Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites: Nordstrom Sale

Happy Friday!

Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite finds from the Nordstrom Sale.  The sale is now open to everyone, so if you haven't checked it out yet, now's your chance.

Here are a few things that I found and was excited about.  I thought you might be interested in a few of these as well.
This Under Armour sweatshirt for boys was $44.99 and is now $29.90.   I'll either give it to Jesse when school starts, otherwise I might wait and wrap it up for Christmas.  This is one of those items that I was going to buy regardless, so to find it on sale was exciting.

These fun Tucker & Tate Tinsley boots for girls were $59.95 and marked down to $39.90.  Aren't they the cutest!  They have a couple different color options, but these are my favorites, and I think Emma is going to love them. 

This classy little ring was $55.00 and is now marked down to $35.90.  I can't wait to see what I think of this once it arrives.  This wasn't my most practical purchase... but it's pretty!

I picked up one of these cardigans for a Christmas gift.  They're originally $116.00, but right now you can get them for $76.90.  They are definitely pricey, but they hold up so well, and are super comfy.

These no show socks definitely aren't the most exciting purchase I made this year, but they're practical and I was wanting a pair.   Originally I would have paid $14.00,  but with the sale I was able to buy them for 8.90, so I'm still saving a few bucks.

And with buying 2 packs of the socks, I almost saved enough to pay for that unpractical ring.  ;)

I decided to try out these Lucky Brielley Perforated Bootie's as well.  I can't wait to see them in person.  I've been wanting a black bootie, but hadn't found one I liked the look of yet.  I actually love that these have a bit of brown on them as well.  They were originally $138.95 and are on sale right now for $92.90.  If I end up loving them, I might hide them in my closet until my birthday.  I shouldn't need them until October anyways.  :)

Okay, that's it for today.
I've linked up with Andrea, Erika & Narci.

Have you been shopping the sale?  If so, what have you found that I should know about?

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

4 Places You Should Visit

Today I'm sharing 4 places that you should visit.   Fun, right!  I love writing travel posts and I love reading about them as well.  Hopefully you do too.

Who knows if we will be able to travel to all the fun places that we'd love to see, so it makes it fun that we can share our favorite destinations with each other.   If you are wanting a few more travel suggestions, make sure you check out Allie and Lisa's posts and see what everyone else has to say over with the Ladies Who Link.

I have a million travel ideas that I could post, but today I'm just going to share 4 of my favorite places we have visited that I think you should too.


Our Montana road trip was the best trip to date that we have taken together as a family.

The history in some of these old mining towns was so fun.

In Philipsburg we mined for Sapphires.  My kids loved this.  They could have stayed all day, but at one point we had to make them walk away.  We'd been at it for hours and there was no end in sight.

We visited the town of Bannack which is an abandoned ghost town with a population of 2.  The town is still standing, and you can walk through the bankers house, the doctors house and visit the old saloon, as well as the rest of the town.  (Out of all the places I've ever visited this was my favorite one!)

Lastly if you stop over to Nevada City, you can see the oldest standing school house in Montana, and you can also pan for gold.

There was a gang back in the day that was robbing the town folk of Bannack, Nevada City, and Virginia City.  Eventually it was found out that the Sheriff of the three towns was actually the leader of the gang.  He was eventually caught and hung.  You can see their graves at the top of the town in Virginia City, which is just a mile away from Nevada City, and has a fun stage coach that you can ride.

Like I said, this trip was so fun!  We didn't stay anywhere fancy, as most of the towns we stayed in only had small motels.  Each place we stayed at was clean though, and provided us with everything we needed.


Hawaii is probably one of my favorite places to be.

I have been to Maui 3 times now, and it never gets old.

When we went last time with the kids, we stayed at the Marriott Ocean Club, and I'd highly recommend that again.  It was nice to have a mini kitchen, so we could stop over at Costco and stock up on groceries to cut back on expenses.  If it's a girls trip or a couples trip, I'd also highly recommend the Westin Resort.  It's a bit closer to The Whalers Village and only a couple of minutes from my favorite restaurants.

