Our Story…

Hi there!  We are Simply 2 Moms! Two moms who live across the street from each other.  Just two moms who met 10 years ago and consider ourselves framily…that lucky combination of friends who are like family.  Unfortunately, neither of us live near our family so our framily is super important to us.  We’ve shared lots of fun times together over the years and look forward to creating more memories (our husbands are great friends too!).

We are two moms who share many similarities… both got married in 1995… we both have 3 children… and we both share a love of creating our best life possible as SIMPLY as possible.  And… hello… it’s like fate we became friends with such similar names… Anne & AnnMarie!  Thanks for coming along on this ride with us as we share our love of family, food & home!

AnnMarie’s Story…

Hey!  I’m a Jersey girl living in the south.  My husband Chris and I met in college and married in 1995.  We couldn’t wait to start a family and had our first son, Jake in 1997.  I never envisioned myself being a stay at home mom but that’s exactly what I did after I became a mom.  I couldn’t imagine leaving him and going back to work.  It wasn’t easy and still isn’t at times but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Being home raising these amazing people has been my greatest accomplishment.  In 2001 our family grew when Gavin was born and then it was complete when Emma was born in 2004.  We made the move south in 2008 and have never looked back.  Although we’ve been looking forward lately…like moving further south to the even warmer weather some day when our kids are gone.

I’m a decorating addict who loves a great deal at one of my many favorite home stores. I’m passionate about preserving memories for my family by taking pictures of everything.  I love to entertain and drive myself crazy with all the details of a good party.  I’ve turned that creative side into a little business making paper products, mostly candy buffet tags, on Etsy at Custom Event Creations.  I have a problem saying no… so find myself volunteering at my kid’s schools as yearbook editor or PTO board member.  I pay attention to the details in life and wish I could slow it down… especially as my kids are growing up and leaving home.  My favorite quote is “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things”.

Anne’s Story…

Hey y’all! I was born and raised south of the Mason Dixon line and seem to keep moving further south! I love all four seasons so think we may have found our perfect home in the Carolinas. My husband and I met back in 1992 and we’ve been married since 1995 (one day I’ll have to tell you the story of how we met…). We have three kids: a son who is heading off to college in the fall of 2018 and twin daughters who are 3.5 years younger. Like AnnMarie, I didn’t think I would stay home to raise my kids, but once they arrived I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Over the past 18+ years I’ve found many ways to stay busy (because keeping a house and raising three kids wasn’t nearly busy enough?!?). I’ve sold stamps and scrapbooking supplies for Close to My Heart (which helped offset the cost of my scrapbooking hobby), been a consultant for Southern Living At Home (to help offset the cost of decorating our home), sold WildTree and MaryKay (I may have a thing for consultant discounts!), and spent countless hours volunteering at my kids’ schools. I opened a portrait photography business in 2010 and specialize in newborns, maternity and family photography at Anne Zirkle Photography. My nest will be empty in just a few years and the kids need less of my time now. It’s the perfect time to try something new!

Our Story (continued)…

Which brings us to this point in our lives where we’re starting a blog. We’ve both learned so much about making a home, cooking healthfully, raising kids, keeping our homes organized, photography, preserving memories, and so much in between. And over time we’ve found that living our lives more simply is what brings us joy. We hope to help you live your life more simply too!