7.16.2018

Spinach & Pesto Bowtie Pasta Salad

During the Summer, my meal planning is easy.
Almost every night, we BBQ (Chicken, Salmon, Tri-Tip, Chicken Apple Sausages) and I serve it with a veggie (corn on the cob, zucchinni or squash) and a side salad (usually some sort of  Pasta salad)

I made this salad last week & had it on my 10 on 10 post, and I promised to share it with you. It's one of our favorites and very healthy!
 Here is what you need:

 - 1 box of Bow Tie Pasta
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 1 cup of Pinenuts
- Diced Red Onion
- 1 container of crumbled Feta Cheese
- 1 container of Pesto

Directions:
Cook & Drain your pasta according to package directions.
 Add pasta to a large salad bowl. Add in pinenuts, diced red onion, crumbled feta cheese & pesto:
 Add the fresh spinach on top...
 And give everything a big stir!
 Cover and chill in your fridge for 4-6 hours (or overnight)
This salad tastes even better if you make it the day before.
 This salad makes a big batch, so it's good for a party or it's a good salad to have throughout the week as lunch or as a side dish with your dinner.
It's SO easy to make. And, it's healthy. 
If you are gluten free, you can easily use gluten free pasta.
 I hope you love this salad as much as we do! 
Enjoy!

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7.14.2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites + a $250 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!

It's here!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started on Thursday.
I look forward to this sale every year....my birthday is in May & I always ask for Nordstrom gift cards for my birthday and I save them for this amazing sale.

Now, a lot of people (and bloggers) go CRAZY for this sale and buy ALL.THE.THINGS.

I have spent this entire Summer purging and getting rid of things, so my mindset for the sale this year has been different. I only bought things that I actually needed and I only bought things that are staples & classic and that will get a lot of use. 

I passed on so many things that were cute & that were really good deals because honestly? I didn't "need" them. I used self control and only let myself use gift cards that I have been saving. 

I'm going to share with you my favorites. 
These include things I bought this year.
There are also several things that I already own that I bought last year at the sale or that I have previously purchased & they are now part of this year's sale, so I will point those out also! 

Here is what I bought this year:
 I needed a pair of cognac booties & fell in love with these:

Under $100 and they also come in black or gray.

Last year I got this shirt in black/white stripe:
 This year I got it in this color:
Under $20 and comes in several colors. Even if some are sold out, they re-stock throughout the sale, so check back!


 I don't have a pair of long leggings (I have a couple crop leggings) but I needed a pair of long ones for when I go running in the winter. The crop ones didn't keep me warm enough for winter.
I was hoping these would be a part of the sale (they usually are!) and I got the black ones.
They also come in a pretty navy & red.

This one was definitely more of a want than a need, but I had gift cards...one even left over from Christmas...soooooooo I got it :)
The color is a little different in person (I like the color better in person)
I plan on wearing this with a black tee, jeans & booties.

Okay, so that's all I bought this year! I didn't go crazy and was really intentional about what I was buying. 

Here are things I already own that are part of the sale:
These pajamas are everything! 

Modal material is the best...so soft. 

I have these in other patterns, but these are 2 of my favorites that are part of the sale. 
They are only $42 and will last YEARS!
These would make great Christmas presents.

This North Face Vest.
 So much yes!
 I wear mine a lot in the winter, probably 2-3 times a week. Sometimes in California, we don't need a jacket, so these vests are perfect.
Also, on cold ski days, I wear this vest under my Ski Jacket.
Comes in 4 colors.

Love these jeans.

So soft & comfortable.

And, of course...you can't forget about this cardigan....
I've had mine for a couple years & its so cozy.

It comes in ivory as well.

I have these booties in black:

I love the contrast in the heel.
These come in 4 colors.

I also have these booties.

They are waterproof!
They come in 4 colors.

So, there you have it....a few of my favorite finds from the Anniversary Sale.
If you want to see all the items available on sale, you can click HERE and then you can search by category.
 
What are going to buy? What caught your eye? I always love hearing about what other people are getting during the sale (or want to get!)
So....let's have a Giveaway so you can move some items from your wishlist to your shopping cart!
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Today's giveaway ends next Friday, July 20th.....just in time for when the sale goes public for everyone!
(And you will still have lots of time to shop the sale...It doesn't end until August 5th)
 

7.11.2018

10 on 10 :: July 2018

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month!
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!}
ten on ten button

 
Here are photos from yesterday, the 10th!
Kate is at overnight camp this week with our church youth group, so this week Claire & Luke are doing a mini gymnastics camp in the morning. We are not morning people....camp starts at 9, which means I set an alarm at 8:30 for us to wake up #welovesummer #welovesleepingin
 
So, this is the first photo of the day....at 9am....dropping them off at camp!
10 am...drinking my 2nd cup of coffee & having breakfast. I'm someone who waits a couple hours before I eat breakfast in the morning. Not sure if this is healthy or not, but I'm just not hungry when I first wake up. It takes me a few hours to want to eat food....just give me coffee! During the school year, my breakfast is always a Bar of some sort (LaraBar, Kind Bar, Perfect Bar, Rx Bars are my favorites)
But, during the summer, I usually have Greek Vanilla Yogurt & fresh berries for breakfast.

Watching the World Cup and working on my Life Lately post from yesterday.


Picked up the kids from gymnastics camp and Luke wanted to play a game of War.
Claire had an ortho appointment so we went to that and look what her orthodontist gave me when we got there?!? A beautiful flower and nice note. She found out about my skin cancer surgery. I was blown away by her thoughtfulness.
We headed back home to make our outfits for Chik Fil A Dress like a Cow Day!
Then headed to Chik Fil A for a late lunch. Our Chik Fil A was practically empty...Most people in California don't know about dress like a Cow Day. There were only 2 people in line in front of us & one wasn't even dressed up as a cow!
On the way back, we dropped off some books in the Free Little Library in our neighborhood & checked to see if there was anything good to borrow.

Watering the garden....lots of green tomatoes, waiting impatiently for them to turn red.
Dinner time! Pesto Spinach Bow Tie Pasta Salad (need to blog this....SO GOOD!!), Grilled Corn on the Cob (which I cut off the cob because it's easier to eat and doesn't get stuck in your teeth) and Grilled Salmon Kabobs with Peppers.
I LOVE Summer food! So fresh & delicious!

And, of course....Ice Cream for dessert. Peanut Butter Chocolate!!!!
I only buy waffle cones/ice cream cones during the Summer, it's a fun Summertime treat :)
 
So, there you have it....10 photos every 10 hours on the 10th.
It was a pretty good Summer Day!
I hope you had a great 10th also!  
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