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Women Who Shape Houston Luncheon

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Women Who Shape Houston Luncheon

I recently expressed my love for fall tweed and coincidentally found this beautiful version from Hunter Bell the next day!  I love mixing prints with tweed and how perfect is the print of the moment, polka dots, with this colorful …

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I recently expressed my love for fall tweed and coincidentally found this beautiful version from Hunter Bell the next day!  I love mixing prints with tweed and how perfect is the print of the moment, polka dots, with this colorful blazer?!

While this winning combination brings a smile to my face, the luncheon I wore it to was a little heavier, to say the least.  Last Wednesday, Hunter, Donae and I hosted the Women Who Shape Houston Luncheon in partnership with Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious.  Over chicken salad and chocolate mousse in Tony’s luxe San Remo Room, we listened and learned about horrifying statistics of sexual assault, sex trafficking, bullying and date rape drugs right here in our beloved city of Houston.

These are all tough topics that a few years ago I would have thought fell strictly under the “do not discuss category” here on HOUSE of HARPER. However, the unfortunate reality is that despite Houston being named the new capital of Southern Cool, we also hold the disgraceful title of the number one city for sex trafficking in the country.  Clearly not one we are proud of, but at the same time one that can’t simply be ignored.

Read on below for more information on these prevalent issues in our city, and how you can help prevent these situations by talking to your own children about these tough, and very real topics. 

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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Mom Crush: Erin Condren, Creator of the LifePlanner & ErinCondren.com

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Mom Crush: Erin Condren, Creator of the LifePlanner & ErinCondren.com

Photo Courtesy of ErinCondren.com We love the month of September because we feel refreshed and motivated to jump back into a productive schedule. Of course staying on task between work, kids, and everything else takes a lot of preparation and …

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Photo Courtesy of ErinCondren.com

We love the month of September because we feel refreshed and motivated to jump back into a productive schedule. Of course staying on task between work, kids, and everything else takes a lot of preparation and organization, which is why we were thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to the queen of scheduling and goal planning, Erin Condren.

Erin’s LifePlanners have changed the lives of many students and professionals by keeping them motivated to reach their goals with brightly colored tabs and stickers that actually make you look forward to your next meeting or class. Created to help you celebrate each day – rather than dread your to-do’s –  the LifePlanner has made writing down goals with a pen (instead of typing them) cool again!

After leaving the corporate world to be a mom to her twins, Erin launched her business in 2007 out of her house. In her first year of business she sold 1,000 LifePlanners, and now her company does millions in sales annually. So incredible! Read on below for her full story and for her amazing organization tips for kicking off the fall on a productive note!

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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Three Healthy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes to Try Out This Fall!

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Three Healthy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes to Try Out This Fall!

With school and work back in full swing, super easy dinner recipes are a must! I'm relying on our slow cooker more than ever and I'm thrilled that our friend Marla Murphy of The Blonde Pantry is back to show …

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With school and work back in full swing, super easy dinner recipes are a must! I’m relying on our slow cooker more than ever and I’m thrilled that our friend Marla Murphy of The Blonde Pantry is back to show us three easy crock-pot and Instant Pot recipes to add to our rotation this fall. Also, don’t miss out on the chance to win a one month nutrition consultation with Marla as part of our exclusive September newsletter series giveaway! Be sure you’re signed up here for a chance to win! And without further ado, enjoy Marla’s recipes below. 🙂

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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How I Juggle Work and Family During the Week

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How I Juggle Work and Family During the Week

One of the most common questions asked to working moms, one that I often get asked and also ask others, is how to find balance between work and home life. Let me start by saying that I don't think any …

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One of the most common questions asked to working moms, one that I often get asked and also ask others, is how to find balance between work and home life. Let me start by saying that I don’t think any working mom or woman in general ever feels like she is doing a good job creating a ‘balance’ in life.  It is certainly an ongoing process that has taken trial and error and is ever evolving around the most immediate needs that surround you. But what I’ve realized is most important in achieving a ‘sense of balance’ is to be fully present wherever I am, whether that’s home with the our family or at the office. This separation is of course easier said than done, but I’ve established a handful habits that are super helpful. Below, I’m sharing my routine and tips with you that will hopefully provide some guidance for achieving your own version of balance sanity, whatever that looks like. I truly believe that it looks different for everyone, but that we can all learn from each other!

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by: Caroline Harper Knapp
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