Hillary Chybinski

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Tired Mom's Guide to Afternoon Tea

Being a parent is exhausting. As my kids get older, I realize that it doesn't matter what their ages are, just the emotional stake in parenting and raising kids is exhausting. Throw in some play dates, after school activities and hours of homework, and you end up with one tired mama!

I am a work at home mom, and both my kids are in school during the day. While that makes some things easier for me than for some of you mamas with small kids at home trying to work your hustle, we all need a break during the day. A habit I've gotten into lately, is enjoying an afternoon tea break.

Classic Afternoon Tea is a light meal served in the afternoon, typically between 4 and 6 pm. Research says that the custom originated among the wealthy classes in England in the 1840s. It's a tradition that has definitely made the leap across the pond, as you can enjoy afternoon tea in many hotels throughout the United States. But I am a tired mom, and I like to enjoy my afternoon tea in my living room or home office at about 2 pm.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Great Khaki Skirt - What I Wore

Welcome back to another weekly fashion post, where I share real fashion for real women. Each week, I highlight at least one outfit that I'm wearing right now, as well as provide ideas and inspiration to help you get dressed in the mornings. Life is hard, getting dressed shouldn't be.

Aventura Skirt, Paired with a Black Cashmere Turtleneck and Hunter Wellies
Skirt - Aventura | Turtleneck - Talbot's | Boots - Hunter Boots | Necklace - Tiffany

Last week I attended a local grand opening for a new World Market store. There was still plenty of snow on the ground with a threat of freezing while we were out. Those conditions always make shoes an issue for me, so I knew I needed to build my outfit around my trusty Hunter Wellies.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Meal Planning 2016 - Week 5

Weekly Meal Planning Ideas - Real Food for Real Families

Welcome to my weekly meal planning post. Each week I share my intentions for feeding my family for the upcoming week. I take time each Sunday night to plan out a menu of mostly "real food" items, in an attempt for all of us to eat healthier. In the end, when we follow the plan, we do eat healthier and we save money besides. I hope you take away some ideas and inspiration for your own weekly meal plan.

Sometimes, I get bored with meal planning and I start to feel like we eat the same things all the time. But when I ask my family for ideas, they don't have much besides what we "usually" have. In fact, the last few "new" recipes I've tried have not been big hits.  So sometimes, it's better to stick with what everyone likes.