Most people don’t know  how perfect of a destination Brookfield Place is for family activities on the weekends! Overlooking the Hudson River in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City, it’s an amazing location for luxury shopping, sightseeing and great dining. Add their fun-filled events schedule to the mix, and you have all the pieces to the perfect weekend with your family! (Plus there’s a Saks Fifth Avenue and TWO Starbucks. What more do busy moms need on the weekends?) See below for links to the schedule for The Saturday Show at Brookfield for the kids, and an itinerary for the perfect weekend day at this beautiful downtown center. We made a day of it, inviting several friends to join us for a holiday kick off event. I danced to all the latest kid’s pop tunes until my feet were sore (I should have worn flats), had a fantastic lunch sponsored by Skinny Pizza and Sprinkles cupcakes and took photos with the jolliest Santa Clause in NYC.

This on-the-go breakfast packs perfectly into a 16oz or 8oz mason jar for a breakfast that travels well anywhere.

Full disclaimer: I do have to wake up 20 minutes earlier on the mornings when I pack these…but they work for both my breakfast and my kids lunches, so it’s totally worth it. I line everything up at night in the fridge so I don’t waste time searching for all the ingredients. My breakfast gets layered into a mason jar or a simple bowl while the kids’ servings go in plastic jars in their lunch bags.

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.

“It is critical right now that kids see reflections of themselves throughout their school experience. In the leaders, in the teachers, in the classrooms, in the curriculum, in the books. Not in a tokenized way, but in a real way that makes them feel included and valued and like they belong. I also think it is helpful to allow students to see windows into other worlds, communities and ways of life. It’s a balancing act of making sure that you give them enough to affirm themselves, but a window to what the rest of the world is like. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be educating them for anyway?”

—Nancy Hanks, Chief of Schools, Minneapolis

Last month Cam had the opportunity to model for our dear friend and editor Katie Holdefehr of Real Simple Magazine. A incredibly talented artist, stylist and crafter, Katie created the ideas for the Halloween costumes featured in their story on Literary Inspired Halloween Costumes . Below, a DIY costume for one of our favorite characters…..the mouse from If You Give  A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numerof!

Shake up your breakfast and try out these oatmeal recipes. I’m always looking for ways to add a new twist to an old staple. Plain oatmeal, while packed with nutrients, can become monotonous in the breakfast routine. The three recipes below are easy ways to add an extra layer of nutrition and vitamins to your family’s meals without sucking too much time out of already busy mornings. 

Not only are they healthy and delicious, they all take under 10 minutes….breakfast in a flash. Go, Superstar!

 

Love.

The Lawrences 

Simmer, puree, and serve! I make this fresh, creamy soup at least once a month. It’s quick (under 30 minutes!) and like all my recipes, freezes well for future meals and packs well into thermos lunches for the week. Multifunctional meals to the rescue!

Love,
The Lawrences

PHOTO CREDIT: The Awesome Green

Building a classic wardrobe

Oh, how I love the trends. All the new pant shapes. The off-the-shoulder styles. Thigh boots and bra tops.

Recently, I’ve been building a much simpler wardrobe. I never thought I’d benefit from those “How to Build a Classic Wardrobe” stories…but here I am in my old-age trying to figure out how to simplify things a bit. I spent 12 years working full-time in the magazine industry. Now that I own my own business and work from home, my fashion needs have shifted completely. But my mindset hasn’t! I still find myself buying pieces that fit my old life. The impractical heels that I used to leave under my desk. Shirts with cutouts. Mini skirts. Anything embellished with sequins, glitter, gold foil or that bears the label “Dry Clean Only.” 

I need versatile pieces that can take me through the many facets of my busiest days. This comfy outfit took me from a morning assembly at my daughters school to a local coffee shop for work, then lunch with friends. The sweatshirt, by Zanerobe, is from the mens section of Nordstrom 🙂 I love oversized pieces. They’re perfect for layering and pair well everything from simple leggings to a flirty spring skirt!

Some of my favorite fun sweatshirts are featured in the gallery below. Enjoy!

 

Love,
The Lawrences

 

Black, white and grey create the perfect palette for a simple wardrobe.
Stick to simple clean lines for a versatile, classic style.
These loafers help me get from point A to B with ease until I slip into my pumps!

 

CREDITS 

WHITE SWEATSHIRT: Zanerobe
BLACK PANTS: Zara
CHAMBRAY SHIRT: JCrew
OVER-THE-SHOULDER BAG: Marc for Marc Jacob

 

My summer wardrobe is so much fun. It’s colorful and bright…..a huge departure from my typical black, white, grey palettes. I love prints and patterns! The brighter and busier the better.  

Welcome to summer in NY. It’s ridiculously hot for 3 straight months and I don’t even want to talk about the subway. Unlike other cities where you commute in the comfort of your air-conditioned car, I spend a lot of time going back and forth to camp, meetings and work on the subway or by foot. This is total BS, but very common for us New Yorkers who insist on living in a city that lacks common amenities like driveways….I digress. 

In an effort to keep my life and mornings simple, I’ve created a uniform that works for these sweltering sunny days. It’s the smock dress. Anything that’s light and loose is my best friend, and a bonus for the ability to keep me effortlessly chic and comfortable.  I need one piece that gets the job done. The Pennie, by Smokks, is designed for exactly that. This lightweight dress can be worn 3 ways. The versatility of that is enough for me to buy one in each print! I can roll the sleeves up, leave them down, belt it or wear it loose. While I prefer a simple sandal or sneaker (which go so well with my bohemian city style) this particular evening a dinner party forced me to tottle around in the highest of stiletto sandals. Lucky for me, this dress goes with literally any type of shoe. 

Scroll down for more photos on what has become a favorite summer staple and the behind the scenes blooper roll of our first shoot of the summer! Check out Smokks for all their beautiful styles and gorgeous, chic prints.

Cheers to an effortlessly chic summer,

 

Love,

The Lawrences

 

 

I’m currently trying to incorporate 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into my family’s diet each day.

This benefits of this miracle oil are endless. It raises your metabolism and is a superb energy source. Plus, its lauric acid content supports your immune system and helps your body fight off disease. It’s basically good for everything ,and if you’re looking for simple ways to stay healthy, this is an easy start.