Musings About Life... After Birth



Posted by Chelsea on April 23, 2009

Unsure of what to give your favorite mamas this mother’s day? Here’s a great charitable idea:

Women escaping abuse aren’t treated to gifts, cards and brunches on Mother’s Day, so each year JWI’s Mother’s Day Flower Project reminds them that they are remembered on Mother’s Day by sending beautiful bouquets to 150 shelters nationwide. In order to fund this effort, JWI relies on donations. For each $25 you give to the Flower Project, JWI will mail a beautiful Mother’s Day card to a woman you designate – a mother, daughter, sister or friend – to let her know that she inspired your donation. Last year, I donated and had cards sent to my mother and mother-in-law, and this year I’m doing it for my two grandmas too.

The Flower Project extends far beyond Mother’s Day, funding many critical JWI programs that work year-round to break the cycle of abuse through community education, financial literacy, and much more. Of course, as a Jewish woman, I am that much more interested in donating to JWI’s Mother’s Day Flower Project, but regardless of your religion (or gender, for that matter), it’s an organization worth supporting.

To send a Mother’s Day card and support the Mother’s Day Flower Project, click here.

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Posted by Chelsea on April 15, 2009

In these rough economic times, the need to cut back is a (sad) fact of life. Just because your budget’s a little tighter, however, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looking great. On Thursday afternoon at 12:30 PM EST, I’ll be joining Broads Molly and Christine of Sirius/XM Radio’s “Broadminded” (tune in on XM Channel 155 and Sirius Channel 102!) to try out some wallet-friendly alternatives to the most often-requested pricey in-office cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery procedures. Here’s a preview of what we’ll be road-testing:

1) Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology 2-Step Exfoliating Glyco Peel for Acne and Fastscription Advanced No-Injection Lip Plumper ($60 and $17.50,

This maximum strength, at-home glycolic acid peel encourages skin cell turnover by intensifying exfoliation in a safe, at-home micro-peel. Just two steps reduce visible skin discolorations, including marks left by acne and uneven skin tone, and contribute to overall skin clarity. It actively rejuvenates skin’s surface at the structural level, measurably reducing visible lines and imperfections. One package offers 30 peels.

Without a single injection (or that horrid burning sensation most lip plumpers impart), lips gain visible fullness with Dr. Wexler’s lip plumper, thanks to moisture-activated hyaluronic plumping spheres to enhance lip definition and contour.

2) Yummie Tummie shapewear tanks (around $70 each,

Momtourage member Amy turned me on to these and wow, do they ever suck in that post-pregnancy gut. Created by Heather Thomson, the creative force behind P. Diddy’s Sean John line, the several labels launched by Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Lopez’s Sweetface brand, she developed these muffin-top erasers after being frustrated with how the existing shapewear options compressed the bust, didn’t stay in place, were horribly uncomfortable and hideous to behold.

3) La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30 and Anti-Aging Night Cream $200 each,

$200 may seem like a lot for a face cream - especially in this economy (and a “less expensive alternatives to cosmetic dermatology procedures” segment), but these dream creams will last you at least a year each, all the while guarding you against wrinkling and sun spots, blanketing your face in Resveratrol, a potent longevity anti-oxidant that protects against free radicals, stimulating collagen production while protecting skin against collagen and protein damage, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and significantly increasing hydration using intelligent moisturizing materials. Considering a year’s worth of botox and fillers will run you a minimum of $4,000, these 2 miracle creams are a drop in the bucket, comparatively.

Wanna win a Yummie Tummie tank for yourself? Send me an email at telling me why you need one and also including a question for one of our Momtourage experts. I’ve got 15 to give away!



Posted by Chelsea on April 14, 2009

Apologies for The Momtourage’s recent hiatus! Did you miss us? We missed you!

While we were away, The Momtourage was busy getting ready for a bit of a content re-launch. Our new and improved postings will offer more frequent posts on the everyday madness of motherhood and Chelsea’s adventures with her Momtourage, even more contests, giveaways and discount codes and more answers from our team of experts. Additionally, we’ll be launching our first-ever Momtourage Matchmaking effort - featuring the seriously adorable brother of one of Chelsea’s Momtourage pals!

We really appreciate your patience during our break - please let us know how you like the new and improved (but still just as cool as it ever was, of course) content!

Love, hugs, and a 3-hour nap,

Chelsea and the rest of The Momtourage gang

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