Study finds Flu in Pregnancy Link to Autism

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Flu during pregnancy could increase the risk of the unborn child being autistic, warns a new study.

Researchers found mixed evidence of a possible link between influenza during pregnancy and risk that the baby will develop autism.


They found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring.

But they did find a trend toward risk in mothers with a laboratory diagnosis of influenza and self-reported symptoms of severe illness.

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Report: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West To Hire Surrogate for Third Pregnancy

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According to sources to PEOPLE magazine, Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West are in the market for a surrogate.

The reality TV shows medical roadblock to a third child has been documented on her popular E! reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.


She has suffered through preeclampsia and other conditions on her road to give birth to her 4-year-old daughter North and 18-month-old son Saint.

“I’d just love nothing more than to expand my family and just know that I have this world at home that’s safe,” she once said on the reality show.

Kardashian and West married in 2014.

This would be the third foray into parenthood for both of them. Neither had children before becoming a couple.

Try This Great Way to Display Your Family Photos At Home!

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When you’re thinking about decorating your nursery for your baby, redecorating and updating an older kid’s room or putting up some personal touches in your home, you might not automatically think of using something like Foam board or Gatorboard to mount your photos.

Those types of materials conjure up images of advertising and marketing businesses that use board prints to promote. But in fact, Gatorboard and Foam board printing is a new innovative and inventive way to present images.  This material is also superb for creating unique and quality homemade arts and crafts for your home.  True!

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Here’s the deal. Gatorboard is one of the toughest Foam boards. It is resistant to bending, denting, and crushing. Nice, eh?

Gatorboard printing holds a dense core that gives it more strength and durability than a standard poster or Foam board. It’s also stable and lightweight.

We’re thinking your kids artwork could have a lot of longevity on a piece of Gatorboard. Transform them on there and place in their room or in the basement wall to create a whimsical and unexpected effect to dazzle visitors.

But how is it made? Would a DIY solution work?

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Maybe, but there are companies that are now printing onto Gatorboard and positioning the finest design resolution on to them as well.  For example, there is Signage print. This type of print is crafted and designed to give your photos the utmost transparency and durable finish. Place a dynamic piece of signage print behind a sofa, and it can be the center of attraction to your living room, or dining room. It can be a fab addition to a nicely decorated bedroom as well.

Also, Gatorboard printing can be built into a professional print. Printers accommodate  distinct inks on high-quality paper, and use custom-built frames and in a thick solid wood or aluminum frame to make mounting on a wall easy. Gatorboard printing converts into fabulous photo mounts that are designed and printed in full and vivid colors that will not fade or damage with a matte finish that will make an impression. Look at these below:

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Cool, huh?

Foam Board Printing

Another more economical material for printing is Foam board.  You can inexpensively print your family photos on this material. It can also be used to make various arts and crafts to decorate your home. From wall art, photo frames, holiday and outdoor décor to customized Foam board decorations. Foamboard printing is the best material to make any idea come to life. It is strong, flexible, durable and lightweight and can even be used for picture frames, paintings, and wall mounting.

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You can use Foam board printing to decorate your children’s bedroom, print some of your favorite artwork in the living room for your guests to admire or even craft unique collages to display some of your most memorable photos.

You can create natural and beautiful arts and crafts by using Gatorboard printing and Foam board printing. When using Gatorboard and Foam board, the results are amazing board prints that can be easy to mount, hang, and integrated into any area of your home.

So whether you  are a professional photographer or you are just looking to display professional family photos, Foam board and Gatorboard prints are an inspiring and attractive home décor. Both Foam board and Gatorboard are an ideal and excellent material for printing beautiful photographs, family depictions, and inspiring images and passages.

They come in  different sizes and materials but with Foam board printing and Gatorboard printing you can transform your home and give your walls some color and life.

Have it your way!

One of Our Fave Maternity Designers is Having a Big Up to 50% Off Sale

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Are you a preginista planning out your wardrobe this Summer?

