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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Week Recap

Why is it that Winter and the cold last 55 months (or so it feels like) and Summer last three short months. Anyway, the weeks fly by. We are always running somewhere, doing something, trying to soak in every minute of this Summer. 

1. The week started off with me working from home. I thought it was just allergies, but it seems I had a touch of a Summer cold. I was coughing a lot, so Joe brought Joey to my parents house so that I could rest at home alone while still trying to get some things done. This one was never too far away from me at all. He hates when I'm sick. Isn't it amazing how our pets know. Before I even knew I was pregnant with Joey, Charger was acting weird and wouldn't leave me alone. He would lay on my stomach and be very protective. God, I love this puppy!

2. On Tuesday, I still wasn't feeling that well, so I met Joey to have dinner out instead of cooking. We went to Stoke in Easton, PA and it was soooo good! It's funny, I've been there two times before, but both times I was pregnant with Joey! We arrived before the happy hour ended, so we started with the half price meatballs! I ordered Joey the cheese pizza thinking it would be pretty small, but it was the same size as our pizza! Luckily the kid loves pizza (but he really loves all food) so he ate more then half of it and the rest became his lunch the next day. Joe and I split a salad and some white pizza with prosciutto onto.  

3. We occasionally let Joey watch things on my old ipad while waiting for dinner to be made. He loves watching the trucks and learn about colors on YouTube kids. I snapped this picture of him very intent on watching it. He looks like such a big boy! 

4. I love when Joey's teachers send us pictures of him playing, enjoying a meal, or sleeping. On Friday, his teacher sent us this photo saying Joey loves books! It's so true. We sometimes have to take them from him because he will just want to turn the pages and look at the pictures all night if he could!
Romper (similar)

5. If you haven't already, go ahead and enter the giveaway for a Jord Watch! I love mine and having been wearing this Frankie- Koa & Ash since I received it!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Another Nordstrom Post | What I Actually Bought

I will spare you all with the posts about what you should purchase, and instead I'll show you what I actually purchased and my opinions! I just received my first round of things I purchased last night, so I will update this as others come in! 

Bobeau Ruffled Shirt | $42.90- I got the red plaid in preparation to wear this during the holiday season and pair it with a black skirt for our work party! I got the XS as it runs a little big in the chest. 

BP Open Toe Mule | $49.50- These are TTS, but if you don't like the feeling of your toes pushed together, size up! I purchased the black and wore then today to work! Even though they are suede, they look great in Summer and are perfect to transition!

Dreamers by Debut Exposed Seam Sweater| $29.90 CURRENTLY SOLD OUT- I purchased this in three colors!!! Olive, Oatmal, and Mustard. If this goes back in stock hurry and pick it up!!

BP. Ribbed Carigan | $25.90 CURRENTLY SOLD OUT- Sales it's a cardigan, but I'm going to wear this buttoned up and tied at the bottom. Great transitional piece. Runs a little bigger!

Nike 3 Pack No Show Socks | $8.90- You can never get enough socks! Anyone else lose an average of 2 per load of laundry?? 

Nike Free RN | $74.90- Size up 1/2 size! I decided to return these. They are a lot more purple in person then in the picture. If they were a little cheaper I may consider keeping, but I'd rather spend this for a pair I would wear more!

I also ordered, but have yet to receive these items!

BP. Varsity Stripe Sweater | $25.90 - Love the stripes! Ordered a small, but I may want a medium to wear it oversized.
BP. Peplum Tee | $9.90- Purchased White, Black and Rust Marsala. Stock up on these since they are so cheap!

Purchased to save for Christmas Gifts!

Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Box | $21.90- I have the mint one in my kitchen and use it so much while it looks great with my decor. Thought I could gift this to someone over the holidays, mother in law, gift exchange, co worker etc!

Nordstrom Brand Knit Cape | $45.90- I was thinking this gift would be perfect for my step- mother in law! Easy transitional piece you can wear all through winter. 

Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Expandable tote | $129.90- CURRENTLY SOLD OUT- Purchased this for a family member! I have a few colors of this bag and it is great. Especially love that you can just wipe it clean!

Purchased for Joey!

Nike Free RN Running | $35.90- Ordered a size up so that these would be his Fall/ Winter (hopefully)!!

North Face Track Jacket | $32.90- Last year I purchased Joey his first North Face jacket during the sale, so I thought it was only fitting I would get him another that is perfect for fall. I did size up a size from where he is now in hopes it will fit!

Tucker & Tate Socks | $11.90 CURRENTLY SOLD OUT-Joey needs more clothes, well like I need more clothes- NONE AT ALL! but I couldn't pass up this awesome deal for 6 pairs of socks!

Stem Sun Zip Up | $19.90- I really liked the color of this, so I sized up in hopes it will fit throughout the Fall!

So.. that was a lot! Are you shopping the Sale today or have you received your orders from the Early Access?? Let me know what you got or are planning to get!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Perfect Day to Night Watch

I love Jord Watches. There is no denying that! I actually purchased one for Joe for Christmas two years ago, and last year for our one-year anniversary Joe went with the paper (ya know paper comes from tree's- which is wood- Jord is made out of wood) theme and got me an adorable teal face one!

