Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday 5 (all on SALE!)

We made it to Friday! Hooray!

We are finally settling into our new little routine at my parents' house. Although this (not so) little dude has been teething so bad and waking up in the middle of the night whining in pain! One of his bottom teeth finally popped out, but he's still working on the one next to it. So, mommy has been drinking all the caffeine she can find...

Anyhoo, here are my top 5 favorite finds from this week, all of which are on sale!!

1. I found my black Nike 'Juvenate' sneakers on sale for less than $60 (also comes in great colors for spring)!

2. My favorite scoop neck long sleeve tee is on sale for $10.80 - 40% off

3. These tassel earrings are on sale for 50% off and are currently waiting to be purchased in my nordstrom shopping cart.

4. This anorak jacket is currently 40% off and is just like the one I have from Target that I've been wearing lately.

5. This grey version of my favorite faux leather tote is currently 33% off! Such a great everyday bag!

The boys have been enjoying the warmer weather this week and actually got to play outside! Camden has been saying almost everyday 'I wanna go oussssiiiide!' in the cutest voice! He just loves it and it makes me so excited for spring time!

Unfortunately, I think it's supposed to get cold again this weekend. So, we've made plans to visit COSI (Columbus kids science museum) and have a few play dates scheduled with some friends I haven't seen in a while. So happy to be back in our home town with family and friends!

I hope you all have a great weekend and happy shopping! :) 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Favorite Trendy Tops for Spring

Sorry for being a bit MIA on the blog, but we've had quite the whirlwind over the past week! We officially moved out of our house in IL and have most of our belongings in storage for the next month while we stay with my parents before we move into our new home in Columbus. We had our inspection yesterday and it went pretty well! Just crossing our fingers everything goes smoothly between now and closing day! 

So, I will be living out of a suitcase for the next 3 weeks and on somewhat of a shopping freeze until we move in, but I can't help lusting over a few (ok... 18!) tops I'm loving for spring. My 2 favorite trends right now are the cold shoulder/off the shoulder tops and the ruffles and bell sleeved tops! And you may notice a bit of a color trend for spring as well (give me all the blush/peach/pink, grey and navy/black!). The best part, these tops are each under $50!

Which ones are your favorites?
Do you have any cold shoulder or ruffle tops for spring?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Abercrombie Sale!

Remember Abercrombie? Yea, well they are making a come back! I found myself checking out their website after I saw Lauren McBride post about this cold shoulder sweatshirt and they have some really great stuff on sale right now!

Through the end of today you can get 40% off clearance items with $5 shipping on all orders (with code: 15851)! Here are a few items in my cart including the aforementioned cold shoulder top (which is currently on sale for $26.40!).

This Rib Mix Cardigan - clearance + sale price = $28.08! 

Asymmetric-Snap Hoodie - clearance + sale price = $20.40!

Twill Jacket - clearance + sale price = $29.40!

I love this off the shoulder top for spring! clearance + sale price = $16.32!

Have you shopped at Abercrombie recently?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Family Strolls

One thing I've missed over the past few bitterly cold months is our family walks around the neighborhood in the evenings. After Bennett was born in late June, we started taking family walks together pretty much every evening after dinner and before the bedtime routine started. It was the perfect time of night right before sunset and right around the 'witching hour' for Bennett. Our little walks around the block would instantly calm him down during his fussy newborn phase (you would seriously never know he was ever a fussy baby now!).

We would load up the stroller, get our dog Charlie on a leash and head out. Well, fast forward about 6 months and now Camden is at the age where he will only sit still in a stroller for a short time. He wants to get out and walk with us like a big boy! Enter the Evenflo Sibby travel system...

When Evenflo contacted me for this sponsorship, I was excited because I have always loved their products and was familiar with the brand. I was even more excited when they told me they would like me to try out their Sibby stroller travel system!

