Weekend Open Thread

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Which are your favorite snow boots for playing outside with kids, ladies? After my ACL tear and knee surgery a year or two ago, one of my main goals has become “not falling” — but honestly even before that I was really concerned about falling while baby-wearing. (If you are wearing your baby, I was taught that the “right way” to do it is to zip your coat up OVER the baby — then if you’re too warm you know the baby is too and you can unzip, but if they’re on the outside by themselves you have no idea if they’re too hot or cold. But apparently both ways are accepted… you can also buy fleece covers for your baby carrier.) In any event, I didn’t buy proper Sorels until after my surgery, and I wish I’d bought them earlier! They’re sturdy, warm as heck, and I feel like I am totally prepared for snow when I wear them. The ones I have, the Winter Carnival style, are quite heavy (1 pound 5 ounces) — but they’re much lighter than the popular Joan of Arctic (2#), the classic Caribou (2#5oz), and not *that* much heavier than the “light” boots, the Caribou Slim. Plus, the Winter Carnival style comes in a ton of fun colors.  You can find Winter Carnivals as low as $68 at Amazon, Zappos, and occasionally I hear tell of them at Costco as well (though I’m not sure which model you may find, so do note the weight issue); at full price they’re $150. Readers, do you LOVE your snow boots? Which ones do you have? Pictured: Winter Carnival Boots.

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News Roundup

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

  • ABC News shares that the new American Girl doll for 2018 is an aspiring astronaut named Luciana Vega, the first doll character by the company to be immersed in STEM.
  • Working Mother offers advice on what to do if your working-mom supervisor isn’t supportive of fellow working moms.
  • The Cut provides the best options for undereye concealers.
  • The Wirecutter suggests their favorite nursing pillows.
  • The New York Times reports that a new study found that women with high glucose readings early in pregnancy are at increased risk of having a baby with heart defects, even if they don’t have full-blown diabetes.
  • The New York Times also shares a doctor’s thoughts on why some children find some particular topics fascinating — like dinosaurs, pirates, bugs, or trucks — while others are completely unmoved.
  • Boredpanda has before-and-after photos of a family — parents, son, and daughter-in-law — who engaged in a six-month weight-loss program together.
  • NBC News offers a mom’s story about the clever way she responded when her son was “lunchbox shamed” by his classmates when he brought Chinese food from home.
  • The Irish Times provides some reasons why women don’t talk about their children at work.
  • Recipe of the Week: Kat recently raved about this recipe for slow cooker, low-carb Zuppa Toscana Soup by Gal on a Mission. Plus, it’s Keto-friendly.
  • Laugh of the Week: Perfection Pending shares the funniest parenting Facebook posts of 2017.

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Family Friday: Stormer Gloves

OK, ladies, here’s my question to you this lovely Friday: what are your best recommendations for mittens and gloves that stay on little hands but also keep kids’ hands mostly dry? I feel like I am forever buying gloves and mittens and in the past few days it seems like my eldest does not like ANY of them. I don’t think I’ve bought these pictured Stormer Gloves before, and they are the highest rated in the kids section at Lands’ End, so I may give them a go.  But do tell if you’ve got a great option here… The gloves were $20, are now marked to $9 (and I swore there was another promotion in the top strip but it disappeared right after I posted this, bah). Stormer Gloves

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Snow Days… and Working Parents

snow days and working parentsHere’s something we haven’t discussed: snow days… and working parents. In the midst of this week’s “bombcyclone” winter storm (hmm, how does that compare to “Snowmageddon” or “Snowpocalypse“?), we thought we’d share some tips on how to deal with a snow day as a working parent. All along the East Coast today, flights are being canceled, power outages are striking, and … schools are closing. Sure, it can be nice to spend a surprise day with your kids, but more often than not for working parents, that 5:00 a.m. school notification prompts more of a “Damn!” than a “Yay!” What about that important meeting or presentation or project (or all of the above) that was on your schedule? What about those errands you were going to run on your lunch break, gloriously sans kids?

Perhaps your nanny or a backup babysitter can make it to your house despite the snow, or maybe a grandparent can help out — or your partner can take one for the team. But when your nanny’s stuck at home because the plow company is nowhere to be found, or your mother-in-law doesn’t want to drive in a blizzard, or it was your spouse’s turn last time and now you’re up … what do you do?

Here are a few ways to (try to) be more productive when your kids are home unexpectedly — and to generally cope with a snow day as a working mom:

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Make My Life Easier Thursday: Premier Protein

This may be an odd little tip, but it’s a new hack that I’m so happy to have discovered that I thought I’d share — among folks on Weight Watchers’ people love this high protein drink and add it to everything. I’ve seen people make waffles with it, put in smoothies, and make their own Frappuccino-like drink by getting a shot or two of espresso in a big cup at Starbucks and then adding a full container of Premier Protein. I’m fine with black coffee and don’t make a lot for myself where I add milk (oatmeal, maybe), but I did think to try adding just a splash or two to tea — and it’s my new favorite pick-me-up in the afternoon. Combos I’m a particular fan of: mint chocolate tea or peppermint tea with about 2 Tbsp of chocolate premier protein (low calorie, small protein hit, and it’s like drinking a hot cocoa — go herbal if you don’t want caffeine, black tea if you do) — chai tea with a splash of vanilla — or even a fancier caramel tea with a splash of caramel or vanilla. It’s made my life better and easier in some ways (my 3:00 snack is taken care of!) so I thought I’d share. Readers, do you have any similar hacks to share? You can pick up Premier Protein (or Muscle Milk, which I’ve also heard great things about) at just about any drugstore or grocery store; you can also buy a wider variety of flavors at Amazon.

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Top Posts of 2017

What were your favorite posts from our past year? We’ve rounded up our favorite suits for women, workwear recommendations, and otherwise done a year in review; today we’re closing it out with a look back at our top posts of 2017.  These were the top read (according to Google Analytics) and some of Kat’s favorites, but we’d love to hear yours as well! According to Google Analytics, these were our top 10 posts and pages of the year:

Our top posts of 2017 were:

  1. Combination Feeding Tips: How to Feed Your Baby Both Breastmilk and Formula (from reader/commenter/guest poster extraordinaire CPA Lady)
  2. A Week in the Life of a Working Mom: A BigLaw Mom in Chicago
  3. A Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Finance at a Fortune 500 Company
  4. A Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Income Partner in Boston
  5. A Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Midwestern Lawyer Mom with Four Kids
  6. Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Fancy Diaper Bag When You Find Out You’re Pregnant
  7. How Did You Decide How Many Kids to Have?
  8. The Working Moms Guide to Easy School Lunches
  9. What to Wear to Work After Maternity Leave
  10. How to Level Up Your Childcare/Personal Help (When Money is No Object)

Some of Kat’s favorite 2017 posts for working moms include…

Readers, which were your favorite posts over the past year? (You can see all of our top posts right here!)