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Nordstrom Sale Faves

Happiest Friday, friends!!! The Nordstrom Sale has arrived! If you’re on Instagram, you likely want to throw your phone at a wall just reading those words, and I feeeeeel you! πŸ˜‰ But just in case you are into it, here are a few of my favorites and some of the things I am grabbing!

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Alo High Waist Moto Leggings // The cutest moto leggings! I love fun leggings, considering I mostly live in comfy clothes and these might be some of the cutest I’ve ever seen!! And the high waist on these is everything!

Steve Madden Leopard Booties // Obsessed with these, I have them in a nude color and they are SO comfortable. This was my #1 pick for the sale & I cannot wait for them!!

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan // I loooove this cardigan, I wear mine all the time, especially when travelling. It’s basically a blanket with sleeves and you will not find a softer sweater on this planet.

Pleated Leopard Skirt // Because we all need a leopard midi skirt in our lives to pair with a graphic tee, yes?!

Quay Aviators // I never splurge on expensive sunglasses because they’re most likely found at the bottom of my purse with silly putty stuck to them. So these are my pick for a great pair of aviators!!

Top Shop Boyfriend Jeans // Love love love these jeans and the price point!!

PMD Facial Cleansing Device // I’ve been wanting this for evvvver and super excited to see it included in the sale!! Pairs well with your favorite gentle cleanser to keep your skin looking the glowiest!! Is that a word?

Tall Hunter Boots // Such a steal for these boots, I wear mine ALL Fall & Winter long. Plus, this color is one of my all time faves!!

Floral Dress // Such a fun dress for Fall, wedding season anyone?! Love the colors so much!!

Leopard Sweater // You know I love a good leopard sweater!! This is the cutest and a must have for Fall!!

Curling Iron // My favorite curling iron ever is on major sale & way too good to pass up!! If you’re in need of a new one, this is the one!!

And of course I forgot to add to my collage, my ALL TIME FAVORITE DIFFUSERS are on sale, best deal ever!!!

Happy shopping, can’t wait to hear what you all get!! XO

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Our Fourth + Claire’s 4th

We are still recovering from what may have been the most fun weekend of the Summer, Fourth of July + Claire Bear’s fourth birthday! We had so much fun with friends & family, lots of time at the pool, good food & drinks, and of course, fireworks!! Does it get any better than that?! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged these things, honestly I feel like Instagram is almost the new mini blog but many of you have told me you want to see it here, so let’s do this thing!

Brandon’s family came down for the Fourth from Iowa, the girls absolutely love spending time with their cousins & we love to entertain! The Fourth of July was our first holiday we spent in our home last year, and confirmed for me that picked the right house. Our neighborhood takes holidays v. seriously and I am here for it!! We started the morning early with a neighborhood tailgate, mimosas and bike decorating for the kiddos! We have a small city parade that my dad drove our truck in, and the kids had so much fun riding along. The rest of the morning was spent underneath tents with live music & food from everyone in the neighborhood until we all got rained out. We all came home and waited out the storm, then spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool (overcast skies & FrosΓ© are a perfect combination!) and then came home to do some fireworks in the yard and watch the city ones around the corner. All in all, the best kind of holiday!!

We spent Friday at the pool again & grilled out for dinner, and then went down to First Friday in the Crossroads to watch the Kansas City Air Show. We grew up going to air shows and I totally forgot how much fun they were!

Sunday we celebrated Claire’s birthday!!! Claire tells us all the time, “my name isn’t Claire, it’s Rainbowgirl” <– And all one word if you hear her pronounce it. If any of you remember the video of her telling us what she wanted for her birthday party earlier this year, she asked for “a rainbow beach party, with a rainbow swimsuit and a rainbow cake and a rainbow dog!” We couldn’t give her a beach, but the backyard was a pretty close substitute! It was a super laid back bash in the afternoon, with a handful of neighborhood friends, cake, cupcakes & popsicles! The girls had a blast & Claire was asleep on the couch before all of her friends even went home. It’s her party and she’ll sleep if she wants to.

Sources: Oversized Rainbow Sprinkler // Rainbow Slip n Slide // Rainbow Mini Pool // Rainbow Swimsuit // Rainbow Balloons

In years past, I have always been excited when we roll into the second half of Summer because I love Fall so much. But! Elementary school brings a whole new meaning to Summer, I love love love having the girls home with us and not having to get up to rush around each morning. We are savoring every last drop of this season!!

I hope you all had an amazing Fourth of July, as always, thank you for reading!! XO

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Fourth of July Entertaining

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, we are hosting family for the weekend & looking forward to all of the festive fun!! I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite foods & entertaining ideas for the holiday weekend.

We love to do fruit & cheese boards for every holiday, especially if we are entertaining. They’re easy, festive & fun for kids!! Anytime I am out shopping and find fun crackers, I will always buy them knowing I will find a way to use them in a platter later on. I thought these sourdough strip crackers were so pretty for this board!! I used red & blue fruits, and then just cut regular white sharp cheddar into star shapes using a small cookie cutter!

Our favorite Summer dessert is always Jell-O cake!! It is so yummy and refreshing, we usually end up just eating it out of the pan with a fork!

DIRECTIONS // For Jell-O Poke cake (in the simplest directions possible because that’s how we roll): make a white cake according to directions (I use a box cake mix). Let the cake cool, and then using a toothpick, poke holes in the entire cake, the more holes you can make, the more the Jell-O will be able to seep through to the bottom. Once your holes are poked, make your Strawberry Jell-O (one cup boiling water + one cup cold water) and then pour the mixture over the cake very slowly allowing Jell-O to penetrate the cake. Put in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours to chill, and then frost with whipped cream! I usually decorate with strawberries, but also add blueberries or blackberries for the Fourth! (more detailed recipe here).

A few other fun ideas that I have had saved:

These DIY patriotic popsicles.

The prettiest, most festive ice cubes of your life.

Mini pancake stacks, a fun breakfast idea!

Wishing you guys the happiest Fourth with your families & the ones you love!! Let’s hope our kiddos all stay awake til fireworks!! XO

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