THE GIFT GUIDE

 

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When it comes to baby showers, we love striking a balance in our gifting – something for baby, of course, but also a little something for the mama-to-be. We have created a lust-worthy list of items for both! The options are endless. Oh, and if you can’t decide… give the gift of choice with a seasonal and themed e-gift card or physical gift card too.

Let’s start with gifts for her: Safe, effective skincare made for bodies that are working hard seems like a necessary little luxury. We love brands like basq NYC, Bella B and Belli Beauty. They’ve got the body covered, literally from head to toe with stretch mark creams, tummy butters, and nipple balms for mama. Pair some skincare with a pajama set for an unexpected gift to make her feel pampered and pretty.

Gifts for baby range from adorable to practical: Both the WubbaNub and Pop Pacifier have our hearts. The first will surely be your baby’s new best friend with its friendly and cuddly stuffed animal attached while the Pop Pacifier will surely be yours! The nipple will fold inside the base, so that it never hits the ground, eliminating the constant sanitizing every time it falls to the floor.  And it’s 100% silicone is free from phthalates, lead, latex, bpa and pvc. You can shop all baby gifts here as well.

For a few “just because” gifts: Shop milestone markers like the blocks shown, as well as blankets and stickers so your mama-to-be can document every cute moment to come her way. Or prepare her for motherhood with any of our nursing items and accessories. If she doesn’t already have one, the Snoogle is a must for any mom-to-be hoping to get some beauty sleep before baby. And of course we love to gift diaper bags to ensure she’s got everything she needs for days out with baby. Happy shopping!

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

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Heart Print Maternity Sleep Pants

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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.

Your Hospital Bag Packing List

Closing in on your due date? It is time to start packing your hospital bag! Here are our suggestions for new mom and baby essentials that will help you prepare, while making your hospital stay feel more like home

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Including soft and stretchy basics that you’ll wear before and after baby’s arrival is a great place to start. Base layers like camis, sleep bras and nursing pads will be your go-tos, especially if you plan to nurse after birth.  Bring pajamas you can relax and feel comfortable in, since sleeping after baby will be tough; plus, prepare for visitors by packing a cozy robe. Make sure your trusted skincare and bath-care makes it with you too.

You’re going to want a casual and practical outfit to head home in. We suggest your favorite pair of leggings that transition with you from maternity to motherhood and a pull-over top. Throw in a cute outfit for baby and a pacifier too!

You can shop all of our suggestions below. We’d love to hear what you’re planning to pack in your hospital bag. Share with us below and happy packing!

Nursing Camis // Unlined Nursing Sleep Bra // Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads // Lansinoh Lanolin Cream For Breastfeeding Mothers// Shampoo + Body Wash By The Honest Company // Bump In The Night Nursing Nightgown // Jessica Simpson Lace Trim Maternity Robe // Jessica Simpson 3/4 Sleeve Pull Over Wrap Nursing Top// Leggings // Wubbanub Pacifier // Happy Baby Bodysuit

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Spring Skincare Secrets From a Pro

It’s a new season, which means it’s time to add a few essentials to our beauty routine. Who better to tell us what to stock our purses (and diaper bags) with than our resident beauty expert Kristen?! Read along for her favorites.

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Guest Editor: Kristen Diamond, Beauty and Lingerie Buyer

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Butter London Nail Polish, because let’s face it, toes cannot be out unless they are properly polished!

The basq Skin Scrub is a must; now that a little more skin is showing, it needs to be at its best.

This basq oil isn’t super greasy and rubs in well, so it’s a great moisturizer. I like the lavender scent because it is so soothing.

The Honest Company Sanitizer Spray is a year-round must for me.

The Honest Company Sun Block stick gets our whole family ready for more outdoor time!

Body Boost by basq’s Bump Love Kit is a great gift for a mom-to-be. It’s her first time getting to celebrate Mother’s Day and this set is a great way to show her some love and encourage her to spend some time doing a little pampering.

You can shop all our beauty and skincare here. What are your favorite items for spring?

