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Here are 51 Ways to Save Money on Having a Baby

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Having children can be expensive. A recent study found that the average American will spend over $245,000 to raise a child from infancy to adult…and that’s not including the cost of psychotherapy bills when they mess them up.  That is a high enough price tag to deter some from starting a family altogether.  But it can be done if one does research, skip on the extra stuff and move wisely. A little while ago, TheBump.com compiled a list of 51 different things couples can do to save money before and after having their baby. We shared some on the blog with a link to check out the rest. Here it is again because the list if awesome and worth re-sharing!

1. Buy secondhand gear and clothes. – Consignment shops are often full of great maternity and baby clothes as well as gear and furniture.


2. Borrow a bassinet (or skip it altogether). – Most bassinets can only be used until baby starts rolling over, so try to find one that you can borrow for those few weeks.

3. Hold off.- If you aren’t sure which products will work best for baby (especially with bottles, pacifiers, even diapers), buy the minimum to start with, then stock up once you know baby’s preferences.

4. Limit the tests. -Not pregnant yet? Buy three (and no more than three) pregnancy tests to keep on hand. If you have a larger supply, you’re likely to wind up with a trash can full of them. (Believe us. We’ve been there.)

5. Go easy on the starter diapers. – Start with only one pack of newborn diapers. Baby may not even fit into them at the start, and he’ll grow fast.

6. Breastfeed as long as possible. -The cost of formula adds up. (And breast milk is great for baby!)

7. Pump.– Again, formula can get expensive.

8. Formula feeding? Ask for samples.– Be sure to head home from the hospital with samples (some now only give them upon request), and ask for samples at each visit to the pediatrician. Don’t be shy — it never hurts to ask.

9. Buy a convertible crib. – A crib that converts into a toddler bed will definitely save you some cash over the years.

10. Do your homework! – Research is essential to make sure you know which products give you the most bang for your buck.

11. Get mom (or aunt, or MIL…) to babysit. – Family can quickly turn into your most valuable childcare resource.

12. Buy in bulk. -You know you’ll need lots of some things (like diapers and formula). If you have the storage space, stock up to save cash.

13. Make your own baby food. – When baby starts to eat solids, toss cooked veggies into the blender with a bit of liquid, and save the meals in ice trays — the money you’ll save makes it worth the extra effort.

14. Forget the comforter. – Since baby won’t actually USE it, it isn’t really necessary.

15. Get crafty. – DIY projects take time, but they save cash (and add fun personal touches).

16. Forget the fancy toys. Baby will be content with smaller price tags (or spoons, pans, and cardboard boxes, for that matter).

17. Go without a changing table. – Instead, top the dresser with a changing pad and add a few wall shelves for storage.

18. Cook. – Eating out, ordering in, and frozen meals can eat up a lot of cash.
Read the rest at The Bump.com

Jessica Biel Prefers A Non-Show Biz Career for Son

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When you’re Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake‘s kid, ya got a pretty good chance of inheriting an “entertainment gene” or two.

As it turns out, it looks like their son Silas, who turns two in April, has “probably” inherited his parents’ talents, says Biel.


“He’s definitely very charming,” she told me last night at the premiere of her new movie The Book of Love (in theaters on Jan. 13). “He’s full of beans.”

She already thinks there’s a good chance Silas will follow in her and J.T.’s footsteps, but it’s not something she’s exactly hoping for.

“It’s such a challenging existence being an artist,” Biel said. “It’s hard. I just want him to be happy whatever he does.”

Silas kinda made his big screen debut in The Book of Love. Biel was eight-months pregnant when she shot the film. She’s also a producer on the movie, which tells the story of an architect (Jason Sudeikis) who befriends a homeless teen (Maisie Williams) after his pregnant wife dies in a car accident (Biel).

They thought about recasting Biel but in the end she said she was too attached to step away after spending nine years working to get the movie made.

“I was terrified,” director Bill Purple said of working with the mom-to-be. “My entire being was terrified. All I cared about, as much as I was trying to focus on the film, was just don’t induce labor. We took all the precautions we could…We did the best to make her comfortable. She was a trooper.”

Timberlake provided the movie’s music. “I was hoping I was going to be able to be this mean lady boss and be like, ‘No, I don’t like that cue, change it,'” Biel said. “But no, I was like, ‘This is amazing. I love it. Whatever you want.'”

reprinted with permission from E!Online

These Are Not Your Mom’s Hunter Boots!

