Everyone Thursday: Black-Out Pleated Shades

Redi Shade Black-Out Pleated Shades | CorporetteMoms

2018 Update: We still stand by this rave review of temporary black-out pleated shades for kids’ rooms, hotels, and grandparents’ houses– but you may want to check out some of our more recent stories about bedtime, including our recent post on how to get your kids to sleep.

Yes, these temporary blackout shades may be an odd choice for an “everyone” Thursday, but stick with me. I only recently realized these things are available — we just bought some for Harry (he sleeps in our bedroom at night), and they’ve made all the difference. I can see them being great if you’re pregnant and exhausted (or, heck, just not getting any sleep at night) and have the opportunity to take a catnap at work — and the great thing about them being super affordable is that you can use them for a few rooms, while on vacation (they’re super lightweight and disposable), and more. For a pack of 6, they’re $27.62 (36″ x 72″ size) and $33.30 (48″ by 72″ size) at Amazon. Redi Shade Black-Out Pleated Shades


Washable Wednesday: Jersey Shift Dress

Old Navy Jersey Shift DressesSometimes, you just want a machine washable basic black sheath.  Old Navy has delivered on this point in the past — I don’t think this is the exact dress that I had a few seasons ago, but it’s very close.  I like that it comes in regular, petite, and tall — whereas with Lands’ End I tend to get petite sizes (at 5’4″), at Old Navy I sometimes get tall sizes so they’re the length I want them to be.  This dress comes down to $18ish with the “take an extra 15% off” sale going on online today (no code needed); it’s also available in a fun blue striped version and a pink striped version.  Old Navy Jersey Shift Dress

Feeding Tuesday: Stay in Place Bibs

Brooklyn Baby Stay in Place Bibs | CorporetteMomsWhich bibs are your favorite, guys? These organic, soft, stay in place bibs have all five-star reviews and certainly look like they would solve the problems we’ve run into with the boys — where they eat the bib rather than the food (Jack and the BabyBjörn bib), rip the bib off (Harry and the plastic bibs Jack preferred), or manage to drip milk or water all over yet somehow miss the bib itself (Harry and the other terrycloth bibs we have).  The pictured bibs are $18.98 for a 3 pack, available at Amazon. Brooklyn Bamboo Stay in Place Bibs


Maternity Monday: Essential Maternity Blazer

Tart Essential Maternity Blazer | CorporetteMomsI have mixed opinions on maternity blazers, but I do like the looks of this one from Tart — the silhouette is versatile, and the fabric looks comfortable (and is machine washable). The ikat is a fun, on-trend print, but the gray will take you far. They’re both $128 at Nordstrom. Tart Essential Maternity Blazer


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Finally Friday: Lille Lace-Up Point

Boden Lille Lace-Up PointBoden has a number of cute flats right now, including these Aquazurra-inspired lace-ups, which also come in navy and silver.  Orange isn’t normally my color, but I (think I) saw a woman on the street wearing these and couldn’t get over how chic she looked — it was an all black outfit, but I’d also wear them with all shades of blue, as well as paired with another neutral and a pop of red or pink. I particularly like the zips up the back for easy-on, easy-off shoes. They’re $138 at Boden, available in sizes 5.5-10.5, also available in navy and silver. Lille Lace-Up Point