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Oscar de la Renta’s “The Pink Shop”

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Just wanted to share: “Oscar de la Renta’s “The Pink Shop”. For National Breast Cancer awareness month, Oscar de la Renta will donate 10% of its net proceeds from “The Pink Shop” to The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering from October 10 through October 31. The Pink Shop exists on www.oscardelarenta.com and at the Madison Avenue boutique (772 Madison Avenue).” Here are some photos of the adorable childrenswear collection.

Falling Over

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

This issue is pretty exciting to make—not just because we love making lists, but due to what we were able to unearth in the industry that made the cut. The family “trade” has evolved so much over the years that all the parenting equipment is out there. Nowadays, the only problem is the actual childrearing itself.

 

Speaking of parenting, our cover mom, Constance Zimmer, is obviously enamored with everything to do with her daughter, Coco. And how could she not be? Check out their story on p. 38 to have a glimpse of the BFFs domestic life. Constance is a ladies’ and guys’ girl—she crosses over seamlessly like that. She’s cool and carefree enough that you would want to be mommy friends and have playdates with her, and hot-looking in that way that men probably secretly wish their wives would have her type of body after childbirth. I know I covet those toned arms and flat tummy.

 

On the topic of birthing, I am well on my way to expanding our family for the 3rd time. This brings our brood tally to 2 daughters, 1 coming son, 1 labrador, and 1 golden retriever. I’ve said before that having two kids was enough, but I’m sure my youngest will complete our family even more. However, the experience might be different, because this little tyke is lying transverse, and I might be having a C-section. After two vaginal births (with epidural), I am hoping he will still turn, as I don’t have the time for bed rest post-surgery, especially with two little girls in school (and an asthmatic husband) needing my care.

 

For the meantime, I am obsessed with trying to get to 40 weeks, so baby’s lungs are developed as much for the outside world (earth-side, as others so suitably call it). Apart from the deadlines for the magazines, and helping out with our new family business in organic beef called The Farm (thefarm.ph for those of you in Asia—you can order online for delivery to your friends’ and family’s homes), I am consumed with poring over recipes and just salivating—over most foods, actually. I guess this is where my third trimester “surprise” weight gain stems from. Must stop ogling food porn. Next issue, I’d love to tackle your odd gastronomic pregnancy cravings (largely to make me feel better)—mine turned out to be corned beef, cream cheese, and fried white rice with garlic for breakfast, all in one spoonful.

 

Before my back breaks in half, I will force myself to stop working for a bit, and be in touch with you online. Please find me on Facebook as karizfavisofficial, or on Twitter and Instagram as karizfavis. If there’s anything that BC has given me, it’s the gift of friendship with other like-minded parents that would have just been complete strangers. Thank you again for all the support, and please pray for my delivery, or at least, just wish me luck.

 

Talking to Your Kids About the Colorado Movie Shooting

Friday, July 20th, 2012


I came across this story pitch below in my email today. Hard to wrap my head around such a monstrous event. It makes me even more nauseous than I already am at this state in my pregnancy. What possesses these murderers, and what can I do to stay away from these types of people? Ugh, I am literally sickened. A random movie house shootout? How will we ever feel truly safe in this world?

How to talk with your kids re: the Colorado movie shooting:
Dr. Alan Hilfer, Director of Psychology at Maimonides Medical Center says:

-Simply have to talk kids about the fact that this is a horrible thing done by a very, very sick individual.

- Reality is that they have to be able to accept the fact that we can’t control everything in their lives, but reassure them parents and authorities will do everything in their power to make sure they are safe and protect them from harm.

- It was random and unpredictable.

- Have to be able to move through tragedies and not allow them to cripple you in their area of activities.  Life goes on, there are tragedies that occur in all ways, shapes and forms.

-Try to always be prepared as possible.

-Parents: try to address and take measures they can to protect from happening again.

Please help me choose: Going Home Outfit

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Since I am quite entrenched in the children’s fashion industry (nature of the beast! hehe), baby’s going home outfit is important–especially since this is going to be our last child. I know I said that about my second daughter, but I won’t even be surprised if I carry octuplets (if I have another unplanned pregnancy).

 

So let me present the 3 choices, and you guys can help me decide. First time I’m having a boy, so it’s uncharted territory.

 

 

A: Oilily gift set…I like how he is “Born to Investigate…”

 

 

 

B: Little Marc Jacobs set (love the bear ears on the bonnet). Bib set sold separately.

 

 

 

C: Chick Pea Ana Soup gift set. So classic, yet dapper.

 

How do you feel about these? Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

 

 

 

 

 

Transverse Presentation, and a Possible C-Section

Friday, July 6th, 2012

 

There are two things I didn’t expect to be doing this pregnancy: worrying about a transverse position of the coming tyke, and a possible C-section.

