SWEATS JLO BIG HAPPY MOM

YES You Can Look Fashionable In Sweatpants. Here’s How:

I’m a mom. I do this all the time. You do too. Let’s just not commit anymore fashion crimes in yoga pants. School Pick-up and Drop-off is no excuse. We can do better.SWEATS K

Get dressed for the girl you really are- Not for the girl who feels as tired as you really are.SWEATS JLO

“Super Mom” can look good if you follow the rules of: Clean, Comfy & California Casual.
Happy to help. Come back to watch anytime you need inspiration <3

SWEATS DENISE MOMS

P.S. And yeah this is despite whatever Eva Mendes has to say about it. (Even though she is my homegirl. I gotta take a stand for my mommies on this one. Even if I am standing in a pair of 3″ high wedge Nikes while I do it ;-)

SWEATS EVA MOMS
READ this letter. Laugh. Leave me a comment. Live proudly in those pants girl. 

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CALIFORNIA LOVE with Wine Expert Monique Soltani

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Home from another family visit up to Napa Valley, and I want to move north, like I do every time.

In the 90’s I was sipping espresso at Tra Vigne.. Just a smitten teenager fantasizing about living in “the valley” someday. Now, I’m a mom ordering Skinny Girl Margaritas in the other valley- the one with all the malls & frozen yogurt shops. But remember (deep breath) it’s just a quick road trip up the 5 FWY to that perfect little escape, delicious meals, and some of the best wines in the world.

About a decade ago, down south, I met a wonderful woman on a TV show we co-hosted in San Diego. She escaped to Northern Cali, following her passion for all things wine. Combining her talents with her interests (so smart!) she launched the award-winning website Wine Oh TV. Did I mention she is also about to give birth to twins? Like, any minute now. So what better time to interview my gorgeous mom-to-be/wine expert friend MONIQUE SOLTANI about the new trends in California Wines? I’ll drink to that! Monique, you can too, next week. 

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Me: Do you think California wine is becoming “trendy” and why? 
Monique: I wouldn’t say California wine is becoming “trendy” because that alludes to a fad or something that could fade away. California wines have been recognized for their quality for decades. California wine shipments in the U.S. were 225 million cases in 2014 & represent 90% of the wines exported from the U.S. Last year represents the 22nd consecutive year of growth for all wine sales in the U.S. 

California wines (Napa Valley specifically) have been on the map since the Judgment of Paris in 1976. That event really put California on the worldwide map for quality & that’s when the wine world started taking us seriously. I think it helps that California had some fantastic harvests the past few years. Despite the drought, 2012, 2013 & 2014 have received worldwide recognition for quality & quantity. 

What I would say is that a lot of the lesser known or up-and-coming California wine regions (Paso Robles, Livermore, Lodi, just to name a few) are really coming into their own. I think this is for a few reasons. Millennials drink a ton of wine & they’re a group who is not afraid to take risks & try new things. Thanks to the Internet & social media, people can share & learn about new wines & wine regions that they just wouldn’t be exposed to in the past. I think this is a great thing for wine lovers & the wine community overall. Variety as they say is the spice of life! 

Me: What do you think about the burgeoning Temecula Wine Region? 
Monique: I’m sad to say I have actually never been to the Temecula Wine Region & am not really familiar with their wines. I’ve heard amazing things from my friends in SoCal that touring & exploring the region is a blast & the wines are delicious. Sounds like I’m going to have to plan a trip to Temecula with the twins in tow! Who wants to come with? :) 

Me: What is the first wine you will be drinking after you give birth? 
Monique: Two bottles of vintage Champagne of course! Why you ask? Clearly, we will need to celebrate by popping two bottles because we are having twins of course & Champagne always =’s celebration! Haha! :) I also heard from a group of French wine loving Doctors that vintage champagne its good for milk production. (Me: Why didn’t I know this before?!) 

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Inspired to start your love affair with California wines? Here are three palette-pleasing locales in Cali, curated by the “Wine-Oh’s” over at DETAILS magazine:

Santa Barbara
Yes, Sideways put Santa Barbara on the map 10 years ago. But now it’s attracting younger producers like Justin Willett, who is doing lighter-bodied Pinot Noirs in Lompoc, and Rajat Parr, who is crafting Chardonnays in the Santa Rita Hills. Try Willett’s Santa Barbara County and Parr’s Sandhi Bentrock, both 2012s.

Lake County
Lake County has long been a hidden source for quality blends. Now the secret’s out. Obsidian Ridge’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon has a touch of vanilla, and Six Sigma’s 2009 Tempranillo Reserve lays claim to the region as the most hospitable U.S. home for the Spanish grape.

Anderson Valley
Though its first vineyards appeared in the eighties and nineties, Anderson Valley never developed into a tourist spot: If you were driving from San Francisco, you’d have to bypass Sonoma (and all of its hotels, restaurants, and wineries) to get there. Breggo’s Savoy Chardonnay 2011 is spicy and floral.

