Family Friday: Made 2 Play Sneaker Winter Boot

For a couple of years, I’ve been buying my son these winter boots from Northside at Amazon. They’ve been OK, but he said that snow got into them sometimes. This fall I did some looking around online and settled on these unique boots from Stride Rite. The bottom part is built like a sneaker, and there are velcro fasteners that can tighten the boots in two different places. The flexibility of the top portion makes me think that they’ll be better at keeping out snow, but we shall see. (You can also fold down the top, as pictured.) They’re machine washable, too, which is pretty nice. These boots have a 4.4/5.0 at Amazon from 400+ reviews, and they range in price from roughly $20 to $54. The sizes available are Toddler (1–4 years) and Little Kid (4–8 years), and the color options are blue/green, pink, purple, and black, as well as designs with Frozen, Spider-Man, Star Wars, My Little Pony, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Stride Rite Made 2 Play Sneaker Winter Boot

Psst: Like I’ve mentioned before, Amazon often has Black Friday deals in the days and weeks leading up to Black Friday — including some of the best deals of the year on kids toys. Today, Amazon’s deal of the day is on Kidcraft dollhouses, train tables, and play kitchens —  prices more than 50% off in some cases.

Psst 2: One more sale of note: mega sale (“Premier One Day Event”) at Pottery Barn Kids and all sister brands — prices up to 50-70% off, including on furniture.

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Accountant in New Jersey

working mom accountant in NJFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Laurie, who lives in suburban New Jersey with her husband and two kids and works as an accountant. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

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First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…working mom accountant breadwinning mom - image of calculator

Name: Laurie
Location: Live and work in medium-sized town in the suburbs of New Jersey
Job: Accountant for world’s largest cosmetics company
Age: 34
Home Situation:

1112-square-foot apartment with my husband (35-year-old graphic designer at a small internet company — I am the breadwinner) and our kids (daughter will turn 5 at the end of this month; son is 2 years old). The kids share a room.

We were in the process of buying a new home, the offer was accepted, and we just completed inspections. Fast-forward one week, I was completely blindsided with news of a big layoff in the accounting department. We had plans to put our home on the market the next day. We had to pull the plug on everything, and it was very hard to swallow this… We had a five-year plan for living in the condo, and now it’s been nine years.

Childcare Situation: Daycare full-time, five days a week (approx 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.), $30K a year! :(

A Week in My Life

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Budget Thursday: Jersey-Knit Swing Dress

This swing dress is definitely on the more casual side, but readers have been singing its praises over at Corporette. They say it’s comfortable and flattering and that it could work for a casual office. The dress comes in nine colors and patterns in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes, and it’s machine washable, too. It’s $30 at Old Navy but often on sale — right now, 40% is taken off at checkout.  Jersey-Knit Swing Dress

Psst: Amazon’s toy deal of the day is 35% off on Alex Toys, including a bunch of magic/science kits, girly craft kits, preschool art projects, and ZOOB building sets.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Tweed Knit Jacket

washable tweed knit jacket If you like the look of tweed jackets — but are committed to only wearing machine washable clothes due to kid/pet/other reasons — then note that Ming Wang often has knit jackets that have a tweed-type look. To me this is a bit much with the matching shell — for some reason I’m seeing it with, for example, a light blue shell and gray pants — but you do you. The jacket is $325 at Nordstrom. Tweed Knit Jacket

Psst: Note that almost every day Amazon is including a toy or toy category in their “deal of the day” — today it’s “character” stuffed animals from Sesame Street, Curious George, Pokéman, Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, and more. These are often better than Black Friday sales — we’ll try to include them every day as we can.

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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A Working Mom’s Sonata Breast Pump Review

Sonata Breast Pump ReviewFor those readers who are pregnant and weighing the pros and cons of the various breast pumps out there, we hope today’s Medela Sonata breast pump review will help you decide. When Kat and I became moms, many considered the Medela Pump In Style Advanced to be the be-all and end-all of breast pumps, but that’s changed — so we were thrilled when Reader R offered to review the Sonata.

Some of the Sonata’s features are:

  • 2-Phase Expression Technology with one-touch letdown button
  • Connects with Smart Solution to the MyMedela app
  • Medela’s quietest personal-use breast pump
  • Hospital performance
  • Touch screen display and control illumination
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

The Sonata is available at Amazon, Target, and Buy Buy Baby for $359. This post contains affiliate links and CorporetteMoms may earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post. For more details see here. Thank you so much for your support!

We’re able to bring you today’s Sonata breast pump review thanks to Reader R, who emailed us to say:

Someone suggested on your recent survey that you have reviews for some of the new pumps on the market. I just want to offer my services in reviewing the Medela Sonata pump. I love it so far in comparison to the PISA [Pump In Style Advanced] and Symphony I used with my first baby.

We wrote back and said YES PLEASE, and so she wrote down more of her thoughts — HUGE THANKS to Reader R for this Sonata review (after the jump)…

 

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Postpartum Tuesday: On-The-Go Print Diaper Clutch

When we did our roundup of How to Build a Work Wardrobe at Lands’ End last week at Corporette, I noticed that they have a kind of awesome diaper clutch that looks like a great, basic, affordable option. It has a removable changing pad for your kiddo and a few zippered pockets — just what you need, nothing more and nothing less. It comes in the pictured gray print and the same print in navy, as well as black with a heart print inside. It’s $29.95, but with today’s deal of 50% off on one full-price item, it becomes $14.97. On-The-Go Print Diaper Clutch

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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