 

I am a control freak. Meaning for my past two births, I liked that I knew their genders in advance, and the fact that both my girls were in the correct cephalic position from the beginning. I am proud that as soon as I give birth (with epidural for the two), I walk around after a few hours of doing so. I like going home after a day or two because I prefer being in the comforts of my private space.

 

I’m now on my 32nd week, and the baby is resting comfortably horizontally in my tummy. Good that one of us seems comfortable with this. They say babies could turn the right way as late as 37 -39 weeks. I’m a month shy from doing all the tips from spinningbabies.com, as I don’t want to do it too early and risk the baby going breech or transverse again, in case my exercises and tricks are successful.

 

So what’s the point of this? Not much, just that I’m scared shitless. I fear that I am no longer in control of my body, and although this is my third time down this road, I feel like a newbie again. Am I irrational? Normal? A coward? I’m just praying to my higher power that this control freak can still grab the reins during delivery day– and more so, that there will be no unpleasant surprises moving forward.

 

My Hospital Checklist

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

 

 

In preparation for delivery day, here are some items that this pack rat has decided are coming with her to the hospital.

 

  • Digital camera and handheld video cam (forgot both during my second delivery—that’s what you get when you live in the U.S. without any support group of family). Used film for our firstborn, and those prints are M.I.A.
  • Cellphone and charger (useful also if digital cams fail)
  • Hospital gown (like Dear Johnnies or Gownies, since this is most likely my last child, I’d like to wear something other than the standard issued ones)
  • Nightdress (or dusters as we call them in the Philippines). These are far less restricting than pajamas. I can’t stand clothing with garters right now—it feels like my baby kicks more than normal
  • Socks, for me and the little one. For baby, I have a ton from Jefferies, Three Blind Mice, Baby Legs hand-me-downs, Porkchop Kids, Zutano)
  • Slippers for me and the hubby
  • Maternity sanitary pads
  • Boyshort style panties (got some from Mothercare that I cannot live without literally, because everything else hurts my belly)
  • Going home outfit(s). Right now, for the baby, it’s a toss-up between a Chick Pea Ana Soup or an Oilily newborn gift box. Also have the plain white newborn set from Mothercare, and a red and white set from Little Marc Jacobs (which I think is unisex, but my husband disagrees. Actually, I adore the bonnet with bear ears). Maybe he’ll just wear something from all, hehe. (separate post for this)
  • Bonnets, mittens (optional), sidetie/sidesnap shirts (still have to buy these)
  • Diapers (in the Philippines, we use Drypers disposables; in the US, Huggies Supreme) and birdseye cloth diapers to be used as burp cloths. When we get home, we’ll try to do cloth again. I have a few here from Bambino Mio and Kushies
  • Underpads (in case there are any “leaks” on the bed)
  • MacBook Pro (to photo edit this time around?) with charger, adaptor, and iPad
  • Portable internet connection (in Manila, there’s SmartBro and MyFi–tapping into all networks to be sure!)
  • Latest issues of BC and SPARK Magazines (so I can post edit and self-impose more stress). Maybe some sexy book like 50 Shades might help speed labor along
  • Own soap, shampoo, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, alcohol, feminine wash, facial tissues, toilet paper (2-3 rolls), extra blankets (to make the hospital feel more like home)
  • Dishwashing liquid, plates, cutlery, sponge, dishes, disposable cups
  • Tucks pads (stings at first, but surprisingly helps with the healing)
  • Breast pump (Medela, Ameda, or Avent) and Soothies (for the boobies)
  • Baby wipes (J&J, Pigeon, Mustela, Pampers Sensitive)
  • Cotton balls
  • Documents for birth certificate, birth plan, insurance (For the Philippines, PhilHealth paperwork—must accomplish in advance!)
  • Nipple cream and breast pads (Avent and Lansinoh, top of my head)
  • Shampoo (if baby has a good head of hair), Mustela hair and body wash, Earth’s Best, Noodle & Boo, California Baby
  • Diaper rash cream (Pinxav, Desitin, Mustela, Palmer’s Bottom Butter)
  • Baby soap (Dove) or J&J Milk Bath, Tiny Tilia
  • CASH
  • Pillow and nursing pillow (still on the fence about this)
  • Topricin ointment (must not forget this back-saver)
  • Cybex Aton car seat (if it gets to Manila in time!), or my old Maxi-Cosi or Graco
  • Swaddle blankets (from Aden and Anais, SwaddleMe Designs, Little Giraffe)
  • Nursing cover from L’ovedBaby or Bebe Au Lait
  • Robe (like the pink one in the photo from Barefoot Dreams. So soft) Robes provide easy access for breastfeeding
  • SNACKS, or any comfort food—God knows we mamas could use this in our time of need
  • WATER
  • Make-up (face powder, lipstick, cheek tint–basic stuff but you’re good to go)
  • Extras: Room scents (like Comforting Room Mist from Beginnings by Maclaren, reed diffusers–in Manila, our friend Daphne launched her own line at Dimensione and Bench,

NOTE: These are just recommendations from someone who’s going down this road for the 3rd time. Any other tips, please holler at @karizfavis on Twitter or facebook.com/karizfavisofficial.

