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Gift Ideas for Pregnant Friends

One of the many things that I have learned on my journey to becoming a first-time mom is…boy do today’s babies need a whole lot of stuff! As my husband and I prepare for the arrival of our little kiddo, our previously minimal home style has been taken over by large boxes of everything imaginable to keep a small human happy.

While I have fully engaged in the organization and planning of all things needed for our little kiddo, I have been blessed to have several family members and friends who have gone out of their way during my pregnancy to remember to ‘treat’ me as well.

Finding things for pregnant ladies is not the easiest thing. You’re going through so many different changes and transitions and I have been so touched at what these amazing people have thought to gift me.

Jewelry and Accessories

No matter what stage of pregnancy, it’s highly likely you’re not really comfortable in your clothes and not really feeling exactly like yourself. Accessories and jewelry are a great gift for pregnant women because it’s something they can add to their new wardrobe and can utilize during and after their kiddo arrives.

Snacks and Edibles

Anything edible is a good choice. Whether you’re in the “I’m starving every minute of the day” period of your pregnancy or you’re suffering through morning sickness and trying to experiment with different foods that might help, getting a gift bag with a variety of treats is always a welcome gift. Bonus Tips: Whole Foods and other stores have fabulous healthy and clean options for those moms that are particular about ingredients.

Relaxation Elements

Finding your zen time during the midst of this crazy life transition is always a challenge. A scented candle or a delicate lotion is a nice way to pamper your pregnant friend with a few relaxing elements that can put her into a state of relaxation.

Cooling Items

No matter what season it is, your friend is likely feeling warm! If you’re like me, I didn’t time things well and now I’m in my final stretch in the heart of summer. My mom and my good friend were so thoughtful to think of how overheated you can get and gifted me personal fans to help stay cool in these final weeks.

Beautification

Nothing is better than a few beauty products to make you feel just a smidge better. Whether it’s an exciting and bold lipstick color or simply a few fix-its (like my Glossier items shown below) – gifting a few makeup treats to your pregnant friend will always be a welcome treat.

The arrival of a new baby is an incredibly special tim, and it’s also a wonderful time to shower baby’s new mama with a few things to keep her feeling supported.

Homemade Monster Trail Mix

Recently, two of my very dear friends Pauline and Sarah made a dangerous introduction: Archer Farms’ monster mix. This addicting snack, courtesy of Target, comes in a variety of variations, but for all practical purposes is a delicious form of trail mix.

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My favorite variation is the “Peanut Butter Monster Mix” which includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, raisins, M&Ms and peanut butter covered pretzels.

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The only downside of the monster mix is…well…you just go through it quickly! So while catching up at a mutual friend’s bridal shower, my girlfriends and I discussed the awesome alternative of making homemade peanut butter monster mix.

Trail mix is by far one of the easiest things to make. It’s also a great snack to customize with a few favorite snack substitutes, including some healthier options.

While on my latest trip to Target, I grabbed a few key ingredients including chocolate and peanut butter chips, raisins and peanuts.

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For my version of the mix, I didn’t add the delicious peanut butter covered pretzels, which I couldn’t locate at Target (Tip: I hear you can grab a bag at Trader Joe’s). I also substituted super dark chocolate chips to replace the standard milk chocolate chips that come in the Archer Farms version. Lastly, I decided to nix the M&Ms, in an effort to reduce the second chocolate element.

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I added the raisins, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips to a large mixing bowl and doubled the amount of peanuts. While I love the sweet elements, I liked the idea of minimizing the sugary components and doubling the savory.

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Next it was time to give the ingredients a good thorough mix with a solid wooden spoon. And yes, I snuck a few peanut butter chips while I worked 🙂 In just a few minutes, I had a huge bowl of my new favorite snack, and boy was I ready to dig in!

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However, I was reminded by the handy little individual portion packages that Target sells to portion out my mix as well, helping to minimize how quickly one might blow through a batch.

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Grabbing a measuring cup and some snack-sized plastic bags, I got to work portioning out servings into the individual bags, which I sealed away and readied for the work week or snack on-the-go.

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Excluding my shopping trip, the whole process took no more than 15 minutes (including clean up) and I’m so excited to grab a little package on Monday morning and enjoy it at my desk at work.

Do you have a copycat snack recipe that you like? If so, please leave a comment below.

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Our Favorite Healthy Snacks

Triple Knots is back from a whirlwind of a wedding weekend in Beverly Hills! On April 23rd, Meredith said “I Do” to the man of her dreams Denison, and Bri and Kris were honored to be by her side.

…yup, more details on this fairytale wedding are coming soon!

In the weeks leading up to the wedding, we ALL started thinking a bit more about what we were eating — hello dress fittings!

In an effort to increase our menus of healthy snack options, we reached out to each other for inspiration!

Below, we discuss our favorite “go to” healthy snacks.

Mere… Veggies and hummus is my go-to healthy snack, but recently I’d been feeling a bit bored with my staple. That is until I found Sabra Lemon Twist Hummus! This is my new favorite hummus—the classic hummus taste and texture with a zesty, citrus punch! In order to keep “mixing it up” I try to rotate my veggies—carrots, snap peas, mini tomatoes, bell peppers—or prepare a combination! Dip your favorite veggies in and enjoy!

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Kristi…While I try to minimize snacking overall (because I don’t have a ton of self control!) I do try to stock our home with as many ‘healthy snack’ options as possible. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes a package of Oreos or chips will somehow sneak their way into my shopping basket, BUT for the most part, I tend to be pretty good.

For me I try to have smaller snacks that are protein rich and low in sugar. Right now, I’m really enjoying Mini Babybel cheese wheels. Not only are they incredibly fun to unwrap from their wax packaging, but they’re a great size for a quick snack.

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I also try to keep a large bag of good old plain almonds in the house. Let me be frank, these are NOT my favorite snack, but they give me a boost of protein which typically curbs my hunger. Also, because I do not really like them, I tend to close up the bag faster than say a bag of popcorn, chips or pretzels!

Bri… Seasonal fruit is always on my list! Sweet, affordable and filling, I tend to keep my “fruit shelf” stocked up by heading to the local farmers’ market most weekends. Right now, spring fruits are just coming into season in the northern hemisphere and there is certainly no shortage of late-winter citrus including California Navel oranges.

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With summer on the horizon, now’s a great time to commit to healthy snacking. We’d love to hear what’s in our pantry—please drop us a line on what you snack on, in the comment section below.

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