Friday, December 30, 2011

Suck It, Hilary Duff!

Celebrity Baby Scoop has some interesting photos of pregnant Hilary Duff in 12-inch Christian Louboutin heels.
Apparently pregnancy isn’t slowing Duff down when she’s got some serious shopping to do.
I don’t think I could even wear those heels for an hour, let alone go shopping in them—while pregnant!
I’m just wondering if those are the smartest wardrobe choice when the possibility of tripping and falling has got to be greater than normal.
Hmm…perhaps someone was feeling left out of the paparazzi shots this week and needed a little something extra to create a photo op?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Suck It, Rachel Uchitel!

Oh no, TMZ reports we have a new Celebrity Momster in training!
Rachel Uchitel announced her pregnancy on Twitter yesterday and media sources have already scoped out her baby registry and as we might suspect, the list is filled with obnoxiously expensive baby doo-dads.
You know, like two strollers—one for $400 and the other for $1,000. Don’t forget the $300 cashmere bedding that baby will pee, poop, and puke on in no time.
But for her less famous friends, Uchitel has been kind enough to include some $5 binkies.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rock It, Stephanie Seymour!

Proving that mothers of three children can still look fabulous at 43, I give you Stephanie Seymour in a bathing suit in Saint Barthelemy from Star Pulse.
So the question is, does this celebrity mom just have amazing genes, a great diet and exercise plan, or amazing plastic surgeons?
Actually, I really think she rocks this bathing suit in a beautiful, sexy way without looking like she's starving herself or trying to be anything other than she is--a beautiful, sexy mom!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Photo Ops for the Holidays!

Holly Baby has proof that even fabulously wealthy people shop at The Children’s Place!
Tori Spelling took her kids for a great photo op—I mean, shopping spree in LA.
As a way to show the world that she’s not above shopping where the little people shop, Tori toted her kids along to demonstrate how down-to-earth she can be. Not only that, but this photo op—there I go again, sorry!—this shopping trip also demonstrated how thoughtful her kids are because they loved picking out stuff for their little baby sister!
Way to raise your kids, Mom! Thrifty and caring!
Then the family strolled down the block to Fancy Schmancy Expensive Clothes Store to have photos taken of them buying $2,000 shirts and—oh wait, I mean, no—No cameras! No cameras!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Suck It, Gorgas!

Seasons Greetings from the Gorgas!

Real Housewives of New Jersey's Melissa Gorga’s family Christmas card is something else.

Perez Hilton thinks it’s really fabulous.

The card, which is a photo of Melissa Gorga and her husband Joe Gorga, along with their kids, features the family in white and tan.  And when I say tan, I mean the legs of Melissa Gorga.

There’s just something so cheese-cakey about her family all swathed in fully-clothed attire and then her, sitting there, set off by herself, posing like she’s on some modeling shoot. It even seems as though there’s more light shining on her while the family just shrinks away into the background. The husband actually even seems to kind of become part of the wall behind him.

And as if to balance off Melissa’s mini-dress with one sleeve (nothing says Christmas like a white mini!), the daughter is drowning in a white, fluff, Christmas extravaganza of yards of material.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Suck It, Hypocrisy and Guilt!

Plastic Surgery Blog reports that actress Denise Richards feels hypocritical in promoting her daughters’ healthy body images because of the work she has had done—breast augmentation. She wishes she had not had the surgeries and blames them on her lack of self confidence.
“I often times feel like a hypocrite with my daughters when trying to teach them to have a healthy view on beauty and body image. I’m in a business where looks and weight do matter,” she wrote on iVillage.
I applaud Richards’ courage in admitting the hypocrisy, a conflict I experience within myself. I often find myself encouraging my daughter that looks aren’t what matter, but I am faced with the dilemma of how important looks were to me at one point of my life.

I know there will be a day when my daughter will learn of my past that was centered around beauty, but I hope that the model I am setting now accurately represents how I truly feel: the most important goals in life are not outer beauty, but self-love and acceptance, expression of individuality, a sense of integrity in everything we do, and the development of close-knit relationships.

Hopefully, through the example I set as I live forward, I will teach my children that loving who we are, inside and out, is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Suck It, Real-Mommy Haters!

