Friday, June 16, 2006

Top 10 Gifts For Father's Day

Askmen.com came up a great list of top 10 gifts for Father's Day. So, if you are still looking for a gift for your Dad or Hubby, here are some great ideas: 1. Auto Card Manager The auto card manager allows a person to carry all of his important cards; ID, driver's license, debit cards, credit cards, and cash, all in one functional, stylish and compact device. Why?: The auto card manager will help your father stay organized, save time, and keep his plastic cards intact for good by protecting them from cracking. 9. Swiss Army Hunter Red Knife I'll never forget the look in my father's eyes when I first gave him a brand new Swiss Army Knife. Who could think that such a small gift could give so much excitement to a grown man. The fact is that my father is a simple outdoorsman and the little red knife is a tool that he will use often. Why?: With so many features -- a corkscrew, large and small blades, a can opener, a small screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wire stripper, a tweezer, scissors, and a woodsaw -- the Swiss Army knife is the perfect tool for any man who gets lost in the wilderness. 8. Fishing Gear If your father loves outdoor activities such as fishing, why not offer him some new fishing gear for Father's Day? Why?: Your father will appreciate this gift, as it is a great excuse to get away from the wife for a full weekend. 7. Set Of Golf Clubs A basic set of golf clubs is all any father needs to start playing the game. Three woods, a collection of three 9-irons, pitching wedge, sand wedge, and a putter are all that's required. As his game develops and improves, more specific clubs can be added to suit his abilities. Why?: Daddy's worked very hard all his life to provide a comfortable life for his family. It's time for your dad to enjoy a little bit of life's greatest pleasure -- golf. 6. Bridle Leather Dress Wallet A style often seen today among the sophisticated business professionals are more rectangular leather wallets. Although trendy, these are not too practical if your father tends to keep his wallet in the back pocket of his pants. Why?: If worn in the breast pocket of a three-quarter coat, it will make your father feel like a million bucks. 5. Wine Get your father started with his own wine cellar. If he already has one, then why not help add a whole world of international wines to his collection? Why?: Take your father on a wine tasting adventure by exploring the wines of the world with selections from around the globe. 4. Grooming Kit The Tweezer man is the perfect grooming kit for all men. Built with the highest quality material, this elegant leather case contains a point tweezer, facial hair scissors, a skin care tool, a sapphire nail file, a toenail clipper, a power nail clipper, and a power hangnail clipper. Why?: The perfect gift for the businessman who enjoys the rugged outside weekend lifestyle, yet wants to keep his hands and fingernails looking great for office duties. 3. Facial Care Everything a man needs for skin and hair care is now in a kit. The MaleFace Six-Pack skin care is a great gift set to give your father. The pack includes: deep cleaning face scrub, 2 vitamin enriched shave creams, rejuvenating moisture cream, facefixer (instantly stops bleeding caused from razor cuts), shampoo/conditioner, and a travel bag. Why?: It is everything your father needs to quickly rejuvenate his skin, making him look younger and more handsome. 2. Sports Event Tickets Every father has a favorite sports team. Why not take the time to thank your father for taking you to the ballpark when you were a little kid, by taking him to cheer for his favorite pro team? Why?: This gives you the chance to catch up on old times and bond with the man who raised you to be the man you are today. Plus, you get to rub it in if his team loses -- again. 1. Watch If your father is still wearing that old 10-year-old watch, it's time to replace it with a timepiece that speaks volumes about a man's style and taste. Let your father know that you appreciate the time he took to raise you with values. Why?: As you get older, time flies by quickly, and with this new watch, it'll fly in style. Your father will remember you every time he checks the time.

Happy Father's Day To Hollywood's Newest Dads

Rod Alastair
Hugh & Ava
Chrid & Moses
Donald & Barron
Kevin & Sean P
Ben & Violet
Seal & Henry
Check out more Hollywood Daddy's at People!

Dad of the Year!

