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October 21, 2014
by christinacoker

Looking great while pregnant

*thank you to Laura Dolman for contributing today’s post

Being glamorous is never easy. If you think it’s hard to look good on a daily basis, try looking good when you’re pregnant.

When you are carrying a child, your body changes in ways you could never have imagined. Getting used to your new body can be difficult. Lots of soon-to-be mothers try and hide their figure away under loads of clothing. Doing so will make you feel like an elephant. Instead, embrace your new figure and looks. Pregnancy is a beautiful time in your life, and you deserve to feel gorgeous during this period. Here is how you can look great while you’re pregnant.


Find flattering maternity clothes
Maternity clothing can be boring. Many stores have a range of maternity wear, but often the range consists of baggy trousers and huge sweaters. When you’re shopping for your new shape, make sure you look for clothing that accentuates your bump, instead of trying to hide it. You should take pride in your bump and find clothes that suit your new shape. Don’t be afraid to try on a fitted maternity dresses. The dresses might make your bump look big, but they will make the rest of your body look incredible.
Keep makeup simple and minimal
When you’re pregnant, you might feel like you need to wear loads of makeup to look gorgeous. You don’t. Your skin will look radiant when you are expecting a child. You should try and work with your skin, not against it. Forget wearing foundation. Instead, use some mascara and a little lip-gloss.

Try out a brand new hairstyle
One of the major benefits you will have read about in your pregnancy resource is thick hair. When you fall pregnant, your hair becomes thicker than it was. That means that during your pregnancy is an ideal time to try out a new hairstyle. You can try out loads of new styles with your new, luscious locks. Having a new hairstyle will make you feel amazing. Sometimes when people are pregnant, they stop bothering with their hair. Don’t make that mistake.

Make sure you are comfortable
As soon as you are pregnant, you will realize that comfort is your top priority. Ensure that you are comfortable in what you wear. When you choose maternity clothing, make sure it fits you well so that you will be cosy when wearing it. There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable when you’re pregnant. Your body will cause you loads of discomfort, without you wearing uncomfortable clothing. Make sure that you choose comfortable shoes. When you are comfortable in your skin, you will always look great.

Accept your imperfections
When your body changes, you will find that certain things don’t look great. Many pregnant women find that they gain weight on their ankles and their wrists. There is nothing you can do about this weight gain so you should learn to accept it. You might think that people are staring at your ankles when they see you, but that is not the case. People are more likely to spend time marveling at your bump.

Enjoy your natural beauty
When you are pregnant, you get more beautiful. Your skin will improve. Your nails will grow. Your hair will get thick. These small changes will mean that you look awesome. Many women feel insecure when they are pregnant. They think that their bump makes them unattractive. Remember, you are as attractive as you feel. If you walk into a room with confidence, you will appear to be the most-attractive person in the room. Pregnancy means you are beautiful and, even if you can’t see it yet, you look amazing!





October 20, 2014
by christinacoker

Diamonds for every budget

*thank you to Laura Dolman for contributing todays post


When buying diamonds, there are a lot of things to remember. Not all diamonds are the same, and just because a diamond is big doesn’t make it high quality. This is the same for small diamonds: they aren’t low quality just because they are small. Although all diamonds are different, you can buy fabulous stones no matter what your budget may be. Read this guide so you know what to look for.

Whether you’re buying a diamond necklace, ring, or wholesale diamonds, you need to be familiar with the 4 C’s. These 4 things indicate how high quality a diamond is, and will give you an idea of whether you’re getting a good deal or not. Jewelers should be willing to talk to you about the following points, but here’s more information just in case:




Get familiar with the four C’s

1. Cut
The cut of the diamond is important for a number of reasons. Even if the rest of the C’s are spot on, but the cut isn’t, you won’t get a diamond that shimmers like the rest. The cut of the diamond helps make the diamond glimmer in the light, so the better the cut, the better the brilliance. Ideally, you’ll look for a great cut no matter what the size is.

2. Clarity
The clarity of the diamond indicates how clear it is. The higher the clarity of the diamond, the more expensive it will be. One of the largest jewelry stores in Houston explain that all diamonds have small imperfections when they are being formed. However, the less they have the more sparkly they will be. You can’t usually see imperfections with an untrained eye though, so a few imperfections are acceptable.

3. Color
Diamonds that are completely colorless are the most popular. This is because they attract the most light. However, you can buy diamonds that are a different color, but these are rare and also expensive. You can sometimes get supposedly ‘colorless’ diamonds that have a slight tinge to them, classed as an imperfection. These will be cheaper than the totally colorless diamonds, and many should still reflect light nicely.

4. Carat
Carat is the least important of the 4 C’s. It’s the weight of a diamond, but the weight of the diamond doesn’t refer to the quality. You may have a huge carat diamond, but with lots of imperfections, tinges of colour, and a bad cut. It may also still be expensive, due to the size. Depending on your budget, you’ll need to assess how many carats you can afford without compromising the rest of the factors.

When it comes to diamonds, many people won’t be able to tell that yours has imperfections. Only a trained eye or jeweler would be able to tell what kind of diamond yours is. Make sure you set a diamond budget and stick to it when purchasing your next piece of jewelry!

