Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites: Items I Have & Love

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That was me to a T this week.  Usually I like listening to Jazz for Studying while working, but this week I needed some rap in my life to get it done!

Switching it up from my normal Friday favorites posts, I would share some of my tried and true favorites that are included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  These are the items that I have and love, and would recommend if you are in the market to do any shopping.  (Well this stinks...somehow my post got all messed up, and all the text was deleted!  I updated it, so hopefully it stays right this time!)

1.  Barefoot Dream CozyChic Leopard Cardigan.  I have this cardigan in a solid color and love it so much.  It's ridiculously soft, oversized, and oh so cozy.  Plus, it washes and dries so well!  You can't beat that.    

2. Barefoot Dreams 2-Pack CozyChic Socks.  If you need another soft and cozy item to add to your list, these are it!  While they don't stay soft and fluffy on the bottom (because, duh, you are standing/walking in them), they are still super warm and cozy.  Plus they make a great gift!  You can split them into two individual gifts (be really great with a small lotion), keep one and give one, or of course, give the pack as a gift.  Either way, you can't go wrong.

3. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings.  I purchased these leggings during the sale last year.  Everyone was raving about them, and I wanted to see if they lived up to the hype.  And they did!  These leggings are a bit thicker, which makes them perfect for wearing out and about.  I know people wear them for workouts, but I prefer to keep them 'nice' and wear with sweaters, tunics, etc.  Either way, I think they are a great buy.    

4. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings.  Another item purchased during last year's sale.  And another item that lived up to the hype.  I had originally purchased these to use to dress up regular legging looks, but I found they are just as cute styled casually with tennis shoes for a more athleisure look.  I do recommend going up one size in these, and getting petite if you are 5'3" or under.  

5.  Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra.  If you are in need of a good strapless bra, this is it.  It's really comfortable - not something I would say about a strapless bra normally.  I actually will wear it even when I don't need to wear a strapless bra, which I feel like says a lot about the comfort level.  Sizing-wise, I would suggest going up one cup size.  I feel like that was the best fit for me!

6. Kiehl's Jumbo Creme de Corps.  This is the best body lotion I have ever used.  I get really itchy, dry skin in the winter, and this stuff is the only one that has helped with it.  At first, the cost kind of put me off - it seemed like so much for body lotion.  But, one bottle lasts me 6 months, if not more.  When you break it down like that, it's not a bad deal at all!

Do you have any tried and trues that are part of the sale?  I plan on working on my wish list this weekend...my shopping date isn't for awhile but, hey, it's still fun to look!

On the blog this week...

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

6 Months with One Peloton: My Peloton Review

Back in February, I shared my '1 month with One Peloton' review.  I mentioned in that post I would do a six month review, just to check back in, and that is exactly what I am doing today!

Rewinding a bit...in January I got a Peloton bike.  With the bike, you also need the Peloton app.  When I first started, I mostly used the bike and cycled.  I did do a few yoga workouts, but again most of my focus was on cycling.  And I absolutely loved it.  Fast forward to now, I still really love the bike, but I have a new appreciation for the app.  There are just so many great workout options on there!

Here are my current thoughts on the bike:
Again, I absolutely love it.  I love it for all the reasons I stated back in February - it's convenient, it's not too big for exercise equipment, there are loads of class options, the leaderboard helps me push myself when I am looking for that in a ride (and I can hide it I don't want that bit of competitiveness), the screen is the perfect size, and I love being able to see all my stats in my profile.

My favorite instructors are still Robin Arzon and Leanne Hainsby.  Both of them are super positive, super encouraging, and tough.  They push you, but in the best way possible.  I also have been enjoying Cody Rigsby, too.

I recently discovered artist rides, where the music for the ride is by the same artist.  I have done the Backstreet Boys ride (Cody), Dolly Parton ride (Robin), and Britney Spears ride (Cody).  All have been SO enjoyable, and leave me dripping in sweat.  Which, to be honest, pretty much every ride leaves me dripping, haha!

In terms of length, I have been doing 30 minute rides, followed by 10 minutes of arms (unless the ride has arms in it).  The arms are often done while seated on the bike, which makes it easy to hit start immediately after a ride.  Leanne has been my go-to instructor for arms.  Oh my goodness,  you will feel the burn.

