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Black Friday - Cyber Monday Deals

>> Friday, November 26, 2010

If you haven't heard about our amazing Black Friday through Cyber Monday deals, you're missing out! Right now through midnight on Cyber Monday [11.29.2010], you can get 20% off of EVERYTHING at the Milan Maternity Store! INCLUDING sale items using the code "BLKFRI20" Also during this promotion, you will receive a FREE Milk Bands nursing bracelet included with your order. But wait there's MORE: FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $150. I know. It's pretty fantastic! Here are some examples of the awesome savings waiting for you at Milan Maternity:

Regularly: $52
With 20% off: $41.60
savings of $10.40!

Regularly: $33
With 20% off: $26.40
savings of $6.60!

Regularly: $33
Sale Price: $28
With 20% off: $22.40
total savings of 10.60

Regularly: $44
Sale Price: $37
With 20% off: $29.60
total savings of $14.40!


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Wordless Wednesday [almost] : Thanksgiving

>> Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Have an Awesome Thanksgiving!


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Pregnancy Skin Care : Get Your Glow On!

>> Monday, November 22, 2010

Pregnancy is a great time to take charge of your skin care regimen. And if you don't have one, it's a great time to start one. If you're like me, you are a self diagnosed "product junkie". I just can't help myself. I prefer things that are natural and organic but I noticed there are a few things in my stash that I cannot use while pregnant. Before I get into what you can use, here are a list of common skin care chemicals that are not safe during pregnancy; make sure you always read the ingredient label before you use a new facial product.

Avoid these ingredients in any products while pregnant or breastfeeding:
*BHA (beta hydroxy acid)
*Retinoic acid
*Retinyl linoleate
*Retinyl palmitate
*Salicylic acid
*Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene)

Considered safe in pregnancy:
*Glycolic acid
*AHA (alpha hydroxy acids)
*Lactic Acid

Setting Up Your Skin Care Routine:
1. First in your lineup should be a good cleanser. I checked the ingredients on Boots Original Beauty Formula Cleansing Milk. It runs about $8 at target and boots.com and comes in a gorgeous vintage-esque bottle. It made my skin feel super soft! If you're looking for a paraben free option, I would go with anything in the Yes To Carrots line. There's the Yes to Carrots for dry skin, Yes to Cucumbers for skin that needs soothing, Yes to Tomatoes for oily/acne prone skin, and Yes to Blueberries for anti-aging needs. This is a great line and can be purchased through their site, at target or your local drugstore. They are also reasonably priced!

2. Toner should be used afterwards to remove any residue left on your face after cleansing. Boots Original Beauty Formula line has one that works quite well and smells good, too. It's the Skin Tonic in Damask Rose; it also comes in that glam vintage bottle! One that I alternate with that's been a long known beauty secret is Witch Hazel. It's safe for topical use during pregnancy!

3. The Moisturizer is an important step. After you skin is completely cleansed, it needs the some of the oils/moisture put back in. If you're looking for something for aging skin [I am 26 and use it as a preventative] this can be tricky, because Retinol and it's derivatives are commonly found in those products. The Yes To Blueberries is a safe alternative. Even if you have oily skin, it is important to moisturize. If you try to combat oily skin by using products that make your skin too dry, it will actually end up making your skin MORE oily than before. Go with a lightweight moisturizer like one of these from Kiss My Face. I love the Honey & Calendula organic scented one.

4. Anything else you use, be sure to check the label. In my stash is also a facial scrub and mask. Those are also tricky ones, so here are some safe alternatives: Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub [the other ones have ingredients like Salicylic Acid]. Another way to exfoliate is to use your daily facial cleanser with a facial brush [they have these cheaply at Bath & Body Works.] You could also make your own scrub with honey & sugar. As far as facial masks go, I'm sticking with Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Mask. Also the Kiss My Face Pore Shrink Cleansing Mask.

There are many different products out there that could fit the bill. These are just the ones that I know from personal use that are safe and ones that I did "background checks" on the ingredients. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, or if you have a great product that is safe and works, leave it below!


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Me In Milan-Holiday Giveaway

>> Tuesday, November 16, 2010

UPDATE: We've had a few ask if you can submit more than one photo. You can submit up to THREE photos, (each of a different piece). Earn yourself a couple extra entries!

Want a little help with your holiday shopping this season? Alright ladies, here it is... we're giving away a $100 gift card to Target and a $50 gift card to Milan Maternity to one lucky winner, all in time for your holiday shopping. Plus, EVERYONE that participates will get a little something...(a little code that would make shopping at Milan Maternity in December only $10 instead of $20...)

Here's what you need to do:

  • How to enter- Submit a photo of yourself workin' your favorite Milan Maternity piece to service@milanmaternity.com along with your name, and which piece you are modeling by November 30th.

  • We'll post it on the MM facebook page in our "Me in Milan-Holiday Giveaway" photo album.

  • Entries will be numbered and a winner will be chosen by random.org and announced December 1st.

  • Extra Entries- For EVERY 15 people that "like" your photo in our album, you'll receive an extra entry, with no limit!

I know what you're thinking...if you're like me, you never take photos of yourself, pregnant or not. It's time to change all that! So whether you're pregnant, nursing, in that transitional stage, or completely done with pregnancy and still loving your MM looks, send us a picture with you in your favorite piece. It doesn't have to be a full body shot. Heck, you don't even have to show your face if you don't want to. It can be whatever you want, as long as we can tell what your favorite piece is.

So for those of you that already own some Milan Maternity pieces, it's time to dust off the old camera. For those of you that don't, now you have a great reason to treat yourself! Here's another one... Through November 23rd, get 15% off your entire purchase with code "MIM15".

Remember, there's no limit on how many extra entries you can get! Submit your photo, then we'll e-mail you as soon as it goes into the album. Then SHOUT IT OUT to family and friends and get them to "like" your Milan Maternity modeling debut and earn yourself some extra entries! We're so excited, this will be so much fun!


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Teething Bling Winner!

>> Thursday, November 11, 2010

Congrats to the winner of the Bronze Teething Bling Set!

You have until Saturday, November 13, 11:59pm EST to e-mail service@milanmaternity.com to claim your prize, or another winner will be chosen.


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Pregnancy Laughs

>> Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Friday!


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Moms! Stop Feeling Guilty!

>> Wednesday, November 3, 2010

As if there weren't enough things to worry about, there are some common guilt inducers that we as moms should stop feeling guilty about. We live in a very guilt inducing society. When it comes down to it, as long as you and baby are happy and healthy, guilt should be tossed aside! The energy used feeling guilty could be put to much better use!

Things to Stop Feeling Guilty About:

1. Formula Feeding. I suspect there will always be a hot debate between Breast and Formula. We all know that "Breast is Best", but sometimes, for whatever personal reasons, some women aren't able to or choose not too. Let's instead embrace the idea that every woman will make the best decision for their family and support one another. Agree to disagree and move on. It will be a happier place I promise.

2. Taking a "Time Out" for Yourself. You're a mom. You created, carried and delivered an ENTIRE human. It's stressful, you're sleep deprived, you need at least 2-4 more hands to get stuff done, and you haven't brushed your hair/teeth or showered. Take at least ten minutes. Lock yourself in the bathroom/bedroom, wash your face, rub on a lotion that smells yummy, light a candle, do some deep breathing exercises, read an article, take a cat nap, pray. In other words escape. I'm going to include in this date nights. Whether that's with your spouse/partner or girlfriends!

3. Asking for Help. This might be what you have to do to get more of the above [point number two]. It does not make you weak or less of a wonder mom. Here's a secret: WonderMoms ask for help. They realize when they are in over their heads and call for the calvary. The much needed break can clear your mind and help you feel better, making you happier and well adjusted. If someone offers help: TAKE IT. If someone offers to make dinner, wash dishes or watch the baby/babies/kids/walk the dog: Take them up on the offer!

4. Buying Something for Yourself. This could be a candy bar or a new shirt you found on sale. I used to feel guilty about buying a snack just for myself. Even though the kids had tons of other options, they always wanted mine. I finally said, NO. This snack is mommy's. You have your snack and this one is mine. Then I put it up high. Though there are no longer many places that are high enough for my 3 and 5 year olds! For the most part it's left alone. And I don't feel guilty about it. My husband and I have been known to buy something for ourselves and then take it back because we didn't get something for the kids. Another secret: the kids will LIVE.

5. Working or Going Back to School. Going back to work after having a baby can be rough. I did it after our first. I think I sobbed for a few weeks straight in the bathroom at work. I felt like I was missing out or having someone else raise my kid. I went back to work again when the kids were 3 and 1 years old. Sometimes there just isn't the option of staying home. My husband says he feels guilty when he works those long days where he doesn't get to see the kids at all. Kids know when they're loved. Plan Mommy/Kid or Daddy/Kid days. Also, going back to school shouldn't make you feel guilty. In fact it's a positive influence for your children!

There are many things we as parents can feel guilty about. Everyday is a learning experience. We grow as our children do and figure out what works best for our children and for us! Feel free to share things that you have learned to let go of.


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Your Holiday Shopping Game Plan

>> Monday, November 1, 2010

Picture it: The mall. The weekend before Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa. You fought for 2 hours for a parking spot over a mile away because you overslept when the alarm didn't go off and you were out of coffee. You're on the prowl. Trying to finish up the shopping you put off. You're coming down the escalator when you spot it in the toy shop window. The last [fill in the blank] latest and greatest doo-dad your kid wants and can't possibly live without. But just as you think you've made it, almost down the escalator, three other mothers are zipping through the sea of last minute shoppers toward your prey! You zip, you zag, you push, you make lunge for it.......but you're too late. You contemplate an attack, but when the others pounce, you realize such an attempt would be futile...and possibly painful.

An image like that is enough to make you shudder and wake up in a cold sweat! There's a better way if you're one to procrastinate. Making lists is good, but here's an upgrade! Try signing up for free email updates from Black Friday websites. They are not just for the insanity that is BLACK FRIDAY. They send you ALL of the sales leading up to it so you can be a few steps ahead and get "it" before it's gone. Whatever "it" might be. I started doing this last year. I signed up for several, but the two I will use again this year are: http://www.black-friday.net/ and http://www.blackfriday.org/. There are sales that start THIS WEEK and run until Thanksgiving. Then there will be new sales from then on. For those of you who DO participate in the black friday feeding frenzy, they will email you lists of what is going to be where and for how much! Yeah. Knowing in advance how much stuff will be on sale for is a great way to stay on budget! Don't forget that Wal-Mart and a few other places price match!



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Preggie Pops Winners!!!

The THREE winners of the Preggie Pops Giveaway, in true random order, are:




CONGRATULATIONS on your awesome prize!!!
You have until Wednesday, November 3 11:59pm to claim your prize by e-mailing service@milanmaternity.com, or another winner will be chosen.


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