Stockholm Sweden

 I fell head over heels in love with Old Town Stockholm, the second I arrived.
It is charming, and oh so beautiful.

We spent a good couple of days just walking around and taking in all that this gorgeous place had to offer.

New Orleans

I have also been to New Orleans 3 different times, and each time we find something completely new to explore.  New Orleans was never a place that I ever desired to visit, but I'm telling you... all the history that it has to offer is incredible.  Each time I go, I appreciate it more and more.

The Oak Alley Plantation is one of my favorite plantations that I've visited.

But if you're needing a bit more adventure... we went out on a swamp tour, which was tons of fun.

And at the end of a long day of walking and site seeing... this view isn't too bad either.  ;)

Be sure and check out my travel page to keep updated on all of our most recent trips.

What's one of your favorite vacations or trips that you've taken?


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Days

Summer days are the best, and lately we can't seem to get enough of them!

Last week we dropped our kids off with Dan's parents and then we headed over to Idaho.  We stayed at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, which is beautiful!  Dan needed to be over there for business, and I nominated myself to hold down the pool situation... because someone needs to.  ;)

To get to the pool, you can take the shuttle boat service.

The pool is over by the golf course and clubhouse.  This was my view when I arrived.  It was so pretty!

 And this is where I sat every morning until later in the evening when I had to go back to the room to get ready for the evening.  This end of the pool was roped off, since it was needing a few repairs.  It was actually perfect since it detoured people from using this side of the pool as an entrance, which kept this side a lot quieter.  :)

What's not to love about an infinity pool!  It was the perfect spot to hang out and enjoy the weather.

 The last night that we were there, we took a cocktail cruise with all of the business associates and their spouses.  This was the view as we pulled away from the resort.

 After cruising for awhile, they brought us over to the clubhouse for dinner.

 And this man of mine got 1st in net for the golf tournament that they'd had that week, and won a new driver. 
We had to have at least one picture together.

The next morning, we left the Coeur d'Alene Lake, and headed up to Flathead Lake to spend the weekend with our kiddos.

Weekends away with Dan are some of my favorites, but we always love coming home to our babies.  Even if they aren't babies anymore.

Fresh cherries out of my in-laws orchard.  Yum!!!

I ended up bringing home 2 buckets worth.  It doesn't get any fresher than right from the tree.
These pictures are a good chunk of the reason why this blog has been so quiet lately.  We're just busy living life and enjoying our warm sunny days.

I hope you are as well! 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

High as the Heavens

High As the Heavens

This is the first book that I've read by Kate Breslin, and I have to say that I enjoyed her style of writing.  It's easy to read and I was able to picture the scenes in the book quite well.  That being said, I did have a harder time trying to picture some of the main characters.  They just didn't come to life as much for me as I'd hoped.  With danger around every corner, I rooted for the characters, but didn't feel nearly connected to them as I'd like to have been.

The plot of this story was fun and interesting.  The main character Eve, is a nurse as well as a spy, all while trying to piece her family back together during WWI.  This gal has a lot going on and if she's not careful she'll be killed along with all those she cares about.

Overall, I'd give this book a 2 1/2 stars out of 5.  It was somewhere in between okay and good.  I think it would have been a bit better to have peppered more action into the whole book to keep the readers on their toes.  Towards the end of the book things start to pick up a bit more, which was my favorite part of the book.

* I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

How is your summer reading going?  Are you getting anytime to yourself to sit and enjoy a good book?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Daily Habits

Good morning!
I'm linking up with Erin today and sharing 10 of my daily habits.  I had written about my 5 daily habits a year and a half ago, and seeing as how they are still the same, I'm using them again while also sharing 5 more.

I'm always trying to listen and watch to see how other women and mom's do things.  When I see someone succeeding in an area, I'm all ears.  Whether it's keeping up on house work, parenting, making meals, organizing, etc.  I don't believe that any of us are perfect, and I don't believe that any of us have it all mastered.  I know, I certainly don't.  I feel like us ladies can learn so much from each other.

I don't have any monumental habits, but these are 10 that I've made into a routine over the years, and they help me start my day off right. 

