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How the Trump Tax Law Impacts Your Child Deductions

You might have heard that having a dependent doesn’t do you much good anymore, at least from 2018 through 2025, thanks to tax legislation passed by congress in December 2017.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that became effective in 2018 does indeed eliminate the personal exemption that used to be available for each of your dependents.

But the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Child and Dependent Care Credit are all still alive and well, and having a dependent is critical to qualifying for each of them.



And if you and your baby’s other parent aren’t married and living together, your dependent might help qualify you as head of household, an advantageous filing status.

Your baby will qualify as your dependent more or less by default under the remaining IRS rules for qualifying child dependents.

  • A dependent must be your son or daughter, brother or sister, or a descendant of one of these individuals. You’ve got this one covered if you’ve just given birth.
  • The child must be younger than age 19 on the last day of the tax year, or age 24 if a full-time student. Your baby obviously qualifies here, too.
  • Finally, the child cannot have provided more than half their own financial support for the year. This should not be an issue unless and until child labor laws radically change.

So, yes, having a dependent is still a good thing at tax time, and yes, your newborn will qualify you if you meet these rules…even if your baby is born at the 11th hour of the year.

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Last Minute Guide to Dressing for Thanksgiving Dinner

thanksgiving outfit

If you are expecting this Thanksgiving and are toting around a sizeable bump, God knows you may  not be looking forward to standing on your feet preparing a meal and hopefully, you have been invited to someone else’s home this year and/or your family is giving you a pass on cooking so you can just kick up  your feet and relax.

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Here is a guide for what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner this year:

1. Start with a shirt in breathable fabric like jersey knit or cotton.

2.Then layer a light cardigan or collared shirt over that and finally a denim, leather or cotton blazer.

How to dress your bump

 

3.For the bottom, go with a comfy pair of dressy leggings or denim maternity stretch jeans with a pair of red ballet flats.

4. Carry a large clutch to hold your stuff and then work it!

Stylish and comfy!

 

5 things NOT to wear at Thanksgiving!

Have fun and good luck enduring the endless belly rubs and all the love!!!

Useful Tips on Maternity Wear Options These Days

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

When you find out  you’re expecting, besides adjusting your diet, exercise and sleep pattern, ingesting prenatal vitamins and visiting the doc more regularly, you know you’ll have to adjust your wardrobe at some point. Fortunately for you, the industry has evolved over the years so that there are a lot more options available to you.

Nursing dresses                                                                       

A nursing dress is usually designed in such a way that it makes it easy for a mother to breastfeed her baby. When buying a maternity dress, you should ensure that it is not very tight for better comfort. The color and design of the dress should be chosen out of personal taste and preference. You can visit the internet, where you can find displayed maternity clothing online. That will give you a wide variety of nursing dress designs to choose from.

Special events maternity dresses

Perhaps you have a special event coming up soon, and you have no idea what you should wear on that day. This is very common with women that are having a baby for the first time. You can check out different online stores that deal with maternity attires for ideas. Several of them will have colorful and high-quality maternity attire that are meant for special occasions.

Maternity night dresses

You are probably used to the typical kind of nightdresses, but suddenly you realize that they no longer fit. Unfortunately, all the clothes that you have do not feel comfortable sleeping in. This should not worry you since there are specially made maternity dresses that you can sleep in. These types of night gowns are mostly made out of comfortable and light material for better sleep.

Maternity shapewear

If you have a formal event you have to attend, you might want to tighten up some parts of your body (not your belly though and here is where maternity shape wear comes into play). They cinch your legs, hips and thighs but not your belly like traditional shape wear would. Also, if you are the kind of person who is enthusiastic and excited about physical exercises, then the good news is that there are maternity athleisurewear wear and work out great that are made for that exact purpose. Just like training and athletic wear, these kinds of  pieces are made of a particular type of material that will allow you to exercise and stay in shape.

T-shirts

T-shirts are some of the most relaxed attires that you can wear when pregnant, and they are available in various stores selling maternity clothing online. The good thing about the online stores is that you can get to pick the type of t-shirt you want, and that will have it delivered to your address.

Good luck moms to be!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Maternity Fashion Buying Guide

So you have just found out you’re pregnant – congratulations!