Life & Style Magazine voted for the top 10 Dads of the Year in honor of Father's Day this Sunday. Looks like Brad is number 1. Didn't he just become a father? Wow, and he's already winning awards. Go Brad! 1. BRAD PITT 2. HEATH LEDGER 3. RYAN PHILLIPPE 4. BEN AFFLECK 5. WILL SMITH 6. MATTHEW BRODERICK 7. CHRIS MARTIN 8. GUY RITCHIE 9. DAVID ARQUETTE 10. DEAN CAIN

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Baby Announcements

I've been thinking about baby announcements and have been doing some online searching. There are so many websites out there! And they all have the cutest and sweetest ideas - it's so hard to decide! Here are a few of my favorites. - Double Happiness Creations which has "East meets West" influences - they have a great unique take on baby announcements. My favorites are the Nicholas and Madison announcements. - Smudge Ink doesn't have any samples yet online but I happened to stumble upon a great one in my copy of Fit Pregnancy. All of their products are letterpress printed which is very clean plus they can do much more with the announcements like stitching, overlays, materials, fabric. - Coming soon from The Front Door are baby announcement magnets! Paper announcements can get lost or tossed but magnets are always handy and useful. - Tiny Prints is one of the most popular places and they certainly have a large inventory to choose from - 188 different selections! I love that they have special announcements for adoption and multiples. - I've heard good things about In A Baby Carriage. I love the sleek and modern design of their announcements. - Fine Stationary works with a lot of great manufacturers of stationary like Crane & Co., Sweet Pea Designs, and Stacy Claire Boyd. - I love the preppy and classic look of Iomoi as well. - Paper Style has great colorful announcements along with other great products like diaper bags or layettes! There are just a few of them - there are so many out there! See why it's hard to decide?!

Eating Disorder May Start In Utero

Women who have prenatal complications or who undergo difficult deliveries are more likely to have children who develop eating disorders later in life, according to Italian Researchers. In their study, children whose mother developed diabetes, anemia or preeclampsia during pregnancy had a higher risk of becoming anorexic. A low birth weight, shorter length and early feeding problems pointed to slightly higher odds of developing bulimia. Why? Researchers suspect that the nutrition the baby receives during gestation and in the early postnatal period influences lifelong "appetite programming" and that certain birth traumas may cause neurological damage that results in eating disorders. Source: Kim Costa- Archives of General Psychiatry and FitPregnancy

Postpartum Fatigue May Predict Depression

Feeling exhausted on the 14th day after giving birth makes it 50 percent more likely a new mom will suffer from postpartum depression by day 28, according to a new study. To prevent fatigue, study author Elizabeth Corwin, Ph.D., advises that all new mothers, not just nursing moms, continue taking prenatal vitamins for at least three months and that they ask their doctors to check their iron level. "In some stidies, women with increased fatigue were anemic," she says, "and if they weren't anemic, they had low iron." Pain control also helps combat fatigue. "If you had an episiotomy, use sitz baths and cold compresses to relieve perineal tenderness," Corwin says. "And enlist help with your newborn so you can get some rest." Source: Vanessa Geneva Ahern- Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing

The Meandering Y Chromosome

Women who take longer than 12 months to get pregnant are more likely to deliver a boy. According to a recent British study, 58 percent of women who conceived after a year of trying to get pregnant had male offspring, compared to 51 percent of those who got pregnant quickly. Possible reason: Male sperm are better able to swim through thick, sticky cervical mucus- and women with such mucus take longer to conceive. Source: British Medical Journal and FitPregnancy

Considering Organic

Research studies have yet to prove that consuming low levels of pesticides typically found in fruits and vegetables can adversely affect the health of your baby. Whether you decide to go organic, stick with conventionally grown produce, or go halfway, the best possible diet for you and your baby may just be a matter of making healthy choices. Whenever possible, avoid these fruits and vegetables which contain the highest pesticide levels:
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Red Raspberries
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Imported Grapes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
You can also reducs exposure by eating the following produce which contain relatively low levels of pesticides:
  • Bananas
  • Pineapples
  • Kiwi
  • Papaya
  • Mangos
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Onions

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Is Britney Spears Treated Unfairly?

