How To Get Ice Cream Out of a Swimsuit

Few things are as annoying as wanting to wear something and realizing it’s stained with ice cream or melted chocolate. Picture this: You’re a kid getting ready to play a mean game of Marco Polo only to be told by mom that the metallic two-piece you’ve coveted is one wash short of acceptable for wear.

MELT. DOWN.

Have no fear. We tapped Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd, co-founders of The Laundress, to find out 1. How to wash a swimsuit fast and 2. How to wash a swimsuit correctly. Because, apparently there is a right way.

If you want to hand wash:

  1. From sunscreen stains and chlorine to perspiration and ice cream drips, messes are common in all the summer fun. Pretreat chlorine, sunscreen, and perspiration stains with the Wash & Stain Bar. Wet the bar and work it into the fabric, underwire, and straps.
  2. Hand washing is the best and safest method to clean swimwear. Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of detergent to a washbasin or sink filled with cool to warm water.
  3. Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute the soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Do not wring or twist. Instead, press the water out of the item.

If you’re more into the machine:

  1. To machine wash, turn the item inside out, and place it in a mesh washing bag to preserve elasticity and prevent tearing and snagging in the machine. Select the delicate cycle and use warm water. Add the appropriate amount of detergent according to the machine and load size.
  2. Lay the item flat to dry in its original shape. Always air-dry activewear and swimwear. The high heat of the dryer will reduce elasticity and lead to the fabric’s degradation.

Shelley Sanders, Co-Founder Of The Last Line, On Three Kids, One Company, And All The Chaos

This mom of three best describes her world as “a beautiful dream and a mess”. Here, she talks being a husband and wife business duo, being at capacity and what 7 am looks like at their house. @thelastlinela

What is The Last Line?

A well-crafted line of forever pieces that are fashionable yet timeless. Every piece of jewelry we make I can imagine myself wearing when I was a little girl, a teen, now, and also when I’m older. (You can shop it here!)

What’s it like to own and run a business with your husband?

Similar to parenting three kids with him, but like having a fourth. Running a business is a collaborative effort which requires a level of dedication and focus that resembles the commitment and love a family does. Before we started The Last Line, he was a photographer and I was a jewelry designer. Naturally, we brought each other in on projects whether for inspiration or advice, so it was a seamless transition to be working together. Technically he’s CEO, and I’m Creative Director, however, as it goes, with a small business, sometimes he moonlights in the creative department, and I moonlight in the CEO department.

How has motherhood evolved from having two boys, and now a girl?

We span the gender spectrum on all fronts. Raising two boys that are 21 months apart sometimes feels like twins, Hallow is 6.5 years old and Arrow is 5 years old. However, with that said, while they’re close in age they have very different personalities. One is physically adventurous, while the other is book-curious. Therefore, when we had Goldie, we were already comfortable with different energies in the house. She’s a real mix of both feminine and masculine energy. It’s been great to have that contrast and balance in our home.

What does 7AM in your house look like?

Chaos. Although I love to sleep, I force myself to get up early at 5:45 am. It was ambitious to launch our business with young kids, and as a result, we have sacrificed on things like sleep and relaxation. I make a point of getting up early to attend to work responsibilities before my kids are awake; otherwise, it’s just the worst combination, when you have to work and be with your kids at the same time. You feel like a failure on all fronts.

Once they’re up, it’s mayhem until about 7:45AM when we all pile in the car for the family caravan to school. Teddy and I take turns with drop-off every morning. Whoever’s not going to school is dropped off at the office first, then we continue on. We bring Goldie back to the office where she hangs out with The Last Line team until her nanny picks her up. We’re at max capacity! There are no idle moments and our systems are firing on all fronts. It’s all the things. A beautiful dream, and a mess.

What does one free hour to yourself look like?

The one thing that I do “for me” is pilates twice a week at the office. We do it as a team! So I suppose that’s not entirely JUST for me.

An unexpectedly awesome aspect of parenting?

It’s very cool to see them going through experiences that I remember when I was their age. Also the special little conversations we have. For example, the other day my son said to me: “Mom, you look great.” And, I cried.

An unexpectedly NOT awesome aspect of parenting?

When they have struggles, or their hearts are broken, and you realize there’s nothing you can do to “save them.”

Any advice to share?

As you add more responsibilities to your plate, you naturally hone the skills to be able to multi-task and self-sacrifice (a little bit more). While it may look easy on Instagram, it’s hard emotionally to be a parent and work. Therefore I have come to learn that you can’t be all things to everyone and everything all the time. And, that’s OK.

Oscars as Moms

Let’s look at the Oscar’s a little differently, shall we?

 

Because there are lots of things to look at on the Internet (and lots of things you’d rather be doing) we’ll scour the WWW—bringing you the most smile-inducing, share-worthy thing we find each week so you have something OF IMPORTANCE to discuss at your next dinner party.

This week: The Oscars Should All Be Moms

Where: The Cut

What: There were plenty of unknowns surrounding the Oscars this year. Who’s going to host? (Spoiler alert: no one, and it worked.) Will certain awards really not be televised? (Cinematography, seriously?) Not to mention OMG-worthy moments like that mesmerizing and borderline uncomfortably-intimate Shallow performance and a film about menstruation winning Best Documentary (hell yes).

But the best thing to come out of the evening came from The Cut, where writer @mmaggeler  proposes how to make next year’s award ceremony run smoothly, and we’re totally on board—make all the Oscars moms. Moms as dates! Moms accepting awards and thanking their moms! Stars taking selfies with their moms! Mom-mania! And dads and kids too (because there’s nothing more glamorous than stuffing a bite-sized clutch full of Goldfish, amirite?).

3 Parents Talk Ear Piercings

This week we chatted with three NYC-based moms on ear piercings—is it appropriate for kids? At what age? Where should you do it? AHHHHH, decisions!

Three Parents Talk is our brand spankin’ new series where we talk to (you guessed it!) a trio of moms and dads with diverse parenting styles about some of the significant and often hilarious issues we face on this wild and crazy ride called parenthood. 

When I was a kid, I begged and begged my parents to let me get my ears pierced. But like everything deemed unnecessary (hello, shaving my legs), I had to wait. When I finally got to sit in that chair at Claire’s at the very mature age of 14, I knew this was one of those pivotal life moments—like getting braces or taking my training wheels off, buying my first bra or having my first crush.

Plus, the memories keep coming! You’ll remember the studs you wore to your graduation, your grandma’s pearls at your wedding, plus all those times your baby tested out their newfound (and very powerful) grip by trying to literally rip the hoops out of your ears.

“Both my girls got theirs pierced at seven. That’s how long it took to wear down my husband the first time and then the precedent was set. We took them both to a tattoo and piercing place in Brooklyn [laughs].”—Devina, Head of Apparel, Mom of 3

 

“My family’s from Ecuador and we usually pierce the infant’s ears at around two months so everyone knows they’re a girl. It’s supposed to be less painful when they’re little because the earlobe is very thin—just make sure it’s done by a doctor or nurse.”—Debbie, Daycare Owner, Mom of 2

 

“It’s not something I would do without my child prompting it. And that being said, I would want them to wait until it felt age appropriate, like middle school. They need to be mature enough to care for their ears during the healing process.”—Courtney, Fashion Stylist, Mom of 1