James Kicinski-McCoy is a writer and blogger, specializing in strategic marketing and branding, is a co-founder and editor of Mother Magazine, and co-owner and creative director of Two Son. She lives with her husband and four children in Nashville, Tennessee.
It’s finally cooling off in Nashville. I’m looking forward to a restful weekend cozied up at home. The little ones have their school’s Halloween carnival on Saturday, which is always adorable. Here are this week’s ten things…
With Halloween less than two weeks away, I wanted to put together an effortless Date-Night-In that offers a little adult-friendly fun to enjoy once the sugar-high passes and the kids have have gone to sleep. If you’re looking for a special way to treat both you and your loved one, why not cuddle up and enjoy a relaxing scary movie night together?
We’ve owned our home for a few months now, and since my hectic travel schedule has slowed down, we finally have time to focus on our remodel. Our current bathroom situation is quite outdated and all four of them could use a facelift. The downstairs bathroom has a tan seashell-shaped sink, and brown floor tile. This is our main communal bathroom and is top priority on our bathroom remodel list! Our master bathroom looks like a ’60s inspired cockpit and does not get any natural light, so it’s second on our list and then the other two kid bathrooms. We are starting the renovations soon, and have been collecting inspiration photos and picking out new cabinets, fixtures, tile, toilets, and tubs.
I love black hexagon tile with grey grout for the master bathroom floor, coupled with black penny tile in the shower and white walls. I was super inspired by the bathroom in our suite when we stayed at Hotel Saint Cecila. We are also going to add a window in the bathroom, which will make a massive difference in the space. It is so dark in there currently. As much as I love taking baths, we are thinking about making our master have a walk-in shower with his and her shower heads. As for the kids’ bathrooms, we are going to keep them minimal and white. For the main floor, communal bathroom we are thinking of doing a fun, blue tile design (inspired by Intelligentsia’s Silver Lake location), with white and maybe a few wooden accents. There are so many options out there for tile, grout, hardware, etc., and we are having a hard time deciding, but getting closer! Here are a few of my inspiration photos…
We are a smoothie and juice loving family right here. We either make or buy (from our favorite local spot!) various juices or smoothies at least 4-5 mornings per week. It’s a surefire way to get some good nutrition and vitamins into these picky eaters of mine, and makes for a quick and easy clean up. Plus, as someone who has always been prone to skipping breakfast, for those mornings when I don’t have time or am not hungry, it’s easy to make a smoothie alongside my cup of coffee.
We have been longtime OLLY multivitamin users (I love the Beauty Vitamins), so I was naturally excited to hear that the brand recently released a line of plant-based smoothie protein powders. OLLY created nine different flavor options each slated for different dietary and wellness needs. From probiotics to workout enhancers to energy boosters, there are plenty of options for just about anyone (even little ones!). Some of the flavors include chocolate peanut butter, creamy strawberry, and salted caramel.
We were sent three to try—the Kids Smoothie, the Workout Smoothie, and the Nourishing Smoothie protein powders. The unique blends are designed to only need water for mixing, but we doctored up each one a bit with a few ingredients for extra flavor and nourishment.
Kids PB&B Chocolate: 1/3 frozen banana, ½ tbsp peanut butter, 8 oz milk, 2 scoops of smoothie protein powder.
Workout PB&B Chocolate: ½ frozen banana, 10 oz. ice cold water, 2 scoops of smoothie protein powder.
Carrot Ginger Zinger: ½ of medium carrot, 1 tsp grated ginger, 1 cup cold water, 2 scoops smoothie protein powder.
Luckily, OLLY is offering a “Smoothie Style Sweeps” that includes over $1,000 in prizes. So, check it out and get to blending!
Sorry for the radio silence over here. The past few weeks have been completely crazy with Spring/Summer 2017 buying for Two Son, Plum’s demanding volleyball schedule, along with planning and executing a Mother event with Annie’s Homegrown in New York City this past weekend. It was a whirlwind of a trip that consisted of three to four hours of sleep a night, a lot of hard work, and leaving my cell phone in the cab and frantically rushing around Soho to find its keeper (tip: you can add a “cash reward” for a stolen or lost iPhone, increasing your chances of getting it back. Worked for me!). Through all of the chaos, however, It was a fun experience and I did get to spend the last night, post-event with some of my oldest and dearest best friends, and that was the perfect end to the trip. I flew home early Sunday morning just in time to go to Beyoncé’s show in Nashville. It was incredible! I’ve honestly never considered myself a massive fan before, but I’ve officially been converted. That woman is a power-house!
This week has consisted of trying to play catch up, but all four kids have the week off school for fall break, so my work days have been heavily distracted. That being said, I am happy to be home and looking forward to staying put for awhile. Stay tuned! xxJ
P.S. An internet hug to my friend, designer Ilana Kohn, for these amazing Boyd Pants. I love them!