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The day has come!

The 10 finalists for the Pinks & Blues Virtual Baby Shower have been chosen.

With 552 entries(!), you can imagine how tough our panel of 10 had it. Let’s put it this way… we feel for the American Idol judges!

Between reading, deliberating and ultimately deciding on the finalists, there were plenty of tears, laughter, discussion… even frustration!

Each story touched our hearts in a different way, and we really wish we could have chosen all 552 entries. Honestly!

Each story was inspiring, and each baby is a miracle in the making.

OK, drumroll please…

Our lucky mamas-to-be, in no particular order are:

Amy, nominated by Megan
Andrea, nominated self
Jody, nominated by Heidi
Julie, nominated by Rachel and Laura
Katie, nominated by Kelli
Kerry, nominated by Ashley
Pam, nominated self
Rachel, nominated by Erin
Sally, nominated by her husband

There are first-time mamas, a military mama, a mama of multiples, mamas who have struggled to conceive, a mama who hasn’t been a mama-to-be in 13 years, mamas who have seen hardships. Mamas who were nominated by dear friends, sisters, husbands… and mamas who said, “I would love this!”

**All of the finalists have been notified, and we will be sharing their stories with you tomorrow here on our Pinks & Blues Blog, at which time you can begin deciding who to vote for. The voting will begin on Monday, February 25th and continue through Thursday, March 6th.**

The winner of the Pinks & Blues Virtual Baby Shower gift package, as well as our celebrity honoree mama-to-be Angela Kinsey, will both receive gifts from these amazingly wonderful companies:

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787 Baby
ABCakes
aden + anais
AirCrib
Apples’n’Oranges
Baby Candy
Baby Cha-Cha Boutique
Bambina Ballerina (check out their special Pinks & Blues bow holder!)
Barefoot Books
Be So Beautiful Baby
Bella B Bodycare
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Blessed Nest
BlueZoo Boutique
BurpCatcher
For Your Bug-A-Boo
The Cubbyhole
Czela Bellies CesareanWear
DadGear
Deadly Girl Couture
Diaper Cakewalk
Doodlebug Prints
Dr. Moz
Emily Allyn
euro-baby
Hanes
HAPPYBABY
Happy Panda Baby
Haute Lunch
The Hole Thing
Hot Moms Club
ll Cocco di Mamma
In The Pink Designs
Jaime Zollars
Kidoinfo
Ladybugs and Lilypads
Liliputians NYC
Lil’ Sugarplum
Little Stork
Mabel’s Labels
Made by Angie
Made for Mommy
Mama Rose’s Naturals
Miss Priss Tutus
My Miracle Baby
Natural Pod
“The Petit Appetit Cookbook: Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler”
Posh Peacock
The Queen Bee Paper Company
Queenie by Design
Pixie Dust Décor
Rag & Bone
Resa Design
Robeez
Rock Star Moms
Secure2Me Blanket
Sherri Blum Designs
Skimbaco
SnappyBaby
Sofia Bean
Stacie Dale Designs
Strollometer
Sunflower Hill
Susan Brown’s Baby
Tatutina
Tiptoe Bows
Tots On-the-Go
Tubby Bundle
Violet Gumdrop
Welcome Baby

This includes a $600 Micralite Toro stroller, courtesy of Tots On-the-Go and euro-baby!

Congratulations to all mamas-to-be out there! A child is the best gift of all!

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The Phil&Teds Vibes have hit water and we can release their pictures! How cool are they!?

Remember, you have ten more days to enter to be among the FIRST to stroll your baby in the NEW Phil&Teds Vibe, courtesy of
Tots on-the-go!

And the winner will get to choose between either the red or the black Phil&Teds Vibe!

Decisions, decisions!

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ENTER TO WIN HERE!

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The Queen Bee Paper Company offers an array of personalized stationery, notepads, invitations, and announcements for those special moments in life. In addition, they carry calling cards, business cards, address labels and gift tags for you or your family’s everyday needs.

Whether it is for a gift, the birth of a baby, a bridal shower, moving into a new home, or a child’s birthday party, Queen Bee offers designs that are fun, chic, fashionable, whimsical and elegant.

Queen Bee is generously giving one lucky Pinks & Blues reader this fabulous stationery set:

  • 25 “Hip Dots” folded notecards, personalized with your family’s names (retail $28.00)
  • 12 “Baby Face” boy or girl folded notecards, personalized with your baby’s name (retail $15.00)
  • 1 “Things for Baby” 50-sheet notepad (retail $7.00)

This is set is perfect for new moms or for families with a new baby in the house. The family cards are great since you will have everyone’s names on them. The baby face cards are perfect for thank you cards. The notepad is just handy for all the baby shopping!

*CLICK HERE to go to our Mama Loves Giveaways site, where you can enter to win this wonderful set from The Queen Bee Paper Company, a total value of $50.00!*

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4 Days Left!

There are only 4 days left to enter your pregnancy story for our Pinks & Blues Virtual Baby Shower.

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If you are due between May 1st and August 1st… or know someone who is… head on over to our Virtual Baby Shower Contest and tell us why you deserve this amazing package!

There are over 65 products in our Giveaway! Items for YOU… for your BABY… and yes, even for DAD!

We have had so many entries and the stories are absolutely wonderful and inspiring and beautiful.

Make sure you get yours over to us today before time runs out.

Or nominate a lucky mama-to-be.

And don’t forget… you’ll be getting the SAME Baby Shower Gift Package as actress Angela Kinsey!

Check out our link to see the fabulous companies that have donated gifts (and yes, there’s a $600 stroller in the package from Tots on-the-go and euro-baby!).

Have a GREAT day, and remember that Valentine’s Day is the deadline for entries in our Pinks & Blues Virtual Baby Shower!

- Audrey

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sag-carpet-angela-kinsey21.jpgActress Angela Kinsey, who plays the uptight accountant Angela Martin on NBC’s hit show “The Office,” has a lot to be excited about this year!

Not only did the entire cast of “The Office” win the SAG Award for “Best Ensemble Cast” last month, but Angela is expecting her first baby – a girl! – in May!

We at Pinks & Blues have chosen Angela as the celebrity honoree for our Pinks & Blues Virtual Baby Shower!

We will shower her with over 60 amazing gifts from our wonderful Baby Shower sponsors – and we are holding a contest for another lucky mama-to-be to win the exact same Baby Shower gifts that Angela will receive (worth over $2,000.00)!

We recently had a virtual chat with Angela! Read on for our full interview with this smart, funny and talented mama-to-be!

Pinks & Blues: We hear you’re having a girl! Congratulations! Did you have any “girl” intuition before you found out, or was it a total shock?

Angela Kinsey: In most of my dreams, my baby was a girl. So maybe that was a form of intuition!

P&B: You look incredible! We guess that debunks the Old Wives’ tale that “girls drain your beauty!” How has your “pre-event” beauty regimen changed now that you’re pregnant? (Can you still get your shoes on by yourself!?)

Angela: Ha! This question made me laugh because for the SAG Awards I had to have my hair and makeup gals fasten my high heel straps! I couldn’t reach them! My beauty regimen other than that hasn’t changed. Well maybe there is more snacking!

P&B: We miss “The Office!” What have you been doing to keep busy during the writer’s strike?

Angela: Well being pregnant has kept me busy. There is so much I want to do to my little fixer upper house before the baby comes. I feel like there are not enough hours in the day!

P&B: Do you have “Mom jeans” ready for when you come home from the hospital!?

Angela: Yikes! Mom Jeans! Ummm, no. My Mom, the fabulous Bertie Kinsey, is an amazing seamstress. She quilts and sews and is so crafty. We call her the Southern Martha Stewart! For Christmas I brought home a bunch of my old jeans and she cut out the front of them and put a softy stretchy material for my expanding belly. That’s working for now. Thanks Mom!

P&B: OK, the most important question of all… were you rooting for the Patriots or the Giants? (And remember we’re from New England!!)