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When it comes to classic and timeless fashion items, Wellington boots by Hunter are up there. The rubber goulashes are made by the company which originally was established as North British Rubber Company in 1856. Today, the heritage label maintains its authentic brand identity and has earned worldwide recognition and a royal warrant for its outerwear and footwear collection.

The boots now fuse function with fashion and come in an eclectic range of colors and styles. You can get them in wedge boot style, ombre, in bright colors like teal and hot pink, with quilted calf, and with the sock in sole for as low as $40 on sale at some online retailers worldwide.


We love them because they are mom and mom-to-be friendly. The boots are pretty easy to slip on because they have a large calf are and the rubber soles make them slip resistant and pretty safe and secure for the expecting woman with the displaced center of gravity and precious cargo on her front.

We love Hunter! Check out some inspiration sites below! Click to buy but they sell out pretty fast so good luck!

Ciara and Son Cheered on Russell Wilson and Seattle Seahawks’ NFL Playoff Game

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Ciara took her 2-year old son Future Zahir to cheer on her husband Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during his playoffs game against the Atlanta Falcons. Although his team didn’t win, she made sure to let all the disappointed know she was still proud of her man for a great season.

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“No Greater Blessing Than Having Family. We’re Proud Of You @Dangerusswilson ❤ ” she captioned a photo of herself and Wilson carrying swinging his step-son in hand on their way to their private jet back home. He already has one Superbowl ring so… meh!

 

No Greater Blessing Than Having Family. We’re Proud Of You @Dangerusswilson ❤

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The model and songstress has also decided to drop her $15M Defamation lawsuit against her ex, hip hop recording artist Future, as a clear sign that she has moved on and no longer wants to be weighed down by litigation. Good for you!

These are the Top 10 Best and Worst US States to Raise a Family

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After you decide to finally start your family, one of the things you also consider is where to raise said family. If you are lucky enough to be living and working in a progressive area with lots of resources, wide-open spaces, and programs for children, then you won’t even have to consider moving. But if you don’t and are curious, there are great areas and not so great areas.

Personal finance website, WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family.


In order to determine the best states in which to put down family roots, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 40 key indicators of family-friendliness.  The researcher’s data set ranges from “median family salary” to “housing affordability” to “unemployment rate.”

Here are the top Best and Worst:

Best States for Families Worst States for Families
1 North Dakota 42 Alabama
2 New Hampshire 43 West Virginia
3 Vermont 44 Georgia
4 Minnesota 45 Arizona
5 Nebraska 46 Alaska
6 Massachusetts 47 Nevada
7 New Jersey 48 Louisiana
8 Iowa 49 District of Columbia
9 Connecticut 50 Mississippi
10 South Dakota 51 New Mexico

Here is some breakdown of the best and worst areas.
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  • Wyoming has the highest median family annual income (adjusted for cost of living), $79,732, which is 1.7 times higher than in Hawaii, where it is lowest at $48,111.
  • Utah has the lowest divorce rate, 16.22 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 29.81 percent.
  • Wyoming has the lowest share of families receiving food stamps, 6.17 percent, which is 3.6 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 22.01 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of families living below poverty level, 5.6 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Mississippi, where it is highest at 17.6 percent.
  • Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs (adjusted for median family income), 6.16 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where they are highest at 17.41 percent.
  • California has the lowest infant-mortality rate, 4.30 percent, which is two times lower than in Alabama, where it is highest at 8.68 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest violent-crime rate per 1,000 residents, 1.18, which is 10.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 12.69.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-raiseafamily/31065/

‘Doubt’ Star Katherine Heigl Welcomed Son, Joshua Bishop Kelley, Jr.

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Congratulations to Doubt star Katherine Heigl and her musician husband Josh Kelley on the birth of their first son, Joshua Bishop Kelley, Jr.  on December 20, PEOPLE confirms. The baby was born three days before the couple celebrated their wedding anniversary on December 23rd.

Heigl and Kelley are parents to daughters, 8-year old Naleigh and 4-year old Adalaide, who the couple adopted.


Last June 2016, Heigl announced the news on her Instagram , noting that they were just about to adopt or foster another child if pregnancy was not an option.

“It was totally unexpected but thrilling nonetheless,” she noted on a photo of her sonogram.

“Seeing as I have never been pregnant and as my OB/GYN reminded me last year, I’m of advanced maternal age,” Heigl shared, “I wasn’t sure pregnancy was even in the cards for us.

Because of the Holidays, we totally missed covering her baby shower but lucky for us, the photos are still up on her Instagram and her blog Those Heavenly Days. And you can see more on Daily Mail.

The Grey’s Anatomy alum shared that her mother let her plan her winter wonderland themed wedding. She pulled ideas from Pinterest and made sure the event was decorated with winter white bouquets with some single stem arrangements in a milk glass on the dinner tables. I “am an avid milk glass collector” the Knocked Up actress penned on her blog.

“I wanted the table settings to feel rustic and elegant like our ranch up in Utah so we included natural elements like rattan place mats, naturally shed deer antlers, pine cones and white gourds,” she wrote, adding, “I truly wish I could have these centerpieces on my dining table all year long!”

The dinner was farm to table style and the even included an open bar with holiday-inspired cocktails. Guest went home with Christmas sugar cookies with a baby theme decorations on them as parting gifts/favors.

The cake (featured above from her Instagram) was a simple white fondant cake with a rocking horse ornament on top.

Sounds like it was a delightful event.

STUDY: Skipping Prenatal Vitamins During Pregnancy Linked to Child’s School Progress

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Failing to take multivitamins during pregnancy could set a child back by a year by the time they reach secondary school, a new study suggests.

The issue of taking supplements is controversial for pregnant women, with research last year suggesting that it was a waste of money to take anything except folic acid and vitamin d.


But a new study by an international team including Harvard University, the University of California and the University of Lancaster, found that multivitamins can add the equivalent of up to a full year of schooling to a child’s cognitive abilities between the ages of nine and 12.

The finding, which was carried out in women in Indonesia, is likely to be most relevant for women who do not get sufficient vitamins and minerals from their diets.

The study also found that early life nurturing, happier mothers and educated parents all led to cleverer children. A nurturing environment was found to be more even more important than biological factors, such as good nutrition, for general intellectual ability, academic achievement and fine motor dexterity.

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Marsha Ambrosious Gave Birth; Got Engaged at her Baby Shower (WATCH)

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The Mannequin Challenge is pretty much 2016 but before you move on, you should check out the version of the challenge that songstress Marsha Amborious shared on her Instagram.

Before giving birth to her daughter Nyla the day after Christmas on December 26, 2016, her then-beau Dez Billups proposed to her during an intimate baby shower.


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After the big surprise, they recreated the moment in the form of the challenge and posted it on Instagram. 

The former Floetry duo singer tweeted and IG shared her birth announcement complete while holding her newborn and outfitted in a super warm snow bunny PJs.

This is the first child for the Grammy-award winning recording artist and her music industry fiance.

Also, Kudos to the chart-topper for breastfeeding as well. She posted a photo of her pump with the caption, “Pump p p pump pump p p p… 👶🏽🍼

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20 Valentine’s Day DIY Nail Art Inspiration Ideas for You!

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Nail Art, DIY Nails and nail design are very much in-style.  If you don’t know, there is a ginormous sub-industry in beauty dedicated to nails.

Each season, new trends and innovation in nail art are revealed. Check out Pinterest, and you’d note that nails are a big thing. For Valentine’s Day, why not brighten up your mood and get into the spirit by hooking up your nails in a nice pink, red or some other sort of themed nail art for the season?

If you’re among the millions of women, young girls and others out there who are into nail art, here are 20 Valentine’s Day Nail Art ideas to explore and inspiration looks for you:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reese Witherspoon Dressed like Kate Middleton during UpFronts…Literally

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Reese Witherspoon  is the  executive producer and stars in a new HBO series called Big Little Lies Tells the tale of three mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder and has been described as “a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”

This week, she and her castmates including Nicole Kidman and Zoe Kravitz attended the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2017 in Pasadena, California. During the HBO portion of the presentation to press, on stage, Witherspoon looked super cute in an outfit that I think it inspired by Kate Middleton.


It included a dress called “Middleton” from Witherspoon’s dress shop, “Draper James” and a pair of Christian Louboutins from its “So Kate” line (named for Kate Moss actually). Witherspoon topped off the look with dainty midi rings by Jennifer Meyer.  Tres chic and sophisticated!

 

Middleton Dress • Draper James • $140
Christian Louboutin So Kate Mosaic Patent Leather Pumps • Christian Louboutin • $745
Jennifer Meyer Two Heart Ring – Yellow Gold • Jennifer Meyer • $750
Jennifer Meyer Open Center Diamond Ring • Jennifer Meyer • $1,275