Nordstrom Sale – Kids Only Picks and What I am ACTUALLY Buying

Let’s get one thing straight – I have never been a fan of the Nordstrom sale. Year after year I see hundreds of bloggers and influencers promoting the same things. How many pairs of ankle booties, Spanx and blankets do you need? I have never promoted the sale, talked about the sale or shopped the sale. Until this year. However, I am NOT shopping for myself and the list I complied are necessity items for children. Pieces that will last, sometimes through several kids, and have a great resell value once your child grows out of it. The below picks are pieces I am actually getting for my kids, not just suggesting you buy them so I can make money. Let’s go!

For Girls 

The North Face Reversible Water Repellent Jacket – This jacket has 5/5 starts and 166 reviews so that speaks volumes. The North Face is a reputable brand and this adorable pink reversible jacket is perfect for rain and cold weather. It’s on sale for $63 down from $90 and for a good kids coat, that’s not bad. The North Face also has a great resell value once your child grows out of it. Here in Atlanta I could probably get $20 at a consignment shop or sell for $30 on a local marketplace.

Treasure & Bond Faux Fur Puffer Coat – It makes sense since we’re heading into Fall/Winter that we should be buying pieces the kids actually need. Here is another coat option which is cheaper than The North Face coat and a bit more stylish if your daughter isn’t the sporty type. I love the olive color which is a great neutral. The coat is $45.90 marked down from $69.

Pink Leopard Hunter Rain Boots – Each year it seems to rain more and more in Atlanta so buying rain boots every year is now a ‘thing’. My kids have worn all kinds of rain boots but Hunters outlast them all. Typically they are so expensive but these pink leopard ones are on sale for $34.90 down from $60. Like mentioned above with the jacket, Hunters have a fantastic resell value and I have made 70% of my money back in the past when I have sold them. They are super easy to clean so if you are wanting to resell after they no longer fit, be sure to clean them up once a week. These are the short boots which I prefer for kids. They are easy to slip on and off and can be worn with leggings, thick socks and jeans.

Glow & The Dark Unicorn Pajamas – Evelyn would spend all day every day in her pajamas if I let her. We can never have enough. Especially since we have to keep double the amount of clothes between my house and her Dad’s house. Having extra pajamas is always a necessity. These are $22.90 marked down from $35, so not that much of a deal but Tucker & Tate is a good brand.

Core Print Leggings – These are so good for playtime, school and cold weather. I love the adorable designs and the price is hard to beat ($9 on sale from $15). I am definitely stocking up on several of these patterns. I very rarely resell leggings because they get so beat up, which is why I can handle the $9 price tag. I know I’ll get my money’s worth on these.

Floral French Terry Dress – The girls dresses in this years sale were slim pickings. Most of them have weird designs or are for summer. This was the only cute Fall one I came across. I like that it’s long sleeve, has pockets, an elastic waist and can slip on over Evelyn’s head. She has been dressing herself for years so the easier something is to get on the more inclined she is to wear it. This dress is $31.90 down from $48 and by Peek Aren’t You Curious which is a great mid-level resale brand.

Floral High Top Sneaker – I was immediately drawn to this floral pattern and I love the high top design. Henry wore high top sneakers for years and I’ve always been partial to them. I made sure to get Evelyn’s approval before adding these to my list because she has been very vocal lately about her clothing. These VANS are $32.90 marked down from $49.95 which is a good deal and VANS sell fast in consignment stores and Facebook Marketplace.

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For Boys 

Converse High Top Sneaker – Henry has been wearing Converse since before he could walk and they are my favorite shoes for boys. I always see them in consignment shops and have purchased several from there. They are also the first thing to sell when I list my kids clothing and shoes. These high top converse have elastic laces which make getting on a breeze. Nothing is worse than trying to get out the door and your child throwing a tantrum because they can’t get their shoes on and tied. They’re on sale for $34.90 down from $55 and if they are kept in decent shape you can resell for at least $15.

Under Armour Water Repellent Mesh Lined Pants – Unfortunately, Henry is at the age where he is very easily influenced by other kids and what they wear. Even more disappointing is that the kids in his school wear only athletic-wear. Henry also likes to be comfortable and since I don’t want to argue about his choice of clothing, I let him pick what he wants. These pants repel water, are breathable and also have that Under Armour logo so many kids seem to care about. These pants come in 3 different colors and are on sale for $28.90 down from $45. Since name brands mean a lot to kids these days, Under Armour has a high resell value and any consignment store will buy it.

