A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WORK (OUT) MOM PART II

 

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We’re back for day two of our blogger edit with Amy Kiefer. Check out our last post to learn all about her and read on to find out about her fitness program designed specifically for mamas-to-be, Expecting and Empowered. And get excited – next week we jump into a pre-natal workout routine!

 

Motherhood: What led you and your sister to start Expecting and Empowered?

Amy: Expecting and Empowered is our passion project.  There were so many women around us asking, “What can I do during pregnancy? What is safe?” We knew smart women who would believe the old lies that working out can cause a miscarriage. We also saw people doing dangerous things to the other extreme and not making proper pregnancy modifications. We knew that together we had the knowledge, experience and drive to produce something really special. My sister Krystle holds a doctorate in physical therapy and has taken specialty courses in obstetrics and pelvic floor health. As a personal trainer and nurse myself, we just knew we had all the tools and resources to make the best pregnancy guide possible.

I called her one day on my way home from the gym and pitched her the idea. It was easier than I thought to get her on board and we just started working! Little did we know how much work it would be, but we are thankful our business baby was born in October.

Motherhood: How does your program work and how does it differ from any traditional fitness regimen? What makes it pregnancy-friendly?

Amy: Expecting and Empowered is an instantly downloadable PDF. A really fun detail is that we were both pregnant during the creation, so we were able to model for our own guide! You will see me in my first and second trimester and Krystle as the third trimester model. Our pregnancy guide consists of three guided days of pelvic floor, flexibility and strength training exercises. There is a lower body day, upper body day and full body day. We also suggest two days of cardiovascular training and give you our recommendations for those days. All in all, we are hoping women get five days of exercises in a week to reap all the benefits.

Expecting and Empowered makes all the proper pregnancy modifications when necessary. For example, women should not be on their backs for an extended amount of time after the first trimester. Women should not be doing planks after the first trimester. Women should not be doing unilateral movements (lunges) later in pregnancy. E and E (as we affectionately call Expecting and Empowered) makes it easy, because we have only safe workouts ready to go for women. Because Krystle is a women’s health physical therapist, one element that makes our guide very unique is having an emphasis placed on pelvic floor health. This under-talked about subject can mean big issues postpartum for women, including incontinence and inability to return to a normal sex life. Krystle is incredibly passionate about preventative health and helping women avoid these common issues, so there are pelvic floor exercises included in every single day of the guide.

Motherhood: Beyond the actual exercises, what kind of community are you hoping to build?

Amy: So glad you asked, because this has been a favorite part of our business. When we were dreaming up this business, this was a pillar of it. We knew we wanted a place where women could connect and share experiences. We created a private Facebook group for customers. The women have made it their own! They share everything from positive pregnancy tests (some women start E and E before conception) to recipes, to energy tips, to morning sickness advice. It is a really awesome thing to be a part of and I look forward to meeting and cheering on more women. 

Motherhood: It’s hard staying motivated to work out. What is some advice you would give to women who want to work out while pregnant? And maybe more importantly, post-partum when time and energy is even harder to find?

Amy: I love this question! It is counterintuitive, but working out gives you a huge boost in energy and mood. One of my very favorite experiences as a personal trainer was to see someone START a workout journey and quickly become hooked and excited. At first, they were dragging themselves to the gym, but once they established a routine and experienced the positive benefits…they became hooked. I was able to see their confidence, fitness and dedication soar.

Take it slow postpartum! You are not supposed to be able to jump right back into it and most of your energy will go toward taking care of your newborn and recovering yourself. When you are a little bit further out, you can return to a regular fitness routine. The Expecting and Empowered postpartum guide that is currently being created really picks up at six weeks postpartum. Prior to that, we are just giving women exercises that will help them heal.

Motherhood: Since it is the first week of January, we can’t let you go without asking if you have any resolutions for 2018?

Amy: I am not a huge resolution gal, rather I love to continuously work on improvement. Most of the audiobooks and podcasts I listen to would fall into the self-improvement and positivity category. That way, I am always inspired.

Expecting and Empowered will launch a postpartum guide early this year. We are excited because we know that women have a lot of questions and make mistakes in this period. Krystle and I are excited to give women a guide that shows them how to safely return to a place where they are comfortable. Essentially, we will have women covered the whole way through their mamahood journey.

