Sipping with Moms~ Kim Manning


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

Kim Manning

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; 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?

The wet brush is a must
It’s a 10 Miracle leave-in for the hair
Pssssst Dry Shampoo
Revlon’s wild orchid lipstick is a must for a fun night out on the town!
MyBAB: A Wetbrush changed my life when it comes to post bath with my daughter. Also, we aren’t lipstick girls so we will have to try Revlon’s wild orchid to spice it up!!

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?

Non Alcohol – A morning coffee, Chai Tea Latte with almond milk
Alcohol – A Mojito
I like mint 🙂
MyBAB: Jen here, we are on the opposite spectrum when it comes to choice of beverages. Haha. I don’t do coffee, tea, almond milk or mint in food/drinks.

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?

Kids Activities – My kids love going to the park/playground so we tend to do park field trips around the Chicago suburbs, weird I know but it’s so much fun and free! I google parks around different suburbs and we take the day to drive around and hit each park.  Some of our favorites from LY were
Kids Castle at Deerpath Park (Vernon Hills)
Bisons’s Bluff (Shaumburg)
Hummingbird Park (Palatine)
Citizens Park (Barrington)
Paulus Park (Lake Zurich)
SEBA park (South Elgin)
Family Fun – Definitely going downtown, so much to do for the kids and mom and dad. We love Maggie Daley Park, staying in a hotel with an indoor pool (The Swissotel, Radisson Blu Aqua or Hampton Inn downtown, all great hotels for the fam),museums, shopping, the Chicago river, navy pier, I guess I can go on and on ha!
Local Family Fun – Definitely Three Oaks Beach and Dukes on the water, we love this place and it’s fun for the whole family!
Date Nights – ummm do these still exist? HA we don’t get to do too many of these and when we do it’s out of town on vacation or downtown with other couples, however we usually stay local and are super chill so for us it’s grabbing dinner and a drink at Cary Ale House and sitting outside on the patio or we love Kief’s Reef (on the fox river) and sitting outside at the sandbar and having a fun cocktail.


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.

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