A FAMILY AFFAIR: HOLIDAY EDITION

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Jamie and Kristin are two real-life sisters due less than 5 weeks apart! They let us tag along on their latest shopping trip as they chose styles for the holidays and every day.

We were curious about what being pregnant for the first time together has been like, and not so shockingly their answers were pretty similar:

Kristin:  “My sister is 4 weeks behind me so I obviously am experiencing things first; she keeps saying, ‘that didn’t happen to me’, so I keep telling her to wait 4 weeks. Now our joke is, ‘It’s been over 4 weeks and I’m still waiting’… just goes to show every pregnancy is different.”

Jamie “I love being pregnant with Kristin. I tend to worry about everything, and I am not good with needles or doctors in general. It has been so comforting to know what to expect at every visit because we go to the same doctor, and are 4 weeks apart! I call her and ask her questions before each of my appointments.”

Both girls are from New Jersey, so the fall and winter seasons get pretty chilly. Kristin is wearing our Quilted Puffer Maternity Coat in Olive over the Cowl Neck Maternity Sweater, while Jamie is in our Waist-Tie Wool Maternity Coat in Grey on top of the Button-Detailed Striped Sweater.  Both are rocking their favorite pair of maternity jeans from Motherhood.

We got right into talking about the holidays. Since this is their first time being pregnant during the season, they were excited to shop both day and night looks. They plan to spend Christmas together; both were immediately drawn to our holiday graphic tees for that reason.  Jamie said, “I usually wear comfortable clothes on Christmas, so I will not be breaking from that tradition now that I am pregnant.” In fact, Kristin ended up getting the “We’re Adding a Turkey to Our Table” Maternity Tee too and plans to wear it on Thanksgiving!

For their last holiday without babies, they wanted to go out glowing! Jamie found our Lace Green Bell Sleeve Dress perfect for this time of year.  Kristin got the black Cold Shoulder Dress, because she can wear it to her work party too!

Stay tuned for more favorite looks from this cute pair of sisters next week! And we’d love to see how you make shopping a family affair! Make sure you snap some pics in our store and #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity so we can see!

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GENDER REVEAL: WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

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With loved ones naturally gathering for the upcoming holidays, it is the perfect time to work in a festive and seasonal gender reveal. Integrating Thanksgiving dinner into our newest photo shoot inspiration was a no-brainer, especially because there is so much to be thankful and grateful for. Check out how easy it was to set the scene!

Step One: Make your menu with each course listed out separately. As you can see, our fancy feast has starters and the main course, then dessert! Personalize yours and of course include the food you plan to serve your guests! Have the final course or written line guide your guests to turn over the menu…

Step Two: Make sure the back of the menu has the gender! You can write it out as we have, or get creative and cute with it. Make a turkey with a hairbow or bowtie, or have a picture of a pink or blue pie. The choice of reveal is yours!

Step Three: Make the theme come even more to life with props, like our pink wishbone. Another way to include color is to make your desserts really mirror the reveal. For example, have pomegranate sparking water with cherry pies for a girl, and incorporate blueberries for a boy.

Extra Step: After you dress the table, dress yourself in style that allows to wear your heart on your sleeve… bump! Our holiday graphic tees are the fun way to get festive. The “We’re Adding a Turkey to Our Table” one is amazing, but we also have, “Gobble ‘til You Waddle”, “Blessed, Thankful, Grateful” and “This Turkey Takes 9 Months to Cook”.

Are you planning on sharing the good news or the gender at your Thanksgiving dinner? Let us know @motherhoodmaternity with #thisisgoingtobefun #merrymoms and we promise we won’t tell!

BUMP SHOT SERIES: HOW TO BRING IT ALL TO LIFE

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Have you been following our Bump Shot Series? We covered expert tips from our photographer, how to style your shoot, how to style yourself and now the time has come to use all the inspiration to get creative. This is how to bring it all to life!

1. Style for the Season

The time of year can inspire your props, setting and outfit choice. You can use the season’s holidays as a theme, or make it easy on yourself by getting graphic! Shop our holiday maternity tees, official NFL and MLB sport team maternity tees or our everyday outspoken styles!

2. Stick with a Silhouette

The classic silhouette shot can be done all year long, which makes it a great choice for seeing bump progression. Make sure you test lighting and time of day when prepping for this picture, so you know exactly when to capture the perfect mood. Keep it simple in one of our nightgown and robe sets, which will grow with you for all nine months’ worth of images.

