Holiday Giveaway by Petunia Pickle Bottom & More!

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An essential for any new mom, we’re always on the lookout for the perfect diaper bag. Not too big, yet not too small, your diaper bag should fit all of the essentials, with room for anything extra.

Both functional and ultra-stylish, Petunia Pickle Bottom creates some of the most fabulous diaper bags around. And as a special holiday gift for you, we are giving away two of their stylish Champs Elysees Stop Boxy Backpacks in the season’s hottest hue, slate grey. Featuring a mod flower design and monochromatic trim, it beholds some of the coolest and most useful perks you will adore – quiet magnetic closure, color-coordinated hands-free backpack straps and messenger straps, a built in changing station with detachable pad and four bottle pockets.

Along with a few other goodies we are excited to include with each bag – Ultimate Retreat Hat Box by Mum To Be and the skin-nourishing Basq Citrus Sugar Body Polish – this is a giveaway you do not want to miss!

Enter to win this holiday giveaway by Petunia Pickle Bottom here!

Products We Love: Zoya

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At Destination Maternity headquarters, nail polish is a pretty big deal. The women in the office are always talking about the latest trends in colors, styles and textures and discussing the shades on the fabulous fingers of celebrities. Often overlooked, however, are the ingredients that make up the polish. Enter a product we love: Zoya Nail Polish! Zoya is a great option because their polishes are vegan and completely free of harsh chemicals like  toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP.  Zoya comes in 300 different shades and has been known to resist chipping for long periods of time. Their new summer collection, “Stunning,” is an array of bold and beautiful shades, perfect for the season. For salon locations and to learn more about Zoya, click here.

Guest Blogger: Basq Skincare

We  are happy to welcome our Guest Bloggers back to our blog, the experts from Basq Skincare! Below is their first tip that explains how to achieve that great pregnancy glow:
Basq Skincare

Step 1: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

In facial care, anti-aging begins with exfoliation but this is also true for pregnancy body care as well. Exfoliation preps the skin for better product absorption and more importantly, kick-starts your skin’s natural repair process that tends to slow down after the age of thirty.

To make sure you are smoothing skin and not damaging it; avoid salt scrubs—they are drying and can cause more damage. Additionally, loofahs and shower mitts can be too rough and lead to micro tears which harm the skin. Many everyday scrubs have clary sage, rosemary and caffeine – these also should be avoided during pregnancy.

We created Basq Citrus Sugar Body Polish for pregnancy-safe exfoliation. The natural sugars gently smooth while rich oils and butters nourish the skin. Focus on mark zones— chest, belly, thighs and hips—for best results.

Stay tuned for Step 2 and more helpful tips from Basq Skincare.

Guest Blogger- Basq Skincare

We adore Basq Skincare! Their array of luxurious pampering products are guaranteed to make you feel divine during your pregnancy. We reached out to the Basq beauty experts to get their perspective on a variety of pregnancy skincare topics: 
Guest Blogger- Basq Skincare

FIGHT THE MARK!

When it comes to stretch marks, the BIG question is: What (if anything) works? However, the truth about stretch marks is that everyone’s skin is unique and how your skin is built is just the beginning of the story. But you can prevent marks and if you already have them, you can make them better!  All you need are the right ingredients and a smart routine.

So start early!  What you do in the first months of pregnancy is critical. Support your skin and help it build collagen and elastin so it will be prepared for the big stretch and avoid breaking (which gives you the marks). When your skin feels taut or dry—or you just have a horrible case of the itchies—give your skin some attention. Our guest posts will aim to serve as a simple guide to dramatically improve your skin’s strength and stretch-ability. Make sure to check out our products, available at Destination Maternity!

Stay tuned for Basq’s series of helpful tips and tricks for pregnancy skincare!

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