This travel system is perfect for the ages of our boys (Camden 2,  Bennett 7 months). The stroller comes with a removable board on the back so Camden can stand and hold on while I push the stroller.  So, if he gets tired of walking he can just glide along with us!

I love that it comes with an infant carrier (and base!) that clicks into the stroller so we can use it now while Bennett is still too small for the main stroller seat. I also love that it has a canopy on the car seat and on the stroller, so when Bennett is riding in it I can completely shade him from the sun. 

The color is just the perfect shade of grey (mine is Mineral Grey, but it comes in 3 other colors) and I love that there is enough storage space underneath to store the diaper bag, blankets, or anything else I want to take with us. The stroller also folds flat which makes it easy to put in the trunk to take with us on trips, to the mall, etc.

I'm looking forward to using our Sibby stroller and continuing our tradition of family walks this spring and summer! 

Thank you to Evenflo for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

An OOTD + Life Lately (aka a BIG Announcement!)

Anorak jacket (last year), similar here and here | sweater | leggings | nikes | nail color

First of all... NO, I'm NOT pregnant (phew)! But, life has been a bit hectic around these parts the past few months. We've been traveling back and forth from Columbus (Ohio) and staying with both of our parents while we are there. There are a few reasons why we've been going so much. First, because Bill has been interviewing for a new position in Columbus (which he got! yay!) AND we've been house hunting! So, we've decided to make the move back to Columbus!!

We started talking about moving back a few months after Bennett was born. It was definitely challenging being away from family (and friends) after Bennett arrived. We quickly realized how important it is to have family help with 2 little ones and we also knew it would be best for our family to have the boys grow up being close to their grandparents and cousins that live in Ohio. 

SO, we made the decision to list our house in IL for sale over Christmas break and we got an offer that week! Luckily we settled on a longer close (we close end of Feb) so we could have time to look for a new house in Columbus. 

This week we are packing up pretty much our whole house except the necessities because we are heading to stay with my parents in Columbus until we move into our new home! The time frame will probably be 3-4 weeks staying with them. We are finalizing the contract with a new home in Columbus (fingers crossed financing and inspection go smoothly!). 

SO, I want to apologize ahead of time if I'm a little absent on the blog and social media for the next few weeks as we settle into our new life in Columbus. I do have a really fun post scheduled for tomorrow about an awesome stroller for siblings! 

Besides all that craziness, we really enjoyed being with the grandparents over the weekend. AND we loved the taste of spring weather! Camden loved being outside!

Please say a little prayer for us that this transition is a smooth one. I know it will be the hardest on Camden. He is at the age where he realizes there is a big change happening. I'm trying my best to keep his little world consistent by keeping his daily routine intact. We will be setting up both of their cribs at my parents house so that they can sleep in their own beds during the transition period. I think that will help tremendously.

If any of you have experienced moving with little ones, please let me know if you have any advise!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

True #MomLife Confessions...

These are my true #momlife confessions at the moment...

1. I haven't been snap chatting or insta story-ing (that's a phrase, right?) as much recently because my boys are typically in PJs mostly when they are home (Ok, and so am I)... And they might even wear the same PJs 2 days in a row if we don't get them dirty because winter...

2. To avoid toddler melt downs, I've been bribing Cam with play-doh (although he's starting to get bored with it already!), youtube videos, stickers (we love these), fruit pouches, veggie straws (he's obsessed with the zesty ranch ones!) and really anything that works... because we all have cabin fever at this point!

3. I've been extremely lazy about showering since it's so dry out and I'm almost out of this dry shampoo... I need a recommendation for a cheaper one! What dry shampoo do you love?

4. Since I've weened from breastfeeding, I've been binging on caffeine... Like a few cups of coffee in the morning, diet cokes (plural) in the afternoon... it's such a bad habit! I don't know how to kick it!

5. Speaking of which, I've been so bad with my diet recently... This time of winter is always the worst! Give me alllll the comfort food! I need motivation to work out!

