Today’s the big day when ALL my friends can finally indulge in a little – or a lot – of retail therapy and shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It’s every bit as good as you’ve heard it is and I had a chance to order the things I was lusting after that weren’t in my store to share with you today!  I’m also mixing and matching lots of pieces so you can get an idea of how these things will work in your everyday wardrobe.  If you missed it, you can get caught up on my Anniversary Sale Dressing Room Post #1 &

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Earlier this week I shared a snap of my home office on Instastories and got lots of questions about my home office.  I didn’t realize so many of you hadn’t seen it before, so I figured I’d share it here again, along with some updates that have been done since the room was originally designed last summer.  I haven’t tired of it and still pinch myself that I get to work here! I’ve worked in some pretty drab offices in my day, so this is a heavenly place for me to get to sit at and write to you each day!

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Now that I’ve had a chance to peruse all the women’s fashion from the Nordstrom Sale (see my Must Haves here), I’ve been slowly but surely working my way through the other categories.  I haven’t seen much I was crazy about for kids, but I sheepishly admit I really only looked for Jordan so far.  I did snatch up these pink sneakers for her and she’s the cutest in them (size 5)!  And, I got my hubby to choose his men’s picks, so I’ll have that for you next week,

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Happy Monday friends! This weekend flew by and I’m feeling like I need a rewind! My in-laws were visiting with us, so we kept things pretty low key and just hung out.  I had some down time, so I went through all 46 pages of the women’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog online and narrowed down the “must haves” from each category so you don’t have to feel like you missed something- there’s too much!

Then, after going through everything, I had to place another order- shhh, don’t tell Jimmy!!  for things I didn’t see in my store and wanted to try out.  I’ll share them with you on Friday when the sale opens to everyone! In the meantime, if you find a field of money trees, send directions!!

On Sunday, I got to visit a very special friend in the hospital and I wanted to ask for your prayers for this precious little girl named Savannah.  She’s just two days older than Jordan and has already undergone her second open heart surgery.  On Sunday, she was doing well and in great spirits, smiling and scooting around her hospital room floor in her Minnie Mouse pajamas, showing me her toys and handing me books to read to her.  She’s already been in the hospital for 3 weeks this time and so ready to go home.  I don’t even know how her mom is holding up, but she says any mom would do the same.  She’s asking for all the prayers she can get that the surgery was successful (she won’t know for 3-6 months) and if you leave your well wishes in the comments or on my Instastories, I’ll forward them onto her.  Thank you so much!

I couldn’t think of anyone who would appreciate a warm, cozy circle cardi more than a mama staying with her baby in the hospital, and she loved it!  I picked up 4 more for Christmas gifts too. 😉

Today, I’m answering two of the most frequently asked questions around here- what do I eat in a day and how do I plan my weekly menu??  Although my bikini contest prep days are in the past, I still try to eat healthy most of the time with protein at each meal and 4-5 meals each day.  I’m hungry that often, so it’s no problem for me to eat that often and I never skip breakfast! I would chew my arm off!

I do indulge in sweets though- it’s my weakness! I workout 4 times a week and still prefer a strong, athletic build, and even though I’m still working on my ab separation, I have seen an improvement with consistent workouts and more ab-focused exercises.

Zella high waist crop leggings

Similar Sports Bra ⋅ High Waist Leggings ⋅ Tank ⋅ Shoes ⋅ No Show Socks

HOW I PLAN OUR MENU

I’m not the biggest fan of grocery shopping just because it usually takes so long and it’s harder to complete with kids in tow, so I sometimes order groceries online for pickup at Kroger or my husband goes.  Usually on Saturday morning, I take stock of what we have left in the refrigerator (not much), throw out the bad leftovers, and spend a good 30 minutes browsing my cookbooks or Pinterest boards for healthy meal inspiration.

I have to think about including Jordan in these meals now since she’s a good eater who eats a lot and thankfully, everything!  James is still super picky and eats his same food without much branching out.  I’ll usually pick 4 recipes to cook and plan for leftovers, along with a couple things to eat for lunch and snacks to have on hand.

How to menu plan

Using this Grocery List magnetic pad helps me organize things because I can write on the left side what we’ll be eating and put the groceries we need on the right.  I think it’s out of stock now and I might cry because it’s the pad I like the most!

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Man, that was a fun day yesterday, but totally wore me out! Who knew shopping and writing about it could be so exhausting?!  I guess the fact that I got up at 2am to finish my 1st dressing room post made for a rough morning! But, a good night’s sleep has me energized for Day #2 of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Tell me, what did you score?! I ended up shopping the Sale online and found so.many.more things on the site than they had at my store. #always But then, I had trouble checking out and I heard some of you did too.  #getittogetherNordstrom! #wewanttoshop!  My order did go through and I’m hoping the problem is completely fixed today because I have more to show you from the things I tried on yesterday!  And I didn’t forget you non-cardholders! There’s more for you at the end of today’s post!

To help you with sizing, I wrote this post a little differently, calling out my recommendations for sizing up or down with “SIZING” under each item so you could see it easier.  For fit reference I’m 5’1, 105 pounds and 34D. I hope this helps!

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan XS/S $76 now, $116 after sale 

I don’t know how I went to the anniversary sale and my very favorite thing ended up being a piece of loungewear! But, honestly, it’s my new BFF. I’m wearing it right now while I type this sentence. 😉  It’s one of those things that after you get it, you can’t believe you lived without it for so long! I promise both you (and your mom) will love it! I brought it home yesterday and was showing my mom and she immediately wanted to wear it so I ordered her one.  I’m also stocking up on this to give as Christmas gifts this year to some very dear friends!  It’s literally the cozy of the coziest and a snuggle magnet!  I’m wearing the color Cocoa/Pearl Heather, but it’s more brown than the grey.

SIZING: The sizing is kind of odd in this because it goes XS/S for 2-6; Medium for 8-10; and Large/XL for 12-16.  

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 PJ Salvage Pajama Set

PJ Salvage Pajama Set XS

Next up is the pair of pajamas I scored. I like a shorts + 3/4 sleeve top combo and this one is lightweight and comfy. The pink with grey elephants is sweet too.

SIZING:  It runs on the small side, XS fit me perfectly, but keep in mind the shorts are short.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 military jacket

Caslon Twill Peplum Jacket XS $49 now, $79 after sale ⋅ Articles of Society Mya Skinny Jeans 25 $38 now, $59 laterTop Shop Balloon Sleeve Tee XS ⋅ Hunter Original Refined Short Rain Boot $119 now, $185 after sale

The Mya Skinny Jeans are probably the best value skinny jean in the entire Anniversary sale, which makes them one of my top picks. Can you believe they are under $40?!  I like the solid, darker wash and how unbelievably comfortable they are- probably because they’re stretchy, but still hold their shape.  I have a better picture of them a few down with the white balloon sleeve top.

If you don’t have a military jacket in your wardrobe, consider this one. It’s a great basic layering piece for mild weather.

I showed you the Hunter boots yesterday, another item you should add to your cart if you don’t have.  You will be so surprised how much you wear them!

SIZING: The jeans run big and have a lot of stretch in them.  I ended up ordering the 24.  The jacket fits TTS, but was tight across the back on me.  The boots come in whole sizes only, so size up if you’re in between.

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