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Rainy/Sick Day Activities: Water Cups

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The easiest thing to do with a sick, fussy toddler, of course, is to pop him on the couch and let him veg out in front of the TV. That’s what I feel like doing when I’ve been barfing my brains out. But when my two-year-old, who never saw an operational television until he was over a year old, started talking about the Wonder Pets like they were friends of his a couple of weeks ago, I realized it was [way past] time to put the breaks on the boob tube consumption.

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What We’re Reading This Week: Wearing Flats With Tights from Blue Collar Catwalk

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Dear reader: have you ever considered the rule of thirds with regard to your flat footwear? How about the sheen and texture of your shoes in relation to your tights? Have you recently scrutinized the curves of your feet and how your flats accentuate them, either elongating or shortening your leg, depending on their fit? No? Mmm hmm. . . I didn’t think so.
Neither have I, and I suppose that’s why I’ve been largely unsuccessful at pairing flats with skirts and tights. I either a.) spit and curse my 5’4″ (and 5/8ths!) height, then put on a pair of heels instead, or b.) spit and curse my 5’4″ (and 5/8ths!) height, then opt for trousers.

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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
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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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End of Winter Outfit Inspirations: Nordstroms Part 2, Coffee and Museum

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For the next bit of winter inspiration (pictured again on Becky at left), Leisa chose a soft range of neutrals, paired with bright pops of colors, and finished off with light-colored leather accessories. The light gray boots and soft caramel bag are surprisingly versatile, and will only look better with age.

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End of Winter Outfit Inspirations: Nordstroms Part 1, Playground

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P1161764Feeling the winter blahs? Me too. Despite all of the the NY Fashion Week reports coming out of the blog-o-sphere last week, I still need a bit of cold-weather inspiration to get me through the next month or so. So we hooked up with Leisa Payton, a Personal Stylist at Nordstroms to glean some ideas of how to mix up our winter clothing with a little dose of Spring.
Leisa’s first look (pictured on Becky at left) layers a Spring safari jacket over cozier winter items to create a warm, yet cute look that can easily go to the playground.

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