Hey Preggers Mamas!  It’s time for Valentine’s Day, which probably means it’s time to dress up your bump for a romantic night out with your Valentine.  And if this little bundle-to-be is your first baby, it may be awhile before you have this kind of alone time. (Veteran mamas know what I’m talking about!) So, you’ll want to pull out all the stops for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day babymoon date.

You’re probably up-to-date in the latest nursery trends and the coolest baby gadgets, but you might have fallen away from reading about what looks are gracing the faces of fashion these days.  We get you!  Being a mama, and even a mama-to-be, has a way redirecting your attention.  But, leave it to Preggers, to help you choose the perfect makeup style for your last Valentine’s Day before motherhood increases your family size.  We think these trends would look beautiful on our Preggers mamas!

Lips

According to Elle.com, gloss is back for lips!  Matte lips had been the trend over the past few years, but beautiful shine is the new look for 2017.  Make sure you have some new beautiful glossy shades, or add a clear gloss over your current colors.

Liners

The latest liners for 2017 don’t extend the full length of the eye lid.  Only the center part of the lid is lined leaving an unfinished look.  Fully-lined eye lids are so 2016!

Another liner trend for 2017 carries over from lips – shine! Use a liquid liner for a gleaming, shiny look.

Mascara

I think I must be a boring mama when it comes to makeup because I’ve never thought of using anything but black mascara.  But, elle.com suggests that 2017 is the year for burgundy.  The key to using this red hue on your lashes, though, is to use a dark enough burgundy color that it only shows when it catches the light.

Shadows

Again with the glossy. Harpers Bazaar says that along with glossy lips and liners, glossy eye shadows are being seen on the lids of this year’s fashionistas.  Several brands actually make glossy shadows, but Harpers suggests you can get the same effect by sweeping some clear lip gloss over your normal shadows. Better make sure you have plenty of that lip gloss this year!

Blush

Gone are the days of a subtle blush.  In 2017, blush is meant to be seen.  So, load up your brushes and apply, apply, apply!  Whether you opt for a more obvious look or you’re not ready to dive all the way in and hold to a little subtle blending, choose colors that defiantly show up and accent your cheeks.

Nails

And for your nails, try painting on metallic colors, furthering that “things that shine” trend.

Color Trends

Are you ready for this?  Welcome back to the 1980s with blue eye shadow and colorful shades of blush.  Did anyone else think those colors would never make a reappearance?

Glitter

Yep.  Glitter is still here, so layer up your eyes, lips, cheeks and nails in glitter dust.

And don’t forget to throw on some Preggers legwear on your way out the door.  You’ll want your legs feeling great for your night on the town!

Goodness!  I can’t wait to try a few of these 2017 trends.  It’s a huge upgrade from the lovely look of baby spitup. 😉  Happy Valentine’s Day, Preggers mamas!

**Fashion photos from the following sources: amuser; glamour; harpers bazaar; nicades; temptalia; glitterbugcosmetics; marieclaire; elle; makeupand beautyblog; pinterest; wikihow; gcastd; yves-saint-laurent; cuded; and jamienelson.

Are there any football fans among the Preggers mamas out there?  Rumor has it that there is a big football game this weekend.  They say it will be pretty super! 😉

Football party food is usually not the healthiest, and many mamas may opt to pass on the chicken wings, and definitely the beer.  But with a few healthy twists on these classic recipes, you can enjoy some munchies, too, while you cheer on the Falcons or Patriots.  Or maybe you’re more of a commercial fan.  Either way, give these delicious treats a whirl!

Traditional Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Ingredients:
2 lbs. of chicken wings or drumsticks
¼ cup of Frank’s Hot Sauce
Low fat blue cheese dressing
Celery sticks

Directions:
1. Rinse and pat chicken dry and trim off any visible fat.
2. Put chicken in a pot of cold water. (Make sure chicken is covered by 2 inches of water.)
3. Bring to boil and boil for 10 minutes.
4. Set broiler to high and place rack 6 inches from flame.
5. Remove chicken from water and place on baking sheet.
6. Broil for 6 minutes on each side until crisp.
7. Cover chicken with Frank’s Hot Sauce in a large bowl.
8. Serve with blue cheese and celery.

