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Whoa, Baby! Book Review + Giveaway

Disclosure:  This review and giveaway are sponsored by Da Capo Press.  I received a copy of Whoa, Baby! from the publisher to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Also, this post contains affiliate links.

When it comes to motherhood, why are mothers often the least talked about?  Sure there are tons of books and articles out there that tell us how to mother/parent and even more that judge how some of us parent/mother.  But what about the books that focus on and go into candid detail about the physical, mental and emotional aspects of being a mom, especially surrounding new motherhood?  Having once searched for those books for months almost nine years ago, I can tell you that there aren't many.  Thankfully, new moms like Kelly Rowland and her OB/GYN, Dr. Tristan Bickman, are changing that with her new book, Whoa, Baby!: A Guide For New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out.

When I first heard that Kelly Rowland was writing a book about new motherhood with OB/GYN, Dr. Bickman, I got a little bit excited.  While I wasn't a 100% certain that the majority of this book wasn't going to be about how to parent, I knew that since Dr. Bickman is on OB/GYN and not a pediatrician that this book was probably going to tackle some issues that related specifically and solely just to moms.  Now, having read Whoa, Baby! fully, I can assure you that this is not yet another how to parent book.

Instead, Whoa, Baby! is a welcomed breath of fresh air when it comes to guides for new moms in my opinion.  Kelly Rowland gets very candid and open about a lot of topics that I feel either get glazed over, swept under the rug or just not talked about at all.  I love her honesty in talking about the pain our vaginas go through after birth not only from the act of just pushing our babies out, but also from the vaginal tearing that happens to roughly 95% of us birth our children vaginally.  When I flash back to talking about my labor and delivery with my first OB/GYN before I delivered Moo, she made vaginal tearing sound like something that could happen, but probably wouldn't.

Boy, was she wrong.  I ended up with an almost third degree tear folks.  And let me tell you ladies, there ain't nothing comfortable about having stitches in your lady bits.  I definitely wish I had known that tearing was the norm for first time moms and not as rare as my doctor had made it seem because I feel like I could have better prepared myself mentally for the pain afterwards and would have actually stocked up on items like an inflatable donut and those ice-pack underwear.

Aside from vaginal tearing, Kelly Rowland also shares her struggles with constipation, worrying breastfeeding after getting breast implants, sex after baby, and her battle to love her post baby body.  She even talks about postpartum depression, a subject that even today is still considered a bit taboo to talk openly about.  And throughout all of her sharing, Dr. Bickman interjects her professional opinions and advice in way that is seamless and doesn't take away from the intimate feeling of the book.

And while we're on the subject of Dr. Bickman, I just want to say that I wish I had the opportunity to have her as my OB/GYN.  She has a tone/personality that comes across as no non-sense, straightforward and brutally honest, but with a little humor sprinkled in.  You can definitely tell that she's seen and heard it all and is completely comfortable talking about any subject, regardless of how embarrassing, with her patients.  You can also tell that she values her patients and has no problem being an advocate for them when needed.

Seriously, I'm more than a little bummed out that Kelly Rowland didn't have child before I did because I could have totally used Whoa, Baby! before and even after I had Moo.  Rowland talks about how we as moms don't really talk about the not so pretty aspects of new motherhood, even with our close friends and family members.  This got me to thinking and she's right.  I had two girlfriends who had children before I did, they never warned me about the stuff that Rowland and Dr. Bickman talk about.

While I'm glad new moms and moms-to-be now have Whoa, Baby!, I can't help but encourage moms to start talking to our close friends and family about these things when they ask what our experiences were like.  It's time to stop being ashamed or embarrassed to talk about our needs and struggles.  It's time to keep it all the way real so that we're not sending our loved ones into this experience blind.

I appreciate Rowland's openness and willingness to share what her experience was like.  I enjoyed the tone of this book and how it felt like she was confiding in me as friend and not just a reader.  Whoa, Baby! is definitely a must-read for new moms and moms-to-be.  I'd even recommend this book to not-so-new moms like myself who've always wanted a book that gets real about our needs and experiences as new moms, but couldn't find the right one.


