A Mommy Lifestyle
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 5:49PM
By -AML
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Its time to find out about new ways to send those who just had a baby a gift. I know that all I wanted in the hospital was a nice home-cooked meal made of all my favorite comfort foods. The Meal Stork is exactly that gift. This company literally prepares and delivers delicious meals to a family that is so busy enjoying their new addition and has no time to worry about eating, let alone cooking. Forget those flowers and spend your money on something the family actually needs. It is an age-old tradition to make a family that just had a baby a home cooked meal. Some of us don't always have to luxury of living close to our loved ones or even having time ourselves to prepare meals. 

 

 

These meals are around the same price as a traditional flower arrangement and arrive within 1-3 days of ordering. This makes it perfect for those that want to send something right away to a hospital and/or home. What is even sweeter is that you can leave a personal message with the delivery that makes this the ultimate gift. :) 

 

These meals can be saved so that the family does'nt have to eat them right always and the smallest order feeds 4-6 people. The menu constantly changes so that you can always send great meals without redundancy. The food is prepared to meet high quality taste with the intentions of making you feel warm and fuzzy after such a joyous and traumatic experience. 

 

 

The company was founded by David Stroke who has 4 boys himself. He definitely knows how difficult it can be when you have a newborn. This gift is not only practical, but its affordable and very simple! 

 

Check out all they have to offer on their website The Meal Stork. Enter AML10 at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase. :) 

 

Again, the main things about my labor an delivery were the joy of my beautiful baby girl and the amazing foods I received thereafter. 

 

ENJOY! xoxo AML

 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:16PM
By -AML
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Top 10 Must Haves for Maternity Wardrobe! 

 

1. Tunic Top-  provides plenty of room where pregnant women need it – across the middle, to accommodate a growing belly, and in the length, to cover your expanding hips and bottom. It also keeps you cool in warm weather. 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga Pants- preferably in black or gray, for versatility – do more for your shape than baggy "I've given up" sweatpants, and they're just as comfortable. Find a pair that are stretchy enough to hold their shape and yours. Look for a wide, fold-over waistband so you can adjust it as your body changes.

 

 

Maternity Skirts- Look for ones in darker colors to keep you looking slim, with a soft fabric that folds over easily at the waist. You wont feel constricted and have pleanty of ventilation for your fluctuating body temperature, Especially in the summer. A-line styles flatter most including those that are top heavy. 

 

 

Maternity Jeans- Invest in a pair of maternity jeans in a dark, slimming wash and a universally flattering boot cut. Or buy a few in different styles so that you wont feel so limited. You can find styles that fit over or under belly with several versions of stretchy material to grow with you. Lets face it you will probably wear them post partum as well so we highly recommend you invest especially if its your first and you plan on having more. 

 

 

Leggings- keeps you comfy and stylish year-round. Pair them with knee-high boots when it's cold, or ballet flats or sandals when it's warmer. While you can get away with non-maternity leggings, pushing the waistband beneath your bump, maternity leggings have a more forgiving belly band that grows with you. You will want to live in these, just like the yoga pants. THese can also be dressed up for work with a pretty dress. 

 

Dress Pants- they'll hug your curves and move with you. Make sure that the cuff falls just an inch or two from the floor to create a long, lean line from waist to toe. Any shorter can make your legs look stumpy; any longer can look sloppy and widening.

 

 

 

2. Maternity Tanks- have extra fabric in the belly that expands with you while keeping your curves comfortably contained. Plus, showing a little skin can keep you cool when your inner furnice kicks in. Go for hip length, which not only is more flattering but allows a pop of color to peak out beneath top layers, adding visual interest.

Cardigan- The silhouette that is most flattering during pregnancy is one that hangs loose and helps give a more vertical, elongated look to your figure. Choose one in a midweight, drapey jersey knit or lightweight wool blend. Depending on the time of year you will be heaviest. Try to find one that is a bit shorter in the back than the front, so you can wrap the longer ends around your shoulders or sides for warmth and shape.

 

Dresses Wrap/Maxi- plays up your shape without restricting it, and the V-neck showcases your growing bust. The crossover tie helps define your smallest area on your torso which helps you look tiny even with a bump. The maxi dress is great for hiding swellen legs and not being able to reach areas for remobing hair. ;) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comfy Flats- these have no laces or buckles means no bending over your burgeoning belly. They are super easy to put on and off without too must hassle. If you get ones that are super comfy then you will be able to withstand the swelling and pain that comes with a growing belly weight. Eventually the only thing you will be able to fit on are flipflops and I highly recommend Havanas! 

 

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Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:40PM
By -AML
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Got left over diapers that dont fit the baby anymore? Save them for the next baby baby shower and use them to make an awesome diaper cake! 

 
Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:21AM
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Starting a Registry is the most exciting and most stressful part of being pregnant. Their are hundreds of checklist out there that will tell you what to buy. I made this one because I feel that this is the bare minimum someone should have. That doesnt mean I left out things that are a bit luxury. This list will help you make sure that you didnt miss something you will regret in the middle of the night! I recommend beginning your registry anytime after 12 weeks and make sure you get it done at least 4 weeks before your baby shower. Tell people where you are registered believe me they want to know, and dont feel guilty if someone asks what to get you off the registry TELL THEM! I registered at Babies R Us. I received points for all the money I spent and others on my registry. Also anything left on the registry is given 10% off of total purchase when you come back to buy the rest! Make sure you put whatever you want on your registry to get that discount and if later you dont want that item just return it! they are wonderful about returning stuff I must have been there every day. {They knew me by first name, ALL OF THEM! lol} Most of all the registry is for you to stay organized and prepared. 

 

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