Or for an even healthier version, try Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower!

Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower

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Ingredients:
Cooking spray
¾ flour
1 cup of water
½ tsp. garlic powder
2 heads of cauliflower cut into chunks
2 tbsp. of butter
½ cup of Frank’s Hot Sauce
1 tsp. of honey
salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450° and spray baking sheet.
2. Mix flour, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk until smooth.
3. Add cauliflower and mix until coated.
4. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
5. While cauliflower is cooking, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
6. Remove from heat and stir in hot sauce and honey.
7. Brush on each cauliflower piece.
8. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Healthy Potato Skins with Broccoli

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Ingredients:
Cooking spray
8 small Idaho potatoes
4 tsp. vegetable oil
¼ tsp. salt
4 cups of chopped broccoli florets
3 pieces of cooked turkey bacon, finely chopped
¾ cups of grated cheddar cheese
1 tub of Greek yogurt
1 jar of your favorite salsa
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. Pierce each potato several times with a fork.
3. Wrap in paper towel and microwave for 15 minutes or until potatoes and cooked through.
4. Let potatoes cools.
5. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out most of the insides. Leave skin intact and a little bit (approximately 1/8 inch) so that you have 16 little “boats”. (The scooped out potato won’t be used, but it will make great mashed potatoes for the kiddos!)
6. Brush potato boats both inside and out with vegetable oil and then sprinkle with salt.
7. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
8. While skins are cooking, steam broccoli for 3-4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
9. When potatoes are done, divide broccoli and cheese evenly among them.
10. Lower oven temperature to 400° and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
11. Top with turkey bacon.
12. Serve with Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream), salsa or eat plain.

Healthy 6 Layer (Instead of 7) Dip

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Ingredients:
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp. chili paste
2 cup shredded cheddar (you can use low-fat)
2 ripe avacados
salt
2 tsp. lemon juice
4 scallions, thinly sliced (use white and green parts)
¾ cup fresh cilantro
1 ½ cups of Greek yogurt (you can use non-fat)
2 cups of shredded lettuce
3 medium tomatoes, diced

Directions:
1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
2. Add garlic, beans and chili paste and heat for about 3 minutes.
3. Mash the beans and remove from heat.
4. Add 2 tbsp. of water and continue mashing until smooth.
5. Spread in bottom of 2 quart casserole dish.
6. Sprinkle cheese over beans.
7. Mash avocado flesh and mix with 1 tsp. of salt the lemon juice.
8. Spread mixture over cheese.
9. In a food processor or blender, pulse yogurt, scallions, and cilantro.
10. Spread over avocado.
11. Sprinkle top with lettuce and then tomato.
12. Serve with healthy tortilla chips or pita chips.

Ginger Beer Mocktail

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Ingredients:
1 lemon
1 orange
1/3 cup of lemon juice
3/4 cup of rough chopped ginger
3/4 cup of honey
3/4 cup of sugar
1 1/4 cup of orange juice
4 cups of sparkling mineral water
2 cups of boiling water
2 tbsp. each of lemon and orange zest (can use from fruit above)

Directions:
1. Combine ginger, honey and sugar in food processor.
2. Add orange juice and lemon juice and process again.
3. Pour mixture into lidded container.
4. Add orange and lemon zest and boiling water.
5. Stir until sugar dissolves and cool to room temperature.
6. Secure lid and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
7. To serve, strain base into a pitcher.
8. Slice lemon and orange and add to pitcher along with mineral water.
9. Serve over ice.

 

 


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Brand new Patterned Core-Spun Compression Socks by Therafirm (makers of Preggers) are featured in the January 2017 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Sweet and feminine Thin Line socks are super cute and super comfortable. Be fashionable AND healthy in the New Year!  Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers legwear benefits here!

Did you know that November is National Sleep Comfort Month?  A whole month dedicated to sleeping comfortably. This makes me smile.

But don’t worry pregnant mamas or mamas of newborns.  Comfortable sleep will come again.  We all know how difficult good sleep is when you’re pregnant.  That comfortable position is elusive!  You toss and turn.  For me, it was constant back pain.  And also the 847 trips to the bathroom every night.  There’s also the heartburn and leg cramps.  Remind me why we do this?

Then the baby finally arrives and sleeping at all becomes a thing you fondly remember.  Well, I guess you get a few winks here and there.

So maybe you’re wondering what Sleep Comfort Month and the pregnancy and newborn stage could possibly have in common.  Since every moment of sleep is so precious during this time in your life, you should truly make the most of it.  Here are a couple of tips to help you get meaningful and comfortable sleep during the newborn period.

  1. Take a nap – Easier said than done, I know. But, ask for help from friends or family.  Have someone come over and take care of the baby while you catch up on sleep.
  2. Trade nights with your partner – When it is your turn, get up during all of the nightly feedings to let your partner get a full night sleep. Then when it is your partner’s turn, let him do ALL that night’s feeding, too.  If you’re a nursing mom, you might need to pump so dad has something to feed the baby.  At the very least, skip one feeding, letting your partner do the work, so you can get several consecutive hours of sleep.
  3. Don’t sleep in the same room with baby – Babies make noise when they sleep. They move.  They whimper and fuss sometimes.  They usually don’t need anything; or if they do, they’ll eventually let you know with a more obvious cry.  So, sleeping in a different room will allow for better sleep.  Keep the baby monitor turned down so that it isn’t picking up all the tiny noises.  Or, if you aren’t comfortable with that, have someone else listen for it.
  4. Wear comfortable sleepwear – Save the cute pajamas for when things are back to normal. Choose something comfortable and non-restrictive.  A Preggers Sleep Nursing Bra is helpful, too.  The bra is seamless and made of super soft material that feels good against the skin.  Smooth, wide straps and a high back help to keep the straps in place and provide back support.  It also has easy front access with no clasps for those late night feedings.preggers-sleep-nursing-bra

Remember that you will sleep again!  And every bit of missed sleep now is worth it when you gaze at the sweet face of your son or daughter.

Are you having any trouble coming up with a name for your baby?  Perhaps you’re inspired by this year’s Presidential election.  There is no denying that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – love them or hate them – have made waves this election and throughout their lives.

There is no doubt that we’ll probably see some Donalds and Hillarys sprouting up, but maybe these two are a little too polarizing for your taste.  How about trying a presidential classic instead for your sweet baby boy or girl?

Baby Girl Names

downloadAbigail – Abigail Adams was the wife of 2nd President John Adams.  Her life is one of the most documented of all of our first ladies.  She and her husband exchanged more than 1100 letters over their lifetimes.  Their letters documented life during pivotal moments of our counties history, including the American Revolution.  They were the first Presidential couple to reside in what is now known as the White House.


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 – This one has been popular among Presidential spouses.  Although technically not a first lady, since she died before her husband was president, Hannah Van Buren was the wife of our 8th President, Martin Van Buren.  Anna Harrison was First Lady for only one month during the short tenure of her husband, William Henry Harrison.  Anna was also the formal first name of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.


downloadCaroline
 – Caroline is a sweet classic that is gaining in popularity.  Probably not because of First Lady Caroline Harrison, however.  Mrs. Harrison was President Benjamin Harrison’s first wife.  She died of tuberculosis in the White House during her husband’s presidency.  Four years later he married his late wife’s niece, Mary Dimmick.


downloadElizabeth/Eliza/Betty/Bess
 – A beautiful classic with so many nickname choices.  Several of our first ladies have carried a version of this name including Bess Truman, Betty Ford, Eliza Johnson and Elizabeth Monroe.


downloadEdith
 – This classic was given some life with the adorable Despicable Me movies, but it was also the name of two presidential wives – Edith Roosevelt and Edith Wilson.


downloadEleanor/Ellen/Helen
 – So many first ladies have had a version of this name which means bright, shining light.  How appropriately some of them were named.  Ellen Arthur was a very talented soprano who performed at many New York benefits.  It’s hard to imagine FDR’s presidency without Eleanor Roosevelt, who redefined the role of First Lady.  Others were Helen Taft, Ellen Wilson, and Eleanor Rosalynn Carter.


downloadJacqueline
 – Every time I see this one, I think of the classic poise and grace of Jacqueline Kennedy.  At 31, Mrs. Kennedy was the third youngest woman to serve as First Lady behind Frances Cleveland and Julia Tyler.


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 – The Kennedys inspired their generation with hope and courage for the future.  Traditionally a last name, Kennedy has made a popular first name in recent years.


downloadLaura
 – One of our more recent first ladies, Laura Bush carries a name that is truly a classic with a modern feel.

 

downloadLucretia/Lucy – Lucretia may be a bit dated, but Lucy is adorably sweet.  Lucretia Garfield and Lucy Hayes were two first ladies during the 1800s.  Lucy Hayes was a supporter of the temperance movement and was nicknamed Lemonade Lucy when her husband banned alcohol from the White House!

downloadMadison – Want to name your little daughter after the father of the U.S. Constitution?  Madison is currently a very popular name, but naming your child such would be an homage to our 4th President, James Madison.

downloadMcKinley – McKinley seems to be one that is gaining in popularity of recent years.  You can choose McKinley as a nod to former President William McKinley, who was the last US President to have served in the Civil War.  He was also the third of four to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield and preceding John F. Kennedy.

downloadRachel – This beautiful name was held by Rachel Jackson, the wife of President Andrew Jackson.  When the future president and Rachel were married, she was actually married to someone else.  Her previous marriage had been unhappy and the two separated.  Assuming that her husband had finalized the divorce, she unknowingly married Jackson.  After it was printed in the newspaper that she was still married to her previous husband, Rachel finalized the divorce and quietly remarried Jackson.  Can you imagine if that happened today?

downloadTaylor – Taylor is a very popular name for little girls these days, especially with the popularity of singer Taylor Swift.  President Zachary Taylor served as our 12th President.  President Taylor attended a very hot 4th of July celebration in 1850 at the Washington Monument, which was under construction.  While there, he had some cherries and cold milk, followed up by several glasses of cold water trying to beat the heat.  Five days later, President Taylor died of an unknown intestinal ailment, that was probably a case of cholera contracted from a bacteria present in either the milk or water he drank.

Baby Boy Names

downloadAndrew – Two of our presidents have been named Andrew – Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson.  Andrew Johnson was the Vice President under Abraham Lincoln and became President when Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in 1865.

downloadCarter – Jimmy Carter was President during the 1970s.  Before becoming President, Carter served in the Navy.  He and his wife and three older children for a time lived in public housing in Georgia – the only US President to have lived in subsidized housing for the poor.  In 2002, former President Carter was the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the Carter Center “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

downloadFord – We like this one!  Simple and strong.  Gerald Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned into the 1970s.

 

downloadFranklin – Franklin Pierce and Franklin Roosevelt were two presidents that held this name.  Franklin Roosevelt was the only President to serve more than two terms.  Elected four times, President Roosevelt served three terms and died of a stroke four months into his fourth term.  He guided the country through the Great Depression and World War II and gave a famous speech after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The name might seem a little old fashioned, but provides an adorable nickname in Frankie.

downloadGrant – Grant is a popular classic for boy’s names.  It never seems to get old.  President Grant served from 1869-1877.  He was a general during the Civil War.  In 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Grant at the McLean House in Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.

downloadHarrison/Harry – William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison have been the only grandfather/grandson presidents so far.  And there’s also Harry Truman who shares a version of this great name.

 

downloadJackson – Jackson is a very popular name for little boys these days.  President Andrew Jackson was a military leader during several early American wars, including the Revolutionary War where he served as a courier at age 13 and was captured and held prisoner by the British.

downloadJames/Jimmy – More presidents (6) have carried a form of the name James than any other first name.  They include James Madison, James Monroe, James Polk, James Buchanan, James Garfield and Jimmy (James Earl) Carter.

downloadLincoln – You can’t go wrong with ever-favorite President Lincoln for your child’s name inspiration.  He made a lasting impact on this nation signing the Emanicipation Proclamation and serving during the Civil War.  He was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865 and died the next day.

downloadPierce – We thought this one was a strong sounding name and very presidential.  Franklin Pierce served as president during the 1850s.  Pierce was also the maiden name of First Lady Barbara Bush.

