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Small Business Saturday: My Picks!

It's Small Business Saturday! I am pumped to be sharing my finds, both local and beyond, from businesses I love to personally support and wanted to share with you! It's been such a tough year for small businesses, so the least we can do is forget about Amazon for a little and support the actual humans behind these great businesses! While this isn't the prettiest collage I've ever made, I really am pumped about everything I am sharing. I numbered them for easy reference and there's a link for each one! 

  1. Hart Studio: unsurprisingly, a lot of the businesses I included are based in Charleston, mostly because there are a TON of amazing female entrepreneurs down there, and also because there are so many incredible creative businesses that just appeal to me. I asked for this charm necklace for Christmas and I'm obsessed with the options.
  2. Pitt Street Kids: I talk about this business a ton on my Instagram and I love shopping here for my kids and for amazing gifts. Check out their stocking stuffers - so many great brands and adorable clothes.
  3. Rey to Z: the owner was a coworker at Mac & Mia with me and these hats make the best gifts! Perfect for stocking stuffers and I actually just grabbed one for Goldie to use as nursery decor until it fits her noggin! 20% using the code GRATEFUL. 
  4. State of Play: both owners also Mac & Mia coworkers! These adorable sweatshirts are super comfy and fun. I love the "burbs" line too! 
  5. Calamityware: I originally found this brand through Ina Garten's Instagram but came to find they of course have a Pittsburgh connection (of course!). I have this platter and it's one of my absolute faves.
  6. The Bateswood Company: a friend sent along this brand and it looks like you can request custom wall hangings! So fun and unique, especially for a nursery or office.
  7. Good Scout Kids: saw this on Instagram and I think all three Knorr kids are getting one for Christmas.
  8. Weleful Toys: another business born from Mac & Mia, these fun toys are open-ended and great for your kiddo.
  9. Vibe Salon: I get my hair done here and they have incredible product options. Great chance for Pittsburghers to buy a gift card and treat yourself to the services the talented ladies here can provide!
  10. Oh Joyful Day: I've long drooled over her custom wedding stationery (as a former stationer myself, it's just beautiful work), but I'm especially loving her Christmas offerings.
  11. Paprika Paperie: custom kids' stationery is something a few people requested when I asked for suggestions, and I just love the bright colors this Etsy seller uses! 
  12. Mediterra Cafe: recently opened in Mt. Lebanon and has been open for some time now in Sewickley. They have the cutest little market with gift options and the best food ever. The owner is a friend and I just had to include them here! 
  13. Drybar Pittsburgh: we are so lucky to have a Drybar franchise right here in the South Hills. Book yourself a blowout for the holidays and get some of their amazing dry shampoo too!
  14. Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon: of course I'm biased, but I find the most amazing athleisure items here and it's a great chance to try a class too.
  15. Mecka Fitness: my other place of work! Lots of great retail and many different class offerings between yoga, treadmill classes, bootcamp and strength! Opening in the Strip District soon!
  16. Commonwealth Press: with a Mt. Lebanon storefront, they've taken all of their sales online for the time being. Support this local shop and find Goldie's famous Iron City Baby onesie, it's my go-to baby gift.
  17. Shop Steel City: another Pittsburgh shirt company, theirs are some of the softest around! Love their kids' offerings as well.
  18. Starry Blues: a friend's business! Check out their online store for a ton of great gift options this holiday season! Obsessed with this cute little gift box.
  19. Studio Betsy: another Charleston-based business, I scooped her Leon's Oyster Shop print a few months ago (one of our favorite Charleston restaurants!) and I just grabbed this Golden Goose print for Georgia's room. The perfect gift for anyone Golden Goose-obsessed and a fun pop of color. Check out her nudes too, they're great for a bathroom.
  20. Support your favorite photographer. Buy prints through your photographer! It may be cheaper to buy through Snapfish, but the quality isn't as great to the print shops your photographer has access to, plus they make a commission. We love our yearly mini shoots with Rachel Rowland, and we also love Ben Petchel and Hot Metal Studio, if you're looking for a photographer.
  21. Had to plug my Beautycounter business. It always feels like a stretch to call it "my business" but it really is a little online franchise. It helps support my family and allows me to keep putting out fun content, so let's keep this train rolling!
Did I forget anyone? Is there anywhere I need to shop?! Let me know, and enjoy supporting your favorite small businesses this Saturday and beyond.

Molly Knorr
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Bodie's Big Boy Room Plus a Halloween Freebie

After tons of time, I'm finally ready to share Bodie's big boy room. Nothing like an impending baby birth to get you to finish a few things on your home to-do list, Bodie's room being one of them! My overall goal was a fun, modern boy's room that wasn't too obvious. There's nothing wrong with an animal or sports-themed room, of course, but I wanted to do something a little more modern and fun while incorporating pieces I loved from his former nursery. Of course, all on a budget.

We made the choice to put Bodie in Georgia's full size bed, and felt like her Jenny Lind headboard was gender neutral enough to stick with. I found an amazing Crate & Kids duvet set that felt perfect for the modern vibe I was going for - unfortunately, it's since sold out but I linked up a few other adorable options that have the same feel. We included throw pillows and stuffed animals from his nursery. I added the "Good Vibes Only" banner that really suits his spirit. The dots come from Urban Walls - they're the irregular dot. I applied all of these by hand and I'm telling you, it was so fun and relaxing to do! They come up really easily too and don't destroy the wall behind it, great for rentals.

