WATERMELON ICE POPS

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So, we have an ongoing “sweets battle” in my house. While we try to eat mainly healthy on average, my husband and I are a bit at odds on letting my 15 month old eat sweets after meals. I’m a big ol’ softie who loves indulging Greyson with ice cream cones and cookies. However, Grey’s dad is always the voice of reason, suggesting we limit his sugar intake primarily to special occasions. When I came across this recipe I thought it would make us all happy! It’s a simple recipe that’s 100% natural AND was a hit with Grey. Just take a look at that adorable messy face! It’s also a perfect end-of-summer treat. Hope you all enjoy this Labor Day weekend! -Olivia

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon

Directions:

  1. Place coconut water, lime juice, and honey in blender, then mix to combine.
  2. Place the watermelon into the syrup. Blend until smooth.
  3. Carefully fill popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze until firm.

Makes 10 servings.

Find the recipe here

WHAT TO WEAR/WHERE: LABOR DAY

Summer is winding down and I’m getting ready for the long Labor Day weekend ahead. I’ll probably head to the beach or pool with my boys during the day and maybe even make my way into the city too. Playing holiday weekends by ear seems to suit my family best, so I always have versatile outfits in mind when I start thinking about what to wear. Layering pieces, a great skinny and the right accessories are the key for the perfect Labor Day weekend look. -Olivia

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Scarf A Pea in the Pod / Petunia Pickle Bottom Bag Destination Maternity /
Nail Polish Butter Nail Polish / Espadrilles Soludos /
Dolce & Gabbana Pressed Powder / Sunglasses Round Sunnies /
Light Weight Cardi Maternity Cardigan / Cropped Skinnys Destination Maternity / Striped Tee Motherhood Maternity / Statement Cuff

Q+A WITH WENDY BELLISSIMO

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I’m so excited about our new collaboration with Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity! As a successful and stylish mom of four, Wendy is a true inspiration. What I love the most about the collection is how her relaxed, effortless style comes through in each of the pieces. It’s not surprising that the collection instantly became a favorite of style influencers, bloggers and expecting moms alike. I had a chance to chat with Wendy and wanted to share what she had to say with all of you. I think you’ll agree Wendy is pretty fabulous, just like her collection. -Olivia
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wendybellissimoO Myers: How would you explain your own personal style and how has that influenced your collection with Destination Maternity?
W Bellissimo: My signature look from home decor to apparel is uncomplicated yet chic and my style is definitely rooted in nature with a certain sense of comfort and ease. This design aesthetic translates perfectly to my collections for Destination Maternity, because looking great and feeling comfortable during pregnancy helps with all the changes a woman is experiencing. Getting dressed shouldn’t be a chore, especially when you are pregnant!

O Myers: Why did you decide to partner with Destination Maternity for your maternity collection?
W Bellissimo: I feel like I was nonstop pregnant – I had 4 babies in 5 years, so I personally know the challenges women face. Destination Maternity is the leader and they understood my vision and passion to create beautiful, comfortable clothing that women want to wear during pregnancy and even after. Their experience and understanding of my vision made this a perfect partnership.

O Myers: Tell us about your design process and how you create from concept to completion?
W Bellissimo: From concept to completion I always think about the woman. I want her to feel put-together without looking like she is trying too hard. Offering her style that she feels good about is important to me. It’s about creating a balance of sophistication, comfort and down to earth luxury. Next come color and pattern. The WB brand is known for rich colors and signature prints that grab attention, yet still speak softly. I try to develop looks that can easily move from casual to a night out just by changing a few accessories. Seasonless style is a meaningful part of the process and each collection is approached from that point of view. Most women run very hot when they are pregnant; therefore, layering pieces are a must. We also design the styles so that they can be worn after pregnancy, becoming a part of a woman’s everyday wardrobe. This is an important part of the design process as it allows women to make smart purchases that last. When we hit all of these goals I know that we have created a successful collection.

O Myers: Being so successful and working on so many projects, how do you juggle having a family and a career?
W Bellissimo: To be completely honest the juggling is a big personal struggle for me. Every day I fall short somewhere. Nothing will ever be perfect. You have to work extra hard at being the best mommy you can be and the best wife you can be while still managing a demanding career. Luckily, my husband is my business partner so we get to work together and after we had our 4th child we transitioned our business to work from home.

O Myers: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
W Bellissimo: The simple things – the hugs, smiles and love from my little girls. Just knowing they are happy and healthy is the best! I have to pinch myself every day just looking at them and my husband. They are all my dream come true.

O Myers: What is the one piece of fashion advice you have for expecting moms?
W Bellissimo: Be prepared! Every pregnant woman eventually realizes she can’t squeeze in to regular clothes for her whole pregnancy. That is why I am so passionate about creating amazing maternity clothing that women want to wear. Being pregnant is a gift and dressing your bump should feel like a blessing, not a curse!

We are celebrating this exciting collaboration with Wendy at our NYC flagship Destination Maternity store on August 26th, so please join us!  The collection is currently in stores and online at DestinationMaternity.

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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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

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!

Fit Pregnancy Sweepstakes

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When the weather changes from summer to fall, we all want to grab our purses and go shopping! We’ve paired up with Fit Pregnancy to bring you the ultimate shopping giveaway! What better way to kick off a new season and style your bump than a new wardrobe?!

Prize:

One winner will receive a $500 gift card & a styling session with Destination Maternity’s Style Director, Olivia Capone Myers.  You’re styling session will be taped and you’ll have a chance to be featured on the Cravings blog!

How to Enter:

Go to FitPregnancy.com to enter and for official giveaway rules.  The sweepstakes will run from August 1st -September 30th,. The lucky winner will be selected in October and can begin their maternity shopping spree!

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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