Christmas party look

This Friday, Scott’s squadron had their Christmas party. I love Christmas parties because it’s the perfect excuse to dress up the whole family. Here’s what Aspen and I wore:

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It’s always so hard finding something that is work party appropriate. Every year I struggle to find something that’s not scandelous, but also doesn’t make me look Amish. This year, I was very pleased to find this flowy skirt to pair with a nice flannel, which also allowed Scott and I to match, and have Aspen coordinate with us.

 

Sadie’s Outfit:

Flannel // skirt // heels

 

Aspen’s Outfit:

Dress // Stockings // Flats

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Winter beach days

I have been living on the emerald coast for nearly five years now. The first winter we were here it was FREEZING. Literally freezing. At one point, they blocked off all the bridges and let kids sled down them. Although there was no snow, there was plenty of ice. Since then, our winters have been very moderate, with only a handful of cold days. But a majority of the time the weather is nice enough to still enjoy our beautiful beaches. 12-IMG_035010-IMG_0343

 

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My favorite winter beach attire is a neutral and flowy maxi with a light cardi or jean jacket.  To shop these looks:

Sadie’s:

Favorite neutral maxi dresses can be found here, here, and here

Favorite denim jackets can be found here and here

Aspen’s: similar jumpsuit here// cardi // bow

 

*As always, a special thanks to those who help me photograph my blogging images. Most posts are a always taken on my camera. If the images are of me, they are taken by either Shelby Hood or my husband. Thanks for being troopers, guys*

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Thanksgiving outfit Part 3

As promised, park three to our Thanksgiving outfit ideas is here. The purpose of this series was to prove that you don’t have to necessarily go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe for the holidays. You can recreate very similar looks with items you already have in your closet. And if you do not have anything in your closet that can be worked into these basic outfit ideas, I have linked very afforable and convenient shops to shop from. Two of my most reliable last minute clothing stores is always Old Navy, Target, and Charolette Ruse because of how afforable and near by they are. Have fun shopping my Thanksgiving Feast looks!

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Sadie’s first outfit: Sweater // skirt sold out, similar here // heels, similar here // pearls // glasses

Sadie’s Second outfit: Sweater // Denim // boots // pearls // glasses

Aspen’s Outfit: dress sold out, similar here // mocs // bow


 

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Thanksgiving outfit Part 1

I’ve always been a procrastinator. It’s actually something that I have been working on the past few months. I’ve been reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching youtube videos on how to put an end to procrastination and how to reorganize your life. Although it has been incredibly helpful, and I have been practicing quite a few of these methods, I feel like I am not the only one who has mastered the art of waiting until the last minute to do something. So, the next few days, I will be posting last minute Thanksgiving outfit ideas that you already have in your closet, or something you could find similarily at any local store. The first one consists of a basic Tshirt dress, a cardigan, and flats (or in my case, oxfords)

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Because these are all pieces I had on hand in my closet, the links might not all take you to the exact item in the images. Rather, they will be linked to affordable and similar items in convenient and typically near by stores.

Sadie’s Outfit: dress // shoes // Necklace// cardi: I made this particular one, but you could shop a similar style here. Crochet pattern for cardi here

Aspen’s Outfit: Clothing set // boots

 

AXIS

I walked into Axis Wellness Center nearly four years ago, after a long beach run with one of my friends. My husband had gone there for lunch one day with his coworkers and recommended it to me. Since then, the owners, Chad and Lisa, have become like family to us.

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AXIS Wellness Center is located in Fort Walton Beach. They provide protein shakes, teas, and more. It also has the most relxing, friendly vibe, which makes it hard to walk away disatisfied. The owners, Chad and Lisa, treat everyone like friends, and they always welcome the kids.

Aspen and I love to meet up with Scott during our lunch breaks to catch up mid day, hang out with good company, and to drink a Nutter Butter (#14) shake. They also always make a complimentary mini shake with half the protein for Aspen, which as you can see, she loves!

I could not recommend this place more to those living in the Fort Walton area. It’s a perfect place to learn more about nutrition, get fitness assessments done, take zumba classes, and to sign up for fit camps.

With the Holidays approaching, and the New Year on the horizon, AXIS is a great way to help stay on track, or to gain the tools and motivation to get on track.

** Bonus: First shake is free! **

Follow AXIS on Facebook to learn more.

The Beach House

When my mom confirmed she was going to be visiting us, I made sure to reserve a night at our newest resturant for a girls night. Conveniently, one of my greatest Florida friends had texted me as we were leaving if we wanted to go out for dinner. I quickly invited her to join us, and for the next few hours we laughed, ate delicious food, and drank coctails while listening to the waves hitting the shore. 1-IMG_97084-IMG_97175-IMG_97216-IMG_97253-IMG_97162-IMG_9709

It is hard to get he same experience as tourists when you live in a travel destination town. I mean, although we go to the beach bi-weekly, we rarely get to truly experience the natural scerenity this place offers to the anual visitors. But when we have company in town, we try very hard to give them that experience.

I first heard about this new resort and resturant by a YMCA member (btw- I also work at the Y). After hearing about the menu, I immediately decided it would be on our itinerary while my mom was here on her visit. And let’s just say, it did not disapoint. Between the three of us, we spit a fried fish appetizer, a salad, pasta primavera, and a caremel cheesecake. My mom and I also ordered a mojito and a whisky based coctail that was to die for.

All in all, between the views, the breeze, the food, and the drinks, we had a wonderful time and I could not reccomend this place more.

For more details, visit here

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Nana visits part 1. + Halloween recap

 

So, my mom is in town.

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My mom arrived from Arizona last Saturday evening. It’s been far too long since her last visit. Actually, I believe I was still pregnant during her last trip here. So, it’s been a while. My mom and I are also best friends, so going more than a few months without seeing her nearly kills me. Our last girls trip together was over six months ago, which is far too long for me. Anyway, she’s here, and I couldn’t be happier. And neither could Aspen! So far, we have gone to Boo at the Zoo, pumpkin patch, out to local eateries, parks, and of course, the beach. It’s kind of ironic how I am obsessed with mountain landscapes, but live in Florida, and how my mom is obsessed with the coastal lines, but lives in Arizona.

We still have plans to go out for champagne at one of the waterfront resorts, and to walk some nature trails befrore she heads home in a few more days.


 

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Halloween was a blast with this little one. We spent the day running errands, and got home right in time to cook up a delicious stuffed “jack-o-lantern” for dinner (link here). Afterwards I tried to get a few cute shots of her in her halloween dress, but as you can see, that did not go as well as I had hoped. This kid wanted nothing to do with taking pictures. And by the time I finally got her to hold still, she decided it was the perfect time to poop!

After these pictures were taken, we dressed Aspen up in her Mickey Mouse costume and put pillows and blankets in her wagon, as well as her candy bucket. The rest of the night, she lounged comfortably in her wagon, saying “trick or treat!” or “more nana?” while my mom hand fed her m&ms. It was a hilarious sight and perfectly describes my daughter.

I can’t wait to see how we celebrate next year!

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