Feeding Tuesday: Foogo Thermos

Foogo ThermosThis little thermos has served us SO well over the past 1.5 years (at least?!). We bought it when Jack started daycare so he could have cold milk all day (they had a refrigerator there, but we didn’t entirely trust it — and he often wanted to drink whatever was left over on the way home). Amazingly, any milk left in the thermos was still cold. This is the first winter that he’s getting into hot cocoa, so I’ve been using it to put his lukewarm hot cocoa in — sometimes he drinks it immediately; sometimes he forgets about it and finds it an hour later, but it’s still warm. It’s easy to clean, not too prone to the grossness of toddler straws (some of our other straws seem to be growing a colony every time I look inside), and pretty darn leakproof. It was $19, but is now marked to $13.49 at Amazon (where it’s eligible for Prime). Thermos FOOGO Phases Stainless Steel Straw Bottle, Blue/Yellow, 10 Ounce

Maternity Monday: Short-Sleeve Empire Dress

Motherhood Maternity Short-Sleeve Empire Dress | CorporetteMomsHappy New Year! I’m really liking this simple, short-sleeved black dress (with nursing access) from Motherhood Maternity. Not only is it machine washable, but it’s also a great deal: it’s $29.98, but if you buy two you get the second one 50% off. I’d try it with a higher jewel-necked long-sleeve tee for wintertime, or with a blazer or sweater jacket on top. Motherhood Maternity Short-Sleeve Empire Dress

News Roundup of the Year

news roundup - mom friendsHappy New Year! If you have some time to catch up on some of the news we’ve shared each week, we suggest you start with these stories, which were some of the most memorable ones over the past year. Readers, which were some of your favorite news stories relevant to working moms (whether we covered them or not) during 2014? 

  • New York magazine looked at why making mom friends can be so hard. (Fast Company recently offered some advice on making friends as an adult, and although the article didn’t make it into one of our news roundups, it’s worth a read.)
  • An essay in The New York Times pondered the “mommy” role and how it drives societal expectations of women who are mothers, while the NYT’s Motherlode blog followed with a great response on the lack of support for parents in general.
  • And speaking of support for working moms, The Washington Post reviewed a report that shows companies offering generous maternity leave and flexible work arrangements may be satisfied that they’re already doing enough for women and fail to adequately support them in other ways. Meanwhile, Fortune suggested that the decision of former MongoDB CEO Max Schireson to step down into a less demanding role was an important step toward making the “having it all” discussion expand beyond women. (We shall see…)
  • The Washington Post gave us a detailed list of tips on raising kind, compassionate kids, while the The New York Times’ Motherlode blog talked about the all-or-nothing approach to giving them our attention.
  • A piece from The Huffington Post explained that the “default parent” is the person who schedules all the pediatrician appointments, researches schools and childcare and summer camp options, keeps track of the kids’ schedules, etc.
  • In the Washington Post, a mother explains — after being questioned and criticized repeatedly — why she didn’t (and couldn’t) breastfeed.
  • Things we laughed at this year: Scary Mommy presented a mom’s (stay-at-home-mom’s?) take on Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” The Toast gave you the essential guide to parenting-forum lingo, The Onion reported on a new “accommodation” for working moms (warning: autoplay video), and a new Tumblr, It’s Like They Know Us, went viral with its hilarious takes on stock photos of moms and families.

In case you missed it: We recently did a year-end news roundup over at Corporette as well –plus, check out this week’s news.

27 New Year’s Sales (And Kat’s Top 7)

Happy New Year, ladies!  May 2015 be full of joy, happiness, prosperity, health, and maybe a bit of sleep. (And all the other good stuff too.) Don’t forget to check out the full list of New Year workwear sales over at Corporette — but here are a few sales of particular interest to mamas; my favorites are in bold:

