EARTH MAMA & MOTHER EARTH – #motherearth

Today we thank the mother of all mothers… Mother Earth!

Today is Earth Day and we like to celebrate by doing something good for our environment. From recycling to reusing, there are so many ideas and inspirations of how to help our earth. Check out Earth Day’s website for plans and ways to get involved.

As for us, we want to highlight a brand we love. “Babytime! by Episencial is dedicated to creating safe, effective, natural skin care products that enhance the health of babies and young children’s naturally sensitive skin. Babytime! is the only skincare brand to make baby-safe, all-natural skincare products with PROBIOTICS to support skin immunity and help treat common skin conditions.”

Be a true Earth Mama! Since bumps are just as sensitive as baby bums, we encourage you to try these products out during pregnancy too. Your skin is the biggest organ and with baby in the belly, being safe becomes top priority.

Combat itchy and stretched skin with Babytime Body Lotion, sold through Motherhood Maternity. Calm down those hormonal changes that affect your skin with the Babytime Soothing Cream. And nourish your body with their massaging serum. All natural, all good, all ages.

Besides using natural products, how do our team members give back to Mother Earth? Read on to see how they show a little love to the land.

Matt, our Production Manager, gardens with his children with help from the compost, which he uses as food for his plants. He grows peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes, kale, tomatoes, mint, basil, chives, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini.

Jeff, our Creative Project Director, exchanged all the windows in his upcoming baby’s nursery to make it more energy efficient. His wife has been purchasing organic baby clothing; she is in to sustainable children’s clothing as well!

Klaudia, our Senior Graphic Designer, and her four-year-old daughter take leftover fruits and veggies to feed the animals at a local petting farm outside of their veterinarian’s office. Her little peanut also plants flower seeds every spring at a nearby preserve; together they take walks there to see them bloom! How cute is that mommy/daughter date?

Share how you care about the earth on our Instagram with the #MotherEarth

PRE-SUMMER STYLE GUIDE

There’s a boldness that comes from pastel. All eyes will still be on the bump, as our pre-summer collection takes on the lighter side to blue and pink.

We are partial to baby blue, as we are partial to anything with the word baby in it. That’s just who we are! We especially love this maternity top because it’s got a feminine side with flutter sleeves, a floral applique and flowing fabric. If you want something a little darker, this style comes in navy. For warmer style, shop it in salmon rose. We styled it with our rolled hem floral print maternity shorts, but this top looks good with all maternity bottoms!

Embroidered down the front and sleeves, our next blouse is screaming, “Buy me!” (See, pastels can be loud!) We love the babydoll silhouette, and honestly not just because it has baby in it. Our customers rave over the flattering cut. This look is finished off with slit sleeves for mamas who go from cold to hot in a minute flat. We paired it with light wash cropped maternity jeans, which also feature an embroidery embellishment.

This smocked maternity dress is so cute, with vertical stripes in pastel pinks, blues and even orange; you cannot go wrong. It is the one-hit-wonder. With heels, sandals and flats, you can throw it on and go, feeling confident that you look amazing.

Our last look is a blouse in a soft off-white with textured dotted fabric and pleats. In navy, green and coral… there’s a color for you. We matched ours with a cropped straight leg maternity jean, designed with a floral detail and some destruction.

Summer is around the corner, so beat the heat with looks that are light and lovely and ready to be seen.

OUR FOUR FAVES

1. STYLE: graphic maternity tees make every look a little more bumped up… quite literally

2. SKIN: pregnancy changes you, inside & out, so we are serious about what we put on the largest organ of our body, especially one that is creating life!

3. BABY: this holiday, all you need is a lot of love & some little presents – take these pacis off your list by adding them to your basket, whether that be shopping or Easter basket of course!

4. FOOD: traditional Easter bread, because carbs are always on the cravings list…

 

TOTAL TIME:  Prep takes about 30 minutes + Baking takes 30 minutes

MAKES: roughly 20 servings

DOUGH:

  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    (can make healthier with whole wheat flour or almond flour for an option containing less gluten)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
    (can substitute with cane sugar)
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk (can replace with another nut-based milk)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (can replace with coconut oil or ghee)
  • 2 eggs (medium to large sized)
  • 1/4 cup chopped, blanched almonds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract (optional)
  • 5 uncooked eggs, dyed

GLAZE:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk (or a nut-based / soy option)

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a large saucepan, heat milk and 2 tablespoons butter, right before it begins to boil. Then, add the dry ingredients; stir or beat rapidly with whisk for 2 minutes. Add eggs and mix them well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and until it has an elastic consistency, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased/ buttered bowl. Turn the dough over so both sides get greased. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, which takes about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and then turn it out on a lightly floured surface. Fold in the almonds and anise extract (if you chose to add them) until blended in evenly. Let the dough rest for another 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half. Shape the halves in to a 24-inch rope, or to as exact as that as you can get. Twist those two ropes together loosely and place them on a greased baking sheet. You want to make them into a ring shape on the sheet by closing the ends of the twisted roped together.
  • Melt what’s left of your butter and brush it over the shaped dough. Gently separate the twists on the ropes and place your dyed eggs in. Cover and let rise until it has doubled, which is about 40 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool your sweet bread on a wire rack.
  • To create the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency in a bowl. Drizzle it over the warm bread. Sprinkle with candies (we like the nonpareil kind, because it’s what our family is used to, but we aren’t bias to good old-fashioned sprinkles either!)

ON A BLUE STREAK

There is one color that you can wear every day, that plays nice with all the other colors and is even more versatile than black – blue jeans baby! The weirdest part is that you can take a light wash or dark wash, pair it with virtually any top and you’re golden… well you’re blue, but you get what we mean. Come indulge your style senses and get ready to find your newest blue crush!