As far as wear and tear on the bike, I feel like it's still good as new.  No complaints!  

If you aren't in the market for a bike, but are looking for a workout app, I highly suggestion the Peloton app.  I have tried a bunch of different workout programs / apps, but this one has been my favorite.  

It's broken down into different groupings - Strength, Yoga, Cardio, Meditation, Running, Outdoor, Cycling, Stretching, Bootcamp, and Walking.  You can filter on the length of the class, the type of the class within each grouping, the instructor, the music, and the difficulty level.  You can also sort the classes to see what is new, what is trending, what is popular, what is top rated, what's easy and what's hard.  So many options!

The Outdoor / Walking workouts are some of my favorites.  It's a fun way to switch up an outdoor walk.  I like having a voice to tell me to speed up, or slow down, stand up straight, etc.  Plus you get good soundtracks, too.

The Yoga is another one I really enjoy.  I haven't done it as much, but it's a nice option and the different difficulty levels is good for beginners like me.  I have done yoga here and there throughout the years, but I am definitely, definitely still a beginner, haha.  As far as instructors go, I enjoy Anna Greenberg.  

Most recently, I have gotten into the walk + run outdoor workouts.  I decided I wanted to get back to running, and will be using these workouts to help me get there.  You do a mix of running and walking, and as with the walking classes, I like having the instruction of when to walk and when to run.

The only complaint I have about the app is I wish they would add some new outdoor walking classes.  I enjoy redoing them, but it would be nice to have something new.  Could be that this was impacted by COVID, but I am not sure.

Overall, I really love One Peloton.  The workouts are great, and the instructors are fantastic.  There are so many different options - both with the workouts and the instructors that you can truly find a class or a person that you mesh well with.  And that makes all the difference.

Something that truly impressed me was how they adapted seemingly seamlessly to COVID.  The rides that Robin and Leanne did from their homes have honestly been some of my favorites.  I have said this to others before, but I honestly feel like having the Peloton bike and the app have helped to keep me sane during these times.

If you have any questions, please let me know!  Also, if you are part of One Peloton, I would love to hear what your favorite thing about it is!

Linking up with Lindsay.

Friday Favorites: Fall Soaps, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Hallmark Christmas Movies, Sweet Magnolias, Trader Joe's Dip & New Favorite Crackers

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Hey there!  We made it to Friday!  This week was a bit rough for me...I had that post-vacation funk.  I didn't think it would be bad, given I was working on vacation, but sure enough it hit hard come Monday.  Luckily I snapped out of it (for the most part) on Wednesday, but it still feels good to be at the tail end of the work week.

Onto my favorites from the week!

1.  Mrs. Meyers Seasonal Soaps.  I placed a big Target order a few weeks ago for some household items, and on that order was more hand soap.  At least I thought I had gotten hand soap.  Turns out I had ordered hand lotion...three bottles of it.  Whoops!  So this week I did another order, and as I was picking out my hand soap, I saw that the fall soaps were available.  I thought for sure it would be too early, but I was glad that was not the case.  I grabbed a few bottles of the Apple Cider (a scent I have had before and love!), and then a bottle of the Acorn Spice to try.  I know we have quite a ways to go before fall hits, but I am ready for it...even more so now with my fall soaps!

2.  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Another fall item to add to the favorites list this week.  Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale in August, and today you can preview the items included in the sale.  What's neat about this sale is the fact you can get new arrivals on sale, as opposed to waiting until the end of the season. 

The preview is something new Nordstrom is doing this year, and I think it's a great idea.  You can peruse the sale leisurely and build a wish list to make things easy peasy when it's time to actually shop the sale.  The sale can be a bit of a cluster when it comes time to shop - items get sold out quickly, orders get cancelled, etc. - but I still enjoy shopping it and getting some new things to add for the season.  Plus, I think doing the 'preview' this year, and making a wish list, the hope is that some of those issues will be taken care of, or at least lessened.

As far as my posts on the sale go, I plan to share one of my wish list, one of items I already have (and love) that included in the sale, and then farther down the road, a post on my thoughts of the items I actually buy and receive.  I know blog land gets over saturated with sale content during this time, but I personally find these posts helpful to read.  Hopefully you do, too! 

