Simple Smoothie Pops For Summer

popciclesAs a health-conscious mom to a toddler, it’s important to me to find more nutritious ways to enjoy snacks and desserts. Our family has recently become obsessed with smoothies which are a refreshing treat for summer and Greyson especially LOVES them! We have a garden of strawberries ready for picking and in the mornings, we make smoothies for breakfast. For a more indulgent take, I decided to try popsicles! Just take your favorite smoothie recipe and freeze into a popsicle mold (or make your own.) These are good any time of the day and perfect for a mom-to-be and her family who craves something sweet but without the guilt. Enjoy! -Olivia

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Yogurt (Try Greek for a tangier taste!)
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice

Directions:

  • Blend strawberries, blueberries, banana, yogurt and juice until smooth.
  • Pour into popsicle mold; freeze until solid- between 5-10 hours or overnight.

Must-haves for the Stylish Suburban Mama

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lunch date with Greyson at two months old

Last week, blogger and New York City mama Staci Acquasanta of Leather & Leops shared her must-haves for other metropolitan moms. I thought today I would share my picks for the suburban mom like me! Living in a small town in Southern New Jersey means having the best of both worlds; I get to enjoy the benefits of living in close proximity to both Philly and New York, but I also enjoy the quiet and community of my hometown. My family often makes weekend trips ranging from the local farmer’s market, to the beach, to the Philadelphia Zoo so my list is compiled of functional, sleek and stylish items that help us get to where we need to go and much more! Would love to hear about your picks in the comments below.- Olivia
Suburb Mom v2Car Seat: Britax B-Safe– I am constantly in the car and on-the-go in the burbs! I wanted an infant car seat that was safe, light and easy to use. It installs in a snap and can be easily taken in and out of the car, which is important since my husband also uses this seat in his car.

High Chair: Keekaroo Height Right– I searched and searched for a high chair that would fit with the decor in my eat-in kitchen and then I fell in love with this one! I decided that I did not want something that folded away, so the way it looked was important. I chose this espresso-wood highchair because it looks great and is durable. It’s also very easy to clean and will grow with my son, which is a bonus!

Glider: Graco Gliding Swing– This was a last minute splurge after we brought our fussy newborn home from the hospital; luckily, it was one of my best purchases! As far as bouncy seats go, it’s on the larger side. But since it glides, swings AND bounces… Greyson loved it! The seat is removable and it was great to keep Grey with me throughout my house. If you have the space, definitely go with this one!

Stroller: UPPAbaby Vista– On the suggestion of a friend, I invested in this versatile and sleek stroller. It comes with a bassinet and a toddler seat, plus it can transport up to three children with additional attachments— perfect for a growing family. Since we take lots of walks through our neighborhood and to the park, I love that it has a smooth stroll and the tires don’t lock up, even on grass and turf.

Diaper Bag: The Honest Carryall Satchel– This diaper bag is one of my favorites of all time! It’s super chic, has lots of secret pockets and doesn’t look like a traditional diaper bag. The changing pad has a zippered pocket to keep wipes and other diapering essentials, plus the lining is wipe-able so it’s easy to clean!

Bonus Must-Haves: 4moms Breeze Playard // Honest Organic Healing Balm // Basq Resilient Body Oils // Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

 

 

Get The Look // The Astronaut Wives Club’s Odette Annable

With a new show and a baby on the way, Odette Annable is having quite the summer! The Astronaut Wives Club actress is expecting her first child, a girl, with husband and fellow actor, Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters, 666 Park Avenue, Red Band Society). Odette is a client of A Pea in the Pod and was most recently spotted at our Beverly Hills store picking out some summer maternity essentials. Check out some photos from her Instagram below to see how she styled our pieces including a DL1961 short, A Pea in the Pod tank, and SUNDRY shirt. -Olivia

Tips for Getting Gorgeous Maternity Portraits

Guest Editor: Martha Lynn Kale, Stylist and Lifestyle Blogger

A maternity photo-shoot can be a special way to commemorate your pregnancy. I love the natural and elegant portrait session of Austin based beauty blogger Martha Lynn Kale, so I asked her to share her best tips for getting photos you are sure to love. Martha, who is expecting her second child, incorporated her toddler son into the session, which I thought was both touching and a wonderful way to ensure your first child feels included. Read on for Martha’s tips on how to achieve your own gorgeous maternity portraits!012_20150603_MLKAs told by Martha:

There are three things that are most important for a maternity shoot: the photographer, lighting and outfit. My photographer, Melissa Glynn, is the photographer that shoots most of the content for my blog. I love what she does and am comfortable working with her; that’s key when choosing a photographer.

