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MamaInHeels.com is created by a mom of twin boys to provide style & beauty inspiration, shopping tips, healthy eating, and money management so that moms can still look and feel fabulous without breaking the bank.

Janise is a winner of Top 25 Fashion & Beauty Moms - 2013

What is your favorite place to find clothes for children?

Since becoming a mom, I no longer have the luxury to spend time on visiting malls or boutiques. Thank god for the internet! I don’t have a favorite place to shop for clothes for my boys but I do have a few favorite places that I frequent and visit a lot! I used to love shopping at The Children’s Place when my boys were still babies. Now that they are entering the toddler stage, I’ve been shopping online at Target.com, Gap.com, OldNavy.com, and Jcrew.com. I love being able to shop without waiting in line. I also shop at H & M whenever we visit the mall because they don’t have an online e-commerce site yet.

What tips would you give to a mom who is trying to remain stylish while raising a family?

Some people believe looking stylish requires wearing the right makeup, the right hairstyle, the right shoes, and the right accessories. I believe style comes from our mannerisms, expressions, posture, and body language. It is a reflection of who we are, where we come from and what we have experienced…the good and the bad. I believe every Mama has that style in her and she can look stylish while raising a family. My fashion MO has always been comfortable, practical, and timeless. My stylish clothing fundamentals are whites, naturals, blacks, and darks..these are my most versatile pieces that I absolutely live in. I also have a small set of clothes that are considered ever-changing, ever-evolving ring of style. This approach has allowed me to avoid spending a fortune on clothes.

Here are a few quintessential rules of style that I have always followed:

1. Always invest in quality classic items (i.e black blazer, premium jean, handbags, shoes) that you can go back to again and again.
2. When in doubt wear black. It is known that head-to-toe black is universally accepted as chic.
3. Have a few pieces of accessories. They are cost-effective and can complement them with any outfit because they add interest and character.
4. Find a good tailor. Not every garment is made to fit flawlessly. Most of us are not born perfectly proportioned. Having a good tailor who can customize your clothing will do so much more for flattering your figure than days at the gym.

What's one beauty product you would recommend to all moms?

SPF hands down! You should never leave the house without it. Some women can’t leave the house without mascara but for me it is SPF! I’ve been using SPF since I was 18. My sisters and friends used to laugh at me because I would cover my face and body with SPF 50+ whenever we hit the beach. I’m naturally tan so at the time I thought if I put SPF over my skin I wouldn’t look too dark. I didn’t know the benefits of SPF until the last couple decades.

What time does baby or toddler go to bed?

Janise

My twin boys go to bed at the same time every night at 8pm. They wake up at 7am. They nap 2-3 hrs during the day. They get fussy if they don't get enough sleep. This schedule works great for our family. My husband works at night and takes care of them during the day. I work remotely from home so I take over the late afternoon shift from 5pm. Fortunately, we both get to spend time with them from 7am to 8pm. I get to clean the house and do other stuff after their bedtime.
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How do you lose your baby weight?

Janise

Healthy Eating and exercising. I was over 40, gained 35 lbs during pregnancy and lost 33 llbs post pregancy. Read my story here at http://mamainheels.com/2012/11/19/eating-healthy-is-not-a-diet/. main site: www.MamaInHeels.com
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How do you cook for your family when you're trying to diet?

Janise

I totally agree with Amy! I have twin boys and they eat whatever we are eating. As a family we lead a very healthy lifestyle. I've been eating healthy before, during, and after my pregnancy. I gained 35 lbs. during my pregnancy and lost 33 lbs post pregnancy within 6 months just by eating what I have also been eating. Once my boys (they are 19 months now) are ready for solids it's not complicated to cook for them at all.
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What is the recovery like after a C-section?

Janise

The recovery for my c-section was about two weeks. The first few days was really tough. I felt so useless and unattractive. I was so bloated with swollen feet that I couldn't fit in any of my shoes. I felt like I was still 8 months pregnant. I couldn't attend to my twins as much as I wanted to. I have a high tolerance for pain so during the recovery time I only took 1 ibuprofen a day.
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What's a great toy for outdoor play that costs less than $15? Please share a photo or link if you have one.

Janise

My boys love bubbles and running through the water coming out of the water hose spray nozzles. It's free!
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