Bodie wears lots of hats, so I knew I wanted a way to display his hats on the wall. I found these great pegs on Amazon that would work well for women's hats too. I like to use the bottom peg to pull out his clothes for the next day, that helps the next morning flow a little better before school. I wanted to display a State of Play sweatshirt on there for the photos, but low and behold, it was in the wash!! This is Bodie's favorite sweatshirt, but I have my eye on this one too!

Bodie's always been so into reading. It was important to have an easy way to display his books in a way he could reach most of them and they really add so much color to the room! I found the extra long bookshelves at Ikea on the cheap, and we were sure to install them into studs so that if he feels like climbing to get to the top shelf, it should withstand his weight. The teepee was a gift for Georgia's first birthday from a small shop that unfortunately no longer exists. It's one of my favorite things and I'm so glad we were able to keep it alive in Bodie's room.

His lamp, side table, anywhere chair and his dresser are all from his nursery at the old house. I always joke and say that no dresser will ever live up to the Ikea Hemnes Dresser. I'd rather keep purchasing these and change out the knobs than spend more money on something that I don't love like this! It's the perfect size for children's clothing and beyond.

The mirror was a Hobby Lobby find but I've linked one that's less expensive and more accessible from Amazon. The only thing that's missing from these photos is the ceiling fan! We had it delivered and hoped we'd be able to install it ourselves (my husband Jeff does great with electricity typically!), but opted out due to just how difficult it would be to hold it over our heads that long! Best to leave it to the professionals and I hope to have it installed in a few weeks! 

I also wanted to include a little freebie for those reading! You might have noticed the Amok Amok Amok signage. I made it myself thinking it's perfect for a little boy's room, but it's also great for Halloween! You can download the 11x17 print right here if you want to add to your Halloween decor, it is after all a line from Hocus Pocus! It's super easy to send to print at FedEx and frame on your own!

Everything from the room is linked up below (either actual product or a similar find!). I can't wait to hear what you think! 

Bed Frame | Comforter (similar | similar) | Bed Skirt | Side Table (similar) | Lamp (similar) | Ceiling Fan | Dresser | Bookshelves | Teepee (similar) | Curtains | Irregular Dot Decals | Hat Hooks | Bodie Wall Art (similar) | Hatch Night Light | Dog Storage/Hamper | Mirror | Slumberkins | Penguin Stuffed Animal (Note each purchase donates 10 meals to a needy child) | Rug (similar) | Good Vibes Only Banner | Curtain Rod (similar) | Blackout Shades | Bodie Personalized Pillow (no longer made, but this is the website

Molly Knorr
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Sharing 9 Easy Picks

 By now I think every person in America has heard from a blogger being "underwhelmed" by the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which opens up for general access today. I'm really not a minimal person but you can definitely load up on some fun zhushy pieces if you look hard enough. Rather than overwhelm you with a ton of different sections (and to make my life easier), I picked 9 to highlight and I'm also linking to a few extra no one needs to see in a collage (undies!).

Madewell Skinny Denim | White Ankle Booties | Free People Rust Sweater
Levi's High Waisted Denim | Pajamas for the Hospital or Otherwise | Tie Dye Workout Tank
Super Cool Hat | Teddy Jacket | Madewell Mules

The MADEWELL SKINNY DENIM is a personal favorite. I have these in a few colors and they really do draw you in, particularly after you spend 9 months growing a baby. Pair with the WHITE BOOTIES and the RUST SWEATER for the perfect family photo look, let's be honest - there's an easy one! In my experience you can never go wrong with a great Free People sweater anyway.

The LEVI'S DENIM trend is something I've been dying to try anyway so now is a great time. Pair with a white tee and the MADEWELL MULES and you've got a cute look. Easy to add the TEDDY JACKET on top. I feel like there will be a LOT of outdoor activities this fall so an oversized jacket you can toss on is critical, and this one is fashionable too. I didn't buy last year and honestly regretted it.

I have this WORKOUT TANK in 2 colors already and literally wore it yesterday. I sized up to a medium just for extra coverage - pair with the HANKY PANKY undies and great leggings for a comfy workout option. 

I grabbed these PAJAMAS for the hospital and these may be the most linked up item I can think of from the Anniversary Sale, but it's always tough to spend money on pajamas and these look comfy and ideal.

I hope this simplified things a bit for you! That's what I'll be shopping this Nordstrom sale!

Molly Knorr
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Baby Must-Haves

It's been a while since I've had a newborn and the game has changed a little bit... or a lot in some cases. Some of these items I owned, used and loved with Georgia and Bodie, while others came to me courtesy of Instagram recommendations! I'm grateful for all of the suggestions and all of these will be making their way to this new nursery one way or another! I'm giving a little background and alternative options for a few too, see below, and let me know if there's anything I'm missing!

1. WIPEABLE CHANGING PADS: as I mentioned, the game has changed! What a smart idea! I can't tell you the number of times I had to wash changing pads and frankly, the cost on this is so reasonable.

2. GOOSEBUMPS SHOP ONESIE: I ended up getting the whole bundle in this print! Listen, I know that zipped sleepers are where it's at, but this one is SO soft and makes me so happy. The blankets are incredible too. I honestly think I'll bypass the traditional crib comforter and do one of their larger tie dye blankets. If you're looking for the best zipped onesies around, check out HANNA ANDERSSON SLEEPERS.

3. DOHM CLASSIC WHITE NOISE MACHINE: we've had a few different sound machines and I got this one when Bodie was born. It's not too loud, but it does the trick and is also aesthetically pleasing! It's been nearly four years and it's still running strong! Other suggestions included the HATCH SOUND MACHINE.

4. UBBI DIAPER PAIL: sounds like this has taken over from Diaper Genie over the past few years. I like that it comes in different colors! Will obviously be taking advantage of that and getting the pink tone.

