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Wallpaper Wonderful

Since deciding to build a house I've been firm on one thing. I want tons of wallpaper. I could easily wallpaper every room. I'm full-blown obsessed. We wallpapered Georgia's room and it totally transformed it into something we can feel happy with until we decide to really deck out her big girl room. I plan on wallpapering the powder room, the ceiling of our office, and our bedroom as well!

Currently, I'm trying to tackle our dining room which has been sitting empty since we moved in, in early September. I recently purchased a table, chairs and rug (more on those later), and they're all pretty neutral, so I know my next move is a bold wallpaper. Since the rest of the house has so much blue, I want something really different. This room totally greets you when you walk in the front door, and I love the idea of essentially having bold artwork throughout the entryway & dining room. Autumn from Steel City Farmhouse did an awesome job in their entryway with a Serena & Lily number, you can see here!

Here are a few I'm loving, either for the dining room or beyond!

Molly Knorr
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Most-Loved Baby Essentials

This is one of the topics I've been dying to blog about - our most-loved baby essentials. Friends ask me for recommendations pretty regularly and I feel like it'll be so beneficial to have it all in one place, now that Bodie is almost 2.5! By no means is this a complete or perfect list, but it's what I can remember loving and using, or wishing I had at the time!

1. Dock-a-Tot - I didn't co-sleep with either of my kids, but we used the Dock-a-Tot with Bodie for travel! So much easier than hauling a pack-and-play when you still have an infant. These are a bit controversial for use in cribs, but we really loved ours, especially for travel.

2. Slumber Sloth - such a great gift! These come with an adorable book and Bodie still sleeps with his every night.

3. Boon High Chair - easily the biggest question I get to my Instagram when someone spots this high chair! Love it. Easy to move, easy to clean. You can't submerge the tray completely in water or it's a little tough to get all of the water out, but you can easily wipe it down. I also love that you can buy replacement parts (chair pad, straps, tray), all on Amazon.

4. Aden & Anais Wearable Swaddles - these are the perfect weight and they wash really easily. Tons of fun prints, too!

5. Dohm Sound Machine - there are tons of sound machines on the market but I love this because you toss it on and know it's at a safe volume. Been running strong for nearly 2.5 years in Bodie's room, this goes everywhere with us.

6. Boon Grass - for bottles & other hand-washed items that need to dry.  The clear is a little more visually appealing than the green!

7. OK-to-Wake Clock - we got this when we switched Georgia to a big girl bed. It lights up at 7am every morning telling her it's okay to get out of bed.

8. Cuddle & Kind Doll - another great gift option. These are heirloom quality and I used Bodie's for each of his monthly photos the first year! You can even check out their hashtag #BodieandEverest. The purchase of one doll = 10 meals for the needy.

9. Tubby Todd All Over Ointment - learned about this about a month ago, wish I had known about it for the last 4.5 years. It's the only thing that has really helped with my kids' seriously dry skin!

10. Skiphop Activity Center - Bodie LOVED this thing and it's simple enough to not look awful in a family room! 

11. Honest City Backpack - with two kids I made the switch to a diaper bag backpack! This is still my go-to for travel as well - so comfortable and looks great. There are definitely lots of backpacks available now, but this is what I used & loved.

12. Copper Pearl Bibdanas - both of my kids wore a ton of these! They're so cute and perfect for drooling, feeding, and they wash really well too!

13. Honest Diaper Subscription - a bit of an overspend when it's not totally necessary, but I loved receiving this subscription each month. The cute prints elevated my every day and my kids generally had no issues with diaper rash!

14. Green Toys - obsessed with this brand of toys! Totally green and also dishwasher safe! Perfect!

15. Booster Seat - we don't have this exact model but it looks so easy to clean! These are so critical when you just can't look at your high chair anymore and your child wants to be a part of family dinners.

16. Skiphop Bath Spout Cover - your child will stand up in the tub and will fall in the tub. May as well cover the spout so they don't injure themselves!

Did I miss anything? What are your must-have baby essentials?!
Molly Knorr
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Travel: Charleston

Anyone who knows Jeff and I knows we have the BIGGEST soft spot for Charleston. Bodie's middle name is Charles and that's a family name, but we really love that it hits on our favorite city, too. We make a point to travel there once a year, try new options, and we've been lucky enough to really hit our favorite spots multiple times. So much so, we have an aggressive Google Sheet I share with just about anyone visiting there. Well, it's time to take the spreadsheet into blog form.

