THE COOL DOWN: PREGNANCY POPSICLES

#BeatTheHeat

For all recipes, you’ll need a popsicle mold, mixing bowls and measuring cups. (If you don’t have a mold, cups and sticks will do the trick, or make flavored ice cubes instead! Each recipe makes roughly 6 pops).

  1. COCONUT: The naturally sweet fruit is super hydrating and totes Lauric Acid, perfect for building immunity for you and that baby in your belly!

Mix one can (or two cups) of coconut milk with 3 tablespoons real maple syrup, 1 tablespoon vanilla abstract and 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes. Pour the mixture into the molds, cups or cube tray and let sit for four hours or overnight. Enjoy!

  1. PEACH: This summer favorite is rich in Iron, which is perfect for pregnancy, since many expecting women become iron-deficient, causing an even more tired (or anemic) mama!

This recipe is very easy! Take 4 ripe peaches, because the riper- the sweeter, blend them up in a food processor, squeeze in half a lemon, and 2 tablespoons sugar, or orange juice for a natural sweetness. Blend until even smoother. Pour in your mold of choice; let freeze for four hours or overnight.

  1. MANGO: Full of Vitamin B6, mangoes are amazing at providing both mommy and baby with brain-boosting effects, as well as the creation of healthy red blood cells.

Take 4 mangoes (make sure they are soft to the touch for ripeness and sweetness!) De-skin the fruits, cube the flesh and plop it into a blender or processor. Add 1 cup of almond or coconut milk and one cup of vanilla yogurt; you can use Greek for a tangier taste and a boost of protein. Once smooth, pour into the molds; freeze for four hours or overnight.

  1. STRAWBERRY & BANANA: Strawberries have the almighty Folic Acid, which pregnant women know is the queen of maternity vitamins! It helps to keep baby’s neurological and spinal cords working in the womb. Bananas are often loved for their Potassium, which helps increase energy and in the case of pregnancy, soothe sickness.

All you need are the two fruits to make the ice pops! Take about 12 large strawberries and one ripe banana. Blend, pour, freeze. The banana should be sweet enough to cure your sugar craving and the strawberries should provide enough liquid. If not, add a little orange juice to the mixture for a sweet and smooth kick. Freeze for a few hours or overnight.

  1. WATERMELON: Besides being hydrating, watermelon has what oranges usually take the credit for… lots of Vitamin C. It sometimes gets a bad rap for pregnancy, but when consumed naturally through fruits and veggies, the bright vitamin provides collagen production, which is the building block of bones and healthy skin.

Watermelons are obviously very liquidy on their own. As their name suggests, they are made of 92% water. That means, you can take a whole medium seedless watermelon, cut it in pieces, blend the flesh, and pour it in the freezer molds. Or, you have the option to thicken the mixture with fruits of your choice. Try a summer blend with kiwi or add a little lime. For a refreshing twist, throw in some fresh mint or go classy and swap in basil instead.  Freeze and eat!

SNEAK PEEK // JUNE MAILER

Summer Crush

Make your love affair with style last longer than just a summer fling. Our newest arrivals from Jessica Simpson for Motherhood Maternity feature an Americana-heavy palette. By styling blue with white and red pants now, then layering into cooler nights and early autumn, we bring you your new favorite fashions.

The picnic-print dress keeps you cool with flowing, lightweight material and a ruffle-layered top.  As the beachy winds come in, throw on a maternity cardi for even longer wear.

It’s easy to read between the lines of style with this striped swing tank. Shown with red pants for the 4th of July, it also pairs perfectly with jeans, and is great as a casual option with maternity leggings. The crisscross straps keep the classic tank modern.

We top off our style suggestions with the mixed print blouse.  Breezy fabric keeps long, hot days light and easy.  The multi-patterned design can be worn with any bottom, from shorts to pants.

To shop all our Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection, click here. Happy summer, happy shopping!

HELLO SWEETNESS

MH Friday Pie Day v1

Friday may just be the best day of the week, because it kicks off the weekend. It’s the precursor to Saturday (which actually may be the real best day of the week…) We digress though. Friday rhymes with pieday and we are going to make this a thing!

We love a berry pie, especially when it comes in all the colors of summer like red, white and blue. We are looking for something to satisfy your cravings. Enter this recipe, sweetly called The Miss America Pie from Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery.

What will you need?

For the crust:

  • 2 store-bought pie crusts
  • whole milk, for brushing

For the strawberry filling:

  • 2 quarts of strawberries, quartered
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the blueberry filling:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

What do you need to do?

