Maternity Leave Projects (or, Productivity While Nursing)

Productive Things to Do While Breastfeeding | CorporetteI’m curious — did anyone use maternity leave to learn stuff, or otherwise better yourself? A lot of readers noted that new mom friends were critical for their maternity leave, but I’m sure there are just as many people who, like me, just watched way too much television or played on social media in those moments when I wasn’t connecting with my baby. With my first maternity leave, it was Property Brothers on HGTV. Ah, Jonathan and Drew, I’ll always have a soft spot for you. But after a while, my brain sort of felt like it was rotting. This maternity leave I’ve been a bit better about it (although Shark Tank and Ladies of London have made their way into my rotation), but I thought it might be fun to compile a list of brainy but enjoyable things to do with short pockets of time at all hours of the day (where you may or may not have the use of both of your hands, and you may or may not be able to be much more than a passive listener).

  • TEDFast Company has called it the “new Harvard,” and it’s free. World-renowned speakers — professors, authors, leaders, etc. — give 18-minute talks on subjects of interest to them. Watch Sheryl Sandberg talk about how we have too few women leaders, watch numerous talks on the power of body language, or delve into something fun like the secret to desire in a long-term relationship or the concept of happiness and parenting. (I’d suggest starting with TED, rather than TEDx videos — there are some great ones in the TEDx ones but they’re a bit less tightly curated than the talks presented at the official TED events.)

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Washable Wednesday: Lucie Washable Dress

Alex Marie Lucie Washable DressI’m not familiar with the brand, but I’ve noticed a number of cute dresses explicitly billed as “washable” in the name. This cute sheath dress comes in sizes 4-18, and is available exclusively at Dillard’s for $139. Alex Marie Lucie Washable Dress

Pumping Tuesday: Wrap Dress

WHBM Printed Wrap DressCorporette readers were talking the other day about pump-friendly clothes, and this wrap dress was mentioned.  I’m generally a fan of black and white prints, and the three-quarter sleeves and A-line skirt look lovely.  The dress is available in regular and petite sizes 00-16 for $140.  WHBM Printed Wrap Dress

Here’s a $39 version (in very limited sizes, alas).  Readers, what were/are your favorite dresses for pumping? Was there a brand or specific product that you loved?

Happy Labor Day! 30 Sales for the Pregnant, Nursing Mama and Family

Which sales will you be hitting for your family this weekend?  I’ve already bought a ton of stuff for my toddler from the Old Navy and Nordstrom sales, and I plan to go through the Amazon sale more in depth later… Don’t forget to check out the longer Labor Day sales list at Corporette for general workwear — this list is focused on maternity, nursing, kids’ gear (like shoes), etc.  Updates are in red!

  • Big Brand Sale on brands like Ugg, North Face, Asics, and more.
  • A Pea in the Pod: Buy one get one free on redlines.
  • Amazon: 50-70% off labor day savings for clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and more. Also, take 20% off early fall shoes for kids with code ERLYFALL.
  • ASOS: Final Clearance, up to 75% off sale, PLUS an extra 10% with promo code HAVE10, including maternity and nursing.
  • Bare Necessities: Labor Day sale, bras $17.99 and up, including nursing bras.
  • Bloomingdale’s Kids & Baby: Buy more, save more. For example: Take 20% off 1 pair of shoes, 25% off 2 pairs, and 30% off 3 pairs or more.
  • Boden: Clearance, up to 70% off, including maternity and kids stuff.
  • Carter’s: Fall star sale, 50% off everything.
  • The Children’s Place: Labor Day Savings 25% off online only with code LABORSALE3.  All basic denim $7, graphic tees $3.75 and up.
  • $10 off SkipHop Diaper bags, $50 gift credit with a $250 Orbit Baby purchase.
  • Dorothy Perkins: Final clearance now on, including maternity.
  • Eddie Bauer: Everything on sale up to 50% off, including kids’ stuff.
  • Figure 8 Maternity: World Breastfeeding Month Sale: 20% off all nursing tops, dresses, and accessories with code NURSING0814 (through 8/31).
  • Gap: 20% off your purchase with code HAPPY (through 8/30). Everything up to 40% off (through 9/1).
  • Gilt: The Labor Day Event, up to 80% off top maternity brands, cute baby clothes, Halo sleepsacks, and more.
  • Giggle: Looks We Love: Buy 2, save 15%; buy 3, save 20%; buy 4+, save 25%, all with code FALLFRESH.
  • Gymboree: 40% off everything
  • Isabella Oliver: Buy two maternity tops and save 20% off both.
  • Japanese Weekend: Labor Day Weekend Special, Sale on Sale: Extra 50% off all sale items with code 50SALE; extra 30% off regular items with code 30REG.
  • JCPenney: Extra 15% off with any method of payment (extra 20% off with your JCP credit card).
  • J.Crew: Monday only: 30% off your purchase of $125+ with code 24HOURS. Free shipping on all orders, today only.
  • Kohl’s: Clearance: 60-80% off. 40-50% off kids’ jeans. $10 off $25 or more with code AUGUST10.
  • Lands’ End: 30% off your order with code PUMPKIN and PIN 1606.
  • Macy’s: Free shipping at $75 and free returns. Super Saturday sale with an extra 20% off (and extra 15% off home and select departments).
  • Nordstrom: Clearance Sale: save up to 40% (through 9/7) — lots of kids’ shoes 40% off.
  • Old Navy: 40% off entire store, no coupon needed.
  • OshKosh: Everything 50% off, plus take an extra 25% off your $50+ purchase with code LABORDAY.
  • Petit Bateau: End of season sale, up to 60% off.
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Up to 60% on favorites for kids and babies.
  • Saks Off Fifth: Clearance! Up to 75% off, and take an extra 40% off your entire order with code LABORDAY, including kids’ stuff.
  • Labor Day Sale: take an extra 25% off sale shoes with code SALE25! Also, Secret sale! 20% off + free shipping with code SECRET20.
  • Labor Day Sale, take an extra 20-30% off steal prices up to 80% off.
  • 10-20% off select car seats; B1G1 free for a lot of kids/women’s clothing.
  • Zulily: Labor Day Blowout sale (through 9/4).

News Roundup

News roundup - school lunches | CorporetteSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Buzzfeed offers tips to make it easier to pack your kid’s school lunches. (And yes, one of the tips is “Have your kids pack their own lunches.”)
  • At certain times of the day after a night of little sleep, you’ll be more alert than others; Lifehacker tells you how to take advantage of them.
  • Catherine MacLean writes at GoGirl Finance about why she was excited to return to work after maternity leave.
  • Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery takes a look at her kitchen in a new, grateful way.
  • Rage Against the Minivan blogger Kristen Howerton explains in the Huffington Post why she doesn’t always give her kids 100% of her attention — and why that’s a good thing.

Make sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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Finally Friday: Gizeh Birko-Flor

Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-FlorHappy long weekend, ladies! What is your favorite weekend shoe for running around town with your kid(s)? I’m firmly on team Birkenstock, and I love these pretty magenta patent Gizehs, which have 1,042 reviews and a 5-star rating on Zappos. They’re $89.95. Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor

Psst: stay tuned and we’ll do a Labor Day sale roundup for maternity, gear, and kids later today! Any sales you can’t wait to hit?