I first traveled to Charleston with my family when I was little, on a trip to Isle of Palms, then used to regularly vacation on Kiawah Island with a friend and her family. I was reintroduced to Charleston through my first job after college where I was lucky enough to work with a digital marketing firm located right on King Street in Charleston - some of the coolest & most talented people ever.

I follow tons of bloggers from Charleston, my Instagram is full of Charleston posts, it's kind of ridiculous. We adore our hometown, but it's truly the only other place I can imagine us living as a family. Talk about polar opposites, especially given the Pittsburgh snowfall today!

Where to Stay:
Jeff and I were lucky enough to stay at Zero George shortly after it opened in 2013. Total chance and we booked on Expedia based mostly on price, had no idea the quality of the hotel and how amazing it would be! We were lucky enough to return here for our 5-year anniversary last year, and they really took such amazing care of us. We can also recommend the Grand Bohemian Hotel, Hotel Bella Grace, the Dewberry, and Jeff's personal favorite (I missed our last trip because of an awful stomach bug!), the Restoration. We love staying at these cool, boutique hotels, but I'm sure more traditional hotels are wonderful as well, just make sure you can walk where you want to go! We've also loved the Andell Inn on Kiawah Island, and I'd easily make a return trip there! It's worth noting we had one bad experience with a random Expedia booking, similar to an Airbnb, so I would try to take advantage of one of the fabulous hotels there!

Where to Eat Breakfast:
It might be hokey to recommend the Hominy Grill but honestly, it's always one of my favorite meals. Prepare for a heavy, delicious breakfast and long lines if you're there on the weekend - tourist trap? Perhaps, but worth it. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is a must for grab-and-go biscuits. Jeff actually smuggled some home for me on his last trip! Glazed and the Daily are awesome, and Hall's Chophouse has a fabulous brunch. Miller's All Day is a newer spot that Jeff loved and I see popping up on Instagram regularly, I'm so in love with their branding. We like to hit up the Farmer's Market downtown if we're there over a weekend, too!

Where to Eat Lunch:
We usually try to make time for some activity of some sort after a filling breakfast in Charleston, and it's totally necessary to keep the amazing food coming. Last visit we jogged from our hotel to Lewis BBQ and their food is just on another level (see above!). There is a lot of outdoor seating (good for families) and a great selection of draft beers! We love Rodney Scott's BBQ, Taco Boy, HomeTeam BBQ, Butcher and the Bee, Basic Kitchen, and Husk for lunch. Husk is nationally-known for it's incredible, James Beard award-winning chef, Sean Brock (whom we essentially worship in the Knorr house), but it's SO filling for dinner! We usually try to do lunch here so we can either easily grab a reservation or sit at the bar adjacent to the actual restaurant, the bar is so cool.

Where to Eat Dinner:
One of my favorite places on earth is 167 Raw. The overall vibe and liveliness in this place is just amazing. We always joke that Jeff is ready to move to Charleston and get a job shucking oysters here. Currently they don't take reservations and there's nearly always a wait, but if you can get in, I highly recommend it! We saw that they are moving to a larger space and we are so pumped. Other faves include Darling Oyster Bar (again, such great branding!), Leon's Oyster Shop, FIG, and The Ordinary.

Where to Drink:
To be honest I'm always so stuffed from eating and drinking at restaurants, we rarely make it out for more than one drink, but we really love Edmund's Oast Brewery, Stars Rooftop Bar & Grill, and the Rarebit has incredible Moscow Mules. Maybe use your booze calories on Jeni's Ice Cream instead?

Where to Grab Coffee:
Coffee is critical to us, and while I'm coming around to more mature coffee options (Dunkin' 'til I die), Jeff is the connoisseur so these recommendations come directly from him. City Lights is a favorite and Bitty & Beau's obviously gets a glowing recommendation.

Where to Shop:
King Street has an incredible shopping district that's so fun to walk through. Hampden Clothing is an upscale win, with lots of adorable boutiques like Skinny Dip Charleston, and a personal favorite kids' store and brand, Pink Chicken.