Heads up! One of our fave long-time maternity brand faves and partners Isabella Oliver is having a sale of up to 50% of its Spring-Summer 2017 collection.


Now is the perfect time then to invest in some of this label’s best-selling pieces including the Nia Ruched Dress in Red, The Caiti Off-The-Shoulder Top and the Dora Maternity Shirt in blue and white stripes.

If you have followed this blog then you know that our editors and staff have raved about it in the past. It is a celebrity fave as well and could be seen worn by the likes of Kourntey Kardashian, Ali Larter, Angelina Jolie, Bethenny Frankel and others.

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We lover Isabella Oliver dresses because they are one of the most accommodating for any woman, regardless of her shape and how she is carrying her pregnancy. The stylish dresses are functionally comfortable and flatter most shapes.

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As you can see from the above collage the dresses look great on different body types.

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I’ve worn the dresses and have a few that I still wear close to 5 years now even when not pregnant which says something about the quality construction and longevity of the garments.

The runching of fabric on each side snuggles your baby bump and has plenty give to accommodate an expanding waistline as you advance in your pregnancy.

So if you really are in the market for chic, comfy but stylish new maternity clothes, now is a good time to head on over to Isabella Oliver and score yourself a few pieces!

Not Your Grandad’s Ken Doll: Mattel Releases New Diverse Options

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Fifty years after Mattel introduced the original Ken doll  and a year after launching a makeover of the Barbie, the toy manufacturer introduced its new line of  “diverse” Ken dolls that come in three new body types and a variety of skin colors and hairstyles.

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The new dolls are an expansion of the ‘Fashionistas’ line  and included 15 new Ken dolls, featuring three body types ― “slim,” “broad” and “original” ― as well as seven skin tones, eight hair colors and nine hair styles (like the man bun, cornrows and more).

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Mattel revealed the new dolls today.

“By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” senior vice president and general manager for Barbie, Lisa McKnight, stated in a press release. “Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbie’s world.”

The original Ken doll was introduced in 1961 and over the past half-century has become a staple for Barbie-loving girls and boys

h/t Huffpo

Kim Kardashian West Accused of Wearing BlackFace

Kim Kardashian-West cannot catch a break!

Now, our girl is being accused of wearing blackface in promotional images for her upcoming makeup line, KKW Beauty, which is prediceted to sell out within minutes of its  launch this week.

After images of Kardashian West popped up on social media, a few commented on how dark her skin is in the photos and suggested she purposefully darkened the photo to appear more black.


“Black women get told to lighten meanwhile Kim spends her entire career in perpetual Black face and is lauded for her beauty,” US Weekly notes Twitter user wrote. Another added, “I love Kim but that’s def black face in the form of makeup she is no where near that dark.”

The reality TV star and biz mogul blames extra time in the sun for her appearance but nonetheless adjusted it to avoid outcry and backlash.

“I would obviously never want to offend anyone,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star told The New York Times in an interview published on Monday, June 19. “I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it.”

Well…

This NYC Math Professor Gives His Sperm Away in Target To Women Wanting a Baby

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A CUNY math professor is giving away his sperm to women around the world willing to wait for him to ejaculate into a cup in a Target bathroom stall and then inject themselves with his specimen and get pregnant.

This Father’s Day Weekend, the New York Post followed up on a June story it did on Ari Nagel, nicknamed the “Sperminator“, who has fathered 32 kids and counting. The married father of three conceived some “the old-fashioned way” and others  via “sperm hand-offs at public spots such as the Atlantic Center Target in downtown Brooklyn,” the paper reports. 


Nagel got tons of press and new attention after the NYPost’s feature on him and since then, has been jet setting across the globe to meet up with women wanting his sperm, and fielding inquires from “from Turkey, Nigeria, South Africa and even China.”

According to the June 17th published article, these trips include one to Israel to meet a woman who will freeze his sperm to take to a clinic.

