2016 In Review

Holiday Party StyleHow has 2016 come and gone so quickly? It was an amazing year for us that was full of so many memories. 2015 was really focused on the birth of Noah and learning to balance it all. You can read more about what went on in 2015 in my post HERE.

2016 has really been a lot about the growth of my blog, and learning to juggle a lot of things at once. My blog has grown more this year than it ever has, and I finally took it full time. You can read more about how I accomplished that goal HERE. I also feel like I really have found my signature style in 2016. I’ve been called the “queen of cute basics”, the “queen of distressed denim,” and I’ve been told that I know how to find the cutest cozy clothes. I’ll take all three of those as a compliment!


In January I officially changed the name of my blog from Life In ATX to Life By Lee. This really helped me move my blog into the direction I wanted it to go in, and helped me to be able to dive into the content I wanted to write about. Noah turned one in January, and we celebrated with my parents in town.


In February Dylan had his first “appearance” on my blog, and soon after decided to start his own blog, and Instagram account. He’s doing an amazing job with it, and it’s really growing quickly. He finally got over his fear of the camera, and it’s a lot of fun to work with him on something that is such a passion of both of ours.


In March we moved from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 4 bedroom house. We were so excited to have more space, and to be able to each have our own office! Noah also was quite excited to have more space to run around and store all of his toys. We are currently renting our house, and looking to hopefully buy this year. In March we also enjoyed a family staycation at Hotel Van Zandt in downtown Austin.


In April I began producing more fashion content than ever. It was so much easier since Noah was finally about weaned from breastfeeding and I wasn’t needed at all times, LOL. Breastfeeding can be a part-time job! I worked more with a photographer in Austin so that I could get out and get the photos I needed, and Dylan could stay home with Noah. I focused on getting more blog posts up a week, and created a consistent content plan for my blog and Instagram.


In May I celebrated my second Mother’s day as a mom. We had friends over and feasted over a delicious meal. I also had the opportunity to introduce more home decor content in my blog, since I was finally out of an apartment! I really loved being able to share this with you guys, and I hope to do even more of it in 2017. In May I also decided to quit my regular full-time consulting gig in Affiliate Marketing and dove head first into the world of full-time blogging.


In June we celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary with a spontaneous little staycation in Austin, while my sister watched Noah. It was our first time being away from him overnight, and everyone survived. It was so good for us to get out on our own, and just focus on us.


In July we traveled to Malibu, CA for our friend’s wedding. It was our first time taking an official trip without Noah, and luckily we had Dylan’s mom in town to help us. In July I also started thinking heavily about adding to our family and trying for baby number 2. I started in on the convincing of Dylan, and also just spent time enjoying the summer in Austin.


In August I had a miscarriage. It didn’t take long from wanting to expand the family to actually getting pregnant, so I was quite shocked when it happened, and quite devastated when I miscarried. I wrote a post about overcoming miscarriage, and received a tremendous amount of support from all of you. Thanks again for that 🙂 We traveled to Indiana to visit my family, and enjoy some time on the lake.

family trip to jw marriott san antonioSEPTEMBER

In September I took a girls trip to Denver, CO to visit my best friend from college. My sister and I both went, and we had so much fun. It was nice to have some time to focus on me, and have fun. Dylan, Noah, and I also took a little trip to San Antonio as a family and stayed at the JW Marriott. We filmed our first vlog as a family, and had a lot of fun.


In October I was working a ton. I remember planning out all of my content for October in September and realizing just how crazy the month was going to be. Although I was extremley busy, I was feeling very happy about my decision to go into blogging full time. It was the right decision, at just the right time. We also were really excited to partner with Skinny Pop and HomeAway, and attend Austin City Limits.


In November we had the opportunity to partner with The Royal Caribbean and take a cruise to the Bahamas. We had so much fun on that trip and covered it via social media. I’m actually prepping the blog review to go live in early January. I was able to meet some bloggers in person who I had been following for a long time, so it was a lot of fun.

Christmas Tree At Home StoresDECEMBER

In December we were able to visit with family in Indiana and celebrate the holidays. We also had our first ever Christmas morning at home just the three of us. My sister and her boyfriend joined not too long after we opened presents as a family. Noah loved every minute of Christmas day, and it just made me that much more excited for future Christmases with him.

2016 was one for the books. It was truly an incredible year. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for supporting me, and this little blog of mine. I wouldn’t be able to pursue my dream of blogging full time if it wasn’t for you. Thanks for all of your sweet comments, and for following along with me on this journey. Cheers to an amazing 2017!






  1. Nataly on December 27, 2016 at 8:04 am

    So many fun memories! I love this post! Hope 2017 is just as fun for you and your family!

    • Lee Anne on December 27, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Thanks so much Nataly! Cheers to 2017!

  2. Scarlett on December 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Such a lovely blog posts and so much to be thankful for from this past year! Love you sis!

    • Lee Anne on December 27, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Thanks sis 🙂 There truly is so much to be thankful for. Love you!

  3. Stephanie on December 27, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Sounds like a great year for you and your family! Wishing you a wonderful 2017!

    xO – Steph

  4. Morgan Klein on December 27, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Aw this sounds like such a great year! I loved reading all of this. Oh and those pink shoes are AMAZING! Xo

  5. Maggie on December 27, 2016 at 8:49 am

    What a wonderful year for you and your family! I loved reading this recap!


  6. Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels on December 27, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Such a busy and great year! I really love how you broke it down month by month. I didn’t know about the miscarriage Leeanne; I’m really sorry to hear that, and think you’re so strong for sharing with everyone to help others going through it too.

    • Lee Anne on December 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks so much Laura. I appreciate your sweet comment!!

  7. nikoline on December 27, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Sounds like you’ve had an amazing year! Hope 2017 will be just as good to you as 2016 was <3


  8. Anna English on December 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

    What a wonderful year for you! So excited to see what’s in store for 2017!

  9. Kim and Kalee on December 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    It’s so awesome that your 2016 was so great! I loved it as well. In 2017 we’re transitioning our blog name too, and honestly it has me freaked out a bit lol!! So I’m so happy to hear that it worked out well for you! 🙂

  10. Nicole @ Simply Nicole on December 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    So many great memories! Looking forward to reading what’s to come in 2017!

    xo, Nicole @ http://simply-nicole.com

  11. Lauren on December 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    It sounds like overall you had a really great year. Wishing you all the best in the new year!!

    By Lauren M

    • Lee Anne on December 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren! Cheers to 2017!

  12. Alice on December 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    What a wonderful year you had with such special moments! It’s always so fun to see a recap at the end of each year!

    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

  13. Ashley on December 27, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    You’ve had an amazing year! Excited to see what amazing things 2017 has in store for you!

    xo Ashley

  14. Amanda Burrier on December 27, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I loved following along on your 2016 journey! I look forward to what the next year brings for you and your beautiful family!

  15. Neha on December 28, 2016 at 12:37 am

    AWW loved this post, how cute! Thanks for sharing xo

  16. Krista Dial on December 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    LOVE your all white Christmas tree! SO pretty! Thanks for sharing your year with us! 🙂 I’m about to post my year in review too. Looking forward to coming back to visit soon! 🙂

  17. Natasha Stoneking on December 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    what a HUGE year for you my dear!!!! cannot wait to read how you took to full time blogging as that’s a goal of mine in 2017, too!!!

  18. Brittany on December 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Aw such a sweet post! Sounds like you had a year full of adventures 🙂

  19. courtney on December 28, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    It really seems like 2016 has been a fantastic year for you overall. It has been so inspiring to watch you grow and come into your own.

    La Belle Sirene

  20. Amanda Kruse on December 29, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I love reading what everyone did in 2016. I’m sure 2017 will be even better!

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  21. Erica @ Coming Up Roses on January 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    WHAT A YEAR! Congrats on going full time…I’m SO glad I found your little corner of the internet, because I absolutely love your authenticity, especially in the world of fashion blogging. You rock girlfriend!

    Coming Up Roses

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