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  • 25 Ways To Get Active with Your Family

    Exercise ideas for families

    Fun Exercises Kids & Parents Can Enjoy Together

    Moms know: fitting in exercise in their daily routines can be very difficult. Whether you have a baby or an older child, kids demand your attention and energy in different ways.

    One simple way to become more active as a mom is to try exercising as a whole family. If you have fitness goals, why not include everyone with them? You'll be teaching your children the importance of a healthy lifestyle and you'll be having fun while you're doing it.

    Here are some fun ideas that can help everybody to get moving:

    1. Run while the kids run beside you or ride their bikes. If you have a baby or toddler, use a jogging stroller.
    2. Swim at the pool together.
    3. Create a circuit workout in the driveway or backyard, or inside the house on rainy days. Remember that babies can make great hand weights.
    4. Family bike ride; pull the smallest kids in a trailer behind you.
    5. Go to a high school running track and stage races.
    6. While you're at the track, do bleacher runs.
    7. Backyard soccer or kickball.
    8. Backyard wheelbarrow races.
    9. Backyard relay races; be creative and use frog jumps, bear crawl, etc. for different legs of the race.
    10. Shoot hoops on the driveway, at the gym or a park.
    11. Play hopscotch.
    12. Play freeze tag; when you're frozen, jog or do a boxer shuffle in place.
    13. Go hiking.
    14. Do sprint races down your street. Littler kids can help keep score.
    15. Alternate jumping rope and jumping jacks.
    16. Have a dance party on a rainy day.
    17. Play tennis together. It's ideal if you can find courts next to a playground.
    18. Family yoga, available through some studios or online programs.
    19. Jump on a trampoline.
    20. Go for a walk, but alternate skipping and speed walking.
    21. While you're on that walk, try hopping backwards.
    22. Create a backyard obstacle course.
    23. Try walking to go on errands instead of driving.
    24. Active video games, like "Just Dance" on the Wii.
    25. Go roller skating in the neighborhood or at a rink (or ice skating).
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  • Beginner's Guide to Waist Training

    How to Start a Waist Training Regimen

    How to start waist training

    If you're new to waist training, getting started can be a little intimidating. We get a lot of questions from customers who aren't sure what to expect and don't know if they're wearing the garments correctly. So we put together this short guide for the novice. Even if you have been waist training for a while, you may find these tips helpful.

    Defining waist training

    Waist training is the process of wearing a cincher or corset daily to slim your waistline instantly and supplement your long-term fitness goals. Many waist trainers are designed to stimulate thermal activity and perspiration in your core, so they can maximize your workouts while making you look great at the gym (and beyond).

    Choosing the right size

    Before you start waist training, you want to be confident that you are using a waist trainer that fits well. See this post for important sizing tips. Generally, when you want more slimming power, you should never size down. Instead, choose a waist trainer that offers a higher level of compression.

    Yes, it should be tight, but not overly restrictive

    One of the first things you'll notice when putting on a waist trainer for the first time is how strong the compression is. It may feel tight at first, but your body becomes accustomed to it quite quickly.

    If the material starts to roll or you see any bunching, the garment is probably too small. You may want to exchange for a larger size – or, just save it for future use. (After you have been waist training for a while, you may find you need a smaller size._

    Pain or pinching? Remove it.
    Remember that if you ever feel pain or discomfort beyond the expected firm fit, take the waist trainer off immediately. Listen to your body and don't overdo it.

    Waist trainer choices

    There are generally four main types of waist training garments to choose from, each designed for differently lifestyles, outfits and goals. Here are some of your options:

    • Performance waist trainers (Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia): these are ideal for active use – during workouts, runs, walks, sports, etc. – but they can also be worn under clothes. They are designed with performance material that can handle a lot of movement and sweat. They slim your waistline instantly – up to 3 inches in some cases – while increasing perspiration in your core to maximize your physical activity.
    • Latex waist trainers (Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia): these versatile cinchers are ideal for everyday use and look great underneath most attire. Some are designed to increase perspiration, too.
    • Cotton waist trainers (Firm Control Cotton Waist Cincher by Flakisima): if you desire something a little softer, a cotton cincher is a great option for sensitive skin. Cotton is also more comfortable during warm weather.
    • Steel-boned corsets (Nude Sand Underbust Corset): for the most dramatic waist training results, choose a traditional corset constructed with steel that can be laced to optimal fit.

