Thursday, May 30, 2013

Self Improvement: Always Use The Law of Attraction To Your Advantage



Miracles occur naturally. The only time they stop is whenever we create a blockage. Miracles can be small or even just a shift in how you are perceiving your life. Many miracles happen every day to everyone, but sometimes, we miss them. So often, we get in our own way by thinking we are less than we really are. Or, we forget to live in the present moment by worrying about the future or hanging on to something terrible that happened in the past. Missing out on miracles and happiness is no one's fault but your own. There is no room for being a victim or having a thousand excuses as to why you aren't living a great life. You might be able to lie to other people or play the part of a victim with other people, but when it comes down to it, you can't lie to God and you can't lie to the universe. 

However, simply being alive means that we are entitled to a miraculous life full of happiness and blessings. Everything you "dream" of is within reach. You only have to believe that you deserve it and are going to get it. You need to stay in the present to see how many amazing things are happening for you every minute.  Otherwise, you might not even see some of the things that are happening in your life, which is what can happen if you get too caught up in thinking you are a victim or unworthy of life.  Life is for everyone and so is happiness. It isn't for select people. 

One of the ways that we can miss out on many opportunities and even happiness itself is by embracing negative thoughts. Time and time again, I tell people that if negative thoughts and a negative attitude can do a ton of damage to your life, a positive attitude can affect your life with the same amount of intensity in a good way. One of the best ways to experience more miracles (and more happiness) is to simply use the Law Of Attraction. Attract good things & good people by being a happy person yourself! Be the person you think you will become when you acquire everything you want.  If you sit around and feel sorry for yourself, that is what you are attracting.  If you play the part of having a sad, sorry life, that is what you are attracting.  If you shift these thoughts, you can have a great life.  But, it all comes back to what you are giving to the universe.  Are you a loving person? Are you a happy person who can find happiness in small things? Do you express gratitude often? Etc.

1. Write down a list of things you want or make a visual board with magazine clippings/drawings. Seeing things with your eyes is different than just thinking about them. Visualizing helps to get the show on the road. If you can see it, it looks much more manageable. Don't be scared to be bold.  If you want money, admit it to yourself. If you want a baby, admit that to yourself.  If you hold back, you can bet that the universe will hold back, too. 

2. Don't attach any negative thinking to things you want to come into your life. Only apply warm, positive thoughts. This is truly the law of attraction. If you apply fear to something you want, the universe is going to give you something scary.  You will have a fearful time with this new venture, because you hype yourself up to be scared. If you think it will come easily, chances are, it will come easily.  

3. Believe you already have it. You probably have a mental idea of who you will become once you get something you want (perhaps a baby, a husband, or a job).  You probably imagine yourself being really happy and confident once you get this thing you don't have.  Be that person you see in your head, even without what you want.  Attract this thing you want by being the person who is supposed to have it.  

4. Work hard for things you know you'll get. We're all equipped with intuition.  Certain things are never going to work out in life, so don't go after those things or worry about them.  Save your energy for positive pursuits.  


5. Express gratitude when you get it. Embrace gratitude always. Gratitude attracts more gratitude. If you are thankful for something in your life every day, you are living a satisfied life.  When you say thanks, you are welcoming more of everything to come into your life.  If you act like you didn't get anything, when you got a great opportunity, you are going to attract more and more of that feeling; that feeling of "Oh, I missed out." Gratitude allows you to feel full and it allows doors to open.  Feeling closed off and unappreciative of what you have attracts negativity. 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Posh Mama, Zen Baby": The Lowdown on Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Vitamins from Garden of Life


I mentioned in the very first “Posh Mama, Zen Baby” post that I wrote that I have been taking Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Vitamins throughout my pregnancy. Since I love these vitamins so much and have done so much research about the ingredients, I wanted to share a little bit about them for this week’s Pregnancy post.  I swear by these vitamins and even though they were difficult to get down during my first trimester due to how sickly I felt, I feel comfort in knowing how many vital nutrients I am putting into my body (and my baby’s developing body) every day, even if I don’t get to eat the perfect health food diet. This was especially important during my first trimester when there were days that I didn't feel like eating anything except mac and cheese. Now, in the last month of my second trimester, they help me to feel more energized for my day and prevent some common pregnancy symptoms.  


