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The Xtend Barre Challenge

In Fitness on January 30, 2013 at 1:41 am

As you all know, I’ve been talking about getting in shape after giving birth as one of my goals for this year (Read more here). I knew that for me it would be really hard to workout at home so I was looking for a gym/club that was close to home. I had a hard time finding something that was a good fit for me though because while I know the basics, I don’t know every move, stretch, and diet. I feel lost or out of place in a gym because everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re doing. I considered working out with a personal trainer to walk me through everything but it was expensive and my schedule had to be more flexible with the kiddos.


So while my wonderful husband and thoughtful mom were watching Naomi and Camila, and I was trying out anything that had to do with exercise within 15 minutes of my house, the Xtend Barre opened up. That’s when I met Nicole, who told me all about the combination of pilates and dance that made Xtend so unique and effective. I realized it for myself when she gave me a tour of their beautiful place and it looked more like a dance studio than a gym or exercise club. At first that was equally intimidating but at least it felt closer to something I really enjoy (Latin women are born dancing!).


I was really worried about getting bulky when I started working out (which was the last thing I wanted after having carried plenty of excess bulk for 9 months already). That’s why Xtend was extra appealing. Because they mix the aerobic benefits of dancing with the flexibility and toning of pilates, it feels like a true lady’s workout. Nicole invited me to try it out one day and I loved it. The classes are small enough to feel personal and the instructor is there helping everyone hold the pose just right and explaining which muscles you’re supposed to be using and how it’s supposed to feel. That made a huge difference for me because it’s so easy to have bad posture and cheat yourself on accident. Not here though! They make sure to help everyone do the exercises correctly and feel comfortable and confident even for those without a background in dance.


After that I was hooked. Nicole challenged me to come for a month and see the results in how I looked and felt and I jumped right on it. As I continue to go I’ll share pictures of what I learn, tips and tricks, and maybe highlight a few of the awesome instructors to give you a better feel for it. And you know what the icing on the cake was? They have the cutest place for kids to play and nicest people there to watch your kids while you work out. Naomi has so much fun it’s always hard to get her to come home to take a nap! Haha, I guess she’ll be my extra motivation to go if I ever get lazy or tired.


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Dolled Up

In Kids Fashion on January 28, 2013 at 12:10 am








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T-Strap Ballet Flats



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Lined trench coat - jelly bean pink

Girl’s Gold Heart Locket


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Stay Stylish in Ultimate Comfort

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits on January 24, 2013 at 1:11 am

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A special thanks to Lizzy Jean Photography

Maternity cardigan, Seraphine Maternity | Dress, similar style here | Shoes, as seen here

This gorgeous cardigan from Seraphine is definitely one of my favorites! I must have worn it 3-4 times a week towards the end of my pregnancy! Everything from the cut/shape to its lavish soft feel, makes this item a definite must-have on my wardrobe! When worn open, it drapes beautifully around your body and gives a sense of elegance and grace. When worn closed, its asymmetrical shape draws attention away from your growing bump because of it’s interesting neckline and the lines it creates around your body. Its wool/cashmere  blend keeps you warm and cozy, perfect for this chilly weather! And  most importantly, it provides great length which is great for making you look taller/leaner (at 9mo pregnant who wouldn’t want that!). Plus, after you give birth it works as a great nursing cover! Talk about versatility!

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Kids’ Fashion: Denim in Color

In Kids Fashion, Outfits, Trends on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 am







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We are also loving …

JCrew Sportcoat in Velvet

jcrew jacket

Boys’Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses


Boys’ Vans Solid Slip Ons


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Maternity Style: Winter Coats

In Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on January 19, 2013 at 1:14 am

Keep your bump warm and cozy with these fabulous winter coats! pixlr maternity coat 2

1. Textured Tweed Cocoon Coat

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2. French Connection Cocoon Coat


3.  Kookai Military Cape

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4. Isabella Oliver Pea Coat – As worn by Jennifer Garner!

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5. Seraphine Knitted Cape  – As worn by Sienna Miller!

