Spring Porch Refresh

Great sales continue to center on outdoor future! Our front porch could use refresh and I’ve picked out a few of my favorites to share with you. I’m in love with this outdoor pendent light and boxwood wreath!

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Outdoor pendent light | Outdoor Rug | Outdoor Bench | Love Seat Bench

Boxwood Wreath | Open Weave Basket| Outdoor Lantern |

Outdoor Lumbar Pillow | Mid Century Modern PlanterPlanter |Belly Basket

Monogram Letter | Home Door Mat | Buffalo Check Mat

More outdoor rugs: Neutral with Blue BoarderCream with DiamondTapestry

 

A good rule of thumb for rugs to go opposite of your floor; for example light floors look better with a dark rug.

Target currently has a 15% of sale using code: March.

Happy hunting, I hope you create a great space to enjoy in the upcoming months!

 

You can find more great indoor ideas for inside your home here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/dsm_blog

 

xo,

Christine

Reflections & New Outlooks

 

We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season!

As the year comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year. What went well, and what could have gone differently. Although, this is not the time to beat yourself up. The working mom has an end of year or even end of fiscal year review. It’s a great time to sit down and reflect on accomplishments of the past year. However, stay at home moms, or even working moms, often miss out on this opportunity to reflect on the past quarter, six months or even year of progress. How quickly our small children grow and develop new skills! Isn’t it time you made some time to set goals and perhaps even learn a few new skills too?

For example, I felt like I did really well in the spring planning out our weeks, and even our meals. Then somehow this all fell apart. So this is my number one goal for the new year. Lots of healthy meals that (fingers crossed) everyone will eat! As well all know toddlers can be really picky eaters. I’ll be sharing a lot of our favorite recipes here.

Here are my top three changes I’ll be making in the new year.

1. Plan Meals for the Week & Schedule our Time

I greatly enjoy cooking. I know not everyone does. But I have been so happy that our little girl also loves to help mommy in the kitchen. After my husband built us our own helping tower it has been so much joy being able to cook with her! Here is one of my favorite planners I use to print weekly, and then hang on the fridge. FREE WEEKLY PLANNER My husband and I met on a camping trip in the great smoky mountains. So you know we love to be outdoors and active. There are lots of great groups that let moms be social and also exercise together.  I plan on becoming more involved in my local groups and meeting up with them once a week.

2. Schedule Time to Learn New Skills.

It’s important your children reach their important milestones, but what about you? How fantastic would it be to take some continuing education courses related to your career? Or maybe you’d like to learn a new skill like hand lettering, kick-boxing, or investing in the stock market. There are great sites that can connect coaches with students, the possibility is literally endless! Skill Share literally has thousands of classes, why not try one?

3. Start a weekly vlog.

I’m really excited about this one. I want to share more about trials and errors and find vlogs a fun and easy way to consume and share information quickly and easily. You can listen to a vlog and do other things at the same time! It’s no secret that building massive podcast audiences is possible, but how about vlogs? I intend to find out!

 

These are my top three goals for 2018.

Are you ready to make your own goals for the new year? Here are some tips from Entrepreneur Magazine, goals should be:

  • Specific, achievable and realistic– Make sure your goals are concrete, concise and attainable. …
  • Measurable– Frame your goals in such a way so you can measure your progress. …
  • Timely– Give yourself a reasonable time frame for achieving your goal.

 

As I reflect on the past year, and the new friendships I’ve built, I’m so grateful to have you visiting our blog. Thank you so much for your support and we hope you’ll continue to visit!

xo,

Christine

 

Gifts for the Hostess, a Simple Way to Say ‘Thank You’

I’m so excited to share this very special post written by a very special blogger, my step-mom! I asked her to help me put together a few tips on gifts for a hostess for all the upcoming holiday get togethers. It’s once again that exciting time of year filled with holiday parties, sparkling galas, and dazzling cocktail parties. Let’s take a moment to also remember those who put so much love, patience and effort into hosting these wonderful events.

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity.

Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness.

It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free.

All you need is within you.

Find your heart, and you will find your way.”

