SAVORY AND SWEET MDW SNACKS

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.

CINCO DE MAMA!

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!

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

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!)

PREGNANT TO PARENT PAJAMAS

The thing we like about our pajamas, you know besides the unbelievable softness, stretch and comfort, is that they can be used way past the bump stage and right into feeding or cuddling your new baby stage. We call our maternity sleepwear, nursing sleepwear, because we know that pregnancy really lasts “four trimesters.” As contradictory as that sounds, those first three months are an extension of pregnancy… just with a living, breathing being.

Our newest sleepwear is perfect to show you while rounding out our Week of Sleep. These maternity pajama pants and nursing nightgown are both featured in our fresh floral print. We paired the bottoms with the “I Love You More Than Sleep” maternity and nursing sleep shirt and topped our best-selling nightgown with our light pink nursing robe.

All pieces are seasonally transitional, trimester transitional, as well as interchangeable with each other. We hope you are sleeping like an actual BUMP on a log, but if not, we then hope this past week has given you some tips, styles and products to consider for making every night a good night. So, here’s to happy days and restful nights!

Floral Maternity Sleep Pants

Bump in the Night Nursing Nightgown

I Love You More Than Sleep Maternity Nursing Sleep Top

Bump in the Night Tie Front Nursing Robe

LET IN THE LIGHT

Now is the time of year when we spring ahead by adjusting our clocks. You may lose an hour of sleep (check out our Snoogle post and look for our maternity sleepwear post to ensure you get some good ZZZs regardless), but the sun stays out longer and goes down later.

Therefore, we are bringing you some styles filled with bright colors, transitional sleeves and lighter fabrics to make you get out and about, while letting your glow be the true source of light.

You can shop the maternity top featured OR shop all our new light-loving maternity styles now that spring has almost, unofficially, practically sprung; just click here. Remember to check back for our next post completing the Week of Sleep!

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WELCOME TO YOUR WEEK OF SLEEP

Have you met the Snoogle yet? It may look like your ordinary body pillow, but let us break this down for you. It’s the MOTHER of all maternity pillows. Take it from me, an actual person, the pillow is worth it.

I recently had a baby and when I was pregnant I received my Snoogle from my husband who wanted to treat me with a gift; that night was the first night in MONTHS that I had gotten any sleep at all! From then on I used it every night. Then, after I gave birth, I decided to nurse my daughter. I did have the Boppy pillow, which I also love, but the Snoogle is softer and can be manipulated, curved and propped both behind your back and your stomach. Thus, it became my go-to for nursing too. For the next few months I continued to use the Snoogle post-partum for sleep, because my body was healing. (It’s easy to clean, because of the removable covers.) I cannot speak for those who have had a C-section, but I can imagine it also affording some support for those recovering from the surgery.

It really is a great investment! If you don’t want to take my word for it, then take some other real expecting women’s words of wisdom (over 200 reviews!)  Here’s to kicking off our Week of Sleep with dreamy items and dreamier savings. See below!

So, if you are reading this blog from Friday, March 102017 through Sunday, March 12, 2017 we are running a special: $20 off the Snoogle Total Body Pillow! Text MHSNOOGLE to 40679 to receive a special coupon* to be used in stores.

*Up to 12 autodialed marketing text messages/month and promotional emails. Standard messaging and data rates may apply. Consent not required to buy goods or services. Text STOP to 40679 to cancel. Text HELP for help.

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

Skincare

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.

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.

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