Dec 192012


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Mama Glow founder and maternity lifestyle expert –  Latham Thomas, is a known leader when it comes to the new generation of “Sex and The City” females — who want to be in touch with their bodies, their babies, and their birth. Her maternity brand is based in NYC, and is the go-to-resource for hip mamas-to-be. Thomas has proved to be the must-have guru for healthy, happy, glow-worthy pregnancies.

Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy You have to check out her recently launched book — Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy, where Latham reveals some of her most important tips for a glowing pregnancy! As an added chic treat — I have listed 4 of these great tips below:

1. Get your Green on- It’s important to have a healthy, plant-based diet of whole foods with a focus on what I’ve termed “glow foods”, such as green leafy vegetables (kale, collards and mustard greens), for optimal wellness. These foods are loaded with nutrients and promote fetal development. Suffering from nausea? Try and work some lemon and ginger into your diet as well.
2. Get your OM on- I highly recommend yoga or other dynamic movement that will support your joints, muscles and needs of your changing body, and prepare you for labor. The great part about yoga is you can do it anywhere. It helps with circulation and can even firm the skin, not to mention the important benefit of peace of mind!
3. Get your GLOW on- Have personal time to focus on you. That’s right, be selfish! Take baths, get a massage, get your hair blown out and your nails done or do a facial at home. Relaxing and decompressing helps to reduce stress. Putting yourself first is one of the most important things you can learn while pregnant. When you learn to mother yourself you can be an amazing mother.
4. Start your day the hydrated way- First thing in the morning, have a wake-up tonic: squeeze the juice from half a lemon into 8 ounces of room-temperature filtered water and drink. If you want to take it a step further, add some liquid chlorophyll to the mix. A well hydrated body will ensure better digestion and a more robust metabolism!

It wasn’t until I was pregnant that I became overly conscious of how much I only wanted to have positive things around me; people, food and energy! I also saw how easy it is to think of birth as a series of decisions that someone else is making for us. But we woman are powerful and almighty and Mama Glow helps show us just how empowered we can be all the way throughout this glorious time in our lives,” said Alicia Keys- Grammy award winning recording artist.


Latham Thomas

Mama Glow is a holistic lifestyle company that inspires women to explore their creative edge through optimal wellness. As seen on Style Network’s #1 hit show – Tia and Tamera. 


Nov 132012

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Shea butter — is one of my addictions! It is better than vaseline, in so many different and healthier ways! It’s very rare — for me to have a product that I would use on myself, and not trust enough to use on my lil ones! I was super excited to do a review of the new Shea Moisture Olive & Marula w/ Avocado & Shea Butter — baby collection by another favorite and trusted brand, Shea Moisture! As a mom ambassador for Moms Meet — I can’t get enough of the partnered brands, as they are often trusted by fellow mom bloggers worldwide!

My group, which featured (this round) 8 moms…Angela, Kenyatta, Porsha, Jocelyn, Melissa, Jacinda, LaWanda and myself & 10 kids…Noelle…1, Makayla…3, London…2, Lamir…2, Anjoleena…19 months, Elijah…4 weeks, Syncere…5 months, Isiah & Elijah…6 week twins and Ayden…21 months — had such an amazing time doing our “Mommy & Me” Spa Ritual. We each took turns bathing our precious ones — using the samples of Organic Raw Shea Olive & Marula w/ Avocado Head-to-Toe Body Wash & Shampoo — then lavishing in the matching lotion & Organic Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil w/ Frankincense & Myrrh Head-to-Toe Ointment. It works great as a diaper cream for some additional pampering. Everyone LOVED the scents of the products. The shampoo and body wash left their hair (each adorning different textures) soft and full of life. Their little skins were smooth and silky soft.

Our only concern was that the shampoo & body wash wasn’t tear-free! I highly recommend the Shea Moisture Baby collections — for any eco-friendly, green and organically conscious mom — or if you are in need of some natural TLC for you and your babies! This collection works great on eczema and other sensitive skin concerns!

