Recipe: Orange Ginger Mint Soda Mocktail

This is a refreshing summer mocktail that is perfect if you’re expecting, since it has a hint of ginger. The citrus and mint give this drink its zing, while the ginger helps keep nausea at bay. It’s perfect for your next summer soiree or to sip at home anytime:

 

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Serves 6-8

  • 2oranges
  • 1 1/2cup demara [raw] sugar
  • 1 1/2cup water
  • 81-inch pieces ginger
  • 1bunch fresh mint
  • 1liter club soda
  • crushed ice
  1. Use a vegetable peeler to peel rind from oranges in thin pieces, taking care not to get white pith on rind. Cut oranges in half and squeeze juice into a 3-quart saucepan.
  2. Add sugar and water to saucepan and place over medium high heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium. Add orange rind, ginger, and mint; simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain syrup, discarding solids. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up 1 week.
  3. To make sodas, fill a tall glass halfway with crushed ice. Add 1/4 cup of orange-ginger-mint syrup to glass and top off with club soda. If desired, add a splash of orange-flavored vodka or spiced rum to glass before topping with club soda. Garnish with thin slice of orange and a couple of mint leaves.

Recipe from: www.food52.com

Party Décor Idea: The Little Red Wagon

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I can’t believe it has been a year already! I have heard so many moms say just the same thing when their baby’s 1st birthday was approaching! Time flies and while juggling work, hobbies, family and friends, I also had to start planning Greyson’s 1st birthday party. We chose to have “A Little Red Wagon” theme for Grey since he has a red radio flyer wagon that he loves. With Pinterest and so many other great websites to be inspired by, figuring out decorations and planning was easy! Grey’s radio flyer was the centerpiece of the party so I kept everything in black, red and white. I also added a little vintage feel with galvanized steel serving dishes and burlap touches; I think it worked nicely.  I am so happy with how Grey’s party turned out. I hope this provides you with a little inspiration for your next party or event! –Olivia

 

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Butter London

Butter Nail Lacquar Blog

As summer is winding down we are already getting ready for fall here at Destination Maternity. Everyone loves these great transitional nudes and cosmetic pink shades by Butter London. This cosmetic palette is a huge trend for fall and we love it!  Butter London’s lacquers are carcinogen and formaldehyde free so these are perfect for expecting and new moms. You can find these butter london colors and more available online and in stores at Destination Maternity.

 

 

The Perfect Summer Salad

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This is a quick and simple salad that is a perfect summer dish. Serve as a healthy side or add grilled chicken for a delicious meal for you and your family.

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

1 small shallot, minced

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, preferably Banyuls

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

12 cups packed assorted baby lettuces (about 6 ounces)

1 quart strawberries, hulled—small berries halved, large ones quartered

4 ounces feta (preferably French), crumbled (1 cup)

1 cup smoked almonds, chopped

 

Recipe taken from www.foodandwine.com

Every Mother Counts

One of our favorite bloggers,  Jennifer Rand from Belle De Couture took part in A Pea in the Pod and Citizens of Humanity’s partnership with Every Mother Counts. Founded by Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Jennifer styled the signature tee and Citizens of Humanity jeans to perfection and boasted how comfortable she found the jeans!  We love how she accessorized her look with Saint Laurent sunglasses, vintage Moschino clutch and nude heels.

For each jean sold, A Pea in the Pod will donate $15.00 and Citizens of Humanity will donate $25.00 to EMC to support its efforts to improve global maternal health and reduce maternal mortality worldwide. A Pea in the Pod will also donate $5 from the purchase of every Every Mother Counts t-shirt to the charity.

Many thanks to Jennifer for supporting such a great cause with us here at Destination Maternity!

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Shop our Every Mother Counts & Citizens for Humanity collection today!

Check out her blog post

 

Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection

Transition from mom-to-be to new mommy with the Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection

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Mom of two and our own maternity fashion maven, Jessica Simpson is the ultimate momspiration!  We are so excited to announce that she will be expanding her clothing empire at Destination Maternity with her New Mom Collection!

The Jessica Simpson New Mom Collection offers postpartum and nursing essentials that are both fashionable and functional and made in comfortable fabrics.  The collection features clip down camis, cardigans and tunics with nursing accessibility.  The most exciting addition is the postpartum bottoms, a legging and lounge pant, which are made with a built-in control shaper tummy panel to give support and smoothing to New Moms.

Enjoy being a new mom and be stylish while doing it!  Check out the Jessica Simpson New Mom Shop at DestinationMaternity.com!

A Gift for Baby from Your Wedding Dress

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Meet Jen Bowers, the Divisional Merchandise Manager for A Pea in the Pod!  A stylish mama herself, she is in charge of the team of buyers that keeps our stores filled with trendy maternity pieces for mothers-to-be!

Instead of shopping for a special occasion dress for her daughter Kendall, Jen had the sweet idea of designing something special using fabric from her wedding dress. “My wedding dress was an all-over lace Monique Lhuillier gown.  I wanted to incorporate the lace from my dress so she had a piece of me on her special day.”