What else can I do there other than Eat & Drink:
While we're always happy to play tour guide to ourselves, there are plenty of historic tours that are look awesome. The Straw Markets are super cool to walk through. You can easily rent bikes from Holy Spokes to see downtown on bike, and we were lucky enough last time that our hotel provided bikes we could take over the Ravenel Bridge to Mt. Pleasant. I've taken lots of classes at the Downtown Pure Barre location and it's amazing. If you want to see a beach, we have visited Sullivan's Island (love Poe's burgers!) and Folly Beach is on our list too. Dying to spend more time on Mt. Pleasant, getting my nails done at adorable Mylkbar, and completing my BlenderBomb obsession by visiting Hustle Smoothie Bar.

So there you have it, my first overly-aggressive travel post! We've never visited Charleston with a group of people and I'd love to try that. Here's hoping we can make it back in 2019 and I'll be sure to update this post with anything I visit or hear is a must!

Did I miss anything? What's your favorite place to visit in Charleston?
Molly Knorr
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Easy Dinner: Spicy Shrimp Tempura Roll Bowls

I've talked a lot about my love for Skinnytaste recipes over on Instagram and I mean it sincerely when I say we have yet to make a bad recipe. This particular recipe is from author Gina Homolka's latest cookbook, "One & Done," and I was blown away by this dish! My friend mentioned she was making it last Friday, and once I saw the photo in the book, we jumped on it! It totally took care of my sushi craving and opened the doors to so many Air Fryer options with shrimp!

Spicy Shrimp Tempura Roll Bolls (serves 4), from Skinnytaste: One & Done

Spicy Mayo:

  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 5 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
Asian Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Shrimp Tempura:
  • 16 peeled and deveined extra jumbo shrimp (1/2 pound)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cups panko bread crumbs, regular or gluten-free
  • olive oil spray
For Assembly:
  • 3 cups cooked short-grain brown rice, warm
  • 2 Persian (mini) cucumbers, seeded and julienned
  • 5 ounces thinly sliced avocado (from 1 medium avocado)
  • 4 nori snack sheets, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Cooking Instructions
  1. Preheat air fryer to 400*F.
  2. For the spicy mayo: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Sriracha, and 1 teaspoon water.
  3. For the Asian vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and ginger.
  4. For the shrimp tempura: Season the shrimp with the salt and pepper. In a shallow bowl, combine the egg white and milk. Place the panko in a second shallow bowl.
  5. Dredge the shrimp first in the egg mixture, then in the panko, shaking off any excess as you go.
  6. Place 8 of the shrimp in the air fryer basket. Spray the shrimp with oil. Cook for 5 minutes, until the shrimp turn pink and the coating is golden brown. Repeat with the remaining 8 shrimp.
  7. To assemble the bowls, divide the rice, cucumbers, and avocado among 4 bowls. Top with 4 shrimp, then drizzle the vinaigrette and spicy mayo over each bowl. Garnish with the nori, black sesame seeds, and chives.
If you don't have an air fryer, the book recommends baking the shrimp on a sheet pan in a 400*F oven, turning halfway, until the shrimp turn pink and the coating is golden brown, 8 to 9 minutes.

So delicious. Enjoy!

Molly Knorr
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Stripes on Stripes

Never met a stripe I didn't love, especially in the Spring time. 
Linked from L to R.

Happy weekend!
Molly Knorr
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Workouts I'm Loving

Now that I've shared my favorite workout looks, I've been getting back in the home gym and taking a few barre classes and it feels SO good, mentally and physically. My heart is always with Pure Barre and running, but I love a gym session too and it's so fun to work with weights and get my pump on (within reason). Do you follow Beth Chappo on Instagram? From her workouts, to her food, to her amazing athleisure outfits (and sneakers!), I'm always so inspired when I check out her page.

Today I'm sharing some of the interval workouts I've been doing and it goes without saying, but consult your doctor before working out. I'm by no means a professional as it pertains to programming this type of workout and I typically hunt these down on the #HIIT hashtag on Instagram and listen to my body. I just made these pretty so you can screenshot them!

I love interval workouts on the treadmill primarily because I get so bored on there! I blast music or watch Netflix but even still, I need to play around with pushes and paces. I included one that's quick & dirty and another longer, 40-minute option.

I've also been playing around with more CrossFit-style workouts and thankfully, my husband programs these for me and has worked with me on form so I don't injure myself! You have to listen to your body and it took some time for me to comfortable with these weights... and box jumps. Anyone else terrified of jumping?

