Effortless Warm Weather Dresses

The hot and sticky days of summer have officially arrived! Dallas has the kind of southern summers that you could only imagine – sweltering sunshine and a palpable layer of humidity hang in the air. So how does one dress for this type of steamy weather? While most days I’m in my usual mom uniform of athleisure leggings and tanks, on the days when I do dress up, the easiest and coolest thing to wear is a dress. I have been living in this one lately! I love to have collection of go-to dresses that are chic and comfortable and can be worn to run errands with the boys or even on a date night with my hubby.

I prefer simple silhouettes – shirt dresses and t-shirt dresses – and paired with a cute sandal, you look polished and are ready to go in a matter of minutes. How effortless is that? And so, here are my top 10 favorite summer dresses. Enjoy!

Ask B: How to Handle Unwanted Parenting Advice

 

Dear B,

As a first time parent, I am finding that I have been inundated with the advice and opinions of family members, friends, and yes, even strangers at the local grocery store! Although the input comes from a place of  good intentions, it can be overwhelming and at times, hurtful or stress – provoking. How can I respond to the various comments with grace, but also establish healthy boundaries so that I do not allow the stress to over power my ability to be a good mother? Have other mothers shared similar sentiments? I hope I am not alone with this predicament! 
 
Sincerely, 
S

 

Dear S,

You are not alone! All moms can relate to your predicament and feelings, and I too have been subjected to unsolicited advice and commentary. And you are absolutely right, these comments can be both stressful and hurtful. When I announced we were expecting our second beautiful baby boy, the associate at my very favorite gift/monogram store here in Dallas responded, “Oh…don’t you wish it was a girl? Are you going to try for a girl?” – not exactly the “Congratulations!” I had been hoping for! I simply smiled and said how thrilled and lucky we were to be having another boy, and then exited the shop. Moral of the story, is that you can’t control what other people say or do, you can only control what you say or do, and your own happiness. I think (and want to believe) that most people have good intentions and are not trying to be hurtful, and so it’s important to take the high road with your response. If someone offers you unsolicited advice or commentary, I would first listen – you might learn something or gain a new perspective! However if the advice or comment is rude or just not applicable, acknowledge them and smile and consider exiting the conversation or changing the subject. Another option is to say, “Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind,” and then exit the conversation or change the subject. Despite any outside opinions, always remember and have confidence that you know your child best and know what is best for them! Good luck!

White Peach Raspberry Crisp

 

Hi dear readers! I hope everyone is having a great week. I’ve been trying more and more to enjoy the slower pace of summer,  which can be tough for me, since I tend to thrive on multitasking and moving pretty quickly! Having children has taught me how important it is to live in the moment, and savor each day, especially during the summertime when we have an easy breezy schedule. Our days are filled with swimming at the pool, picnics, and playdates, as well as trips to the library, art projects (cue the water colors and sidewalk chalk!) and baking at home.

One of my favorite activities to do with C  is bake, as he loves to help me in the kitchen, especially when it comes to whipping up a dessert. While he’s partial to oatmeal chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes, we also love to bake crisps and cobblers during the warmer months. A golden brown crust filled with fresh blackberries, rhubarb, or peaches is truly the sweetest part of summer. Not to mention strawberry shortcake – talk about a summer indulgence!

Today I want to share our recipe for white peach and raspberry crisp. Hot and bubbling out of the oven, the sweet peaches mixed with the tart raspberries makes for an incredible combination, and paired with a scoop of cold and creamy vanilla (or dairy free vanilla!) ice cream, it’s as special for a weeknight treat as it is for dinner with friends. And so here is the recipe, and wishing you a great rest of the week!

 

White Peach and Raspberry Crisp

10 white peaches

1 pint of raspberries (or frozen)

1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal

1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the inside of a 10 x 15 x 2 1/2-inch oval baking dish or you can use individual ramekins. 

Slice the peaches into wedges and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the orange zest, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons of flour, and toss until the fruit is completely coated. Next, gently incorporate the raspberries. Pour the peaches and raspberries into the baking dish.

Combine 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of quick cooking oats, a generous pinch of salt, and 1 stick of cold, cubed butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low until the topping is a crumbly consistency. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the peaches and raspberries, and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is browned and the fruit juices are bubbling. Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!