Amazon Finds September 2020

Keeping it short and sweet this month! And extra exciting – starting with cleaning supplies! 😉

$8 Grout Cleaner Brush – I must be old because I am actually excited to buy this!

$23 Grout Cleaner (to go with above brush) – not my typical clean choice but I have heard that this works really well

$15 Poetry Book – just released! Written and published by one of my dear friends

$13 Baby Sweats Set – Adorable for a boy or girl!

$24 Leggings – Supposed to be very similar to lululemon, I need to try!

Three Things Still Worth Buying This Fall

Hello! Each September I typically share a trend guide for the fall, since i seems to be everyone’s favorite time of year to buy clothes (which, if you’re like me in the Midwest, you have the pleasure of wearing into April). Well this year, I’m a tired mom and there’s a global pandemic going on, and so I’ve decided instead to share three styles that are still worth buying this year, even if you’re not in need of a whole new fall wardrobe since so much is still cancelled.

As I type this, I realize that there’s a chance that next fall I could still be a tired mom and there could still be a pandemic going on. Ay yi yi. Let’s take it one year at a time and hope that next year’s better! Anyways, here are your three styles! What each one of these has in common is this: they can all easily be dressed up or down. This is really key as we don’t know just how long we’ll be (mostly) staying home, and when the day does come when everything is up and running again, you don’t want to find yourself sifting through fifteen loungewear sets trying to find something presentable to wear in public. Enter these staples:

ONE. Leggings

Well, I bet you didn’t see this one coming. LEGGINGS. Yes, it is time to buy your first pair of leggings. Or, if you’re like me, your tenth pair. Leggings are perfect for a day around the house, or going out and runnings errands (with a mask!). I am sharing these leggings because, while I don’t own them (yet!), they’ve been recommended to me time and again because apparently they are dupes of the famous lululemon align leggings, and at $24 they’re only a fraction of the cost!

TWO. Cardigan

Is there a fall/winter item that’s as much of a staple as the cardigan? I don’t think so! Humble though it may be, it’s come a long ways from being worn by Mr. Rogers on screen and there are so many different styles out there, everyone can find one they like. It’s perfect for layering and can be worn with absolutely anything from gym clothes to pencil skirts. I bought this one during the Nordstrom sale and it is every bit as soft and cozy as it looks online!

THREE. Cute & Casual Shoes

Okay, I have a confession: I am a total summer shoe person. (I am also a total summer person, period. But that’s for a different post). I have always struggled finding shoes that are both cute AND practical during the fall/winter months. I end up wearing boots all the time, which is just too much of a good thing plus boots aren’t always great for walking. It’s preferable to have a shoe for the cooler months that’s not a sporty tennis shoe but not a pair of boots, either – and here’s an option: great support, laces up, but not too sporty. Something you can wear with leggings, jeans, or a sweater dress.

Amazon Finds: August 2020

Welcome to my latest monthly series, what I’ve recently found on Amazon! And, I’ve only been blogging twice a month recently, so it’s also known as every other post. 😉 Enjoy!

 

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$16 athletic shorts- just ordered these and hoping they’re like bike shorts, but a cuter length!

 

 

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$30 water shoes – good for the hypothetical beach trip!

 

 

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$13 four-pack of huggie earrings – I used to go to the mall to buy earrings but clearly that’s not happening anymore

 

 

 

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$14 retro sunglasses – I literally only buy sunglasses off of Amazon anymore, their selection is so big!

 

 

 

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$13 3-pack of velvet headbands, so cheap!

 

 

 

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$30 Saltwater sandals – one of the few shoes I will splurge on for my growing little ones!

 

 

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$25 Hanna Andersson PJs – didn’t know they sold these on Amazon!

 

 

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$13 bamboo soap dish and brush – the dish is spring-loaded

 

 

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$10 Infant cups – I’ve also heard great things about these for babies!

 

 

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$14 Pour Over – we’ve had ours for years and the price is amazing for the quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

After six (!!) years of running this blog, I have given in. I am finally sharing my first ever post on the biggest non-Black Friday sale of the year, and that is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Currently it’s only open to Nordstrom cardholders, and opens to the general public on August 19th, with the sale ending on August 30th. If you’re like me and not a cardholder, you’ll find that a lot of items will already be out of stock on the 19th. It’s just that popular of a sale!

