The Unofficial Start to Summer #OOTD

Memorial Day weekend has come & gone which in my mind means it’s officially summer!  Little man is done with preschool and I am already daydreaming about the BBQs, pool days and late nights spent with friends & family.

Over the weekend we kicked off the unofficial start to summer by heading to my parents in Ohio.  We played cornhole during the day & grilled out at night, went to a local festival, ate lunch by the lake, not once but twice and just enjoyed being together in the sunshine.  Oh, summertime, I love you!

It was hot & sticky out the day we went to the Strawberry Festival so I kept things casual & comfortable with my cut-off denim shorts, a cold shoulder tee & straw fedora from Target.  This graphic tee was only $14.99; I’ve linked it here.  I’ve also linked this medium crossbody bag from Amazon which was only $24 and comes in 3 other colors.  Ever since I ditched the diaper bag I am all about practicality vs. style, and luckily this bag is both!  Though this picture isn’t the best quality, it’s one of my favorites.  It’s a perfect example of a day in the life… ♥

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Growing up by Lake Erie was always an adventure.  I spent my younger years at Cedar Point and the beach then as I got older my friends & I ventured to the islands and enjoyed summer nights on the Booze Cruise.  I am so excited that I now get to make memories by the Lake with my husband & little man.  Eating lunch by the water while watching the boats come in & out was such a treat over the weekend.  I cannot wait to start taking little man to the beach!

Though we didn’t plan our coordinating looks, I am loving our outfits!  You can’t go wrong with olive & grey.

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I hope everyone had an amazing holiday weekend spent with loved ones!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it’s 2018 already?!  This year, like the last few, we celebrated at home with friends & family.  Now that we have little man it’s so much easier to have people over than to worry about hiring a babysitter & going out. Plus, I love to host so it’s a win-win!

In the years past we’ve hosed a fondue party, but since little and his friends were joining in on the fun I thought a big spread of homemade apps & finger foods would be best.  While the adults enjoyed chocolate martinis & mixed drinks, the kiddos sipped on Shirley Temples with bendy straws & cherry garnishes. I set up a photo backdrop in the basement with props and we even did an early ball drop at 9 PM for the kids.

For my outfit, I decided to wear a lace romper that I had picked up at Target for only $27.99 and statement earrings from Walmart for $3.  Side note, I’ve never been one to shop jewelry at Walmart but I couldn’t pass up $3 earrings that were super cute!  The cut-out back & lightweight sleeves on the romper made hosting a breeze.  I was cool & comfortable while cooking in the kitchen, refilling drinks & chasing the kids around.

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx