This year my New Year’s resolution is—you’re gonna be shocked, I know—to lose ten pounds. Or maybe let’s just round it up to 20. Ready to talk Pilates videos? If you’re in a similar boat, I think you’ll love these new ones I’ve found created specifically for expectant moms and those of us trying to lose postpartum weight. Even if our babies are now toddlers. Or older. Erica Ziel is a master Pilates instructor (and Heidi Klum lookalike, but don’t let that deter you) and the creator of the Knocked-Up Fitness series. I tried out the After Baby DVD, and man, are my arms sore...Read More
Must make: Free printable holiday envelopes ready to assemble. Too cute! Must read: The little joys of holidays with the kids. We love this list. Must watch: Adorable video of a little girl signing a holiday concert. Must eat: The perfect winter salad recipe on Food 52 if you’re OD’ing on holiday treats. Today is the last day to nominate your favorite kids and family brands for a Cribsie award. (We’re excited to be among the judges!) We are super impressed with this Winter reindeer craft made from fallen branches or boughs. Grab the drill. A father-daughter photo series to make you count your proverbial...Read More
We love fun, indulgent gifts from time to time, but sometimes a practical present can be a lifesaver. If you know a pregnant mom who’s experiencing morning sickness, here’s how to be her holiday angel. And don’t worry–you can still place it in an adorable mug and tie it with a big red bow. Keep It Down Tea by Anna Naturals is specially formulated to help ease nausea and morning sickness, thanks to ginger. But unlike some other morning sickness preparations, the ginger isn’t overwhelming, and the taste is surprisingly fruity and pleasant. It’s a Christmas miracle! I’m not pregnant–...Read More
With an ever-expanding belly and a baby coming any day now, I’m already wistfully thinking about those blissful days when we didn’t have to suck in our bellies. (Ha.) I’m hoping to have some semblance of stomach muscles left after the delivery, but if not, I’m relying on this product from soon-to-be mom of four (whoa!) Rosie Pope, to help get that stomach flat–or flat-ish–while helping a great cause. We’ve ben fans of Belly Bandit for years, and now they’re partnering with baby guru celeb and friend of Cool Mom Picks Rosie Pope to create a new organic, limited-edition version...Read More
Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too! Disney princesses get beautifully outfitted in more historically accurate clothing. (via Laughing Squid) If serving dinner to your kids is a big production, you’ve got to see this hilarious video that turns it into just that. The kids will have geometric fun making these smiling polyhedra characters from Minieco. NYC for free: Check out Mommy Poppins list of free New York attractions for kids. Do you remember fourth grade? This photographic series captures the wishes and worries of special kids from around the globe. (via Design Mom) Ice Cream...Read More
It’s pretty well established at this point that we curvy girls are ever grateful for the wrap dress as a wardrobe staple. And now when those curves extend (and extend and extend) to your baby bump, there’s a cool maternity dress that will get you through months of pregnancy and back down again. I really like the Judy maternity wrap dress from Isabella Oliver. The shape is flattering, the blue color will look dazzling on any skin tone, the short sleeves take care of some of our (ahem) problem areas on the upper arms. It’s just the perfect day...Read More
Every pregnancy is a gift and with this being my third, I still marvel at how miraculous the whole process is. But along with the miracle of life comes other “gifts” like massive indigestion, fatigue, bloating, and well, I’ll spare you the others. Just in time for my final pregnancy, I’m so happy to find a new service that sends moms-to-be like me a box of treats every month to make the pregnancy a little easier. The pregnancy care packages from Mommies First are customized to suit whatever month of pregnancy you are in. The sample box I got...Read More
Nine Naturals: Because once you go all natural while pregnant, it’s hard to go back to crappy shampoo
I still remember the day I learned about sulfates, parabens, and phthalates and what they can do to unborn babies. I waddled into my bathroom, read the ingredients of my favorite products, shook my fist at nasty chemicals and the companies that put them in shampoo, and ran out to buy beauty supplies that were healthy and safe for pregnancy. [don’t miss a special discount after the jump] We first covered Nine Naturals when they debuted in 2009, and we jumped at the chance to try their new formulations for hair and body. The entire idea behind the...Read More
I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m cold all the time, or just like wearing lots and lots of layers, but for many years now, a camisole has always been a staple in my wardrobe. It also continues to be, now that I’m shopping for maternity clothes again only I want a really, really good one. I like how a good cami just smoothes everything out but with my expanding belly, the camisoles that I used to wear are quickly becoming halter tops. Not a good or comfy look. Luckily, I have discovered a line of...Read More
If I were pregnant right about now (and I am so not–just to be clear) I would be all over the new spring maternity line at Hatch Collection. They make the kind of splurgy, sophisticated pieces for working mamas who need to invest in a few great items they can live in without feeling frumpy. I think my favorite is the slouch dress which comes in either a comfy jersey (my vote!) or a few washable silk-poly options in bright, fun colors. It’s the kind of versatile dress you can wear to work with great shoes; over leggings on...Read More
