First: local friends: I pledge to check out not one but two newish and potentially fun-looking local spots within the next week and post back with the full scoop. The good, the bad, and yes, the ugly.
Second: because vacation season will soon be upon us and many of us have small kids who freaking LOVE the water (whether we like it or not) let's all make a pledge to get some bathing attire that makes us feel, if not like a supermodel, at least like a good-looking mama with nothing to hide. Ok? Ok!!! Like many women, I have battled this demon for years and finally found peace with pieces from Athleta.com. Designed for active women who also want to look current and, dare I say, cute, whilst chasing kids around the pool/beach/pond, and perhaps actually swimming, they've really got this thing down. I'm a huge fan of the skirted bottoms (which are so far from frumpy its not even funny) and the tankini tops. Others might love the shorts and bikini tops... whatever your build, these are really worth a try. Not super cheap but worth the investment. If price is a big issue, there are some great styles in the sale section and if you're concerned about fit, read the customer reviews, they're uber-helpful. Great return/exchange policy too.