Nesting Instincts: Russian Dolls Make a Magical Gender Reveal

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Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with Matryoshka (Russian) nesting dolls. One wooden doll with another little doll nestled inside… and so on and so on. My mother had a big, beautiful set that my grandmother had brought back with her from a trip to Russia. I loved to play with it. Opening each doll, lining them all up in a row, seeing how tiny they could get… it was mesmerizing.

It got me thinking what a delightful and unique gender reveal these dolls would make. A quick Google search turns up hundreds… many in traditional red and yellow lacquer but also in vivid purples, blues and greens – you name it. There’s even a little Darth Vader nesting doll; open it up to a little Storm Trooper that opens up to a tiny Boba Fett. I kid you not. But, I digress.

I found the most perfect blue and pink set. All for less than my weekly Starbucks budget. Of course, in order to make it worthy of a gender reveal you need the perfect “reveal doll.” You’ll want something that complements the collection to be tucked inside the middle doll, the most important one! As an event designer, I love being crafty, but I confess, I don’t have a lot of patience for crazy complicated techniques. Little baby peg dolls were the answer. A little paint and some eyelashes and BAM – you have an adorable baby doll ready to nestle inside its mother doll. See what I mean? These dolls are unique and eye-catching when it comes to revealing your baby’s gender.

What I adore about this is that you can build your entire party around these beautiful, ornate dolls. Tuck a small vase of flowers inside the bottom half with the top perched by its side for a playful centerpiece. I used the extra peg dolls to create the cutest cupcake toppers: little girls and little boys in blue and pink.

Have fun with the signage too, by giving your guests a hint of what’s to come. Happy gender revealing!

Click here to check out all of Motherhood’s gender reveal clothing perfect for your party!

Laura Himmelein is the owner of Party Cake Party Cake, an event design and styling firm specializing in birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, showers and other milestones.

WE HAVE SOMETHING TO REVEAL! 

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Gender reveal parties are becoming as big or bigger than baby showers, without the pressure, but with all the excitement. There are so many ways to announce whether or not baby is going to be a boy or girl and we are the place to come for that inspiration. Let us be the source of all things gender reveal. We’ve been behind the scenes meeting with the best of the best in party planning, racking our collective brains to come up with the cutest themes and are almost ready to roll out the red carpet on this Gender Reveal initiative.

With help from the cutest maternity tees featuring “It’s a Boy!” and “It’s a Girl!” graphics, moustache decals, bows and more, plus the Gender Reveal Collection of blue with pink tops and dresses (they have ribbons that reveal), your outfit is already made. We want to be your one stop shop for planning, so we also are selling decorations, favors and supplies for Motherhood, as well as A Pea in the Pod. Make sure you check out our sister blog at 40weeksofchic.com for even more ideas!

Last, but not least, we are fully prepared with professional perspectives. First we will meet with Laura Himmelein, owner of Party Cake, Party Cake in Maplewood, New Jersey. So keep your eyes open for the Gender Reveal section on our blogs, as well as posts featuring concepts and how to execute them. Whether you are the one doing the revealing or it’s you who will be surprised, we are just so excited to deliver this to you. Let the reveals begin!

SHARE YOUR CRAVINGS

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“Ice cream is exquisite – what a pity it isn’t illegal.” – Voltaire

Well then lock us up, because we are all about the cold, creamy craving! Everyone thinks Valentine’s Day is strictly for chocolate, and we don’t disagree, but we also would like to bring attention to another sweet treat: ice cream! So many flavors, so many favorites, so many ways to eat it. Our love song can go on and on, but we want you to tell us your pregnancy cravings. Head on over to our Instagram and use #shareyourcravings – we want to know what creamy, crunchy, salty or sweet you MUST eat! And, keep on reading to see what our expecting mamas here have a hunger for. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Motherhood.

Our Global Sourcing Manager, Kristen Mullarkey, is craving ice cream. Besides the obvious reasons, you know sugary, creamy goodness… it’s helping to soothe her pregnancy heartburn!

Our Senior Buyer for Motherhood, Jillian O’Hara, is craving ice cream and soft pretzels.

Our Assistant Manager of U.S. Partner Businesses, Carolyn Hanif, is craving cereal and milk, especially Frosted Flakes!

Our Lead Merchant Manager of Motherhood, Erin Downing, is craving Chipotle Burrito Bowls!

AND THE WINNER IS…

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We have picked the first winner of our diaper sweeps (you know, the one where you enter to win a year’s worth of FREE diapers!)

Anne is expecting for the first time. She started shopping with us for maternity clothes at 4 months, loves her hooded maternity sweater the most, and is extremely happy that at 8 months pregnant, she still is wearing clothes from her first shopping trip.

We want to congratulate Anne on her pregnancy and upcoming birth of her baby boy, as well as winning the diaper sweeps!

If YOU want to be entered for a chance to win, click here! Earn an extra entry by texting MHDIAPER to 40679* and sign up for mobile alerts! There’s no purchase necessary either!

