Tell us about your blog – how did it get started, what’s the mission?
I originally started DLK has an outlet. I love being a SAHM, but there’s always been a part of me that needed a “job” outside of being a mother. So without having to give up the perks of being home, I started DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS.
DLK is about enhancing every day with design and family. I enjoy sharing pretty architectural interiors and exteriors, children’s fashion, life experiences, food… We’re always moving so fast living life that it’s easy to miss the beauty in what’s around us. Everything out there is designed by someone or something and I find that interesting. It’s a bit emotional for me. Not the sappy sad kind, but the warm and fuzzy, smile inducing kind. I get that from home decor, garden landscapes, food, you name it. I find peace in working on little projects like sketching and especially cooking with my kids. It’s a feel good job!
And your family? What are they like? What do you do for fun?
Our family consists of our two girls, Maya (5) and Senna (4) and my husband Scott.
Maya loves roller coasters and food. She’ll try anything once, it’s pretty awesome! She’s an artistic kid who’s always drawing, inventing and obsessing over tomorrow’s fashion choices. It’s really neat watching her style progress. Senna is picky when it comes to food, but she’s always first to help in the kitchen (and lick the spoon). She loves dressing up and get her nails painted and is always covered in bumps and bruises from playing so hard. Scott is a businessman by day and super dad at night. He teaches the girls to work hard, but always make time for the fun stuff. Together they frequent local skate parks where he teaches them how to ride their new boards or they can often be found in the music room learning how to use their mini instruments and recording their crazy sounds.
We love spending time at home together working on projects and running around the yard, but we also like going on little adventures. There are memories to be made and so much to be seen. We don’t often do the same thing twice. We drove 17 hours to Nova Scotia this summer and that trip is our favorite yet!
What role does food play in your family? Cooking food, eating food, picking up and choosing ingredients etc.
We all really enjoy eating clean and simple flavors so we do a lot of cooking at home. The girls are at a fun age to start cooking with too. They’re definitely messy, but also intrigued by selecting ingredients, measuring and of course taste testing. That’s why I started sharing our experiences in the Cooking With Kids series. We enjoy baking and making sweet treats, but it’s important to us that we make recipes that everyone will enjoy and not kid specific.
Outside of the kitchen, we love visiting U-pick farms. Picking fresh fruit and veggies straight from the source is amazing! We have a small herb garden and tomato plant outside and it’s the girls job to maintain them. I’d love to have a fruit tree someday.
What makes you excited to learn more about organics?
As we continue our cooking adventures, we’ve become more interested in the quality of ingredients we use. There’s a local farm that we’ve purchased organic fruits and free range meats from and the difference in quality and flavors is incredible! What I like about eating organically is that I don’t have to wonder what we’re putting into the kids bellies. What we see is what we’re getting and that makes cooking for kids easy.
Do you currently practice any sort of green or eco-friendly activities with your family?
I have to be honest and say we could be better. We pack lunches in reusable containers, have installed low flow toilets in every bathroom and sensor faucets to reduce water waste as well as have switched to using recycled paper towels. Having kids means lots of messes. I’d love to build a deep raised garden bed that attaches to our deck for planting our favorite vegetables. I may have just found our next project! (after our kitchen DIY and deck refacing)
What do you hope to learn or take away from your experience working with Stonyfield?
I’d like for our whole family to become more knowledgable about organic living and visit the sources. When we shop at large supermarkets, we’re not thinking about where it came from. I always find that starting from the bottom up is the best way to learn and these are experiences that I would happily share with you!