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4 Easy (& Healthy!) Back-to-School Lunches

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4 Easy (& Healthy!) Back-to-School Lunches

I always have mixed emotions about the school year starting again. I love lazy mornings with the boys in the summer, but when school starts I'm always happy about the structure and to know they are having fun with friends …

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I always have mixed emotions about the school year starting again. I love lazy mornings with the boys in the summer, but when school starts I’m always happy about the structure and to know they are having fun with friends during the day.

One thing I never look forward to is packing lunches. Prepping and packing school lunches means extra early mornings and never feeling very inspired by the same basic lunches I have on rotation. 

Thankfully, our friend Marla Murphy from The Blonde Pantry came over to help me jazz up school day lunches (and lunch making!) with 4 easy and healthy recipes. I’m actually feeling excited to add these into my lunch making rotation and I know they boys will love a little more variety this year! Read on below for 4 delicious lunch ideas that go beyond your basic sandwich.  Plus, all recipes were kid tested and Knox and Andrew approved! 😉

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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Weekend Reading

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Weekend Reading

We have some amazing articles for you to enjoy this weekend! From Mandy Moore's beautiful home tour to a back-to-school meal plan from our friend Marcia Smart, we hope these reads will be both inspiring and helpful! xo 1. Mandy …

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We have some amazing articles for you to enjoy this weekend! From Mandy Moore’s beautiful home tour to a back-to-school meal plan from our friend Marcia Smart, we hope these reads will be both inspiring and helpful! xo

1. Mandy Moore’s LA Home Tour: Let’s be honest, I could look at home tours all day – especially now that we are in the process of building our family’s ranch house.  Mandy Moore’s bright and airy mid-century L.A. home remodel is gorgeous and makes me crave another visit to California!

2. What 30 Women Over 30 Would Tell Their 20 Year Old Self: I love these words of wisdom that remind us that perspective is important. Your 20s are so much fun, but also full of unknowns and uncertainty. Whether or not you’re in your 20s, I think you’ll appreciate these reflective sentiments.

3. Foods That Target Anxiety & Depression: More and more studies are showing that food has a direct impact on multiple aspects of our health. It makes sense that what we put in our body would affect both our physical and mental well-being. This WSJ article points out foods that are particularly beneficial to combatting anxiety and depression.  (Did you catch our article on mental health?)

4. 5 Expert Learnings on Conflict Resolution: No one likes conflict in relationships, whether it’s at home, work, or with friends. These expert learnings from Houston’s own research professor Brené Brown provide helpful guidance on navigating successful conflict resolution.

5. Back to School Meal Planning: We were so excited to see our talented friend Marcia Smart‘s back to school meal plan in the latest Houston Chronicle issue. She is so talented at simplifying the cooking process for busy families, and we can’t wait to try out these dinner recipes!  Congratulations Marcia! 

by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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Our Family’s Future Hill Country Home Inspiration: Modern Farmhouse Kitchens

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Our Family’s Future Hill Country Home Inspiration: Modern Farmhouse Kitchens

image from luxe. My parents are in the process of building a new home on our family ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  We are so excited to have a place that we can escape the city and have a …

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My parents are in the process of building a new home on our family ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  We are so excited to have a place that we can escape the city and have a cup of coffee on the back porch taking in the views while letting the boys run around and play with their cousins.  I appointed myself as ‘lead designer’ on the project, as much as my dad will let me anyway. I thought it would be fun to share some of the process with you since I am spending so much time pulling together our inspiration.  Today I am sharing some of my favorite modern farmhouse kitchens that have served as our style guide.

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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6 Ways to Wear White After Labor Day

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6 Ways to Wear White After Labor Day

Labor Day is quickly approaching which means I'm trying to get the most wear out of the white pieces in my closet. BUT, I also am a firm believer in wearing white after Labor Day if styled in a fall-appropriate …

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Labor Day is quickly approaching which means I’m trying to get the most wear out of the white pieces in my closet. BUT, I also am a firm believer in wearing white after Labor Day if styled in a fall-appropriate way. Read on below for my tips on styling your favorite whites from now through the fall season.

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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