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PinkBlush Maternity's Hospital Bag Checklist

You’ve been waiting patiently for nine long months and now, today is the day! It’s finally time to welcome your new baby in the world and with all of the excitement, it’s easy to forget the tiniest details. Be prepared for the hospital day by prepping your go-bag early. Some things we may not even have considered to pack turn out to be life savers when the day comes. Below is a list to ensure that even the smallest items don’t get left at home.

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The ride to the hospital may not be the most comfortable ride of your life, and it may feel like it takes hours, but by wearing some lounge wear such as yoga pants, leggings, and loose fitted tops, you can make it a little more bearable. The pains of labor are just one more beautiful sign that your baby can’t wait to meet you.

After your baby is born into the world, comfortable nursing wear will make feeding time a bit easier for both of you. You never know when your baby will be hungry, so by having a variety of nursing wear for every occasion, you can be ready for anything.

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PinkBlush's 2015 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for the glowing mother-to-be? Here at PinkBlush, we have you covered with the most gorgeous maternity essentials in brilliant spring to summer hues to make the mother’s transition effortless. Comfort is key, especially during these warm months coming up, but that never means you have to sacrifice style to accomplish it. Our goal is to design our pieces with the trendy, modern mother in mind and this season’s hottest looks are here to give the expecting mom the ultimate collection of warm weather must-haves.

The number one wardrobe essential is the basic maxi dress because it can be paired with countless looks from casual to dressy. Over the course of the day, jeans can weigh heavy or become so uncomfortable that jumping into the nearest pair of sweats sounds like the best idea in the world. What’s great about this short sleeve maternity maxi dress is that its lightweight, stretchy fabric will keep you stylishly cool and comfortable on the even warmest of days. Featuring a cinched under bust cut to flatter your growing bump, pair this beauty with a light printed kimono or statement necklace day or night. Thankfully, this dress comes in enough colors to have one for every day of the week!

When in doubt, layer. It always adds a subtle printed flare that transforms any look from plain to perfect. With a floral printed chiffon kimono like this, it’s hard not to wear it with every outfit. From basic tank tops to solid maxi dresses, this breezy lightweight piece is the final touch that is missing from the ultimate spring to summer wardrobe. If you’re looking to add some sparkle, we also love accessorizing this playful piece with a long necklace to create a laid-back look.

 

Darks may fill those winter wardrobes right now, but what the soon-to-be mom really needs is this light hued open crochet t-strap back maternity tank top will give her a knockout look throughout pregnancy during these sunny days. Thanks to the cinched under bust style and gorgeous draped front, you have a comfortable and flirty-fun piece to pair from morning to night. With a legging and color block sandal, your modern chic ensemble is complete.

Without this floral chiffon maternity dress, the spring and summer wardrobe is incomplete. A brilliant mint green featuring multi-colored floral is just the right print to stand out in this season in the most flattering way. If the print wasn’t enough to catch your eye, this must-have features the most important factors of all: a cinched under bust cut, ¾ sleeves, and a breezy chiffon fabric that lays beautifully at every stage of pregnancy. From Sunday brunch to Friday date night, this exceptional piece will give the expecting mother the perfect excuse to dress up.

Whether you’re 8 weeks or 8 months, this mother’s day is to celebrate the moms and moms-to-be around the world, recognizing their sacrificing love and endless support. Give the perfect thank you this mother’s day by wrapping up some spring lovelies from our new arrivals.

Baby Shower Shares

Oh Boy! Baby Shower Inspiration + Free Printables

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Oh boy, it’s baby shower season! If you’re expecting a bundle of blue this springtime, look no further than Ms. Julie O’Brien’s recent baby shower for some inspiration! With great friends, amazing food and of course a stunning PinkBlush Maternity dress, there’s so much to love about this beautiful celebration event!

One of the best ways to capture all of your pictures during your baby shower in one central spot, and a great way to do that is with the help of a unique hashtag! These days so many baby shower guests are on Instagram, so in creating a fun, festive hashtag, everyone can browse one another’s pictures (as long as they’re public accounts) and can re-connect with new acquaintances they may have met at the party! For Julie’s baby shower, she used the themed-appropriate hashtag #OBrienTeaParty but there are so many other great ones you can choose from! Between #xshavingababy to #x’sgotabunintheoven there are many ways to create a hashtag that’s themed appropriate yet still specific enough that only your pictures from the event will show up in the feed.

