Monday, July 15, 2019

Amazon Prime Day Deals + My Top 10 NSale Picks

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HAPPY AMAZON PRIME DAY AND NSALE, Y’ALL! 

Today I’m dedicating my post to two of the biggest sales of the whole year – AMAZON PRIME DAY and the NORDSTROM NSALE!! 

AMAZON PRIME DAY


Today and tomorrow are huge days for Amazon Prime shoppers because Amazon will be drastically marking down prices on thousands of items... we're talking 30, 40, 50, and even 60% off of Amazon's already low prices!!!!  

This means that today and tomorrow are perfect days to shop for any big ticket items you may need and it’s also a great time to start Christmas shopping.  I know that may sound crazy, but last year I purchased quite a few Christmas gifts on Prime Day and then by the time the Christmas season rolled around, I was thanking myself that I already had so many gifts stowed away.  It made the season so much easier and I was able to rest assured knowing that we got the very best prices on the items we purchased. 

In order to enjoy the deeply discounted items on Prime Day, you must be an Amazon Prime Member.  B and I have been Prime members ever since they started offering it, like, 15ish years ago and it’s the best money we spend each year.  We save so much money on our everyday items (Amazon is almost always cheaper than Walmart for everything) plus frivolous items that it more than makes up for the cost of our Prime membership each year and saves us lots of money in the long-run.  You can sign up here if you haven’t already. 

I'll be sharing lightening deals and all sorts of other great deals in my Instagram Stories today.  You can keep up with them on Instagram or you can just click here for the whole list!

Here are a few items that are excellent to shop for on Prime Day…

Instant Pot – the Instant Pot was the most purchased item in the United States on Prime Day last  year and they have it on major sale again today!  Everyone I know raves about their Instant Pot but we haven’t jumped on the trend just yet.



Air Fryer – loads of air fryers are on major sale this year as well since they’re now becoming so popular.


Blenders – there are lots of Prime Day options for blenders this year.  We use ours to mix up drinks and I love to make green smoothies as well!



Echo Dot – Amazon always puts their own products on super sale for Prime Day, so if you’re in the market for an Echo Dot or any other Amazon products, today will be the day you’ll find it the very cheapest all year!  Today the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote is only $14.99... that's marked down from $39.99 so you save 63%.  That's just crazy!



External Hard Drive – I use external hard drives for storing all of my pictures and videos (I keep one at my desk for easy access when I need it and I keep a duplicate in our safe in case of natural disaster or house fire or in case the other one crashes).  These are usually included in the sale as well.



Apple Watch – miscellaneous electronics are usually put on sale for Prime Day so this is a great time to purchase an Apple Watch or a FitBit.



23 and Me DNA Kitthese DNA kits are always popular items for the sale as well and you can snag one for HALF OFF today!



Dyson Vacuum – can I just give a shout out to the people at Dyson for making the best vacuum evarrrr?!  We’ve had ours for several years now and it’s safe to say I will never own another brand of vacuum again.  Dysons are that good.  They literally never loose suction just like the commercial says.  And they are also allergy and asthma certified so you can rest assured that they don’t put the allergens back into your living space as you’re vacuuming.  That is very important when you’re an asthma sufferer like I am.  Loads of them are on major sale today, so if you've been wanting one, you probably won't find lower prices than these.


Apple iPad - they have lots of different iPads marked waaaay down (like, 30-40% off!!), so now is the time to buy if you've been needing one.  This Apple iPod in Space Gray is a deal of the day and it's only $299.99 marked down from $429.00 so you save 30%!!  That is HUGE since Apple products are rarely on sale anywhere.



Here are a few items I’ll be stalking and hoping are on sale today…

Lego Star Destroyerthis is the main item that Jacob wants for his birthday next week, and by golly, B and I have decided to wait until Prime Day to purchase it just in case it goes on sale.  Normally I wouldn’t wait this late to purchase gifts, but since we get free two-day shipping with our Amazon Prime membership it’ll still get here in plenty of time!



Voltron t-shirt – another item Jacob has requested so I’ll be stalking Amazon for it.



Yeti Rambler Tumbler  I've wanted one of these for so long so if they happen to go on major sale I might snag one.



Rugs – B and I are need of a giant rug to go under our bed in our master bedroom, and I’ve had my eye on a few different ones.  It would be lovely if they’d put one on super sale!



Wet Brush  These are the only brushes I will use and mine is about to bite the dust so I'm in need of a new one.



Office Chair  I'm also in need of an office chair!



Scratch and Sketch Books  Buying more of these for the kids for Christmas!



Jojoba Oil  I've used all of my jojoba oil to make rollers, so I need a bottle to have on hand for replenishment.



And also books and clothing.

In addition to the items above, Amazon is also offering the following deals…



And don’t forget to follow my Amazon Storefront!  All of my favorite Amazon finds are organized in one place by category there, so head over and check it out!

NORDSTROM NSALE


In addition to Amazon Prime Day, I’m sure all of you have had no choice but to be somewhat tuned in to the NSale as all of the fashion bloggers are covering it to death.  Haha.  I don’t consider myself to be a fashion blogger, but I do love fashion and I do blog about it on occasion, so I thought I’d throw my two cents in the ring. 

Some of the bloggers have been rounding up hundreds of items which is a little overwhelming, so instead of sharing 100 different finds spread over 10 different categories, I’m going to share my top ten picks from the sale.  Remember that lots of items sell out SUPER FAST so if there’s anything you’ve been thinking about getting, the sooner you get it, the better.  And rest assured, none of my picks will break the bank… y’all know I won’t pay $100 for a sweater! 

Y’all ready?  Let’s go!

O N E – Leopard Camisole

This cami is at the top of my list because it is just so versatile and so chic!  You could dress it up with a pencil skirt and blazer for work, wear it with skinny jeans and heels for a date night, or rock it with jeans, a long cardigan, and boots for a casual cold weather look.  At just $25.90 this one is a steal, and it also comes in several other cute patterns and colors… the polka dot one is super cute, too.  Shout out to Emily for snagging one early for me since I’m not a Nordstrom card holder!  :o)



T W O – Twist Front Top

This top is my verrrry favorite long-sleeve top from the entire sale!  It’s a casual, everyday piece but the twist in the front gives it a little bit of extra interest.  Comes in lots of different colors and it’s $31.90 during the sale.



T H R E E – Basic Long Sleeve Tees Here and Here

I love a good basic long sleeve tee because they’re perfect for layering.  This Caslon Scoop-Neck Tee comes in lots of colors and patterns and it’s ONLY $15.90, y’all!!!!  LOAD UP!!!!  This Halogen Modal tee also comes in lots of different colors and patterns and it’s only $24.90.






I actually have this exact short-sleeve tee in black with white stripes that I got from the NSale a couple of years back and I still wear it all the time.  It comes in lots of patterns and colors and it’s another steal at just $15.90!!  And it has held up so well over the years!



F I V E – Leopard Cardigan

I adore a long cardi and I love leopard, so combining the two is just fabulous.  This cardi is a bit more expensive at $45.90 during the sale, but it’s a good investment piece as long cardigans and leopard appear to be in it for the long haul.



S I X – Long Cardigan

Everyone is constantly raving about the Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan, but it comes in at $76.90 on sale, and I’ve just never been able to bring myself to pay that much for a cardigan.  Instead, I’m digging these BP Longline Open Cardigans.  Comes in several different colors and at just $31.90 each, they’re a way more affordable option than the Barefoot Dreams cardi.



S E V E N – Zella Leggings (Live-In and Sunray)

I could sing the praises of my Zella leggings forever.  Yes, I’m a bargain shopper, but when it comes to leggings, comfort is key and these babies are worth every single penny.  I’ve owned one pair for the last two years and they are just now starting to show a little bit of wear… and I wear them and wash them constantly during the winter.  The only time I purchase them is when they’re on sale.  The live-in leggings come in three different colors and are $38.90 each during the sale.  I also love these Zella Sunray leggings but they’re a little more expensive at $42.90.



