Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!

21.7.18


Alright, let's get real.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is USUALLY my FAVORITE sale of the year. I wait all year long waiting to see what they come out with and save up to invest in some of my best pieces. Usually those include designer bags, great jackets, and DENIM. It is truly the only time that a department store allows you to shop the NEWEST fall trends at a discounted price BEFORE they're even out, which is usually unheard of.

HOWEVER, if you keep up with me on Instagram, you're aware of my disappointment of the sale this year. 
Sheer. Disappointment. 
I usually rush to the store, try it all on, take photos of everything I love and then blast it out to my followers to shop (Usually because I really do love it all, even if I don't buy it all!), but this time around, I had to be brutally honest. The majority of things I ordered I wasn't impressed with, and most of the rest of it, I already had a version of or didn't care for.
To say the least, it was a bummer. A little bit of a let down, and I was pretty upfront with my readers about my disappointment.
Aside from there being little to no designer pieces I liked, even the basics were a little wah-wah.

BUT... 
There were a FEW, bright shining stars in the mix of all the hideousness and a few basics that are a must that I would recommend if you are in the market for a basic that you don't want to pay full price for. So this is where this blog post comes in.
I almost didn't even do a post because I didn't know if I could go and tell you to buy something that I would never buy- but after doing a good amount of searching, there were enough things that were either identical to things I have bought in the past, or things that were truly good buys that I'd recommend.

So here's how it's broke down- The ONLY things on this list were things that I truly loved, know are good quality, or brands that I have and know are great recommendations (especially with baby items)!


So let's kick it off with my TOP PICKS. 
These are my top 10 favorite items of the sale and my favorites from the items I, myself, purchased.

I then broke down my picks in a few categories so they are easy to find. 

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My Top Picks:



You can't go wrong with workout wear, and to be honest, the workout wear is usually always my favorite! When you can snag Nike shorts for $25, it's never a bad time to snag them. I also loved a few of the cardigans, however, I have SO many that I only purchased one. The few that I picked are definitely great quality and great prices though. Brixton hats are one of my favorite brands and they had one or two on sale that I really did love (but already had 😂) and last but not least - JEANS. Although, again, disappointed, I DID find a pair of Rag N Bone jeans that fit like a glove and a cute pair of boyfriend Levi's that I really did love. So... I guess not a TOTAL fail. 🤦🏼‍♀️


Workout Essentials:



Truly the best part of the sale for me this year. I LOVE comfy Adidas tanks and they had a few of those. I also love when I can find quality leggings in fun colors for good prices so I linked all the best ones that I, myself bought.


Favorite Tops:



The tops were my biggest disappointment. Maybe it's because most of them seemed to be repeats from past years sales, or maybe it's because the colors were bland, or maybe it was just because nothing stood out, but I only bought ONE sweater of the sale. ONE. Talk about a serious bummer. 
The tops I did link were tops and cardigans that I have almost IDENTICAL versions of that I DO love and brands that I know are good price points and good quality. 


Favorite Denim:



I could only find five or six pair of denim that I would honestly recommend. I love Rag N Bone and know they are great quality, and the first ones (the black skinny denim) are the ones I purchased and LOVE. But other than these few, I wasn't blown away by many others that I would trust or love.


Jackets:





Only a few things stuck out to me. 
If you're looking for a great basic, leather jacket, I've linked one or two that I know are quality. I also linked a BLANKNYC suede jacket (I own two) and a cute army green jacket (I own several) that are similar to ones I have and love. Lastly, I shared a few 


Shoes:



I kept browsing the shoes thinking, "Oh, that's cute!...but would I wear them?" 
After answering, "YES!", or "Yes, and I have that same pair in a different color" I came up with these few pairs of shoes that I snagged or already have. Not a ton of picks, but what I feel are the BEST shoes of the sale. 
You can't go wrong with basic booties for fall and cute slides, so aside from workout wear, shoes were the next best hit of the sale, for me.


Accessories:



Meh.
Accessories were a major blah this year. Aside from a super cute pair of J.Crew earrings, a couple hats, and one or two bags I already had versions of, I feel like the accessories were a total miss. Very few people are looking for diamond encrusted rings for sale, so here were my top picks for the accessories.


