The past 2 Christmas's have been nothing short of a headache especially with my daughters father demanding to visit last minute (he is the king of not planned ahead or keeping to his word). Last year was our first as a blended family, it was full of lack of communication, disappointed family members and an overall somber feel in the house. After feeling like we were forced to spend the holidays divided last year, this year we started planning the holidays months ahead of time. We communicated with everyone what our plans were and made sure to set time aside to see everyone around the holidays! I reached out to my daughters biological father back in September to ask him what his plans were and to express my concerns of any last minute plans. I wanted to make sure that my daughter got to see him, especially for a weekend to do something special around Christmas. It is now December 11th and he still does not know where he "wants to be" for Christmas. So we have made our own plans and I am hoping we are able to keep to them all without upsetting anyone. My main concern through all of this is my daughter, I want her to have the best Christmas she can full of love and magic. So lets hope this is can be enjoyable, stress free, full of love, excitement and yummy food!
There is nothing worse that feeling like you have disappointed people but are driven by your own desire to create new family traditions. For me it is even harder because the only family I have in the US are my parents, everyone else still lives in England. I get really homesick during the holidays, wishing I could visit London to see all of the lights and hug all of my family members. If you ever get the chance to visit London, England in December do it, from the lights in oxford street, to the German Christmas Markets it is full of magic. I hope no matter what your situation is this Christmas, that you can make it as magically as it should be.
If you are like us and have a blended family, what are your tips for the holiday season?
Christmas and the whole of December is my favorite time of year. There is so much magic in the air, my daughter is so excited this year and is being very humble only asking for 3 things from Santa. Although one of those things is a baby brother or baby sister (lets see if we can make her wish come true). This year I really want to enjoy the magic of the season all month long and immerse myself in the Christmas spirit. I have already put up our Christmas tree, wrapped all of the presents and only have 3 small items left to buy, which means I will have soo much more time to spend with my family! Sometimes at this time of year we get so busy with the preparation that we forget to enjoy the little moments along the way. I am going to try to be more organized this year with our Christmas elf Jingles, I say this every year and every year so far I have failed. I'm sure i'm not the only one who dreams of being a Pinterest queen but then forgets to move the elf and is scrambling for ideas before their little ones wake up! I took all of our Christmas decorations for the outside of the house out the box and somehow we have nothing that matches, so not sure how the outside of the house will look this year! But keep an eye out and i'll share some pictures on Facebook! I am excited to make homemade reindeer food, Christmas cookies, enjoy the Scrooge trolley tour and enjoy all the Christmas lights we can find locally. What is your favorite Christmas tradition that you and your family enjoy?
The holiday season is nearly upon us with turkey day only a week away. I wanted to share some of my favorite holiday event with you.
Looking for some new recipes this fall to keep your family full and satisfied. These recipes are some of my favorite and so easy to make. I have even included some yummy sides and snacks perfect for family pot lucks.
Sweet and spicy slow cooker chili
7 Up Biscuits (The perfect side to any dish)
White Chicken Chilli
Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac and Cheese
Baked Bean Casserole
Banana Nut Crunch Muffins
Korean Beef Rice Bowls
We're so excited to relaunch Housewives in the City in Winston Salem NC! I would like to introduce myself. I'm Chrissy Moore and I am the Social Media and Events Coordinator for the Winston Salem Area! I will be blogging, holding FUN monthly events and GNO's (Girls Night Out), doing giveaways and contests and connecting YOU with the community that surrounds us!
Along with operating Winston Salem Housewives I am a spouse, mama to a beautiful sassy 6 year old girl, craft beer lover, food junkie, outdoor explorer, teaching assistant and wannabe world traveler!
I am thrilled to bring back Housewives In The City to Winston Salem! Let's have some fun together! Now that you know a little about me, I can't wait to meet you all at our first GNO! Be on the look out for more details about our December event. If you're interested in writing guest posts, have an event to share, interested in being a vendor or are looking to collaborate, please email us. We would LOVE to hear from you!
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Well Ladies, whether you are ready or not.....The holiday shopping season is definitely upon us! I went to Target and Kohls last friday and was blown away by the amount of people already filling the aisles and checkout lanes! In an effort to encourage you to ditch the mall and these large corporations as much as possible this season, and to #shopsmall instead, Housewives in the City is here to help you with our second annual Holiday Shopping Guide!
LUscious Lips and Makeup Sense: Senegence/Lipsense
Mary Kay with Amber Smith
All A Flutter Beauty Boutique-Red Aspen Lashes
Sophisticated Florals by Stephanie
luLaRoe Style NC
DotDotSmile with Sarah Eloise
Mellie & Emilia
Agnes and Dora
KEEP Collective - Alison A. Card
The Jewelry Moose
The Path To Beautiful
Marci Bruno Photo
Health and Wellness
Burn Bootcamp Winston Salem
Diaper Bank Of NC-Greater Triad
Capturing Hopes Photography
Founded in 2013, Capturing Hopes is a nation-wide nonprofit organization that provides professional photography to babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) and their families, at no cost. Our professional photographer volunteers provide free sessions and an online gallery every two weeks while babies are in the NICU at their local hospital. In addition to bi-weekly photo sessions, Capturing Hopes photographers provide event photography during major holidays like Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day with the hope of creating excitement for the parents as they dress up their baby for the holiday. These sessions are meant to provide hope to the families where milestones and growth are captured. Connect with them and learn more!
For the next stop in this fun series on ways to get "back to you" this fall I've got an awesome salon and spa to share with you! Glass Door Salon and Spa can be found in the heart of Downtown Winston Salem as the only full service salon and spa in downtown! Walking through the doors you immediately feel like you belong. Erin Blakely, the owner, is so personable and down to earth (and SUPER talented at what she does!) that it's no wonder she's the number 1 go-to for so many big name celebrities when they stay in downtown!
I visited the spa this summer and got to experience the full spa treatment, we're talking 60 minute massage, body wrap, facial, mani/pedi, and a wash and style! I can 100%, confidently say.....THIS is a spa experience you should have! I'm convinced that every woman needs a spa day in their lives at least quarterly (or even more frequently if you can swing it!) Each service provider was so professional, caring, attentive, and just GOOD at what she did!
My afternoon started with a wonderful massage from Natalia! She was so professional that I truly felt like I could completely relax while she worked her magic on my tense muscles! Next I moved on to my body wrap and facial with Giselle (Esthetician). I must admit, I was a bit nervous about this....not having ever experienced a body wrap, I wasn't sure what to expect (and there may have been a little bit of googling and youtube watching the night before!) Again, Giselle was so warm and friendly, yet professional and attentive at the same time! I experienced the Seaweed Smoothing Body Wrap and it was heavenly! After covering, literally, all but a few square inches of my body in the mud, I was wrapped up tight like a baked potato with warm towels and a heat blanket. The warm mud and the tight blankets were surprisingly soothing and comforting to me! I'm one of those people who has to sleep with a couple of blankets simply for the weight it puts on top of my body (there really is something to be said for weighted blankets as calming mechanisms!) so the tight wrap felt amazing to me. I imagine if you are prone to feel claustrophobic, you might ask to be wrapped a little looser. ;) As my body detoxed and smoothed, my European Facial began. Again, amazing! After about an hour, I showered the mud off and re-dressed for my mani/pedi and my wash/blow dry. My ENTIRE body at this point, felt smoother than it has in YEARS! Seriously, if you've never experienced a full spa experience, you MUST go see the ladies at Glass Door Salon and Spa!
Next I had a wonderful head massage and wash and style by Ashley Nelson. I happened to have a photo shoot the following afternoon so she styled my hair in a way that would wear well on day 2 and it looked perfect for my photos the next day! I finished out my dream afternoon with a mani/pedi by Erin Blakely (spa owner). I felt so relaxed as we chatted about the spa and how she began, she told me about the scrubs that she makes in house (which are amazing and I love that they are all natural!), we talked about our families, and so much more! It felt like I was sitting down with a friend and just happened to walk away with a killer shellac mani and a pedi! And to top it all off, while getting my pedicure, a staff member wheeled out this adorable cart full of snacks and sodas for me to choose from as I continued to be pampered!
If you're like me, maybe you're feeling run down from the busyness of summer and now with school in full swing you're even more exhausted from trying to figure out everyone's routine again. Or maybe you did loads of summer traveling are now starting to settle back into a routine and are ready to give yourself some extra attention (especially before the craziness of the Holiday Season sets in!) Whatever your situation, there's no better time than NOW to show yourself some love! You deserve it! Get back to Fall and get back to YOU with a spa day!
And it gets even better! Glass Door Salon and Spa is giving one lucky reader a free 60 Minute massage! Check out the details below and enter for your chance to win a whole hour of luxury and YOU time this fall! And even if you don't win the freebie, I highly encourage you to consider checking them out this fall! it won't disappoint!
Y'all, Fall is officially HERE! In this fun little series I'll be sharing some wonderful spots around town to help you get Back to Fall and Back to YOU! Today I have an amazing transformation to share with you and the lovely ladies behind the transformation!
When I think about doing something for me I often think of a new hairstyle! I am one that likes to take risks, do something adventurous, and try new things with my hair! My philosophy is "it's just hair....it will grow back! why not do something fun that makes your feel good!" I have had all sorts of colors and cuts in the past few years and my current look definitely hits right up there at the top of my faves!
I recently had the pleasure of joining the do or dye tribe with the ladies of the Do or Dye Studio in Winston Salem. The salon is part of the Aspire Salon Suites on Coliseum Drive and these ladies know what they are doing when it comes to cut and color! Sierra Johnson and Kristen McIntosh have a combined total of 17 years of salon experience and it truly shows in the attention and care they provide to their clients and the community they are cultivating at their studio!
The pair began their friendship at another local salon working alongside each other but they both knew they wanted something more and wanted to be their own bosses so they took a leap with opening their own salon, which seemed like the next logical step in their careers! The Aspire Salon Suites had just launched and it seemed like the perfect time for them dive in head first with a new business--much like they themselves were! Aspire had a space big enough for them to both work and is centrally located, making it a perfect match! Since opening their own salon suite they have made it their goal to provide quality salon care in the comfort of a modern salon environment. Taking things a step further they aspire to help educate the general public on everyday issues you may face with your hair care routines, salon experiences, skin care, makeup, and life as a woman in general. They can be found on facebook every Wednesday evening educating the world through their fun “Wine down Wednesday” series which was recently featured in YES! Weekly. These are casual live broadcasts where you get to really see them interact and share their knowledge.
I asked the ladies how they hoped their brand would be perceived and they responded:
"When we opened Do or Dye. the goal was to create "beautiful hair in a relaxed and modern environment. Because do or dye moments define you." and that is how we want our clients to feel-Relaxed and confident when you walk in, that we are knowledgeable and capable of giving you what you want. We want everyone to leave feeling totally confident in themselves and their look; that completely begins with confidence in us as your stylists and as professionals.”
If you spend any amount of time with them, ether virtually or in person, I think you’ll agree they are on that path!
Upon first contacting them I went over a brief history of my hair (because y’all know I have a slight obsession with changing up my hair color!) While I was slightly bummed at first that they didn’t just schedule my appointment for the whole shebang when I first contacted them, looking back I TOTALLY appreciate the fact that they scheduled a consultation first! Ladies, if you’re seeing someone knew…they always deserve to know your history! I guarantee the end result will be 1000 times better if they know the truth up front and you aren’t hiding it under layers of color and processing! By the way…..this applies to both your personal life AND you hair life! ;) Sierra and Kristen did a super thorough consultation with me prior to committing to any color or style and I’m so glad they did! It truly helped make sure we were all on the same page, that the color and processing they were planning was going to take well and not damage my hair, plus we were able to build a start to the relationship rather than plopping down in their chair and handing my hair over to strangers! Check out these “before” shots from my consultation….talk about needing a fall update! I certainly handed them a job with color correcting and freshening up my look.
Through the process of updating my look the do or dye ladies were quite the team working together! I have to admit….I felt a little bit like royalty as they worked on both sides of my head at once! The thought did cross my mind that I was going to walk out LOOKING like I had 2 different people working on my hair, but it couldn’t have been more seamless between the 2 of them! I think their history of having worked together previously at another salon and the way their personalities complement each other, really helps them work fluidly alongside each other. Check out the final result! I couldn’t be more in love with the look, it’s exactly what I envisioned for my updated fall look and definitely gave me a renewed sense of confidence as we head into the fall season!
If you are ready to join the #doordyetribe give the ladies a call and get social with them to see more of their work/behind the scenes/tips/questions/wine down topics and more! Find them on facebook and Instagram @doordyenc and use the hashtags #doordyetribe and #doordyenc. Check out all that they offer below and join the tribe! You won't regret it!
If you're anything like me you LIVE for crisp Fall days when the sweltering NC heat is FINALLY easing up and making way for 70 degree days, the leaves begin to change their colors, and you start to think about pulling out those cozy cardigans and boots! Summer in our house if full of chaos, no schedule, survival mode (amen, moms?!?), pool hair, and t-shirts and shorts! When we make it through the dog days of summer and head into Fall I almost always start to crave a new hairstyle, a new wardrobe, and some good 'ol "me time!"
I am so excited to bring you a new series as we start to send the kiddos back to school, schedules start to become routine again, and we head into a new season! Over the next several weeks I'll be sharing some of my favorite way to get back to YOU this Fall! These will be my top picks for salons, spas, boutiques, services, etc. to make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world!
So stick around and check back often, I've got some great local spots to tell you about (and maybe even some giveaways and specials! *hint hint*)
Our Summer Soiree at Westbend Winery and Brewery in June was fantastically fun! If you missed it, you missed great weather, awesome local vendors and raffles, delicious wine/beer/food, fantastic music, and the best networking around!
Check out the local businesses, charity, and photographers we had for the evening:
Jasby Images & Sam Absher Photography
Capturing Hopes Photography
Check out the rest of the images from our wonderful photographers below!