I love it when my kids want to spend time being creative, whether that be with paint, markers, stamps, etc., but the whole art supply “scene” at our house is always a disaster. Super messy and disorganized. Similar chaos occurred whenever we would visit my parents, and my mom came up with the most fabulous solution – fun, compact, and cute – a kid’s suitcase. It keeps the supplies in one place, makes for easy storage, and it’s an easy thing for the kids to find and get on their own, as opposed to continually asking us for the crayons…and then the markers…and then the Play-Doh…and then the stamps.
I held out for a long time on purchasing a long puffer coat, which is pretty much the uniform of all Minnesota women in winter. But I did last season and I admit – I’m not sure how I did without one for so long, since I wear it almost every day. So on the occasion where it’s a touch warmer or if we have a bit of bright sun, I’ll opt for a chunky scarf to get me to and from the car, like on this quick date with Trevor. Just to mix it up a bit. And on the days when it’s particularly chilly, this is the look I will sport in the office during the day, as well. I love to have a big scarf that I can wrap around my neck, shoulders, or even my lap if needed. And on the days I’m hustling from meeting to meeting, it can sit on the back of my chair.
Banana Republic scarf (love this spring version here) | Anthropologie pants (similar here and on sale) and tunic (and similar here) | Banana Republic booties | MARC JACOBS handbag | Kate Spade sunglasses | Michael Kors watch
For the first time in I can’t remember how many years, Trevor and I are taking a beach vacation this spring. This will be the first time with the kids, so much of the trip will be different than “the old days” but one thing never seems to change – the looming anxiety over wearing a swimsuit. Time to increase the protein intake and decrease the carb intake. And by carb intake I mean Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (the timing of the release of the Tonight Dough flavor is maddening, because man does that look good). I cracked open a William Sonoma Cookbook a friend gave to me at Christmas, titled Good For You (link here). I figured it was a good place to start, and chose these Cashew Chicken Lettuce Tacos for dinner on Sunday. There were a few more steps than I would prefer on a weeknight, but I presume that gets easier with familiarity of the style of cooking (I don’t do a lot of stir-fry). The tacos were very tasty, and even better warmed up the next day. The recipe, with some adaptations from the original (link here) is included below.