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Another great way to save time and money is with the addition of free printables. We loved how Julie motivated her guests to fill out their envelopes for the ‘Thank You’ cards, because let’s be real, the last thing you want to do when you’re eight or nine months pregnant is to look up everyone’s address. Not only does this give guests something to do when they first arrive, but it can gather everyone around the table to turn in their envelopes, which can create an awesome opportunity for everyone to connect. We were so inspired, we created our own, along with some other free printables as well! Feel free to download your own below, and if you’d like to see more of Julie’s pictures, make sure to visit her Instagram at @MrsJulieOBrien or on ours at @pinkblushmaternity as we’ve featured her multiple times 🙂

Julie’s PinkBlush Maternity Basic White Chiffon Maternity dress is available here  and for more baby shower outfit options, feel free to browse all of our current options at PinkBlushMaternity.com!

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Lifestyle, Womens

Tasty Tuesdays: Kindergarten Foods Revisited

Ladies, did you know today is National Kindergarten Day!?! In celebration we thought we’d bring out our childhood side by revisiting some of the PinkBlush team’s favorite foods in adult form! Whether you loved Mac & Cheese, PB&J or even Poptarts we’ve got new and amazing ways to fall in love with your favorite kindergarten foods all over again!

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Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich by Raining Hot Coupons

What’s better than grilled cheese sandwiches and mac & cheese? Mixing the two together! The toasted bread allows the sandwich to be both portable and provides a great crunch when paired with the soft and gooey mac and cheese. Together, these two are perfect and is a great way to combine two childhood favorites!

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Adult PB&J by Blissful Basil

Impress your grown up taste buds with your very own adult peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Long are the days of white bread and sugar filled jelly goo with the introduction of fresh berries, whole wheat toasted bread and delicious peanut butter. This delicious treat is a must-have lunch or snack that your tummy will thank  you for!

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Homemade ‘Lighter’ Poptarts by Undressed Skeleton

Poptarts are quite amazing, and therefore we had a bit of a discussion as to posting either homemade poptarts (the strawberry filling kind because hello those are the best) or a true adult version made with better ingredients. In the end we had to choose the later, as these homemade locally sourced poptarts are truly delicious and provide a sense of sophistication when eating. Whether you love coconut, apples or latte flavor there’s a recipe for all taste buds!

For clothes you could totally wear during a grown up Kindergarten picnic visit ShopPinkBlush.com!

DIY

DIY: Floral Crowns

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Earth Day is this Wednesday (4.22) and in celebration we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to get into the spirit with your very own DIY Flower Crowns!

These whimsical pieces have become the go-to accessory this springtime, taking over both the fashion world and our Pinterest pages! Perfect for baby showers, maternity photo shoots or simply spending the afternoon with some girlfriends, these floral headpieces are ideal for adding a bit of mother nature into your daily style!

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What You’ll Need:

Flowers (real or faux your choice!)

Floral wire

Floral Tape

Greenery

Floral Wire Scissors

Hot Glue Gun + Glue

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Depending on the size and color scheme you’d like your flower crown to be, select different varieties of flowers that create a unique blend. For ours, we’re selected daisies, spearworts and pink flowers of varying sizes to create both depth and an appealing look but anything works! Nothing smells better than fresh flowers, but if you’d like to wear your floral headband for more than a couple days, we strongly suggest making yours with artificial flowers like ours.

Instructions:

Take a piece of floral wire, and form it into a circular shape. Rest it atop your head and adjust to see how long you’ll need it to fit loosely. Cut off excessive wire and form the rest into the final shape that you want your crown to be. Use floral tape to keep the wire in a circular shape, wrap the tape around multiple times to both keep the wire in place, and to create a barrier between the wire and your head.

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You’ll want to start by adding beautiful greenery that will act as a base of your crown and hide the floral tape. You’ll want to continue adding greenery until all of the tape is covered. Once the base of your crown is looking beautiful, it’s time to add the flowers! Remove stems from flowers and apply a generous amount of hot glue to their base. Once tacky, apply the flowers to the headband and hold until they stay attached on their own. Feel free to add as many or little as you’d like. For ours we chose more in front and less in the back for a fun, layered look.

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The best part about making flower crowns is that there isn’t a “wrong” way of making them! Depending on where you’ll be wanting to wear them, these whimsical accessories can be as minimal or massive as you’d like! Have fun with your DIY self making these fun pieces, and if you have any pictures or advice in making your own, make sure to let us know in the comments!

 

For outfits that go wonderfully with these floral crowns, make sure to visit PinkBlushMaternity.com

 

XO – PinkBlush

 

 

DIY, Fashion, Lifestyle, Womens

DIY: How To Make Your Own Flower Crown

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Earth Day is this Wednesday (4.22) and in celebration we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to get into the spirit with your very own DIY Flower Crowns!

These whimsical pieces have become the go-to accessory this springtime, taking over both the fashion world and our Pinterest pages! Perfect for weddings, festivals or simply spending the afternoon with some girlfriends, these floral headpieces are ideal for adding a bit of mother nature into your daily style!

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What You’ll Need:

Flowers (real or faux your choice!)

Floral wire

Floral Tape

Greenery

Floral Wire Scissors

Hot Glue Gun + Glue

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Depending on the size and color scheme you’d like your flower crown to be, select different varieties of flowers that create a unique blend. For ours, we’re selected daisies, spearworts and pink flowers of varying sizes to create both depth and an appealing look but anything works! Nothing smells better than fresh flowers, but if you’d like to wear your floral headband for more than a couple days, we strongly suggest making yours with artificial flowers like ours.

Instructions:

Take a piece of floral wire, and form it into a circular shape. Rest it atop your head and adjust to see how long you’ll need it to fit loosely. Cut off excessive wire and form the rest into the final shape that you want your crown to be. Use floral tape to keep the wire in a circular shape, wrap the tape around multiple times to both keep the wire in place, and to create a barrier between the wire and your head.

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You’ll want to start by adding beautiful greenery that will act as a base of your crown and hide the floral tape. You’ll want to continue adding greenery until all of the tape is covered. Once the base of your crown is looking beautiful, it’s time to add the flowers! Remove stems from flowers and apply a generous amount of hot glue to their base. Once tacky, apply the flowers to the headband and hold until they stay attached on their own. Feel free to add as many or little as you’d like. For ours we chose more in front and less in the back for a fun, layered look.

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The best part about making flower crowns is that there isn’t a “wrong” way of making them! Depending on where you’ll be wanting to wear them, these whimsical accessories can be as minimal or massive as you’d like! Have fun with your DIY self making these fun pieces, and if you have any pictures or advice in making your own, make sure to let us know in the comments!

 

For outfits that go wonderfully with these floral crowns, make sure to visit ShopPinkBlush.com

 

XO – PinkBlush

 

 

Fashion, Inspiration, Womens

Drifting Away

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Honestly, there’s nothing more beautiful than confidence. When you feel good, you look good; and sometimes wearing that perfect red dress can help you get that boost of self-esteem that radiates throughout your surroundings.

Whether in the middle of a deserted lake, on a date night, or going out with the girlfriends, finding a dress that fits just right can make any event more exciting. We’re already obsessed with this dress in ivory and blue, but if you’re feeling a little red hot, this number can be the perfect staple in your wardrobe available for purchase here!

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Fashion, Inspiration, Womens

Wednesday's We Wear PinkBlush

Happy Hump Day, ladies! Well, we’ve made it to the half way point; just a few more days until the weekend! We’re loving all of the ways both bloggers and customers are wearing PinkBlush this week for date nights, afternoon strolls, or simply grabbing coffee with girlfriends. With so many fun styles, we couldn’t wait to show you all the different ways you can rock your favorite PB frocks this season! Hope this list gives you some wardrobe inspiration, and if you wear any PinkBlush this week, make sure to hashtag #PrettyInPinkBlush for your chance to win a $250 shopping spree! Xo.

