Friday Faves: #NSale 2019!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Today the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public!  The NSale is always a fun sale to shop because it's the only sale to sell fall/winter clothes before the season begins at a discount.  All other sales are end of the season.  

The past week has been open to card holders only, and now today it's open to everyone!  You may still be able to find yourself a good deal on something to wear this upcoming fall--or even to wear now!!

I always order more since Nordstrom ships free and lets you return items free (it's a win-win situation!!), so I'm not keeping all of these items.  I did splurge on ordering one item and I'm really still debating about keeping it.  It's SO nice, but do I really need it??

If you like something, click the link (I do earn about a penny for each link clicked, so thank you for clicking!!!) and see if it's still in stock!

 leopard dress | shoes (not part of the sale)
Love this dress!  I'm keeping it because it's perfect for school now.  It fits true to size, but I will say it doesn't give a ton of room in the chest area.

 pullover | shorts | tennis shoes (already sold out, but same linked that's not on sale)
I love this pullover since it's lightweight and more of a windbreaker-type pullover, and I'm definitely keeping the running shorts because I've never seen them on sale for this cheap!  My only problem is the shoes.  I love them, but they are a half size too big.  I sized down a half size and really needed to size down a full size, but they are already sold out!  I linked a really pretty pair that's full price if you like them.

 top | jeans (not part of the sale)
Keeping this shirt for sure!  I knew it would be a big hit during the sale and I was right.  My jeans aren't part of the sale, but they are my favorite if you're in the market for quality jeans. I wasn't impressed with any of the jeans in the sale.

 sweater | jeans (not part of the sale)
I love Free People sweaters SO MUCH, but I ordered this thinking it was a different style ha!  I'm going to return this even though it's really soft.

top | scarf | jeans (not part of the sale)
I'm returning this shirt because boxy shirts do nothing for my figure.  My dilemma is the scarf--it's such a luxury item and I know I would use it a lot because it's such a classic color BUT do I need it at this price point?!? 

If you shopped the sale, what's been your favorite item so far?
If you plan on shopping the sale, what are you looking for?

When Your Sister is a Photographer: Harrison's 4.5 Month Photos

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

My sister is a photographer and she just finished converting an extra bedroom in her home into a studio, so naturally, Harrison and I had to check it out 😜

I brought over three different outfits and we ended up putting Harrison in all three!  She took over 300 pictures, so these are just a few.  

And if you're local to north Alabama, you must check her out!  She's an excellent photographer!

Friday Faves!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Happy Friday!!!  We're one Friday closer to school starting and let me tell you, I am not ready!  I have enjoyed being with Harrison all summer long, and I know starting back to school will be harder on me than it will be on him haha!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens today to cardholders, so I'll be shopping once it opens!  I always overbuy because of Nordstrom's free shipping and free returns.  And I always know that I'm not keeping everything I order haha!

I hope to get a post together today of what I buy and then I'll do another post once everything comes in so I can talk about what actually worked vs what didn't.

Alright, enough of that!  Now onto my FAVORITES!

I forgot to cancel my Nordstrom Trunk Club subscription, so when my new stylist (remember my last one was TERRIBLE) sent me an email with the clothes she had picked and seeing that they actually looked good, I went ahead and clicked for her to send the trunk to me.  The only problem?  I like a lot of it and it's the same time as the big sale.  Ugh.

I want to show you what my favorites are and I'll decide what to keep once I see what I get during the sale.
 Navy jumpsuit--I LOVE it!

 Black dress--I also really love this and most people didn't like it on IG!

 Stripped jumpsuit--Again, love it!

Harrison is literally the happiest baby in the world and he is always my FAVORITE!!!

And for my FAVORITE blogger/influencer of the week:
Krista from Covering the Bases!  
I love how relatable she is and how down to earth she is--plus, she's planning a wedding and lives in NYC which I find so interesting.  I also really love how classic her style is!

Do y'all have a favorite blogger/influencer that I should check out?!

Have a great weekend!  (And I hope to see you back here tomorrow!)

Prepping for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

It's almost sale time!!!

I know every blogger out there will be (and has already been) covering the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year, but sometimes I think it's fun to read sale posts from bloggers who won't be spending thousands of dollars on things during the sale.  I'll only be looking at necessities because I still have a few months until my paycheck goes back to normal #maternityleave

Just in case you may not be as familiar with the anniversary sale, cardmembers are able to start shopping July 12 and then everyone else can start shopping July 19.  Here's the thing....the first year I decided to shop it, I didn't have a card and didn't realize it would be such a big deal.  So on the first day open to the public, I went on the website to buy the Barefoot Dreams cardigan I had been wanting because it was discounted almost $40.....and they were already sold out!  I couldn't believe it!!  Luckily, a friend in Texas had bought two and mailed me her extra.  I applied for the credit card after that ha!

Here are a few things I'm going to be looking for during the sale:

If you are in need of a new pair of jeans, the sale is the best time to buy them because they will be heavily discounted.  Two years ago I paid $99 for a pair of jeans that were normally priced $199!

The Zella leggings Nordstrom sells are great and they are normally discounted to around $35 during the sale.

3. Coats
I really need a good winter dress coat.  I tried finding one last year and didn't like any of them, so hopefully this year will be different.

This isn't a need, but I would like a new purse if I can find one at a price I'm willing to pay at this point.

Dustin is obsessed with Travis Matthews shirts and they are about $35-40ish dollars cheaper during the sale.  He wears them all the time so we'll get him a few.

6. Baby boy things
I haven't looked at the baby things yet, so it'll be fun to see if I can find anything that I just have to have for Harrison!

If you're planning on shopping the sale, what are some items you are looking for?!

Coffee Talk!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hi friends!  It's been a hot minute since I've done a coffee talk with y'all!  Now that I'm a mom to a 4 month old, I'd love to have an hour to spend with friends chatting over a cup of warm coffee (I'll drink hot coffee year-round!), so if we were getting coffee together, here's what I'd talk to you about!
Picture is old--from last year!

-I love that I can now bluetooth my phone to my car so I've been listening to all the podcasts while driving!!  (My last car wasn't super old but behind the times, obv)  Yesterday while driving home from Auburn, I listened to the latest episode from Mallory Ervin with her husband, and I have to say....I think it's my favorite episode yet!  If you haven't listened to her podcast, Living Fully, yet, go listen to episode 4.

-It is SO HOT outside and on days that Dustin is working, I can't do any exercise outside because it's too hot for Harrison.  And I hate working out inside the house lol  Anyone have a short, but fun workout I could do inside on the days Dustin is working.

-Dustin and I are taking Harrison to the beach next summer and wanted to do Rosemary Beach again but stay at The Pearl.  Well, I just found out their pool is adults  Any other recommendations?  We'll have to save The Pearl for when Dustin and I go alone...many years from now haha!

-I started watching Parks and Rec because the episodes are so short (21-23 minutes long). The first few episodes weren't that funny, but the hunting episode hooked me--it was hilarious!  I'm now on season 3 and still enjoying it-just not as much as I enjoyed The Office!

-Harrison and I took our first solo trip to Auburn to visit my bff on a weekend that Dustin worked.  Traveling alone with a 4 month old was tougher than I thought it would be haha!

Friday FAVES!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Happy Friday, y'all!!!

Doesn't today feel like Sunday?  Yesterday felt like Saturday to me--I know my days are all messed up when I'm not in school because I couldn't tell you what day of the week it is all summer long haha!

I hope y'all had a great 4th yesterday!  We did because it was Harrison's first!!  We didn't go watch any fireworks this year, but we can't wait to take him to watch them next year.  On our way home yesterday, Dustin and I were talking about how different this year is than last year.  This year we drove a very tired, crying baby home to go to bed and last year we were watching the fireworks from a boat on the river.  My, how times have changed lol!