The lovely folks from Da Capo Press were nice enough to allow me to giveaway two (2) copies of Whoa, Baby! to two (2) lucky YUMMommy supporters!  All you have to do is use the giveaway widget below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years old or older ONLY.

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Also, you can purchase your own copy of Kelly's Whoa, Baby! on Amazon, Walmart.com, Book Depository and Target.com.

What is one thing you wish you knew/want to know about becoming a new mom?

How To Mom In Comfort & Style

Disclosure: I received this product for free from Moms Meet, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog.  The opinions posted are my own.

There was a time when I didn't mind sacrificing comfort for style.  These days not so much.  I'm a mom of two who works from home, volunteers in my community and more.  With so much on my plate and constantly being on the go, I'm dressing in clothing that is comfortable, but still stylish.  Over the years I've learned that beauty doesn't haven't to equal pain and looking great doesn't have to equal being uncomfortable.  This is why I was delighted to partner with Moms Meet and prAna to try out some of their clothing. 

prAna, launched in 1992,  means breath, life, and vitality of the spirit.  While they started off making clothing targeted mostly for climbers and yoga doers, they've since added more pieces that suit those of us who aren't climbers or yoga doers, but still want to be comfortable and look good.  I wanted pieces that were comfortable, fit my new body well and that I could interchange with pieces from my wardrobe that I already owned.  So, I chose the Cleo T-shirt in Coal and the Mantra Pant in Black Herringbone.

Listen, the Cleo T-shirt just might be the softest and most comfortable t-shirt I've ever worn.  It's definitely the my new favorite t-shirt and I've already hinted at the Mr that I want the Summer Peach and Vortex Blue ones as well for Mother's Day.  After all I am working on adding more color into my wardrobe.

With a classic baseball tee style, the Cleo T-shirt is very lightweight, breathable and has a great feminine fit.  I loved the way hugged and draped over my body.  Because it's a baseball style t-shirt it covers the waist band of pants.  So I don't have to worry about showing any accidental skin when I'm at the park with kids and need to bend down to tie someone's shoe or pick up a stray ball.  Gotta keep it classy at playdates folks.

And you can totally dress this outfit up.  When we went to check out the Veteran's Memorial in Mint Hill, I dressed my outfit up by adding some cute strappy heels.

Made of soft hemp mixed with stretch fabric and trimmed with organic cotton, I love the overall fit of the Mantra Pant.  And the best thing is that this pant comes with a drawcord/drawstring waist!!  I don't shy away from pants with drawstings folks.  When you have an amble bottom and thighs coupled with a smaller waist, you struggle to find pants that fit properly.  Having a drawstring helps to make sure my pants don't have gaps in the waist or look too bunched.

 Also, I loved that the pieces I picked out could mixed and matched with pieces I already owned.  It was like getting double the outfits.  This gray and white striped tee looks great paired with my Mantra Pant.

How cute is the Cleo T-shirt with my skinny jeans and loafers?!!  Stylish right?  And I was definitely comfortable.  Totally nailing this momming in style and comfort thing.

At the end of the day, I'm grateful to have been introduced to a new brand that understands that comfort and style can coexist.   Also, prAna makes their clothing using sustainable materials with Fair Trade and Renewable Energy initiatives.  This is an added plus and puts my mind ease about where my clothing are coming from and how much of a carbon footprint is being made to create these pieces.

25 Books To Add To Your April TBR

April is has arrived and this month has already showered me with both rain and good books.  Since I love you guys, I decided to share the love and give you a list of 25 great books that you can add to your April TBRs as you past the time indoors where it's dry as well.  Some of these books I have read, some of I'm in the process of reading and others were recommended to me by fellow Booktubers.  So put the kids down for a nap or to bed early, curl up on the sofa with a nice warm cup of tea and prepare to escape to different worlds.

