Summer-to-Fall Transition Piece | Velvet Top

Currently I'm sitting in a hotel room at the half-way point through our family's vacation.  I had remembered that I never posted about my new velvet top I was so stoked about.  One may think (and may be correct in assuming) that velvet is only for cooler weather.  I thought that too...until I wore this top.  It's lined and surprisingly breezy, lending itself to being a great transition piece from summer into fall.  I comes in a variety of colors, including midnight blue as well as this mauve I'm wearing.  I like it so much!

Once home from our trip, I'll be sure to post all the highlights and some travel tips from the places we've been.  Just to give you a little, we rode the Maid of the Mist boat at Niagara Falls and the kids LOVED it!  So did I, but it was especially fun getting to watch their faces in awe.  I hope you all are enjoying your first week of August.  Summer is winding down and it doesn't quite seem fair.  Here's to cherishing these last several weeks before school starts back!

sunnies // ASOS
velvet top // Nordstrom
black denim // Level 99
wedges // Nordstrom
black tote // Kate Spade
jewelry // c/o Lavish Leathers

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Update | High-Low Wrap Tunic

Some of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases came in and I'm loving what I got!  For the most part, the sizes fit but I'll be making some exchanges soon.  I bought several tops that are a bit out of the everyday-wear category...meaning ruffles, high-low, big sleeves, etc....and I LOVE them!  I wore this oversized bow shirt to church yesterday and this high-low wrap tunic (plenty of sizes still available) to our family birthday celebration.  It's lightweight and easy to wear with skinny jeans (as shown) or leggings or even over a fitted pencil skirt!!!

If you missed my Nordstrom sale round-up posts, check out my Favorite Finds in Category post and my 25 Under $50 post.  As I've mentioned before, the best way to shop this incredible sale is online because of their free shipping and free returns, not to mention Nordstrom's stellar customer service.  Really, I always find myself impressed with how they continue to go above and beyond!  But don't wait, several pieces I really wanted to get my hands on already sold out!

Let me know what Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks YOU snagged for yourself...I'd love to know (and even better see)!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Favorite Finds

After a fun week of 'Early Access', the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is NOW LIVE for the public to shop!!!  While this sale is the best of the best, it can be somewhat of a frenzy to shop and easy to get overwhelmed...not to mention, from this point forward, items and sizes will sell out fast.  So I've got for you a breakdown of my picks broken up into some of everyone's favorite categories.

***Remember that shopping this sale online is really your best bet because of the free shipping and free returns...Nordstrom truly has the MOST AMAZING customer service!

Jackets & Sweaters:

Jeans (under $100):


Bags (under $50):



Back-To-School Outfits & Goals

Goodness, this summer is flying by!  How is it already time for school supplies, school clothes, and all that is "back-to-school"?!? This time of year we always start thinking of what we want to accomplish for ourselves and as a family in the coming school year.  Setting goals (and writing them down) are not only beneficial for our own growth, but can also strengthen family bonds as we cheer eachother on!

I sat down with each of my kids the other day and we talked about their school-year goals.  Their responses were such a perfect representation of who they are and the young people they're becoming!  Check out our goals below:

Bennett - To learn more math and science so he can build a lightsaber

Blakely - To create inventions

Riley - To begin and complete "The Order of the Phoenix" (Harry Potter) by Christmas

Tyler Bree - To become an expert on weather

And last but (hopefully) not least....

Me - To keep my home clean on a regular basis to allow for increased harmony and order (wishful thinking?)

Tyler Bree's Outfit:  dress // leggings // shoes // headband 

Riley's Outfit:  top // cardigan // leggings // shoes // headband

And as far as the school-prep goes, one of my kids' favorite parts is getting new school clothes!  (Doesn't everyone?)  I love the back-to-school looks Gymboree sent each one of my kids...they're a perfect fit and look for the first day of school!  Not only are Gymboree's clothes great quality, but they can be worn for all sorts of occasions, dressed up or down or for play!!  And what's even better is that most of these styles are all on SALE!  I've made each one of their looks easy to shop by linking to the exact piece...and if I'm playing favorites (which I try not to do), I must say that I LOVE Tyler Bree and Bennett's outfits, and especially all the adorable shoes my kids are sporting!  While I'm not quite ready for summer to end, there's just something about back-to-school, isn't there?

Blakely's outfit :  dress // cardigan // headband // shoes

Bennett's Outfit:  shirt // pants // socks // shoes

Make sure to check out Gymboree for your family's first day of school outfits and share what you love!!!  Also, let me know in the comments what YOUR kids' goals are!

*Because I love sharing kids style tips and goal-setting, I've partnered with Gymboree on this post.  All opinions are my own.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | 25 Under $50!

Now that we're into the Early Access weekend of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I've had some time to really sort through (online and in store) of the best finds of the sale, both in wearability and price.  

*Remember that the sale is now open for those who have a Nordstrom debit or credit card (get one HERE), and then it's open to the public next Friday.

I've rounded up for you 25 sale items ALL under $50!!!  I've snagged a few of these for myself and can't wait to get them in next week!  I'll be sure to post some outfit photos to see how they wear.  Also, check out my Insta and Facebook for some dressing room try-on pics from today's Nordstrom run.  There are really so many wonderful things!!!  Simply click on individual images below to shop or checkout the links below.  And REMEMBER...Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns, so it's always best to order whatever you think you might need/want and then can always exchange/return later for free.  That way, you're less likely to miss those hot items that sell-out.  Happy Shopping!!!

1 // Crushed Velour Tee
2 // Striped Pocket Tee
3 // Floral Print Wrap Top
4 // Slit Tee
5 // Roll Tab Sleeve Shirt - LOVE this...I have it in Black!
6 // Leopard Print Scarf 
7 // Spinning Initial Necklace
8 // Faux Leather Tote - Multiple color options
9 // Cubic Zirconia Earrings
10 // Bar Bib Necklace
11 // High/Low Wrap Tunic - Bought this for myself!
12 // Double Ruffle Blouse - Got this one too!!
13 // Curve Open Front Blazer - AKA the BEST blazer EVER
14 // Tie Front Blouse
15 // Pleat French Terry Top
16 // Faux Wrap Maxi Dress
17 // Pleat Midi Skirt
18 // Frayed Hem Skinny Jean - Multiple color options
19 // Stretch Straight Leg Jean
20 // Sarah Ankle Skinny Jean
21 // MAC Brush Kit - Such a steal!!!
22 // MAC Lip Kit
23 // Clinique Moisturizing Lotion Duo
24 // Eye Envy Collection
25 // MAC Mini Lip Kit

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | First Look

Happy Thursday Friends!!!  I've been waiting for this day for a while's the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Early Access)!!!!  If you're a card holder, you can shop the huge sale starting today!  If not, hang in there for a few more days and it's open to the public.  This is the BEST sale of the year hands down, as there are so many steals and deals on clothes/shoes for the next season (not has-been or last seasons stuff)!!!

I did a quick run-through and picked out some of my favorites at first glance.  I'll be posting some more specific spotlights during this next week on booties, jeans, outerwear, and check back!!!

Here are my first-look faves.  Just click on the image to shop!  *Oh and just to note, of the below I have the following and LOVE them:

-High Waist Leather Legging
-Open Front Blazer
-Zella Leggings

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A Family Road Trip | No Mess In Texas

Looking back over this last week, it's been one the best of the summer so far!  We took a short road-trip outside of Austin, Texas for a little family getaway.  It was just the refresher we needed!  Not too far, but far enough that we were able to get in full vacation mode without hearing the dreaded question of "Are we there yet?"

As with most of our getaways...the packing, preparing, and coordinating is no small feat for our family of 6.  The morning before we left, Blake and I were scrambling around trying to get our house tidied up, finish packing, get the dogs off to the boarders, etc.  We didn't have much time to think what the kids might need to eat/do while on the road...we just wanted to get going!  So thankfully, we had a little excursion package sent to us by BabbleBoxx, which was just what our kids needed.  Blakely and Bennett usually color or read in the car, so these Texas-themed books were right up their alley.  In fact, they argued who could do which first!

Once we got on the road, tummies wanted snacks (of course) and it was so great to be able to pass out the Tree Top applesauces pouches (without worrying about a mess, I might add).  Road trip food is so good, but often not-so-good for these snacks were the perfect healthy, no-spill, and packable option.  We try to eat healthy about 80% of the time, so when my kids think these Tree Top applesauce pouches are a special treat, I secretly cheer inside that they love something that has no artificials, no HFCS, no GMO, BPA-free, and are from U.S.A grown apples!  Such a Win-Win for my family!!!

For longer family excursions, we often pick out a movie for the kids to watch or a fun game to play, such as the Alphabet Game.  It helps the time pass, and also keeps us doing something together rather than everyone glued to their individual devices (don't get me wrong, we have a little of that time too). 

I'd love to hear some of YOUR family's road trip traditions or fun ways to pass the time....also, what is YOUR favorite on-the-go snack???

*Because I love sharing family tips that make life easier, I've partnered with on behalf of Tree Top Applesauce on this post.  All opinions are my own.


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