Weekend Open Thread

Since becoming a mom, a zipper (or something similarly easy) is essential for shoes — it seems like I’m always running out the door with the kids and throwing on my own shoes as an afterthought. These casual booties have AMAZING reviews at Zappos and Nordstrom, come in a bunch of nice colors (we’re featuring the burgundy over at Corporette) and, huzzah, have a zipper. Nice. They’re $110 at Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon‘Kerri’ Bootie

News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Cool Mom has step-by-step guidance from a mom who packs lunches for her four kids for the entire week on Sundays–in less than 30 minutes.
  • The Washington Post reports that a 9-year-old girl was not allowed to participate in her First Communion with classmates because she wanted to wear a white suit instead of a dress.
  • The Washington Post also explains why it’s a bad idea to eat your placenta, according to a new report.
  • Business Insider offers advice from a Google executive who sticks to a 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. workday (plus occasional evening work).
  • The Atlantic investigates whether artificial turf is safe for playgrounds.
  • The Girl Scouts’ website shares six tips for parents when it comes to young girls and sexual harassment.
  • The Cut, as part of its How I Got This Baby series, tells the story of a mom “who spent more than $11,000 on sperm.”
  • VacationKids provides tips for planning a multi-family vacation.
  • Speaking of family vacations, The Trek reports that, for the first time, a family with a baby has hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail–all 2,190 miles.
  • IFLScience states that, according to a new study, men have an increased risk of dying if they receive a blood transfusion from a woman who was pregnant prior to donating blood.
  • People shares that the Michigan mom who, after refusing to vaccinate her child, spent five days in jail and lost primary custody, said she would “do it all over again.” (Video autoplays.)
  • Recipe of the Week: Oregon Live offers 13 ideas for Halloween parties, including Witch’s Brew Pumpkin Stew and Pumpkin Chipotle Hummus.
  • Laugh of the Week: The Onion shares some mostly fake statistics about Halloween. The one about family pets is probably true. (Video autoplays.)

Also, do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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Family Friday: Girls’ Striped Three-Quarter Sleeve Boat-Neck Tunic

It’s nice to see that Amazon is expanding the number of lines they make themselves and carry — and this one, Scout + Ro, is designed for little girls. They’ve got a ton of affordable pieces that are getting a lot of good reviews. This boat-neck tunic top comes in three different colors of stripes and has a really lovely Parisian/French vibe. It’s got a 4.4/5.0 rating from 30+ reviews and is $12.50 (with Prime and free returns). Scout + Ro Girls’ Striped Three-Quarter Sleeve Boat-Neck Tunic

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How to Make Shots Easier on Your Kids

how to make shots easier on your kidsIt’s flu-shot time (hooray, said no one), and since that means it’s getting closer to peak flu season, which usually hits between December and February, today we’re discussing how to make shots easier on your kids. The CDC recommends that everyone older than six months get the seasonal flu vaccine and that certain children get two doses at least a month apart. The vaccine is especially important for kids because they have a higher risk than adults for serious flu-related complications that could land them in the hospital.

If your family gets the flu vaccine, get ready with these tips to make shots easier on your kids:


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Organizing Thursday: Car Seat Travel Tray

When we booked a flight to visit relatives in England this summer, I wanted to find something that would stop my son’s Legos, crayons, food, etc., from falling off the tiny airplane tray table. I spent way too much time reading Amazon reviews, and this product was the closest to what I wanted — it has its own bag, a detachable strap (in case we wanted to use it in the car one day), and handy pockets. Most importantly, all four edges were high enough to keep things from rolling off. The trade-off was that there was no good way to actually attach it to the tray table (which was an option for a couple of others). I MacGyver-ed a solution, however, by adding two of these velcro straps to the bottom of the tray (using more velcro), which made it possible to secure the tray to the tray table by wrapping the straps around it and fastening them. I’m so glad we had this on our two 7-hour flights, and I would definitely recommend it (for road trips, too). Car Seat Travel Tray

Washable Wednesday: ‘New Flirt’ Ponte Knit Skirt

Nic + Zoe has a whole line of classic pieces, most of which are machine washable, but I have not seen this ponte knit skirt before. It’s highly rated, it’s got a hidden elastic waist, and it comes in sizes XS–XL. I would check it out if you’re looking for a nice, knee-length, pull-on, non-vented skirt, and I would trust the ponte to be a thick, substantial fabric that’s worth the $118 price (at Nordstrom). ‘New Flirt’ Ponte Knit Skirt

One machine washable option in plus sizes is from Vince Camuto.

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for washable clothes for work, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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