Hi friends! I took a little blog break over the holidays, which was so nice and needed! We celebrated Christmas with our families and rung in the new year with friends by renting a cottage together for the weekend. But now I’m ready to dive into the new year! 2018 was a wonderful year though — definitely with more ups than downs. I know not every year is bound to be like that one, but I’m so grateful I worked hard to make things happen! The ups were… losing 30 pounds and continuing my WW and FLEX routine, and officially becoming debt-free, which was a huge part of our year. We also took several amazing trips around Michigan, a trip to Phoenix, and I’m so thankful for my many memories with Eric, and my best girlfriends. The major down this year was the house fire, but we got through it and we’re back home safe and sound with no major damage done. I have some big goals for 2019… but it all starts with kicking off the month right and working hard day to day!
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We’re so close to the holidays… do you have your holiday wish list yet? Are shoes on it?! I’m teaming up with Kohl’s to show off a few awesome brands available in store and on their website! In the cooler months, a great pair of boots are a must! I’m really loving this pair of Koolaburra by UGG® open-toe booties. They are so cute with a pair of raw-edge denim! I also love working out and fitness goals are always a top priority for new in my new year’s resolutions… so it’s the perfect time of year to pick up a cute new pair of tennis shoes! I’m loving these pink ones from New Balance. Keep reading to see how I styled both looks!Read More
This day was one of my favorites — our annual Christmas tree chopping day! Traditions are something I really look forward to. First thing, we head to Rockford to get breakfast at The Peppermill Grill. Once we got there though, we realized we took my car instead of Eric’s, and his car is so much easier to haul our tree home with… so while he ran home to switch cars, I did a little shopping downtown! But we also forgot our camera in my car when he made the switch, so we could only take iPhone shots for these photos… so yeah, nothing went totally right, but it was just one of those days you remember as being so fun.
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When we headed up north to Suttons Bay area, we did a little bit of wine tasting in the afternoon, grabbed brunch, and stopped to Hoplot! I loved hanging out here for a bit. We had the best autumnal vibes. Plus, they have the outdoor igloos where you can sit and hang outside with little space heaters… and be warm! So we grabbed our drinks inside (strawberry mead for me, yum) and reserved an igloo for a bit! We just hung out, snapped a few photos, warmed up for a bit, before heading back on the road to visit more wineries. Such a fun stop during our weekend up north!
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Over the holiday weekend, we headed to the Windy City to take in a concert, some deep-dish pizza, and coffee at the cutest café! I wanted to fit the late autumn vibes, so I packed my plaid coat… with the coolest new pair of boots I own by BED|STU from Zappos! They’re a little bit rustic, a little bit edgy, and they just look “cool”. I wore these boots for a full night of walking around Chicago, standing for a few hours at a concert, and they were super comfortable. Plus, I love the darker “rustic teak” look! I don’t have a single pair of boots that look like these, but they already go with so much in my closet.Read More
I know I keep saying we’re dwindling down on autumn content… but I may have fibbed a little bit. Haha! I have a couple more posts (maybe 3?!) that feel very autumn coming up, before I move onto snowy holiday posts. But Michigan’s weather has sort of been all over the map! Peak autumn color, almost right to a winter wonderland, back to a grayish autumn, and now we’re back to snow again! But Eric and I snapped these photos when it was still peak autumn, which was so pretty this year! I just love this season. So a few more posts… hope you don’t mind, which I mean, how could you? Look at those colors!