See our sweepstakes official rules here for details & other methods of entry. Good luck.

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THE NEW NAUTICALS

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The dark days of winter give east coasters major summer envy, while the west coasters reach for the beach and the middle of the country craves the coastal breeze. If you can’t set sail on the sea, test the waters with these mid-winter nods to nautical!

Maternity clothing already breaks bounds when it comes to flattering your shape, because most styles are made to accentuate the bump. So remember when shopping, stripes are slimming. We repeat: stripes are slimming. So many mamas shy away from the stripe, especially horizontal ones, but this sweater is lightweight, still warm enough for the chill in the air, and cute as a button — literally, because it is ribbed with buttons.

In the warmer months we preach the LWD, aka the Little White Dress, as the fresher take on the LBD. What about in the cooler months? Shake it up with a new LBD — Little Blue Dress. The deep tone of navy is of course flattering, much in the way black is; it’s still sophisticated, yet playful and versatile for work to weekend wear. This maternity dress features pretty pleats and a flowing fit.

To stay in the blue family, we top off our list, well… with a top. Navy is a neutral that plays well with others blues, so this flutter sleeve maternity blouse looks amazing with jeans, as well as more office-ready pants. Not into ruffles? Don’t feel blue… (sorry for the pun!) we have more navy maternity blouses you’ll love.

In a boat, on land, at work- these are the new waves of nautical maternity looks.

Ribbed Button Detail Maternity Sweater

Navy Pleated Maternity Dress

Flutter Sleeve Maternity Blouse

SHOW YOUR BUMP SOME LOVE

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What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? At some point it may have meant dinner out, dancing and maybe a glass of wine. So what about this year? You’re pregnant, which means it’s alright to use that beautiful bump as a reason to order in, snuggle on the couch and sip a little ginger tea. It isn’t about sacrificing; it’s about indulging.

What is there not to love about maternity sleepwear that is made extra soft for your hardworking body? In shades of blush, rose and cranberry, it’s like making a cocktail of pretty pregnancy pajamas. Ask for a massage and use belly balms, oils and butters carefully crafted from expecting skincare. It is all about giving the bump a little extra TLC.

There is so much to love, so finishing the night off with glowing skin, a smooch from your honey and the feeling of your baby growing inside of you is the icing on the cake. Or… end the night with cake. Hey, you’re eating for two! Happy cravings and Happy Valentine’s Day. With Hugs & Kisses – Motherhood

All of Me Loves All of You Graphic Tee

Heart Print Maternity Sleep Pants

Heart Print Nursing Nightgown

Maternity & Nursing Robe

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PREGNANCY’S PERFECT PANTS

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Those who say nothing is perfect have never seen these ankle maternity pants. Why, you ask? Let us tell you the reasons.

  1. They are a skinny silhouette, which elongates the legs for a slimming effect, while still highlighting that beautiful bump.
  2. They are made with super stretch fabric, providing maternity style for all throughout your pregnancy and right into motherhood.
  3. They are extremely versatile, going from desk to dinner, flats to heels and brunch to breakfast. (Wait, what? You can sleep in them too? Well, maybe not… but they are comfy enough!)
  4. They come in a myriad of colors… yes, a myriad!
  5. They are one of our top-rated, mamas-in-the-making approved pants.

So, when we say show a little ankle, we mean every day. Sized from extra-small through extra-large, we know you will find your size. We don’t need to tell you all the places you’ll wear them or all the ways to style them… unless you want us to list that too!

Work, dinner, shopping, weekends, farmer’s market, picnic, friend’s house, apple picking ___ with heels, with sneaks, with mules, with flats, with ballet slippers, with shirts, with tanks, with tees, with plaids, with patterns, with graphics and definitely with this blouse. You get it… so now get it! And visit our Instagram too. #thisisgoingtobefun

Secret Fit Belly Skinny Ankle Maternity Pants

Babydoll Lattice Maternity Blouse

STYLE IS SPROUTING IN 2017

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We hope that everything comes up roses for you this year, especially your style choices. If one of your resolutions is to try something new like prints and patterns, florals are a great place to start. They are forever trending, make an appearance in every season and help the bump bloom in fashion- pun intended! The blouses shown are perfect for now and next year too, just like perennials. With a light weight, convertible sleeves and above-the-bump tie string, they seamlessly go from maternity to motherhood. Click here for more floral fashions.

SMOCKED MATERNITY BLOUSE

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HELLO 2017 – THE FUN HAS BEGUN

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Priorities change when you become pregnant, but that doesn’t mean New Year’s Eve has to lack all of the fun. Just remember, water is not only healthier than champagne… it’s cheaper too! Poppin’ bottles takes on a whole new meaning when baby comes, so show off that girl you used to be with a shirt with quirk, like this one! Or, check out our New Arrivals to help ring in the New Year. 2017 is going to be the one to remember, so enter it smiling (or sleeping!) because we know just how tired you may be mama.  Here’s to new beginnings and an amazing ending to 2016.

Happy New Year!

Love,

Motherhood

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