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Rhubarb & Strawberry Gin Fizz

A Feminine, But Not-Too-Sweet Cocktail Worth Toasting To
May 3, 2016

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Yesterday’s Mother’s Day brunch shoot was one for the books, but mostly because I had my mother beside me.  I knew she’d be tickled with the new clothes from J.McLaughlin, and planning a tasty spread for her was a piece of cake with all of her favorites.  I knew, too, that there’s probably nothing she loves more this time of year than sweet fresh strawberries and tart rhubarb, so what better way to use them than in a refreshing rhubarb strawberry gin fizz cocktail?!

I’ve played around with gin fizz variations before (Bruleed Grapefruit Gin Fizz is one of our most popular cocktail recipes of all time and our most recent Lemongrass Gin Fizz is amazing), and I tend to always love them because the fizz offers that bubbly-let’s-celebrate feeling to any gathering.  Since of course we’re celebrating Mama K here, I was eager to mix these up with strawberries, but I knew I didn’t want the recipe to become too one note.  Enter the perfect, seasonal counterpart to a strawberry, rhubarb.  Being known for its biter and tart taste rhubarb compliments those sweet strawberries to a tee.  The result, a girly, tangy, sweet pink drink you’ll never want to put down.  Tell me friends, how will you be toasting Mom? Truly, MKR

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A Mother’s Day Brunch With J.McLaughlin

Easy, Effortless Looks for Mom & Me for Mother's Day Brunch
May 2, 2016

Stripe shirtdress for Mother's Day, Waiting on Martha Mother's Day outfit ideas, Waiting on Martha 2016-04-19_0014 Celebrating Mother's Day brunch, Waiting on Martha Celebrating Mother's Day with @jmclaughlin and a brunch to end all brunches. | Via @WaitingOnMartha #JMcLcolorwheel #ad This year’s Mother’s Day surprise included some new spring looks for Mom and me | Via @WaitingOnMartha #JMcLcolorwheel #ad This year’s Mother’s Day surprise included some new spring looks for Mom by @jmclaughlin and a brunch to end all brunches. | Via @WaitingOnMartha #JMcLcolorwheel #ad This year’s Mother’s Day surprise included some new spring looks for Mom by @jmclaughlin and a brunch to end all brunches. | Via @WaitingOnMartha #JMcLcolorwheel #ad This year’s Mother’s Day surprise included some new spring looks for Mom by @jmclaughlin and a brunch to end all brunches. | Via @WaitingOnMartha #JMcLcolorwheel #ad

If there’s ever a reason to go all out, I’d say Mother’s Day is an obvious choice.  This year when prepping for the big day, I had an idea of what I wanted to pull together; a no-fuss brunch filled with all of mom’s favorites.  Miniature cast iron skillet quiches, almond filled croissants, macaroons, and the ultimate fruit tart.  A fresh (and super simple) salad of grilled Georgia peaches, spring snap peas, and candied pecans, plus a seasonal rhubarb and strawberry fizzy libation (recipes coming this week).  And of course, plenty of cheeses and nuts to nibble on, as I know we’ll linger at the table long after official brunch hours are through.

This year, though, I knew the biggest treat of all wouldn’t be the brunch, but rather what I had waiting for her at brunch.  You see my Mother is one of the most selfless, giving, generous people I know.  Always caring for others before herself, often pushing her needs and wants to the side, which means Mama K does not treat herself near enough.  So along with brunch and blooms, I also had a new spring wardrobe waiting for her from one of our favorites, J.McLaughlin.   

J.McLaughlin is a go-to for me when I’m in need of high quality, effortless looks that I (and Mom) will wear for years to come.  For Mom, I picked out a few spring shirtdresses in punched up patterns I knew she could dress up for a date night with Dad, or throw on some sandals for a more casual day look.  Because Mom loves color, I also snagged her these amazing silk and linen pants in marigold (I grabbed the ivory for myself), a blue gingham button down and easy summer sweater.  I, of course, couldn’t resist picking up a few things for myself like this classic and comfortable stripe dress, pom-pom shorts because obviously they have pom-poms, and my soon to be worn-way-too-much palm river hat.

