Monica Bellucci is a lucky Mother

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Italian actress Monica Bellucci said she is “lucky” she got the chance to become a mum again in her 40s.

The 46 year-old became a mum for the second time last year when she gave birth to her second daughter Leonie.

Bellucci and husband Vincent Cassel are also parents to Deva, six.

Speaking to Tatler about being an older mum, she said: “Look, I don’t know if it’s so intelligent to have children at this age. I don’t want to be an example to women, because I was lucky.

“I know a lot of women who try later in life and it doesn’t work. I don’t think to be a woman you have to have children. I have many friends who don’t have children and are very satisfied.”

SHE gave birth to her second daughter Leonie last year but screen siren Monica Bellucci insists you dont have to have children to be a real woman.

The Italian actress, who is married to French actor Vincent Cassel, says being a mother gave her a totally different view of life, telling Tatler: You are ready to do everything without getting anything back.

Monica Bellucci, 46, says she did not feel ready for children until her late 30s. She had her first child Deva, now six, at the age of 40. Despite describing her experience of motherhood as beautiful, The Sorcerers Apprentice star doesnt recommend that other women necessarily follow her example.
Look, I dont know if its so intelligent to have children at this age, she says. I dont want to be an example to women because I was lucky. I know a lot of women who try later in life and it doesnt work.

I dont think to be a woman you have to have children. I have many friends who dont have children and are very satisfied.

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Babies And Circadian Rhythms

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If you are expecting your first baby, it is important to understand what his/her sleep patterns will be and how they are affected by day and night. As babies age, they need less sleep throughout the day. The times where a baby is alert usually only lasts for two or three hours, at one month of age they sleep for over fifteen hours. By the time they reach six months of age, they tend to sleep between twelve and fourteen hours a day.

When children are born they have no natural circadian rhythm. Instead their sleep patterns are based on smaller ‘ultradian’ cycles which will repeat a number of times within a day. When a new born is just 2-8 weeks old, it will sleep for around four hours then awaken for thirty minutes, although this pattern is in constant flux.

Many new parents find their baby’s sleep patterns difficult, but the last thing you want to do is try and change them. The schedule of sleep that your baby is on isn’t up to you. By trying to change his schedule to fit your needs, you may cause his pattern to become even more inconsistent and cause him to take longer to develop the twenty-four-hour circadian rhythm. A circadian rhythm is one that consists of being awake for twelve hours and then sleeping for twelve hours.

Scientists have recently discovered a natural ingredient of breast milk which makes it different from formula. Interestingly breast milk created in the daytime contains less sleep encouraging nucleotides than that created at night. Nucleotides within the breast milk increased when nighttime approached showing how they follow their own circadian rhythm.

It is important that during the day you allow your home to be at a normal noise level and that you engage your baby with eye contact, which will help them get to know what makes daytime different from the night. Eye contact is very exciting for babies. Keeping eye contact with your baby will have a physical effect, blood pressure will rise, the heart will beat faster and your baby will awaken fully.

As night time approaches, limit the amount of stimulation give the the baby. It is also helpful to initiate a series of pre-bedtime rituals to let your baby know it is almost time for sleep. When your child reaches three months old, he should be able to turn two sleep cycles into one period of unbroken sleep. You may run into the issue that the cycle doesn’t happen at night. Night sleep gets much more routine once the baby turns four months old.

Mothers Day Crafts Personalized Potholders

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What do you love about your mom? The warm home-cooked meals, the after-school hugs or because she makes you feel better when youre sick? There are so many reasons to thank your mom for all she does and Mothers Day is the perfect opportunity to show your gratitude.

While you may not be able to afford all the things you think your mom or wife deserves, you can show your appreciation in another way. Get your children to make personalized Mothers Day crafts to show how much they love their mom. It is a simple way to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Personalized potholders are the perfect Mothers Day gift, and are a perfect craft project for every age. Head to your local craft store and pick up the following supplies:

Solid colored potholders
Buttons
Paint supplies
Glitter
Stencils

Let your kids walk through the aisles and find sequins, rhinestones or embellishments that inspire them. Once you collect all of your supplies, you can head back home and start making your Mothers Day crafts.

