Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Glow Baby Newborn Tracker App 

The newborn baby phase is totally disorienting, to say the least. You don’t know if you’re feeding the baby right, or enough, or at the right times; you’re tired; and your hormones are going crazy. For me, that manifested in a lot of anxiety around feeding, weight gain, and dirty-diaper counting… night under the jaundice lights for my little guy was definitely the cause of it. At first, I was just using the Notes app in my iPhone to track time breastfed, oz. of formula, and naptimes. (I still have it on my phone, and it looks like A Beautiful Mind-type equations.) I finally downloaded this app, and the graphs and data were very reassuring! I found it very user-friendly, and the graphics are cute. I didn’t try any others since I feel like this one hit all the points for me, but feel free to suggest any you tried and liked. Glow Baby is free at the App Store and Google Play (although it does offer in-app purchases). Glow Baby Newborn Tracker App

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Makeup & Beauty Monday: Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty (by Rihanna aka Robyn Fenty) is supposed to be inclusive of a wide range of skin tones and colors; their foundation line has 40 shades. I recently saw a makeup tutorial where the artist used a single one of these color sticks to do an entire face of makeup: blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. Although I probably would not be able to pull off one color on my entire face, I think that concept is really cool. I am also not a makeup expert, so I always appreciate when a product is designed to be blended with your fingertips. I could see myself buying one of the bronze-ish ones to use as an eyeshadow and contour stick, or a pinkish one to use as blush and lip color. They are $25 each at Sephora. Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

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News Roundup

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

  • The Strategist offered beauty products that can be used as alternatives to retinol.
  • Fashionista reported that California is the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
  • The Cut profiled Hollywood writer and mom, Mara Brock Akil, the creator of Girlfriends, whose latest project is the romantic drama Love Is ___, which is based on her own relationship and marriage.
  • Working Mother provided a nightly routine for less stressful mornings, while The New York Times suggested how to put the kids to work for a more productive morning.
  • The New York Times also offered reasons why people are choosing to retire in their 30s using the FIRE method, including more time to raise their kids.
  • The Atlantic investigated the shortage of after-school options for working families.
  • Motherly editors shared nine helpful products for Baby Safety Month.
  • Scary Mommy discussed what it’s like to raise kids “without a village” for support.
  • Parents reported that the American Academy of Pediatrics is now suggesting children stay in rear-facing car seats as long as possible, at least until age 4.
  • USA Today shared the story of how an 8-year-old walking the family dog alone led to a call to police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. (Video ad autoplays.)
  • For your Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s provided a guide to all nine trimesters.

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Family Friday: Patchwork Twisted Headband

Lately when I’ve been scrolling through Instagram, I’ve noticed that headbands are coming back as weekend-wear. The ones that look most current to me are the ones that have a knot at the top, like this one — and these two on Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. I don’t know that I could successfully pull it off, but they make sense to me on a practical level — keeping your hair back from your face when chasing around a kid. What are your thoughts? Would you wear one of these or should they live and die on the ’gram only? This one is $18 at Anthropologie. Patchwork Twisted Headband

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Trial Lawyer in Georgia

 trial lawyer work life balance georgia momFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Meredith, who lives in Georgia with her husband and four sons and was working as a trial lawyer when she shared her week with us. 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: Meredith
Location: Live in Smyrna, Georgia; work in small personal injury firm in Atlanta (Here’s an update from Meredith: “Since writing this Week in the Life, I’ve opened my own law firm for more flexibility in balancing work/life life balance trial lawyer in Georgia“) 
Job: trial lawyer
Age: 36
Home Situation: Four kids; stay-at-home dad who homeschools the older two 
Childcare Situation: Preschool three days a week for 3-year-old during school year ($2,500); homeschool co-op ($4,000)

A Week in My Life

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Budget Thursday: Metal Chain Hair Tie

This hair tie from Banana Republic is an inexpensive and quick way to put a little more polish on a ponytail or bun. With the recent stretch of humidity (i.e., all of August), it is pointless to do my hair. I’m currently trying to grow it out, and having all that hair on my neck makes me feel at least 10 degrees warmer. I think I’d rather roll into work with tied-back hair than be a sweaty, frizzy mess. With this hair tie, it makes the ponytail seems more intentional, and like I’m wearing an extra accessory. For $12.50, it’s less expensive than a necklace or pair of earrings, and I’d probably wear it more frequently. Metal Chain Hair Tie

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