Dear Wendy
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Wendy’s Weekly Picks

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Wendy’s Weekly Picks,” is a feature in which I’ll highlight stuff I like or recommend in the worlds of fashion, gift ideas, home decor, makeup, websites, entertainment, and recipes. Of course, many of the stuff I link to will be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Here are my favorite finds this week:

The forecast here in NYC is finally above freezing for at least the next 10 days, which means that, instead of snow, endless snow, we’ll be getting plenty of rain. While I would prefer more sunshine, at least I’ll have an excuse to break out these, which are super comfy and practical and pretty cute, too.

I got three new items of clothing last week that I’m really excited about. Finally, after being uncomfortable for two months straight in either non-maternity pants that were too tight or maternity pants that were too loose still in the waist and baggy in the butt (ugh, is this anything worse than baggy butt? There is not), I got these, which made me immediately regretful I suffered for so long in discomfort and which I will never take off again except maybe when I swap them for these skinny jeans which don’t even look like maternity jeans (on account of the awesome insert paneling, which is my new favorite thing and is great even if you’re just sporting a burrito baby) and I will totally wear even when I’m not pregnant (use code DAYBREAK for 35% off your purchase at Gap!). My third new item that I’m excited about is this 5-star reviewed adorable and comfy t-shirt which is just loose enough on me now that I think I’ll be able to wear it for the next couple of months (under a cardigan until it’s warmer) and then after the baby is born as my postpartum body finds it shape again (whatever that post-2 kids, almost 40-year-old shape shall be . . . ).

I mentioned this book in a recent open thread, but it deserves another note here. I read The Distance Between Us in the course of 2 1/2 days last weekend, which is kind of an amazing feat considering it usually takes me 4-6 weeks to actually complete a book, but the credit is due entirely to the author and her riveting story (and story-telling) — well, also credit is due to Drew who didn’t side-eye me too much when I ignored him and Jackson for a big chunk of the weekend as I lost myself in this book (oops, sorry about that). A memoir written by a woman born in an impoverished town in Mexico in the mid-70s, the book tells the story of her turbulent childhood as her parents abandoned her and her siblings for eight years as they sneaked across the border into America, and then about her equally turbulent adolescence after her father came back for them and they lived as undocumented immigrants in a poor neighborhood of LA. It’s a story of adversity, triumph, and, ultimately forgiveness and compassion. Next up is another memoir, North of Normal, which I started over the weekend and am enjoying so far.

Changing the topic entirely, today’s the last day to enjoy the 20% off sale on dresses at Anthropologie. This one is hands-down my favorite. And looking at the reviews, I don’t think I’m alone in that opinion. There’s no way it would fit me now, but I’m so tempted to buy it anyway to have for next year. (I won’t, because that’s impractical, but, oh, how I want to). I also adore this one which is more than half off the original price and is versatile enough to wear to work, on a date, and maybe even for a walk along the boardwalk at the beach. (The beach! I have this sort of lofty goal to make it to the beach at least once this year. It will be tricky because we’re not planning a beach vacation and, by the time it’s actually beach weather here, I’ll be pregnant enough that commuting over an hour to the nearest beach worth going to might be a little risky . . . but, fuck, I might do it anyway. I was born on a beach and I turned out fine. I mean, it was in a hospital on the beach, but, still, beach babies are awesome).

I made this chicken satay with homemade peanut sauce a couple weeks ago for a small Oscar party we hosted and the recipe was a hit. It was a little labor and time-intensive, but well worth it, and the homemade peanut sauce, which was the real star of the show, yielded so much that there was enough left over to mix with noodles (and more chicken and vegetables) for our dinner the next night. Bonus: If you have picky eater kids at home, the peanut butter part of this recipe is usually enough to entice them to eat it (um, if they don’t have a peanut allergy, that is); I can’t promise they’ll eat the veggies though — I’m still looking for whatever magic trick it takes to make that happen (if you know one, please share).

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  • shanshantastic

    shanshantastic March 9, 2015, 1:20 pm

    Oh, maternity clothing woes. 🙂 Baby Z is giving me a mild reprieve – I’m 19 weeks and still in pre-pregnancy clothes mostly – but that’ll probably change here soon. Love your picks!

    Does Jackson do smoothies? That’s my latest veggie sneak attack plan since A is using straws now.

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      Dear Wendy March 9, 2015, 1:26 pm

      He doesn’t like smoothies. I have tried lots of different ones with lots of different straws. If they’re made with anything veggie-ish, he cannot be fooled. I do count our blessings that at least he will eat lots of different fruit (for now). Strawberry, pineapple, mango, and banana are his current favorites.

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki March 9, 2015, 3:33 pm

      I’m jealous. I’m 19 1/2 weeks and I’ve been in maternity clothes since 15 weeks. Well, just the pants because they were too snug for my liking. And of course when I just lost 30 lbs and dropped 3 pant sizes, I didn’t bother keeping any of my bigger pants (even though I knew I was trying to get pregnant!)

      I have been having trouble with maternity capris. I don’t wear skirts, so I can just see in the summer I’ll be super hot. I finally found one pair at Motherhood that worked, but the other 9 pair I tried on at various stores were too long. So long that it wouldn’t even work to roll them up. Not one went more than 3 inches above my ankles. I always thought short and chubby was hard for shopping. Turns out short, chubby and pregnant is worse. Even with the weight I lost.