But lately, I haven't been wearing my watches, feeling like they are too fancy and instead have to always check the time on my bulky phone. Chasing after a 15-month-old and basically living in dress down clothes isn't exactly the right time to wear a watch, until now. I was recently reached out to my JORD and introduced to the Frankie- Koa & Ash watch and fell in love! I immediately put it on. The pictures don't even do it justice! 

I wore it the whole first day I received it to run some errands in denim cut off's and a plain black tee it looked perfect. Didn't stand out that I was trying to hard but made me look and feel put together. 

I later wore the watch out to dinner and out for drinks for a friend’s birthday. I dressed it up with a cute pair of Topshop cactus shorts with Loft tank (similar) and dupe sandals. I got so many compliments on the watch and made the outfit look so fancy.

Isn’t it amazing that the same piece can look great dressed down yet put together? This is definitely an everyday piece you can wear to work, running errands, to the park, or a night out on the town.

There are so many different variety of colors, watch heads and the best part is you can even personalize your watch if you say gift it to someone or just as a keep sake for yourself. 

Do you want a chance to win $100 towards your own Jord Watch? Enter the giveaway below!! Contest ends August 12!

Thank you to Jord for providing me with the watch. All opinions are my own!

Wooden Wrist Watch
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Splurge or Steal | Vol 2

Have you shopped the early access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet? No this is not another post about that sale. I'm sure you all are sick of seeing all the bloggers post about it, especially if you don't have a card and aren't able to shop early! Today's splurge, however is included in the sale. So if you want to spend the extra money on these Dolce Vita Tommi Perforated Bootie, I suggest to do it now while the sale if going on. The Dolce Vita bootie comes in Smoke (which is more of a taupe color), Black and Tan (shown below). They also fit true to size. In my opinion, I would be wearing these a lot with skinny jeans and I just don't like the straight across cut of the boot.
The steal today is the Target, Universal Thread Autumn Braided Bootie. I actually purchased these in the Spring and wore almost every day for months. They are so comfortable even wearing without socks. I love the little heal and braided accent. These also come in the black. Typically every back to school time Target runs a bogo sale on shoes, so if you aren't anxious to pick these up, I would try to hold out. 

included in the nordstrom sale for $89.95
$139.95 | Dolce Vita Booties
$34.95 | Target Booties

What do you think about these two booties? Do you own any of them- let me know in the comments!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book Nook | Summer 2018

This past weekend I decided to make a little Book Nook for Joey. He is so into books right now- which I love! Every morning when he wakes up, the first thing he will do is grab a book out of his bin and come sit in our lap with it. He then yells 'boooook, boooook' and hit you with it until you read it to him. He's alittle impatient and likes to turn the page before you even get done read it, but hey.. I don't mind. 

I originally saw the idea from Jordan at Jordan & Co. and thought this would be perfect to mix up our books for each season! 

All the books were purchased through a Usborne Book party or you can check them out here! They have so many options!

I can't wait to change this out each season for Joey! Do you have any suggestions on good summer books?
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Patriotic Styles You Can Wear All Summer

Raise your hand if you love rocking red, white and blue all Summer long. 
Last weekend I wore this cute Kate Spade dress that I rented purposely to wear for the Fourth of July. We had a cranky toddler at dinner, so we never got to get a family picture of our matching outfits! However, I definitely know I will be wearing this dress again this Summer. 
Here are some Patriotic looks to carry out all Summer long!
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Splurge or Steal | Vol. 1

Today I'm introducing you all to a new series I'm called Splurge or Steal. I know there a lot of others girls out there that love that high end, designer look; but our wallet just won't allow us to spend that designer prices. 

I've seen a lot of other bloggers just raving about these Steve Madden Greece Sandals. Working full time and living that mom life, I rarely get time to go to the mall and shop. I was waiting to see if the Steve Madden sandals went on sale over the holiday in order to pick them up. Luckily, while I was shopping at a little boutique last weekend down the shore I was able to try them on. They run a little small so I would of had to size up and the soles are very flat. I work in an office, so my only walking is up and down halls, but I couldn't imagine wearing them a full day of walking say at a zoo or chasing after Joey. Needless to say, I decided to not purchase them. 

While walking past our local Payless (which is also right next to a bagel place!!) I saw these in the window and stopped in my tracks. I didn't have time to actually go in and try them on, so I did the next best thing and went online when I got home. I was lucky enough for them to be BOGO 50% and at only $14.99 I couldn't help myself! They came so quick in the mail and I was so excited to try them on. The soles have much more cushion then the Steve Madden ones and are so comfortable. I received these in the mail over the weekend and I have worn both colors every day since I got them. That's when you know they are good! 

The Payless dupe brown leather is a little darker then the Steve Madden and the 'H' cut out is rounded instead of square. I'm very pleased with this steal that I got! Like I said before, in my opinion, they are way more comfortable when wearing them, you can barely notice the difference in the steal vs. splurge. 

I've only been wearing them a week, but they seem pretty sturdy to hold up. I will update if that changes. But at the price of $14.99 I'm not gonna complain if they only last one season!

$14.99| Payless Montego Bay Club Sandals
$79.99 | Steve Madden Greece Sandals

Let me know your thoughts! Do you own either of there sandals?
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