Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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Dress

1. Cut Out Bootie

2. Bralette

3. Brown Bootie

4. Adidas Sneaker

5. Nike Sneaker

6. Waffle Stitch Cardigan

7. Sports Bra

8. Exposed Seam Sweater

9. Moto Leggings

10. Striped Tee

11. Striped Sweater

12. Swing Jacket

While I don’t think this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale adds up to other years, I did find a lot of great staples for fall. My goal with this sale is always to find timeless pieces that I will wear over and over. I always stock up on shoes, workout essentials, and a few sweaters and tees. I WAS really excited about all of the boots that are included in the sale. I had a really hard time narrowing down the ones to purchase. I would have bought about six pairs if I could have! I’m also still on the hunt for a new pair of jeans – I’m leaning towards these. And I haven’t even begun looking at kids stuff yet. Above and below you can shop what I have bought for myself so far from the sale.

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XO,
Sara

The Perfect Petite Summer Maxi

Dress // Shoes // Sunglasses

I am normally not a huge wearer of dresses. They just don’t fit in well with mom-life, and kindergarten teacher life. Dresses aren’t really practical when you are sitting on the floor for 90% of your day. I also tend to shy away from maxi dresses because they swallow my petite frame (I’m barely pushing 5’1″ if you are wondering). I just can’t pull them off.

Enter THIS DRESS. And maybe you are thinking, “Well Sara, you can’t pull this one off either.” But let me tell you, it is one of the most comfortable things I have ever worn, and the perfect dress for summer. This maxi dress hits me at the perfect ankle length so that my shoes don’t get all tangled up in it. It’s also long enough that I can sit on the floor in it without worrying that something inappropriate might be hanging out. It also comes in a pretty blue color (pictured below), and I debated which color for awhile. I ultimately went with the red because I wanted something a little “spicy” for summer. 😉

I already see myself wearing this dress every weekend. It’s so versatile. I wore it to a birthday party in the city this past weekend, and I plan on wearing it to my mom’s retirement party in a few weeks. It would also be perfect for BBQ’s, baby showers, summer festivals, street fests, concerts in the park, the list goes on…

Snag this dress soon because it will sell out!

XO,

Sara

Becoming a Morning Person

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If I can become a morning person, anyone can! If you read this previous post, then you already know how much I love sleep. I never thought (before I had kids) that I could be the type of person who wakes up before dawn, especially when the option to hit snooze is still there. Now, don’t get me wrong, I will never fully be a morning person. I just love sleep way too much. Getting out of my warm, cozy bed while it’s still dark outside breaks my heart a little. But with a full time job, and two small children, it is one of the better ways to find balance.

First…

You’ll have to start going to bed earlier. This was really hard for me at first because after the kids go to bed is my only time to veg, hang out with Dean, watch Netflix, wash dishes, put away laundry, etc. But after a few 5:00 am wake ups, your body will be craving bed vs. Netflix much earlier. It only took me two days of waking up an hour early for my body to adjust, and for me to be ready for bed an hour earlier. I had to give up my Netflix watching but honestly, I should probably give up some screen time anyway. I aim to get in bed around 9:00 pm, and then read for a half hour. By then I’m struggling to keep my eyes open. It’s important to go to sleep when you hit this point, and not try to power through it, no matter how good your book is! Then you’ll hit “over tired”, and you’ll actually have trouble sleeping. So get those chores done early, and be ready to relax at least a half hour before you close your eyes. Easier said than done, I know.

Next…

Set a few different alarms for a few different times. I’m not kidding. I set three, each five minutes apart. The first alarm wakes me up. I don’t get up but I become aware that I need to get up soon so I don’t fully fall back to sleep. By the time the second alarm goes off, I’m a little more awake, and start waiting for the third alarm. By the time that one goes off, I’m usually ready to get up. Usually. 😉

Then…

Plan your time wisely. Make sure everything is set out and ready to go. For me, it’s working out so I make sure my clothes are laid out, and that I have an extra water bottle and small snack in my purse ready to go.

Last…

Remind yourself of why you are waking up early. Is to workout? That’s what it is for me. Tell yourself why it is important. There are mornings where I really need to convince myself to get out of bed. It really is a daily struggle. But then I think of all the things I have to do later in the day, and know that if I don’t get up now, my workout will not happen. Plus, I’m not sacrificing any time with the kids.

Are you a morning person? I’d love to hear your tips!