What makes these vitamins so special?
These vitamins are specially created to not only help your baby flourish during development, but they are designed to keep you flourishing throughout your pregnancy.  They come with a few extras that the prenatal vitamins that my doctor prescribed did not come with, such as Probiotics (which keep your digestive track in balance and can help ward off yeast/urinary tract infections).

These vitamins also come with the suggested daily intake of Folate, so you don’t have to worry about taking a separate supplement.  It is recommended by the Center for Disease Control that you take at least 400 mg of Folate during your first trimester, which is different than Folic Acid, every day to support neural tube development, to prevent brain and spinal cord defects. Folate is a B-Vitamin naturally found in dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, whereas Folic Acid is the synthetic form of folate. Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal’s come with 800mg of natural folate, which is all easily absorbed into the placenta, whereas only a certain amount of folic acid can be converted into absorbable folate and the body is left with unnecessary folic acid. Because these vitamins are created from raw food (and they have never been cooked or treated), you are getting the most natural form of the folate which means that all of the 800mg are going right into your placenta and supporting your baby’s development.

These vitamins come with ginger to help ease morning sickness.  Additionally, to support overall healthy digestion and elimination, they contain Probiotics (as we’ve already discussed), Vitamin D, and Zinc.

While pregnant, your blood volume can increase up to 50% which requires your heart to work harder.  To support heart and blood health, these Raw Prenatal’s contain Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B-Complex, and Folate.  

Some other perks:
Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal vitamins are raw, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, uncooked, untreated, and unadulterated.

Where can I find these vitamins?
I found them at Whole Foods and you can always find them online with this list of retailers.  For one month’s supply, you pay around $42.  

*Note: I do take DHA and Fish Oil for Omega 3’s  additionally and try to eat a lot pregnancy superfoods, like spinach, kale, avocado, citrus fruits, etc in a well-balanced diet. Prenatal vitamins should be the foundation of your pregnancy diet, not the only way you're getting vital supplements.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Zoe Saldana Reveals Weight on Allure Cover


by Sarah

Zoe Saldana, who most recently stars in Star Trek Into Darkness, covers Allure Magazine this month and reveals her weight.  The cover reads, "Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds of Grit and Heartache." The big reveal of Zoe's weight has been a hot topic in pop culture because while most actresses don't dare share their weight, she is tiny, which might cause people to set unhealthy and unrealistic expectations for their own bodies.  Aside from the weight topic, the media is also in a frenzy because of the revealing photo shoot featured alongside the article, which features a nude shot. 


Personally, I think people need to stop trying to be celebrities. Celebrities have to look good because it is part of their career and they only look as good as they do in magazines and on the red carpet when they have a team of people working on them.  When they're lounging in their house, they look like everyone else. Thin celebs may inspire eating disorders, but realistically, if you are battling an eating disorder, it is your personal battle. When you eat healthy and work out, your body balances itself out. We can't, as a society, want to see celebrities in movies and read about them in magazines, and then blame them for being the role we want them in.  


On the Today show on May 16, Zoe defended her decision to share her weight: “It would have been wrong if they were lying about my weight. This is how much I weigh. It’s something I can’t control. It’s who I am. I have a very thin frame, I was a ballet dancer. They wanted to do that, I don’t think it was to make an issue of my weight. I think it was to talk about that for a lightweight person, I seem to be really strong-minded.”



To read the article and to see the rest of the photos, click here to go to Allure.com.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Angelina Jolie Undergoes Preventative Double Mastectomy



Angelina Jolie revealed in the New York Times yesterday that she has recently undergone a preventative double mastectomy, in a self-written piece titled, “My Medical Choice.” She explains her decision as a way to reduce her risk for breast cancer, which was determined to be 87%, down to under 5%.  The actress shares that she had an inherited gene mutation, known as BRAC1, which gives a 65% risk of breast cancer to those who carry it.  

It was a shocking and unexpected piece to read, but much praise is being given to Angelina for sharing this personal story and opening a discussion in households across the world about not only preventative double mastectomies, but the gene mutation, BRAC1.


