A Fresh + Festive Mocktail for Mamas-To-Be

Cranberry Basil Non-Alcoholic SpritzerI love entertaining even more during the holidays! Whenever I am hosting a gathering, I serve a signature cocktail that tastes just as good without alcohol. For Thanksgiving, this festive cranberry spritzer recipe is my go to. It’s delish, super simple to make and when displayed, adds a decorative touch to a holiday tablescape. I hope you enjoy! -Olivia


  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. basil leaves
  • 2 c. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ¼ c. fresh lime juice
  • 1 L chilled club soda
  • 4 slice lime
  • 1 c. fresh cranberries
  • ½ c. basil leaves


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, remove pan from heat, and let steep for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.
  3. Fill pitcher with chilled club soda, then add lime slices, fresh cranberries, and 1/2 cup basil leaves. To serve, pour spritzers over ice, top each with a splash more club soda, and garnish with basil.

The original recipe is from CountryLiving.com

Rachel Zoe On What You Need In Your Bag + Closet Right Now

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

The fall season is in full swing and with it, tons of new trends and must-haves. I reached out to the ultimate fab mom, Rachel Zoe, for her top picks that every stylish mama needs in both her handbag and closet right now.Rachel Zoe Fall Fashion Must HavesFrom Rachel

Every mom and mom-to-be needs an arsenal of separates that are classic and versatile, and a handbag stocked with the essentials.  Check out some of my fall favorites for everyday beauty tips and style that’s effortlessly glamorous!RZ Essentials BLOGThe Honest Company hand sanitizer spray is perfect for moms on the go. I have one in every bag, in every room in my house and office – it’s with me everywhere I go!

Tom Ford Carrie round sunglasses; I always have a pair of oversized sunnies on me at all times, and I’m obsessed with Tom Ford’s Carrie frame. That man can do no wrong.

Lancome’s AUDA(CITY) in Paris eye shadow palette creates the perfect smoky eye in a range of warm, saturated tones. I always love an eye shadow palette, because you can go light for day and dark for night.

Mac Diva Antics lipstick is a rich, reddish burgundy. It’s my perfect autumn shade!

Long sleeve side slit maxi dress; I love the idea of a side slit maxi dress for fall. Styled with over the knee boots or platform sandals, it’s endlessly versatile.

Ponte vest; A sleek vest is essential to every wardrobe.  It’s the one piece you’ll throw on when you’re looking to polish off any ensemble.

Wendy Bellissimo’s Halloween Tips

Guest Editor: Wendy Bellissimo, Designer

I’m all about simple yet chic holiday décor, especially now that I’m a mom myself and have so little time! With Halloween approaching, I enlisted the help of Wendy Bellissimo, designer behind her namesake maternity collection, to share some tips on decorating for Halloween made simple.front-door3fAs told by Wendy:

As a designer and mom of four I am completely in love with holidays and the tradition of them all!  For our family, Halloween kicks off a 6 month run of non-stop decorating. Here are some of my secrets for starting the season off in a fun and festive way:

First, I use bales of hay to create a festive look and to build different layers and heights for decorations.  Hay bales transition perfectly to Thanksgiving décor, so you can get two holidays out of them. Spider webs are another perfect Halloween touch. You can turn a wood pile into Halloween décor like I did here by covering it with webs and adding giant spiders.IMG_2160Next, to add some interest, layer in different colored pumpkins in varied sizes. You can never have too many pumpkins for Halloween!
1Don’t forget the twinkle lights in orange or white to go around the hay bales and wood piles or simply wrap them around your decorations. Once Halloween is almost here, we carve the jack-o-lanterns and light them all up on the front steps. Sometimes the battery operated candles work out best for that.
IMG_2161For the big day try our Bellissimo Original and yummy Halloween Party “Brain” Dip.  It’s delicious and the kids will love it.

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween! Love, Wendy

Pregnancy-Perfect Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

CulinaryCravings BLOGTaking trips to the farmer’s market, playground and pumpkin patch are some of my favorite things to do with my family this time of year.  I was inspired during a recent trip to Duffield’s Farm Market to do some baking and thought it would be a perfect activity for my toddler too. I found a simple recipe for pumpkin muffins and adjusted it to make it a bit healthier for my family. Since these muffins aren’t super sweet and are made with whole wheat flour, they can also be a good anytime snack for a mom-to-be. (I was always looking for healthier options to curb my sweet tooth during my pregnancy!)