6. Bill and I don't have any plans for Valentine's Day and we probably won't be exchanging gifts. It's just never been a big holiday for us. I'd rather save our money and stay at home! Is that sad?

7. This isn't really #momlife related, but I feel like I'm the only girl in the world not watching this season of the Bachelor. I just am not a big fan of Nick and don't miss it one bit! Still working my way through This Is Us though and loving it!

Ok, that's all I got for now...

What are your confessions?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Why I Love Shopping Online

I do about 90% of my shopping online these days. As a working mother of 2 little ones, I find it hard to carve out the time to actually go to stores or the mall to try on clothes, beauty products, accessories, etc. I mean, have you tried on clothes in a dressing room with a toddler before? Yea... Not my idea of a good time! I'd much rather try on clothes in the comfort of my own home on my own time (aka nap time).

I have had a lot of great success with buying the bulk of my wardrobe online. Stores like Nordstrom, Old Navy, Target and online shops like Amazon, Shopbop and ASOS have made it very easy on the consumer to shop items on their websites and make it even easier to return items if need be. Almost all of these shops offer free shipping as well!

I think that is the main hang up as to why people don't shop online. You may be worried about if you need to return an item. Well, I'm here to tell you it is so easy! Nordstrom, for example, includes a return shipping address label and the correct paperwork needed to return any item purchased online. You can even use the same packaging the item(s) were sent in to send back and shipping/returns are always FREE!

Here are my top favorite online shops:

1. Nordstrom | They offer FREE shipping and returns on all orders. It's a no brainer. I also have a Nordstrom debit card to gain early access to sales and to collect double points towards their rewards program. There are so many benefits to being a Nordstrom card member! Learn more here. (this post is not sponsored). I know a lot of people think that Nordstrom only sells high end/designer brands, but that is so not the case! There are so many great, quality brands that are not expensive. In fact, the average price per item from my orders is typically around $30!

2. Amazon | As an Amazon Prime member, I get free 2 day shipping on so many items! That is the main reason I signed up for prime, but there are also so many other benefits (photo storage, music, amazon video/tv/movies, etc). And you'd be surprised how easy it is to return an item from Amazon. It is basically the same process as Nordstrom. You can print off the return label from your account and use the same packaging to return the item. If it fits in your malibox, you can return it that way! I have yet to try ordering groceries via amazon, but I have friends that do and say they love the convenience!

3. Old Navy/Gap | Old Navy and Gap are my go-to stores for my basic, everyday staple wardrobe items. They are always running great sales and provide a lot of benefits for store card holders as well. This is the one store credit card I own. I've kept it because it allows me to qualify for free shipping with orders over $50 and I am constantly earning points towards my next purchase.

4. Target | Oh, Target. You just 'get' me! This is the one place I probably shop more at the actual brick and mortar more so than online, but there are so many perks to shopping online as well. I have a Target debit card, so I get 5% off on each order/purchase and free shipping on all orders! Sometimes their really cute seasonal decor items sell out quickly in the store or if I find a cute sweater or top, but they are out of my size I always order online when I get home.

6. Etsy | Etsy is my go to online shop for unique baby items/clothing, gifts, home decor and more! I love that you can direct message the sellers with questions about the items to ensure quality and accuracy of your order. You can also request a refund if you are not satisfied with your order. If there is a dispute with your order, etsy will submit a refund from the seller as well.

Honorable Mentions:
Shopbob (free 3 day shipping and free returns. AND Amazon Prime elegible! They always have great sales too!)
ASOS (standard shipping free with orders over $40 or 2 day shipping free with orders over $140! Free returns. They also have a great selection of maternity wear!)
H&M (free shipping with orders over $40 with code 0400. Free returns in stores. Next day delivery for $24.99)
Rent the Runway (This site is great for special events, weddings, etc! SO easy to return items after rental!)

Do you shop online? What are some of your favorite online shops?