Shop all our maternity denim here. Dark wash maternity jeans are just a click away… as are our light wash maternity styles. Are you a Secret Fit Belly girl? Underbelly spark your interest? Side panel your go-to? Click away. Oh, and don’t worry, if you want to complete an outfit, we’ve got you covered – quite literally – with our maternity tops. All it takes is one good pair of jeans to change your wardrobe, and not to be dramatic, thus change your life. Come into the blue with us.

Secret Fit Belly Skinny Leg Crop Maternity Jeans in Light Wash

Side Panel Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans

WORDS FROM THE BUMP

We continue to make outspoken style, like these maternity graphic tees, because we noticed that our customers go crazy for them. Being pregnant, most importantly dressing when you’re pregnant, grants a lot more opportunity to be adventurous in clothing choice. The bump gives you the right to express yourself.

Obviously, many of the shown styles are great for a gender reveal, but we came to see that women love to announce their pregnancy wearing our maternity shirts.  For spring and summer, we know our baseball inspired styles are bound to be a huge hit… haha, get it?

If you plan to announce the news wearing one, tag us in your post and #thisisgoingtobefun. We’d love to see how you get graphic in our maternity t-shirts! Stop by the graphic shop to find your fashion.

MORE MOMS WINNING DIAPERS!

Meet our second winner of the diaper sweepstakes. (Seriously, why haven’t you signed up yet for a chance to win? See below so we can feature you here… and, so you can enjoy a year’s worth of FREE diapers!)

Ger from Minnesota is due May 19th with her second child. She has a 3-year-old son now, who is waiting to be a big brother. Ger loves our Secret Fit Belly® bootcut twill pants in petite. In fact, she said she didn’t know we had petite sizes, was thrilled when she found out we do, and told us that after work she planned on going to her local store to pick up more pairs! Thanks, Ger; congratulations on baby #2 and for winning the diapers sweeps.

Keep checking us out for more on the best in maternity style, pregnancy tips and to see who wins the next month.

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

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MLB MATERNI-TEES

Bump up your team spirit, quite literally, with our Official Major League Baseball maternity tees from Touch by Alyssa Milano.

Besides names and logos, the backs of our maternity t-shirts are rocking the line, “Nine Months You’re Out”, which is why they are selling quicker than hotdogs at a baseball game. (Sorry we love themes here.)

Check out all fan-favorite maternity looks and take yourself out to the ballgame in style.

THE GO-TO THAT KEEPS GOING

You lived in them before, you loved them during, so don’t leave them after! Keep wearing your maternity jeans regardless of baby making his or her debut in the world. Our collection of transitional pieces has expanded with the styles that keep you looking like you.

With new waistline options like the under-belly and side-panel, easing back to your pre-pregnancy body is done without you redoing your whole closet… again! We listened to our customers who wanted more out of their maternity clothes, so we hope these maternity jeans are the answer to your denim desires.

Note, we are not bias toward other maternity pants, even though we like our blue jeans baby! Our under-belly and side-panel styles are available in maternity shorts, maternity leggings, as well as maternity skirts. If you want a little support, you know our Secret Fit Belly panel is always the tried and true addition. So, make your maternity style go the extra mile and invest in pieces that make the journey from these nine months to new mom with you!

SPRINGTIME = DRESS TIME

 

We love April for a lot of reasons: 1) It is the time of rebirth. Look around and you see all of nature coming back to life. 2) This year it means eating chocolate for breakfast is acceptable, when let’s be honest, we’ve been doing that without Easter on the horizon. 3) Showers… and not just the kind that bring May flowers.  April is the beginning of wedding season, so there are so many bridal showers happening. Of course, in our world, we love the baby shower better (and the gender reveal party.)

Luckily for us, there are so many spring showers to dress for, which is why we think this maternity maxi is the one to wear for all warm-weather themes.

Dress Highlights:
Love it now and then wear it after baby is born. This is one of our pieces that transitions with you from maternity to motherhood.  The empire waist also features an attached ribbon-belt that ties around the back. It lets the bump shine, but also flatters your post-pregnancy body.

Long length, chiffon fabric, sleeveless, v-neck and v-back: these create a dress that is made for warm weather, can easily be layered upon, features the full body fit, yet still is breathable for pregnant women who tend to run hot!

Last, but not least- the print; we love the subtle tones of the dripping multi-dots. It creates fluidity. So, while you’re being showered with love, sit back, relax and look the part in this pretty maternity dress.

Multi-Dot Maternity Maxi Dress

 

STYLE ROOTED IN PRETTY

April showers may bring May flowers, but March brings SPRING! So, we want to celebrate the start of the new season with maternity dresses that are not only shower ready, but are perfect for your gender reveal (check out those blue and pink prints), are eggcelent for Easter (yes, we went there) and meet the dress code for that upcoming wedding.

We want to highlight the textured lace overlay of the first maternity dress, which is just blossoming with pink and blue buds. We love the above-the-bump belt, which makes for a form-flattering silhouette. If flowers are just not your scene [gasp!], we have this beauty in a gorgeous shade of green too.

The second maternity dress is garden party perfection. This maternity maxi has a surplice neckline, giving a wrap-top effect, plus an empire waistline, which our pregnant customers rely on time and time again for comfort, fit and its versatility to last way past pregnancy. Super slinky and soft material is why we love it too. To shop all the floral fashion, click here. Welcome to spring!

Jacquard Lace Maternity Dress

Surplice Neckline Maternity Maxi Dress

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