  • 6pm.com – $20.15 sale – clothes, shoes and more. 
  • Amazon  Up to 70% off clothing, shoes, jewelry, watches and more.
  • ASOS – Further Reductions: Up to 50% off (includes maternity wear).
  • Bare Necessities – Year-End Clearance Sale: Up to 60% off. Buy 1 Bra Get 1 50% off. Buy 3 panties get 1 free.
  • Boden – Clearance, up to 80% off (women, men, girls, boys, Johnnie B, etc).
  • Carter’s –  Up to 70% off holiday sale, with an extra 20% off clearance (no code needed). Also, free shipping sitewide on $50+.
  • The Children’s Place – 25% off your entire purchase with code NEWYEAR3 (through 1/4). Monster Sale: Up to 60% off clearance.
  • Diapers.com – Up to 70% off across their sites, including maternity wear (70% off), Plum Organics (20% off), Glamourmom (20% off), and more.
  • Dillards – One Day Only, New Year’s Day Clearance — all sale an extra 50% off.  I just loaded up on 3 pairs of Stride Rite shoes for the boys — stuff going fast.
  • Dorothy Perkins – Up to 50% off everything including dresses, tops, and shoes (includes maternity).
  • eBags – After-Holiday Sale and Clearance: Save up to 70% on handbags, luggage, backpacks, messenger bags, and and accessories.
  • Figure 8 Maternity – Biggest sale of the year — take an extra 20% off on already reduced items.
  • Gap – Winter sale, now up to 75% off. GapCash $25 reward for every $50 spend through 1/21.
  • Giggle – New Year’s Sale: Up to 35% of 100s of items.
  • Gymboree – Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 75% off original prices. Plus, for two days only, take an extra 20% off your entire purchase with code PLUS20.
  • Isabella Oliver – End of Season Maternity Sale: Up to 60% off.
  • Japanese Weekend – 35% off everything.
  • JCPenney – Extra 15% off or extra 20% off on orders over $100, select items (through 1/4).
  • Kohl’s – $10 off a purchase of $30 or more with code HAPPY2015 (through 1/1).
  • Lands’ End – Winter Sale: Up to 65% off. Up to 50% off outerwear.
  • Macy’s – Extra 15% off with code NEWYOU; extra 10% off home and select departments.
  • Old Navy – Today only: 30% off your New Year’s Day purchase.  All active on sale, up to 40% off.
  • OshKosh – Ginormous clearance: $4.99 and up (with an extra 20% off now).
  • A Pea in the Pod – Extra 30% off clearance items. Buy 3 get 1 free on nursing items (sleepwear, nursing tops, accessories, and more).
  • Pottery Barn Kids – Up to 40% off bedroom furniture; 20% off wall systems, baskets, bins, and more; 20% off select bedding, save $100 on all nursery seating.
  • Shoes.com – New Year’s Boot Sale – up to 60% off with 20% off promo code BOOTS20. Limited time.
  • Target – Get Fit Event, big sales on C9 by Champion activewear, treadmills, yoga mats, blenders/juicers, and more.

25 After-Xmas Sales for Mamas

Don’t forget to check out the full list of after-Christmas workwear sales over at Corporette — but here are a few sales of particular interest to mamas:

  • Amazon Up to 70% off fashion for men, women, kids, and baby; up to 50% off toys and games.
  • ASOS – Further Reductions: Up to 50% off (includes maternity wear).
  • Bare Necessities – Up to 60% off women’s sleepwear (through 12/29). Buy 3 panties, get 1 free; buy one bra, get one bra 50% off (through 12/30).
  • Boden – Further reductions: up to 60% off (includes kids’ items).
  • Carter’s – After-Christmas Sale: Up to 20% off clearance.
  • The Children’s Place – 30% off your entire purchase with code 30COUPON3 (through 12/28). Up to 60% off clearance, new arrivals up to 40% off.
  • Diapers.com – End-of-Year Blowout: Up to 70% off. (Hmm, unfortunate name for a sale on baby items, no?) Maternity wear 70% off, Dr. Brown’s 20% off, Seventh Generation diapers 25% off, Plum Organics 20% off, Medela clothing 20% off, Lego up to 30% off, Little Tikes and Fisher Price up to 40% off, LeapFrog and VTech up to 30% off,
  • Dorothy Perkins – Up to 50% off everything including dresses, tops, and shoes.
  • eBags – Extra 20% off your entire purchase with code ENJOY.
  • Figure 8 Maternity – $10 off $50, $25 off $125, $50 off $200+ with code SAVE2014.
  • Gap – 35% off your purchase with code GIFT4ME. Winter sale: Up to 60% off.
  • Giggle – New Year’s Sale: Up to 35% of 100s of items.
  • Gymboree – Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 75% off original prices. Tees $5.99 and up, accessories $1.99 and up.
  • Isabella Oliver – End of Season Maternity Sale: Up to 50% off.
  • Japanese Weekend  –  35% off everything.
  • JCPenney – 20% off purchases under $100 and 25% off purchases of $100 or more with code AFTERALL (through 1/28).
  • Kohl’s – After-Christmas Sale and Clearance: 60-70% off select styles. $10 off $30+ with code HAPPY2015 (through 1/1).
  • Lands’ End – Winter Sale: Up to 65% off.
  • Macy’s – 40-65% off kids’ coats, select styles (through 12/27).
  • Old Navy – After-Holiday Sale: Extra 20% off already-reduced styles (through 12/28).
  • OshKosh – Clearance: Extra 20% off; $4.99 and up. Up to 40% off new styles.
  • A Pea in the Pod – Semi-Annual Sale: Extra 30% off clearance items. Buy 3 get 1 free on nursing items (sleepwear, nursing tops, accessories, and more).
  • Pottery Barn Kids – Winter Sale: Up to 60% off. Up to 40% off bedroom furniture; 20% off select bedding; 20% off wall systems, baskets, bins, and more. Redeem a gift card today and save 10% on your order with code REDEEM.
  • Shoes.com – Extra 30% off sale shoes with code 30SALE.
  • Target – Clearance: Up to 60% off 100s of items; extra 20% off clothing, shoes, and accessories (through 12/28).

Pumping-Friendly and Washable: Long Sleeve Naive Flower Wrap Top

Chaus Womens Long Sleeve Naive Flower Wrap TopI know readers are big fans of faux-wrap dresses for pumping, so I set out to look for a faux-wrap top that looked pumping-friendly.  These from Macy’s looked nice (and also machine washable), but of course I loved the color of this one from Chaus.  The top is $49 at Amazon.  Chaus Womens Long Sleeve Naive Flower Wrap Top