Other than pumpkins and apple cider, there’s little more synonymous with fall than a classic plaid button-down. Whether it’s a buffalo check or a tartan plaid, season after season I find myself on the hunt for that perfect shirt. Well, I think I’ve found it and I’m sharing it today in the first of our new Style Icon series. Rails is a LA-based contemporary clothing company that does a great job blending fashion and relaxed comfort. Their plaid shirts are truly amazing featuring a great, loose fit and the softest jersey knit you can imagine. I love how comfy they are without having to deal with the overheating factor of flannel. I’m not the first to discover this style icon – see below to see how others have styled this perfect plaid shirt.
Before I got pregnant, I would not have considered myself a particularly healthy person. It’s not that I had any overtly unhealthy habits, just more of an omission of intentional healthy choices in my life. Hamburgers and french fries for lunch was a norm, an occasional yoga class was the extent of my physical activity, and my grocery bill had three times as many processed pantry items than organic produce. It’s amazing how much can change in a year!
Now that I’m a mom, living a healthy lifestyle is one of my top priorities. I cook primarily with whole, organic foods, I am re-thinking my skincare routine, and I purchase the majority of my baby items from brands whose mission is to create safe, healthy and non-toxic products.
One of those companies is Earth’s Best Organic and I’m excited to share that I’m partnering with them on a special announcement coming in a couple weeks. Make sure to follow along with the hashtag #EBSpecialDelivery. But, shhh… enough about that, for now.
As I mentioned above, the majority of the foods we eat at home are organic-certified. This is especially true when it comes to the things Beckett eats. Click here for a great article in Time Magazine on Why Organic Is The Right Choice For Parents. In short, children are vulnerable to health and developmental damage, thanks to their small size, fast metabolisms, developing immune system, and less varied diets. And since they’re growing organs that they’re going to have for the rest of their life, it’s important to me that I expose Beckett to as few toxins, pesticides, genetically modified organism (GMOs) and chemicals as possible. A recent study also reported that organic foods are up to 60% higher in antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops. And while it used to be that you had to go to specialty health food stores to find organic products, today many local and convenience retailers, like Kroger and Target, carry some great brands, like Earth’s Best Organic and even some of their own in-house labels.
Beyond what we digest, I’m also starting to prioritize healthier products for our home and body care. Without even realizing it many of our household and skincare products contain harmful chemicals that are being absorbed through the skin or inhaled. And while I don’t want to become paranoid, I do feel like it’s important for me to educate myself, so that I can make informed decisions.
Similar to our food, I am prioritizing these healthier products when it comes to Beckett (call me a first-time mom). Diapers, wipes, sunscreen, lotion, even toys (read my post here on my play philosophy) can all contain potentially hazardous ingredients or materials. But when I do my research and make educated purchasing decisions, within my budget, I feel a lot of peace.
I am so excited to be partnering with a brand that has such great values. In fact, Earth’s Best Organic‘s mission is to “provide ‘better for baby’ products with the freshest, purest ingredients, so parents can nurture their baby’s health with the utmost confidence.” I love that! Us moms have enough other things competing for our worry! Make sure to check back next week and follow hashtag #EBSpecialDelivery to find out what’s coming up for Earth’s Best Organic.
// This post is sponsored by Earth’s Best Organic, but all expressed thoughts and opinions are my own.
Today I am starting a new food series for the blog. I’m not a chef or a food blogger, but I do enjoy finding good recipes and I love admiring well-styled food photography. I’ll be sharing my top favorite recipes and menu ideas for various ingredients, meals and drinks in this new 5 Ways Food Series. I’m starting with one of my favorite afternoon snacks, hummus, which I surprisingly had never tried until this past summer. While I normally pair it with simple pita chips or crudités, hummus is a great, healthy alternative spread or baking sauce.
While there are some great recipes out there for homemade hummus, I usually just pick mine up from the store. I recently received some Skinnygirl Roasted Red Hummus, which is made with non-fat Greek yogurt and is reduced calorie, all-natural, gluten-free and kosher. Oh, and delicious. If hummus is one of your favorite snacks, like mine, you should definitely check out Skinnygirl’s new line of snack foods. They also have dips and salsas! Note: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Skinnygirl. I received a product sample and a promotional item to facilitate my review.
All of these recipes can be made using Skinnygirl’s new line of hummus. They come in classic flavor, cilantro jalapeño, roasted garlic and roasted red pepper. I can’t wait to try them all. If you’re interested in checking them out for yourself, print off the coupon below for $0.75 off at your local Walmart.
Summer has come and gone and everything is all pumpkins, football and layered knits. I absolutely love the autumn season! In Dallas, it’s really the best time of year to be outdoors. Sunny days that have a slight crisp in the air are perfect for afternoons at the park, patio brunches and walks around the lake. And while I wouldn’t consider myself extremely outdoorsy (camping is definitely not my idea of vacation), I am really enjoying spending more time in nature as I get older. That’s also a value I really want to foster with Beckett as she grows up.
However, now that I have this little person to consider when making plans, I’ve found that life is just a little less spontaneous. Thank goodness I’m a planner, especially when it comes to my social life. As in, I make restaurant reservations months in advance. This fall, I’m really looking forward to enjoying the outdoors and getting creative. There’s so much inspiration, it’s hard not to. Below is my bucket list for this fall, which goes until December 21st, by the way. Make sure to follow me on instagram (@moderneve) and see what items I am able to cross of my list!
Modern Eve‘s Fall Bucket List
Spruce up our front porch with some potted plants and pumpkins
DIY Beckett’s Halloween costume
Eat fried Oreos at the Texas State Fair
Grill out at White Rock Lake
Sell Beckett’s old clothes on Ebay
Check out some well-designed homes here,here and here
Make homemade apple cider
Start some early Christmas shopping with Partner’s Card
Go see Gone Girl, Mockingjay Part 1 and Wild at the theater
Organize and back-up our digital photos
Dine out at Lyfe Kitchen Tailgate for SMU’s Homecoming
Finish my woven tapestry Experiment with some crock-pot soup recipes
Travel to Virginia for Thanksgiving
Shop the J.Crew Warehouse Sale on Black Friday
Sew Beckett a dress
Design our annual Christmas card
Take Beckett to get a photo with Santa
Convert home office to a “family creative space”
When you’re first starting to decorate a home, there are inevitably spaces that fall to the bottom of the priority list. Guest rooms, perhaps? The laundry room? For me, it’s been our entryway. Our entryway, in fact, is empty and has been for seven years. As the holiday season approaches and I am thinking about my entertaining plans, I’ve realized just how important the entryway can be. It sets the tone of your home for your guests. If it’s cluttered with piles of unread mail, dirty shoes and haphazardly thrown jackets you’ll make quite a different impression than if it’s a well-defined, calm and purposeful space, like these gorgeous photos. I don’t know what the rest of these homes look like, but I bet they’re extremely cozy and peaceful.
Art is another item to bring into the entryway. Whether it’s a large statement piece or a curated collection of frames, it’s a great way to introduce your personality at the very starting point of your home.