Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites - Holiday Gear

Hello Friends! Happy Friday! I'm extra jolly today because we are putting up our Christmas decorations this weekend! I just love decorating for the holidays & after a long week of report cards, parent conferences & other chaos, it's just what the doctor ordered! 

Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite holiday apparel for the season. I've been ordering all sorts of fun items lately and can't wait to wear them all! 

1 // I ordered this #squadgoals t-shirt for Ella & myself all the way back in September and she's been dying to wear them ever since they came in. We are huge Elf fans, so the fact that Buddy is included makes my heart happy. 

2 // OK, so the model is a guy in this photo, but I love this unisex sweatshirt and it's super cheap! Less than $15 with Amazon Prime! There are tons of different patterns available too, so I think I'll be ordering one for Eric too! 

3 // I was flipping through the Nordstrom Holiday Catalog the other night & saw this sweatshirt. I think it's totally adorable with all of the reindeer on it! 

4 // I have ordered modal sleep shorts from Gap for years & love them. But I have to say, I love these joggers even more! Not only are they festive, they're butter soft! I love love love lounging around in them & know they're going to get tons of use all season long!

5 //  This Merry & Bright tee is adorable! My sister has a tee almost exactly like this for the 4th of July that I love, so when I saw it in this Christmas style, I pounced on it!

6 //  I purchased this t-shirt at Target while in Virginia & it's so soft! You could totally wear it as a t-shirt with jeans or leggings, but it's soft enough to wear as pajamas too. 

7 // Last up, another sweatshirt that I just love! Let's be honest, Santa is even cooler with shades. 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday Hostess Gifts

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is all of the parties & gatehrings that we attend. With several on our calendar for Decemeber, I've been stocking up on hostess gifts to bestow upon my friends and family that are kind enough to host! Since I know many of you will need these as well, I thought I'd share my favorites! 

ROSE CREATE Christmas Tree Plates

 1 // This Christmas Tree Platter is absolutely adorable. Heck, I want to keep it for myself! I think it'd be perfect for a hot cocoa bar, a fondue station, or a display of flavored popcorn. 

Santa Figural Mug, Mixed Set of 4 - Benefiting Give a Little Hope Campaign

2 // The holiday mugs from Pottery Barn are a favorite of mine year after year! Eric & I love our vintage reindeer mugs, but this set of smaller Santa mugs caught my eye as a unique hostess gift! 

3 // This doormat is a statement piece & would be perfect for every holiday party I attend! 

4 // And since we're talking booze, I have to share this fun combo! Duplin Winery is one of my family's favorites! They have a huge tasting building in Myrtle Beach & my parents are members of their wine club. My mom recently ordered this combination & it is not only adorable, but tasty! Definitely a gift your host will appreciate! 

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5 // Now, my last pick isn't necessarily holiday themed, but I can assure you it's a gift that any hostess would love to recieve! Corkcicle is a brand that my family loves & these stemless tumblers were just named one of Oprah's Favorite Things! They keep drinks cold for hours (actually, days) and come in tons of adorable colors. 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekend Recap - Veteran's Day Roadtrip

We're all back from Virginia & it was a whirlwind weekend! Total chaos, but you'll have that when you're traveling with a five year old, a two year old, an eleven month old, and a dog. Thankfully my brother-in-law, drove us the entire way there & back. Unfortunately, that meant I spent both ways of the 8 hour trip in the far back corner of the van. 

Now, when I sat down to write this post, I realized that I took really horrible pictures. It was just too busy to even have my phone in my hand most of the time, so instead of doing my normal weekend recap style post, I thought I'd answer a few questions about my weekend instead. 
We visited my parents house, which is in Culpeper, Virginia. Culpeper is about 70 miles south of Washington D.C. - making it about an hour and a half drive into the city. On Friday, we drove to Tyson's Corner to do some shopping. The mall there has a Nordstrom, American Girl Store, Disney Store, H&M, and Zara - all stores we don't have in Rochester. So, we did lots of shopping! The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing in Culpeper. 
Well... I bought lots of things. Probably more than I should have. First up, I bought new Nikes on sale at Nordstrom. I had new sneakers on my Christmas list, but found these on sale for a great price, so I snatched them up for myself. 
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I also bought Ella & Livy a few things at H&M Kids. I love how fun their collection is, but cannot find anything I bought for them online to share with you! We also picked up a ton of holiday candles & wallflowers at Bath & Body Works because they were having an amazing sale. And... I did a whole lot of Christmas shopping too :) 
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Since I had 16 plus hours in the car, I read two and a half books this weekend. The first was Class Mom by Laurie Gelman. I have been a long time reader of Live! with Kelly (and Regis, and Michael, and even Kathie Lee #longtimeviewer) so I was very excited to read the book that Gelman's wife wrote. I have to say that it was a slow start, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it! 
The second book I read was Christmas at the Grand Hotel.  When I started this book, I didn't realize that it's actually two novelas, they're short little happy romance reads, all set in the same place with the same characters. They really remind me of the Gansett Island series that I love, just a little less detailed. I'm half-way the sequel - Springtime at the Grand Hotel - right now & am enjoying that too. If you have Kindle Unlimited, these books is free & the first is definitely a happy holiday read! 
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In case you've been living under a rock, my girl Taylor Swift released her new album on Friday. I listened to it all weekend & am totally in love with it. 
We ate non-stop this weekend! On the way to Virginia, we had Moe's. On Friday, we stopped at Duck Donuts for some hot & fresh donuts! 

Then for lunch we had more Mexican food, followed by a much anticipated trip to Chick-fil-A for dinner. On Saturday, we ate at Chili's for lunch then made spaghetti for dinner. And on Sunday, we stopped at Panera on the way home because it seemed like the healthiest option avaialble. My sister & I always know we will eat & eat & eat while we're at my parents, but this weekend was rough! I need to get on that treadmill ASAP! 
I wore leggings all weekend long & don't feel even the tiniest bit bad about it. I was so comfy. I totally love the athleisure trend, especially when I'm chasing three kids & slinging strollers. 

see... I told you the pictures were horrible. 
It was a fantastic weekend to get away & spend time with my family. I'm really looking forward to my parents arrival at the country house for Thanksgiving next week, and our trip back to Virginia for Christmas too! Now it's time to get back to report cards, progress notes, and parent conferences. One week until Thanksgiving Break! 
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