Previously, on CorporetteMoms…

cmoms-previouslyTravel back in the CorporetteMoms time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds in previous years. 

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Weekend Open Thread (Happy Mother’s Day!)

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Happy Mother’s Day! This dress looks great to wear for any family gatherings you’ve got this weekend — sweet but still stylish — assuming, of course, that a white/blue floral print isn’t too dangerous to wear around your kiddos. The dress is part of the new Nordstrom collaboration with the blogger behind Gal Meets Glam (with sizes up to 18 in this dress), comes in a beige/orange version as well, and is $178. Lauren Botanical Garden Print Midi Dress

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How Do You Define Yourself After Having Kids? Hierarchy of Self and Other Fun Thoughts

how do you define yourself after having kidsSo here’s a question that may sound odd: How do you define yourself after having kids? Are you a mother first, or a wife, or a lawyer [insert your job here], or a woman? Where does wife/daughter/friend play into the mix? What is your hierarchy of self? Do you have a strict one that you refer to when, say, decisions need to get made — or is it something that kind of fluctuates? Is your hierarchy of self at odds with anything, such as a) your partner’s or boss’s view of what comes first, or b) oh, reality? If you’ve made internal adjustments to your self-definition, why/how did you make those adjustments?

For me, for example,how do working moms define themselves after kids I think I myself am pretty far down the list. I would say I’m a mother first, a blogger/business owner second, then probably wife/daughter/sister, then friend, then lastly a woman. As certain people might say, Sad!

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Weekend Open Thread

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Have you started wearing shorts more or less since becoming a mom? For me it’s more — I was always a “t-shirt dress” girl on the weekends, but now it seems like I’m always on the floor with my kids, running around a playground, or otherwise being scaled (either while standing up or sitting down), so it’s shorts for the win. I tend to go for longer shorts for comfort and modesty, but in our discussion on shorts last year, readers really seemed to prefer shorter shorts — in the 4″–6″ variety. If you’re on the hunt for denim shorts this summer, these are one of the few that have a surprisingly solid rating, as well as cute triangular pockets in the back. They’re available in a ton of different washes in sizes 23–32 for $99. ‘Croxley’ Cuffed Denim Shorts

Looking for something in larger sizes? These shorts have pretty decent ratings and go up to a size 18, and these go up to a size 24W. (Here’s our discussion last year on how to wear shorts as an adult, with a sleeker style than you may have had as a kid.)

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Mistakes to Avoid When Working From Home

mistakes to avoid when working from homeOne of the big flexible work arrangements a lot of parents push for (particularly when they have little kids) is reduced face time and the ability to work from home some of the time. So I was interested a while ago when Corporette readers started talking about things they hate when coworkers work from home as well as the WFH culture in general. As always, it was an unfiltered look at a problem and might have some good clues as to what you can do to make a work-from-home arrangement go more smoothly — as well as mistakes to avoid when working from home. (TONS of people in federal offices wrote in particularly to discuss the WFH culture at their offices.) So let’s discuss, ladies: For those of you who work from home on a regular or semi-regular basis, have you adopted any standard operating practices that you think makes the arrangement a success? If you’ve had to fight your boss on this kind of arrangement, what kind of hurdles did you need to overcome? What have you learned to avoid when working from home?

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Weekend Open Thread

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If memory serves, I bought these last year for a lightweight, waterproof sandal to take with us to a waterpark — and it was a nice upgrade over my usual Reefs. I’ve long been a fan of Birkenstocks for weekend wear, and this bright color was a fun change.  Nordstrom has a zillion other colors, including a great yellow, coral, and pink, as well as sleek all-black and all-white versions. The sandals are $40, and highly rated at Nordstrom; they’re also available at Amazon and Zappos. Essentials – Gizeh Flip Flop

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