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Celebrity Roundup: Kylie Jenner, Cardi B, Drake & Lil Nas X

Celebrity Pregnancy round-up

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Rappers featured prominently in a roundup of pregnancy related news, including some unexpected and unusual references related to Drake and Lil Nas X’s respective album releases.

Kylie Jenner confirmed what’s been speculated for weeks: She’s pregnant with baby No. 2. 

The Kylie Cosmetics mogul documented her pregnancy journey thus far in a moving video she shared on social media on Tuesday. The clip starts off with Kylie holding a positive pregnancy test. She appears to film boyfriend Travis Scott’s reaction to the happy news as he can be seen hugging her in the bathroom. 

Kylie also reveals exactly how she told mom Kris Jenner — with Stormi handing the momager an envelope filled with sonogram photos. Read the Rest

Kylie Jenner with pregnant belly exposed in maternity share announcing her second pregnancy

And the hip hop community had a few odes to pregnancy recently.

Rapper Cardi B and her husband Offset from the rap group Migos welcomed their second child, a son.

The “Up” singer shared a tender Instagram photo of her and Offset sitting on a hospital bed cradling their newborn. She captioned the photo, “9/4/21” with a set of three emoticons including a blue heart, dinosaur and tiger.

The couple’s 3-year old daughter Kulture Kari was born on July 18th after they secretly married in September 2017.

Similar to her first, Cardi kept most of her second pregnancy secret, this time revealing it this past June during a performance at the BET Awards in June.

Drake in a side by side graphic from the album cover for his latest studio project "Certified Lover Boy" featuring multicultural pregnant women emojis

Rapper Drake released his much-anticipated latest album, “Certified Lover Boy” with a cover art that features a grid of 12 multiracial “pregnant woman” emojis wearing differently colored shirts.

British artist Damien Hirst designed the cover which Internet sleuths have stated looks to be a cross between the artist’s Spot Paintings with monochromatic canvases covered in rows of dots painted in complimentary colors and colourful dots and his work, sculptures of pregnant women is what seems to have inspired Drake’s CLB. 

Photo of rapper Lil Nas X in a faux maternity shoot with him wearing a fake prosthetic bayb bump, a crown of white roses holding a bouquet of white roses in an article about celebrity round up

Rapper Lil Nas X stirred up some noise when he decided to do a maternity style photo to announce the birth of his latest album project. In photos, featured in a PEOPLE magazine spread, the “Montero” performer wears a prosthetic bump.

There was a lot of buzz and chatter over the social media display, including among women advocates who said it make a mockery of pregnancy, child birth and fertility struggles.

Maybe to difuse some of the hate, the “Old Town Road” singer invited expecting women to share a photo of themselves and their bump along with their CashApp account

Instagram photos from rapper Lil Nas X's faux maternity shoot wearing a prosthetic baby bump
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How to Get College or Private High School Text Books Cheaper

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As students heading back to college and private high schools, parents are stuck with the quandry on how to pay for books.

Fortunately, there are a lot more options available to cash-strapped families these days.

One: RENTALS

My family has used Amazon Textbook Rentals and rented one book that cost close to $200 book for just $35.  What a huge saving, huh?!!

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Two. Purchase the Looseleaf Version of the Textbook

Another option is loose leaf purchases.

One would think it would be a violation of US and international copyright laws to copy a book and sell the pages but not so.

Over the past few years, publishers realized they need to be flexible with their market and so have contracted with third party resellers to permit them to sell the loose leaf version of books. Hooray!

You simply purchase a binder and insert the pages and you can save over $100 dollars on a text book.

We got a Government and Politics textbook that cost $70 new for just $22 from Barnes & Noble!  

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Three. BUY USED BOOKS

A lot of the rental books platforms also sell used books have standards and require the books to meet a minimum quality.

