July Loves

Did y’all have a great 4th of July?!  We kept it low key and stayed inside all day long because we had major downpours all day!  But with the holiday in the middle of the week, I swear it’s hard to know what day it is lately!  I’m happy it’s Friday today and I’m excited to be getting some length chopped off my hair tomorrow!  How short should I go??

I’m also thrilled to announce the #HWHFitnessChallenge Nordstrom Gift Card Winners!  I’m so proud of every single one of you, over 1,000 people participated in the challenge and I chose 3 winners at random.  Congratulations to :

Kris from Omaha, Nebraska

Samantha from Reading, Pennsylvania

Olivia from Highland, New Jersey

And thank you so very much for giving your feedback on the challenge.  I’m going through all the responses now and almost ALL of you want another challenge.  Y’all are on fire!


And now that July is upon us, it’s time for another Monthly Loves with my July monthly favorites! I love sourcing goodies and putting these collages together for you!

If you’re new to Loves, it’s where I share things I’m loving each month, with the aim to highlight fabulous things I swear by, some things I might want to try, great deals, and under $50 finds! All perfectly appropriate for the flavor of each month! This month features lots of fun, inexpensive beach favorites from Amazon!

For full transparency, I use affiliate links in these posts, so if you make a purchase from one of my links I’ll earn a small commission.  But, if you use an app to check out (like Amazon or Nordstrom), it cancels out the commission and any analytics I can see regarding what things you liked.   If you want to help support my blog, you can skip the app and click through to the retailer using my links, which doesn’t cost you anything more.

I’ve never mentioned anything like this before, but lately I’ve gotten so many sweet DMs from y’all along the lines of, “I want to make sure you get credit for my purchase” which is so very thoughtful of you. It touches my heart that you would even consider that!  I’m so grateful to have such kind readers!

Okay, now onto the latest L O V E S . . .


July monthly favorites

Peplum TankT-ShirtBeaded Tassel EarringsWoven Circle BagCover UpMousse SunscreenSelf TannerSandalsBeach BagWaterproof Phone Case


peplum tank July monthly favorites

I liked this Peplum Tank so much that I got it in two colors- and I’m anxiously awaiting for them to arrive!  The cut is nice and relaxed for hot summer days and the peplum style accentuates your figure.  I find this brand runs a little big, so I got XXS.

easy Summer outfit July monthly favorites

I keep seeing these darling round woven bags everywhere, but because they are trendy, I didn’t want to spend too much on one.  I decided on this Woven Circle Bag after reading the positive reviews.  I’m so happy with it!  It’s darling in person and the quality is spot on!

The yellow and white stripes on this T-Shirt go perfectly with the strappy sandals  that are a steal at 30% off!  They fit TTS and they are really well made.  Plus, how cute are the palm print bottoms?!

You’ve seen these jean shorts before- they’re my favorite boyfriend style I wear all the time.  I sized down one to a 24 in them.


I decided to try Amazon again for a statement Beaded Tassel Earrings.  I love how a fun pair of earrings can really add to your outfit, but I didn’t want to spend $40 of I could get some I liked for way less.  These should be here tomorrow, so I’ll be sure to review them on Stories for you.  Most of them are only $10-13, but I got the yellow + white for $18.  They’re 2.9 inches long and have lots of positive reviews, many people saying they are lightweight and look more expensive than they are.

beaded statement earrings


crochet swimsuit cover up

Similar Cover-Up • Flip Flops

mesh beach tote

I’ve gotten lots of questions about beach bags lately.  I hope that means you’ve been getting lots of salty air time.  I found this awesome mesh tote that is the perfect size with 8 pockets for keeping your things organized.  It’s really big (16.5″L x 15″H x 8.5″W) so it holds a ton, and the outside and inside pockets help from things getting lots in a black hole.  Heaven knows when you’re at the pool or beach, you need to be able to find things fast.  And it’s super lightweight, waterproof, dries quickly and sands shakes right off! It comes in tons of colors for under $20! #gettwo

I recently bought this Waterproof Phone Case to protect my phone while I’m at the pool, especially because I like to bring my phone into the pool to get pics and videos of the kids!  This waterproof case fits my iPhone 7+ and lets me use it while it’s protected inside the case. How cute is Jordan in this lemon swimsuit?!

little girls lemon swimsuit

Of course, inside my beach/pool bag is always this Mousse Sunscreen.  It’s SPF 50 and I can use it on my face without my skin breaking out and it’s the only one my kids don’t complain about me using on them too.  Jordan actually thinks it’s a game and always wants me to put more on her!


