Friday, July 22, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Capsule Wardrobe

the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and you can shop your favorite items at steeply reduced prices now online. the Nordstrom Anniversary sale runs from July 22nd to August 8th. once August 8th rolls around the Nordstrom Sale prices will end and prices will increase. these #NSale items go extremely fast so i put together a list of some of my favorite things below so you can shop them easily.

one of the easiest ways to prepare for fall with this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is to create a capsule wardrobe. my best advice for a capsule wardrobe is to select a variety of items that can be mixed and matched. preferably you want items to be from the same color palette to allow for the mixing and matching. additionally you want to go for items that are versatile and can be worn a variety of ways. included in the capsule wardrobe are pieces that are casual, dressier, warmer and cooler. this allows for all types of weather, events and more. i put together a capsule wardrobe below featuring some of my favorite items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that are STILL AVAILABLE. but seriously though, shop quickly!!

What's In My Shopping Bag

My Favorite Girl's Items

My Favorite Boy's Items


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Style & Substance: Sharing My Skills to Help Nonprofits in My Community

during the summer we have extra time to spend doing things as a family. one thing i like to focus on is showing my kids how to give back to the community. we do that several ways in our family. we serve in our church, we look for ways to serve in the community, we donate time as well as money and we are hefty clothing contributors to local charities. i'm excited to share with you that Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has put together a campaign called the 'Band Together' campaign to donate a total of $2 million to support three causes - health, home and hunger through this corporate giving campaign.


Sharing My Skills To Help Nonprofits

there are several ways my family and i like to work together to help nonprofits. below is a list of things i have done in my with my family and personally in my community to help:
  1. volunteer at a local soup kitchen. this is one of the most fulfilling things we have done as a family. through a local website we were able to find a local soup kitchen that is always looking for volunteers to help serve meals. together as a family we helped feed locals in need and it was a great way to give our time and connect with other members of the community. my children were encouraged to engage with the people we were serving and hear the stories they had to offer. in the end we all left uplifted and felt so good about the time we had spent together.
  2. volunteer speaking engagements. i don't consider myself a styling professional but i have worked in this field for over a decade and learned a thing or two. i volunteer in speaking engagements to talk about building self esteem through self care. i want to empower other women and help spread the idea that it taking the time to take care of yourself is important and helps to build your self esteem and self worth. it is not only a focus on what to wear and what not to wear but rather how to find your best self.
  3. donate gently used items. how many of us have a closet full of items that are not seeing regular wear? for me in particular (because of the nature of my job) i have a high closet turnover. i look to donate these items to local shelters and nonprofits rather than resale. i would rather others benefit from these items than earn money on them.
  4. donate money. we commit to donating a certain amount of money every month that goes to hep feed those in need. this is something my husband and i have made a decision to do and we do it without fail or thought. when you commit to donating on a regular basis it makes it so easy.

those are just some of the ways we contribute to our local community. Jewelers Mutual is set to donate a total of $2 million to support important causes like health, home and hunger. the nonprofits of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and Feeding America are going to be benefiting from this campaign that Jewelers Mutual is running. Jewelers Mutual wants to encourage you to Band Together to help decide how to disperse the record-breaking donation by voting for your choice of causes from July 11th to July 31st. the cause with the most votes by the end of July will receive $1 million donation from Jewelers Mutual. the runner up will receive $700,000 and $300,00 will go to the third place winner. throughout this voting period voters will be entered for a chance to win weekly jewelry prizes from STACKED New York. each week, one lucky winner will receive a set of three stacking bands ($450 retail value). you can vote DAILY to increase your chances of winner.

i hope this sparks a volunteer bug inside each of you to help continue your efforts to building and improving your community.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale : Top Picks For Kids

we all love a good sale and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is no exception. currently the running dates for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are July 14th through July 21st for early access and full public access begins this Friday on July 22 and runs until August 8th.

i personally love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as an opportunity to stock up on fall/winter essentials for myself and while i am not particularly picky about my children's clothing there are a few items i grab every year for them that are just too good to pass up.

my number one item is the Nordstrom Smartcare Dress Shirt for boys. this shirt is a must for my son who wears it to church every Sunday. it is the easiest, no hassle, white shirt. you can wash it in the washer, dry it in the dryer and pull it out in ready to wear (meaning NO WRINKLES) condition. i am not a big fan of ironing my children's clothing and this makes for the easiest Sunday's ever. plus, you can snag it for a great deal during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Shop Dress Shirt Here

in addition to my must-buy dress shirt, i always like to grab a few other things for my son. he loves to wear sportswear and you can get some of the BEST deals on Nike Elite, Under Armour and more during the sale. i'm talking 30-40% off. if you are a mom like me who regularly is looking for great deals on these types of products now is the time to buy. i linked to some of my favorite items below:

the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals for girls are less appealing for me. my girls love leggings and i find no huge difference between a $7 pair from Target and a $25 pair for Nordstrom. my main savings for their fall/winter wardrobe during the #NSale come from two things: jackets and shoes.

shop these slip-ons here
school requires the girls wear close-toed shoes which means they live in slip-ons and tennies for the year (with the occasional UGG boot during the winter ;). these Tom's slip-ons are less than $20 during the sale and are a fantastic purchase for your kiddos. along with these shoes i have rounded up some of my favorite staples to pick up for the year below (all at startling good deals - promise!):

i would love to hear what items you consider must-buys for your children's Back To School shopping and your favorite places to get them.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Love Your Skin & Enter To Win!