When I laugh out loud reading a new baby card, that’s saying something–especially on the floor of the NY International Gift Show where there’s oh, 600 million or so greeting cards. But hey, I should expect no less from CMP fave design studio 9 Spot Monk. Typeset perfectly in the most understated, gentle, letterpress font, these hilarious new baby cards are such a refreshing break from the same old “welcome baby!” They’re sold individually, but personally I’d stock up on about ten, ready for each new baby that comes into our lives in the coming months. Or should I...Read More
Why maternity lingerie? Well between the well-meaning but okay-enough-already belly touches of visiting relatives and feeling like your burgeoning bump is making you look a bit too much like Santa himself, holidays can be rough on a mama-to-be. So we’re for anything that makes you feel a little more woman and a little less incubator. We’ve tracked down some of the softest, sexiest new holiday maternity lingerie collections around–pieces that’ll make you feel comfy, sexy, and festive all at once. Without looking like a Christmas tree ornament. -Lexi We’ve always dug the super soft maternity loungewear from Belabumbum and...Read More
Who wants to hide under a pink teddy bear blanket? Nobody over two years old, that’s who. That’s why these chic, breathable nursing covers do at least quadruple duty and look like something you would actually wear on purpose. Made of soft, light, wrinkle-resistant, shrink-resistant modal, the Dria Cover is surprisingly wearable for all four trimesters. Yeah, I said four, because the first nine months of babyhood always felt like an extension of the pregnancy to me. (Okay, so that’s like 6 trimester.) While you’re pregnant, the loose fit works over a tank or tee as a chic maternity...Read More
I was pregnant during two Halloweens. Looking back, I’m sad I never got into that particular holiday spirit. That probably has something to do with the fact that I was just happy to struggle into my own clothes and shoes, let alone deal with a costume. But that’s really only one of the reasons why I love this adorable shirt. The Skeleton Maternity shirt is pretty darn cute, and a nice way to celebrate Halloween without painting your belly like a pumpkin or dressing up in something that will just make you sweat more than you already do. Or maybe that...Read More
My daughter turns six next week, and that means I’m feeling extra nostalgic–even about my stretch marks. Back then, I didn’t know the importance of keeping growing belly skin supple, and now I’m suffering for it. If only I could send a care package back to my August 2006 self, here are the two products I would send…along with a lot of cookies. The first product on the list is actually three products–or, to be more specific, one lovely body oil in three different scents. The Resilient Body Oil Trio Set from basq includes one bottle each of their signature...Read More
Not too many women wish they were pregnant in the heat of August. But when I got a glimpse at Isabella Oliver’s new fall/winter maternity collection, I admit almost wish I had a baby bump. The just-launched autumn/winter 2012 collection from Isabella Oliver is jam packed with the chicest maternity essentials I’ve seen in a while. My favorites are the sleek and minimal ruched shirts, which are perfect for every day wear; and the adorable striped T-shirt dresses, plus a black wrap dress that would look great on pretty much anyone. These are the kind of building blocks every woman...Read More
I admit that a few kids ago, I’d probably roll my eyes a bit at the idea of maternity loungewear. But after seeing the gorgeous dresses from one of our favorite brands, Belabumbum, I’m almost wishing I had a real excuse to wear them. They’re so amazing that whether you’re in your 1st, 3rd, or 5th trimester (or 15th? Ahem), they look and feel fabulous. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] To me, the standout in their newest line is the beautiful reversible maternity dress that’s incredibly soft and comfortable. The crossover neck gives you easy nursing access, and...Read More
The What to Expect When You’re Expecting books have spent a million years on the bestseller list. Author Heidi Murkoff has definitely found a way to tap into what expecting and new parents are looking for–although the series is not without its detractors, as you seasoned mamas may well know. So how does a set of non-fiction advice books on parenting and pregnancy translate into a What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie? That seems to be the question everyone is asking this week, and since catching a preview, I have the scoop. In a nutshell, this movie is trying...Read More
The sad news is that CMP favorite Polarn O. Pyret is discontinuing the maternity and nursing items from their MAMA Collection. The good news? The entire stock has just gone on crazy sale. Save 70% off maternity and nursing wear now while you can still get it. This is the good stuff: super-cute leggings, shirts, skirts, nursing tops, blouses, and more, all in extra-soft, stretchy fabrics that you can wear them at every stage of your pregnancy and beyond. If you’re pregnant, planning to be, or planning on not planning, stock up on some fabulous fashion staples while Polarn...Read More
If you’re like me and on your second or third (or more!) kid, you already know which products will keep you feeling beautiful while you’re pregnant, and keep baby bouncy once she’s out in the world. You probably also hiss and hide behind your arm like a vampire from sunlight when you hear words like “phthalate” and “paraben.” But there are plenty of parents who have yet to learn how to tailor their bath and beauty routines to pregnancy, much less to which pastel bottle of lotion is better for baby. Good news: this book’s got the low-down, not...Read More
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