You guys sent me some great questions on instastories so I wanted to share them on here! This may have to be a 2 parter because I received so many questions!
What did I do before I started my blog?
I was an architectural rep, meaning I called on architects, designers and home builders trying to get them to specify my products for upcoming projects. I covered two countertop lines and a few hardware lines. It was a really fun job and my territory was Charlotte and Charleston so it worked out perfectly. Literally two weeks before I had Sterling they eliminated my position because of the economy. Then after Sterling was born I started my blog. When he was a baby I worked part time at a baby store here and would bring him to work with me and I also worked part time doing computer work for my dad until I started making enough money blogging to do it full time.
Where do I see myself in 5 years? Still blogging?
In 5 years I hope to have published my cookbook as you all know that is a huge dream of mine. If blogs are still around in 5 years then yes I will probably still be blogging because I love the creative outlet it gives me.
Do I buy all the clothes I feature on my blog?
I do buy a lot of the clothes but not all of them. I work with lots of companies and local stores who gift me items. Lots of beauty and make-up companies send me products to try as well.
I love Adam Levine, close second Chris Pine.
How do Matt and I manage time with the kids?
Matt has the kids on Wednesday night and every other weekend. Otherwise they are with me. This schedule works well for us and the kids. I have to say Matt and I work really hard at co parenting and being flexible with each others schedules. We have a good routine down and that makes things easier for the kids.
How many nights a week do I cook?
Well this Summer I have been super lazy and rarely cook, but during the school year I would say I cook 3-4 nights a week.
Favorite Food Accounts to Follow?
I have so many I love but these are just a few favorites : Half Baked Harvest (their cookbook is amazing) , What’s Gaby Cooking, Smitten Kitchen, The Feed Feed
#1 Place I want to travel?
Napa is at the top of my list because of my love for wine, but Greece is also up there!
Do I want to get married again?
Well I certainly don’t feel the pressure to get married again. I am not ruling out marriage but it is something I would never rush into.
Do I want more kids?
Honestly at one point in time I really wanted a third baby but now I feel really content with my two. They are getting to be ages that are easier and I can’t imagine starting over again. I have my niece Augusta for when I need my baby fix.
Have I done Botox?
Yes I have done botox twice. It has been well over a year since I last did it so I probably need to get in again.
When do I have time to read?
I always read before I go to bed. It helps with my anxiety to unwind and quiet my mind. I am currently reading Girl Wash Your Face and love it.
Best everyday Designer bag?
This is super hard but I will say I have been loving my Chloe Marcie Satchel. I have the medium size and really love it. It fits everything I need without being too big. Second pick would probably be my Goyard Tote.
Favorite concealer for under eye circles?
This is a tough one I have the worst under eye circles and I am always struggling to cover them. Right now I am using IT bye bye under eye and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I like to layer two together.
Single mom strategies?
Well I am still trying to figure it out but holy moly all I have to say is mad props to all you single moms, it is a damn hard job. I swear the bedtime routine every night is the longest. My kid’s ask me a million questions before they fall asleep in addition to looking for a toy the must have before bed, a glass of water etc it never ends- haha. I fall in bed most nights utterly exhausted. For me a main thing is staying organized. I have two calendars where I keep track of all the kid’s appointments and activities. I also make a detailed to-do list every single day. Also time with friends is important. Being a single mom can be isolating so to me it is important to have fun social events/dinners out with friends or date nights.
Favorite easy lunch?
A chopped salad is my go to lunch. I just use whatever I have on hand. This one has been a favorite lately.
Chopped Salad– Kale + cherry tomatoes + cucumber + chickpeas + hearts of palm + salami + green olives + feta + radishes. Toss all with Tessamae’s Green Goddess Dressing.
Favorite face mask?
These are my 2 current favorite face masks.
Favorite make-up remover or cleansing oil?
I swear by these two. I use the Dermalogica Pre Cleanse before I wash my face it really helps to pre clean your face then I use my face wash.
Kopari Coconut Oil and I use this after if I have extra make-up left around my eyes.
Favorite online shops?
Shopbop, Nordstrom, Tuckernuck and Revolve.
Do I ever see the cast of Southern Charm around town?
Yes I sure do, I have seen them all. I have to say Cameron is the sweetest and even more gorgeous in person.
What do I do with the kids while I run?
I have two neighbors I trade with watching their kids, so I will run while my kid’s play there. I also have a babysitter come sometimes so I can run and work, and do errands. I also take them to my neighbor Rick’s and he watches them. Just whatever works- haha. I try to squeeze in a run however I can.