Reading: Growing Child Newsletters – Inspiring yet Practical Advice for Parents (based on your child’s age)
…this is simply a newsletter that started in 1971, and will, very patiently, explain to us newbie mums why manners are still important (hint: it’s all about “caring and consideration”), and what you can and cannot expect from your 2-year-5-month-old in terms of manners. This is a newsletter that teaches parents specific language and behaviors to make us more effective parents (Say, “Hitting hurts Peter” rather than “Don’t Hit”). This is a newsletter that encourages parents to focus on what’s important: helping your child develop courage and independence, empathy, imagination.
Have you heard of Madewell? It’s a new concept store launched by the same folks that brought us J. Crew, and is, in fact, referred to in the media as “J. Crew’s sister store”. From what I gather, the prices are roughly 20-30% less than J. Crew.
What’s the difference? Madewell is a very tightly edited collection of clothing that leans to bohemian, rather than preppy (the look J. Crew is so famous for). This tight editing makes it easy to shop (there’s very little to weed through), and these forgiving bohemian silhouettes are perfect for camouflaging a multitude of post-baby body issues while remaining on-trend and hip. And the lower price point doesn’t hurt, either.
At a ladies night out recently, we lighted on the topic of accidental abandonment. People whose babies crawl out of the house and into the road to the amazement of stunned school bus drivers, who forget their children at gas stations, at daycare, at stores, or worse, in the car. Of the six women present, there was a split between those of us who could understand how these things may happen and those who just couldn’t. That is, until one pointed out that all of these circumstances seem to arise from the anecdotally well-documented affliction of mom brain–being too harried and too tired–plus, the kicker, deviating from routine. Somberly, heads nodding with the heaviness of being up past 10 PM, a bit too much Sangria, and with an eye to hedging our bets with fate, we all agreed it could certainly happen to anyone. I’m glad to say I was on the side of understanding from the get-go, because after today, I’d have to eat my hat.
My sister texted me, in a rage: “I just bought a swimsuit at Target. Size? XL!!! Who can possibly wear a small?????”
My sister is not a big girl. In fact, she’s pretty tiny. But places like Target (or Forever 21, or Old Navy) often end up making swimwear that is much better suited to a 23 year old body. Or for a 12 year old.
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…
No pant has greater potential to turn totally croptacular (particularly for those of us with bums and thighs or who are vertically challenged) than the cropped pant. But done right, cropped pants are incredibly flattering and uber functional for moms.
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.
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.
Pre-babes, as a 5’4″ (and 5/8ths!) chicky, 3-1/2″+ heels were a near-daily part of my wardrobe. I loved the colors, the patterns, the bows, the peep toes, the purposeful clickity clack of my gait and (of course) how they made my legs look, but most of all, they made me feel like I was the height I was actually born to be. . . But as a heavily pregnant soon-to-be mom, somewhere in the middle of an ice lake/parking lot in January, it occurred to me that my heel habit might in truth be a borderline form of child abuse. What if I slipped and fell on my cute round belly? What if I tripped whilst baby wearing? Or was unable to dash after my toddler due to a footwear malfunction? Thus began my slow acquiescence to flats and (gasp! so much worse!), mid-height footwear.
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: