July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Early Access

So it has officially started...the Nordstrom Anniversary Early Access Sale.  Because of my new full-time job, I am just now getting a chance to view it and there are lots of cute finds.  If you're a cardholder like me it's a great time to really get some great deals before it's open to the public on July 21st.  Yes, lots of cute, new Fall pieces.  Not end of season stuff marked down...new styles on major sale!  And if the 105 temps are making you sweat just thinking about a sweater, they also have lots of 'wear it now' items and accessories on sale. It's such a great time to stock up on necessities too, like the the most comfy undies ever.  Seriously, there are even some great home finds that I'll share next week.

My Nordstrom Women's Sale Quick Pick Favorites

Happy Shopping!

July 12, 2017

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale 2017 is Coming Soon

It is almost time for the best sale of the year...Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale!  It's always so fun to see all the new Fall Styles that are available at major sale prices.  Even though it's 105 degrees outside (at least here in Texas) you will be sooooo happy when the cooler weather rolls around to have some cute new pieces that you didn't have to pay full price for.  If you're not quite ready for shopping for your winter wardrobe, they also have 'wear it now' steals too. 

To really get the best deals (because the popular items do sell out) having a Nordstrom's Card really helps.  You can shop the Early Access Sale that begins July13th, which is 8 days before the public.  It is so worth it!  The Nordstrom Rewards program is a great benefit too.

I will be sharing my sale wishlist once it starts, so check back if you don't want to navigate the whole sale. 

Take Care!

July 4, 2017

Happy July 4th

Good Morning and Happy July 4th!  I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday.  So thankful for our country and the freedom we all share.

We spent the weekend in our home town at their Fourth of July celebration and now we are back home celebrating here.  This picture above is from the fireworks show in the little town where I grew up.  It's such a small town, but they put on a big fireworks show. 

Today we are hosting a small get-together this afternoon filled with swimming and grilling.  This is definitely my favorite summer holiday and I'm looking forward to more fun today.

Happy July 4th!

June 20, 2017

Lately: Our Summer So Far

Good Morning!  I hope everyone is having a fun summer!  Ours has started off a little different this year.  If you follow on IG, you may have heard that I started working full-time on June 1st.  It's for the same organization that I've worked for over the last three years as a per diem, but now I'm full-time with a lot more responsibilities.  It's so different from all of my previous jobs and I'm really excited about it! 

I do however still love this little website, so I'll be keeping it up as well.  This little place on the web for me is my definitely my creative outlet and I've worked really hard at it and I'm not ready to let it go.  So you will still find me sharing my love for home design, fashion and all our special life moments.  We actually have another house project in the works that I'll be sharing soon.  But until then, here's some randomness...

One - I have actually done very little shopping for summer outfits this year.  Starting this new job has me shopping in the business professional section and leaving little time for cute summer clothes.  But I did manage to recently pick up these super comfortable sandals and a new pair of sunglasses.  The sandals are such a steal at $29 and I'm sharing this top again because not only is it perfect for summer, but it's under $20!

Two -  Another one of my favorite places is the garden center.  I made a trip there this weekend and put together this combo planter.  Loving how it turned out!  Of course you know who is never far from my side.

Three - I've shared this recipe on here before, but we made these again this weekend so thought I would share again.  Full recipe can be found here.

And that's it for now.  Have a wonderful day!

June 2, 2017

Summer Vacation Favorites

Hello June!  And just like that we are into summer break.  Yesterday was the last day of school for our district and I know there are lots of fun summer vacations planned.  My favorite place to be in the summer is near the water.  So above I rounded up a few pieces that I thought would be great for a summer vacation.

And a few more below...

May 24, 2017

May Fashion Favorites

Good Morning everyone!  Can you believe Memorial Day Weekend is upon us?  We will be spending ours at the coast and I'm so ready for a few days of sand, sea and sun.  I am loving the color and style of this top, and hoping to catch it on sale maybe this weekend.  I will be keeping a close eye on it for sure.  

And the wedge espadrille sandals are adorable and only $30.  A trip to Target is happening today so I can try them on.

*Update - I did purchase the wedge sandals and they are so comfortable and fit true to size.  Perfect for summer!

Enjoy your day.

May 18, 2017

Our House Progress After One Year

Good Morning!  Thanks so much for all the kind comments about our One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover.  It was a lot of work, but I am so glad to have it finished.  April 29th marked one year that we closed on our home, so I thought I would share the progress we've made in the last year since we moved in.  And if you want to see the before pictures you can find them here.


Study/Piano Room

Family Room


guest bedroom

Still lots of projects in our future, but we have definitely made some progress in the past year.  Hopefully more coming soon!

May 11, 2017

Our Kitchen Reveal | ORC Guest

It is finally time to wrap up this One Room Challenge and show you our kitchen reveal.  I am so excited to finally have this space finished!  It's definitely the most used space in our home both on a daily basis and also our hangout spot when we have guest over.  Having it updated feels so great.

Again if you want to catch up on where this room started and how it evolved, you can find all the details here: Week One,  Week Two, Week Three, Week Four and Week Five.  But those posts are all messy behind the scenes pictures, so let's jump into pictures of the pretty finished space.

So many things I love in here now.  Not only the new bright, white cabinets and clean, crisp backsplash but really so excited about my new counter stools and light fixture.  They are the finishing touches this space needed. 

The only other item I was really hoping to get done before this reveal was to switch out the faucet.  My husband was out of town for a few days this week and we just ran short on time to do that task and still have time for me to photograph.  It's an easy update and it doesn't take away from the main makeover of this space.

As you can tell from the picture above, I am really into the look of the Roman Shades.  I used bamboo style shades against our back windows and then went with this simple grosgrain ribbon cordless shade above our kitchen sink. 

Continuing to bring in touches of blues, I also picked up these navy throw pillows for our sofa.

And finally below a before picture so you can see how far this space has come. 

And After...

So funny that there used to be a time when I just could not see passed an outdated space.  But now I walk in and immediately my wheels start turning.  And I think really sticking with a timeless, classic design in this kitchen really keeps it true to the style of the home. 

Thanks so much for following along.  Maybe I'll make this a twice a year project and sign up again in the Fall.  Especially since we have so many makeovers we want to tackle in this home.