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Ms. Rachel Porter in our Mint Green Paisley Print Maxi Dress

 

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The beautiful Aimee Rancer in our Beige Knit Floral Chiffon Accent Open Back Sweater

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Veronica Levy in our Shades of Blue Printed Dress

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Hot Mama LoveLo in our Ivory Pink Floral Printed Maxi Dress

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Mash.Elle wearing our White Scalloped Shorts

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Auteur Ariel in our Black Grey Knit Button Up Cardigan and Black Leggings

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Auteur Ariel in our Burgundy Vintage Floral Printed Sleeve Top

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The Twin Crowd in our Light Pink Daisy Print Dress

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Emily Luciano in our Shades of Blue Dress

 

For these and additional springtime styles, shop at ShopPinkBlush.com

Spring Style, What To Wear

Wardrobe Wednesdays

Happy Hump Day, ladies! Well, we’ve made it to the half way point; just a few more days until the weekend! We’re loving all of the ways both bloggers and customer’s are wearing PinkBlush this week for maternity pictures, date nights and grabbing coffee with girlfriends. With so many fun styles, we couldn’t wait to show you all the different ways you can rock your favorite PB frocks this season! Hope this list gives you some wardrobe inspiration, and if you wear any PinkBlush this week, make sure to hashtag #PrettyInPinkBlush for your chance to win a $250 shopping spree! Xo.

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Happy Medley wearing our PinkBlush Maternity Distressed Maternity Jeans

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The Modern Tulip wearing our Mint Green Floral Chiffon Dress

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Kristyn Cole looking brilliant in our Neon Yellow Embroidered Maxi Dress (women’s line)

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Mrs. Julie O’Brien wearing our Grey Striped Lace Accent Dress

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Afternoon Style sporting our Dark Navy Basic Maternity Jeans

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Positively Oakes in our Black Fleece-lined Maternity Leggings & Tunic

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Ashley Knichols in our Floral Printed Kimono

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Living In Color Style rocking our White Rose Printed Maternity Dress

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Living In Color Style looking amazing in our Mint Green Floral Print Chiffon Dress

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For these and other PinkBlush Maternity outfits, visit PinkBlushMaternity.com

 

Lifestyle, Womens

Tasty Tuesdays: Best Stuffed Snacks

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than snacking on stuffed foods. Cheese, cream, you name it, we’ll try it! So in celebration of it almost being Hump Day, here are some tasty homemade treats for when you want to satisfy those cravings!

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Garlic Cheese Bombs as created by Spend With Pennies, is a recipe that helped put this blog on the foodie blog map. With almost 200K likes, this recipe is the real deal. Mixing heavenly garlic dough with goo-ey delicious cheese, this recipe is great for eating alone, or when dipped in ranch dressing. Either way, get ready to share because not only do these make your entire house smell amazing, but they taste equally as divine which will make them go quickly!

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Because these are a fan favorite, Spend with Pennies also makes these BOMB bacon cheeseburger bombs. Perfect for watching a game or eating at a picnic, these unique take on the classic burger and bun will give you a delicious mouthful. Try them out, you won’t regret it!

 

 

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So, this picture is beautiful, but as someone who LOVES this dish, the photo simply does not do this stuffed snack any justice! Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Dates are delicious!!! Perfect as an appetizer, these are an easy way to throw together a snack and enjoy all three of the flavors in perfect harmony. It’s the perfect mix of a bit of smokey flavor, with creamy cheese, and the sweetness of the dates. Not a fan of goat cheese? Try switching it up for a warm appetizer, by making bacon wrapped blue cheese dates. They’re AMAZING especially when you pour a little balsamic vinegar reduction on top.

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Ever feel like there simply isn’t enough avocado in your sandwich? Well, then this BLT stuffed avocado recipe by FarmGirl may be just what your tummy has been looking for! Everything you love about a BLT sandwich, add the goodness of avocado in the springtime, and you’re set! Eat alone or make a batch for the avocado lovers in your life, and enjoy!

For mouth-watering must-have apparel that goes amazing with these food, check us out at ShopPinkBlush.com