Thursday, October 31, 2013

Creative Halloween Baby Bumps

I love Halloween.  Halloween is such a creative time of year.  The thought put into Halloween costumes and even home decorations is amazing.  This year I came across pictures of pregnant women that decorated or incorporated their baby bump.  One painted her bump as a beach ball, while dressed in a bikini.  Being that I'm in the swimwear business, this one ended up being my favorite. 

But I must give shout-outs to the other creative new moms out there.  One mommy-to-be painted her pregnant belly as a pumpkin while her husband held a carved pumpkin beside her, with the arrival date and name of their soon-to-be newborn baby.

Then there's the scary baby bump costumes - a fitted t-shirt with baby arms coming out of the belly, surrounded by blood.  The DIY costumes, like the cat costume with the fish bowl painted on the belly, I also enjoyed.  This sunny-side-up costume on Huffington Post cracked (LOL) me up.

Halloween is all about kids, family and of course candy.  Keep up the Halloween spirit Moms.  Thanks for sharing.  Here are some pics...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Parenting Interrupted

I read this article in the Huffington Post and it brought me back to two nights ago.  As a mom and entreprenuer, I find I'm constantly juggling a million things at once.  I just started a maternity, nursing swimwear line for pregnant and new moms, so answering emails and phone calls while my toddler plays nicely on her own, is nothing new.

But two nights ago was a different story.  My baby girl made her way upstairs, which is a normal occurrence as well, but instead of finding her sisters toys to play with, she found the WD40 that was literally left out two minutes before (as my husband was going to grease up the squeaky door hinges).  I was, of course, on the phone and my husband quickly ran into our bedroom to pack another item he had forgotten about, for his upcoming business trip.  As the Huffington Post article points out, it literally took two minutes for my daughter to flip the lid off the oil, pour it all over the hardwood stairs and rub her hands and feet in it. 

I first smelled the oil as I walked up the stairs to check on her and of course screamed when I realized she was in fact playing in the toxic, hazardous oil.  My heart sunk so far into my stomach. My husband ran into the stairway and was just a shocked as I was.  Our initial reaction was to smell her breath to make sure she hadn't ingested the oil.  Lucky for us, this was just a finger-painting project for my little one.  We immediately threw her into the shower and washed the oil off.  I felt so lucky this situation wasn't worse than what it was.  But I have to say, this was a huge wake-up-call for both my husband and myself.  We were so easily distracted by other factors, we ignored the most important thing in our lives.

I know it's easy to get caught up in everyday life, but this situation made me realize the phone calls, tweeting and texting can wait.  My daughter is already growing up so fast as it is (she's already brushing her own teeth). I don't want to wake up one day and feel like I missed anything.  It was time for me to re-prioritize and re-organize my daily routine - allocate the proper time to focus on my work and spend good-quality time with my daughter, without the distractions.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Pursuit of Trendy, Sexy Maternity/Nursing Swimwear

I was pregnant for the first time and could not have been happier. I felt great my skin, hair and body looked really healthy, and knowing that I had a living human being inside of me brought the greatest joy imaginable.
Living on the coast, swimming at the beach is part of life.  To my great surprise and frustration, all the maternity swimwear available was unattractive, ill fitting, poorly designed and impractical.  It felt as though the bathing suit industry had abandoned us pregnant women, and that we were second class!  The caring, thought, respect and research simply were not there in the design of maternity swimsuits.
I decided that it was time to do something about that situation.  Expectant and new moms deserve to have a well designed bathing suit that meets the evolving needs of a pregnant woman.  Based on those needs, Bikini Mamas was born.
At Bikini Mamas, our goal is to design and manufacture a line of sexy looking, durable maternity/nursing swimsuits, incorporating the latest styles, colours and patterns.  We also ensure that our swimwear is comfortable to wear, easy to use and take care of, and provides your body optimum support, during and after pregnancy.   We offer this quality and selection at a price you can afford.
Being pregnant is one of the most wonderful times in a woman’s life.  At Bikini Mamas, we strive to offer hip maternity fashions and styles that will enhance this rewarding and special time of your life with our carefully crafted and thoughtfully designed maternity bathing suits.  We are convinced that once you see and try our swim wear, you will be sold on our quality products.