News Roundup

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

  • The New York Times sang the praises of maternity overalls.
  • Glamour editors shared their favorite beauty product dupes.
  • The Washington Post‘s parenting advice columnist suggested how to prepare kids and communicate with them while on an extended work trip.
  • Harvard Business Review explained why it’s important for a two-career couple to have a long-term plan.
  • Huffington Post offered a work-at-home mom’s story of learning that her kids thought work was her favorite thing.
  • A writer for Romper explained the joys having a working parents group — that’s actually at work.
  • Working Mother provided six signs that an interview probably didn’t go well.
  • The New York Times also shared ideas for fitting growing kids into small spaces.
  • Los Angeles Magazine provided the concept art for the new Pixar Pier set to open June 23 at Disney California Adventure Park.
  • For your Laugh (Cry?) of the Week, Working Mother shared 13 things they’ll miss about Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us — in gif form.
  • Recipe to try this week: We’ve been wanting to try Nonna’s Chicken Cutlets, as shared by Vice’s Munchies website.

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Family Friday: Foogo Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar

A couple of weeks ago, my son stopped wanting sandwiches in his lunch, and he never wants to buy lunch at school — so I bought this Thermos container to send him with hot food. I picked it because it has great reviews at Amazon, and it’s worked really well. My son has brought pasta, mini pancakes, and rice & beans to school so far, and all of them have stayed warm. (It’s supposed to keep food warm for five hours, and he eats his lunch about four hours after I pack it. Before I put the food in, I boil water and put it in the container to warm it up.) It’s small enough to fit in his lunch bag, and it’s dishwasher safe. There are several colors and designs, ranging from $12.84 to $17.99, and it’s eligible for Prime. (Thermos also makes Foogo straw bottles and sippy cups). Thermos Foogo Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Doctor in NYC

nyc doctor mom work life balanceFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader G, who lives in Westchester County with her husband and four kids (and an au pair) and works in NYC as a private practice physician. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

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First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…biglaw partner work-life balance - image of a business woman

Name: G
Location: Live in Westchester County and work in NYC
Job: private practice physician
Age: 40
Home Situation: Live in a 2,500-square-foot townhouse with my husband (52, BigLaw partner) our kids (son, 10, with ADD and dyslexia; daughter, 7; son, 4; and son, 20 months), and our au pair. The three boys share a room.
Childcare Situation: Au pair plus a part-time sitter for a total of 61 hours per week. $460 per week in stipend and pay, plus about $9,000 in au pair fees and about $10,000 for nursery school for the two little guys.

Stock photo via Shutterstock / pathdoc

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Organizing Thursday: Maze Wide White Geometric Bookcase

I’ve talked before about how I use IKEA Expedit shelves to store toys and books, and today I thought we’d feature this fun maze bookcase from Crate & Barrel — specifically from Crate & Kids, which is new (kind of). Land of Nod, which has been owned by Crate & Barrel since 2001, has now become Crate & Kids. This maze-like design is a lot of fun, and the advantage it has is that you can store a lot of things of different sizes and even still use toy storage bins. It’s 47.75″ wide and 32″ high and can be combined with the Tall Maze Bookcase. It’s $399. Maze Wide White Geometric Bookcase

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What’s YOUR Pumping Routine?

So here’s a weird question but one I think a lot of us will identify with: what’s your pumping routine? Every mom who gets stuck pumping at work ends up with a pumping routine for breast milk — tea you drink, family photos you review, a show you binge watch… For example, as guest poster Emily noted in her Spectra pump review, she had a very specific pumping routine for breast milk while she was at work:pumping routine for breast milk - image if a woman on her phone

Drink a cup of Mothers’ Milk tea, apply warm TheraPearls to encourage letdown, look at pictures of my daughter, listen to the playlist I played in the hospital with her, massage while pumping, hand-express after pumping.

So let’s hear it, ladies — what IS (or was) your pumping routine for breast milk? Did you have something detailed like Emily, or did it basically consist of “pump while scrolling through Facebook”? (If you’re more than 5 years away from it now, do you still remember it?)

If you’re still working out your pumping routine for breast milk, or you’ve been getting bored by just staring at your phone, here are some suggestions:

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Bright Tailored Cigarette Pants

These bright purple pants are on my radar because I have to go to an alumni event (purple is the university’s color) and I may actually buy the whole suit — we’ll see. I will note there are a ton of washable cigarette pants at ASOS right now. These are stretchy and machine washable, and they have side pockets, which I may sew down when mine arrive. They come in sizes XS–XL and are $72. Y.A.S Bright Tailored Cigarette Pants

Here’s a plus-size option, also at ASOS.

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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