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Juice from 1 large orange
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling


  • Take out a 12-cup muffin pan and muffin liners (you can use seasonal ones for fun!)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line the muffin pan with muffin liners and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • Combine the cranberries and orange juice in a small microwave-safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke a small hole to vent. Microwave until the orange juice is warm, 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on the strength of your microwave.
  • Set aside to let the cranberries plump, about 5 minutes, then drain off the juice.
  • Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Whisk together the butter, plumped cranberries, pumpkin puree, milk, eggs and orange zest in a large bowl.
  • Add the flour-spice mixture to the pumpkin mixture and gently fold the batter together until it has combined (it’s ok if there are a few lumps.)
  • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle the top of each muffin generously with the turbinado sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, roughly 20 to 24 minutes.
  • Cool the muffins in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe adapted from foodnetwork.com

Olivia’s Honest Beauty Favorites

As a mom, I am big fan of The Honest Company’s personal care and cleaning supplies so I was most excited when Jessica Alba announced Honest Beauty was launching. During my visit to Los Angeles earlier this month, I had the chance to check out the new line of safe, high performance cosmetics at the Honest Beauty Pop-Up Shop at The Grove. If you live nearby or are visiting LA, you should definitely add it to your list!15The natural wood, soft lighting and glam decor give the shop a serene vibe and complement the equally pretty packaging and product shades perfectly.
IMG_9612The straightforward layout with makeup and skincare displayed separately on marble and Lucite® fixtures (hello-gorgeous!), each marked Face, Eyes, Lips or Cheeks, make it super easy to shop.
56Most impressive were the computer demo screens that, with a click of a button, reproduced different looks directly on my face! I could choose from Fresh, Sunny, Chic, Daring and Glam to try out different looks without ever applying any make-up… genius! The Chic look featuring a cat eye and pink lip was my fave!
2The products that are now in my make-up routine are the luminizing powdergel cleanser, the kissable lip crayon and of course my favorite Honest makeup wipes.
1Have you tried Honest Beauty yet? I would love to hear about your favorites! –Olivia

5 Best Fall Skincare Products for Pregnancy

Guest Editor: Kristen Diamond, Beauty and Lingerie Buyer

Cooler temperatures can bring newfound skincare dilemmas— especially if you are expecting! Who better to dish on the best Fall beauty picks that are safe for momma and baby than our resident guru Kristen? Kristen just happens to be getting ready for the arrival of her second baby— a little girl, due any day—so read along for the products getting her through the final stretch and the rest of the season!KRISTEN BEAUTYAs Told by Kristen:

I’ve been planning and preparing for my little girl’s impending arrival and I am so excited that the wait is almost over! Now that we are moving into Fall, I’ve naturally switched up my beauty routine and only use pregnancy-safe products that are free of harsh chemicals but still effective. Here are my favorites:KristenEssentials BLOGTreatment: Mama Mio’s Pregnancy Boob Tube soothes, hydrates and even firms. I use it after the shower and will continue doing so after baby arrives. It’s worth noting that this cream is safe for moms to continue using if they plan to breastfeed.

Body Oil: Body oils are a great way to nourish and maintain moisture throughout pregnancy and beyond. I’m a fan of both the eucalyptus and lavender oils from Basq. I plan on packing both in my hospital bag to keep me calm and relaxed!

Lip Balm: I always have an Honest Lip Balm on hand, especially in the Fall when chapped lips can be problematic. Oh and I’m also obsessed with Honest’s Hand Sanitizing Spray since it’s just as hydrating and is perfect for on-the-go to keep germs at bay.

Body Scrub: Exfoliation is key when the weather cools PLUS your skin takes a toll during pregnancy. I recommend a body scrub like Basq’s Sugar Body Polish to slough away dry skin before moisturizing with an all over body lotion like Basq’s Mega Moisture Cream.

Nail Polish: I love all of the dark nail colors for fall. Butter London’s Nail Lacquer in Posh Bird is one of my favorites!

7 Ways to Lessen Stress During Your Pregnancy by Lori Bregman

Guest Editor: Lori Bregman, Celebrity Doula, Life Coach + Author

As a birth doula and coach I have taken and supported thousands of women through their pregnancy journey. As amazing as this special time is, it can also come with its fair share of stress, especially for the first time mama.Lori BregmanHere are a few ways to make your journey into motherhood a more peaceful experience:

Focus on yourself – In all my years, I have never experienced the same circumstances in a woman, relationship, pregnancy, birth or baby – each one has had a very UNIQUE journey. When you focus on the way someone else did it, how much weight they gained, or how their partner is showing up for them,  you will disconnect with your own individuality and truth of who you are and what authentically feels right for you and your unique family. They are not you; we all have different strengths, weaknesses and ways of doing things. Focus on yourself, find what feels right for you and do it your way.

Be present – I have always loved this quote, “99% of the things we worry about never happen.” Watch the what- ifs; if you find yourself focusing on what MIGHT be, then bring your attention back into the present moment. When we worry about the future we are worrying about something that might not ever happen. The only thing that is real is this present moment; the past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet. It is in what you do here and now that is building a path to your future. We waste so much precious energy worrying about what might go wrong, but an easy way to shift this is by catching your thoughts and changing them to what could go right.

It’s ok to set boundaries – During pregnancy EVERYONE will be projecting their views and ways onto you about the way they did it or think it should be done. Protect yourself from the projections and horror stories that others will love to tell you about. Remember what I said above about no two women are the same. Just because they had that experience or knew of someone who did, doesn’t mean that will be your experience. You have every right to set boundaries and say, “I know you mean well, but I’m trying to stay in a good healthy head space. So unless you have something positive to say that will help inspire me about birth or motherhood, I would prefer not to hear it.” Setting boundaries can be challenging at first, but it gets easier once you start feeling better after setting them.The Mindful Mom-to-beCreate a morning and bedtime ritual for yourself – The way you go to sleep and the way you start your day sets the pace for how well you will sleep through this time as well as how your day will unfold once you wake. As a parent you naturally transition your child to sleep by feeding them a healthy dinner, giving them a soothing bath or reading them a book. In the morning you might want to give them a bit of down time to ease your child into their day. Be mindful about the food you give them and how they react to it. It’s a no brainer and easy to do for your kids so they succeed and thrive. I invite you now to do the same for YOURSELF.

Breathe, meditate, exercise and do yoga – These are all great ways to release endorphins (the feel good hormone,) help you de-stress, calm the nervous system, ground your energy and promote relaxation.

Clean up your diet – Eating a diet rich in Non-GMO, hormone free and organic whole foods is an instant game changer. Your food can have an effect on your mood, energy and of course overall wellbeing. If you regularly consume sugars, white flours, sodas, fried and processed foods, your body will be working overtime spending priceless energy to digest and detoxify. You have a choice with what you put in your body. The cleaner you eat, the more you will start to feel better, less stressed and thus thrive. Most importantly, the foundation on which you build your baby from will be solid and healthy.

Stay off the internet – If you are looking for a problem, you can be sure to find one online. I once went onto some of the pregnancy chat rooms to see why so many of my clients were spinning in fear and I was even freaked out after reading all the scary stories people were talking about. There are amazing books out there; find the ones that keep it real and don’t promote fear. I love Ina May’s – Guide to Childbirth,  Sarah Buckley’s – Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering…, Dr. Hakakha and Dr. Brown’s – Expecting 411, and of course my book – The Mindful Mom-To-Be:)

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.

Celebrating Grandparents Day with a Q + A with Cathy Alba

In honor of National Grandparents Day this Sunday, we thought we would catch up with one particular grandparent, Cathy Alba; yes mom to Jessica! Grandparents hold a special place in their family’s lives and Cathy is no exception. A grandmother of 4, Cathy is also The Honest Company’s Senior Brand Educator. Read on to hear more about the role she plays in her family and family business and don’t forget to tell us about the role your own grandparents play in the comments below!Cathy Alba Grandparents Day

Image courtesy of Cathy Alba

What do you enjoy most about being a grandma? I enjoy being 100% present and in the moment with my grandchildren. With my children, I was working full time, while my husband and I were raising our children. While I still work full time now, I am older, a little wiser and more organized. I just get to concentrate on them. As a young adult, life was fast and crazy, and still is at times, but with maturity, I handle it differently.  My priorities have shifted with age.

I also enjoy the little mannerisms that I pick up on from my grandchildren, that remind me of my own children when they were young, which sometimes brings me to tears.  Even when they test their boundaries, they remind me of what their parents did at their age, and now I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I find it quite hilarious!

By the way, I’m blessed with 4 grandchildren, so far.  My son, Joshua, and his wife, Nikki, have Carter (10) and Brooklyn (6).  My daughter Jessica, and her husband Cash, have Honor (7), and Haven (4).  They all call my husband, Papa, and me, Nana.

How is being a grandma different from being a mom? I’m so much more relaxed, more patient, and don’t have the pressure of the 24hr mom I used to be.  Also, experiencing and assisting with the births of my daughter’s two children, gave me an overwhelming, and emotional experience, only a Grandmother (Nana) could receive.

What activity do you enjoy most with your grandkids? I enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and amusement parks, to name a few of the active ones.  I also enjoy the quiet times, bedtime story time, arts and crafts, and cuddling, and watching their favorite movies with them.  There are so many, I can’t just pick one! Any activity with them make me feel younger, and more energetic.

