Everyday Chic

Body Talk And Self-Discipline

If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that I've spent the past five days detoxing my mind, body and soul. Which is why I'm sharing this excerpt from Everyday Chic on self-discipline and body image. Anyone can have self-discipline, you just need to be in the right mindset.

Body Talk And Self-Discipline

Inner Work For Supermommas

As parents, we are always learning and adapting as our kids get older, change, and develop different needs. As women, professionals, wives, mothers, and friends, our needs are always changing too. Below are a few of the big issues that I find myself constantly navigating, some of which you might be navigating too. They are ongoing, and I’m doing my very best, but some days, some weeks— maybe even some years— are better than others.

Inner Work For Supermommas

How I Keep My Space Clean, Green + Glam

Since Tuesday was the first day of Spring, I thought it was time to share some ways to go green while you're spring cleaning!  In 2006, I first read Christopher Gavigan’s book Healthy Child, Healthy World, and it opened my eyes to some of the possible dangers of chemicals in many common household products.

How I Keep My Space Clean, Green + Glam

Inside My Kids' Playroom

In our previous house, we didn’t have a playroom. Our living room was also the playroom. I’m sure a lot of you can relate! In fact, the train tracks and train that Grandpa Ray gave Brooks were pretty much permanently on the coffee table. Today, we're taking you inside the most fun room in the house: the playroom. 

Inside My Kids' Playroom

Designer Secrets For Making A Home Look More Expensive

Whatever your style, there are certain things that just ooze chicness and glamour. These are some touches, tricks and details that can give a space that extra design polish. 

Designer Secrets For Making A Home Look More Expensive

How To Truly Age Gracefully

Aging is a biological reality that all of us share as long as we have the privilege to continue on this earth. And there are numerous benefits to aging. But in our culture, especially for women, aging is big fat negative. It’s associated with all kinds of bad things that we are supposed to “fight.” The language we use when we talk about aging is like we are in a war against nature and time: “Turn- back the clock.” “Try this new anti- aging miracle cream. “Fight wrinkles and sun spots.” And I’d be lying to you if I said that I was completely kumbaya about aging— that I love every dark spot and undereye circle and fine line so much that I want to sing a song about it. Hell, no. It’s especially hard when you’ve made a career in entertainment.

How To Truly Age Gracefully

My Homes Over The Years

If I didn't have a career in acting and modeling, I swear I would have become an interior designer. I am beyond obsessed with the whole idea of buying and flipping homes... Drew & Jonathan Scott... I hope you're reading this. But in all honesty, interior design is my true passion. 

My Homes Over The Years

Total Pantry Makeover

When it comes to healthy eating and meal planning, an organized pantry is key. I hired the absolutely amazing women behind the blog, website, and business the Home Edit (Joanna and Clea) to help me organize and beautify my pantry, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Just looking at my new and improved pantry once we’d finished brought tears of joy and relief to my eyes. It wasn’t just because my pantry was suddenly glam (though that was great) but also because I could finally find things! And now I am saving money because stuff isn’t hidden behind other stuff, and I can see what I have, so pantry items are no longer going bad because they’re forgotten.

Total Pantry Makeover

Our Parenting Principles

Parenting is, hands down, the toughest job in the world. Both Scott and I know that being an engaged parent is no small task and that there is no one right way to do it. But after three kids (and making many mistakes and learning along the way), we have discovered a few things that work for our family, most of the time. These are by no means the last word on parenting; the fact is, parenting is such an individualized thing that what works for one family will not necessarily work for another. Even so, I wanted to share a few ideas with you in hopes that what helped us might help your family too.

Our Parenting Principles

No Fail Nachos + Skinny Moscow Mule for Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is approaching (Let's go PATRIOTS!!!) and if your family is anything like mine, we are a FOOTBALL family! Whether you're hosting this year's Super Bowl party or just attending, I have two recipes that are crowd pleasers every year. Both of these are in my book, Everyday Chic.

No Fail Nachos + Skinny Moscow Mule for Super Bowl Sunday

The Family Calendar = Security + Sanity!

I live and breathe by our family calendar. Without it, I am nothing. I would never remember Brooks’s soccer practice, Scarlett’s playdates, my meetings, or Scott’s travel. I would go supermomma batsh*t crazy without it. It’s not that I want to be rigid. It’s the opposite actually. With the schedule written out and accessible to Scott and myself and our child- care providers, we can relax because it provides clarity and order.

The Family Calendar = Security + Sanity!