 

Make Your Hospital Stay Feel More Like Home

Closing in on your due date? It is time to start packing your hospital bag! Here are our suggestions for new mom and baby essentials that will help you prepare, while making your hospital stay feel more like home.

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Including soft and stretchy basics that you’ll wear before and after baby’s arrival is a great place to start. Base layers like camis, sleep bras and nursing pads will be your go-tos, especially if you plan to nurse after birth.  Bring pajamas you can relax and feel comfortable in, since sleeping after baby will be tough; plus, prepare for visitors by packing a cozy robe. Make sure your trusted skincare and bath-care makes it with you too.

You’re going to want a casual and practical outfit to head home in. We suggest your favorite pair of leggings that transition with you from maternity to motherhood and a pull-over top. Throw in a cute outfit for baby and a pacifier too!

You can shop all of our suggestions below. We’d love to hear what you’re planning to pack in your hospital bag. Share with us below and happy packing!

Nursing Camis // Sleep Bras // Nursing Pads // Sleep Sets // Robes // Nursing Tops// Leggings  // Skin Care // Wubbanub Pacifier // Baby Outfit

Winter Pregnancy Skincare Secrets from a Pro

Guest Editor: Kelli Kenny, basq NYC Co-Founder

Boosting your skin care routine to banish dry Winter skin is a must. Kelli Kenny, Mom and Co-Founder of basq NYC, whose high quality pregnancy skin care products have earned a devoted following, gave us some of her best tips for maintaining a healthy, hydrated glow during the coldest months of the year.WinterEssentials BLOGFrom Kelli

My top priority in winter during and after pregnancy is to beat the itchies! As a mom always on the go, my skin tends to get a lot dryer in the Winter, especially living in NYC. The same can be true during pregnancy, especially with hormonal skin changes happening. As the temps start dipping, my heating system goes full throttle, sapping all the moisture from my skin. Here are some secrets for combating dry and itchy winter skin.

Exfoliate: I use our Sugar Body Polish to exfoliate in the shower at least once a week. A gentle scrub in a warm shower is the best quick fix for dry itchy skin. Remember, it is best to keep your shower temps lower as hot water actually saps skin moisture by stripping your natural moisture barriers. I’m in love with our new Skin Perfecting Sugar Scrub in Lavender Pear. Originally used in our Calming Oil, this aroma has been a customer and team favorite for a long time. It’s great to finally enjoy it in the shower. We only use sugar in our scrubs, no salts or seeds that can irritate and dry skin; so, your skin will be left really soft!

Rough Edges: For extra dry elbows and heels, a dry scrub down works wonders. Before turning on the shower, use a little sugar scrub and rub in a circular motion. Let it set for a couple of minutes. The natural glycolic acids help release dry, tough skin. Wash off and reveal a soft and smooth finish!

Rich Moisture: After a shower, my dry skin must-have is our Mega Moisture Butter since it’s rich and creamy without being heavy. Plus, it absorbs incredibly well. I love that I can get dressed right away. If I’m feeling extra dry, I put it on right before bed for an overnight treatment effect.

Tint & Glow: During the winter months I switch to a slightly tinted moisturizer in the mornings.  Just the small touch of color makes me appear healthier and energized. It also helps even skin tone so I can avoid wearing a heavy foundation during the day. I gravitate toward the L’Oreal BB Tinted Moisturizer – it is really light, absorbs quickly and gives a great finish. Even better… it has a 15 SPF built in so I get sun protection without thinking about it.

The Eyes Have It: An eye cream is important year round – the under eye area is ultra-delicate and prone to puffiness and lines. Extra hydration in the winter is a must! I use our Cucumber Tea Gel daily; it’s great for long-term toning and tightening, plus I love how it takes care of morning puffiness and fatigue lines.

Steam to Dewy:  As I child I would watch my mom open the dishwasher during the dry cycle and steam her face! It sounds extreme, but steaming really works to open pores and deeply saturate the skin with moisture. In the evenings, I place a washcloth in hot water with a few drops of our Lavender Calming Oil, squeeze out excess water and place on my face to open pores. I follow with a very light moisturizer like Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin. Then, once a week, I use a light coating of the Lavender Calming Oil; it’s my perfect nighttime treatment. My skin looks great in the morning and I always sleep better with a little lavender. Remember, lavender is amazing for clearing blemishes, tightening pores and for overall better sleep and relaxation.

