Family Wednesday: Amazon Cashmere

You’re probably aware that Amazon has a bunch of its own clothing brands, but did you know that their cashmere is worth checking out? We’re featuring a cashmere sweater from Lark & Ro today, but they also have a men’s sweater line called Buttoned Down (for example, this men’s cashmere full-zip sweater). My husband just got a Buttoned Down sweater as a gift and it’s really soft — I’d say it’s comparable to cashmere that we’ve gotten from Neiman Marcus Last Call and other places. I don’t know what the Black Friday deals will be at Amazon, but if you see any on Lark & Ro cashmere in particular, go ahead and grab them. Lark & Ro 100% Cashmere, 12-Gauge 3/4 Sleeve Crewneck Cardigan

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you enjoy the long weekend with your families!

Psst: Amazon’s toy deal of the day is on wooden toys from Hape, including some great marble runs, play kitchens, and more.

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Accessory Tuesday: Crosby Quilted Oxford Nylon Crossbody

I’m a big fan of MZ Wallace for intelligently designed handbags — as are the readers —  and this quilted design seems lightweight but durable. It’s 13″ x 9″ x 2″, which puts it on the slightly larger side, and it looks like a great choice for a crossbody. It has the options of a chain shoulder strap, an adjustable leather crossbody strap, and an adjustable webbed strap. The bag only has one review so far at Nordstrom, but it’s very positive, and I think this would be ideal for running errands, or if you’re OK with a crossbody for work. It’s $295 (backordered, available late next month). Crosby Quilted Oxford Nylon Crossbody

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Maternity Monday: Lace Maternity Dress

Ingrid & Isabel’s popular shirred maternity dress has pretty much always been available, certainly since I was pregnant, and is still available today. This is a nice holiday take on that style, and while lace can be less accessible for an office environment, this would be great if you need something for holiday parties, and in a subdued color with a cardigan over it, you could even make it work to expand your work wardrobe while you’re pregnant. It’s really affordable as well — $98 at Nordstrom — and you can wear it to baby showers, parties, and so forth. It comes in nine (!) colors and patterns and is hand washable (i.e., possibly safe for the hand-wash cycle on your machine). Ingrid & Isabel Lace Maternity Dress

Psst: Amazon’s Black Friday deal of the day for toys is on games and puzzles from Ravensburger — including the game Bugs in the Kitchen, which my 6yo likes a bunch.

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Weekend Open Thread

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Tis the season, ladies: time to review every hat, scarf, muffler, glove and mitten you’ve ever bought for anyone in your family because — if you’re me — despite your best efforts to keep things organized (in Ziploc bags of course) they’ve all wound up in a tangled mass at the bottom of the closet. I just did the big hat/glove review for our family, and while I truly, truly don’t need anyMORE hats… this big bright red one just seems so happy. It’s $48 at Nordstrom, but note that there’s a very similar $15 option with a lot of great reviews also. Pictured: Happy Trails Faux Fur Pom Beanie

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News Roundup

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

  • The Washington Post reports that the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll, which was inspired by U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, will go on sale next year.
  • The Washington Post also shares an opinion piece by Devorah Blachor, the author of The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princessabout accepting her daughter’s obsession with Disney [affiliate link].
  • The Strategist offers holiday gift ideas for children to “foster an appreciation for design” at different ages, and all under $30.
  • The New York Times asks, “Where are all the nannies on Instagram?”
  • Parent Co. provides techniques to help your child handle her anger.
  • The Cut has a mom’s perspective of how “breastfeeding killed my sex drive.”
  • ProPublica, in its ongoing coverage of maternal care and preventable deaths, reports that New York City has launched a committee to address the problem.
  • Vulture explains how Black-ish and other recent shows have portrayed girl characters’ first periods, including a look back at how the subject was handled on Blossom7th Heaven, and The Cosby Show.
  • Girl Scouts‘ developmental psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald shares why it’s important for parents not to force girls to show affection to friends and relatives, even at the holidays.
  • Recipe of the Week: If you’ve been thinking of trying a new mashed potato recipe for Thanksgiving, BuzzFeed reviewed six options by Ina Garten, Gordon Ramsay, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Florence, The Pioneer Woman, and 2 Chainz.
  • Laugh of the Week: The Onion offers arguments for and against school uniforms.

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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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