HONESTy: Earth Day’s Best Policy

A few months ago, The Honest Company co-founded by celebrity mom Jessica Alba made its debut at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod.  The Honest Company is committed to making products without harming people or the planet. So, what could be a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by using sustainable, eco-friendly products that are safe for both you and your baby?! 

Earth Day is a day to remember just how important it is to treat Mother Earth well. Do the same for yourself! Celebrate today (and every day) by trying five of their naturally nourishing products made just for mom that can be found at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity: Organic Belly BalmBody OilFace + Body Lotion,Organic Nipple Balm, and Shampoo + Body Wash.

View and shop our collection of Honest, available at both A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

Four Things

Spring is finally here and there are so many reasons to celebrate. It’s time to leave behind the soups, sweaters and scarves to engage in these FOUR season-changing favorites. Pull up your hair, hop into a dress and get creative in this season of growth.

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EAT: A roasted banana boat is the perfect snack to satisfy cravings and stay healthy! Add in some walnuts for a dose of good-for-you omegas and dark chocolate chips for antioxidants. Haylie Duff and her sister Hilary sweeten up the warm, campfire snack with marshmallows- a welcome twist on the classic S’more.

WEAR: Nothing screams spring like a flirty little dress. Our Sleeveless Fit and Flare Maternity Dress with an empire waist and scoop neck will have you looking sweeter than jelly beans this holiday.

DO: As the temperatures go up, you may wish your hair does as well. These 6 Easy Braided Hair Styles will keep you cool and comfortable while staying on-trend.

CREATE: Like flowers in the spring, babies seem to boom and bloom around this season. Try something different for your next baby shower gift and create these adorable numbered baby bodysuits, or keep them for you and your baby!

Celebrate the Best of British Style!

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE VERY BEST OF BRITISH STYLE AT ONE OF THESE EXCITING EVENTS AT A LOCATION NEAR YOU:

A Pea in the Pod, Beverly Hills

352 N. Beverly Drive * Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Saturday March 22, 2014, 12pm-5pm

Enjoy complimentary mini manicures with our newest assortment of nail lacquers from butter™ LONDON.

Saturday March 29, 2014, 12pm-5pm

Enjoy complimentary hand and arm massages plus skincare consultations with products from the new and enhanced Mama Mio Collection.

Sunday March 30, 2014, 12pm-5pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

A Pea in the Pod, Newbury Street

10 Newbury Street * Boston, MA 02116

Saturday March 29, 2014, 12pm-5pm

Enjoy complimentary hand and arm massages plus skincare consultations with products from the new and enhanced Mama Mio Collection.

Destination Maternity, Cherry Hill

Town Place at Garden State * 901 Haddonfield Road * Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Saturday March 29, 2014, 12pm-6pm

Enjoy complimentary hand and arm massages plus skincare consultations with products from the new and enhanced Mama Mio Collection.

Destination Maternity, Madison Avenue

28 E. 57th Street * New York, NY 10022

Tuesday March 25, 2014, 12pm-2pm      

Join Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor & E! News Correspondent, Zanna Roberts Rassi, in celebrating BRITISH STYLE! Shop the latest Spring looks from Séraphine, Hudson Jeans, Isabella Oliver and more. Receive expert style tips while enjoying sweet treats from Treat House. Plus, enter for a chance to win a spring wardrobe* and fabulous prizes.

 *No purchase necessary. Wardrobe value to not exceed $500 and includes full priced Destination Maternity merchandise only.

Wednesday March 26, 2014, 1pm-6pm

Enjoy complimentary hand and arm massages plus skincare consultations with products from the new and enhanced Mama Mio Collection.

Friday April 4, 2014, 3pm-6pm

Meet Founder and Head Designer of Séraphine Maternity, Cecile Reinaud! Enjoy tea and light bites as you shop the new collection and enter to win a Spring wardrobe!* Plus, enjoy complimentary mini manicures with our newest assortment of nail lacquers from butter™ LONDON and receive pampering hand and arm massages with products from the new and enhanced Mama Mio collection.

*No purchase necessary. Wardrobe value to not exceed $500 and includes Séraphine Maternity merchandise only.

Saturday April 5, 2014, 12pm-5pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

Destination Maternity, Paramus

35 Plaza *65 East Rte. 4 West * Paramus, NJ  07652

Saturday March 29, 2014, 12pm-6pm

Enjoy complimentary hand and arm massages plus skincare consultations from the new and enhanced Mama Mio collection.

Friday April 4, 2014, 1pm-6pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

Saturday April 5, 2014, 12pm-3pm

Meet Founder and Head Designer of Séraphine Maternity, Cecile Reinaud! Enjoy tea and light bites as you shop the new collection and enter to win a Spring wardrobe!* Plus, enjoy complimentary mini manicures with our newest assortment of nail lacquers from butter™ LONDON and receive pampering hand and arm massages with products from the new and enhanced Mama Mio collection.

*No purchase necessary. Wardrobe value to not exceed $500 and includes Séraphine Maternity merchandise only.


Hospital Bag Essentials

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Your third trimester is often spent making final preparations for baby: nurseries are decorated, supplies are purchased and baby showers are celebrated. In addition to these nesting rituals, it’s also time to think about what to pack in your hospital bag. Since labor can be unpredictable in terms of timing, packing a bag before your due date will help you feel prepared and ready for when baby decides to make his or her grand entrance into the world. We’ve paired our recommendations with tips from The Bump to create a simple-to-follow checklist:

  • 2-3 pairs of warm, non-skid socks or slippers for walking the halls before and after labor:

We recommend our Bump in the Night Slippers which are warm, cozy and easy to put on and take off as needed.

  • A warm robe or sweater:

We like our Bump In The Night™ Empire Waist Nursing Robe which comes as a set including a comfortable, matching nursing nightgown.

  • 2 maternity bras without underwire:

We recommend our Seamless Lift Up Nursing Bra: the material is soft, comfortable and easy to adjust.Try our Jessica Simpson Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra which easily clips down for feeding.

  • A few pairs of maternity underwear:

We like our 3 Pack of Maternity Fold Over Panties: adjustable to your liking, you can wear them over your bump or folded down for added comfort.

  • Lip balm (hospitals are very dry) and moisturizer:

Eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm comes in a 3 pack and is made with nourishing shea butter, vitamin e and jojoba oil. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free, paraben-free, petrolatum-free and phthalate-free. Body Boost’s Fragrance Free Stretch Mark Butter moisturizes to renew stretched skin and also relieves itchiness from dry conditions.

  • A change of clothes for the trip home:

Comfort is key! Layer up in a super-soft, Jersey Knit Maternity Hoodie paired with a relaxed fit maternity tank topFold Over Jersey Knit Yoga Pants are soft and adjustable for a fit that feels best.

GIVEAWAY: butter™ LONDON

Butter London

butter™ LONDON is the authority in fashion-forward nail color. Worn by models on runways around the world, butter LONDON is inspired by rock and roll, self-expression and the beauty of creativity. In addition to their unparalleled assortment of bold, stunning shades, butter LONDON nail lacquer is formulated without harsh chemicals such as Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, phthalates or parabens.

In honor of the launch of butter LONDON at A Pea in the Pod, we are giving away all ten colors, their nail foundation and top coat, plus their signature Body Lotion and soothing Balm to one lucky mom-to-be. This is a giveaway you do not want to miss!

Enter for your chance to win here. Hurry, giveaway ends Tuesday, 3/4!

Destination Maternity Launches New Skincare and Beauty Brands!

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On Wednesday February 19th, bloggers and editors attended a special breakfast to preview Destination Maternity’s newest beauty and skincare brands for mom and baby. Butter London, Clark’s Botanicals, Sanctuary Spa, Noodle and Boo, Juice Beauty, Perfect Pearl, The Honest Company, Naturopathica, Sophie la Girafe Baby, Basq Skin Care, Body Boost and Mama Mio were all in attendance to speak to guests about their new product offerings. Butter London provided mini-manicures with our new assortment of pretty polishes. Basq Skin Care offered rejuvenating chair massages and Mama Mio pampered guests with hand and arm massages, all while sipping fresh-pressed juices and enjoying breakfast treats from The Butcher’s Daughter.

To shop our newest skincare and beauty brands, please visit a Destination Maternity store near you, or click here to shop online.

