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Hi belles! Every season we like to find a way to get to know you more, and to share our hearts. To dovetail with our current Cozy Fall focus, each of the Southern Weddings gals has been sharing our favorite ways to simplify and get cozy in our home lives this fall. We hope our ideas have been helpful as you work to streamline and simplify your own lives for what matters most!

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Say howdy to: Lara Casey Isaacson, our Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

Favorite simple beauty routine or product: About a year ago, I switched to all-natural, paraben-free products. I love One Love Organics’ Easy Does It cleanser and Acure Sensitive Moisturizer.

Favorite simple fall activity: This is indeed very simple, but I love walking outside and taking a big deep breath. The smell of fall leaves and fireplaces in the air is magical.

Favorite tech device/app/strategy that simplifies your life: My PowerSheets monthly tending list keeps my head and heart focused on what matters. It helps me simplify my days by helping me know where to direct my energy—and where not to spend my time!

Favorite morning routine that simplifies your life: I sleep in my workout clothes. No excuses :)

Favorite evening routine that simplifies your life: Pouring Grace a cup of milk for the morning and putting it on the bottom shelf of the fridge. She goes and gets it right when she wakes up (early!) which buys me a few extra minutes in bed.

Favorite trick for simplifying your schedule: Oh so much! Choosing not to let distractions steal my attention is the biggest one. Grab a copy of my book for more.

Favorite simple weeknight recipe: I’m on a pretty restrictive meal plan right now (no dairy, soy, or eggs), so this is a simple favorite lately: organic chicken tenders, rainbow carrots, asparagus, fresh herbs, olive oil, salt, and pepper, all baked together in the oven.

Favorite simple date: Dinner on the back porch as a family is delightful in this cozy fall weather. Not a child-free date, but it’s what we can do right now with a new baby and a pre-schooler!

Favorite simple way you love on your beau: I pray for him. I started using this simple app that reminds me to pray for our marriage daily.

In case you missed a gal…
Emily’s simple favorites
Kristin’s simple favorites
Nicole’s simple favorites
Marissa’s simple favorites
Lisa’s simple favorites

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Hi belles! Every season we like to find a way to get to know you more, and to share our hearts. To dovetail with our current Cozy Fall focus, each of the Southern Weddings gals will be sharing our favorite ways to simplify and get cozy in our home lives over the next few months. We hope our ideas are helpful as you work to streamline and simplify your own lives for what matters most!

Photo by Blue Ribbon Vendor Katelyn James

Favorite simple beauty routine or product: Y’all, I am such a product junkie. I love to try new hair and beauty products, so I have a laundry list of favorites. Currently, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and Philosophy Purity face wash are at the top. I put my makeup on rather early in the morning and don’t have time for touch-ups throughout the day, so the primer helps everything go on smoothly and stay put all day. I’m also religious about taking my makeup off at night, and with a toddler, everything has to be done quickly. Purity takes off mascara and everything in one swoop.

Favorite simple fall activity: The pumpkin patch! This was the first year EK actually knew what was going on at the pumpkin patch, so it could not have been more fun! Though we got caught in a Florida sun shower on the hayride, picking out our family pumpkin, as well as EK’s mini pumpkin, was a blast.

Favorite tech device/app/strategy: When it comes to work, Dropbox, but when it comes to my personal life, Carousel! I have a bajillion photos of my girl on my phone–I am the mama who can’t delete those sweet shots, even the ones where she’s not even looking at the camera. I love how Carousel syncs the photos to my Dropbox, so I don’t have to worry about losing them.

Favorite morning routine that simplifies your life: Instant grits and Kodiak Cake Minute Muffins. EK is going through a phase where she’ll only eat grits for breakfast (I know, #Southernbabyprobs), so I always have a pack of instant grits on hand to make our mornings a bit easier. And the minute muffins? They’re for me. So cozy and so quick. Perfect for busy fall mornings!

Favorite evening routine that simplifies your life: Our dishwasher has a delayed start that I am pretty smitten with. After dinner, we clean up the kitchen and load the dishwasher, and I set the delayed start for the middle of the night. I love that this means the dishwasher doesn’t steal EK’s hot water for bath time, but I won’t forget to start it. Let’s just say forgetting to start the dishwasher has happened more times than I’d like to admit.

Favorite trick for simplifying your schedule: Saying no. It’s so simple, but sometimes, the easiest way to clear your schedule is to just say no. It’s easy to burn the candle at both ends. I’m definitely guilty of trying to jam-pack everything into the weekend because I had a busy week, or trying to go to the grocery store at 8 at night, but sometimes, “no” to whatever is cluttering your schedule is the right answer.

Favorite simple weeknight recipe: Does calling for takeout count? No, really! I’m not much of a chef. However, BDK and I are obsessed with Target’s parmesan breaded chicken. It’s so good, and you buy it pre-made, so it’s the perfect kind-of-home-cooked supper after a busy day. We keep a pack in the freezer for nights when we know we might not have tons of time.