Seraphine knitted cape

6. Quilted Puffer Maternity Coat

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Stylin’ Mommies Feature

In Maternity chic, Outfits on January 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

We are so thrilled to be featured on one of our favorite lifestyle + fashion blogs, Stylin’ Mommies, today! Head over to learn a little bit more about me and my family, additional styling tips (for all my mommies-to-be), and outfit details (pictured below). Pink Stripe-1 (1)Pink Stripe-3Pink Stripe-7Pink Stripe-9pink Stripe-8

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Fitness: Love Your Legs Workout

In Fitness on January 14, 2013 at 12:49 am

Here we go ladies, now is the time! Time to sweat it all out! The holidays are over, friends and families are back in their own homes and baby is officially out, but the bump still lingers … dun! dun! dun! For me, this new year is all about focusing on getting back in shape and flattening that post-baby bump. I’ll be keeping track of my progress and sharing tips I learn along the way. Here is to a fitter, firmer me!

Finding an hour to workout at the gym can be tricky especially with kids, so here’s a workout you can do at home.

Do the following exercises  2-3 times a week

What You’ll Need: An exercise mat (Not pictured below. My 2 yr old had the “magic carpet” hidden the day these pictures were taken and couldn’t be found in time).

How it Works: Each move its designed to challenge multiple muscles on your legs at once. It may be quick, but its tough! Ready? Ok, here we go!

1) The Ultimate Squat – Slowly lower your body as though you are ‘sitting’ in a chair until your thighs are parallel with the ground.  Remain in the lowered position, and perform a side leg kick, working the outer leg. Do the same on the other side.  Do 3 sets of 8-16 reps. My knees are actually a little too far forward in this picture, be careful that they don’t stick out further than your toes

pic1 pic82) Bend your right knee while keeping your left leg straight and reach with your left hand to touch your right foot – keep your arms straight.  Do the same on the other side with a hop in between sides. Do a set of 40.

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3) Foot Circles – Lift your leg as high as you can and draw small circles with your foot in a clockwise motion.  Don’t hurry and don’t move your knee or hip, all the movement should be coming only from your ankle. Do 30-40 circles and change the direction. Then switch legs.

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4) Sculpting your legs – Lift your leg at a 90 degree angle, and then bring it back down slowly, your foot does not touch the ground.  Make sure you are keeping your leg straight.  Do 40 reps before switching to the other leg.


And that’s it! We did it!

Workout outfit: Top, similar style here | Bottoms, similar style here | Shoes

Each week I’ll be posting a new fitness tip/workout and documenting the progress I make. I’d love to hear what things you’re interested in seeing and learning. For questions or suggestions email me at karen {at} mychicbump {dot} com

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Families are Forever

In Maternity chic, Outfits on January 11, 2013 at 2:42 am

A quick look into my life as a Mrs. to the most incredible man and as a mother to two beautiful little girls. They are my life, my whole world and I am so grateful I get to soak in their love everyday.  A special thanks to my girl, Heather Telford for capturing these special moments as a new family of four.

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My outfit details: Blouse, Kohls | Pants, Seraphine Maternity | Naomi’s dress, Target | Camila’s (baby) dress, Target | Bows, A Little Lady Shop

** Have you heard our exciting news and upcoming new projects? To learn more on how we will be transitioning from bump to baby, click here. I can’t wait to embark on this new adventure with you! **

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Maternity style: Night on the Town

In Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on January 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

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1.  Ruched Midi Maternity Dress by Isabella Oliver

ruched dress

2.  Lucy Leather Jacket by Isabella Oliver

Leather Jacket

3. Rochelle Studded Back Suedette  Boots

Studded boots

4. Pave Link Bracelet by JCrew

JCrew Pave Link Bracelet

5. Rebecca Minkoff Spikey Studs Ipad Case

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6. Emerald Necklace by Swell Caroline

Esmerald Necklace

7. Volcom Stone Free Felt Hat

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** Have you heard our exciting news and upcoming new projects? To learn more on how we will be transitioning from bump to baby, click here. I can’t wait to embark on this new adventure with you! **

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From Bump to Baby

In Maternity chic on January 7, 2013 at 1:13 am

November 23, 2012. Naomi became an older sister, I became a mother of two and we became a family of four. It was the day we first laid eyes upon our sweet baby girl. Camila, and from that day on our lives have never been more sweet, our hearts more full, our lives more enriched. We wanted to commemorate that special day by documenting her birth every step of the way. Everything from waiting through each contraction leading to the moment her warm, little body was placed in my arms.  We were lucky enough to have our friend, Heather Telford present that day to document such unforgettable moment for us through her photography. We couldn’t be more happy with her work. Here are some of the pictures she captured from that unforgettable day. These pictures are worth a thousand words to us … times a thousand! Enjoy!

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{Newborn pictures coming soon so stay tuned!}

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