5. ACRYLIC DIAPER CADDIE: Necessary for your changing table, I always love Pottery Barn Kids' diaper caddies. The acrylic and gold is no different!

6. SOLLY BABY WRAP: I am admittedly not huge on babywearing but it's certainly convenient when you need it! The Solly Wrap is easy to use once you get the hang of the wrap, and thankfully there's tons of tutorials on their Instagram page for easy reminders.

7. BOPPY NURSING PILLOW AND LOUNGER: Forever useful and awesome. This is great for nursing (I always bring mine to the hospital), and I also love for lounging and tummy time. This is the blank option, you can get covers at nearly any children's store, or they have some amazing options on Etsy now.

8. BABYBJORN BOUNCER: I've heard great things about this! Honestly, we used the Mamaroo with Georgia, but it broke before Bodie was born, and we survived with other bouncers. I love the look of this one and I'm doing what I can to minimize STUFF this time around!

9. YETI RAMBLER MUG: self explanatory and I've wanted one anyway : ).

10. HAKKAA BREAST PUMP: So you know when you're nursing and one boob is just leaking away, you're losing all that milk into a stupid pad? This is for that! So incredible. RIP to the ridiculous number of ounces I've lost in the past.

11. SNUGGLE ME ORGANIC: This is another option in place of the BOPPY NEWBORN LOUNGER or the DOCK-A-TOT. We have a DOCK-A-TOT so we'll be using that, but it sounds like when the two are compared, the snuggle me wins out.

12. SNOO SMART SLEEPER BASSINET: Listen, I spent an entire day digging into these. If this is going to make my child sleep, I'm going to give it a shot. I was able to get one very lightly used but they do have discounts for healthcare workers and vets! They also send you a discount code a week or two after you sign up for emails on their website. This is linked to the PBK site, and I think you can use your coupons and rewards there, too! Can't wait to give it a try, plus it's beautiful!

13. SWADDLE UP SLEEPSACK: This was Bodie's swaddle of choice. Other great options include the HALO SLEEPSACK (Georgia's fave), the HAPPIEST BABY SLEEPSACK, OLLIE SLEEPSACK, and the MAGIC SLEEPSUIT.
Molly Knorr
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Beautycounter Summer Friends & Family Sale

Today is the last day for Beautycounter's Friends and Family Sale, meaning the last day for 15% off or more! I've talked before about how much I've enjoyed working with Beautycounter, and it really does continue. It's such a natural extension of how and what I share, plus - it literally paid for the play set in our back yard, so when I see the kids playing out there, it feels great! So while it's the perfect time to purchase refills or try something new, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite Beautycounter Summer items!

One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes - these were out of stock FOREVER as Beautycounter worked to find a new supplier. Being picky with suppliers means your product is especially great! These are perfect after a workout, or I love to use them if we're finished swimming and heading to dinner, just to get all of the sunblock and chlorine off! Also ideal for travel, of course!

Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser - while I am forever loyal to Countertime and the Cleansing Balm, I love the Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser for post-workout face cleansing. There are jojoba beads in the cleanser to gently exfoliate your skin and get rid of any dead skin. I also love to use this the morning after using my Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel, and follow it up with my morning routine - including the Counter+ All Bright C Serum. Note that a little goes a long way with the C Serum, but I absolutely love the bright, clean look it gives my complexion, particularly when paired with the Overnight Peel - those two are amazing together. If I can have a nice complexion while pregnant with my third child, Beautycounter is doing something right!

I just purchased the Counterman Energizing Charcoal Body Wash and I've heard amazing things about it! Not just for men of course, this is supposed to be a dream after a day in the sun or a tough workout! I can't wait to try it!

Lastly, we've been LOVING all of the Countersun products. The Countersun Daily Sheer Defense for Face has been a dream. It's perfect to put on AFTER your moisturizer but under your makeup. I put it on every morning to protect from the sun (and hopefully wrinkles too!). The Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist is ideal for busy kiddos like Bodie. I can spray this on him and not worry about sunburn or nasty chemicals found in typical SPF sprays. Lastly, we loaded up on sunscreen for our trip to the beach, and the Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion really does blend in quickly. Want a fun trick for getting it on kids' faces? Use a BeautyBlender! I keep mine in a little bag in our pool bag.

All in all, I hope this helps! If you ever have any questions about Beautycounter products or how to best use them, you can let me know. It's a great time to use your product credit for additional savings, too! You can always shop my products through www.beautycounter.com/mollyknorr. I also link to it at the top of my blog!

I'm also hosting a giveaway on my Instagram for a Charcoal Face Mask (worth $49!), so check it out if you'd like, the giveaway ends today at noon!
Molly Knorr
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Aerie Summer Roundup

A friend of mine was leaving for vacation and reminded me that Aerie always has the coziest, most awesome summer attire. I ventured into the store on Friday and walked out with a great birthday gift for my sister and scooped myself an amazing crochet coverup midi dress. Unfortunately the midi dress wasn't available online yet, but a lot of goodies are! I linked up my favorites below.

Pretty sure these CROCHET SHORTS are a mom's best friend at the pool. Toss on over your bathing suit and chase your kids as you see fit. The TIERED TANK would look adorable on top!

I am trying to decide why everyone doesn't try BIKE SHORTS because they're so comfortable, high waisted, and basically do what you love about leggings, right? Wear with an oversized CAMO TEE or the CROPPED SWEATSHIRT.

No need to describe my love for the TIE DYE MIDI COVERUP.

The SMOCKED SHORTS are something I think I can wear this summer, so I'll be purchasing these later today for sure. Love the matching sets Aerie has, too!

