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

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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). […]

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. […]

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.
Saved By The Bell

Saved By The Bell

If you follow my Instagram account for the blog than you know, I’m taking a much-needed break from social media aka Instagram and Facebook. The break is truly for my sanity, and to be perfectly honest I’m really battling with my postpartum anxiety again. To […]

Hello Monday…Ooops I mean Wednesday!

Hello Monday…Ooops I mean Wednesday!

Oops! I’m not going to lie I forgot what day it was. I took some time out this weekend and stepped away from the blog/social media. I really just needed some space to reflect and center my thoughts. Even though I love Happily In Style and […]

Hello Monday

Hello Monday

It is what it is, and what IT is, just so happens to be Monday!! With Monday comes a few links I’m loving only this week I’m putting a twist on it. Trending, every season it’s all you here about, spring trends, summer trends, fall, winter and repeat. Every season there is something new that designers and retailers want you to buy. Of course who doesn’t want to stay on trend but at the same time it can be expensive. Also they make it quite tempting with ads and people like myself who merchandise pieces in such a way that it makes items seem to call to you.  Well, at least that’s what we hope for!

As a blogger and visual merchandiser I know this temptation all too well and I’m not immune to it! There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you know what to look for. Either sticking with a budget or making sure those trendy pieces can be worn for more than just that season. Things like overalls and exposed hems can be turned into a classic every day pieces, you just have to know where and what to look for. This weeks “links I love” is dedicated to finding those quality trendy spring pieces. May they be for less or made to last I’m sharing the links to the best of 2017’s spring trends!

Statement Sleeves


Statement sleeves are a MUST this spring I even see some strong styles they will be an easy and awesome go to from fall, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. I’m praying for warmer weather and although I love a good layering piece I’m not quite ready to roll out the pumpkins and fringe just yet. Below you will find some of my favorite statement sleeves for SPRING!

Side Note: whether tucked in to a midi skirt or left free with a pair of jeans and a heel these tops are all worth their price. My favorite piece on this list, one that I consider a steal, is the first one shown at the top left. It is an ASOS button down top that I could see being worn for a date night with a pair of black skinny jeans and pointy stilettos or even for a fun flirty Sunday afternoon of shopping and brunching with the girls.

Embroidery


I have always been a MAJOR fan of embroidery I think it’s such a delicate and sweet finishing touch to what can be a seamlessly simple and perfect outfit. I love pieces that can transition from daytime to evening and if done right pieces with embroidering on them can work its way into any occasion.

Side Note: Embroidery can be pricey. For this one we are looking at a budget of $200 or less. An embroidered dress can easily be turned into a classic worn over time. Personally, if I find a piece that is what I consider a classic that still fits the current trend I splurge on it. 

It’s All About the Investment

It’s All About the Investment

I’m thinking it’s time we all started investing a little more time and energy into OURSELVES. Of course I’ve been outspoken about skin care, especially as we embark into the spring leaving winter in the dust!  I can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in […]

Monthly Motherhood Update: Bodhi at 4 Months

Monthly Motherhood Update: Bodhi at 4 Months

What a month its been for our little Bodhi Bear, he’s accomplished many firsts recently and we couldn’t be prouder. We’ve even been lucky enough to witness a lot of his firsts together on our trip to Hawaii. A lot of Gunnar’s first were at […]

Motherhood Update: Bodhi at 2 Month

Motherhood Update: Bodhi at 2 Month

Wow, two months with my little Bodhi blue. I can’t believe it honestly. It feels like ever since he arrived things have moved at a very rapid pace. Maybe its been all the running around that fall can bring or maybe its just that with two little ones moments go by so much quicker. We are a little over a week away from celebrating his first Halloween a memory I won’t soon forget, his just major holiday. Oh, I’m SO excited to share his Halloween costume with you guys. Soon we will be caving pumpkins and carting Gunnie around for his first trick-or-treating experience and while I haven’t decided if it will be warm enough for Bodhi I am excited for all the fun to start!  In only two shorts months we’ve definitely built a lot of those, long-lasting memories and even though he won’t remember them Gunnie, Sam and I will.

Favorite Memories Thus Far: 

  1. His first smile is a favorite of mine and it happened just when I needed it the most. I haven’t been shy about my postpartum experience. It has been a little difficult to cope with my hormone levels changing as they do after pregnancy and I’m experiencing some anxiety because of it. I remember one time in particular where I was finding it hard to just breath and get through it. Gunnar was destroying the house, Bodhi was crying for more milk and probably from exhaustion because lets me honest who can sleep in a house with a banshee two-year old. There I was feeling a combination of emotions, including fear, anxiety, angry and sadness. I went over to Bodhi’s crib to get him for his feeding when all of a sudden he stopped crying. In that same moment I looked up to see Gunnar had calmed down and was sitting peacefully coloring in one of his books. Finally I could breath again. When I looked back down at Bodhi there it was, an enormous smile that could brighten even the darkest night. I melted, not only did I melt but so did all of my anxiety and fear.
  2. We took the boys to the pumpkin patch this past Sunday and of course who could miss Gunnie having so much fun in the dirt and mud with his Thomas the Tank. We saw sheep and goats and little wiener dogs race (yes you read that right, our town is full of interesting traditions 😂)  While all of this was going on, little Bodhi aka Mr.Particular was staring out into the crowd with a look of annoyance and disgusted that was truly a sight to be seen. In that moment he was more I knew, he was just like his daddy. He and he father are both very happy and inviting people but just like his father if he isn’t feeling it, you know! Getting to see his personality traits and who he may be more like is a fun experience.
  3. Any and every moment when Gunnar and Bodhi are together. Gunnar LOVES his little brother so much that we actually have to tell him to chill a little when it comes to touching him. I hate to even tell him not to touch Bodhi but Gunnie’s favorite spot to touch him has become the soft spot on the top of his head. So yeahh telling him “no” is a must at this point.
  4. The moment I got to dress him in his Halloween costume and of course this outfit shown  both above and in a few action shots below. The amount of faces and emotions this little babe has at only 2 months old is a sure sign he’s an old soul. And right about now that old soul is probably wonder, “Why in god’s name did I pick this family, this woman is NUTS. What am I wearing?!” 😂

So there you have another month with our little pumpkin 🎃 Below you can see a few of those faces I was talking about!!!

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