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Olive & Marula w/ Avocado Head-to-Toe Baby Collection

Shea Moisture Baby is available online at,,, and

Oct 222012

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of all time! This Halloween, UNICEF invites you lovelies — to participate and share in the fun filled activities…with their annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign — boasting with an amazingly new beauty makeover — introducing six new Halloween characters featured on individual collection boxes.

The new design encourages children to express their support through choice!

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF — happens to be one of the longest running youth volunteer initiatives in America, for the past 62 years…helping to motivate kids to become active global citizens as they learn about the fundamental value of helping others. Kids of all ages — are encouraged to raise funds for their peers in developing countries, as they journey door-to-door on Halloween night — or via other festive fundraising activities.

More than $167 million has been raised over the years, providing kids in 190 countries and territories — world wide with much needed health care and immunizations, clean water, sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and much more!

In 1950, during the aftermath of World War II, the original Kids Helping Kids Campaign® launched as girls and boys across the nation collected coins to aid children still affected by the war. Today, the mission to save and improve children’s lives is more important than ever.

For more information, check out the following: #ToT4UNICEF

Oct 012012
Clear, concise, and easy to read, BREASTFEEDING, Keep It Simple answers the breastfeeding questions parents ask most often. Now available in its third edition, BREASTFEEDING, Keep It Simple gives parents confidence in their ability to breastfeed and makes breastfeeding easier for the whole family. $5.75;

One of my favorite accomplishments, or achievements I should say — is being a mom! As a Mom Ambassador, I find great pleasure in searching and seeking out the greatest and latest — in parenting innovations!  I recently stumbled upon a chic new site called Baby Gooroo– geared at helping parents and babies grow, all thanks to the amazingly talented Amy Spangler, world-renowned expert on breastfeeding & nutrition, president of, and author of various books!

This site boosts tons of tips & how-to’s on everything to do with being the best mommy ever! Here are some chic product finds — that I know you will love, for that little heart stealer — in your life!

Pima cotton and French terry combine to give our burp cloths the perfect combination of softness and absorbency. Seven burp cloths make up this collection. Each cloth is imprinted with one of our original animal designs and a short message about the importance of mom’s milk. $79.95;

Two layers of French terry and Pima cotton combine to make our bibs super soft and absorbent. Each bib is imprinted with one of our original animal designs and a short message about the importance of mother’s milk. $79.95;

Clear, concise, and easy to read, BREASTFEEDING, Keep It Simple answers the breastfeeding questions parents ask most often. Now available in its third edition, BREASTFEEDING, Keep It Simple gives parents confidence in their ability to breastfeed and makes breastfeeding easier for the whole family. $5.75;

Aug 162012

  The world-renowned fashion icon, supermodel and mom of four — Heidi Klum — has created a distinctive and unexpected collection for kids – from newborn to 5T. To celebrate the upcoming launch of this new line, Babies”R”Us is unveiling an engaging online look book and providing eager customers with an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a visit by Heidi to their hometown. The launch of Truly Scrumptious is the beginning of a long, collaborative relationship between Klum and Babies”R”Us — and will be including multiple new collections each year.

“I always knew that I wanted to create great items for children – but I wanted to find a home where all of my ideas for babies and kids could be under one roof with a company that is truly the authority in the world of babies and kids.  I finally found that with Babies”R”Us and am so excited to partner with them to launch my Truly Scrumptious collection,” said Heidi Klum. “I designed this first collection not only with adorable kids in mind, but I thought of all the little details to make things easier on moms, too. From cool and stylish mix-and-match apparel, to fun and colorful floor-to-ceiling room decor, my Truly Scrumptious line has it all.  I’m really proud of what we’ve created and can’t wait to share it on September 15th.”

Parents and gift-givers –you are sure to adore the Truly Scrumptious apparel and accessories, which range from $4.99 to $39.99, available in all Babies”R”Us stores across North America, as well as online at starting Saturday, September 15.  Signature characters and whimsical designs, such as pink and purple butterflies, googly-eyed monsters, and green and blue dinosaurs, the assortment includes layette for little ones, sizes newborn to 24 months, as well as playwear and separates for kids, sizes 2T to 5T, made with a combination of fabrics for functionality and comfort — all adorn the collection.