Now comes all of the planning for the next few hectic months ahead of you. You don’t just have to prepare everything for your new babe to come, you have to find clothes that will fit you throughout this momentous period of transition in your life.

You may not know where to start, though, so here’s a beginner’s guide to maternity fashion and how to buy the right pieces for you.

Wear what you have until you can’t

It is virtually impossible to predict how your body will change when you’re pregnant, so it’s a good idea not to go crazy and shop the minute you find out you are expecting. As a way to save some money and some extra stress, only go shopping for maternity clothes until you cannot fit in your old clothes anymore. Chances are, some of the pieces you have can be easily modified to be a bit more forgiving while you grow.

Don’t look at the sizes

Only buy what pieces really fit you properly and make you feel good! Your body will grow and change at different rates, so your clothing needs to be comfortable throughout your entire pregnancy. Don’t get caught up in maternity sizes, as they aren’t as accurate a descriptor as they claim to be. Try a few different sizes of jeans, tops, and outer layers to get a good baseline on what feels comfortable and go from there.

Keep your fashion sense

Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to change your fashion self. Gone are the days where pregnant mothers had to wear oversized and draped outfits that were not flattering. Nowadays, there are plenty of clothing options for you to pick from no matter your style. Plus, you don’t want to buy items you don’t feel confident in because, let’s be honest, they’ll just sit in your closet eventually anyway.

Purchase for after the pregnancy

Your body may not be able to bounce back as soon as you’d hope for after giving birth. Fortunately, maternity clothes are able to work during this transitional period, and can give you extra room and comfort while you’re working to get your body back on track. Items like maternity dresses and jeans, for example, are wonderful pieces that you can use long after the birth of your child.

Be prepared to invest in underwear

You most likely will have to invest in more underwear than any other category of clothing in your wardrobe. Be prepared to change your underwear structure every few months or so. For example, for the first three months of your pregnancy you should choose stretchy, breathable fabric for your bras as your breasts will swell a lot during this period. From three to eight months, look for a nursing bra with a thicker band to accommodate for your expanding rib cage and, for your last month or so of pregnancy, buy your bra cup size larger than usual and a smaller band size. This will be useful as your ribcage returns back to normal after giving birth.

Stock up on shoes with natural material

Shoes made of natural material, such as leather, cotton, or woven linen, will be a wonderful addition to your maternity wardrobe. These shoes are more likely to expand with your swollen feet and ankles and ensure you’re comfortable at every stage of pregnancy. Remember, you’ll be keeping all of those heels in your closet and only investing in flat shoes.

With these tips in mind, you can take the guesswork out of maternity fashion. So get out there and go shopping. It’s time to pamper yourself, mom!

Why Isabella Oliver is a Boss Maternity Brand {Video Review}

I’ve blogged about in the past how much I really like Isabella Oliver maternity here, here and here!

I am a fan  and have been for a while and so much so that I joined as an affiliate and brand ambassador. It’s also a popular brand among celebrities.

It’s having a big holiday sale of up to 50% OFF and FREE Shipping on orders over $149 so I decided to do a quick YouTube video to plug why particularly I love this fashionable brand of maternity clothing. 

If you Want to cop some of this brand’s stuff! Happy Shopping!

How to Dress Your Bump For Thanksgiving

If you are expecting this Thanksgiving and are toting around a sizeable bump, God knows you may  not looking forward to standing on your feet preparing a meal and hopefully, you have been invited to someone else’s home this year and/or your family is giving you a pass on cooking so you can just kick up  your feet and relax.

Check out this post on How to dress your bump and this other post on 5 things NOT to wear at Thanksgiving!

And finally, I think the quintessential outfit ought to be this look that lifestyle blogger Loren Hamilton of Wear and When pulled off when she was last expecting. Follow her pattern of styling and you won’t go wrong!

Start with a shirt in breathable fabric like jersey knit or cotton. Then layer a light cardigan or collared shirt over that and finally a denim, leather or cotton blazer.

For the bottom, go with a comfy pair of dressy leggings or denim maternity stretch jeans with a pair of red ballet flats. Carry a large clutch to hold your stuff and then work it! Stylish and comfy!

Have fun and good luck enduring the endless belly rubs and all the love!!!

