One working mama's journey to leading a happy and stylish life with little ones

Author: Meghan

Yums The Word

Yums The Word

I am definitely not that from the garden, food-processing kinda mama. As you all know I’ve tirelessly tried to be that mama but alas I’m not. With such a heavy work load it just isn’t happening. For those reading that are I think you’re amazing! (send me your tips). […]

5 Ways to Rock That Button Up

5 Ways to Rock That Button Up

Button-ups are always a great option but until recently I didn’t really know what to do with them besides just throwing one on. The thing I particularly love about a button up is that you can rock it multiple ways. I always see women wearing them […]

7 Cleaning Tips That Will Make Your Home Look Like New

7 Cleaning Tips That Will Make Your Home Look Like New

My last post was a little heavy, I know. It was something I’ve been wanted to put out there for a while now. I feel like if sharing my story helps one mama coup with her own miscarriage then I’ve done my job. To bring things back to a lighter note I’ve put together a list of my favorite “tips” to giving your home that deep clean you and it deserve.

My home is my world now. My home is also a mess, that mess reflects negatively on me as a mama. Or so I’ve been told by magazines, HGTV and my dad who thinks he is hilarious. After we bought our home I realized I was tricked, tricked by who you may be wondering? Well, I’ll tell you, SOCIETY. Society tricked me into believing that we NEEDED a home. That renting just wasn’t good enough (LIES) And now that I’m here it apparently has to be cleaned, like all the darn time or…and this is another lie, one told by my dad, who again thinks he is funny. OR they, I don’t exactly know who “they” are, but “they”  will call child protective services on me. (Isn’t my dad a peach😆😂)

So I have to get my act together and deep cleaning my home for the 4th time this month. Below I have given my helpful tips on turning your trash heap of a home into that magical castle of lost hopes and travel dreams that will never happen because you have to spend money on cleaning products.

  1. Drink a bottle of wine every night – Personally I’ll be going for a nice red because of the cold weather. Now, the mess isn’t that problem it is how you feel about the mess that’s the problem. So drink up. It won’t be clean when you wake up the next morning but for a few blissful hours that night you’ll only see it sparkle. Cheers!
  2. Separate everything into three piles, keep, get rid of and store – light your keep pile on fire, get a shredder (check Staples) and shred the store pile. Call the charity of your choosing to come pick up your donate pile.
  3. Leave for a week –  Don’t tell you husband and kids where you are going just leave. They will think you’ve died and get rid of your stuff for you so you don’t have to do it!
  4. Call Hazmat or the CDC – Tell them you have a chemical spill or the ebola virus in your home. They’ll come do it for you.
  5. Donate all of your possessions – Including the kids. Of course you’ll find a nice family for them, but if that want it all they have to pay a small price… of raising your children.
  6. Sell your husband – I know, I know you’ll miss him but trust me it will be a lot easier with the man-child somewhere else.
  7. Move – Just pack up the family and move. Change your social security number, name and get a new bank account. Move to Canada, Canadians seem nice.

There you have it, if you follow my tips you too can have a home that looks like NEW, or if you follow number 7 you’ll literally have a new home but still NEW. 😂

 Happy Wednesday everyone!

 

***This post was written with humor/satire please do not burn anything or sell your children***

Finding Peace

Finding Peace

Okay I’m going to honest here for a minute, very honest. I find myself eye rolling the month of October every year. October is home to many awareness campaigns. Breast Cancer Awareness, Dyslexia Awareness, Mental Health Awareness to name a few. It also happens to […]

Not Just A Sweatshirt

Not Just A Sweatshirt

Sweater weather as you know is my absolute favorite. While we are in the midst of a summer meets fall situation here in Philadelphia, I must say I’m digging it. I am probably speaking too soon, but as of now, it’s been perfect sweater weather. Mild […]

Not Your Mama’s Loafers

Not Your Mama’s Loafers

I don’t know about the rest of you but I grew up with penny loafers. My mom and aunts all wore them and even my brother wore them when he went to Catholic school. The shoe itself is versatile and wearable for both men and women. As I got older I would see a few of my favorite bloggers rock loafers, even before they came back in style. I always felt like I couldn’t pull them off until recently. I’m trying to adopt a new mentality. “This is simple, this is easy, this is fun.” My mother-in-law showed me this video of a man named, Kerwin Rae (awesome name) talking about how we as people let our brains tell us what to do when it should really be the other way around. This statement and the meaning behind it, are meant for things on a grander scale then my shoe problem. But I’m using it in every aspect of my life. For the full video click the quote above!

So by this mentality I decided I’d try a pair. You don’t know how something will look on you till you actually try. And if it was a total fail I knew I’d have a few friends I could hand them over to. Results? I love them! They are so comfortable and to my surprise go with everything. It’s a fun way to add a little something extra to a look. I feel like loafers are surprisingly a flirty chic meets masculine flare kinda style and it adds something totally new to my wardrobe. Today I paired them with cut off shorts and a chartreuse knit I’ve recently become obsessed with from J.Crew. Below I’ve supplied a few styles to turn your own wardrobe into flirty chic.

 

Go For The Glow

Go For The Glow

Bodhi is currently napping, it’s Friday and I’m so grateful for these few minutes to myself to get ready. After what seems like a very long week it’s nice to spend a little time taking care of myself and my skin. As the leaves start […]

Playing With All The Colors

Playing With All The Colors

With autumn at our doorstep it’s hard not to start thinking about sweater weather. I’ve already done a major change over in my closet. But of course it’s natural to want to bring new pieces into your wardrobe. For me the name of the game […]

Happily In Style Does Snacktime!

