRockabye CD
Rockabye Baby music - A necessity for all future rockers! Award-winning series transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies. My favorites so far are Radiohead and U2. A few noteworthy others include The Cure, Coldplay and The Smashing Pumpkins!

Creating a Creative Nursery That Reflects YOU!

mod nurseryI always knew that a pastel-colored nursery of standard zoo animals was not going to be for us. I believe in bright, bold colors and interesting prints — especially considering newborns are attracted to stand-out patterns and colors. My jumping off point was an ad I saw in a magazine for crib bedding in a modern nursery. I loved the unique furniture and graphics for the crib bedding and wall art (although I couldn’t afford it). So I had an idea of what I wanted and my imagination took over.

We knew we were having a girl but I wanted to use my favorite colors: turquoise and greens with chocolate brown accents. I saw on a design show a nursery makeover where they painted a band of polkadots across the middle of the wall. I loved it! So we went with that idea but adapted it to us. The top half of the wall in our daughter’s nursery is a neat 1950’s green, and the bottom half is a similar blue, separated by a chocolate brown band with pokkadots of various colors. It turned out better than I imagined!

Our chocolate brown accents are reflected in our furniture–a beautiful crib and changing table/dresser with glass doors–that I found and registered for at Babies ‘R Us. Instead of children’s lamps we chose brown modern lamps that flank each side of the dresser and window above it.

Crib bedding was more of a challenge because at big box stores (which are more affordable) you will find your standard muted pastel colors. But we chose bedding that had ‘bolder’ pastel colors and various textures, including a satin moon (I love moons!) and cute animals that I adore like giraffes and owls.

I am so in love with our baby girl’s nursery that often I will just sit on our VERY comfortable glider — which is an essential in any nursery, by the way! — and take it all in with joy. It is a room that will continue to bring happiness to me and baby for years to come!

It is true that you don’t need to be an interior designer to create your own nursery. Paint colors, crib bedding, beautiful and functional furniture and wall art are really all you need. Just go with what makes your heart happy! Here are a few ideas and tips to get you started:

  • http://www.creative-baby-nursery-rooms.com/
  • Parents.com - a plethora of nursery articles and ideas
  • Unique baby room ideas by theme

Nursery Photos:

  • Parents.com - Actual nursery photos submitted by parents
  • Photo gallery of modern nurseries

Unique crib bedding and other dream nursery products:

    • Baby Supermall.com - drool city (plus gives coordinating wall paint colors)
    • Modern Nursery.com - where I originally drooled

    Stress during Pregnancy and Morning Sickness

    morning sicknessStress during Pregnancy  While a recent MSNBC article highlights a study done by Harvard Medical School linking maternal stress to babies who are predisposed to allergies and asthma… we’d love to know of any woman in the US today who doesn’t have some level of stress.  Even not counting the new houses, cars and gear we have to research and buy before the baby, the work/maternity leave decision, and the new languages of childbirth, pregnancy and parenting to learn…. we’re still left with a lot to think about as we grow another human (or two). 

    Morning Sickness   And while another recent MSNBC article adds a reassuring spin on our tortorous morning sickness - that it is a useful function to protect mothers and embryos from things that may be dangerous and may actually be a good sign of a healthy pregnancy… it doesn’t provide us with real answers, solutions or relief. 

    Our Conclusion?  One is a sympathy causing symptom of a healthy pregnancy and the other can be a symptomless cause of an unhealthy pregnancy. 

    The Best Solution?  Rehydrate after your trip to the bathroom with a cool Glow Mama while you sit on the couch with your feet up!

    Glow makes it’s TV debut!

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    Thanks to our fabulous Itsabelly Baby Concierge friend Melissa, Glow Mama not only had a big spotlight on Fox12 in Oregon yesterday, but even had an on-air taste test by the host!

    And yes, “kiwi-y” is now officially a word!

    Click here to see the video clip.

    Belly Beautiful: The Art of Belly Casts

    Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. So much so that it draws strangers in grocery stores and sidewalks to hover right to your round belly as if rubbing it will grant a wish. I believe it should be worshipped in this manor and cherished, celebrated—perhaps even preserved into art.

    Belly casts (or belly masks/belly sculptures) are a unique and expressive way to preserve this special moment in your life and celebrate your body, as well as create a treasured keepsake for your little one as he/she grows older.

    Since I chose to memorialize my pregnancy by having a professional photographer take artistic photos of me and my belly, I had to do some research for this particular art form. It looks like belly casting has been around since the mid 1980’s and conceptualized by a former art student, Francine Krause, who eventually created easy at-home kits. No art background is required, though, for creating your own belly mask. It can be as simple as keeping it just the natural plaster color, or painting it and/or embellishing it your heart’s content.

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    My favorite part about my research for this was the wonderful online art galleries I perused! Since I am a huge moon and star fan, I liked this piece I found on Proudbody.com. They have such an extensive gallery that they divided the masks by “theme.” There are some stunning pieces! I also particularly loved this flowery one: Flower mask

    Some masks can be quite ornate, too, like those I found on RockABelly. I can see these hanging in high end galleries! My favorites were a hand-painted one to resemble an elaborate English pottery design, one with glass mosaic tiles, and one with an aged copper finish. Check it out! I also loved Belly Of Love where I found this fairy one. Fairy mask The possibilities are only limited by your own wishes and imagination!

    So now that you’re hopefully inspired, there are many at-home kits you can purchase online that streamline the process and make it especially easy and safe. Prices range from $20-$75 for these kits, and the process only takes about an hour.

