Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!



The time has arrived for the biggest sale of the season, year, century! Stock up on your favorite “brand new” pre-fall staples and splurges at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This sale is full of on-trend beauty products, jeans, scarves, tops, jackets, and so much more. Below are my must haves (click for more info) and I’m trying to maintain a little self control in my shopping cart at the moment lol.

In addition to massive savings, Nordstrom is also offering double points from July 17-19. If you pick up anything from this sale, I hope you’ll share in the comments below. I’d love to hear all about your fab finds as well.

My Favorite Summer Cocktails

Peach Billini Recipe

Happy Friday everyone! Last summer, I featured a cocktail every Tuesday in my Boozy Tuesdays series. This summer I’m very pregnant, so instead of a new series, I thought I would highlight my most trending summer cocktails from Fab Fatale in this edition of Friday’s Fab Five. A few are delicious takes on a classic, others are completely original, but all were so fun and so tasty.

1. Peach Billini

Watermelon Plata Tequila Cocktail

2. Watermelon Plata Tequila

Rosemary Lemon Gin Fizz

3. Rosemary Lemon Gin Fizz (my go to last summer!)

Melting Pot Strawberry Basil Lemonade Recipe

4. Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Ginger Beer Margarita

5. Ginger Beer Margaritas

What’s your favorite summer cocktails? I hope you’ll share below!

Celebrating “4th Of July” Spirit Week


I hope you all had an amazing 4th of July weekend! We are still celebrating spirit week, and it’s been a blast enjoying all of the festivities in our new neighborhood. There’s such a big feeling of community here and they bring back a lot of family traditions that seemed to be lost in our old neighborhood. For the 4th of July, the last “big hoorah” before school starts, the day begins with a fun parade and ends with a massive fireworks show! It’s an all-day event full of food, family, friends, and fun!

This particular morning was super hot and humid here in Florida, especially for this very pregnant gal, so we wore as little as possible. John loves his “sun’s out guns out” muscle tank {we’re not allowed to dress him anymore lol}, and I kept it cool in my new maternity denim cut-offs and a white tee. We both stayed super comfy for a day of walking around in our new slip-ons from Famous Footwear! I picked up a pair of bright white Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars that have a red and blue stripe on the side, perfect for the occasion, and John wore the most ADORABLE pair of Vans slip-ons I’ve ever seen grace his little fat foot. He loves them and every day he asks to wear his “new shoes”! Check out the #ohsofamous gallery to get inspired by what others are wearing from Famous Footwear.


The parade began with a line-up of neighborhood golf carts decorated in their best red, white and blue.


They threw out candy to the kids, which is new to John, so he had a bit of a sugar rush after the show.


According to John, Uncle Sam was “So tall, mommy. That man is high in the sky”!


Now that we know there is a competition for best decorated golf cart, it is SO on next year!


Enjoying the breeze on the way back to our house in my new Converse Chuck Taylor Shoreline slip-ons!


John loves his “merica flag” and kept his spirit going as the sun set.


Giving John a little lesson about the stars and stripes.


Johnny boy was a little too pooped out for the fireworks show, but daddy went on our behalf with some friends and brought back some super sparkly pics for us to enjoy the next day.


How did you all celebrate the 4th of July weekend? I’d love to hear all about your festivities! Please tell me below.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Our Family Is Growing


If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably already heard the news. Our family is growing and we are beyond excited! We will be a party of four very soon and John is going to be a big brother. Oh the thought of him meeting his baby brother or sister in November brings tears to my eyes. We are SO very happy.

True to my last announcement, I was afraid to share the news until well after the first trimester. I’ve been avoiding outfit posts and camouflaging my belly in updates where parts of me were required, but there is no hiding this bump anymore lol. With my first pregnancy, I lost the baby at 13 weeks, right after I’d graduated from all the IVF meds and we’d started telling friends and family, so we were overly cautious with our “John and baby number two” announcements. I’m more than halfway through this pregnancy, and so far everything is going so well!

I hope to start blogging more frequently, now that I’m past the first trimester fog with a 2-year-old attached to my leg at all times lol. We’ve tried to tell John that there’s a baby in my belly and he just says, “nooooooo”! He is just the sweetest cutest boy ever and he’s going to be such an amazing big brother. Meanwhile, we’re getting ready for another round of sleepless nights, and looking forward to it. Once again, we’re not going to find out the gender, and the anticipation is getting the best of me! I’m 22 weeks along now and the doctor has known the gender for 8 of those weeks! So far, I’ve held strong on not finding out… emphasis on “so far” ;)

A “Date Night In” Pizza Party


My husband travels often while I’m working full time, blogging, or chasing around our 2 year old, so the last thing we want to do when he’s home is get all dolled up for a night on the town. We would LOVE a date night together, but we’re just too dang exhausted, so it was time we had a little “date night in” with a simple pizza party.

I thought it would be fun to bring the pizzeria to our house, so I turned our dining room into a pizza parlor. I was going for a “sophisticated” summer pizza party vibe, so instead of the typical red and white check decor, I ordered up a few goodies including a navy tablecloth, a pizza peel, a pizza cutter and server, a metal pizza plate, and those cute little parmesan cheese and red pepper glass dispensers that you see at most pizzerias. I even added white wine to the menu for the elegant and summer theme.