Of an upcoming trip to Vietnam to meet with a wheelchair bound client, Nagel tells the paper, “this crippled woman’s story really hit home, She said, ‘It’s all I ever wanted.’ You just have a vibe that she’d be an amazing mom,” adding that this baby will diversify his portfolio. “I don’t have an Asian baby yet.”

In mid-July, a hopeful from Taiwan is flying in to New York to meet with him.

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Spouses Tiffany and Yvonne’s daughter Zoe is fathered by Nagle. Screenshot from “The Drs”.

He only charges for the specimen so the women in New York whose babies he has fathered perhaps cannot afford to go through a traditional regulated clinic which follows health procedures and likely subjects donors and clients to mental and physical exams, genetic testing, infectious diseases screening and protect them from all the legal ramifications of sperm donor-ship.

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Nagel poses with two women pregnant with his chidren – Nagel on Twitter

As the Post notes, several of Nagel’s children have Black mothers, and one of those moms, Blandine Rodney, who said someone told her that he is trying to “whitewash the black community,” to which the says Rodney. “It’s not whitewashing! More white men should give sperm to women who need it.”

The 43-year-old Brooklyn nurse also said of Nagel: “He’s handsome, he’s a genius. I’d be proud to have my child say Ari is his father.” So, there’s that.

One of the consequences of the fact there is no record or tracking of Nagel’s offsprings is the large number of half-siblings growing up at the same time in the same part of New York city and not knowing they’re related.

One of Nagel’s  “baby mamas”, a Connecticut woman named Crystal who has two sons, ages 6 and 7, by him, says: “To know my kids have so many siblings out there, it’s not something I would have wanted for my children.”

Some of the women have filed for child support and he has had to pay them. He said that the women “went back on their word” to not sue him for support but he is paying them, and the “money is going to his child.” It was discussed on an episode of The Doctors.

This mom just gave birth to a set of twins fathered by Nagel

This mom just gave birth to a set of twins fathered by Nagel

Crystal, 45, took Nagel to court for child support, saying that she was expecting to co-parent with him and that she didn’t know of his plans to father an entire baseball team.

“My kids got left in the dust,” says the woman, who conceived both boys through intercourse. “You can’t co-parent with 20-something kids.”

(The other four who sued could not be reached or had no comment.)

Some may  look at this story and have an opinion on the other potential harm from such bootleg, back alley process but if acquiring a sperm donor via a legal and sanctioned bank is cost-prohibitive,  then these women are willing to take the risk to achieve motherhood.

Editor’s note: Nagel tries to come off as altruistic by mentioning that he is also a bone marrow donor, but the fact that his wife, who he says he is not romantically involved with, didn’t know for a year about his exploits is worrisome. He may just be a narcissist who is using all of this attention to feed his ego and desire to feel important and needed, but I’m not psychiatrist but this case is certainly one for the books

photos: Ari Nagel, Twitter

Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s Hilarious Father’s Day Prank Submissions Compilation! (VIDEO)

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Jimmy Kimmel has done it again!

The late night talk show host is famous for his calls on America to prank their family members with the infamous, “I ate all the Halloween candy” parent prank on their kids.


For Father’s Day, the funny man invited his audience to prank their dads by running up to them and yelling, “I love you!” and capture their reactions. After poring over hundreds and hundreds of submissions, the talk show released a compilation of the best tonight during its broadcast!

It’s hilarious! Watch!

Find the Perfect Fourth of July Swimsuit for Your Baby

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Independence Day is around the corner and for many, that means trips to the beach of the pool. There are tons of very cute swim options for girls and boys out nowadays. The variety and style make it super fun and easy to get dressed up in mommy and Me or daddy and me fashion.

This Seersucker swimsuit for $24.99 on an adult though this version by Gymboree only comes in sizes 3 to 6 months to 12.