Since becoming a mom I've definitely had ebbs and flows when it comes to my fitness. But trying to eat better (generally) and get a workout in has become so much more important to me, and I just wake up feeling better when I'm working out. What's your favorite way to stay active? 
Molly Knorr
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Workout Looks + A New Discount

With the new year comes tons of fitness resolutions and I'm no different. I signed up to run the full Pittsburgh Marathon, which admittedly I'm rethinking as 3 hour runs on the weekend in addition to parenting, working, and teaching barre doesn't seem like it's going to fly. I'm planning to run the half marathon and doing all I can to run a personal best, and thankfully, since I've been training for a full marathon, I think I can do that! I'm still fundraising for UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, so that's really all the motivation you need! That said, I've been spending a ton of time in our gym, and like most people, I find that if I love my outfit, I run a little faster and work a little harder.

Luckily for me, I teach at Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon where we're lucky enough to carry a ton of awesome brands. If you're local to Pittsburgh, you have to come check it out, see all of the incredible retail, & try one of my barre classes! If you're not, I highlighted a ton of great pieces I'm loving below,  many of which are from Carbon38! You can use the code MOLLYKNO20 for 20% off your 1st purchase over $100. So many awesome pieces and you deserve a new fitness look (whether it takes you to the gym or Target, either way).

Alo Soft Sheila Legging - I have these in a different color and they're an instant favorite. Perfect for a barre workout and so incredibly soft. The mustard is a fun color, plus it pairs nicely with a grey or black top for post-workout looks!

Alo Sunny Strappy Bra - I am all about a set look this year. I've been trying to buy complete sets as opposed to my typical mix & match and it really feels great to look put-together. This is one of my favorite bras. I find myself reaching for this on days I'm not even planning to work out!

Alo Cover Tank - completing the set right here! I have this in black and absolutely love it. It hits at the perfect spot for high-waisted leggings and I love teaching in it, but it's great for treadmill running too!

Terez Black Foil Cheetah Leggings - these are a fun take on black leggings and cheetah/leopard is definitely having another moment.

Terez Black Cheetah Placement Sweatshirt - all about that set life!

Lululemon x SoulCycle Ride & Reflect Muscle Tank - I scooped this the day it became available I just love the metallic look and the shape of this top. Great for interval training and teaching alike, it shows the perfect amount of sports bra at the side and it's totally comfy too.

Alo High Waist Moto Legging - a staple at Pure Barre, I have a few pairs of these and just love them. Fashionable, comfortable, and always available in fun colors.

Spiritual Gangster Rose Tank Top - love these fun graphic crops for barre!

Baller Hat - full disclosure, my hair is under a hat at least four days a week. I love running in hats for comfort purposes and this is such a fun print! I find that Lululemon hats can withstand a wash on the gentle cycle - critical for those sweaty workouts!

Later this week I plan on sharing some of my favorite treadmill interval workouts, as well as a few circuits!
Molly Knorr
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Amazon, Lately!

I hate that it's been forever since I last blogged but life is finally slowing down and I can get back to it! I feel like 95% of my purchases recently have either been of the Amazon or Target home section variety, so I figured now is as good a time as ever to share my recent Amazon wins.

amazon jacket - moms everywhere are loving this jacket. I was so in need of a new warm winter coat and this one has totally fit the bill. I've even washed it (so much salt on my car!) and it came out nicely.

backless workout top - easy to toss on before or after a workout and totally lightweight & adorable. full athleisure faves post to come.

set of two navy & gold leaf table lamps - I was on the hunt for two table lamps to anchor our fireplace and these are incredibly reasonable and really great quality.

teddy jacket - note that this runs small, I picked up a medium and it could still be a bit bigger for my liking, but it captures the trend nicely and it's a great weight. lots of cool colors available, too.

camo sweat set (top) (bottom) - both are z supply brand, when I worked at Stitch Fix we started carrying this brand and I scooped up these joggers, I'm loving the matching set.

GG dupes for kids (low) (high) - I was so excited to stumble on these and I couldn't be more obsessed. I picked up the low cream pair for Georgia and the sizing was a little off (big!), so I scooped the low sparkly pair in a smaller size. They're so adorable, and I'm loving the high top option too.

acrylic floating bookshelf - we had this in Bodie's nursery in the old house and recently installed two of them in the office/playroom. Such a fun way to display books and something you can change out seasonally. Pretty storage options are always ideal!

Molly Knorr
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