Mrs. Federline, Britney Spears, has been under the microscope as a mother since giving birth eight months ago to her son, Sean Preston. It's so easy to make fun of Britney Spears' parenting skills, because her every move as a first-time mother is on camera. It's all full of fun and games, until the baby really gets hurt. Fortunately, cute Sean Preston Federline is in perfectly good health. In respect to Spears and her family, I believe that the tabloids and paparazzi should back off and let her learn her motherhood lessons in private. The media is clearly treating her unfairly. We constantly see pictures of her walking around openly with baby, making it quite easy for them to photograph her in every situation, even when it might not look too good. Many unfortunate pictures were taken of her since becoming a mother. Photographs include: Sean Preston on her lap while driving,tripping and almost dropping her son, and driving with Sean buckled in the back seat, but facing the wrong way. Oh, and lets not forget the highchair incident. Because of these situations, she has been under great scrutiny as a mother. Even her song titles are used to mock the superstar, “Oops, I Did It Again!” Give the girl a break! She is a first-time mother who is learning. Unfortunately, her lessons are learned in the tabloids in front of millions to judge. I do sympathize with Britney. Since she is six months into her second pregnancy, I believe she doesn’t need to be constantly criticized and slammed for everyone’s personal enjoyment. C’mon her hormones must be raging! I can identify, since I’m 27 weeks prego. “So, what y’all think?” Is Britney being treated unfairly? Or do you think the gossip columnist should continue to rip her into shreds in the tabloids because she is a pop-sucking diva who has tons of dough and is just asking for it? By the way, if you are interested in Britney Spears be sure to watch her interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Dateline on Thursday at 9pm. She speaks openly about motherhood, her marriage to Kevin Federline, and the TABLOIDS. "I think 90 percent of the world would agree that the tabloids have gone a little far with me... They've crossed the line a little bit," Spears says.

Linda Evangelista Is Pregnant

UPDATE: Thanks to a reader, I have fixed my posting below. I had mentioned that this is Linda Evangelista's first pregnancy, when in actuality this is her second. Unfortunately, she had a stillborn after 6 months of pregnancy. Thanks for the reader correction! ---------------------------- Supermodel Linda Evangelista announced she is pregnant. Canadian-born, New-York-based supermodel was spotted at a party in Madrid last week sporting a bump, which confirmed ongoing rumours that she is expecting. "I'm overjoyed. My baby gives my life a meaning," Linda Evangelista told German magazine Gala. Linda Evangelista, 41, is currently dating an unnamed New York City architect, Vogue has learned. In the past Linda Evangelista dated actor Kyle MacLachlan, soccer player Fabien Barthez, Italian oil mogul Ugo Brachetti Peretti and Formula One driver Paolo Barilla. In 1999, Linda Evangelista suffered a stillborn after being 6 months pregnancy.

A month after baby Blue, Geri shapes up

After giving birth to her daughter Bluebell Madonna, Geri Halliwell insisted she was in no rush to lose weight.

But four weeks later, she seems to have done just that.

Power-walking in a London park, her figure showed little sign of being a new mum.

In fact, wearing a tight-fitting vest and shorts, she appeared slimmer than before she got pregnant.

The 33-year-old was happy to smile for photographers as she listened to music on her iPod. Yet days after giving birth by caesarian, she said 'all vanity had gone out of the window'.

"I haven't looked at myself because I'm looking at her all the time," she told Hello! magazine. "My breasts are huge but for a purpose. And apparently, I'll have a tummy for a while, which is OK too. I'm sure I shall want my body back, but right now it seems really unimportant."

Miss Halliwell joins a growing band of celebrity mothers who regain their figures within weeks of giving birth.

Penny Lancaster and Victoria Beckham were criticised for losing weight too quickly, the former in just nine days.

But Professor James Walker, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology, said there was no reason why Miss Halliwell shouldn't be keeping fit.

"If she exercised during pregnancy, there's no reason why she can't be doing gentle jogging now," he said.

"Although physical healing after a C-section takes about six weeks, jogging puts pressure on the legs rather than the pelvis."

Miss Halliwell, who has a history of eating disorders, split from her daughter's father, writer Sacha Gervasi, early in her pregnancy.

Source: DailyMail

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Pics of Baby Kingston!

Here are the new pictures of Kingston James McGregor with Mommy, Gwen Stefani, and Daddy, Gavin Rossdale. The photo shoot took place in Gwen's and Gavin's home in Los Angeles. Be sure to see this boy in high style, strutting his stuff soon! You know Mommy will take care of him! He already has the look. He is so adorable! I love his head of hair! Check out more pics at Just Jared!

Can You Drink Coffee (Or Have Caffeine) While Pregnant?