October 17, 2014
by christinacoker

Taking some me time

*thank you to Laura Dolman for contributing today’s post

Everyone loves spending time with their children, it’s great seeing their little faces light up when they’re enjoying themselves. Taking them on a bike ride through the park or having a cuddle on the sofa can be the best part of your day but sometimes you need a break. Wanting to have some time away from your children doesn’t make you a bad parent. In fact, it’s perfectly normal. It would probably be stranger if you never wished that you and your children were at least in different rooms. As much as it’s important to have family time, it’s also important that parents have time to themselves. Whether you parent with a partner or you’re raising your children on your own, you deserve to spend some time on looking after yourself. And if you have a partner, you should still be able to have time together, without the kids.

Finding time to spend alone isn’t easy though. You have to work at it if you want some grown-up time. If you don’t make plans, nothing will ever happen. It’s not like before you had children, when you could spontaneously decide to go out for the night. Now you need to arrange childcare well in advance, and if that childcare falls through you can’t go out. There are plenty of ways you can get some time to yourself, as long as you plan ahead. There are even ways you can have the kids with you, but still spend time alone.

me time

Take it in Turns
If you’re raising your kids with someone else make sure you each get opportunities to spend time away from the kids. Parents who live together can arrange dates where they’re allowed to have their day off, while the other looks after the children. Try to make it fair; if one parent does much of the childcare, perhaps they should get a little more “time off”. If you’re separated from your children’s other parent and have a custody arrangement, saying goodbye to your kids might be hard. But try to use the opportunity to get some alone time. You may miss your kids, but remember that they’re enjoying spending time with their other parent. You should have some fun too while you have a chance.

Date Night
As with finding time to spend on your own, if you have a partner (whether they’re your children’s parent or not) you need to spend time with them too. Arranging a regular day to have a “date night” is a great idea to make sure you always get your time together. Set dates will give you time to organize childcare. And it will make it easier to have a standing arrangement, instead of needing to call someone in every time. It also means that both you and your partner know in advance not to arrange anything else. You can even plan backup childcare, in case something goes wrong with your original plan.

Family Benefits
Parents who have family nearby should reap the benefits of any willingness to babysit. But don’t push it so much that your family feel like you’re taking advantage of them. Having family close by can be a huge blessing that many other people don’t have. If you have a parent or sibling who wants to spend time with your children then it’s beneficial for everyone if they do. You get time to yourself, and your children and extended family get to know each other. Plus, parents and siblings don’t usually expect you to pay them.

Finding people you trust to look after your children can be difficult. It’s understandable if you’re reluctant to let someone into your home to take care of your kids. But there are lots of safety precautions you can take when you find a babysitter. If you don’t know anyone in the neighborhood and don’t have friends or family who can help, there are several places to look. Some community notice boards or local newspapers will have adverts for people looking for work. You can also look online, using a reputable website that collects references for babysitters. Using these sites you can be sure that you’re hiring someone you can trust. Many older babysitters will even be education or childcare students. Or they are sometimes nannies who want to earn some extra money. So you could get someone highly qualified if you look in the right places.

Parents with Older Children
If you have children who are old enough (and responsible enough) to look after your younger children, you may not need to hire babysitters. Your older children probably don’t want to be looking after their siblings all the time, but it works for now and then. Check your local laws and regulations to see what age you can leave older children in charge of younger ones. And most of all, use your common sense. A 16-year-old is likely to be fine watching a 12-year-old, but it might not be a very good idea to leave a 14 year old with a 3-year-old.

Spend Time Together Apart
Apart from going out and leaving the kids at home, another way to spend time away from the kids is having separate vacations or days out (check out my post on tips for flying with kids). You can either go on completely separate holidays (e.g. the kids go to camp and you go to Paris) or you can go together but spend time apart. Vacations are a great time to send the kids off to do something on their own while you have some adult time. Send the kids for skiing lessons, while you sit by the fire and have a brandy. Or have them do activities in a resort kids’ club while you explore the area. Then you can spend time with them at the end of the day, eating dinner and talking about what you’ve been doing.

What’s your favorite way to escape it all?

October 16, 2014
by christinacoker

Chicago coming to The Majestic

*press release


Winner of 6 tony awards including best musical revival, CHICAGO is back in town, coming to San Antonio January 27th – February 1st 2015 at The Majestic Theatre.

Murder. Greed. Corruption. Violence. Exploitation. Adultery. Treachery. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.



CHICAGO, which opened to rave reviews in 1996, now has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history and shows no sign of ever slowing down.

Opening at the Majestic Theatre for eight performances, January 27 through February 1, 2015, tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m., Friday, October 17th.

Tickets for CHICAGO start at $30 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982.ARTS (2787), at all Ticketmaster outlets including the Majestic Box Office, or at and

CHICAGO is a production not to be missed. And all the reviewers agree. Time Magazine calls it “A Triumph,” Newsweek raves “Smashing” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO “Broadway’s Most Electrifying Show.”

Visit ChicagoTheMusical for more information.

October 15, 2014
by christinacoker

Mid week mani

This might mark the first time that I’ve done my nails since my itty bitty mini babe’s brith. Keeping that in mind, I just went with something simple and quick, nothing fancy here.




Happy polishing!

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