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Valentine’s Day: 10 Creative Last Minute and Low Cost Ideas

Today is Valentine’s Day and for those of us who are not in the mood to go out and would prefer to stay home, I put together a list of 10 last-minute things you and your significant other can do at home tonight.

  1. Sushi and Movie: Personally, this is my number one pick. I would like an order of assorted sushi, chocalates and wine and to sit in front of the TV in the basement and watch a couple of movies.
  2. Indoor Picnic: If you want a more romantic dinner, consider picking up your or your partner’s fave meal, pull out a blanket and have a picnic in the living room, after the kids go to bed if you have small children.
  3. Candy and Game night: If you are playful and in mood for sweets, pick up an assortment of candy or make your own candy bouquet and pull out the Jenga, chess or checker board, or cards and have a couple’s game night.
  4. Paint and Sip: Head to the local craft store or your local Walmart or Target and pick up a canvas and paint supplies, Grab a couple bottles of wine or your fave spirits and select and image for the two of you to paint while drinking. Have mood music in the background. Don’t forget the tarp or newspapers to catch the spills and mess that is sure to be made.
  5. Basement Dance Party: One thing I love to do is watch YouTube videos of the latest pop and dance hits and dance to them as a form of exercise. If you and your boo are into fitness, that could make a fun indoor activity. And it would burn off all the junk you ate at the office during the day.
  6. Wine Tasting: Get the tiny bottles of wine or liquors from the Liquor store, pick up some fruit, seltzer and other items and host a personal wine or liquor tasting in the kitchen. Order dinner to keep you guys from getting too inebriated and stick to small sips and don’t mix them so you don’t wake up tomorrow with a hangover.

    Photo by Min An from Pexels

  7. Spa Night: If you both like pampering yourselves, why not get some spa masks, loofah sponges, cuticle trimmers and have a pampering bath and spa night. Pop some champagne and relax
  8. Cook’s Cook: If you are into cooking, pick up some ingredients for a dish that takes a while to make and together whip it up and eat. Cooking together is an intimate act, some experts say.
  9. Baker’s Bake: Alternatively, if cooking is just too much, you guys can bake something pretty complicated and see if it comes out good enough to eat! Have it with dinner or with Game or Movie night above
  10. Host Other Couples: Finally, especially if you live in a town house or apartment and have other couple friends nearby who do not have plans, host an impromptu couple’s night. Make it a pot luck and have everyong agree on one movie to watch. Alternatively, you can bring out the games and have a fun couple’s game night.

There you go! Hope these are helpful and if you do any of the above, please be sure to tag me @Bellyitch on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest!

STUDY: Middle Child Boys Are More Delinquent Than First Borns

A relatively new study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked into the impact of birth order on delinquency and found that second-born boys “are substantially more likely to exhibit delinquency problems compared to their older sibling.”

The conclusions were extrapolated from examining data sets from the US state of Florida and from Denmark.

Most striking, it discovered that second-born boys are involved with the juvenile justice system at a rate 40 percent higher than first-borns and what is to blame?

More relaxed parenting and shorter maternity  leave!

“Second-born children tend to have less maternal attention than do their older siblings,” the authors write. They explain that firstborns get the benefit of their mother’s maternity leave following their own births and following their sibling’s birth.

The study also looked into in school suspension and truancy rates when determining the definition of “delinquency” so it wasn’t all all out criminal behavior.

The authors found that when a girl was added to the mix, delinquency in the middle second boy went down.

Interesting study.

My family dynamics are two boys and a girl and the second boy finds himself in more pickles and jams than the first but I think it is because he is more outgoing and has a larger peer group to get in trouble with, and also, his personality.

In my family, which has a youngest girl, the additional female did nothing to impact the boys behavior.

I suppose it is all relative, despite these stark trends in the data!


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Women in Hollywood Are Getting Baby Foreskin Facials Now

First it was “vampire” facials and now affluent women and celebrities like Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett are going to spas to have the foreskin of circumcised babies applied to their skin for cosmetic reasons. 

How it works is: Dermal fibroblasts–skin cells that are responsible for generating connective tissue–are taken from the circumcised foreskin of infant penises and then used as a culture for growing new stem cells.

Those new cells are then used to make a serum that is applied to the face as part of a specialized facial.

The procedure costs $650 and is offered at the Georgia Louise Atelier in New York City, and has become a go-to among celebrities. 

In a recently deleted Instagram post, actress Kate Beckinsale reportedly admitted she got one of the penis facials.

“After a long flight I do like to lie down and be covered in a mask of liquified cloned foreskins-frankly who doesn’t?” People magazine reports the captioned an Instagram photo “Thank you @georgialouisesk for an amazing facial. I especially liked you reassuring me it would be ‘light on penis’ as it was my first time x.”

