nordstrom half yearly!

Just doing our duty and reporting our favorites from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! They have seriously dug deep this year, SO many items are 40% off!!

DRESSES + 40% off our favorite KAREN WALKERS! + PRETTY HEELS

OUR FAVORITE CLOTHING

GORGEOUS FINDS FOR THE HOME

BOOTS + BOOTIES (get those winter staples at a deep discount!)

SANDALS + OPEN TOES

FOR KIDDOS

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Amazon Rugs Win

By Nicole.

I’m constantly wanting to update rooms in my home, but buying a new couch and fine art isn’t always in the budget. In result I’ve developed a fetish for buying area rugs, and with just one purchase (and delivered in just two days for freeee) I’ve got myself what seems like a whole new room! Here are some of my favorite finds on amazing Amazon. And these prices are unbeatable!rugs-amazon

This blue beauty is in my living room as we speak! // PINK with tassels for a baby girls nursery? Yes please. // Tradtional Tribal // These two green and pink (last) I’m saving for my next home, but the pop of color on a wood floor with white walls? HEART EYES! // Blue and White// Modern Tribal flare with the green rug that comes in loads of colors!

Enjoy!

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overnight oats

By Emily. This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own. 

I am now to the stage of pregnancy where sleep is futile. So I usually wake up like a zombie and am scrambling to get myself together on top of trying to get the kids ready for school. Hayes actually had to have a heart to heart with me about wearing pants and shoes to the bus drop off. Ha! I turned to overnight oats because I wake up starving and rarely have time to get a satisfying morning meal for myself!Overnight Oats Overnight Oats are hugely popular online, but for those of you who haven’t tried it (some of us included!) here’s a quick summary.

Convenient, filling, breakfast, made ahead, up to three days in advance. If you have crazy mornings like us, a breakfast you can prep at night is everything! We love Quaker Old Fashioned Oats for this and all you need to do is grab a jar with a lid (keeping it air-tight helps with that whole make-ahead business.)Overnight OatsFill it the jar with 1/2 cup of oats. Then 1/2 cup of milk or yogurt (nut milk, soy milk, cow milk, raw milk, goat milk – whatever dairy/dairy alternative you like!) Your yogurt choice can be plain, vanilla or flavored depending on what your fruit toppings will be! You can also add in chia seeds, flax seeds, or whatever yummy crunch you like with nuts and more!Overnight OatsNow for your toppings! You can go so many directions with this your head will spin. For me, I know I’ve mentioned this pregnancy that my sweet tooth craving is next level. I love anything with chocolate, peanut butter and banana so that is the jar I made for this post! Just call me Elvis. If you want to lighten the calories, ditch the chocolate chips and just add chocolate almond milk! It give it just enough chocolatey flavor with a little less guilt! Also you can swap peanut butter for the powdered peanut butter which (80 calories versus about 30.)Overnight Oats

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana Overnight Oats 

 

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats

1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla or chocolate)

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp peanut butter

½ banana (sliced)

Chocolate chips (for garnish)

Instructions

Stir together the oats, almond milk, and chia seeds in a jar (with lid). Layer on peanut butter and banana, secure jar lid and let soak overnight. In the morning, remove the lid and garnish with chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Need some more ideas?Overnight Oats

Want it to be warm and spicy? Try a pumpkin spice blend in your yogurt, maple syrup and pecans.

Want something to wake you up? How about a lemon yogurt, blueberries and lemon zest combo?

Need to feel like you’re on vacation? Add mangoes, pineapple chunks, dust with coconut shavings.

*Disclosure! We are working with The Quaker Oats Company all year long to bring recipes and ideas using our favorite Quaker products! With 140 years of bringing us kitchen staples, we’re excited to work with such a long-standing favorite.

Berry Yoghurt Quinoa

As much as we emphasize whole nutrition and challenging your children to eat healthy, we also know how HARD it can be on us moms to get all the nutrition our children need to grow strong! We are working this Summer on a campaign with Similac Go & Grow (get your FREE SAMPLE here!) introducing their new toddler mix-in packets which are jam packed full of protein fiber, Vitamin E, DHA and a ton of other goodies. What we love most about this campaign is Similac’s focus on first, getting whole foods in those tiny bodies and then using these mix-ins on occasion for added vitamin support. We will be sharing 5 recipes over the next month including these packets that we think your kiddos will enjoy!similacyogurt (1 of 6)

First up: Berry Yoghurt Quinoa. This one is a favorite among the little babies of the group! What you’ll need:

-1 packet of Similac Grow & Go 

-1/4 c cooked quinoa

-1/4 c plain or flavored yoghurt of choice

-4-5 chopped strawberries/blueberries/blackberriessimilacyogurt (2 of 6)

Mix one packet of Similac Grow & Go together with yoghurt, cooked quinoa and berries. Mix thoroughly and chill for a bit – we find this helps with those teething gums to have it cold! similacyogurt (3 of 6) similacyogurt (4 of 6)

That’s all! So simple, so easy and SO filling. similacyogurt (6 of 6)

Oh…and SO messy 😉

Get your Similac Go & Grow FREE SAMPLE here!

