Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
Hello and welcome! My name is Simone and I’m addicted to sharing! Sharing recipes, shopping tips, relationship and parenting advice, product reviews, a joke, an opinion and just about everything in between. Well maybe not everything. I do not like to share my Haagen Daz Dulce De Leche. So everything except that. And since I seem to find something to share with just about everyone who says hello (and some that don’t!), I figured this blog would be the perfect outlet to satisfy my sharing addiction.
In between sharing, I run a marketing and event planning company, TRUE, where my love of details and straight lines are put to good use.
But my most important job is being a wife to a radio exec and mother to a precocious little girl who, as she puts it, is a piece of work. She doesn’t eat refined sugar (yep, no cake, candy, ice cream, nada) and people are always asking me how I managed to pull that off. I share my thoughts on parenting with vision along with the usual stuff that comes with balancing a husband, a kid and a career.
Let’s see…I enjoy cooking, mainly because I really enjoy eating. So I hope that my fellow foodies enjoy the recipes that I share. I love parties—especially kids’ parties. Just the mention of the word “party” make my eyes light up and my voice get really loud(er). I am one of those crazies that go way overboard for my daughter’s birthday party every year. On a budget, of course. I share my tips on how to get crafty, decorate with a dollar, and plan a party that looks like you spent a million—ok, well maybe a thousand bucks.
Oh, and I get light-headed over a great bargain. I am the self-proclaimed queen of buying designer (and everything in between) at a discount. This is going to kill my mother—but I share my secrets about how I do it.
I also share images of places, people and things that I think are simply beautiful. I have not/will not/do not want to try/have/be/do everything in these images. They are meant to purely serve as INSPIRATION. Ya know, like the stuff I would make/do/buy if I had all the money buy it, all the time to do it, and the kid/husband that wouldn’t ruin it.
That said, visit, socialize, and most importantly, be inspired! And since we’re friends now and you know all about me, tell me something about you?
Journey rolling the dough for our homemade pop tarts
I think I was drawn to event planning because it allowed me to combine two of my favorite things—eating and socializing. Some of my happiest memories as a child were in the kitchen with my grandmother. I was her assistant and taste tester. I credit my creativity in the kitchen to her and my mom. I watched, I listened and I learned. I learned how to cook, the important role that food plays in bonding a family and many other invaluable life lessons in the kitchen. Being able to continue this tradition with my daughter, Journey, makes my heart smile.
As long as I can remember, I have been labeled an “old soul.” That can most likely be attributed to me being an only child for most of my formative years (my brother and sister are 13 and 14 years younger, respectively) and spending a great deal of time around adults. I picked up quite a bit of wisdom along the way and by the time I was a teenager, I was giving relationship advice to adults. Now that I am a mother, my knowledge has expanded to include parenting advice. I think my advice is well respected mainly because it is always honest, even if it is not exactly what you want to hear. So basically, never ask me a question unless you want the truth served on a plate of
Chaos and disorganization gives me anxiety which is also what makes me a great event planner and problem solver. I have to “fix” it just so I can breathe easy.
My parenting style is a bit unique in that I do it backwards. Rather than parent from the beginning to end, I decided to try it the other way around and parent with the end in mind. What does that mean? It means looking forward to the person that I want my daughter to be as an adult and realizing how the decisions I make today affect her tomorrow (kind of like those Direct TV commercials about what the future looks like when you make bad decisions). You can read more about this here.
She has also been my biggest inspiration. My desire to raise her to dream big and pray bold has made me realize that it is possible for me to do the same. In her words I will share my time, talent and treasure to help others (pretty amazing, right?). And so as we embark on this journey (which she is so aptly named) together, I invite you along for the ride.