Make My Life Easier Thursday: Philips Hue Lights

Philips Hue for NurseryI’ve written before about my love of our nursery light bulb, which emits a soft yellow/orange glow designed to get your little one in the mood for bedtime — but we’re recently getting into smart lights like Philips Hue at Casa Griffin, and I’m in love — especially for a small space like a child’s bedroom, where you may not have the luxury of having space for a dedicated nursery light.  If you get one of these, you can have it as a regular white light during playtime — then turn it to an orangier twilight glow at bedtime that fades away to a nightlight. If your little one has problems waking up, you can turn it on slowly (like over the course of 30 minutes) to an energizing light — and you can amuse your little one with blue lights and more.  There are apparently apps where you can also sync it to work with the music, but I haven’t gotten into those. (Oh, and if you forget to turn it off and don’t want to creep back into baby’s room? You can turn the light off with your phone or iPad.) The dimmable colored light (pictured) is only $50, but note that the smart bridge (necessary to connect the lights to your WiFi) starts at around $65 depending on which kit you get (we started with the lightstrip kit for undercabinet lighting). Philips Hue Dimmable Color Lights

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Adele Knit City Wrap Dress

washable wrap dress for workI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — if you’re looking for a professional, polished option while you’re getting back in your pre-baby clothes, a wrap dress is great. We just rounded up some of our favorite wrap dresses for work over at Corporette (including some plus size picks), and this Adele dress is one of them. I like the subdued colors, the pattern — always great for hiding stains! — and the fact that it’s washable. This particular dress is $198, but you can find other prints and patterns as low as $54 at Amazon. (Whoa, there’s even a maternity option left in lucky sizes.) BCBGMax Azria Women’s Adele Knit City Wrap 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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Nursing & Pumping Tuesday: Wrap Tee

wrap tee for pumping mothersA wrap top — either worn by itself or layered with your favorite nursing camisole — can be a great option for pumping and nursing moms. Easy access — and you can reclose it entirely after each nursing or pumping session, the fabric won’t get too loose. Nice! This pretty gray one is only $21 at Nordstrom, avaliable in gray and pink (down from $35). Wrap Tee

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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Beauty and Makeup Monday: Lip Lock Pencil

I used to be able to put on red lipstick without even looking in the mirror and it was fine, and now if I put on even just nude lipstick without paying close attention to lip liner and everything else, it ends up all over my face. For those of you who seem to be suffering from the same problem, I’ve tried a lot of these invisible liners that help your lipstick stay on your lips, and my favorite is this one from e.l.f. that you can get from Amazon. I prefer this to Sephora‘s and Milani’s versions, as well as MAC’s Prep & Prime (which isn’t really good for lining purposes but definitely does extend the life of my lipstick). Oh, and of course the e.l.f. lip lock pencil costs less ($3) at elfcosmetics.com, but do note that you need to buy $25 worth of stuff to get free shipping. I ordered a bunch of stuff a while ago and wasn’t too impressed with any of it (it wasn’t bad, just nothing was quite right) — those of you who’ve tried e.l.f.’s affordable cosmetics, what are your go-tos? e.l.f. Lip Lock Pencil

Psst: There are so many great sales going on! Of course the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on (and it’s now open to the public — no rewards cards required!); Tahari is having a warehouse sale with prices starting at $15, and Ann Taylor’s semi-annual sale is on with some seriously crazy deals. Have you found any great deals, readers?

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Family Friday: Harry Potter Glow Verbiage Graphic T-Shirt

It’s really interesting that so many different stores now have licensed graphic tees and other items — I used to look at Gap for Star Wars, and another store for something else, etc. Now they all seem to be everywhere, except I’ve only seen Harry Potter at Target. My son likes the things they have, like this t-shirt for $8.99. In general, ladies, what kind of graphic tees (and PJs, hats, sunglasses, etc.) do you like to put your kids in? Do you prefer for them to find their own interests, or do you just think it’s really cute when they wear things like this? I tend to think it’s adorable to have my kid in a Pink Floyd toddler t-shirt — also from Target — but that’s me! Harry Potter Glow Verbiage Graphic T-Shirt

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Budget Thursday: Dolman Top

A reader at Corporette recommended these Jaclyn Smith tops for work, saying, “I recently found in Kmart (believe it or not) these short-sleeve shirts to wear under blazers. They are better than a cotton dress shirt, look nice, don’t wrinkle, and are fast-drying. They also are only $9.98.” Sounds pretty great! They come in several colors (you can see them all here and here) in sizes S-XXL, and there are other colors and patterns and slightly different styles too. These would be great if you’re traveling or need something fast-drying because you end up getting something on your blouse, whether you’re pumping or you have a toddler with sticky hands — or both. Jaclyn Smith Dolman Top

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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