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Beets are such a great way to get in extra vitamins. They’re chock-full of essential everyday nutrients like  vitamin B, iron,  copper, magnesium, and potassium. Beets contain health-boosting nutrients that you may not get anywhere else. There are tons of ways to cook them. Check out the recipe below and continue to scroll for 3 methods to prepare beets for any recipes weather you like them roasted, steamed, or boiled.

Love,
The Lawrences

Mommy and Me Style: NYC Nights

Every once in a while I have to take my daughter with me to an evening event. I’ll make the exception if the event is relatively kid friendly and on the weekends. I want my daughter to be comfortable in all settings….weather she needs to introduce herself to an artist at his gallery opening, or to new kids at a birthday party. We have to have the social skills to handle it all!

I’m so happy to announce that I was featured as the June Mom of the Month by the app Amazing.She.Is!

AMAZING SHE IS is an app that supports women and motherhood. produces a platform for mothers to value their strength, beauty, and innate power they possess turning their dreams into reality. Through powerful words of wisdom, MOM Blogs, MOM Of The Month & more, the goal is to empower mothers to be the best for themselves and the families they’ve created.

If there’s one thing you need to add to your checklist this summer, it’s a trip to Coney Island! There are activities for all ages, making it the perfect weekend destination for the whole family.  The beach, the boardwalk, 3 amusement parks and an aquarium—what’s not to love!? No matter where you are in the city, Coney Island is easily accessible by subway. The N, Q, D, or F will place you exactly one block away from the boardwalk!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a style feature. It just warmed up in NYC and I’m finally able to shed the layers and get into some of the spring and summer styles my west coast friends have been rocking for months! I’m happy to announce that I’m packing away the leggings and looking forward to dressing with more intention 🙂

The Lawrence Family Guide to Bedtime:
Fill her humidifier, crack the window, 2 bedtime stories (with gusto), take away 1 pillow, give her 2 sips of water, turn on the nightlight, add 1 extra blanket, spray 3 pumps of lavender mist, find her stuffed bunny, tuck them in, turn out the hallway light, promise there are no monsters, 3 kisses, run and don’t look back.
I dress for comfort. Always. There’s no exception to this rule. I don’t believe in restrictive clothing or shoes that pinch my feet. I don’t wear my legs out when it’s cold outside. I just want to be happy in my clothes and comfy in my skin. When I’m uncomfortable I’m miserable…waiting for the day to end so I can get back into my sweats and under my blanket. So when I find a dress that I can wear in public that feels like a nightgown?? A win, for sure.

What I’ve learned in my daily struggle to get a delicious dinner on the table….you can’t go wrong with quiche. I mean, it’s eggs in a pie crust…. Quiche has been a fan favorite in my home for years because of how easy it is to make and how little I have to fuss with baby girl to get her to eat it.  I thought I had exhausted all possibilities and tried every recipe combination known to woman. That was until I attended the dinner party of a good friend, Dionne Christopher.

I love the hint of savory herbal flavors in summer drinks such as basil, rosemary and mint. I’ve spent this long winter/cold spring testing out different smoothie and drink recipes for fun. I love experimenting with fresh herbs, and mixing in different syrups and fruit purees.

I’ve finally settled on my signature summer mocktail and I’ll be serving it at this year’s Mother Day brunch. (Can you believe Mother’s Day is 2 WEEKS away?!) We’re keeping it small and simple this year and I’m responsible for wowing the crowd with my fun brunch-friendly mocktails.

As a comfort enthusiast, I stay fully dedicated to being comfortable in my clothes 100% of the time. Ok, 1000% of the time.
As the Creative Director of my own design studio, I spend half of the day at home on my laptop designing magazines, event invites and collateral, taking conference calls and sometimes taking the midday nap 🙂  As the full time mom to a Kindergartener, I spend half of the day on the playground at school pickups, chatting with parents, teachers and  school administrators, entertaining my 5 year old, cooking, cleaning and guiding my kid through pages and pages of homework.

I invest in outerwear because we spend SO much time walking around NYC. This signature red plaid peacoat has been a staple for warmer winter days. From classic to glam….a tartan inspired coat like our favorite featured below makes a statement and provides serious versatility all season long. Continue to scroll for 3 ways to style this adorable Cat & Jack coat. Basics, for everyday, a playful spin with lots of accessories and a glammed out look complete with mommy’s fur stole.

Love,
The Lawrences

Finally, all smiles for both of us at dinnertime. #stressfree

My main goal in 2018 is to simplify my life and allow myself to have a bit more breathing room. I literally feel like I’m running a marathon everyday from 6am to 10pm. From the moment I roll out of my bed (or off the couch!) to prepping for school drop-off to my busy 8-hour work day to bath time at night, my life is a series of non-stop action.

I recently figured out that the most stressful part of my day was dinner time. The age old question, “What’s for dinner?”  plagued me until I chose the path of least resistance with my 5-year old of particular tastes.

Am I the only one who feels like this?

My 5 year old daughter leaves a trail of Cheerio dust, Legos and Shoppkins all over my home. Her fingerprints decorate my walls and she seems oblivious to the fact that clothes belong IN the dirty clothes hamper…not next to it or scattered down the hallway.

We moms work so hard. Stay at home moms, working moms, moms who work from home, single moms….all of us. In addition to keeping the staff in line at work, we’ve got to keep the little ones in line at home. Add laundry, cooking, cleaning….and all the BS housework in between and you’ve got a recipe for one tired Mama….(and one dirty house.)

As a Chicagoan, I consider myself a pizza connoisseur. Ever since I moved here, I’ve been searching for pizza that compares to that of my hometown, but  I’ve always come up short. (Chicago does it best)  As a non-New Yorker, identifying the best joints can be difficult when there’s a pizzeria on practically every corner.

Enter Skinny Pizza! Nestled in the food court of  Hudson Eats downtown is one of the most spectacular pizzerias I’ve found  in NYC.