News Roundup

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

  • Refinery29 has some advice for business casual workwear. (Some of it is a little out there, though — what do you think?)
  • Bloomberg looks at how motherhood is affecting women’s careers.
  • The Washington Post describes how hard it is for airline employees to pump while they’re on the job.
  • In The Atlantic, Liz Tracy writes about how moms-to-be make decisions about whether or not to keep taking antidepressants during pregnancy.
  • The New York Times tells you about Robin Hood Waldkindergarten and the other 1,500 waldkitas (“forest kindergartens”) in Germany.
  • NPR reports on a study that found that 43% of children who died in car crashes were improperly restrained — or not restrained at all.
  • Speaking of kids’ safety, Scary Mommy has info on the padded shirts and special pads that can protect a kid’s heart if he or she gets hit with a ball in the chest while playing sports.
  • Modern Mom shares the EWG’s recommendations for safe sunscreens for kids. (But read this too.)
  • At TIME’s Motto, Melinda Gates explains how she raised her son to be a feminist.
  • At Mom.me, a breastfeeding mom writes about how the side-lying position for nursing is a huge help.
  • For the Recipe of the Week: Dutch baby pancakes (NYT) are fun to make with your kids, and they’re good for brunch parties too because they bake in the oven rather than on the stove.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, The Huffington Post shares a bunch of great Tina Fey quotes about being a mom.

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Family Friday: Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead

In case you’re not familiar with the Rockabye Baby! line of CDs, they are instrumental lullaby versions of popular songs (from Metallica to Bob Marley to Björk) and many of them are available to stream with Prime (which is great if you want to have Alexa sing your child to sleep!). I’ve also gotten them from the library. One of my favorites is the Radiohead CD, which is full of beautiful, layered songs that are really cool. I wholeheartedly recommend it if you’re a fan of Radiohead. The MP3 download is $10.49 and the CD starts at $3.98 used and $11.00 new at Amazon. Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead

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A Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Dr. Mom, in Florida

doctor mom florida work life balance adviceFor the fourth installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Christa, who is a 30-year-old doctor in Florida with a young daughter. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

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First, Some Basics…

Name: Christa
Lives: In a university town in Florida
Job: Doctor at an academic medical center
Age: 30
Home Situation: I live in a 1600-square-foot, single-family home with my husband, who works a full-time information technology job at the same university where I’m employed, and my daughter, who is around 2 1/2 years old.
Childcare Situation: During the week, we use a local corporate daycare chain that has extended hours (around $1,000/month). Usually drop-off is around 7:30-8:00 a.m. and pick-up is around 5:30-6:00 p.m. My parents live around two hours away and my mother provides emergency childcare.

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Budget Thursday: Linen-Blend Blazer

I like the fun palm print on this Old Navy blazer — and if you need to look professional and want to wear a blazer in the summer when it’s deathly hot (and/or you run hot), this is a nice option. The blue palm print will hide the wrinkles better than solid colors, but this also comes in black and white. It’s $36 and is available in sizes XS-XXL. Linen-Blend Blazer for Women

Here are a few linen-blend blazers in plus sizes from Old Navy.

I wanted to include their jersey knit blazer and ponte blazer in my Corporette roundup of blazers under $50, but they were sold out at the time — so I’m glad to see them back.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Cordelia Ottoman Dress

Everyone loves Boden’s ottoman fabric — it’s a medium-weight, stretchy, sort of fitted material, and this Cordelia dress is fully lined but still machine washable. We’ve featured a number of other dresses in the ottoman line, but not this one. I like the little button details and the simple neckline. It comes in regular and long sizes 2-18 in black and red, and it’s $120 at Boden. Use the coupon code C64T for 25% off. Cordelia Ottoman Dress

If you’re looking for something more affordable, we just highlighted a Lark & Ro dress (at Corporette) at Amazon that’s very similar for $64.

New to Boden? Check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden. Another psst: the big Nordstrom sale starts today! Stay tuned over at Corporette for a roundup of our #Nsale sale picks for workwear.

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for washable clothes for work, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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Accessory Tuesday: Initial Pendant Necklace

If you’re looking for a good, faux-diamond sort of look, I always hear readers singing the praises of Nadri — and here’s one example of their offerings. This initial necklace comes in a lot of different finishes and, obviously, letters. Each letter comes in rose gold, gold, and silver (it’s actually rhodium plating) for only $45. The necklace is really highly rated at Nordstrom, too. I’m a big fan of initial pendants to celebrate my kids, or to celebrate our family name, but you could also celebrate your own name/your maiden name, etc. This just looks like a really wearable, happy little pendant. Initial Pendant Necklace

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