ADIDAS 6-Pack Crew Sock – Henry hates the no-show socks because they always get trapped in his sneaker and are so uncomfortable for him. Crew socks are his go-to around here and these Adidas ones come with 3 back and 3 white. They have the visible logo and are on sale for $11.90 down from $18. That makes each pair just under $2 which is a great deal for a name brand sock.

The North Face Water Repellent Reversible Down Jacket – For the same reasons I listed above in the girls jackets, this one for boys is my pick. The reviews are amazing, I love the two tone neutral color, it’s reversible, has pockets and puffy jackets are so comfy. This jacket is the most expensive on my list at $104.30 (marked down from $149) but you are paying for quality.

VANS Checkerboard Logo Tee – I love this classic t shirt design. At $12.90 you can’t beat the price and since VANS never goes out of style, you will be able to make half your money back on this with consignment. I also love that this is gender neutral which makes resale value increase. I also love this other graphic tee option.

Glow & The Dark Fitted Pajamas – Who hasn’t been living in pajamas most days since Corona hit the US and closed all schools? Henry loves to be comfy, which is why there are no jeans on the list haha, so these pajamas are perfect for Halloween, Fall and Winter. They also glow in the dark which is always a hit. The price cut isn’t too drastic, they’re selling for $22.90 down from $35. Depending how worn these get, resale value will be around $10.

Well there you have it, folks! The only time in my entire blogging career that I have talked about the Nordstrom Sale. Let me know your thoughts in the comments if you liked this roundup and if I should do more of them.

National Tequila Day!

Before quarantine I was not a Tequila fan. I would drink the occasional margarita but my knowledge of tequila consisted of Jose Cuervo and that was it. Fast forward four months and I’ve invested time into really learning as much as I can about what goes into a great drink. Cocktails are ever-evolving and with so many different Tequila brands and flavors out there the liquor store can be hard to navigate. Luckily I am here to help! I was recently introduced to 21 Seeds, a female founded and run Tequila brand based in the US. The ladies have created all-natural, fruit-infused tequila that honestly don’t even need a mixer. The tequila goes down so smoothly without that horrible burn I’ve experienced way too many times at dive bars in my twenties. I’m excited to celebrate National Tequila Day with them! So without the drawn out blog posts that never get to the recipe, let’s jump right to it.

Mint & Grapefruit Margarita – It’s a twist on a classic Paloma. The grapefruit Italian Soda and Mint leaves really elevate the taste! 

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add ice, tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave nectar to cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Double strain into glass with ice. Top with Pink Grapefruit Italian Soda. Stir gently! 
  • Garnish with grapefruit wedge and mint leaves.

Follow 21 Seeds on Instagram for updates and yummy cocktails! How are you celebrating today?

Evelyn’s Room

I’ve been in this house for a year now and haven’t done any home tours! I’ve shared on Instagram a lot and now it’s time to add to the blog. Evelyn’s room is on the third floor along with mine. It gets a ton of light, has its own full bathroom and closet. Just like with her room at her Dad’s house, I wanted this one to be one she could grow with. I chose neutral colors that complimented the rest of the house. The gray tufted bed can go with almost any bedding down the road if I choose to change it out.  *All items that are still available are linked at the end of the post!* Sadly the side tables were apart of Ethan Allen’s Disney line but I can’t seem to find them anywhere. The dresser is apart of the same line and is in stock and on sale!

Duvet – Sold out but from Pottery Barn Teen // Pom Pom Pillows // Pink Pom Pom Blanket //

Lamps – Local Home Goods // Dresser // Mirror // Ceiling Fan //  Rug // Dip-Dyed Stool 

Mickey Ears Holder ( Similar) // Bed Frame // Curtains // Abacus Bead Curtain Ties // Face Plaques

Heart Rug in Bathroom // Shower Curtain (Anthropologie last year. Similar here)

Quarantine Cocktails To Get You Through The Day

Following my last post on How to Stock Your Home Bar, it’s only fitting that I follow it up with some fun cocktails that you can enjoy at home. Just in time for the weekend, if weekends mean anything to anyone anymore. I miss going out and enjoying craft cocktails but I have been making them at home and it’s been a lot of fun. Today I’m sharing which ones I’ve been sipping on the past 12 weeks!

Here are some classic cocktails that are a little more liquor forward. My all-time favorite classic cocktail to make is a Daiquiri. There are only 3 ingredients!

Have you been playing at-home bartender since the quarantine started? If so, what are some of your favorite drinks you’ve made? Here’s to sipping pretty cocktails on a patio very soon! xoxo

How to Stock Your Home Bar

I’m gearing up to enter my TENTH week of quarantine since the Corona Virus pandemic has swept across the globe. Needless to say, I’ve been trying to pass the time with baking, cooking and well, drinking. I wasn’t always a cocktail drinker but last year I started venturing out more; trying out new restaurants and craft cocktail bars and my pallet expanded. I really enjoy making cocktails at home and since bars aren’t open now, it’s really the only way to enjoy a drink. I’ve compiled an easy guide to help you set up your home bar to ensure you have the essentials.

Glassware: For the most part, picking glassware is purely for aesthetics. You can enjoy a beverage in any container. But don’t we like to drink pretty? One thing to keep in mind is most recipes you will find are based on standard glassware sizes. Some I would recommend would be a highball glass, a rocks glass, a champagne flute, a coupe, and a pint glass. Martini glasses are fun and all, but they spill easily and are kind of a pain to drink out of, and quite frankly, are antiquated. Crate and Barrel is a great site for inexpensive glassware. Anthropologie, Target, and Urban Outfitters are great for unique pieces. I also love to browse antique store for one of a kind glassware.

Barware: In order to make drinks properly you need the proper tools. Just like with any other craft, there are certain bar tools that cannot be substituted. This is the set I have but is currently out of stock. I really love the matte black color and hopefully it will be restocked soon! Here are some similar sets: Black Cocktail Shaker Set // 4 Piece Black Cocktail Set // Essential Cocktail Kingdom Set. If you’re wanting to mix and match pieces make sure you get the following Boston Shaker, Cobbler Shaker, Jigger, Muddler, Hawthorne Strainer, Fine Mesh Strainer and Bar Spoon. Not all cocktails are shaken so having a heavy duty mixing glass is key to making liquor only drinks (and it also looks pretty). Here are a few options: One // Two // Three // Four. Cocktail Kingdom is a great source for bar tools, many restaurants and bartenders use this site. It can be a little pricey but like most things, you get what you pay for. Now to the fun stuff … the booze.

Spirits: When it comes to plastic surgery and liquor, you get what you pay for. Just because it’s more expensive doesn’t mean it’s gonna taste better per se, but the higher the price, the better the quality of the product so the hangovers won’t be as intense with higher-end alcohol. You can’t avoid being hungover if you drink a lot, but the cheaper the product, the worse you’re gonna feel. Base spirits are the foundation of any cocktail. However, this is an area that is really up to you. Trial and error will help you find what you like. Everyone has a different palate, so you might not always like what someone else suggests. Examples of base spirits would be; Vodka, Gin, Rye Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey, Tequila, and Rum. My favorite brands are Tito’s or Cathead Vodka, El Jimador or Casamigos Tequila, Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Prairie Organic, and The Botanist Gin and Plantation 3 Star Rum. When in doubt, follow this golden rule: stock things that you like to drink.

Mixers & Garnishes: Tonic, Soda Water, Simple Syrup*. Soda: Coke, Diet Coke, and Gingerale (I buy the small cans of these so they don’t go to waste). Fruit juices: Pineapple and Cranberry. Citrus: lemon, lime, orange, and pineapple. When using citrus juice always opt for fresh-squeezed. *Simple syrup is something that can be bought but it is so easy to make at home. The most common simple syrup recipe is using the 1:1 ratio of any measurement. For example, 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of hot water. Place a pot on the stove and heat the water up, doesn’t even need to be brought to a boil, add the sugar, mix until sugar is diluted, transfer to a container and store in your fridge to extend the shelf life. Must have bitters on a home bar: Peychauds, Angostura, and orange bitters. They are the most commonly used bitters in cocktails. Bitters don’t make a drink bitter per se, but they do help round out the flavor of a cocktail. They’re also inexpensive and will last for a while since post drinks only call for a few dashes.

Bar Cart (mine is sold out but similar here, here, here, here and here) // Rosè Bottle Painting (framed at Michael’s) // Death & Co. Recipe Book // Meehans Bartenders Guide // The Drunken Botanist // Clean Cocktails

Managing My New Normal with Toyota Camry 

Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a Camry for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.

Have you ever had the life as you know it make a complete 180? 9 months ago my husband and I decided to co-parent. It was a decision that we did not take lightly. Half the time I’m by myself when I have the kids and I’m responsible for everything. I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Some of you may have spouses who are deployed, you’re a widow or your spouse is sick, or you’ve chosen to go on this journey solo. Whatever your situation, can we all agree that parenting is the hardest job in the world? I’ve learned a lot over the past year and I wanted to share what has worked for me during this new journey. 

