Dear Wendy
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Wendy’s Picks

Wendy’s Weekly Picks,” is a feature in which I highlight stuff I like or recommend in the worlds of fashion, gift ideas, home decor, makeup, websites, entertainment, and recipes. Of course, ​much​ 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:

Living in the city with small kids has its challenges, not the least of which is getting around. We don’t own a car, so any time we go anywhere we have to figure out the least inconvenient way of getting there with a kindergartner and a toddler in tow. Grabbing a Lyft or taxi or local car service is going to be a lot easier since I discovered this booster car seat (for kids age 4 and up) that folds down to the size of a package of wipes that you can throw into your purse. Designed for short rides, it has a clip that brings the seatbelt lower so it rests comfortably across a child’s chest, where it’s supposed to rest, instead of across his forehead. And did I mention it folds down to the size and weight of a padded envelope? Genius!

The semi-annual Nordstrom sale is underway. Didn’t you say you needed some new sandals for summer? These are super cute!

Looking for a new beach bag? I love this one — and it’s mega marked down, too!

And, here, in case you want adorable earrings that kind of match.

I’ve been using this Coola sunscreen moisturizer daily for the last year or so, and I love it, but now that the the sun’s shining more brightly I wanted something with a little more protection. Enter: La Roche-Posay. With a 60 SPF, it has more protection than the Coola, and it glides on like butter, but without even a hint of greasiness (“ultra-light texture and fast absorbing matte finish”). Seriously, I’m amazed how good this feels on my skin. Usually, when I try something new on my face — a cleanser or moisturizer or mask or whatever — there’s a little irritation for a day or two until my skin adjusts. But not with this. It’s incredible — I’ve never felt this excited about sunscreen before.

I’ve been riding my bike a lot lately, and since it’s usually too warm to wear a jacket, I’ve been carrying my keys and wallet in this, which also doubles as a u-lock holster. Bonus: I can wear it when I volunteer at Jackson’s school, too, which is a convenient way to be hands-free but still be able to carry my essentials. Double bonus: I get lots of compliments on it (and not just from 5-year-olds).

Have you all seen Mommy Dead and Dearest yet on HBO? It’s a new true-crime documentary about the murder of a woman, Dee Dee Blanchard, at the hands of her daughter, Gypsy, whom she’d abused for years in a most bizarre way. “Child Abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare.” It’s sad, but riveting. For once, I even managed to stay awake through a whole movie and not nod off even once.

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    Muffy May 30, 2017, 2:22 pm

    If you like the Mommy Dearest show you should listen to the podcast on the Sword and the Scale. It was around June 2015 I believe that they did that episode.

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      girltuesday May 31, 2017, 2:08 pm

      Generation Why just did a great one, too! Both were great. If anyone needs true crime podcast recs, let me know – I love them!

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    jbindc May 30, 2017, 2:50 pm

    The u-lock link isn’t working…and I’m so curious!!!

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      Dear Wendy May 30, 2017, 3:25 pm

      Hmm, it’s working for me, but here it us again:
      http://shopstyle.it/l/I00

      It’s a fanny pack but the lock sort of hooks around it )look at the 4th image in the product link for an example).

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    Kate May 30, 2017, 2:55 pm

    La Roche-Posay products are great. The Effaclar Duo keeps my pores clear without drying, and their pigmentation serum cleared up my darker spots.

    Also, Mommy Dead and Dearest is creepily fascinating.

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  • honeybeenicki

    honeybeenicki May 30, 2017, 3:16 pm

    I just saw a trailer for Mommy Dead and Dearest today (first I’ve heard of it). We don’t have HBO but we have a Fire Stick so I’ll definitely look for it!

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    Wendy's Sister May 30, 2017, 5:18 pm

    Don’t have HBO. Do they show a lot of Springfield, MO in the documentary?

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      Dear Wendy May 30, 2017, 7:28 pm

      No, not really.

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    RedroverRedrover May 30, 2017, 6:27 pm

    On the travel booster seat topic, there’s also this:
    https://saferide4kids.com/product/ridesafer-travel-vest/

    It says it’s rated for 3 and up. Unfortunately it’s of cloudy legality in Canada, or else I would already have one. It’s legal here for kids with special needs, with a prescription. If you check out the FAQs it has a section where it goes through the language of the law in every US state to indicate whether it’s legal or not in that state.

    I’ve also got that CARE thing for use in airplanes, which is similar, and which I like.

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      Fyodor May 31, 2017, 6:26 pm

      We used it when our daughter was younger. It was very convenient to carry around. The kid didn’t like that she couldn’t see out the window, but we persevered through her complaints.

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  • angelsiris11

    angelsiris11 June 5, 2017, 1:12 pm

    I would love a post all about the items that makes life easier as a parent to young kids in the city!

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