Sun, Sand + Toddler: Beach Survival Guide

My son Greyson is full of energy and has a loving and cheerful personality. Being a toddler though, meltdowns, rants and toy throwing are all becoming a normal state of affairs in my house. So now, going ANYWHERE with him takes careful preparation and planning. If you’re already a mom and have been through this stage, you get it. If not, you’ll soon come to see exactly what I’m talking about.

A few weeks ago we took our first beach trip this year. Before baby, my husband and I would drive to the beach without a moment’s notice and with no thought at all other than what bikini or bathing suit we should bring; how times have-a-changed! With a two year old in tow, a beach day takes not only more planning but many, many, many more bags! We quickly realized things we are going to do differently the next time.  Read on for some of my tips (that we will surely be using next time) for a trip to the beach with your kiddos.246Prepare the night before: Even though we talked about going to the beach the night before, we waited to pack until the morning. Fools! Grey woke up late (thus so did we). Secondly, everything inevitably takes longer than expected. I had to pack our beach bag(s) including changes of clothes and towels, organize our beach chairs and toys, prep snacks, and get myself ready. Sorry hubs, but a mismatched bathing suit and cover-up is just not going to happen! Mama needed some glam time before hitting the beach. Lesson: Definitely pack the night before and even load chairs and toys in the car to save even more time.

Bring baggies, many baggies: An hour late, we did finally get out the door to meet up with friends. We had a full day of fun soaking in the sun, playing in the sand and taking dips in the ocean. As we started to pack up to call it day, I realized I forgot to pack plastic baggies and I had nothing to throw our wet suits or left over snacks in.

Don’t forget the baby powderMy girlfriend who has two older children shared a little secret with me as she watched as I struggled on a small beach towel covered in sand to get my son out of his diaper and still wet swimsuit: baby powder helps to easily remove sand from squirmy tots! We will definitely be including that in our beach bag for our next trip.

If you have any summer mommy secrets you’d like to share, please let me know… I’m all ears! -Olivia

 

The Potty Chronicles // Dare to be Diaper-free

Our potty training journey has finally begun! Grey’s 2nd birthday was last month, so we’ve already started preparing for THE POTTY! Along with his age, Parents Magazine’s 10 Things to Know About Potty Training also helped me recognize that Grey was ready to start his training. He has started to dislike being in diapers, is pretty regular and can stay dry for a few hours. Woot-woot!  Step one: Purchase the potty. He loves it; that is…..he loves pretending to use the potty. A good first step in my opinion!

Step two: Teach him how. My husband shows him what to do and we ask every time we think he’s ready. His usual answer: “NOOOOOOO,” in the cutest toddler voice EVER! On the few occasions we have gotten him to sit, like last weekend, the pee-pee didn’t actually end up in the potty; the first of many accidents I’m sure. We had a good laugh though!

Step 3: Keep trying. For his birthday Grey received The Boys’ Noisy Potty Book. It’s a super simple guide with fun noises explaining how to use the potty and there is one for girls, too. He loves the book so much, I’m thinking we might get him a potty that makes a noise, flushes or plays a song! Combined with a daily reading and a prompt for him to use the potty, I think we are on our way!

I’ll be posting updates, so follow us along on The Potty Chronicles, and if you have any tips for us, please pass them my way! –Olivia

Inside Alicia’s Registry: Top Picks for the 1st Time Mom

One of our own, Alicia, is expecting later this summer and we’ve asked her to share her registry must haves as a first-time  mom. Have you used any of these items? Alicia and I would love to know what you think! Share your comments and the must-have items on your registry below! –Olivia Alicia's Registry WE2

Stroller:  BOB Revolution Flex Stroller

My stroller checklist is pretty simple: safe, comfortable, lightweight and foldable! That way, it can go in and out of the car, plus is easy to jog and run with. I settled on the BOB Revolution Stroller, as it hits all of my must haves. It doesn’t hurt that is has a lot of cool, techy features too!

Baby Carrier: ERGObaby 360 Carrier

I plan to be a mom-on-the-go, so I looked for a carrier with different holding positions (this one has 4,) one that has comfort and size customization for both me and the baby. I think it will be perfect for when my little one wants to be snug and held, but I need to be hands free.

Nursing Pillow: The Honest Company Nursing Pillow or The Boppy

A nursing pillow is great for all moms – nursing or not! It’s not only awesome for supporting your baby while breastfeeding, but also great for tummy time, learning to sit up and to help prop them up for the perfect photo. I plan on using the heck out of this thing!

Décor: Babyprints Deluxe Wall Frame

Babies change so much in their first year and I plan on capturing every cute moment! A photo frame is a special way to display the memories.  I also love a good photo-op and these age blocks are an awesome prop while documenting my growing babe.

