Attention KIDDOS: It’s lunch time! I don’t always make my boys fancy lunches, but when I do, they are EXTRA! I’m talking curly straws with juice, crustless sandwiches cut into mini shapes, fun toothpicks and the list goes on.
It’s all about the details. Let’s be honest, kids are visual eaters and DO judge a book by its cover. Turn up the volume on the drab brown bagged lunch and see the difference a little fancy can make. Betcha those kids will notice your efforts. Go crush it moms! #ImYourCheerleader
Tonight I embraced the K.I.S.S. method and kept it simple in the kitchen. Mozzarella basil chicken is a staple in our house. With bikini season right round the corner, I opted for a side of roasted asparagus in leu of carbs. If I haven’t said so before, the best way to slice mozzarella cheese is with original flavorless dental floss. That’s right, DENTAL FLOSS! Sounds insane, right? But when I saw the Barefoot Contessa do it with ease, I was sold. Matter of fact, you can find Top Care dental floss in my Jr Varsity kitchen tools drawer. Have fun in the kitchen, gang!
Finding the right pair of jeans for your body can be a treacherously long and winding road. Finding denim that easily pulls over my thighs and hugs my waist has been a struggle, until Khloe Kardashian and GOOD AMERICAN came along! For the record I am 5’7” and have an athletic/curvy build with powerful quads and hamstrings. These jeans skim your curves without restricting movement. They are extremely slimming and include ultra high rises. In addition to GA, I fancy Mother denim. In my opinion, these brands balance stretch while maintaining their shape. As for my favorite style of denim, nothing makes me feel more fierce than flares. Some will say they are back in style, but if you ask me they never left, love!
Wake up! Time to put on your make-up! I’m a big fond fan of girly stuff, shocker. Growing up in a family dominated by females gave me exposure to the glam life from an early age. My sisters and I adored playing with my mom’s Clinique eye shadow palettes, coral lipsticks, and bright pink blushes. We each had a stash of ‘play make-up’ to fill up a Caboodle. And why shouldn’t we, our favorite past time was getting dolled up and strutting our stuff down a pretend cat walk while our Nana (the MC on the mic) would describe our elaborate costumes, hair and make-up.
My friendships are very important to me, so I make sure to book Girls Nights Out at least once a month. These outings entail three coats of mascara, liquid lipstick, gin & tonics and lots of laughs. Tonight we are putting the babies to bed and hitting up Napa Prime Chop House & Cigar Bar!
Getting gussied up is one of my favorite things to do. I’m here for big hair, big lashes and a fresh manicure. The amount of time it can take to get ready for a GNO is limitless. One would think I’m prepping for the Grammy’s. I enjoy every minute of the process! Love Pinterest, who doesn’t? Click here to check out my board created specifically for outfit inspiration.
If you haven’t attempted a charcuterie board, what are you waiting for, love?! #BOARDit & they will EAT!
Over the holidays I was the queen of transporting boards to parties. Shout out to Maegan Brown #TheBakerMama. The spread below is the fancy board I took to my MIL’s Christmas Eve Brunch. My theme was hearty biscuits with all the fix-ins.
Can I tell ya a little secret…I have NEVER made biscuits! I know, don’t judge me. Being from West (By God) Virginia, this is a sin. Feeling overzealous, I figured I’d make up for lost time and do two different kinds. The first was an Everything Bagel Biscuit curtesy of Daphne Oz. And the second was a Hot Honey & Thyme Biscuit from the masterminds, Erin Patinkin & Agatha Kulaga of Ovenly. They were devoured, and obviously made the cut for Varsity status. #FutureBrunch #AllStar
Cooking is my most favorite past time. When I have infinite time to do it, it’s even more enjoyable. The time you invest prepping your staple ingredients, always pays off. What I mean is this, if fresh vegetables are washed, peeled/trimmed and stored at eye level in the fridge you’re more likely to incorporate them in your dishes. When eggs are hard boiled and shelled, I’m apt to reach for one as a quick snack in a pinch. Anytime I’ve boiled or roasted chicken, I make homemade chicken salad. By simply adding salt, pepper, freshly chopped parsley and scallions, you’ve dressed up an otherwise boring dish. I’m not a fan of eating the same meal on repeat throughout the week. With a little planning, I can assemble healthy meals from the bits and bobs that have been prepared in advance. In my opinion, nobody does this better than Lisa Bryan from Downshiftology.
In each of the pictures above, the meals came together in minutes because I invested time on the front end. By prepping my ingredients before hand, i.e. – chopping vegetables and herbs, that’s one less thing to do when my boys are T-Minus from eating the house down.