Four Things

Spring is finally here and there are so many reasons to celebrate. It’s time to leave behind the soups, sweaters and scarves to engage in these FOUR season-changing favorites. Pull up your hair, hop into a dress and get creative in this season of growth.

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EAT: A roasted banana boat is the perfect snack to satisfy cravings and stay healthy! Add in some walnuts for a dose of good-for-you omegas and dark chocolate chips for antioxidants. Haylie Duff and her sister Hilary sweeten up the warm, campfire snack with marshmallows- a welcome twist on the classic S’more.

WEAR: Nothing screams spring like a flirty little dress. Our Sleeveless Fit and Flare Maternity Dress with an empire waist and scoop neck will have you looking sweeter than jelly beans this holiday.

DO: As the temperatures go up, you may wish your hair does as well. These 6 Easy Braided Hair Styles will keep you cool and comfortable while staying on-trend.

CREATE: Like flowers in the spring, babies seem to boom and bloom around this season. Try something different for your next baby shower gift and create these adorable numbered baby bodysuits, or keep them for you and your baby!

Four Things

Though we’re still in the thick of winter, spring’s light colors and airy fabrics have us excited for the season ahead. From lightening up with healthier food to partaking in a more natural route when it comes to makeup, we hope these four things inspire you to look beyond the snow, slush and breezy temps in favor of the warmth ahead.

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A cinch to make and delicious to down, this healthy and naturally sweet strawberry smoothie is just the kick start we need morning, noon or night.

Floral is everywhere this spring, and this Jessica Simpson maternity blouse in pretty pastels is the perfect way to showcase the trend.

Exude your innate glow by utilizing these easy and effective natural beauty tips – the perfect way to refresh and renew your look.

Adorable, useful and perfectly DIY, these fabric coasters are a fabulous (and easy) way to add a touch of new to your spring décor.

A Healthful Game Day!

Heading out for the Big Game? Add a classic dish with a healthful twist to your host’s spread with this super simple and utterly delicious Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip by Ellie Krieger. Full of savory flavor and the decadent texture you know and love, this low fat version is packed with pregnancy-loving folate – thanks to you, spinach – and smart dairy swaps for a Big Game snack that is sure to please.

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Photo source: cookingchanneltv.com

Instructions from Cookingchanneltv.com:

 Ingredients

  • 1  tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (9-ounce) package artichoke hearts, defrosted, rinsed and dried
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, excess liquid squeezed out.
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) Neufchatel cheese (reduced-fat cream cheese)
  • 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Pita wedges or crudites, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until onions are light golden but not browned. Remove from heat and cool.

In the bowl of a food processor combine artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, Neufchatel, mozzarella and salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Add cooled onion-garlic mixture to the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.

Transfer mixture into an 8-inch glass square baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate which has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with pita wedges or crudites.

Four Things

2014 is upon us, and we can’t wait to dive into all that is yet to come. From new beginnings to continued successes, after a holiday season of indulging in all things delicious – from scrumptious treats to time with friends and family – the start of the New Year is always exciting. In an effort to kick start 2014 in good health, here are four things meant to inspire your mind, body and soul.

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Drink your folate in this gloriously green Outrageous Orange Smoothie that does wonders for your baby – and your taste buds!

Whether you’re heading out for a stroll, a yoga class or a morning stretch routine, this Splendid Shawl Collar Maternity Hoodie is a cozy reminder to get active in style.

Break a sweat in these 6 Best Hairstyles for Work Out so you can feel good from the inside out while busting a move.

In And the Mountains Echoed, New York Times bestselling author, Khaled Hossini, explores the depth of human emotions and actions in regards to “how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.”

A Happy & HEALTHY New Year!

Whether you’re at the beginning, middle or end of your pregnancy, start the New Year off right with all things that are nothing but good for you. From our favorite new piece of active wear to one of pregnancy’s most perfect foods made into something even more delicious, it’s prime time to get healthy, get moving and get in shape for your best pregnancy yet, 2014 style!

maternity tank top

Whether heading to the gym, a yoga class or a leisurely walk through your neighborhood, show your strength in this adorable (and meaningful) Be Strong Maternity Tank Top by Motherhood Maternity. A little bit fun, and a whole lot of function, it’s a must for your healthy you!

maternity exercises

Maintain your posture, balance and strength with a regular routine of easy-to-do exercises on a stability ball. In just 15 to 20 minutes, this set of Get on the Ball exercises are designed to help you to stay fit while expecting, and also to prepare your muscles for labor, delivery and beyond.

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Chock-full of folic acid and good fats, lusciously rich avocado aids in your baby’s brain development as well as helps to facilitate the healthy growth of your placenta. For an even more delicious take on this pregnancy mainstay, dress your salads with this Creamy Cilantro-Avocado Dressing.

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Get your mind, body and self in a much-needed state of Zen with aromatic essential oils that are sure to calm, soothe and quiet your mind. For use only in your second and third trimesters, this comprehensive, do-and-don’t list of essential oils can aid are a holistic start to your New Year of health.

Recipe Box: Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Looking for a last minute recipe you can bring to your holiday gathering? Not to worry! Recipe Girl has created this festive, delicious and easy recipe for Chocolate Snowball Cookies that taste just as good as they look.

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Here’s the how-to from Recipe Girl:

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or almonds
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of salted butter softened – (*TIP: use non-store brand butter and make sure it’s softened, not melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar mixed with red/green sparkling sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the final ingredient (the powdered sugar + the colored sugar). Use an electric mixer to combine until well mixed. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheets.

3. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool COMPLETELY before you remove them from the baking sheets. If you don’t let them cool completely, they will crumble easily. Be patient.  :)

4. Roll cooled cookies in the sparkling powdered sugar mixture. Store cookies at room temperature in a covered container for up to three days. Or store in the freezer in a covered container for up to 30 days.

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Photo source: recipegirl.com

Four Things

It’s almost that time to sip on some eggnog and dive into a fabulous feast. But until that day comes, we are enjoying all of the festive gatherings as well as the much-needed down time at home. Whether we’re donning the color of the season paired with a sexy makeup look or curled up with a decadent hot drink and a great book, it’s prime time to celebrate the weekend!

maternity dress

A sentimental book about the joys of friendship under less than ideal circumstances is beautifully explored in Helen Garner’s The Spare Room.

 Be the star of the holiday party in this gorgeous Ivy & Blu Lace Maternity Dress that epitomizes feminine-cool.

 Oh, hello decadently rich, lusciously sweet and heartwarmingly necessary Peppermint Hot Chocolate!

 Bring the POP out in your eyes with these can’t-miss mascara tips and tricks.

Recipe Box: Potato Galette

We all know and love potatoes. From rich and creamy mashed goodness to salty and savory roasted bites, they are an ideal vehicle for a variety of flavors, cooking methods and best of all, condiments! But for those times when you want to up the elegance of the humble potato, take a stab at this galette from Cook’s Illustrated, which was tried, tested and devoured by Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere. Though requiring a smidge of patience and a bit of time, the resulting crispy gorgeousness is so worth it, especially during the holidays!

Photo source: cucpcakesandcashmere.com

Photo source: cucpcakesandcashmere.com

Ingredients:

  • 2½ pounds (5 to 6 large) Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves (optional)

Tips from Cook’s Illustrated:

  • A pound of dried beans, rice, or coins can be substituted for the pie weights.
  • In order for the potato cake to hold together, it is important to slice the potatoes no more than 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick and to make sure the slices are thoroughly dried before assembling the cake.
  • Use a mandoline slicer or the slicing attachment of a food processor to slice the potatoes uniformly thin.
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Photo source: cucpcakesandcashmere.com

Directions from Cook’s Illustrated:

  • Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place potatoes in large bowl and fill with cold water. Using hands, swirl to remove excess starch, then drain in colander. Spread potatoes onto kitchen towels and thoroughly dry.
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Photo source: cupcakesandcashmere.com

  • Whisk 4 tablespoons butter, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and rosemary (if using) together in large bowl.
  • Add dried potatoes and toss until thoroughly coated.
  • Place remaining tablespoon butter in heavy bottomed 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet and swirl to coat.
  • Place 1 potato slice in center of skillet then overlap slices in circle around center slice, -followed by outer circle of overlapping slices. Gently place remaining sliced potatoes on top of first layer, arranging so they form even thickness.
  • Place skillet over medium-high heat and cook until sizzling and potatoes around edge of skillet start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
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Photo source: cupcakesandcashmere.com

  • Spray 12-inch square of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place foil, sprayed side down, on top of potatoes.
  • Place 9-inch cake pan on top of foil and fill with 2 cups pie weights. Firmly press down on cake pan to compress potatoes.
  • Transfer skillet to oven and bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove cake pan and foil from skillet.
  • Continue to cook until potatoes are tender when paring knife is inserted in center, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Return skillet to medium heat on stovetop and cook, gently shaking pan (use potholder—handle will be hot), until galette releases from sides of pan, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Off heat, place cutting board over skillet. With hands protected by oven mitts or potholders, using 1 hand to hold cutting board in place and 1 hand on skillet handle, carefully invert skillet and cutting board together. Lift skillet off galette.
  • Using serrated knife, gently cut into wedges and serve immediately.
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Photo source: cupcakesandcashmere.com

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Four Things

It’s prime holiday party time, and we are so excited! From casual gatherings with friends and family to dressed-up affairs, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. We hope these four things to eat, wear, do and create will help to inspire you this weekend as you enjoy all of the joy around you – enjoy!

maternity dress

Be the perfect guest by bringing your host this deliciously savory Rustic Pesto Tart that celebrates the colors of the season.

 Don’t stress about what to wear to holiday parties, just wrap it! A wrap maternity dress is as flattering to your bump as it is comfortable to wear.

 Style your hair oh, so pretty with luscious waves that will catch everyone’s eye.

 Has there ever been a cuter, more sentimental ornament? Ever? We think not!

Four Things

Ah, it’s the weekend before the unofficial start to the holiday season! Beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with a New Year’s kiss, we adore this time of year. Whether you have travel plans galore or parties to attend, prior to the (beloved) chaos that’s about to take over, be sure to dive into some rest and relaxation. From stirring up a soul-warming bowl of soup to purchasing that last perfect piece for the nursery, here are our picks for you to eat, wear, do and nest this weekend.

maternity blouse

The last thing you want to do before Thanksgiving is slave over dinner; make life easy – and delicious – with a comforting bowl of Tomato Tortellini Soup.

Lightweight, silky and flowing with flattery, this ¾ Sleeve Button Detail Maternity Blouse is a timeless addition to your maternity wardrobe.

It’s absolutely amazing how a few simple strokes of your makeup brush can dramatically enhance your already beautiful features.

A whimsically colorful addition to the nursery, tell your little one “You Are My Sunshine” every day of their little life.

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