Hilaria Baldwin is expecting her fifth child with her husband Alec Baldwin.
This time, the celebrity yoga instructor chose to share the news when she was barely one month along. Traditional wisdom and advice from doctors say moms-to-be should wait until three months or until the baby’s heartbeat can be heard before announcing the news.
By that time, the risk of miscarriage false tremendously.
“When you’ve had so many babies, 6 minutes pregnant = looking like 6 months pregnant,” the yoga instructor joked about her tiny protruding belly while announcing the pregnancy.
“People poke around and try to find out what is going on,” she said. “When you simply share what is happening, you take the story into your own hands and they tend to leave you alone more. Secrets are only interesting when they are secrets. Reports of my belly growing or my appearance changing spark rumors. That brings attention.”
She continued, “Me coming out and saying what is going on gets the news out there … then they move on to the next story. It’s been something I’ve learned over the past decade … this is one of the reasons I’m so active on social media. The news can take images for free from my page rather than paying a paparazzi to come follow me.”
She and Alec marreid in 2012 and started a family right away in 2013 with the birth of their oldest daughter, Carmen Gabriela, followed by son Rafael Thomas, another son Leonardo Angel Charles in 2016, and 1-year-old son Romeo Alejandro David, born last year.
Alec has a 23-year old daughter named Ireland from his first marriage to actress Kim Basinger.
In June, Hilaria told People, “Why not keep going? They’re my favorite things in the world so why not? I never expected to have a big family but since we signed on to it, at this point, why not? Why not keep going?”
I’ve decided to republish my review of the Naipo at home Shiatsu neck and back massager for anyone who missed it the first time and didn’t hear how wonderful this contraption is for getting out knots or easing a sore back or neck for expecting moms-to-be or anyone in the family who has muscle aches, pains, fatigue or discomfort.
Seriously! My husband even uses this after work and nightly to reset his back issues! It’s a game changer! Trust and Believe. Anyway, here is the original post and video review below:
Whether you are expecting, just had a baby, are an overworked stay at home, work from home or working parent, you’re going to have aches and pains related to stress.
There is a similar pain associated with working out or doing athletic activity to peal off baby weight after giving birth or simply, while you’re on your fitness and health journey.
To ease the pains, having a durable, reliable and effective non-medicinal home remedy and option can be ideal. I use balms and salves and pain medicine and an occasional trip to the massage therapist for a deep tissue massage.
It’s a portable massager, wrapped in quality leather and mesh material and delivers some serious kneading. You can position it on your neck or lower back and it delivers the best in relief EVER! I swear! This is good stuff. It comes with two connectors: one for a standard plug at home and one that connects to the car cigarette lighter so you can get treatment on the go!
Perfect for long car rides during the holidays or over summer break, for people who drive for a living like Truck Drivers and Lyft, Uber and taxi drivers. The long periods of time sitting can give the body a beating after a while.
It has an ergonomic design perfectly fits your body to provide you an optimum use. Heating function works effectively on relieving tightness and poor blood circulation.
This massager would make an EXCELLENT give this holiday season as well and retails for just $43.99 on Amazon! A steal at under $50 compared to over $1,000 in chiropractor or masseuse bills.
New Moms Alysson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price made major comebacks by winning gold and setting multiple records this week at the the World Track and Field Championships!
The fact that both sprinters delivered their babies via C-Sections which tear the core muscles is a testament to their hard work.
“For 10 weeks, I couldn’t lift weights (while lying) on my back,” Fraser-Pryce told the LA Times. “And mentally, it’s even harder because you’re 30, you’re having a baby, the females are out there running fast. You wonder if you can come back. For me, I just worked really hard.”
Felix’s baby came two months prematurely and spent around a month in the neonatal intensive-care unit.
“It puts things in perspective,” Felix said.
It was only months prior that she was among the Nike sponsored athletes speaking out about the company’s treatment of pregnant elite athletes.
Felix, who joined long distance runner Alysia Montano and the US Women’s Soccer Team in their crusade for equal pay and rights, inspired the other female moms who competed this past Sunday night as LA Times summarized:
Christian Taylor, who won his third straight triple-jump world championship .
And pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia, who cleared 4.95 meters to beat American Sandi Morris for the gold…
Another mother won gold in the women’s 20-kilometer walk early Monday morning. Liu Hong of China took the 2017 and 2018 seasons off to have a child before returning triumphantly in 2019. She led a Chinese podium sweep.
Another gold medalist was Courtney Okolo — Felix’s 25-year-old relay teammate.
“A victory for motherhood!” Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce said of her win. At age 32, she became the oldest woman to win an Olympic or world 100m title, two years after having her first child, Zyon.
She carried Zyon with her while taking her victory lap. Fraser-Pryce said she sat on her bed and cried the day she found out she was pregnant and soon heard calls that is was time for her to retire.
