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When we caught up with Jordana Brewster, fresh on the heels of filming season three of Dallas and getting ready to shoot The Fast & The Furious 7, she was as grounded as we’d heard (no makeup! in public!). Not that she doesn’t work for it, “I’m very passionate about constantly working on myself, whether it be through therapy, meditation or self help books.” The mother of eight-month-old Julian – who grew up in Panama City, Brazil and NYC and now lives in Santa Monica – has an adorable practice with her two best friends: “We email each other a gratitude list at the end of the day. Every day. Shifting your perspective is so important!”

Toys Schmoys

Take things you already have around the house — a rock, pine cone, paper towel tube — and put them in a bowl or basket for your baby to play with. They love the different textures and once they tire of one, they move on to the next. You don’t even need traditional toys. Next up is edible paint, but he’s not old enough yet. I love The Imagination Tree website for this kind of thing!

Clothes Make The Baby

I’m obsessed with Petit Bateau and Nununu baby clothes, especially Nununu’s pants. Some days Julian’s style is very hipster/skater, and others I dress him like Prince George: a little gentleman.

Be Present

There’s no such thing as multitasking as a mom – if you’re answering emails, you aren’t giving the baby the attention he needs. I’m trying to be more mindful and setting aside time to devote myself to work so I can give him my full attention when I am with him. It’s a work in progress. I meditate twice a day to resist the urge!

Lifesaving Baby Products

For the first 6 months, the Nuna Leaf saved me. I loved that it’s not motorized, Julian found it so soothing and I had my hands free for a short while. Now he wants to be held at all times, but it was great while it lasted. Also the Baby Shusher is a genius invention. At first it felt really lazy, but all that shushing is exhausting! There’s also an app, which I used after I dropped and broke the actual shusher. Oh, and buy the NoseFrida. It’s so convenient and surprisingly addictive.

Skip It

Diaper bags are overrated. I just throw a Bambo diaper, Naty wipes, one toy and a sippy cup in my purse.

Insider Tricks

Find a pediatrician that answers emails or texts. It gives me so much peace of mind to be able to get timely answers without having to take the baby to the doctor. Also, I constantly start email chains with my mom friends about any question I have and they always ease my worries and have good advice.

Truth

I thought I would be this zen earth mama, but I am more paranoid about things than I used to be. People say that once you become a mom you’ll know exactly what to do, but that isn’t necessarily true. I find myself more anxious than before.

A Bag of Tricks

I was shooting Dallas in Texas and traveled back and forth 10 times with Julian. The trick is to give a bottle on the way up and down and to have a bag of tricks. You’re basically an entertainer for the whole plane ride, so pull one toy out at a time and let him play with it until he gets bored. You have to switch up what’s in the bag every trip too.

Hey, Jules

My husband and I had differing opinions on names but out of the blue one day, he said I love the name Jules. And I loved it too. And there we had it.

#Momfail

One day, Julian ate a leaf and then puked it up shortly thereafter. That’s when I realized I have to have my eyes on him at all times.

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Cricket’s Style Guide

The Knocked Up Edition

One of the biggest challenges (if not THE biggest) while pregnant is getting dressed. We spotted some recent winning looks from Ciara, Zanna Roberts Rassi, and Kourtney Kardashian – we broke down why they work and made sure you could shop each one. Check that debacle off your list of to-do’s.

Ciara

Jeans and a tee has never looked cuter, and here’s why: The right maternity skinny jeans are as flattering as they are comfy (we’re J. Brand loyalists). It’s the right tee shirt that’s tougher to nail. Ciara’s successful look is thanks to no ruching, ample length (i.e. no belly hanging out, even if you stretch), and neutral colors (you’re carrying a watermelon, no need to look like one). In the early months, keep tops loose, but once that belly pops, it’s almost always best to embrace the belly with a tighter fit.

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Zanna Roberts Rassi

Few people look cool throughout pregnancy, but Zanna Roberts Rassi is the exception. Here she balances proportions brilliantly in every way: edgy and feminine, structured and flowy, tight and loose. A short drop-waist silhouette over black tights with tough motorcycle boots is a winning combo. The cheerful hot pink makes this one perfect for a girly baby shower too.

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian has mastered casual-chic, a look that’s not easy to pull off pregnant. The key to her winning look is mixing high and low, both literally and figuratively. The long trench balances out the dress’ short hemline, showing off toned legs while masking a burgeoning bum (not that she has one!). A trench is a great investment piece – it’s classic style instantly elevates a casual outfit, it will fit you after the baby (trust) and it goes with EVERYTHING.

Need more help getting dressed? Check out our Maternity Dressing Tips.

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Saturdays With Lisa Greenwald

saturdays Lisa Greenwald
Lives: NYC, West Village 
Family: husband Eric Greenwald, sons Benjamin, 6 and Jordan, 3 
You might know: a little line called Madewell where she’s the VP of Merchandising; she’s also the founder of the smart line for teething babies, Chewbeads
Secret obsession: real-deal reality TV, like Hoarders and Intervention

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7:30am:

Jordan usually wakes up first and comes into our bed to cuddle. Benjamin usually joins within the half hour. Love this time of day.

8:30am:

Make coffee, get the Times at the front door, attempt to sit down and read some of the paper.

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9:30am:

Get kids (and selves) in bathing suits and head to Soho House.

9:45am:

Meet friends and settle in on the roof of Soho House. Swim, eat, repeat.

11:30am:

Movie time.Most recently Planes in 3D.

1:00pm:

Eric takes Jordan home for a nap. Ben and I head to Fellow Barber to get him a haircut.

2:00pm:

Head home.

2:15pm:

Ready for a run. Head down the westside highway around the tip of Manhattan (detour around the new World Trade Center shops/subway entrance – really impressed!).

3:45pm:

Shower and relax at home with the boys. We play a few rounds of 3D Super Mario Brothers when Princess Peach (aka mom) takes a break.

6:00pm:

Dinner for kids, quick baths, and pajamas on.

7:00pm:

Babysitter arrives.

8:00pm:

Meet up with friends at Bodega Negra for drinks. Love their Tequila selection!

9:00pm:

Dinner at Piora. Quaint, delicious – you must get the monkey bread!!!

11:30pm:

Time for BED

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On Our Radar: August 28, 2014

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WHO: Stylish moms with a penchant for handbags will drool over Leader Bag Co’s creation.
WHAT: A truly chic diaper bag (backpack if we’re getting technical) that also beats the competition in function, complete with downright brilliant stroller straps.
WHEN: Preorder now to get it in September.
WHERE: leaderbagco.com

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WHO: Breastfeeding moms with a stash of milk to keep up with.
WHAT: Eepples milk charms may sound silly, but keeping track of your milk’s freshness is serious business – no pens or stickers necessary here, just turn a dial.
WHEN: Now. There’s nothing worse than having to dump precious breastmilk.
WHERE: eeples.com

WHO: Moms and caregivers who need quick, healthy family dinner recipes will love the new cookbook from Dinner A Love Story’s Jenny Rosenstrach.
WHAT: Dinner The Playbook not only inspires but also gives you the tools to dominate dinnertime in a snap.
WHEN: Immediately if not sooner.
WHERE: amazon.com

WHO: Parents with iPad guilt.
WHAT: Tiggly (award-winning toddler apps) creators have designed educational toys that enhance their apps’ learning experience.
WHEN: No time like the present.
WHERE: tiggly.com

 

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