Womom August 2011

For the woman behind the mom.

Alanna Weissman

Rent a Dress
Helping pregnant women avoid the hefty price tag of a whole new wardrobe is Mine for Nine, which allows moms-to-be to rent designer maternity clothes on a monthly basis. With styles for all occasions and up to 75 percent off retail prices, Mine for Nine provides an affordable alternative to purchasing maternity wear. Rent some duds at www.minefornine.com.

Defining Your Child
Ever wish you had the vocabulary to describe some of the more abstract concepts of parenthood? Now you do. Eric Ruhalter’s book The Kid Dictionary (CreateSpace) lists comical original words that nearly all parents can identify with, such as uptitude (“the intense desire to be the one who presses the button in an elevator”) and wishjack (“when a child blows out the candles on another child’s birthday cake”). Learn the lingo by buying the book at www.thekiddictionary.com.

Spice It Up
Looking to add new flavors to the meals you serve your family? Vermont’s Teeny Tiny Spice Co. is a family owned and operated business that produces spice blends inspired by ethnic foods. Sold in reusable 2.8-ounce tins, the spices are perfect for lending uniqueness and a kick to home cooking. Browse the selection of spice blends at www.teenytinyspice.com.

Clean Up Your Act
Bogged down by yard work this summer? Barbara Tako’s Clutter Clearing Choices (O Books) shows readers how to organize their houses in a humorous way. With sections organized by season, and hilarity throughout, the book is sure to reform even the messiest mom. Learn more at www.clutterclearingchoices.com.

Pretty Parenting
Proving that breastfeeding moms can in fact have fashionable yet practical wardrobes is Milkstars, which has released a line of pajamas in addition to the brand’s trusted blouses for new moms. Cleverly concealing the nursing feature when not in use, the line is comfortable as well as chic and ideal for everyday wear. View styles at www.milkstars.com.

This column appeared in the August 2011 issue.