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With creative and design expertise from Brittany West, A Pea in the Pod’s assistant designer, they created a beautiful dress for a beautiful girl!

 

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We love the idea of repurposing your wedding dress for baby.  You could also make a beautiful bassinet skirt, a necklace with the fabric embedded in it, or turn your wedding dress into something smaller, like a pillow.  What great hand-me-down pieces for your baby!

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What to Wear in your Third Trimester: Summer Edition!

Now that you’ve reached the third trimester, you’re in the home stretch of your pregnancy! The third trimester of pregnancy can be physically challenging so it’s important to stay as comfortable as possible with your wardrobe as you prepare for baby’s arrival!  Here are our top 3 must-have maternity summer styles for the third trimester!

  1. Dresses

1 Whether it’s your baby shower, a day of shopping, or going out for mocktails, wearing a dress is a perfect way to flatter your bump this summer.  Maxi dresses are a summer staple and look effortlessly chic without risking your comfort.  Try a bright maxi like the Spaghetti Strap Twist Front Maternity Maxi Dress in white to add to your mom-to-be glow.  For your baby shower, stand out in a printed dress, like our Sleeveless Shift Dress Maternity Dress in paisley print.

  1. Sleepwear

2 Getting a good night sleep is so important and can be difficult during your last trimester.  Make sure to stay relaxed by choosing sleepwear in lightweight fabrics.  Our Baby Love Striped Maternity Sleep Shirt is a cute and comfy way to stay cool in the humid summer nights and allows for a whole lot of baby bump room! The Racerback Nursing 2 Piece Set can be worn throughout your pregnancy and beyond and is also functional for nursing.

  1. Hospital Needs

3 Packing your bag ahead of time can help you feel prepared.  A nightgown and robe set like the Bump In The Night™ Decorative Trim Nursing Nightgown And Robe is a great essential for after the baby’s arrival.  Make sure to have an unlined sleep bra, such as the Jessica Simpson Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra that is both comfortable and supportive. You can shop all these looks and more in store or online at DestinationMaternity.com!

What to Wear: How to Dress for a Maternity Portrait Session

Maternity portraits are the perfect way to document your pregnancy.   When it comes to your maternity photos, your wardrobe has to be just right!  Choose styles that make you feel beautiful and comfortable while showing your baby bump proudly.  Here are some stylish options that will show off your glow and your bump!

Form Fitting Maxi Dress: 

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1. Maternity Maxi Dress 2. Jessica Simpson Strapless Empire Waist Maternity Maxi Dress 3. Seraphine Sleeveless Knot Front Maternity Maxi Dress 4. Weston Wear Sleeveless Bust Ruching Maternity Maxi Dress

 

Short Dress With High Waist:

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1. Sleeveless Shift Dress Maternity Dress 2. Spaghetti Strap Maternity Swing Dress

 

Skinny Jeans or Leggings with a Loose Top or Tunic:

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1. A Pea In The Pod Jeans Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans 2. Indigo Blue Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans 3. Sleeveless Ruffle Front Maternity Blouse 4. MISOKA Convertible Sleeve Button Front Maternity Blouse 5. Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Maternity Leggings 6. Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Maternity Crop Leggings 7. Short Sleeve V-neck Hanky Hem Maternity Tunic

 

 

What to Wear in your Second Trimester: Summer Edition!

When it comes to dressing during pregnancy, comfort and style are key.  By your second trimester you’ll notice that what feels right in week 10, may not fit right in week 20.  As your belly grows, you’ll want styles that stretch and move with your body and for the summer months, you’ll want choices that keep you feeling light and breezy.  Here are our top 3 must have summer styles for the growing mom-to-be.

  1. Fashion tops

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It’s time to flaunt and be proud of your belly!  Choose tops and blouses that fit comfortably over your bump with some room for your growing belly.  Show off your bump in the season’s top trends, like a colorful maternity kimono over a slim fit maternity tshirt.  Or style a beautiful maternity blouse, like our best-selling MISOKA Convertible Sleeve Button Front Maternity Blouse with a great pair of Secret Fit Belly® jeans.

  1. Maternity bras

 

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If you haven’t already, now’s the time to invest in some new great maternity bras. During pregnancy, your bust size will fluctuate and the size that you wore pre-pregnancy may not be the same during your pregnancy or after your baby is born. Sleep and seamless bras are essential purchases and can be worn throughout your entire pregnancy and beyond.  Our A Pea in the Pod® Unlined Nursing Sleep Bra and our Motherhood Maternity® Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra are both soft and stretchy and offer light support.   Invest in an every-day bra like the Full Coverage Underwire Maternity Nursing Bra for added support.

  1. Loungewear

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For the days you would rather throw on a tee, we recommend the Wildfox tees at A Pea in the Pod®.  This exclusive collection of tees can be worn many ways (check out our blog post on it!), including paired with the lightweight Nation LTD Jersey Knit Drawstring Maternity Lounge Pants, available in bright colors for summer.

 

You can shop all these looks and more in store or online at DestinationMaternity.com!

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