3.  Hallmark Christmas in July.  If you thought I was crazy for mentioning fall above, you probably are thinking I am even crazier now, talking about Christmas movies, haha!  I am a sucker for a good Hallmark Christmas movie, and have been enjoying quite a few this July.  I went through the guide and recorded a ton, so my DVR is chock full.  Hallmark movies are a great escape from reality, and I think we could all use a little more of that these days.  Two that I really enjoyed this July were Christmas Scavenger Hunt and It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.
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4.  Sweet Magnolias on Netflix.  It was announced yesterday that Sweet Magnolias was picked up for a second season by Netflix.  This show has been one of my very favorites on Netflix, and I am so glad they are giving us more.  The first season was super good, and had a huge cliff hanger.  Even the cast doesn't know the mystery!  At least that is what I read somewhere.  I don't know when they will start filming with everything going on, but regardless I am excited!
Sweet Magnolias (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb

5.  Trader Joe's Find.  It had been ages since I made it to Trader Joe's, but my mom asked me to pick up something before vacation, so I ran there real quick.  Given the times, I didn't feel like it was right to go up and down the aisles like I would normally do, but I did have my eye on a dip that I had been wanting to try - Artichoke & Jalapeno Dip.  Oh my stars, it was so good.  I ate it way faster than I would like to admit.  It's creamy, with a hint of heat, and so very good.  Highly, highly recommend...I just hope you have more restraint that I do on portion size!
Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip - product in packaging

6.  Triscuit Organic Original with Sea Salt Crackers.  These were another recent purchase that was so good!  I am a fan of salty food, and the sea salt it just the perfect amount of saltiness.  This make a great addition to a salad, a cheese board, or for dips, too! 
 

On the blog this week...

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika
 

Michigan 2020

Last week my family headed to Michigan for our annual beach vacation.  My mom's side of the family has been going to Michigan for years and years, and it's always one of my favorite weeks of the year.  I don't always get to go due to work, or if I do, it's only for a short time.  This year, though, with already working remotely, I got the 'ok' from my boss to make this trip a working vacation.  I spent the days working, with quick lunches down at the beach, and I was even able to take a couple hours (which I then made up later) during the day to spend time at the beach the day before my brother's family left.  I felt like it worked out well, and I am super glad I was able to go!

Saturday, July 11th
I headed to my parents early Saturday morning.  The drive wasn't all that bad, although I realized about half way through I forgot my pajamas.  Luckily I was able to stop at a Target to pick up a pair.  I really lucked out finding a set, because it was pretty slim pickings!  Since we can't check in until later, we ate lunch before packing and heading out.  Packing was a true puzzle - I swear I think it should be a sport because I was sweating by the end of it!  The trip there was uneventful, which is always a good thing.  We got in shortly after my grandma, and unloaded the cars.  My brother and his family arrived shortly after that, so we unloaded once more.  Before I knew it, it was time for our traditional first night dinner - my grandma's breaded pork.  Goodness, it is so darn good!  She also made my grandpa's warm potato salad and I swear it was the best it's ever tasted.  After dinner, we made it down the beach.  My brother and nephew got in, and I was regretting not changing into my suit because the water felt wonderful!  It wasn't quite time for sunset, so we headed back up to the cottage.  I took a magazine out to the screened in porch and after reading it, I proceeded to take the loveliest nap before it was time to head down to the sunset.  There was a bit of cloud cover, but it was still beautiful.  I was pretty darn tired, so I bowed out of cards and headed to sleep.