Give each of your children the solid colored potholder of their choice. On the back, have each child write in permanent marker or paint, why they love their mom. Once that dries, flip the potholder over and let each child decorate the front using the stencils, paint, buttons, glitter and embellishments.

If you have multiple children, you can have each child put their name on the front of their potholders with a hand-drawn picture of themselves. Or, you can have each child draw a flower so when they are finished, mom will have an entire garden. Some other ideas include:

Hand-drawn pictures of mom
All of moms favorite things
The four seasons
Hearts surrounding the words “I Love You”

Each child can create a unique piece of artwork that reminds them of their mom. While they work, have them talk about what makes their mother so special and why she deserves to have this special day.

On Mothers Day, you can hang each of the decorated potholders on hooks above the fireplace or in the kitchen. Let each child explain their potholder to their mother and have them turn it over to reveal why their mom is special to them.

This is just one simple idea for Mothers Day crafts. You can come up with different ideas every year, so mom will know how special she is and have a keepsake of her children as they grow.

Managing Eczema In Babies Naturally

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If you have dry and itchy skin, you may perhaps be suffering from eczema.Other symptoms related with eczema are swelling, cracking, peeling and puffiness of the skin.

Atopic eczema is the type of eczema which largely affects the babies. Almost babies who suffer from this hereditary based disease and it usually develops around two to three months of age. The term “atopic” refers to the oversensitivity of the immune system with the allergens around us.

Babies have undeveloped immune system that is why they are mostly the victims of atopic eczema. It occurs anywhere on the body especially the scalp, forehead, and chest. In some cases, the symptoms include stubborn itching which can be very disturbing to babies on their sleep. The causes of eczema are unknown and there has been no treatment discovered. But there are natural ways on how to treat and prevent them. You just have to identify what are the allergens that cause eczema on babies.

If you frequently comes in contact with allergens like dust and animal furs, you are susceptible to trigger skin hypersensitiivity.There are different ways on how you can prevent the symptoms of eczema from occurring. You can follow the tips cited below.

1.Keep your baby’s skin moisturized. You can apply emollient and creams to maintain the softness and smoothness of your baby’s skin. This will reduce the discomfort and also enhance the protection of your baby’s delicate skin. You can also apply oils and baby lotions after the bath as per your doctor’s recommendation for the reason that there are some baby goods which can cause further discomfort.

2.Use lukewarm water in bathing your child.Do not use warmer water because they can irritate the skin and cause eczema flare ups. Bathing your baby in lukewarm water helps in keeping your baby’s skin moisturized. Do not use ordinary soap for baby’s skin. Use body wash made especially for babies with sensitive skin. After the bath, pat the baby’s skin and do not rub when drying. Rubbing may remove the oils which give protection to the baby’s skin.

3.Avoid exposure of the baby’s skin with household detergents and cleansers because they cause irritation to your baby’s skin.

4.You should avoid procuring synthetic or woolen materials. Make sure that your baby is constantly wearing cotton manufactured clothings.Cotton allows the skin to breathe easily and it also reduces the irritation.

5.Always clean your home to make it dust free. Dust is one of the external triggers which may cause eczema. This will also keep the animal dander away if you have pets at home.

Certainly, you can do something in order to avoid eczema in babies.This condition is not difficult to manage.Just always keep your baby healthy and give him the utmost protection to these diseases.

The Best Interactive Toys For Babies Three To Six Months

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Now that your baby is three months old you have probably seen how much they have started to grow a little more interactive. By three months you have more than likely seen them start to giggle and show more facial expressions when you talk to them. By four and five months they are more mobile and are trying to mimic sounds that they hear on a regular basis. Your babys motor skills and vision are more developed by this age and they are ready for toys that are more conducive to their learning milestone.