Julie Ryan Evans reports on Café Mom’s The Stir that Carla Bruni, First Lady of France, “wants her booze and cigarettes back.”
Bruni said to La Pariseian: “Frankly, I cannot stand it. I have to stay sitting or lying most of the time, cannot smoke or drink wine. I cannot wait for it to end.”
I agree with Evans—leave it to a French woman to just say the truth, baby!
I totally applaud her honesty at saying how difficult it can be to be pregnant.
I personally don’t smoke or drink, but there were absolutely things I didn’t do that I wanted to while I was pregnant. Oh! I remember—we went ice skating with my daughter when I was pregnant with my son, but I was so huge (and not so good on skates) that I couldn’t risk falling on my belly.
I sat on the sidelines while everyone else swirled around. I wanted to skate! Yes, a silly example and yes, I survived, no great sacrifice, but a sacrifice nonetheless.
Just because someone is pregnant doesn’t mean they stop being human and having their own needs.
Contrary to what some celebrity moms may lead you to believe, you still remain yourself, not only when you’re pregnant, but when your baby arrives. And it's okay to say, "You know what? This whole mommy thing actually sucks sometimes!"
Actually, I think the challenge may be to find some way to hold onto our “smoking” or “drinking” or “ice skating” or whatever our pleasure may be when we become moms without guilt.
Say it with me…I’m more than a mom!
How do you manage to hold on to your individuality as a mom?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Suck It, Celebrity Mom Saints!

The Grindstone asks: Should Megyn Kelly Really Be The Face Of Working Motherhood?

The Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly became a sort of representative for paid maternity leave during the summer when she took on a heckler during her show who called maternity leave “a racket.”

The Grindstone takes issue with the New York Times profile of her that they believe is “trying to convince us that she’s a typical working mom.”

They share Kelly's typical day’s schedule, which includes the usual mom stuff like nursing baby, going to work, and then spending family time. Yes, she can afford household help and has lots of benefits as a news anchor, but she still is experiencing the modern reality of balancing all the responsibilities of being a working mom.

I can understand some women’s frustration of her being hailed as some kind of modern wonder when this is what all working-outside-the-home moms do every day, but we aren’t celebrities.

Celebrity moms are seen and heard; all they need to do is hug their kid on the street in front of the paparazzi and they’re hailed as amazing, adoring moms.

What most of us do is behind the scenes. We need to praise ourselves. If most of us were celebrity moms, we would be hailed as Mother Theresas, too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pump It, Kim Zolciak! (But When You Get Home!)

Thanks Huff Post for this pro-nursing but anti-safe driving bit of celebrity mom news.
Kim Zolciak of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is such a busy lady that the only time she finds to pump breast milk is while she’s driving.
No, she does not have time to pull over. She lets her 14-year old daughter steer while she pumps away. But don’t worry, the mom controls the foot pedals.
"It saves me time," she said later of pumping while driving. "That way I can get right back, feed the baby. He's a tank. He eats like crazy."
Perhaps legislation against texting and driving is not what we should be fighting for at all. Perhaps, just perhaps, the problem is a little bit larger than the use of phones while driving.

I think we might need to reexamine how busy our lives are and what is the most important. And perhaps we need a reminder that while driving, our focus should be on the road and NOT on anything else that involves the use of our hands and attention.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Suri's Little Wish List

I’m not sure how much credibility this Holly Baby Suri Cruise story has, but I think it goes back to the whole issue of everything being relative.
First of all, the reports I’m seeing on this story are questionably verified.
But apparently Tom and Katie’s five-year-old is asking for some big ticket items like a pony, princess gowns, and diamonds.
Well, isn’t that what every little girl wants for Christmas?
Wait a minute, a pony and princess garb? Yes. Diamonds? Huh?
Well, I guess if you see your mom wearing lots of pretty, sparkly things, you’re going to want some, too.
And while I’m hearing that Suri’s wish list costs the upwards of $100,000, to the Cruise-Holmes that’s probably not such a big deal. I mean, who’s to say we wouldn’t have fun spending a lot on our own kids if we could?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Suck It, Baby Bump Watchers!

Thanks, Babble, for the exciting Katie Holmes possible news.

You know it’s a slow Celebrity Mom news day when the big news is simply who might be hiding a baby bump.

So, all the news sites search through the week’s photos and decide who just might be wearing something loose and flowing or wearing a certain purse in a certain way across her belly as if to hide…what? A baby bump?

Hmm, don’t you think if an expectant mom really wanted to hide a baby bump she just might stay away from the cameras?