Angela: Now ladies, I love New England and that foxy Tom Brady, but my hubby grew up outside of New York, so sorry….we are a Giants house! I mean, I’m really a Cowboys fan, but for this Super Bowl I was rooting for NY. :)

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Be among the FIRST to stroll your baby in the NEW Phil&Teds Vibe, courtesy of
Tots on-the-go!

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Thanks to Tots on-the-go, one very lucky Pinks & Blues & mod*mom reader will win this much-anticipated NEW Phil&Teds Vibe stroller, the ultimate in style and function.

Considered the Mercedes of strollers with it’s sleek urban style, smart functionality and ergonomic comfort for both parent and child, here are just some of the Phil&Teds Vibe features:

  • Fully adjustable seat angles from upright to totally lie-flat newborn
  • Ergo Seat that is heavily padded and nicely contoured
  • ‘Smart Handle’ with one-touch brake that is nicely hidden inside the elliptical aluminum frame
  • Folds easily with doubles kit attached
  • New designed accessories including the cocoon, storm and sun covers that zip on and off easily, cup holders and a food tray (finally!)
  • Retail Price: $599 for single Vibe + $110 for doubles kit

(Are you drooling yet!?)

The look is elegant, smart and overall “reassuringly expensive,” as stated by Phil&Teds.

SO HOW DO YOU WIN!?

1) Go to Tots on-the-go’s site (http://www.totsonthego.com) and pick your favorite product there (be ready to fall in love with a lotta stuff!)

2) Come back here and leave us a comment, telling us why you think it would be great for you and/or your family! (Friends and family members can also nominate expectant moms by sending in their recommendations about why their nominee would love a specific product from Tots on-the-go .

3) That’s it! Just be sure to enter by midnight on February 29, 2008! We’ll announce the winner on March 9th.

(No pictures are available at this time of the Phil&Teds Vibe. The photo shown here is another stroller. We will release the Vibe images as soon as they become available. There are a few that are circulating the net, but just know that these are still prototype photos though. Further contest details can be found here)

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Mom, celebrity trainer, author and spokesperson Kathy Kaehler recently chatted with the Pinks & Blues Girls!

Kathy, a mother of 11-year-old twins and a 7 year-old (all boys!), has devoted her life to helping people live happy, productive and healthy lives.

For 13 years, she appeared on “The Today Show” as the fitness correspondent while training such mom celebrities as Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cindy Crawford, Denise Richards, Claudia Schiffer and Kim Basinger.

Kathy shares with us her tips for getting kids to stay active, how new moms should ease back into working out, her new projects and more.

Read on for our chat with this fit and fabulous mom!

Pinks & Blues: Happy New Year! What new projects do you have on the horizon for 2008?

Kathy Kaehler: I’m starting the year off with an article on hanes.com/kids that gives moms some easy and fun tips on how to get their kids off the couch and onto their feet in 2008! It’s all about creating a healthy lifestyle that‘s approachable and realistic for our kids to follow and will last throughout the whole year. In addition, I have some new projects on my website (KathyKaehlerFitness.com). I am selling my workout videos and am still teaching classes everyday and training celeb moms like Julia Roberts, Lisa Marie Presley and Kim Basinger.

P&B: Many of our readers are expectant moms or new moms. What do you recommend for exercise during pregnancy? And, of course, afterward to tone up those pile-on-the pounds places, such as abs, hips and things?

Kathy: The best program is the one that I did with Cindy Crawford. It is a video called A New Dimension. I compiled a variety of programs to do as you reach certain weeks in your pregnancy. The best exercise to do while you’re pregnant is swimming. I felt amazing in the water and my joints never bothered me.

And for new moms, my advice is to always start off slowly. Don’t think your body will bounce back within days. It took you 9 months to create this beautiful life so now your body needs time to come back. New moms need to follow programs that make them work towards mini goals, such as walking 3 miles a week or increasing the number of free weight repetitions. Once these goals have been achieved, mom gets a boost of confidence and is able to stay positive when working towards the next set of goals. Do not put too much pressure on yourself or your body!

P&B: We see that you’re very interested in getting kids to get off the couch and get moving, which is so great and so important for creating a life-long interest in exercise. What is your advice to get a reluctant child up and moving?