Tummy time is very important to your babys muscle strength and an activity mat is perfect for mobility. There are so many different add-ons for the activity mat that your baby will never get bored with the same old objects. There are mobiles that can complement the activity mat and can hang overhead and encourage your baby to reach and grab. This also prompts them to lift their head and strengthen their neck muscles. Some mats come equipped with musical buttons and crinkle fabric that can make your baby squeal with delight! Unbreakable mirrors can line one side of the mat and can make you child think they have a playmate. Babies love looking at themselves in the mirror especially when they are beginning to rollover and crawl. You can see them trying to touch their reflection.

As your baby begins to approach the six month mark they will be really interacting with you and your voice. Reading to your baby is significant for their early language skills and social interaction. Soft books are great for your baby to play with and can have multiple purposes. Teething soft books have different textures to keep it interesting and have a plastic handle that is designed specifically for soft gums. That is a great two-in-one toy. Soft books fit easily in the diaper bag or purse and most brands can be washed in the washing machine. Soft books that facilitate family photos are great for baby who loves holding pictures of their family. Soft stuffed animals are good too but beware of choking hazards. Make sure to stay away from stuffed animals with buttons, string, or loose fabric.

Three to six months is when your baby really starts to noticeably progress physically and you want to make sure your baby has all the proper tools to help them reach each milestone. Movement is very crucial and the activity mat gives your child that freedom. Soon your baby will master the mat and parents can look into introducing their baby to the activity table. This is the age where they are putting together voice, words, and sounds and soft books play a very important role. Your baby is slowly learning your language and reading to your baby can speed the process. Pretty soon, you and your baby will be on the same page!

Fashion Was The Main Subject Matter At The Mother And Child Premiere

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Hollywood’s Mother and Child Premiere took place on April 19 and it drew stars like moths to a flame. As usual, fashion ruled, as attendees were dressed to the nines in sharp tuxedos and beautiful gowns. More and more, fashion seems to overtake the purpose of these events, but no one seems to be complaining.
Mother And Child star Kerry Washington was a vision to behold in a J. Mendel print dress. Heels from Sergio Rossi and a clutch bag in gold highlighted the frock. The star’s accessories went far from unnoticed due to the large pink Amrapali ring on her hand.
Bodyamr did not go unrepresented at this Hollywood premiere, as Amanda Seyfried was decked out in a grey and purple silk dress from the designer’s Fall 2010 collection. However, Bodyamr would have been much more pleased if the actress actually wore the dress correctly. Seyfried had the zipper running down the front of the dress, but it should actually be on the back.
New York was the site of the April 26 premiere of the film and the fashion show continued. Classic looks, like the Stella McCartney black cropped pants and lace-accented black top worn by Naomi Watts, ruled the night. Watts kept the color scheme going by pairing the outfit with a black clutch and heels. The look was understated, but at the same time elegant.
Kerry Washington made a follow-up appearance to her showing at the Hollywood premiere and caused quite a splash. Her black and lilac mini dress was sassy and highlighted her beauty. The Zac Posen design was altered from the runway version that sported sheer sleeves. Washington wore peep-toe heels and carried a black clutch to complete her outfit. One can only wait too see what she will pull off at the The Joneses Premiere.
The film’s two older stars looked distinguished and well put together as they made their way down the red carpet with their spouses. Annette Bening looked lovely in a black pantsuit at the L.A. premiere as she entered holding hands with her husband, actor Warren Beatty. Her co-star, Samuel L. Jackson was accompanied by his beautiful wife, Latanya Richardson.
The film Mother And Child shadows the lives of three very dynamic women. The first is a health care worker still struggling with the decision to give her daughter up for adoption after becoming pregnant at 14 years old. The daughter has grown up and has become a successful lawyer, but the decision made by her birth mother has affected her life as well. The third woman portrayed in this film has made the life-changing decision to adopt after discovering that she and her husband are not able to conceive a child.

Mothers Day Gifts- the right gift to present your mom

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Whether you celebrate it in a Greek style to pay homage to the holy mother Cybele, whether you respect women in the Roman form to mark the existence of Matronalia or you stand with your chin down in UK to exhibit Motherly Sunday in your heart, in any way you will be noted as getting involved in Mothers Day celebrations.