The Dish On Decluttering

Organization is kind of like weight loss. Once you get your space organized, you suddenly feel lighter, like you have more energy for other stuff. But if you don’t have a plan to keep the weight off— or to keep things organized— it’s easy to backslide. I may be an obsessive cleaner by nature, but I still need a plan to keep things on track. Clea and Joanna, my ladies from the Home Edit, have spent countless hours helping me develop step- by- step strategies and systems for streamlining and organizing my home, which I am now going to share with you!

The Dish On Decluttering

VLOG: "Everyday Chic" Book Tour in NYC

I am beyond excited to share this week's YouTube video with all of you! I feel like it really captures who I truly am in the realest fashion. Aside from birthing baby Grey, this book was a huge accomplishment for myself. I'm not going to lie, it was definitely challenging but beyond rewarding. There were moments where I honestly didn't think I was going to be able to meet the deadline or that people would hate it. But when it was all dead and gone, I am so proud with what we delivered. 

VLOG: "Everyday Chic" Book Tour in NYC

My Meal Prep 2/2/2+1 Strategy

I'm sure you guys can sense a theme in this week's blog content... it's all about tackling the New Year! If eating healthier or getting dinner on the table is a resolution of yours, welcome to my meal prep strategy: the 2/2/2+1. 

My Meal Prep 2/2/2+1 Strategy

44 Ways To Keep Sh*t Real

With my forty- fourth birthday just recently behind me, I decided to challenge myself to write down forty- four ways that I’ve learned to keep it real, stay grounded, and focus on what’s most important:

44 Ways To Keep Sh*t Real

Let's Talk About... Wellness

Have you guys been enjoying my "Let's Talk About" series? I'm having so much fun with it because it's my way to connect with all of you. I love seeing what aspects of my life interest you and different ways I can help you in your day to day lives. Since the new year is less than a week away, I thought that wellness would be the best topic to ring in 2018. I received a lot of questions from you guys with this one and I tried to filter them the best I could. So let's get right into it.

Let's Talk About... Wellness

My 10 Tenets of Happiness

Happiness. It’s a subject that has been discussed and debated for ages by everyone from ancient philosophers like Socrates to contemporary spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama. And recently, scientists and sociologists have jumped on board, conducting study a er study in search of a way to quantify our happy days. And what research shows, time and time again, is that personal happiness has a lot to do with intentional behaviors—in other words, things that we can control! Happiness is highly influenced by our choices and voluntary behaviors. Here are a few well- documented ways to cultivate happiness in your home:

My 10 Tenets of Happiness

Tips For Photographing Your Family

Documenting the everyday and special occasions is so much easier in the modern age. We’ve got high-quality camera phones and even video cameras wherever we go. With ease, we can record and play back our lives. However, I do still love the tradition of setting up more formal photos for special occasions, such as the holidays, summer vacation, big family gatherings, and the annual family photo or during a pregnancy and after the birth of a new baby. The photos can be candid or more formal, but the point is, they are precisely captured. It’s so touching to look back on these years and these events and have a collection of images that tell our family story.

Tips For Photographing Your Family

The Most Common Party Planning Mistakes with Stefanie Cove

The Most Common Party Planning Mistakes with Stefanie Cove. In my book, Everyday Chic, I included Stefanie as one of my experts (for obvious reasons). She’s truly the best in the business. Not only does she have exceptional taste but her keen eye for detail gives her that edge up. In party planning, detail is everything. With so many moving parts, things can go wrong at any moment. According to Stefanie, “the most common party mistakes are probably the tiny, easy things you forget about.”

The Most Common Party Planning Mistakes with Stefanie Cove

A Rustic & Chic Fall Tablescape With Mimi Brown 

A Rustic & Chic Fall Tablescape With Mimi Brown. I love a fresh floral arrangement more than anything. When I’m looking for inspiration, I always look to one person: one of my best friends and Everyday Chic influencer, Mimi Brown. Mimi has her own floral design studio in NYC and has created tablescapes for everyone from Zac Posen to Net-A-Porter and Goop

A Rustic & Chic Fall Tablescape With Mimi Brown 

Three Easy Dinner Hacks For Busy Mommas With Catherine McCord

Three Easy Dinner Hacks For Busy Mommas With Catherine McCordCatherine McCord is one of my cluster of stars who gave me some of my many secrets that have saved my life. She wrote a chapter in my book, Everyday Chic, called Everyday Superkiddo Secrets about hacks to get your picky eaters to eat.

Three Easy Dinner Hacks For Busy Mommas With Catherine McCord

How to Host an Everyday Chic & Intimate Dinner with Friends 

In the Entertaining in Style chapter of my new book, Everyday Chic, I give you a peek into the 5 special gatherings we’ve hosted over the past few years in our home. Today, on the blog, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite events to host: an intimate dinner with friends. 

How to Host an Everyday Chic & Intimate Dinner with Friends