 

Caught with My Pants Down

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

 

I was watching Melissa McCarthy (of the comedy hit, “Bridesmaids”) on an Ellen rerun today. She was talking about how some workers in her house saw her with her pants down, wearing nothing but nude Spanx and an accidentally hiked up sweater. She didn’t know what was going on. Better to search for the clip online and hear her tell you–but let me tell mine…

 

True story: I was with my daughter at a Japanese restaurant/fast food in ATC. One of my girls needed to go potty, which always annoys me because I tell them to go before we leave the house, as I have a whole litany of things to do before they can get on the toilet: Generously douse seat with alcohol or Potty Spray, dry seat, throw wet TP, lay on fresh TP on seat, then make sure no body parts or undies of kid will hit the seat area. Whew. (By the way, we bring our own TP, so as not to waste others’ or be ready for places without them)

 

So we finish our business and wash our hands, while silently, I’m thinking that other people could have better toilet hygiene. How can women miss the toilet seat when all we have to do is crouch down? After finishing drying my hands, I open the restroom door with a frown on my face, only to see a shocked waiter looking directly at me. I discovered that my buttery-soft Urban Outfitters harem pants literally were down to my knees, and I didn’t feel a thing. Plus, I was wearing my granny panties. I quickly pull it up, go to our table, tell the story to my husband, and walked out with my head held high after receiving our take out. I vowed never again to return to that restaurant in my life.

 

Anyway, seeing Melissa on Ellen brought me back to the time BC was on Ellen (start at 1:26). . http://youtu.be/YEhdfNzSK5c

 

Many, many, many thanks to one of my favorite hosts in the world, Ellen Degeneres, and her BFF (and BC cover mom), the lovely and charming Joely Fisher. Thank you, God, for that amazing opportunity that landed BC in what could be one of the biggest talk shows in the world. I’ll tell you about my dropping off of the BC copy at Ellen’s office on some other post.

 

Hi Oprah, I’m waiting for that call…

What If Men Got Pregnant?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Came across this on the net today:

What if MEN got PREGNANT!
~ Maternity leave would last for two years….with full pay.
~There would be a cure for stretch marks.
~Natural childbirth would become obsolete.
~Morning sickness would rank as the nation’s #1 health problem.
~All methods of birth control would be 100% effective.
~Children would be kept in the hospital until potty trained.
~Men would be eager to talk about commitment.
~They wouldn’t think twins were so cute.
~Briefcases would be used as diaper bags.
~Paternity suits would be a fashion line of clothes.
~They’d stay in bed during the entire pregnancy.
~Restaurants would include ice cream and pickles as main entrees.
~Women would rule the world.

 

So I came up with my version of, “What if my husband got pregnant?”

-Trips to the ER will become as routine as monthly OB-GYN visits

-Eating would be the main distraction from sleeping

-CS would be the only way to deliver babies into this world

-We would have 2 nannies, not for our kids, but for him (even if we couldn’t afford it)

-Driving: “prohibited” from the day he tests positive for pregnancy

-Shaving completely optional

-Most decidedly, we would only have one child

(This post was written in jest, and is in no way intended to offend the person alluded to)

Musings–June 19, 2012

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
No trash, and no passing. Win-win.
  1. One Direction is in our car playlist. So is Carly Rae. Ashamed to admit that I absolutely enjoy both artists at my age.
  2. During my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten, I saw some kids in school with just a nanny and thought–do I have attachment issues? (Not looking for my husband to answer this one)
  3. Flatulence and slight belching–either way air comes out of your body. Temporary relief, so I’ll take it.
  4. Are those Facebook games safe for kids? Sometimes the girls tell me my “Avatar” comes on screen, I don’t even know how it happens.
  5. I seriously love school drop-offs, and get antsy when I’m unable to do so.
  6. I have somehow acquired domestic help trust issues–with reason.
  7. Several people have commented that I look thinner when pregnant. Go figure (literally).
  8. Terrified at my stomach looking like a deflated blimp once this is all over.
  9. Is surprised at the darkening of some body parts while pregster, even though this is already my third go.
  10. Shockingly under-sleeping throughout expectancy.
  11. Is excited for my care package to arrive from the U.S.
  12. Is interested in reading 50 Shades, but is too buried in work.
  13. Turns out the soles of my feet are delicious, as per my Golden Retriever. Salty, maybe?
  14. Excited for the BC Exhibit, and cannot wait for it to be over at the same time.
  15. Does it make a parent a liar if they don’t tell their kids the truth about the Tooth Fairy, fairy tale princesses, and Santa Claus? Hmmm.