Ten Things About Me

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I love reading fun and quirky facts about people, so I thought today I would share ten (strange) things about me.
  1. I love sleep more than anything in the world but I am also a night owl. I get a burst of energy every night around 9:00. Even if I try to go to sleep early, I just lie there awake for hours. That being said, I could sleep until noon if someone let me.
  2. I love exercising almost as much as I love sleep. I will choose it over any other activity every. single. time.
  3. I am deathly afraid of spiders. Like, I will not enter a room if there is a chance there might be a spider in it. Every night before bed, I check every corner of my bedroom to make sure there aren’t any. I also have an exterminator come every three months to remove any “spider presence”.
  4. I am also terrified of deep water. The thought of water deep enough where you can’t see the bottom makes me sick to my stomach.
  5. I cannot stand the sound of people chomping on their food. Gum chewers are the worst. I literally have to remove myself from a room if someone eats like a cow.
  6. I hate being home alone. And by alone, I mean when my husband is gone overnight. I am such a scaredy cat. He travels for work, and I have called him in tears a few times in the middle of the night sure that someone was trying to break into our house.
  7. I never make my own coffee. I know that makes me sound like a brat but Starbucks just makes it so much better! But in reality, I just always forget to in the throes of getting two children out the door in the morning.
  8. I am a huge germaphobe and hate airplanes because if it. All the recirculated air. Barf. So nasty. It has also led to my fear of flying.
  9. If I didn’t have a full time job, I would never wear regular clothes. As soon as I’m home, the pajamas come on. My husband claims he has never seen me in anything other than sweats. 😉
  10. I love reading books backwards. I read the ending to find out what happens, and then I go back and read the whole thing from the beginning. I just can’t stand the suspense.
So how weird do you think I am?
Are you ready to unfollow me yet? 😉

The perfect jeans for spring

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Sweater // Jeans (on sale) // Booties // Bag // Bralette

If you are looking for the perfect jeans for spring, these are it! They fit TTS, and have that loose, mom-jean look while still being tailored to the body. They are also a perfect ankle length for anyone over 5’1″. I had to get my hem taken in slightly to give them the look that I wanted. I love that you can wear these jeans with boots or flats, and still have some ankle exposed. I am always drawn towards distressed denim in the spring and summer since I tend to be more casual as the weather warms up. And the best news, these jeans just went on sale! I am shocked they haven’t sold out although they do look much cuter on than in the stock photos, so don’t let that deter you.

What are your go-to jeans?

Stocking Up For Spring

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Spring is in sight. Can I get a whoop whoop?! Living in Chicago, I know that most likely we will have two more months of winter weather, and then warm temps will start one day out of nowhere. We have three seasons here in the midwest – winter, sort of winter, and summer but not necessarily in that order.

I like to stock up on spring and summer clothes for the kids this time of year so that we are prepared when the warm temperatures hit. I don’t want them to be high and dry without a few pairs of shorts or short sleeve tees that fit. One day it may be 40 degrees, and the next day 75. It’s best to be prepared for anything.

For Ryan, I tend to buy most of his clothes from Old Navy. The fit of Old Navy’s clothes are perfect for his tall, skinny body. They fit him better than Gap does which tends to run wider. Ryan also tends to destroy his clothing much faster than Chloe, and Old Navy’s prices are great so I don’t feel guilty if I have to throw something of his away and replace it.

Ryan’s Spring Stock Ups

I get most of Chloe’s clothes from Nordstrom and Gap. Gap fits Chloe’s body well, and I’ll stock up on tops there. I also love Nordstrom for Chloe because they have some of my favorite children’s brands like Tucker and Tate and Tea Collection. I hoard Tea Collection leggings for Chloe because they are THE BEST. They are the only leggings she owns that never get holes. They tend to be pricer but you can usually find some pairs on sale. When I do, I buy ALL the colors.

We actually went shopping at Nordstrom last weekend, and Chloe picked out all of her clothes and tried them on in the dressing room just like a big girl. I am creating a monster. My poor husband 😉

Chloe’s Spring Stock Ups

I always pick up a few new pairs of shoes for the kids for school. I recently bought these and these. I also grabbed a pair of Native shoes for each kiddo which go from pool to school and everything in between.

What are you stocking up on this spring for your kids?

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Gym to Street Style

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I don’t know about you, but this winter has sucked every ounce of life from my soul. In the last six weeks, our household has been hit with the Norovirus, Bronchitis, ear infections, random, no-named cold and fever viruses, and now, Influenza A. And it’s only the beginning of February. I am ready to pack up and move to warmer climates, and that is something that this homebody doesn’t say often. In fact, as I write this post, I’m pretty sure I am coming down with the “I got the flu shot” version of the flu. I mean, that’s what happens when you sleep next to your sick kiddo. #momlife

Any who, I’ve worn this outfit pictured almost too many times to admit. It transitions so well from gym to street. You can easily get away running errands in it, or even out to a casual brunch. I wore it to the gym on Thursday, and then to dinner afterwards. I spent the weekend in it (I did wash it 😉 ) since I was cooped up nursing a sick kid, and it is super cozy. This fleece is so warm, and it is roomy enough that you can layer it.

