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Gang, I (mostly) stay at home while my husband works.  And we live far, far from family.  This may not be a forever arrangement (both the staying at home or living far from family...) so I'm taking advantage of it while I can.  So Raines and I?  We flew.  Lots. And now that Pax is here...we three fly.  Lots. In...
Mamas, you know those hiking backpacks?  The big ones? Hi, Dad. Yeah.  They are heavy.  I bought this one (after trying on, like 10 others), simply because it was the only backpack I found that didn't make me feel like I was going to fall backwards, turtle-like (It's MEC, btw. WOOT WOOT Canada). Notice, however, the date. Raines is juuuust over one....
October in Italy, like anywhere in the northern hemisphere, can be tricky. One may start the month in shorts and end it in a turtleneck, depending on your luck and where in Italy you're going. . . but the key to dressing in tricky weather is layering pieces with sophisticated flare over basics.
There are few things I've dreaded more than showing up at the beach or the pool after having my two beloved babies. Love them as we do, they tend to wreak havoc on the bod, from the first 9 long months on through the first few years, while it's extremely difficult to fit regular workouts into super busy mom (or is that busy super mom?) schedules. So Ann, please believe me when I say, I truly feel for you here, and I did double time looking for the best postpartum body flattering vacation items I could find.
Reader Question: Hello! I just had a baby 3 weeks ago. We are driving to Arizona June 30th to visit family. It will be a long road trip, with baby and my two other boys ages 6 & 8. My question is …..what do I wear?! I am severely postpartum and about a size 16/18 right now. My belly is still pretty flabby ( from my 8 year old? Haha) I want to be comfortable, but I refuse to wear yoga pants or maternity gear! After following your site for awhile and agreeing with your style…I am hoping you can lend some advice!! I am usually very good at packing and putting together outfits, but this soon after baby has me mystified ;) Shannon Answer: Wow, girl!! A road trip, several weeks postpartum, with two boys and a baby! Impressive. Let's see if we can't figure out some insanely comfortable, yet stylish outfits for you to pack.
NYC is a tough one as a tourist. You want to look edgy and up-to-date, but New Yorkers walk, on average, two miles a day, and tourists probably walk more. So, to get the absolute most out of the city, footwear choices have to be spot-on.
bump.  "Excuse me! Oops - so sorry! Oh my gosh - Raines, no kick!  So sorry about that!" bump bump.  "Excuse me! Oops - so sorry! Yes, it IS hard to fit through." bump.  "Was that your toe?  I'm so sorry!" bump bump bump. "Oh!  I'm sorry.  Oops! Yes, I do have a laptop in this bag." bump.  SIGH. Raines was in the...