    Getting started

    After you've chosen your garment and verified that it fits, start waist training slowly. Your trainer needs time to break in, and your body needs time to adjust. Begin with a looser fit for just an hour or two a day and then work your way up. Once you are comfortable, we recommend wearing the waist trainer for eight hours a day for the best results.


    Remember that everyone's body is different. If you're using waist training as part of your existing fitness goals, there are several factors that will affect your results: lifestyle, diet, intensity of workouts, genetics and your commitment to waist training (see this post for more). 


    We recommend pairing a waist training regimen with a healthy lifestyle that includes nutritious eating habits and exercise. While you're wearing your waist trainer you might find yourself eating less because your stomach is constricted, but it's important to mindfully consume nutritious meals and lots of water.

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  • How to Put on Shapewear Properly

    Tips for putting on shapewear

    Tips for Trying on Different Types of Shapers

    If you're trying on a new shaper for the first time, it is probably apparent that this is not your normal undergarment. Putting it on correctly is key to experiencing the best results (and the most comfort). You'll want to be careful that you aren't stretching or pulling the garment too hard, although it will be snug if it is doing its job right.

    Before you try anything on, be sure that you ordered the right size. A garment that is too small will be very difficult to get on and won't provide the results you want. A garment that fits will firmly hold you in place, without pinching, for a flattering finish.

    To ensure you're getting the results you want, put shapers on over the top of panties and a light tank top and then try on some attire over it. If they aren't satisfactory, you can return or exchange them for a better fit.

    Depending which type of shapewear you have, how to put it in on varies:


    Always step into a slip, even a full-body one. If you pull it over your head you will feel stuck and frustrated. Shimmy it up into position a little at a time. Many of our slips have silicone lining that should keep the skirt in place once it is on.


    Make sure any zippers or clasps are completely undone. As with slips, you always want to step into bodysuits. If the garment has thigh/leg coverage, it may be easier to start in a sitting position and pull up the material one leg at a time. Once you're into the legs, stand up and pull up the rest of the garment. Fastening and adjusting zippers, clasps and straps might be difficult the first time; you may need some assistance getting the right fit.


    Wondering how to put on this strange package of ribbons? First, pull the laces very loose so you can slip the corset on easily and hook up the front. Using a mirror for guidance, begin tightening the pull loops. Pull on the "Xs" made by the laces from the top towards the middle and then the bottom towards the middle, tightening the pull loops more as you go. Do this repeatedly while smoothing out the modesty panel underneath. When it's the right tightness for you, tie the laces. Your corset should be a little looser the first couple of times you wear it until it molds to your shape; then you can pull it tighter.

    Cinchers & Waist Trainers

    Wrap the waist trainer high around your torso so that you're holding the bottom clasps just below the bust. Fasten from the bottom up, pulling the cincher down around your waist as you go. Start with the looser fit; once you get the hang of it, or if your waistline shrinks, you can start fastening with the tighter fit.

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  • How To Get Ready for the Day in 10 Minutes

    Quick hair & makeup tips for busy women

    Hair & Makeup Tips for Busy Women

    We've all been there: putting mascara on during a stoplight, dropping the kids off at school in our pajamas, or running errands with damp hair. If you're a busy working professional and/or mother, putting yourself together in the morning is often rushed.

    While it would be nice if there was an extra hour (or more) in the day, it can help to master a routine that takes 10 minutes or less to be out the door. (Yes, it's really possible!)

    Here are some foolproof tips for stepping up your morning game.

    Hair Prep (2 minutes)

    No time for a wash? No worries – you shouldn't wash your hair every day anyway, as it can dry it out. Try a dry shampoo instead and work it into your roots. Don't worry about your whole head; just tease out the tangles on the ends of your hair. For extra control, add a little olive oil with your fingertips.

    Hair Style (2 minutes)

    Pick a style that keeps your hair off your face that doesn't require heat. Experiment with buns or braids until your find a couple of personal favorites that work for you. Need ideas? Thank you, Pinterest.

    Face (1 minute)

    Do yourself a favor and cleanse your face thoroughly at night. Then simply rinse with water in the morning and apply your favorite tinted moisturizer or BB cream to even out your complexion.

    Mascara (1 minute)

    While your chosen foundation is setting in, use mascara with a curling and lengthening formula so you don't have to bother with a tool.

    Eyes (1 minute)

    Skip the liquid liner and use a shadow pencil, which provides good definition that stays put, but doesn't require as much precision application. Add to the lash line and smudge up to the crease.

    Concealer/Highlighter (2 minutes)

    Investing in a quality concealer is so worth it on rushed days. We recommend it in pen form. Use it to highlight your brow bone, erase dark circles under your eyes and hide any other skin imperfections.

    Finishing Touches (1 minute)

    Do whatever you like best: blush, finishing powder, scent. Tuck your favorite lip balm or gloss into your purse and you're good to go!

    Total time: 10 minutes

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  • 5 Full-Figure Shaping Tips

    Shapewear specially designed for full-figured women

    Head-Turning Options for the Full-Figured Body

    It's no secret around here that we love the full-figured look. Everyone's body is beautiful, and what's not to love about full, lovely curves?

    If you have a full-figured body, embrace those gorgeous curves! Plus-size shapewear is designed to enhance and smooth for a flattering finish in your favorite outfits. There are a lot of options, and every piece works a little bit differently. Here are some tips to help you determine what types of shapewear are best for you.

    1. The full-body slip

    This option does exactly what its name implies: provide smoothing and shaping from top to bottom. We like the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up because it hooks directly into your own bra for flawless coverage of your back and front. This slip provides moderate compression for a smooth and comfortable hold.

    1. The cami

    This style is your best friend when you wear fitted tops. In the Infused Control Tank you can use your favorite bra for optimal support. Use the shaping cami to smooth out bra lines, pull in your waist and control you tummy. Perfect for layering any time of year.

    1. The shaping brief

    A girl can never have enough panties, and once you discover shaping panties you might never want to go back to anything else. The Hi-Waist Firm Control Brief by Va Bien is effective at controlling your midsection and firming your rear while providing a smooth foundation for your favorite outfits.

    1. The all-in-one bodysuit

    This style of high-powered shaper is what you need for dramatic slimming and smoothing, ideal for formalwear, special event attire or your everyday outfits. The Long and Lean Strapless Full Body Shaper by CoCoon sculpts your midsection, back, hips, butt and thighs. It’s the full package.

    1. The waist cincher

    Curvy women can achieve a dramatic hourglass look with a maximum power shaping garment like this. The Ultimate ShapeBand Waist Cincher by Squeem immediately slims the waistline up to four inches. Some people only wear a cincher for special occasions, but many women also use them for waist training.

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  • 5 Tips for Better Posture & Less Back Pain

    Simple Steps for a Straighter, More Confident Posture

    More confident posture leads to less back pain

    Back pain is something most of us experience at some point. Sports injuries, car accidents, pregnancy, health conditions and aging can all contribute. While nothing replaces medical care when it's necessary, did you know that good posture could also play a pivotal role in alleviating pain?

    You've probably heard that good posture is important (it can even contribute to weight loss!), but it can be difficult to reverse bad posture habits without a strategy. We recently came across a Harvard Medical School article with some great tips. Start implementing these changes and see if helps reduce your pain:

    1. Imagery

    Perhaps you've heard fitness or dance instructors tell you to imagine a string or a straight line going through your body from the floor up through your back and then out the top of your head. As Harvard's experts put it, "Picture yourself as a ballerina or ice skater rather than a soldier at attention." This imagery should prevent you from slouching forward or letting your lower back sway. It's also useful to imagine a cord pulling your rib cage up and forward, increasing the length of your torso.

    1. Shoulder blade squeeze exercise

    For this simple physical therapy exercise, sit up straight in a chair with your hands on your thighs. Keeping your shoulders down and your chin level, squeeze your shoulder blades together by slowly drawing your shoulders back. Hold for five seconds and repeat three or four times.

    1. Chest stretch

    Stand facing the corner of a room with your hands up laying flat against the two walls, keeping your elbows about the height of your shoulders. Place one foot in front of the other and bend your front knee. Exhale as you lower into the stretch and hold for 20-30 seconds. Be sure to keep your back straight and your head up so you feel a stretch across your chest.

    1. Arm-across-chest stretch

    Athletes will likely be familiar with this stretch. Hold your right arm straight in front of you and then grab your right elbow with your left. Pull your right arm across your chest towards your left shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds and then repeat on the other side. Repeat three times per side. You should feel the stretch in the upper arm and shoulder.

