3 fabulous fall styles for mama

Because you get to go back-to-school in style, too.

3 fabulous fall styles for mama

By now most of your school and pre-school age kids are settling into their new routines. Perhaps you are feeling back in the groove of things as well. The leaves are starting to turn and as Instagram revealed last week, Starbucks’ new fall cups have arrived. It’s the turn of a new season, and while I am sure you dropped a wad of cash shopping for your little ones’ back to school duds, I fear that you have forgotten about yourself. Let me remind you. Moms need new clothes too and it is my humble belief that yoga pants should be reserved for legitimately coming straight from yoga.


I am writing this specifically for moms who work from home—whether that is for yourself, for someone else, or for your family full-time. It is so easy to fall into a rut of boring basics and stretched out stretchy pants. But I have great news! Comfortable clothes can also be fabulous!

I personally refer to back to school #momstyle as “pick-up clothes.” When you pick-up your child from school, it’s far too late in the day to get away with wearing what you slept in. You need something easy to throw on, something presentable, and something that says, “I have it together as a woman” as your daughter’s teacher tells you that she ate sand during recess.

Let me break it down for you:

  1. The Pick-Up Dress (funny how the phrase has a totally different connotation as a mom, no?)

    If you are able to stock your closet with 5-10 comfy dresses that make you feel good about yourself, then you will be set for the first semester. Look for silhouettes that don’t cling and won’t spin you out on “frumpy days.” Search for soft, washable fabrics and for colors and prints that can transition from season to season.

This Rachel Pally mini dress with a slight drop waist can be worn from front to back. Try the boat neck side for day time tasks with the kiddos in tow or flip it around for date night to add a little pizzazz!

Rachel Pally’s long sleeve, knee length caftan is the definition of easy dressing. The stretch jersey neckline is perfect for breastfeeding or pumping and the gathers at the empire waist help hide any residual baby weight

Every mama needs an easy, go-to dress in her closet for no-brain required dressing on sleep deprived days. This is said dress. With easy access for nursing on-the-go, washable fabric, and an affordable price - this dress may become your new best-friend.

2. The Pick-Up Pants

I am not saying you shouldn’t wear activewear from time to time (especially chic activewear) but it might be nice to add a little variety to your weekly style choices. In addition to denim, it’s nice to have a few options of elastic waist and washable pants to get you from the playground to the dinner table.

When it comes to pants, it doesn’t get much better than these by Ace and Jig. Made of soft washable cotton with an elastic waist, these pants will become your go-to.

These super chic elastic waist pants (in the back only) are a great alternative to a classic black pant. The crimson color and fringe hem give them a fun, on trend look.

What more can a new mom ask for than a chic elastic waist pant?

3. Pick-Up Tops

Think tunics (for legging days). Think washable (for playground days). Think versatile (for every day). If you are not going with the one-piece strategy of a dress or a jumpsuit, then it is crucial that you only purchase tops that will go with a variety of bottoms. Solid colors and classic prints are a great place to start.

This collarless, placket button down, tunic style blouse is a great staple piece for any wardrobe, but it’s ideal for a new mama trying to get her body back to “normal.” The relaxed fit in a non-clingy fabric looks great worn untucked with skinny pants or leggings.

This school boy plaid is the perfect print for fallThis school boy plaid is the perfect print for fall. We love the “swingy” silhouette as it camouflages post baby tummy. Style yours with your favorite denim - skinny, boyfriend, or wide leg for the weekend or a casual day with the kids. Dress it up with a feminine skirt for a date night. The easy access button down is perfect for nursing mamas.

Every mama needs a handful of button down shirts in her wardrobe. We love this one for its flattering a-line cut and feminine peter pan collar. The silhouette can be worn tucked in with high-rise skirts and styles or untucked for a comfy, chic look.

Last week I discovered a quote, “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.” Though it may seem silly for you to take carpool line this seriously, I think that it is important for our children to see us take pride in ourselves—no matter where we are going. Remember that you do not need a special occasion to look and feel special.

Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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We're only a few months into the new year and there are already some new celebrity arrivals making headlines while making their new parents proud.

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