Study: These are the Best & Worst US States to Have a Baby 

Americans pay the highest birthing costs in the world. Considering the fact that more people are born in September than any other month of the year,  personal-finance website WalletHub  released a report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby as well as accompanying videos.



To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.

Best States to Have a Baby Worst States to Have a Baby
1 Vermont 42 Nevada
2 Massachusetts 43 New Mexico
3 Minnesota 44 Arkansas
4 New Hampshire 45 Georgia
5 North Dakota 46 West Virginia
6 Connecticut 47 Oklahoma
7 Colorado 48 Louisiana
8 Nebraska 49 South Carolina
9 District of Columbia 50 Alabama
10 California 51 Mississippi



Best vs. Worst

  • Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost for early child care, $3,114, which is 4.9 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at $15,137.
  • Alaska has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 5.90 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 11.46 percent.
  • Vermont has the most obstetricians and gynecologists (per 100,000 residents), 22, which is 11 times more than in Oklahoma, the fewest at two.
  • California has the highest parental-leave policy score, 155, while 12 states, such as Arizona, Michigan and South Carolina, tied for the lowest at 0.



To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: 

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-have-a-baby/6513/



Lilly Ghalichi’s Maternity Style is ‘It’ Fashion Blogger Worthy

Since announcing her pregnancy last month, Shahs of Sunset Lilly Ghalichi has been a virtual fashion blogger showing off her maternity style.

So far, it is characterized by empire waist mini dresses accessorized simply with fly birkins, clutch purses and sexy pumps.

And her own line of faux lashes and her signature long black wavy locs of hair.

Love it! Work!

The entrepreneur and now she is having her first child with her husband  since 2017, Dara Mir.

Ghalichi announced the news on her Instagram.

“Baby (and Daddy’s lol) first makeup party!! ?? Thrilled to announce my husband and I are expecting our first child ?” she captioned a photo of herself sitting on her husband’s lap.  “❤I have shared so many different stages of my life with you all, from starting my first business, to being on a television show, heartbreaks, finding my true love- and now, I get to share the most special chapter of all with you, motherhood??#GhalichiGlam”

photos: Instagram

 

 

What Causes the Pregnancy Glow and Why Don’t I Have It?

You know that glow that people remark upon when you’re pregnant?  Well, it’s a real thing!  Board certified dermatologist and beauty expert, Dr. Anna Guanche says that in 90% of pregnant women the blood volume increases by 50% (increased blood flow), estrogen levels increase (estrogen makes the skin more youthful looking) and weight gain all combine to create a beautiful smooth glow.

 However, this isn’t the case for about 10% of pregnant women, they might have to deal with cystic acne breakouts.  Dr. Guanche says it can be treated with facials, mild peels and skin care regimens that don’t contain retinoids or salicylic acid. 

 Another side effect of pregnancy is that you might see growths appear that weren’t there before and existing ones may increase in size, this includes moles and skin tags.  The moles can become darker and melanoma risks are higher in pregnant women.  She recommends that they should be checked immediately and not wait until after the baby is born. 

 Dr. Guanche goes on to say that allergic rashes can occur more frequently during and after pregnancy, due to exposure to a “foreign body,” since the baby is genetically different.  This can activate the immune system for up to a year after delivery. 

Eventually, your body returns to pre-pregnancy state, and sadly the glow leaves, but also, any rashes, growths or other problems also disappear.

Chrissy Teigen’s Maternity Style is Victorian Feminine and Chic Casual

Like this Lavin dress she wore to a premier and this $13,000 embroidered Gucci gown the model wore while covering the latest edition of Marie Claire magazine!

Also, like this crimson feminine Costarellos dress with beautiful jewelry by Leticia Linton and EFFY, ring by Le Vian and Judith Leiber purse she wore to another event recently.

It’s all ornate but light at the same time. Love it!

She keeps it casual too!

Left in Saint Laurent Sunglasses, a bag by Aerin, Yeezys, a Givenchy bag and a grey Multi Alice+Olivia coat; Center in Victoria Beckham shades, Alexander Wang jacket, Sweater  by One X One TeaspoonGucci belt and Saint Laurent Booties and J Brand jeans, which she wore again, Right and paired with a Rta sweatshirt, Victoria Beckham  shades again and a Chanel Purse