What is your favorite place to find clothes for children?

Target, Target, Target. I'm already going there a couple times a week anyway, but Target also has amazing sales. If you shop the racks often and buy ahead of yourself, you can get the cutest things at a fraction of the price.

And another cheap hidden gem: Old Navy. Maybe it's because there's not one very near my house, but I always forget about Old Navy. They have the cutest trendy clothes for baby. I really like shopping there for darling sweaters, coats, and shoes, and their girls' leggings are normally a heck of a bargain.

Plus, let's not forget H&M. Sure your kid and every other kid on the playground will be dressed exactly alike; but those Swedes know what they're doing and the clothes are just darn cute.

But let's say that I have all the money in the world to spend and I feel like dressing my baby in something she can't get dirty for some reason. Then I'm all about the Baby GAP and Janie & Jack. You just can't deny the cuteness.

(Denverites: One of my favorite baby consignment shops is in Golden, called "Bumps and Bundles." They have really high-end baby clothes for good prices.)

What tips would you give to a mom who is trying to remain stylish while raising a family?

I've answered this question a few different ways before, and I'm running a "series" of sorts on Circle of Moms right now. I think the main point is, decide that you want to be a good mom first and resolve that it will HAVE to effect your fashion. But that doesn't mean you can't find new and fun ways to be stylish.

Find a comfy, functional outfit that you can dress up with your own flair. Invest in shoes that you can chase your kids in but that make you feel good. Pick out a cute diaper bag, and don't be afraid to splurge on it--it's as attached to you as your kids. Learn to love accessories, but be practical about the types you can wear with babies--think cuff bracelets and stud earrings. Things that stay close to the body.

And above all else, even if it means the kids fuss in their nursery for a second or pull on your shirt while they wait, give yourself ten minutes in front of the mirror every morning. Brush your teeth, fix your hair, dab on a little makeup. Even if it's stressful pulling it together, you'll feel so much better for it once it's done.

What's one beauty product you would recommend to all moms?

I'm not a huge beauty product guru. Honestly, the thing I can't live without? Moisturizer. I try to take really good care of my skin. And because I do, I feel confident enough in how my face looks even on those days when I can't get to my makeup drawer.

What is one practical and fashionable item every mom must have? Please include a link to a photo if you have one.

Sarah Ann Noel

My feet grew during pregnancy--from a size 6.5 to an 8! Yikes! Between fallen arches and a new crazy supermom schedule, I've found my sky-high heels not the most practical of fashion accessories. I've been stocking up on a fabulous collection of ballet flats, kitten heels, and flat boots for the fall. And you know what? I'm loving it (and I think my little toesies are too)!
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How do you make shopping for your family's clothes affordable?

Sarah Ann Noel

My honest answer seems counterintuitive: I shop often. But this way I'm aware of what's out there, what's on sale, and can get to the discounted racks before they're picked over. This is particularly helpful around the holidays. Heck, I've been Christmas shopping since August; if I find the right thing at the right price, I buy it and set it aside. That spreads out mybudget and makes it all more enjoyable too!
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Do you have suggestions to help dads more comfortably participate in "mommy and me" events?

Sarah Ann Noel

Well, first of all, I think stop calling them "mommy and me" events. Why can't they just be family events? That right-off-the-bat makes dads feel like they shouldn't be there. One thing I've noticed about Trev, fantastic father that he is, is that something structured with Iris really helps his participation. FInding activities where he can interact with her in a setup way rather than just a free-for-all. She has fun and he feels like he's really playing and teaching her.
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