-Carlos Barrios, Mayan leader

These are wise words, and great advice. Our lives have gotten so busy! We hurry to work, to the grocery store, to pick up the kids from school, get their costumes for dress rehearsals, our own clothes from the dry cleaners, new dance shoes, the list goes on. In all our busyness, are we missing out on the simple pleasures of the holidays? One of life’s simplest pleasure is giving, and saying ‘Thank you.’ We all know this, but it seems like its just one more thing on the to do list.

We know we should bring a gift to the holiday party we invited to, but struggle to come up with anything. We spend countless hours searching Pinterest, Amazon, or Google. It is so easy to get lost in the search for proper gift idea, or proper etiquette, even what should be simple advice on how to give, what to give and when to give. It all becomes dreadfully overwhelming! After countless articles, opinions and other wild ideas we see online, often we still have no gift and feel more overwhelmed than ever!

A hostess gift shouldn’t be complicated, it doesn’t even have to be something you spend a lot of money on.

Giving, saying thank you, and sharing is in my family’s second nature, you might even say it is ingrained in our DNA. We didn’t have the internet, nor did we spend hours reading books on etiquette. For us, it was simply the pleasure of sharing. The best received gifts are often those based on simplicity. A box of chocolate, a single rose from my mom’s garden, a small plate of warm cookies, a homemade fresh bread, even a bowl of fresh fruit. No matter how simple, it spoke of kindness, it spoke of the heart, and the message was simple – you care!

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For a modern twist on a hostess gift, consider fresh and fragrant gifts. A bouquet of fresh herbs would be a particularly welcome gift to the home chef, but anyone can enjoy fresh greenery in the home. A few sprigs of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram, and lavender. Give extraordinary, ordinary herbs.

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Your lovely bouquet could be a simple conversation starter. For example, did you know these herbs have specific meaning, used by herbalist for centuries as aids for upset stomach, to improve mood, as antiseptic, to boost confidence, not to mention there were times when almost all of them were part of a wedding bouquet.

Combine your herbal gift with a dipping dish, some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh bread for more elaborate gift.

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you’ve been invited to dinner party. When you’re desperately searching for elaborate, proper hostess gift, remember to think of something simple. It doesn’t matter whether you choose a simple bouquet or a more elaborate presentation. The most important thing keep in mind is that whatever gift you give, it comes from a kind, loving, giving heart.

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Wishing you peace and kindness,

Veronika 

Top Picks from the Sale of the Season!

I’m so excited to share with you my top picks from the Nordstrom Fall Sale! I wish I could have everything on sale. There are some great finds for nursing mama’s too! And since I’ve taken the time to shift through all the items for sale to narrow it down to these top few, you don’t have to!

Shirttail Wool & Cashmere Boatneck Tunic 

Tie Tunic Top

Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

Marilyn Stretch Twill Straight Leg Pants

Ami Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans

Darci’ Round Bracelet Watch

Both of this pants have high waists, perfect for keeping everything tucked in. And this watch is the perfect balance of sparkle, felinity, and a touch of class without being too fussy.

Paivley Bootie

Nadia Loafer Mule

Desert’ Wedge Bootie

I love these shoes for the versatility and style! Dressed with jeans or even joggers, these will become your go to shoes this fall! I love all these amazing finds, and I hope you will too! If you still want to find a splurge, or perhaps even get an early Christmas gift for yourself check out a few of my favorites from today’s try on below.

 

 

What to Wear for a Holiday Party

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I absolutely love this sweater and cropped pants, they’re so cozy and comfortable, yet with your favorite pair of heels can be dressed up for the best holiday get together. The v-neck front of this sweater is so flattering and really soft. The pants are super cute and comfortable, who would have guessed?

 

Work Wear or Mom by Day to Date Night Attire

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Pleat Back Blouse , Alina Uplift Stretch Skinny Jeans , Survival Mule

This would be the perfect attire to wear to a casual busy mom day, drop off the kids at school, run to the office to drop off a proposal, and then wear out later for date night with a pair of super sexy heels. Everything about this outfit is so flattering, without much effort. The jeans are amazing, and sculpt and lift everything. The shirt is so flowy, you’ll love it. And the shoes are so comfortable, you won’t want to take them off.

These are my picks, what would you add?

xo,

Christine

Reflections of the Changing Seasons

There is much we can be thankful for, a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, friends and family to spend time with. Yet, as mothers we worry about a lot. Are my children happy and flourishing, are they kind to their friends? Is my spouse happy, does he like his job, does he find me attractive? How is our marriage? There is much to think about as a wife and mother. And yet, nature shows us examples of the most beautiful thing we can do for ourselves and our families. Let go.