I haven't tried the bathing suits at Aerie but I've heard great things. What do you love from there? They do summer casual SO well!
Molly Knorr
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Backyard Plans & A Great Play Set

We are finally wrapping up our backyard landscaping project and we are so happy with how it turned out! Jeff and his dad worked so hard on this and I wanted to be sure to include all of our vendors and how we got it done. Creating a "wall of trees" has been something we wanted to do since we moved in. I grew up with woods behind my house and while there are a lot of opinions about retention ponds, I genuinely don't mind ours. It's great to have the view of the trees and there are bullfrogs & ducks that Bodie loves to see swimming - in this instance, it was the right decision for us when it came time to choose the lot for our house, so long as we did the landscaping correctly! The goal was to create a barrier to keep the kids away from the hill, to house the playset, and to hang on to as much usable yard space as possible as the kids grow older. Jeff's dad went to school for landscape architecture, so while he doesn't do it for a living, he's professionally trained and has spent a lot of time perfecting their back yard. Without his advice we likely would have made countless mistakes doing it ourselves and we are so grateful for his assistance.

As you can see, he put together a really solid, intricate plan for us and actually measured everything out very precisely. This made the actual labor a little less strenuous. Jeff dug everything on his own and has really been pulling double duty to get this done! We procured all of our mulch and the wood chips for the play set area from Venetia Landscape Supply, which is owned by a friend of ours and comes highly recommended if you're in the Pittsburgh area.

Onto the play set, I did a lot of research but admittedly, I think given COVID and everyone realizing they'll be spending a lot of time at home, had limited options for our play set. I found Cedarworks play sets from another blogger and was blown away by their options. Are these not the cutest play sets you've ever seen? They're made from a cedar, so no splinters, no painting or chemicals needed to seal, and of course I loved the lighter color scheme. We built the area around it so it's more enclosed and included in our landscaping - entirely Jeff's dad's idea, we had plans to put it to the right of our stairs from the deck, which in hindsight, makes absolutely no sense. The kids are really loving the picnic table underneath the landing, we've been taking their lunches outside and getting some playtime in.

I should note that I actually chose the least expensive, least intricate of the play sets - this option had literally everything we wanted - the Play-A-Round! You do have the option to fully customize and I looked into getting one of the cool, wider slides that are that great light blue color, but at the end of the day opted for ours! I'm sure the kids would have loved the castles and bridges of course, maybe some day! Jeff opted to build it himself though there were installation options locally (they are headquartered in Maine and ship directly from there via freight) - he wanted to do this for his kids so I totally get it, it came together really easily, with great instructions and only a few of hours of work! My nephew called it the "sturdiest play set on the street" so we are proud of that important seal of approval. I worked with Matt Kincaid there and he was so responsive and kind, I can't say enough good things about this business - if you reach out, please let them know that I sent you!

In terms of next steps, we'd love to add concrete outside of the basement door and over to the stairs of the deck that matches the flow of the mulch bed. It's so nice to see the outside of the house really come together after about two years here! It was absolutely a lot of time and effort but totally worth it! We can't thank my in-laws, Cedarworks, or Venetia Landscape Supply enough for their efforts on this project.

Molly Knorr
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Goldie's Nursery Plans

Hi! Excited to finally share this. As I head towards my third trimester (holy crap), things are starting to get a little bit more urgent. I haven't made a single purchase for this child and she'll be here before we know it. We have decided to name her Goldie Rosalyn. Goldie because we love that name - it's light and bright and happy! It was on our list for Bodie, and while we had another girl name picked out for Bodie, it doesn't feel like the right fit anymore- anyone else feel that way between kids? And Rosalyn was my grandmother's name. I also liked the idea of this baby having a name starting with a G, like Georgia.

We are doing a good amount of bouncing around between the guest room and Georgia and Bodie's room to make this work. Obviously it would be best to keep a guest room and have the kids share, but I don't feel like we are in a position to make that happen at this time, given we haven't moved Bodie to a big bed, but that's coming too! It's definitely the smallest of the rooms but still has the connected Jack & Jill bathroom to Bodie's, lots of natural light, and a nice-sized closet, so we're happy with it. Given how often I like to change things up, I'm of course trying to do this on a smaller budget, keeping costs and efforts down. With your first child, you don't really know what you need - but you're willing to spend a lot ensuring you had the best, and with this kid I just want a room that will make me happy and suit her needs. I plan to go as brightly boho as possible for this girl! I love a muted boho, but I'm bright at heart, and I want her room to reflect that.

That said, back when we had Georgia, we invested in a POTTERY BARN KIDS GLIDER and it has seen better days between Georgia's nursery, a move, and Bodie's nursery, but it still works! I plan to TOSS THIS FAUX FUR on top and it will be perfectly boho. Of course I'd love to wallpaper the whole room, but budget strikes again! We'll do one big wall and it will hopefully look great! What's super fun about ordering WALLPAPER FROM SPOONFLOWER is they have a matching pair of curtains we can buy to incorporate the tie dye pattern on the perpendicular wall! I'll be adding lots of pillows and macrame & rattan touches to really achieve that layered, boho look I love.

To walk you through my choices, I started with the wallpaper from Spoonflower. I searched high and low for a pink option, but they were all SO close to Georgia's amazing wallpaper which I just love, but I can't design the same room twice no matter how much I love it! In an effort to make this a bit different, I went for the teal/aqua color in a great tie dye. I FOUND THIS RUG AT URBAN OUTFITTERS. I've seen other bloggers use it and I just love the vintage feel. We'll have lots of storage bins, LIKE THESE. I mentioned we already HAD THE GLIDER, it's served us well! I plan to add lots of great pillows, like THIS PATTERNED OPTION, THIS RAINBOW, and THIS BOHO ONEI LOVE THIS SIDE TABLE for next to the rocker, but may opt for something with a larger diameter on the top, LIKE THIS ONE. We all know how crowded a side table can get in a nursery in the middle of the night. As for the crib, you want to know what's changed in the six years since I was preparing for Georgia? The cost of cribs! OMG you can get a great crib for less than $200? How?  This JENNY LIND OPTION is pretty traditional, but I just love it. Adding the AWESOME PENDANT LIGHT on top to add back in the boho feels. For the dresser, I knew I wanted something with gold in it but I'm not sure this is the answer - I may go more modern, but you can never go wrong with a CAMPAIGN DRESSER, IN MY BOOK. We'll add this awesome MACRAME MIRROR on top to complete the look!

Here was my initial inspiration for anyone wondering, ALL LINKED ON MY PINTEREST minus the first pic, which is from Chelsea Meissner's Instagram just the other day!:

All in all, these are my plans. I need to start executing! I can't wait to share the final product and we'll see where I stray from my plans, sharing the before and after. Everything is also linked up on my liketoknow.it for simple shopping. What do you think?
Molly Knorr
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Start of Summer Steals: Clothing

I haven't been spending a lot of time thinking about what I'm going to be wearing this summer (outside of loungewear!) but I've definitely been leaning more boho. I nearly always wear oversized fits but this summer it will obviously be a necessity. I wanted to put together a nice roundup of pieces I'd love to be wearing all summer long, and I was lucky to find a lot of great deals in the meantime. I always go for comfort and ease and I feel like this roundup really fits the bill! Everything is linked below, as well as on my liketoknow.it for super easy shopping.

Let's start with this TIE-DYE ROMPER and TIE-DYE JUMPSUIT. I feel like Show Me Your Mumu hasn't been on my radar nearly enough. I am fully obsessed with both of these. I can't decide which I want but I especially love that there's a matching LITTLE GIRL'S DRESS that Georgia would adore!  This SLEEVELESS ORANGE ROMPER is also Mumu - perfect for those super hot summer days you know you'll be in the sun but don't want to destroy your shoulders with tan lines! Note you can sign up for emails to save 10% and their sale stuff is currently an additional 25% off with code EXTRA25.

I've been getting targeted ads for H&M and I'm loving a lot of what they have. Lots of easy, breezy dresses I feel like you could wear a bunch. Loving this HOT PINK MIDI DRESS.

Finally I decided to check out Urban Outfitters and I always find their website so difficult to navigate but I'm loving this BABYDOLL DRESS, which looks like a higher end, shorter version of the Amazon dress (but way cooler, let's be honest), and this POLKA DOT ROMPER has the most amazing scoop neck on the back. 

In terms of other sales happening this weekend, Anthro has 25% off all regularly-priced clothing and shoes. I'm loving THIS EASY TIE-DYE MIDI DRESS and THIS TIE-DYE MIDI SKIRT. Abercrombie has 40-60% off their entire website, and I am obsessed with this truly AMAZING LEOPARD PRINT ROMPER. Sam Edelman has 30% off their entire site with code MEMORIAL30, and I'm loving THESE SNAKE SKIN ESPADRILLES and THESE KNOTTED STRAP SANDALS.

What are you looking for this summer? Clearly, I am still not over tie-dye, and plan to be wearing it most of the summer. I'm hoping to grab a few of these this weekend! Happy shopping!
Molly Knorr
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Exercising While Pregnant

I figured it was high time I did a blog post outlining the changes I've made in my fitness since becoming pregnant with our third child. I came into this pregnancy likely in the best shape I've been since becoming a mom (we won't talk about my real athlete days which are long, long gone). A nice balance of Pure Barre classes, Mecka's BodyLab and Bootcamp classes, and the extra work on our Peloton Tread had me in really great shape and feeling really great about my overall fitness.

Before I get into it, first and foremost, you should consult with your obstetrician before taking anything I'm about to say into consideration. I'm sharing my personal experience with this pregnancy as well as the last two and I have no REAL pregnancy training as it pertains to fitness outside of working directly with my clients to find modifications. So, please talk to your doctor! I get a lot of questions about this - "What should I be doing differently?" and as silly as it is, listening to your body is always my response. But let me dive a little deeper.

My first trimester, I was really lucky to only have exhaustion. I mean - knock on wood, I've never been a sick pregnant woman and I recognize how ridiculous that is! I'm so lucky to be able to keep moving - that said, I think that the more you move (just walk around the block!), the better you're ultimately going to feel. My exhaustion would hit in the afternoon, and I was essentially bound to the couch aside from days I was teaching my evening barre classes. Those were great because I was forced to move! I was able to continue going to BodyLab classes which is a pretty intense way to spend an hour of fitness. I definitely wasn't sprinting at my full capacity or completing the work on the floor at an aggressive level. Again, it came down to work: I love to take the classes I'm coaching later in the day, so for my mind, I was able to look at this like work. I knew if I had a grasp on the class I was coaching later, I'd be better for it. So, it was easy to get to BodyLab in the morning knowing that!

