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SIMPLICITY WITH EMILY’S MAMA, STEPHANIE COWAN

September 24, 2013

my Mama!) has been an elementary school teacher for 30+ years. She teaches third grade at an arts magnet school in Pensacola, Florida. Growing up, everything in our home had a place and every day had a routine we tried to stick to. I cherish that simplicity so much now. Her dedication to our family and what matters most is why I do what I do – and why those things are so special to me as well. I’m going to make my Mom blush, but one of my favorite things my Mom taught me is the value of tradition. Traditions create a sense of comfort, familiarity and security. My childhood was FULL of fun traditions and even now, when my family gets together, we keep those traditions alive. My favorite? It’s a toss up between candy bars for breakfast the day before school starts or back-to-school shopping at Hello Kitty for matching, personalized supplies. :) So, without further ado… my mom! My Mama loves cooking (that part of her DNA missed me, sadly), gardening and, of course, spending time with the most adorable grandson in the whole wide world. :) Images by Michael Newman Photography.

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Notes from Emily in pink…

EMILY LEY SIMPLIFIED DATEBOOK: Okay, so I admit she IS my daughter but this Datebook is the greatest thing ever invented! As a teacher, I can keep track of conferences, testing schedules and HOLIDAYS, as well as personal appointments, meal planning, and BRADY VISITS! Everything is all in one place and it can be easily thrown in my purse so I can have it with me at all times.  I’m always on top of things when I have my Datebook!

I’m blushing, Mama. :) My mom’s going to get an advanced copy of our brand new Simplified Planner™ soon!

TIGI CATWALK YOUR HIGHNESS ROOT BOOST SPRAY:  I have short hair and live in Florida.  The humidity can play havoc with my hair but this adds just enough lift without making my hair feel weighted down with product or cause my scalp to itch.

GIADA DE LAURENTIIS CAST IRON DUTCH OVEN: A few years ago my son gave me this for my birthday.  I love to cook and I use this pot for everything! You can use it on the stove-top and in the oven. It’s perfect for soups, pot roasts, and my-son-in law’s favorite lasagna sauce! I loved it so much I want back to Target and bought the smaller one to use as well.

I totally second this favorite!! My mom and dad gave me this white dutch oven for Christmas a few years ago and I use it every time I cook. LOVE. It’s super easy to clean.

DEHUMIDIFIER: As I’ve said we live in Florida and although the beaches are beautiful, I hate the humidity.  My husband purchased this without my knowledge.  When it first arrived I was skeptical but now I can’t live without it.  We keep our thermostat set at 78 and are saving on our electric bill every month.

Bryan and I followed suit with our dehumidifier. If you live in Florida, it’s amazing. It’s so humid down here this humidifier sucks the water right out of the air and into a bottom basin  It also protects things in our house from humidity damage. And when you run a paper shop from a home studio, well… you get the idea. :)

HOME GROWN HERBS: I feel so accomplished seeing my basil, parsley, chives, and rosemary growing on my back porch.  I do not have a green thumb, but boy can I grow herbs!  We pick up the plants at Lowes or our local farmers’ market, plant in pots, add a little water every week, and watch them grow. People are so impressed to see them growing as well as when I snip them to use in our favorite recipes or to add as a garnish. I haven’t a clue what I’m doing, but don’t tell!

SCRUB DADDY:  Okay, stop laughing! I thought it was ridiculous too when I first saw it on Shark Tank, but now I love this thing.  Yes, it does all the things it says it does, but my favorite is that cheese and other sticky foods don’t stick to it. Everything washes right off. No more dirty scrubby sponges in the kitchen.

THE SIMPLICITY SERIES features busy gals, in different stages of life, making what matters happen and tips and tricks they’ve found to be helpful. Simplicity is about building margin into your life and spending time on and with that which fuels your heart. While we love to share products and services that help us day to day, but simplicity is about HEART and intentionally choosing the thing that matters most (your TREASURE) more than anything money can buy. We wear many hats and we know you do too, so we’d love to hear your thoughts as well! 

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

SIMPLICITY with Gina Hafley

September 17, 2013

I’m so excited for our second SIMPLICITY feature featuring our very own Gina Hafley!

Emily Ley. I’m also a soon-to-be thirty year old (eeek!), who’s lived in three states over the last four years as we’ve followed my cute husband’s career. I enjoy traveling, a good cup of coffee or wine and a cute striped dress!  I love when my toes are in the sand, but most often than not, they are on or near a football field.  Image above is from North Photography captured at a friend’s wedding in Vermont. 

* Notes from Emily in pink. :)

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara Most days, I’m running out of the house to the EL Shop or to tackle an errand, with my hair in a pony-hail, athletic gear on my body and an au natural face.  I very rarely wear “full” make-up these days.  But, when I do…or when I’m quickly leaving the house, I almost always put on a little mascara.  And, this, my friends is the best!  I add a few strokes to my eyelashes and I’m ready to go!  Quick, simple, and I look a little more alive!

Amazon PrimeThis one sounds a little silly, I admit.  Especially since I don’t have a child (one day) or a demanding corporate job (been there, done that).  But, I love Amazon Prime.  There I said it. For $79 a year, Amazon Prime members receive free two-day shipping and $3.99 overnight shipping.  And, Amazon sells anything and everything.  Seriously.  Those delicious nut crackers, Amazon has them for half the price at the grocery store.  A pair of shoes for the husband, who HATES going to the mall. Yep, we’ve done that too.  Books, coffee, closet organizers, face moisturizer, printer ink…the list goes on!  It’s amazing what you can order with one little click, and how fast it arrives at your doorstep.

