Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals + Outfit Ideas

Happy Halloween friends!  I hope you have some fun plans for the night.  I'm looking forward to getting the candy I bought for the trick-or-treators out of the house- I keep sneaking little pieces!  Please tell me you do that too.  We spent last night making spider hands for my son's class, and let me tell you, it's not as easy as you'd think.  My popcorn was too big, so it wasn't fitting easily inside the fingers.  I had to smash some of it to get it down in there.  Just a word to the wise if you ever attempt this.  You can see a cute video of this action on my Instagram.  And I'm such a girl.  Even the spider rings kinda creep me out.  But he thinks they're so cool.  :) This little guy will be the cutest Transformer ever tonight "Optimous Prime" in action!

As for the weekend steals and deals, I found a super steal for you this weekend that I'm excited to share.  We all know how hot plaid is right now and on a quick Target run this week, I found some awesome button-down plaid shirts here and here.  I already wore the top one "vivid blue" (not sure why they call it that- it's more teal). I didn't see this one in the store, but I want this color combo too.  And FYI, I like these to fit comfy, so instead of my usual size small, I liked how the medium fit better.  The bottom one I accidentally picked up a large, so I need to exchange it.  I like how it only buttons half-way down, great for leggings and boots.  But, the cool thing is, Target is having a buy 1, get 1 50% off on clothing, slippers, and sleepwear and free shipping on all items so these are a great deal.  

My favorite, easy way to wear a plaid shirt is with jeans, tall boots and a chunky scarf. 

Y'all know I can't get enough of a good striped tee.  This 3/4 length top from Ann Taylor was $49.50, went on sale for $24.99 and with 60% off all sale items, it's currently only $10.  Doesn't get much better than that! The added length on the back is nice for covering the tush too.  

For some super cute dresses, I adore these Eliza J brand that are marked down 40% from $98 to $58.80.  I always preferred a dress for work, made pulling an outfit together a no brainer. 

You might have a favorite pair of black pants, but how about a fantastic pair of grey?  These LOFT pants (which I've always found to be a great fit) are also marked down 40%, from $69.50 to $41.70.  

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If you still need a winter coat, I found this perfect Michael Kors peacoat with gold accents on sale for 40% off, regularly $180, now $107.98.  I have a white winter coat and get a lot of use out of it.  

happy halloween!

ANN TAYLOR:  Extra 60% off all sale styles.  No code needed.  FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  Ends 11/03.

ANTHROPOLOGIE:  Extra 25% off sale items.  Use code EXTRAEXTRA. Discount reflected at checkout.

BANANA REPUBLIC 35% off full-priced items, no exclusions when you use your BananaCard, GAPcard, or Old Navy Card  Use code BRYOU Ends 11/3.  30% off full priced items, use code BRTREAT  Ends 11/2.  FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.

GAP:    30% off regular price styles.  Use code JOY  FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.  Ends 11/3.

LOFT:  50% off select Fall Styles and 50% off all sale styles.

NORDSTROM:  Always FREE shipping & FREE returns.

OLD NAVY:  25% off your order, online only.  Use code SAVE  Ends 11/5.

TARGET:  Buy 1, get 1 50% off on clothing, slippers, and sleepwear and FREE SHIPPING on all items. ENDS 11/01.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time to Order Holiday Cards

In the past week, two girlfriends I know were having their family photos taken in preparation for their holiday cards, which got me thinking it's time to order our cards.  We had family photos taken back in February, so we'll use those for our Christmas cards this year.  My husband doesn't really voice an opinion about which card we order, but my four year-old son, on the other hand, has big opinions.  He and I will be browsing the Minted website this weekend and pick out our card together.  It will be hard to narrow down since Minted has so many cute options to choose from. I especially love their foil pressed cards, which I think are just beautiful.  But, we also have ornament cards, booklet cards, and minibook cards to choose from this year.  Decisions, decisions - the good kind! 

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I love that so many people do photo cards these days because we display those cards in our home  (as I'm sure you do too) throughout the holiday season and it's fun to see our friends' happy faces everyday.  I'll let you know which card we end up with soon.  I can't wait to see which designs James likes this year. :) Have you picked out your holiday card yet? 

Right now, at Minted, you get 15% off holiday card orders of $150 and 10% off orders of $100.  Use code HOLIDAY14.  Ends 11/3.  Better to order when you can get the discount! Happy browsing! I'd love to hear which designs are your favorites in the comments. 

*I'm proud to partner with Minted on this post.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I mentioned recently how our evening routines have changed lately.  I used to be so bad about burying my head in the computer as soon as my son went to bed, but now I'm shutting it down earlier and having more relaxing evenings. Said evenings often include The Voice (#teamGwen!),  Parenthood, and the occasional New Jersey, OC, and/or Beverly Hills Housewives episodes (#hangsheadinshame).  One thing I'm not embarrassed to admit is that I love to create a soothing space to do this relaxing in.  I spend a few minutes picking up toys and throwing them into baskets and then light a few candles to set the mood.  I'm a big night owl, so dimming the lights in the evening is actually helpful in getting me to bed at a decent hour. 

Since it's fall, I assembled some pumpkins, pinecones, apples, walnuts and acorns into my favorite dough bowl and added a few candles.  These little decorative ribbons tied around the candles are a sweet (if girly) touch.  

I must have Thanksgiving on the brain, because as I looked at my little candle set-up, I thought it would also make a great centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table.  It's perfect because it's low in height, so you don't have to look at your family through a tall vase of flowers.  And flickering candles are always a great addition to a nice dinner.

I clipped a few leaves from the tree in our front yard and tucked them underneath the fillings.  That simple addition made me love this centerpiece all the more.  

This centerpiece doesn't cost a penny if you use what you have on hand and will last way longer than your average vase of flowers.  


On Honey We're Healthy:  LĂ„RABAR giveaway - And did you get a chance to check out the Sketchers I posted about last week? 

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