27 July 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale || The Best of Kids

The Best of The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Holy moly is stuff from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale selling out like hot cakes or what?! 

Both Mallory and Michael have already worn through and/or outgrown most of the summer-y pieces they had from Alaska so a little closet refresh is in order! I'm definitely not a mom who invests a lot of money into my kids' clothes. They grow too fast and are FAR too messy for expensive clothing. While the vast majority of their wardrobe comes from either Target, Old Navy or local second hand shops, there are a select few items that are worth the splurge -- you know, the "on sale" kind of splurge. ;)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Best Deals for Kids

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Since Mallory and Michael are currently in the same size shirts and jammies, I try to buy unisex as often as possible. Double the wear means I can feel good about spending a little more. I highly recommend the brand Tucker + Tate! They make really excellent quality clothing that my kids' haven't yet figured out how to destroy, so we get some serious mileage out of their stuff.

Mallory, being the oldest, usually lucks out and gets to wear new shoes, leaving Mikey with only the shoes that were strong enough to weather the wear of his sister. Nike and Converse are among my top go-to brands for kids shoes! They have the widest variety of gender neutral, classic kicks that I know can take a healthy toddler beating. 

Apart from the staples, I combed through Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale for things that I thought would make good Christmas or Birthday gifts and wound up with the above list. Color me a shitty mom, but this list is NOTHING compared to my shopping cart when I finished scouring the #Nsale beauty deals, but still, damage was done. ;)

Happy Wednesday!

Check out my Best of Beauty post here!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Kids

16 July 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale || The Best of Beauty


The Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is finally here!!! Since it can be difficult to find a blogger who will compile and share a list of the #NSale's best, I figured I'd better hammer a blog post out for you. ;)

The deets:
best value nordstrom anniversary sale

If you don't already have a Nordstrom card, it's not too late to get yours (here) and take advantage of that early access perk! I personally chose the debit card option because of it's simplicity. My Nordstrom card is linked directly to my checking account and automatically takes the money from there each time I make a purchase -- aka no need for me to add another bill to the calendar. WIN!

Nordstrom now has another option for you to earn rewards points if you can't get behind the whole card thing. All you need is a phone number and an email address to sign up then you can start earning rewards points right away! Every 2,000 points you earn gets you $20!

Ok, enough of that. Let's get the goods!

I planned to share alllll of my sale finds, but after shopping opening day (I'm feeling good about that sports analogy actually) I changed my mind...

My first stop was the shoe department. Tried several shoes on and left with these babies. Then I made my way to the beauty department where I would remain for three blissful, child free (shout out to my parents for watchin' the kids!), swatch & sample filled hours!

Soooo, now that I know and have inspected every. square. inch. of Nordstrom's beauty department, here's what I know...

beauty department nordstrom

Pretty sure Aerin isn't part of the sale (it does have a killer gift with purchase situation right now though) -- but, this entire line is new to me and sooooo good. This scent was my favorite!

The "Beauty's Best Friend" Set includes two beauty blenders and a full sized cleansing solid for $35. If you are beauty blender addict, then you've gotta capitalize.

You're saving like $12 by getting this Anastasia Brow Kit, so it's basically free. You're welcome.

The Bobbi Brown counter has got it goin' on right now -- especially with regard to sale participation.

I think I'm going to wrap it up now. No need for you to be reading this post for the same amount of time I spent in store. Your time would be much better spent shopping at this point. 

Oh! Check out the Beauty Glam-Out events-- spa Wednesday?! Where do I sign???

Ok, for real. 


10 July 2016

Girl Bye

 I'm sure at this point in our relationship you are well aware of the fact that I'm a quientessential introvert. It costs me energy to be social. Working to actually MAKE friends in our new city, fughettaboutit. The level of social required for that...

Well, last week I climbed out of my hole of my little introverted comfort zone and struck up a conversation with another mom at story time. Regular ol' small talk led me to asking her about local activities for kids. (Slim pickins' around here thus far so I figured I'd use my resources...)

The first three activities she brought up were activities we had already discovered, so she then asked ME if I had found anything she hadn't mentioned. I answered, through a little giggle, "sometimes we go to the McDonald's on Fry Rd (ha! Get it? FRY rd...!) and play in their indoor play area."  

She looked at me wide eyed and appalled and said "you don't actually give your kids any of that food though do you!?!?!"

My unfiltered thoughts :: "Freeloading on McDonald's play equipment isn't really a good look, not to mention cheap and easy food WHILE the kids expel some of their seemingly endless supply of energy...YES! Yes, I actually do give my kids that food."

**First eye roll withheld as a courtesy.

Next, she told me that she only has to worry about activities for her kids in the summer since she actually works. She's a teacher.


How nice. Maybe I'm just out of practice, but is that really first mom date (kinda) conversation material???
Thennnn came the breastfeeding jab...

[side note: It was only me and Mallory in story time. My sister had Michael out in the children's section of the library.]

She said "There are a few mommy groups at The Wellness Center in town. I'm involved with both the baby wearing and breastfeeding groups. I guess don't know if your into that kind of thing, but I think it's pretty great! The breastfeeding group is my favorite. It's full of moms who are genuinely interested in what's best for their children and most are nursing older babies like I am. (gestures toward her 8 ish month old) I'm still nursing this one because I know it's best for her. But again... I don't know if that's your thing or not."

Holy shit balls! Is this woman for real?!

**She ignorantly says this to a woman who is nursing her 15 month old -- as if that were the damn point!

No freaking wonder so many moms don't feel supported! There are condescending trolls like this one lurking around every parenting turn! 

I've heard alllll I need to hear.


The article that inspired me to share my *ahem* encounter.

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