#OOTD – Comfortable & Effortless

I love celebrating…well, anything!  Be it birthdays, holidays or baby showers any excuse to buy a gift & drink wine is a great time in my book.  This weekend I attended a family members baby shower.  It was a casual setting and I was bringing the little man so I opted for denim instead of a dress.

20151017_124329Ruffled cap-sleeve blouse with Chloe & Isabel statement necklace

Dark wash denim with black ankle booties

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The outfit I chose to wear was simple (a blouse, denim & boots), but it’s the little details & finishing touches that turn an outfit like this into a “look”. I rolled the denim above my ankle to show off the booties and changed the necklace to a simple black/gold piece tying into the color story I was creating with the black footwear. Since it was a chilly afternoon I threw on an infinity scarf which I knotted around my neck.  Comfortable & effortless housewife style.


Is it nap time yet?

In an earlier blog post My Glimpse into Morning Refuge I wrote about starting my day in a peaceful state before the madness began.  Ever since that entry I have tried to set my alarm & wake up before my son, but he always beats me to the punch; I swear he knows I’m trying to start my day without him!  Such a sweetheart but he definitely has a fear of missing out (#FOMO).

Every morning is a different adventure, especially since he is 16 months and ever-changing.  This morning was no exception.  My little man either caught a cold or is congested from playing in the foliage while picking apples & pumpkins, either way he hasn’t been sleeping at night.  Last night he was asleep and in bed by 8 PM but woke up coughing & crying at 9 PM, 11 PM, midnight, 2 AM, 5 AM and 6:30 AM. Needless to say, I maybe got 2 hours of sleep.  He didn’t sleep well the night before either (no shocker there, he normally wakes up at least twice), but I was hoping for a good un-interrupted 5 hours.

Exhausted & half asleep I decided to put him in bed with me to watch Mickey Mouse while I closed my eyes & slowly woke up.  By 7 AM he was bored & ready for breakfast.  We did our morning routine of making the bed & brushing our teeth before heading downstairs to the kitchen.  He drank a sippy cup of almond milk (whole milk upsets his stomach) while I put away last night’s dishes.  Once his milk was gone he was ready for a banana which he ate while taking all of the pots & pans out of the cabinet.  At 7:30 he ate a big bowl of multi-grain Cheerios while I quickly checked my e-mail and talked to my husband.  Eating cereal usually takes him 30 minutes since he likes to feed himself every other bite.

Once breakfast was finished and his cheerio-made chaos was cleaned up I decided to make Apple Cinnamon Muffins.  I put Curious George on the TV while I mixed my ingredients, but within 5 minutes my little man was in the kitchen ready to help.  I love his interest with cooking/baking so I let him stir the apples into the batter.  While pouring the batter into the muffin tins my quick, curious babe grabbed the glass measuring cup; in hindsight I should have used a metal one.  Before I could react it smashed to the floor, but I guess it’s not an adventure without an accident!  I put him in the pack n play so I could sweep and vacuum the glass pieces.  He seemed very content so I let him hang out in there with his stuffed animals while I FINALLY made a cup of coffee!  In those few moments to myself I wrote this blog entry which probably doesn’t make much sense since it was rushed, but it was such a busy weekend and I have not had the chance to write in a while.

It is only 9:30 AM and we’ve already made a mess, broke something, baked muffins, ate breakfast & a morning snack, had two meltdowns, stuffed magnets into the heating vent and I’ve had to reheat my coffee three times!  Is it nap time yet…?


Liebster Award!!!

Thank you to Sheila, the author of A Girl’s Path to Happiness for recognizing The Wexford Housewife with a Liebster Award!  A Liebster helps to discover new bloggers.  It is an online award given to bloggers from other bloggers that acknowledges them into the blogging community.  I am so happy to accept & pass along the recognition to others!

Liebster Award

There are a few rules to accepting this award:

  • Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you
  • Include the Liebster Award badge in your post
  • Nominate up to 10 other bloggers and notify them in your post
  • All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 (originally 1,000) followers
  • Answer the questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer.  Or, you can repeat the same questions
  • Copy these rules into your post
My Questions & Answers:
  1. Why did you start your blog and what motivates you to write regularly?

As a SAHM it’s easy to get lost in the daily routine of being a wife and mother.  I needed something to call my own; I needed something to be proud of besides keeping my son alive; I needed a creative outlet to express myself.  Having a 1-year old makes it hard to write regularly, but I do my best to find the time.

  1. What is the most awkward situation in your life?

A recent awkward/embarrassing moment happened while my husband & I were at the local ice cream shop with our son.  I had my son in one arm and the diaper bag in the other, as I tried to get out of the booth I misjudged how long it was and fell flat on my butt!  In that quick moment as I fell to the floor all I could think to do was save my son from getting hurt.  My son was fine, my husband was dying laughing and my butt was sore for days!

  1. What is your dream job? Are you going to work hard to get it?

As a young girl my dream job was to be a fashion designer.  I soon realized I had a hard time visualizing my thoughts on paper; I am creative not artistic, there’s definitely a difference.  Rather, I went to school for fashion merchandising and had the opportunity to live and work in both NYC and Los Angeles.  The experiences I had in both cities were life changing and helped me to fulfill my dream of working in the fashion world!

  1. When is the last time you lied to someone, and why?

I honestly can’t remember the last time I lied to someone, but I am sure I did it to shield from hurting their feelings.

  1. What is your biggest fear?

Even though I’m 30, I’m still terrified of things that go bump in the night!  Don’t get me wrong, I love watching horror movies & am obsessed with The Walking Dead but it keeps me up at night.

  1. How do you like to spend your free time?

When I have free time without my boys I love spending it with my girlfriends!  My favorite thing to do is to go out for dinner & drinks.

  1. Tell me about me about one of the biggest mistakes you’ve made.

When I was 22 weeks pregnant I made the mistake of driving to my parents in a snow storm.  I lost control while changing lanes and got into a bad car accident.  Thank god my son & I were okay, but my car was in the shop for a month.

  1. What do you like to do the most?

I love going on vacation with my husband!  Our favorite spot is Punta Cana – we even got married there!

  1. Is there someone you really admire? Who?

The person I admire more than anyone is my mother.  She’s a beautiful woman with a huge heart and I’m proud to say that not only is she my mom but she’s also my best friend!

  1. Name three things you could not live without?

My family and friends (there are too many to name and I love them all, especially my husband & son), coffee and shopping!  AND wine, I couldn’t live without wine!!!

Thank you again for the nomination!!!  I would love to pass along recognition to…

Seek Out Chic

The Ballad of Baby Jail

Nourished Mommy

Daily Life as a Mom

If you chose to accept the Liebster Award follow the instructions I provided and answer the following questions.

  1. Why did you start your blog and what motivates you to write?
  2. When do you find time to write in your blog?
  3. What is your favorite/best part of your day?
  4. What helps you stay sane?
  5. If you had unlimited funds where would you travel to and why?
  6. What do you love most about the city you currently live in?
  7. Where is your favorite place to shop (for clothes)?
  8. What song puts a smile on your face no matter how many times you hear it?
  9. If you could stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
  10. Who is your biggest fan?
  11. What are three things you could not live without?