Pink or Blue? One Slice Will Tell You: Gender Reveal Cakes

Posted June 28th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

You’ve decided to find out the sex of your baby and want to share the news with family and friends.  Why not invite them over for a piece of cake, specifically a gender reveal cake.

 

Gender, or baby reveal, cakes are the latest trend in finding out if baby is a Jack or a Jill.  

 

Here’s how it works:

 

An expecting couple goes to the doctor for the 20-week ultrasound.  The doctor makes the determination, but instead of telling mom and dad-to-be at that moment, the answer is sealed in an envelope. 

 

Mom and dad take the envelope to a baker, who opens the envelope and dyes the batter of a custom-made cake pink or blue (depending on what’s in the envelope).  Once the cake has baked and cooled, a thick layer of frosting is added to make sure that what’s inside stays covered.  

 

Once properly decorated, the cake goes back to the parents who can cut it open on their own, or serve up a few slices at a small gathering to find out the answer.

 

It’s a fun and delicious way to discover what lies below for your bundle of joy.

Six Questions With Jennifer Wolfe of Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga

Posted June 21st, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

 


Jennifer Wolfe is a Registered Yoga Alliance Vinyasa and Prenatal Yoga instructor, Certified Master Clinical and Medical Hypnotherapist, Certified Doula, Childbirth Educator, Reiki master and a Mom!  We sat down with Jennifer and asked her six questions about herself, business and life.

 

1. Please tell our readers about yourself!

 

Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga was born in 2000 after the birth of my daughter Sydney. I found yoga in 1996 and began teaching shortly after. However, when I found out I was pregnant a couple years later, my body was craving the same flowing practice I had been doing before pregnancy but I found that most prenatal yoga did not give pregnant women the option for vinyasa (flow) yoga. So, I became a doula and developed Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga for women who want to continue vinyasa style yoga safely while pregnant. Right away I realized the demand for this style of yoga was very high. I grew from one to ten full classes a week in the first year. A couple years later, I opened Dolphin Yoga & Doula Center which was dedicated to pregnant and postpartum women's fitness and education. 

 

2. What did you do before Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga?

I started my career as a Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, vinyasa yoga teacher and a doula. I am a Master Hypnotherapist and teach Childbirth Hypnosis and Pain Management at the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy in addition to running Jennifer Wolfe Yoga and Dolphin Doula.

 

3. Tell us about your other business – Dolphin Doula.

Dolphin Doula offers a unique experience for pregnant women to get in touch with their bodies and learn about their individual potential for coping with and enjoying their pregnancy, childbirth and transition to motherhood.

 

As a doula, I have attended over 400 births and more than 10,000 hours of labor. At Dolphin Doula I train and certify doulas and childbirth hypnotherapists and, along with my partners (Tracy Stettner and Melissa Edling), run two doula groups who service women and families in the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

 

4. What have been some of your greatest successes? Greatest challenges?
I made my first DVD due to students requests – to be able to practice at home. However, when I put the DVD on Amazon.com I received an outpouring of positive feedback that wasn’t expected. In the first year it shot up to the second best selling prenatal yoga DVD on Amazon.com and was positively reviewed in The New York Times. The success of the DVD's eventually brought me my most rewarding work, which is the creation of my teacher training program and traveling to other countries to train yoga teachers in my prenatal style. The people I have met and lives I have touched and been touched by have been life changing for me and I feel blessed every day to get to do the work I do.

 

My greatest challenges have been in juggling doula work and teaching. Doula work is so rewarding yet unpredictable, and at the peak of my doula career I had 10 to 12 births a month. I could be gone, for a birth, anywhere from 4 hours to 3 days! The choice for me to cut down to only a few births a year was difficult for me but the only way I could travel and grow Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga to where it is today. I continue, however, to be able to provide doula services by training doulas, thereby spreading my techniques and unique style through my students.

 

5. For mom-to-be’s out there, what is your advice (or tips) for having a healthy, active, stress-free pregnancy?

 

My advice to pregnant moms is to stay active! It is so easy to use the "condition" of pregnancy as a reason to let yourself discontinue any physical activity. They often think they are just too tired or weak to exercise. The truth is that in my experience working with thousands of pregnant women, those who do at least 15 minutes of exercise a day will feel more energetic, have less fatigue and feel stronger. They also tend to eat healthier because they notice how good it feels when they are taking care of their bodies and their babies. 

 

The other advice I would give is to take care of how you are sitting especially during the last trimester of pregnancy. Avoid chairs that have you in a reclining position rounding your back. This position might feel restful in the moment but will encourage improper positioning for your baby potentially leading to longer more uncomfortable labors. For more information about baby positions visit www.spinningbabies.com.

 

6. What’s next for Jennifer Wolfe Yoga? Any big plans for 2011 or 2012?

2012 Promises to be an exceptional year for Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga. We are kicking off our 85-hour Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in October of this year and taking it international in early 2012. We are planning more trips to South America and the Far East as well as expanding our U.S. and North American presence. Additionally, for the first time, we are bringing doula trainings outside of the U.S., helping to establish doulas in places where there were none or few before.