E I G H T – Cozy Heart Joggers

How freaking cute are these joggers?!  Y’all know I’m the queen of hearts (haha) so these are on my wish list.  They’re $25.90 during the sale and you can also snag the matching cozy top if you want to have the whole set.




I purchased a couple of camis similar to these in the sale a couple of years ago and they are still going strong after two years of use.  They are another perfect layering piece and they’re perfect to wear under sheer tops.  The best part about these is that they’re reversible… you can wear them as a v-neck or as a scoop neck.  At $20.90 that’s a pretty sweet deal!



T E N – Seamless Panties

Finally, my favorite panties of all time are included in the sale as well!  These are the most comfortable panties ever – they’re basically like a second skin – but the best part is that they are not visible under your clothes.  I can wear these under leggings and – no panty lines!  They’re super expensive (as far as underwear goes) so I only buy these during the sale.  You can get 3 pairs for $40 which, yes, is a lot for underwear, but I promise you they’re worth the money if you’re as picky about undies as I am.  Not to mention the ones I have are from two years ago and they’re still like new, so they last a long time!  If you wait until after the sale to purchase, they are $20 PER PAIR so load up while you can.  They come in bikini, hipster, and boy shorts so you can find the version that you love the best!



Now who’s ready to shop?!

And for those of you who came today expecting a weekly recap, it'll be up tomorrow!


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Five on Friday - Rainbow Dress, Scratch & Sketch, Amazon Influencer, & NSale

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Hey, y’all!  I can’t believe another week has already come and gone.  We’re now on the homestretch of summer with exactly one month left before school starts.  We’ve reached the point where we’ve pretty much done all the things (with the exception of a few bucket list items) and the kids are at the point where they seem to be getting a little crazy from lack of structure.  Once July 4th is over, I’m totally ready for fall anyway, so it won’t hurt my feelings when that day comes… even though it will suck having to wake up at 6 AM every morning again.

Anyway, y’all ready for some favorites? 

O N E – Rainbow Dress

I was browsing Amazon earlier this week to check out some of the early Prime Day deals, and I came across this darling rainbow dress for Olivia.  She loves all things rainbow (as do I) so I couldn’t resist.  It arrived yesterday and it is even more precious in person!!  The fabric is super soft and, although it’s not lined, it’s thick enough so that it’s not see-through.  I bought a size 5-6 for Olivia and it is perfect because she’ll be able to wear it as a maxi dress now, a mid-calf length dress next summer, and an at-the-knee dress the following summer!  At just $13.99 it looks like we will most definitely be getting our money’s worth!



T W O – Scratch and Sketch Books

The kids bought these Scratch and Sketch books from a little book store in 30A when we were on vacation and they are pretty much the best things ever!  Each book comes with a wooden stylus and you use the stylus to scratch away the pages, kind of like lottery tickets.  Some of the pages require you to draw your own things, and some of the pages have pictures that you trace.  When you use the wooden stylus to “draw” it scratches away the top layer of the page revealing sparkly or shiny patterns underneath, so the kids drawings turn out so cool! 

Our kids have been using theirs nonstop since we bought them at the beginning of June, and they love them so much that I’m already getting ready to purchase another one for each of them for Christmas.  There are so many different themes – unicorns, mermaids, dinosaurs, under the sea, solar system, etc. so there’s something for everyone.  They are perfect for Christmas gifts (yes, I’m already starting to think about that) and they would also make super cute gifts for birthday parties!  They’re super affordable at just $10-$12 each and I feel like you get a lot of bang for your buck.




T H R E E – Sweetest Gift

My friend, Dara, from Not in Jersey reviewed some Emoji Fruit Snacks from one of her influencer boxes on her blog a couple of weeks ago and I made the comment that our kids would think they were the coolest thing.  Well, she emailed me, asked me for my address, and mailed them to us so the kids could enjoy them!  I thought it was just the most thoughtful thing and our kiddos were SO excited.  You just made their day, Dara!  Thank you again!




