MD: What's your top rule for creating a family-friendly home? Can it be stylish and kid-friendly too? What's the secret?
MS: Of course it can. My biggest tip is to keep it functional. All the couches in our home are outdoor fabric for a reason. It still looks just as chic, but it's way easier to clean. I also tend to like when a home looks lived in and not so intimidatingly perfect. We are a home of three kids and a few dogs, and we entertain a lot, so I want it to reflect that. Stylish storage, glossy doors, and colorful textiles are other ways I incorporate my style in a kid-friendly way. For walls, matte paint is difficult with kids—a semigloss or an eggshell is a lot more forgiving.
MD: What are your favorite family-friendly meals that are healthy and save time?
MS: I'm all about the one-pot meal. It saves time, both in preparation and the dishes afterward. Plus, if you prepare, all you have to do is pop it in the oven. We love pasta and chicken dishes at our house. I included our favorite Moroccan chicken recipe in my book, Everyday Chic, and I'm telling you—it's so good. My husband practically begs me to make it, and it's super healthy, too.
MD: It can feel overwhelming for many parents trying to keep organized while keeping the kids healthy and happy (and themselves too). What's your advice to those overwhelmed parents?
MS: Try not to be so hard on yourself, as tough as that may be. As women, we've all strived to be the perfect moms, perfect wives, and perfect people. It's just not possible. Do the absolute best you can, and leave it at that.
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