5 Must-Haves For Surviving The Fall & Winter Season

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I’ve finally accepted that Summer is over and Fall is here. Yup, I literally had to wait until I had bare trees in my yard to accept this whole “autumn” thing. It’s my least favorite time of year (except for the one week that the fall foliage is gorgeous here in New Hampshire). For me, summer living is easy. Come Fall though, I have a hard time functioning and keeping up. I don’t feel like exercising anymore, I don’t feel like eating healthy things like salads and I start packing on the carbs with apple cider donuts and homemade breads and I don’t feel like waking up in the morning because it’s still dark out when I want to get up!

So I put together a list of my 5 favorite things that help me get through the Fall and Winter season in hopes that it might help some of you to make it through the next few months too!


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Affordable Little Girl’s Spring Dresses Now at Lands’ End

I am a huge fan of Lands’ End, not just for women’s clothes, but their children’s clothes as well. Everything I have ever purchased for my children from Lands’ End has been durable, high quality, great fit and overall just super cute. Their Girls Dresses this year definitely do not disappoint! The prints, colors and styles are fashion-forward, on trend and totally adorable.

My daughter chose the Short Sleeve Woven Twirl Dress in Surf Green Print.

Lands' End Girls Dresses

Pretty perfect in light-as-air cotton (hello, fuss free!) with an easy elastic waist and circle-cut skirt for extra flounce. Featuring so many thoughtful details — like cute cap sleeves and a sweet self-belt — this darling dress is a favorite for school and special occasions. Hits at knee. Machine wash. Imported.

Buy It: landsend.com for $34 (5 different prints/colors available.)

Machine washable? THANK YOU! Nothing worse than getting a cute dress for your 5 year old and having them get food etc all over it in the first 5 minutes they are wearing it (because if it’s NEW, that’s pretty much a guarantee thanks to Murphy’s Law.) and then realizing that it’s dry clean or hand wash only… *sigh* If you have kids, you KNOW what I’m talking about! Thank the universe, we didn’t have any such mishaps on this particular dress when my little princessa wore it on Easter!

Lands' End Girls Dress

It was FREEZING on Easter so she had to wear a long sleeve shirt under it to stay warm. We can’t wait till the weather is better so she can really rock this adorable dress! (Check out all her Easter painting on the fridge behind her!)

Easter Egg Hunt

We still had a lot of snow in our yard on Easter, so unfortunately snow boots were a must for the Easter Egg Hunt outside!

She feels like a princess in this dress and that’s the most important thing. I will definitely keep going back to Lands’ End for more children’s clothes after yet another positive experience. :-)

Lands’ End provided me with the dress for this review/post.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that Lands’ End is pretty awesome.

Bundle Up For Winter with Lands’ End

We received a pair of black Lands’ End Squall Snow Pants in the bib-overall style to review. We didn’t have any snow here for the last month, but it finally decided to look like winter today!

Lands’ End quality snow pants are guaranteed to keep kids dry and warm all winter long. Not only are they made with a new waterproof and windproof material, but they are also built with double the durability at the knees and seat. Genius!

Before sending my 5 year old daughter out to play in her new snow pants, I inspected them pretty closely and was MORE than impressed… To say I was baffled, would be an understatement. Not only did I grow up in a consignment/retail store that my mother owned and managed, but I have extensive experience with kids clothing, and have two children myself. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert, but pretty darn close! Let me tell you, I have never seen such high quality snow pants made with such an attention to detail. I can already tell we are going to have these things for a LONG TIME.

I chose them in black for several reasons. Most colors will stain, but black usually stays looking pretty great even if you give it a good beating. It’s also a gender neutral color. My daughter can wear these snowpants for the next 2 or 3 seasons and then pass them down to my son who can wear them for a few seasons as well. I can tell that these snow pants could easily outlast both my two kids and still be able to be consigned when we’re done with them. The reinforced seat and knees make these near indestructible! They also have cool features like a hidden seam inside each leg which allows you to easily “let them down”, making them one size bigger and able to be used for one season longer!

You definitely get your money’s worth with the Squall Snow Pants. They come in two styles — snow pants and snow bibs. Best of all, they are extremely affordable, ranging from $59-$69. If you’re thinking that’s out of your budget, think about how many years you can use these pants for – especially the bib-overall style ones. The adjustable straps can be let down to make them longer and the hidden hem inside each leg can be let down for even more length. Unless your child grows more than 2 sizes in a year, these snow pants could easily last you at least 3 seasons, making them well worth their price. That’s roughly $20 a year!

All in all, I’m extremely impressed with these snow pants and would recommend them over any other brand of Children’s snow pants I’ve encountered.

Lands’ End’s new waterproof Squall Snow Pants are offered in a variety of sizes and colors. You might have a hard time choosing! Get them online at www.LandsEnd.com and in Sears stores across the country.

Lands’ End provided me with the snowpants for this review/post.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that Lands’ End is awesome.

The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney…

With care… In hopes that Saint Nicholas would soon be there.

Our daughter has her personalized Needlepoint Christmas Stocking from Lands End hung above our little pellet stove. I’ve already put her to bed so “Santa” can fill her brand new stocking! She’s never seen it before so it will be quite a surprise to see it when she wakes up in the morning full of neat toys and presents!

I love absolutely everything from Lands’ End, but this is one of my favorites. It’s such a classic looking stocking that I know she will be able to enjoy for years to come.

Lands’ End has tons of Personalized Gifts to choose from and I know it’s too late to buy gifts for this Christmas, but it’s never too early to shop for next year! Several styles of this Needlepoint Christmas Stocking are already on sale and I’m sure lots of other presents in their Online Gift Shop will be on sale soon so you can get your Christmas shopping for 2013 started! Lands’ End has nine online holiday gift shops featuring a curated collection of gifts, categorized by price and theme, for every budget and everyone on the list.

I have so much more to do and I don’t want to be up ALL night, so I’m going to leave you all for now. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas tomorrow! Remember the reason for the season.

God Bless you and your family!

The Fashionable Housewife

Today’s Outfit: Back To School Uniforms

We’ve decided to home-school our daughter who is 5 years old now and I wanted to share some pictures with you ladies of her first day of “school”! Just for fun, (Home Economics?!) we did a photo shoot with her wearing some Back To School Clothes from Lands’ End.

My daughter is wearing Lands’ End School Uniform Little Girls’ Fleece Pea Coat Cardigan in red ($35.00)

Isn’t she a card? She styled this outfit herself, complete with the skinny jeans and red headband!

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Today’s Outfit: Lands’ End Chino Challenge

Today I’m sporting some Chinos from Lands End! Nice, right?

I accepted the Lands’ End Chino Challenge and was allowed to pick a color and style choice from Lands End.com. After much consideration (because there were so many style and color choices!) I decided to go with Women’s Petite Fit 2 Stretch Chino Trousers in Dijon Gold ($60 at Landsend.com).

These are absolutely going to be one of my Fall staples this year because they fit like a glove, the material is AMAZING, the color is to die for and best of all… they are super, duper comfortable.

I don’t ever want to hear anyone say “I wear yoga/pajama pants to the grocery store because they are COMFORTABLE! Jeans/Pants aren’t COMFORTABLE!” ever again! These pants will change everything you think you know about pants. Lands’ End practically reinvented the chino… These fit perfect, look sleek and stylish and they have a bit of stretch so they are super comfortable. Absolutely amazing I tell you!

THE COLOR of these pants are gorgeous… I’ve never owned a pair of mustard yellow pants before and I had no idea what I was missing! Because I’ve never owned a pair, I was stumped as to what to pair with them at first… And then I decided purple was the way to go! The result was THE perfect Fall ensemble.

A purple corduroy tailored blazer with a silky ruffle blouse, mid-heel mary janes, a brown leather belt and a hoard of gold bangles. I think this outfit is perfect for work or play!

I am absolutely in love with these chinos. They come in a variety of gorgeous Fall colors so you’ll have a hard time deciding which pair to get. They can be dressed up for dressed down. I can’t wear to try them with knits, sweaters, sweatshirts, tailored blouses and even t-shirts.

Bottom line… You need a pair of Lands’ End chinos for Fall! It’s a Fall wardrobe must-have, for sure.

Today’s Outfit

Blouse: Original Penquin
Blazer: XCVI Corduroy Blazer Jacket
Chinos: Women’s Petite Fit 2 Stretch Chino Trousers in Dijon Gold – $60 at Landsend.com
Shoes: Naot “Trendy” in Peacock Patent – $180 at Zappos.com
Bangles: Alex & Ani
Bracelet: J. Crew
Earrings: Lucky Brand Peacock Feather Earrings


Lipstick: Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Black Cherry – $13
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Wasteland – $20
Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Greed – $20
Foundation: Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in Light – $44
Mascara: COVERGIRL LashBlast in Black – $8

(Covergirl Lashblast is the best mascara on the entire planet. True Story. No matter how many other mascaras I try out and review, Covergirl is my favorite and what I end up using on a day to day basis.)

Today’s Outfit: National Swimsuit Confidence Week

Join us as we celebrate National Swimsuit Confidence Week! We are one of over 100 bloggers that are celebrating women of all shapes and sizes by posting pictures of ourselves wearing our Lands’ End swimsuits in hopes of inspiring other women to have fun this summer and get off the beach chair with confidence!

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