Saturday, May 23, 2015

How to Shop for a Swimsuit

photo from Modcloth

Looking for the perfect swimsuit can be very daunting and frustrating. But it doesn't have to be with these tips on how to shop for a swimsuit and keep your sanity.

Know Your Needs
Before leaving home, consider the purpose of your swimsuit. Will you be swimming in it or just lounging? Will you be playing beach sports or just splashing with the kids? Are you wearing it to a party, on a vacation, or in your own backyard? Does it need to cover certain areas of your body? Also, take your body measurements and determine your budget, allowing yourself a range of flexibility.

Think Outside the Box
Be brave and open minded when picking out which swimsuits to try on. Choose one or two styles you normally wouldn't. You may end up being pleasantly surprised! Also, mix and match patterns and colors for a unique look.

Do a Fit Check
Move around to make sure your swimsuit fits all areas of your body properly and stays in place. You don't want to be uncomfortable or have a wardrobe malfunction.

Compliment Yourself
Most important, talk positively to yourself about your body. If something doesn't fit or look good on you, it's a reflection on the swimsuit, not on you. Swimsuit shopping is just a matter of finding the right piece that reflects your inherent beauty and helps you feel confident.

Now that you are mentally prepared on how to shop for a swimsuit, start looking today and enjoy the experience!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3 Quick Cooking Tips

photo by Vangelis Thomaidis
  1. Brush olive oil on sweet potatoes before baking them, and the skin will peel off effortlessly once cooked.
  2. Rinse quinoa easily in a mesh strainer and cook it in chicken broth for a better flavor.
  3. Avoid future tears and cleanup (and cut fingers in my case!) by chopping or slicing an entire onion at once and refrigerating what you don't use for next time. 
What are some tricks you use in the kitchen? You can read more of my cooking tips here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

More When Being Short Stinks

photo by Cop Richard
Recently I wrote a post about how being short can be frustrating. Well, I've remembered more times that my height--or lack thereof--can be problematic.

Babywearing
I love to wear my babies and for as long as possible. My first was done by the time he could walk (10 months). Although my second learned to walk a month earlier, he still lets me wear him at 20 months old. But he takes up over half my body and his head gets in the way of my vision or smacks my chin--ouch! People comment on how big he is, until they see him next to other kids and adults and realize he's actually pretty small, just like his mama!

Driving
Of course, I have to sit really close to the wheel. It's even more fun (and dangerous) when I'm pregnant and have to work around my protruding belly. Thank goodness for better seat adjustments these days! The icing on the cake is that the sun visor does absolutely nothing for me most of the time.

Grocery Shopping
I hate when I need something on the top shelf, and even worse, when the front-row products are all taken. I wait for the aisle to clear of other shoppers and then step onto the bottom shelf to help me reach. If I still can't, then I wait for someone to come again and embarrassedly ask for assistance. If no one comes, well, if it's not urgent, then I just don't buy it.

Clothes Shopping
Last time I specifically mentioned pants, but they're not the only clothing item that presents difficulty. Many fashions I can't wear because of my short stature. Maxi skirts and dresses, palazzo pants, and floor-length evening wear are always way too long, and hemming them costs more money and ruins the cut/look. I only have one maxi dress and was ecstatic when I tried it on and it was the perfect length. Also, I can't wear mid-calf pencil skirts (which are really in right now, especially at my favorite store, New York & Company) and capris or tunic shirts because they make my legs look even shorter than they already are.

Honestly, I don't really mind being short. I love myself just the way I am and think I'm beautiful. But that doesn't mean I don't have my whiny moments! What's a physical characteristic you have that you sometimes find irritating?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

More Clean Pregnancy Jokes

Did you hear about the pregnant woman who went to Egypt on vacation? She came home a mummy.

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A little boy went up to a pregnant woman and asked, "Why is your tummy so fat?" "There's a baby growing in there," she cheerfully replied. The boy digested the information for a few seconds, then asked, "So, what's growing in your backside?"

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3 fatal things to say to a pregnant woman:
  1. "I finished the ice cream."
  2. "Fred at the office passed a stone the size of a pea. Boy, that's gotta hurt."
  3. "That rose tattoo on your hip is the size of Madagascar!"
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    It would be funny to actually play this while you're pregnant!
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