Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Business Manager in Boston

business manager in tech in boston shares her work-life balance as a working momFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader K, who lives in the Boston suburbs with her husband and son and works as a business manager in tech. 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: K
Location: Lives and works in a Boston suburb
Job: Business manager in tech
Age: 32
Hours worked in a typical week: 35–44
Home Situation: I live in a 2,500-square-foot house with my husband (engineer in biotech); our 9-month old son, C; and our cat.
Childcare Situation: $1,200/month. We have a unicorn childcare situation: a licensed, in-home provider in our neighborhood who watches C and two other babies his same age. It is essentially a nanny share, but at a fraction of the cost.

We asked K about how she arrived at her “unicorn” arrangement for childcare: 

Mostly by luck, sorry to say, there is no magic secret. We toured several big-name centers, one independent center, and two in-home providers — in our area there is no shortage. I do recommend checking with your state’s child care licensing agency when looking for in-home providers, because many do not advertise. That’s how we found ours, but it was purely luck that all her kids were “graduating” to pre-K and she was starting with two other babies C’s age. And because of mandated ratios, she can’t take any more kids right now. We also got lucky that we click really well with the other families and the kids all have similar temperaments.

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Budget Thursday: Metro Luggage Leather Strap Watch

Every so often there will be a discussion on this site and on Corporette about watches. Some readers think that watches have gone the way of the dinosaurs while others would look down upon a potential new hire if they didn’t wear one to a job interview. Some readers see watches as a reward for a big bonus check and will spend thousands on a classic piece. Others don’t view watches as an investment and feel that as long as they tell accurate time, they’re good enough. Personally, I love wearing a watch but have never felt that I had enough disposable income to invest in a really pricey one. This watch from Kate Spade is fun, inexpensive enough to be an accessory that you can swap depending on your outfit, and yet still professional. I like the combination of the gold with the tan leather, and the easy to read face. It’s currently on sale for $146 at Macy’s. Kate Spade Metro Luggage Leather Strap Watch

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Fitted Crop Heathered Blazer

Banana Republic has a line of machine washable suits in a polyester/viscose rayon/spandex blend. A suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning, and I have a few really nice ones that I’d love to put into the rotation more often — but what keeps me from doing so is the annoyance of having to dry clean them if I stain them, or worrying that they’re going to look too rumpled if I wear them too many times between dry cleans. Also, I’ll be honest, picking up and dropping off dry cleaning has become one of the many things that have fallen through the cracks since having a baby. Any extra steps between the train and the daycare, I just can’t suffer. I like gray as a neutral, and I also happen to like three quarter sleeves because then I don’t have to worry about hemming the arms, but I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Since it’s from Banana, you can mix and match the pants style (and the product page recommends the Avery Straight-Fit Heathered Pant). The blazer is $178 and comes in regular, tall, and petite sizes. Fitted Crop Heathered Blazer

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for washable clothes for work, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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Accessory Tuesday: Printed Card Case Keychain

I received a card case keychain as a gift many, many years ago, and I still find myself using it every day. I keep my MetroCard in the back sleeve for easy access — nothing is more frustrating to me than when someone stands in the little turnstile lane and then BEGINS to look for their MetroCard [rant over]. In the zip pocket, I keep a $20 bill and a little slip of paper where I’ve written down emergency personal and work contacts, since I don’t commit phone numbers to memory anymore. The reason for all of this doomsday preparation is that I am an extremely forgetful person who has left home without my wallet and/or cell phone on more occasions than I would like to admit. I keep this keychain clipped to the inside of my work bag so that at least I have my MetroCard, some money for lunch, and phone numbers in case of emergency. This one from Tory Burch is a much prettier version of the one I am currently using — and it’s $98 at Shopbop. Tory Burch Printed Card Case Keychain

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Maternity Monday: Twist-Front Halter Swimsuit

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year… bathing suit season! Ha. I was in my first trimester during the summer months, so I never got to go full bump on the beach. It was the awkward time where I just looked bloated and didn’t want to share my pregnancy news, so needless to say, it wasn’t a great time to wear a swimsuit. For those of you who’ll be farther along in these upcoming months, I like this suit. The multi-directional stripes keeps the eye moving, and it looks like a flattering cut — halter top to hoist everything up and generous coverage in the front and backside. Personally, I would not want to spend more than this on a bathing suit I may never wear again after this summer, and I think Old Navy suits are of decent quality for the price. The pictured suit is $42, available in sizes XS–XXL — and also available in black. Maternity Twist-Front Halter Swimsuit

Building a maternity wardrobe for work? Check out our page with more suggestions along both classic and trendy/seasonal lines.

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