Weekend Open Thread (Happy Mother’s Day!)

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Happy Mother’s Day! This dress looks great to wear for any family gatherings you’ve got this weekend — sweet but still stylish — assuming, of course, that a white/blue floral print isn’t too dangerous to wear around your kiddos. The dress is part of the new Nordstrom collaboration with the blogger behind Gal Meets Glam (with sizes up to 18 in this dress), comes in a beige/orange version as well, and is $178. Lauren Botanical Garden Print Midi Dress

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News Roundup

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

  • People Magazine shared eight working moms’ fashion uniforms, including that of Andrea Lavinthal, People‘s Style & Beauty Director and mom of one.
  • Working Mother released their list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2018.
  • Working Mother also reported that Girl Scouts want to create a National Working Mother’s Day.
  • The Cut provided everything you should know about maternity leave in the U.S.
  • VICE’s Motherboard explained that pregnant researchers often receive little or no guidance on lab safety.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported on what a mom is doing to prevent hot-car deaths.
  • Huffington Post shared advice on when and how to use an EpiPen on a child having an allergic reaction.
  • NPR interviewed Charlize Theron about her honest portrayal of motherhood in Tully, including body image during and after pregnancy.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, Adweek shared a campaign for a fake brand of resort wear for new moms.

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Family Friday: SoftSip Food Pouch Top

If you don’t have any use for these, then your child has way better dexterity/self-control than mine! The minute I would hand my son a pouch, he would promptly squeeze the entire thing all over his face or shirt. I like these for several reasons — your child can’t squeeze the puree out without biting or sucking from the top, they keep their teeth and gums from scraping on the plastic, and they are easy to clean. With one of them, I cut the piece off that serves to cap the top — my son was distracted by it while eating, so off it went. Not holding the pouch while my son is eating them freed up many minutes from my day. They are $7.99 for two at Amazon. ChooMee Food Pouch Top

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How Do You Define Yourself After Having Kids? Hierarchy of Self and Other Fun Thoughts

how do you define yourself after having kidsSo here’s a question that may sound odd: How do you define yourself after having kids? Are you a mother first, or a wife, or a lawyer [insert your job here], or a woman? Where does wife/daughter/friend play into the mix? What is your hierarchy of self? Do you have a strict one that you refer to when, say, decisions need to get made — or is it something that kind of fluctuates? Is your hierarchy of self at odds with anything, such as a) your partner’s or boss’s view of what comes first, or b) oh, reality? If you’ve made internal adjustments to your self-definition, why/how did you make those adjustments?

For me, for example,how do working moms define themselves after kids I think I myself am pretty far down the list. I would say I’m a mother first, a blogger/business owner second, then probably wife/daughter/sister, then friend, then lastly a woman. As certain people might say, Sad!

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Organizing Thursday: Baby Briefcase Paperwork Organizer

There’s a lot of paperwork that comes with having a baby: hospital discharge forms, insurance documentation, baby registry details, etc. In my post-birth haze, I was very happy that I received this Baby Briefcase as a gift. There was no way I would have been able to keep track of all of the loose paperwork related to my son if I didn’t have an easy place to stash it. Inside, there are several folders with pre-made tabs in every type of category you can think of. Now that my husband and I are out of the weeds, we don’t have to use it that frequently, but when we need to locate any important document, we know just where to look. The organizer is $28 at Amazon. Baby Briefcase Paperwork Organizer

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Striped Button Cuff Wrap Dress

What I like about this dress from Ann Taylor is that it keeps the wrap dress style but also blends a more tailored aspect. The button cuffed sleeves, the plain colored belt, and the vertical stripes — which usually skew more toward business casual — help to professionalize it. The v-neck of a wrap dress is flattering and makes it faster to take a pump break. I happen to like the color as well, and it would force me out of my black/white/gray work wardrobe instincts. As styled on the site with a black shoe, it looks a little harsh to my eye — I probably would wear it with a nude shoe or even silver or gold. It’s $98 and comes in regular and petite sizes. Striped Button Cuff Wrap Dress

ASOS has a plus-size option (which looks short, but the model is 5’11”.)

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