Finally Friday: ‘Damian’ Pump

Charles David 'Damian' Pump | CorporetteMomsOooh, nice: I like these low pumps from Charles David. The heel is only 1.75″, they have 15 mostly positive reviews, and they come in 7 colors, including this wine leather (you know I love a purple pump) and a lovely bright cobalt. They’re 50% off at Nordstrom — were $200, now $99. Charles David ‘Damian’ Pump

Everyone Thursday: One Button Soft Blazer

BR One Button Soft BlazerBanana Republic has a number of soft blazers in stock right now, but this soft blazer looks like it has promise to be that great basic black blazer to go with everything.  It’s available in regular, tall and petite sizes, and is full price at $150 — but with code BRSOME it comes down to $112.50 (through 2/8).  Nice!  BR One Button Soft Blazer

Psst: Note that sister site Gap is having the biggest little kids and baby sale (up to 40% off, plus an extra 10% off if you spend $100+), and Old Navy also has all kids on sale, up to 50% off (plus free shipping with $25+).

P.P.S.: if you’re on the hunt for a classic Missoni knit blazer, this one is deeply discounted.

UPDATE: OK, one more link to share: Figure 8 Maternity is having a 5-day sale on Bravado bras.  Buy 3 get 1 free — not bad.

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Daycares — and Waiting Lists

daycare-waiting-listHow insane are the waitlists for daycares in your area — and how many layers of backup plans did you have in case you didn’t get in on time? What was your best resource for finding a good daycare worth waiting for — friends, parents’ listserv, neighbors, mommy friends, etc? When did you really start to get anxious about it, and how did you manage the anxiety? We’ve talked broadly about other childcare arrangements, but not specifically about daycares yet.

I’ll admit that I did little to no research on daycares in our area, relying almost entirely on the recommendation of one of my brother’s friends. Anyway, they recommended one specific daycare, which I toured when I was five months pregnant (around April 2011), and we were added to the waiting list for part time attendance.

After Jack was born and I figured out that I couldn’t do this “SAHM while blogging” thing, we notified the school that we’d accept a full-time position as well.

We got the call that there was finally a part-time spot for us in March 2013. TWO YEARS LATER — and bam, we were finally in daycare. Yeouch. (We found childcare in the interim through sitters and amazing family, and when we finally got into daycare we added it to the mix instead of substituting it for something else.)

How about you ladies — did you have to wait a really long time to get into your preferred daycare? When did you first sign up for daycare or start thinking about it generally? (If you’d include your general location and/or city, that would probably greatly help the discussion!)

(Pictured: WAIT, originally uploaded to Flickr by JBrazito.)

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Washable Wednesday: Drape Front V-Neck Top

Three Dots Drape Front V Neck Top Neiman Marcus is having some crazy sales right now — lots of nice brands marked down to mall store prices. This draped V-neck top doesn’t explicitly say it’s machine washable, but I’d be shocked if it weren’t — all of my Three Dots jersey pieces are. They’re soft and just a bit more lux than regular jersey. I like the two colors it’s offered in (plum and black), and I like the sale: the blouse was $98, but is now marked to $32. Three Dots Drape Front V Neck Top

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Update: Note the crazy flash sale at Carter’s, with an extra 40% off clearance prices. I just bought a few things for the boys and had that rare thought right after I did the final click on the order: I shoulda bought more.

Feeding Tuesday: Time for a New Bra

Here’s my $.02: even if you’re nursing or pumping for a year, you should have a new bra that fits you well, even if it’s only for date nights or the occasional outing where you really want to look good in clothes. (I always found nursing bras easier to wear with pumping, but I know some readers just wear regular bras and just take them off entirely when they need to pump.) I cannot tell you the difference it makes in how your clothes fit, to say nothing of your mood.  Conveniently, Bare Necessities has a sale today on “the brands that never go on sale” — up to 50% off (free shipping and easy returns, too) on brands like Wacoal, Chantelle, Le Mystère, Cleo, Panache, Freya, Fantasie, Elomi, and Goddess, with cup sizes ranging from C-K… so it should be great for a nursing mom. The sale runs through 2/12. These three bras (Le Mystère, Fantasie, Wacoal) look like they fit the need for something pretty and practical, but there are lots of others that are lacy, colorful, and plungey/push-upy if you’re on the hunt for solely date night bras.

Maternity Monday: Selby Maternity Blazer

Isabella Oliver Maternity BlazerEvery pregnant woman gains weight differently — for me personally, I could wear my regular blazers up until almost the very end of my pregnancy (week 34 or so), beyond which point I think all people give you a pass if you’re ONLY wearing a dress or a sweater or the like.  This is a good deal, though — Isabella Oliver’s chic, slightly cropped maternity blazer is normally $265, but is now marked to $132 — and a basic black blazer is hard to go wrong.  Selby Maternity Blazer

Here’s a great deal on a more affordable maternity blazer (and eligible for Prime).

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