Stay tuned all month for specific workout tips and tricks from Amy! And as always, show us your 2018 workout goals with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity – Happy New You!

 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WORK (OUT) MOM PART I

 

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To kick off 2018, we’ve partnered with full-time mama and co-founder of Expecting and Empowered, Amy Kiefer. With years of fitness training under her belt, Amy and her sister saw a lack of exercise programs dedicated to expecting and new moms. Seeing a need in the market to cater to and empower women during a physically and emotionally challenging time, they decided to answer the call themselves! We can’t think of a more perfect fit than Amy to guide our Motherhood mamas on a fitness journey this month. We’ll be coming to you with perinatal workouts, activewear and new mom/nursing style posts, Facebook live interviews and much more! To start, read on to find out how Amy balances this crazy life we call motherhood!

 

Motherhood: Congratulations; we heard you just had your baby! Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you do?

Amy: Thank you and first let me say that I am really honored to be January’s featured contributor for Motherhood Maternity. My husband Drew and I just welcomed our second little boy, Trey, on November 11th. Maxwell, our firstborn, was seventeen and a half months old when Trey arrived. Our hearts and hands are full.

I was born and raised in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. I moved around a little bit after college, but landed in Madison, Wisconsin. My husband and I absolutely love it here and enjoy raising our babies in this beautiful Midwestern city. I work at the Carbone Cancer Center, one of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. I am a registered nurse and work three days a week. I also launched a pregnancy fitness business with my sister called Expecting and Empowered. Finally, I blog about mamahood, positivity and fitness over at BalancedAmes.com.

Motherhood: What inspired your fitness journey? What road(s) did you take to pursue your passion?

Amy: I grew up playing outside and participating in sports. In high school I became interested in improving my performance through nutrition and strength training. Additionally, I wanted to help other people become healthier. That led me to pursue a degree in exercise science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where I also ran cross country and track. After graduating, I worked as a personal trainer in Chicago for 2 years.

While training clients one-on-one, I noticed that there were a lot of women that needed guidance through pregnancy. I decided to take a specialty course in perinatal fitness (fitness before, during and after pregnancy) through a company called Healthy Moms. There I learned an enormous amount about what women go through during their pregnancy and postpartum journey. My mind was pretty blown, and I wanted to help spread the knowledge to expecting mamas.

Motherhood: As a nurse, mom and blogger… can you walk us through a “typical” day?

Amy: I will return to my nursing job in February from my maternity leave. First, I will run through what a typical two-parent work day looks like in our household. My husband wakes up at 4:30am to workout. I wake up as he is leaving for the gym at 5am. I work on my blog or business until one of our little ones wakes up. We have learned to get ourselves as ready as possible the night before including packing pumping parts, setting our clothes out and making lunches. We get both the little guys ready for daycare. My husband does daycare drop off because it works better with his schedule. I LOVE my nursing job, but I work at a busy, busy clinic. I make sure I get two pump breaks in, no matter how busy the day is.

After work, we all meet back at home. It is really important to Drew and I that we all eat dinner together. Sometimes we both have a baby in our lap, but it is our time to connect as a family. Next is bath time. Our very favorite part of the day is from 7-8pm because our toddler Max is in the best mood ever and we all play until it is his bedtime. I take the nighttime workout slot and will head straight into the basement to do that once Max is down. This really works to de-stress me and boost my mood before bed. Blogging and managing Expecting and Empowered are squeezed somewhere in all that too. If everyone is well fed, loved and alive at the end of the day I consider it a great success. If they nap at the same time, that is my window to work on my blog or business.

Motherhood: Can you tell us a little bit about how you fit fitness into your daily life – before kids, after your first child and now with your second?

Amy: Before children, I figured out the time that worked best for me and STUCK to it. When I was a nightshift nurse, working out when I first woke up worked best. “Morning” to a nightshift nurse is in the afternoon. I thought of it as a non-negotiable meeting with myself and was disciplined about sticking to my plan.

After we had our first babe Maxwell, we quickly learned that we had to be more flexible

Here are some of my suggestions for working out after becoming first time parents:

  1. I have had stretches of morning workouts, naptime workouts and after bedtime workouts, instead of nixing it from my schedule.
  2. If you are using naptime, workout as soon as you put the little person down. This way, you are more likely to be able to get it in and not be interrupted.

