A Day in the Life of Rosie Pope: Pregnancy Guru, Mom & Much More

You may have discovered Rosie Pope on Bravo’s reality show Pregnant in Heels, but the pregnancy guru already had a major mommy following, and deservedly so. From her Rosie Pope Maternity clothing line (on Gilt today) and stores to her MomPrep education sessions and Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy book, Pope manages to guide and inspire countless moms-to-be — all while raising four adorable kids under the age of five. How does she do it all? We asked and she revealed what a day in her life looks like — which typically includes pancakes, school runs, meetings, trains, lots of running, and wine.

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5:00 am: Wake up to feed Bridget [nine weeks old] and shower and get ready before my other babes get up. I also make an espresso iced coffee in my favorite glass tumbler and take some long sips!

6:00 am: Between 6:00 and 7:00 my other kids wake. James [five years old] is always first and he likes to dive into talking about his dreams, then comes Vivienne [two years old] who plunges straight for her milk and then Wellington [three years old] sleepily searches for his pancakes! I always make a big breakfast for them and try and sit down in all the chaos so we can really connect before the day gets going.

8:30 am:  School drop off – everyone comes along for the ride!

9:00 am: I take the train into New York City now that we are officially in the burbs. Bridget comes with me and as she snoozes I catch up on all the emails that have already flooded in.

10:00 am: My first duty at the office usually involves working on both my maternity and baby collections from design through to fabric, fit, and new innovations that I want to try.

 

Rosie Pope

12:00 pm: My husband and I work together and so we try and spend time each day to connect and work on strategy for the projects we have coming up and would like to pursue so we can be as productive as possible during the day.

1:00 pm: I go for a quick run to clear my head and give me the energy I need for the rest of the day. Our offices are near the river so it’s a lovely run.

2:00 pm: Each day is different, but the afternoon is generally filled with filming, creating MomPrep educational content and a lot of running (that’s the theme of my day) from one appointment to the other, desperately trying to fit it all in before my train home that Bridget and I normally run like mad people to catch!

6:00 pm: Walk in the door for dinner, baths, homework, stories, and as many cuddles as I can fit in!

8:00 pm: Everyone is asleep as I have to admit I pour myself a nice glass of white wine. My husband and I then sit down to dinner (he cooks) and we dive back into work as we don’t spend much time together during the day it’s important to connect and work on things at night.

11:00 pm: Sleep!

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Fool-Proof Cooking for Parents & Kids: Blue Apron Gourmet Meals

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The idea of cooking a healthy family dinner every night — on time, after a busy day — can push us over the edge, so when we heard about Blue Apron meal delivery service (available on Gilt City until May 15), we had to try it ASAP. They deliver gourmet meals of your choice that include fresh, pre-portioned ingredients with easy-to-follow recipe cards — which means literally anyone can do it, including Gilt Kids’ Director, and mother of two, Melissa Keswin (above), who admits she’s not a whiz in the kitchen.

“So, I don’t cook,” says Melissa, “maybe one-two times a week I whip up a tilapia and veggie meal, but that plus Kraft mac and cheese for my kids is the extent of it.” She received a vegetarian menu that included a Greek salad with pita, asparagus and spring onion tart, and cauliflower and fava bean biryani, and with help from her five-year-old daughter Esmae (above), had major success. “I loved that everything was prepped, that nothing took long to cook, and that everyone in my house thought it was delicious!” The best part? “The pictures got Esmae excited to help me cook, which in turn got her try new healthy foods,” says Melissa.

Still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Check out Blue Apron on Gilt City now (three meals for two people at $39 or three meals for four people at $78).

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Q+A with Ivanka Trump: Mom, Mogul, & Gilt’s Mother’s Day Guru

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Ivanka Trump — the savvy businesswoman and mother of two — to share her secrets to juggling a booming career and little kids with such grace and style. “I am a serious scheduler, but I’m also a realist,” says the mother of Arabella, age two, and Joseph, age seven months. “You have to be able to roll with the punches when you have a lot going on.”  And while she says motherhood hasn’t changed her style, she now views it with a more practical eye: “I have to find an outfit that will transition with me, no matter what may come up that day,” she says. Read on for more, then shop the two sales Ivanka curated exclusively for Gilt — her chic picks for kids (inspired by her tiny trendsetters) and her picks for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Little Inspirations: Talk about a mom who does it all–you have a serious career, jewelry, shoes, handbags, two adorable kids–what is your secret to juggling? Are you a serious scheduler, or do you just roll with the punches?
Ivanka Trump: I am a serious scheduler, but I’m also a realist. You have to be able to roll with the punches when you have a lot going on. There are nights that I have to unexpectedly stay very late at the office to get a deal done and then there are days I have to cancel a meeting because one of the kids gets sick and needs me. I don’t beat myself up when real life happens. I try to focus on making sure I am doing what needs to get done and prioritizing effectively. And, I try to ensure that my priorities are in line with my values as a professional and as a wife and parent.

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Mommy Must-Have: Win a (Fully Stocked!) Danzo Diaper Bag

Spring marks the official start of baby shower season, and since modern moms-to-be are just as busy as the proverbial stork, we’ve got a can’t-miss sweepstakes prize to lighten your registry load. One lucky winner will snag a fully stocked Danzo diaper bag (valued at $600!), featuring perfect-for-baby must-haves like the softest swaddle wraps from Aden + Anais, a Jonathan Adler changing station from Skip Hop, and a brightly printed bottle bag from LeSportsac. Enter for your chance to score it all now, before the contest wraps on April 21 at 11:59pm EST (see official rules here). And for all you shower guests, your search for the perfect gift is over — cue the oohs and aahs.

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