A LETTER TO MY MOM BOOK SIGNING

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Celebrate Mother’s Day this Thursday May 7th at our Destination Maternity store in New York City! I’ll be joined by author Lisa Erspamer, who will be signing copies of her book A Letter to My Mom in honor of the holiday. Lisa’s newest book is a funny and heartwarming compilation of letters written by people all over the world to express gratitude for their mom. Contributors also include celebrities such as Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Rivers, Josh Groban, Molly Sims, will.i.am, and more.

The emotional (and often humorous!) personal and inspiring stories about the bond between a mother and her child make this book a great read and gift for Mother’s Day. So if you are in the NYC area, stop by the store to meet Lisa, enjoy some sweet treats and shop my favorite gifts including this fabulous book! –Olivia

5-7pm at Destination Maternity, 28 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

RSVP to events@destinationmaternity.com.

 

Olivia’s Picks // Splendid

I am so excited about the new arrivals from Splendid! Hopefully you had a chance to visit our Splendid shops in select stores over the weekend to check out the latest collection and enjoy some sweet treats. Some of my favorite pieces are the ultra soft tanks, striped tees and effortlessly chic peasant tops that can easily update shorts or jeans; perfect if you are expecting this summer! You can shop the full collection at www.destinationmaternity.com –Olivia

Sips, Sweets and Splendid

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Visit our Splendid shops this Saturday May 2! We are loving all of the new arrivals from Splendid so much that we’ve created a shop just for them! The brand, known for ultra-comfortable, effortlessly chic styles, is perfect for moms-to-be and is offering lots of must-haves just in time for the warmer weather! View the latest collection this Saturday in select stores and enjoy sweets from Dana’s bakery while you shop! -Olivia

Participating A Pea in the Pod Stores: Water Tower, Chicago IL / Lincoln Park, Dallas TX / Fashion Valley, San Diego CA / Town Center, Boca Raton FL / Clayton Lane, Denver CO / Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks, CA / Mall at Green Hills, Nashville TN / Fashion Show, Las Vegas, NV / Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA / King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, PA

Participating Destination Maternity Stores: Houston Galleria, Houston, TX / The Gardens, Palm Beach, FL / Somerset Collection, Troy, MI / LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX / The Source at White Plains, White Plains, NY / The Colonnade, San Antonio, TX / Sharon Corners, Charlotte, NC / Madison Avenue, New York, NY / Post Road, Westport, CT / Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace, IL / Chauncey Ranch, Phoenix, AZ / Livingston Town Center, Livingston, NJ / Millenia Crossing, Orlando, FL / International P, Tampa, FL / Country Glen Shopping Center, Carle Place, NY / Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek, CA / Mall of America, Bloomington, MN / Pacific Place, Seattle, WA / Regalia Center, Memphis, TN / Manahasset Mall, Manahasset, NY

Olivia’s Mother’s Day Picks

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner so I rounded up my best gifts for moms-to-be and new moms, too, that will show them how much they are loved and appreciated on this day and every day.

Mamas, feel free to pass it along to those who might need a little hint or inspiration and let me know how I did! Xoxo Olivia

From top left: Destination Maternity Gift Card, Ivy and Blue Dress, Jessica Simpson Soul Mate Tee, Oioi Baby Bag, Goddess Maxi Dress, Mama Bear + Bear Cub Set, Maya Brenner Letter Necklace, Vigoss White Jean, Le Mystere Nursing Bra, A Pea in the Pod Denim Short

Did You Know? You’ll Really Glow

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Although many people think that the glow a pregnant woman’s face gets is from her being happy, it’s actually from hormones, body heat and the expansion of blood flow. Very scientific, I know! According to American Pregnancy, “During pregnancy, your body increases the production of blood by approximately 50%.” This flush is what causes that pretty and natural blush. You glow girl! -Olivia

 

 

What I Wish I’d Known During My 1st Month of Motherhood

It’s hard to believe that next month is already my son Greyson’s second birthday! In the midst of planning his party, I found myself reminiscing about those first few weeks after I brought him home. Sleepless nights; tireless feedings; moments of abounding joy— being a new mom of an infant can be overwhelming. Now that I’ve gone through it, I wanted to share some of the things I wish I knew sooner. 

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1.Newborn eating habits can be somewhat erratic. My son cluster breastfeed some days and was fussy others and I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After talking to other moms, I realized this experience was common.

2.Schedules take time to develop. With Grey, even after about five months, I found myself still frantically taking notes of his nap and feeding times, searching for a pattern. Nada. Even worse, I remember hearing my other mom friends touting how their newborn slept for six straight hours at six weeks. I realize now, they are not the norm!

3.Accept help. I was fortunate enough to have offers from friends and family willing to lend a hand. Most of the time though, I didn’t take them up on it. Big mistake. So many of us feel like we have to do it ALL ourselves but taking a little time for you is more than OK.

4.Not every baby likes to be worn. I swore the key to surviving that first month was wearing my son. I bought not one but three different kinds of carriers. He hated them all. Don’t assume because you want to be a baby-wearing mom your newborn does, too.

5.Get outdoors. I can’t tell you how great it felt to get outdoors even for a few minutes during the day. It helped my mood and was a refreshing break from my daily new-mom routine. Those of you expecting in the next few months should take a few moments every day to soak up the sun and nice weather!

6.Take photos of yourself with your baby. I have tons of delicious photos of him as an infant but hardly any of us together those first few weeks. Now I regret not capturing those moments, bags under my eyes and all. Don’t worry about being picture perfect; that is what filters are for!

I’d love to hear any lessons you learned during your first month of motherhood! And if it’s your first, I hope these tips come in handy!–Olivia

Happy [Mother] Earth Day

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In honor of Earth Day, I am rounding up my favorite eco-friendly beauty products. From deodorant to lip balm, these picks are effective and safe for moms-to be and make going green easy any and every day. One of our newest brands to arrive in stores, Nine Naturals, makes a shampoo and deodorant that are now part of my daily routine. The sunscreen is also going to be essential for those fast-approaching beach days. I simply can’t get enough of The Honest Company’s lip balms— and neither can my son Greyson!—which come in delectable flavors lavender mint and sweet orange vanilla and make my lips super soft. I have them in all my bags and at my desk at the ready. The body lotion is another must that I slather on both me and Grey. It is light, clean and hydrating. For moms-to-be who want to prevent and treat stretch marks, Basq’s Intensive Treatment’s Stretch Mark Butter is the answer. The cream boosts collagen and elastin renewal and repair, as it absorbs instantly.-Olivia

You’ll Love This Elegant Outdoor Baby Shower

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Make Your Nine Months Safe, Organic + Beautiful

BLOG-BeautyNineNaturals v2While searching for safe, chemical-free beauty options and tirelessly scanning ingredient labels during her first pregnancy, Nine Naturals founder Grace Lee, who is currently pregnant with her second!, noticed that many products presented as “natural” actually weren’t, and those that were didn’t match the high-performance standards that she valued. Wanting to fill this void in the market, she created Nine Naturals on the principle that beauty should be simple, smart, and safe for moms and moms-to-be.

All Nine Naturals product formulations use 100% naturally-derived ingredients that are pre-screened for health and safety during pregnancy and nursing. They are free of dangerous toxins including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, DEA, synthetic fragrances, and artificial preservatives. I am so excited that we’ve partnered with Grace to bring this amazing line of products to expecting women and new moms!

The Nine Naturals collection includes Replenishing Belly Butter, Natural Sunscreen, Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner and Soothing Body Wash.Often times, a harsh fragrance will deter me from a product, especially when I was pregnant. However, these products have a soft scent. I love the gentle formulas and can see why so many expecting women are fans! PLUS the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner are a must before during and after pregnancy, to keep your tresses soft and glossy. They are my new favorites! I think you’ll love the whole line so head to our stores or over to www.destinationmaternity.com to shop them. -Olivia

Support Baby Buggy + Families in Need

JessicaSimpsonMaternity_Soul_Mates_TeeWe’ve teamed up with Jessica Simpson and Baby Buggy® to launch an exclusive teeshirt for the Jessica Simpson Maternity collection at our Destination Maternity® stores. In celebration of Mothers Day, five dollars of every tee shirt sold, up to $50,000,  will be donated directly to the nonprofit organization Baby Buggy, which provides families in need with essential gear, clothing, and educational services for infants and children up to age 14 across the country.

“Being a mom is the most meaningful life experience I have ever had.  I share a common need with all mothers – to make life as happy and comfortable as possible for my kids,” says Jessica Simpson.  “Baby Buggy is an incredible organization that helps so many mothers fulfill that need.  I am honored to have created this adorable tee to help support Baby Buggy and all of the moms out there who are working hard to be the best they can be for their kids.”

“We are extremely thankful for the continued support of Jessica Simpson and are excited to embark on a new partnership with Destination Maternity to raise even more awareness about our work,” says Baby Buggy Founder Jessica Seinfeld. “The funds raised will greatly help our organization’s efforts to support parents across the country as they work to raise their families in a safe and healthy environment.”

The super soft, heather grey tee shirt is adorable and is currently available online and in our Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores. If you purchase the tee we encourage you to help raise even more awareness for Baby Buggy and its network of moms and their families nationwide by sharing across social media using the hashtag #JSxBabyBuggy. -Olivia

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