I’m lucky I’m not a celebrity otherwise I’d probably be accused of being pregnant every week with the clothes I wear…

Of course, it’s also a nice little publicity stunt. Is your image fading from the public eye? Are you female and of child-bearing age?

Don a flowy shirt or sling your purse across your midsection and pow! You’re in the news!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Duggars Share Photos of Jubilee

Perezitos reports that the Duggars had photographs of their dead child on display at their miscarried baby Jubilee’s memorial service.

I saw the photos and while they are as tasteful as photographs like this can be, I still find it very odd.

“The photos featured the tiny hands and feet of their miscarried daughter Jubilee Shalom Duggar next to her parents. One of the photos bore this quote: "There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world."”
Would parents ever pose with an older dead child?

Has anyone ever heard of mourners doing this before?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kourtney Kardashian's Mommy Lesson!

Oh my goodness, all you moms out there! Perezito’s has a link to the most awesome mommy vlog like, ever! You must rush on over and view Kourtney Kardashian's lesson in making baby food.

It’s like, soo instructive. Like where she explains how to tell if a fruit is organic—there are actually little stickers on the fruit! And, now look close, yes—it says “organic”!

Wow, thanks, Kourtney!

And then, you like, you know, put the fruit or vegetable in this little machine that, you know, steams it for you. And now here’s the tricky part: take the steamed fruit and put it in the other side, which will puree it for you.

Amazing! Homemade baby food!

Wow! I can’t wait for her next gem of instruction!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Suck It, Mariah Yeater!

Mariah Yeater, the woman who said Justin Bieber was the father of her child, has been busted by her ex-boyfriend, Robert Powell.

So Yeater wanted to be a celebrity mom so bad, that she just made up a story about a random celebrity. This seems to be where reality television will take us—down a road where false claims are made just to get in the news.
"She just picked [Justin Bieber], because she thought he was famous and all and thought she could get a lot of money by telling the magazine Justin was the father. She just saw him as an opportunity to make a lot of money."
Whatever happened to just doing something crazily awesome all on our own? Whatever happened to people just being creative and putting themselves out there in some weird way without a celebrity name attached to it?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Suck It, Kim Zolciak!

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I’ve never seen any of the “Real Housewives of Some City in the US” show.

So I really don’t know who this woman with the big blonde hair is besides some crazy throwback to the Charlie’s Angels.

What I do know is that Too Fab explains that Kim Zolciak's new baby boy was on reality TV when he was only an hour old.

Umm, and Zolciak is in full hair and makeup? What was she doing that first hour of her baby’s birth? Prepping for the cameras instead of bonding with her newborn?

I’m wondering if this shot was the first moment she even held her baby, you know, for the cameras, and the, um…reality of a postnatal mother in full makeup and hair?

Is anyone else as disturbed by this as I am?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Suck It, Weight Watchers!

“Together, they’ll be mainstreaming the dangerous idea that immediate post-birth weight loss is healthy.”
The deal is supposedly worth 3 million. Not bad bank to get inspired to shed the baby weight.

I wonder how emotionally healthy it is though for Simpson to be setting herself up in advance of giving birth to be in the spotlight for something she hasn’t even accomplished yet.

It’s like reality TV is going into the future, assuming she’ll be able to shed the pounds successfully.

No offense meant to Simpson, but oh how I wish for her to be unable to shed those unwanted pounds! Oh, for her to come out of this with some horrible, unsightly stretch and wrinkle marks!

True, true. If that were to happen, the makeup pros and airbrushers would simply work overtime.

Sigh. But a girl can dream.

Suck It, Ustream!

The Huff Post reports on Octomom’s new show full of parenting advice set to launch on Ustream December 18th.
"I'm a great caretaker of 14 kids, and I'm a type-A personality workaholic, and there's nothing really I won't do in regard to providing for my kids," Suleman says in the trailer.
Will you be tuning in to Ustream's latest attempt to gain a viewing audience from creating a premise for someone in the news?!
The million dollar question: Who will turn in to receive Nadya Suleman’s parenting advice? And what on earth will this advice consist of?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Kardashian Baby? Baby Anyone?