Today I'm sharing a few of my FAVORITES with y'all!

I always browse the points items in Sephora at the counter each time I check out.  Usually I save my points, but the last time I found a face wash I wanted to try out.  I've always just used a face wash from Walmart but I know my sister used to use face products from this brand.  The sample I got (for 100 points) is a large size and I've realized it doesn't take much to wash my face.  I'm a HUGE fan and will be buying a normal size when I run out of the sample!!  It's for all skin types and is very gentle on my sensitive skin.

For Monday's blog post, I shared this dress and got so much positive feedback!  Not only did everyone compliment the dress, but everyone was so kind to me :)  It's just another reason why I love blogging and connecting with people--y'all are all so kind!!

We celebrated our first 4th of July as a family of three yesterday and having Harrison makes me SO excited to celebrate all holidays!  He makes life so much fun :)  I cannot wait for baby Harrison in a Halloween costume!!

And I've decided to start something new for my Friday Favorites posts--I used to share a favorite song each week, but I found that sometimes what I liked one week was still the same the next week haha!  So I'll be sharing my favorite Instagram or Blog of the week!
Kate from Lonestar Southern has been a FAVORITE to follow lately.  And isn't her wedding dress just gorgeous?!  She just celebrated one month of marriage, so her blog and instagram have been covered in wedding content and I've been loving it all!  Look her up on IG at @lonestarsouthern or find her blog here!

Fourth of July With Our Little Firecracker!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!!

Harrison tried on his 4th of July outfit yesterday that's been in his closet for maybe 2 months??  And it's almost too small haha!!  That means we'll be wearing it a lot this month before he can't wear it any longer.

He had his 4 month appointment Monday and our pediatrician said the 4 month vaccines are the worst--and they definitely have been.  He hasn't been his usual happy, smiley self--poor baby.  He did have a good 5 minutes though during our photo shoot and was almost too busy "talking" to give me a smile.

I hope y'all are busy celebrating today....we have two different family BBQs to attend!  See y'all back here tomorrow for a Friday Favorites post!

The Perfect Dress for a Summer Celebration

Monday, July 1, 2019

 This has been such a fun dress to wear lately and I really think it's the perfect dress to wear to any summer celebration--a wedding, nice dinner, party, etc.  The fabric is so lightweight and flowy, so you could wear it in the summer heat and not be as hot haha!

I wore it recently for family pictures that were outside and I was really grateful that the fabric was so lightweight--which helped me not to sweat a ton in the Alabama heat.

What would you wear this dress for?

I also paired it with red lipstick and my favorite nude heels.

This dress runs true to size!

Harrison is FOUR Months!!!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Harrison turns FOUR MONTHS today!!!  I literally cannot believe it!  Since my sister is an awesome photographer (check out her website here!!!), she came over and took Harrison's 4 month pictures on his blanket and a few extras.  He got really excited talking so you'll see all of those pictures at the end with his mouth open haha!

This month has brought so many changes with Harrison!  We're starting to really see his personality more.  He's really gotten into a groove with a schedule (for the most part), and obviously, he's staying awake longer throughout the day.  He also learned how to roll from his tummy to his back this month!

The big thing this month was moving him out of the bassinet next to my side of the bed and into his crib (insert me crying).  He has done such a good job sleeping at night and napping during the day in his crib that he actually prefers napping in his crib during the day.  I tried getting him to take a nap on his boppy on my bed while I was getting ready one morning (like he used to do) and he fussed until I put him in his crib--where he immediately went to sleep!  It hurt my feelings a little that he preferred that haha!

He likes...
-his play mat (and more specifically, the fox)
-his lovie bunny
-being able to see his Momma 
-his Daddy talking to him
-bath time
-sucking on his hands
-being held where he can see everything

He dislikes...
-being hungry
-wearing something that's too big (I learned that the hard way ha)
-anything that interferes with his nap time 😂😂
-taking the bottle out of his mouth to burp him

You'll notice in the rest of these pictures that Harrison isn't looking at the camera--he's looking at me!  I stood next to my sister and talked to Harrison to try to get him to smile, and instead, he "talked" back haha!

