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  • How To Dress for Pumping at Work

    6 tips to make your pumping breaks at the office a whole lot easier.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Breastfeed. Be all hands on deck at home. Cook. Clean. Get back in shape. Eat healthy. Make time for your partner, your friends and your family. Crush it at work… while pumping… while looking stylish and feeling like yourself! The expectations on mamas these days are all-consuming and overwhelming, and finding your personal style that is both office and pumping friendly can be especially challenging.

    Luckily, maternity and breastfeeding clothing has been on the rise and, to this day, continues to gain momentum. And thanks to big retailers and smaller brands alike, the modern mama can now create a professional wardrobe that looks and feels good and that allows her to step out of meetings to pump that liquid gold out with ease (and without having to strip down to her underwear). 

    Want to make your office attire pumping friendly? Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when putting your work outfit together.

    1. Get a few nursing or pumping friendly clothes. While you don’t have to heavily invest in items with limited wearability, I think purchasing a handful of versatile pumping-friendly pieces will take any pumping working mama far (and ensure a return on the investment). Items such as the Elif dress from Mitera, the Layla dress from Loyal Hana or the Chloe dress from Teat & Cosset. While your breastfeeding days may have a shelf life, these beautiful items...

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  • Why the Moms Behind the Teachers’ Strikes Inspire Us

    How mothers can make a difference, one picket sign at a time.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    For nine whole days, teachers in West Virginia, which ranks 48th in the country when it comes to teachers’ pay, traded chalkboards for picket signs, rallying at the state capitol to demand a higher salary to make up for quickly rising healthcare costs. School was cancelled across the state, as the teachers — many of whom are mothers, with children in the public school system — refused to leave the capitol until their demands were met.

    The move was risky; as many as 67 percent of kids qualify for school lunch in West Virginia, which translates to thousands of hungry children; and with no school, West Virginia’s working parents were left in a childcare bind. But teachers woke up earlier than ever to prepare free meals at churches, and those who weren’t at the capitol rallying for better health coverage and higher wages, were at community centers forming makeshift daycares to look after kids whose parents still had to go to work.

    Their rallying paid off. West Virginia leaders ultimately agreed to increase teachers’ salaries and investigate the state’s health insurance program. Emboldened by that success, public school teachers in Oklahoma, who are paid even less than those in West Virginia, will likely strike unless lawmakers approve pay raises by April 2. Teachers in Arizona and Kentucky could follow close behind.

    The groundswell of activism is an important reminder of what we can do when we make our voices heard, and how standing up for what’s right is our responsibility as mothers — to our children, to our communities and to each other.

    Here are a few of the courageous teachers — and mothers — behind West Virginia’s successful strike.

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Apr. 2nd, 2018

    What's It Like To Raise A Child In 2018? (NY Times): The NY Times is looking to hear from readers about the issues and challenges of raising a child in today's day and age. 

    What Happens When You Ask Kids In Prison How To Fix The Justice System? (Fast Company): "That’s the idea behind Caught, a new podcast from WNYC where young kids who have experienced arrest and detention tell their stories–and suggest ways to move beyond our current system."

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  • 9 Awesome Nursery Trends in 2018

    Designs and decors for your babe (and you) that are sophisticated and fun!

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Are you on your Pinterest boards, hunting for the latest nursery trends, more than you are on your Google calendar? Whether you are expecting or are simply looking for an update, baby’s universe is full of surprising trends that gives a nod to our grown-up aesthetics this year, and we love it!

    From marble and concrete details to black accents reigning over baby’s world, celebrity nursery Designer Vanessa Antonelli gives us the lowdown on the trends that are likely to permeate your your little one’s space. Here are the 9 nursery trends that she predicted for 2018.

    1. Marble… not in the kitchen. We’ve seen marble rise to the tippy top of trends in kitchens and baths over the last five years. Well, now it’s heading to the nursery. If the material wasn’t so heavy and hard, I’m sure it would make its way to the cribs and dressers, but that’s simply not realistic. Parents-to-be are loving the serene and stylish look that marble offers, so it has made its way onto...

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Mar. 19th, 2018

    In New Books For Kids, Women's Victories Speak Loud And Clear (NY Times): Four new books for Women's History Month "highlighting the gender discrepancy in most tellings of the American story and seeking to fill in their gaps for a new generation."

    An 11-Year-Old Spoke Up For All Black Girls In Influential March For Our Lives Speech (Refinery29): “I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”

    What Happens When Moms Design A Lactation Room (Co.Design): Three Perkins+Will mothers conceptualize the pumping room of their dreams.

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  • Things We Read: Week of Mar. 5th, 2018

    This International Women's Day, Build A New Rolodex (Refinery29): Refinery29's list of inspirational women's inspirational women. 

    This Gorgeous Classroom Was Assembled In 4 Hours For Just $200K (Co.Design): "Assembled in just a day, these structures are an example of sustainability and good design."

    5 Sleep-Habit Tweaks To Help You Adjust To Daylight Saving Time (Fast Company): A few ways to cushion the mental and physiological blow from that hour of sleep we're about to lose.

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