I wanted a bright and airy feel so we started in my bedroom because the lighting was great. We also shot in the nursery, which is mostly empty and has a great window with tons of natural light. My son Ford loves playing around in the baby’s room, so I knew he’d be in a good mood for the shoot, which is important too!

Choose an outfit that suits your style! The inner child in me has always wanted to wear a flower crown, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity and Margot Blair Floral absolutely knocked it out of the park. I went with all white to play up the flowers and this bohemian top from A Pea in the Pod was exactly what I envisioned! 004_20150603_MLK018_20150603_MLK022_20150603_MLK029_20150603_MLK024_20150603_MLK026_20150603_MLKSome additional things to consider for your maternity portraits are:

Know what you like. I think knowing what you don’t like in a maternity shoot is just as important as knowing what you do like. Consider creating a secret Pinterest board for you and your photographer to toss around ideas.

Make it mirror your personality. If you aren’t a very serious person, then don’t plan for an overly serious shoot! If it suits your personality you will feel the most comfortable and that will show in the photos.

Trust your photographer and be open to their ideas. Melissa talked me into doing a few classic shots featuring the belly, which I didn’t think I would like.  But of course I absolutely loved them and am so glad we did it.

Don’t wait too late! I broke this rule and waited a little too late (mostly because I couldn’t commit,) but I would recommend doing the shoot once you are fully showing, but before you get to the bitter end and start feeling super uncomfortable!

Hope these tips help to inspire your own maternity photo-shoot! -Martha

What’s in My Bag // Summer Beauty Essentials

IMG_96553As you may have read, I am huge fan of The Honest Company’s Carryall Satchel! Since I have to leave ample room for my son’s toys, clothing changes and snacks, I find keeping a clutch stocked with all my essentials that I can toss in and take out as needed is the way to go. Being a mama, I ALWAYS have hand sanitizer in there; Honest’s sanitizer spray is my new fave since it’s gentle and mom and kid friendly. Since summer is here, I’ve switched up my beauty routine, opting for a sun-soaked glow with a bright lip and nail. Since sun tanning is a no go, my secret is a self-tanning towelette. They are so easy to transport and you don’t have to worry about leakage. A punchy lip color is perfect for quickly refreshing my make-up look while a nail polish is a must to have on hand (literally!) for those inevitable chips. I’ve also been using Mama Mio’s Gorgeous Glow skincare system and especially love the eye serum. Pulling it all together is a fabulous pair of Wayfarers; I never leave home without them!

What are some of your summer beauty essentials?-Olivia

Honest Lip Balm // Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato // Mama Mio Gorgeous Glow Brightening Eye Serum // Loreal Sublime Bronze Towelettes // Rayban Wayfarer // Honest Hand Sanitizer Spray // Mac Nail Lacquer in Impassioned

Must-haves for the City Chic Mama

Guest Editor: Staci Acquasanta of Leather&Leops, Blogger and Stylist

Fashion blogger and new mom to baby Dylan, Staci is one of the most stylish NYC mamas I know! I kept up with her maternity style and her interior design skills (baby Dylan’s nursery is gorge!) during her pregnancy, so I knew she’d have some amazing must-haves for her little man. I was so excited when she agreed to share her city-perfect picks as Guest Editor for today’s post!IMG_0942Hi! My name is Staci and I have a 5 week old precious baby boy named Dylan. I live in SoHo, New York City and so far have loved raising a baby in the city. While there are some things that can be challenging, I love the energy of the city and all that if offers! Walks outside have become a part of our daily routine and Dylan is already acclimated  to the loud noises and hustle and bustle. Here are a few items that are my must-haves for a chic mom in the city!City Mom v2StrollerBugaboo Cameleon– Hands down, this is the perfect city stroller. It is chic, yet versatile. It has many useful and multi-purpose features like the bassinet, chair and car seat attachment options. It makes for a smooth stroll on even the bumpiest of NYC sidewalks.