In the summer, I like to have a tan, but I don’t want to harm my skin with a real one, so I either get a professional spray tan or use this Self Tanner. The tanner is a lotion and you need to use the mitt it comes with so you don’t tan your palms.  #yikes It’s one of the best self-tanners I’ve tried for getting you nice and dark, I use the “very dark”.  The lotion is dark colored, so you can see where you’ve put it on, but it develops over the next couple of hours.

ruffle wrap romper

This Cover Up had me at ruffles and pom poms, then I turned around and saw the stringy criss-cross back!  Super cute for throwing on over your swimsuit.  I got size small, and it fits TTS, for under $20!

If you like shopping Amazon and want me to keep including more of my faves, let me know in the comments! (Update: You can check out my Amazon hauls here and here!)


Before I get to Weekend Steals, I’m getting excited about the sale of all sales that starts next week- the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  Of course y’all know this is the HUGE Fall sale where all the NEW Fall things are marked way down, then go up to full price when the sale ends.  Things sell out super fast (no exaggerating), so you want to shop early.

Before you shop, head to my blog onWednesday, July 11 for a preview of the things to be on the lookout for, then bright and early on Thursday, July 12, I’ll have a dressing room post for you with all my initial top picks with fit review and styling tips.  I’ll continue coverage of the sale until it ends, so if there’s something you’re interested in and want me to review, let me know! I’m happy to be your personal shopper and guide you through this fun event!

You can email me at: honeywerehomeblog@gmail.com

Early Access to the sale starts July 12, next Thursday!  

You need to be a Nordstrom card holder you can get Early Access to the sale! If you’re not a cardholder yet- sign up here and receive a bonus $40 Nordstrom Note if you make a purchase the day you’re approved!

After Early Access, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public on Friday, July 20.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 dates


Below are the weekend steals you don’t want to miss out on with my picks!

NORDSTROM • So many good deals right now!

My picks: There are some good workout leggings 40% off and my new yellow sandals are 30% off!

LOFT • 50% off shorts and tees!

My picks: This elbow sleeve tee is great in preparation for fall at under $25 and this super cute halter one-piece is an extra 50% off!

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH • Clearance up to 60% Off

My picks: My $10 peplum tank comes in stripes and a few other colors and this navy stripe blousey tee is under $9!

ANTHROPOLOGIE • Extra 40% Off Sale Items

My picks: I love this breezy tunic tee and it’s under $30!  This tie-waist button up would be darling with some shorts or with jeans on a cooler day.

COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD • 20% off one item with code HWH20 and free shipping on all orders of $49!

My picks: Now is a great time to stock up on summer essentials like the TSA & travel-friendly Discovery Collection, the pool-side must-have Beauty Water mist, or the Daily Defense SPF 25.

EXPRESS • everything is on sale up to 50% Off

My picks: This bright red romper is sure to get you some compliments and this silky tee looks perfect for the office!

Hope you love these July monthly favorites! Have a great weekend friends!

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. Thanks for so much great info about the sale! I’m really looking forward to it! If I sign up for a Nordstrom credit card on July 12th, will I get early access to the sale and the $40 Nordstrom Note to use that day?

  2. Thanks for so much great info about the sale! I’m really looking forward to it! Do you know, if I sign up for a Nordstrom credit card on July 12th will I get early access to the sale that day and the $40 Nordstrom Note?

  3. I love Amazon!! Do you use the self tanner on your face? Any trouble with irritation or breakouts with it? I see a lot of bloggers like using the St Tropez brand. Can you comment on one vs. the other? Thanks!

    1. You can use it on your face, but my face is sensitive so I always skip it. I’ve never tried St. Tropez, maybe I should??

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