This month in our Sipping with Moms series we are featuring our friend, Kim Manning. You can follow her on IG @succulentsandstilettos and on her website http://www.succulentsandstilettos.com
We love polka dots and pink therefore we love this outfit!!
Now for the questions we ask each month…
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have 2 kids, my daughter is 10 and my son is 7
What is your 9 to 5?
I have just recently started a blog and website; http://www.succulentsandstilettos.com that focuses on my lifestyle (fashion, fitness, family and home decor) but I also provide stylist services for both fashion and home decorating and this has taken up way more time then I thought ha ha! But I absolutely love it! During the school year I am a substitute at my kiddos school and in the Summer I consider myself a domestic goddess, event coordinator, taxi service and personal chef ha ha!
Describe motherhood in three words
So Freaking Tired…… ha ha also Love, patience and adventure (every day is an adventure)
MyBAB: We are also So. Freaking. Tired
Picture this – you’re home alone, what series are you binge watching?
This is Us because I ball my eyes out every single time and I don’t want my kids to think I just sit and cry every day ha ha!
MyBAB: It is amazing that this show really can pull at your Mama heartstrings and get us to cry every dang episode. You are not alone!
Speaking of TV, which TV/movie mom do you relate to the most?
I would say Claire Dunphy from Modern Family although I’m not as controlling as her, I have a bit of sarcasm that gets us through the day and I can get kinda crazy at times but what mom doesn’t ha! I love how she doesn’t mind embarrassing her kids a bit but always does it to teach them a lesson, she’s a supportive wife and mother when it comes down to it and has a good work ethic and she dresses cute too :).
We love discovering new beauty products, which are your favorites?
Where is your happy place?
Michigan, whether it’s the Dunes/beach with my family or at the wineries I love Michigan, I grew up going here with my family and I just love it! There’s a reason they have their own commercial ya know ha!
MyBAB: Tim Allen makes me want to go to Michigan every single time he speaks in those ads so I can understand
What is your most loved item in your closet right now?
My Birks (Birkenstocks) sandals, they are definitely a staple for me and I love throwing them on with a casual outfit!
MyBAB: We are a little shocked your answer wasn’t Adidas but we can completely appreciate how comfy birks are and is giving us major 90’s flashbacks!!
What is your drink of choice?
We know mom time is precious, what do you like to do when you have some me time?
My ideal “me time” day is getting a long, awesome work out in, grabbing a yummy coffee and then taking a nice drive to some fun antique stores and shopping all day long by myself 🙂
Money is no object, what is one thing you want?
Birkin Bag Please 🙂 I love a nice handbag
Since we focus on Chicagoland – kids activities, family fun, and date nights, what are your go-to places for each?
Bonus question: Given your love for succulents, what are your tips for caring for succulents? (Jen may or may not have killed 3 recently….ugh)
Ha ha ha guess what, my secret is I only buy faux succulents 🙂 I also recommend the air succulents as thy are real but don’t die :). But succulents don’t like to have dry feet (as I was told by the employee at Home Depot) so make sure there is a hole in the planter so that the water drains through and if they are outside and are getting too much sun, place them in the shade for a bit :). It’s also good to mix any soil with pebbles, sand or gravel for better drainage. OK well I hope that helps a bit but I would say just go with faux :).
MyBAB: Jen here, OK, so I should have known this before I attempted to keep things alive in my house other than my children. I should have done faux. Grr. I have no clue what is wrong with me but it is impossible for me to keep plants alive.
Bonus question: We have major arm envy, what are some exercises you do for those killer arms?
You guys are too funny, I wish I could say they magically appeared but that’s not the case :). I do a major arm workout every Friday that incorporates the biceps, triceps and shoulders. My best advise is to do pushups every day. I would do a set of 10 normal pushups, 15 wall pushups and then plank for a minute and that will definitely work your arms, throw in 10 burpees in there and just call yourself Jillian Michaels ha ha !
MyBAB: Adding these to our daily routine.
Thanks to Kim for letting us get to know her a little bit more! Please make sure to follow her and visit her website. She had the cutest posts, outfits, decor, style and more.