Beat the Winter Blahs

Meghan Wielebski - Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Beat the Winter Blahs…..

 

With the departure of the red diapered cherub, the holiday season is officially over. Although the days are getting longer, spring can seem forever away. Do not despair, Ms. Preggo! Tryout some of basq’s top ways to warm your spirit and bring a little sunshine into your day.


Get Moving!

Exercise causes us to release endorphins and in turn, these brighten our mood. There are many ways to exercise safely and effectively during pregnancy.


Many local gyms, recreation departments and Destination Maternities offer classes designed just for pregnant woman such as: Prenatal Yoga, Pilates and Water Aerobics.

 

It’s easy to fall into the excuse that you will exercise after the baby arrives, but why wait? The more you do during your pregnancy, the better you are going to feel. The better you feel, the more you will enjoy your pregnancy. See the cycle?

 

Don’t forget to bring your basq Energizing Body Lotion with you. It is amazing to use on muscles post workout.


Make Some You Time

Life is about to change very quickly over the next few months. A great deal of energy is going toward your wee one-to-be. Take a little time for yourself. Grab your favorite decaf coffee drink, a good book and go get a pedicure. Will anyone besides your hubby actually see your toes anytime soon? Probably not. But what better way to pamper yourself a bit and tryout the new colors for spring?

 

Devoting time to yourself is an excellent way to relax and in turn, this will amp up your energy.

 

Girlfriend Time!

Get some of your best girlfriends together and have a few laughs. Dress up and hit the town, maybe checkout a local comedy club. Or make it casual by hitting up a local Redbox (may we suggest Bridesmaids—always a great girl’s night flick) and making mocktails at home. Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and fruity drinks, just make them without the alcohol. As they say, “laughter is the best medicine” and who better to share that with than your besties?

 

Watch what you Eat!

This is the last thing that most of us want to hear, but it is true. Run from foods that are refined and processed. You know, the comfort foods, like white bread and sugar. These foods are low on nutrients, and they drain your energy. Chances are, you are already needing an energy boost while growing another human. If you are craving carbs, try to include complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, fruit and vegetables. These foods not only give you and your baby the nutrients you both need, they also help to stabilize energy and blood sugar.

 

Get Out in the Sun!

Needing some sunshine in your life? Literally, get out in the sun! Most of us are aware that the sun gives us Vitamin D, but it also causes us to release endorphins, much like exercise. In turn, a short while out in the sun, and we find our outlook to be much improved. This may take some effort on your part. During your lunch break, take your food to go and take a nice walk outside. If you can’t do that, perhaps sit near a window (shades open of course). If all else fails, try replacing the light bulbs near you with Full Spectrum bulbs. Your body will think you were catching some rays.

 

Of course, be smart with this. Skin tends to be extra sensitive while pregnant. Apply an SPF as needed to avoid becoming sunburned.

 

Try out some of these tips to find out what works best for you. You deserve it and so does your baby.

 

By: Meghan Wielebski

Calling all Cupids

Meghan Wielebski - Monday, February 11, 2013
Calling all Cupids-to-Be!
By: Meghan Wielebski

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. In the past few weeks or months, surely lots of attention (deservingly so) has focused upon you and the wee one-to-be. What about the man in your life? Let him know that he will always be in your heart with these basq Super Picks designed just for him.

Sentimental Sweetie
Does your guy save ticket stubs from movies you have seen together? Does he have a framed ultrasound picture adorning his desk? This may be just what he would love.

Remember Special Moments with a completely customizable print. Include events such as your first date, a favorite concert, engagement and of course your wedding day! This is a gift that your children will enjoy looking at one day.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/119936478/remember-special-moments-with-this-print

Chic Geek
Does your man feel more comfortable at a comic book convention than at a cocktail party? When the double lines appeared on the pregnancy test, was he quick to suggest the names Luke and Leia? This is just the gift for him.

A Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Cube Tray. Your hubby will love reliving his favorite childhood flick as you make him his favorite beverage with Han Solo ice cubes. Bonus, if you are really feeling crafty you can make chocolate Han Solos or soap Han Solos with these same molds. It won't be long before these trays will be used by your kiddos for Han Solo popsicles during the summer. You will be the best wife in the galaxy. Let your man know that, "The Empire will compensate you if he melts". Trust us, he will know what it means. :-)

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e845/?cpg=168SSW

Sports Fanatic
Does your husband have a sport for every season? Is he already picking out jerseys for your son/daughter to be? This is the perfect gift for him.

A scoreboard desk clock designed to look just like the real team's scoreboard. Choose your love's favorite baseball or football team. This clock is perfect for any bedroom or office. One day, your child may even learn to tell time using it.

http://www.brookstone.com/Baseball-Scoreboard-Desk-Clocks

OutDoorsy Guy
Does your man prefer a sleeping bag to a sleep number bed? Does he dream of summiting Everest? This gift might be just his thing.

Solor-Powered Illuminating Waterbottle. This amazing bottle is the ultimate outdoor lovers multitasker. This BPA-free plastic bottle is perfect for carrying water, but the real twist is in the lid. The cap contains 4 ultra-bright LEDs and one red LED for night vision, along with a reflective lens that turns the bottle into a brilliant camp light. It is powered by a solar panel, so no batteries are needed! It won't be long before baby and Daddy will be having backyard campout with this to light their way.


http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/solar-powered-illuminating-waterbottle


Gift from mom and baby:
Has the baby already arrived? Would you like the gift to include him/her as well? Look no further:
This amazing print will be adored for years to come! Using your little one's foot prints, this artist will create a heart between the words I and you. On the right side it will read, "from the top of my head to the tips of my toes." What could be sweeter?



http://www.etsy.com/listing/105762848/valentines-day-gift-for-new-dad-gift-for

If your hubby is looking for hints or if you are treating yourself this Valentine’s Day, basq is offering a free polish with every order in February. A sweet treat that won't go to your hips.

Of course, no matter what gift you choose, remember you are already creating the greatest gift either of you will ever receive. May the two of you always love each other as much as you do today. Happy Valentine's Day!