Family, Fun & Fashion

I’m switching gears today.  Rather than focusing solely on style & outfit inspiration, or what local event I’m heading to, I’m incorporating the most important part of my life, my family.  This past weekend the hubs & I took our little man to Oglebay, a family friendly resort in West Virginia.  Creating holiday traditions as a threesome is important to us which is what made this trip so special.

After we arrived at the resort & got settled into our rustic-inspired room we stopped by the lodge’s bar & grille for a quick bite, and a glass of vino for this mamma bear 😉 It didn’t take long before little man saw the pool & insisted we go for a swim.  This boy loves to swim & we love to relax in the hot tub, so it was a win-win!

At dusk we hopped into the car & headed to the Winter Carnival that consisted of a hay maze, hot chocolate & a wagon ride through beautifully lit Christmas lights.  We were graced with an unseasonably warm evening which only required lightweight layering pieces like this pink bomber jacket I snagged from TJ Maxx & little man’s new fleece from Target.

Afterwards, we went on to enjoy the Festival of Lights which is a 6 mile driving tour of light displays.  Unfortunately, due to poor planning on our part, the trolley tour was completely booked so we had to drive through the park ourselves.  We also wanted to take little man to meet Santa’s reindeer, but again reservations were booked – there’s always next year!

Overall, we had a great time & cannot wait to go back next year.  Of course, little man said his favorite part was the pool but if you ask me it was playing board games by the fire while listening to a live blue grass band & sipping vino.  Making memories & creating new traditions with my boys makes my heart so full!

The cozy cardigan I’m wearing above is from Stitch Fix & is by far my favorite cold weather layering piece.  It’s from two winters ago but we have similar styles at great prices right now! If you haven’t booked your Fix yet, be sure to do so; I’ve included a link for $25 off your 1st Fix too.

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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#OOTD – Girls Night Out

Well, it’s official, my first Girls Night of 2018 is in the books!  With the holidays being such a blur, my girlfriends and I decided to do our annual gift exchange after the New Year.  We put together a big spread of finger foods, drank red wine & caught up over exchanging gifts.
For our get together I decided to wear this new cold shoulder blouse I recently picked up at Marshalls, my distressed Old Navy Skinnies, cuffed above the ankle, and these Express booties from last winter.  I’ve included links to the styles I wore so you can shop these looks, or at least something similar!

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My girlfriend Jackie lives right on Lake Erie so as you can imagine her views are breathtaking.  I just had to share this picture I captured Saturday night of the water covered in ice just before sunset.  I could sit by her window all day, such beautiful views!

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Do you guys have any fun holiday traditions you share with your friends?  I’d love to hear what you do to celebrate!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Holiday Looks 2017

This holiday season has been a whirlwind adventure that seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.  All of the hours spent shopping, wrapping & meal prepping and it’s over just like that.  For me, the best part of the holidays is getting to spend time with family and friends.  I love reuniting with cousins I don’t get to see that often, getting to share stories over glasses of wine, and laughing until our stomachs hurt.

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Little man is 3 1/2 so Christmas was extra special this year.  The weeks leading up to it we baked cookies and made candy, drove through Christmas light shows, met Santa a few times, rode a horse drawn carriage while singing Christmas carols and enjoyed the mischievous happenings of our Elf on the Shelf Playdoh.  Thanks to Pinterest I had so many great ideas for Elf on the Shelf this year!

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Seeing little man’s face on Christmas morning was the best of all.  Though he said he NEEDED every toy on every Disney commercial he saw, he only asked Santa for 2 things; a Transformer that was made out of 4 robots and an Optimus Prime Transformer that turned into a rescue trailer.  His eyes lit up with excitement when he saw those exact Transformers waiting under the tree for him…my heart was so full!

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I hope everyone’s holiday season was full of love, laugher & lots and lots of wine!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx