Things have been crazy around here with traveling (I’m currently in Indiana) and summer not to mention kids being home is totally killing my productivity on the blog. But very soon, we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming.

In the mean time I wanted to share with you all ANOTHER giveaway since I got so much amazing feedback, because seriously who doesn’t love a giveaway and this one is super simple. So today I have teamed up with two of my faves, Alexie and Rachael, to give away a $300 gift card to Free People!!! Yes. You read that right. One of you guys is going to get $300 to spend at theeeee most beautiful brand I know. Say hello whole new wardrobe. I mean have you guys seen their new fall pieces coming out?

Entering the contest is super simple! All you have to do is comment on each of our blog posts – that is three comments for a chance to win $300!! All the instructions are in the entry form below. Good luck babes!

*Winner will be selected randomly at midnight on Friday, August 4th and announced the following morning. By entering you agree to be subscribed to all three of the giveaway hosts mailing lists. You can unsubscribe at any time after the giveaway. The post is not sponsored by or affiliated with Free People or any other brand.

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You can officially quit scouring the internets. I have rounded up my faves from the home section of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Keep in mind these prices are only available for card holders during Early Access.  Things will sell out, but on July 21st the sale prices will open to the public and both stores and online will restock the goodies, so don’t fret. But learn from me, buy now you can always return if you have buyers remorse.  I missed out on an item that I have been feverishly stalking since it sold out and still kicking myself for not pulling the trigger the moment I fell in love, seeing everyone else apparently fell hard for same item. I’ll tell you what it is once its in my hands.

Keep reading and head to the bottom because I have a fun Giveaway just for you! I have teamed up with Lili Alessandra to give you all a $500 Nordstrom gift card to help lesson the pain.

 

 

LILI ALESSANDRA MODERNE WINDOW PANELS | LILI ALESSANDRA CASABLANCA BED SKIRT | TWO-TONE METALLIC STRAW BASKET | COPPER HANDLE MARBLE SERVING BOARD | MARBLE TISSUE BOX COVER | FIONA WOVEN WALL HANGING | 2 COPPER PARTY CUPS | PLUS WHITE FRAMED WALL ART | 2 STEMLESS WINE GLASSES | PINK BOOZE DECANTER | METAL MIRRORED ROLLING BAR CART | COPPERTONE TABLE LAMP | FERN PRINT & OAK HANGER

 

 

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In celebration of the recent launch of Lili Alessandra a maker of fine linens and soft furnishings on Nordstrom.com. I have partnered with a few of my favorite bloggers to give away a $500 Nordstrom gift card! Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and ends on 8/2. Winner will be announced here. Good luck!

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I remember being in my late 20s and thinking to myself, I don’t need to be married to eat of nice dishes. So off I went and bought my fine china that all my friends were registering. When it came time for hubs and I to get married we had acquired quite a bit of nice grown up things so our registry looked very different from our parents I would assume. As people are getting married at a later age the things we want to buy as couple to add to our new life has changed. I have listed below some of my top items from my dream registry place, West Elm. I have included gifts under $100 and splurges such as my dream couch just in case you have a friend or family member that really loves you.

Engagement season is upon us in the next couple months so if this is in your near future you need to register at West Elm and since its wedding season now, you need to shop for the lucky couple here. They will forever appreciate your gift. And if you need to send someone a gift, I registered just for fun.

SMEG TOASTER |SMEG KETTLE | GREENPAN® NONSTICK 10-PIECE SET – BLUE | ROSE GOLD FLATWEAR | BELGIAN FLAX LINEN SHEET SETTEXTURED DINNERWARE SET – WHITE | OLIVE WOOD RUSTIC CUTTING BOARD | DECORATED HOBSTAR GLASSWARE SET | TOTES & TRAVEL SUITCASES | MONGOLIAN LAMB PILLOW COVER – ROSETTE  | ANDES TERMINAL CHAISE SECTIONAL

Well unless you have been living under a rock (or visiting Cuba) you are probably well aware of the massive Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on right now.  Unlike most sales that start discounting summer clothing at this time this is actually pretty amazing deals on hot fall trends. Now because Nordstrom is a higher end brand you can get lost in sales that discount $500 shirt down to $350 and while I love saving a $150 dollars it can’t be saved off a item unless I plan on wearing it daily and well that just doesnt photograph well on Instagram.

So even though I got a late start with this because apparently bloggers everywhere pulled an all nighter getting their shopping done and apparently as a newbie in this realm I didn’t get the memo, I was able to find some pretty amazing deals that are all under $50.  Now that is more up my alley when it comes to shopping. I love bargain prices but this mom bod needs a well built piece of fabric. I need good fit and fabric that will stand up to time since I use a sale like this to buy staples and then use cheaper stores to buy trendier pieces.

So here are my picks! I haven’t bought them all (yet) but the ones I do order will have shown before the sale ends but can’t guarantee they will still have them left. Nordstrom does free shipping and returns so buy now and return later what doesn’t work. If you second guess or decide tomorrow, it’ll probably be gone.

Now your turn, I want to know your favorite picks!

