Moms: Get ready for the holidays with Yummie Tummie

The clock is ticking… the holidays are sneaking up on us and I don’t know about you but my ‘goal weight’ is nowhere in sight.

Even though I’m actively trying — and even if I could see the light at the end of the tunnel — I still rely on my best kept (ha) mommy secret… Yummie Tummie my friends, Yummie Tummie.

Yummie Tummie and I have a love-love relationship and because I’m all about sharing the wealth, I introduced Yummie Tummie to some of my friends at BlogHer 2011 a few months ago. I think they fell just as hard as I did — what do you think?

I didn’t want to exclude anyone so… I’m giving away some Yummie goodies to you!

Enter below to win one of TWO $100 gift cards to Yummie Tummie… and join the Yummie club. You’ll be so happy you did!

 

While you’re at it — you can also enter to win a $500 Shopping Spree and Style Consult with Heather Thomson, designer and founder of Yummie Tummie! Enter HERE.

10 Things I Love (BlogHer Edition)

I had not one but two posts scheduled to go… but? Life. That’s pretty much all I really have to say but you know I wont just leave it at that.

As if packing 27 pairs of shoes, running a killer contest, planning some awesome stuff, and drinking 5 cups of coffee (in 2 hours) isn’t crazy enough (in a good way)(well maybe not the coffee part– I was a little twitchy for about 6 hours)… My baby (toddler) decided to go and spike a fever the night before I leave for BlogHer. So instead of drinking my “sleepy time tea” (tylenol pm anyone?) I’m setting my alarm every 4 hours to check on my little sickling.

Basically, if you’re going to BlogHer, I’ll be the one with one eye open, coffee cup in hand and I might use your shoulder as a pillow. I promise I don’t snore. But… I’ll look good (I’m not that vain) because I have spent the past few days (prior to the fever part) playing dress-up in everything Yummie Tummie. I’m in love with everything and I’ll be wearing everything Yummie for the next 3 days. Basically I encourage you to come check out my butt, hips and tummy.

Also, if you’re going to BlogHer, here are some useful or useless things about me that I took from a previous post.

 

10 Things I Love

1. Coffee. I was never one to drink coffee every.single.morning till I had kids. Three kids later, you don’t want to speak to me or see me before I’ve had my morning coffee. (I want to take this moment to formally apologize to my BlogHer roommate, Christine).

2. Thank You Cards. or any paper product for that matter. I love cards. I love buying them, I love making them, I love finding new designs, I love the way I feel when I receive a card in the mail, I love sending out a little hand written hello. (I’m so going to get my paper on at The Queen Bee Market on Saturday).

3. Sleep. Maybe it was all those years of waking up at a gawd awful hour to strap on some white boots with sharp, shiny blades (ice skates) and exercise create beautiful movements (ok, I totally just laughed at myself) but I love me some sleep. Why I keep having kids, I don’t know. Totally kidding. I could sleep all day after sleeping all night. I’m a total bear if I don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep. What mom gets more than 8 hours of sleep?! That’s probably why coffee is #1 on my list. (Again, I’ll be the one with one eye open and coffee cup in hand).

4. Feather Pillows. and not just one or two. 5 feather pillows. While we’re on the topic of feathers and sleep, I can’t forget the feather comforter. Which now brings me to- soft, super high thread count sheets. (You better believe I travel with pillows).

5. Sweets After Dinner. My grandpa passed this one down. Even if it’s a small bite of dark chocolate, I must have something sweet after dinner. (I’m told that during BlogHer, drinks count for this one).

6. Quiet Time. (How I think I’ll be party hoping, I do not know– see #3).

7. Watching Drama TV. (Good thing I just spent 5 hours on the couch with my girl Megan watching The Bachelorette and got that out of my system).

8. Music. I love all things music. I always have music playing- in the car, in the house, in my head- and now my kids love music which, makes me so so happy. (Don’t worry, I don’t sing. But you might catch me bobbing my head).

9. Lenny Kravitz. I am mesmerized by this man. (Anyone know if he’s going to BlogHer?)

10. My Family. (The token family shout-out. Although, this time, I’m really going to have them on my mind… thanks to the stupid fever).

 

I’m going to be Yummie at BlogHer 2011!

 

I’m happy, no thrilled actually, to announce that I’ll be sponsored by Yummie Tummie at BlogHer in San Diego on August 5th and 6th, 2011!

This comes at a perfect time considering I put a goal in place, oh… back in May to drop a certain amount of weight before my 3oth birthday (which just passed). I really don’t know what I was thinking because that “certain amount of weight” which I gracefully decline to announce was not exactly realistic. But more importantly, I had a revelation a few weeks ago.

 

I am a mother of three children.

 

Okay, that’s not the revelation. Obviously.