F O U R – Amazon Influencer Program + Amazon Prime Day

I have been an AmazonAssociate for a few years now, meaning that I get commissions when people click and make purchases through the links I use here on the blog.  (You can see more here about my disclosure if you have questions.)  Well, I recently found out that in addition to Amazon Associates, Amazon also has an Amazon Influencer program.  I’ve been wanting to apply for months and I’ve never had the time, but earlier this week I finally sat down to do it and they approved me! 

I’m SO excited about this because I am now able to have my own Amazon Storefront which means I can save aaaallll of my favorite Amazon recommendations in one place!  I’ve been working on organizing them into categories all week, and I love how easy it is to find everything now.  I get asked constantly about different products I’ve purchased so now if anyone has any questions about products, they can just click here to access my store front and find exactly what they’re looking for! 

I have so many fun categories – Ladies Clothing, Gift Guide for Girls, Gift Guide for Boys, FALL!!!!, Home Organization, Home Décor, Great Reads, Coffee Table Books, and so much more.  All of these categories contain all of my favorite things, most of which I’ve purchased in the past and currently use, and also a few things that are on my wish list as well.  Head over and check it out when you get a chance!  You can even follow me on there just like you would follow me on social media.

And speaking of Amazon, guess what happens Monday and Tuesday?!  Amazon Prime Day!!!!  Amazon Prime Day is the day that Amazon marks down thousands of items which is crazy since their prices are already so competitive.  Last year, I got a big chunk of my Christmas shopping done on Amazon Prime Day and we saved a ton of money!  I’ll be sharing some of my favorite bargains on Monday so be sure to check back or shop here for all the savings!

And if you’re not already a Prime Member, be sure to sign up here so you can join in on the savings!





F I V E – NSale Reminder

Finally, just a reminder that today is the first day for early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  All of their brand new fall goodies will be marked down significantly and then once the sale is over, the prices will return to their normal retail price.  All Nordstrom card holders can start shopping today and everyone else will be able to start shopping on July 19.  I’ll definitely be participating once it opens to the public… I’m in need of a new pair of Zella leggings and I’ll also be stockpiling my favorite undies since they're marked down to $14.90 from $20.  I also have my eye on this lace cami, but it'll probably be sold out before I have the chance to snag it.  I’ll probably share a few other faves next week sometime, too.  Shop here, y’all!




Here are some funnies for the week!


The struggle is real, y'all.  I'm at the point of summer where I have no clue what to even feed them anymore.

And this is why our A/C is always cranked down to 73 degrees.  Anyone else?! 

#Summertime

Exactly!  It's basically January.


And in case you missed it, here’s what happened on the blog this week…




Happy Friday, y’all!


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

30A Beach Trip 2019 - Days 7 & 8

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On day seven of our trip, we awoke to another gloomy day.  Fortunately, we had donuts from Five Daughters Bakery waiting to be eaten so we started the morning out on a great note despite the doom and gloom outside.



We knew that having a beach day wasn’t in the cards, so after breakfast we just decided to get ready for the day and find something to do indoors.  My friend Jess from The Newly (you may remember her old blog!) just so happened to be in 30A the same week we were and she had recommended a cute little book shop in Rosemary Beach called The Hidden Lantern.  She and I tried off and on to meet up while we were there, but sadly, we weren’t able to make it work.

Anyway, we hit up the book store first thing, and as Jess had told me, it did not disappoint!  It was just the cutest, quaintest little book shop ever!  There were several big comfy couches surrounded by wall to wall books and the sweetest little chandeliers made from book pages hung overhead.  I could have easily curled up on the couch with a coffee and a book and stayed there all day, but we had to keep it moving and find something for the kids to do.  We let the kids each pick out a book (they chose these Scratch and Sketch books and they are obsessed with them!) and I grabbed a sweet 30A children’s book as well as the 30A coloring book and then we were on our way!






Panama City Beach isn’t too far from 30A so we decided to head into the city to find something to do.  They have a couple of museums, and we ultimately decided to go to Ripley’s Believe it or Not since we’d never been.  We decided to get the package that included the mirror maze and we were so glad we did because it was SO COOL. 

