Ali Maffucci's Pregnancy Style

Name: Ali Maffucci

Neighborhood: Jersey City, NJ

Occupation: Founder and CEO of Inspiralized

Baby’s Sex: Male


How would you describe your pregnant style?

It depends on the occasion! Since I work from home, I definitely get stuck in a rut with my favorite girlfriend jeans and a maternity tee or tank. When I meet up with friends or go on dates with my husband, I like to be comfortable but chic. I love form fitting dresses and tops to wear the bump proudly, and I love items with feminine details that are also casual. I've mostly given up on heels, so I try to find fun low-heel slides and sandals for summertime, like these suede ones.


Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy?

Typically, I wouldn't wear such tight tops, because I've always had a larger chest and tried to minimize it. However, now, if I don't wear form-fitting dresses and tops, my bump and boobs make me look quadruple my size, so I've embraced showing it all off in tight dresses and tops, like this easy shirred tank dress, it's actually super flattering!



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

How friendly people are towards you! I live in an apartment building and I barely talked to people in the elevator or at the gym pre-pregnancy but now, everyone wants to know how far along I am, if it's a boy or a girl, or to comment on how glowing I am. I've definitely made more friends during pregnancy!


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

Our love for travel! I'm sure I'll be nervous at first to travel with the baby, but I want to get right into it and show my son the world and how beautiful it is. We actually have my sister's wedding shortly after the baby's born, in St. Thomas, so I can't wait to have him with us. My mother always said vacations became much more fun and meaningful after she had kids, because you get to see your babies so happy and soaking everything in! I can't wait!



What’s your top 5 registry essentials?

Dock a Tot (I've heard it's a lifesaver for when you're working from home and want a safe place to set your infant down)

Rock n Play (my friends have all said things like, "it's the only place my baby would sleep!" so, I'm considering it a 'life saver' and definitely a registry must.

My Breast Friend (I plan to breastfeed, and I've heard My Breast Friend is much better than a Boppy! Who knows, but I love that it has pockets and it straps around you securely.)

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag (I saw these at a baby shower event in NYC and they're amazing versatile, comfortable for travel, and adorable!)

7 A.M. Enfant WarMMuffs (for mamas with babies in the winter time, I can't imagine not having these - I hate cold, chapped hands!)


Ali is wearing:

Dress by Boob Design (nursing friendly!)


All photos by Erin Dwyer Photography. Follow Erin Dwyer on Instagram here.

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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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