Kathy: Make it fun and challenging. Kids love to be able to count how many jumps or kicks they can do or how fast did they can do them. Create races or challenges in and around your house. Your kids will surprise you at how competitive they really are. The fun factor is also key – kids don’t mind fitness as long as it is fun. In addition, fitness isn’t always what we think of in the traditional sense. It can be bowling, putt putt golf, tag, frisbee, trampoline-activities like these get different parts of your kids’ bodies moving and their heart rates up, and most of the time they don’t realize it! Finally, make sure your kids are comfortable, not only with the activity, but also while doing it! My boys love wearing Hanes tagless tees and underwear because they don’t itch and are super soft, which means they can run, jump and bend any way they please.

P&B: Do you have any particular fitness programs that you recommend for kids?

Kathy: I have a new program called the “Schoolhouse Workout” that is about to launch on my site for FREE! Each month, a new workout video will be released online as part of the program. The routines are for kids of all ages and can be done both at home and at school. Most of the routines are like mini fitness breaks that involve 5-10 exercises, all designed to improve strength, coordination and energy. One that I love is doing five jumping jacks and running in place for 10 seconds. It’s easy and quick and I’ve found that these routines are particularly successful with kids when they’re done in a relaxed environment (no whistles!), and with their friends, classmates or siblings. For most kids, doing exercises with a group is more fun and motivational. Keeping them short and quick also holds their attention and trust me, 2 or 3 fitness breaks throughout the day really add up in the end! I am also really excited about some of the people that I am working with – each month there is a new, surprise host.


P&B: Sharon is 55 years old and is beginning training for her first sprint distance triathalon! What is your advice in encouraging women in their 40′s and 50′s to begin exercise routines?

Kathy: First and foremost, that’s wonderful – congratulations and good luck! Being active at this point in your life is incredibly important, as so many things are changing in our bodies; babies, child rearing, menopause, peri menopause, aging, slowing metabolism, bone loss… You name it, it is happening. So that is why I wrote my most recent book, Fit and Sexy for Life. In the book I have a program that hits all these topics, but most importantly, I talk about how exercise and nutrition play such a critical role at this stage in a woman’s life.

My advice is to sit down and figure out what excites and motivates you and then break it down so it’s realistic and approachable. Also, tell someone about it; your mom, your friend, your boss. You never know, one of them might join you. You can cheer each other on and motivate each other! If there is one thing to remember as we get older, it’s that we need to make fitness a part of our everyday life in some shape or form. This doesn’t mean you need to be at the gym 7 days a week. Go 2 days a week and participate in a class. Walk your dog another day or with your friends around your community or your kids in the park. Take another couple days for my “Take Five” workout, both in the morning and at night-it’s only 10 minutes a day! These are 5-minute blasts that get your heart rate up and offer a quick fix of energy. If you move your body in some way everyday you’ll sleep better, lessen the severity of hot flashes, get a boost in your libido and of course, have more energy for things like triathalons!

P&B: We love your “Kaehler Calendar” idea, which you mentioned in your Hanes article. What was the impetus behind that idea, and how has it helped you family stay organized?

Kathy: I once did a “The Today Show” segment on tips on how to keep workouts a part of everyday life. One of my tips was spacing them out and inputting them into a calendar or blackberry. This way, workouts are not only a part of your schedule, but it also allows you to gradually increase the length or number of your workouts. I started the program and my kids got so into it that they came onto “The Today Show” with me to talk about it and we had the best time. I was absolutely thrilled to help hanes.com/kids with this tool because I’ve found it to be so beneficial in my own life in keeping my family in organized chaos.

For most women and kids, fitness is a part of life, but it doesn’t alone define them. We have so many other things going on. For my boys, it’s school, auditions and sports. Our Kaehler Calendar from Hanes helps us keep on track and it also reminds us to have a well-rounded day and life. Most important, my kids love seeing a full week and all they’ve accomplished!

Click Here to create your own Family Activity calendar from Hanes!

* Five (yes, 5!) Pinks & Blues readers will win a $50 gift certificate to Hanes.com! CLICK HERE for all the details!*

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