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[Editor’s note: This story is a letter from a woman to her husband. While this is one example of one type of relationship, we understand, appreciate and celebrate that relationships come in all forms and configurations.]

Dear amazing, wonderful, romantic husband,

You are all of these things and more on a daily basis—because, yes, my idea of “romance” these days is when you volunteer to change the baby’s umpteenth dirty diaper. Hubba-hubba.

You deserve to hear me say this. And, to be honest, I depend on the moral support I get from you, too. With two young kids, we’re deep in the trenches of parenting and it sometimes feel like the only way we’re keeping afloat is on love. (And lots of coffee. Which reminds me, the sexiest thing I’ve seen all year was when you set up that new espresso machine. ?)

But, you know what we don’t need right now? More pressure.

That’s why I’m really, truly, 100% giving you permission to skip Valentine’s Day this year.

I know, I know. This sounds like the set-up for a sitcom. In fact, it is the set-up for a sitcom: While crashed on the couch at the end of a busy day this week, I caught an episode of Matt LeBlanc’s new-to-me show, Man with a Plan.

In it, his wife said exactly what I just did—only she not-so-secretly wanted him to lavish romance and gifts on her. Chaos and hilarity ensued. Predictably, all was well again by the end of the 30 minutes.

As much as it made for some enjoyable TV-viewing, that’s not what I want.

You and I are here in real life, with real day-to-day challenges that accompany raising two little ones. And you know what I need more than another box of chocolate or fancy meal out? For you to continue showing up all the time, each day, as much as you already do. Besides, I can (and will) buy those chocolates for myself. ?

For some people in our shoes, celebrating Valentine’s Day and being on their game the rest of the time may not be mutually exclusive.

But, speaking for myself, the pressure of one more thing on my to-do list may very well be the task that pushes me over the edge. Kidding, kidding—but let’s not test it anyway, okay?

Here’s my bigger point: You know what comes after Valentine’s Day? February 15. I will be one happy girl if we can enjoy that day together, too, rather than feel burnt out from putting the emphasis on just one day.

So this year, let’s make it past the kids’ bedtime and then kick back and enjoy. If we’re feeling crazy, maybe we can even have a glass of wine while sitting at the table instead of moving straight into the Netflix and chill portion of the evening.

While we’re sitting there, I can guarantee you there will be a moment when I catch a glimpse of you—and see you not as the guy who used to make reservations at my favorite restaurant weeks in advance of Valentine’s Day and then pick me up with a bouquet of flowers in his hand.

I’ll see you as someone even more amazing than that:

The guy I fell in love with at first sight during a college party eight years ago.

The husband who was all I really needed through three major moves and two new babies.

The dad who gets up with our toddler at 6 a.m. and has some of that aforementioned espresso ready for me when I get up with the baby an hour later.

The best friend who loves me—despite the spit-up stains and breakdowns.

And the person who does those things during all 365 days of the year.

As those thoughts cross my mind, my heart will (unfathomably) find a way to love you even more. Best of all, it will do the same thing the next day, too. ❤️

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https://www.mother.ly/lifestyle/top-new-york-fashion-week-trends

New York Fashion Week 2020 has come to an end and whether you’re into it or not, it’s no secret that the fashion trends and designs can feel extremely inaccessible for our closets. Most looks are expensive and they don’t seem practical for a mama who is running from work to drop-off and back.

This year, though, the looks were all about paying homage to the ’90s and daring to be bold. As designers showcased upcoming fall and winter styles, we noticed the trends were actually a little more attainable this season. And, frankly, highlighted practical fashion pieces we’re sure mamas will love to add to their wardrobe.

We’re showcasing a few trends you can find in your closet (or affordable options!) that will spruce up your outfit of the day. The best part is that these trends are classic, covetable and will stay around for seasons to come.

Top New York fashion trends that mamas can wear right now:

1. Capes

Not ready to commit to non-practical trend at the moment? We hear you, mama. That’s why we love the capes we spotted on the runways at Carolina Herrera and Jason Wu. If you’re feeling stylish, throw on an oversized cape over whatever you’re wearing. If you’re not feeling it, that’s okay too. Save it for another day with another outfit.

Wear it with: dresses, skirts + pants

We recommend: Banana Republic reversible poncho

2. Glitz + sparkle

Are you tired of neutrals and ready to throw in a bit of pizzazz? Touches of glitz and sparkle on pants, skirts and tops dominated the runways of Brandon Maxwell. Understated sparkle is chic, sexy and so easy to pull off. And, yet adult enough that your pre-teen won’t steal your look. If you’re new to the trend, start small with sparkled shoes or accessories and then build from there.

Wear it with: Anything!

We recommend: AllSaints zelda sparkle sweater

3. Blazers

Blazers may seem old-school, but paired with a skirt or a bold print and it’s instantly golden. Tweed and wool blazers proved to be hot this year and, to be honest, they are the ultimate win for mamas who have tops covered in spit up from little ones. Need a quick change with no time to spare? Spot clean your top and cover it with a stylish blazer.

Wear it with: jeans, skirts + dresses

We recommend: Tommy Hilfiger elbow-patch plaid blazer

4. Ponchos

Ponchos

We love that 2020 is serving mamas a reworked poncho. Traditionally, ponchos were best for cold days and were never the focus of any outfit—until now. Rock a classic one like this one found on the Longchamp runway and it will be a standout in your closet for years to come.

Wear it with: Anything!

We recommend: Lou & Grey ribtrim poncho

5. Oversized chains

Oversized chains

Before you write off bold chains, hear us out. This trend spotted at Ulla Johnson and Bottega Veneta can easily be worn with casual looks or fun date nights. It’s also great for mamas who like a hint of grunge, but don’t want to make a huge statement. Drape a smaller chain on your shoes, tops and pants for a dainty look, or go bigger to make a splash.

Wear it with: skirts, sweaters + dresses

We recommend: J. Crew tortoise chain link necklace

6. Off the shoulder tops

Off the shoulder tops

We’ve been fans of off the shoulder tops and dresses for awhile now, but it’s nice to see the trend finally popping up on runways. This style is perfect for a quick sophisticated (and sexy) look, without baring your midsection or arms. And if you don’t think you have the neckline to pull it off, think again. Try a slightly tighter fit to exaggerate your clavicle. The bottom line is that the look is very versatile and extremely popular.

Wear it with: skirts, pants + jeans

We recommend: Reiss coco off-the-shoulder sweater