We often recite that motherhood is special as it sights its significance from bringing a new life on earth to making it adjust in a new world. Hence, motherhood should be celebrated and the best possible way to do this honor is to celebrate Mothers Day by presenting your mom with a gift that she will treasure forever.

A mothers love and care starts before you open your eyes in the world and never ends for you. So, is it alright to end those precious 24 hours with an ordinary Mothers Day gift to express your gratefulness?

Well, not many think this way and try hard to make the day special for their mothers by gifting something which she can cherish the whole of her life.

In the process of selecting a gift for our mothers we have to analyze some facts we dont usually look into. First, ask yourself that do you know what your mother likes to do most of the times. Well, if you have an answer then it would be like making a home beautiful, becoming a centre spot in parties, achieving success in corporate or business world or leading a peaceful life with a lot of worshipping.

For the home maker mom

Lets take up the gifting idea for a home maker mother. One can easily zero upon the option of a shoulder bag, a gold or silver plated branded watch, a beautiful showpiece to enhance the grace of your home or a traditional dress to make her feel gorgeous from heart.

For the socially active mom

Mothers who are involved in social activities and are regular party goers are in fact super moms who can keep a fine balance between socializing and motherhood. So, what are the options available? Not one or two but you can choose from a trendy party dress, a voguish diamond set, a classy watch or a stylish showpiece for home decor.

For the office going mom

To gift your working mother, you can rely upon beautiful and expensive jewellery like a diamond bracelet or a diamond necklace which make superb gifts items.

Expressing your thankful emotions to your mother on Mothers Day is not an easy job but, the right gift for her can prove to be a big help in the process.

Excellent Chinese Artist Yan-Ping Oil Painting Appreciation — Mother and Son

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Yan-Ping People Oil Painting Appreciation – Mother and Son

Women love flowers, so does many female artists. In the “Mother and Son” and “Small Troupe” series oil painting works created by Yan-ping, flowers are often been seen, in addition, she also has created a number of independent still life flowers, she painted large Gerbera, peony, etc.. From those flowers in full bloom, Yan-ping not only has seen vitality and joy, rich colors, but also has seen declines when the flowers walk from bloom to fade, with flowers come and go she enjoyed bitters and sweets of life, as well as the short life.

Artist Yan-ping emphasis more on emotions expression, with her favorite pink colors, with flexible lines she controlled freely, with the picture structures composed by shapes and colors, she enjoyed the limitless funs of the painting creation and show the beauty she has found, as well as deliver her thoughts and secrets that hidden in the bottom of her heart quietly-

Yan-Ping is an emotional artist, but she also has her own independent thoughts for the life and art.

Her paintings draw the joy of life, also draw sad and dreariness behind of joy-

About Artist Yan Ping::

Yan-Ping, female, was born in June, 1956 in Jinan City, Shandong Province, China. In 1989 he entered the oil painting seminar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Now she is acted as one of professor taught in College of Xubeihong Art, Renmin University of China.

Had attended the first due of national oil painting exhibition held by China Fine Art Museum, “93 years of Chinese Annual Exhibition of Oil Painting” and achieved the silver medal, attended “Chinese Oil Painting Biennale” and achieved nominated award, attended the “China Modern Art Exhibition” in the United States and so on.

Oil painting work “Sister-in-Law in Mine” was selected to attend “the Sixth National Art Exhibition” and won an Outstanding Award, and now collected by the National Art Museum of China.

Publications: Individual Oil Paintings Collection “Waiting for Your Flowers Open”(published by Zhejiang Fine Arts Publishing House)

Learning Music Make Babies Smart

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A study re-discover the benefits of music for infant brain development. Study from McMaster University scientists indicate, to train children to play music from an early age can provide benefits, even before they can walk or talk.

Researchers found that infants aged one year who participate in interactive music class with their parents tend to smile more, communicate better and showed more brain responses to musical excellence.

“Previously, a lot of research on music training focuses only on children who were older,” said Laurel Trainor, as director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind.