Many women are told by their doctors or midwives to limit their caffeine consumption while they are pregnant. Giving up that morning cup (or cups) of coffee may be a struggle for some pregnant women, and many question if it is really necessary to give up caffeine completely while they are pregnant. The topic is a controversial one and the answer is still under debate. Some studies have shown a slightly higher risk of miscarriage with women who consume more than 300 mg of caffeine a day. Others have shown that babies born to women who consumed more than 500 mg of caffeine a day while pregnant had faster heart and breathing rates, and spent more time awake in the first few days after birth. However, the research is inconclusive and the amounts of caffeine generally used in the studies were vastly greater than what a normal person would consume on a daily basis. The most consistent finding with studies performed on caffeine consumption during pregnancy was a possible association with low birth weights. According to the March of Dimes, high caffeine consumption may slightly increase the risk of preterm labor or low birth weight; and in a fetus who is already experiencing difficulties, this slight increase could make all the difference.Most experts agree that moderate caffeine consumption is probably safe for a healthy woman experiencing a normal pregnancy. However, decreasing or cutting out caffeine altogether will probably make you feel better because caffeine can cause or exacerbate many common pregnancy-related complaints. Since caffeine is a stimulant, it can cause insomnia, nervousness, and headaches. It can contribute to heartburn because it stimulates the secretion of stomach acid, and it's a diuretic so it will enhance dehydration. It also causes your bones to lose calcium; and contains phenols which impede your body's ability to absorb iron, a nutrient many pregnant women are already lacking. Coffee and tea are the most obvious culprits for caffeine, but it's also found in chocolate, some soft drinks (including several orange sodas and root beers), energy drinks, and some over-the-counter medications. Source: PregnancyWeekly

Baby Sign Language

The more I start thinking about what kind of mom I want to be I start looking at others around me. A good friend of mine tried signing with her baby but since she wasn't totally dedicated, it didn't work out as she hoped. I did some reading about it and wanted to share with you. - Imagine if your 9-month-old could tell you that he needs his diaper changed, wants juice instead of milk, and that he is tired. By teaching your baby sign language, it's possible to communicate months earlier than normal, helping to reduce frustration and develop a deeper bond with your baby. Teaching your baby sign language is simply an extension of his or her natural desire to communicate. Most babies naturally learn common signs and gestures such as waving bye-bye, holding up their arms when they want to be picked up, and opening their mouths wide when they want more food. Infants are able to understand language at a very young age; however, most babies don't begin talking until they are between 12 and 24 months old, and their vocabulary and ability to communicate remain extremely limited for months. This is because infants develop the fine muscles in their hands before they develop the facial and tongue coordination required for speech. Most babies are ready to learn sign language and are able to sign back at around 7 months of age; but each baby is different and some aren't ready until 9 or 10 months. You can start signing to your baby as early as you wish, but don't be discouraged if your baby doesn't respond. Many parents who start too early become bored or frustrated when their baby doesn't sign back and give up. You'll know your baby is ready for signing if he or she can wave bye-bye, hold a rattle, and if she drops something and then looks to see where it went. Once you do start signing, it may take weeks or even months before your baby catches on and begins signing back to you. Some people worry that teaching a baby sign language will delay his or her speech. However, studies have shown these concerns to be unfounded and infants who learn sign language may actually begin speaking earlier. Infants in these studies started using expressive language at an earlier age, played more with words and ideas, and paired them up before they have even developed the oral motor skills required for speech. At 36 months, the signing babies in the study were speaking, on average, the equivalent of non-signing 47-month-olds; and by age 8, children who had signed as infants had stronger reading skills than those who did not. In addition, studies performed at the University of California found a connection between infant signing and higher IQ scores. They discovered a 12-point difference between a group of second-graders who had signed as babies and those who had not. There are two schools of thought regarding baby sign language: one advocates using American or British Sign Language (ASL or BSL, respectively) and the other creates its own signs or modifies ASL signs to make them easier for a baby's hands. There are benefits to both methods. Teaching your baby ASL or BSL will make it easier for him to continue signing as a second language and communicate with the hearing impaired. On the other hand, your own signs may be easier for you to remember, and easier for your baby to sign. Regardless of the method you use (and many parents use a combination of both) the most important thing is that you are communicating with your child. You don't need to spend hours studying and learning the complete ASL dictionary if you wish to teach your baby sign language; it can be easily worked into your normal routine and you can learn right along with your baby. Start with simple, need-based, and commonly-used words such as milk, diaper, more, and eat, and remember these important tips: -Always pair the spoken word with the gesture. -Always praise your child's attempts, and be excited and animated. If you are bored or frustrated, your child will be too. -Show your baby the sign before and during an activity such as feeding or changing a diaper. -Be consistent - use the sign every time you do the activity. -Stick with one sign until your baby begins to sign it back to you, then choose another sign and start the process over again. But don't abandon the first sign - continue to use it frequently. -Be patient - your child won't learn to sign overnight. -Be flexible - your baby may invent a new sign once she understands that everything has a sign. -Feel free to continue using it, or show her the correct ASL sign. Either way, praise her for her efforts. There are many sign language dictionaries available in book form, on video and DVD, and posted on the Internet. The following websites offer classes, instructional products, demonstrations of basic signs, as well as recommended books and videos. Baby Signs Programhttp://www.babysigns.com/ Handspeakhttp://www.handspeak.com/ Kinder Signshttp://www.kindersigns.com/anim_dictionary.html Born 2 Signhttp://signwithme.com/002_browse_signs.asp WeeHandshttp://www.weehands.com/ Source: PregnancyWeekly