3. Think Outside the Box

Personalize with props, play around with camera angles, or put the baby belly on full display. You don’t always need to be standing holding your bump. You can sit, stretch out comfy in your pajamas, add in some cravings of the week… just make it personal and fun.

4. Capture Memories and Moments

You may not be a first-time mama, which makes taking the perfect bump shot even more exciting. Get your family involved. Showcase real moments at home. Allow yourself and your life to be the ultimate inspiration behind the best bump photo. Try a simple LBD like the one shown, because it’s classic and beautiful, without taking away from the scene. Or, go with whatever look you love and feel comfortable in; just have some fun with it.

 

As always, #thisisgoingtobefun and tag @motherhoodmaternity to show us your bump shot!

BUMP SHOT SERIES: HOW TO STYLE YOURSELF

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Let your style be the guiding force behind the perfect photo shoot. Whether you are a morning, afternoon or night picture poster, there’s a look to help you capture the best bump shot. Nine months is a long time, and we love the idea of using your weekly bump shot to capture times of year, holidays or even just cozy nights in to reflect what where you are in your pregnancy in more ways than one. Above all, though, you’ll want to begin by choosing pieces that flatter you and photograph well. Luckily, we have some experience with this…

1.For Pre-Workday Pictures:

You got ready for your day, so you feel the urge to strike a pose. Go ahead and shop the perfect maternity sweater, like the Cozy Cable Cowl Neck in Oatmeal, and the comfiest leggings you’ll ever own. We love the sweater, especially and obviously for the cooler months. What really makes it a great choice for a bump shot is the waffle texture- which camouflages the bump without hiding it, the curve of the hem- which fully flatters growing bellies, and the cowl neck- which frames the face.

2. For Bedtime Bump Shots

You take beauty sleep seriously, so snapping before you hit the sack needs picture-perfect pajamas to match. Shop all our maternity (and nursing!) sleep styles, as well as the fair-isle print pair shown. We believe there is nothing cuter than a pair of PJs. Not only are they a comfortable outfit, they have a way of setting the scene. This set, in particular, pops on camera with the red Henley-neck. And, they are worth it, because you can take this picture at any point in your pregnancy, as well as after with baby. They have an underbelly waistband, plus are made for nursing. Win-win.

3. For Posting Before Hosting

You’re getting the girls together for a night in. You threw on some blush, the perfect Faux Wrap Maternity Top, and your best pair of blue jeans— now is the time to say cheese! The top is a great choice, because it is seasonless. With a lightweight material, 3/4th sleeves, and the choice of white, blue or grey… it’s a simple way to make a statement. The above-the-bump wrap belt doesn’t hurt either, especially for accentuating the whole reason you’re taking the picture! Shop all the newest maternity looks, to keep your weekly fashion fresh for the photos.

Check out our last post to see how to style your shoot, and to get tips from our photographer.  Plus, keep coming back for more ways to capture the best bump shot! Tag us in yours @motherhoodmaternity using #thisisgoingtobefun – See you there!

BUMP SHOT SERIES: HOW TO STYLE YOUR SHOOT

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1. Pick Your Props

a. Share your progress.
They say consistency is the key! Try incorporating the Pearhead Pregnancy Chalkboard into your photo shoots to help you keep track, and then of course, to post with your peeps.

b. Shake it up with accessories.
Adding your own personal touch, whether it be seasonal, fun or even wacky, will bring a sense of humor to your shoots. Pregnancy is a journey with a lot of emotions… capture them!

c. Show off your bump.
Belly stickers are the easiest way to showcase your bump’s growth. The Pearhead ones feature 17 stickers, starting at week 8 and going through to week 40!

2. Choose Your Background

a. Try interesting architecture.
Use archways and beautiful buildings to help outline and ultimately define your bump shot. It can act as a natural way to frame you!

b. Be inspired by nature.
No filter can replace or replicate natural lighting. Let the outdoors be your literal playground. Find the colors, textures and beauty that Mother Earth has given you.

c. Or, incorporate your neighborhood.
Have a plain white wall? Is your porch pretty? How about your cool colored door? You know they’re there for your entire pregnancy, so use them to your advantage… week after week!

For an extra tip, choose a dress in a solid color that you know will work well in all different settings, like the Rib Knit Maternity Dress in Burgundy shown.  Or do you, and shop all our maternity styles. Make sure you tag us in your bump shots with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity – Happy snapping!