I’d never been in a mirror maze before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was awesome.  And a little scary.  You can legit lose a child in there quick.  Before entering, they gave us some plastic gloves to wear and we weren’t in there for 30 seconds before I realized why.  You have to walk with your arms outstretched at all times or you will crash into a wall and they didn’t want the mirrors to get all smudged, hence the gloves.  Haha.  I couldn’t believe how many times I thought I was getting ready to walk down a hall and instead I would smack into a mirror!  I also can’t believe how many times I reached out to grab one of the kids only to realize it was their mirror image and not the real kid.  Sheesh.






We hung out in the mirror maze for a good 30 minutes and struggled a bit to find our way out, but we made it eventually and then it was time to check out the museum.

The museum had lots of Guinness Book of World Records kinds of things like “The World’s Heaviest Man” and “The Biggest Hand” and “The Biggest Lips” along with lots of other crazy stuff.  Jacob is obsessed with the Guinness Books and he’s constantly checking them out from the school library.  About a year ago, he read about the world’s tallest man who was nine feet tall and he has been talking about him ever since.  Well wouldn’t you know, they had a mannequin of the world’s tallest man right at the end!  Jacob was so excited!  And I just cannot get over how tall he really was.  For reference, Brian is 6’2” and that guy towers over him as you can see in the picture!






After our museum tour it was time for lunch, so we stepped outside into the monsoon – like, for real, it was POURING – and we drove across the street to Chewies Kitchen.  We were looking for a unique place that sold sandwiches and salads and that one had five stars and great reviews on Google, so we thought, why not? 

It turned out to be the cutest little place… very clean, very cute aesthetic, and the food was delicious.  I had the grilled chicken salad and it was absolutely divine.  I was shocked at how good it was.  They make everything from scratch there including their croutons and ranch dressing, so I think that’s why it was so darn good. 


It was still monsooning when we left, so we decided to head back to our condo in 30A to relax for the afternoon and hope the rain would pass.  After an hour or so of sitting around at the condo, the rain stopped and we decided to take a little walk on the beach. 


It was still very cloudy and a bit on the windy side, but the rain held off and we were able to get in a good hour long walk.









By the time we made it back to the condo, it was time to get ready and leave for dinner.  Our friends, Stephanie and Bobbie, moved down to PCB a few years ago so we always try to meet up with them when we visit.  It was our last night there so we decided to meet them at The Hub – the perfect place to hang out for the evening.  See that Cigar Shop in my picture below?  Luke Bryan owns it and apparently hangs out there a lot... I'm sad we didn't get to see him! 


Fortunately the rain held off for the rest of the evening with the exception of a 2-3 minute rain shower while we were eating, and we were able to spend several hours there with Steph and Bobbie.  We had dinner and a couple of rounds of drinks along with good conversation, and then we moved to the outdoor couches to listen to the band and talk some more. 

Steph and Bobbie’s boys are college age now and they no longer have littles at home, so Bobbie took it upon himself to spoil our kids rotten like he was their grandparent.  He took them for shaved ice, then took Olivia for ice cream after she decided that she didn’t like the shaved ice, and he took them in one of the shops to let them pick out souvenirs.  So spoiled!  Haha.

Olivia also developed a little crush on Bobbie.  She was glued to him all evening and then she talked about him incessantly all the way home and for days afterward.  Heck, she still mentions him now more than a month later!  Haha.





We ended up staying late… probably close to 10 PM CST which was almost 11 back home.  The kids were exhausted by the time we got back to the condo and they both passed out immediately.  We had so many fun evenings during our trip and that was by far one of my favorites!

Day eight was Sunday and it was time to head home.  We got up bright and early, got the car packed, and stopped at Big Bad Breakfast for French toast on our way out.  The drive home was smooth and quick and before we knew it, we were home again.  We were reunited with Maui and she was so happy to see us!  We spent the rest of the day unpacking and settling back in and then we headed to my Momma and Daddy’s for our Sunday dinner like we always do.




Despite all of the rain, this was still one of my favorite beach trips yet!  If you missed any of the other recaps you can see them all below.