Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Today is the day!!! Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be opening at 12:30 ET today and there are some great things this year. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from the sale in each category I’ll be shopping this year.

Sweaters

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six  // Seven  // Eight // Nine // Ten

Jeans

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Dresses

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five

Shoes

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine

Outerwear/Jackets

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven

Activewear

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Pajamas/Lingerie

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Beauty

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Home

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Kids

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One // Two // Three // Four (I bought Ev this last year & it’s darling!) // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

I’m narrowing down my final selections and can’t wait to place my order! I’ll also be sharing some fit pics and reviews once everything arrives 🙂

Happy shopping!

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Red Chair Lavender Festival

Red Chair Lavender Festival

Dress (Old Navy – sold out, similar options here & here) // Earrings // Sandals  —  Cole’s tee/shorts/sandals  —  Evan’s tee (similar)/shorts/sandals (sold out, similar here and here)

We are really fortunate to live in a place where it seems there is always something going on. And I really love experiencing of all of our local activities, businesses, and foods – so when I starting hearing about this local lavender festival, it sounded right up my alley. I’ve seen this festival floating around social media, and even heard a bit about it from a friend who attended last year, and thought it sounded like a really fun afternoon for the family. When I lived in Palm Springs I used to go to this little cafe that had the absolute best lavender lemonade, and I was pretty sold hearing this festival had not only lavender lemonade, but tons of lavender infused dishes and ice cream. There was also some great live music, a classic car display, demonstrations (they were making lavender oil right on site!), and various classes (like wreath making). They also had U-pick lavender and face painting for the kids! We had a great time strolling the fields (as you can imagine it smelled amazing), sampling all of the lavender foods, and browsing the vendors. We brought home some great lavender goodies, and as I type this, I’m smelling the lavender oil we bought diffusing in our house! And for anyone who missed the festival or doesn’t live locally – you can order all of their amazing lavender goodness online (I’m already thinking of Christmas gifts).

All of this lavender goodness has me inspired to put our own lavender plants at home to use and bake something yummy this week! What’s your favorite way to use lavender?

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My Pantry Reveal: Before and After

My Pantry Reveal: Before and After

This project has been on my to-do list since we moved last summer. And between now and then I’ve spent tons of time looking at Pinterest inspo and dreaming of one day having an organized pantry. I came to realize a few things which finally motivated me to get in gear and get this finished: one – we waste a ton of food. When the pantry is stuffed to the brim and things are crammed in there, we can’t see what we really have and we end up buying too much, or things expire and go to waste because they are lost in the black hole. And two – my kids constantly seem to be whining they are hungry and wanting snacks, and have difficulty finding things on their own. Again because of things hiding in boxes crammed behind other things. I really wanted my pantry to become a beautiful space that was functional – with everything clearly visible in clear containers. I really couldn’t be happier how everything came together and am absolutely loving this new functional pantry!

For a bit of perspective – here is my before pic. And this isn’t the worst of it (I really should have taken a true before!). This was after a bit of organizing to get a sense of what organization containers I wanted to buy/figure out how many I needed. Believe it or not, it actually looked quite a bit worse than this. And it was impossible to find anything!

My search started at The Container Store. I was on the hunt for clear bins in various sizes to sort kids snacks, chips, bread, etc. They have the best prices for simple, clear bins which is exactly what I wanted! I also ordered some of their stacking bins for canned goods, vitamins/medicine, and paper towels/toilet paper.

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Clear bins // Stacking baskets

My kids love cereal, and I wanted to facilitate them being able to get themselves a quick breakfast. I found this cereal dispenser and knew it was a must have! I put a few favorites in the dispenser, with a few other options in clear bins below. I also wanted to keep all of the kids snacks all together at a low height where Evan can reach, so the bottom two shelves are full of bins of individual packaged snacks, and jars of dried snacks (popcorn, crackers, snack mix, etc)!

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Cereal dispenser // Cereal containers // Jars

I found these canisters for all of my dried goods (like pasta, rice, popcorn, oats, etc), and I absolutely love having everything in clear, labeled containers! I can now see exactly what we have, and when we are running low.

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Dried goods containers

Getting coffee in the morning is SO much easier now with our organized coffee station. Prior to this (embarrassingly) we had all of our Kureg cups thrown into a big box – and my husband & I were constantly digging through it to each find our coffee we like. And this cute cookie jar has literally been collecting dust for a few years – it is actually being put to use now! (And full of cookies!). I also got a few baskets to keep miscellaneous things like sodas, garbage bags, and my popcorn popper.

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Kureg pod stand // Cookie jar // Baskets

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Life Lately

Sweet summer days are officially here in Boise. Days full of swimming, bike riding, ice cream, and staying up way too late. I’m a routine person and being so off of our normal schedule admittedly gives me a bit of anxiety. However I know that getting back to “real life” with our structured routine will be back before we know it, so in the meantime I’m determined to soak up these days and embrace a fun and sugar filled summer.