I am also AH-bsessed with my new shoes. I bought them to be just a casual shoe but they are so comfortable that I can definitely run in them. And how cute is the pink color for spring? They come in about 8 different colors if pink isn’t your thing. I love the gray ones as well.

Are you over this winter like me?

What are you doing to combat the winter blues?

Wear now and into spring all under $100

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Black Dress // Gray Cashmere Sweatshirt // Twist Front Pullover // Adidas Running Shoes //

Zella Legging // Adidas Sweatshirt // Earring Set // Pink Velvet Pants // Striped Top // Mules //

Gray Dress // Favorite Tee // Floral Top // Soft Navy Cardigan // Crossbody Bag

I’ve complied this list of recent adds to my closet. I’m beginning to purchase things that I can wear now but also into spring – I am so over winter. Anyone else? Between the cold and the snow and the constant illnesses I am dreaming of warmer weather.

The best part about everything on this list? It is all under $100. Oops I lied. This sweater was but is not anymore. It is so gorgeous though. It is worth the investment. I did snag this dress on major sale for under $30. I already wore it out for my birthday dinner. I sized way down to a 00. I am normally a 2/4 in dresses. This bag comes in a few colors, and I’m excited to wear it with white jeans this spring. I have these mules in black, but plan on purchasing in either the pink or gray for spring. They are super comfortable. I can wear them all day at work. I just got these velvet pants for under $20, and they are sooo soft. I sized down in these to a 24. They need to be hemmed but will be really cute with this top and this cardigan once they are ankle length.

This top is going to be a spring staple, and I have been living in these leggings and this sweatshirt. This top is so soft, and the twist front looks so cute with jeans. And lets not forget about this tee. I own it in 4 colors, and plan to wear it under cardigans now, and with shorts everyday this summer.

What have you added to your closet lately?

The perfect tee for layering

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Tee // Hat // Gloves // Leggings // Boots // Similar Wrap on major sale here and here

Winter is all about layers and leggings, am I right? I’ve talked about my love for winter layering here. For some reason, I only want to wear leggings and tee shirts that I can layer under wraps and sweaters when it’s cold. Leggings are just so much cozier, and easier to put into boots than jeans are. This wrap I’m wearing is another winter staple that I throw on over everything. It’s from a small boutique near my house but I’ve linked similar below.

I’ve had my Hunters for years, and get so much wear out of them. They can double as rain or snow boots, and are super durable and comfortable. Sometime I wear them to work, intending to change into different shoes, and just end of wearing them all day long.

This long sleeve tee is only $19, and perfect tee for layering with leggings. It’s lightweight and long enough to cover your behind. It also come in a tons of colors. I usually like my tees oversized but I sized way down in this – to an XXS.

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What is your favorite layering piece?

XO,

Sara

 

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6 Things that give me mom guilt

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The only top you need this winter also here // Hat // Leggings // Boots

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Mom life is funny. The second I am away from my kids, I miss them. Dean and I just booked our first big trip since having both the kids, and it’s not for FIVE months but I ALREADY miss the kids. What is wrong with me?

We all know that being a mom is exhausting; sometimes it’s physical, sometimes it’s mental. Sometimes mom life makes me want to pull my hair out. Sometimes it’s frustrating. Sometimes it’s maddening. Sometimes it’s boring.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids more than anything in the world. All I do is think about them ALL day long. They are the best part of my day. But sometimes Momma needs a break, am I right?

These are some things I do to keep my sanity as a mom but make me feel guilty afterwards:

  1. I count the minutes until bedtime. I do love my kids, and I don’t do this everyday but those hours on a day like this can certainly drag on.
  2. I lock myself in the bathroom. I don’t do this often, and I only do it when Dean is home. But I will stay in there and let the kids pound on the door screaming for me while I organize cabinets, try out different nail polish, etc. etc.
  3. Let all hell break loose while I eat chocolate upstairs. The kids may be screaming at each other and there is the sound of toys crashing down but I’m still upstairs just eating my chocolate. If someone was hurt, they would come tell me. Yup…I’m the world’s worst mom. Please don’t judge me.
  4. Pretend I am not on my phone. But I am. I am not good at make believe play – never have been. When I was a kid, I was always crafting. That made sense to me. Playing pretend did not. I actually used to have “stationary stands” instead of lemonade stands, and I would try to sell paper that I had decorated. Haha. So sometimes playing baby over and over again can get a little tedious. Momma needs an outlet.
  5. Take my kids to daycare when I am off of work. I mean, is there anything better than being ALONE in your own house?! Before kids, I never knew how much I would appreciate this but it is AMAZING. It’s honestly like being on vacation.
  6. I don’t let the kids help me. We all know that kids learn through doing, yada yada yada. But sometimes, I just want to get something done QUICKLY. Chloe loves to help me make my lunch at night but it means that a task I already loathe takes 20 minutes instead of 5. Sometimes, I just need to get the show on the road.

What gives you Mom Guilt?


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