{a day in the life} With Style & Grace

Today’s “a day in the life” is the lovely Lisa of With Style & Grace. I don’t follow a huge amount of glunten-free blogs, because, we’ll I’m not gluten-free (at all), but I never miss Lisa’s posts. Her food is gorgeous and creative and it is always a treat to read her posts. Plus she has a son just a tiny bit older than N so it’s super fun to read what her little cutie is up to. 

If you needed more of a reason to love Lisa, she talks about her love for popcorn on her “about” page. I am nodding my head reading so much of that page actually. Can’t give up coffee either, would love to have someone do my hair every morning, and also hate wearing socks!

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Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.

I started blogging about 3 1/2 years ago when I was working in a high stress position in advertising. Blogging was my creative outlet. I basically shared pretty spaces, fashion trends, cool design & maybe a few recipes (that weren’t even mine – such a no no). It wasn’t until I had a crazy health scare that I started my gluten-free adventures, which I decided to share the blog. Over time I taught myself photography (A LOT of practice), tested a ridiculous amount of recipes and found my niche in blogging. Today, I aim to bring beauty to the world of gluten-free and inspire others. A little bit about me – I’m a mom to a beautiful 6 month old boy. I always have a pack of junior mints in the fridge. In the last 4 years, we’ve lived in 5 cities, 3 different states. We almost named our child Jaxs because of the main actor in Sons of Anarchy. Only time I’ve said no to wine was when I was pregnant. I sing in my car but the second a car pulls up next to me, I stop.

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  • 5:30-6:30 AM: Wake-up call from my lovely son, mason.
  • 7:00 AM: Feed, diaper change, and get mace ready for the day.
  • 8:30 AM: Mace goes down for his nap. I catch up on emails and try & plan the day – or I’ll shower & get ready.
  • 9:30 AM: Feed, diaper change & play time.
  • 11:00 AM: Nap #2. I work as fast as I can before he’s up again.
  • 12:00/12:30: Feed, diaper change and then we’ll run to the store or go for a walk.
  • 3:00 PM: Melt down, time for another nap. I recipe test and or photograph at this time.
  • 4:30 PM: Feed, diaper change and play time. If we didn’t go for a walk earlier, we’ll go for a walk then.
  • 5:30/6:00 PM: Get dinner ready (multi-tasking uploading dishwasher & cleaning dishes) while mace plays in his jumperoo
  • 8:00PM: Bed time routine begins – cluster fed, bath time, story time and then night night.
  • 9:00 Mace SHOULD be down. I finish or start my blog post, while getting laundry started.
  • 12:00 AM: I head to bed and get a few hours before it’s up again to calm our teething child.

What is your one must-have kitchen tool or gadget?

Sharp knife

What is the most important part of your day? Why?

Spending time with my husband when he gets home. Being parents, it’s so important to take the time to catch up or to just talk about whatever.

What is your favorite part of your day? Why?

Waking up to my son who’s always full of smiles & giggles. Really, any time I’m having a tough day, all I have to do is be with my son and he can flip my mood around so fast.

What is your LEAST favorite part of the day? Why?

When I have to do the dishes. I don’t really know why, but I’ve never liked doing them. I’d rather cook, do laundry, organize a closet, all before doing the dishes.

If you could choose one room in your house to spend the WHOLE day in, which room would it be? Why?

The family room. We’re in transition at the moment, but in all our homes, it’s always been the family room. It’s a place where we eat as a family, cuddle up and watch movies, play cards, or gather when there’s company. It’s always so comfortable, it would be easy to spend an entire day in.

If you could choose one room in your house to remodel (on an unlimited budget!) which room would it be and why?

The kitchen. I want a big, open kitchen that’s filled with natural light.

What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

Fridays. Everyone’s in a good mood. We have some of our favorite dinners on a Friday night. If we’re traveling, it’s always the start of our adventure.

If you had to choose one place to travel to every year over and over, where would it be? Why?

Have you been there before? Orcas Island, WA. We have a family home up there and it’s always been a special place since we were kids.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go and how long would you stay?

Bora Bora. It’s always been on my travel list.

What is your favorite quote or verse?

“Everything happens for a reason”. I truly believe it.

What is your favorite cookbook?

I have so many, but at the moment it’s Weeknight Gluten Free from Williams-Sonoma (affiliate link).

What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?

When life wasn’t so crazy (*cough* we didn’t have a child *cough*) my husband wanted to be a part of the blog. I did a little interview and he’d share a recipe, this one was his healthy nachos. We had so much fun and made blogging that much more special.

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What recipe on your blog do your readers seem to love most?

It’s either the Riesling Slushies or the Paleo Banana bread muffins. They go crazy for these two!

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What is your guilty food pleasure that you’re embarrassed to fess up to? Kraft Mac & Cheese? Spagetti-o’s? Canned cheese? We promise not to judge!

Annie’s Gluten-free Mac & Cheese with cut up hot dogs. I pretty much lived off of this while I was pregnant.

What have you found to be the most challenging part of blogging? 

There’s so much talent and success among my peers, it can be challenging to not get caught up in their success and to feel not good enough. I’m much better with this now than before, but self doubt still has a way of sneaking in at times.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in cooking or food blogging?

Blogging can be a full time job so make sure you’re passionate about it. It certainly has its perks, but it’s not always as easy as it looks. Also, be active in the food community – attend conferences, speak up on twitter, etc. Blogging can be very isolating, so it’s important to connect and engage with other bloggers.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the world about yourself?

I just wrote & shoot my first e-cookbook, “Living Gluten-Free With Style & Grace”. It’s perfect for anyone who’s just beginning their gluten-free adventure, someone who has a family member that cannot eat gluten or those looking to experiment with the lifestyle. It’s filled with tips, recipes and a 3 day meal plan. For more information or to purchase, visit here.

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Your day-to-day schedule sounds just like mine, Lisa! Nap times and everything. Except when N is down for a nap, I’m trying to entertain a two-year-old. Thank goodness she’s cute.  

You can find more of Lisa on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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16 comments

  1. Great interview with a lovely blogger. Love Lisa’s site and cannot believe how much she gets done and how early she’s up. Kudos.

  2. Love it! And I can relate with the many moves in a short time! I will certainly be sending my gf friends over to her blog :)

  3. The muffins look so good! I kinda miss the little baby stage…

  4. The blogging community is so funny with how our lives and people we know seem to intertwine. It’s sort of like when you find out you have a friend on facebook who has a mutual friend on facebook and you’re like “Waaaaaiiiitttt…. how in the world do these two know each other?” Lisa and I went to high school with each other, and I grew up with her husband since the 1st grade. Even though we’ve been facebook friends for years, I didn’t even know she wrote a food blog until I saw her mentioned on How Sweet It Is! And now here she is, on another one of my favorites :) It’s such a small world! And Lisa is awesome. She always has been ;)

  5. Love Lisa! Great interview and love the recipes! :)

  6. Liiiiiisa is my faaaaave!

  7. Such a great day in the life! Love Lisa :)

  8. I love Lisa. Just as sweet in person as she is online. Great post!

  9. Greetings, Lisa! I used to be work in advertising, too. I don’t miss it! I love that you chose spending time in your living room…as food bloggers we tend to choose our kitchen (we’re so predictable – myself included!)

  10. I had the chance to meet Lisa in person at the Big Potluck, and she was completely delightful! So full of smiles and life, and so in love with her sweet son. Love her and With Style & Grace!

  11. Love this Rachel and Lisa!!! Makes me excited for a little baby in the house again!!!

  12. Lisa is such a gem! Great interview!

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