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5 Qs with Daphne

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5 Qs with Daphne

Name: 
Daphne Palacio

Neighborhood:
 Bedstuy, Brooklyn

Occupation: 
Special Education Teacher

Baby’s Sex: Boy/Girl Twins

How would you describe your pregnant style?

I would say my pregnancy style is comfortable, cute, and colorful. I like using pops of color or patters (strips mostly) to accentuate the baby bump. Dresses and tunic tops have been my go-to these days. Sneakers and sandals in bright colors are also a nice punctuation mark on the days I want to be a little simpler win my clothing but still show my fun side.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? The only time I faced challenges was in the beginning of my pregnancy (about 10-11 weeks). Since I wasn’t ready to reveal the fact that I was pregnant, it was difficult for me to find things to wear that would hide my bump. I felt nothing fit, was unflattering, or was just too tight. I began showing very early in the pregnancy and found myself purchasing oversized tops to help hide my bump for a few weeks. Once I was ready to announce we were expecting, I began having a lot of fun shopping and coming up with different ideas to “style the bump” daily. As the weather gets warmer, it’s more and more fun showing off my growing belly.

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

What surprised me most was my lack of nausea or serious illness. I am a first time mom and was not sure what to expect, but read that when pregnant with twins, certain symptoms can feel slightly worse in comparison to a single baby pregnancy. I am grateful every day that so far, the main symptoms I have had are being really hungry and tired. It’s been a pretty good ride from the beginning, and that’s a blessing.

What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?

I have to say Jessica Simpson Maternity. Just because you are pregnant and gaining weight doesn’t mean you don’t want to look and feel your best. Her clothes are simple yet stylish, and very figure flattering. I really love how the clothes accentuate the baby bump instead of trying to conceal it. She also some nice low cut necklines to help show off the feminine shape/assets. She did a great job on her collection.

What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

I am most looking forward to walks in the park. I am usually a very active person who loves spinning as well as going for walks or jogs. When the weather is nice you will often see my sister and I at Prospect Park early every Saturday morning walking our dogs and enjoying the fresh air. I cannot wait for my babies to join us.

Daphne is wearing: Dress: Noppies Lima Woven Dress from Bump Brooklyn Sneakers: Target Like this Noppies Lima Woven Dress? Bump Brooklyn is offering a 30% off discount code just for WRNY readers during the month of May! Click here and use the code WRNY30! Photography by Karilyn Sanders Photography. Shoot location at Bump Brooklyn. This Bump Envy post was brought to you by Bump Brooklyn.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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