To say Mom was surprised by the day is an understatement.  It helped that we celebrated early since little did she know she’d also be wrangled into a photo shoot, which honestly I wish you could have been a fly on the wall for.  Let’s just say food styling and modeling are not Mama K’s forte, though she is rocking that dress pretty well.  So what do you have up your sleeve to celebrate Mom this year?  Truly, MKR

P.S.  If you’re scratching your head over just what to get Mom this year, check out these timeless wardrobe pieces and gift ideas.  I think I already know what Mama K is eyeing.  xo

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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post was in collaboration with J.McLaughlin, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

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5 Ways to Clear Mental Clutter

Easy Ways to Weed Out Unnecessary Thoughts & Worries
May 1, 2016

May marks Mental Health Month.  But before I go any further, I must admit to you all…up until recently I would have immediately tuned out anything with “mental health” related to it.  I would have dismissed it because I didn’t think it had anything to do with me.  But the more I’ve read about wellness, living intentionally and being more present, I’ve found that learning about mental health and finding ways to improve it (whether that’s through big improvements or adopting small habits) is something that should be on all of our minds. 

Mental clutter is a lot different than physical clutter (which we recently addressed thanks to MKR’s March read of Marie Kondo’s bestselling book).  Mental clutter can be linked to anxiety, poor time management, procrastination and stress, and it can wreak havoc on our creativity, productivity and every day outlook.  It’s exactly as it sounds: all that junk floating around in your head, disrupting your routine and bogging you down with detrimental thoughts.  

Like pretty much anyone reading this, I had to admit that I’m guilty of letting my thoughts and worries run rampant, sometimes causing me to lose sleep or pick a fight with a loved one.  I read a great piece on Fast Company the other day which shared 5 ways we can “rest and digest” the mind to counteract all of the distractions we face in a day.  It got me thinking about simple changes I can implement in my day-to-day routine to help clear my own mental clutter, like putting my iPhone down more often (understatement of the year).  I’ve listed them in the slideshow above, but I’d love for you to share any additional ways you’re able to do the same.  Cheers, Kat

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Reschedule Unnecessary Tasks

Reschedule Unnecessary Tasks

Step back and ask yourself what is REALLY necessary to accomplish today. Focus on the important task(s) and reschedule the rest. By learning how to say no, you empower yourself to call the shots on your schedule (and stress). If saying no is hard for you (like it is for many), check out these great tips.

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VIA GLITTER GUIDE, BY DULCET CREATIVE
Tackle One Important Task at a Time

Tackle One Important Task at a Time

Scientific research suggests that only 2% of the population can multi-task properly. As we try to do many things at once, we're actually a lot less productive with the tasks we have on our to-do lists. Seems straight-forward enough, but it always helps to have a reminder of this in order to cut down on the extra junk racing around in your head.

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VIA WAITING ON MARTHA, BY RUSTIC WHITE
Take Several Deep Breaths

Take Several Deep Breaths

Don't forget the power of deep breathing. Think long, deep breaths that sound like the ocean.
In the Fast Company article, Scott Eblin points out how deep breathing can be done wherever and whenever you wish, making it one of the simplest ways to get your mind back on track. I especially loved this thought: "Breathing is like doing reps in the gym for your biceps. The more reps you do, the stronger you are. Paying attention to your breathing increases the attention muscle in brain."

VIA WAITING ON MARTHA, PHOTO BY KATHRYN MCCRARY
Put the Cell Phone Away

Put the Cell Phone Away

It's easy to get wrapped up in the status updates, notifications and messages. But by putting your phone down, you are able to not only be more present in the moment, but also more productive with less distractions that lead to the mental clutter.

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VIA THE TEACHER DIVA
Find Time Alone

Find Time Alone

By allowing yourself to have alone time, you give your mind the chance to wander in unconscious thought and reset. Our worlds are becoming increasingly faster and noisier, and finding comfort in solitude can help keep the mind clear of clutter.

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VIA THE PETTICOAT

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