BUYING FOR BABY

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

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!

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!

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!

OPEN SWIM

Has there ever been a month that gives more summer envy than May?  There’s the little taste of heat, Memorial Day is on the horizon and we get the best Justin Timberlake memes. So, to kick off the new month, we are dedicating the first two weeks to swim! Maternity swim is in and we want to get you out and about.

The thing we love about being pregnant in the summer, perhaps is the thing you are most afraid of… having a belly. But here’s the best part – YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUCK IT IN THIS YEAR! You got the beach bump and it’s beautiful.

We’ve got tankinis (which our customers love, because pregnant women do, ahem, have to pee a lot) and one pieces with stretchy fabric so they grow as you do. Love the two styles we featured? Both come in plus size too! The swim shop is open; now is the time to find the swimsuits that suit you!

Floral Geo Print Cross Back Maternity Tankini

Multi Stripe Tie Detail Maternity Tankini

SUMMER’S LOOKBOOK

We took the bump to the beach for our latest photo shoot. Come soak up the sun (and style) with us as you explore our newest arrivals.

TOPS:
Wrap Over Top
Fashion Features: sleeveless, striped, soft
Style Suggestions: with white shorts, white maternity jeans or colored pants

Split Shoulder Blouse
Fashion Features: lace detailed, lightweight, loose sleeved
Style Suggestions: with dark wash maternity jeans, white shorts or embroidered denim

Off-The-Shoulder Shirt
Fashion Features: multi-striped, textured, tied
Style Suggestions: with medium wash jeans, white shorts, navy maternity leggings

DRESSES:
Belted Chambray Dress
Fashion Features: v-necked and v-backed, ruffle sleeved, cotton
Style Suggestions: with boat shoes or white sneakers for day / with wedges or a chunky heel for night

Ribbon Print Dress
Fashion Features: a-lined, chiffon, above-the-knee
Style Suggestions: with flip-flops for day / with jeweled sandals or strappy solid heels for night

Click through to shop all our denim, shorts, leggings and pants!

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

PRE-SUMMER STYLE GUIDE

There’s a boldness that comes from pastel. All eyes will still be on the bump, as our pre-summer collection takes on the lighter side to blue and pink.

We are partial to baby blue, as we are partial to anything with the word baby in it. That’s just who we are! We especially love this maternity top because it’s got a feminine side with flutter sleeves, a floral applique and flowing fabric. If you want something a little darker, this style comes in navy. For warmer style, shop it in salmon rose. We styled it with our rolled hem floral print maternity shorts, but this top looks good with all maternity bottoms!

Embroidered down the front and sleeves, our next blouse is screaming, “Buy me!” (See, pastels can be loud!) We love the babydoll silhouette, and honestly not just because it has baby in it. Our customers rave over the flattering cut. This look is finished off with slit sleeves for mamas who go from cold to hot in a minute flat. We paired it with light wash cropped maternity jeans, which also feature an embroidery embellishment.

This smocked maternity dress is so cute, with vertical stripes in pastel pinks, blues and even orange; you cannot go wrong. It is the one-hit-wonder. With heels, sandals and flats, you can throw it on and go, feeling confident that you look amazing.

Our last look is a blouse in a soft off-white with textured dotted fabric and pleats. In navy, green and coral… there’s a color for you. We matched ours with a cropped straight leg maternity jean, designed with a floral detail and some destruction.

Summer is around the corner, so beat the heat with looks that are light and lovely and ready to be seen.

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!)
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