Things Of Which You Should Be In The Know

Happy Hump Day!  Today I'm blogging my favorite way...in a LIST!
There are a few things (some time-sensitive) that I want to make sure to get out to all of y'all...and also just some little tidbits to brighten your day!
Ready?  Here we go!

ONE >>>  If you haven't already taken advantage of the Lime Ricki Swimwear 15% discount code, you have until the 18th (two more days) to use it.  The code is THEMRS15.  You can see my Lime Ricki swimsuit HERE, which I adore, but also have recently fell in love with this black fringe one!

TWO >>>  My birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks (Blake's is Monday!!!!!), and things are a bit different this year, as I am finding myself wanting more stuff for the house rather than things for myself as gifts.  I'm hosting a shower soon and the pressure incentive to get everything how I want it is at full max!  Here's a few things I'm asking for for my 33rd birthday (In typing that, I initially wrote 34 and then had to seriously do the math back from 1981...I think it's a sign of the end people).



THREE >>> Speaking of wishlists, the sale of all sales is going on right now at Nordstrom!  I've made my own list of "best of" picks from their anniversary sale that you can check out HERE, which include my favorites for Him, Her, and the Kids.
What do you plan to get for yourself?

FOUR >>> Since seeing all the cute French-inspired outfits on Bastille Day, I've been on the lookout for the perfect stripe top....and y'all, I think I've found it for only $25!  Isn't it just the best and super versatile?!?  (click on image to follow link)

FIVE >>> At Bunco a few weeks back I literally lost my mind about "Are You Kitten Me Right Meow", and have not been able to get it out of my mind.  I try to work it into conversations but start giggling too much and can never get the whole thing out of my mouth.  I don't know why it's so hilarious to me...I hate cats.  But even being as anti-feline as I am, I'd still sport this tee in a heartbeat.
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Smart Style: Summer Neutrals + Color Pop


Last week was the shortest week ever, wasn't it?  Blake and I looked at each other one morning and were like, "How did it get to be Friday already???"  That always happens after a holiday though, right?

So this week, I'm hopeful...but lowering my expectations as to the speed at which the days will pass.  We don't have a lot going on, but I'll be gone all next week, so a lot of prep will be in order.  Speaking of being gone, did I mention I'm going to BlogHer???!!!  I'll be representing Austin Moms Blog as an ambassador for One Day, who is launching their new app there at the conference.  I can't wait to talk more about it once I get back!

Also, if you missed it last week, make sure to check out my top picks for everyone in the family from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale {click HERE}.  I've had a couple of people tell me that they're already thinking Christmas gifts...which is a great idea and props to them...but I was all "Shoooooooot, this momma is shopping for herself!"

Happy Monday Friends!



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Outfit details:
skirt (option), heels, and blazer (option 1 and option 2): Target
Tee: CAbi
Clutch (exact) and necklace: Stella & Dot
Watch (option):  Michael Kors
Glasses (exact): Bonlook
Earrings (exact):  Moorea Seal
Linking up with Monday Mingle


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The Biggest Sale of the Year

Do NOT Scroll down this page....

Yet.

First, I'd like you to go through a mental exercise with me, if you will.  Trust me.

Go ahead and close your eyes...no peaking.
Take a deeeeeeeeeep breath.

Now with your eyes still closed (okay, you can open them to read this but that's it), imagine yourself outside in the cool, crisp autumn air.  You have a steaming cup of {insert your favorite warm drink} in your hands and you can smell the scent of some one's fireplace burning.

Imagine leaves starting to turn, pumpkins and gourds littering the ground, and your Christmas shopping list lingering in the back of your mind.
Oh, and did I mention, you're on your way to a college football game.
It's FALL.

>>>>><<<<<

Okay, now you can open your eyes and thank me for that little slice of heaven I just let you experience.  Stay with me...there's a reason for all this.  You see, Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale and it's B-A-N-A-N-A-S.  I'm talking like biggest sale of the year, tons hugely on (pre-fall) sale!  If you have a Nordstrom card, you can shop the sales early (a week before everyone else), or it's open to the public starting 7/18...either way, jump on it friends!  Last year I scored some Frye boots for over $100 off!  I love me some Nordstrom!

I spent some time today going through womens, mens, kids, and accessories picking out my favorite deals that I have on my wish-list for my family.  I've linked them all below for you...but do me a favor and keep that Fall state of mind as you peruse these cooler weather sales.  

But hey, if you're like me, that shouldn't be too hard to do, as you could use a little escape from this July heat right about now!
Can I get an AMEN?!?

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An Austin Date Night With My Two Fellas


The other night, Tyler Bree, Blakely, and Riley had a "girls night" at my in-law's...so Blake and I decided to take Bennett out for a little date at one of our favorite Austin eateries...Hop Doddy Burger Bar.

For a Monday night we didn't expect to wait an hour, but that's in fact just what we did....outside.  Thankfully Bennett was a trooper and was eating up all of the two-on-one attention he was receiving.

Of course, times like these with just one of our children (albeit few and far between...we try to do it more often, but time?), beg the question of "what would it be like if we just had HIM?"  After Blake and I talked a bit about just how much we would spoil an only child (or maybe just spoil Bennett because he's so dang cute), I had a glimpse of what that reality would look like...and while we wouldn't know any different had we only had one child, looking at our family of six now, I'm so grateful for ALL four of my children and know that there's plenty of love to go around.

But hey, having just one every now and then is sure a treat for us!
And without a doubt, Bennett sure hopes it happens more often...like tomorrow.


A few other things to note:
-If you ever visit Hop Doddy, get the Ahi Tuna Burger with extra Honey Wasabi. Heaven, I tell ya'.  And make sure to top it off with the salted caramel shake.

-During our hour long wait, I popped into Kendra Scott (SoCo location) and had the absolute BEST service I've ever had.  They could not have been more accommodating, sweet, and went the extra mile to help me out!  Thanks girls!

-Outfit details:
Top: J. Crew (exact) >>> on sale for $22 right now!
Skirt: F21 (option1 // option 2)
Earrings: Kendra Scott (exact)
Necklace (in top Picture): Kendra Scott (exact)





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Our Independence Day

This year, the 4th seemed a little like Christmas to me...
In the sense that I felt like it went by too fast and seemed bittersweet at the end of the day as we were sitting there watching fireworks thinking "it's already over?"  In my opinion, the 4th of July holiday should span an entire week...rather than just the fourth.  That way, everyone can enjoy the whole shebang in the fullest way possible...especially all the cute clothing options!

At family holidays such as this, Blake is usually having to tell me to put up the camera, but this year, I tried to not be the crazy momma with a viewfinder glued to her face, and instead, just enjoyed the day hoping that my memory would suffice.  Hence, these were about the only pictures I got from our 4th.

^^^ I got all four kids these flags at Home Depot the day prior and as we were leaving the store (two littles in the shopping cart with the other two on each side), we looked like our very own 4th of July parade right there at Home Depot, flags flying high and my two eldest belting out "You're a Grand Old Flag."  It made me smile so big! ^^^


^^^ Love these two fellas! ^^^


After our get-together at my BIL and SIL's house, we met up with our friends for fireworks in the park.  I just LOVE them!!!!  I didn't use a tripod for these, so my handshake is quite evident...although it kinda creates a cool visual.


I hope your Independence Day was filled with friends, laughter, great food, fireworks, and listening to some good ol' patriotic Lee Greenwood.  

Have a great week, Y'all!!!!


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Lime Ricki Swimwear + 4th of July Style

Happy 4th of July (eve)!!!

Guess what???
I've got news for you today...A momentous occasion has occurred, folks.
And it has to do with a swimsuit.

At the beginning of this summer I was sulking a bit about the prospects of being around water...in a swimsuit.  I own several suitable (ha, pun unintended) ones, but I can't say I've ever owned a suit I LOVED.  And that bummed me out a little because I knew we'd be at the pool/beach/lake this entire summer.  Sound familiar to any of ya'?

Well, about a month ago (when my bad attitude about swimsuits had peaked), Lime Ricki Swimwear contacted me about reviewing one of their suits.  (They must have known this momma couldn't be more perfect for the job at that time!)  Excitedly, I debated over which one to get...really, it took days of going back and forth over several of them I love...but finally decided upon this Cinch-neck Cream Dot Tankini Top and their Class Black Bottoms...and I'm so thrilled with my choice!
I finally found a swimsuit I LOVE!!!!
(Did you hear those angels singing???)


Unlike some other suits I've worn in the past, Lime Ricki makes some solid quality pieces.  I feel like this suit could withstand years of wear...and I plan on it!  I love the coverage it has while not sacrificing style and unique attention to detail (like the straps on the back).  I also really appreciate that Lime Ricki's pieces can be mix-matched, so if I decide later to get a skirt bottom or different top, I know I have several options that can coordinate with a suit I already own!

So how can you get your hands on one of Lime Ricki's amazing suits!?!  Check out their line of tops and bottoms and onepieces HERE!  And you can use the discount code THEMRS15 for 15% off your purchase until July 


So tomorrow for Independence Day, we'll be right here...at this pool.  Until, of course, it's time for the fireworks.  I am NOT known to ever miss fireworks.  They're my favorite!  I get clappy and giddy when they start and occasionally squirt a tear or two.
God Bless America!

Oh, I almost forgot!  My SIL gave me this Americana "cape" knowing that I love all things patriotic.  Isn't it cool???  You can find it at Free People: Old Americana Cape

Outfit Details:
Lime Ricki Top
Lime Ricki Bottoms
Kendra Scott Earrings (option)
Ray Ban Aviators
Old Americana Cape (more like a long kimono)
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Austin Fun: Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk


The other night we went into town to check out the new Lady Bird Lake boardwalk that I'd heard so much about recently.  The jogging trail around the lake is 10 miles long, and before this boardwalk was built, didn't connect in some parts.

We took the horse-dog (who thankfully behaved herself with all the other four-legged animals there) and made a whole evening of it...ending the excursion with our favorite sweet treat, Gourdough's donuts.  (FYI, we got the Flying Pig, the Rattler, and the Fat Elvis.)


A couple of areas of the boardwalk jet out onto the water, which make for perfect views of downtown to the west and planes landing to the east....not to mention fun photo opps for kids who like to "jump on three".


I plan to compile all my Austin-related posts into one big one, but if you're looking to do some family things around town, here are a few I've written about (just follow the links):

-The Capitol
-ZACH Theater
-Austin 360 Amphitheater
-Airport Plane Watching Area



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