They describe what it means for a book to be in Fair, Good, Very Good and Excellent condition. HOWEVER, be very careful to get the correct edition. Some sites are not explicit in disclosing that it’s an old edition, the teacher’s edition or the workbook versus the text. IF the price is too low, be aware and make sure there isn’t a reason for a too ridiculously discount price. We got burned this way.

Also, if you get used books from third party re-sellers, be aware that a lot of them ship ground and therefore it could take up to three weeks for your books to arrive depending on where they’re being shipped from. 

If you have the option to select among several re-sellers, pick one located closer to where you live to shorten the delivery time. 

Finally, some of these outlets have few copies so it is possible that there may be overlap and the book may not be available then canceled. I mention all of this to let you know to be mindful of these factors when you go this route. 

Here are a few of the sources we have used:

Barnes and Noble

Biblio.com,

ValoreBooks.com,

Alibris.com,

Abe Books.com.

BookScouter.com

ThriftBooks.com

andChegg.com

someone handing over a textbook to someone else

Four. Attend Book Swaps

Our sons’ school offers a book swap where students moving on to the next grade can sell their books at heavily discounted prices to underclassmen.

They then get to go around to the other cars parked in the lot and purchase books they may need from older students.

A lot of schools offer this cost-saving option. You can also haggle and bargain. One mom was selling two novels for $5 each but I convinced her to give them to me for $7.  It was the end of the swap so she was running out of options anyway.

Even if your school doesn’t offer one, check out nearby schools and attend theirs but make sure  you are getting the correct textbook and edition. This can be tricky.

Five.  Buy Digital TextBooks

Finally, a lot of teachers and professors allow students to consume the digital version of textbooks on a Nook or Kindle or another digital device.

Once a person owns a digital copy, he/he is usually licensed to download and print out pages needed for a class. Amazon’s Kindle has an entire website to e-textbooks. Enter the ISBN of the text, Title or Author and hit search!There are so many wonderful ways to save money on textbooks these days that you really have no excuse to pay full price…well unless you can afford it and your kid prefers a shiny brand new, unblemished text in the most ideal form, then go for it!

No judgment! If you got it, make it work.

Good luck, parents!

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25+ Casual Fall Outfits Inspo For School, Weekend

These Casual Inspo Outfits will keep you cool, comfy, chic and stylish for school and the weekend

As a blogger, I spend a lot of my time behind a computer.

When I’m not shuttling my brood back and forth to events, games, school, practice and such, I am plugging away trying to deliver the most relevant and up-to-date news, information, fashion style trends, pregnant or parent celebrity gossip, and tips for first time, new and veteran parents.

My style is comfy, casual, chic. I live in yoga pants, leggings, over sized sweaters, canvas shoes and ballet flats. I may jot to the gym or meet up with a friend for coffee but none of these excursions require me to dress up much.

That’s why I was drawn to the casual Korean school kid and BTS-inspired, styling of clothing on Polyvore when I spotted it on Pinterest

I realize that they are also excelent selection for female high school and college students!

I pulled together my five fave looks among the various looks the online clothier had put together and I tagged products from my partners at Shopstyle in case you are a blogger or other fan of comfy style and want to grab some of these pieces for yourself or get a closer look.

I have a lot of these pieces already in my closet and that’s how I knew they were made with me in mind! Ha!



The Most Decorated Female Olympic Track Star Allyson Felix and All the Moms

This one is for the moms!

United States Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix just won her 10th Olympic medal becoming the most decorated female athlete in all time! And she did so after giving birth to her first child, Camryn, and fighting back naysayers who counted her out since she became a mom!

The 35-year-old California native ran blind, situated in the less favored lane 9, and accelerated fast enought to win the bronze medal in the women’s 400 meters on Friday. She ran a season-best at 49.46 seconds and did so wearing her own brand of shoes, Saysh.

Defending Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas was the gold medalist in a lifetime best 48.36 seconds, and Marileidy Paulino of Dominican Republic the silver medalist; her 49.20 clocking was also a lifetime best.

With today’s medal Felix broke a tie with Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey, who has nine medals. She has also tied the legend Carl Lewis for the most medals by an American track and field athlete.

