The annual Nordstrom Anniversary sale is here! If you are a cardholder you can shop these deals now, before they go live on July 21. I am sharing my favorite baby picks, almost all of which I own and use regularly! I was SOOO excited to see that the toddler carseat I want to buy for P is included in the sale. Woohoo! Happy shopping! Xo
Storage Bins - (Orig $92 now $60.90)
I love these! They come in three different colors, gray, blush and multi-color pom poms.
Baby Sunglasses - (Orig $20 now $12.90)
P has these in two different styles. They come with a warranty for a free pair if you lose or break them within a year, too!
Infant Car Seat- (Orig $249.99 now $186.90)
This is the one that P uses now and I love it!
Toddler Car Seat - (Orig $249.95 now $159.90)
This is the one I am going to buy for P during this sale!
Super Soft Baby Blankie - (Orig $86 now $56.90)
I have two of these! They come in multiple colors.
Baby Food Maker (Orig: $149.95 now $111)
Super Soft Swaddle Blankies - (Orig: $45 now $29.90)
These are the best. I use them all the time, especially now in the summer to cover P up from the sun.
Snuggly Bath Towel with Ears (Orig $46 now $29.90)
Parker was baptized on July 9th, and it was a very special day for our family. I remember when we were in the throes on our infertility journey and on baptism Sundays, it was a time of such joy for those families, and so much heartache for us. We longed to be the couple up on stage that was baptizing their little one. It was so so special for us to finally get to be that family this past Sunday. Our faith is so very important to my husband and I, and making sure that we carry on our Christian faith and values to our son is something we are very passionate about.
I changed Parker into his outfit at church when we arrived and he immediately spit up all over it. Go figure! :) We hosted a brunch at our home afterward with all of our family and it was so nice. P slept pretty much the whole party, but regardless it was still a fun time to be with family and celebrate this special day.
A very special thank you to Karen Adams designs for gifting me these beautiful invitations and matching thank you cards. I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out. Also, if you haven't checked out her stuff before, she makes the cutest annual calendar. I have one on my desk, and it's my go-to hostess gift!
You can shop the items featured in this post below!
Todd and I have an awesome backyard, it's not huge, but I love to sit back there because it's pretty private and I love the way he landscaped it (before we met). But, because we both worked full-time last summer and head to the lake on the weekends we never really used our outdoor patio. We had thrown our patio furniture away and didn't even realize what bad shape our deck was in until it started getting nice out this year. I wanted to take Parker outside during the day, but didn't really have a place to sit with him. We also offered to host a get together this past week, so it got us thinking we should probably make it a little more presentable and livable!
Below are the before, in-progress and after pics!
A few years ago before we did our remodel we had our deck stained to match our fence which was a dark, orangey wood color. However it was cracking and peeling from the sun and rain and was becoming discolored. So my husband power washed it, stripping all of the rotting/warped pieces away. I had asked him awhile back if I could stain the deck a gray tone to match our new white siding and front doors. He remembered this and came home from Home Depot with BEHR deck paint (not stain, the product was called Deck Over) that I wasn't so sure about at first... It was super thick and not really what I had in mind. He painted a small area with it to show me the color and said it was now too late to stain it. I was a little hesitant at first, but once we started painting I really liked how it turned out! The paint was so thick that it filled in all of the uneven spots. We started with the color silver gray (which when you held up the swatch, matched our doors perfectly...but flat it read almost white), so we decided to do a darker gray and went with the color drift gray, and I love how it turned out.
I was also lucky enough to score this table & umbrella for FREE! (it's slightly warped but I am not complaining), and these chairs were on sale for only $15 at Target.... so in total we got a completely revamped deck, along with new patio furniture and spent only about $150 including the cost of paint. We have already had people over and entertained in this space and have enjoyed sipping on wine back here. I just love that we can use this space again! This was the perfect way to revamp the deck until we decide to put a new one in and splurge on long-term furniture.
When I was pregnant and talking with other mamas about must-have baby products, I often heard a swing mentioned, but never actually registered for one because I figured the Rock N' Play and the Mamaroo we had would be enough (all these baby contraptions are expensive and I was trying to limit the amount of them accumulating around the house!). When Ingenuity reached out and asked me to review these two products, I was excited to finally try a swing for Parker and see how it differed from the other products we used. I am super excited too, because not only did I get to try these products out, but I also get to let one of my readers try them out, too! Head to my Instagram account for details on how to enter the giveaway for this SmartSize 2-in-1 Soothing Solution ($199 value) and TravelSimple Playard ($109 value). Good Luck!
SmartSize 2-in-1 Soothing Solution Review (Rocker & Swing)
Okay, I am SO bummed it took me 3.5 months to try the swing. P LOVES it. I put it together right away when they sent it to us and put him in there and he was happy as a clam. He can just hang in there and is so content. It also gives me a few minutes to get a few things done around the house which is so helpful. Luckily, this swing goes up to 20 pounds so we can still use it for awhile.
The product itself is full of cool features too:
- It's a 2-in-1 product - the top of the product is a rocker that can be easily moved around the house. It has a spinning mobile that also lights up and has four different vibration options, I love the car ride one because P loves the car. (I go on aimless drives just to keep him asleep sometimes, haha!)
- The rocker can be placed on the base which then turns it into a swing. It can run on batteries or power and you can also plug your smart phone into it to play your music. It also comes with a built in music option and timer and adjustable swing speeds.
We will definitely be keeping this product out for P to use until he outgrows it because he loves it so much! And if we have another baby, I will definitely be using this product from the get-go with them. The only downside about it was that there were a lot of steps to assemble it and the size. When it's fully assembled into the swing it's pretty big, but that won't stop up from using it!
TravelSimple Playard Review
We also got to try out their TravelSimple playard, which was really nice because we head out to the lake most weekends in the summer and needed somewhere comfortable for Parker to sleep in our room, so I was excited to give it a try. It was super simple to put together and can easily be broken down and moved. He has slept in the lower part for a few naps, but the only downfall is that I am really short and can barley reach all the way to the bottom of it to place Parker in there because it's so deep. If I were a little taller (I'm only 5'1") or the sides were a little shorter, it would've been just fine. It works just fine for my husband on the other hand though! He's 6'5" ;) I do love that it has both the top part and the standard bottom part so you can place baby in either one based on their size and preferences.
Thanks for reading and good luck on the giveaway!
Note: I wrote this review/blog post while participating in the Kids II blogger campaign and received monetary compensation and free products to facilitate my review. As with all of my product reviews, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
I've been sharing a lot of house pictures on Instagram lately and wanted to share them to my blog as well. This picture of the flowers in the sink may be my favorite of all time. What is it about flowers in a sink? I am just starting to get the hang of this photography thing and am kind of loving it. (I use a Canon Rebel T6i) I also love the before & afters of our front entryway, too. One of my most favorite parts of our remodel. Links to the plants and lights are shared at the bottom.
I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker, after journeying through infertility. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. I love to share my style for entertaining, home & for my little guy.