Our neighborhood threw a block party last weekend, and it was a lot of fun playing games and getting to know some of our neighbors we hadn’t met yet! There were games, food, and even an ice cream truck – which of course the kids thought was so cool.

Cole’s shirt/shorts/sandals  —  Evan’s shirt/shorts/sandals

My shirt/shorts/sandals/earrings (J Crew, old – similar)

And because one ice cream isn’t enough…after the party we biked down to our favorite ice cream shop – The Stil! I even tried one of their “boozy ice creams” (a strawberry rośe) which was delicious.

We went to the waterpark again this week and spent an entire day there. I bought this swimsuit last summer and it’s still a favorite! It comes in several colors and several styles as well. And it’s on pretty major sale right now!

My suit/similar beach skirt/hat

Cole’s swimsuit  —  Evan’s swimsuit

The kids have been wanting to live on their bikes, so we’ve been taking tons of rides. We even came across some deer grazing the other night just right off the trail!

We had a great 4th of July! We went downtown for the annual Liberty Day Parade in the morning, had a BBQ at home in the afternoon, and spent the evening picnicking in the park watching the big firework show.

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Dress // Flip Flops  —  Cole’s shirt/shorts/sandals  —  Evan’s shirt/shorts/sandals

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Have a great weekend!

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Red White and Blue M&M Blondies

Red White and Blue M&M Blondies

I’ve been making these every year for the 4th of July for the past 6 or 7 years now. They are delicious, simple to make, and great for packing in a picnic. If you are looking for a simple & crowd pleasing desert for that 4th of July gathering, look no further!

Red White & Blue M&M Blondies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup M&Ms + 1/2 cup M&Ms for topping

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13″ x 9″ pan with non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix together melted butter with the brown sugar and stir until combined. Stir in vanilla and the eggs.

In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and stir until combined. Stir in 1 cup of the M&Ms.

Spread the dough into the baking pan and smooth the top using a spatula. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 cup of M&Ms.

Bake for 27-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out slightly moist with small crumbs.

Let the blondies cool completely and then cut into large squares. Store in a tightly covered container.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

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Summer Afternoon at the Boise Train Depot

Summer Afternoon at the Boise Train Depot

My top // Skirt // Espadrilles // Sunglasses // Earrings // Similar Bag — Evan’s shirt (similar) // Shorts // Sandals — Cole’s Shirt (similar) // Shorts // Sandals

During the summer, I really try to get the kids out of the house almost every day. It may even just be for a short walk or even a trip to the grocery store, but I feel like my kids are happier and better behaved if we can at least get out for a bit. I definitely want to take advantage of as many educational activities as we can throughout the summer, and hopefully give the kids opportunities to learn something new! One thing we have never done despite driving by multiple times a week (crazy I know), is spend some time at the train depot. It’s a quick stop (literally you can read the signs and watch the videos in 20 minutes or less), and it was fun for the kids to learn a bit about this Boise landmark and “Big Mike” who is now permanently stationed there! Plus it is just an incredibly beautiful place to stop and walk the grounds and I definitely want to go back soon – ideally to catch one of their tours or open houses!

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4th of July Tablescape Under $50

4th of July Tablescape Under $50

While out and about shopping the other day, I was grabbing a few last minute things to get ready for the 4th of July and stumbled upon these darling star plates for $1.50 each! They are reusable plastic so they would be perfect for an outdoor BBQ or picnic as well. And since I won’t exactly be using star plates very often, the price is really perfect! I found these in the 4th of July section at Target & unfortunately they aren’t available online (check your local store!), but I’m going to link some really similar ones below as well! I decided to put together a cute and festive tablescape for our family’s annual afternoon 4th of July BBQ & I love how it came together. I love using silver accents & galvanized serving trays for the 4th (it feels very Americana!) and I thought milk bottles for drinks added to the classic feel. I also plan to serve berries and pie with our meal – which will be pretty sitting on the table too. Everything is super affordable, and you can easily create this tablescape for under $50!

Plates (Target – similar options herehere and these are a bit more expensive but so cute and on sale // Chargers (you can also get a similar look with these or these for less) // Napkins // Milk bottles // Straws // Galvanized tray and I also have this one that is only $8  // Towel // Flag garland (Similar) // Mini flag

My silver pitcher is vintage Arthur Court (Similar), but here are a few other similar and super budget friendly options! (Option 1, Option 2, Option 3) I purchased my flowers at Trader Joe’s for around $15 (they have the best prices for flowers!) – but Costco has great deals too!

End chairs // Dining chairs // Similar table

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