But this is… It is okay if I’m not the 21-year-old Christina I once was. I have three beautiful, healthy children to show for and slipping into my pre-pregnancy jeans after I pop out a child is just not in the cards for me genetically. I have also learned that I’m not alone. And that most of us mothers carry our weight in really stubborn places.

Now, I believe in living healthy and feeling good about myself. Not only for myself but for my husband and my children, too. So I sometimes begrudgedly schlep myself to the gym and watch what I stick in my mouth cause, you know, I want my kids to grow up seeing mommy be conscious of her health, see mommy being physically active and see that mommy takes care of her body. In hopes they follow suit. It’s that whole catch-22: you only live once. Live it up but remember that this is your only body to live it up in. I’d also like to take this moment to thank my genetics for packing on weight in stubborn areas all because I had a baby (or three). Doesn’t seem fair, huh? I digress.

The truth (for me at least) is… it’s hard. It’s hard to fit in exercise (and stay motivated), it’s hard to eat healthy (when all I want is sugar and salt) and it’s hard when I have bad days (usually prompted by trying to wear something other than my yoga pants). It’s even harder when I’m hormonal (but I don’t need to elaborate on that one).

I know I’m making the steps, I know I’m trying, so instead of beating myself up about it, I’m just thankful to have Yummie Tummie.

I showed my husband the difference and he said it perfectly. This is what he said,

It’s not a miracle worker, it doesn’t make you lose the weight, but it makes you look good!

And I took it as a compliment. Cause it’s true. But most of all, I think he saw my confidence level shine through in my attitude, posture and smile when he saw that I was not only looking good but feeling good while wearing the Yummie Tummie shaper under my clothes. And like I mentioned before, I can now fit into a lot of my old clothes without getting a tummy ache from pants that dig into my belly or without buying only empire waist tops to hide the muffin that is my hips.

So when you see me at BlogHer 2011, come say HI, check out what I’m wearing and you just might want to follow the hashtag #YummieChristina because I’m known to do/give some cool stuff. But that’s all I can say… for now at least.

PS You should follow Yummie Tummie on Facebook and Twitter, too. Go ahead and tell them I sent you…

 

Giveaway #2 is CLOSED $250 Gift Certificate to Yummie Tummie

The second prize in the These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things Giveaway Celebration is another one of my favorites, and something special just for you mamas… a $250 Gift Certificate to Yummie Tummie!

 

 

You may remember my daring Yummie Tummie review where I took actual pictures of myself before and after wearing a Yummie Tummie Original Tank? Well, that was 6 pounds ago I cannot imagine my life without Yummie Tummie. The transition period after a third baby (any baby, really) is hard on a woman’s self-esteem. Not just self-esteem, it’s hard on the wallet, too. I’m at the point where I fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans (wait, don’t get mad at me yet)… IF I wear a Yummie Tummie. Investing in a Yummie Tummie slimmer is way cheaper than buying a whole new wardrobe. Am I parting ways with my Yummie Tummies once I lose the weight? Heck no! They’re not just for transitioning… I plan to use mine for tight dresses, PMSing and after I eat a bowl of chili.

 

Rules and Details for Entries:

  • This contest is open to US residents, excluding residents of Puerto Rico or any other US territories, of at least 18 years. The deadline for entry is June 10, 2011, 11:59 p.m PST., when a winner will be chosen by random dot org, notified by e-mail and posted on this page. A valid email address {in email line on contact form or typed within your comment} is required to win and contest is void where prohibited.
  • No cheating! I can tell so please, be honest  :) Entries that are not compliant with the rules and methods of entries will be disqualified.
  • You must complete the mandatory entry; the additional methods of entry are optional (but increase your chances of winning).
  • Yummie Tummie will ship ONE (1) $250 Gift Certificate to the winner to be used at www.YummieTummie.com (did you see? there’s free shipping!)

 

 

How to Enter (MANDATORY ENTRY ONE PER PERSON):

  • Leave a comment below telling us what you would get with the Yummie Tummie Gift Certificate.

 

For Additional Entries/chances to win (you may do one or all of the following but only once per person):

  • Like Yummie Tummie on Facebook and tell them that Mommy Loves Coffee sent you! Then leave an individual comment here once you’ve done {counts for TWO additional entries}
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook and then leave an individual comment here once you’ve done that {counts for ONE additional entry}
  • Follow Yummie Tummie on Twitter and leave an individual comment here once you’ve done that {counts for ONE additional entry}
  • Follow Mommy Loves Coffee on Twitter and leave an individual comment here once you’ve done that {counts for ONE additional entry}
  • Tweet “I entered the Giveaway Celebration from @MommyLuvsCoffee and @YummieTummie http://bit.ly/iBV9cI #MLCgiveaways” and leave an individual comment here once you’ve done that- with the link! {counts for ONE additional entry}

 

Don’t forget to enter yesterday’s Giveaway- The Summer Infant Slim and Secure Handheld Color Video Monitor!