Monday, June 12, 2006

Vitamin E linked to stillbirths

Pregnant women should avoid taking vitamin E supplements after a study showed they may double the risk of a stillbirth, experts have warned.

Researchers found that taking high doses of the vitamin also led to low birth weights and increased health complications in newborns.

Professor Andrew Shennan, who led the two-year study at St Thomas' Hospital in London, warned that pregnant women could be putting their unborn babies at risk by 'self-medicating' with high doses of vitamin E.

One leading obstetrician, Professor Stuart Campbell, last night called on the Government to issue a health alert on the vitamin.

Concern over vitamin E, an anti-oxidant found naturally in foods including nuts, vegetable oil and broccoli, comes as Britons are spending more than £300million a year on vitamin supplements.

The Department of Health advises women take only vitamin D and folic acid during pregnancy.

However, earlier research has suggested that vitamin E, particularly taken with vitamin C, can help protect against miscarriage and pre-eclampsia.

The London study and separate research in Australia - published in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine - now suggest this is untrue.

Doctors at St Thomas' Hospital conducted a two-year trial on 2,400 pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia.

Some took 250mg of vitamin E and 1,000mg of vitamin C each day from 14 weeks until they gave birth.

Those women who took the high doses, which were typical to those found in supplements, developed pre-eclampsia sooner and had a more severe form of the illness.

Nineteen babies were stillborn to mothers taking vitamin E supplements, compared with just seven in the group which did not take the pills.

In addition, the birthweight of the babies whose mothers had taken the vitamins was on average 60g less than the placebo group.

The EU-recommended daily amount for vitamin E is 20mg but the official 'safe' level is 540mg a day.

The Australian study, by the University of Adelaide and the Women's and Children's Hospital, found little or no difference between women who took vitamin E supplements and those who did not.

Prof Shennan said: "Vitamins are deemed to be innocent and good and there is no doubt that pregnant women are out there, self-medicating with these high doses."

Professor Campbell, who pioneered 3D scans of foetuses in the womb, added: "The evidence suggests vitamin E may be harmful in pregnancy and it's therefore wise to avoid it."

Source: DailyMail

Matt Damon And Wife Have A Girl

Matt Damon and wife, Luciana, are proud parents to their first child, Isabella. Luciana gave birth on Sunday in Miami. Jennifer Allen, Damon's publicist, said, "Mother and baby — everyone — is wonderful, fine." Congrats to them! Source: MSN

Gwen and her Kingston

Here are pics of Gwen Stefani with baby. Even though we cannot see the baby's face, it's nice to see her with baby Kingston. You can see pics of baby Kingston in the next People. It was suppose to be in this week's issue, but baby Shiloh got the cover. Gwen looks a little tired, so it seems that everything is going according to plan. Thats nothing new. A tired first time mommy?

Ryan Phillippe out with the kids

Just Jared posted pics of Ryan Phillippe and his children, Ava, 6, and Deacon, 2. They were photographed this weekend on their way to see the movie Cars. Ava and Deacon are growing up so fast!