“Our results indicate that the baby’s brain may be very plastic (elastic) associated with exposure to music,” said Trainor who published his findings in the scientific journal Developmental Science and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences ..

In his research, in collaboration with David Gerry Trainor, a music teacher and graduate student, who received an award from the Grammy Foundation in 2008 to study the effects of musical training on the baby. In the latest study, involving selompok Gerry Trainor and baby and parents to participate and spend time during the six months following the music class every week. Music class is divided into two types.

In the first interactive classroom, parents and babies involved in all things about music such as singing and playing musical instruments. Parents and babies are also working together to learn to play percussion instruments, taking turns and singing certain songs.

In other music classes, baby and parents play different types of toys or dolls while listening to music as background accompaniment. Before class begins, all the babies have shown communication and social development of the same.

“Babies who are participating in an interactive music classes along with their parents have the sensitivity to recognize the structure of the tone,” Trainor said.

“The babies are just passive listening to music does not show the same preference. In fact, their brains respond to music differently. Infants of interactive music classes showed greater brain response to the strains of the musical tones,” he said.

Babies of interactive music classes can also stimulate better communication skills at the beginning, as pointed objects that are out of range, or waving. Socially, these babies also smiled more, more easily to be appeased, and a little disturbed when there are things that are considered foreign to them.

“There are many ways for parents to connect with their babies,” said study coordinator, Andrea Unrau.

“The greatest thing about music is that everyone loved it and everyone can learn to play simple interactive music together,” he concluded. Thanks for reading my article on the subject of babies. More info about Babies, Baby Girl Shower Invitations,Modern Wedding Invitations visit today and choose the best one for you.

Flowers – The Perfect Gift For Mother’s Day In China

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Internationally, Mother’s Day is a day for celebrating motherhood by honouring mothers and matriarchs within our families. This honouring of maternal bonds, originally started out in America in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial to commemorate her mother. This later resulted in Mother’s Day being established as a recognised holiday in the United States as of 1914, and it wasn’t long until this worthy celebration spread worldwide.

In China, Mother’s Day is celebrated in the glorious Springtime, when the flowers are in bloom on the second Sunday of May, also known as Mothering Sunday. ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ in Pin Yin can be pronounced as; ‘mu qin jie kuai le’. As with other countries, Chinese Mother’s Day is associated with adorning mothers, grandmothers and sometimes aunties with well deserved gifts.

It is common to give hand written cards which describe your thanks to your mother or grandmother as a means of expressing your gratitude for their continued efforts within the family; be it for working or for keeping a clean and tidy household, all mother’s deserve to be appreciated.

What is considered as extra special, however, is the gift of flowers. Flowers are known internationally and within China as a beautiful joyful gift, both to give and to receive. What better gift to give to the lady who gave you life than another form of life? Flowers are often associated with vitality, happiness and joy – exactly what your mother deserves!

There’s no nicer surprise than a bouquet of fresh, colourful flowers arriving on your doorstep, especially when sent by those who treasure you the most. Whether she chooses to place them in a window box outside, plant them in her garden to show the neighbours, or puts them in a vase to decorate the house, your mother will be adorned with beautiful bursts of colour and fresh,fragrant scents. Our flowers last days before they wilt, so your mother will be guaranteed at least a weeks worth of joy from each bouquet.

Especially hand selected by professional Chinese florists to convey messages of gratitude, the vast range of flowers cater to every one’s taste with a large variety of bouquets in pinks, purples and reds to symbolise love, care and kindness. Each of these bouquets have been wrapped in soft tissue paper and tied with silk ribbon to ensure an elegant finishing touch and a pretty presentation.

Sometimes, due to distance, it can be difficult to hand deliver flowers on Mother’s Day, but don’t worry – flowers can easily be ordered over the Internet and we can disperse them efficiently across China. It couldn’t be easier, simply select from one of many beautiful bouquets for your beloved mother online and we’ll do the rest. We guarantee an easy, smooth delivery of your precious gifts to your precious mother.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed with our confidence, give your mother the gift of flowers, she deserves them. Don’t delay and remember, Chinese Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May!