 

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite’s from this year’s sale. The first price is the sale price, and the second price is the price after the sale is over. I tried not to include too many basics in this post because I personally feel like Nordstrom is not a great place for basics, even during the #nsale. When it comes to essentials such as long-sleeved tops or basic cardigans, camis, etc., you’re better off spending $30 on one of similar quality at H&M rather than spending $40 on the sale priced one at Nordstrom. Of course, that’s just my opinion. On to my sale favorites!

 

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SPANX Faux Leather Leggings ($65/98)

 

 

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Moonlight Dream Short PJS ($30/49)

 

 

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Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Long Cardigan ($66/$114)

 

 

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BP. Open Stitch Cardigan ($32/$49)

 

 

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Quilted Panel Faux Suede Moto Jacket ($77/$118)

 

 

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V-Neck Camisole ($25/$49)

 

 

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Stripe Trim Pajamas ($50/$90)

 

 

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Adidas Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt ($36/$60)

 

 

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Ab-Solution High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans ($50/$78)

 

 

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Rib Bishop Sleeve Surplice Ribbed Sweater ($29/$59)

 

 

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Oversize V-Neck High/Low Sweater ($46/$69)

 

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Moonlight Dream Pajamas (Long Sleeved) ($40/$65)

 

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Cozy Twist Front Pullover ($29/$49)

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UGG Fluffette Slipper ($60/$90)

 

 

 

OK BACK TO SUMMER 🙂

 

 

 

 

Amazon Finds: July 2020

Yikes, how has it been already three weeks since my last post?! This summer is truly flying by and I’m pretty sad about it because if you know me you know that I love summer.

 

Anyways, today I’m starting a new (hopefully!) monthly series: my favorite Amazon finds! Which, let’s be real, is basically an excuse for me to online window shop, since Amazon has just about everything. 🙂

 

My inspiration for this comes from the fact that I’ve been seeing more and more bloggers post about clothing and accessories from Amazon – there truly is so much available on there now! I’ve bought my fair share of clothing and accessories on there and have been happy with everything that I’ve gotten thus far. Here’s what I’m loving on Amazon this month:

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$14 Mini Hoops – yellow gold is back!

 

 

 

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$20 Compression Shorts – bike shorts but cuter

 

 

 

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$16 Workout Tank – can wear tied or open

 

 

 

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$12 Workout Tank – this one ties in front

 

 

 

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$12 Baby Romper – I love ribbed baby clothes!

 

 

 

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$15 Two Piece Set – also adorable and ribbed

 

 

 

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$13 Baby Nose Cleaner – my SIL gave me one of these and yes it’s gross but it WORKS!

 

 

 

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$17 Clean Mascara – lash and primer in one, I’ve heard great things about this!

 

 

 

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$8 Gua Sha – these are so popular right now

 

 

 

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$8 visor – This is a steal! I have this in black and love that it’s machine washable

 

 

 

 

Baby Boy Nursery Reveal

Hello, I’m back! Well, sort of. 😉 We shall see how much I’m able to actually blog in the next couple months as I adjust to caring for two little ones. It’s so busy, but so good.

 

Today I’m sharing photos of our baby boy’s nursery! I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

 

BEFORE:

Previously, this room was a rarely-used second guest room. It was the only bedroom in the house we hadn’t yet painted, and it needed that and more! Not only did we paint all the walls and the trim, we also ripped out the carpet (it reeked) and replaced it with new carpet. So much better and so much brighter.

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AFTER:

My vision for this room was pretty much anything but your typical boy nursery. I wanted something more modern, less boy-ish, and something that could grow with him and potentially be used for multiple children too down the road. Enter: white walls, with black and gold accents.

 

I didn’t want all of the walls to be white, however. I created an accent wall by painting an abstract black and gold pattern on it – a grounding visual centerpiece for the room without being overwhelming as it’s still very minimalist.

 

After painting and carpet the rest of the room came together quickly. The furniture was easy to figure out – some new, some handed down from his big sister – and my husband designed handles for the dresser/changing table for it to look like a toolbox. Like father, like son. 🙂

 

Overall I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Light, airy, and happy. Perfect for our sweet little guy!

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