Felix parted with her longtime sponsor Nike after pushing back publicly about the athletic company’s battles with atheletes who return to the field after having a baby. She eventually created her own line.

Per Vogue

Felix gave birth to her daughter, Camryn, in 2018, and she has since been candid about her recovery and struggles while returning to training. In 2019, she broke up with her then sponsor Nike due to the circumstances related to her childbirth, sharing in a powerful New York Times op-ed that she faced a 70% pay cut in her sponsorship because of it. “During my pregnancy, I faced a gender injustice that I couldn’t run from,” she tells Vogue. “My employer [Nike] did not support my maternity in a way that I could be proud of.” With no big shoe sponsor this year, Felix decided to take matters into her own hands. But instead of finding the right performance shoe, she decided to channel her frustrations into creating an athleisure sneaker under her new brand, Saysh.

Felix competed in the finals with teammate Quanera Hayes who skated into the last round of the 400M competition on her time but came in 7th. At the Olympic Trials this year, her son Demetrius and Camryn met and hugged.

She is part of a long line of moms who had to fight stereotypes about our ability to perform at the top level in sports, come back after giving birth and generally multitask!

US Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk appealed to the IOC which had intially banned her from bringing her nursing newborn along to Japan. Amidst outcry from the world, she won and was able to take her daughter Zoe!

Here are some headlines about other moms who competed and are competing in these 2021 Tokyo, Japan Olympic games

NPROlympic And Paralympic Moms Face Big Obstacles To Compete. They’re Demanding Change

PeopleSuper Mamas! 10 Moms Competing in the Tokyo Olympics This Summer

CBSMarathon mom pushes Olympics to allow nursing babies

20+ Celebrity Baby Shower Themes to Inspire

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Gretchen Rossi’s Baby Shower

Watching our fave visual search platform, Pinterest, we noticed that baby shower themes were a trending topic, so we thought it would be fun to revisit some of our fave baby shower posts from years past.

Here are the top most searched

Halsey Welcomes 1st Child, Son, Ender Ridley

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Halsey is now a mom!

The “Without Me” singer reportedly gave birth to her first child, Ender Ridley Aydin, on July 14. Today, she posted heartwarming black-and-white photos of her holding Ender in her arms as her screenwriter boyfriend Alev Aydin looks on, along with a breastfeeding photo.

“Gratitude. For the most ‘rare’ and euphoric birth. Powered by love,” Halsey captioned.

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Cardi B Announces 2d Pregnancy During BET Awards

Cardi B is expecting her second child with Offset.

The rapper revealed her pregnancy at the 2021 BET Awards Sunday night (June 27) while onstage with Migos during their performance.

The announcement, broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, is the second time Cardi has used live television to confirm she’s pregnant. When the couple’s first child, Kulture, was on the way, Cardi debuted her baby bump on Saturday Night Live. Born on July 10, 2018, Kulture is now almost three years old.

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Amazon Prime Day: Free Subscriptions and 50% OFF Merch You Actually Want

Amazon Prime Day is coming up. During this two-day event, Amazon offers some of its premium services and most popular products at a deep discount.

This year is no different. What is new is that some of the discounts are even more significant and thus we are sharing the options that are free or over 50 percent off because after the past year we’ve had we deserve a break.

Also, we focused on the products that people really want and or have been coveted for a while and maybe have been holding off waiting for a deep discount or sale! Now is the time!

First, if you are not already a PRIME member, sign up now free for a month

Now for more free subscription services trials that are extended if you sign up on Monday or Tuesday!!!

4 Months of Amazon Music FREE!

You can try Amazon’s music streaming service, which just so happens to be one of our favorites, completely free of charge, giving you access to unlimited listening of upwards of 70 million songs. Note that your subscription will automatically renew at the regular price of $7.99 for Prime Members ($9.99 for non-Prime members), unless you cancel after the trial ends.


