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Simplicity Series: Emily Ley

November 30, 2015

Hi, I'm Emily! I’m a mama to three and the founder of our brand. I love to design and have a penchant for gorgeous monograms, thick beautiful paper and color swatch books. My family has my heart and I’m constantly trying to figure out how to balance it all—which is why I love this little business of ours so much. Thanks for following along and supporting us over the past 8 years <— wow! When did that happen!    
What’s your favorite beauty secret?
Dry shampoo, gel nail polish and SLEEP. I love the new Aveda dry shampoo. Super easy to use and works wonders. Love Sally Hansen gel polish (it lasts a long time!). And sleep, well, I hope to get at least 6-7 hours a night and even though it doesn’t happen all the time (#THREEKIDS), I sure feel great when I can make it happen. 
What’s your favorite go-to outfit for a quick polished look?
Skinny legging jeans from Banana Republic (there’s something about the waist of these jeans, they’re loose and so comfortable) and a drapey tee. I’m pretty brand loyal and not very adventurous when it comes to fashion and I just love Banana. Their clothes are such great quality and if you catch them on sale, they’re a steal!! I wear their skinny jeans and tee paired with gold ball earrings and my hair in a pony tail and feel somewhat put together!
What’s your favorite quick-prep dinner for your family?
Pizza on the floor. We have a great local spot that makes amazing pizza and delivers it super quick. I have lots of great crock pot recipes or 15 minute meals I could share, but honestly, I love pizza on the floor. Paper plates, paper cups, a blanket and the number to the local pizza place - that’s all you need!
Tell us your favorite at-home date night.
Once we get all the littles in bed, Bryan and I love to catch up on Netflix, chat about our days and enjoy a great glass of cab (We love ClubW and get a shipment monthly and we also love Joel Gott available at Publix).
Tell us your favorite Instagram account to follow and why?
@BevCooks. She’s a chef (I’m a terrible cook and, for whatever reason, I love to follow foodies and great food bloggers) AND she has the cutest boy / girl twins. More than all that, she’s HYSTERICAL. Like, laughing-out-loud-scrolling-through-Insta hysterical. Seriously. Go follow her.
What tradition or routine is important to you?
Sunday afternoons we spend time at home with the doors open soaking up the Florida sunshine and watching football. I run the laundry and Bryan folds it all (bless him). Brady helps us pick up the house and get fruits and veggies chopped for lunches that week. Bryan and I go through our planners to strategize our week and make sure we’re all in sync with who’s doing what. 
What’s in your purse?
A whole lot. My gold pineapple weekly Simplified Planner. My Kate Spade wallet. A gold Truffle bag with EOS mint lip balm, shout wipes, hair ties, bandaids, Honest hand sanitizer spray and a couple black LePens. My Banana Republic sunglasses in a black and white polka dotted case. A giant ziplock bag full of little toys, diapers and wipes (I throw this in my LV NeverFull bag to turn it into a diaper bag and pull it out if I’m out without the littles). Donald Miller’s Scary Close.
What’s your favorite on-the-go lunch during a busy day?
Cheese. Almond NutThins. Strawberries or grapes. Maybe some turkey. If I’m in a hurry (which is most days), I’ll have a Shakeology chocolate shake.
What can you not leave home without?
My purse. It holds EVERYthing - my planner, my phone, my kids’ things. 
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