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Cake Lingerie {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Yesterday was the day to end all pregnant days.  I was up all night the night before because I was uncomfortable, I could hardly clean my house or do laundry without feeling pain in my lower back and hips, and I swear that I had to go to the bathroom every half hour throughout the day.  I have had a fairly easy pregnancy so far, but yesterday was my “Welcome-to-the-third-trimester” wake-up call.

And, really, it’s not going to get much easier for several more months!  I’ll continue to get larger and larger and my body will ache more and more, only to have the baby and find that although my body is no longer as heavy as it had once been, my body shape has inevitably changed and will continue to change while we all figure out nursing.  Don’t get me wrong — I love pregnancy and I especially love the end result of welcoming a new baby into the world, but sometimes, this part of womanhood can be difficult to embrace.

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Cake Lingerie brings you delicious fabrics and indulgent details that give you a taste of your individual self. Within the practical world of pregnancy and breastfeeding we find the feminine in you. Although you may be a mother, here you are a woman first.  Feel confident knowing that each item has been innovatively engineered. From our flexible wire bras that mold perfectly to your changing body to technically constructed soft cups and seamless transition bras, each piece is as intricately unique as the different stages of your changing body.”

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra and Brief Set (which also happened to be last month’s Bra of the Month!) from Cake Lingerie, especially during this time when I’m not feeling especially feminine.  This maternity bra can also be used as a nursing bra, with cleverly hidden straps near the floral additions.  I really love that the fabric on the outside of the bra is a neutral tone that I can wear under light-colored clothing, but that the inside lining is a floral print material.  The bra straps can be worn in three different ways, which is helpful as I never quite know what set-up will feel comfortable from one day to the next.

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In addition to bras and briefs, Cake Lingerie also offers camisoles, robes, shorts, and pants that can be used through pregnancy and maternity months and well into the nursing stages.  I love that these pieces can be mixed and matched to work through all seasons, from the warm summer months when the shorts and camis are enough to cooler fall and winter months where a robe would come in handy.

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1. Choc Vanilla Short

2. Apple Crumble Robe

3. Choc Vanilla Camisole

4. Choc Vanilla Lounge Pant

Head on over to take a look at the number of classy pieces that are available through Cake Lingerie, then come back here and enter to win a Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Wednesday, July 31st, and emailed within 24 hours.   If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Cake Lingerie, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

Mermaid Maternity {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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As much as I have loved going to the beach and pools over the past couple of weeks, my ever-growing belly is just not fitting into anything that doesn’t have the word “maternity” or “stretch” linked to it.  We have fun plans for a water party tomorrow morning with the kids at a friends’ house, the beach is not even 30 minutes from our front door, and the outdoor pools on the base will be opening this weekend.

I knew that I wanted to find something cute and comfortable to wear swimming this summer, and Mermaid Maternity was the perfect fit (ha!) for all of my picky swimsuit needs — modest coverage, tankini top, boy short-style bottom, and no halter tops.  While I’m not so concerned about having something to hold in my stomach this summer with the tummy tuk, I am definitely looking for some support while I’m playing with my two boys.

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There are so many options for mixing and matching through Mermaid Maternity to make your own perfect maternity swimwear!

The founder of Mermaid Maternity tells customers in her About Us section, “I am not a bikini bottom person. I have always found swim shorts to be more comfortable and more flattering. When I became pregnant I looked high and low for maternity swim shorts and was stunned that I could not find any. I made the decision that when I was past the ‘new baby’ stage with my daughter and had more than 2 minutes of free time per day, I would create and sell maternity swim shorts.”

“In the spring of 2009, Mermaid Maternity was launched … with one product for sale. The swim shorts were a huge success, and since then many more maternity swimwear separates have been added – always with the same criteria in mind: comfortable, flattering, functional, and unique. Our mission is to give moms-to-be more OPTIONS in what they can wear at the beach or pool so that they will feel confident and comfortable in their swimsuit.”

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 Wrap-Around Bandeau Maternity Tankini Top – Lilac / Maternity Swim Brief – Black

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Bandeau Tankini Top – Midnight Bloom / Fold-Over Panel Maternity Swim Brief – Black

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V Insert Maternity Tankini Top – Black with White Polka Dots / Maternity Swim Shorts – Black

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Maternity Rash Guard Swim Shirt – Tropical / Maternity Board Shorts – Black

I love the top of the Mermaid Maternity swim suit that I received, but I am really impressed by the swim shorts!  I received the Maternity Swim Shorts in Black (shown above), and I loved that there was an insert inside to keep everything covered up while allowing for flowy shorts to keep cool in the warm weather.  They are perfect for my growing belly from the first trimester to the third since the wide panel fits under my stomach.

One Dandy reader is going to win $100 to use at Mermaid Maternity!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of June 1st and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Mermaid Maternity, but all opinions  are strictly my  own.

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