Check back tomorrow for the next prize in the Giveaway Celebration and Good luck!

Every Mom Must Have A Yummie Tummie

Once I had kids, my whole body changed. Things shifted, expanded, drooped, flabbed, stretched… you get the picture. Working out hasn’t always helped either; I can look and feel great then eat a sandwich and suddenly look 4 months pregnant. The classic stretchy belly. I have to be honest here… even when I do drop a few pounds and my clothes start fitting again, I never feel like I will look the same as I used to. Obviously I know I might never get my pre-baby body back but should that hold me back from wearing my favorite dresses, tops or even pants? It shouldn’t. And what about the sandwich-baby? Perfect example of how you can leave the house looking totally fab only to eat a meal and look, well, totally pregnant. Or what about the “bad days”? why does my body never listen when I want to wear my cute jeans? Oh no… That’s the day I wake up bloated. Sigh.

I can safely say that after I had my first son (8.5 years ago), it was a heck of a lot easier to drop the weight. I was much younger and had more energy back then. But I was faced with a challenging transition period. I’ve always been one of those moms that simply cannot lose the baby weight until my baby is done breastfeeding. I hold on to that last 10-15 pounds until the very end of nursing. During those post-pregnancy/breastfeeding months, my clothes would fit “okay” but that’s ultimately when I started investing in yoga pants and billowy tops; to hide the lingering muffin top. I had no idea what a shaper was back then.

Losing the weight after baby #2 (3.5 years ago) was much more difficult. I suffered from postpartum depression- I didn’t want to leave the house let alone exercise- and it just took longer. I like to blame it on the age card… that’s what everyone does, right?! I was older, much more tired, less motivated, etc. Regardless of all the excuses I still held on to that 10-15 pounds while nursing then got pregnant with #3 before my second stopped breastfeeding.

Here we are, now 16 months after baby #3 and stressing about the additional 10 pounds from baby #2. 10 pounds? not much, right? Wrong. Those 10 pounds are like glue sticking to my ribs… and butt and hips and thighs. My third son has just weaned and I’m officially on a mission. A mission to drop 15-20 pounds.

Luckily, before I started my mission (this time around), I learned about a little piece of heaven called Yummie Tummie. Yummie Tummie is my new BFF. I’m obsessed with it and even do an extra load of laundry, at the most inopportune times, just so I can wear it again and again.

Here’s me before putting on the Yummie Tummie Original Tank

Here’s me after putting on the Yummie Tummie Original Tank

Does my Yummie Tummie Original Tank slims my bumps, lumps and flabby skin? You betcha! And that’s all this mom is asking for while transitioning (and while eating healthier, exercising more, yadda yadda). It’s like my motivator. I see myself, in the mirror, without the extra bumps and I can visualize my goal. Now, I’m not complaining (too much at least) about the last 10-15 pounds but like most every woman/mom out there, I have my goal. I have my ideal weight and a little compliment here and there, along the way, is quite helpful. My Yummie Tummie empowers, compliments, and reminds me what it’s like to fit in my clothes once again.

What I love about the Tanks and Camisoles:

  • It really is an everyday essential for your wardrobe!
  • The Tanks and Camisoles are layerable because the hidden belly panel is the shaper.
  • Tanks and Camis come in original length and long length for layering versatility.
  • Wear your own bra with the Original Tank.
  • Strappy Tanks provide support and can be worn without a bra.
  • Invisible Tanks can be worn without anything over them, they look like a regular tank.

What I don’t like:

  • Nothing.

What I need to mention:

  • Don’t let the price scare you. You will wear your money’s worth out of the Yummie Tummie.
  • I can button my jeans while wearing my Yummie Tummy Original Tank (if I tuck it in).
  • When I wore my Original Tank with leggings or yoga pants, I found it was best to tuck the bottom part in to my pants to reduce the chance of it riding up slightly (slippery fabric on slippery fabric, it’s bound to happen)
  • I need a black one so I can layer it under more tanks this coming summer. The one I have is nude and while it’s great for under clothing, I don’t like to layer with a nude-colored tank.

 

Yummie Tummie has a wide selection of items like Ready to Wear Clothing, Body Slimmers/Tanks, Slips & Intimates, Bottoms, Men’s Shapewear, a Nursing T Tank and a Survivors Tank.

Also, a little birdie (okay Yummie Tummie is the bird) told me that there will be a denim line, called Yummie by Heather Thomson, and a swim collection, called Yummie Splash coming in 2012! I just wish they had Yummie Splash NOW so I wouldn’t have to stress about swimsuit season this year…

This post can also be soon at Rated By Mom.


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