BUMP SHOT SERIES: TIPS FROM OUR PHOTOGRAPHER

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Welcome to our Bump Shot Series!  There is no greater time in your life for change, an excuse to go shopping, and to take pictures of it all. Pregnancy photo shoots have been around for a while. (Remember Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair?) Today, they are so much more accessible due to phones and social media.  Every day we play around like amateur photographers, so put your own experience to good use capturing all those pregnancy milestones!

Over this week we are going give you tips and inspiration on how to style your shoot, how to style yourself and how to put it all together for making moments come to life on screen! As for today… we are kicking it off with advice from an actual professional, our in-house photographer Bobby Heinemann.

Bobby is the man behind pretty much all the images you see in our stores, on our site, as well as our sister site APeainthePod.com and their stores.  He goes on shoots, works with models, and is our photographer for social media, including this blog and 40WeeksofChic! He can make everything look amazing and happens to be one of the coolest guys we know. The Creative Department is in debt to Bobby for all the beautiful images he sends our way. When he speaks, especially about his craft, we listen! We hope that his words come in handy to you as well.  Keep coming back all week for more from our Bump Shot Series!

EATING CANDY FOR TWO

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Trick or treat… can you still see your feet? Doesn’t matter, just give YOU something good to eat!

We polled our pregnant co-workers to see which sweet goodies they’re hoping to get in their bags, buckets, pumpkins, pillow cases— however they collect the candy!

We also reached out to two sisters, Jamie and Kristin, who are both expecting five weeks apart to hear about what they’ve been craving. Jamie and her bump can’t get enough Almond Joys and Kit Kats (both of which our co-workers seem to want!) And, Kristin said you name it, she wants it. She is particularly into chocolate with nuts… apparently so is the baby girl in her belly!

Stay tuned to see more from Jamie and Kristin, because in a couple weeks we will go shopping with them for the holidays. It’s a family affair to remember!

Shop the shirt shown and our other graphic tees, plus tag us in your maternity costumes @motherhoodmaternity #thisisgoingtobefun 🎃 Happy Halloween!

EVERY HERO NEEDS A SIDEKICK

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This one’s for the second-time mama. We used the simplicity of the cape to be the reveal. Your child can come out wearing the cape once he or she knows if baby is a brother or sister. Just turn the cape to pink for girl and blue for boy. This can also be used as the image on a Gender Reveal Invitation, social post or even as a video on Instagram… check out how we did it: @motherhoodmaternity #thisisgoingtobefun

SHARE THE THRONE

 

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We love Gender Reveals, as you can probably gather by now, and we don’t think the excitement of a reveal should be limited to first time parents! Looking for clever ways to incorporate big sisters and big brothers into the mix, we came up with a royal theme.

For Who Will Share the Trone?, our beautiful model Vittoria will be revealing if her sibling is a prince or princess. With a little fairy tale magic and a gold pen, we created the sign on poster board, and then taped it to a pretty metal curtain rod. Add in a castle, your little royal highness, and let the second crown be the reveal. In this case… another princess is on the way!

Keep reading our blog for more Gender Reveal ideas and style inspo!

DIY BUMP COSTUMES

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Our Social Media Specialist got really crafty, literally, when she thought up and then executed these DIY costumes. She actually made them in our office using the items shown. With a little glue and a lot of love, we present to you:

THE DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY DISCO BALL
A tiny trip to the craft store was all our co-worker needed to create this costume. She chose the black version of the side-ruched tee, then placed the larger squares in the center and edged with the smaller to create a spherical shiny shape, perfect for the pregnancy costume that will amp up any party! We paired it with our black fold-over belly lightweight skirt, so you can dance the night away without breaking a sweat.

THE BUMPED UP GUM-BALL MACHINE
Using our basic white side-ruched maternity tee, our co-worker laid it on a flat surface and began to place the pompom balls down until they created a perfect circle. Then, she picked up each pompom, added some fabric glue, replaced it and voila— a gum-ball machine! We paired the top with our red Jessica Simpson crop maternity pants to complete the classic color combination.

THE HEART EYES EMOJI
This last one is for the minimalist mama-to-be who wants the compliment, but not the complication. This one really is as easy as 1, 2, 3: get felt, cut a circle and two heart eyes, fabric glue it on our black cold-shoulder maternity dress. Happy Halloween!

For additional pregnancy costume ideas and inspiration, check out our wicked good witch gender reveal post, and our Halloween graphic tees. And, head over to @motherhoodmaternity for even more scary good style!

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