Swaddles & Sleepsacks: Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle BlanketHalo Sleepsack

Swaddles are an awesome multi-use item.  The tight swaddles and sleepsacks are perfect for keeping baby cozy, hopefully resulting in a lot of sweet slumber (for the baby’s sake and mine!) And since I plan on nursing, they will make great covers and oversized burp cloths for a little boob and puke protection.

Diaper Bag: Honest Carryall Diaper Bag

A chic diaper bag is a must! I’m seriously craving this Honest Diaper bag; it’s super stylish yet functional. It has stroller hook options, a changing pad and tons of easy access pockets inside for keeping the craziness organized.

Honest Founder Christopher Gavigan on Fatherhood + What He Wants Most for Father’s Day

Guest Editor, Christopher Gavigan, Founder and Chief Product Officer of The Honest Company

In honor of Father’s Day, we are kicking the holiday weekend off with a special guest post from Christopher Gavigan, father of three and one of the founders of The Honest Company! Christopher is also the Company’s Chief Product Officer and he and Honest have had quite the busy week; the Company announced a forthcoming beauty line and Christopher and cofounder Jessica Alba ventured to DC to lobby for toxic chemical reform. I am so glad he found a few moments to do some Q and A! Keep reading for an inside look at Christopher’s most important role as dad and to hear how he and wife Jessica Capshaw (that’s Dr. Arizona Robbins for all of you Grey’s Anatomy fans!), will be spending the weekend!Christopher FamilyWhat do you enjoy most about being a dad? Being a parent is one of life’s eternal purposes – being connected to someone is enormously humbling to think about, but in its daily intricacies, it’s so enjoyable and incredibly fun (most of the time!) I love being a part of intentional participation in my kids’ lives with my wife. Together, we join alongside them and try to do our best to lead by example. Kids need quality, not quantity, so we are all in when we are with them; that grounds me to slow down, be present and give myself. Anyone will agree that undoubtedly feels so, so good.

How will you be celebrating? I’ll be on the East End of Long Island, New York with my kids and wife. We will “play it by ear” (as my father used to say) and wake with the kids. Then, I’ll make my famous Daddy Pancakes with them, which is whole wheat batter filled with plant-based proteins and fresh fruit topped with VT maple syrup. We’ll let the day unfold after that. Maybe some beach playing and swimming in the Atlantic, or scoot to a yoga or SoulCycle class with my wife, and then a calm evening of lawn games and an outdoor picnic, which hopefully includes lobster. I’m no doubt abundantly blessed!

Okay, so how about work- what’s that like? My days at Honest are filled with (intentionally and literally) running through the office; we are a mission-based business with so much more to accomplish. I truly love leading a culture of innovation and change-makers focused on creating healthier, non-toxic products for today’s family. It’s a revolution of awareness, transparency and integrity. My Honest days are filled with joining our team in developing better products, executing with excellence, putting out fires (we are the Honest Company not the “perfect company”) and lifting up our employee base with gratitude, collaboration and passion. I have the best job in the world!

What are your favorite products? You know that’s like asking me which child I love the most… impossible for me to answer as the Product Ambassador at Honest. I use all our products all the time, and continually have new development samples and optimized formulas (in small white bottles with labels) all over my house. My wife Jessica despises them. I slather my kids’ spray surfaces in the home – quick optimization and refinement (insights primarily harvested from our own Honest members) is how we’ve humbly been able to deliver delight and build our loyal base. Overall, I’m a fanatic about our Healing Balm, Vetiver Deodorant, Multi-Surface Spray, Laundry Detergent and Air + Fabric Fresheners.

Any Father’s Day gift you want or are excited for? It’s unattainable, but because you said any I would have to choose to bottle certain moments of my life. The more you know, the less you really need. I have a full and fortunate life, and I’d like to relive those special moments of times spent with my family and kids. The problem is… I’d need a very big place to store all those bottles!

You can shop The Honest Company’s products, which are perfect for new and expecting moms and their families in our stores and online! Some of my favorites are the sanitizing spraylip balm trio and body oil! -Olivia

How Working Moms Make It Work: Life After Maternity Leave

Heading back to work after maternity leave is over can be a challenge! For me, the right support system of people is so important. Having a supportive husband and mom that help me balance work, family and play time with my son is the key for me. Try to find someone to help support your schedule, whether it’s your nanny, day care center, neighbors or family members.