MOMMY JUICEMore About Our Guest:

Wine Oh TV Founder, expecting 1st time Mom, and Host Monique Soltani is a seasoned journalist with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and American Studies and well over a decade of experience working as a broadcaster for The Weather Channel, KPIX-TV/CBS 5, KNTV-TV/NBC 11, KGTV-TV/ABC 10 and more.. Nominated for 2015 WIne Blog Awards. Vote for her site  here!

DREAM CLOSET

TODAY is the day.

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I’m lucky to have some great girlfriends who work on the TODAY Show. Some gladly answer to the name “Sh*tty Moms” as that’s also the title of their hilarious & honest parenting book. Another one is probably typing away in Beverly HIlls right now writing & curating humor posts for the http://www.today.com/parents site. I recommend both for a laugh, and well, to just not feel so darn alone in the daily quagmire of motherhooding.

I DREAMED THE HOUSE WAS CLEAN

I check-in regularly with my mommy friends through The TODAY Show on social media & so I happened upon this video link at “work”. It’s not even lunchtime yet & already this has gone viral in my circle of friends. And since I have smart girlfriends, I sat up & paid attention to this one.

.>> HOW CLEANING YOUR HOUSE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. [VIDEO] <<.

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TODAY is the day!

It’s not just a chore, it’s an epiphany. Watch the video & please leave your opinions, success stories, or personal organizational struggles below in the comments area.

We are all in this thing together. Happy trashing! XO, Kristin

DE-CLUTTER!

Surprise! You’re pregnant.

When I first shared about going on TV to promote “Pregnancy Awareness Month”, I had people calling my radio station with a bit of a laugh in their voice, saying: Women don’t know they are pregnant?

Haha (Well, the Real answer is: You would be surprised! I have some stories for you! But that is a whole different kind of reality TV show , for another time.)


The people behind PAM make sure, whatever your reality is, that you have the opportunity to be educated, connected and yes aware of all that comes along with pregnancy. It’s a LOT to handle. So they created a place where families come together once a year in LA for a FREE event, to share stories, hear experts speak, enjoy the day, and fill their bag with product samples. May 3, on the Westside, all day!  Get your free tickets now & follow @pregawareness on Twitter.


In celebration of “May PAM” as we call it, I’ve partnered with more good people to do some pretty fab giveaways. To kick it off we have a brand new super hi-tech baby monitor from Motorola. All you do to enter to win is join us tomorrow online for our #MommyMonday Twitter Chat 12 noon PST. Follow me @KristinCruz @MomAngeles & @PumpStation to keep up with the convo.

Happy Pregnancy Awareness Month!

Now you know. ;) 

Info VIDEO: http://youtu.be/PU0D14t_WSQ

Kylie Jenner eats Lucky Charms too. How did the Kardashians get marshmallows only? No fair.

Luck of the Mom-ish

Remember how excited you were to have “electives” in high school? The goal: Pick the easiest class.

All the girls picked “Home Economics” if they could get in. I mean really.. Have you ever met anyone who failed Home Ec in school?

You have now.

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So last week I signed up to bake cookies for the St Patrick’s Day party in my daughter’s kindergarten class. It’s tomorrow. Right now I’m in the kitchen procrastinating.

Normally on Monday nights I host a radio show. My podcast is called The Curve because motherhood threw me a major curve ball. Also because I had a MAJOR learning curve when I decided to stay home with my kids after 6 years hosting morning radio in LA. They ate popsicles for breakfast the first 2 weeks I was a new “stay-at-home-mom.”

Needless to say I’m aiming to bake from scratch for this freaking holiday party at school! If I’m going to be “at home” I’m gonna be June, the OG, Cleaver! That is why I had to grab low for a recipe I could tackle successfully in my rookie status. Here is how I am learning the challenge sitting before me called: Rice Krispy Treats

Wish me luck. I lived in Ireland for a while as a teenager (long story). Maybe I brought back a little bit of that luck o’ the Irish with me.

Cheers! XX Kristin

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MOMBuzz Daily

New show: Are you watching “MomBuzzDaily”? #earmuffs

…Including: What to do with your dead pet? Free-range parenting. Four letter words for 12 year old boys. And a rice krispies treats recipe that’ll make YOU the favorite parent. It’s all covered in today’s MomBuzz Daily”.

LUCKY KRISPY TREATS: SPECIAL ST PATRICK’S DAY RECIPE

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Enjoy! Caution: Both the show & the treats may give you a stomach ache.

Proceed with caution, and your drink of choice.

XO, Kristin & The MomBuzz Daily

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It’s Time To SPRINGforward In Your Work

It’s Time To SPRINGforward In Your Work

My advice for almost anything:

It’s only temporary.

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger (thank you Kelly Clarkson)

Find the silver lining.