1.)Ashley High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans

2.) Ballet Crop Wide Leg Ponte Jumpsuit

3.) Valencia Off the Shoulder Pullover

4.) Cutout Neck Pullover

I literally feel like my whole life has been a lie. Being raised and living in the south for the majority of my life, people vacation in Florida. Every spring break and summer break for as far back as I can remember we have traveled south to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf and posted up in 95 degree weather with 150% humidity. It’s just what you did. Don’t get me wrong. It’s pretty. But it’s awesome miserably hot there during the summer. Well this year we thought we would mix things up and try something new. So we headed west and will forever always head west in the summer.

Tucked away in the hustle and bustle of LA is a hidden gem in Marina Del Rey.  It’s an amazing little corner of the world called Mother’s Beach. It has a roped off swimming and wading area, the waters are calm, there are lifeguards watching over the beach and waves can’t sneak in here. It’s basically a Mother’s dream, hence the name.  We picked this spot for a quick weekend getaway and could have been more perfect for our little family. Have I mentioned yet the weather? To die for.

Hubs had work in Venice and it’s a short drive in LA from LAX. Did you even know that was such a thing? But seriously we landed, got our car and got there without a single tear or “are we there yet?” Upon arriving at Jamaica Bay Inn we were greeted by valet who grabbed our bags as we checked in. The lobby was fabulously decorated, which is always my first inclination that we will love it.

Before heading upstairs we were asked if we wanted to make dinner reservations. Now after a half day of traveling with kids under 5 staying in to eat dinner sounded like a dream. It was water front and had a great menu that would make mom and dad happy as well as the littles, not to mention they had an unbelievable Happy Hour. So we ran upstairs and dropped off out bag, freshened up and headed on down to get this party started. But as we were leaving the most welcomed gift of all came. A bottle of wine and two glasses. So naturally we made girls lay down for a rest and hubs and I headed to our balcony to enjoy this treat. Check out that view!

This hotel was located directly on the sand and water but minutes to Abbott Kinney in Venice so we had the best of both worlds within reach.

Beachside Restaurant and Bar

During out stay, the inside portion of the restaurant was closed down. But honestly if you were staying here you wouldn’t want to eat inside. Not when the outside was so fabulous. And at night it got a little chilly for some, so they had blankets and heaters set up to use as well as tables with fire. It was gorgeous and they literally thought of everything (they even have organic and gluten free options). 

The Grounds

After dinner we decided to take a stroll around the resort. And of course we stopped to smell every flower! They have done such an amazing job with perfectly groomed vegetation and picturesque views from every corner of the resort.

 

Rooms

Early to bed early to rise doesnt apply on vacay but we opted to head back to the room to relax on the balcony and get ready for the next day. Traveling with kids can be a bit hectic. We have been traveling with them since they were little so I feel like practice makes perfect but of course at this age nothing actually prepares you. We always opt in for either a room with a separate living area or a balcony with a view. It took several trips of sitting in a bathroom with wine before we realized we needed a plan. My kids still fight going to bed and need darkness and quiet to make it happen. Now at home they both have their own rooms but always sleep together so 2 queen beds is all we need when we travel. We got the kids ready for bed, let them have some screen time and hubs and I headed to the balcony. (notice it’s still light out, but their little bodies were still in CST)

The rooms were plenty large for the 4 of us. Had a desk, chair, as well as a fridge, Keurig, and bottled water. Bathroom was spacious with a huge shower.  There was also ample closet space for all our luggage to go into and dressers for our clothes. When I go to a hotel, there is nothing worse than stuff all over the place. We felt right at home.

 

Room Service

Hubs had to head to work this morning so he got up bright and early and left us snoozing away. We woke up leisurely and one of my kids most favorite things to do on vacation is order room service. They know how to vacation! So we scoured the menu and got our order placed (could have left it on the door the night before but it came so quickly we didn’t even have to worry about hangry kids in the am).  Check out this room service menu.

Pool

Staying on the beach you would think having a pool wasn’t important. But regardless of what body of water is close by the pool is always our first choice. So after breakfast we headed down to go get in the pool. My favorite part was that you are sitting at the pool and their is a glass wall to see the beach. Not only do they have a pool but they also have a hot tub ( and both are handicapped/wheelchair accessible). They also leave pool towels in your room so you are set.

 

Beach

Though we are typically pool gals, I didn’t fly across the country to not put my feet in the sand. So once hubs got back from work we headed out to explore the beach and was so pleasantly surprised to see right next door sharing the parking lots was Pro Sup Shop.  We have rented paddle boards before in the ocean and its kinda tough with small kids. This bay was amazingly perfect to be able to take them out on the water. Fun fact outside of the “swimming area” there are tons of sting rays. They were so cool to see and gave me motivation to not fall in the water with one of the girls on the front. Ha.

 

 

In conclusion, two nights here wasn’t enough. The girls upon departure literally cried when we got into the car and have asked nearly every day since then when are we going back. The people were amazing and friendly (and I’m from the south, so we set the standard in friendlyness) the room was emaculate, the grounds were gorgeous, food was amazing, drinks were plentiful, and plenty to do you dont even have to leave.

 

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are of course my own.