Thankful Thursday | A Weekly List of Gratitude

How did April get here so fast?  With the days flying by, it finally hit me this week that we're saying goodbye to calling the Queen City our home.  I get a little emotional sometimes thinking about it and have to quickly refocus my mind on something else.  Why didn't I remember how bittersweet moving can be?  Pray for us guys that this will be a smooth transition for our family, especially Moo.  While she was initially excited to be moving, it's finally hit her that she has to leave her best friend and other two close friends behind.

SMURFS: The Lost Village Movie Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Sony Pictures.  I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.  As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

The Smurfs are back!!  Can you guys hear me shouting and jumping with joy?  Seriously, if you were a kid during the 80s and up until 2003, you should definitely be familiar with the Smurfs.  Growing up I always felt like a cross between Brainy and Smurfette.  So  I was stoked to find out that Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy and the rest of the gang were coming to big screen in their new fully animated movie SMURFS: The Lost Village on April 7th.  

Get Ready To Fuel Up With Disney•Pixar 's Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour

Calling all DisneyᐧPixar's Cars fans!  5-time Piston Cup champion #95 aka Lightning McQueen is come the Carolinas!!!  This is HUGE news in my household as JJ is obsessed with anything that has to do with Lighting McQueen or the Cars crew.  I wish you guys could have heard his squeals of glee and saw his reaction when I told him that #95 was making a pitch stop here in Charlotte on May 19th-20th from noon to 6 PM (entry ends at 5PM) at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  In celebration of Cars 3 coming out June 16th, stars of the movie - Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm - are on a 27 cities Road to the Races Tour from the West Coast to the East Coast.

As excited as my little guy was, I think I was equally excited because Lighting is rolling into town just in time for JJ's birthday!  He said he didn't want a party, so this will be the next best way to celebrate his turning six.  The Road to the Races Tour will also be rolling into Greensboro, NC on May 18th at Mack Trucks Brand & Product Line.  

Seriously, if you are in the Carolinas and have Cars fan, you should definitely make plans to attend one (or both) of these tour stops.  Not only will we get to hang out with life-size versions of our favorite Cars character and his new buddies, but there will also be a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy thanks to sponsors of the event.  The Alamo Rent-A-Car℠ booth will be passing out pencil pack souvenirs and giving families a change to color a part of a giant Lightning McQueen mural.

The folks from Coppertone® will be giving families the ultimate pit crew experience by sponsoring a tire-changing and photo-sharing activity where we can try our hands at changing a race car tire.  I have to admit that I'm really excited about this activity.  I've always wanted to know what it was like changing a tire on a race car.  The pit crews make it took so effortless on television.

We will also be able to create a digital postcard featuring Lightning McQueen of course thanks to Crest® and Oral-B®.  They will also be handing out Cars themed oral care products as well.  Once we've finished posing from the cameras, Mattel will have an interactive play area where the kids can play with a gravity dropper and new play sets featuring locations from the Cars 3 movie.  There will also be a display of die cast racers from the previous and upcoming Cars movies.  This will be a good way to test your child's (and your own) Cars character knowledge.  

And because May is usually when the hit starts to pick up here in the Carolinas, Dole® will be on hand with some high-octane fruit and veggie smoothies!!  I do love smoothies!  They'll also be sharing recipes inspired by Cars 3 as well as some tips for how we can make healthy living fun and easy for our families.

Before we leave, we'll be sure to stop by the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater to catch a sneak peak of Cars 3!  We've already seen the trailers for the movie on the Disney Channel and I can't wait to see what else they're going to reveal to us in the sneak peak.  You guys, this event is going to be EPIC!  We're literally counting down the days.

If you're in the Charlotte area and are planning on attending send me a tweet and let me know.

Who is your child's or your favorite Cars character?

SMURFS-tastic Freeze Ball Punch Recipe

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Sony Pictures.  I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Have you heard the news?  SMURFS: The Lost Village hits theaters on April 7th!  Fully animated, The Lost Village follows Smurfette, Hefty, Clumsy, and Brainy as they go on a magical and mysterious adventure through the Forbidden Forest to save a lost village from falling prey to the evil wizard Gargamel. In honor of the upcoming release of the new SMURFS movie, I created this SMURFS-tastic Freeze Ball Punch Recipe.