2 Months of Amazon PRIME VIDEO FREE!

YTons of streaming channels, including Starz, Showtime, Epix and more are currently priced at just .99 per month for two months saving you up to 91%. 


4 Months of AUDIBLE FREE!

Typically priced around $14 a month, Prime members can now save over 50% on the first four months of Audible Premium Plus. Membership includes access to a wide selection of new releases and best sellers, plus unlimited listening to thousands of select Originals, audiobooks, podcasts, and more. After the initial four months are up, the price will automatically renew for the standard price unless cancelled.


GET $15 OFF $100 PRIME WARDROBE

If you have ever thought about getting Prime Wardrobe, now is the perfect time because on the two Prime Days, Amazon is gifting you $15 off of purchases of a least $100. Enter this coupon code PRIMEW15OFF at checkout. 


CREATE A BABY REGISTRY FREE!

Not officially apart of PRIME DAY, but as a service to expecting moms and dads, Amazon offers a baby regsitry which we’ve blogged about on the blog before! Check out that post to see what to add to your first registry!

AND NOW FOR THE DEALS

24′ INSIGNIA FIRE TV ($700FF/SAVE 41%)

Insignia full HD Smart TV is a new generation of television featuring the Fire TV experience built-in and including a Voice Remote with Insignia delivers a superior TV experience that gets smarter everyday. The Voice Remote with Alexa lets you do everything you’d expect from a remote—plus, easily launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more, using just your voice.

$99.99


Echo Auto- Hands-free Alexa in your car with your phone (70% off)

  • Add Alexa to your car – Connects to the Alexa app on your phone and plays through your car’s speakers via auxiliary input or your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection. Includes Vent Mount.
  • Designed for the road – With 8 microphones and far-field technology, Echo Auto can hear you over music, A/C, and road noise.
  • Go beyond radio – Voice control Echo Auto through the Alexa app to stream from Audible, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and radio stations with TuneIn and iHeartRadio.
  • Just ask – Use your voice to play music, check the news, make calls, add to your to do-list, set reminders, pay for gas, and more.

$14.99

4 pack of IDiSON iPhone Braided Nylong Lightning Cables in 4 different colors

$14.99

20 PIECE HAIR CLIP (60% OFF)

Get 8 Pcs Macaron hair clips & 4 pcs Pearl hairpins & 3 pcs acrylic hair clips & 5 pcs simple metal hair barrettes that normally sell for $30.

$17.99


2-4 Piece Handbag Sets (80% off)

  • Tote bag Pockets:One main zipper compartment with one inner zipper pocket,one back pocket and two slot pockets. 4pcs: One large handbag+one messenger Bag:+wallet clutch+card holder. Perfect for dating, shopping, working, traveling, outtings party and other occasions and keep your daily items well organized.

Starting at $62.99


14-in 1 Camping Surviver Essentials

  • If you are looking for a unique gift for dad, boyfriend, husband, friends, men, women who like camping, hunting, hiking, fishing, DIY or backpacking, then our camping multitool hatchet is a perfect choice.
  • Camping Multitool Toolkit – 14 in 1 multitool includes: Hammer, Axe, Pliers, Knife, Saw, Assorted Hex Wrench, Phillips Screwdriver, Bottle Opener, File, Fish Descaler and more with a Safety Lock.
  • Heavy Duty and Well-built, made of durable and heavy-duty stainless steel. It is corrosion-resistant and not easy to rust. Strong enough to cut, pry, hammer a nail, twist the screw, open fire hydrant, saw wood, shatter the glass wall.

Starting at $14.99


50ft LED Strip Lights with 44 Keys Remote Controller, Color Changing

These lights are super easy to install and will help you create an elegant aesthetic to any bedroom, entertainment center or gameroom or even a business location with the remote control.

Starting at $22.99


iRobot Roomba 675 Wi-Fi enabled Robot Vacuum (20% off)

Great for carpet and hardwood floors, pet-friendly and Alexa compatible, the smart way to clean floors!  The 600 series is a great way to begin cleaning your home smarter. Just schedule it to clean up daily dirt, dust, and debris with the iRobot HOME app or your voice assistant. – for effortlessly clean floors.