Perish the thought!
“The females keep showing up,” Fraser-Pryce said on the BBC while holding Zyon across her chest. “Hoping that I can give inspiration to all the women who are thinking about starting a family or currently starting a family and wondering if they can come back.”
The last mom to win the big 100M race was America’s Gwen Torrence back in 1995.
Fraser-Pryce told her story of motherhood to Goldccomeback to NBC News:
“When I found out I was pregnant, I was sitting on my bed for like two hours, and I didn’t go to practice in the morning because I didn’t know what to do,” Fraser-Pryce said. “I made a vow that I was coming back.”
On Aug. 6, 2017, Fraser-Pryce watched the world women’s 100m final on TV. “I remember sitting there, and I went into labor because I was watching the race,” she said. “So I had my son the next day, like in the evening during the medal [ceremony]. So that was my gold medal.”
Zyon came via C-section on Aug. 7, 2017. Fraser-Pryce went three or four months before lifting a weight. Once she returned to the track, she skipped practices here or there due to pain.
“I wouldn’t trade it for anything else,” she said. “Because it has definitely made me tougher, and stronger and more committed.”
In her first meet back in 2018, Fraser-Pryce clocked 11.52 seconds, eight tenths off her best. She raced eight times before breaking 11 again, all while breastfeeding for the first 15 months.
This year, she’s run in the 10.7s a total of four times, becoming the fastest mom in history. Her coach told her earlier that she’s still not all the way back.
“Zyon has been my strength, my family, my husband, they have been my strength,” she said. “When everybody else doubted, they never did.”
I know many women get worried about getting bulky arms! But, I am here to tell you: that’s not a problem sista! With these awesome arm workout tips, you will be able to flash your gorgeous slim and toned arms, worry – and bulk – free!
Beat the Bulk
The key to toning, not bulking, is to not take unnatural supplements. I know what you were expecting me to say… “low weight and high reps”. No, you can lift heavier; just so long as you’re not injecting yourself with testosterone, you likely will not bulk, ladies. Bulking requires super heavy weights AND a high-calorie intake, so unless you’re making a real effort to bulk up, you don’t have to worry! Before I forget to mention it, by the way, those trainers that you ask, “How can I tone-up my arms” that forget to mention diet, have NO clue what they’re doing. You canNOT spot train. What I mean by that is that you cannot tell fat where to leave your body without “intervention” by a cosmetic doc. When you burn fat, your body tells it where to go, not you and not your trainer. But… you CAN make sure the muscle under the fat is rarin’ and ready to show.
So… best way to start toning your arms is by minimizing fat (think healthy diet with plenty of protein, healthy carbs, fruits & veggies) and consistently working those triceps, biceps, and shoulders for the best results. I suggest you work them using resistance training 2 to 4 times per week. Some great upper body exercises can target those soft spots and make them lean and mean instead. So, if you are using weights, you will need enough weight to give yourself a challenge – but, make it an achievable one. And you don’t have to make up workouts on your own.
Find the Fun
Cardio and some weightlifting would definitely work. But let’s try something a little more… FUN!
If you want a great, convenient upper body workout at home, why not try and get those arms slim while you Spin? Nothing’s more motivating than hearing the beat of the music pound in your ears as you sweat the fat away!
You see, an important aspect of toned arms is minimizing the fat to let your toned muscles take center stage. And, a great way to burn fat and gain arm muscle at the same time is through Spin workouts that include arm exercises.
Also known as Spin and Sculpt, these classes are the perfect solution for the busy person who wants to get the most results out of their workout without the hassle of a brick-and-mortar gym membership. Because with Spin Sculpt, you can do push-ups or grab your fav dumbbells and get those arms busy! These workouts target the biceps, triceps, and deltoids during an intense cardio routine to give you the best fat-melting, muscle-toning, action-packed exercises into each session. That means our Spin and Sculpt classes will really show you just how to lose fat, fast! So get on that bike, get Spinnin’, and show the world what your arms are made of!
Workout Without Weights
What about arm workouts without weights? If you aren’t into weightlifting… Try SSoD TRX for full-body sculpting from head to toe! There are even TRX Sculpt Classes that target specific areas like the arms, so you can build your guns while you work on your buns! These bodyweight bicep exercises will tone you up FAST with the added benefit of helping you build strength, balance, and flexibility!
Remember to Relax
Yeah this all sounds FUN right? But we get it, you’re busy, and after a long day at work, sometimes you just don’t want to leave the comfort of your home. That is why SSoD Yoga Classes are a perfect solution to tone your arms while relaxing away the stress of the day. You’re doing double duty here, and it doesn’t even feel like work at all! This is the ideal solution for a busy mom who needs to wind down, a workaholic that needs to get their mind off the office, and everything in between. Yoga is another way to use your bodyweight to help create those toned arms. So, relax, gain strength, and get those sexy arms, all with SSoD yoga workouts.