Beauty:




Ok, I take some of the mean things I said about the sale back after seeing some of the beauty deals. Most of the items I have and LOVE, including the:
T3 Micro straightener and blow dryer
Tria hair removal laser
GlamGlow face masks (Ugh. My FAVORITE masks!)
Revitalash
Beachwaver
Oribe, Drybar, & Ouai hair products
And ALLLLLL the candles. Namely Diptique and Voluspa.

These are things I would 100% recommend to buy DURING the sale. Sure, the companies do deals on them from time to time, but if you are in the market for a great blow dryer, straighter, or some lash growing serum- now is the time to snag them for pretty great deals.
Candles are also my go-to gifts, so these fancy-shmancy, delicious candles are the best to buy while on sale. Or, just get them for yourself, because they're that yummy.


Baby Must-Haves:



The clothes were not my favorite, however, if you are in the market for big time baby items like carseats, strollers, and accessories - this is always a great time to snag the big ticket items! Maxi-cosi carseats for almost $100 OFF, great deals on play gyms, mats, monitors, diaper bags, blankets, and all the fun baby stuff. Once again, we have quite a few of these items so I linked a few of my favorites that are definitely some of the best buys!


Kids Clothes/Shoes:




And even though there were few favorites, I did snag one or two things for Olivia for school. My favorites were the kids Adidas sweater, Vans sneakers, a few dresses, and a few basic pieces. Oh, and Freshly Picked moccs and Baby bling bows for the babes.

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Alright, friends!
I hope you can appreciate an honest review of the sale and if you love something, by all means, this is a great time to buy! However, if you were as underwhelmed as I was, I will still try to keep you updated with my favorite pieces here and there for great deals, whether they are a part of the sale or not!
XOXO

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Summer Whites

21.6.18


Summer is my favorite time of year for SO many reasons! Aside from being able to do all our favorite outdoor activities, I love dressing for the warm weather! 
Summer means swimsuits, fun dresses and my favorite - summer whites! However, for all us ladies, our periods don't seem to care what time of year it is, and show up on our doorstep once a month. 
I don't know about you, but aside from dreading that "time of month" I hate having to worry about it ruining any of my favorite summer looks! Tampax recently launched new Pocket Radiant tampons that have extra protection and are small enough to be easily concealed! 
Now, I never have to worry about wearing my swimsuit or favorite white jeans! 


Tampax Pocket Radiant does JUST that! It fits right in your pocket! I bet you would have never guessed this little guy was in my pocket the whole time.


I love that instead of only being able to fit one or two regular sized tampons, I can fit 5-6 of the Tampax Radiant in my bag! They also come in re-sealable packaging, so they've basically thought of everything!
You can find Tampax Radiant at Walmart and Walmart.com!

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*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tampax Radiant at Walmart. The opinions and text are all my own.

Favorites Gift Guide!

21.11.17

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For my first Holiday Gift Guide I only thought it be fitting to include MY favorite things that I love gifting to those I love (or things I would love gifted to me!)
So, if you're looking for the perfect gift for a good friend, sister, sister-in-law, teacher or a great host gift, these are a few of my favorites!

1. Sofort Compact Instant Camera: This tiny camera turns out instant quality images and is so fun! I've been toying with the idea of splurging on one for Olivia because she LOVES taking photos, but we may wait a few years until she's old enough to appreciate it. It's such a cute gift for anyone that loves photography though!

2. Google Home: This was our gift to my cute Mom last year. I wasn't sure if she'd love it or even use it, but it turns out that she's LOVED it and both her and my dad say they use it almost every day, even if its just to play music! 
I would definitely recommend this fancy little gadget for a perfect gift!

3. Pink Pom Beanie: This cute pink beanie is one of my favorites! Such a fun gift for a best friend that loves pink! I actually have THIS one and it's a little more on the affordable side!

4. Rose Gold Glassware: I love fancy glassware and these copper/rose colored glasses look so beautiful as accent pieces and decor in the kitchen and serve a dual purpose as beautiful drinking glasses! Even though I'm not a wine drinker, I would still use and love them, and for all my wine drinking friends, these are an even better gift!

