GENDER REVEAL – DECK THE HALLS

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Have you ever made your own ornaments before? It’s super easy, and has become our newest idea for a Christmas-themed Gender Reveal.

We found clear Christmas ball ornaments at our nearest craft store. We also picked up a bag of green jingle bells and a bag of red ones, plus some fake snow. We decided to use the colors of the season to aid in this reveal. Green is for boy and red is for girl. To add more of a holiday twist, we decided to use the stocking to hide the ornament — it’s a boy!

What we love about this idea, although simplistic, is that it becomes the catalyst for so many ways to share the good news. You can take pictures, like ones we snapped, and put them on your Christmas card. (Check out how we did this with our last reveal). Or, you can make entire day out of it with family and friends. Have them over for making ornaments and memories, then do the reveal live with your own stocking! This is a great way for you, yourself, to also be surprised.

How are you revealing the gender? Are you keeping it holiday themed? We want to see! Use #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity or learn more about our #MerryMoms Campaign for personalizing all those picture-worthy moments.

CHRISTMAS CARD GENDER REVEAL

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Get ready to have the best kind of blue Christmas, because it’s a boy! We are at it again, combining holidays and gender reveals. We started to think of ways that people share good news this time of year, regardless of being pregnant, and immediately sending holiday cards came to mind. We then thought about decorating with color… and voila, our inspiration came to life.

We started off with decorating an actual tree, but settled on something a little more modern and fun. Using garland opens the door up for more than just one color. You can swap out the green foliage for other colors like silver, gold, or white. We wanted to keep the “tree” aspect traditional, but feel free to edit our idea!

We opted for shades of blue and silver balls to showcase that baby is a boy. Obviously, you can swap in pink… or throw on both if twins are on the way! How are you revealing this holiday season? Sending a card out too? Tag us in yours @motherhoodmaternity using #thisisgoingtobefun and check out our #MerryMoms campaign to see how to upload and customize all your magical moments this season.

WHAT’S IN STORE? HOLIDAY HASHTAGS!

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Stop by your store to see all the styles, savings and sales this month. The Days of Deals are in full effect, from now until December 16th! Look around for our hashtag signs, starting with our #MerryMoms campaign (click to learn more about how to customize your pictures!)

You’ll also spot #BumpFitting – snap a picture of yourself when you find the perfect outfit that highlights those new curves or get custom fitted by our trained associates. And of course, make sure you tag us!

We can’t forget #ComfyCozy for when that warm winter wardrobe staple just must be yours! Share what you shop with us @MotherhoodMaternity and throw in #Momtobe and #ThisIsGoingToBeFun just for the belly laughs!

Happy hashtagging ladies and see you on Insta!

 

#MERRYMOMS // MAKING MEMORIES

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We want to see how you celebrate EVERYTHING this season!

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THANKFUL THURSDAY

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This Thanksgiving, we’re doing exactly that: rounding up all the thanks that our co-workers are giving this year.  Take a look at our gratitude and tell us yours @MotherhoodMaternity using #ThankfulThursday and have an amazing holiday!

A FAMILY AFFAIR: AT WORK & AT HOME

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Welcome back to our family affair shopping trip. Remember Jamie, pregnant with a boy, and Kristin, expecting a little girl? Their dressing rooms were filled to the brim, so we wanted to share a few more of their favorite finds.  Keep reading to learn more about these sisters who are due a little over four weeks apart!

As we learned from the last post, both ladies have careers that keep them on their toes, literally. As a teacher, Jamie said she looks for styles that keep her covered and comfortable. For that reason, she chose our Babydoll Sweater Tunic; the longer plaid bottom sold her.  Kristin has to stick with a dark palette at the salon, which is why she paired the Bell Sleeve Peplum Top in Pinot Noir with a pair of our black maternity pants. She chose a shirt with movement, since her job requires her to lift her arms all day.  She also prefers the Secret Fit Belly panel saying, “The last thing a pregnant person wants to do is continuously pull her pants up!

For relaxing at home, both Jamie and Kristin mentioned staying in with their husbands and dogs. They shopped for comfortable clothing that still looks put together, because they have their families in and out, always visiting. We loved Jamie in the Poncho Maternity Top and Fair Isle Leggings, so much we bought one of each and are not pregnant (lucky for us, the leggings are underbelly!) Kristin looks equally amazing in the our Side-Ruched Maternity Tee in Egrat and our classic leggings. They actually both ended up choosing plaid at the end of the day, so we snapped a picture. We ❤ it too ladies.

Before we sent the girls off with their bags filled and shopping lists checked off, we asked them about their baby showers. Kristin is having a shower themed after The Lion King with Simba and Nala as the stars… besides her and baby girl of course.

While Jamie is helping to plan her “woodland animals” theme to match the nursery. She’s thinking a neutral palette, mason jars and pinecones as décor.  Congratulations to both Kristin and Jamie and thank you both again.

Now, let us see how you and your family shop together – #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity see you there!

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!

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