Author Shana

Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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Found! Summer Lip Perfection – Glossy, SPF Protected, and Safe Enough Even For Pregnancy
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Each summer, I begin a quest that ultimately leaves me frustrated and my lips dry: the quest for a lip gloss with SPF. Yes, you can find lipsticks with SPF, or chapstick types with SPF. But gloss? Good luck.
However, this summer, spurred on by the EWG’s latest sunscreen report (and the fact that I’m pregnant), I started my quest up again. This time, I think I’ve found a near-perfect combo…

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The Sunscreen Mess: What You Need To Know (In Plain English)
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My mother hates it when I use the word “pissed”. But sometimes it’s the only word for the job. And after reading through the EWG’s 2010 report on sunscreen, I was pissed. According to the EWG’s latest study, the vast majority of sunscreens on the market are at best ineffective, and at worst, harmful. In fact, the EWG only recommended 8% of the sunscreens they studied. And the worst of the bunch? Yup – sunscreens marketed for use on babies and children. For shame.

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Dresses For Nursing Moms – Summer 2010
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One of the most frustrating parts of nursing (well, after latch issues, colostrum staining issues, supply issues, pumping and bottle issues), was my complete inability to find cute clothes that allowed for easy nursing. Never was this issue so apparent then when it came to dresses. I know, dear readers, that you feel my pain. We have had many of you asking for advice on this topic.

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Reader Question: Denim Skirts For Moms?
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So. You are looking for a jean skirt that is (reasonably) mom-friendly, and less than $200. Got it.
The “less than $200” part is easy – there are a million options. Finding something that’s mom-friendly is a bit trickier — I agree that running around the playground in a denim pencil skirt is…well…humph. Not even sure how to describe. Too fashion-victim? Just plain scary? I mean….you can’t even climb the steps to help your kiddo down. So yeah – I think the pencil-skirt-at-playground scenario is out.
Even if we rule out the denim pencil skirt, I think we have several other cool options. Here are my favorites:

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Attention Moms: Think ‘Girls Gone Wild’ is Dying Out? Think Again (And What To Do)
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…but what struck me as new was the additional (self-imposed) “requirement” that girls now also be sexually sophisticated. Not just active, mind you, but sophisticated. Sophisticated in a way that really isn’t achievable by anyone still in their teens. So what we’ve ended up with are high schools full of girls who look and act the part…but who still have no idea how to orgasm. The bottom line? These girls aren’t enjoying it. Like porn stars, they are pretending.

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9 Spring Jackets, Perfect for Rain, Wind, or Shine
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I really feel like we should be talking about summer. Writing about shorts, and flip-flops, and sunscreen. But instead, the weather in Denver has been breaking my heart. Rain, rain, and more rain (with the occasional sleet and snow thrown in) is our forecast for the next week or so. Ugh.
If you’ve been feeling my pain, this post is for you. Here are my current favorite Spring jackets, to help you face the weather when really….we just all want Summer.

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Perfect For Moms? Lesley Evers Day Dresses
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There’s something stealthily sexy about a day dress. Perhaps it’s because the day dress is so unabashedly feminine. Perhaps it’s because the silhouette is so different from the normal uniform of jeans and drapy tees. Perhaps it’s because these dresses are cut to celebrate the real female form (you know – the one with curves). Whatever the reason, the sexy day dress is worth another look. And you’d be hard pressed to find a better version of the day dress than the one that Lesley Evers has perfected.

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Found! Toddler Proof Cell Phone Cases (for iPhones, Blackberries and Others)
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Raines and I visited my parents in Gulf Shores last month. The first day we spent on the beach, I made sure my cell phone was safely zippered into an inside pocket of my bag. Upon unpacking that night, I opened up the zippered pocket to find that *someone* had carefully unzipped the pocket, filled it with sand, and then zipped it back up.
I can’t imagine who.

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