When COVID-19 first popped onto the scene and we were transitioning to staying home, my training needed to change, and I was entering my second trimester, starting to show. I was taking at least one or two barre classes a week virtually, trying to do at least one old BodyLab class a week, and otherwise have been training using the Peloton Tread (I enjoy the interval runs, fun runs, and bootcamps). Moving my body six days a week has genuinely kept me sane. That said, as I've gone on in my pregnancy, the things I've always had to look out for in prior pregnancies began creeping up. Round Ligament Pain being one of them, and I'm careful to cool it when I feel this - for me, I typically only feel this when I am running hard - if I cramp up at all, it's down to a walk. In ab work, I'm careful not to do the side-to-side movements you might see in a Russian Twist. I do have some Diastasis Recti from the last two pregnancies, and I'm trying not to make it worse this time around.

I wanted to write this because I've recently had a lot of people ask me what they should be doing. While again, you should talk with your doctor, my biggest thing is to continue doing what you're doing (assuming you're not doing anything dangerous!), until you feel like you can't or it is unsafe to do so. My thought process is, maybe next week I can't run anymore, so this week I'm going to run as much as body allows. Listening to your body is going to provide you with the tools to know when to tone it down, should you need to. There are days my brain wants to run five miles on the tread, my playlist is killer, I like my outfit, and I'm .78 miles in and my body says "no way," so, I walk. There's nothing wrong with walking on those days and listening to your body and learning what it is telling you is the only way you're going to feel great. My advice is to you is to keep moving. For your sanity, for your birth plan, and for your body! You're going to feel accomplished and great after you complete a workout regardless of whether or not you're pregnant, so continuing to move and keeping hydrated is paramount. In my prior two pregnancies, Pure Barre has been my saving grace. My deliveries have been (luckily!) easy, and generally speaking, I recover quickly - I owe it all to Pure Barre and staying active. You can really take it just about up until you're ready to give birth.

As it pertains to weight gain, this pregnancy, my weight gain has been more than in past pregnancies through this point - it drives me absolutely crazy when I see posts or first-time mothers saying they don't plan to gain a lot of weight - it really might be completely out of your control, does anyone say to themselves, "I'm prepared to fully let myself go! Bring it on!"? I don't know if it's because I'm about four years older or if it's because I'm eating a lot more, but generally speaking, I still feel really, really good, so I'm calling it a victory, a few pounds heavier, I know I am healthy.

I did receive a request for core exercises that are safe while pregnant and frankly, this is a tough place to answer! You're supposed to avoid anything that's going to give you the "coning" of the abs, which for me, happens pretty easily. I feel like this article does an incredible job of outlining what you should and should not do, the body parts and muscles at work, as well as make recommendations about what you can be doing. I should note, I've really been loving the stretching available on the Peloton. I've also been leading a Sunday Stretch at Pure Barre which has really helped - two times I've done the Sunday Stretch and PR'ed a run on Monday, it seems to make all of the pain less likely to hit, so I think stretching will be my best friend as we continue this pregnancy.

The other thing I wanted to touch on in this blog post is I recently scooped a new pair of running shoes I am LOVING, and I wanted to share them! I'm still loving the Nobull Knit Runners for all things bootcamp - if there's a CrossFit AND running element to your workout, these are a no-brainer, but for if you're just running, the Nike React Infinity Flyknits are awesome. The Flyknits are intended for running training - to reduce injury. I honestly got a targeted Nike ad for these and clicked through and it really made a lot of sense to me! For sizing, I am typically between a 7 & 7.5, for the NoBull Runners, I'm in a 7, for the Nike Flyknits, I ordered a 7.5 and am grateful for the extra space - I have a narrow foot and both of these are working wonderfully for me. If you choose to shop through the link above to the Flyknits, you'll save 15% off your first and second order with Carbon38 if you use code MOLLYKNO20. Take advantage - their clothing is awesome too, so many of the sets I love I've found on there! As it pertains to other things I'm wearing without venturing into maternity wear, look no further than the Lululemon Align Pants in the 25" length. I actually said out loud to Jeff, "If I buy anything other than these pants for the rest of the pregnancy I'm an idiot," so that's how I feel about these. They aren't too tight around the waistband, and in past pregnancies, I was able to continue wearing them after the fact - the waistband does not stretch out. I am typically a 4 in Lululemon and I size up to a 6 while pregnant, but it's not like I can't wear a 6 afterwards, if you're familiar with their sizing.

All in all, this is a lot of text about encouraging you to keep moving while pregnant, but to listen to your body. I hope I don't come off as a jerk, but I wanted something static to refer back to when someone asks! I'm always happy to talk about my experiences and what has worked for me, so feel free to DM me or email me, always! I hope this helps!

Molly Knorr
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Home Updates: Our Blank Slate Hallway and Elsewhere

We are coming up on our second summer in the house and I feel like this time at home has created an urgency to get things done. Loose ends need tying up! We've mostly completed design of the dining room, the wallpaper was finally installed, and though we could probably use a buffet or another china cabinet on the wall, I feel good about the progress. I finally added some cute photos to the landing of our stairs.

Updates that need to be made:
Bodie's Room: well, he finally decided to hop out of his crib. At 3.5 I know this is super lucky and I should just be happy he lasted as long as he did in there... contained! But it's time. The good news is, we have a queen bed in our guest room (future nursery). I'm thinking about getting Georgia a fun new boho-inspired headboard and giving Bodie her bed/headboard. It's full in size, which I feel is more appropriate for a first "big boy" bed anyway and her current headboard is pretty gender neutral. The rest of his room needs completed as well. I want to switch out his knobs on the Ikea dresser, add a mirror above the dresser, choose a great light fixture and add to the walls. I hadn't really hung anything up in there from the old house and nursery because I didn't know what I wanted to do or when he'd need a new bed! The irregular dot wall stays, either way, as does the teepee. Here is what has been inspiring me for his bedroom, and I did pick up this duvet cover and shams, currently on clearance.

