Style

Simplified Wardrobe: Five Updates for Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Updates

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to adjust to a new seasonal wardrobe. As I have mentioned before, I like to have a capsule wardrobe for each season. It simplifies my day-to-day life when I know I have appropriate clothing regardless of where I am going. As a busy mom, I want to look put together, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time deciding what to wear. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight a few fun items I am daydreaming about for spring. Each of these classic, yet trendy items works well  with my existing wardrobe and will add some fun and versatility, allowing me to get more use out of the pieces I already have.  Continue reading “Simplified Wardrobe: Five Updates for Spring 2017”

Local

Five Great Reasons to Visit The Muse Knoxville

If you are looking for a unique, fun, and educational indoor activity for children ages one to 100, The Muse may be just what you need.  The non-profit facility is Knoxville’s only children’s science museum, with a lot of great activities packed into one location. Every inch of the 4,000 square foot building is utilized to the greatest capacity to create a wonderful and educational experience for all ages. The space continues to grow,  with the addition of two new exhibits in 2016, and the recent expansion of its planetarium program.

We recently spent an afternoon at The Muse and found the new additions and continual improvements impressive. If you are considering a trip, here are five great reasons to visit.Stem Station

Stem Station–  According to the Muse’s website, The STEM station is “an obstacle course for the mind.” With multiple interactive exhibits, visitors eight years old and older can explore a variety of hands-on topics. Guests can enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills by  building and launching air rockets, learning about pressure systems, creating circuits, designing their own magnetic structures, or building and propelling air cars.

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Holidays, Recipes

Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Menu

Simple St. Patrick's Day Menu copy

St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday to celebrate with children each year. Like many families, we enjoy dressing up in green, eating green food, and enjoying corned beef and cabbage. (We have also been known to break out into an impromptu Irish step dance party in the living room.)  This year’s celebration included simple kid-friendly treats and an easy traditional dinner.  Everyone seemed to enjoy this stress-free take on the menu, so I thought I would share a few ideas. Here are three simple and kid-friendly options for feeding a family on St. Patrick’s Day.  Continue reading “Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Menu”

Decor

Simple and Festive Saint Patrick’s Day Tablescape

Spring tablescapeHello, friends! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Eve. I was feeling festive, so I gathered a few things from around the house and put together a quick tablescape.  Rather than go with a themed table, I chose to use green, white, and gold and work with different shades and textures. I am very pleased with how everything turned out, and I think it’s versatile enough to work past St. Patrick’s Day. Continue reading “Simple and Festive Saint Patrick’s Day Tablescape”

Encouragement

Mismatched Socks and Embracing Imperfection

mismatched socks
A few weeks ago, I attended a birthday party with one of my children. Everything about the day had been a little bit crazy. It wasn’t until I received a text from another mom in the class that I even knew about the party. My child had failed to mention when he received the invitation at school two weeks prior. After a whirlwind of text messages, a conversation about the importance of celebrating with friends and sending RSVP’s, an apology to the birthday child’s mom (her response was very gracious and she said her son would be thrilled if we could still attend), and a frantic trip to Target, we had just enough time to get to the party right as it started. Despite my initial embarrassment, I was pleased with the way things had turned out, and satisfied that, despite the last-minute rush, we showed up at the party right on time. In fact, I was pretty proud that we pulled it together so quickly.

That was until we walked in the door and everyone took off their shoes.

Then I remembered I was wearing mismatched socks.

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Style

Simplified Wardrobe: One Sweater, Three Ways

pinksweater_spring copyHello, friends! Does anyone remember Facebook circa 2004 when it was still “The Facebook” and everyone needed a college email address to sign up? Remember Facebook Flair and all the different groups people could join? These weren’t like the groups we have now. They were fun things like, “Pink is my favorite color,” and “Leopard is a Neutral,” and “Capsule Wardrobes are the best.” Actually, I made up the last two, but if this were Facebook in the early 2000’s, those would be the groups I would want to join. All of those sentiments are true and have helped me simplify my wardrobe, which has helped simplify my life.

There are so many great resources dedicated to capsule wardrobes, and I look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here is a peek at one of my favorite versatile items. Continue reading “Simplified Wardrobe: One Sweater, Three Ways”

Recipes

Crustless Spinach Quiche: A Simple Go-To Recipe for Multiple Occasions

crustless-spinach-quiche-on-a-plate1Well, I’m not a food blogger or a chef, but I am a busy mom and I do believe everyone should have a go-to recipe in her arsenal. And I am all about making things as simple as possible. This delightful dish is quick, uncomplicated, inexpensive, versatile, and delicious. It has only a few ingredients that I almost always have on hand. It’s also gluten-free and can be made ahead of time, making it a perfect dish for morning commitments. (It’s usually all I can do to get myself and my children out the door, so the last thing I can think about is trying to whip together some breakfast casserole in the morning. Problem solved!) I have prepared this for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner, and I often take it as a baby meal for new moms (as long as there are no dietary restrictions involved.)

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