Maternity Monday: Jersey Shift Dress

old navy maternity jersey shift dress | CorporetteMomsOld Navy is having a maternity sale (prices up to 40% off) through October 1, and I like a lot of what I see in there. This jersey shift dress (pictured) looks chic, and I like that it’s machine washable — it was $33 but is now marked to $30, available in sizes XS-XXL. I also like this dress. It’s fleece, so the thicker fabric should make it more wearable if your complaint with jersey dresses is that they “show everything,” but it should also be nice and cozy for the winter. I also really like this dolman-sleeved top, which reviewers note is great to wear to work. Old Navy Maternity Jersey Shift Dress

Finally Friday: Everygirl Tote

LeSportsac Everygirl Tote | CorporetteMomsI love the more subdued, textured patterns and colors that LeSportsac is coming out with lately. Take, for example, this Everygirl tote, made out of their classic nylon. At 12.25″ x 7″ x 12″, it isn’t huge but strikes me as plenty big for all of your stuff and — in early days, at least — for use as a diaper bag, one that your partner would be happy to grab. (Am I the only one whose baby diaper bag was miniscule but toddler diaper bag is huge? Also, do you guys have any interest in seeing what’s IN my diaper bag?) The tote also comes in a nice navy nylon with a floral texture, as well as about 7 other colors, from $82 to $102. (6PM has a few more colors, included a muted gray with a floral texture, for $71.) LeSportsac Everygirl Tote

Everyone Thursday: Drape Neck Zip Cardigan

Caslon Drape Neck Zip Cardigan | CorporetteMomsWhen my first son was born I got obsessed with a terrycloth cardigan from Old Navy. (How obsessed? I am sorry to tell you that, in what I hope was a bout of postpartum hormones, I wore it to my 35th birthday party). Anyhoo: I’m on the hunt for a new one, and I like this highly-rated drape neck zip cardigan from Caslon, available in both regular and petite sizes XS-XL. It comes in four colors (gray, black, a beige “morel,” and a light green “olive grove”) and I kind of want them all. It looks nice zipped up or not, and would be nice whether you’re pregnant, nursing, in the sticky-fingers phase of momhood, or beyond. It’s $68 at Nordstrom. Caslon Drape Neck Zip Cardigan

Psst: Here are two plus-size options: one with a shawl collar (terry) and one with a drape neck (not terry).

P.S.: Happy Rosh Hashanah!
P.P.S. If you’re thinking, “Gosh, I wish Kat posted more expensive items,” here’s a $258 version of a terrycloth cardigan.

Quick Workouts for Busy Moms (Even You Have Time for These!)

The Best Busy Mom Workouts | CorporetteMoms2017 Update: We still stand by these quick workouts for busy moms — but you may also want to check out our most recent discussion on how to find time to work out as a mom

I was talking with someone last week about how moms have no time for working out, so I thought I’d round up a few of the methods that I’ve found over the past few years.  I still find it really, really (REALLY) hard to take the time for myself (and away from kids, my husband, my business… there always seems like a better way to spend the 20-60 minutes!), but this time around, postpartum, I’m forcing myself to take the time, both to regain my strength, be healthier for my family, exercise the crazies out, and, hey, lose some weight. I forgot how much better I feel — everywhere, in every way — when I work out, and I hope the benefit in my mood and energy, at least, helps the family.  SO! Without further ado, here’s my list — readers, what do your workouts look like, post-kiddo(s) — when do you do ’em, what do you do?  Moms with older kids, was there ever a magical time when you felt you suddenly had time to workout? (Oh — and I only JUST tried this, but man it made a difference: if you wake up feeling exHAUSTED, try a bit of peanut butter or almond butter before bed — it stabilizes your blood sugar or some such so you get better sleep.)

(Psst: Still pregnant? Check out our discussion on prenatal exercise…)

Quick Workouts for Busy Moms If You Seriously Don’t Have Time:

  • SuperMom app.  This iTunes app is actually designed to help you get a workout in when you’re caring for your baby — squats to do during bathtime, etc.
  • Get Your Body Back.  Six minute workouts, people!  I find the instructor to be a bit grating, but I used this a lot with my first baby, when I wasn’t quite sure how long he would stay asleep, etc.

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Washable Wednesday: Black Pinstripe Sleeveless Fit and Flare Dress

Jones New York Black Pinstripe Sleeveless Fit and Flare Dress | CorporetteMomsI always forget about this, but Jones New York has an entire line of machine washable suit separates. I like this pinstriped fit and flare dress, available at Macy’s in sizes 2-16 — it looks comfortable, flattering, and professional. It was $139, but is now marked to $118; Jones New York has it for $109. Jones New York Fit and Flare Dress

Psst: Here is a plus-size option. (It’s labeled “hand wash” and not “machine wash,” but the hand-wash cycle on your washer may be close enough — YMMV.)

Feeding Tuesday: Bitey Beads

bitey beads teething necklaceWith my first son, I ignored all of this stuff about teething necklaces — no, I didn’t wear necklaces around him, but I didn’t really want to encourage him biting my jewelry anyway.  This time around… well, it’s all a bit different.  With a kiddo who is possibly teething early, and super easily distracted, I’m all in for something that he can play with while nursing, chew on when I’m holding him and playing with his brother, and more.  I like the look of these Bitey Beads, available in 10 colors for $29.99 each at Amazon, and just may have to pull the trigger.  Mamas, did you have any teething jewelry?  What brands and styles did you like best? Bitey Beads Silicone Teething Nursing Necklace 32”