Nursery: full plan coming here, but I am excited to go bright on this one. The baby's name is super loud and happy, so this direction makes sense to me. Trying to decide if I keep Bodie's glider (which was Georgia's glider) in his room or move it here. We do have a really great rattan chair in our office that serves no purpose - I wonder if I could toss a few (washable) blankets on it and get a great ottoman to make it comfortable? Full blog post coming soon and I hope to share design inspiration for both a gender neutral nursery and boy's nursery as well.

Upstairs Hallway and our Bedroom: the upstairs hallway is currently empty, aside from a rug, and still echoing! I'd love to add a fun console or some framed photos we have in storage from the old house. Or, I have a bunch of photos of pretty window boxes from Charleston, I'd love to do (another?) uniform gallery wall using the big picture frames I used here. I've also thought about adding the Gleaming Primrose Mirror they frequently have at our Anthro Home Outlet and adding it to the hallway. I figure it would be a welcome change to the mirror I use for LiketoKnow.it pics, and would be a pretty sight out there - that said... I also want this mirror in our bedroom!

Speaking of our bedroom, Jeff has been working upstairs a lot given he needs quiet and the office doesn't provide that, while the kids are around constantly, anyway. He's been using Georgia's desk (surprisingly large, haha) and one of our dining room table chairs. Obviously this isn't ideal, but I think working from home is going to become more and more prevalent, so we need a desk that isn't for a child in there. There's a pop-out in our room where I have a reading chair, so I guess we would add right next to that! This takes me to the desk in our office potentially working in there, but it's a silverish metal and the rest of the room has a lot of gold in terms of lighting and furniture. While I'm cool with mixed metals, I don't think this will quite jive. I'd also love to keep this budget friendly so hoping to find something great online or at the Home Outlet. The rug we have in here is from our old Master Bedroom, and while I adore it - it's way too small for the space. I'd love to move it to my closet or elsewhere and replace with something a little different.

Office/Playroom: This is about as low on the priority list as it can get despite being right next to our kitchen and visible from the main floor. I love the rug we have in there, but can't decide which direction to go with this room. I'd love to add a little wet bar in here with cabinets for alcohol and glassware storage given it's proximity to our office, or do built ins for a proper office. Or both. The flooring is carpeting so maybe we could put a cool tile in here vs. continuing our hardwood. I don't know. Hence the low priority. One thing's clear, it's days as a playroom are numbered. I want to get everything into the basement. We finished the basement for a reason and I'm tired of cleaning up every floor each night with toys on each level!

I'm not including outdoor plans because there's just too much text in this post already, but Jeff has been working so hard on our landscaping and we have a play set being delivered soon. Thrilled for the kids to have something to play on and hopefully stay in our yard with the increased landscaping kind of confirming what is and isn't our property. The two other easy things that need done? I'd like to add is a chandelier lighting option above our kitchen table. Forever haunting me that I was dumb enough to not add one during our build. It's as simple as calling an electrician, I know! Also, we need a fifth kitchen chair for the 5th member of our family, even if she won't be sitting in there for a while! I'm not totally satisfied on the rug under our kitchen table and feel like some musical chairs needs to happen but we'll get there eventually!
Molly Knorr
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Oatmeal Cream Pies

Recently my owner at Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon was kind enough to drop off these Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookies. Melissa shared the recipe with me and I made them today, and just had to share. OMG, they don't disappoint, though I don't think mine turned out quite as delicious as hers! It was a nice project for a crappy day, can we talk about the snow in Pittsburgh? In May?

Oatmeal Cream Pies

Prep: 35 minutes, plus 20 minutes chilling
Cook: 30 minutes
Cool: 30 minutes
Makes 15 sandwich cookies

For the cookies:
  • 1 ¼ cups (2.5 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dark molasses
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
For the filling:
  • ¾ cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉. Line three large baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly beat in the egg, vanilla, and molasses and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats until combined. On low speed, add the oat mixture to the creamed butter mixture about ⅓ cup at a time, beating until combined.
  4. Using a 1 ½ tablespoon scoop to portion the dough, place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets (10 cookies per sheet).
  5. Refrigerate the baking sheets for at least 20 minutes.
  6. One sheet at a time, bake the cookies until lightly golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
  7. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
  8. On low speed, slowly beat in the powdered sugar, about ¼ cup at a time. Then beat in the milk. When the mixture is smooth, increase the speed to medium, mixing until thoroughly combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  9. Set the cookies up in pairs, with the bottom of one of them facing up. Using a small (1-tablespoon) scoop, place filling on the bottom of the upside-down cookie. Place the second cookie on top, right side up, and sandwich them together, pressing just enough to spread the filling to the edges. Repeat to make the rest of the sandwiches.
Molly Knorr
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Currently Coveting

Naturally I've had a lot of time at home lately so I wanted to share some things I've been crushing on and other things I've purchased lately! Many of these options can still be purchased in time for Mother's Day too! I am linking to them below and also sharing a little bit extra about a few of them beneath that. What are you drooling over these days?

I recently purchased this Splits59 set and I'm completely obsessed. The TOP is true to size and the LEGGINGS fit a little more snug than I'm used to for Splits, I'm in a small in both.

Given this is definitely my last child, I've been trying to find cute dresses that might grow with me a little bit during this pregnancy but I'll still want to wear next summer. This FREE PEOPLE MIDI DRESS is a great option, and I love it with these SLIDES, which will be perfect for to and from Pure Barre. 

This FREE PEOPLE SET is a unique look and probably not for everyone, but I purchased a similar option last year and it felt so put-together and fashionable. 