After our second baby, it seems easiest for me to work out after toddler bedtime. This means I am heading to the basement at 8pm. I am the type of gal that can go to sleep right after working out and showering. I always tell myself I am better for getting it in and it always rings true.

 

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out more about Amy’s fitness program designed specifically for moms-to-be and new moms!  Tell us [and show us] how you work out with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

 

Pinks or blues? Here, a Little Birdie Tweets the News!

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I love the way bird themes and imagery can be used to naturally illustrate new beginnings. The birth of spring – or a new baby. Robin egg blues with pale pinks, soft and fluffy feathers… these combine to create whimsy that is extra perfect for gender reveals.

Here, birdcages, nests and wooden eggs make cute centerpieces for tables, as well as food and beverage displays. The fun secret: these wooden eggs open – perfect for your big announcement. I painted the inside and out in contrasting colors of pink and blue and slipped a gender revealing feather in each. Nestle eggs inside additional nests and sprinkle at the base of the centerpiece (and throughout the party).

Hand-painted little birdhouses hang from branches above. You can purchase these little houses for just a dollar at your local craft store. A few strokes of paint and they come to life. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help imagine tiny bird families fluttering in and out of these fairytale homes.

When it’s time to announce your baby’s gender, open the eggs to reveal the feather inside. This is such a sweet way to announce the news.

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.

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.

Blogger Amber Massey Shares Her First Trimester Picks & Survival Tips

 

One of our favorite bloggers and a soon-to-be mom of FOUR, Amber Massey of PB+J Babes knows how to fashionably dress the bump! Having just entered her second trimester, we reached out for the maternity essentials she swears by and her tips for a cute and comfortable beginning to your pregnancy journey.

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Guest Editor: Amber Massey of PB+J Babes

Being pregnant this third time around has been a whole new experience.  I’ve done this before a couple times, you know, so I should know what to expect.  But, it’s been so much different than my pregnancies with the girls! With the twins, as well as Baker, I had an easy breezy first trimester.  I was hardly sick and occasionally forgot I was actually pregnant, and while the exhaustion never ceased, it was manageable.  With this little boy in my belly I had morning, or more like evening or ALL DAY sickness.  I am so exhausted, too.  I basically slept on my face at night even with a two hour nap during the early afternoon every day.  It’s pretty weird how pregnancies can have your body react in such different ways. I’ve really accepted this time around that while I can control a lot of things in my life, but this isn’t one of them, so I’ve adapted a go-with-the-flow type mentality. With my first trimester recently rolling to a close, I thought I’d put together a short list of some of my favorite that have helped me get through those first 13 weeks.

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Get moving, stay hydrated, + take your vitamins!

Invest in a good water bottle. I fill a large water bottle and I carry it everywhere. My OB suggested drinking 10 glasses of water or more every day and my giant bottle holds about 40 ounces, so I know if I re-fill my water bottle at least two times I am in good shape!  Not to mention what I am eating and drinking outside of water itself.

Saltine crackers. I was never without a sleeve of these crackers during the first trimester, and a short stack almost always kept my queasiness at bay. Almost.

Fruit. I always love fruit, but when I am pregnant it’s like we need an apple orchard and strawberry farm in the backyard to keep up!  A bowl of fresh fruit is hands down my favorite first trimester snack…okay, maybe my favorite pregnancy snack in general.

Activity tracker. Thankfully my sickness wasn’t in the morning when I am used to working out.  But even then, waking up extra early has been hard! Wearing an activity tracker has been a great thing to help keep an eye on my heart rate while working out but also to help keep me motivated to move throughout the day outside of boot camp.

Who doesn’t love a horse pill prenatal, am I right? As if your gag reflex isn’t already at its all-time high, you need to nearly choke on a large chunk of chalk. Ugh. I am a horrible pill taker in general, and took one for the team while I was pregnant with the twins. I hated life taking those giant prenatals … and when I was pregnant with Baker, I used the  Honest Company Prenatal Once Daily vitamin, and although it wasn’t the worst, I still couldn’t take it on an empty stomach.  I made a healthy habit of taking my vitamins after dinner before going to bed so that I slept through any stomach discomfort.  This time around I have decided that the gummy vitamin is the way to go. I also take an additional (gummy) calcium supplement. I’m still not convinced these gummies aren’t candy–a far cry from the horse pills!

I need support! … & a comfy pair of jeans.