    Budding artist or not, I think it’s a creative, wonderful way to treasure this glowing, unique-to-you time and celebrate your own belly of love!

    The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy: A New Book for Modern Moms-to-Be

    Book CoverHere is a new book to add to your collection of pregnancy books, right alongside The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy (Vicki Iovine, Pocket Books). The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy by Ericka Lenkert gives down-to-earth and practical advice with a twist of whimsy.

    The author speaks from her own 9 month journey as well as takes snippets from a pool of 100 women whom she refers to as the “Mommy Menagerie.” The result is a complete guide that covers everything from the best places to buy maternity clothes, a section on nutrition and even “craving recipes” (I love this!), to particulars like what to bring in your hospital bag and what to skip, essential baby products, and even the author’s own birthing story (which I was touched by because it was very similar to mine).

    If you’re like me, I soaked up every book on pregnancy I could get my hands on, and often re-read chapters as I was going through or about to go through that particular phase. This book is definitely one that you will constantly be referring to throughout your pregnancy, whether you need a pick-me-up when your pre-pregnancy jeans no longer fit even with them unbuttoned, or whether you want resources on breastfeeding or best baby gear to buy (often with brand names, which I appreciated).

    The sprinkling of Mommy Menagerie top lists and topics, such as “The Mommy Menagerie Top 10 List of Creepiest Elements of Pregnancy,” and “The Mommy Menagerie on…Fashion Tips” are interesting tidbits of support when you need info from a pool of pregnant lovelies like yourself, or just knowledge that what you’re feeling is normal. But one of my favorite features are the various “Cheat Sheets” on topics like exercise, weight gain, sex and what to pack for the hospital.

    From the perspective of a new mom who went through my own special 9 month pregnancy adventure, I have to commend the author for managing to incorporate *most of the pertinent information that us “real” gals want to know, without any fluff. (*There was no information or Mommy Menagerie weigh-ins on the actual giving birth part.) And it’s a fun read to boot (despite the book’s ridiculously small font size!) The resource guide in the back of the book is an added bonus.

    Check out Erika Lenkert’s website at www.therealdealguide.com for more information about the book. Better yet, treat yourself to a copy!

    Need a Getaway? Go on a Babymoon!

    For me, part of being Art Mama is creating a joyful, fun and entertaining lifestyle for my family, and I believe that it starts with my relationship with my husband—and perhaps most importantly, myself. So that is why when I was 5 months pregnant, we decided to go to one of my favorite places—Mexico!

    At that time “babymoon” was a humorous thing to call it, as it was a new term I had just run across. But indeed, that certainly was what it was, and I am so grateful I took advantage of it and immersed myself in its concept. The intent of a babymoon is to enjoy one last vacation together as a couple before your little addition arrives, (changing life as you know it!). My belief on top of that is to nurture yourself during one of the most important times in your life, during your pregnancy, when it is a time that is all about YOU. It is a time for rest, relaxation, reflection, dreaming, wish-list making, and pampering. And going on vacation to a favorite spot with your hubby is the perfect way to indulge in all of this. Spending time together to reconnect is also a special way to share your pregnancy with your husband.

    Now babymoons are a popular trend in the vacation industry, with lots of information and travel guides to find online. Sites like BabymoonGuide.com and BabyMoonFinder.com offer a one-stop shopping source for finding the perfect babymoon destination. Specific resort packages all over the U.S. and in some tropical areas that cater to expecting couples now include everything from side-by-side couple massages, romantic dinners, prenatal yoga classes, and even Lamaze classes. BabymoonGuide.com also offers an area for people to share their babymoon experiences.

    Travel sites like Frommers and Suite101 offer trip planning tips and other useful information to encourage parents-to-be to get away.

    An article on iVillage Parenting shares the best babymoon packages, such as the “Mother in Balance” package in Arizona at the Miraval Resort and Spa, or La Costa Golf Resort in Southern California . These include classes and workshops on pregnancy nutrition, fitness, and pre and post-natal life, as well as perks such as use of the spa and pre-natal massage.

    Or you can always wing it like I did and go to one of your favorite places and do all of your favorite pampering things! For me it was walking on the beach, swimming, napping, and eating Mexican food (and drinking virgin Piña Coladas during happy hour)!

    Either way, it’s a trip of a lifetime. We went with my parents and sister and brother’s family. So one day my mom, sister and I painted Mexican pottery items as keepsakes for the baby. If you go, I encourage you to take lots of photos, maybe keep a journal of your daily activities and thoughts, and make or acquire a keepsake for your little one on the way. It will be a time for the whole family to always remember. But most of all, happy mommies and daddies have happy babies!

    Baby Celebration LA

     

    Only one week to go to one of THE chic baby events of the year.  It's a weekend long, one -of-a-kind showcase for stylish moms and trendy tots at the Los Angeles Convention Center Saturday April 12 and Sunday April 13.  It's a great chance to be wowed by over 300 exquisite products, services and entertainment options.  

    They're selling tickets online at http://www.babycelebrationla.com/ , where, if you are among the first 100 to enter each day, you will receive a Baby Booty Bag filled to the brim with gifted goodies!   At the show they've having a Gymboree Play Area, several mom pampering areas, fashion shows and even a Baby2Baby booth where you can help them donate 48 car seats in 48 hours to families unable to purchase car seats.   They've also got some great giveaways…you might even win a "Babymoon" getaway for two from "Barefoot & Pregnant" in Sausalito California worth $2,000.00…cool!