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The One Glass

DIY Sommelier founder Alix Ford tells us how to make the most out of your one glass during pregnancy. Cheers.

The One Glass

In your last trimester you might find yourself faced with a serious dilemma: it’s your anniversary, your 35th birthday, or your “I just can’t wait another day,” any of which inspire you to indulge in just ONE glass of wine. Some recent studies suggest that moderate drinking may be safe during pregnancy, and I decided that on my fourth anniversary, with five weeks still remaining in my pregnancy, I would indulge in just one glass. I opted to split my one glass in two: half a glass of white followed by half a glass of red. I remember it as one of the most glorious days of my pregnancy.

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Go Big or Go Home (and Take a Well-Deserved Nap): “Just One Glass” is not for everyone. But if you do opt for one glass during your pregnancy, keep a few tips in mind. Start by doing yourself a favor and selecting an aged wine (look for wines that are eight to 10 years old or older). Most of the wine made throughout the world shouldn’t be kept past a certain date (much like your pregnancy). In fact, approximately 80 percent or more of wines made are supposed to be consumed within 1 to 2 years of bottling. Day to day wines should be fresh, simple, approachable and delicious. But for great wines, complexity, depth and finesse come into play, and aging them is a game changer.

Simply put, the slow oxidation of wine over years in the bottle changes the flavors and adds new layers of intricacy. Great wines also cost more money to produce, take longer to make and store, and accordingly, cost you more at the counter. Let your spouse or partner pony up the money, or crack open that bottle you’ve been saving for the “special occasion” you’ve never quite found (trust us, a partner can deny you nothing at this stage in your pregnancy). For nine months, you will have saved at least $20 a month NOT drinking wine, so the $90 bottle you’ve decided to spend on this one is actually a bargain.

I’d advise you skip Champagne for this one glass, not because vintage-aged Champagnes are anything short of miraculous, but simply because a) you gotta make this glass last as long as possible and bubbles tend to dissipate, and b) you will likely end up popping lots of Champagne corks once your little one is born.

One Glass Suggestions: Many women claim they have a heightened sense of taste during pregnancy, so consider yourself the next Robert Parker and enjoy every nuance and flavor great wine has to offer. Try an aged Bordeaux or Barolo. Aged Bordeaux has been the standard by which great red wines have been measured for centuries. Barolos, from Italy, typically require 10 years of aging before they can be enjoyed, and are worth every second. Or try an aged Burgundy (red or white): this is finesse bottled and in liquid form. If you haven’t tried aged Burgundies, you will marvel at what Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can taste like after they’ve lingered in a bottle for a while. Or if the mood suits you, try an older Sauterne: this is liquid sex in a bottle. And depending on how close you are to your due date, it may be the only type of sex that interests you.

Make it a Day to Remember: Pregnancy has its ups and downs, so make this one glass a moment to savor and share. In fact, keep the wine label for your baby book, and one day you can tell your kid that you made sure s/he had only the best from the very beginning.

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14 Toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.

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"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," she wrote.

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