 

 

**SPECIAL**

As a special thank you from Jennifer Wolfe and Lullabelly, we are offering a 20% discount on the Complete Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga 2DVD set.

Please visit http://www.jenniferwolfeyoga.com/discount.html

Getting to know Frances Largeman-Roth, RD – Author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide

Posted June 14th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

What motivated you to write your Feed The Belly book?

I’ve always been fascinated with what women crave while they’re pregnant. Originally I wanted to create recipes that targeted a woman’s cravings, but the idea grew into a nutrition guide that also includes crave-worthy recipes.

 

What are your top 3-5 tips for pregnant women in terms of nutrition, diet and cravings?

If you really want something, go for it! But try to keep your portion size in check. For example, don’t sit down with a pint of ice cream and a spoon. You can have the good stuff, but put a ½ cup serving into a full small bowl or glass (I use round vintage glasses), and then savor every bite. Or if you have a salty craving, put 20 chips in a bowl for a snack instead of sitting down in front of the TV with a whole bag, which is a recipe for mindless eating. Listen to your body—it has a lot of wisdom in terms of what it needs.

 

What are the best foods to eat for your growing belly? What are the worst?

The top 5 best foods for pregnancy are antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains, omega-3 rich seafood, eggs, and vitamin D-fortified dairy products. The 5 worst foods are lunchmeat, artificially sweetened products/diet foods, soda, raw meat/fish, and unpasteurized milk and juice. Empty calorie foods, like candy, should also be minimized. Try to think of the foods you eat as the building blocks for your baby’s growing body and brain.

 

Where do you get your inspiration for the recipes in Feed The Belly?

I asked friends what they craved the most during their pregnancies, and then looked for ways to make those foods (like taco salads and chocolate malteds) healthier. I also drew on my own cravings during my first pregnancy.

 

What advice/tips do you have for pregnant women who need to find ways to relax and de-stress?

It can be really tough to take time to chill when you’re expecting, especially if you already have a child and are still working full-time. But try to carve out at least a half hour each day for yourself to take a morning walk, talk to a good friend on the phone, or just catch up on your favorite TV show. And if you can fit in a weekly prenatal yoga class, that’s ideal.

 

What are you working on now – next project?

I’m in the midst of shooting my first cookbook I’m co-authoring, The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook. It’s amazing how good the food looks and tastes, even though it’s part of a diet.  I’m also trying to dream up my next book project. And of course the biggest thing I’m working on right now is the little boy that I’m due with this fall.

 

 

Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, has been the Senior Food & Nutrition Editor at Health magazine for seven years. Frances earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Columbia University in New York. She's a frequent guest on national TV, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The Talk, and The Dr. Oz Show. Frances is the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom's Healthy Eating Guide (Sourcebooks, Inc., 2009) and the bestselling The CarbLovers Diet (Oxmoor House, 2010). She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband Jon and daughter Willa, and is expecting her second child this fall. You can keep up with Frances at www.franceslargemanroth.com and follow her at twitter.com/feedthebelly.

Lullabelly featured on Gadget Wednesday on NBC 9News in Denver, CO

Posted June 9th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

Lullabelly was featured on "Gadget Wednesday" on NBC 9News in Denver, Colorado this week.  Check out the clip below to see Lullabelly founder, Adrianne Godart, showcasing the prenatal music belt!

 

 

How to Dress Up Your Wardrobe During Your Last Trimester

Posted June 7th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 
You’re 8 months pregnant. Your belly is the size of Rhode Island (or so you feel that way). Your feet are so swollen the only comfortable shoes you can wear are your husband’s ugly Crocs. You feel bloated, sweaty and fatigued. It sounds to me like you’ve got the Third Trimester Blues!
 
Just because you feel frumpy, tired or fat, doesn’t mean the rest of the world sees you that way.  Plus, you are how you dress. If you want to feel flirty and fabulous, dress that way! 
 
Here are a few basic pieces that will help you stay fashionably fit through your last trimester:
 
Black Cardigan: A black cardigan is a staple piece in many women’s wardrobes. And the good news is an open cardigan looks good even if it doesn’t fit over your bulging belly. Pair a simple black cardigan with colorful tanks that stretch and look great on you.
 
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize: A fashionably tied scarf or oversized necklace can help you dress up a simple white jersey t-shirt – no problem. Plus, such accessories can become long-term pieces of your wardrobe, not just maternity wear. Wear scarves that add a touch of color to make your basic pieces pop!
 
Dress it Up: Dresses can be fabulous wardrobe staples for pregnant women, as they flow over your tummy without putting pressure on your mid-section like pants do. Look for empire-waist dresses that tie on top of your bump, or dresses that cinch below your belly. Dress up your dress with comfortable leggings for added warmth (if needed).
 
What maternity pieces could you not live without during your last trimester?
 

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