Snoogle body pillow. The Snoogle body pillow has been a lifesaver. Up and having to quit sleeping on your back or stomach can be a real drag, especially if you’re that kind of sleeper- which I am a hard core stomach sleeper.  My belly is still small enough I can ALMOST get away with it… but I wake up so uncomfortable within an hour. This pillow is a must have. I swore by this pillow during my previous pregnancies- and when I was pregnant with the twins it took me until about mid-pregnancy to make the splurge.  That’s the best part about pregnancy the second and third time around–when you know better, you do better– all the little things you learn along the way add up for the next time around. The Snoogle pillow encompasses your entire body giving you back and tummy support. I love that it will last all pregnancy… and some time afterwards. If I’m being truthful- the hubby found out that I had pulled this puppy out from the darkness while he was at work and browsing through my social media. Basically sent me the crying emojis for three hours. Sorry hubby!

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Speaking of support, I embraced maternity clothes much sooner this time around than I did with the other two pregnancies, and I am so glad I did! My belly is measuring almost 2 weeks larger than I actually should be. I fell in love with the comfort and style of Motherhood Maternity in my first pregnancy with the twins and again with Baker.  When you can find quality, comfort AND consistency in one place I totally can appreciate that.  I have several pairs of Motherhood Maternity jeans and have ventured over to the work style pants and chinos as well as leggings and workout gear.  I know exactly the size I need and shopping online has been easy.  I about DIED when I found these faux leather leggings in their collection.  FAUX LEATHER.  I will find every reason to wear these! Not to mention they are by their Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection, which has inadvertently become my favorite! I’ve also stocked up on the basics- casual hoodie to throw on with leggings, layering tees with all sleeve lengths to wear with sneakers and boyfriend jeans or dressed up with a quilted vest and booties for date night!  These styles will carry me through my entire pregnancy and beyond- looking comfortable and cute. It’s an easy way to stay comfortable but still cute while toting my going belly along.

So, I know those are just a few items, but truth be told the first 13 weeks aren’t riddled with many crazy life changes. I took that time to focus on sleeping and trying to eat when I could. It was back to basic survival skills with less of the fun stuff. What did you swear by in your first trimester?

You can shop Amber’s outfit below and all our maternity styles for a fashionable start to your pregnancy here.

V-neck Side Ruched Striped Maternity Tee // Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans

The views expressed on this post represent those of the guest author and not of Motherhood Maternity.

Beat Stretch Marks With basq: Co-Founder Lauren Parisier Shares Her Skin Care Secrets

When it comes to stretch marks, the question on every expecting mom’s mind is: What works? We turned to skin care expert Lauren Parisier, who along with Kelli Kenny, co-founded basq NYC, an effective, beautiful skin care line to repair damage and revitalize skin. At Motherhood Maternity, we carry exclusive aromas of their Body Boost by basq products, pregnancy specific body butters and oils designed to prevent and repair stretch marks. We asked Lauren for the best tips and tricks to fight stretch marks and improve skin condition and her answer is simple: start with a sugar scrub. Below, Lauren spills on the top three reasons to add an exfoliating sugar scrub to your skincare routine to aid and diminish marks.

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Guest Editor: Lauren Parisier, Skin Care Expert & basq NYC Co-Founder

1 – FEELING ITCHY? That’s the sign of deeper damage that will show up a few months later as stretch marks.  Don’t Scratch!  Scratching only causes more damages to tender, over stretched skin.  Instead, try scrubbing. Our Body Boost Sugar Scrub gently sloughs away dry, dead skin for instant relief from itchy skin.

2 – FIGHT MARKS EARLY! Exfoliation triggers skin renewal.  As you slough, your skin goes into rebuild mode – building the Collagen and Elastin fibers that keep your skin stronger and more able stretch and rebound – instead of breaking and leaving stretch marks.  Our scrub, which comes in Lavender Vanilla and Milk & Honey aromas, nourishes as it smooths for deeper results.

3 – THE SECRET TO A BETTER BOUNCE BACK! Your body stretches all over during pregnancy and the skin on your legs, arms and backside can suffer from post-pregnancy sag.  A full body scrub twice a week helps your skin stay strong throughout the big stretch. Exfoliation pushes damage up and out for smoother skin texture, more even tone and saggy skin prevention.  Give your skin a head-to-toe boost and start early with the Body Boost Sugar Scrub. The payoff will be a better bounce back post-pregnancy!