Yikes! The reply and backlash was swift and probably is the reason Beckinsale removed the post.  You can read Cafe Mom’s round up of some negative social media commentary HERE!

Earlier this year, Bravo TV scripted television star Jill Kargman tried out the procedure and penned her experience for Hollywood Reporter and even starred in a smiley photo after the treatment. Eeek!

Your thoughts? Let’s connect on social at Bellyitch at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. 

photo: courtesy Hollywood Reporter

Mark Zuckerberg is Taking Two Months Paternity Leave After Second Daughter’s Birth

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife Dr. Pricilla Chan welcomed  their second daughter, August, ironically in the month of August. That month, he took a month of paternity leave off and he is off again for another month!

“I’m going on parental leave for December to be with August and Max, so you’ll hear from me a little less,” hecaptioned a photo of himself and older daughter Max and their dog walking away. “We have a couple more Facebook and philanthropy announcements this year and then I’ll see you all in 2018!”

Photographs of Zuckerberg during his time off emerged on Daily Mail, where he is seen relaxing in Hawaii.

Consider the fact that America is the only industrialized nation which doesn’t mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns. Of course, plenty private companies offer the benefit to new moms but it isn’t required by law.  The concept of paternity leave is catching on and mainly among tech companies and other major companies.

Coca-Cola, American Express, and EY all offer paid parental leave. At Facebook, employees, regardless of gender, get four months leave after the birth of a child, a generous benefit by American standards.

While the US does have a federal law that entitles women to 12 weeks off after the birth of a child, there is no law requiring companies pay women during that time. And there is no law relating to working fathers after the birth of a child.

 Read more about the break at Business Insider

Major Network Reality TV Casting: Show About Searching for Your Child’s Dad

If you are a solo parent who has lost track of your child’s father and aren’t shy about expanding your search before the public, you can consider auditioning for a new show by Squeaky Wheel Casting, an agency which has cast for reality TV shows on HGTV, BravoTV, TLC, Spike, Food Network, Oxgyen, Lifetime channels and more.

The new lifestyle series which is being cast on behalf of a “big time network” will take viewers through the process of a single mom or mom-to-be who is trying to track down her child’s dad.

Now this would apply for those who had a one-night stand that resulted in a pregnancy, or someone who got pregnant for a former lover or partner and for one reason or another failed to inform him of his fatherhood. Or maybe, the dad was aware but dipped out of the picture to avoid responsibility.

If this fits your situation and you’re cool about being on TV, you can contact casting agent at [email protected] or fill out this FORM HERE!!

Do let us know on our socials Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram if you get cast! We would love to follow your story and root you on your journey!


April The Giraffe is Cleared For Another Pregnancy Amidst PETA Opposition

April The Giraffe, who took the Internet by storm earlier this year with the live streaming of the delivery of her baby calf Tajiri, has been cleared for another pregnancy but the news isn’t welcome to everyone.

Last week, Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. posted a photo of  Tajiri’s parents April and Oliver as part of the announcement of the news to its fans on Facebook.

That post has since garnered over 53,000 reactions on Facebook and has been shared more than 10,000 times, as of Monday morning. However, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known as PETA and a vocal critic of animal mistreatment, responded negatively to the news.

In a statement, Brittany Peett, PETA Foundation director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, lambasted the park, accusing it of having “wrung every dollar and video hit that it could out of this giraffe’s pregnancy.” The statement also called on the park to “prioritize animal welfare over fleeting online fame and end its shameful giraffe-breeding program.”

Jordan Patch, the Park’s owner, responded to the accusation by touting the benefits of the live stream to elevating their educational platform and enhancing giraffe conservation.

“We didn’t ask for viewership, we didn’t promote the giraffe cam, and we certainly didn’t plan on a worldwide phenomenon. However, we received it,” Patch told USA Today. “We used the platform and audience to educate on giraffe conservation, dwindling populations and habitat destruction. We’ve been able to couple that message with the donation of tens of thousands of dollars to support the conservation efforts in Africa. We’ve made a difference, tangible change, with our efforts.”

Money raised through a naming contest for the park’s giraffe calf, born April 15, was donated in part to giraffe conservation, in addition to funding the park’s annual Ava’s Little Heroes fundraiser, which supports local families with a child fighting a health battle.

“At the end of the day, we all want what is best for animals,” Patch said. “While PETA fights the small battles, attacking efforts like ours, Animal Adventure and other facilities are taking on the war that is giraffe conservation.”

photo: courtesy Andrew Thayer, (Binghamton, N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin)

h/t: USA Today

Share your #PalmersBelly, Win a Pregnancy Pamper Back


Hey preggers mamas-to-be, Palmer’s, makers of cocoa butter products long loved by pregnant women, is having a contest inviting expecting ladies to personalize a Palmer‘s photo with their own belly picture.

