Everyone Thursday: Three Quarter Sleeve Knit Blazer

Olivia Moon Three Quarter Sleeve Knit Blazer | CorporetteMomsI love the color on this knit blazer. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but after becoming a mom I hated the idea that moms wear gray. Mom characters, mom brands, moms in yogurt commercials… it’s not cool. Briefly: a) we’re surrounded by joy, so gray doesn’t fit! b) we’re so so exhausted all the time, so gray is totally not flattering, and c) gray tends to frumpify any outfit — show stains, wrinkles, etc. ANYHOO: So let’s all wear a teal blazer instead of a gray one. This one happens to be marked down to $47 at Nordstrom, comes in sizes XS-L, and the care instructions authorize “hand washing.” Olivia Moon Three Quarter Sleeve Knit Blazer

Washable Wednesday: Cap Sleeve Velvet Sheath Dress

Lands End Cap Sleeve Velvet Sheath DressI’m intrigued by this: a washable velvet sheath dress, with a lovely vintage vibe and pattern.  It’s part of the great sale at Lands’ End today — regular priced items are 30% off, and clearance is up to 65% off — and free shipping on any order.  With code BEST, this dress comes down to $97.30.  It’s available in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes.  Lands’ End Cap Sleeve Velvet Sheath Dress

Psst: Don’t forget to check their On the Counter page for this-week-only deals that get steeper by the day.

Feeding Tuesday: Baby-Led Weaning Book

Baby Led WeaningWhen my first son, Jack, started solids, I got this book and cookbook on baby-led weaning — I really liked the idea that he could control how much or how little he ate without passively having someone shovel food into his mouth.  It’s a great idea in theory, but I sometimes wonder if it contributed to Jack’s love of throwing food on the floor.  As we’re starting solids for my second now, this is on my mind — I still really like the idea, but would prefer to skip the food going everywhere… sigh.  Ladies, any thoughts that you’d care to share on solids?  The book is $8.44 at Amazon. Happy Tuesday! Baby Led Weaning

Maternity Monday: Flutter Sleeve Ruched Lace Trim Top

Motherhood Maternity Flutter Sleeve Ruched Lace Trim TopHappy Green Monday! It’s another big day to save, as the Macy’s website so cheerfully puts it, and they’re having a pretty good web deal for them: take an extra 25% off, plus free shipping at $50 with code FRIEND.  For today’s maternity pick, I’m liking this navy top with lace details — it seems like the perfect thing to wear to holiday or New Year parties whether they’re casual or a bit fancy — and you can probably get a few wears to the office  as well, with a blazer or sweater.  It was $30, but it’s marked down to $20 today — and available in sizes S-XL (also in pink, oat stripe and navy stripe). Motherhood Maternity Flutter Sleeve Ruched Lace Trim Top

(Also cute: this and this.)

Finally Friday: Signature Diaper Bag

C.Wonder Signature Diaper Bag | CorporetteMomsOoh: this C. Wonder diaper bag looks kind of perfect. I like the large patch pockets on the outside, a side compartment for the changing mat, and a detachable zip pouch and spring-lock key ring… all nice. I’m also a fan of the muted, almost somber black — our main one is black also, which I secretly think makes it easier for my husband to carry it. (He never seems to want to carry the other smaller/crazier diaper bags.) This one is $102.40 (was $128) at ShopBop; you can find the same in navy at C.Wonder. C. Wonder Signature Diaper Bag

Open Thread: Keeping a Clean House

How to Keep a Clean House as a Working Mom2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to keep a clean house as a working mom, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion of when to hire a cleaning service for your home. 

What changes did you make to your cleaning routines after you had kids? Is a cleaning service essential to you as a working mother? The last time we talked about hiring a cleaning service on Corporette, I was struck by how many readers agreed that a cleaning service became a necessity after having kids, and the same was true for me, so I thought we’d discuss. I was particularly intrigued to hear moms of older kids (I think among comments here) talk about how having a daily housekeeper in the post-school hours really helped them bridge the “too old for a nanny, too young to be home alone” time period. (Pictured: Clean kitchen, originally uploaded to Flickr by Ben Sutherland.)

For my $.02.: Today is the most wonderful day of the fortnight: our beloved cleaning professional, Olga, is here at Casa Griffin. I was always highly (highly!) resistant to getting a professional to do our cleaning before we had kids, but it started to make more sense when Jack started crawling (and, um, throwing things like applesauce everywhere). It’s now become a non-negotiable for us, in that we will find room for it in our budget somewhere — I love the clean house, the sense of peace and calm that Olga leaves behind, and the fact that I can devote most of my time to either working or mom-ing.

We still do a lot of organizing before she comes to make sure that she can focus on cleaning, and she generally does the floors (mopping, vacuuming), the surfaces (dusting, washing), the mirrors, the bathrooms, as well as changing our sheets, washing our towels, and working on specific tasks like cleaning the walls or windows. We got her number after a friend of mine was waxing poetic about Olga and how wonderful she was. She had such a busy schedule that we had to wait a while to get on her roster, but we’ve never looked back.

How did you find your cleaning service (or person)? What do you ask him/her/them to do? How often do they come? What do you and your partner (and kids) do in the interim? Did you have a cleaning service before you had kids, and did you make any changes after becoming a mom?how to keep a clean home as a working mom

Working moms discuss how they try to keep a clean home despite a hefty work-life juggle -- come share your best tips for keeping a clean home as a working mother!