Put Everything on a Calendar. I have an established blogging career that I am balancing and with that comes deadlines, social events, meetings and more. Having the Apple Play integrated into the Camry which syncs from my phone calendar is always a great reminder while I’m on the go. It keeps my life organized so I never miss anything important! 

Keep the Kids Entertained While on the Road. There are times I feel like we live in the car and we’re also a family that loves a good road trip! The Camry comes with Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay Compatibility and SiriusXM Radio. It also includes WiFi Connect – as moms, we’re all doing the best we can and I’ll always utilize entertainment for a peaceful car ride. 😉 

Take Everything on the Road. Believe me when I tell you that you never know what you’ll need until you realize you don’t have it with you. I always make sure to bring games, snacks, juice boxes, water bottles and toys. I also bring outfit changes, my computer, camera, equipment and the kids’ backpacks. The Camry is so spacious and while it’s a compact car, the trunk is large enough to fit everything I need! 

Safety First – Always! Mom brain and the struggle is so real… having a car with built-in safety features is a huge necessity for me! The Camry comes with a backup camera, automatic headlights and driver, passenger and knee airbags. 

Remember to Have Fun! As a family, we spend so much time in the car… and while they may just seem like everyday car rides… they’re really memories. One day I’ll look back on these moments and I’ll miss the after-school conversations and singing in the car with my kids. Remember to enjoy it all… even the little moments.

As a working mom, when I’m not dropping the kids off, I’m usually meeting up with other creators in the area or capturing content with my assistant. There are a ton of incredible locations in Atlanta to shoot at but my hands down favorite is Oakland Cemetery. Maybe it’s my love of Halloween, the fact that it’s rarely crowded or the rich history, but Oakland is my go-to spot. It’s less than a mile away from Chrome Yellow Coffee, Krog Street Market and The Beltline. On any given day I can be at numerous spots throughout the city and driving to and from the suburbs can be a lot! Not only do I need a dependable car to get from point A to point B, but it’s so important to have a cozy car to spend the extra time in. 

Atlanta is known for its heavy traffic so my car really is a home away from home – I’m so glad the Camry provides the comfort I need. It’s important to me to feel empowered while parenting on my own. Having my children in a safe and reliable vehicle is extremely important. The Toyota Camry has the look and feel of a sports car but is so roomy and comfy. It can also hold all of my things I need for a full 9 hour day of on-the-go. From school drop-off and pick up, to after-school activities, photo shoots, meetings and events, the Camry truly is there for my life. 

 

*these images and video were shot before the COVID-19 Pandemic. My family and I have been sheltering in place and following all statewide guidelines*

Images by Alaina Troha, Video by Bryan Jean-Pierre 

How Hollywood Feed Is There for You During a Pandemic

“This post was sponsored by Hollywood Feed. All opinions are my own.”

If anyone had told me 2 months ago if we’d be living in a time like now I would not have believed them. The COVID-19 pandemic we’re facing has changed everyone’s lives across the planet and has forced us to adapt a lifestyle more different than we could of ever imagined. In addition to all the healthcare workers I have also been so thankful for the employees of essential businesses so I can continue to get groceries, supplies and even pet food.

As someone who is an avid online shopper and always looking for the best deal, I love that Hollywood Feed is committed to offering the best prices. They will match any competitor’s price, guaranteed. And if your pet doesn’t love their food, treats or toys they will gladly replace or refund it. In case you’re unfamiliar with Hollywood Feed, here is some backstory. They opened their first store in the 1950s in Memphis, Tennessee and have grown from a single store in Memphis to a retail presence spanning the country, with new locations opening each year. Hollywood Feed is known for friendly and knowledgeable service more than half a century later. Did you know that each team member receives 40+ hours of product education and customer service training annually so they can better serve pets and their owners? In addition to natural pet food and treats, Hollywood Feed proudly features its own line of jerky made in Georgia. The jerky is dried in their beechwood smoker and smells so good I have thought about eating it once or twice …

What I have enjoyed most about Hollywood Feed during this pandemic is that they are offering curbside pickup on all online orders! You can use code CURBSIDE20 for 20% off curbside orders, valid through 4/15. If you don’t have a Hollywood Feed in your area, do not worry! They offer free shipping on any order over $49! Be sure to check out their website to see all their selections! Have you tried out Hollywood Feed before? What was your experience like?

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