Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags

From the very beginning, I used Dr. Brown’s bottles and they worked really well for my son. However, a major complaint I had is that each assembled bottle has four separate pieces. Cleaning them was pretty tedious, and it took me a while before I felt comfortable just sticking the whole lot in the dishwasher. I also eventually bought the Dr. Brown’s microwave sterilizer, but it’s enormous and takes up valuable kitchen real estate. Prior to purchasing it, though, I used these steam sterilizer bags. I threw all the pieces in there, along with my pump parts. You can use each bag multiple times, they do a good job, and they’re small. A pack of five is $5.99 at Amazon (eligible for Prime). Dr. Brown’s Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags

Psst: Looking for more info about nursing clothes for working moms, or tips for pumping at the office? We’ve got them both…

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Makeup & Beauty Monday: Single-Use Mud Mask

On a recommendation of a commenter on Corporette, I started listening to the podcast called Forever35. Their tagline is “We’re not experts, we’re just two friends who like to talk a lot about serums.” The two hosts chat about self-care, makeup and beauty products, organization, and general tips on living a calm, happy, and optimized life. Basically everything that is relevant to me in my mid-thirties. This podcast, combined with all of the different types of masks that are suddenly everywhere, led me to pick this one up on a whim at Target (which is basically 99% of how I buy anything at Target). I have very sensitive, combination skin, so I knew this brand would be gentle. I finally used it on a night when my husband took the baby to his mother’s house and I had some blissful time alone. After using it, my skin felt tighter (in a good way), clean, and just basically refreshed. It was nice to do something just for me and a good break in my normal routine of running around like a madwoman. The mask is $2.49 at Target, currently on sale for $2.25 (at least online, where it’s getting great reviews). Yes to Tomatoes Single-Use Mud Mask

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News Roundup

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

  • Racked provided details about the new Universal Standard x J.Crew collab, which offers sizes from XXS to 5X.
  • SELF listed 13 drugstore beauty products for when you don’t have La Mer money.
  • Refinery29 listed eight waterproof makeup options that won’t come off at the waterpark.
  • Working Mother shared 20 signs you’re in the right job.
  • Harvard Business Review reported on a study involving CEOs that found high-achieving women don’t expect to be supported at home or at work.
  • Motherly offered 11 tips for working from home as a mom.
  • The New York Times reported on the United States’ opposition to a resolution by the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly to promote breastfeeding.
  • The Washington Post explained why Europe’s “right to be forgotten” law may protect children in the U.S.
  • The Washington Post also shared how the internet supported Serena Williams when she missed her baby’s first steps while training at Wimbledon.
  • Parents provided a workout that you can do with a stroller.
  • Speaking of workouts, Romper shared that babies as young as a few months old can learn to swim.
  • For your Laugh of the Week: If you’re hitting up any theme parks this summer, McSweeney’s has some tips for moms!

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Family Friday: Le Pom Pom Camera Strap

While I was perusing the Free People website for the shoe pick from Tuesday, I came across this camera strap. I love taking photos but I am by no means a photographer. Nowadays I don’t even bring my nice camera on trips because my iPhone camera takes such great photos. However, if I were going on a family vacation this summer where I would come across beautiful scenery or would want to take some nicer family photos with a vacation backdrop, I would definitely make a point to bring it. If you’re an avid photo taker or just find joy in breaking out a nice camera, this is a cool accessory to outfit your camera with. (They have other designs as well.) If other people are going to be taking your photo, it would be nice not to have a boring black camera strap around your neck in every photo from your vacation! Le Pom Pom Camera Strap

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: A Manager-Analyst in TX

For this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader S, who lives in Texas with her husband and foster child and works as a project manager/data analyst. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

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First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: S
Location: Live in Houston but outside the loop, relatively short commute: 20–45 min. each way
Job: I’m a hybrid between a project manager and a data analyst. I work in the oil industry.
Age: 31
Home Situation: I live in a 1,500-square-foot house with my DH (financial analyst, 31), FB (foster baby, 14 weeks), and dog (retired, 9 years) [Here’s an update from S, since it’s been a while since she submitted her Week in the Life: “Foster baby is now 15 months, walking, testing boundaries, but is still very sweet.”]

Childcare Situation: Daycare 40 hours per week, $850/month. DH and I have mostly flexible schedules. Our families live over 250 miles away. Friends babysit sometimes.

S added a little more about her experience fostering a child: 

The foster process has been a challenge; he is now 15 months and still no adoption date is in sight. The system is definitely broken, but our case has been unusually quiet and easy (if long) and foster baby is so sweet. We would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

A Week in My Life

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Budget Thursday: Traveler Jacket

This jacket is on major sale at Ann Taylor Loft. I like how the whole look of this jacket comes together — the fact that it’s collarless, that there’s a short fringe around the edges, and that the material seems substantial but doesn’t give the jacket a bulky look. I also love the fact that it has a vaguely ethnic vibe from the combination of the print and the material but doesn’t beat you over the head with it. I also didn’t notice until I read the reviews that it has bracelet-length sleeves, which I think means every jacket recommendation I’ve made on the site has that element. (Either I have a clear pattern or that’s what’s being offered nowadays!) Bonus: It’s machine washable. The jacket was originally $108, is now on sale for $64.99, and comes down to only $31.20 with code FLASH. (It comes in regular and plus sizes, but the plus-size version doesn’t have an additional discount.) Traveler Jacket

P.S. Note that Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today! Stay tuned on Corporette for a full roundup of what to buy in the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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