Equally attractive, is the Striped Rosette Swimsuit for the same price. Both on sale down from about $40 but that price cannot beat the Rope 2-piece swimsuit for $14.99

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And here are other fun swim suits starting at $14.99 by Gymboree’s sister brand Janie and Jack.

Happy Shopping!

5 Reasons to Send Your Child to Cooking Camp this Summer

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My eldest kid loves to cook and bake. Basic stuff mainly but I think he could do more. I was chatting with a mom of one of his high school friends who told me that her son has had a passion for cooking since an early age and that she even enrolled him in a 6 month certificate program which ended with him being an assistant to a sous chef. Very cool.

I told my son who promptly asked me to enroll him in a summer culinary program! Imagine that!


With the advent of television shows like Thee Food Network‘s Chopped Kids and Masterchef Junior, Americans are being exposed to masterful kid chefs out there.

The benefits of children learning to cook are endless.

First, with awareness of food comes acknowledgment of nutrition and value of whole prepared at home meals versus processed foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children in the country considered obese has more than tripled since the 1970s to one in every five today. When you consider the amount of processed and fast food kids are eating, combined with their lack of exercise, it’s easy to see the root of the problem.

Many parents are turning to summer cooking camps to help give their kids a boost in learning about nutrition and how to cook healthy foods. Virginia-based pediatrician Dr. Nimali Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician founded The Doctor Yum Project with a mission to help transform kids and their diets, one summer cooking camp at a time.

 

“Our summer cooking camps are designed to help give kids a great foundation in meal preparation and in eating healthy,” says Dr.Fernando, who also goes by Dr.  Yum. “The kids have a great time, learn about nutrition, and they gain some valuable skills along the way.”

According to a release the camp put out recently: The project offers healthy cooking classes, child nutrition classes, cooking camps for kids, hands-on cooking instruction for families, first foods classes, a teaching garden, and online tools to help families make healthier meals. They also offer a preschool nutrition program, with 40 classrooms and almost 600 participating preschoolers.”

Indeed summer cooking camps are a great way for kids to spend some time off of school. Here are 5 reasons Dr. Yum’s camp offer as to why you should send your child to a summer cooking camp that stresses healthy eating:

  1. Lifelong skills. Learning how to cook is a lifelong skill and one that all kids can begin to practice early in life. Being able to learn how to cook and develop age-appropriate kitchen skills will go a long way toward expanding their interest in cooking and in helping them to be self sufficient.
  2. Healthy eating. Spending time in a cooking camp that focuses on healthy eating will help kids learn more about nutritious foods. They will learn more about what healthy foods are, what they do for their body, and how to prepare them.
  3. Kitchen safety. Being able to learn how to properly use a knife, stove, and other kitchen gadgets with adult supervision helps kids to stay safe when cooking or when spending time in the kitchen while their parents are cooking.
  4. Trying new foods. Many kids today eat the same few foods over and over. A healthy cooking camp will help to expand their palate and get them to try a variety of foods. Most kids want to eat the foods that they help prepare, which introduces them to new flavors and textures.
  5. Reinforce lessons. When you add it together, the National Institutes of Health estimates that kids may be spending as much as 5-7 hours per day looking at screens (i.e., television, phones, video games, etc.), with the average child spending at least three hours per day getting screen time. In a cooking camp kids can get off the screens and reinforce lessons they learned in school. They may practice science concepts, math concepts and vocabulary when learning to cook.
“Many people want their kids to learn healthy eating and food preparation skills, but are not sure where to start,” added Heidi DiEugenio, director of the Doctor Yum Project. “Our summer cooking camps are the perfect introduction, where kids will learn, taste, and have fun and be creative with food!”

Dr. Yum is also the creator of the Meal Maker Machine, an online site, found at http://doctoryum.org, that anyone can use at any time. The free site helps families create healthy recipes based off the foods they already have on hand.  Dr. Fernando also co-author of the book “Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook” (The Experiment, October 2015).

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