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Amelia Bedelia says
Did they just draw a line down the middle of a woman wearing a skirt to make two skinny legs? This photoshopping is ridiculous.
Nice shirt, though. Can anyone speak to quality and fit?
Hahaha, I hadn’t even noticed that. Now I can’t see anything else. It looks like someone used the eraser tool.
hoola hoopa says
Oh my, it does!!! The back photo is even worse. They very clearly drew a line through her bum.
I really, really like this top. They also have some similar shells.
Look at the back view! It’s just . . . so wrong.
Preg in VA says
This comes down another 25% to $37 in cart.
In your office, do you have photos of yourself with the kids? How many kid/family photos do you have? Right now I have a hinged frame (showing two 5x7s) for each of my 2 children. 3 of the 4 photos are individual photos of the child, and the 4th is a photo of me with one of them. The girls and I just had professional photos taken for mother’s day, and I’m trying to decide how to display them. Would you agree that any more family/kid photos would be too many? Would you display any photos of yourself with the kids, or just stick to the kids?
Mrs. Jones says
In my office, I have one picture of son, one pic of son and me, one of whole family, one wedding pic, and one photo of school mascot and me. :)
I have a framed wedding photo and a framed photo of my twins as newborns (both the wedding photo and the baby photo are 5x7s). Then I have 2-4 4×6 snapshots of the kids pinned to the corkboard over my desk. I rotate these every month or so as the kids get older.
I have five framed photos (wedding/dog/baby) that I rotate. I usually keep two out at a time. Plus I have a calendar that I made with baby photos, which is fun because I get a new one to look at each month. Oh, I also have some little craft things from daycare on my bulletin board. It’s so hard to resist the temptation to completely plaster my office walls in baby stuff!
I have two big framed pictures of my kiddo (one newborn that I love, one more recent from daycare) and a framed picture of my family. All of them face my desk so I can see them, but office visitors would have to turn around to see them (if that makes sense?). My diplomas/framed articles/awards are on the wall behind my desk, so my visitors can see them. I have a couple little pieces of kid art taped on my wall next to my desk, and I rotate those out.
There was an essay in a Malcolm Gladwell book – maybe Snoop? – about how the arrangement of art in a person’s office demonstrates who they are versus who they want third parties to think they are. Now that I’ve read it, I can’t help but analyze the arrangement of everything in my office.
I have: a wedding photo, a picture of me and my sisters, a framed family picture with me, kids, and husband, a picture of one of my sons playing in dirt (from a recent family photo shoot), and a picture of my two kids. All are 5X7s in frames. I think that’s in line with what most (men and women) in my company have in their offices.
I have a framed wedding photo and a framed photo of me with my parents. I also have a corkboard next to my desk (which is kind of hidden from view) which has several pictures of the kids plus their artwork, which gets updated from time to time. There’s only one other person in my group in my office with young kids, a partner, and he similarly has a pile of artwork stuck on the wall.
I aspire to be like a partner at my firm whose filing cabinets (in his office) are covered, top to bottom, in his children’s artwork. I love it.
Whatever you do, please do change them occasionally. My dad still to this day has in his office a family picture from approximately 1991, which includes tween-aged me with a spiral perm and bangs ever-so-carefully teased to at least 3 inches higher than my head. Oy!
This is great! I think I can add at least one new frame to the mix, based on this feedback. I’ll replace some of the photos I have in the current frames and add one or two of myself with the girls. All of those photos face me, which is the side wall of my office. So people in my office can see them, but they’re not the focal point of the room.
hoola hoopa says
I have one framed 5×7 picture of my husband and all three kids. I have ~4 unframed 4×6 prints on a corkboard that I rotate periodically of just the kids. No pictures of me. I also have ~6 pieces of artwork.
In my office, family/kid/pet photos range from zero (even parents) to middle school locker collage (men and women, fwiw). I’d say I’m in the most common middle ground. Very rarely does someone from outside our company see my office.
We’re having a party on Saturday afternoon and are expecting maybe 5 or 6 kids in the 3-6 age range. We’re planning to put on some kids’ movies and have some activities for them. I have some big drawing paper, a box of crayons (the big box with the sharpener in the back), and a pack of Crayola modeling clay. Any other thoughts on stuff that could be bought and set up easily? I’ll be wrangling my own toddlers and hostessing so I don’t plan on really being hands-on with the kid-guests at all. But if there are other things I could put out that would be good for that age, I’m happy to do it. Also, what movie(s) should we play? Is it still all Frozen all the time? Does it matter that, except for the littlest, they’ll all be boys? Or are the boys all over Frozen, too? Is there a newer movie that’s the “it” kids’ movie now?
Do you have outdoor space? If so, I would recommend some balls and some bubbles.
If you’re going to set them free outside, I like bubbles, chalk and balls for this age group.
Movies: my five-year-old is really into Big Hero 6 (and she was a HUGE Frozen fanatic for well over a year). Other than that, I don’t think you can go wrong with any kid’s movie (example: 5-year-old and her 2-year-old brother have been watching Wizard of Oz on repeat the last couple of weeks).
No, unfortunately. No outdoor space really suitable for kids on their own.
Do you have any dress up clothes? Dress up activities, and stickers/tattoos are a huge hit with my kids. Thomas trains (if you have them) are always a hit.
My 3-yr old is a bit sensitive, but he really loved the Muppet movies (even the old ones). Paddington was also really adorable.
If you are expecting other parents, you could set up the outdoor space and make it available. Totally agree on stickers, which are easier for little hands to deal with. Other than that, trains, duplo/lego, trucks, dinosaurs are all popular with that age group. Also, you could print out some coloring pages in common themes (chuggington, thomas, bob the builder, dinosaur train, sesame street etc.).
Hey ladies! Any suggestions for a good gift for a 2 year old? (Girl, but prefer gender-neutral type gift if possible.) Looking to spend $20-30. I know this has been discussed but I’m not having any luck searching.
Melissa&Doug all the way. I’ve liked their lacing toys, the ‘fishing’ sets, their play costumes, etc. They’re also generally available at TJ Maxx or Marshals in the kids sections.
Perfect – thanks!
Also books – I love anything by Mo Willems.
Bubble toys (like the buble guns) and art supplies.
Maddie Ross says
Seconding the bubbles idea, especially bubble machines. 2 year olds go crazy for bubbles. My daughter has a little lawn mower that blows them when you push it, which is probably right about in your price range.
I’m late to this, but someone gave my kids (3 and 18 months at the time) a stomp rocket set, and that has been their absolute favorite toy. The “rockets” are made from styrofoam and I think the set cost $20 on Amazon. I’ve bought a few replacement rockets, but they play with it literally every day.
For any ladies working in BigLaw, would you be willing to share details of your firm’s part-time policy? If so, please send me a message at parttimepolicy [at] gmail. Thanks!
It’s been one of those days where I just need to scream/cry – Just hand expressed four oz (oww) because I forgot the flanges to my pump and didn’t have time to run out and get more because I am rushing around like always and it was a choice btwn expressing a bit now and buying myself an hour to get home or missing my train. Really rather not suffer through another round of mastitis.
And my mood is made much worse by the fact that a colleague quit on me yesterday after only four weeks on the job. This is something that frequently comes up on the site and I do understand if your dream role comes up you have to take it, but it is incredibly disruptive and just rendered a good amount of my last month’s work worthless and created a new set of headaches.
The juggle sucks
No answers, but I hear ya! You are not alone!
I’m so sorry. Pumping makes everything 100x harder. I hope your day gets better.
I am with you too. Forgot pump parts today as well :(