Picks From The Amazon Big Style Sale

Amazon is currently having a Big Style Sale through June 28th, and they are featuring deals on clothing, shoes, and accessories. Here’s a few of my favorite picks from their sale!

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One | Majorly crushing on these gorgeous shoes

Two | This pretty off the shoulder dress is under $100

Three | Ganni really excels at leopard print

Four | This easy little under $20 dress is perfect for casual summer wear

Five | I’m really tempted to try out these $30 running leggings

Six | Classic espadrilles you will have for years

Seven | I have and love, love, love these jeans (they are my most worn pair). I just ordered them in another color and may order another pair in the same color I already have.

Eight | These are a great Castañer dupe

Nine | I love these chic platform sandals

Ten | This Mara Hoffman dress is so pretty and would be a great swimsuit coverup too

Eleven | I’ve been wanting to try a dress from this brand, and this one is a really fun print

Twelve | These are so minimalist chic, and this is an amazing price for Schutz sandals

Thirteen | This dress is stunning, and a great price for Self Portrait

Fourteen | A royally approved sneaker – Kate Middleton has these in several colors

Fifteen | This scrunchie is so cute – added to my cart

Sixteen | This wrap skirt would be perfect for the 4th of July

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Our (Socially Distanced) Summer Bucket List

This summer is definitely…weird. Not only are we very busy with and heavily focused on Evan’s rehabilitation (and spending most of our weekdays at therapy), we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. Our nation has also been witnessing horrible injustice and perhaps (finally?) coming to terms with the systemic racism that plagues us. This year has been a brutal one for our family personally with Evan’s severe brain injury, and so many of my close friends have also been facing horribly difficult times as well. The weight of the world feels heavy and life right now is just…hard. It really has all made our family pull together and focus more on one another, and what truly matters. While our state is loosening social distancing restrictions, due to Evan’s immune system needing more time to recover, we will continue to socially distance for the rest of summer. While this summer isn’t going to be one filled with days at the waterpark, camping trips, or vacations – it can still be meaningful. We can make positive memories too, in the midst of so much difficulty, and perhaps come out of this one day with a lot of personal growth.

As this isn’t a “normal” summer, this bucket list isn’t a conventional one either. I asked Cole to come up with some crazy (within reason) ideas, outdoor activities where we can safely socially distance, and some fun things we would normally do at home in the summer. From picking a night to stay up all night, to camping at home, to a day where I have to say “yes” to everything…we are still finding little things to bring joy and some positive memories we can one day look back on in the midst of these trying times.

The other day we checked off an item on our list by spending an afternoon at the river building a teepee, throwing rocks, and playing in the sand. We had and absolute blast, and it was a good reminder of how even simple time spent together in nature can be a ton of fun.

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One | We are going to need a projector if we are going to set up for outdoor movies this summer. This one has great reviews.

Two | I’m thinking a rock painting kit would be a lot of fun for a painting project

Three | A picnic basket is a must

Four | This cooking kit for kids comes with literally everything you need

Five | Cole did a tie dye project at school years ago and still talks about how fun it was so I thought it would be something fun we could do this summer

Six | This will make our summer nature walks a bit more fun

Seven | In trying to come up with a fun and different craft to try this summer I found this…and I think it could be a lot of fun

Eight | Camping in the living room is what the kids are looking most forward to this summer, and a cute indoor tent would make it that much more memorable

Cherry Picking

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It has become a summer tradition for us to take a drive out to the orchard for an afternoon of cherry picking. This summer’s weather has been (like the rest of 2020) weird. Idaho is known for wild weather swings – but we’ve had a lot of unusually cool and rainy days this month. Although the day we went picking last week was cool and sprinkling rain off and on, it was a lovely afternoon. Life admittedly has been difficult since Evan’s brain injury in March, but every day he continues to amaze me with his progress. And going to the orchard to continue one of our traditions was especially wonderful because it felt so…normal.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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One | My husband is obsessed with his Fitbit. This is a must have for any fitness minded dad.

Two | This wood card is the coolest Father’s Day card I’ve seen

Three | My husband loves this deodorant, and it’s a great way to give dad a little luxury that won’t break the bank

Four | Instead of a cheesy mug, give him a mug that will keep his coffee hot

Five | This super cool portable camping stove converts to a pizza oven. I wouldn’t even mind keeping this on our patio all summer long!

Six | My husband loves all things Patagonia and these are the perfect summer shorts

Seven | My husband has and loves this drill

Eight | Another favorite item my husband owns! This little speaker can go literally anywhere (it’s waterproof too!).

Nine | AirPods are sure to be a hit

Ten | My husband is super into having a smart home and this little gadget can control everything from your lights, to thermostat, to the TV.

Eleven | Perfect for the dad who travels a lot and this high quality bag is also 40% off

Twelve | Everything from Kiehl’s is pretty great, and this all in one body wash/shampoo has rave reviews

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LoveShackFancy x Target Review

I’m not one to really jump on the bandwagon of Target’s designer collabs, but this is one I was really excited about. Ok not excited enough to set my alarm for 2 am to shop online when the collection dropped, but excited enough to head to my local Target this week to see it in person. And surprisingly yes, my Target did have a pretty large selection still available! I ended up grabbing several dresses and today I’m going to share what I bought and my honest opinion of each piece. I’ll also share my opinion of a few dresses I did see in person, but didn’t end up bringing home.

Estelle Dress

This dress is probably my favorite and also by far the most impractical. We do have family photos coming up in a few weeks, so I grabbed it thinking this is most likely what I will wear. This one retails for $60 and is 100% cotton. It’s a lightweight cotton, but it doesn’t seem to be sheer at all. The sleeves can be worn off the shoulder as well, and I just think it is so pretty and feminine – and I love the color! I don’t have many places to wear this to beyond family photos, but it’s nice to have something on hand for a last minute shower or something. (I’m wearing a size 4)

Lou Dress

This is another that caught my eye on the website before I went in store. It is so girly & just such a sweet little summer dress. It is 100% cotton and lined. While honestly none of these dresses feel any higher quality than something you would typically grab at Target, this is decently made. It looks very much like a typical LoveShackFancy piece and I’ve been really feeling lavender lately. The biggest thing I dislike about the dress is how short it is. I know this brand tends to run short, but I was surprised how short this is on me at 5’3″. I do think I will keep it, but I will likely wear it with flats to make it feel a bit more modest. (This one retails for $50 and I’m wearing a size small)

Talulah Dress

I actually don’t own a simple white summer dress like this, and this is something that could easily be worn all summer long. It also looks really similar to LoveShackFancy pieces from the designer line as well. This one is lined and not see through which is always key to a good white dress. Again, this is another super short dress & I’ll probably wear it with sneakers or flat sandals. And after seeing this photo I’m definitely going to have to get a little sunshine before I wear this one! (Wearing a size small and this one retails for $55)

Camille Dress

This one was a bit of an impulse purchase. House dresses are having a moment, and I envisioned myself wearing this around the house as a slightly more fashionable mumu. In reality, I’m not feeling this one at all. It’s very shapeless and maternity looking. This one is also a size too big as my size wasn’t available, but I don’t like it enough to exchange it so I’ll be returning this one. Something nice I will say about it is that it is fully lined and feels more well made than some of the other dresses (Wearing a size medium and it retails for $50)

What I saw in store, but didn’t buy…

Fluer Dress

I really disliked the chiffon fabric of this in person. Yes it won’t wrinkle as easily as the cotton options, but it felt significantly cheaper. I’m not sure how I feel about the ruffle right under the bust either. This one retails for $55

Elise Dress

This one looks so cute in photos, but I hated the fabric in person. It’s shiny and looks/feels very cheap. This one retails for $55

Cécile Dress

Another dress with shiny, cheap feeling fabric. Had this been made in a different fabric I think it would have been so cute, because I love the style and color. This one is one of the most affordable pieces at $45.

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I think this dress would be cute for someone in their teens or twenties, but it just felt too twee for my tastes. That said, it could be a really cute swimsuit coverup or dress to wear to the beach or a pool party, but I just couldn’t see myself wearing this out and about anywhere else. It is the most affordable piece at $40.

Gemma Dress

This was one I really liked online, but I was disappointed with in person. It was so thin and see through, and looked more like a nightgown than a dress. This one retails for $60.

A quick check online shows that so many of these dresses have sold out or only a few sizes remain, but check your local store! Mine actually had a very large inventory even days after the sale went live. I’ve also heard a rumor that stores may be restocking next week as well.

Sliding Into Summer

After nearly 3 months in the hospital, Evan is finally home!!! While we continue to work on recovery with outpatient rehabilitation 4 days a week, we are making sure to leave some free time for some summer fun. As we are still observing social distancing, (and public pools are closed anyway) we have to bring the fun to us at home. This is definitely going to be a different and much more challenging summer, but I’m determined to still create fun memories for the kids and provide lots of stimulation for Evan to help facilitate his recovery progress. The other day we had record high temperatures, so we set up our slip n slide and had a fun afternoon enjoying the sunshine.