“Heidi Klum is known for her undeniable fashion sense, but she’s also a hands-on mom of four who is representative of the millions of mothers who shop with Babies”R”Us for the coolest mom must-haves, newest apparel and the latest gear,” said Neil Mulhall, Vice President, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Babies”R”Us. ”We’re thrilled to partner with Heidi to bring our customers the Truly Scrumptious collection of trend-right apparel, accessories, bedding, room decor, furniture, gear and more that are sure to stand out when they arrive in our stores on September 15.”

When the Truly Scrumptious line launches,you can choose from three fun, colorful patterns of bedding with matching room decor. The motifs include Butterfly Wonderland, Dinosaur Tracks and Boho Harmony, and features paper lanterns, flowing canopies, enchanting paper mobiles, detailed lamps and decorative rugs — even elaborate wall art packages featuring 2-D and 3-D decals to create murals of trees, grass with flowers, dinosaurs or butterflies, will also be available.

The line will also launch with the Scope stroller, which comes in three colors, Blue, Raspberry and Black, for $79.99. The stroller offers a simple, sleek style and enough storage for all of mom’s needs.

Here’s an exclusive back stage access to behind the scenes of Truly Scrumptious:

Aug 092012
Empress Media (Media Maven, Elite Socialistas & Essence of Kharyzma) are proud cause ambassador platforms. Some features may contain links from our affiliates and TRUSTED partnered brands. Should you choose to make a purchase -- you will not only support this Empress Media property -- but also the Shades of Beauty Goddess Project -- which donate 5% of all proceeds to charity!

How many of you – actually rush to take advantage of BTS (Back-to-School) sales? Did you know that only a small percentage of parents – 26% to be exact – say that they shop whenever the best BTS promos are offered – according to WSL/Strategic Retail, who conducted a study. This study was in part of — the leading authority on shopper behavior and retail trends – Company’s Back-to-School 2012 How America Shops trend report.

Given today’s promotion-driven retail climate, it was surprising to learn that it’s not only about finding the best deal this season,” said Wendy Liebmann, CEO of WSL/Strategic Retail. “Yes, it’s about the right price – but that’s only part of the story. It’s also about seeking out a broad selection of merchandise in a convenient place, and most parents already have a clear idea of where they can find that for back-to-school. For 75% of them, that means heading to a mass merchant such as Target or Walmart.”

Parents prefer to shop mass merchandisers like Target, Walmart and Kmart (75%), department stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdales or Lord and Taylors (34%) Shop top fashion for women men and children at Lord & Taylor., dollar stores (30% – I adore Dollar Tree), (29%), local drug store chains (24%), and finally – wholesale clubs like Bjs. Shop Today!

And you would be pretty pleased with what’s trending inside of their shopping baskets! School supplies top the cart (84%), with fashion – apparel and accessories – on its heel (76%), followed by healthy snacks (50%), anti-bacterial & first aid items (38%), and hair care products (30%).

 “Health and wellness are evolving into an important focus for parents shopping back-to-school, which presents an emerging opportunity for drug stores to capitalize on the season,” continued Candace Corlett, President of WSL/Strategic Retail. “As this trend continues, look for drug store chains to see this as their opportunity to gain a greater share of b-t-s dollars, possibly pushing other channels further down the list.”

Sounds like Media Maven has you covered on all of the above and MORE! As a mother of three – I know how important it is to stay on top the kids’ needs – and as a lifestyle ambassador  and GODDESS – its my pleasure to be your one stop resource for reviews, tips, tutorials – and even shopping! Shucks…I can even be your personal shopper!

With the launch of Empress Media’s Cause Ambassador Initiative – we donate 5% of all sales earned through our Blogazines, social networks – and TRUSTED partnered/affiliate brands – through the Shades of Beauty Goddess Project.