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.

What’s In Her Bag // Olivia’s Party-Perfect Beauty Picks

It’s holiday party season and that means your beauty game needs to be on point! You can take a look from desk to dinner and add a little drama with the right makeup and accessories.
party beauty picksFirst, I always rely on a statement clutch to instantly elevate a look with little effort. Then I glam up my makeup routine! Think old school Hollywood or downtown chic; both are classic looks for the season.  To go old school, do a red lip (liner and a moisturized mouth are the key to getting a sleek red lip that lasts) then add a soft winged eye and an illuminating powder over your cheekbones. A shiny glossy lip (Nars gloss in Sweet Dreams is a nice option) and a smoky cat-eye (Chanel’s duo eyeliner in Noir) make for a dramatic party look.

I keep Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm in my bag for my hands and legs, add shimmery bangles and my favorite scent, Stella McCartney, for a perfect finish. At the end of the night, taking it all your make up off doesn’t have to be a chore. Just stash The Honest Company’s 3-in-1 Facial Towelettes in your medicine cabinet.

What are some of your favorite party beauty secrets? –Olivia

BCBGMAXAZRIA Clutch // Chanel Powder Blush // Stella Perfume by Stella McCartney // Alexis Bittar Mirrored Brake Hinged Bracelet // Chanel Duo Eyeliner in Noir // Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm // Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder // Mac Lip Pencil in Ruby Woo // Revlon Lipstick in Red Lacquer // Nars Lip Gloss // The Honest Company Lip Balm

15 Great Gifts For The Stylish Mama

For all of you expecting and new mommas, I’ve put together a holiday wish list just for you! So pass it along to those who may need a hint (or two!), or give yourself an extra treat that will help you savor this special time and the holiday season in style!BlackFriday Essentials BLOG 3A chic multi-purpose baby bag and designer maternity jeans are musts that you can use both before and after baby. The Honest Company’s Lavender and Vanilla sugar scrub and basq’s Essentials Kit are perfect for a little at-home pampering. Get cozy in UGG Australia slippers, cable socks or an ultra-luxe maternity sweater.

pretty bra and Hanky Panky lace panties add a little femme while also being functional, especially when you will want to stock up on these items for the first few months at home with baby. Statement earrings or an edgy iPhone case make great stocking stuffers while a coffee table book by the ultimate style maker Rachel Zoe is a perfect gift for you and your home. Also for the home or even a nursery: a personalized photo; upload a photo on Shutterfly to create a special piece of wall art that will capture this special time. Last but not least on my list is a Motherhood or A Pea in the Pod gift card because who doesn’t love the idea of getting to pick out a few extra goodies after the holidays?  Happy Holidays mamas! -Olivia

Olivia’s Honest Beauty Favorites

As a mom, I am big fan of The Honest Company’s personal care and cleaning supplies so I was most excited when Jessica Alba announced Honest Beauty was launching. During my visit to Los Angeles earlier this month, I had the chance to check out the new line of safe, high performance cosmetics at the Honest Beauty Pop-Up Shop at The Grove. If you live nearby or are visiting LA, you should definitely add it to your list!15The natural wood, soft lighting and glam decor give the shop a serene vibe and complement the equally pretty packaging and product shades perfectly.
IMG_9612The straightforward layout with makeup and skincare displayed separately on marble and Lucite® fixtures (hello-gorgeous!), each marked Face, Eyes, Lips or Cheeks, make it super easy to shop.
56Most impressive were the computer demo screens that, with a click of a button, reproduced different looks directly on my face! I could choose from Fresh, Sunny, Chic, Daring and Glam to try out different looks without ever applying any make-up… genius! The Chic look featuring a cat eye and pink lip was my fave!
2The products that are now in my make-up routine are the luminizing powdergel cleanser, the kissable lip crayon and of course my favorite Honest makeup wipes.
1Have you tried Honest Beauty yet? I would love to hear about your favorites! –Olivia

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