These adages apply as we bare down for the sh*tstorm that moms like to call: Daylight Savings.

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This Saturday night at 12 midnight you must set your clocks FORWARD 1 hour. What does that mean to us?

It’s 1 hour less sleep.

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

The silver lining is: The kids might sleep in later. (Amen to that.)

In the theme of things.. My girlfriends at MomAngeles and I came up with the idea that we all need to SPRINGforward, in a good way, when it comes to our careers after baby. Sometimes it takes a little push, and the help of someone else’s re-boot success story.

We’ve got 2 that will work fabulously.

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Up close with Jill Simonian (Hallmark, REELZ Channel, HLN) who sprang from the Red Carpet to find herself with pregnant, out of contract, & looking fabulous. She reinvented herself in a way that worked for her family & still provides a FAB life.

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Jennifer Armstrong MD has made it her life’s passion to help treat skin cancer, better. So she invented a better way. Worked with top specialists at Newport Brachytherapy Skin Cancer Institute and opened her first 2 SKIN CANCER RX locations in Southern California. If you have cancer or know anyone that does, then this podcast is an amazing piece of information for you to take with you.

And we’ll leave you with this piece of career advice, out of the mouths of babes, “Worry About Yourself!”: 

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Red (hot) Carpet Celeb Moms: How do they do it? Fitness expert Jeanine Detz keeps it real.

Watching the Oscars Sunday night.. Red Carpet Moms.. the gowns, the politics, the accolades, the awkward moments, the shout-outs, the after parties, the late night talk shows & a call to your mother.

That’s a wrap.

Now, let’s get back to what we were doing before last weekend. Ah yes.. shoveling chocolate candies and breaking New Year’s resolutions so fast it’ll give you Whiplash.

This Award Show after-math is positioned just right to help us re-set & get back on track. Let’s get our focus locked & our healthy eating routine streamlined. After a romantic holiday binge it’s time to get real with these 3 little words:

IT’S ALMOST SUMMER.

It just got real in here. And there is no way I’m taking on this battle alone. I wouldn’t expect you to either. Instead I’ve called friend & former SHAPE Magazine Editor, Jeanine Detz, to help us out.

Kristin:  As a fit mama of 2, tell us your #1 tip to tame this darn “belly pooch” that was NOT here before baby!
Jeanine: This is the number one body complaint of moms I know—what’s with that stubborn belly pooch? Besides the fact that some of us carry more weight around our middles, the squishiness is usually due to the fact that your six-pack muscles stretch apart when you’re pregnant, and often don’t close back up again. There’s an awesome trainer in NYC named Leah Keller who taught me an amazing move to fix this and the cool thing is you can do it anywhere (even while you’re sitting beside your baby’s crib at 1 a.m., which I know from personal experience). Sit up tall with your shoulders aligned over your hips, place one hand above your bellybutton and the other below it and push your abs back toward your spine. Take a really deep breath in and as you exhale pull your abs in even more. Now keep breathing as you just do those little ab compressions. Keep at it for a few minutes, take a short break and do it again. It tightens your deepest ab muscles that wrap around your waist like your fave pair of Spanx!
Kristin: How can we prepare like the celeb moms you’ve photographed, so we can look our best in front of the camera?
Jeanine: Most celebs tell me that when they’re prepping for a cover shoot, they make sure to amp up their workouts a couple weeks beforehand, eat a super-clean diet in the days leading up to it, and get lots of sleep the night before. So at the very least, follow those three steps when you’ve got a photo opp approaching. And don’t discount the value of styling. Celebs have people who know exactly which colors and styles look fab on them—and they don’t wear clothes they don’t feel great in, especially for a photo shoot. If you can’t afford to buy a new outfit that flatters your current shape, rent one! I’m obsessed with rent the runway because it lets you search for dresses by occasion and body type so you can borrow something that you’ll feel awesome in.
Kristin: As a busy working mom, what are the unhealthy traps we need to be aware of, and how can we avoid them?
Jeanine: Moms who are trying to cut calories to lose weight don’t count the food they eat off their kids’ plates—I’m sorry to tell you, but mac and cheese doesn’t have negative calories when it’s eaten with your fingers off a Frozen plate! We need to be aware of everything we put in our mouths. And fitness wise, as moms I think we sometimes over-exaggerate how much exercise we’re really doing. If you weigh 150 pounds and you walk for an hour at a pretty quick pace, you burn about 250 calories. That’s like half a muffin! To stay healthy as moms, we need to add higher intensity exercise to our days, which can be as easy as walking really fast every few minutes instead of just strolling.
I like the straight talk & if you need to hear more, you can keep up with Jeanine on Twitter.
Jeanine Detz

Let us know in the comments below if you have any hot tips or tricks that are helping YOU bounce back to your pre-baby body. Be sure to enter our podcast contest to win prizes from LoseIt. Winner announced Monday 11:00am PST on Twitter & via email.