Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Scoop

I'm waaaaay behind posting on the blog. Whoever said things tend to slow down in the summer is clearly mistaken. I'm going to try posting my Q&As once a month now under the title The Scoop. These questions were from a few weeks ago!

Q: What's your favorite beach bag?

A: This has been my go to beach bag for the past two summers. It's large enough to hold all of my kids towels, sunscreen, change of clothes, diapers etc. However, I just recently bought this cute bag while on Nantucket and I really love it. Not quite big enough for the whole family but perfect for me (and a kid or two). It's waterproof and foldable- perfect for packing. It comes in various sizes, colors, strap length.

Q: Favorite vacation destination without kids? And with!

A: The last real vacation my husband and I took together was our honeymoon seven years ago! We got pregnant with our first born very quickly and clearly kept the ball rolling with #2, #3 and #4. I'm not very good at leaving my kids, especially when they are so young. BUT my husband and I are dying to get away for a long weekend soon. We are also planning on going back to where we honeymooned for our ten year anniversary- Rome and the Amalfi coast. Only have three more years to go 😆 With kids, we love Nantucket in the summer and Palm Beach in the winter (mostly because that's where our families have places which makes traveling very easy)

Q: How did you start your blog? What did you do before your blog career wise?

A: I started my blog with one of my closest friends almost TEN years ago. We called it Roses and Rags. This was before blogging was a thing and before you could earn an income doing it. We really wanted to open up our own boutique but neither of us had the business background to do it. We settled on a blog and we were able to share our love of clothing, home decor, beauty and everything in between. I would blog after work and on the weekends. I have my Master's in Education- Elementary and Special Ed. After I completed my Master's program, I worked as a first grade teacher at a private school in NYC.

Q: What does a typical dinner/meal look like for you?

A: Nothing ground breaking here. I don't follow any crazy diet/lifestyle. I went on a gluten free kick way back when I was pregnant with my second after I had an incredibly complicated first pregnancy. But haven't been gluten free since.

I'm pretty lucky that my husband enjoys cooking and food shopping. He usually does a big food shop and cooks/grills a bunch on Sunday and it lasts us a couple of nights. With four children, I don't have enough time to cook anything elaborate during the week. Little confession, I'm not the best in the kitchen but I'm trying. It's on my list of things I want to get better at but I think I'll have to wait until my kids are a little older. In terms of meals, I'm not a big meat eater and don't eat seafood. I tend to eat salads for lunch and always have to have something with it. Usually something unhealthy like chips or fries 😜 I can't help it. My husband is a health freak and eats really clean and really well and I wish I had the willpower to do the same. But I love chips, fries, chips and salsa and bread way too much.

Q: Ideal age gap between kids, how to carve out me time with kids, how to fit kids in the car

A: I don't think there is an ideal age gap. I think it really depends on the family and each child. The biggest gap we have is two years in between and the smallest is 16 months. It's always a little harder in the beginning but as they get older it becomes a bit easier. Our older three play pretty well together (although the older two can leave Charlie out sometimes).

Carving out me time has always been a struggle for me. I like to be the one to take my kids to school, their activities, and everything in between. My kids are also still so young and only one is in school full day (although next year I will have two!) I'm hoping once school starts up again in September, I'll find some spare time to focus on things that make me happy outside of being a mom.

With that said, I've been making an effort to spend more time with friends. Whether it's for a quick coffee in between drop offs or drinks/dinner out (yay book/wine club!), it's something I really look forward to and I think it's so important.

Lastly, I have to drive a large SUV to fit my crew. We have suburban and put the two older kids in the way back and the two younger ones in the bucket seats in the middle.

Q: How is your new home coming along? Would love to see more!

A: Our new home is coming along slowly! I'm going slow for two reasons. 1. Everything I like costs an arm and a leg and 2. I don't want to make any mistakes. Our dining room, living room, home office, and guest bedroom/second office are completely blank. I think I'm the only one who doesn't really use Pinterest but I'm going to start up again so I can nail down exactly what I want to do.

Q: Will we see more kid friendly posts on the blog? 

A: If more mom focused/kid friendly posts are wanted than I definitely would love to include more. But I still feel the same way about sharing my kids on the blog/social media. I touched on it here! PS: I'm always open to feedback and what you want to see more of. I try to base my posts off of feedback and what is wanted. Always feel free to send me an email or DM on Instagram to let me know what you want to see more of!

Q: What are you currently watching on TV?

A: Big Little Lies. We also just watched Chernobyl, Adam Devine's stand up special on Netflix, Ali Wong's Hard Knock Wife, Always Be My Maybe. And since we finished the Office we started watching Cheers after a few of you recommended it. It's actually pretty funny!

Q: How many years have you been married?

A: Seven in a few weeks :)

Q: Favorite places to shop online. 

A: Shopbop, Net-A-Porter, Intermix. For more budget friendly finds: And Other Stories, Mango, Zara.

That's all I have time for today! Once again, thank you so much for those of you who submitted questions. Love love hearing from you!

xo Chrissy

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