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9 Winter Essentials for the Mom-to-Be

9 Winter Essentials for the Mom-to-Be

Many women find maternity a challenging experience simply because they cannot find the right pregnancy wardrobe essentials that suit them and make them feel comfortable and easy. The entire process becomes all the more trying when you have to look for specific clothes that will be suitable in winter.

If you are an expectant mother who is trying to put together the best winter wardrobe, here is a list of nine essentials that you will make you feel stylish as well as comfortable.

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1. Leggings or Black Tapered Leg Jeans

If you love to flaunt your baby bump in long sweaters or tunic tops, then this is the perfect winter attire for you and your baby. Forget about sweats and pajamas and instead opt for black leggings that go nicely with long shirts. If you are wearing a blouse, try out tapered jeans in black as these will make you appear slender and chic.

2. Open Front Cardigan

When the temperature starts to drop, be sure to purchase an over-sized, open front cardigan made of cashmere fabric. This will keep you nice and toasty during the cold season. Mix and match this front cardigan with colorful tanks underneath and your favorite leggings and you will soon be the center of attention wherever you go.

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3. Printed Blouses with Long Sleeves

If you want to add extra spark and elegance to your winter wear, be sure to purchase a printed blouse with long sleeves that provide you with enough warmth and style. Team up these printed blouses with jeans, skirts and leggings, and viola! You have the perfect outfit to step out and enjoy the day. If you are wearing the outfit to work, throw in a cardigan or blazer and your maternity wear will instantly become workplace-friendly as well.

4. Long Sleeved T-Shirt

One thing that you surely cannot do without during winter is a long sleeved tee which you can wear with just about everything in your closet. Opt for dark colors as these will have the ability to be mixed and matched. And for cooler mornings, wear the t-shirt under a sweater to add layering and comfort.

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5. Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater

One of the greatest things about cowl necks is that they never seem to go out of style and have an evergreen charm and elegance about them. Moreover, with the right cowl neck tunic sweater, you won’t even need to wear a shirt inside as these will provide enough warmth all on their own. Style and warmth aside, one reason why mothers-to-be love wearing cowl necks is because they help balance your figure by evening out the effect of your bump. So pair up your cowl neck with leggings or jeans and add a pair of stylish boots to your outfit to create a stylish profile that will look modern and chic.

6. Sweater Dresses

Going out for a quiet night out with your significant other? Dress up in a sweater dress. Not only will it make you feel comfy and cozy, but it is ideal for days as well as for nights. To complete the look, pair your sweater dress with colorful or solid colored tights and bring out the diva in you.

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7. Maternity Jeans

Your pregnancy winter wardrobe will not be complete without a pair of good quality denim that you can wear for the next few months. Therefore, shop around and look for a pair that will flatter your figure and maybe even stretch along with you.

8. Printed Scarf

Winter calls for some fun printed scarves that are perfect for accessorizing your outfit. Nothing says chic like a printed scarf that is either wrapped around your shoulders to keep you warm or tied around your neck. The best thing about this particular accessory is that you’ll be able to use it even after your pride and joy has come into the world.

9. Jersey Knit Dresses

Finally, even though you can’t wear your favorite pair of sweatpants to the office, you can always opt to wearing a knit sweater that feels almost as good as your nightwear. Jersey knit dresses will hug your figure without being too tight and you’ll fall in love with yourself when you pair it up with tights and a pair of comfortable and stylish booties.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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