Making Pregnancy Easier: Choosing a Name

One of the fun parts of pregnancy is picking out baby names, but it can also be stressful, especially if you and your partner don’t agree or too many outsiders offer too much input. Add normal aggravation to pregnancy hormones, and you’re left with a situation like I had with my first daughter, where I spent months picking out the PERFECT name for my baby (Miranda Alison), only to go into complete hysterics when my sister-in-law named her daughter Allyson. (I eventually got over it and they’re best friends today.) Here are a few tips to make the process easier:

1.If there’s a conflict, the person who goes through labor gets the final say. Non-negotiable.

2. If you have bossy or opinionated friends and family, the best way to get them off your back is to pick out really horrendous decoy names. Your future daughter is going to be named Whiski, and if it’s a boy , he’ll be Gaylord—isn’t that cute? When you produce the real name upon birth, they’ll be so relieved you won’t hear a word of disrespect.

3. Even if you have a very accurate ultrasound picture and find out the gender beforehand, pick out an opposite sex name just in case. Nancy Drew and country music aside, it’s cruel to name your daughter George or your son Sue.

4. By all means, use this as an opportunity for personal expression, but do it within the bounds of taste. Try not to pick a name that’s too popular. Your kid doesn’t want to go through grade school saddled with a nickname like “Fat Jake,” because there are fifteen other Jakes in his class. Standard spellings are almost always preferable to “creative” ones. Avoid names that can be seen as a joke—there really ARE people out there whose names are Justin Case – that’s just cruel. And if you’re doing something unusual, provide the kid with an opt-out. One of my best friends was known as Kari all her life, but the name on her birth certificate was Karen because her parents were worried people wouldn’t get it. As it turned out, she loved it, but if she hadn’t, she had an alternative.

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Survival Gear: An Arctic Expedition

If winter has you traversing the great outdoors in search of an exhilarating and new expedition, you may soon set your sights on trip to the Arctic tundra. The frozen dessert is a place to explore untouched lands, catch a glimpse of native wildlife and breathe in the fresh (really fresh) winter air. If you can survive an Arctic expedition, you’ll be joining the courageous few who battled subzero winter temperatures and trekked through snowy banks, which are like no other place on earth. Ready to put your Arctic survival skills to the test? Here’s what you’ll need to explore the tundra like a pro:

1. Trekking poles. Unless you’re wearing a pair of super boots that allow you to forge your way through hills and mountainous snow banks, you’ll need a sturdy set of trekking poles to help you navigate the trail. Lightweight trekking poles will help you climb, maneuver and explore those slippery slopes with ease, and trekking poles can be folded and stashed easily into your pack when needed.

2. Insulated sleeping bag. Not any old sleeping bag will do when you’re exploring the tundra, so make sure yours is designed with double or triple layers of insulation and has extra-tight padding to keep you well tucked in for your overnight stay in the Arctic. Sleeping bags designed with a hood attachment will keep that heat trapped in during those brutal nights, and any self-heating padding will ensure you’re warm and toasty enough to get a good night’s rest.

3. Temperature-resistant water filter. Making sure you’re well-hydrated during your trip to the Arctic can be challenging, especially when battling cold winds and icy temperatures is at the top of your to-do list. Still, you’ll need to stay well-hydrated to maintain strength and keep up with the challenging adventure ahead. A water filter that fits neatly into your pack will give you an endless supply of fresh water so you’re always well-stocked on the essentials.

Heading out to bone-chilling territory isn’t for every outdoor enthusiast, but if you’re courageous enough to brave the Arctic and complete a trail, you’ll need these essentials to survive the challenge. Pack up for your adventure with all of these survival basics for an exhilarating — and safe — winter getaway.

Best Surfing in the World: Sunset Cliffs National Park, San Diego

Living in a beautiful city like San Diego and being near the best surfing in the world is a blessing to avid surfers. One of the top spots to surf in San Diego is Sunset Cliffs National Park. The end of the day at sundown has got to be one of the prettiest things in the world to see, but experienced surfers at Sunset Cliffs know that surfing the area is not for the faint of heart.