My daily habits:

1.  I run my dishwasher every night.   If I forget just one night, I feel so behind the next morning.  Running my dishwasher at night allows all my dishes to be washed and ready to unload in the morning.  If I'm cooking in the kitchen, I want my dishes available.  I don't want to start a project and remember that my favorite spatula is in the dishwasher unwashed.

2.  I make sure my coffee pot timer is set for morning.  I love waking up in the morning, knowing that my coffee is waiting for me.  Yes, I could wait and do this in the morning, but then it's just one extra thing to do when I'm still groggy from sleep.

3.  I like to start a load of laundry first thing in the morning.  I instantly feel on top of my game if I know the laundry is going right away.  It may take me a little bit to wake up, but at least things are getting done.

4.  I make my bed.  Why does a bed all made up instantly make the house feel more put together? 

5.  I fill up my water bottle.  This is definitely not monumental, but I think it's important.  It holds 32oz of water, and I try to drink 3 of them a day.  If I don't start first thing in the morning, it's a lot harder to get in all 3.  Plus, drinking a bit of water before I drink coffee, seems to help me feel not so jittery.  This water bottle is the one that I use and love.  I also have this one for when I'm traveling as it's slim enough to fit into my cup holder, and it also holds 32oz.  You can get them off Amazon, but I've also found them at Walmart.

6.  I sit and work on my bible study and spend about 15 minutes studying God's word.  I am so much better about making time to do this when I have a plan.  Which is why I love being apart of a study and having the accountability of knowing I have to get my homework done.

7.  I love to enjoy my first cup of coffee each morning while checking up on my favorite bloggers, reading the news, and checking the weather.

8.  In the mornings, I take some kind of meat out of the freezer for dinner.  I don't stress over what we're having for dinner as long as the meat is out, so I'm not trying to get it thawed out at the last minute.  When I remember and make a weekly menu, it helps even more to know exactly what meat I want and for what day of the week.  Making a weekly menu is something I'd like to work on being more consistent with.

 9.  I love having my kitchen picked up, so every morning and evening I make sure and wipe my kitchen counters down and sweep the kitchen floor.  In the summer, I usually pass these 2 chores onto the kids.

10.  If I can find the smallest window of opportunity, I'll find a quiet place in the house and read.  I would much rather read a good book than watch a show or movie on TV.  I scurry around the house trying to get everything I need done for the day, with the hopes that I'll get some good reading in at some point.

What is a daily habit of yours that you do everyday to make your day run smoother?

Enjoy your Monday!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our adventures this last week

Last week we drove over to Idaho and spent a couple nights at Triple Play, since Dan needed to be over there for business.  It worked out perfectly, since it was also Gracie's 15th birthday. 

We brought our nephew along for the ride.  Here we are, all loaded up and on the road.

As soon as we got there, the kids started rock climbing,

riding bumper cars,

and climbing on this huge jungle gym.

It was so big!  I loved that they braved it!

On Thursday, Gracie opened her birthday presents, we sang Happy Birthday, ate birthday brownies for breakfast and then headed out for some fun.  We knew we'd be busy playing all day, so we did all the birthday things in the morning.

 The kids spent most of the day swimming and playing games.  I found a chair by the wave pool and made this our home base.

Emma started off riding the go carts with me, and eventually moved onto riding with her Dad.  I guess he's more fun in the driving department.

On Friday, we checked out of our room and made the drive back home, where we exchanged our overnight bags with our camping bags, and headed over to the river to camp.  We camped all weekend, and then into this week, since Dan had a couple days off of work.   5 days camping with family and friends, plus tons of fun, makes for some happy but very tired people.  ;)

A gorgeous view, with a hot cup of coffee definitely makes me a happy camper!

Snuggles with this little guy later in the day made me even happier.  :)

One evening a few of us adults loaded up in the boat and tried to do a little fishing.  I didn't catch a thing, but it sure was a gorgeous night.

We ended our adventure by watching a few fireworks from down the river.  We've been a bit busy and even though, I feel slightly behind in so many areas of my life, we are taking advantage of the nice weather and the fun summer days.  Before we know it the kids will be back in school, so we're trying to live it up while we can.

I hope you all had a happy and safe 4th!