tz essentials: skinny stretch cargo pants

If you would have told me that my favorite pants would be “skinny,” “stretch” and “cargo,” well, I would have responded, “No Way.”

JCrew Skinny Stretch Cargo PantsUntil Bekah with The Erica Hanks Studio brought these J. Crew pants in navy for me to try.  At the risk of sounding like my nine year-old twin boys, they are my new comfy pants.  Lighter than denim, super soft, appropriate for both client meetings and construction sites?  Check, check and check.  As the reviews say, they do stretch out some — but it hasn’t been enough to bother me.  I just call that “more comfy!”  I now own multiple pairs so if you can’t find your size at South Park Mall, well, that’s why.  

Do you have a favorite style of pants?  Please share!


how to freshen your house in five minutes

Quick!  You have five minutes to make your house presentable.  Am I the only one whose husband calls shortly before the arrival of newly invited guests?  Never fear, MOMs.  You may have twins, but you’ve got this!   I use a laundry basket and toss in all of the odds and ends that manage to accumulate all too quickly.   You know, the toys that have found their way downstairs and the bills that need to make their way upstairs.  Next, stash the laundry basket out of sight.  Preferably somewhere that you won’t forget where you put it.

Traci Zeller Designs Foxcroft Kitchen Painted CabinetsNow it’s time to move to the kitchen and check the sink.  If I’ve been there last, all is well.  If my husband has been there last, well, all bets are off.  Move any abandoned dishes to the dishwasher.  Give the sink a quick swish with the sponge.  If you are feeling especially ambitious, use a microfiber cloth to dry.  Shiny sink =  extra credit.

Traci Zeller Designs Powder Room Charlotte NCTime for the powder room.  Ensure the hand towel is freshly washed and pressed.   Repeat quick swish of the sink.  Use another microfiber cloth to shine the faucet.  Wipe down the toilet, if necessary.  Especially important for the twin boy moms.  Ahem.  We are virtually “paper towel free” in my house, but for emergency situations, Method wipes can’t be beat.  And they are compostable.  

Traci Zeller Home Candle by Ella B.Last step?  Burn a pretty candle with a clean, crisp fragrance.  Because really it’s all about the sinks and the smell.

Why yes, I do have a favorite; thank you so much for asking!  Of course, it’s one of my Traci Zeller Home candles, created by Ella B. and hand-poured in Charlotte, North Carolina, in my two exclusive scents.  In addition to my signature scent — zesty mandarins and citrus-fresh limes combined with herbal notes of basil — I added a celebratory Bubbly scent — champagne, pomegranate and pear.  The common denominator?  Clean, crisp fabulousness.

So now you know pretty much everything I’ve been up to.  Interested in more “quick clean” tips?  I spilled additional dirty secrets — hahaha, pun totally intended — in this post.

Photos by Dustin Peck Photography for Traci Zeller Designs.  

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