Any sales from this feature — not only supports Empress Media’s mission to empower, educate and entertain — but 5% of proceeds goes to the Shades of Beauty Goddess Project — a cause ambassador charity initiative!

As a woman and mother – I have a strong commitment to giving back! I love to shop for my family – at great, affordable prices – while supporting the awareness of human trafficking, domestic violence and abuse, animal welfare, HIV/AIDS and cancer, or even help a mom support her family – and this makes shopping — all the more sweeter! So, with that – I partnered with Causes – to make Empress Media a safe and reliable resource for fashion, beauty and life(STYLE) news, reviews, rants and raves, fitness, health and wellness tips and features, travel and SPAtacular lifestyle trends – including social shopping!

Take a peek our Brand Ambassador page  – which highlights our top trusted brands & visit P(ashion) Ave(nue). Also check out our Diamond Diva Deals feature (which showcases our daily, weekly & monthly coveted specials and promos for our readers) – all geared to help you to unleash the bliss/Goddess within – while looking stylishly chic – and giving back to the less fortunate!!! WIN-WIN-WIN!!!

You can also grab our rss feed or sign up for our email/newsletter – to keep you in the loop!

5% pertains to all sales made via Empress Media (including Media Maven, Elite Socialistas and Essence of Kharyzma).

The How America Shops® Internet survey was conducted as a nationwide survey of men and women 18+ in June, 2012.


Jun 262012

by Carolyn Harrington, Founder of Maty’s All Natural Products


1. Stop eating sugar and simple carbs. Aside from the obvious threats that eating sugar pose, such as weight gain and diabetes, every time you eat some sugar, it cripples your immune system for a few hours after you ingest it. Therefore, to keep your immune system strong, eliminate it from your diet.

2. Supplement with Vitamin D. Recent studies have shown that most Americans are vitamin D deficient. Keeping vitamin D in our bodies at optimal levels helps our immune systems stay strong and ready to combat not only common everyday diseases like the cold and flu, but also many degenerative diseases like diabetes and heart disease. When supplementing, always take vitamin D3 which is the natural form.

3. If and when you get sick and develop a fever, let the fever run its course. A fever is one of your bodies last attempts at combating the disease. Bacteria and virus cannot survive at higher than normal temperatures. If you quickly reduce the fever by taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen, you may feel better, but you handicap your immune system by eliminating one of its strongest weapons. Our immune systems are like our muscular system, they need to be exercised. The more it is able to fight a common ailment, the better equipped it will be to fight off the next invasion. Of course if a fever gets too high, above 104 degrees, a doctor should be consulted.


4. Eat foods that are in their most natural state, which means to stay away from processed foods. This also includes eating more raw foods. Processed foods are

loaded with unwanted ingredients like sugar and sodium. For instance, mashing your own potatoes is much healthier than eating the processed boxed type. Also, by increasing your intake of raw food, you are eating foods that are filled with nutrients and enzymes that help in digesting those foods.

5. Get enough rest and sleep. Studies show that getting enough sleep at night not only strengthens the immune system, it also helps control your weight. Another often overlooked aspect of rest is to take breaks throughout the day to clear your mind and let it rest. This can be accomplished with a short 5-15 minute meditation sometime throughout the day, or to just close your eyes and clear you mind to let your thoughts unwind and and your mind rejuvenate. It does wonders for your energy and overall well being.

6. Eat dirt. This does not mean to go outside and grab a tablespoon of gritty dirt and put it in your mouth. This means that when you wash and clean things, do not obsess over the cleanliness of the everything. A little bit of unwanted impurities in our systems helps to exercise our immune systems and strengthens them.

May 142012


Even supermoms out there recognize that parenting is just as challenging and exhausting as it is amazing and inspiring – we all need insightful, creative advice to add more balance and fun into our families’ lives every once in a while. Luckily, Mighty Mommy is here to help!

Cheryl L. Butler, or Mighty Mommy, as she is known through the award-winning podcast series on, is the proud mother of five boys, three girls, and two dogs. Her eight children range in age from 6 through 18, and provide the inspiration for her weekly podcasts, chock full of insightful, creative, and practical parenting tips that will help you survive and thrive in the wild and wonderful world of raising children.

