Kid and Baby Essentials

Hi guys. Me again. Posting yet another round up of finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I am currently in the midst of a really long car ride with my family and somehow scanning through pages of merchandise is helping to drown out the cries of my 2 year old who has been screaming his head off for what seems like the past 197 minutes. He was well fed, freshly diapered (because we made that mistake yesterday), all cued up for his nap, and 30 minutes into his slumber, he decided to make this ride interesting yet again. And now he wants to hold my hand, which is cute and all, but the circulation gets cut off and my finger tips start tingling about 3 minutes in. So yes, this is my distraction, and hopefully you'll benefit by finding a kid and baby essential for less than you'd spend come fall. I broke it down into three categories, of course there is a ton of clothes as well, but in the interest of keeping this to "essentials" I covered baby gear/gifts, jackets, and shoes. You can … [Read More...]

Home Refresher at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I don't know about you, but I'm at that point in my life where I've been married for almost 9ish years and so that means it's been about 9ish years since I've bought anything for my home because, well, how amazing are wedding presents, right? Besides replacing a broken wine glass here and there I've focused my home spending on things like baby gear, storage bins (because omg all the stuff!!), and light bulbs (because, you know.... monsters!). And while perusing through the home section of the NSale, I realized, that hey, they have some pretty awesome things that aren't baby gear, or storage … [Read More...]

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Dressing Room Party

nordstrom anniversary sale

Okay. Party might be pushing it, but 2 hours among heaps of clothing sans kids and with your mom - these days, that's a party for me! I decided this year that I would do a little leg work for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and test out some of these clothes that caught my eye. I went today, the last day of the pre-sale, and a lot of sizes are picked over, but pretty much everything is still in stock online. Personally I like online shopping better because it's easier to "see" everything.....aaaaand plus I love getting mail ;) In case you missed this post with some of Abby and Kaytlynn's (and … [Read More...]

How to Style a Shift Dress

how to style a shift dress

In this edition of WWAW (What Would Abby Wear) she teaches us how to style a shift dress..... AND how to get the most bang for your buck by wearing one dress several ways. A shift dress if the perfect canvas to show off your accessories. Take it from the ladies below to paint yourself into the picture of CHIC. The shift dress is a basic silhouette, but such a versatile piece. Think of it as a blank canvas and let your accessories do the talking. Here are some fun ways to dress up OR down the basic shift dress. Oh, and you guys, the image below is clickable so if you see something you … [Read More...]

Dear Kids in My Shopping Cart…

kid in shopping cart

Dear Kids in My Shopping Cart, You know how much I love running errands with you. The grocery store, the mall, the post office, and especially the dry cleaners (when I get to unbuckle you, carry you across the parking lot, pay, then carry you and a huge heap of clothing back across the parking lot, try to find my keys with my one free finger, inevitably drop the clothes on the ground so I can hoist you back into your seat and rebuckle you). It's just a solidly fun 3 minute time span in my life. Yeah, so this summer, since it's just you and me and not-a-whole-lotta-camp, I see lots of … [Read More...]

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Women’s Picks!

It's that time of year (cue drum roll).........the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! In case you are wondering why people go nuts over this sale let me break it down for ya. This is not your average "we are trying to clear our inventory sale". It is new merchandise for fall at a discounted price. When the sale ends, the prices go back up. Basically, this is your perfect opportunity to get fall staples for less - think booties, cozy sweaters, jackets. They also have a ton of basics (including bras/underwear), makeup, beauty tools etc... at prices that just don't get any better. Or maybe you are in … [Read More...]

Watermelon Jalepeno Cocktail

watermelon jalepeno cocktail

When my husband and I went on our sans-kids trip to Miami, the bartender at one of the restaurants pulled out his own personal stash of watermelon (reserved for special guests,*ahem*.... the couple sitting next to us) and curated a cocktail with a surprising blend of flavors: watermelon and... jalepeno? Apparently we were not so subtle in our interest and he gave us a sample as well. Refreshing on the front end, spicy on the back end. A seriously cool cocktail that needed to be recreated. Sip, smile, then SHARE!!  ;) P.S. Wearing: Gap Chambray (old, but similar … [Read More...]

The Best Crab Dip (in the whole wide world)

carb dip pinterest

A hefty claim, I know, to deem this recipe "The best crab dip in the whole wide world", but when it hits the appetizer table, they swarm and it's.......... gone. And between mouthfuls while already scooping another bite all you hear is, "Oh my gosh. This is SO good." No really, that is the only way to describe it. It's one of those special occasion dips (one, because it's a little pricy to make, and two, because it takes a little longer than throwing together a cheese plate), but worth. Every. Penny. My mother-in-law has been making this for years and like all of her famous appetizers (this … [Read More...]

What to Wear 4th of July

what to wear 4th of july

In the next installment of "What Would Abby Wear" she has put together two fun, festive, and fashion-forward outfits for the weekend: What to wear 4th of July! And to be perfectly cliche: How is it already July? Aren't we all asking ourselves that? Whether you are blasting through your list of 99 things to do with your kids this summer or kicking yourself for not signing the troops up for more summer camp, this weekend is all about fun and family (and of course our Independence). Abby's patriotic looks, "causal/chic" and "comfortable/cool", will have you looking camera ready - you know, in the … [Read More...]

Neutral Summer with Stella & Dot (+ a GIVEAWAY!)

neutral summer jewelry stella dot

Wanna know how much time I have in the morning to think about what I'm wearing (if it's not gym clothes) before my kids start "needing things?" About negative 3 seconds. Before my feet touch the floor, it starts. Summer is lovely, but... no. Nevermind. Not going to do it. Not for one second going to complain. It's busy and crazy and hot but it's not winter and I love it. If I happen to be going somewhere other than the pool (swimming pool or carpool, that is) and I need to put on real people clothes, like say for a birthday party or ... well, yeah that's about the extent of my social life, … [Read More...]

Au Natural Summer Makeup with Beautycounter

au natural make up with beauty counter

It's no secret that I am a beauty product junkie. But the more we hear about the scary stuff we are slathering on our skin on a daily basis, the more conscious I've become about the products I use. Lucky for us, brands are catching on and creating products that are junk free - great news for beauty junkies, right? And while I'm not ready to go au natural, I've nailed down my go-to au naturale summer makeup routine with Beautycounter - a beauty and skincare line that has the biggest "NEVER LIST" out there (<--- go ahead and dare ya to click it). They've set a new standard for safety in the … [Read More...]