Visitors to Sunset Cliffs National Park bent on experiencing the best surfing in the world need to be aware of the soft, eroding conditions of the cliffs in the area. The area is very popular and is usually occupied by bikers, surfers, hikers and more. Geared up surfers rant about Sunset Cliffs offering the best surfing in the world.

Sunset Cliffs National Park may not be ideal for beginners, but there are several surfing spots, which offer a somewhat mellow break, including Garbage Beach. There are other places to surf at Sunset Cliffs where the locals hang out like Newbreak. If you visit the area, expect to be challenged as surfers are definitely territorial in this area.

Surfers to Sunset Cliffs can expect west to northwest swells with waves as high as waist to shoulder, depending on the time of year. The average temperature is usually around 60 degrees with a water temperature of 65 degrees.

Because of the topography of the area, paddling out can be a challenge. Surfers should be careful around the jagged cliffs and the rocky bottom in the area. Additionally, there are no lifeguards or public restrooms at Sunset Cliffs. Street parking is available on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, and there are four public parking areas along the Cliffs area, although they are small. The Inn at Sunset Cliffs is a great place to stay during a visit.

On a good day, depending on the time of year, surfers might just see the California Gray Whale migrating to Baja. Then again, when is there a bad day in beautiful San Diego?

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Fitness Resolutions: Breaking Old Holiday Eating Habits

This week, we’re going to discuss a rather big lifestyle change. This is a change that I struggle with each year. In other words, the only time you’ll have to think about this lifestyle change is during the winter months. You know what I’m talking about. The weather starts to turn cold, Thanksgiving dinner’s on the table and, bam, it’s New Year’s Day, and you’re 10 pounds heavier. What happened? All you remember is being in a carb-induced coma for the past few weeks. Don’t worry. It happens to all us at some point. But this year, you’re going to work towards making a change. Thanksgiving will no longer be the beginning of a month-long free forall.

Why is this lifestyle change so hard to make? Truthfully, I think it begins with leftovers. You prepare a huge Thanksgiving feast, and then munch on it for a couple days. Instead of consuming a single thousand-calorie meal, you consume several in only two or three days. There are a few ways to avoid this bad beginning. First of all, consider going out for Thanksgiving dinner. If that isn’t an option, send leftovers home with relatives. Another option is to prepare homemade TV dinners and freeze them for a later date.

What else contributes to this mighty free for all? One problem lies in holiday parties. They begin in early December and run through New Year’s. They’re filled with cakes, cookies, cocktails and other high-calorie treats. Thankfully, a healthy meal before heading to a party can help cut the amount of calories you consume.

Last, but not least, stop bringing home so many treats. Yes, the eggnog looks delicious. But wouldn’t it be more of a treat if you only consumed it on Christmas? The same goes for butter cookies, homemade candy and hot chocolate. I’m not saying you should give these treats up. What I am saying is moderation is key. Enjoy your favorite foods on the holidays, not throughout the entire month of December.

Now, go watch some holiday movies and enjoy the season.

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My Mythology - Hannah E. Lead Content Coordinator for Fashion Jewelry

My Mythology – Creating our own living legacy at Zappos.

One of the joys about working at Zappos is the freedom to be ourselves through our own personal style. Style shouts! Individuals identify themselves through their personal style. Taking the chaos out of the closet and using clothing as a celebration to create personal mythology or legend is something I have been fascinated by.

What is someone trying to say through their style?

Join me in the discovery. Each week I will take an employee from Zappos and find out their personal psychology through their favorite outfits.

Today we study the mythology of Hannah E. : Lead Content Coordinator for Fashion Jewelry at

Today Hannah’s outfit shoutouts are a vintage Moschino Cheap&Chic dress, CC Skye , Accessories & Beyond bracelets, Miss Sixty boots, and a Sheila Fajl ring.

How would you define your look?
Vintage-inspired or beachy casual, depending on what I feel like that day.

What inspires your style?
I get inspired by people who look effortlessly stylish…there’s absolutely nothing worse than someone who looks and acts like they try too hard.