Four Things

Though we’re still in the thick of winter, spring’s light colors and airy fabrics have us excited for the season ahead. From lightening up with healthier food to partaking in a more natural route when it comes to makeup, we hope these four things inspire you to look beyond the snow, slush and breezy temps in favor of the warmth ahead.

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A cinch to make and delicious to down, this healthy and naturally sweet strawberry smoothie is just the kick start we need morning, noon or night.

Floral is everywhere this spring, and this Jessica Simpson maternity blouse in pretty pastels is the perfect way to showcase the trend.

Exude your innate glow by utilizing these easy and effective natural beauty tips – the perfect way to refresh and renew your look.

Adorable, useful and perfectly DIY, these fabric coasters are a fabulous (and easy) way to add a touch of new to your spring décor.

New on the Scene: THE HONEST COMPANY!

Brand-new and already high on the must-have list of moms and moms-to-be, The Honest Company has made its arrival to our family and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Founded by four people – Jessica Alba, Christopher Gavigan, Brian Lee and Sean Kane – who set out to create effective, eco-friendly, affordable, beautiful and safe baby products, they have done just that in as little as two years!

And now, new to A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity, you can find five of their naturally nourishing products made just for mom: Organic Belly Balm, Body Oil, Face + Body Lotion, Organic Nipple Balm, and Shampoo + Body Wash.

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View and shop our collection of Honest available at both A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

Say, “Om”

From the sheer excitement that comes with carrying a baby to the underlying stresses and dare we say it, slight fears, pregnancy in itself is a whirlwind. Doing what you can to stay calm, cool and collected during these precious nine months – and through labor, too – will help you to center yourself in a peaceful state of mind. From our friends over at Fit Pregnancy, here are their five meditation techniques that are simple to do, yet reap great mental, physical and emotions rewards.

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  1. Deep Belly Meditation – Place your hands on your belly, gently cradling the baby. As you breathe, observe the sensations felt beneath your hands – warmth, movement, etc. Continue to breathe slowly, in and out. If your mind wanders off or if a thought arises, breathe deeper into your belly and let it float away. Try doing this for five minutes each day, gradually adding more time each week.
  2. Mama Mantra – Delve into your inner strength by giving yourself words to live by. Whether to get you through a difficult yoga pose or while enduring a strenuous labor or stage of pregnancy, there is power in your own words. Tell yourself what you need to hear, as only you know it best: “Push through the pain; breath deep, mama. Stay strong for baby.”
  3. Visualization Technique: See the Wave – Through visualization (meditation combined with mental imagery), our strong bodies can actually decrease the intensity of pain – an invaluable tool during labor. The plan: “View each contraction as a wave in the ocean. Watch it slowly peak in intensity and then allow it to slowly come down. See yourself as a jellyfish, allowing that wave to wash through you.”
  4. The “Blossoming Lotus” – A sacred flower representing all that is pure and deeply spiritual in many cultures; use the lotus flower as a visualization tool during labor: “Visualize your cervix as a blossoming lotus flower. Upon every contraction, visualize and chant, “’Open, open, open.’”
  5. Relax the “Third Eye” – During labor or stressful times in your pregnancy, do your best to relax your “third eye”, the space between your eyebrows. Lying directly behind it is the light-sensitive pineal gland, which produces serotonin, the hormone that affects your wake-sleep patterns and energy levels. Doing your best to “control” this offers the chance for maximum relaxation.

Four Things

With the Big Game finally upon us, we’re looking forward to eating delicious food, wearing comfortable (but) cute clothes and a few other little odds and ends on this first weekend in February. From lusciously flowing locks to adding the final touch to the nursery, here are our picks to eat, wear, do and create!

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Easy to devour and as decadent as you’re craving, these Handheld Desserts are the perfect accessory for game day.

Pretty in print and flowing in fit, this Convertible Sleeve Button Detail Maternity Shirt is an easy, breezy look, day or night.

Gorgeously tousled and surprisingly easy to achieve, these Top 10 Beautiful Wavy Long Hairstyles are must-have additions to your styling arsenal.

  The furniture is in and the paint is up; just add this last DIY Nursery Wall Art detail that is sure to bring it all together.

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