Family Friday: “Rescue Ready” Fire Engine Twirly Play Dress

This dress is from Princess Awesome, which my cousin has said is probably the only place she’d ever buy a dress for her daughter from. I like the idea behind it, that it’s combining inspiring prints along with very simple, non-fussy clothes. I also like that there are scarves and headbands for moms, and things for babies, like headbands and dresses, in the same prints. They’ve got a pi dress, a rockets dress, a dinosaurs dress, etc. — it’s very cute but also on message (that girls should be encouraged to like anything they want, whether or not it’s something stereotypically “for boys”). This dress is 100% cotton and comes in sizes 2T-12. It’s $42.95 at Princess Aweome. “Rescue Ready” Fire Engine Twirly Play Dress with Long Sleeves

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Organizing Thursday: Ziploc Baggies

I don’t know why it took me so long to come up with this idea, but my new thing for organizing all the kids’ toys is Ziploc Baggies. I used to try putting things in their own shoeboxes, or storing them in the boxes they came in, or trying various other systems like keeping the little people in one place and little cars in another, but all of that seems to have gone out the window. The best thing I’m doing now is keeping things together with plastic bags. My younger son has a little farmhouse toy that came with five pieces that fit together and sing a little song, so I keep those five pieces in a plastic bag; my older son has a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Thrower that came with a million tiny pieces that, if they’re not being used, end up all over Casa Griffin, and so I keep them in a little bag. All the bath toys are divided, too — it’s my favorite organizational tool for the kids’ things. You can buy these bags at Amazon, although I’m pretty sure everyone has their own version somewhere in their house. Ziploc Baggies

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Sleeveless Ponte Portrait Collar Dress

Lands’ End has so many cute dresses right now that are washable, and we’re featuring this portrait collar dress today. It comes in navy and hot pink, and it just looks very ladylike, very Jackie O — an old-school, classic style. I like that it’s washable, of course, and that it’s available in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes for $79-$89. Sleeveless Ponte Portrait Collar Dress

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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The Mom Ride: How to Choose the Best Family Car For You

how to choose the right car for your family - working mom favorites!A girlfriend of mine just moved to the suburbs, and she had the most brilliant tip for how to find the right car for your family: rent it first for a family vacation! I’ve often heard people advise to rent a minivan for vacation — more space, more enjoyable if you’ve got a long drive — but I thought this mom hack was such a smart way to make sure they chose the best car for their family.

As a hilarious side note: I was thinking about this older YouTube video called The Swagger Wagon about some parents who really, really like their Toyota Minivan — but have you seen this newer video from the mom group The Texting Yogas, “Never Thought I’d Do It,” about buying a minivan?

For those of you who drive regularly (a good number of you, according to our survey!), do you have a “mom” ride? How did you choose the best family car for you? What do you like or dislike about your car? How important was fitting three carseats in your backseat — or being able to drive with three adults and two car seats? (Any car accessories that you absolutely love, for kids or otherwise? We got one of these sandbag Garmin Portable Friction Mounts for my parents and they absolutely love it, compared to the GPS thing that never stuck to the windshield — but note that such mounts are apparently are not allowed in every state.)

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Nursing Tuesday: Layla Maternity/Nursing Dress

This really cool black shift dress from Loyal Hana has very interesting zippered nursing access panels — I haven’t seen anything like them, and they’re very discreet. If you’re looking for a dress for maternity as well as into the nursing months, do consider this one, which is machine washable. It’s $115 at Nordstrom — it’s almost sold out, but it’s also at loyalhana.com for $150 in sizes XS-L. Layla Maternity/Nursing Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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