Inside The Learning Studio

Did you know select Destination Maternity superstores have Learning Studios inside? (Find a location near you.) Our Learning Studios offer a great selection of pre- and postnatal fitness and educational classes for moms and moms-to-be.

Meet Tara Poulin of Birthing Gently at our Natick, Massachusetts Destination Maternity Location.  We recently chatted with Tara about where her interests as a Childbearth Educator began and why she loves working with moms-to-be in our Learning Studio.

 

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1. What do you love about teaching educational classes like Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, Childbirth Classes and Hypnobirthing at Destination Maternity?

Teaching in a supportive & friendly atmosphere, along with the ability to teach these classes in a smaller group size to our students are by far the most enjoyable pieces. From an instructor’s perspective the students feel more comfortable & relaxed.

2. How did you come to teach this type of program, what is your background?

As the founder of “Birthing Gently” I began a relationship with Destination Maternity about seven years ago; it has continued to grow and develop over the years, allowing us to offer a variety of classes. I am a birth doula for high-risk women in the Boston and NYC area, a birth doula trainer, founder of “Birthing Gently” and mother of five children.

3. What do moms and moms-to-be enjoy most about your classes?

The feedback I receive from our students is that they love having a sense of continuity, such as knowing that after class, on break or weeks later, our instructors will take the time to answer any questions they may have or help them to connect in the community for support services. The students also love our instructors’ ability to present information in an unbiased way, allowing the families to feel supported no matter what their choices or views are surrounding all topics.

4. Why do you like teaching at the Destination Maternity Learning Studio?

The learning studio is modern and up-to-date, the staff is friendly, and the room itself is welcoming and comfortable for new moms, allowing them to create a comfortable space during class. It also allows for a little shopping on breaks, before and of course after class. Who wouldn’t love that?!

Find a Destination Maternity Learning Studio location near you!

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!

Real Moms-to-Be: Jacky’s Baby Shower

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Meet Jacky: Our Senior Online Marketing Manager! Jacky graciously allowed us to take a peek inside her super-adorable baby shower and told us a little bit about the process:

Tell us about your shower outfit! What did you love most about it?

I’m very petite, so I wanted to wear something fitted that showed off my baby bump. I loved this Laundry by Shelli Segal Dress right away because it was comfortable and stylish, which is very important to me at this point in my pregnancy. To add in a pop of color, I paired the dress with a bright statement necklace. I made sure to wear a maternity shaper underneath, which helped to give me a smooth, sleek look and also helped to relieve some back pain I’ve been experiencing.

Q: How did you decide on your location and theme? Who helped to plan the shower?

The town I live in is very rich in history, so I really wanted to take advantage of that. The shower was held at a charming, old hotel that was built in the 1700’s with beautiful antique features. Since my husband and I are keeping the gender of the baby a secret, the theme was “What Will it Bee?” My family coordinated everything around the theme from the honey jar favors to the bee hive shaped cake. My mother-in-law even baked all the sweet treats that also fit into the theme. It was truly perfect!

Q: What was the most memorable gift you received?

We received a lot of amazing and thoughtful gifts. One of the gifts that stood out to me is from my mother-in-law. She crocheted a replica of an alphabet picture that my husband had in his room as a baby; that was very special to me. Passing on these traditions are very important in building our family together.

 

British Brands We Love: butter™ LONDON!

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butter™ LONDON is the authority in fashion-forward nail color. Worn by models on runways around the world, butter™ LONDON is Great Britain; 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. Destination Maternity offers 10 stunning new colors, a nail foundation and top coat, plus their signature Body Lotion and soothing Balm that will keep you glowing throughout your pregnancy.

In honor of our British Invasion, a celebration of the best in British Style, butter™ LONDON will be providing free mini-manicures at the following locations:

Destination Maternity, Madison Avenue
28 E. 57th Street * New York, NY 10022

Friday April 4, 2014, 3pm-6pm

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

Saturday April 5, 2014, 12pm-3pm

We look forward to seeing you there! Check out our other exciting events happening at a store near you.

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.


It’s Been a Great Year!

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Thank you to our fans and followers for a wonderful year!

Introducing SOLOW for A Pea in the Pod!

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A Pea in the Pod ® and SOLOW have teamed up to create a new active wear capsule collection for moms-to-be! The exclusively designed maternity collection, which features a pair of leggings, a cami, a jacket and a sweatshirt are now available at select A Pea in the Pod® and Destination Maternity® stores and online at apeainthepod.com and destinationmaternity.com.

The styles contain SOLOW’s signature Eclon performance fabric, which is Blue-Sign certified sustainable, flattering and provides the necessary support for a range of athletic activity. Blue-Sign certified clothing guarantees the product was produced with the lowest level of harmful substances, poses no danger to health, and was produced in an environmentally sound manner.

This feminine activewear collection balances efficiency and elegance, great for layering and perfect to transition from the gym to the street.

Shop the new SOLOW maternity collection at A Pea in the Pod.

Nurseries We Love: Metallic Touches

A little bit neutral, a whole lot of glam, nurseries are going sleek and sophisticated by way of metallic touches. From intricate wallpapers in gold and silver to giant poufs, shiny pillows and mirrored furniture, there’s something to be said for adding a dose of sparkle to your sparkling newborn’s haven.

Silver, grey and white merge together in a nursery that is serenely glam.

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Photo source: apartmenttherapy.com

Rich in layers of shiny and bright elements, this little girl’s haven screams glamour.

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Photo source: hudsonbabydesign.blogspot.com

The gorgeous gold wall paper in this nursery adds a dramatic punch of metallic loveliness.

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A modern take on luxe metallic, this bright nursery is full of whimsy and cheer.

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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.

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