The 40/40 Club: How I Feel About Turning 40

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I don’t know where the time went, but somehow I’m turning 40 this weekend.  I’ve been thinking about it (probably a little too much) ever since I found out I was a year older than I thought I was a few years ago. Continue reading

Simone Says What is now Life Inspired!

Welcome to Life Inspired!  This new lifestyle blog allows me to share more of myself, and what inspires me.  Hopefully, it will provide a bit of inspiration for you as well.  If this is your first visit, you can read more about me here.  Relax, stay as long as you like, and be sure to come back soon, as I am still updating and adding more content.  Enjoy!

Easter Egg Fun

IMG_3115Somehow, I’ve managed to get away without decorating easter eggs for the past 6 years.  But this year, my daughter’s godmother sent her the cutest easter egg decorating kit from William Sonoma, so there was no escaping. Continue reading

Birthday Party Theme: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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For my daughter’s third birthday, I decided to re-create the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse since it was her favorite show at the time. Continue reading

I Admit It…I’m A Basket Case!

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Great for hiding a sleeping Furby

After I had my daughter, I swore would not let her “stuff” take over our home. Then I discovered baskets. I quickly realized that I could use baskets to neatly hide all of the stuffed animals, books, toys and everything in between. Continue reading

Crispy Fried Chicken

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My mom makes the best fried chicken.  It’s always perfectly seasoned, juicy, and crispy.   Luckily, I paid attention and learned how to make a delicious batch of fried chicken. Continue reading

Girls Play Football Too: Gender Roles On The Playground

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“Did she tell you she hit her head?” my husband asked. “Yes,” I said. I went on to explain that my daughter fell and bumped her head when one of the boys pushed her while playing tag. “I just don’t like her playing with the boys. They are too rough and probably annoyed that she’s in their game anyway,” he continued. “Why can’t she just play with the girls?” Continue reading

Honey Apple Pie

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Since my daughter doesn’t eat refined sugar, I have to get a little creative when it comes to dessert.  The first time I made this pie, my husband and I couldn’t believe it didn’t have any sugar.  Needless to say, she can devour a whole pie with very little help.  As she says, “It’s golden honey good!” Continue reading

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Highland Bakery’s Sweet Potato Pancakes

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A few years ago when I was in Atlanta, my cousin took me brunch at Highland Bakery.  Best brunch I have ever had!  One of the things that I enjoyed most was the sweet potato pancakes.   While they are not hard to make, they do take time (do not skip the brown sugar butter sauce in favor of regular syrup!).  But they are sooo worth it!  And be sure to visit Highland Bakery if you are in the Atlanta area. Continue reading

Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Magnolia Bakery’s Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk
9 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar

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