By participating and sharing the image with your family and friends on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #PalmersBelly, you’re automatically entered  for a chance to win a Palmer’s pregnancy pamper pack!

Each week, 10 lucky winners will be announced on Palmer’s social media sites.

Sweet!  Good luck mamas!

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There is No Such Thing As ‘Having it All’ So Quit Asking Women About It


Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams wants people to stop asking working moms about “having it all” — and  she wants women to stop answering

Let’s rewind a bit.

It all started with Facebook executive Margaret Gould Stewart‘s opinion piece in USA Today last Friday. In it, Stewart bemoans the obsession with the fertility of female executive, corporate figures and general managers in the workplace.

“When the venue is a tech conference, let’s talk about tech, for goodness sake. Making motherhood a required topic for women leaders minimizes their contributions to the industry…. It minimizes my expertise and accomplishments and those of my fellow women tech leaders.” she  writes in the piece, suggesting one option for conference moderators.  “As I see it, you have two choices: you can either ask everyone these questions about their private lives and their role as a parent, or you should ask no one.”

And the impetus for her column was witnessing a session at the Fortune Brainstorm conference when the interviewer on stage mentioned that the CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki, who was being interviewed, just had her fifth child.  He then tells the audience to give her applause for that but didn’t ask them to give praise for her series of accomplishments he rattled off before talking about her children.

“The first four minutes of a 21-minute interview with the person some call the most influential woman in the industry was focused on parenting and pregnancy,” Stewart recalls.

She ends it with a series of pleas to PR people, Conference organizers and moderators to stick to the script, essentially, and not focus on the “work/life balance” so much for female execs in high ranking positions.

TV Producer and creator of wildly popular shows like Scandal  Shonda Rhimes co-signed on Stewart’s article by retweeting it with the comment, “THIS!”

And seeing that, Williams was inspired to write her piece which says that there is no such a thing as having it all.  In fact, that’s what she called it, “Stop asking working moms about “having it all” — and women, stop answering.”

She suggest that the question is really just a means of telling women that they shouldn’t strive for the pinnacles of success in the workplace.

“They’re supposed to come up short and serve as cautionary tales of what happens when women want things, especially things in addition to babies…” Williams wraps up the post.

Love it and couldn’t agree more. Check out her entire column Here!

I’m not in the corporate world, but I am an entrepreneur and run my own business and people ask me all the time “how do I do it.” And the answer always is because I love what I do, but as to having it all- Negative.

When you pour your all into your children, you cannot focus on your relationship with your spouse as much. When you are spending late nights at work or on travel constantly, then you miss important moments in your kid’s life.

I am a mess and as much as I give advice on how to keep it together, I am a far way from having all my ish together my darn self.

Scurrying out the house and in between meets and practices and games and school events and managing my media company and blogging and attending  networking functions and events I cover when I’m freelancing and working on a few clients work, I find I’ve lost myself and don’t have time to enjoy each moment.  

I show up late often and get overwhelmed with all the due dates and everything coming at me at once.

Thus, it is true that there is no such a thing as “having it all” but that shouldn’t stop women from doing what they want, striving to the highest achievement or taking a path less traveled…with or without kids.


Viral: Woman ‘Tootsee Rolls’ her Way through Labor (VIDEO)

The video a dad-to-be took of his pregnant wife dancing her way thru labor pains has gone viral.

In the video, which Connell Cloyd uploaded on his Facebook page, featured his wife Yuki Nishizawa doing the butterfly, The Electric Slide and the popular 90s dance to the title song “Toostee Roll” by the group 69 boyz.

“I just felt pain only and nothing positive,” she told INSIDE EDITION. “I said, ‘Let’s ask nurse if it’s okay for me to dance, you know something fun, something positive for me to go through it.'”

The video, as of this post, has been viewed close to 6 million times and the couple have appeared on several news outlets.

“My mind still can’t fathom how many views the video‘s had,” Cloyd told Inside Edition. 

“This is our little Tootsie Roll,” Cloyd said, holding up his newborn son, Coji.

See the YouTube version of the video here:


The Zuckerbergs Fuel more Open Discussions on the Miscarriage Taboo

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“Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.”

Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote this about he and his wife Pricilla experiencing multiple miscarriages before finally announcing  a pregnancy that will likely go to term.

Miscarriage is such a big taboo and as we’ve written here  often in Bellyitch. Having people of influence like the Zuckerbergs and other celebrities share their journey makes it easier for others not in the limelight to realize they are not alone. It can be a starting point. Kudos for Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan for being so open.

Elizabeth Cohen, an award-winning senior medical correspondent for CNN’s health, wellness and medical unit, and author of “The Empowered Patient“, wrote about how the announcement and revelation impacted her and how she feels it will help others.


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