Seasonal Decor — and Working Moms

Seasonal Decor and Working Moms | CorporetteMomsLadies, how much do you get into seasonal decor around the house? Do you feel like seasonal decor is harder in some ways for working moms? I’m starting to get into it — when we visited relatives in Texas, my husband’s cousin had the entire house decorated for Halloween, and my older son really liked it. I’m just starting to collect stuff, and it feels like this IS the season — you’ve got Halloween decor, followed by fall harvest/Thanksgiving decor — and, if you celebrate, Christmas decor. (Pictured.)

I like the idea of making our home look nice for the various holidays, and I like the tradition aspect of things, but I will admit, it does seem kind of onerous from a few different angles:

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Washable Wednesday: Ponte-Knit Swing Dress

washable-swing-dress-for-work-old-navyThis dress from Old Navy — just $22! — looks like a great basic. You could wear it with tights and booties, or you could even dress it up with a statement necklace. The swing style is a good one for postpartum bodies, and in general this just looks like a nice, flattering dress. I will say this about Old Navy clothes — they wear really well. I have some Old Navy pieces that I’ve been wearing forever, and they hold up to machine washing and they just last. This dress is on sale for $22 (from $37 full price), and it comes in regular sizes XS-XXL, tall S-XXL, and petite XS-L. Ponte-Knit Swing Dress

Here’s a plus-size option, also at Old Navy.

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.


Festive Tuesday: Classic Stocking Holder

stocking-holder-lands-endIf you’re on the hunt for a good stocking holder this year, check out these pewter ones from Lands’ End — they’re what we’ve been buying for years. My husband and I bought them for ourselves years ago when Lands’ End had a separate discount section, and we paid next to nothing for the two of of ours. More recently we paid almost full price for the boys’ two stocking holders. They’re really cute little designs, and the pewter is a nice heavy weight so that you can put these on a bookshelf or a mantel without worrying they’re going to fall off. They’re highly rated, and you can even get them engraved to make them more personal. They’re $39.50 each, full price, but with Lands’ End current sale, you can get them for just $23.70. Classic Stocking Holder


Maternity Monday: Maternity/Nursing Layered Pencil Dress


This maternity dress comes in a bunch of great colors — we’re featuring the navy, but I also really like the graphite. It’s machine-washable soft jersey, and it’s got a nice-looking nursing cutout. There are no reviews yet, which at Amazon often means taking a chance, but it’s only $23-$30, which is a pretty good deal. Maternity/Nursing Layered Pencil Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.


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

News Roundup

news-roundup-ugly-christmas-sweatersSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…            

  • The Mom Edit rounds up some appropriately tacky Ugly Christmas Sweaters for the whole family.
  • A lawyer and mother shares her thoughts with Above the Law about the impossibility of “having it all.”
  • Hannah Morgan of Career Sherpa writes for U.S. News & World Report about looking like a “real professional” during a job hunt.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut talks to Kate Spade (er, Kate Valentine) for their “How I Get It Done” series.
  • Scary Mommy has a working mom’s open letter to her husband.
  • From Quartz: “The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point.”
  • Sunshine and Hurricanes features some good picks for kids’ subscription boxes.
  • Learn about mom retreats at The Washington Post’s On Parenting.
  • The New York Times talks to adults who took a gap year before college and are glad they did.
  • Have you heard the big news yet? Wired reports that Netflix is allowing users to download content to watch offline. (What’s your kid’s favorite show on Netflix?)
  • Of course, we realize not all stay-at-home moms are like this, but … Romper lists “10 Things Stay-At-Home Moms Need To Stop Saying About Working Moms.”

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