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Boy, I know you love it,How we're smart enough to make these millions.Strong enough to bear the child
 

Woman With A Plan

May 18 · Issue #28 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

Boy, I know you love it,
How we’re smart enough to make these millions.
Strong enough to bear the children,
Then get back to business.
― Beyoncé

Even Flow
A funny thing happened this week. In an early morning fog, I forgot to flush a tampon. A few minutes later, my oldest son shouted from the bathroom, “WHAT is that THING in the toilet?!” Of course, this prompted his brothers to rush to the crime scene. My husband and I shared a look of panic as I scanned my brain for an explanation. My first thought was to make up an excuse (“Mommy had a bloody nose and had to plug it up!”) But then Michelle Wolf’s words popped into my mind and I thought, fuck it. Boys need to learn about these things too. As we gathered around the commode, I asked if they remembered the sperm + egg = baby scenario we’ve discussed, which drew a trio of concerned head nods. I explained how a woman’s body prepares to turn an egg into a baby and when that doesn’t happen, her body sheds the nutrients it had been storing up inside. I told them my body goes through this process every month and showed them the boxes of tampons and pads hidden under our bathroom sink, like contraband sponges. They were a bit alarmed at first and only slightly grossed out. My oldest even remarked how unfair it was that mommy’s body still prepares for a baby even though daddy visited a doctor to stop him from making one. Great point kid, GREAT POINT. Like many of life’s mysteries, it held little intrigue once it was solved, and they were back to arguing over baseball in no time. Now if only someone had explained that mystery to me when I was a little girl.  
via @gemmacorrell
Media Diet
Who’s excited for the royal wedding this weekend? 🙋Here’s a handy guide from the NY Times for any last minute questions. I love seeing this couple break many long-standing traditions, from the first female trumpeter to an African American Bishop. Not to mention the evolution of the royal family (Wallis Simpson must be spinning in her grave). Wishing a lifetime of happiness to the handsome couple, and please no more drama
Roxane Gay’s new anthology of first-person essays on rape, assault, and harassment should be mandatory reading for men in our post #metoo culture. Here’s one excerpt on Hollywood sexism by actress Ally Sheedy.
This is so obviously YANNY. (And the dress was WHITE and GOLD.)
I love you internet, but I miss the days of scouring thrift shops with my old friends.
Well played GQ, well played.
We’re gearing up for a farewell karaoke night this weekend and I’m feeling inspired by these swan songs. Or maybe I should go with the 10 most uplifting songs, according to science. Either way, there will definitely be some of this on the playlist. 
All Hail The Queen
Open Tabs
A friend of mine recently shared a fantastic tip to print oversized black and white photos on the engineering printer at Staples. They are super cheap ($2-$8 each) and low-resolution in an artistic way. I’ve been thinking about artwork to bring with us to Vienna and printed a bunch of these to roll up and pack in our luggage. 
West Elm is partnering with Pottery Barn Kids on a new collection and it may be good enough to send my husband back to the doctor. It kills me that all the baby gear is so much better than it was eight years ago.
Wide leg cropped pants are on trend this spring and while I’m not entirely on board, I’m tempted by these white options. (I might have to add this white waffle knit sweater from Everlane to match.)
How cute are these pool slides with a retro vibe? I also like the look of these sandals
These are another summer essential (I have no less than five of them!)
I’ve been eyeing a few striped summer dresses this week. Love this one from J. Crew, and this ruched shirtdress looks strikingly similar to a Veronica Beard style I’ve admired for a while. 
Lastly, here’s a helpful list for any of you looking for that “Markle Sparkle.” ✨👸🏾✨
Favorite Mother's Day Gift 💕
Have a Royal Weekend
Woman With A Plan is a newsletter by Sarah Richey, soon-to-be expat and mom of three feminists in the making.
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