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Begin by blind-baking the pie crust. Blind baking is important in making any pie because it involves baking the crust initially on its own, allowing for the final product to have a crispier bottom crust, not gooey and still uncooked). To blind bake, grease a glass pie plate and set down the bottom pie crust. Starting from the middle and working your way out, pat down the crust so it lies flat on the plate. Using your fingertips, ruffle the edges to make it look pretty.
  3. Use a fork to make 15-20 indentations in the bottom of the crust (this allows air to escape from the crust and prevents bubbles from forming). Now grease the inside of the crust and line it with a piece of aluminum foil.
  4. Next, pour in dried rice or beans to line the aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove aluminum and rice and allow the crust to cool slightly while you prepare your filling.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cornstarch, and salt.
  6. In a smaller bowl, combine the blueberries with sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt.
  7. Fold a piece of aluminum foil at a 90° angle to act as a barrier between your blueberries and strawberries. Pour the blueberries into the smaller wedge and the strawberries into the larger wedge. Carefully remove the aluminum and adjust the berries as needed.
  8. Brush the entire crust with whole milk, then bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before eating!

WE’RE FEELING THE BLUES

blue denim

Let’s keep this short… quite literally. Nothing says summer style like letting your legs out in a pair of shorts, especially jean shorts. At this point, they’re not just classic, they’re iconic Americana.

We know our customers get HOT easily; blame the extra hormones or even the bump! That’s why our shorts are crucial for the maternity closet. With different waist bands like our exclusive Secret Fit Belly, which can be rolled up or down, or the underbelly, which is perfect for after baby too, we know our shorts are essential.

We want you to rock them everywhere, so they come in dark, medium and light wash. We sell plus size styles too. Some have destruction, crochet detailing, and designs. They even come in Bermuda length! Let your legs out, let the sun in and shop for your maternity shorts here.

SAVORY AND SWEET MDW SNACKS

Memorial Day: eat, drink and be pregnant...

We took some simple recipes from our friends at Fit Pregnancy and Parents Magazine. Mini-meals made with nutritious (and tasty) foods can help fight queasy tummy, ease heartburn and minimize indigestion. Whip up and enjoy these little pregnancy pick-ons for that backyard BBQ, summer kick-off party, or even just a relaxing day at home.

Let’s start with something savory: Meze Platter with Roasted Pepper Dip

Servings: 4 Prep 5 mins Cook 15 mins Start to Finish 20 mins

Ingredients
For dip:
• 3 roasted or grilled red peppers, seeded and peeled
• 1/2 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 small clove garlic, minced
• Salt to taste

For meze platter:
• 2 6-inch pita breads (3 ounces each)
• Cooking spray
• 20 cherry tomatoes
• 16 kalamata olives
• 1/2 English cucumber (about 1/2 pound), peeled and cut into thin spears

Make It
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place dip ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Put in a covered, airtight container and refrigerate until needed. (Dip will keep for 3 days, refrigerated.)
2.Cut pita into triangles, place triangles on a cookie sheet in a single layer and mist with cooking spray. Bake until toasted and crisp, about 15 minutes.
3.To assemble each meze platter: Add 1/4 cup dip to a small bowl; place on a plate; arrange one-fourth of toasted pita triangles alongside 5 cherry tomatoes, 4 olives and 2 to 3 cucumber spears.

And finish with something sweet: Yogurt Covered Fruit

Parents suggests strawberries, but we think adding in blueberries and bananas would make for that Red, White and Blue kick the holiday calls for! (They even gave the nutrition facts in case you’re into knowing…)

Ingredients and Directions:
Dip 1 lb. strawberries into one 5-oz. container Greek yogurt. Place berries on a wax-paper lined baking sheet; freeze for 1 1/2 hours. Remove 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 58, Fat, total (g): , chol. (mg): 2, sat. fat (g): , carb. (g): 10, Monounsaturated fat (g): , Polyunsaturated fat (g): , Trans fatty acid (g): , fiber (g): 2, sugar (g): 7, pro. (g): 5, vit. A (IU): 15, vit. C (mg): 67, Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 30, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 15, Potassium (mg): 226, calcium (mg): 59, iron (mg): , Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

BUYING FOR BABY

all good things are wild

Oh baby, baby! What little presents can you get your little present? Our name is Motherhood, so we want to make sure we help you ladies out in those transitioning months from pregnant to parent.

Oh, and how can we resist having a post showcasing those baby moccs? Pair them with the Love Mom bodysuit and you have an insta-ready look #cutebabystyle!