I know I sound like a broken record saying this, but I cannot get over the fact that God chose me to be Harrison's momma.  Being his mother is more than I ever could have imagined it would be.  So many people tell us how blessed Harrison is to have us as his parents, but it's really the other way around.  WE are so blessed to have him as our baby, and it's only because of God that he is.  Dustin and I have just gone back and talked about how if this didn't happen or that didn't happen then we would never have been in the position to find out about Harrison.  And I just go back and think about in the days after the first birth mom changed her mind and decided to parent her baby, I was just devastated and angry, and my mom gave me a card with the verse "For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).  I distinctly remember telling her, "Well, I feel like it is right now," because I was in such a hurt place.  Not five days later did we receive pictures of the most beautiful newborn baby I had ever seen in my life--our son.  Oh, how I get chills thinking about how God was working even when I couldn't believe it.

Okay, enough onto pictures of Harrison!

What's Up Wednesday!! (June 2019)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  I'm a little late in posting today, but better late than never, right?!

Here's a little recap of this month!

What we're eating this week...
Monday night I had my sister and dad and his girlfriend over for dinner, so I made a salad, enchilada lasagna, and a dessert.
Last night Dustin had softball so we ate leftovers--he ate lasagna and I ate salad.
Tonight I have small group at a restaurant so we're on our own again.
Thursday night we'll have something with chicken since that's what's in the freezer ha!
Friday night is Dustin's work picnic, so we'll eat pizza there.

What I'm reminiscing about...
We were talking Monday night how we've all been looking back over old pictures of Harrison!  I still can't believe he was so tiny and how much he's grown now.  He's in such a fun stage right now, but I also loved the newborn stage where I watched him sleep all the time.

What I'm loving...
I have loved being off work this summer and being home with Harrison all day long!  
-I've really loved instagram stories lately--especially Emily Jackson's with her new workout line, IVL.  

-I got a new dress for our family pictures we had on Sunday, and I can't wait for those pictures to get back so I can show y'all the whole look!  (Dress fits tts)

What we've been up to...
We've had a lot of fun this month!
 We've been trying on new outfits

 And smiling in lots of pictures

 Harrison rolled over (front to back) for the first time at the beginning of June!

 I've also had someone constantly watching me...

 Sometimes Harrison is too busy "talking" to smile for a picture

 We celebrated Dustin on his first Father's Day!!

 And we watched college world series baseball games

 Harrison LOVES playing on his play mat!  Notice him smiling at the fox and how blurry his hand is!

And we've swam!

Oh, and I finally got around to sharing Harrison's nursery!!!

What I'm dreading...
The insane heat and humidity is always my least favorite thing about summer--and especially now with a baby.  

What I'm working on...
I'm always working on eating better and being healthier 

What I'm excited about...
Harrison turns 4 months tomorrow!  And we have a lot of fun things in July!  A trip to Auburn, Dustin's birthday, and our 5 year anniversary!


What I'm watching/reading...
I'm currently watching Parks and Rec--it's not as funny as The Office, but it's okay.
I'm reading Furious Hours--if you're a fan of Harper Lee, you should read it!

What I'm listening to...
The 60s station on XM radio!

What I'm wearing...
I have realized that not all bathing suits are conducive to having an infant or small child.  I'm rewearing this one (from last year--linked one from this year) over and over because it's perfect for bending over or having my suit grabbed by a tiny hand :)

I'm also wearing these shorts every single day haha!

What I'm doing this weekend...
Hanging out with my mom, Dustin's work picnic, and Dustin, Harrison, and I are going to do something together Saturday...just not sure what yet

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Another month at home with Harrison!

What else is new...
Not much!
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