Maternity Monday: Belly Belt Combo Kit

I haven’t seen these Belly Belts before — I don’t think they were around when I was pregnant in 2011 and 2014. I used to just take a rubber band and wrap it around my pants button and through the buttonhole — and voilà, more room! But that did have an unfortunate tendency for your pants to gape at the top. (We also had the BellaBand, which we’ve featured, and it’s still around.) It’s nice to see that this Belly Belt extender at Target has you covered (literally) — I can see it as being a handy thing for getting a lot of wear out of your non-maternity pants, particularly if you’re comfortable with a black, white, or navy liner there. These are machine washable and are getting really positive reviews. A set of three is $20 at Target. Fertile Mind Belly Belt Combo Kit

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Building a maternity wardrobe for work? Check out our page with more suggestions along both classic and trendy/seasonal lines.

Weekend Open Thread

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Whether you’re trying to fit in a quick workout or just run errands or hit the playground with your kiddo in some semblance of comfort and style, Zella workout pants are great — I particularly like that they’re high waisted, opaque, and super durable. They’re $75, available in sizes XXS-XL (but alas, some colors/size combos are sold out). Note that this weekend Nordstrom is offering triple points, so it’s a great time to stock up on basics like denim, lingerie, and other basics. Autumn High Waist Moto Ankle Leggings

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News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 is available for pre-order for November shipping. The Smart Passive Income Podcast recently interviewed co-author Francesca Cavallo about the wild success of their crowdfunding campaign.
  • Scary Mommy encourages moms to embrace “visible belly outline,” now trending on Instagram as #VBO (some images NSFW).
  • Mommyish speculates that an ad seeking a Mandarin-speaking nanny for $130k could be for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, who recently announced the birth of their second child—on Facebook, of course.
  • Working Mother shares CNN’s Alisyn Camerota’s experience of being sexually harassed by Fox News’ Roger Ailes, including how she explained it to her 12-year-old twin daughters and 10-year-old son after the story was shared on Twitter.
  • Huffington Post reports that, for the first time, “a federal appellate court has recognized that employers are obligated to accommodate workers who are breastfeeding, just as they would employees who are injured.”
  • Romper shares blogger Esther Anderson’s viral video comparing her first pregnancy to being pregnant while raising toddlers.
  • The Washington Post has details about a bankruptcy filing by Toys R Us, reporting that “1,600 Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations would operate ‘as usual.'”
  • The Washington Post also reports that, according to a study published in the journal Child Development, teens have been experiencing milestones like driving a car, serious dating, working for pay, and drinking alcohol later and later—since 1976.
  • Quartz shares a Twitter battle between two London museums, The Science Museum and The Natural History Museum, that will make your day.
  • Recipe of the Week: Corporette readers have been sharing their favorite chicken recipes, including this New York Times recipe for oven-roasted chicken shawarma.
  • Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s provides a hipster preschooler bingo chart.

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Family Friday: Oh My Gosh A-Line Dress

No… you probably don’t want to wear this to work (unless you work with kids). But if you’re a mom who wears a lot of dresses, your kids might be amused by this cute bat dress from ModCloth. (They also have dinosaurs, bats, and other cute options!) It’s $59, and available in sizes S-4X — but note that some colors are more sold out than others. Boo. Oh My Gosh A-Line Dress in Bats

Ladies, what are you doing to prepare for Halloween? Do you have any seasonal decor up yet — are you stocked for Halloween night? What will your kiddos be this year for Halloween — and will you or your partner dress up? (I’m just super stoked that I found the “spooky pumpkin” shirt that J loved last year — it still fits, yay!)

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Organizing Thursday: Bronze Star Art Cable

A number of readers noted on Tuesday’s post with tips for preserving kids’ artwork that they use the Ikea wires, which are super affordable if there happens to be an Ikea near you. (Amazon also has them, with a long shipping speed.) We actually bought the Ikea version years ago but never put it up  — I think at the time I was worried about safety issues with the baby. Now just to find it… In any event, I now see that Pottery Barn has their own version with cute little bronze stars — they’re twice as much right now ($29 to the Ikea $14) but they do have a bit less of a “shower curtain wire” look to them. They’re $29 (on sale) at Pottery Barn. Bronze Star Art Cable

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