5. Fur Throw: One of my favorite go-to's for gifts because who doesn't love a cozy, warm throw?! They not only look so chic anywhere in the house, but the ones I've linked are incredibly affordable! You can find great quality with out having to break the bank, and this is honestly one of my favorite gifts I get 
every year ♡♡♡

6. Marbled Frame: Such a simple gift that can mean so much! Frames alone are wonderful, but throw in a photo of Grandpa and Grandma's favorite grandkids and it makes it the most memorable gift of the evening. I know some of my favorite gifts haven't been the expensive things, but the things that I knew took time and meant something to me and end up meaning so much more in the end. This darling frame is perfect for any family member ready to make a memory 

7. Swell Water Bottles: One of my favorite water bottles to run to and from the gym and have with me while doing errands. It keeps my water ice cold and it's a perfect gift for any gym buddy or friend that doesn't already have one!

8. Fresh Sugar Lemon SugarBath: These little bath cubes are the BEST! I use them at home and am planning to put a few "spa la la la la" gift packages together including these little gems to gift out! They are definitely a favorite at my home and the smell is unbelievable! They are a definite choice for a stocking stuffer gift or cute spa gift package! Honestly, who would hate that?!
No one. No one would hate that. 

9. The Cutest Nail Polish Gift Set: These gorgeous colors look good on everyone and are some of the most beautiful nude shades I've seen, all in one set! It's also on a crazy good deal this week for Black Friday and is almost HALF of what it normally sells for!

10. CHEERS Champagne Candy Bento Box: These cute Sugarfina candy boxes are not only delicious and adorable, but make perfect stocking stuffers for kids, significant others, or as little gift toppers! They are the best all year long, but especially around the holidays!

11. Nest Holiday Candle Set: Ugh, yes! We are finally getting to some of my favorite gifts- candles! And this year we aren't messing around with the best holiday scents yet! Holiday, Birchwood Pine, and Sugar Cookie flavors, you can't go wrong! These are some of the best quality and smelling candles you'll find and candles are another go-to gift that you know you can never go wrong with!

12. MakeUp Eraser: I've heard such great things about these! They're basically small towels that are able to remove every bit of makeup - including waterproof, HD makeup and all those tricky mascaras! I've planned to snag one of these for my sister and sister-in-laws and I just know they'll love them!

13. Gilded Muse Candles: Once again, my favorite gift of the year, but I couldn't choose just one! These Gilded Muse Candles by Capri Blue have become my favorite burning candles around my home. The Exotic Blossom/Basil is my favorite, hands down! Just imagine filling your home with the blooms that a unicorn freshly picked for you from the mountains of somewhere dreamy and whirled it up into a candle to share with all your loved ones. 
In other words, you want this. ♡

14. Wildfox Roll On Perfume: A simple and sweet gift. You know its a beautiful smell and everyone loves it, and I know that I usually prefer a roll on over a bottle of perfume because they are easy to take with my in my bag and have at any time! Perfect for a stocking stuffer or a friend gift!

15. Freshly Picked Moccs: One of the best gifts you can give! Whether to its an expecting best friend, your niece or nephews first Christmas, or anywhere in between. Babies love them and moms love them more! They really are the most darling baby accessory there is and I'm the biggest advocate since it's all my girls wear! You'll definitely be the favorite when you gift these ♡

Make sure to check out a few of my other favorite gifting ideas below! 
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Harper & Holland are ONE!

6.9.17

This last week has been a consistent rollercoaster of emotions. The memories that have flooded in thinking of where we were a year ago along with the immense joy that I feel every time I look at my sweet girls has me a little bit of an emotional mess. I finally took a minute to sit down and write a little bit about the day these girls were born. For a while it was hard to write down the memories, because it brought them back and sometimes they were almost a little too real and painful. But to see how far we have come and to be able to look back on all that has happened, I don't ever want to forget the incredible moments that have brought us to today.

One year ago today...
 I was in one of our bi weekly apts with our MFM specialist, when she said it was time. Holland hadn't been growing (since supposedly 29 weeks) and was measuring small enough that they knew she was struggling to get the nutrients she needed. She was what they called IUGR and was growth restricted (something we were told during our TTTS surgery apt) and something we knew could be an issue in the long run. Fortunately, we had made it to 34 week (on the day!) and it was safe to deliver the girls.

I remember it like it was yesterday.
It was also Olivia's first day of school but we assumed our apt would be quick. After hearing that they wanted to induce me THAT DAY, I asked if I could at least go drop my baby off for her first day of school. This day was supposed to be special for her and "the babies" had already taken up so much of our time at this point I didn't want to take away from her day. I was told I could drop her off, go home, pack a bag, and come back to check in. 
From that point on it was all the fun induction goodness. Pills to soften the cervix, pills to start contractions, and then the rest seems like a blur from there on...
Except, it's not. 
I feel like there are so many blurry moments, but then I remember them each as if I was standing there, right now, reliving every moment. I remember every fearful, stressful, moment. 
Being wheeled into the OR. All the scary talk about a potential C-section. Kimball suiting up from head to toe to go in with me. Knowing Baby B (Holland) was under stress. The fact that I was about to deliver TWO BABIES. Early. One with definite heart concerns, the other barely weighing over two pounds. 
So many fears. So many "what if's". So much faith. So much hope. So many prayers. 
After it was decided that I wanted to try to deliver both babies to avoid a c section, it was "time". Only a push or two and Baby A was out. Once Harper was born I just stared. She was so tiny, but so perfect. Crying away and breathing!
Hallelujah! 
She was immediately whisked away. No skin to skin. I barely was able to see her, but Kimball did get to cut the cord. All I knew was that she was here and breathing. Then it was time to do it all over again! 
In the middle of a little chaos (9 nurses and 3 doctors, not to mention the bright lights, NICU nurses ready and waiting) and seeing how tiny Harper was, Kimball got a little overwhelmed. Fortunately, he didn't pass out, but he still remembers thinking how tiny Harper was and getting so nervous. We knew that she was the "bigger one" compared to her sister, so he says he got incredibly nervous to see how tiny Holland would be.
I must have been a little 'caught up' in what I was doing at the moment or just far enough away, because I don't remember that quite as much. 
All I remember is Holland came fast with barely a two minute gap between them. In one push she was out and it was immediate that the fear set it. 
No crying. She looked limp and I remember feeling my heart drop for what felt like minutes, when it was merely seconds, and then she started to cry!
I had never, so badly in my life, wanted to hear a baby cry before. 
She was so small. So small I couldn't quite understand how it would be possible for her to be just fine, but I remember feeling peaceful. 
We had done all that we could to this point, and now it was their turn to fight. We knew they were strong girls, but wow!
We were in one of the special OR rooms with pass through windows straight to the NICU so no time was lost in getting them both immediately checked, resuscitated, and on their machines to begin the next steps. I was taken back to my room and had to wait a good few hours before I was able to be wheeled down to finally meet my girls. 
Being able to finally see them for the first time was beyond wonderful, but also one of the most foreign and scary things I've ever experienced.
Those precious, tiny bodies, with more tubes and monitoring devices than I could count. Their skin so fragile and thin, their little little isolate beds that would be their homes for the next six weeks. It was all so surreal. Yes, they were here, but would they stay here with us? Would they be okay? Would they struggle in this life if they did stay? 
So many questions, none of which could be answered. 
I was again, for what seemed like the 900 millionth time, faced with only being able to handle my situation with faith. Faith that my Heavenly Father knew them. That He knew me. That He knew what was best for all of us and that He wouldn't lead us astray.  

Fighters. Miracles. Luckiest girls around.
Call them whatever you want. I get to call them mine. This may not be a typical "Happy Birthday" post. But it's the happiest one I've ever been able to write.
Happy birthday to my real life miracles. 
If anyone deserves the happiest of birthdays today, it's you two! We love you Harper & Holland! More than you'll ever know ❤️
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Having these photos of them in the NICU and looking at them now had me in tears during their photoshoot. It was such a special thing to capture and Mary Horne Photography did such an incredible job! These photos are some I will forever treasure ❤️
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Brickyard Buffalo Favorites!

21.8.17

I am so excited to be Brickyard Buffalo's guest editor this week and share my favorite picks on their site for such great deals! I am so excited to include so many fun things, from the cutest baby clothes and products, to gorgeous prints for your home and phone, to some of my favorite fashion pieces! Here are just a few of the shops I've teamed up with to bring you these amazing deals!

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Amazon Prime Day!

9.7.17


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It is officially Amazon Prime Day and what better time to snag some of the best deals on Amazon! I had to do a little roundup of my favorite July picks in the fashion department, but I will be doing more posts with some of the best deals to get a little something for everyone!
These were some of my favorite red, white and blue picks that will keep you cool and cute all summer long but especially during such a fun and festive month!
Don't forget to shop all the amazing Amazon Prime deals!
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