We didn’t want to take any chances of waking up John, so instead of making our pizzas from scratch, we baked up the next best thing, DiGiorno pizzeria! thin crust pizzas, an entirely new pizza. I picked up a variety of four so we could sample from each of them including their Primo Pepperoni, Supreme Speciale, Spinach & Mushroom, and my favorite, the Margherita. Thanks to DiGiorno, our date night was easy and SO delicious.

DiGiorno pizzeria pizzas are by far the best “not from scratch” pizza that’s ever entered my oven. Their crust is drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and bakes up crispy on the outside and soft and airy on the inside. The sauce is specially-crafted from scratch using vine-ripened tomatoes, basil, thyme and oregano and toppings include 100% real cheese, premium meats, vegetables picked at the peak of ripeness and have no artificial flavors, so you’ll only taste delicious ingredients.


A date night in pizza party including DiGiorno pizzeria pizzas and a glass of white wine


Spinach & Mushroom pizzeria! thin – Topped with spinach, garlic, mushrooms


Supreme Speciale pizzeria! – Topped with caramelized onions, red & green peppers, premium pepperoni, Italian sausage


Margherita pizzeria! thin – Topped with diced roma tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, parmesan, romano and asiago cheeses. Cut this pizza into squares and display on a wooden cheese board.


Primo Pepperoni pizzeria! – Topped with premium pepperoni


We served white wine for a “sophisticated summer” pizza parlor theme.


Primo Pepperoni pizzeria! – Topped with premium pepperoni


How do you all celebrate your date night in? I hope you’ll share your ideas below.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Manicure Mondays – OPI Soft Shades Collection Giveaway

OPI Soft Shades Swatches Nude Nail Polish

Nail the nude look as OPI celebrates the lighter side of nail color for summer. The OPI Soft Shades collection adds the perfect touch of romance, sophistication, and style to all looks. The shades include delicately feminine pinks, nudes, creams, glitter top coats, and a gorgeous gilver {silver/gold} metallic. This collection is the ideal choice against a beautiful summer tan, or for the bride-to-be.

OPI sent me a collection to swatch for you all, and I also have another set to give away to one lucky reader.

OPI Soft Shades Act Your Beige Nude Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Act Your Beige is a beautiful nude sheer cream. I used 3 coats here to get an opaque finish.

OPI Soft Shades This Silvers Mine Nail Polish Swatch

This Silver’s Mine is my favorite in this collection. I love a good silver-gold metallic for summer!

OPI Soft Shades Put It In Neutral Pink Nude Cream Nail Polish Swatch

Put It in Neutral us a light pink nude cream nail polish.

OPI Soft Shades Make Light Of The Situation Glitter Top Coat Nail Polish Swatch

Make Light Of The Situation is glowing shimmer top coat. This is only one coat over Put It In Neutral.

OPI Soft Shades Chiffon My Mind White Shimmer Nail Polish Swatch

Chiffon My Mind is a nearly white sheer nail polish. I used 3 coats to build the opacity to a cream.

OPI Soft Shades Petal Soft Pink Glitter Top Coat Nail Polish Swatch

Petal Soft is a flirty shimmer top coat with pink hex glitter and some flower power white glitter. I used two coats over Chiffon My Mind.

One lucky reader will win this entire OPI Soft Shades summer 2015 collection nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. There are no mandatory entries; however, some options are worth more entries than others, US and Canadian readers only.

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Don’t miss my Manicure Mondays board for more mani Pinspiration!

Sunday Funday Linkup and A $50 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday and welcome to our weekly linkup party! This week we’re chatting up beach vacations, a matchy-matchy summer look for less, a summer collection nail polish giveaway, and a $50 Sephora gift card giveaway!

Get Featured! For a chance at next Sunday’s #FundayLinkup spotlight, add your links using the widget below this post. We’re highlighting our fave picks every week at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs + Facebook! Visit my co-hosts Bon Bon Rose Girls and The Budget Babe for more weekly inspiration.

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week


Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale is giving away the music festival inspired Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert collection of smokin’ hot creams that are as dusty as the Coachella Valley.
Bon Bon Rose Girls
The Bon Bon Rose Girls share a fun little video they made of their BFF Myrtle Beach vacation, a trip that captured memories that will last a lifetime.
The Budget Babe
Reese Witherspoon made a pencil skirt and sleeveless blouse combination pop with bright fuchsia accessories, and The Budget Babe styled a perfect look for less.

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week


It’s palm tree cuteness over at Lipgloss and Crayons! Our favorite series at Carlie’s blog is by far her Mommy and Me posts, and we’re not sure that it gets any more adorable than their coordinating palm tree outfits, just in time for summer! We’re also crazy about mommy’s super comfy pink slip-ons that are under $10! Thank you so much Carly for sharing your #FundayLinkup with our readers!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

  • My husband travels a lot, so I can’t wait to give this french toast for one recipe by A Peachy Sonder a try!
  • Jan Loves shares 10 summer dresses under $35 with styles ranging from super casual to dressy.
  • I’m loving Twenty Something’s weekend wrap-up, especially her link up to a super stylish bedroom makeover.
  • I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying every single piece of this Wednesday Wishlist outfit by A Touch Of Tartan. I heart Hunter Rails, so I especially need that top.
  • Lauren McBride is a glowing beauty in a white chiffon maternity dress.

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $50 Norstrom’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please.

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Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
Kristin @BonBonRoseGirls
Dianna @BudgetBabe

Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!