* Emily: Can I just say how much I love this one. When Brady was first born and I desperately needed face wash, I used my Amazon Prime account to have it delivered to my door. I was so afraid to leave my house with a newborn and Bryan was traveling for work (yes, he travelled 3 days a week every week for the first year of B’s life). Insanity.

Loft Sunwashed TeesThese are the best!  Short Sleeve, long sleeve, stripe or solid.  So many choices, and I think I have a few of each!  These tees are SO soft and fit just perfectly.  I wear them during the day with leggings or jean shorts, and at night, I throw on skinny jeans and a statement necklace for a dinner out.  One simple tee.  So many options. These make getting dressed and out the door a breeze!

Nike Training AppGetting my day started usually requires two things: watching Good Morning America and a good workout!  The endorphins, the stress release, whatever a workout does, it does my body and mind good! I like to switch up my workout, but I always come back to this nifty little Nike Training App on my iPhone.  It’s like having a personal trainer, but totally free! Pick your goal, level and workout…and then ready to sweat!

Gina’s Skinny Recipes–  I love sitting down together as a family (or, just the two of us right now) and eating dinner at our dining room table.  But to get to that, means I must cook—and though it’s something I enjoy, I very much need some guidance.  Enter this site. (And no, it’s not me. :) ) The recipes are simple, require very few ingredients and are healthy.  It doesn’t get better than that!  And, everything I’ve made has been so yummy!  A few of my favorites for an appetizer, entrée and pasta.

Bose Mobile SpeakerThis is actually one of my husband’s “toys”—but I think I use it more than him, so I’m adding it to my list! :)  I find myself using this amazing wireless, Bluetooth connecting speaker all the time!  It’s constantly on while I work at my computer. BUT, and maybe most useful, I tend to take it with me to make some of the dreaded household tasks a little more enjoyable.  A little Luke Bryan goes a long way when cleaning, putting away laundry or weeding!

* Emily: This post would not be complete if I didn’t tell you how excited I am for you all to get to know Gina more. She’s my right-hand-gal and an amazing friend. AND, HAPPY ONE YEAR, Gina!!!!! Gina has been working with me for a year now and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate her. Here’s to another awesome year, G! xo

THE SIMPLICITY SERIES features busy gals, in different stages of life, making what matters happen and tips and tricks they’ve found to be helpful. Simplicity is about building margin into your life and spending time on and with that which fuels your heart. While we love to share products and services that help us day to day, but simplicity is about HEART and intentionally choosing the thing that matters most (your TREASURE) more than anything money can buy. We wear many hats and we know you do too, so we’d love to hear your thoughts as well! 

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Trip Prizes and Leaving Little Ones

February 25, 2013

Leaving B for any amount of time is hard. I miss him when I’m not with him, no matter where I am. I’ve intentionally scheduled my workdays so that I can be with him (as a self-proclaimed part-time SAHM) two days a week – Mondays and Fridays. I soak those two days up like crazy and work 9-5 Tues-Thurs. I do have to travel a bit for my job about 2-3 times each year.

Making Things Happen accounts for 1-2 of those trips every year. For those of you who don’t know about it, go here. It’s amazing. Soon, I’ll be leaving for back-to-back trips: the first to celebrate my thirtieth birthday with Bryan in the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana!) and the second to co-host (with Lara Casey and Gina Zeidler) the Making Things Happen 2013 Conference in Chapel Hill. I’ll be gone for 5 days for DR and 6 days for MTH (home for 6 days in between).

Starting when Brady was three months old (when I had to travel to the National Stationery Show in NYC) I’ve created “prize boxes” for Brady. For every day that I’m away, there’s a wrapped “prize” and note for Brady to open while we FaceTime after his bath every  night. Each prize is a small, inexpensive silly gift or treat – something I’d never buy him otherwise (that’s the fun of it!) or something he LOVES and doesn’t get often. When he was small these things included his favorite green pacis, squeeze packs (at least that’s what we call them) or bubble bath. Now, they include any and everything from the Target Dollar Section, bath toys, cool socks and a sweet treat or two.

I write Brady a note to go with each prize that tells him how many days until I come home and how much I / we miss him and hope he’s having so much fun with our nanny, Danica and / or my parents.

When he sees this green box come out, he gets excited about the fun time he’s going to have and our nightly FaceTime / prize tradition. Preparing to be away helps ease my heart and watching him LIGHT UP every night helps me feel better about being away too.

It’s hard being gone, but making sure everyone involved knows our nightly routine (bath, jammies, books, prayers, the right animals in his bed with him, etc) and special traditions makes it easier and helps me enjoy my time away (and fill my proverbial “tank” to come back home a refreshed, refueled mama).

I’d love to hear your tricks and tactics for being away. One of my best friends, Amy (writer of the amazing mama blog Lily & Bliss), is about to take her first trip away from her daughter Lily and I know she’d love to read some of your tips too.

Getting very excited for beaches, umbrella’d drinks and (gulp) MY THIRTIES!

xo,

Emily

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