Sunday, July 12th
My youngest nephew was up and at 'em early Sunday and those of us who were also awake spent some time out on the screened in porch.  It had rained the night before and was still raining a bit on and off in the morning, which made for some nice porch sitting.  It cleared up a bit, and the boys were getting a bit restless, so my brother and I took them for a walk.  My older nephew had his bike, so we walked, then dropped him off at the cottage when he was done, and picked up our grandma for the rest of the walk.  I thought for sure we were going to be rained on, but luckily most of it was just the wind blowing the rain off the trees.  Shortly after we got back, the rest of the family arrived!  My aunt was there for the week, but my uncle and cousin could only steal away for the day.  It was so nice to see them, though!  After eating French toast for breakfast (my fave!) we got ready to hit up the beach.  The water was pretty wavy, and it just kept getting wavier and wavier as the day went on.  There was a great breeze, and at times it even felt cool!  I didn't stay down quite as long as I would have liked, but I didn't want to push my luck in the sun.  I burn super easily, and even though I was diligent about reapplying sunscreen, I didn't want to take any chances!  Dinner that night was Redamak's.  Usually we would head there, but instead we did pick up.  The food was just as good as at the restaurant, and we had a great dinner together.  Unfortunately, after dinner, my uncle and cousin headed back home.  We got down a bit later than usual for the sunset, and the colors were just so vibrant.  It was time for cards, then off to bed.




Monday, July 13th
As I mentioned above, it was a working vacation for me.  I got in a nice walk, had some breakfast, and logged in for the day.  I took my lunch break down at the beach, then headed back up to finish out the workday.  One of the pillows on the porch has this saying on it - If you're lucky enough to be at the beach...then you're lucky enough.  And I truly felt that, even if the day was spent working!  Another gorgeous sunset capped off the day, followed by more cards.



Tuesday, July 14th
This day was pretty similar to the day before - walk, work, beach, work, and sunset.  After sunset, I joined my brother and sister in law at the neighbor's for a fire.  We had met them at the beach on Sunday, and it was fun having that (socially distanced) interaction throughout the week.  Fun fact, too, they went to college in St. Louis.  It truly is a small world.


Wednesday, July 15th
Wednesday was one of my favorite days.  It was the full day before my brother and his family left, so after our morning walk, I got to work before taking a few hours (which I then made up) in the morning to go down to the beach with them.  It was so fun.  If you follow me on instagram, you saw my attempt at getting a picture with my nephews.  All the photos just crack me up - I kept on smiling, hoping my brother could get one where at least they were both looking and somewhat smiling, haha.  It didn't quite work out, but I love the pictures regardless. After dinner that night, my brother and I got hard to work on our puzzle.  My mom always brings a puzzle (or two) for us to do on vacation, and we had yet to really start on it.  I had gotten the edge pieces out earlier in our stay, but it hadn't been touched since.  We kept at it, and finished it that night!


Thursday, July 16th
I slept in a bit this morning - guess all that puzzle putting together the night before wore me out!  I did get in a nice walk, though, but it was time to work as soon as I got back.  My brother and his family left after breakfast, and goodness was it quiet in the house after that!  After work I decided to head down to the beach.  It was soooo lovely, and the perfect way to end the workday.  I could have really gotten used to that, haha!  We ate dinner (Redamak's again!), took a drive, and then headed down to the beach early to enjoy our sunset.  And boy was it some sunset.  The perfect last sunset.  We stayed down a bit later than normal, but still got in a game of cards.
a picture from my walk





Friday, July 17th
I took a long walk with my mom this morning, before getting to my computer.  I took a longer lunch to enjoy the last bit of beach time, and then worked until it was time to eat dinner, finish packing up, and head home.

And that wraps up Michigan 2020!  Until (hopefully) next year!

Linking up with Lindsay.

Book Review: July 2020

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Hey all!  I missed last week's book link up due to vacation, but I am back and sharing some of my recent reads today.  

Hideaway by Nora Roberts
.  The granddaughter / daughter of famous actors is kidnapped at their family ranch.  Luckily, she is able to escape, and finds herself in the hands of a kind, neighboring family.  The book tells the story of the aftermath, following her growing up, and making her own way, which leads her back to the family ranch.  The book was a bit predictable, but I didn't mind it one bit.  Nora Roberts is one of my very favorite authors, and this was another good one by her.

Feels Life Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey.  Out of the books I read, this was my very favorite!  I could not put it down.  A somewhat unlikely pair of women come together during a rough time in their life.  You get a bit of both their stories, and it is both entertaining and heart warming.  I am a hopeless romantic, and one of the love stories in the book I just wanted them to give into it.  Of course, I guess there wouldn't be much of a story if that happened from the get go.  I really loved this book, and highly, highly recommend it!