Soothe your teether’s sore gums with this ridiculously delicious and adorable banana teething toothbrush. And then cuddle your baby close with help from this organic stuffed lion. Soft and safe is how we like our toys. (Plus, for every one that’s purchased, Bears for Humanity gives a dollar and the stuffed animal to Baby2Baby, an organization helping kids in need.)

Follow us on Instagram and let us know what other types of kid clothes and tiny treats you would like to see. To shop all our baby gifts, click here.  #thisisgoingtobefun

Itzy Ritzy Leather Baby Moccasins

Finn + Emma Love Mom Bodysuit

Baby Banana Infant Teething Toothbrush

Bears for Humanity Organic Stuffed Lion

BRIDE WITH A BUMP

white wedding

You all have spoken and we listened… you want more white dresses! Get gorgeous for the ceremony, as well as reception ready, because we have your dress (at a price that will have anyone saying “I do.”)

One of our favorite options is this cross-back maxi in bright white with texture in the wrap front. The tie back allows you to be comfortable at any stage in your pregnancy, as well as after baby comes, so you can wear this dress after too… maybe your anniversary! The lightweight, soft fabric creates a flow. We like the V-neck, which shows off your décolletage and how the strappy back, matching the wrapped front, can be captured perfectly at any angle. You know what else we like about it? It’s not just for your wedding. With toned down jewelry and flat sandals, it’s perfect for any summer soiree.

Are you getting married while pregnant? If so, tell us what you look for in a dress. Comfort? Fit? Does the location matter? Let us know, and follow us on Instagram. #thisisgoingtobefun

Cross Back Maternity Maxi Dress

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

We just wanted to take the day to thank our moms for...

BACKYARD BBQs AND YOUR BUMP

We like the hot weather for a lot of reasons, but our favorite part is spending more time outside. We are writing to you from the Northeast, so the warmth (really) only starts to get to us now. Eating al fresco, if you will, is something we look forward to all year. What better way to spend that time than to throw a barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, BabyQ? Whatever you call it, we’re there!

You can sit pretty this year, because not only are you eating for two, you probably won’t be the one on grill duty. (Unless you want to!) You can soak up the sun in style, while munching on fresh fruit with a cold lemonade in your hands, trying to balance a plate full of food.

Do you love the featured kimono top? Make sure you get it in time for the best BBQ weekend of all: Memorial Day! And check out all our newest arrivals too, then #thisisgoingtobefun so we can see your bumped up backyard looks.

Lace Trim Kimono Maternity Top

Cuffed Maternity Bermuda Shorts

 

CINCO DE MAMA!

Cinco de Mama! great source of vitamins and minerals for expecting moms; brain power for mommy and baby

Let’s take a minute to appreciate the almighty avocado. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’re mixing up the classic guacamole. And no, we do not charge extra for our guac!

To begin, avocados are amazing for pregnant women. They have folic acid; they have calcium; they have vitamins; they have minerals and they have that healthy fat which boosts brain power for both mommy and baby.

Our first recipe is the plain ol’ guacamole… as simple as it is scrumptious.

  • Deshell and mash up 3 avocados, mix in ½ of a finely chopped red onion, add in about ¼ cup of cilantro (do less if that just isn’t your taste), pour in the juice of ½ of a lime, sprinkle in salt and black pepper until you can’t resist the creamy goodness. You can also add in 1 cup of cherry tomatoes for more texture. Get your favorite chips or pitas and dip away. If you want a creamier guac with a tangy finish, replace 1 of the avocados with ¼ cup of Greek yogurt.

Let’s sweeten the deal with some fruity guacamole ideas.

  • Get the flesh of 2 large avocados all mashed and smooth, leave some chunks if you desire, then mix in ¼ cup of pine nuts, a ½ cup of pomegranate seeds, pour in the juice of 1 lime, then season with salt and pepper.
  • To make your guacamole even fruitier, replace the pine nuts with ½ cup of finely chopped pineapple, replace the pomegranate seeds (or keep them!) with ½ cup small chunks of mango, add 2 jalapeño peppers that are both seeded and finely chopped. Add a minced garlic clove in there too. You can add ¼ cup of onions if you want as well. Continue with lime juice, salt and pepper.
  • Not into trop guac? How about strawberry peach guacamole? Mix 3 avocados with 1 cup chopped strawberries, 2 peeled and chopped peaches, the juice of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon basil. Fresh and ready to be dipped and devoured.

Wait… there’s more!

  • Need a simple and satisfying guacamole recipe? Make the classic recipe, add in ¼ cup of feta cheese and chopped up bacon. You’re welcome!
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