I reached out to a few of the most career driven moms I know to offer their best tips to help ease your transition back into the working world after having a baby.003.NIVOn What to WearYou’ll want to breeze into the office after maternity leave feeling comfortable & confident. My advice is to look through your maternity clothes –  all those stylish pieces you bought for work while you were expecting will flatter your figure perfectly now, skimming stylishly over your curves. Wrap dresses like the Seraphine Britney Geo dress are perfect – they’ll highlight your empire waist, drawing attention to your slimmest point. And don’t forget your maternity pants – the Seraphine Cressida white pants pair perfectly with our Jolie Black draped shirt. Plus, that comfy over-the-bump fit which stretched out through your 9 months, will snap back to provide the perfect tummy controlling support while you’re working to regain your regular shape.

Cecile Reinaud, Founder and Designer of Seraphine Maternity

On Managing Your Time: Mornings with a little one and trying to get out the door on time can be brutal. My saving grace has been prepping each night for the next work day as much as possible. This limits rushing and allows a little extra mommy and me time with my little girl. When exhaustion from the work week kicks in, I try to steal quick naps while V is sleeping to help get me through. As crazy as it all can be, I keep a picture of V on my desk, making the moments until I get home to her (to do it all over again) a little bit easier.

Klaudia Vitale, Graphic Designer, Destination Maternity

On Making Time For Fun: Going back to work after maternity leave can definitely be a difficult transition, but I try to remind myself that there is no such thing as getting everything right! I manage two kids, a husband, a career and a household by planning ahead and making time for fun to relieve some stress. It may take some trial and error, but I suggest sticking to a schedule and developing a routine. Remember to ditch the laundry every once in a while for a spontaneous adventure with your kids!

Nicole Boucher, Web Merchandiser, Destination Maternity

On Maximizing Mommy Time: Kids grow so fast, so it’s important to live in the moment when you are with them. My biggest advice is to make those moments together count. That way, I’m not as sad when I’m away from her at work. My mornings have become much more hectic; being as organized as possible helps! I get all Carlota’s day care items packed the night before and determine what I will wear too. If you are breastfeeding, I would make sure to have some extra milk pumped prior to starting work if possible.  Pumping for me has been stressful, but having extra breast milk in the freezer helps me keep up with her need in daycare as my supply is increasing.

Andrea, Lifestyle Blogger of WithLoveAndrea and Dental Hygienist

Are you already a mom and if so, do you have some of your own tips for getting back to work after baby? Please share them with me! -Olivia

Surprise! It’s a….Gender Reveal Party You’ll Love!

We recently threw a Gender Reveal party for three of our preggonistas here at Destination Maternity. We went with traditional pink and blue, but also added a pop of yellow in honor of Alicia, who is choosing to keep the gender of her baby a surprise. I love the addition of the black balloons and chocolate cupcakes, since they add a more modern look.gr5GR3DM-GenderReveal_025gr7DM-GenderReveal_041gr8DM-GenderReveal_051DM-GenderReveal_058gr6DM-GenderReveal_055

As it turns out, Jill is expecting a boy and Kristen is expecting a girl! Our fourth featured mama, Rebecca, already knew prior to the party that she is having a baby girl! As you can see, the ladies popped a balloon to reveal the gender, while the party guests noshed on creamy cupcakes and other sweet treats.  Keep following their journeys and style diaries on the We’re Expecting Too page! For now, here are a couple things our first time mamas in the making had to say about pregnancy and starting a family.

This whole process thus far has been amazing, yet overwhelming at the same time. So many things are changing … but it is all to prepare for our little one. I’m most excited to continue family traditions that my husband and I have been raised with. Coming from big families, these mean so much to us. Also, I’m looking forward to establishing our own traditions as a new little family of three.  Plus an added bonus… the clothes are so cute, so I can’t wait to dress him each day! – Jill

In addition to looking forward to the overall joy children can bring to your life, I’m really excited to find out if I’m having a boy or girl! – Alicia

Alicia, so are we! Congratulations to all our mamas-to-be. –Olivia

Grey’s Frog-tastic 2nd Birthday Party

IMG_9231IMG_9236IMG_9232IMG_92942IMG_9272IMG_9276IMG_9278Last weekend we celebrated Greyson’s second birthday with a frog-themed party at our home. Grey loves being outdoors and has a special affinity for frogs, so I decided it would make for party-perfect decor! We had a green candy bar, balloons and froggie cupcakes. Grey had a ball playing outdoor games like bobbin’ for toy frogs and bean-bag toss. PLUS his favorite part was devouring his cupcakes and feeding mommy. How do you plan to celebrate your toddler’s birthday? -Olivia


2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash was a Smash!

Earlier this month I attended New York City’s largest annual family charity event: Baby Buggy’s Bedtime Bash. It was a perfectly cool and sunny spring afternoon for the carnival-themed gathering, which raised a record $535,000 to benefit families in need across the country!