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin.  I haven't always been the biggest Emily Giffin fan, but her latest books have been pretty good!  I always enjoy a whirlwind love story, which this had, but then there was deceit, 9/11, and just a whole heck of a lot going on.  It kept me interested, plus it tied things up nicely at the end which is always a plus from me!   

Reunion in Death by J.D. Robb.  Still making my way through the 'in Death' series.  And I am still liking it!  It amazes me how many books there are, and every one seems so fresh, yet still ties in with each other.

The Somerset Girls by Lori Foster.  This was a nice read.  Maybe a little too cutesy at times, but overall I enjoyed the story.  It's about two sisters, and their journeys to love - both self love and relationship love.  I wish there had been a bit more about Ember, one of the sisters, but again, an overall enjoyable read.

Linking up with Lindsay.


Friday Favorites: Porch Drop, Company Match, Gardening, Hunter Boots & Aerie Finds

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Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has had a good week.

Here are some of my favorites from the week:

1.  Porch Drops at Church.  One thing I love about my church is the opportunity to support the community through mission work.  Pre-COVID, the staff would organize different 'mission of the month' opportunities.  They would range from backpacks for back to school, toiletries, essential housewares...the list goes on and on.  I always felt like this was such a neat way to learn about the different organizations in the area and make an impact in the community.  Since COVID, that work has not fallen by the wayside.  The staff has been holding porch drops, where you can drop of whatever is being collected for the week to help local organizations.  It's been going on for awhile, and just makes me really proud to be part of my church.  This month, in conjunction with another church, we are working to collect 10,000 diapers for a local organization, LifeWise STL.  The first drop brought in 3,675 diapers!  We still have a ways to go, but I would say we are on the right track!

2.  Company Match.  Another feel good favorite of the week was receiving an announcement that my company is matching associates' donations to racial justice initiatives.  I feel fortunate to work for a company that has made this a priority, especially during an already trying time due to COVID.

3.  Gardening.  Being at home these last months has made me appreciate my backyard so much!  I love being able to get outside for a few minutes here and there throughout the day.  I feel like I have been able to enjoy the beauty of them more so than before.  This bush is one of my favorites.  The new growth is such a lighter, and brighter green - it always makes me think of 'nature's ombre' as cheesy as that sounds.  Just soooo pretty!  I was able to get out early before work one day and do a little trimming and weeding (and picture taking).  It felt great to get in a little gardening prior to starting the day!

4.  Hunter Boots.  Speaking of gardening, I have mentioned this before, but I love my Hunter boots for working in the yard!  I have had these babies for years, and they seriously are so handy.  Obviously it helps when it is muddy out, but also here in Missouri we have these little lizards that kind of freak me out and I feel a little better about walking around in the ivy with my legs covered in these boots, haha!  They are expensive, yes, but oh so worth it.

5.  Aerie.  I saw the cutest navy and cream striped sweatshirt on an instagram story from alexa.anglin and immediately swiped up.  It was on sale (and still is - $27!) and seemed like the perfect thing to add to my wardrobe.  I love the colors and I often get cold in the air conditioning, and thought this would be good to wear with shorts.  As I was looking for something else to get (because I wanted free shipping, haha!), I came across this t-shirt.  It had reviews of being super soft, and works with leggings, a half tuck, or tied up.  I have been looking for some news tops, so I added to the cart (and just hit the free shipping mark!).  It truly is super soft, and very comfy.  It's definitely oversized, so you could probably size down if you wanted to, but I like the oversized look and fit.  Overall a very successful order from Aerie!

That's it for this week!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.
  

July Goals & Habits

Before I get to July's goals & habits, here's a look at how June went.  Definitely did better than May, although I didn't accomplish everything I had hope to.

Goals:

1.  Walk 3 times a week.  Check!

2.  Clean out magazines.  Check! 

3.  Make bread.  Nope.  I am having trouble finding yeast at the store.  I know that making bread has been a 'thing' that has come out of staying at home, making yeast a hot commodity, at least around here!

4.  Try 2 recipes from Magnolia Table Volume 2.  Another no.  I did sit down and flip through the whole cookbook, marking all the recipes I wanted to try.  I have the two I would like to make, and the ingredients were on my last grocery list, so I am all set.  It just didn't get done last month.  

