Maternity Monday: Megan Maternity Nursing Top

Happy Monday! I love this sophisticated top from Lilac Maternity, as well as all three prints it comes in right now — it looks flattering but comfortable, and wearable from work to the weekend.  It’s also a nursing top, huzzah! It’s $66 at Nordstrom. (There are also some longer-sleeved solid versions that were $88 but are now marked to $61.)   Megan Maternity/Nursing Top

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News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…            

  • From The Budget Babe: the best places for shop for maternity clothes.
  • Speaking of maternity clothes, Racked tells you where to get styles that you’ll actually like wearing.
  • Career Contessa lists six essential job perks for working mothers.
  • Entrepreneur has tips on planning for maternity leave.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut features La Perla creative director Julia Haart in its How I Get It Done series.
  • From New York magazine’s The Strategist: Amazon reviewers’ nine favorite baby bouncers and jumpers.
  • The New York Times tells you about Peanut, an app to help moms meet each other.
  • NPR/ProPublica published a disturbing but very important article about how hospitals often prioritize newborns’ health over mothers’ postpartum health. It’s very long but worth a read (and worth sharing).
  • Working Mother looks at five “extreme mom” parenting styles.
  • From Kat’s family menu this week: slow cooker Kimchi stew. She recommends these red pepper flakes.

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Family Friday: Primary

I love the idea behind Primary — basically, that kids’ clothes should be colorful and fun, but not necessarily full of sequins and “cute” phrases like “DADDY’S PRINCESS!” As their tagline notes, there are no logos, no slogans, and no sequins — just awesome colors in the softest fabrics they could find, all under $25. Nice! The site also offers free shipping with no minimum purchase, and they’re offering 25% off today! This pretty picnic top for girls looks great — it’s $18, available in sizes 2-12 in 10 colors. Primary Picnic Top

A Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Project Manager Mom in Atlanta

project manager mom work life balance tipsFor our third Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce Reader D, who is a 31-year-old project manager in Atlanta with two young kids. 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…

Name: D
Lives: Atlanta
Job: Project manager
Age: 31
Home Situation: I live in a large house with my husband (31, marketing), our 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, and our dog.
Childcare Situation: Daycare/Preschool, $460/week

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Organizing Thursday: Book Rack Storage Bookshelf

elegant organizing bookshelf for kidsWe have this $29 bookshelf in the “primary colors” version, and honestly I’d have pulled the trigger a lot quicker on it if I’d seen this more elegant espresso/white version. The books-forward bookcase is great for toddlers and littles who aren’t speaking well yet but who can point at the book they want when they see the cover; we also find it useful for series like Golden Books where there is nothing written on the spine of the book or the “I Can Read” type books that are so thin everyone’s squinting at the book anyway. (Honestly we also use the bookshelf to store a random keyboard that gets trampled on elsewhere.) The “shelves” are made of cloth so it’s very light weight — we go crazy anchoring furniture and I’ve never been very concerned about this one. The bookshelf is $29, available in five color combos. (The matching “affordable” toy storage organizer, $59, also comes in the espresso/white version — again we have it in primary colors, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it because both boys tend to take everything out of every bin and dump/throw it in a huge mess and then walk away until someone (Mommy) sorts it and then they repeat the process, hence our recent switch to toy bins that click/lock shut. Perhaps if your kids are less obsessed with chaos than mine it’s a good purchase…) Pictured: Tot Tutors Kids Book Rack Storage Bookshelf

Psst: to those commenters wondering about how you fit an entire kids’ library on these — you don’t. At least I don’t. We have most of the books in our old Expedit (5×5) for the kids but they’re overflowing there too — I just use these little shelves for “display” (as in look, Mom got you new books from the library, don’t they look fun!) or to keep the “most-loved books of the moment” out and reachable. I try to rotate books but… yeah.

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Do You Change Your Work Schedule for Summer?

Now that the school year is almost over (um, how?), it’s a good time to ask the readers this question: Do you typically change your work schedule for summer — or your childcare schedule for summer? If your kid goes to a typical childcare center, you may not have to deal with any summer schedule changes, but for moms with school-aged kids (or, for example, if you have a college-age nanny who goes home for summer), it’s a different story. For many working moms, unless you have a kid who’s willing to do the same thing every week, you usually end up cobbling together various day camps to cover July and August (if you’re the default parent, that is … which, as a mom, you probably are).

Summer camp registration is so stressful: It often feels like putting together a puzzle with a bunch of missing pieces — and for the most popular programs, you have to make sure you sign up your kid early enough before they fill up (which means March in many cases, or even earlier — and that’s assuming you KNOW which are the popular ones). If you’re lucky, you’ll manage to find a camp for the week(s) in June after school ends and the final week or two of August when many camps have closed up shop. (Good times for a family vacation, perhaps?) To complicate things further, day camp schedules aren’t always working-mom friendly, especially for younger kids. Here are a few schedules from camps in my area:

  • Zoo camp: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with before care and after care, $50/week extra)
  • Science camp: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with before care and after care, $45/week extra)
  • Music camp: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (8:00 to 5:30 with before care and after care, $75/week extra)

Fortunately, about 18% of employers offer some kind of summer hours (half-day Fridays, etc.). Does yours? If you change your work schedule for summer, do you use any of the following options?

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