Washable Wednesday: Botanical Blooms Collared Top

Hopefully by making this pick for Washable Wednesday, I am willing springtime into existence. I like how this top has the blue and white stripes to keep the floral print plus Peter Pan collar from looking too froufrou, and the horizontal stripes plus middle pleat draws the eye up and down. Since my baby will pull on any necklace I wear, I am getting into interesting collars and necklines. I picture this top as one to throw on with a navy blue suit or blazer. I also enjoy a cap sleeve; it prevents me from having to wear a tank top around the office if I want to remove my blazer, and it cuts down on the shoulder bulk when the blazer is on. I like the way it’s styled in the photo with jeans, but maybe not the floral on floral as they have shown. Toughen it up with some boyfriend jeans for the weekend. The top is $69 at Nordstrom. CeCe Botanical Blooms Collared Top

Psst: Stock is running low, but the top is also available at Zappos if it sells out at Nordstrom. There’s a button-front, long-sleeved version at Nordstrom as well.

Here’s a plus-size option.

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The Best Free YouTube Workouts for Working Moms

Searching YouTube for “workouts” brings up more than 35 million results, and since you probably don’t want to spend time weeding through too many of those, today we’re highlighting the best free YouTube workouts for working moms. Although we’ve previously discussed fitting in exercise as a working mom (including how to find time to work out as a mom, quick workouts for busy moms, and the best prenatal exercise and workout DVDs), we haven’t specifically recommended YouTube channels with free workouts. It’s so convenient to have access to workouts of any length, type, and fitness level, and then immediately watch any that you choose, from traditional strength training and cardio workouts to, say, a “yoga-barre hybrid” or hip hop Tabata.

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

The way I feel about using coconut oil postpartum is the way the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding feels about Windex. It will cure what ails you. I used it both on myself and on my baby in various ways. Here’s the short list: on nipples after a nursing session instead of expensive nipple balms, on my dried out and flaking lips (drink water, nursing moms!), on cuticles, on postpartum stitches, on baby’s cradle cap, on baby’s eczema, on baby’s diaper rash, mixed with baby’s moisturizer after the bath. I’ll qualify this by saying I am not a doctor, so I can’t promise that this will work for you personally, but it’s inexpensive, and if it doesn’t work on your baby you can cook with it! Nature’s Way Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Makeup and Beauty Monday: Weightless Shine Working Serum

Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum

I’m thrilled to introduce April, a longtime reader of CorporetteMoms who’s going to be taking over morning posts with product recommendations! Her child is 14 months old and she’s a public interest lawyer in NYC. Welcome to the blog, April! – Kat

This line of products is one of my many “Instagram told me to buy it” finds. The celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess, who cuts, colors, and styles the hair of Lauren Conrad and Jenna Dewan (RIP the Dewan-Tatum union), has a line of products exclusively at Target. Her Instagram videos of her styling hair using her products are so mesmerizing and a great sales tactic. I went to Target to scope it out and left with this shine serum. I use it on wet hair to de-frizz if I am going for a natural/wavy style, and on dry hair if I blow my hair straight. It’s a really light formula but also does the job well; I can see this working on many different hair textures. For the whole line of products, nothing is above $14, which is in keeping with my theory on celebrity/designer collaborations with Target — expensive for Target but inexpensive for the quality and design. Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Working Serum

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News Roundup

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

  • Parents shared a few spring floral styles from the new Keds x Rifle Paper Co. collab.
  • Who What Wear considered different methods to determine a perfect wardrobe size for you, and why the answer is not one-size-fits-all.
  • NBC News offered 10 Gmail extensions to boost your productivity.
  • TechCrunch discussed a new app to provide resources to working mothers.
  • PureWow explained why family assistants are a helpful alternative to nannies.
  • Working Mother shared five signs you’re at a family-friendly workplace.
  • The American Lawyer reported that men are using flextime to spend time with their children — and how that is helping working moms.
  • Huffington Post shared life advice from working moms, including Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Tina Fey.
  • Apartment Therapy asked, is it really bad if you don’t wash your sheets every week?
  • Speaking of cleanliness, The New York Times explained why you might want to throw out that rubber ducky bath toy.
  • For your Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s shared early works by famous artists.

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Family Friday: Soft Booster Seat

When your kid gets too old for a high chair or a booster seat with straps (we liked this one from Graco), this booster seat from Prince Lionheart is a great option. We like it so much that we’re on our second one — we got the first when our son was 6, and now that he’s almost 8, we’ve bought a replacement. (The first seat got a crack on it, but I think that two years isn’t too bad, considering that he uses it two to three times a day, every day.) My son is about 4 feet tall, so he’s not really too short to sit on a chair without anything on top — and yes, he’s 8 years old — but the extra height helps, and he likes the slightly squishy seat more than the wooden chairs we have at the table. The booster is pretty easy to clean and comes in brown, dark gray, pink, blue, orange, and green. (Not all colors are available at Amazon right now.) It’s $24–$35 and Prime eligible, and it offers free returns on everything but the brown. Prince Lionheart Soft Booster Seat

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