I've been preaching about how awesome the BRIGHT C SERUM by Beautycounter is. You can always shop my Beautycounter page HERE, but this serum pairs perfectly for daytime use with my absolute favorite OVERNIGHT PEEL for nighttime use!

I purchased this TIE DYE SWEATSHIRT from a little online boutique a few weeks ago and it's awesome. The v-neck in the back differentiates it and I really love it with white denim half-tucked. I've also been drooling over these chain necklaces and THIS GORJANA OPTION is no different. Gorjana was huge when I worked at Stitch Fix, clients loved them!
Molly Knorr
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Now Online: Shop PB Lebo & Discount!

I've been saying for years that Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon has the best retail around, be it athleisure or otherwise! It's my favorite place to grab something for a night out, crushing a workout, or for lounging around the house, which we've been doing a lot of! One of the good things to come from this social distancing is you can now shop it online, and I've got a discount code for you! Use MOLLY20 for 20% off! Here are a few things I've had my eye on, personally:

All of the tie dye speaks for itself, and I can never have enough stripes in my life. I'm loving the midi dress - it would be perfect to grow with me through the summer, and I love the denim jacket to throw on top of any simple dress. I did have a few requests for things that work nicely for pregnancy, I love the Beyond Yoga leggings in the bottom right - they are SO soft and high waisted, they're great for any belly! Let's be honest, the bag would make the perfect fashionable diaper bag as well! So check it out and let me know what you order, and don't forget to use the promo code MOLLY20 to save 20%!
Molly Knorr
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Meals and Snacks my Kids are Actually Eating

Anyone else feel like their kids are eating all day, every day during this social distancing period? I was at a loss and sick of gathering garbage snacks from the pantry for them, so I took a look at what cookbooks I had on hand to try to start cooking from.

I purchased "It All Begins with Food" years ago (seriously, 3 years this month) in an attempt to get the kids eating a bit better and to learn more about what I should (in theory) be feeding them. When given the chance, OMG, there are so many amazing recipes in here! I hate to feature more than one recipe from one cookbook without saying this, you should definitely buy this cookbook. Jeff and I have been eating from it and the smoothie and protein bars, in particular, are something I want to recreate regularly... for me! It's also super informative if you're looking for information about how to get your kids to eat better, or where to start from if you've got a baby that's starting with solids.

I'm mad we have had it for three years without fully diving in. Georgia is on the pickier side and Bodie really only eats chicken for protein. This has seriously changed, the kids almost ate an entire pound of ground turkey in one sitting of the Turkey Meatballs! A little trick of the trade: I let Georgia go through with post-it's and mark recipes she wants to try. That way she has ownership over the food she's eating and is more likely to try it! She looked forward to the lasagnas all day! I'll start with a lunch/dinner option and move on to my two personal favorites:

Individual Baked Vegetable Lasagnas
makes 12 lasagnas 
*here is the muffin pan I purchased, we somehow didn't have one!

  • Butter to grease pan (we used coconut oil spray)
  • 1 cup uncooked regular or gluten-free pasta (small macaroni or shells work best)
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup of your favorite ready-made tomato pasta sauce
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese (we had cottage cheese on-hand and used this!)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (we used ground flax, we had on-hand)
  • 1/2 cup navy beans, freshly cooked or canned (sodium-free from a BPA-free can)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped baby spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 Tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Grease the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with butter. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the zucchini and salt. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, and chia seeds (or cottage cheese and ground flax!). Let set for 10 minutes.
  4. Using clean hands, squeeze the liquid out of the zucchini, then add the zucchini to the tomato sauce mixture. Add the navy beans, spinach, and basil, then 1 cup of the mozzarella and the drained pasta (it's fine if it's still warm). Stir until fully combined.
  5. Divide the mixture between the muffin cups, then top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before running a knife around the edges and gently easing them from the pan with a spoon.
**You can cook these ahead and store them in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently from frozen in the oven at 375ºF until heated through, approximately 20 minutes. Great for adults too!

Pink Smoothie
  • 1 1/2 cups dairy or non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tbsp flax oil
  • 1 tsp honey (we used agave)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen (we use frozen)
  1. Add ice and blend! We feel the ice gives it the extra touch and OMG is this good! Serve with a fun straw for picky toddlers.

Peanut Butter Protein Bars
makes 16-24 bars
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, plus extra to grease the pan
  • 2 1/2 cups quick (not instant!) oats
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup cooked, cooled quinoa (leftover quinoa is perfect for this recipe)
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (we used whole wheat flour we had on-hand)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 2/3 cup honey or maple syrup (we used agave)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup very finely chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds and/or sunflower seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8x11-inch baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the quick oats, rolled oats, cooked quinoa, flour, flaxseed, and salt. Break up any lumps of quinoa as you do this.
  3. In a pot, over medium heat, stir together the 1/4 cup coconut oil, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla until they are all melted and fully combined, but not bubbling (this smells incredible).
  4. Add this to the dry ingredients, stirring until they are incorporate completely.
  5. Mix in the dates and the seeds.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using dampened hands, press down on the mixture until it's evenly spread out and smooth on top.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until starting to crisp at the edges and golden brown on top.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack until warm, then transfer the pan to the refrigerator to set for an hour.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut into bars. Store into an airtight container, with a piece of parchment paper between layers.
**You can store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

So really, you should buy this cookbook. I am obsessed. Goals for the next year include figuring out an easy way to feature printable recipes... and to actually get my real camera out when shooting food. Let's be honest, these aren't the most appetizing photos, but I promise every recipe we have tried from this book has been amazing!

Molly Knorr
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