Cooking with Hannah Hairston of Not My Circus

Hi all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Kicking things off with a good friend and some good food, I’m excited to share an interview with Hannah Hairston of Not My Circus, as well as her delicious recipe for Shrimp Scampi Zoodles. Hannah and I have known each other for years – we went to college together and were sorority sisters – and so I’m thrilled to be featuring her on MBB. As charming as she is stylish, Hannah launched Not My Circus  two years ago, setting out to create a lifestyle journal that celebrates modern motherhood, personal style, and a healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t already visited her site, check it out today! It’s beautiful aesthetic of bright and airy images mixed with posts on fashion, kids, and decor make for a must-read. Today, Hannah shares her insights on juggling blogging with motherhood, as well as tips for cooking healthy weeknight meals. Enjoy!


You’ve been blogging for a couple years now, and are the mother to two gorgeous girls. What’s the hardest part about juggling blogging and motherhood?

Yes! I started blogging when I was pregnant with my first daughter, Liza.  After a few months of creating content,  I officially launched. I love being home with Liza and Annabelle, but it’s also nice having a creative outlet. The hardest part of staying home and running my blog is time management. I don’t want to give up time with my girls, so I work on the blog wen they’re napping or after they go to bed. I don’t really get much sleep, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!


Do you like to make dinner during the week or does your husband like to do the cooking? 

I do most of the cooking, but Walker is a great cook too and really enjoys grilling.  We like to eat as a family, which is early with the girls, so it’s hard for him to get home early enough to cook during the week. He grills a lot on the weekends, and we always make extra on Sundays to have for dinner the next day or two.  This is a hue help for me!


I know how hard it can be to get dinner on the table with a baby and toddler to look after! How do you keep the girls entertained so you can cook?

The hardest part of cooking dinner for me is definitely the prep. I try to do a lot of the prep work while the girls are napping, and then I set it in the fridge until dinner time. I try to find recipes that aren’t super labor intensive.  I do a lot of roasted vegetables because it’s so easy to pop them in the oven and then focus on cooking the main dish.  I usually pull Annabelle’s activity chair in the kitchen with me or put her in the sling so I can have my hands free, and I will put a stack of blocks or a puzzle on the floor for Liza.  We almost always have music playing in our house, so sometimes Liza will play an instrument and dance in the kitchen while I cook. I also try to incorporate math into every day activities, so I will have her do things like count spice jars or look at a kitchen timer and tell me what number she sees first.


What is your favorite dish to prepare?

My favorite thing to make is this Shrimp Scampi Zoodle dish.  It’s so easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser.  We eat this about once a week, and we never get sick of it.  This is definitely something where I prep while the girls are sleeping, then I throw it together in ten minutes when it’s time for dinner.


Does Liza like to help cook?

Liza loves to help in the kitchen.  I try to find easy things for her to help with like stirring ingredients together, throwing something away or grabbing a spatula for me.  She especially loves baking cookies.


What advice do you have for working moms who are busy with careers and children, and still want to cook a healthy meal for their family?

Cook for multiple days at a time and buy vegetables that a versatile.  For example we will cook a lot of chicken breasts and have them for dinner one night, on salads the next day at lunch, and then make a veggie and chicken quesadilla with whatever is left the next night for dinner.  I always try to keep it really simple.  I buy spinach to put in our morning smoothies, make it as a side, and then throw together some green muffins at the end of the week.  I find using the vegetables I have on hand saves money and time.


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