Media Takeout reports that they heard from an “E! television insider” that Kourtney Kardashian “May GIVE HER BABY To Her Sister Khloe . . . In A New REALITY SHOW!!”
I guess Khloe has had fertility problems and some genius thought what a great premise for ANOTHER Kardashian reality show. Because, like, three, or is it four, isn’t enough.
I’m feeling a bit skeptical about this rumor, but at the same time I kind of feel like why wouldn’t that happen to this family and on television for all to witness.

Michelle Duggar Miscarries

According to Access Hollywood, Michelle Duggar miscarried her 20th child.
In the past weeks I’d been thinking the Duggar family would end up in my blog at some point.
I feel sad for the family. She was already far along in her pregnancy; they were supposed to find out the sex of the child when instead the doctor could not find a heartbeat.
People are already flooding comments sections of websites with rude comments. I know many people feel negatively about the Duggars’ choice of having so many children, but this does not seem like the right time to point fingers.
No matter how many children someone has, a miscarriage, especially so late in term, must be devastating.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Celebrity Babies For Sale!

The whole idea of pimping out one’s baby is just crazy.
Perez Hilton reports that Jessica Simpson may have been denying pregnancy rumors for so long because she was waiting to be offered bug bucks for the exclusive story, but when she didn’t get any offers, she simply made the announcement herself.

“We all know pregnancy announcements are not a big a deal as the actually birth. Celebs have been known to rack in the doe from baby pics: Christina Aguilera allegedly received $2 million for pictures of her son, while J Lo is said to have pocketed a massive $6 million for pics of her twinzies. Will Jess cash in too?”
What I just can’t seem to get is how we decide what it is okay to sell or not sell!

Why does someone selling sex for money land a prostitute in jail?
Why does selling a baby sound horrendously horrible to us?
But we can hawk photos of a baby, who doesn’t choose to have their photos spread across the consciousnesses of millions, with no repercussions?
Is it right to make money off a baby?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Work It, Kate Gosselin!

Kate Gosselin has got the right idea. According to Holly Baby she’s limiting each child to one present.
I would think the more kids you have, the less presents you’ll be able to give.
And truly, as a child, isn’t it better to get just a few things that you really want than a pile of unwanted toys that will break within a week?
I’ve been preparing my kids for Christmas by explaining Santa is not going to go overboard this year.
How are you handling Christmas this year?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Suck It, Mariah Carey!

There’s so much wrong with this post from Perez Hilton that I don’t know where to begin.
So I guess Mariah Carey loves Christmas. Her children are in for some big, scary surprises come Christmas Eve if this is what Mariah and her husband Nick Cannon were doing before they had children:
"I think my wife has been planning this all her life, Christmas with the kids. We always have a real Santa Claus come with real reindeer on Christmas Eve, but this is the first time with our own children."
I’m thinking all the casting directors better get prepared for a call from some folks looking for a “real Baby Jesus” in a manger.
Umm…okay. They had a “real Santa Claus” come to their house “with real reindeer.” Before they had kids. I don’t know how they’re going to top a real Santa.

Selma Blair, You Won't Go Bald!

I like Selma Blair’s honesty reported by Perez Hilton on Perezitos, but her confession is a well-known issue that new moms deal with.
"This is so not glamorous, but it’s true: I need to take longer showers so that I can collect the hair that falls out and throw it away so I don’t clog the drain. Why do actresses never talk about that?”
Every baby I have, I’m shocked at the massive amount of hair clumps that fall out in the shower. The good news is that the postpartum hair fallout is just the hair that wasn’t falling out when we were pregnant!
Ms. Blair can rest assured knowing this is a totally normal phenomenon that (although at times can be very scary!) will pass in a few months.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Number Four Already? Really?

Perezitos has the latest report from Tori Spelling who just gave birth to her third child and she’s already talking about the fourth!
“"People say, 'Oh my God, it's utter chaos after two.' But it's not, it's great. You lost your mind after the second one. So, the third, fourth and fifth, it's like you're so far gone, it's just kind of the same."
But I do agree with Tori on the fact that you lose your mind after the second, but after the third you’re outnumbered and a whole new level of chaos ensues.
Now let me tell you, I speak from experience (I have three kids), the last thing I was thinking of after giving birth to number three was getting to work on number four!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Suck It, Dr. Drew!

