Great Kitchen Investment: Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

I am going to come clean, which I haven’t done on the blog enough recently, but I was a terrible chef for myself, my kids, and my husband last year. I’m not proud to say there were many nights when I left my husband fending for himself and whipping up some very creative leftovers (read toast and eggs). He is always happy to cook for us too, but as he gets home at 8pm most nights, and I work from home, I am the weekday chef. I think food is an incredibly important part of life. Health and wellness has such correlation to what we eat and drink. All that being said I am committing to trying new things this year, and cooking healthy meals throughout the week (and not just on Saturday/Sunday nights). So far the kids have loved swordfish sautéed in lemon and butter, and shrimp stir fry was a huge hit. My 10 year old cooked a little this summer too and I hope to get some of her recipes on the blog in the months to come. (See how I said “in the months to come” instead of “in the weeks to come”? Clearly I am being very reasonable with my goal setting this year too. Ha!)

A few years back I decided to toss our very old non-stick pots and pans (I had read some awful articles about what happens when the non-stick materials start to break down and leach into your food), and I bought this stainless steel set by Cuisinart. I have LOVED using them. They clean easily, cook beautifully, and I don’t have to worry about them being harmful to our family. I just wanted to share my favorite pans in case any other readers are feeling like they need some shiny new pans to get them back to the stove… Be well friends.

Parent Talk with Cristina Young – Thriving During Back to School

I’m thrilled to welcome Cristina Young back to the blog just in time for ‘”back to school”. I always find her commentary (previously here and here) to be useful and on point as I navigate the ever-changing landscape of parenthood. If you are anything like me, you stumble into September feeling unprepared for a faster… read more

Fall is Coming

This weekend temperatures dropped almost 20 degrees overnight. It had me finally thinking about fall layers, cozy meals, and the first indoor fire of the season. The new school year always feels like a fresh start. I’m ready for the energy shift, are you?   *images: Pinterest, Habitually Chic, and Cutter Brooks

Great App: Audible

As you all know, I’ve been listening to podcasts while I walk and drive for a few years now. I blogged about some of my favorites here. There is literally not a topic you can’t find in podcast form – from the history of how chimneys work to mastering self love. I still love podcasts, but I… read more

Fabulous Steven Gambrel Townhouse

I am a full fledge suburbanite now, but if I had to move back to NYC this townhouse at 68 Morton Street would be a lovely place to live. Currently owned by renowned interior designer Steven Gambrel, every paper and pillow chosen are just perfect. It was originally built in 1846, and Gambrel was very… read more

Friday for the Win

Who wants to join me at the movies??? This Amy Schumer movie, I Feel Pretty just looks beyond. I’ve long been obsessed with movie trailer watching late at night when I have a million other things I should be doing. This one made me laugh out loud. Who wants to see it with me? x… read more

The Best Summer Sunscreen: Beautycounter

Here it is friends. My all-time, favorite, sunscreen this year is from Beautycounter. It’s their new line called Countersun and you can find it here. It glides on smoothly, doesn’t make your eyes tear up when you sweat, and smells delicious. I’ve had great luck with mineral sunscreens in the last few years. I promise… read more

Workout Gear Refresh with Build by Janel

Well hello summer people. Hoping this blog post finds you sinking into the slower pace of my favorite season. I’ve been loving every hot muggy second. And I am thrilled to report I’ve found extra time to get “back on the mat”! After a few injuries I took some time away from yoga and didn’t… read more

Little Wings Gives: Summer Supply Drive for the Boys and Girls Club

For those looking to fill their empty calendar now that many schools are out, we have one last opportunity for you to give back before the summer is officially upon us! We’re hosting a Little Wings Foundation event this week. Please stop by our garage next Wednesday (June 13) between 9am and 6pm to help… read more

Spring is FINALLY Here

Come on spring!!! The sunshine has been a serious game changer over here. Here are some of the outfits, flowers, animals, and food inspiring me this season. Get out there and enjoy the spring!