    BONUS TIP: Improve posture with a waist trainer

    One of the benefits of a waist trainer like the Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer by Amia is that it improves your posture whenever you wear it. This can be especially helpful if you don't know what good posture should feel like or look like. The flexi-boning in the garment provides firm, yet comfortable compression around your midsection. This not only slims your waistline by 1-4 inches, but also gives you a corrected, more confident posture. Win-win!

    Changing your posture will require regular effort. Do the exercises and practice the imagery throughout the day—set an alarm on your phone every hour if it helps. And wearing a waist trainer through all of your everyday activities will help teach you how you should be holding yourself all of the time. Check out our wide selection of waist trainers to discover which one is best for you.

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  • How to Plan a Week of Healthy Meals

    Preparing Delicious and Nutritious Dinners

    When it comes to achieving the figure of your dreams, how you fuel your body plays a huge role. We all know we need to eat healthy, but in our busy lives, planning for nutritious meals can be difficult. If you find yourself scrambling for takeout a little too often, you may need to rethink how you want to plan your meals.

    We recently came across a simple meal plan that will have you eating healthy all week. It's enough to feed a family of four—or provide you with some excellent leftovers for lunches. Shop once and eat all week! Here's what you need:

    Grocery list
    2 pounds chicken breasts
    1 ½ pounds red snapper fillets
    1 pound low-sodium Italian turkey sausage
    2 small red onions
    4 cloves garlic
    1 bunch fresh parsley
    1 bunch radishes
    1 ½ pounds asparagus
    1 bunch fresh mint
    1 cucumber
    12 ounces cherry tomatoes
    1 head Bibb lettuce
    2 avocados
    4 cups baby spinach leaves
    2 lemons
    1 ½ cups dry quinoa
    2 cans pinto beans
    1 cup dry couscous
    8 ounces whole-grain linguine
    1 6 oz container plain nonfat Greek yogurt

    Pantry essentials:
    Olive oil
    Balsamic vinegar
    Ground cumin
    Ground cayenne pepper
    Kosher salt
    Fresh ground black pepper

    Monday: Lemon Chicken with Red Beans and Quinoa

    Lemon Chicken with Red Beans and Quinoa

    This delicious recipe can be made in just 45 minutes, including the prep time. A side of quinoa, mixed with pinto beans and spiced with cayenne pepper, makes it a fresh, healthy alternative to conventional chicken dinners.

    Tuesday: Red Snapper with Asparagus and Mint Couscous

    Red Snapper with Asparagus and Mint CouscousIn under 20 minutes you'll have nutritious fish, paired with flavorful asparagus and couscous. Simple and satisfying.

    Wednesday: Mediterranean Lettuce Cups with Mint Yogurt Dressing

    Mediterranean Lettuce Cups with Mint Yogurt Dressing

    You don't have to be in a restaurant to enjoy dishes that are as beautiful as they are flavorful. Since much of the ingredients will have been prepared during your previous meals, you can assemble this in 10 minutes.

    Thursday: Creamy Chicken Salad with Cumin Chicken and Quinoa


    Creamy Chicken Salad with Cumin Chicken and QuinoaThis salad is packed with nutrients and will keep you satisfied at just 515 calories per serving. Ready in 8 minutes.

    Friday: Lemon-Asparagus Linguine with Italian Turkey Sausage


    Lemon-Asparagus Linguine with Italian Turkey SausageStart your weekend deliciously and get your pasta fix. If you have kids, this flavorful meal will probably be one of their favorites.

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  • Share Your 'Secret' for a Chance to Win $500+ in Prizes

    The #CurveConfidential Sweepstakes

    Confidence is everything when it comes to true beauty. Do you have a "secret" for how you enhance your curves? We want to hear about it!

    Just for sharing, you'll get free shipping on your next order, plus a chance to win up to $500 in prizes!

    Our #CurveConfidential Sweepstakes is all about sharing what makes you feel your sexiest. Because we all have at least one secret weapon under our sleeves. Share yours and you could win.

    Here's how to enter:

    1) Take a selfie
    Use Instagram to share your "secret" for how you enhance your curves.

    2) Follow @hourglassangel
    Include the tags @hourglassangel, #hourglassangel and #curveconfidential

    3) Get FREE SHIPPING* + a chance to win:

    • $500 grand prize
    • $250 runner-up
    • Squeem wardrobe for 5 other winners

    Whatever you’re wearing to show your figure at its most stylish, Squeem is a new secret weapon underneath it all: a way to achieve the most daring, sensual curves ever.