TMZ reports that Octomom (you knew she’d appear here sometime!) has been given another chance—this time by Dr. Drew. He’s offered to foot the tab for a year of childcare, house cleaning, and a six-month personal trainer certification.
My big question is, how has she been supporting herself in the meantime? The last I heard, she was going to lose her house. How does a single mom support fourteen children? Let alone drive them somewhere; she would need a bus.
While I think Dr. Drew’s offer is incredibly generous, I’m just thinking that perhaps there might be some ulterior motive, like, you know, free publicity. I’m sure there are lots of other single moms out there who would welcome the help, so why just Nadya Suleman, who offers Dr. Drew the most potential press? Hmmm…

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Suck It Again, Rachel Zoe!

Thanks Huffington Post for your round up of Celebrity Moms who are most not like us regular people.
It was hard to choose my favorite, but I decided to go with Rachel Zoe’s spending $87,000 on her baby’s nursery.
Um, hello, Rachel? Really? Did you know that in most parts of the country your nursery’s redo would buy you two nice homes? Well, maybe not you, but someone, you know, who could use a house.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mom Bloggers React To Steamy Ad

Perez Hilton makes a valid point about some racy ads that were hanging in Los Angeles for Manhunt (I can’t believe I just said that).
The ads feature two shirtless men moving in for a hot, steamy kiss and a lot of LA moms were upset about their children having to see the billboard countless times a day.
Perez Hilton agrees that the ad is pretty risqué for kids, but doesn’t believe moms would have made such a big stink over the ad if it had been a man and a woman moving in for the smooch.
These angry mommy bloggers need to be equal opportunity haters!
I try to be open and explain things in an age-appropriate way whenever my daughter asks. Where I live you don’t see openly gay couples involved in any PDA though. But I have looked for conversational opportunities to simply introduce the idea to her that there can be couples (like Mom and Dad) who are two boys or two girls.
For instance, when her Barbies were looking for dance partners and there was only one Ken to go around for twenty Barbies, I said, Well, there’s nothing wrong with two girls dancing together.
Hopefully, small mentions in nonjudgmental ways will prepare our kids for the myriad of couples they’ll see as they get older and help them appreciate and trust their own sense of uniqueness in the world.
And then if we do stumble upon a steamy, male-on-male billboard on our travels, it won’t seem so out-of-the-ordinary and may simply spark a conversation about whether ads like this should be placed where kids are likely to see them.
I agree that if we’re going to get upset about sexy billboards, we should be upset about it all. I suppose for some moms they’re not ready to have to explain all the fine details of differing sexual relationships.

Tori Spelling Has Breasts!

Celebrity Baby Scoop lets us know that Tori Spelling was “devastated” by her husband’s accidental tweet of her breasts.
It’s actually quite possible he didn’t notice her breasts in the background; when I saw this headline last week, I scrolled down to see the photo, but all I saw was a photo of her son with a sticker on his head. I thought to myself, Oh! They must have taken the photo down.
So, yes, I totally believe it was an accidental tweet. I had to go back and look more closely and then I was like, Oh! Yes! There are Tori’s boobs! But as she herself noted, her breasts at least look really good!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spend It Like Beckham!

Celebrity Baby Scoop sheds light on how expensive it is to dress a celebrity baby.
Harper looked cute as a button when we saw her this past weekend, sporting a Little Marc Jacobs Isis Even Stripe Dress ($119) and a pair of Chloe tights ($50) as she and Victoria arrived at LAX airport.
It’s quite hard to say. In my present state of mind, I think, oh my goodness, no! Why would I spend $50 on a pair of baby tights? One hundred dollars for a dress my child might wear once and then barf on?
But, who am I to judge? Perhaps I, too, would want to enwrap my baby in expensive, haute couture.
And I’m sure there are those who would scoff at my buying a $5 cup of Starbucks every day. It’s all relative.
But is there a point where we say, that’s just too expensive for a child’s clothing? Too much for a cup of coffee? What’s the tipping point?
Before I jump the gun and simply say, Suck It, Beckhams, I pause to consider if I might spend that much money on dressing my baby if I were in the same tax bracket as the Beckhams.

Suck It, Weight Loss Programs For Moms!

Maressa Brown has a great piece on Cafe Mom about Kelly Preston’s post-baby weight loss plan. She points out that Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liaison program is very sensible in a lot of ways, but also involves high-priced and questionable “supplements.”
I agree with Ms. Brown that we already know the secret to weight loss and a healthy life—eat well and sensibly and exercise.
There. Done. Easy.
And no charge.