You can shop all of our basq products here and this must-have sugar scrub here!

The views expressed on this post represent those of the author and not of Motherhood Maternity.

Mom-To-Be & Blogger Rochelle Johnson on Her Favorite Styles From Our New Plus Collection

With an improved fit accommodating women’s sizes 14/16–22/24, our new plus collection allows every mom-to-be to feel and look her best during this special time in her life.  One of our favorite bloggers and expecting mom, Rochelle Johnson, has been styling pieces from the line and we couldn’t be happier to see her embracing her bump. Showcasing maternity essentials with seasonal fall pieces from our new collection, Rochelle proves you can stay true to your personal style while feeling comfortable and fashionable in maternity clothes.

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Guest Editor: Rochelle Johnson of Beauticurve

I was so pleased to know that Motherhood Maternity not only offered plus size maternity clothes, but was even more excited to see the new revamped collection. The styles are so cute and comfy; I feel like I got a whole new wardrobe!  One of my biggest struggles in styling my growing bump has been finding maternity jeans, until I found the jeans at Motherhood Maternity. They are by far my favorite and the best part about them is the fit! The Secret Fit Belly® band fits perfectly without rolling or sliding down and I feel fully supported.  I’ve been living in these destructed maternity jeans that work with so many tops and makes any outfit instantly cool. I have been pairing them with another maternity wardrobe staple from the collection, the side ruched maternity tees, and I know I’ll be wearing them long after the baby arrives.  They are super flattering and come in a variety of colors. My absolute favorite item from the new line is the Side Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress.  It’s the perfect chic and classic little black dress that can easily be dressed up or down and is a must-have in every expectant mother’s wardrobe.

Shop Rochelle’s maternity outfits below and all of the styles from the new Plus Collection here. Make sure to check out Rochelle’s blog for more maternity style inspiration featuring her favorite pieces.

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Plus Size Side Ruched Maternity Tee – White // Plus Size Secret Fit Belly Destructed Maternity Jeans // Plus Size Convertible Sleeve Tie Front Maternity Top // Jessica Simpson Plus Size Secret Fit Belly 5 Pocket Boot Cut Maternity Jeans // Side Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress

Jessica Alba’s Beach Bag Essentials

With summer winding down and the long Labor Day weekend approaching, we’re planning on soaking up that summer sun and heading to the beach before the season ends. To prepare, we turned to one of our favorite celebrity moms and co-founder of The Honest Company, Jessica Alba, for what she packs in her beach bag. Read along for more from this mom mogul!

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Guest Editor: Jessica Alba, Co-Founder of The Honest Company.

Bug Spray: I love our bug spray because it safely repels using organic essential oils (and made without DEET)! It smells so good and is super easy to use – a warm weather must.

Sunscreen: Gentle and effective. Done and done. My beach bag is already stuffed enough, so I go for products that the whole family can use. I’ll give my girls a snack or popsicle while I slather them with sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.

Lip Balm: Our organic lip balm is everything! They are perfect for everyday use, but especially great for summer when my lips get extra chapped. It utilizes Shea butter and aloe leaf extract and comes in three yummy flavors.

Hand Sanitizer Spray: My kids love this stuff – it’s so easy to use and smells great. The quick-drying formula helps kill germs and bacteria and the bottle is perfectly purse-sized.

Wipes : I call these “cheek to cheek” wipes because they work just as well on your own face as they do your baby’s bottom. They wipe down sticky fingers, clean up spills, easily remove makeup, and are great for keeping sandy feet out of the car! My beach tip: stick a travel pack in the ice chest for a quick and easy cooldown.

The views expressed on this post represent those of the author and not of Motherhood Maternity.

Hacking Into That Post-Baby Energy

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Photo courtesy of Elissa Goodman

Elissa Goodman is a holistic nutritionist  and lifestyle cleanse expert based in Los Angeles. She works privately with clients to develop personalized wellness programs that encourage true health from the inside out. For more information visit www.elissagoodman.com.

At 18 and 21, respectively, my baby girls are far from being babies but I don’t think I’ll ever forget what it feels like to have newborn children.  You’re ecstatic and scared; enamored and overwhelmed—  it’s a tornado and a rainbow all at once! Fear not, Supermom; you are now an energy source for two and I’ve got the recipes that’ll help you pack your day with punch and keep energy levels high. Plus, you won’t have to trade precious moments that could be spent sleeping, chopping away in the kitchen.