 

downloadTheodore/Teddy – President Theodore Roosevelt went by the nickname Teddy.  Roosevelt became president when President William McKinley was assassinated.  He established the National Park Service, oversaw construction of the Panama Canal and expanded the United State Navy.

downloadThomas – Thomas Jefferson served as third president, but also wrote the Declaration of Independence, forever immortalizing these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Few presidents have been as insightful and eloquent as Jefferson.

downloadTruman – Take a stroll through Independence, Missouri and you’ll walk in President Harry Truman’s footsteps.  It’s easy to fall in love with the simple grace with which President Truman and his wife Bess lived.  It’s too bad more of today’s politicians are not more like the Trumans.

downloadTyler – John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States.  He is one of several Presidents to have come from the state of Virginia.  Having married twice, Tyler was the father of 15 children – more than any other President.

Greetings, Preggers mamas and welcome to our Preggers.com 3-year anniversary celebration!!  That’s right!  Three years ago today we launched our new website – or as we like to say our “baby” was born!

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Having a baby and launching a website are similar in a lot of ways, really.

You painstakingly designed your little one’s nursery, making sure every detail is perfect.  That same love and toil went into designing our webpages and making them look just right.

You picked out high chairs, strollers and pack ‘n plays, obsessed over books, toys and bottles and read all the baby books and websites.  We spent time creating miles and miles of code to ensure our pages were functional and easy for you to use.

You lovingly selected sleepers and onesies for your little one to wear.  You washed and dried them and organized them in the closet just waiting for your little girl or boy to come into the world and wear them.  We uploaded mountains of product data into our website and scoured through all of it to make sure it was correct.

And finally, you journeyed to the hospital, labored and gave birth to your precious bundle of joy.  Our “labor of love” ended with the final click of the launch button making our “baby”, Preggers.com, live on October 23, 2013.  We remember the day fondly – it was a beautiful fall day, crisp and clear here in Kansas City.

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The last three years have been fun, but not without plenty of growing pains, just like any other “baby”.  But, also like real babies, there have been plenty of happy milestones.

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October 2013: First mention in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine after launching our new site

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Fall 2013: Launch of Preggers Higher Compression products

December 2013: First new site giveaway

Spring 2014: Launch of new spring seasonal colors after new site launch

April 2015: Launch of Preggers support products

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And now we have a three-year-old!  And just like any three-year-old, we know that there will be challenges that lie ahead.  We’re only hoping Preggers.com won’t flush our jewelry down the toilet or engage in a game of hide and seek during our weekly grocery trips!  LOL!

But there will be great moments, too – like when she gives you the sweet handmade card for Mother’s Day or when he learns to write his name or you get through dinner without force feeding her vegetables!  Okay, so we know Preggers.com won’t do these things, but I’m sure by now you’re following where we’re going.

Happy Birthday Preggers.com!!

Has the crisp, fall air made it to your part of the world yet?  It has made it here and I am so happy to be able to pull out those fall fashions!  Is your maternity wardrobe ready for fall?  No fall maternity wardrobe would be truly complete without Preggers gradient compression hosiery and support products.  Try some of these styles on for size!

Our Preggers Trouser Socks are perfect for the working mama-to-be.  Whether your workplace is business casual or professional, these socks are a classy addition to your work outfit.  Wear a pair of them with your classic black maternity slacks and a high-waisted maternity blouse and you’ll be ready to tackle the business world.  The gradient compression will keep your legs feeling great all day and help your feet from getting too swollen.  Slip on a pair of your favorite heels and finish up the look with a long necklace and a cute coordinating bag.

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Make our Preggers Leggings one of your go-to maternity fashion goals!  They are the perfect must-have for fall.  The thicker material will add a little warmth, while also keeping your legs feeling great.  Hold onto your favorite tunics from the summer and layer it with a patterned cardigan.  Add bright colored jewelry and a coordinating bag to give it some pop, and round out the look with your favorite pair of ankle boots.

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A little extra support is always nice.  And, since your bump will continue growing, you’ll soon feel the need to add that extra support to your wardrobe – naturally!!  A Preggers Maternity Support Band discreetly gives that support under any outfit.  This fall, wear one under a cute pair of maternity jeans and some layered tunics or sweaters.  Finish up with a comfortable pair of flats and you’re ready for whatever this fall throws at you!  Perfectly comfortable.  Perfectly natural.

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