5.  Find a good bug repellent for the backyard.  Check!  In my post last month, I received a comment (Hi, Jen!) to try out Bug Soother.  Well, I did and it worked really well!  I still plan on trying something that helps eradicate the bugs from my yard, but for now, this bug spray is great for those days I want to sit out and read, or enjoy a glass of wine...or both!

Habits:
1.  Daily devotional.  I still don't do super great with this on the weekends.  I just need to do it first thing, but it doesn't always happen.  

2.  End the night with a clean kitchen.  This one is getting taken off the list, because it definitely has become a habit!  

3.  Weekly yard work.  With being home, I find that I weed as I see them, rather than save it all for one day.  However, I still would like to get in the habit of setting aside some time one evening or weekend morning to give everything a good once over.  

4.  Delete junk e-mail at the end of each day.  This one is still hit or miss.  I try to keep up with it as I go, but sometimes after work, or before bed, the last thing I want to do is look at more emails.

5.  Weeknights, asleep by 9:45.  I have done pretty well at this!  There are a few times that I haven stayed up late reading a good book, or getting in one last episode of a show, but overall I have been sticking to 9:45.  It might seem kind of juvenile to have a 'bedtime', but having that set time has kept me more of aware of the evening and how I am spending my time.

All in all, not too bad for June!  Now for July.

Goals:
1.  Decide on a new hobby.  I feel like there are so many different hobbies I would like to try, but because of that, I don't try any of them!  They range from learning the piano, to making candles, to learning about essential oils, to quilting.  All of the place, I tell you.  Instead of just talking about them, I would like to decide on one, and then move forward with it.  

2.  Reorganized my two lower cabinets.  Since I don't eat breakfast all the much anymore, I haven't been using my instant pot to make hard boiled eggs.  Which means I haven't been using my instant pot hardly at all.  Down to the basement it went, and now I have more room in the cabinet it was being stored.  I moved a few things around, but it was done in hast, and I would like to redo it again.  I also have another really odd shaped cabinet that I would like to see if I could move things around in.  And I am pretty positive there are a few things in there that could make their way to the basement, too.

3.  Group garage sale items.  Speaking of the basement, I have a pile of items down there that are garage sale items.  And by pile, I don't mean a nice, organized pile, I mean just set down in kind of, sort of the same general vicinity with no rhyme or reason, haha!  I don't plan on having a garage sale anytime soon, but there is no reason for the items not to be organized for when I do! 

4.  Find a large basket for my office plant.  I guess I shouldn't call this my office plant, since it now resides in my home!  My mom and I re-potted it not too long ago, but the pot I bought isn't my favorite.  The pickings were kind of slim when I went to get one, so I went for something pretty plain and reasonably priced.  And I had hoped that I could put it inside a larger crock I have.  Well, I went a little too big on the pot, and it didn't fit in the crock.  So, as an alternative, I am going to try for a basket.
The back plant is the one I need a basket for - if you have any recommendations for a large, reasonably priced basket, please send my way!  

Habits:
1.  Daily devotional. 

2.  Weekly yard work.  

3.  Delete junk e-mail at the end of each day.  

4.  Weeknights, asleep by 9:45.  

Linking up with Lindsay.

Recent Amazon Purchases: June 2020

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Here's what I bought from Amazon this past month.

Weekly Planner PadCaitlin from Southern Curls & Pearls has shared this pad a few times.  While I still have (and use) The Simplified Planner, I was looking for something to use more for work.  I made a traditional to do list for work, but I thought it might be helpful to be able to split those to dos up in days, and look at the week as a whole.  I also really liked the habit tracker portion.  Like with doing monthly goals and habits posts, it's a great way to help keep those things I want to work on at the front of my mind.  Plus, I love checking things off!  

Find Your Path by Carrie Underwood.  I originally was on the wait list for this book at the library, but instead figured I would just buy it.  I tend to reread these types of books, so it makes more sense to have a hard copy of my own.  The book gives you a background of Carrie's life in regards to fitness and health, provides workouts, and then, I think, the part I haven't gotten to yet, is the section with recipes.  I mentioned this in another post, but the biggest takeaway I have from this book (so far) is her discipline with working out.  Even on the days the motivation isn't there, you still do it, because there will be days when you can't due to scheduling, sickness, whatever it may be.  So it's important to do it while you can, even if you might not want to at the moment.  She writes about it in a more eloquent way, but that's the gist.

