Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Iowa winter edition

So I know it is the middle of summer right now, but let’s not forget that here in the midwest we deal with some pretty nasty (and downright LONG) winters.

Knowing that, I thought I would pull together an amazing look using pieces (that are still in stock when I posted this) from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that just might be able to get you through it!

Bring on the snow…I mean, eventually – just not quite yet!


Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover
Billabong Venture Out Plaid Shirt
Lysse High Waist Denim Leggings
Madewell Plaid Scarf
Sperry Shearwater Water-Resistant Genuine Shearling Lined Boot
Lauren Ralph Lauren Quilted Vest

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Friday faves

FreshCut[fresh cut from Franklin Barber Shop]

The Williams-Sonoma Friends & Family sale is going on now and I got sucked in! I managed to snag a bunch of these, two for my boys and the rest to stash away for presents for other littles. This is also when I load up on teacher gifts – my favorite is separating these towels and adding a gift card or candle. I also added these super absorbent black + white plaid towels to my cart. I’m thinking they might even work as hand towels for our guest bathroom. If none of those ideas appeal to you, then maybe you might be interested in their new Halloween goodies they just posted! #pumpkineverything

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now officially live to the public and there are still some great items left in stock. Check out my favorites for mamas, little dudes and your home. Happy shopping!

To say that I have been in withdrawals since Downton Abbey ended is an understatement, so it should come as no surprise that I did a dance at my desk when I read this the other day.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: for your home

I’ve already pulled together my faves from the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for both mamas and boys, so why not move onto my picks out of their extensive home collection?!

Our log home lends itself to neutral + wood tones, so you’ll see a lot of that here. In our kitchen we use pops of red, which is really fun especially around the holidays.


Pendleton Horizon Stripe Lambswool Throw
Smeg ’50s Retro Style Electric Kettle
Nordstrom at Home Chevron Marble & Wood Serving Board
Golden Rabbit Set of 3 Nesting Mixing Bowls
Villa Home Collection Houndstooth Rug
Nordstrom at Home Twig Set of 3 Cheese Knives
Le Creuset Heritage Set of 2 Oval Au Gratin Dishes
Diptyque Candle Set
Nautica ‘Coleridge’ Cotton Sheet Set
Treasure & Bond Jersey Rope Basket Accent Pillow
Picnic Time Casserole Tote

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Camp Branstad 2018

Um, I think I just now have fully recuperated from this year’s Camp Branstad…

It was a very special Camp Branstad this year. Over this past year, 1/5 of the participants have been living in China. We were so happy to have the gang all back together for another amazing camp – creating memories that we hope will last a lifetime.


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018: faves for boys

I love a good sale, and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale really has some of the cutest gear for your kiddos – especially if you like to shop for the next season.

The annual sale is a great time to get items higher in price, like coats and shoes. And if you have boys like me, you know that these items only last for one kid. #nohandmedownswithboys

So without further adieu, here are a few of my faves for the little gents in your life:


Little Giraffe ‘Luxe’ Baby Blanket
iBaby Care M7 Baby Monitor
TWELVElittle ‘Courage’ Unisex Backpack Diaper Bag
The North Face Patrick’s Point Vest
Loulou LOLLIPOP Taco Teething Toy & Holder
adidas Iniki Classic Sneaker
vineyard vines Quarter Zip Pullover
Hatley Organic Cotton Fitted One-Piece Pajamas
nuna RAVA(TM) Convertible Car Seat

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Friday faves

TheBlur[a depiction of life right now]

I have been World Cup obsessed over the past month and this weekend marks the final games for four years. With Germany’s early exit, the boys barely got to break in their new jerseys, but that didn’t stop them from cheering alongside me! Tune in tomorrow and Sunday morning for the final matches.

Being a middle child myself, I found this article to be an interesting read.

We love spending time at the lake house and the boys are obsessed with going for boat rides. Over the summer I’ve been relying on packing all of my snacks/drinks/extra clothes in these Easy Baby Travelers bags. They come in a ton of cute designs – I love the seersucker!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018: faves for mama

EEK! It’s HERE! Today officially kicks off the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you are a Nordies cardholder, you can shop the sale NOW! All items will be open to the general public starting July 20. Don’t sit back and wait because a few of these staples are sure to sell out quick.

Just like last year, I’ve decided to round up my favorite items that are perfect for moms – because, I know you want to know all about that life.


BP. Reversible Houndstooth & Grid Scarf: Perfect to throw on over pretty much everything to get out the door quickly. Also comes in handy if you need to cover up a stain on your shirt from some grubby kid hands.

Barbour Sandsend Waxed Cotton Utility Jacket: I have been wanting a Barbour coat for a long time. This is something that rarely goes on sale, so now is the time to snag it. Plus, this is timeless and you will wear it forever!

Patagonia Lightweight Better Sweater Fleece: You can’t go wrong with a Patagonia pullover. I’ve been wearing mine for years. Perfect for cool mornings at the park or throwing over your workout gear.

Madewell Lafayette Leather Bucket Bag: I am desperately in need of a new carryall bag, and I love the shape, color and size of this bucket back from Madewell.

Madewell Ryder Cardigan: I have this cardigan in tan from last year and I wore the heck out of it.

Trouve Rib Funnel Neck Sweater: I love a good funnel neck sweater and since we live in the midwest we are pretty much in them from November to April.

Madewell 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans: My. Favorite. Jeans. That is all. BUY!

Cole Haan Harrington Grand Buckle Bootie: For the past couple of years I’ve been wanting to purchase a pair of leopard print booties. Guys, this might finally be the year. Cole Haan + 35% off the original price?!

Treasure & Bond Baseball Tee: On the weekends you can usually find me in a similar tee during the fall months. I love that you can wear them with jeans and sneakers or with a pair of booties and vest.

BP. Brice Notched Bootie: When I was looking for booties last year, I was on the hunt for the perfect cognac color and I think I’ve found it! Obsessed.

adidas Gazelle Sneaker: Because what mom doesn’t need a pair of sneakers to wear when running after her kids?!

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