Family Friday: Magformers Standard Set

I don’t think I’ve ever done a roundup of some of my kids’ favorite toys, but as we’re heading into the holidays, I wanted to highly recommend Magformers. One of our former nannies got them for J when he was really young, and both kids have loved playing with them for years now. They’re durable, and they’re versatile, because you can go from just having fun with them (and, say, building diving boards, which is what H likes to do right now) to making really complicated things. There are different sorts of sets (robots, log cabin, etc.), but we just have the standard ones and the boys love them. Magformers Standard Set

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Organizing Thursday: 3 Sprouts Storage Box

There are a lot of places that sell fabric storage boxes, including IKEA, which is the ultimate spot for affordable ones, but some of the sturdiest boxes we’ve gotten (that are also sort of gorgeous) are these kid-friendly ones from 3 Sprouts. They’re great for holding the kids’ toys, and I highly recommend them. We have the peacock and dragon (and one more that I can’t remember now), and they’re strong and don’t collapse like some we bought from Target. They look really cute on your bookshelf, too! Besides the design pictured, there are 12 others, including a mouse, an owl, and a rhino, and each is $16.99 at Amazon (Prime eligible). 3 Sprouts Storage Box

(If you’re looking for a budget option or for smaller bins, check out our earlier post on how to store toys in an Expedit/Kallax shelving unit.)

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Sally Petal-Print Wrap Dress

I always like Hobbs for machine-washable options, and I always say a print is great for hiding all the surprise stains that come with little kids (especially if you’re nursing and pumping). And one of the readers’ favorite tricks for nursing is to wear a wrap dress — so this dress has a lot going for it. If your size is sold out, check out Leota wrap dresses, which have many of the same qualities. The pictured dress is $195 at Bloomingdale’s. Sally Petal-Print Wrap Dress

Speaking of Leota, here’s a plus-size option with a few prints to choose from.

Psst: there’s a bunch of Hobbs workwear on sale at Rue La La through the end of today.

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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Nursing Tuesday: High/Low Jersey Cardigan

I’m always amazed when I come across something I bought several years ago that’s still in stock. I first got acquainted with this high/low jersey cardigan from Bobeau at when I was nursing my first son — I wanted something that was warm and soft and washable that had a little bit of color. It seemed like everything I was finding at the time was gray, and all the mothers on TV and in movies were wearing gray, and I thought that since I already felt exhausted and super blah after having a baby, I wanted something more colorful. This cardigan has been at Nordstrom for a thousand years and is great for the weekend and for around the house. For nursing, it isn’t quite as discreet as Bobeau’s fleece wrap cardigan (which also comes in plus sizes) … but honestly I’ve never liked that one. If you’re nursing in public, though, I can see how it could be better — but I liked this one for nursing around the house. It comes in eight colors at Nordstrom for $58, and although it occasionally comes in petite sizes, they’re not currently available, it seems. The fleece wrap cardigan is on sale for $39 and has an incredible 3,900 reviews. High/Low Jersey Cardigan

Psst: Looking for more info about nursing clothes for working moms, or tips for pumping at the office? We’ve got them both…

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Makeup & Beauty Monday: Fishnet Stockings

Holiday season is pretty much upon us, which means you may be heading to a salon near you for some pampering, or otherwise indulging in darker nail colors than you normally do. If you’re looking for a classic red, Essie’s Fishnet Stockings is one of their classic, longstanding colors. But let’s hear it from you guys: What is your favorite red for nails? Are you eager to try any really trendy colors this season? What are your thoughts on glittery nails or gel nails for this time of year? This Essie color is $9 at Amazon and is eligible for Prime. Fishnet Stockings

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Family Wednesday: Amazon Cashmere

You’re probably aware that Amazon has a bunch of its own clothing brands, but did you know that their cashmere is worth checking out? We’re featuring a cashmere sweater from Lark & Ro today, but they also have a men’s sweater line called Buttoned Down (for example, this men’s cashmere full-zip sweater). My husband just got a Buttoned Down sweater as a gift and it’s really soft — I’d say it’s comparable to cashmere that we’ve gotten from Neiman Marcus Last Call and other places. I don’t know what the Black Friday deals will be at Amazon, but if you see any on Lark & Ro cashmere in particular, go ahead and grab them. Lark & Ro 100% Cashmere, 12-Gauge 3/4 Sleeve Crewneck Cardigan

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you enjoy the long weekend with your families!

Psst: Amazon’s toy deal of the day is on wooden toys from Hape, including some great marble runs, play kitchens, and more.

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