White Eyelet Top.  I first saw this top when Lindsay from Lindsay's Sweet World shared it.  If you saw my summer wardrobe favorites post last week (post here), you know I am in need of some cute, but casual summer tops.  This one fit the bill!  It's really cute and super fun with the eyelet detail.  Plus it's only $17, which I thought was a good price.  

Straw Visor.  After seeing various version of this visor online, I decided to grab one for myself.  My hair is almost always pulled up on the top of my head these days, and I liked the idea of having similar coverage to a brimmed hat, while still being able to have my hair up.  The fact that you can roll it up is an added benefit.  There are a bunch online, but I chose this one because of the price ($16), the color, and the bow detail at the back.  The only thing I will note is that while it is a Prime item, it does take a bit longer to arrive.  I ordered mine at the end of June, and it's set to get here today.  Since I didn't need it right away, that didn't bother me so much.  It does seem like the delivery time has gotten better since I ordered, but still something to keep in mind if you want this in 'normal' Prime time.

Linking up with Lindsay.  

5 Summer Wardrobe Favorites

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When I sat down to come up with some of summer wardrobe favorites for this post, I wrote down jean shorts, and then four different pairs of shoes.  Which, I have always love shoes, so that isn't all that surprising.  What was surprising, though, were the shorts.  I always was more of a summer dress girl, but I have fallen back in love with shorts again, after getting a pair from Abercrombie (of all places)!

Favorite Shorts: Mom Shorts from Abercrombie (size up).  I mentioned these before, and I continue to love them.  I was on the hunt for jean shorts this year, and was striking out.  I usually would just go get a pair or two from Old Navy, because, honestly, I didn't wear jean shorts all that often.  Previously, my summer wardrobe was pretty much work clothes, comfy clothes, and then dresses.  But, since being at home, it's quite different - a combination of comfy clothes, and then casual clothes.  I still throw on a dress every now and then, but I would say my 'summer uniform' these days consists of these shorts paired with some kind of top.  I love the higher waist, the looseness around the leg, and the 4 inch inseam - not too short but not too long.  The material is a true jean material, with no real stretch, which helps them keep their shape and good fit.  I cannot recommend these enough!

Favorite Shoes: 
Adidas Slides.  I grabbed these earlier this year to slip on during my 'fresh air breaks' during work.  I like to wear socks around the house, so I was specifically looking for a slide option so I wasn't always taking my socks on and off.  While I will probably wear these all throughout the year (stepping out quick to take the trash out, etc.), they are great for this time of year.  And would make really great pool shoes if you are in need of some!

Birkenstocks.  I have had these shoes for years, but feel like this year I have been reaching for them more and more.  I think the fact that I can slip them on is probably why, but they also go well with my 'uniform' of shorts and a casual top.  I haven't been out all that much, but for times when I have, or ever when I was back home and we were outside playing with my nephews, these were the sandals I wore!

Natives.  As I am typing this, I am sensing a theme...slip on shoes!  Guess the simpler the better these days?  I reach for these when I want something to cover my whole foot, but am not wear socks.  These were my disc golf shoes when I went out with my brother.  They got a bit dirty from the grass and dirt, but it's easy peasy to clean them, since you can basically just hose them off!

Woven Sandals.  I had the suede pair of these last year, but when I saw they had this more neutral option on sale earlier this year (on sale now, too!), I snagged a pair.  These shoes are extremely comfortable.  Extremely!  If I were to go out and about and be walking around somewhere, I wouldn't hesitate to put these on.  I like that they go with everything, and again, the comfort level is what gets me with these shoes.  Of course, I haven't gotten to wear them quite as much as I might have initially thought, but I know they will hold up to next year, and they do get pulled out for my 'big' outings, like trips to the dentist, haha!

Obviously I need a little help in the tops department.  If you have any favorites that are casual, but have a little something of interest to make them just a bit prettier than a plain tee, please send recommendations my way!

Linking up with Lindsay, Shay & Erika.