Instead of holding on tight to the idea of being a perfect mother, having the perfectly clean house, the perfect wardrobe, the perfect job or the perfect car. Can we just be there for those we love, and not worry about holding ourselves to a standard of the “perfect mother?”

Earlier this week I had a conversation about loss,  a young mother suffered a miscarriage, the doctor said she was 11 weeks pregnant. Of course her and her husband were devastated. Loss it seems, is something rarely spoken about, but perhaps the more we speak up, the more we’ll see that its more frequent that we though. Losing someone is never easy, be it a child, family member, friend or even pet.

 

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These are my first two “babies” who hiked with me to the top of Hanging Rock Park near Danbury, NC.

Each fall, the leaves on the trees turn the most beautiful colors, like the deep, rich red of the sugar maple tree, or the breath taking purple from the dogwood tree, and all the beautiful golden tones by many of the other trees. But we would not see this beauty without the trees be willing to let go.

What can you let go of today so that your inner beauty can shine through?

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My New Favorite Chili Recipe

When you have a hungry husband, and a picky toddler in the house, how do you feed everyone? My very good friend Kristyn at Carolina Fireflies suggested white chicken chili to me months ago. I’m sure I chuckled a little inside and thought to myself (beans? kids don’t eat beans). Well let me tell you, she was right!

So I’m sharing with you, my own twist on White Chicken Chili. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 6-8 hours

Serves: 4-7

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 cups of Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Medium Sweet or Yellow Onion
  • 2 cups Frozen Corn or 1 can White Corn, drained
  • 2 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed
  • 1 can Mild Diced Tomatoes and Chilies, drained
  • 1 Packet McCormick White Bean Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • ½ cup Sour Cream (reserved)

 

  1. Prepare slow cooker, sauté pan, and chop onion.
  2. Add 1 tsp olive oil to a non-stick skillet. Sauté chicken breasts at medium heat until browned. Remove from pan and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining olive oil and chopped onion and cook over low heat until onion is translucent in color, be careful to not burn the onion. Add to slowcooker with chicken.
  4. Place all other ingredients, including 2 cups of chicken stock into the slow cooker except sour cream and stir. Cook on low heat for 6- 8 hours. *Tip: For firmer beans, add one hour before serving the dish.
  5. Immediately before servicing, remove chicken breasts and shred using two forks.
  6. Sir in sour cream (and additional 1 cup of HOT chicken broth if sauce is too thick).
  7. Return chicken to slow cooker and gently mix everything together.

Serve chili with remaining sour cream, corn tortilla strips, shredded cheese, avocado, or how about goldfish? Hey, its all about balance, right?

 

If you make this recipe for your family or next potluck, leave a comment here to let me know how you like it!

xo,

Christine

Welcome! Let’s chat!

Hi!👋🏼 I’m Christine. Daughter of Christ, child of immigrant parents, married to my loving husband / hiking buddy and blessed with a darling little girl who is the light of my life.

I am a people-person (do people still say that?) you’ll get that right away about me if we meet, I love to meet new people. After having worked in the corporate world for nearly 10 years, becoming a stay at home mom was a big change. Maybe you’ve done something similar? Staying home and arranging schedules to make sure feedings, playing, socializing, nap times, baths, bedtimes and other activities like household chores get completed is actually challenging. Who knew? I think because it’s so personal, it’s your family. Of course, I know lots of moms have multiple children and / or work part-time or full-time and still manage to get it all done. Go you!!

I know there are a lot of “perfect” mommy blogs out there, but most of us are far from perfect. I’d like to share the pretty, and the difficult moments here with you and be real.

Here are some of the topics I’ll be sharing with you weekly:

  • Inspiring and uplifting posts
  • Nutritious Meals the whole family will love (read, sneaking veggies into dishes) that will take 30 minutes or less to make,
  • My Favorite outfits for the changing seasons (gosh I love the weather in the south!)
  • Beauty tips for busy moms
  • Fun, low-cost or free things to do with your little ones and the whole family!

 

My hope is that you’ll join this community we’re building and offer your own suggestions or inspiring ideas so we can lift each other up!

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