Mighty Mommy’s useful and entertaining advice includes topics like:

·         How to teach your kids patience

·         The importance of routines and schedules

·         Making (and breaking) parenting rules

·         Tips for dealing with a bully

·         Making time for mom

·         And much, much more!


The Mighty Mommy podcast won the Podcast Peer Award for Best New Podcast when it was first launched in 2007, and the Best Parenting Podcast in 2008. As the new and improved host, Cheryl provides a fresh, insightful, and engaging perspective on parenthood that will attract new listeners and old fans alike! Mighty Mommy’s approach is all about parenting with warmth, love, creativity, and of course, lots of fun!

About Cheryl Butler:

After 6 years of infertility treatments, one beautiful adoption, and 7 trips to the delivery room, Cheryl Butler’s family was complete. When not partying in the laundry room or coordinating her home décor around stains and broken furniture, she writes the column “Family Zone” for local magazines in Southern Rhode Island where she reflects on the many twists of parenthood. Author of the newly released Pregnant Women Don’t Eat Cabbage, Cheryl has also been featured in several anthology series, including Chicken Soup For The Pre-School Mother’s SoulChicken Soup For The Chocolate Lover’s Soul, and The Misadventures of Mom and Disasters of Dad.  Cheryl is a regular contributor and columnist to AOL’s online news source, Patch.  Her readers have come to depend on her humorous, common sense approach to everyday life.


Quick and Dirty Tips creates and distributes short, actionable advice from friendly and informed authorities that will help you succeed at work and in life. Whether you want to manage your time and money more efficiently, observe the correct rules of etiquette, or improve your physical fitness, Quick and Dirty Tips is here to show you that education and entertainment can go hand in hand. And that learning can still occur no matter what stage of life you’re in. QDT is available as web articles, e-newsletters, audiobooks, print books, and podcasts. The Quick and Dirty Tips website gets nearly 2 million unique visitors and more than 2 million podcast downloads each month. For more information, go to

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May 142012


Mother’s Day has come and gone, but for this momtrepreneur, Mother’s Day is everyday! Already, I’m on the grind searching for the best products for kids, especially since summer is rapidly approaching.

Summer to kids mean summer camp, little league and all-day play dates with friends at the park. With the increase of physical activity, parents should be mindful of keeping their children’s energy up the healthy way while ensuring their safety.

·         USANIMALS ( are supplements designed for children. Not only does it support healthy immune function with its vitamins A, C, E and zinc ingredients but it also consists of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D which assist in creating strong and healthy bones. We all know how kids sometimes love to play rough on the playgrounds so USANIMALS are perfect. They are also easy-to-eat chewables stamped with fun animal shapes, fit for every child’s personality.

·         HINT Water ( is a fruit-infused all natural essence water that contains no calories, sugar, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. It is imperative for a child to stay hydrated while playing outdoors in the sweltering heat. Forget the unhealthy soft drinks and pick up a bottle of HINT instead. It’s not flavored water, it IS water. 

·         Medical ID Marketplace ( While health, eating right and keeping your child’s body nutritious, parents oftentimes forget that “health” also means “ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your child.” What if your child has a food allergy or has diabetes? A parent has to make sure their child is safe when they are on a field trip or on a play date. Medical ID Marketplace is the solution to that problem. They offer fashionable, trendy and cute medical ID bracelet that blends in with everyday pieces and only stands out to first responders in case of an emergency. These accessories come with a customized engraving (emergency contact info, health condition, etc.) so health officials will know how to react in a worst case scenario. Also with hundreds to choose from, there is an option that fits for every child’s colorful personality.