Image: Getty Images

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Posh Mama, Zen Baby: How To Safely Do Yoga During Pregnancy


If you liked the first post from our pregnancy, and soon to be "mommy", series, Posh Mama, Zen Baby, we have more information-rich posts coming soon. Our Editor-in-Chief, Sarah, will be taking various courses at Shining Light Prenatal Education & will blog about every class! We are thrilled about our new partnership with Shining Light and to get started, we have a q&a session with the studio’s owner, Deena Blumenfeld about yoga and what is safe during pregnancy.  


Right before I found out I was pregnant, I was on a hot yoga kick. During my first trimester, however, I didn’t want to exercise at all, which luckily for my ego, is a common thing.  But, once I got my energy back at the beginning of my second trimester and tried to go straight back into hot yoga, I had an instructor tell me certain types (especially hot) of yoga could be potentially harmful to my baby, which scared me a little. Exercise, in general, can be scary during pregnancy because overdoing it can be dangerous. I knew that if I did yoga while pregnant, or prenatal yoga, I would need to find a class to go to.  I'm happy to have found an informative, friendly yoga studio, Shining Light. For anyone else out there who is in this boat of wondering exactly what is safe when it comes to yoga for the preggy girls, here is the full scoop from Deena.


1. What are the do's and don'ts of prenatal yoga? As mentioned above, I had an instructor tell me that hot yoga combined with some of the poses could be harmful to my pregnancy--which poses are safe and which are not?


Many women have fears and concerns regarding exercise and pregnancy. There are a lot of myths out there about what you can and can't do when pregnant.

Your other instructor is right with regards to hot yoga. When pregnant, if the body's core temperature is raised it can cause miscarriage, though the likelyhood is small. Hot yoga falls into the same category as a jacuzzi, hot tub or sauna. They all can raise your core temperature. So, hot yoga is contraindicated during pregnancy.

As for the "more difficult poses", if you were doing them before you got pregnant, generally you can continue doing them into your first trimester (sometimes later, too). Headstand, handstand, wheel pose, etc are all OK if you were regularly practicing them. Now, however, is not the time to learn these poses, nor will you find them taught in a prenatal yoga class.

Any pose that takes a lot of balance or an inversion should be approached with caution in pregnancy. As your belly grows, your center of gravity shifts and you'll need to be more cautious about falling. The weight of the baby, in an inversion, can put pressure on your lungs making it harder to breathe. It's important to listen to your body. Remember, when pregnant your body is changing daily.

Deep back bends, such as wheel pose, can put strain on the rectus abdominus (the line between the 6-pack). Many pregnant women, due to the intra-abdominal pressure of the growing fetus, experience a mild-moderate split in the muscles. This is called diastsis recti. Most of the time, this self-corrects postpartum.  We don't want to aggravate this split, and deep back bends can do just that. So, once your belly is showing, it's time to skip these poses.

Big twists are also out during pregnancy. No baby likes being wrung out like a wet towel! Twists in the upper back are just fine.

Do come to prenatal yoga when your first trimester fatigue and morning sickness are over. Do respect your body and your baby; both are changing daily and your needs and abilities will shift as well. Do focus on hip openers, squats, low back releases, etc. Do practice pranayama (yogic breathing) and meditation. These components of yoga are often overlooked in favor of the physical postures. Your mental and emotional state are keys to having a healthy mama and baby.

Poses to do at home: Cat/Cow, low lunges, tailor pose (butterfly legs), and wall squats.

As always, consult with your doctor or midwife before beginning your prenatal practice. Should a complication arise during your pregnancy, confirm with your care provider that it is still appropriate for you to practice yoga.
2. What are the benefits of yoga throughout pregnancy? Does it take away some of the common pains that people often associate with pregnancy, like back pain or even labor pains?

The benefits of prenatal yoga include greater flexibility and stamina. The breathing you learn in class directly translates to labor. It helps clear your mind and better allows for focus. Meditation can help you process the fears, doubts and emotions you have. There is also a social benefit to coming to prenatal yoga - you get to meet other pregnant mamas! It is huge to have community support. Many of my students have found lasting friendships and baby play-dates with their fellow prenatal yoga students.

