Category Archives: must-haves

Checking Your Thyroid During Pregnancy + Maternity Style

The second most likely diagnosed disease during pregnancy behind breast cancer is thyroid cancer. We don’t hear about thyroid disease very often, but an estimated 20 million people have been diagnosed with some form of thyroid disorder. Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.

The risk of hypothyroidism goes up during pregnancy and even after delivery, so the next time you have a prenatal visit, make sure to talk to your O.B. about your thyroid.

Click here to read, Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy, an online brochure from the American Thyroid Association.

Maternity Must-Have

If there is one thing that’s certain it’s this: Being pregnant is not the time to lose your sense of style. In fact, it’s the perfect time to push the limits of your style creativity. Thanks to forward-thinking, hip designers you can do that.

This 100% Make Love Not War funky maternity tee from Spunky Sprout will make your belly stand out in the crowd and put a little pep in your step when you’re out and about.

Find the tee on Price: $56.00

Kmart Now Has Online Layaway

xmasballsChristmas is so close I don’t even want to think about it. Once Halloween hits, it’s all downhill from there. If you’re a procrastinator like me it takes a lot of planning beforehand to make sure the holidays are memorable. Bad thing is I don’t even know where I’ll get the necessary energy to do it. I have a few weeks to get renewed and pumped up for the holidays before it’s too late.

One company is making it easier to get prepared for the holidays, at least the shopping part. Starting today you can put items on layaway at I love the convenience of shopping online and then making payments on your purchases.

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Beautiful Maternity Sweaters for Fall

I cannot believe fall is officially here. Where I live it does take a while for the leaves to finally start turning colors and the nippiness to touch the air, but that time has finally arrived. And you know what that means: sweater time!

For all of you out there who are expecting, look no further than Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in a Pod for the latest cashmere and wool sweaters that will enhance your growing belly and keep it snug and warm.

greysweaterMotherhood Maternity grey heather cowl neck tunic sweater with button tab sleeve – $39.98

brownimageMotherhood Maternity brown heather cable toggle sweater coat – $44.98

fur A Pea in the Pod Collection faux fur vest – $195
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Love This! Gorgeous + Man-Made Leather

I am not a staunchly ethical consumer at all, although I try to be whenever I can. That means if I can afford a product that’s fair trade I’ll buy it if the price doesn’t send me over the edge first. And if a product is manufactured with no animal testing I lean heavily toward that purchase and if a handbag is gorgeous even though it’s made from man-made leather, then I’m all for it.

The Sak just launched their Freebird collection of beautiful handbages with soft-textured man-made leather. I love the Patched Shopper and what’s more, I love the price!

Thoughtfulness Comes Easy With Jack Cards

KAT-HD16_big_prev1I’m not sure if it’s just me or not, but when the holidays roll around I can’t seem to get my greeting cards out on time. Just call me procrastinator numero uno.

Around this time every year when the holiday season is looming I put my foot down in righteous indignation and daydream about buying the perfect, most unique box of holiday cards and sending a card to every person on my list by early November.  But, alas, it never happens and I resort to simply picking up the phone and saying “Merry Christmas” to close family members the afternoon of December 25th. This year, I have a plan and Jack Cards will help me make it happen.

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KitchenAid’s New Architect Series Collection

PR NEWSWIREIt’s funny: I love beautifully modern kitchen appliances, but I don’t like to cook. Scratch that: I love to cook, I just don’t do it that well.

KitchenAid just launched their brand-new Architect series and, yes, I’m swooning. Essentially, the Architect series is just like KitchenAid’s previous series of stand and hand mixers, food processors, and blenders except these are now smaller. Sounds like KitchenAid ditched the old adage: “Bigger is always better.”

Despite the smaller sizes, KitchenAid assures loyal customers that the quality, speed, and performance remains the same. And who can go wrong with the silver finish. It matches everything!

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I’m Obsessed: My iPod Touch and Me!

PR NEWSWIREI admit it: I LOVE my iPod Touch! It possesses everything I’ve ever wanted in a mobile device and it’s perfect for someone like me who has no need for an iPhone and its monthly cost.

Whenever I travel I always use my iPod to check my email, tweet (via a Twitter app), update my Facebook page, read the news, download podcasts, and just surf the Net. Increasingly public places have wi-fi from airports and planes to hotels and restaurants, so it’s always relatively easy to get on the Internet. And now 8GB iPod Touches start at $199. There’s no better time to snatch one up, especially as the holidays approach. An iPod Touch is a great gift to yourself. You won’t regret the purchase if you are a digital mom like me.


Last week, Apple also unveiled their much anticipated new iPod Nanos which will have:

  • video camera
  • larger screens
  • FM radio (they read my mind!)

The Nanos start at $149.

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Hallmark Extends Their 99-Cent Greeting Card Line

99_cents_butterfly_bday-lAs the economy continues to tank and people are becoming more selective with their purchases smart companies are lowering the price point of a lot of their products or are extending low cost product lines. Hallmark is one of those companies. 

Armed with a collection of 99-cent greeting cards, Hallmark has decided to expand its collection to give consumers a greater selection of everyday greeting cards that say simple things like “I Love You” or Thank You”. 


“People are returning to basics, reaching out and letting people know they’re loved and appreciated or just to say thanks,” said Tressa Angell, Hallmark senior product manager.

This is a nice touch by Hallmark because we’re all pinching pennies. A 99-cent greeting card is always greatly appreciated and most convenient.