A mommy friend of mine recently asked me a very important question. "Stylish Mommy," she said, "I've been wearing my Uggs every winter for years. I'm sooo over it. What can I wear instead?" I think it's the shoe conundrum a lot of us at- home mommies have. Uggs are so warm, so easy to slip on, and fit so well into a casual lifestyle in the 'burbs that just doesn't call for daily wear of Loubitons. But if your Uggs are making you say "ugh", here are some other ideas:
 

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Alex Ralph is one of those moms who makes you think, "How on Earth does she do it all?" Alex is a mom to toddler Adalyn and baby Eloise, a wife of a busy business student, and a photographer with her own business, Alex Christine. She specializes in adorable newborn shots, families, and weddings. On top of it all, she always looks great!  (I think I'd hate her if she wasn't so darn nice! ;-)

So naturally Alex was a perfect choice for the Stylish Mommy of the Month. I wanted to hear how she manages to stay so together with such a busy life!
  Read on....

BTW...
If you have someone  (and that can mean yourself, too!) who you would like to submit for this feature, send me a note!



SM: How would you describe how your style has changed now that you're a busy working mom?

AR: Well, I've been either nursing or pregnant since November 2010, so my style has changed A LOT.  My number one change in style is having to find tops that I can nurse in.  You will now always find me in a v-neck or button down shirt.

SM
: What are your mom wardrobe must-haves?

AR: Every mom of young kids needs a few good pairs of back yoga pants.  I actually get mine at Victoria Secret because I'm 5'8 and need their tall lengths.  My next MUST HAVE is a coat that has a hood  [SM: like this one.]  Whether you're pushing a single or a double stroller, there will come a day when you have to get your babies out of the car in the rain.  My umbrella is always covering my babies, so a hood is a must for me. 

SM: What do you use as a diaper bag?
AR: As a photographer, I bring my camera almost anywhere, but even when my camera isn't along for the ride, I have my Kelly Moore 2Sues.  I love all of the compartments that help keep me organized and love that it can all be easily wiped down with a wet cloth.

SM: Describe your beauty routine.

AR
: I use Moroccan Oil when I blow dry and their curl cream when I don't have time to blow-dry.  I could not live without either of those! It's rare that I leave the house without concealer under my eyes, a quick dusting of Bare Minerals foundation, my MAC blush, and a coat of Maybelline Great Lash mascara.

SM: What items do you like to have in your home to keep you feeling calm and create a soothing environment?

AR: Pictures!!!  But seriously, when I'm stressed or frazzled, or fighting with my toddler over dinner, nothing calms me down more than glancing over at one of the pictures I've taken AND printed out and put in a frame in my living room.

SM:
What is currently on your wish list?
AR:  A Keurig machine!  I feel like I'm way late to game on this, but my husband just currently quit coffee for tea.  There is no way I'm giving up my coffee, but I hate making a pot just for me.  I also love that we can buy pods for his tea.  So Santa, if you're reading this, that's what I'd like for Christmas. ;)


PictureWhat every busy mom needs: A Keurig....













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...and a super stylish big bag.
 
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It's one of my favorite days of the year, the day that my online shopping problem actually becomes a good thing! I've quickly compiled for you some of my favorite deals of the day from my usual roster of favorite sites:

Amazon: up to 60% off clothing, half price on some toys

Asos.com: free shipping and up to 25% off women's clothes and accessories


Carters.com : 50% off entire site

Hautelook: free shipping all day long


Nordstrom.com: various Cyber Monday sales


Old Navy: 30% off entire site

Potterybarnkids.com: free shipping and sales on dolls, ornaments and kitchen toys


Shoes.com: 25$ off entire site


Target: buy one get on 30-50% off toys, clothes and home stuff

Tech stuff, various: check out the deals listed here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/02/best-cyber-monday-deals_n_4371546.html