Happily In Style Does Snacktime!

Oh wow hey there September, where did you come from? I must admit I enjoyed my month off. I dubbed August as the month of self love. If you hadn’t guessed I turned my month of self love into a vacation from writing. Even though I don’t think of what I do at Happily In Style as work, it is time consuming and sometimes a break is needed. So I took the month off from being on my A game and just experienced life. If you follow me on Instagram you know the month was good to me and I’ve had a great end to summer. Now it’s time to get back to it! And there’s no better way to get back into the swing of things then talking about FOOD! Gunny recently started Pre-K, did I celebrate being toddler free for a few hours YES! What kind of mama would I be if I didn’t. Did I cry after an hour of being without him, maybe, but that isn’t the point of this post. As a new mom to the school routine I’ve come to realize I’m really bad at coming up with creative snack and lunch options for this little banshee.

Snacks haven’t always been my “thing”. I know small meals including snacks throughout the day are good for you but my body feels sluggish throughout the day if I have more than three meals and maybe a snack. So I’ve always stayed away from things like mid-morning snacks and late afternoon pick me ups my whole life. I also am the little siblings so there was no one else around to get snack ideas from. So once G started school that mentality changed drastically. I went from a zero snack household to scrambling for ideas. Obviously Pinterest has lots of unrealistic options for a working mom. I couldn’t even tell you all the times I’ve tried and failed to put together ants on a log (he hated it) or Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins . Good luck with that one, I made mush, it was good mush but still…did not look like the picture.

Don’t get me wrong I strive for organic home cooked meals but its way easier to make those meatloaf concoctions when you have one or NO child running around. With two it’s nearly impossible so until I don’t have to keep a watchful eye on Bodhi, or my floor food eater as I’ve renamed him I’ll be sticking with healthy E A S Y options. Below I’ve added a few tips I’ve learned in the past two weeks of being a mom who has snacks. Feel free to share your tips for snacking health with little ones in the comment section so I can steal them.

  -Turkey Roll Ups-

-Pouches-
The originally working mom lifesaver better known as Puree pouches. I’ve had a love hate with purée pouches ever since G was little. I love who easy they are to grab and go but I hate the sugar content among other things. I mean I can’t even count the several times purée pouches get recalled. But recently thanks to Amazon Fresh, I’ve found a new love for pouches. Once Upon A Farm is a brand that cares about the children they are feeding. When Once Upon A Farm says they make organic baby food they mean it, no preservatives, concentrates or processed puree. Everything is fresh and picked from farms that they partner with. It is cold pressure protected and refrigerated.  When I order from Once Upon A Farm they delivery right to my doorstep. All their products are delivered in refrigerated containers. Arriving from California to my home in Pennsylvania still cold! Even better their packaging is designed so I can see through the pouch to whats inside.
-Loaded Baked Potato Rounds-
This one is for any parent of a potato lover or a child who needs to gain weight. Gunnie is both, this child loves potatoes and he is also in the 30 percentile for weight. To give you a better idea he often wears his little brothers clothing and no one even bats an eye. It isn’t that he doesn’t eat he just runs, A LOT. Regardless of if G is inside or outside he is running he will do 3 laps around the house before you even know he’s missing. If we’re indoors I have to clear a path because all he wants to do is run back and forth from point A to point B. Which means we have to keep him loaded on protein and carbs so that we can avoid the wrath of hangry Gunnar. This one is a Pinterest recipe but it’s super easy and quickly becoming a favorite among all the Katz men. Loaded Baked Potato Rounds. These are a great snack to pack when I have to bring them to work with me. Instead of bacon sometimes I’ll add beans or diced chicken to into the mix to make it a little healthier.
As a bonus I’ve supplied a list of go-to treats I always keep stocked in my fridge!
-Happily Snacking List-
  1. Organic Strawberries –  Bodhi’s favorite for the texture and they soothe his gums when a new tooth comes in. I always stick with organic because strawberries are the dirtiest fruit. It’s hard to get all the pesticides off of them so sticking with organic on these guys is always the way to go.
  2. Red Grapes – I like to freeze grapes and turn them into a fun snack for G when it’s hot out.
  3. Guacamole & pretzels – This is one of the easiest after school snacks. Usually G is worn out after school and he can get cranky. This snack always gives him a little extra boost without filling him up too much before dinner.
  4. Babybel Cheese Wheels – I’m convinced these little gems were created by a mom. I don’t bring them out until we are in complete meltdown mode. We’ve all been there you’ve had a long day at work or at home. You and your children are on two completely different levels and your patience is at a zero. This is when the Babybel comes out. Trust me just try it. You’ll be amazed about how much food shaped like a circle comforts them.
  5. Apples & caramel – This one is seasonal, sometimes I’ll get strawberries and whipped cream or pretzels and melted chocolate. But I always make sure I have a reward snack. Something that I give them if they are acting like the little gentlemen I hope they’ll be while we’re out and about. Sam and I have realized you really do have to reward their good behavior. Even when it’s just sharing a toy with his little brother, if we reward G for all those little things that add up in the end. Or so we like to think.
The Sale of All Sales

The Sale of All Sales

You didn’t think I forgot about it did you? No I didn’t forget that the best sale, the sale of all sales, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is happening right NOW! Sadly this is the last weekend of this glorious Nordstrom Anniversary sale but don’t fret […]