I was honored to serve on the host committee alongside Jessica Seinfeld, who founded the charity in 2001. New York Times Bestselling author, co-host of ABC’s hit lifestyle series “The Chew” and Mom-to-be Daphne Oz,  as well as Rachel Blumenthal, Founder and CEO of one of my favorite sites, Cricket’s Circle, were also on the host committee and both wore denim from A Pea in the Pod!

As a brand focused on dressing moms-to- be, we brainstormed over what activities to host in our booth that would be fun for the whole family, and I am proud to say ours were a hit with parents and children alike! Attendees were able to get a hand-drawn fashion sketch of themselves done by an illustrator to take home, as well as make their own sketches, taking a turn as a designer. Guests were also treated to mini-manicures, courtesy of one of our newest safe-for-mom-to-be skincare brands, Nine Naturals. Check out a few of my favorite photos from the day below!

If you want to support Baby Buggy and its national network of families, you can purchase one of our super soft and super cute Jessica Simpson Maternity Soul Mate tees. For more information about Baby Buggy, visit www.babybuggy.org. –Oliviaattends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.Jessica Seinfeld and I. Photo by Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03:  Event Host Jerry Seinfeld and Baby Buggy Founder, Event Host Jessica Seinfeld attends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Event hosts Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld. Photo by Brian Bedder/Getty Images for Baby BuggyNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Daphne Oz attends the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Daphne Oz attends wearing Genetic Jeans from A Pea in the Pod Photo by Brian Bedder/Getty Images for Baby Buggy
475769640.283602557Destination Maternity’s booth featuring Nine Naturals. Photo by Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby BuggyNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03:  A general view of atmosphere at the 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)We had an amazing artist at our booth doing fashion illustrations for the kids! Photo by Jaime McCarthy by Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03:  The 2015 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash hosted by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld and sponsored by Destination Maternity at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy)Mini mani’s courtesy of Nine Naturals. Photo by Jaime McCarthy/Getty Images for Baby Buggy
475789816.283614341Designer Stacey Bendet and Cricket Circle Founder Rachel Blumenthal wearing Paige Jeans from A Pea in the Pod. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Baby Buggy475932164.283813926

The Host Committee of the 2015 Bedtime Bash. Photo by Getty Images

Father’s Day Gifts for Dad-to-be

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I love shopping for my husband for Father’s Day. He’s a totally tech savvy, athletic AND creative guy, so I always look for unique gifts that he’d actually use, but wouldn’t purchase himself! If you and your man have a babe on the way, I’d say it’s officially his first Father’s Day. So, I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas for the expecting dad who is as cool and original as my hubs.

The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood // Vans Gilbert Crockett Pro Mid Shoe // I’m The Daddy Scrub Set // Apple Watch // SKIP*HOP Via Diaper Backpack Diaper Bag // Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker // Slyfox Threads Rollin with the Homies onesie

Blogger Lillies & León on Preparing for Baby Number Two

Guest Editor: Nicole Vargas, Lilies and Leon

IMG_9883IMG_6863IMG_9875Here we are with 10 weeks left to go in my second pregnancy, but baby girl and I are hanging in there! My first pregnancy was a breeze- this time around, though, has proven to be a bit tougher. All day sickness for the first four months and running after a toddler are a terrible combination. So I have been keeping it simple with a few maternity staples like these jeans and this tee – both of which I wear several times a week- sshhh!

However, regardless of the exhaustion, I am so excited to be having a girl! We shared the news with our son early on and up until recently he refused to accept that he was having a sister – he was rooting for a boy. He has slowly, but surely, come around and I can see the excitement growing about bringing home our little girl. As far as preparing him for a new sibling, a friend of mine recommended reading books with him on becoming a big brother. I also talk to him a little each day about his sister and let him feel my belly when she kicks, which he loves.

We don’t want to overwhelm Lucas, our son, with “baby things” though. When she arrives we will have him help with daily tasks in order to make him feel like he is a part of her routine. For example, we are planning to keep a basket of diapers within his reach so that he can help mommy and daddy during changes by passing us her diaper.

When I became pregnant again, if I’m being honest, for a while I suffered from a bit of mama guilt. I’d look at Lucas and think, “He’s not my baby anymore!” I was concerned about him not being our sole focus. As time has gone on, the excitement has grown and the feelings of guilt are fading away. I just can’t wait to see my children together and watch as they form an incredible brother and sister bond. We are absolutely thrilled to have our baby girl join the family!

One of the greatest things about having been pregnant before is knowing what expecting styles I like and also what children’s products I trust. There are just so many I love! A few of my favorites are Hugo loves tikiFreshly PickedZara KidsAgatha Cub, and Oeuf. I think after the first trimester sickness, I deserve a little retail therapy!  -Nicole


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