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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Mommy Diva reporting for duty...



As I stroll through the last eight months of Deal Diva blogs I'm astounded at how much ground we've covered. We've gone from walking a mile in pumps, to rubbing elbows with fashion elite to  sharing hot deals galore with you guys.

As our blog has grown, so have I -- or rather so has my stomach. As I type this I'm less than a week away from the birth of my first child. So I'm saying buh-bye to this blog for a few months to focus on my new role. (That's not to say I might not pop up every now and then with a super juicy deal -- the deals can't be denied.)

It's been a bit of a job staying on top of my Diva-ness with an ever expanding bump. But early on I realized I wasn't willing to let myself go just because I was pregnant. Now don't get it twisted, there were days I wasn't feeling so great and my look reflected that. But if there's one thing I know about myself it's this: when I look good, I feel good.

So that meant keeping my hair done, getting an occasional pedicure and hunting for cute maternity clothes. I'd say I did a pretty decent job (that's me to the right at 9 months pregnant wearing a dress from Ross, $12.99.)Shower

Some called me vain for paying so much attention to my appearance while pregnant. I took the criticism in stride.   

Because even though I strived to look great, I also kept my prenatal appointments, read tons of useful information on birthing and child rearing and kept a healthy diet. My number one goal was the health of my child...but that didn't mean I couldn't have a little-me time and revel in the fun of fashion.

Family questioned some of my maternity clothes choices, "where are the pleats," they asked. Others begged me to put the high heels away. I've never been one for pleats and if my back didn't hurt what was the harm in wearing my heels?

I encourage all new moms to chart their own pregnancy style course. Don't believe that just because you're creating life you're destined for the uglies. It can be hard to find the energy for that person in the mirror when the person in your stomach is doing somersaults, but I think it's worth it.

Because in the end that's what being a true Diva is all about -- doing it all and having it all. Most of the time we're not able to do either to the fullest, but we always manage to fall somewhere in between.

Live Life! Shop Hard! See you in a few months!

~ Deal Diva Nicole

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:13pm]


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