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Reader Question: How Do I Spend a $200 Nordstrom Gift Card?
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Reader Question:
So, my last birthday I was VERY pregnant and couldn’t come up with gift ideas because I was having trouble imagining life post-baby. My husband gave me a $200 Nordstom card as my present. I used to have no problem spending money there. But now after baby and with not working, I can’t for the life of me decide what to spend it on. I could use some new things for spring because last year I was pregnant. Any ideas? I am comfortable spending a little more than just the card if it is on something essential or fantastic.
– Liz
Answer:
Happy birthday and congratulations on the new babe! Having had two in the past 25 months, I can totally relate to not knowing where to start spending on yourself post-babe(s)–there’s a lot of ground to cover when you’ve sat-out several seasons in elasticized pants.

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Lingerie To Make Moms (or Anyone) Feel Spoiled and Sexy
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I love gorgeous lingerie. It makes me feel not only sexy, but spoiled. And I like me a little spoiled. Always have. In fact, right at this very moment, my closet contains a small arsenal of lacy, silky something-somethings…none of which fit anymore. ARGH!!! While I’ve happily weeded out all of my pre-baby clothes that no longer fit, I haven’t been able to bring myself to weed out the lingerie. I keep hoping that one day we will be happily reunited.
I’m still waiting.
So there it is. It might be time to move on. Since shopping always makes me feel just a wee bit better about…well, anything really (sick, I know), I started looking for a new little silky something as a consolation prize of sorts.
And there are all kinds of gorgeousness out there. I just don’t want to wear (most of) them. While I’m sure my husband would love me in anything, quite frankly it’s not about him. It’s about me. I need something that makes me feel gorgeous. And playful. And flirty. Something that isn’t too serious. Something that can get me out of the “Mom” frame of mind, but something also that makes me feel comfortable in my post-baby body. So yes – I’m looking for the Holy Grail of mom lingerie.
Did I find it? Nah. But I found some gorgeous-playful-flirty lingerie that is certainly worth a try. Don’t be afraid: there are no crotchless (or tasseled) anythings.

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All I Want for Christmas: A Holiday Gift Guide for Dads Part I
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What do I get for this incredible guy who is everything to my two tiny boys and me? Curbing my urge to hover, asking less, understanding more and some sugar would probably go a long way, but I can’t wrap those up and put them under the tree, so I’ve attempted to find some cool things to help my dear husband slow down this frenetic pace our life has set and take some time out for himself.

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Is a hip and stylish digital watch an oxymoron?
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While a backlit digital watch is not my favorite accessory (for those, click here), there are a lot of digital watches out there that can be worn beyond the darkened room of your babe. A good rule of thumb for wearing a digi is to embrace the inherent awkwardness and in fact enhance it by going with something chunky and larger-scale, thereby making it cool. Digis only look truly lame when you’re wearing a diminutive ladies’ version, which generally have no sense of irony. Check out these cute and styley options in order of price, lowest to highest.

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Slipper Roundup: Winter’s Hottest (and warmest) Slippers for Moms
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Crackling fire: check. Hot cider and/or spiked eggnog: check. Good book to curl up with: check. Now, what’s keeping those tootsies cozy whilst you partake in all that wintery snow-day goodness? It’s time to update your slipper wardrobe, girl. You don’t want those little piggies getting caught out in the cold! Here are the seasons’ hottest slipper picks.

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My Default Shower Gift: Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddling Wraps
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Because we were relying on swaddling as a method to keep our sanity in those early days, we wasted a ton of money trying every swaddling blanket under the sun. We tried various sleep sacks (too roomy – he’d wake too early), “miracle” swaddling blankets (too thick, too hot) and an assortment of others (most were the wrong size and he would wiggle out, or they would cover his face). Then we discovered Aden + Anais.

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