Yoga can help with the common aches and pains of pregnancy. Low back pain, sciatica, hip pain, upper back pain and fatigue can all be helped through regular yoga practice.  I often hear, "Thanks, I feel so much better!" at the end of class.

Will yoga take away labor pain? No, but it will help you learn how to better move your body so you can cope effectively with the pain or discomfort of labor. Many of the postures we practice in class are labor and birth postures.

3. Does doing yoga help your body prepare itself for labor? How?

Yes! As I said above, many of the postures we practice in class are labor and birth postures. By practicing regularly (1-3x a week) you will find that your body more naturally assumes these postures in labor. You will be able to maintain them longer and they will be more comfortable for you. The breathing you practice helps you maintain a rhythm during labor, gives you focus and keeps you calm. Yoga during pregnancy helps you become more flexible physically and emotionally. It prepares us body, mind and spirit to birth the baby we carry inside. Yoga also helps with postpartum recovery. When you are in better shape going into labor, your recovery is generally easier.

To sign up for classes with Shining Light Prenatal Education or to learn more, you can visit their website at shininglightprenatal.com.

Image: FitPregnancy

Friday, May 10, 2013

'The Great Gatsby' Opens This Weekend-- Hear What The Film Critics Have To Say


by Sarah
Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby (Image: Warner Brothers)


Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Isla Fisher opens in theaters this weekend. This will be the novel's fourth big-screen adaptation since it was written in 1925.

Film critics are praising Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, but the overall film, they say, isn't quite as spectacular as the book.  In fact, if you read the reviews, you'll find some rather heated comments.  From the Washington Post, "This dreadful film even derogates the artistry of Fitzgerald, who wrote 'The Great Gatsby' while living on Long Island and in Europe. In a deviation from the book that amounts to a calumny against literary history, Nick, the author's surrogate, is discovered in a psychiatric hospital where, as an aging alcoholic, he struggles to comprehend the vanished figure at the center of the long-ago story, and finally completes his treatment by writing the novel. It's literature as therapy, and Gatsby as Rosebud."

As I’ve said on the blog before, no matter what happens, the film already is set up to make money because it is The Great Gatsby, a novel everyone knows and everyone loves. Even people who aren’t familiar with literature know this book. From New York Magazine, “The best thing about Baz Luhrmann's much-anticipated/much-dreaded The Great Gatsby is that, for all its computer-generated whoosh and overbroad acting, it is unmistakably F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby.' That is no small deal."

Leave your comments below if you love or hate The Great Gatsby, which opens today, May 10, 2013.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Met Gala 2013: Best & Worst Red Carpet Looks


The annual Met Gala Ball was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday to celebrate their spring exhibit, "PUNK: Chaos to Couture." As always, celebrities came out in full-force to celebrate fashion and art. 


Amanda Seyfried, the new face of Givenchy, in Givenchy and Anne Hathaway in Valentino (and newly blonde hair.)

Jessica Alba and Ginnifer Goodwin both wore edgy custom-made Tory Burch dresses. Ginnifer finished off her look with dramatic eye makeup and bold black eye brows.


Fashion icons: Anna Wintour, the host of the event, looks flawless in Chanel while Sarah Jessica Parker made perfect use of the night's theme in a Gilles dress & Philip Treacy mohawk headpiece.  


Nicole Richie in a Topshop dress & a bold silver hair color. While Rihanna tweeted that her look "made her want to throw up", we love the daring look.  She took a huge risk with this look, which is what "Punk: Chaos to Couture" is all about.  Mara Rooney in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci looks perfect, but she should considering her date for the evening was Riccardo Tisci himself. 


Worst red carpet looks: Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci & Kim Kardashian (rumoured to have been previously banned from the event, but allowed as a guest of Kanye West) also in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.  (Is it just us, or does Kim K look a little lost with this gown--with matching heels and gloves? She's trying to fit in so hard that she missed the theme of the night: punk! She missed out on a lot with this ensemble.)

Beyonce looks fierce, but the matching boots kill this look for us. Something about this look looks like drag-gone-wrong

Image Credits: Getty, NYMag, &  Zimbio
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