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      • Lyra

        Lyra March 9, 2015, 6:05 pm

        Have you tried maxi dresses? I’m not really a skirt or dress girl either unless I’m going somewhere fancy and/or performing/conducting a concert. Maxi dresses changed my life last summer! It doesn’t even really feel like a dress, and I’m sure it would fit a baby belly really well!

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    snoopy128 March 9, 2015, 2:40 pm

    I just got those Ray Bans, they are amazing! I like that they are so light and have the “jelly” frame rather than a hard plastic frame.

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    Sandy March 9, 2015, 2:57 pm

    For sneakily getting picky eaters to eat their veggies have you tried adding puréed carrots or butternut squash to macaroni and cheese? I haven’t tried it but you aren’t supposed to taste the vegetables in the mac and cheese apparently. What about creamy vegetable soups? Though if he doesn’t like smoothies he might not like creamy soup.

    I love this recipe for Thai Chicken Pita Sandwiches, the peanut sauce also makes a lot for leftovers but you can stick to your peanut sauce and just add it to the Thai Chiciken Pita Sandwich part if you like – http://www.cookincanuck.com/2014/06/thai-chicken-pita-sandwich-recipe-peanut-sauce/ (You can even skip the pitas and just have a salad with the sauce nom nom.)

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki March 9, 2015, 3:29 pm

      I add all kinds of pureed or finely chopped veggies to things like pasta sauce 🙂 The taste of the sauce covers it up. Or pizza sauce. Of course, some kids don’t even want to eat those things so who knows.

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      • Dear Wendy

        Dear Wendy March 9, 2015, 3:32 pm

        Yeah, jackson won’t eat pasta sauce. And he notices anything pureed or grated in his food. He is honestly the pickiest eater I’m ever encountered.

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki March 9, 2015, 3:34 pm

        Man, I thought I was picky (but I love most fruits and veggies).

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      • FireStar

        FireStar March 9, 2015, 3:45 pm

        pureed butternut squash is wonderfully hidden in baked mac and cheese – and it makes cooking it so easy because it replaces a rue. I can’t even taste it in there and the little one has no idea. Mac and cheese (with old cheddar) hides everything – I throw pureed cauliflower in there too. My freezer is full of pureed vegetables just waiting for a home. My daughter doesn’t like vegetables or meat so if anyone knows how to make meat that doesn’t look or taste like meat – let me know. Right now I’m googling toddler multi vitamins.

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        snoopy128 March 9, 2015, 3:58 pm

        FireStar, is there a reason your daughter need to eat meat right now? I’m sure you are already doing this, but there are lots of other ways to make sure she gets adequate amounts of protein. Once you know she’s getting enough protein, perhaps, just making different meats for the rest of your family and giving her some every meal? That way the pressure isn’t on to have her eat the meat for her protein intake, but it’s there to try?
        I don’t have kids, so I feel weird commenting, but I really like the 100 days of real food blog. I find Lisa fairly nonjudgmental (again, maybe because I don’t have a kid?) and she has great tips for picky eaters for those of you looking for ideas on how to tackle the issue: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/s/?lijit_q=picky

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        snoopy128 March 9, 2015, 3:59 pm

        And I realize now that these tips are more geared to children out of the toddler stage. Oops.

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      • FireStar

        FireStar March 9, 2015, 4:18 pm

        Oh I’d be happy getting any protein into her – but she’s not having it. She looked at me like I betrayed her trust when I tried to feed her humus. If it wasn’t for cheese I’m not sure the stubborn little thing would get any protein. Thanks for the link – I generally cook all her food (so I can sneak the veggies in) so I’m happy to read anything about whole foods and what I can do in the future for her. I suspect I’m going to be fighting this fight for a while…

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    RedroverRedrover March 9, 2015, 3:44 pm

    Wait, when did Gap start doing maternity?!?!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray March 9, 2015, 4:22 pm

      About a million years ago, duh! 😉

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        RedroverRedrover March 9, 2015, 4:30 pm

        Really? Not when I was pregnant. I’m in Canada though, so maybe that’s just here. You guys have so many more options there. And it’s so cheap there! Those pants that Wendy linked are an extra 10 bucks here. Plus tax, so they’d come out to $73.40. *shakes fist*

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray March 9, 2015, 5:54 pm

        I felt sorry for you for a second – maybe even like two or three seconds, but then I thought about your health care…. 😉

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        RedroverRedrover March 9, 2015, 6:03 pm

        Hahahaha, it’s true, I wouldn’t give up the healthcare for cheaper clothes. And food. And gas. And everything, really. But I digress. 🙂

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray March 9, 2015, 4:25 pm

    Know what would be wonderful for all (a small group) of us? More of Wendy’s Picks relating exclusively to maternity clothes, baby stuff, and more baby stuff. Wendy already reminded me of this list of stuff, http://dearwendy.com/advice-for-new-moms-and-dads-stuff-you-need-in-babys-first-six-months/, which I started looking at more closely this week.

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      RedroverRedrover March 9, 2015, 4:33 pm

      I said this on a Friday Links once, but I don’t know if anyone saw it: if you buy knitted tops with deep ribs, you can wear them as normal clothes after. I have this top and it looks totally normal, I wear it regularly (it was from Motherhood):

      http://mcdn.zulilyinc.com/images/cache/product/61008/zu3945832_alt_1_tm1381875453.jpg

      Look how much ribbing! It tightens right up to fit your normal body afterwards.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray March 9, 2015, 4:39 pm

        oh that’s a good idea.

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      RedroverRedrover March 9, 2015, 5:44 pm

      Oh and I have that Ju-Ju-Be diaperbag that Wendy links to in that post, and I love it!

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