Slip N Slide Essentials

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Best Of Memorial Day Sales

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One | This eyelet top is SO good and only $12. Ordered

Two | I need new pool towels and this one is so chic and under $5

Three | I have and love this vacuum! This is a great deal at $100 off.

Four | Such a chic little wear with anything bodysuit. And only $8. Ordered.

Five | These darling sandals are sitting in my cart. 40% off

Six | A great deal on Tory Burch sandals, and this bright colorway is so fun for summer

Seven | I’ve been looking for some new planters and I like these simple ones

Eight | A great deal on a classic sneaker! Can be worn with anything from jeans, to shorts, to sundresses. Ordered

Nine | I would love to upgrade the dresser in the boys’ room. This one looks so much more expensive than it is.

Ten | We don’t have much of a yard, but would still love to plant a little garden on our patio. I’ve been looking for a raised bed like this.

Happy Memorial Day! Thankful today and everyday for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy today.

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Memorial Day At Home

This Memorial Day we had planned on heading out for a week long vacation to Mexico. But obviously with Evan still recovering and dealing with Covid, we won’t be heading anywhere anytime soon. And honestly, after 3 months in the hospital…I am SO thankful to be coming home and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Quarantine at home honestly sounds pretty heavenly about now! And there’s nothing I want to do more than have a relaxing little backyard BBQ and spend the day enjoying having our family all together again. Today I’m sharing some fun finds and ideas for having your own backyard Memorial Day BBQ.

Grill | This grill isn’t just cute, it also has great reviews

Grill Tools | This is a great deal for a very complete grill tool kit

Hot Dog Bar | We had a hot dog bar for Cole’s 9th birthday and it was a huge hit, plus it is super simple to put together.

Melamine Plates | These are so pretty, I think I’m going to have to order these. The white and blue adds a little patriotic feel, but they could be used all summer long.img_4771

Drink Bin | I’ve had this this $8 galvanized bin for a long time, and still love it.img_4774

Serving Platter | I love serving things outside on galvanized trays as well and this one is only $8

Popsicles | Making your own popsicles is a fun way to kick off summer with the kids

Garden Lantern | Such a cute little lantern to spruce up your outdoor table

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Slip n Slide | We may not be able to go to the public pool, but this is just as fun

Cornhole Game | This is such a classic backyard BBQ game and my kids always have fun playing
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Quarantine Favorites

Being in the hospital for nearly 3 months has been a special kind of quarantine experience. The hospital only allows one parent to visit at a time, and you have to have daily screening/temperature checks, as well as wear a mask anytime you leave your room. It has definitely been very isolating and tough, so I’ve tried to bring as many comforts from home as I can to get Evan and I through!

Cozy Loungewear Set

This set is so soft, cozy, and affordable! You could definitely sleep in it, but it looks pulled together enough to wear out. I’ve been wearing mine here in the hospital a ton!

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Comfortable Yet Stylish Joggers

I love these so much I bought 3 colors. They are fitted but still super comfortable and soft.

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Skims Bra

I wanted a few basic bralettes that would be soft and comfortable. I ordered this in 2 colors and I’ve been loving them so far.

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Slippers

I wanted a pair of slippers I could toss after our few months in the hospital. These look like Uggs but at a tiny fraction of the price.

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Pillow Spray

This spray helps us get a good night’s sleep (which is no easy feat in the hospital!), plus it makes our room smell so nice

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Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

With the constant hand washing these days, a good hand cream is in order. One of my friends gave this to me and I absolutely love it.

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Book

There’s nothing like a good book to pass the time. I found the Elizabeth Holmes documentary so fascinating that I decided to read the book too. It’s incredibly well written and a total page turner.

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Hair Treatment

My hair isn’t getting much love these days, and who knows when I’ll be able to make it to the salon again. In the meantime, this 8 second treatment is a nice (and quick!) conditioning treatment.

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Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Okay I haven’t actually used this one yet being in the hospital, but my family gifted me this Dutch oven for Mother’s Day which has been on my wishlist for ages. And Le Creuset just happens to be having a sale which literally NEVER happens. I can’t wait to go home and cook all of our quarantine meals in this.

