The Glitter Guide’s Caitlin Kruse on Her Pregnancy Essentials + Becoming a Mother

Guest Editor: Caitin Kruse Editorial Director at The Glitter Guide

It sounds corny to say but I’ve always dreamed about becoming a mother and knew it was going to be the most important part of my life from a young age — so I honestly have a hard time believing it’s actually happening, and in 9 weeks! I know it will be the most challenging and fulfilling role of my life and I can’t wait to experience life through the eyes of a child and explore the world with her.
IMG_9451I’m pregnant with my first baby girl and couldn’t be more excited. Here I’m wearing an Isabella Oliver dress from A Pea in the Pod that I absolutely love! Photo by Lucy Cuneo Photography for Style Within Reach IMG_9625I try to start my day by 6:30am since I’ve found myself to be most productive before 3pm in my third trimester — this allows me to get through the most difficult and time consuming tasks before my energy gets zapped!IMG_9567I try to always keep our house full of fresh blooms and sneak out to Whole Foods for a lunch break at least once a week to pick them up. OOTDI’m always planning outfits for upcoming shoots for my blog. These Joe’s Jeans from A Pea in the Pod are my favorite maternity jeans and I can’t wait for it to be warm enough to wear this eyelet topIMG_9565Our nursery is almost ready for our little lady but we still have some work to do! The gallery wall is my favorite! I’ll be sharing the full tour soon on The Glitter GuideflmcmLiNQMC8rO56fPGzjWnX4pPHMjbpyQPNFKcgbCkTip: Since becoming pregnant I’ve been living with a capsule wardrobe and love how easy it makes getting dressed in the morning. Easy basics that can be mixed and matched like this chambray tunic from Motherhood Maternity, white jeans, jersey dresses, simple blouses and cardigans fill my closet. Photo by Lucy Cuneo Photography for Style Within ReachIMG_9626Here’s a few of my pregnancy nighttime essentials; This Zoe Organics belly butter is so great and I also love Mustela USA ‘s oil. The Glow also inspires me daily and I’ve had such a sweet tooth throughout my pregnancy, nightly ice cream is my treat.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all and don’t forget to share your own photos on Instagram and Twitter showing your excitement about becoming a mother too using the hashtag #happinessisontheway! -Caitlin

A Letter to My Mom

Have you read Lisa Erspamer’s book A Letter to My Mom yet? It’s a must read and actually inspired me to write a letter to my own mom that I thought I’d share with all of you!IMG_7257Dear Mom,

Motherhood is often a topic of conversation at the office as you would imagine at a maternity fashion company. We talk about raising children and it always inevitably comes up how having two under two is a challenge. That’s when I love to remind people that I am actually a twin and the doctors didn’t know you were having twins, until, well we showed up.  When people ask, “How did your mother do it?” I always laugh and tell them, “You don’t know my mother.”

I’ve heard you tell people, when they ask the same of you, that you didn’t know any different; an extremely humble take on raising two children without any preparation. You rolled with the punches from the very beginning! Your love of life and confident attitude taught me to enjoy life and live in the moment. Whether it was a bad grade, a heartbreak or a lost opportunity, you were and still are my soft place to fall. You are always optimistic and remind me even today that tomorrow is another day and to always keep forging ahead. The best of friends, a wonderful wife and grandmother, I continue to learn from your example.

I will be all this for my son because you showed me how.

Love, Olivia

If you’d like to meet Lisa, head to our NYC Destination Maternity store tonight from 5-7pm to purchase a signed copy of the book, as well as my favorite picks for Mother’s Day, in case you still have some shopping to do!

A Letter To My Mom Book Signing

ALETTERTOMYMOMfinalCelebrate 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,, 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


Olivia’s Mother’s Day Picks

Olivias_MothersDay_Gifts_608x1400[2]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

From Us to You…

Happy Mother's Day

#MotherhoodMom Moments

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Many thanks to all of our fabulous moms and moms-to-be for contributing their favorite “Mommy Moment” via Instagram! We were thrilled to see all of the incredible images that captured both your hearts and ours – it’s moments like these that make motherhood so special. We hope you enjoy this slideshow of our favorite submissions!

This Mother’s Day, our wish is for YOU to celebrate YOU: your courage, your strength, your wisdom and the love you give your little ones.

From us to you, Happy Mother’s Day!

Olivia’s Tips: Mother’s Day Edition

Olivia's Tips: Mother's Day Edition

Nightgown // Frame // Pillow // Skincare // Sleep Set // Gift Card

#MotherhoodMom: Share Your Moments With Us On Instagram!

#MotherhoodMom: Share Your Moments With Us On Instagram!

In honor of Mother’s Day, share your favorite “Mommy Moment” on Instagram for a chance to appear on our Cravings blog! Submit your favorite photo(s) using #MotherhoodMom. All photos must be submitted by May 5th!

Whether you’re a mom-to-be, a brand new mommy or an experienced pro, we’d love to see your photos!

Mother’s Day Looks for the Mom-To-Be

Mother's Day Looks for the Mom-To-BeMother’s Day is right around the corner! Celebrate the new addition to your family in one (or all) of spring’s “must-try” trends!

Make a statement in a bright and bold color, a pop of floral or keep it preppy-chic in a sleek stripe. A feminine bow will beautifully accentuate your growing bump, while an empire waistline is a never-fail way to show off your silhouette. Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day with a casual picnic or a festive party, these fashionable pieces will work wonderfully on your special day.

Shop our favorite Mother’s Day looks here!

#MotherhoodMom: Share Your Moments With Us On Instagram!

#MotherhoodMom Instagram

In honor of Mother’s Day, we want you to share your favorite “Mommy Moment” for a chance to appear on our Cravings blog! Did you capture a hilarious moment with your kids? Do you have any great shots with your new baby? Anything goes!

Follow us on Instagram @MotherhoodMaternity and submit your photo(s) using #MotherhoodMom. All photos must be submitted by May 5th.

Whether you’re a mom-to-be, a brand new mommy or an experienced pro, we’d love to see your photos!

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