    We can't wait to see the secrets behind your curves. Be sure to keep up with the contest to see all of the inspiring stories from other women like you!




    We will announce winners by random drawing on August 10th.
    *Free Standard shipping valid online only at on all orders shipped within the continental U.S. Not valid on previous purchases.
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  • How Many Pieces of Shapewear Do I Need?

    Essential Shapewear


    Getting The Most Out of a Shapewear Wardrobe

    Once you discover how shapewear can transform the way you look, you'll probably be eager to get more. But if you're on a tight budget or have limited storage, you may be wondering what you really need.

    While we don't think you can ever have too much shapewear (there are pieces for every occasion, every day of the week), it's helpful to know the basics.

    It all depends on your individual lifestyle, but here are some pieces we think every woman should have for a flawless look every day.

    1. Alternating waist trainers

    Do you love waist training? If you want to wear a cincher or corset daily, you need at least two to alternate. This allows your waist trainers to rest and regain their shape after you've worn them all day, which is critical to maintaining their slimming power.

    1. Shaping slip

    For professional attire as well as special occasions, a slip can be everything you need to create a slim and smooth foundation. There are a variety of styles including full body slips and slip skirts – use a specific dress or your entire formal wardrobe to determine which slips you need and how many.

    1. Bodysuit

    For a quick and easy full body makeover, try a bodysuit. They flatter every body type, create a smooth foundation for a variety of outfits, and are easily hidden. Choose from styles including butt-lifting, thong back and thigh shaping.

    1. Performance workout attire

    Say goodbye to baggy gym clothes and say hello to compression activewear that will have you maximize your workouts and look sexy while you do them. We think everyone needs at least a pair or two of compression leggings, as well as quality sports bras and tanks.

    1. Shaping panties

    Whether you're dressing for work or casual events, shaping panties are a simple way to transform your appearance every day by flattening your belly and creating a smooth midsection all around. You may want to ditch regular panties altogether.

    1. Shaping apparel

    Sometimes you might not want to bother with shapewear at all—and you don't have to with shaping apparel. Try butt-lifting jeans, camisoles and leggings and for effortless perfection.

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  • How To Find The Perfect Size For Your Waist Trainer

    How to determine you waist trainer size

    Tips on How & Where to Measure Your Body

    If you're interested in waist training, you can look forward to some exciting changes in your figure whether you choose to do it during your workouts or with your everyday attire. One of the questions we receive regularly is how to find the perfect size. This is an important step if you want to achieve the best results and stay comfortable.

    Follow these tips to find the exact fit you need.

    1. Consult the sizing chart for the product

    There is a sizing chart specific to each brand and product. Please note that every product is different! Don't rely on what you think your standard size is, and don't assume that you'll be the same size in every product. This is why tip #2 is so important…

    1. Take accurate measurements

    Taking measurements is easy, quick and should help you find the size you need, if you do it right. For waist trainers, the most important measurement is your natural waist.

    -Measure about two inches above your belly button where there is a natural bend in your waist; pull the tape taut but don't stretch it tight. If you are full figured and have trouble determining the natural waist, bend from side to side to find it.
    -Some waist trainers also list a hip size; measure around the fullest part of your hips.
    -In all measurements, use a mirror to ensure that the tape covers a horizontal plane and doesn't sag. Also be sure you're wearing nothing heavier than your undergarments; bulky clothing can give you an inaccurate measurement.

    1. Err on the larger size

    If you're in between sizes, we recommend choosing the larger one. If the waist trainer is too tight, you may find it uncomfortable and unflattering. Remember that most cinchers are adjustable so you can choose the tighter fit if needed.

    1. Try it on

    Once you receive your waist trainer, gently fasten it on over a light tank top. It should fit snugly but not pinch or ride up. You may also want to put some clothes over it to ensure you're getting the desired results. If the fit isn't quite right, you can return or exchange the garment.

    1. A note on corsets

    Sizing for a lace-up corset works slightly differently. You should still use your natural waist measurement but subtract three to four inches from it to determine the best corset size. For example, if you have a 30-inch waist you should consider a size 26 corset.

    By following these you should find your ideal sizing. For further advice about taking and understanding measurements for different types of garments, see our Shapewear Size Guide and our Sizing FAQ.

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