Favorite Winter Things Q and A

I thought I would take a break from the standard types of posts I normally do here and get a little more personal with everyone.  A fellow Saint Louis blogger, Sarah from www.sarahoutandabout.com tagged me in this fun Winter Things Q and A session!  So without further adieu, here are some of my Winter Favorites!

What’s your favorite Holiday Tradition?

Now that we have two little ones, my fave traditions are definitely focused around them.  In the last couple of years, I have  made a point to build and decorate a gingerbread house with my daughter.  It’s a fun way to let her creativity come through and she loves eating the candy of course.  I can’t wait for my son to be a little older so he can start in on the tradition as well.

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What’s your favorite winter lip treatment?

I love Smith’s Rosebud Salve.  It smells pretty and it tames chapped winter lips.

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What’s your winter favorite scent?

I love anything that is a “fir” scent and smells just like a freshly cut xmas tree!  I always have this kind of candle burning in the month of December.  I love the Winter scent from Bath and Body Works!

What’s your favorite winter accessory?

This one is easy, a hat of course!  It keeps you warm and it’s an easy way to dress up an outfit (+ cover up a bad hair day). floppy wool hat

What is your favorite holiday movie?

Christmas Vacation is an obvious pick, but I also really love the classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  The kids love watching it and I love watching with them.  This year I took my daughter to see it at the fabulous Fox Theatre here in Saint Louis!

What is your favorite Christmas Song?

Obviously I like Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is You” but another true fave of mine is Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee.  I just love upbeat and happy Christmas songs!

Do you prefer to travel or be home over the holidays?

I prefer to be home over the holidays.  All of our family is local and we are very fortunate in that regard.

What is your favorite winter skin must have?

My skin is always super dry this time of year so I cannot live without my L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. It smells so fresh!  This one is the perfect size to stash in your purse so you have it on the go.

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What’s your favorite winter hair product?

I use Pureology’s Colour Fanatic Multi Tasking Hair Beautifier on the reg. It contains 21 unique benefits that prime, protect, and perfect color treated hair.  You just spray it on before blow drying and comb through.

What’s your favorite winter activity?

I love going with the fam to this cute little tree lot by our house and picking out the perfect tree!  It’s not a tree farm but the owners of this little lot are so nice and the kids love going.  They get a Christmas tree coloring book each year too.

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What’s your winter beauty product must?

I love using the Pixi by Petra Glow Mist!  You can find this at Target and you just spray it on after you’ve done your make up. It gives you a nice natural glow.  So pretty.

Snow?  Love it or hate it?

I like it when I don’t have to go anywhere in it and I can admire it inside in my pajamas!

What is on your holiday wish list?

This amazing faux fur trim parka from Loft!

faux fur trim parka

What is your favorite holiday treat?

Oh man, too many to count! I love sea salt chocolate caramels!

Shopping – last min or finish it before December?

I usually can get a fair amount done before December, but somehow I always end up running around like a crazy person right before the big event!

I hope you enjoyed learning more about me and my winter time favorites.  I am tagging two other bloggers that I love following. . . Lauren from Lauren’s Life & Style Daily as well as Meggan from Golden Style Book.  I hope you will take a chance to visit their sites and learn more about them!

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How to host a virtual baby shower

You guys, this was by far one of the coolest and most special things I’ve ever been a part of.  My dear friend/college roommate lives in London and is expecting her first baby in December.  As much as we would’ve all loved to travel abroad to see her, that just wasn’t feasible haha.  Enter the virtual baby shower idea!  Myself and another gal pal got the wheels in motion for this and it just snowballed into amazing-ness from there.  We all have friends/family that live near and far and throwing a virtual baby shower is a great option!

STEP 1:  Send an invitation to attendees

In our case we decided to surprise the mom to be so we worked with her husband and he was great at keeping a secret.  I whipped up an invitation using Canva (a free online tool that allows you to design all sorts of fun things – including invitations). I then attached it to an email that I sent to the guests (+ dad to be).  The email had additional details around gift collection (we sent them an Amazon gift card via email), plus info on how to join the Facebook Messenger Video Chat.  The tutorial linked here was super easy to follow.  The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you can only see up to 6 people.  Once more than six people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.

STEP 2:  Shop for party decorations + treats

I grabbed a pink pom pom banner from Target + pink paper plates.  I bought two of each of these and sent one set to the UK so they could have the same matching party decs we had at our house! A few of the other attendees bought the same banner too.

Trader Joe’s is ALWAYS my go to for fresh flowers and they didn’t disappoint with these beautiful pink roses (30 of them for $10)! Say what?! I was able to make two vases full. Their sparkling pink lemonade is delish, and how cute are the pink and white shortbread sprinkle cookies?!  These are all great options for a girly party of any kind.

I snagged these cute (and yummy) strawberry cupcakes from the bakery at my local grocery store ($1.25 / ea) and then just displayed them on a little cake platter.

STEP 3:  Celebrate!

Let the shower begin!  Our call lasted about 45 min and we only had a few bad moments where the reception wasn’t great.  It was so fun to surprise the mom-to-be and still give her a memorable shower experience even from afar.  Technology is simply amazing!

 

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Missouri Wine Country (Hermann, MO)

Happy Monday friends!  I am coming off of a super fun weekend so I’m having one of those “fun” hangovers if you will.  We spent a glorious kid free Saturday in Hermann, MO at the wineries with our nearest and dearest friends.  If you live in the midwest and have never been to Hermann, MO let me suggest that you make this a priority in the near future.  It’s only an hour and 15 min from STL, and 2.5 hours from Kansas City, MO.

Our group of 10 met at 9 a.m. and boarded our “party” bus (aka, school bus turned party transit mobile).  Amtrak runs routes from STL to Hermann and KC to Hermann, unfortunately we were too late on booking train tickets this year (better luck next year).  We started the day with some wine tasting at the beautiful Stone Hill Winery (there are some really spectacular views from here, I failed to get those pics though)…just trust me on it.  The wine here is delish, our fave was the Hermannsberger.  It’s a dry red – perfecto!  It’s only $5 to enjoy a tasting in one of their beautiful and ornate rooms.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Next, we somehow managed to find the only Uber driver in all of Hermann and he was wonderful!  He picked up half of our group and drove us the mile and a half back to downtown Hermann AND then turned back around to pick up the other half of our group.  We stopped in at the Star Lane Tasting Room  for another lovely tasting.  Try the Vin-Gris (another dry red … I’m sensing a pattern here).

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(Photo credit to one of my biggest cheerleaders & dear friend, Jackie)

We enjoyed a sweet little German band and dancing with the cutest couple (married for 59 years – relationship goals) adorned in full lederhosen at the Hermannhof Festhalle.

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Before boarding our bus to take us home, we enjoyed dinner at the Tin Mill Brewery on their cute patio.  It was a fun, fall Saturday in the midwest!

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