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. #CVSLoveYourSkin

summertime is easily the best time. with long days, warm sun, waterside lounging and more you can easily fill your days with outdoor activities. if you are anything like me you will notice that all those outdoor activities can tend to take a toll on your skin. the summer heat can leave your skin a bit dry so having great products on hand to keep your skin hydrated, exfoliated and moisturized is important!

CVS is an easy stop to stock up on your skin care essentials. their product selection includes just the right items to keep your skin healthy and glowing all summer long. if you are looking to stock up on your summer skin care products be sure to head to your local CVS between July 17th - July 23rd and take advantage of their special Buy One, Get One 50% off offer on Dove, Simple and Vaseline products. along with those great buys they also have additional offers in store.

you can also head to to take a skin care quiz that will suggest products based on your skin needs. this will help you find just the right products for your summertime skin.

ENTER TO WIN A $25 CVS GIFT CARD and a sample kit (as shown above) of these must have products for the summer. kit includes: Dove Deep Moisture, Vaseline Advance Repair and Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. go to and watch the video, then come back and comment on the blog something you learned about your skincare health from Dr. Mona Gohara.

these products are keeping me on track to looking and feeling my best this summer - even at 24 weeks pregnant! i can wear my bright colors with confidence knowing that my skin will be glowing right along with them.

DON'T FORGET to enter to win a $25 CVS Gift Card and a sample kit by visiting and take the skin care quiz, then come back and comment on the post, stating what product recommendation you received.



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale : What's In My Shopping Bag

the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! {insert confetti, balloons and the releasing of doves} okay, let's be honest for all you Nordstrom fans the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here for those of us with Early Access. at this point it is worth signing up for a Nordstrom Card just to have the early access to the sale of the year - allowing you to shop the hottest trends at the lowest prices. thank you #NSale. what is great about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that you don't need a Nordstrom Coupon or a Nordstrom Promo code to get these great prices - you can shop the sale prices at any Nordstrom Location or Nordstrom Online to score the best deals on the best clothes.

the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates are as follows:

Early Access (for cardholders) July 14th through July 21st

Public Sale (for all public) July 22nd through August 8th

shopping the sale can be a bit intimidating due to the sheer volume of items offered. i'll do my best to break it down into categories that will be helpful: What's In My Shopping Bag, Family MUST Buys, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Home Items, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites. hopefully this will help give you a more curated collection of what great designer items and fall must-haves are offered.

check out the items below that are not only in my shopping bag but enroute to my house as we speak (all items at a price point of less than $100):

Topshop Cardigan
Dreamers Sweater
Distressed Crop Denim
Ruffle Hem Top

Topshop Camp Jacket
Wildfox V-Neck Pullover

Block Heel Sandal

Baublebar Earrings

i can't wait for these items to arrive so i can share with you my favorite ways to style my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bump Update Week 23 With Motherhood Maternity

it is week 23 in my pregnancy and i am embracing this growing bump to the fullest! i had my 20 week appointment a few weeks ago and my 20 week ultrasound showed all signs were great with baby's growing body. i love being able to see all those little limbs and organs developing and growing strong.

physically week 23 is a mostly a breeze. i am enjoying all the benefits of summer to the fullest, swimming, boating and enjoying time with the kiddos. i have a feeling that once August rolls around these activities won't be as easy to participate in.

one of my major irritants during pregnancy is insomnia. i have the worst sleep issues during pregnancy. i am already a light sleeper prior to being pregnant but once i am pregnant every little bump and turn from the baby will wake me up. having to go to the bathroom frequently will wake me up. indigestion will wake me up. then, once awake i lay in bed counting the hours until i can eventually fall back asleep. i have started trying to do relaxation techniques to help me fall back asleep along with things that naturally help me relax like reading a book. these things help a bit but if you have any recommendations for insomnia i would love to hear. 

i am finally taking advantage of my new maternity clothes. i have reached that tipping point in pregnancy where regular clothes are no longer fitting and it is maternity clothes that are getting me through the days. i absolutely love this top from Motherhood Maternity. they have a great selection of maternity clothes and they offer them at a price point that is is affordable, rather than unattainable. i was able to pick up a selection of items from Motherhood Maternity to try during pregnancy and i am so grateful to have added these cute options to my wardrobe. if you are pregnant you can check out their website at to see what they have to offer.

shop the items pictured above using the links below.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Polka Dot Wall Decals

i know, you have already seen the girls bedroom reveal but i have had so many questions from friends, family and viewers about the polka dot accent wall that i wanted to share a post letting you know where i picked up the adorable vinyl decals from. Studio378 Decals is an etsy shop i found when on the hunt for the perfect accent wall. i knew i wanted something to add some fun flair to the girls' room but i neither have the energy or the desire to paint an accent wall. paint is so messy, it is such a personal choice and it is so person and gender specific. i wanted something that was versatile, fun and most importantly easy to apply and easy to remove. that's where the vinyl idea came in.

vinyl decals are such an easy way to add color, style, accents, etc. to a room without the commitment of paint or the mess of stenciling. you can easily add them to any wall and just a easily remove them with a little bit of heat. the gold polka dots vinyl decals from Studio378 were the perfect solution to my design dilemma and coordinated so well with the bedding that i couldn't have chosen a better match!

working with Christy from Studio378 was wonderful. the customer service was quick and prompt, the shipping was efficient and my products arrived just as ordered along with complete directions on how to apply decals and 'tester' decals to try prior to real deal, just to have a run through. if you are looking to add an accent wall or design feature to your home i would highly recommend her shop. you can visit it by clicking on the shop link below OR i'll keep a button on my sidebar all month to allow you to check it out when you are ready.

my little ones really were so thrilled with their bedroom redesign and i can't thank Studio378 enough for adding the right element of whimsy to their new digs.