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Camera

I’ve been documenting Evan’s recovery journey in photos and I also plan to spend a lot more time practicing photography when I get home. It’s such a fun hobby for me, and I think having a hobby during this stressful time is so important.

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Minecraft Set

Evan is loving all things cheery and cozy, and he is obsessed with Minecraft. One of his therapists gifted him this cozy blanket and the Easter bunny brought him the fun matching pillow!

 

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Kids Sweatpants

This 3 pack of joggers is a steal and Evan’s therapists are always commenting on how soft they are (and they all wanted to know where to get them for their own kids!).

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Monkey Noodles

Evan was given a few of these at the hospital and he loves them. They are a great little fidget toy.

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Suspicion Game

Cole got this board game in his Easter basket, and we got to play it together a few times before Evan and I left for Utah. Board games can be hit or miss with Cole, but he really loves this one (and it’s even pretty fun for grownups!).

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Disney+

When Evan isn’t in therapy, there isn’t a whole lot to do since most of the hospital activities are closed up right now due to Covid. So we’ve been on a movie marathon and are making our way through the whole Disney catalogue!

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Salt Lake City

With Evan in the hospital here in Salt Lake City undergoing rehab and as we continue to deal with all of the visitation restrictions due to Covid, my hubby and Cole have been holding down the fort at home and coming for weekend visits. Cole isn’t allowed to come to the hospital and both parents aren’t allowed in at the same time, so it has been incredibly difficult to say the least. All we can really do is try to make the best of the situation and continually remind ourselves that this is temporary.

Our routine is for my husband and I switch off and he goes to spend the weekend in the hospital with Evan, while I spend the weekend in a hotel downtown with Cole. While we are being very careful to practice social distancing guidelines, we still need to get out of the hotel a bit and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. We love taking long walks around the city and especially love the beautiful temple grounds. Salt Lake also has some fantastic restaurants and we’ve been enjoying some great takeout. It has also been fun teaching Cole a little family history – Cole’s grandma Carolyn’s family was LDS and his great, great, great grandparents were very involved with the beginnings of the faith.

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A few of our recommendations from our visits…

Stay…

AC by Marriott Downtown | This hotel is very new and has a really cool modern feel. It is also within walking distance to all of the downtown shopping and restaurants. I especially loved the floor to ceiling windows with city skyline views.

Eat…

Takashi | This restaurant is the number one ranked Salt Lake City restaurant on TripAdvisor…for good reason. You don’t often think landlocked states can have good sushi but this sushi can compete with the best of Seattle. I loved the rolls I ordered (Sunshine Roll and Imagine Roll) and Cole really enjoyed his teriyaki chicken bowl.

Red Iguana | One thing I truly miss about living in Southern California is good, authentic Mexican food. Boise’s Mexican food scene is a bit…lacking. This popular and highly reviewed restaurant is quite possibly one of the best I’ve eaten at. The enchilada sauce was out of this world and the guacamole was freshly made. We also tried another local restaurant located right downtown called Blue Iguana, and apparently this restaurant is owned by a family member of the owners of Red Iguana. It is a bit more of an upscale environment but Red Iguana is better.

The Dodo Restaurant | This restaurant was recommended to me by a friend, and they are currently offering a drive thru service. On Mother’s Day we were on the hunt for a convenient brunch restaurant and decided to try this one. While the food was good…the real stand out was the desserts. Cole loved the coco layer cake and the toll house pie was delicious (albeit very rich!).

Bombay House | Another restaurant highly recommended by locals. I had this one delivered by Door Dash to the hospital when I was craving some good Indian food the other night. And all of the staff kept asking “is that Bombay House?!” If you like good Indian food, you won’t be disappointed.

Eva’s Bakery | This is quite possibly the cutest and most charming little storefront in all of downtown. We really came for the cute factor but stayed for the food. I’m normally not much of a sweets person, but the stuffed French toast was delicious, and the pastries we tried (lemon cake & brownie) were also top notch. My latte was also fantastic too.

Raw Bean Coffee House | So many coffee shops and restaurants are closed on Sundays in Utah and while on the hunt for one that was open I came across this one. Their large latte is an absolute monster and their coffee is quite good.

Shop…

City Creek Center | Only about 50% of the shopping center is currently open, but it was still fun to stroll around and window shop. It is a neat open air shopping center with some fantastic high end shopping, as well as mid range and affordable options as well.

The Lady Bag | They are currently closed due to Covid, but this is one shop I’ll want to come back to on a future trip! This high end consignment store has an incredible selection of designer bags.