What’s your role in the Honest Company? I am a Senior Brand Educator.  I educate the retailers that carry our product, help organize and speak at store events with customers, throughout the country, and soon, internationally.

What are your favorite Honest products? 1. Honest Face and Body Oil, 2. Honest Healing Balm, 3. Honest wipes, 4. Honest Deodorant, 5. Honest Face and Body Lotion, 6. Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner, 7. Honest Laundry Detergent.

Thanks you so much for letting me share a little part of my Beautiful Life with you all! -Cathy

Ease Morning Sickness Naturally

Chances are #morningsickness is showing up on more than just your Instagram feed during the VMAs. When I was pregnant with my son, I had a serious case of the queasies during my first trimester, and thankfully, I was able to quell it without needing a prescription.
5For those of you looking for a way to potentially alleviate an upset stomach and nausea during pregnancy, Preggies Pop Drops are all-natural gluten free lozenges that are a sweet and convenient to carry with you. If you prefer something you can sip on, you can try Anna Naturals Keep It Down Pregnancy Tea, new to our stores and online. Organic ginger and organic chamomile are blended with spearmint and lavender for a soothing or refreshing cup of tea—you can make it hot or iced—that’s quite delicious and safe for pregnancy. PLUS it is 100% caffeine free.

Would love to know your tips for handling morning sickness; share them in the comments below! xoxo, Olivia

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Pregnancy and Beyond

Guest Editor: Catherine McCord, Author + Blogger of Weelicious

My third pregnancy was filled with so many firsts. Kenya, my oldest, was old enough to really understand what’s happening inside my belly. Chloe, my second, was about to become a big sister for the first time. The kids and hubby waited on me hand and foot and I’d say they loved my pregnancy cravings as much as I did! They all thought it was funny that I had to have my daily pregnancy parfait every morning, and that I followed them around eating their leftovers. Somehow, I still had late night cravings for a smoothie. I try to keep a healthy balance of foods in my diet all the time, but with a baby camping out in my belly it felt even more important to listen to my body and stay healthy.
Catherine with familyI also still had to feed a grown man and two children, so I made tons of dinners the whole family would enjoy and that required minimal prep, but that were fresh and wholesome. Here are a few of my favorite easy meals that satisfied my pregnancy cravings and my family during pregnancy number three:

Chilled Avocado Soup // Hummus Veggie Wraps // Superfood Salad // Pesto Pasta with Roast Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes // Asian Rice Bowls with Egg

When you’re pregnant, it’s also important to remember that getting your fat and calories from nutrient dense foods with tons of vitamins and minerals (and don’t forget those omega 3 fatty acids) is essential. If you decide to breastfeed your baby this is especially true. This is not the time to start dieting as you need to eat plenty of nutritious calories to keep up with milk production. A great way to get tons of vitamins and minerals is drinking a pregnancy smoothie! Here’s a recipe I love:Pregnancy Smoothie recipe


  • 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup milk (almond, soy, or cow’s)
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon hemp, chai, or flax seeds, optional


  1. Place ingredients in a blender and puree pushing down with spatula to combine between pulses (mixture is very thick so it may take a few minutes).
  2. Place in a tall glass and drink immediately or freeze for several hours to achieve the consistency of ice cream.

Lastly, to keep you energized all day long after baby arrives here’s a few of my favorite snacks. The bonus? I can make them for my older kids too, so we’re all happy!

Avocado Toast // Sweet Potato Dippers // Breakfast Cookies // Brainy Breakfast // Veggie Garden Cups // Protein Bars

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.
  • I'm OLIVE CAPONE MYERS, Style Director for Destination Maternity and lover of all things simple yet stylish!
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    The party season is upon us and Style Director @oliviacmyers is styling this punched-up @rachelzoe #LBD, fit for any holiday gathering! For her tips + to shop the look, head to the blog! (Link in bio!) #maternitystyle #ontheblog #stylethebump #holiday #partylooks #pregnancystyle Find standout style + flawless #bump fit in easy a-line tops. For more #maternitystyle secrets + to shop the looks, head to the blog! (Link in bio!) #pregnancystyle #wardrobesecrets #stylethebump Play with patterns + colors for a fun way to layer your look! Shop @motherhoodmaternity winter styles at the link in bio! #lovegrowshere #maternitystyle #stylethebump #pregnancystyle This cranberry basil mocktail is a fresh + festive treat for any holiday gathering! For the simple recipe to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, head to the blog! (Link in bio!) #recipe #pregancycravings #Thanksgiving #mocktail #momlife
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