weekly wears

What a weekend!  Fully to the brim with celebrations!  We had a lot of little holiday parties and birthdays that made the weekend so fun! Check out the below pics for a highlight of the weekend and, yes, an early birthday celebration for Miss Beazy!

[The holidays are SO fun this year – probably more fun than they have been in a long time.  Bea and Poppy are so little but at a great age to actually enjoy Christmas.  Bea is SO into Santa, her Elf on the Shelf (she named her Suri), Christmas lights and inflatables, etc.  She legitimately LIGHTS UP when we drive around at night looking at all of the decorated houses.

This excitement and just pure joy has really helped me with the holidays this year.  Last Christmas, which was just a few months after everything happened with Dad, we all escaped to Florida and kind of just glossed over the holiday.  I was kind of dreading this Christmas (for obvious reasons) but Bea’s joy and excitement has really helped bring the holiday spirit back into our home.  One of the many reasons these babes  have been such a blessing to me.]

[St Nick popped over to our house and left some treats! Bea was OBSESSED with monsters at Halloween time so I bought her a stuffed Yeti from target and she absolutely ADORES her “snow monster”.  Poppy’s favorite?  the candy canes!]

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[A few days after St Nick I got the chance to open a VERY thoughtful gift sent over from Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa.  A gift card for a manicure and extra surprises to get me all ready for the holidays!  Love them!]

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[There is a house right by us that goes ABOVE and beyond on the inflatables for Halloween and Christmas.  Bea is obsessed and begs to get out of the car to get her pictures with them when we drive by. ]

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[And Saturday we had a little early birthday party for Miss Bea.  When I was thinking about doing a holiday party/birthday party for Bea I was searching the city for cute, girly ideas.  I kept landing on The Bonbonerie as it is one of my favorite places.  They were opening a brand new tea room so I jumped on the opportunity to book Bea’s party with them!

Along with a few of her (and my) friends, we had a tea party lunch and Santa even made a little visit!]

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[I couldn’t handle how OLD she looked in her dress from Castle House, her knee high socks and black shoes.  Made me so sad that 3 can look so old!]

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[Find my sweater on MAJOR sale HERE!]

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[Since it was a tea party theme and there are a TON of breakables, I bought little plastic tea ups with straws for the kids and to keep them occupied at their seats, little coloring packets!]

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[Santa and his BFF]

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[Santa came and had a little personalized stuffed elf for each kid in attendance.  Bea is normally terrified of Santa but watching all of her friends go sit on his lap first made it much MUCH better!]

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[And we really kept the Christmas train running!  Everyone woke up in Christmas PJs Sunday morning and we eventually made it to Hyde Park Country Club’s Santa brunch.]

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[How cute are their little bombers?  I got a bunch of questions yesterday via my Instagram story asking where they were from.  They are C&C California and I got them from TJ Maxx – I even got the adult version 🙂   Santa dresses were from Castle House]

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I hope you all had a great weekend celebrating the holidays with your family!  Let the fun continue!

xo

Hillary

weekly wears

Hi!

This past week was a total whirlwind – crazy with the kids and then Jordan and I snuck away to Chicago for our annual #holidayhooky day!  We typically take a day right before the holidays to just unwind, hang, and have fun while getting some holiday shopping done 🙂  It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time!

This year, we went to one of my favorite cities – Chicago.  I lived in Lakeview right when I graduated college and it was still 2 of the best years of my life.  Although I love living in Cincinnati, I cherish the times I get to head to Chi for work or for fun.

We took Ultimate Air Shuttle up Thursday morning and flew back Thursday night in time to get the kids to bed.  It was a crazy day but filled with so much fun!

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[One of my best friends gave me the recommendation to start our day at Somerset.  She said I’d love the decor, the food was great, and it was in an ideal location.  She was spot on!]

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[Although the weather was supposed to be good in Chicago, I still wanted to layer up.  This top from Outfit Active is one of my favorites to dress up or down.  If you haven’t visited my friend Alex’s store in Hyde Park – you need to!]

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[Also one of my best recent shoe purchases – from Vince at the Nordstrom anniversary sale.  Find them HERE!]

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[LOVED everything in Club Monaco – especially this sweater.  Find it HERE.]

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[After our shopping extravaganza, we ended the day at Fig & Olive – perfect atmosphere and the food – and drinks – were delish]

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[And look what I came back to!  A beautiful sweater for Miss Beazy – such a thoughtful gift from a thoughtful friend!]

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[First year of school pics are making me laugh so hard!]

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[And my favorite Christmas decoration is this old radio flyer sled.  When my family cleaned my grandma’s house out this was one of the things that we asked to take.  It was my Dad’s.  Apparently, he loved this sled so much because it was the “fastest sled” of his siblings.  He would take so much time sharpening the blades (which is so him) to make sure it was the best and once his siblings caught on, they would want to take his sled over their own!  He finally decided to write his name in huge letters on the other side to make sure everyone knew which one was his 🙂 ]

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[One of my favorite things – making boards!  Breakfast boards, cheese boards, etc – you name it!]

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[And I just have to say that I have the best friends in the world!  My best friend’s husband dressed as Santa for the Castle House x Hyde Park Moms event over the weekend and made a pitstop at our house first.]

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[Bea was frightened]

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[But eventually came around 🙂 ]

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[And Saturday night we had Hyde Park Country’s Club Christmas event and it was a total blast!  So fun to get dressed up.  Find my dress HERE!]

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[And then Sunday we met some of my girlfriends at St Ursula Academy’s Christmas Tea!  It’s always so nice being back there and bringing Bea is such a joy!  Her favorite part?  The new theatre :)]

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[And Sunday night dinner is always eventful – putting up my mom’s tree and decorating.  Even a stop by by Santa himself 🙂 ]

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xo

Hillary

kortnee kate does it again

Hi!

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile you know that I absolutely LOVE and adore KortneeKate photography.  Kortnee, herself, is just so nice, bubbly and kind and her entire team gives off the same vibes.  Jordan typically DREADS getting pictures done and any moms out there know how stressful it can be to get the kids ready, yourself ready and out the door in enough time to make your slotted time.

Kortnee has never once made me feel like we were a pain or that SHE wasn’t having the best time of her life (I know that sounds crazy but she genuinely enjoys what I consider a stressful hour).

Bottom line, she is the most talented photographer in Cincinnati and you should use her.

Her company did our wedding and every photo shoot since.  Below is a highlight from our holiday shoot.  One of my favorites to date!

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Contact them for in studio holiday sessions!   Find them HERE!

xo

Hillary