Diaper Bag: Prada Baby Bag– When choosing a diaper bag, I wanted something that would match my style and taste, but also be functional! This one is the ultimate combination. It’s chic but can be easily cleaned, compact but has tons of pockets, and includes a changing pad for a quick diaper refresh anywhere. I can stash my favorite Aden & Anais swaddles in there too!

High Chair: Peg Perego Siesta– I took the advice of all of my friends and sprung for this high chair! How could I not? It’s portable, easily cleanable, and will grow with my little one. Bonus: it folds up to half of its size, so it is perfect for small city spaces.

Car Seat: Nuna Pipa– I wouldn’t trust any other car seat to keep my little one safe on the crazy city streets. It is super lightweight for carrying and has the easiest installation. The awesome seat belt/no base needed installation is perfect for in and out of taxis.

Carrier: Ergo 360– I do a lot of walking, so a good carrier is essential! This one is easy to put on, lightweight, and provides the best support and comfort for both me and Dylan.

Bonus Must-Haves: Fisher Price Rock’N’Play // Purell Hand Sanitizer // Sleep Sheep // Skip*Hop Central Park Outdoor Blanket 

The Honest Company Loves Destination Maternity!

Team members from The Honest Company, including Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Christopher Gavigan, came to visit Destination Maternity’s headquarters last week, bringing along some fun surprises! Christopher and team started the day bright and early to decorate our lobby with balloons and flowers.

Christopher hosted several meet-and-greets with our associates throughout the day, sharing the backstory of some of Honest’s best-selling products, many of which were created as a result of customer feedback. Each Destination Maternity team member received a tote bag filled with goodies including a trio of Honest’s lip balm, hand sanitizer spray and the healing balm- my personal favorite which has also received Allure’s Best of Beauty award. Head over to our Instagram for more photos from this most exciting and memorable day!

Have you ever used The Honest Company’s products? If so, share your favorites in the comments section below. – OliviaIMG_96792IMG_97243IMG_9688IMG_9718IMG_9701IMG_9704IMG_9685

Surviving a Day at the Beach with a Toddler

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

 

Star Style for the 4th

TrendAlert-July4thI’m not your typical matchy-matchy mama, but I do love to show my holiday spirt by dressing for a festive weekend. I’m seeing star motifs everywhere this summer and since they are a chic nod to Independence Day, I think they are completely apropos. We usually watch fireworks on the 4th in Philadelphia or at the Jersey shore after attending a BBQ or two, so it’s easy for me to work in some stars and stripes. Here’s a little outfit inspo for your own holiday weekend, including a look for your mini! What are your plans for the 4th? -Olivia

Rachel Zoe Metal Detail Top // Rachel Zoe White Flares // Gorjana Super Star Necklace // Rachel Zoe Striped Dress // Honest Nursing Cover + Scarf // Isapera Yialos Sandal // Honest Carryall Diaper Bag // Mini Me Striped Dress // Mini Me Criss-Cross Sandal // Tom Ford Juliet Sunglasses // Crystal Streets Star Rings

Get the Look // Jessie James Decker’s Sexy Boyfriend Style

A pregnant Jessie James Decker spotted leaving Dairy Queen in NYC carrying a smoothie and a chocolate chip cookie while wearing jeans, high heels and a plaid shirt. Pictured: Jessie James Decker Ref: SPL1059994  220615   Picture by: Fortunata/Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:	310-821-2666 New York:	212-619-2666 London:	870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com You may know the gorgeous Jessie James Decker from her E! reality TV show Eric & Jessie: Game On. The singer and wife to the New York Jets Wide Receiver Eric Decker was spotted in our AG Jeans looking totally glam while enjoying a sweet treat last week in Los Angeles. Already a mama of one to daughter Vivianne Rose, she is expecting her second baby, a boy, this September. I’m loving that she styled up a destructed denim and button up with a sleek heel and a fabulous blowout! She’s killin’ the boy-meets-girl look as a 2nd time preggonista. Kudo’s Jessie! -Olivia

Photo by Fortunata/Splash News

 

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