Who is your favorite designer?
My all-time fave is Christian Dior, but some of my favorite contemporary designers are Zac Posen, Alexander Wang , Charlotte Ronson and Marc Jacobs …oh! and I can’t forget—TOM FORD!

What fashion item would you never leave the house without?
Underwear…just kidding. I’d say jewelry. On days I do forget to wear jewelry, I feel naked.

Who are your fashion/style icons?
I think Nicole Richie has a great instinct for style…and of course I love Kate Moss, she’s like the Twiggy of my generation.

What are your favorite labels?
I’m not too particular, as long as it fits and looks good.

Local or haole style?
Haha! I’m no haole…I can get down with the slippahs and shorts any day…just not in the office!

How would you define your mythology that you portray through your style? Laid-back beach bum meets high-maintenance Vegas chick? Yeah…let’s go with that!

What is your favorite decade for style?
My favorite era for style and everything else is the 60s, and early (PRE-DISCO!) 70s.

What is your favorite fabric?
Cotton (Supima cotton to be exact)

Pleasers or Naughty Monkey?
Oh boy… Naughty Monkey , but Pleasers for Halloween!

What is your favorite color?
I have three I can’t live without, grey, black and white! Are those even colors?

What item do you allow yourself to splurge on?
Handbags and Jeans

Do you need to take out a second mortgage for your style?
In this economy? Never!

Diamonds or pearls?
I don’t wear either

Trina Tarantino or Gasoline Glamor?
Tarina of course! She’s fabulous.

Which bag?
Bulga , Marc by Marc Jacobs , Kooba…I just like bags in general!

I love my Ray Bans, but I buy cheapies and vintage sunglasses too

What are your fashion rules?
If you can’t drink beer and still be comfortable in it, your outfit is too tight!

What is the most you’ve spent on a handbag?
800 bucks, Dior logo saddle bag, which I sadly never wear anymore.

Would set foot in a thrift store?
Of course!

What is the best thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store?
Someone found it for me….this Moschino dress!!

What is the most you’ve ever spent on fashion and for what item?
That aforementioned Dior bag. I don’t know how I afforded it…I was a broke college student!

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2290 Potluck Madnesss!

Tis the season of chowing down. Now I ask you, is there a better way to enjoy copious amounts of food with coworkers than with a potluck? I think not.

The 2290 building decided to have a housewarming, “International Potluck”. The HR and Training teams brought American food, the Finance team brought Spanish food, the PM team brought desserts, and the Dev team brought whatever they wanted to. It’s the best Potluck ever! So much food! Yum!!

Now that’s what I call a potluck!

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Things On My Desk with Diana G.

Inside Zappos really is all about culture and the “things” that make Zappos so unique from every other company. One thing that us Zapponians pride ourselves in is how encouraged we are to decorate our desk space as we see fit; because lets face it, we spend a lot of hours at our desk and if a fake bird with a wig on it helps you get through your work week, then so be it.

So see the things that CLT member Diana G. keeps on her desk.


Ah, home for the holidays… we all remember them well. You and your beloved wish for a tropical excursion, where you can lie on the beach, sip Mai Tai cocktails, and watch the sunsets. Then, bam! One phone call and you are snapped out of your fantasy into the reality of family obligations. Now, of course, it does not really have to be that bad; there is a certain comfort in embracing the family call and soldiering through it. That is why the film Four Christmases, a delightful new romantic comedy, is the perfect pre-holiday antidote for the upcoming holiday season. We may not be able to get out of our responsibilities, but we sure can laugh at seeing how other people deal with it on the big screen. Four Christmases – In Theaters November 26th!


Clothing featured: Custo Barcelona Suvy Wayu Dress, Ugg Australia Fray Linen Bucket Hat, Elliot Lucca Pascale Hobo Handbag, Marc by Marc Jacobs Metal Tenacious T Bangle, Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Sunglasses, Kate Spade Sloan Sunglasses, and Michael Kors Pearl Ankle-tie Open Toe Wedges.