Favorite simple date: Sushi and a movie in. BDK and I have always been movie-night-at-home kind of people–we used to walk to our local Blockbuster when we were in college! I know, Blockbuster! Now, we order “the usual” from our favorite sushi place and pick a movie or TV series to watch on Netflix. I’m known for falling asleep during the movie, so BDK has to tell me the ending in the morning. It’s kind of a tradition.

Favorite simple way you love on your beau: Sleep! I am positive that sleep is one of BDK’s love languages. On the weekends, I get up early with EK and we grab breakfast and dine al fresco on the porch so that BDK can sleep in.

Next up: Lisa!

In case you missed a gal…
Emily’s simple favorites
Kristin’s simple favorites
Nicole’s simple favorites

Written with love by Southern Weddings
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Hi belles! Every season we like to find a way to get to know you more, and to share our hearts. To dovetail with our current Cozy Fall focus, each of the Southern Weddings gals will be sharing our favorite ways to simplify and get cozy in our home lives over the next few months. We hope our ideas are helpful as you work to streamline and simplify your own lives for what matters most!

Photo by Blue Ribbon Vendor Katelyn James

Say howdy to: Nicole Yang, our Art Director

Favorite simple beauty routine or product: Lately, I’m more in love than ever with my blush, especially since I’ve been in the mood to simplify and have been on the outs with the rest of my makeup bag. I use Nars, and just a couple of swipes across my cheeks makes me feel more put together and my face a little brighter, even if I’m not wearing anything else. (Shout out to Nars — their blush is so pigmented that it lasts forever!) I’m also religious about my moisturizer in the fall so that my skin stays hydrated as the temperatures dip.

Favorite simple fall activity: Just as the days start to get cool and crisp, I love opening the windows, lighting a candle, and snuggling under a blanket to read for an afternoon. Also, if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, there’s just something about GG and fall that just go together. I started rewatching it last week!

Favorite tech device/app/strategy that simplifies your life: Taylor and I started using AnyList when we moved in together so that we could make grocery lists and share them with each other. They sync with whoever you share your list with, and you can program it to automatically categorize your groceries into sections like produce, meats & seafood, dairy, and more. Plus, you can add notes to it, which I do often (“5 bananas: 3 yellow and 2 green” — I’m very specific about my fruits). It saves us so much time moving around the grocery store and meal-planning. I use it for everything now, including Christmas gift ideas and my bucket list.

Favorite morning routine that simplifies your life: I always sit down for breakfast and read my favorite blogs in the morning (it’s like the 2015 version of reading the newspaper!). That little bit of time to focus on things that get me fired up is like an extra jolt of energy to start off the day.

Favorite evening routine that simplifies your life: Washing the dishes, drying them, and putting them away. I sleep so much better knowing that our kitchen is clean and nothing’s waiting to be done in the morning. Plus, I have the exact same breakfast every morning, so knowing that my favorite mug is clean and everything is where it should be makes mornings go by smoothly.

Favorite trick for simplifying your schedule: I have to second Kristin on this one — meal planning, 1000%! The fall is Taylor’s and my busiest season — he’s working around the clock with the NC State Football team and I’m dedicated to making a magazine. There are many nights where we both come home at 9pm or later and don’t want to do anything. This year, we’ve been really strict about sticking to not just a meal schedule, but a meal prep schedule. We have a list on our fridge that tells us what we need to eat that night and what we need to make that night (to be used for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner, if we’re getting home late). It’s helped us feel like we’re still eating well-rounded meals in the middle of a crazy season.

Favorite simple weeknight recipe: Risotto! This is the easiest thing for us to make, and it’s so warm and comforting. We’ll just sauté some onions in a dutch oven, add whatever veggies happen to be in the fridge and a swish of wine, then add some arborio rice and broth and then let it sit on medium-low for for a little over a half hour, stirring occasionally. We have some designated “couch meals” that call for snuggling up on the couch while we eat, and this is one of them. (Pizzas are designated “floor foods” that always require a picnic blanket on the floor, and also a super-simple option for us.)

Favorite simple date: I have to admit, Taylor and I have been really bad about fall dates in the past. The way our work schedules match up mean that we only see each other after 9pm and before 8am, including weekends. This year, we’ve agreed to setting morning coffee dates on game days, which seem even cozier than evening dates for some reason!

Favorite simple way you love on your beau: This is so, so simple, but I greet him at the door with a smile and a kiss when he comes home. That might sound terribly old-fashioned, but I know it makes a world of difference after a long day at work. The last thing I want him to think when he comes home is that I’m not happy to see him because he worked late, or that I’m too tired or preoccupied to get up and hug him (especially when on most days, it feels like we haven’t seen each other in a week). Also, I cook and make lunches! It’s such a simple thing to set aside leftovers for lunch before making our dinner plates, but I know Taylor really appreciates that he can just grab a container of food to take the work in the morning, and that it’s going to be a balanced meal that will last him through the evening. He’s lucky I like him ;)

Next up: Marissa!

In case you missed a gal…
Emily’s simple favorites
Kristin’s simple favorites

Written with love by Southern Weddings
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  1. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    Yes! Fall and Gilmore Girls totally go hand in hand!! And Nicole, I love your strict banana preferences :) So many good tips in here!

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