$224.00


Haakaa Crown Soft Silicong Teether – Teething Toy (30% off)

Haakaa is an award-winning New Zealand-based brand that specialises in safe, natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly baby products.  Its popular crown-shaped food-grade silicone teething toy is perfect for teething babies ages 6 to 12 months old and toddlers. It is easy to hold, captures baby’s atention and the bumps and ridges help to develop your baby’s motor and play skills. Parents can also chuck the Crown Baby Teethers in the freezer to provide soothing and cooling relief.

$12.39


Garden Hose

This sturdy garden hose nozzle is made of metal and ABS plastic wrapped by TRP rubber coating making garden hose nozzle body strong and drop-resistant, equipped with high quality anodized process to prevent rust and corrosion, metal and rubber materials providing double protection, no need to worry about cracking that is much better than plastic hose sprayer..

$22.99


7-Port USB 2.0 Hub, USB Hub Splitter with Individual On/Off Switches and LEDs for Laptop, Computer, PC, Keyboard and Mouse, Flash Drive and More

This high speed USP port easily transfers one port to 7!

$24.99

DOOPER Electric Bikini Trimmer for Women also for Ear, Face,Nose,Bikini Line and leg

This groomer kit trims and shapes anywhere on your body for face, armpits, bikini regions, legs, nose ear etc. with premium attachments for quick touch-ups or comfortably close shaving

$27.99

Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns

  • Made in USA, Ingrown Hair Solution: Applying a thin coat of Tend Skin Solution post shaving and waxing reduces the appearance of ingrown hair, razor bump also known as pfb
  • Post Shaving or Waxing, Women and Men: Use Tend Skin Solution as an aftershave or wax to reduce bumps on legs, underarms, bikini lines, chin, neck or face.

$24.99

Hypoallergenic Sterling Silver Unicorn Stud Earrings

$16.98


GET UP TO 20% OFF FAMILY NEEDS

Also, even though Amazon Family is not technically part of PRIME Day, it is still a good opportunity to consider signing up for Amazon Family for FREE. When you sign up, you’ll get email newsletter with paenting tips, product recommendations and exclusive deals off up to 20% off diapers, baby foord and more

UP TO 30% OFF FASHION BRANDS

Insignia full HD Smart TV is a new generation of television featuring the Fire TV experience built-in and including a Voice Remote with Insignia delivers a superior TV experience that gets smarter everyday. The Voice Remote with Alexa lets you do everything you’d expect from a remote—plus, easily launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more, using just your voice.


AMAZON PRIME STUDENT

As College Students and their parents start packing and accumulating needed items to start off the next school year, having 6 months of free Amazon Prime will come in handy!

If you’re not already a Prime subscriber in the US or UK, you can sign up for a generous trial period then a deep discount off the normal monthly price so you and your student don’t have to fret as much given all the other things they will be rackign up!

13 Hot Summer Acrylic Nails to Rock

Summer is a time to experiment with nail colors! After all, you are likely going to be out and about and have more occasions to show them off

Similarly, acrylic nails are also trending among nail fans. They however have always been a thing, especially among some cultures around the world.

Here are my fave summer nail looks found on Pinterest with credit linked to the fashion forward women who rocked them

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Welcome Daughter, Lili Diana

Black and White photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry under a tree whillst she was pregnant with her daughter she has since given birth to

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana.

The couple released a statement Sunday announcing their daughter’s arrival, who was born Friday at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

Both she and Meghan are healthy and settling in at home.

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the statement said. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”

Harry and Meghan already have a son, Archie, who just turned two last month.

They announced Meghan was pregnant with Lili in February, months after the duchess opened up about had suffered a miscarriage in July in a New York Times op-ed.

Meghan explained in the November essay that, “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”

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