#OOTN – Date Night

I tried to write a cute & clever story to accompany this blog post, but to be honest I am exhausted from the holidays & my creative side is apparently taking a nap.  Nevertheless, I am so excited to share this date night look from the holiday season.  I somehow convinced my husband to see The Nutcracker with me.  And, believe it or not he actually enjoyed it!

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Last Christmas he gifted me this beautiful Tory Burch dress which I haven’t had the chance to wear  yet.  This was the perfect opportunity!  I styled it with my Tory wedges and new burgundy satchel from Stitch Fix for a simple yet chic ensemble great for date night.

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Before the show we enjoyed a romantic dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh.  My husband is wearing a gingham shirt by Untucked with a heather grey blazer from Nordstrom; he cleans up pretty well!

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Finally, I also had the chance to wear this vintage dress coat gifted to me by my mother.  My father bought it for her when she was my age; I am so lucky she kept it all these years!

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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Boys will be boys

We’ve all heard it before, “boys will be boys”.  Until I had a son, I thought this saying was just an excuse for bad behavior.  However, I have found over the past two years that boys truly are made of snaps and snails and puppy dog tails.

I am sure that there are parents out there that will disagree with this but through my experience boys and girls are inherently different.  What makes them tick is different.  It’s neither good nor bad, just different.  Being in MOMS Club, I have had the chance to observe the way the kids interact and play with one another.  Though they all get along & all have their moments, it’s mostly the little boys who are impatient for lines, would rather explore than sit & listen to a story, are climbing up the slide and are yelling, chasing and playing tag.

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My son has such a big imagination!  Whether he’s a loud, stomping dinosaur or a fast, flying plane I often find myself apologizing for the way he plays.  Which is ridiculous!  The other day I read an article on Scary Mommy titled A Plea for Boyhood and Rough Play.  I loved reading this article!  It basically states that boys need to be boys & that by saying “things like “Hands off!” and “Quiet down!” to our boys, we are asking them to suppress something innate inside of them”.

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It’s time to let my son be himself & play like a boy should.  No more stressing out if he’s playing too loudly in the library or running too fast at the park or exploring underneath the dinner table when we go out to eat.  After all, it’s through his energetic, creative & rowdy play that he will learn & grow.

Mommin’ Ain’t Easy

Celebrating Mother’s Day over the weekend brought me to reflect on my journey as a mom.  It has not been easy.  In fact, it has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  From sleepless nights to struggles within my marriage, to almost 2 years later trying to potty train & control my toddler’s tantrums…did I say this hasn’t been easy?!

But with struggle comes reward.  We have the most adventurous, full of life, loving, funny as hell little man.  Before our son arrived, my husband & I would see parents with frustration on their faces glare at their children while their kids did cute, witty things.  We couldn’t understand why they weren’t laughing or at least smiling at their mischiefs.

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It was then we told ourselves we would cherish those little moments, laugh more than we yelled and encourage our son to be bold.  Even through the sleepless nights & frustrating days of reasoning with a toddler I find myself constantly laughing at his shenanigans.  Our little comedian brings a smile to my face every day.

We are so blessed to have such a healthy, energetic son in our lives.  He has taught us to be patient, communicate better and not to sweat the small stuff.

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Balancing Act of a Working Mom

After a year and a half hiatus, I decided to start working again.  As if my days as a SAHM weren’t already a cluster of responsibilities I thought I’d add something else to my plate.  But this, like my blog, is something to call my own.  This new venture back in the fashion world has given me purpose; not that my husband & son don’t – they’re my life, but this is different.

I love being able to do something I’m passionate about from the comfort of my home.  However, finding a balance between being a SAHM and a working mom wasn’t easy.  I hate to admit it, but during my first week I focused solely on myself & onboarding.  I was so caught up in my training & meeting goals that I let everything else fall to the wayside.  I cancelled play dates & let my son watch way too many cartoons, I forgot to finish laundry, dust bunnies invaded the bathrooms and dinner was frozen pizza…I’m not superwoman, but this was not what I had signed up for.

Now, after a few weeks I have finally found my balance.  It was hard, but with the help of my AMAZING husband our household is fully functional again!  I’ve learned to prioritize, make lists, communicate better & ask for help when needed.  My son still gets to go on playdates & field trips, my husband has clean underwear & I get to work from home, win – win!