If you’re sitting there reading this and can’t help but think that this seems overwhelming, remember it’s okay to start small with something like arm circles and work your way up to workouts that are a little more intense. The goal is to make it fun and enjoyable! We highly recommend yoga for low impact and low intensity, or a 30-Minute Back to the Basics Spin class for something more upbeat and entertaining!
Baby #4 is on the way for “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer Ricky Martin who announced this weekend while attending the 23rd annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, DC that he and his artist husband Jwan Yosef are expecting another child.
While being honored for his work for LGBTQ rights and advocacy, he paused to acknowledge his brood in the audience.
“My family’s here,” the singer said. “Jwan, I don’t see you, but my husband, Jwan, I love you. My beautiful twins, Valentino and Matteo, they’re also here. I love you with all my heart, you’re my strength, you inspire me every day, you motivate me to keep doing what I’m doing and you guys are amazing kids. You guys are amazing.”
Parents, if you thought the Gender Reveal party was your first and last reveal party you would have to throw when you have a baby, then you haven’t been keeping up with the social media savvy Joneses!
Apparently, the college reveal is becoming a new trend. In year’s past, we could expect to see filter through our social media streams, photos of admittees in creative T-shirts, viral videos of a potential co-ed clicking the link to discover if they’d gain admission to their school of choice, or images of teens holding up pennants or balloons in the school colors of their chosen institution while wearing a t-shirt from that school.
Gone are those simple days for some.
After a kid (and parents) endure all the stress of working hard for four years in high school, taking admission exams and advanced placement courses, working internships and being the best student athlete, musician and academic, then to handle the grueling process of making college visits and going on tours, filling out long college applications and drafting compelling essays and the like, it should all culminate at the end with celebration among friends in social and real life who have virtually gone through it all with you.
It’s such a trend that the TODAY broadcast a report on it at the top of the year.
“College reveal posts on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube are growing more and more common, and even entire parties centered on college reveals are starting to become a thing. But like gender reveals before them, the idea does not appeal to everyone,” the article stated before talking to a woman who can only be described as a “hater”.
Heather Doyle, a Florida mother of two current college students and a high school senior, said that when her children decided where they were going to attend college, she made a social media post to congratulate them on the decision, but she cannot imagine posting an entire ‘reveal.’
“I just find it extremely obnoxious when people list every school they were accepted to,” she told TODAY. “Who cares? Yay, you!”
Yeah, hater. (smile)
The news site also acknowledged an opinion writer from the blog Grown and Flown for first posting about this topic and cited the author Marybeth Bock who praised the trend but also took a critical look when she wrote, “it’s also easy to acknowledge that this trend is yet another opportunity for people to be a tad insensitive.
First of all, the indulgence of a college reveal party that is posted online is another in-your-face example of the disparity between the Haves and the Have Nots.”
But Bock also pointed out how adorable the school pick reveals can be.
“It’s hard not to admit that those college-colored cake pops are actually adorable, and that table display with hand-painted letters is very clever,” Bock wrote. “If someone can afford to go over-the-top for this event — that is obviously important to them — who are we to roll our eyes and share that we think it’s just ridiculous?”
Do you, hate from the sidelines if you want but let people do what they want.
If you are so inclined to have a big reveal or your kid is, consider one of these ideas shared by blogger Katherine Carpenter a few years back. These are the three I like the best:
1. The Superman Reveal
If you’re holding out till graduation to tell your friends and more distant relatives, there is no better time to make your announcement than right after you receive that high school diploma! One of our favorite ways is wearing your college’s shirt underneath your cap and gown. When you have graduated, dramatically open your robe to reveal the name of your new school! It’s a great transition point and a way to say you’re ready to conquer the next school on your list.
2. Balloon School Spirit Pop
This one is an idea straight from those uber popular gender reveal parties. If you’re between two different schools with distinct school colors, purchase some neutral colored balloons (such as black, white, gold, or silver). Before filling them with helium, have the store stuff them with your college’s colors. When you’re ready to make your big announcement, gather the family and pop the balloons. Seeing that green and white for Michigan or the blue and gold for UCLA may just make their day!
3. The Vintage Pennants Hang
We love all things vintage and antique, especially when they’re college related. One of our favorite must-haves are vintage college pennants hung up in our room. As you apply to colleges, purchase a pendant at each school and hang them in a row. When it’s time to tell your parents or friends which school you’ve decided on, one-by-one take away each pennants until you’re left with a winner. The alternative if you cannot find pennants for the schools you have applied to is to create your own pennants with letters spelling out your winning school.
“You are never too small to make a difference” is a quote attributed to 16-year old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunbergwho has been leading youth climate strikes for the past few years, including “Fridays for Future,” a global movement that encourages students to walk out of their classrooms against inaction toward climate change.
Thunberg has become an activist celebrity and been in the US for the last week and a half after docking in New York in late August following a two-week voyage aboard a solar-powered sailboat which is an eco friendly alternative to flying.
The inspirational young leader also stands out because she has Asperger’s, a highly functioning form of Autism, but has chosen in recent years to embrace the neurological diversity as her ‘Superpower”, as she has described it.
During an interview with CBS This Morning earlier in the month, Thunberg remarked of the condition, “it can definitely be an advantage to have some kind of neurotypical diagnosis, to be neurodiverse, because that makes you different, that makes you think differently.”
And of course, that is exactly what the doctor has ordered in this era where children are literally taking over where adults are failing to lead!
“Especially in such a big crisis like this, when we need to think outside the box,” Thunberg told the show. “We need to think outside our current system, we need people who think outside the box and who aren’t like everyone else.”
She has also used her very large platform on social media, including Instagram where she boasts over 6 million followers, to respond to the“haters” who have come after her for the way she looks or acts.
“When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!” she captioned an Instagram caption posted in September.”I have Asperger’s syndrome and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And given the right circumstances, being different is a superpower.”
“I’m not public about my diagnosis to ‘hide’ behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an ‘illness,’ or something negative,” she continued. “And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before. Before I started school striking I had no energy, no friends, and I didn’t speak to anyone. I just sat alone at home, with an eating disorder.”
She concluded, “All of that is gone now, since I have found a meaning in a world that sometimes seems meaningless to so many people.”
An Instagram post by Toront0, Canada-based Event Planner Barbara Nkansah went viral and has been re-shared because it simply states: “Stop Asking Women When are They Getting Pregnant”. In it is the Ghanaian-Canadian shares the hurt of being newly married and enduring probing questions and insensitive remarks by well-meaning family and friends.
“I remember being newly married and the first thing people started doing instead of greeting me was look right at my belly,” she shared. “Then when they noticed I was not pregnant the look of confusion following “oh you’re not pregnant yet” would be their conversation starter. I will never forget when just after 3 months of marriage church service ended and a member in the church who saw me yelled at the top of her lungs in front of everyone saying ‘BARBARA YOU’RE STILL NOT PREGNANT YET. WHEN WILL YOU GET PREGNANT? YOU’RE TAKING TOO LONG.'”
The statistics are jarring: 1 in 8 couples have a hard time getting pregnant and at least 1 in 4 will experience a pregnancy loss. People who are trying to conceive are fed up and would like you to stop asking them when they are going to have children or even worse, “why don’t they have children.”
In the celebrity world, Gabrielle Union andChrissy Teigen recalled being asked this question constantly because they were with their spouses for several years without producing children and people just couldn’t stop asking a very personal, imposing and insensitive question not know that they were indeed trying but failing at it.
Please stop asking women (AND MEN!) when they are having kids or, even worse, why they don’t have children.
I remember the words of Assistant Professor Rondrea Danielle from Bethune-Cookman College on Facebook last year:
“Getting pregnant is hard.
Sustaining pregnancy is hard.
Giving birth is hard.
Raising a baby is hard.
So asking folks why they don’t have kids is both inconsiderate and insensitive (it also isn’t your business), and it needs to stop now.
We have no idea how much women go through to get pregnant and then bring a baby into the world.”
Conduct a Google Search and you’ll encounter dozens of articles from women and lifestyle and advice sites about this very topic and also demanding that they not be asked the question when they gain weight. Phew!
Even though Spring is usually associated with cleaning and sprucing up the home, actually Fall is a popular time to update, upgrade and redecorate your abode.
One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a room is to swap out the decorations, add new frames, bring the outdoors in with plants and for furniture, throw on a slipcover onto a sofa or chair.
It’s not easy or cost efficient to go out and purchase an entire new couch but you can add texture, color or design using a slip cover. You can get a custom slipcover but that can be expensive so using a retail one works perfectly to enhance a room.
The Classic Slipcover Company, for example, offers a line of high-end slipcover products that make your furniture look brand new. From chairs to sofas and even dog furniture, they offer a variety of fits and styles and offered my the opportunity to brighten my front room with one if its quality items.
I was able to use a review sample to update my front room which has an Aztec print. Classic Slipcover’s twill one piece twill sofa slipcover ($94)Iwith bow ties was relatively easy to set up and keep cover in place and turn the space into a warm and inviting place to read, receive visitors, and kick back and unwind after a long day.
It fits sofas from 84″ to 96.”
I also used the company’s armchair slip cover in the same material and chair to refurbish an old raggedy chair that was in the basement. I brought it upstairs and threw on the cover (I need to affix it better than in this photograph) and it brought my office to life! Love it!
I love their options because they suit my style and tastes: simple, classic, customizable, crisp and clean. Perfect!