Don’t want to be called “Pee-Pants?” Try Kegel Exercises.

A Kegel Exercise is the contracting and relaxing of muscles that form part of the pelvic floor.  I found out about these when I was about 18 years old and to be honest, I had a “WTF?” moment.  It was kind of like, “You can exercise your pum pum…say what??”

Turns out it was the truth and all women should do these to prevent pelvic organ prolapse ( a condition that sometimes results in urine leakage & uncomfortable pelvice pressure), combat urinary problems, & improve your sex life.   After researching the internet for the best explanation of these, I found the Mayo-Clinic website was really informative to share below:

  • Find the right muscles. Insert a finger inside your vagina and try to squeeze the surrounding muscles. You should feel your vagina tighten and your pelvic floor move upward. Then relax your muscles and feel your pelvic floor return to the starting position. You can also try to stop the flow of urine when you urinate. If you succeed, you’ve got the basic move. Don’t make a habit of starting and stopping your urine stream, though. Doing Kegel exercises with a full bladder or while emptying your bladder can actually weaken the muscles, as well as lead to incomplete emptying of the bladder — which increases the risk of a urinary tract infection. ( Click HERE for Diagram of find the right muscle)
  • Perfect your technique. Once you’ve identified your pelvic floor muscles, empty your bladder and sit or lie down. Contract your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for five seconds, then relax for five seconds. Try it four or five times in a row. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions
  • Maintain your focus. For best results, focus on tightening only your pelvic floor muscles. Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Avoid holding your breath. Instead, breathe freely during the exercises.
  • Repeat three times a day. Aim for at least three sets of 10 repetitions a day. You might make a practice of fitting in a set every time you do a routine task, such as checking email, commuting to work, preparing meals or watching TV

No age is too late to start these. Talk to your doctor if you have any trouble, your doctor can walk you through the right way to do the Kegel Excercises.

Girls are Sports Fans too!

The Bears won the Superbowl in 1985 and I was 4 years old. My parents dressed me from head to toe in boys Chicago Bears clothes. I look back on the picture proudly because to this day the Bears are my all time favorite team; I just wish my outfit was more girly & cute.  For many years I bought boys/men’s sportswear to pay homage to my favorite teams.   Don’t get me wrong, there was a very small selection of women’s apparel, but it was slim pickings for sure.  In 2007 Alyssa Milano (yes, Samantha from “Who’s The Boss,”) debuted her Touch collection which includes every sports team you could think of from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NCAA & NBA!  Visit Fandalia to find your faves. It’s refreshing to see such diverse and trendy T’s, jackets, & tanks to represent your favorite sports team. Girls LOVE Sports too and now we can actually wear something fitting and flattering.

Dear Ms. Lohan, You are a HOT MESS, but I love that dress!

Where did the talented and adorable actress from the 1998 remake of Parent Trap go?  She rocked that english accent like nobody’s business and had gorgeous red locks of luxury.  What was there not to love? I was super bummed when I came to the realization that there was only 1 of her when she acted her little heart out as twin girls trying to get her divorced p’s back together in a captivating performance (in my opinion she was just shy of an Oscar 6 years later the actress reappeared in Mean Girls and was an instant “it” girl in Hollywood. Men wanted her and women wanted to be her (both a little scary since she was only a teenage girl) She was beautiful, healthy and greatest of all a real-life “ginge.” She joined the elite Ginge Hot List (members also include Wilma Flinstone, Shaun White, Prince Harry, Lucille Ball etc…). Talented Ginges are RARE to come by, hotter ginges are even more rare. The world fell in love with Lindsay overnight. Sadly the put together LL fell apart as quick as her rise to the top.  A downward spiral of events from anorexia, DUI’s, partying, drugs, relationship probs, rehab, lawsuits, jail and the most current grand theft case plagued LL. One of the worst changes of all, LL took that gingery hair and turned it blonde.  This girl can’t catch a break, but does she deserve one? Definitely not my place to decide! On a serious note I do wish well for Ms. Lohan and hope she can pull it together and get back to the “Mean Girl” years of her career. Frankly this blog is dedicated to the amazing and popular white dress she wore to court on Wednesday.  Peeps are in a frenzy for this Kimberly Ovitz mini-dress and apparently it is sold out and doesn’t even become available for a couple months.  I don’t think its as big of deal as others may think that she wore it to court, I mean what’s the biggie?  Out of all the things LL did, people are shocked by a dress? LOL Amazing what we focus on. Anyways here is a pic of LL (at a healthy weight) in the form-fitting Basic Instinct-esque frock.  Although Ms. Lohan appears to be a hot mess, I do love that dress!

Key Pieces to Your Wardrobe

Jeggings & Pajama Jeans (Fashion or Faux Pas?)

Is it even believable that you can wear jeans and have the same comfort you would if you were wearing sweatpants?  The new craze on the news and internet is Pajama Jeans.  According to the official website, Pajama Jeans: “look like denim….but feel like PJ’s.” During my research for this blog, I have yet to find a celebrity photoed in the web-popular PJ Jeans; which leads me to believe this may be a fashion faux pas. I wouldn’t knock anyone if they wanted to try them though.  I am a fan of anything comfy, but I am anti-expanding waistlines.  I stand by a theory I came up with when I was a sophomore in highschool, “If you buy bigger pants for yourself, you will eventually grow into them.” Its a pretty blunt theory and is totally based upon my mediocre intelligence. If you buy a size 6 pair of pants and you are size 2, you will eventually be a size 6. Call me crazy, loopy or dumb, but when I could fit into a size 3 Freshman year I would stay conscious of fitting into them, when the “baggy jean” style was in I got 2 sizes to big and it took a year to fit into them.

This brings me to my next denim counterfeit product:  Jeggings are the farthest thing from “cheesy” and they’ve been on legs since late 2009 and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.   In my opinion, the more realistic your jeggings are to real jeans, the better!  I realize for those of us who aren’t as small as Taylor Swift may be weary of these, but let me tell you: You can rock them! If I can, you can. You can find these at Old Navy for as little as $4.00 (on clearance) a pair. You may as well give it a shot. My new favorite jeggings are in gray pictured below.  I match it with a long black tank & cardigan & black knee high motorcyle boots.  A very cute look!