Similac partnered with influencers such as us for its Go & Grow by Similac Food Mix-Ins Launch Program. As part of this Program, we received compensation for our time. Similac believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

FRYday

Happy Fryday! Here’s what we got for you this week, so sorry for the link issues.

NICOLE:Nic

Loving these jeans for Summer!

We just bought this Child Carrier for the bike. Sunny still likes to ride with mama, and this one holds a child up to 40 pounds!

Thrilled about this find. The price is incredible and I’ve been eyeing similar ones for 4x this price! I bought the medium size.

I’ve been a lover of the Lumineers for years now, and this new album is thrilling me. 24/7!

Target ALWAYS does it again. Loving my new toteTOTE!!!

I have been helping a friend re decorate his new home, and I cant stop dreaming about this hardware for his bathroom faucet.

JENNA:

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WEARING: My favorite Mom jeans that don’t feel so momish! Love the high rise and distressing on these so much. My favorite crewneck for summer that I am attempting to own in every color and now that it’s on sale I think it’s possible! I’ve been getting so many swimsuits lately and just clothes in general from Asos. They have such fun options and I’m obsessed with the wide selection.

Did you shop the Nike Sale? I know I did (yikes) ! I NEVER see this style shoe on sale so I bought them in both colors. They’re my favorite for working out and every day. They’re so weightless and incredible.

LISTENING:

I’ve been obsessing over podcasts as usual. If you’re in to Serial you’ve got to tune in to Breakdown – it’s just as riveting. I’ve also really been liking the Relationship Alive Podcast my friend Lindsay recommended! it’s super great and been teaching me a lot of great tips to use in my relationships.

ALSO! Follow Emily on Spotify. Everything is amazing but I’m particularly loving tuning in to her Spring Bijou Market Play list.

FEELING:

Great! I’ve actually been in to counting my Macros lately which is a whole new type of eating I’m not accustomed to but I REALLY have resonated with so far. If you have any experience with it or tips I’d love to hear from you in the comments! I’m a total newbie and it’s a learning curve (hello I do NOT eat enough Protein!) but it’s been such a fun challenge. Along side my BBG Sweat App I’ve been finding a lot of success! AND! My favorite EVER Align pants now come in a cropped version and that’s something to shout from the roof tops!

Oh also! If you’re thinking of doing Macros you’ll definitely want a food scale and I really like this one.

WATCHING:

Kardashians and Real Housewives. I mean how predictable could I be?

EMILY:

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Wearing: All about the slip-ons this Summer, I have officially retired from bending down to do anything, let alone lacing a shoe! I had been on the hunt for this very color since last Summer and about died when I finally found them! It’s the perfect blush/nude and goes with everything. They keep selling out, so hurry and grab yours! Pairing it with this dress  (just size up a few if you’re pregnant!) for an easy Summer outfit!

Reading: I had this book recommended to me for post-baby and I am excited to check it out. It’s all about nourishing yourself in the many stages of Post-Partum-ness and what to do for each of the next 40 days. The right foods for the many moods. Looks gorgeous!

Listening: A lot of BØRNS! Every time I hear Electric Love I start to cry. The words remind me of this crazy non-stop kicking baby and how excited I am to meet him! Get me to July 4th! Also don’t let his nutty stage name throw you, he’s from Michigan.

Decorating: We have one the thing on the agenda this weekend, get the baby room ready. My old glider broke (too much Frame brother wrestling will do that) but we are in crazy saving mode, so the budget isn’t huge. I was stoked to find such a good deal on Amazon, of course. Perfectly neutral and so affordable, comparatively!

Watching: Veep is back and I am convinced it’s the only TV worth watching. Although I am biased because it is the only TV I’m watching.

Feeling: All of it. My side joints have caused major chaos this pregnancy making basically any movement painful. I sneezed the other day and it actually brought tears to my eyes it hurt so bad. HA! Sometimes I wonder if my hips are actually broken and I just don’t realize it! Sleep is a struggle and working out is totally impossible so I just feel like a big blob. Who wants to party with Emily, I’ll bring the complaints! New life, magical, blessed. If I add all those qualifiers, I’m safe right?

Eating: My #1 favorite flavor combo this pregnancy is chocolate, peanut butter and banana. Since I can no longer be left alone with no-bake cookies I started making a morning protein shake and it’s satisfying so many cravings and I definitely don’t feel as guilty.

Wanna try? A scoop of this Plant based protein powder. A tablespoon of natural peanut butter, a cup of almond milk, a ripe banana, and two handfuls of ice (10+ cubes.)

 

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