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!
Who wouldn't love a $250 Nordstrom Gift Card

Use the Rafflecopter to enter to win the $250 Nordstrom Gift Card!!!!
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!}
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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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7.10.2018

Life Lately

Life Lately has been....interesting. 
There has been good, bad & ugly.
When the Summer first started a month ago, I definitely didn't think I would be having skin cancer removed from my nose which would slightly alter my summer plans. But, life must go on and even though this Summer hasn't gone as completely as planned, we are still having fun and I am still trying to make the most of it.

So, here is a sneak peak of our Life Lately.

We are checking things off our Summer List:
Every Summer, my mother in law make a year supply of Strawberry Jam. We have been doing this for the past 15 years! I love this tradition. You can see our recipe HERE.

We went on a Road Trip to Oregon & the Oregon Coast....blogging this SOON!!!! It was so fun & so beautiful. Promise to blog it by next week :)

The kids and I headed to Lake Tahoe.
Our trip got cut short because I had to come back early for my surgery, but it was still good to getaway to my happy place for a few days.

Then I had my skin caner surgery....you can read more about it HERE.
I am not going to lie...having skin cancer removed from my nose has been more traumatic than I thought it would be. I was not prepared for the size of the hole on my nose. Yes, there are thousands of things worse than having to wear a bandage on your nose for 4-6 weeks, but I didn't realize how self conscious I would be of it. It's been 10 days since surgery and I am snapping out of my funk, it's just getting some used to.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade...or wear your favorite lemon pj’s while reading a book about Lemon Pie.
 Lemon Pajamas {HERE} and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie Book {HERE}
I guess I’m in a lemon-y mood.
 I heard about this author last month and read  2 other books by her, loved them both (Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Simplicity of Cider
They are all Perfect summer reads that have a sweet story line and all involve food of some kind.

I've spent a majority of the past 10 days in pj's either reading or cleaning and working on my 40 Bags in 40 Days Project! Look how many things I've crossed off this Summer!

 I even added 2 more items....the fridge & freezer. Totally cleaned those out.
All I have left is the kids closet and our Guest Room/Office.
I can't tell you how good it feels to GET RID OF STUFF!!!!!!!!
Look at my closet..I got rid of so many clothes (and shoes!)
 
 It feels like a huge weight has been lifted, getting everything so organized.
I have donated over 30 bags to the Goodwill and I have thrown away probably 15 bags of stuff.
Everything in my house has a place now, so it makes keeping it clean so much easier.
Let's see how long this can last.
I am hoping to get the Guest Room & Office done this week.
The kids closets will be a little tricky because I their help with it and they aren't too excited about that task :)

Because I've stayed home so much the past 10 days, I also got caught up on blogging our Universal/Harry Potter World Trip (Read about that HERE) and then I blogged Part 2 of that trip which was Disney for 2 days (Read about that HERE)

The day after my surgery Kevin texted me and said he got me a present to cheer me up (we never exchange presents..not even for Christmas or birthdays, we would rather do experiences, so I had no idea what he got me) Imagine my shock and excitement when he came home from work with this!?! And 2 wireless controllers  Apparently, the day after my surgery was the re-release day and Kevin was able to get one for me. 
I had been trying to buy one of these for over 1.5 years. 
Fact: When they first came out in November 2016, I set an alarm on my phone to buy one but they sold out. For the next 2 months, I kept that alarm on my phone and every day for 2 months I called Game Stop, Target and Best Buy to see if they had been restocked. I wasn’t willing to pay $$$ on eBay. I gave up hope.
My favorites are Balloon Fight, Excitebike & Mario. Next up, Kid Icarous & Dr. Mario
You can get it HERE 


 4th of July was 6 days post surgery...it's one of my favorite days of the year. For the past 10 years we have gone to our friends house for breakfast & their big party before the parade, but they are getting a pool put in their backyard so no party this years. So, I  signed up for a local 4th of July race.
I haven’t consistently run in the past few weeks because of traveling & skin cancer surgery, but I still wanted to make sure I got my July race in since I am doing a race every month until I turn 40 in May. Originally planned on the 10k, but after the crazy few weeks switched to the 5k. It’s a local 4th of July Run.
Felt good for my soul to get out there and run again, but man that hurt!
 When I got home, Kate had made 4th of July waffles for all of us!

So creative...she even put white sprinkles in the blue to make it look like stars.

We rode our bikes downtown to the parade. 
Who doesn't love a small town parade?

 Then, we got home and watched the Hot Dog Eating contest. Joey Chesnut won by eating 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes...So gross, but we watch it every year.

We got ready to have friends over for a 4th of July Pool Party & BBQ. 

 I made my Corn Dip....YUM!
 
We usually have a 4th of July Party, but because of my surgery we decided not to have one because we didn't know how I would be feeling, so we were going to meet our friends at the Pool for the party.
 
The day before I told everyone to come here for the party instead.

Filling my house with family & friends is the best medicine.

 It was great...8 adults & 11 kids.
 The kids swam, the adults hung out and we had hamburgers & hot dogs for dinner. My friend Annie made this gorgeous berry trifle.
 We even got to see a few fireworks that someone in our neighborhood illegally set off.
 It was such a fun day!
Last Saturday was the first one in forever when we haven’t had any plans at all. 
Woke up early to watch my people (England) beat Kevin’s people (Sweden) 
Well, at least we think he’s Swedish, waiting for his 23 & Me results.
I made my light & fluffy pancakes & also had bacon, fruit, coffee and mimosas. 
These pancakes are the best. So light & fluffy.

We also watched Russia vs Croatia & the kids swam all day.

 Kevin set up the "slide".
 2 years ago when we took down the play structure, Kevin saved the slide and made it into a pool slide. It's been on our side yard for over a year and the kids begged him to put it up again.
 I sat in the shade and devoured this book!!! 
I LOVE Elin Hildebrand and this was one of my favorite books of hers.
I could not put it down!

Grilled Tri Tip for dinner, had fresh corn & my Caprese Orzo Salad.
I always cut the corn off my corn on the cob....easier to eat & doesn't get stuck in my teeth :)
It was pretty close to the perfect Summer Saturday.


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So, there you have it...Life Lately.
It hasn't been all sunshine & roses, but I am trying to have a positive attitude and not feel too self conscious with a bandage on my nose :)

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