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is the easiest healthy staple to any kitchen. The word “chia” actually comes from the Mayan word for “strength.” Strength is what you need!

Mix one-part chia seeds to four-parts nut milk of your choice (I love almond or macadamia) and let sit overnight. Top with berries in the AM for a superfood boost to start your day on the right foot.

Matcha Green Tea Latte

For the times when it seems all you want to do is go back to bed, enjoy this matcha green tea latte at breakfast.

Lentil and Herb Butter Cups

Not only is this recipe super simple to make, it’s an easy one to make, store and eat all week long.

Figs with Macadamia Nut Cheese

This is my go-to party appetizer but it’s also an incredible energy-boosting snack. Figs provide the magnesium, B-vitamins and fiber that we love for energy, while macadamia nuts provide Vitamin A, iron and protein. The dish as a whole provides that sweet and salty sweet spot that will keep you from reaching for junkier snacks.

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.

Mama-To-Be & Blogger Rachel Johnson’s Summer Picks

One of our favorite bloggers and soon-to-be mom of three, Rachel Johnson of Cozy Chic Mommy, inspires us daily with her maternity style. With the summer season days away, we asked her to choose her two favorite pieces from our new collection and to share how she wears them. Read along for her tips and about how she is getting ready for Baby Number Three.

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Guest Editor: Rachel Johnson of Cozy Chic Mommy

What’s your favorite way to dress the bump?

These days I am all about dressing my bump in a dress. Throwing on a dress saves me time from being in my closet, which equals more time with my kids! Honestly, anything to get out of being in front of the mirror and into real life is highly encouraged. If I have to put an outfit together these days, I end up wasting time thinking about how I can’t fit into certain pieces from my wardrobe.

How would you describe your maternity style?

If I had to describe my maternity style I would definitely say it is boho chic. I tend to air on the relaxed side when it comes to clothes during pregnancy, but I still want to look effortless, so I opt for a cool bohemian chic look to keep myself feminine and modish.

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Why did you choose these summer styles?

These styles that I chose to share with you all make me feel like a woman. I feel beautiful and free in these pieces and love the way I look in them as well.

How do you plan on styling the bump throughout the summer?

I plan on wearing lots and lots of skirts and dresses this summer as well as lose-fitted shorts. I am all about being able to look cute and still keep as cool a temperature as possible. The breezier the better.

What are your favorite summer activities? Any fun summer plans with the family?

I love going to concerts on the lawn in New York, but we will only be able to attend one or two with our impending move, so I have to say that swimming in the pool as a family is another one of my summer favorites. The pool is an easy weakness for me because it is so refreshing!

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You’re expecting your third! How is this pregnancy different than the others? How is your family prepping for Baby Number Three?

Baby Number Three? What! Ha-ha, yes. I am totally pregnant with our third child and I have to say this pregnancy mimics that of my first pregnancy almost to a ‘t.’ The only difference between this pregnancy and my first is that I don’t have any time to feel sorry for myself. I have two little ones to chase after and enjoy. I definitely am taking advantage of naptime with my eldest; we love to cuddle! Don’t worry my little guy is fast asleep during this time as well. I am so thankful they are on the same sleep schedule so I can indulge in this one pregnancy symptom— being tired. When it comes to prepping for Baby Number Three, we are really just trying to separate all of the boy and girl baby clothes so we can readily pull out what we need after we have a gender reveal. Other than the clothes, we have everything we need, so I am able to wait patiently for this little one to show up.

What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?

My favorite thing about being a mom is living each day knowing I am a hot mess. Truly, it is such a humbling experience and I am so thankful I can care for two, well almost three, little human beings. Can we just talk about getting hugs, kisses, and “I love you” from little kids that are in your care? Talk about my heart melting! These three things are also a weakness. I absolutely cannot hear I love you enough or receive too many hugs or kisses. Being loved in return is such an amazing feeling. I am telling you that being a mother is wildly incredible and endearing.

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Shop Rachel’s picks below and all our summer styles here!

Wendy Bellissimo Sleeveless Hanky Hem Maternity Dress // Strapless Americana Maternity Maxi Dress

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