BACK TO SCHOOL – THE REVEAL

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It’s time to reveal our back to school baby! We had a lot of ideas on the table for ways to reveal the gender, but we ultimately knew we wanted to use crayons in a big way for the party décor and for the big moment itself. We found a vintage-inspired lunchbox with a school uniform pattern along the way and everything fell into place. Watch the video to find out if our back to school baby is a boy or girl!

We had so much fun coming up with ways to do the reveal that we wanted to share those as well! If there is a sibling involved, it will be important for them to feel incorporated and extra special. He/She can act as a teacher and write the reveal on the chalkboard or you can have the sibling spin the globe to reveal if it’s a boy or girl! We also loved the idea of using a leather-back book set with a bookmark to a page with the gender written out – Mom and Dad can then read it out loud or proudly turn it to the crowd. The book would make for some cute and sentimental nursery décor too!

If you have any ideas for other ways to make the big reveal, let us know with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

BACK TO SCHOOL

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Sharing the news about baby in September? We think our Back to School gender reveal theme deserves an A+!  With the help from some classic fairy tales leather-backed in pink and blue, crayons, chalkboards, desks and maps… we made a world where school is definitely fun.

The reveal is interactive. Let your guests wear their guess by picking glasses that match their vote. Besides blue and pink sweets, make your menu work with the décor, like apple slices, carrot sticks, pb&j sandwiches, grilled cheeses, pudding packs and all the best in lunchtime and after school snacking!

And of course, make sure you show up to “class” in a cute maternity top like our Pink or Blue We Love You one and a pair of jeans for that casual, cool kid look.  This is also a great theme if you’re expecting a second or third child and already have children. Make the start of school exciting for them and let them help set it up. Mix in art that they made, decorations they created, and even have them play the role of teacher, where they write the reveal on the board. It’s a great way to end the summer with family and friends.

Having a party? Tag us in your post @motherhoodmaternity with #thisisgoingtobefun for that picture-perfect reveal.

MOCKTAIL MONDAY: PREGGY PUNCH

Mocktail Monday Preggy Punch

We are wrapping up our Mocktail Mondays with a bang, well a punch- PREGGY PUNCH! Our friends at PopSugar are helping us out again with this Fizzy Blueberry Basil Punch recipe, originally created on Cooking for Keeps. The bump deserves something a little bubbly; treat the craving with a drink that not only brings in antioxidants, but memories of sitting around and sipping on something sweet. When it’s good for you and tastes good too, it’s a win-win and our pick for the final Mocktail Monday. Enjoy!

Gather your girls over for this drink, because the recipe is ready to serve 6 to 8 people!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. blueberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup basil
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1 liter club soda

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the blueberries, basil, water and sugar to a medium saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Push the mixture through a sieve and into a pitcher. Add lime juice, then chill in the fridge until cool, about 45 minutes.
  3. Add club soda right before serving.
  4. Garnish with extra blueberries, lime or basil.

Match your mocktail in our ruffled one shoulder maternity top and lightweight white maternity shorts! Share your mommy mocktails with us using #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity. Thank you for following our Mocktail Mondays and look out for more of our social series!

NEW TO NURSING? CHECK THIS LIST

Top 10 Tips Nursing Edition

Our friends at Parents compiled a list of 6 Breastfeeding Tips for Your Hospital Stay with help from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the La Leche League.  We love being on your pregnancy journey and want to continue with you into motherhood; it is our name after all! They say the key is getting baby feeding as quickly as possible. We wanted to round the list out with 4 of our own suggestions. So, enjoy these 10 tips before baby comes. And, click here for the full article and more information.

  1. “Put baby to your breast right after birth.”
  2. “Try nursing approximately every two hours, or whenever your baby cries.”
  3. “Enlist the help of a nurse or lactation consultant to ‘spot’ you each time you feed.”
  4. “Take a breastfeeding class if it is offered.”
  5. “Don’t accept formula if you want to breastfeed exclusively.”
  6. “Go home with the phone number of someone you can call for help.”
  7. Invest in a really good and easy to use nursing bra.
  8. Utilize your pregnancy pillow, like The Snoogle, for comfort and positioning when home with baby.
  9. Soothe your skin with help from our nipple creams and breast/belly balms.
  10. Make your transition to work (or the world!) easier with nursing clothing designed for new moms who breastfeed or pump.

MOCKTAIL MONDAY: HAWAIIAN NO-JITO

Mocktail Monday Hawaiian No-Jito

No alcohol? No problem… thanks to the NO-JITO! Our take on the classic pineapple mojito, which usually includes rum, comes from our friends at PopSugar. They replaced the liquor with pomegranate juice, but you can also sub in sparkling water, seltzer or sprite to keep pineapple as the star. Now is the time to take out your grass skirt, your seashell top and baby umbrella because it’s Mocktail Monday!

What you will need:

  • 3 large mint leaves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice

What you will need to do:

  1. Put the mint and sugar in a tall glass and mash them together to muddle.
  2. Stir in the pineapple juice. Add enough ice to fill the glass.
  3. Add the pomegranate juice* and do not stir. Serve.

*Replace the pomegranate juice with a splash of sparkling water or soda for more of that perfect pineapple finish!

Match your mocktail in our best-selling elbow sleeve side ruched maternity tee in agate green. Then, share your mommy-mixed-drinks with us using #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity. Aloha ladies!

NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH

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Since 2011, August has been recognized as National Breastfeeding Month. This year the theme is Charting the Course Together, “to ensure breastfeeding is incorporated into all relevant areas of the public health agenda.” If you would like to learn more, visit their website.