Kidorable Umbrellas and Raingear

Apr 202012

Hello Mommalista,

One of my favorite pastimes as child was when we went to the circus! UniverSoul Circus has created a big top thrill-ride infused with an unparalleled global mix of circus artistry, music, dance and style – all inspired by reflections of the world around US. The UniverSoul Circus 2012 production entitled US” – featuring Shaolin Kung Fu acrobats from China, bone-breaking contortionists with a hop-hop flair from Guinea, hilarious acrobatic comedy from South Africa, pro-style hip hop dancers from Washington, DC, and an all-male Russian Swing act from Belarus – will be performing in Washington from May 3-20 at Capital Plaza Mall in Landover Hills, MD.

Tickets on sale soon at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

WHEN:         May 3-20, 2012

WHERE:       Capital Plaza Mall

6200 Annapolis Rd., Landover Hills, MD 20784

Visit for more info, show times, and schedules.  Also follow us on  and

UniverSoul’s 360 Dance Crew features two members with Washington, DC roots – Katoya “Kae J” Johnson and Olivia Crosby.

“At UniverSoul Circus, we’re one big happy family – and that includes our fans,” said Founder and President Cedric Walker. “Without you, there is no US. This year’s production titled simply, yet profoundly, US” – includes 14 outstanding acts from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas – all coming together to create an unforgettable global experience. ”


US 2012 Tour

The UniverSoul Circus 2012 North American tour of “US kicked off in January in Tampa and Miami. Following its DC premier, “USwill travel to Baltimore on May 29-June 3. Now in its 19th year, the circus will perform over 500 shows in 27 major markets. The international cast includes 80 world-class acrobats, contortionists, aerialists, martial artists, dancers, comedians, clowns, horses, tigers and elephants.

Creative Team

The show’s creative team includes Cedric Walker, who regularly travels the globe to find amazing talent, and award-winning live entertainment production designer Tom Marzullo. Marzullo has designed and/or stage managed major international tours for some of the biggest names in show business, including T-Pain, KISS, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and Prince. Most recently, Marzullo designed, produced and production managed Justin Bieber’s international My World Tour, which earned Marzullo the 2010 Tour Link Top Dog Award for Production Manager of the Year.

Katoya “Kae J” Johnson

Kae J., 27, a proud native of Washington, DC, has thirteen years of dancing under her belt. She has trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hawaiian, and many other dance styles.  Kae J. has worked with many notable choreographers including Fatima Robinson, J Blaze, Sean Bankhead, and Rennie Harris. He has performed on BET, the Soul Train Awards, Oxygen and Sesame Street.


Olivia Crosby

Olivia, 28, received her BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University. She is a former principal and freestyle member of Culture Shock DC Dance Troupe. In addition to Towson University, Olivia has studied at the Ailey School’s Summer Intensive in NYC and Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles. Olivia has performed the modern and ballet works of Vincent Thomas, Linda Denise Fisher- Harrell, Lula Washington, Stephanie Powell, Donald McKayle, and Michael Utoff to name a few. She has performed in the Ailey Student Showcase, toured with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and has danced background for R & B artist, Lil’ Mo.


2012 List of Acts

Improv Comedy Troupe                                                                                Atlanta, GA

Zeke – Co Host                                                                                                  Cleveland, OH

Caribbean Dance                                                                                              Trinidad & Tobago

Acrobatic Hip Hop Contortion                                                                     Guinea, South Africa & USA

Aerial Contortion                                                                                             Mongolia

Acrobatic Kung Fu                                                                                            China

Tigers                                                                                                                    USA

Comedy Bench Act                                                                                          South Africa

Russian Swing                                                                                                    Belarus

Elephants                                                                                                            USA

Cossack Horse Act                                                                                           Russia and Guinea

Aerial Duet                                                                                                         France and Brazil

Hip Hop Dancers                                                                                               USA


About UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers. UniverSoul Circus is rated as one of the top three circuses in America along with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey and Cirque du Soleil. UniverSoul’s fresh approach to family friendly live entertainment has earned it a coveted spot as one of Ticketmaster’s top ten most requested family events, along with other shows including Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The circus was founded in Atlanta by concert and theatre promoter, Cedric Walker. As it approaches its historic 20th anniversary in 2013, the circus will perform over 500 shows in 27 major markets this year and travel nearly 10,000 miles.

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