Everyone Thursday: Crystal Embellished Sabre Bib Necklace

Alexis Bittar Crystal Embellished Sabre Bib Necklace | CorporetteMomsHappy Thursday! I love all things Alexis Bittar, and this bib necklace is no exception — the gold/beige is such an unusual color for a necklace. It’s the kind of piece you can wear while pregnant, nursing, or beyond — lovely. It’s $345 at ShopBop. Alexis Bittar Crystal Embellished Sabre Bib Necklace

Here’s a similar lower-priced option.

Working Parents and Kids with Special Needs

special needs - hollandAre you the parent of a child with special needs? How has that affected your career — and your family? Editor Kate Antoniades weighs in…

Being a parent of a child with special needs — whether that means congenital heart problems, or life-threatening food allergies, or autism spectrum disorder — often means “more.” More doctor’s appointments. More health insurance hassles. More money spent. More meetings with teachers and school psychologists, and more situations where you must advocate for your child. More research into treatments, local resources, summer programs, schools, group homes, etc. — and always more paperwork to fill out. Lots of paperwork.

Depending on the severity of a child’s disability or disease, some parents are forced to quit their jobs or reduce their hours. When this isn’t necessary (or simply not practical – e.g., for health insurance reasons), a employer who’s flexible can make a huge difference. You might find yourself frequently needing time off due to medical appointments; meetings about your child’s therapies or surgeries or medications; and just caring for your child at home, perhaps after surgery or after a setback, for example. [Read more…]

Washable Wednesday: Pattern Knit Ponté Welt Pocket Sheath Dress

Lands' End Pattern Knit Ponté Welt Pocket Sheath Dress | CorporetteI’m glad to see that Lands’ End has created a sleeved version of their popular Welt Pocket Sheath. It’s a bummer it only comes in one pattern, but I happen to think the navy/blue floral combo is lovely. The dress was $89, but is now marked to $45 — it’s available in regular, petite, and plus sizes. Pattern Knit Ponté Welt Pocket Sheath Dress

The Best Clothes for Pumping: A Poll

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2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on the best work clothes for pumping milk, but you may also want to check out our new page on tips for pumping at the office. This 2017 threadjack also includes a lot of great advice from working moms about which clothes they wore to pump at the office. 

Ladies, let’s take a poll today on pumping habits, and the best clothes for pumping.  How do YOU pump? Bra on, bra off? Shirt pushed up, shirt opened?

For my $.02, I have always found it easiest to pump with a nursing bra and a nursing bustier — so for me just pushing a simple shirt (t-shirt, sweater, whatever) up around my neck is easiest. However, I know a lot of readers have commented that they just wear regular bras and will get undressed all the way (even pumping in sheath dresses!), and others love wrap blouses and dresses (I’m guessing you guys are omitting the hands-free bustier?). Do you feel less naked with your shoulders covered? So let’s discuss:

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(Pictured: There’s a great sale on this Pleione faux wrap blouse, one of the reader favorites for pumping — some colors are up to 70% off, marked as low as $20. This black and white is higher at $40, but I love the versatile pattern — great for hiding a host of stains, leaks, and more. The blouse was $68, but is now marked to $19-$40 at Nordstrom.) Pleione Faux Wrap Blouse

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Happy Presidents’ Day! 24 Family Sales, plus Kat’s Top 7!

Happy Presidents’ Day, ladies!  I hope that everyone is enjoying a long weekend with your loved ones. Below, our top 24 sales for the family, plus my seven favorites in bold.  Happy shopping!

  • Amazon – Take 25% off shoes and handbags, 20% off clothing, 20% off watches, and up to 70% off jewelry — plus big savings on luggage sets, backpacks, and more.
  • Bare Necessities – BOGO extravaganza, buy one bra, get one 75% off. Everything ships free.
  • Boden – Clearance, up to 70% off (including women, men, baby and kids).
  • Carters – 50% off everything, plus take 25% off your $50+ purchase with code BIGSALE.
  • Children’s Place – Entire store, 40-50% off, plus free shipping. 25% off accessories and footwear.
  • Destination Maternity – Take an additional 40% off clearance, PLUS enjoy 20% off select designers like Isabella Oliver, Rebecca Minkoff, Vince and more (online exclusive).
  • Dorothy Perkins – Final clearance, now get an extra 15% off their top sale picks (plus 25% off new items). Free shipping on orders over $50. Lots of cute maternity items.
  • eBags – Extra 15% off your entire purchase with code ABE.
  • Figure 8 Maternity – Great winter sale, biggest sale of the season.
  • Gap – 40% off your purchase with code WINTER.(Pretty good sales for kiddos if you use the 40% off on the sale items, fyi.)
  • Giggle – Surprise savings. Click through to get 10, 15, or 20% off!
  • Gymboree – Entire site on sale, save up to 80% when you take an extra 50% off markdowns.
  • JC Penney – Extra 20% off your purchase of $100 or more, and take $10 off your purchase of $25 or more. Save 40-50% off furniture and mattresses.
  • Kohl’s – Take an extra 15% off with code LOVEBUG (or use your Kohl’s card to get extra savings up to 30%!).
  • Lands’ End – $10 off $50, $25 off $100, and $50 off $150 with code PRESIDENT and pin 1790.
  • Loft – Extra 60% off, including maternity styles.
  • Macy’s – Extra 20% off with code PRES, and free shipping on $75+. Online exclusive: extra 25% off clearance.
  • Nordstrom – Clearance sale! See our roundup of workwear sale pieces
  • Old Navy – Entire store up to 50% off.
  • Osh Kosh – Extra 25% off your $50+ purchase with code BIGSALE.
  • Pottery Barn Kids – Sale, save up to 60% on great items for babies and kids.
  • Shoes.com –  Final sale event: tons of shoes marked to $24.99, $39.99, and $59.99.
  • Shopbop – Savings up to 70% off, including maternity items like Theory pants. 
  • Target – Save 20% on clothing for the family with promo code DEAL20 during the Presidents’ Day Sale.

News Roundup

news roundup - maternity workwearSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Levo League has tips for dressing for work when you’re pregnant.
  • The Huffington Post checks out Princess Awesome, a new, crowdfunded clothing line for girls that rejects stereotypes.
  • Mashable looks into the origins of FMLA leave, its inadequacies, and the reasons why we haven’t made more progress: “Despite the evidence that the length of leave is important for newborn and maternal health, the 12-week timeline remains unimpeachable.”
  • The New York Times looks into the practice of hiring a doula.
  • Slate has some good information for parents of babies too young to be vaccinated for measles.
  • Scary Mommy has a post from Motherhood and More blogger Annie Reneau about receiving parenting advice from “POOPCUPs,” or Parents Of One Perfect Child Under Preschool Age.

Do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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