We are committed to charting the course with you and are dedicating August to breastfeeding from all angles. We will be coming to you with tips and tricks, nursing friendly outfit ideas and even some funny stories from fellow mamas. We are all in this together and sometimes we just need a good laugh about it all!

Let’s start with the basics – nursing essentials. We may be known for maternity clothing, but there is a reason our name is Motherhood. We have more than just nursing bras, including topsdressespajamas and accessories to make that transition smoother. And we don’t just stop at style. We have padsbalms, and more to keep you feeling your best.

We also partner with Aeroflow, a Durable Medical Equipment provider, which specializes in helping pregnant and nursing women qualify for free breast pumps through their insurance. A win, win all around!

Do you plan on celebrating this month?  Tell us how @motherhoodmaternity with #thisisgoingtobefun and shop all nursing styles and items here.

MOCKTAIL MONDAY: MALI-BUMP BAY BREEZE

Mocktail Monday Mali-Bump Bay Breeze

Get out your best glass and that little drink umbrella, because it’s Mocktail Monday! For our second recipe, we are going with something summery, light and full of flavor.  The Malibu Bay Breeze features cranberry juice, pineapple juice and rum, usually coconut flavored. We found an upgraded and virgin version from our friends at Pop Sugar called the Strawberry Coco Loco, but we think you can easily swap in cranberries for strawberries to make it more traditional.  We present you with what we like to call The Mali-Bump Bay Breeze!

Serving size is for one mama only!

 

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz Coconut Cream
  • 1 Cup of Ice
  • Fresh Strawberries (or cranberries!)
  • Blender

Instructions

  1. In the blender puree a handful of fresh strawberries (or cranberries) and set aside.
  2. Combine the pineapple juice, coconut cream and ice. Blend until slushy.
  3. Pour the coconut mixture into your cup.
  4. Swirl in the strawberry (or cranberry) puree.
  5. Garnish with fresh strawberries (or some cranberries).

Match your mocktail in our hot pink cold-shoulder maternity top and roll hemmed maternity jean shorts! Share your mommy-mixed-drinks with us using #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

Bottoms up ladies!

A SUMMER SHOWER

Anchors Away! A sweet little girl is here to stay!

We showered our Project Manager, Jeff, with a nautical themed party to help him celebrate the pending arrival of his baby girl. How cute is his daughter Rosalie?! Before she was posing as a mermaid, enchanting the seas and her parents, we were eating tiny cupcakes and cinnamon rolls awaiting her entrance into the world!

It may seem tricky to throw a man a baby shower, especially one for a girl. We knew we wanted to hit the right notes by balancing pink with some cool toned colors. Immediately, we thought of the summer seas and sunsets and our nautical theme was born! Hints of turquoise and navy helped us break up the bright and light pinks. (He honestly just happened to be wearing an outfit that matched!)

Splashes of gold and other earthy tones helped bring the décor together for a party that was the perfect mixture of mermaid and manly. Even Lucy, Jeff’s pup, was treated to a surprise; big sisters deserve to be celebrated too!

We want to congratulate Jeff and his wife Lauren on the arrival of their new baby! Make sure you tell us about your summer shower with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

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MOCKTAIL MONDAY: THE BLUE BELLY-NI

Mocktail Monday The Blue Belly-ni

For our first mommy mocktail we decided to slightly switch up one of our favorite recipes from our friends at Fit Pregnancy; their Non-Alcoholic Bellini can be made with peach juice, but by swapping in blueberry juice instead, we present you with THE BLUE BELLY-NI!

Servings: 1                                           Prep 10 mins                           Start to Finish 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup blueberry juice*
  • 1 wedge worth of lemon juice
  • Agave nectar, pasteurized honey or simple syrup (to taste)
  • Sparkling water
  • Blueberries for garnish (optional)

Make It

  1. Add apple, blueberry and lemon juices to a champagne flute.
    (*To make the blueberry juice, you will need roughly a ½ pint of blueberries. Throw them in a blender or food processor and mix until they become liquefied. Strain the juice and discard any remaining skins.)
  2. Heat agave syrup or use simple syrup. Tip: To stir in the agave more easily, heat it in the microwave or stovetop before stirring it in.
  3. Top off the drink with sparkling water. To finish, throw some blueberries into the flute.

 

Match your mocktail in our navy lace maternity top and Jessica Simpson white maternity jeggings. Try the recipe and tell us how it tastes @motherhoodmaternity and as always… #thisisgoingtobefun!

HAPPY NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY!

Morning Sickness? Try the sweetest way to beat the nausea. Preggie Pop Drops

To celebrate the “holiday” we decided to dedicate a post to one of our best-selling, fan-favorite items… Preggie Pop Drops! Not only are they delicious, but they are MADE to help soothe that morning, aka all day, queasiness – without medication.

According to Three Lollies, the Pop Drop company, they were developed by healthcare professionals using essential oils. They say, “We use natural essences to flavor our Preggie Pops. For nausea caused by hypoglycemia, even the sugar and brown rice syrup in our pops can be effective. In fact, even the mode of delivery is therapeutic, as only a small amount is delivered to the stomach at a time.”  Side note: hypoglycemia is the fancy name for low blood sugar.

Essential oils have been used for centuries to combat everyday woes. Ginger has been said to curb nausea, just as mint has been known to help digestion. Of course, lavender is soothing and sour flavors like lemon and lime are claimed to create more saliva, which then coats the stomach and esophagus, easing the burn that sometimes causes nausea.

Why do we love them so much though? Because they are sweet, effective, gluten free, all natural and ready to be thrown in our purse or packed in our hospital bag. Those are just some of the reasons that this candy is so dandy! Why do you love them? Tell us @motherhoodmaternity.

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