Friday Favorites: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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I’ve been waiting all week for the #nsale to go live! I’ve been to the store & checked out all the pre-sale items behind the sheer curtains {which I think is such a fun way to do a pre-sale!} and I’ve been checking out the early access online too. I love how Nordstrom puts their new Fall styles on sale before the season begins. They always do such a great job & I love the customer service & shopping experience I have when I go there. I used to think Nordstrom was a little on the pricey side, and they do have luxury items, but you can find great deals on great products and brands there too. And Nordstrom stands behind what they sell and if you ever have an issue, you can bring any item back for a refund. Love that.

Here are a few of my favorite items {now on sale!} during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which went live to the public today! Check out my picks and let me know what your favorite #nsale finds are!

Happy Shopping!

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1- This peacoat is the cutest! It comes in six fun colors and I love the high chunky neck! Did I mention it’s less than $40?!

2- This geo draped sweater is totally my style – I love the navy/beige color combination and the fun print too. Looks super comfy/cozy and for a great price!

3- How sweet is this polka dot pullover? It’s easy going, loose fitting but has a nice, put together look about it. I wouldn’t mind this appearing in my closet one day.

4- So funny – I got these cropped jeans in my 9th Stitch Fix! I loved them – they fit great & I really like the style and am sort of pumped I got to try these out before they even went on sale at Nordstrom!

5- It’s never too early to start thinking about the perfect fall booties – especially when they are this cute & on this great of a sale. My mom loves these in black, I love them in whiskey – luckily are the same size shoe so maybe we need both to share?

6- I love a good initial necklace and this one is so simple and so perfect {at such a good price!} Plus the reviews are pretty awesome for it too, which is always a good thing as well!

7- Loving this adorable leather clutch – the ultraviolet color is fabulous & I love the “Chic Happens” text too! Such a fun little gift for your girlfriends! Is it too early to start Christmas shopping?!

8- In LOVE with these sunglasses. I saw them in store & they are gorgeous. I love the thin frame & the fact that they come in NAVY! Hello! I probably don’t need black sunglasses, definitely not another pair of tortoise but I totally don’t have any in Navy! Love!

9- I’m sort of loving this sage backpack with the cool geometric print. The color is so perfect for the Fall {or any season!} and I can totally see myself wearing this while out and about with Brooks! Such a great price too! PLUS  - it has a padded laptop pocket – so it would be great for traveling too!

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What’s Your Friday Favorite this week?

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SoleSociety Sale + Baby Sign Language !

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Did you hear?! SoleSociety is having a seriously awesome crazy sale right now.  Most things on this list are in the $20 and under range! Craziness! Here are a few of my favorite things {I want everything!}

Happy Shopping!

Sole Society Sale

1- I want this bag in blue. Seriously, get in my closet.

2- An adorable fedora for under $12?! I’m in.

3- I can’t decide if I like the chambray or tangerine color of this clutch more – Is it wrong to want both?

4- I totally just ordered these laser cut loafers in hot coral. They have great ratings and I feel like I will get great use out of them in the Summer, Spring and Fall! So cute!

5- I own these sandals, got them earlier in the season on sale {but not on sale this good!} and they are so cute and comfortable and they go with everything.

6- Adorable gladiator sandals in classic black with the perfect little wedge. For under $17, are you serious?!

7- Loving these suede booties - they are so perfect for going into the Fall season! They come in 3 neutral color options too.

8- How cute is this oversized woven satchel? I love how it can be used as a cross body bag or a satchel. Such a great sized bag for carrying around a lot of stuff!

9- If I didn’t have a little baby & these weren’t totally impractical for me to buy at this point in my life, I would be all over these wedges. Especially in this olive green. Love them. For $21, you can’t beat it!

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In other news -> One thing I’ve always planned on doing with my little one, ever since pregnancy, was to incorporate baby sign language into Brooks’ development. I have a few friends that have used baby sign language with their kids, I’ve seen it in action, and I think it’s such a fantastic way to communicate with your child.

I got such a great response to my Learning About Baby Led Weaning post, that I wanted to reach out to the blog world again. I asked my doctor when would be the best time to start using sign language around Brooks and she suggested around the 8-9 month range, but I want to start my homework on the subject now.

Do you know of any good books or videos or websites that I should check out?

Have you used baby sign language with your child? What were your thoughts?

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Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Giveaway / Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free {Chocolate & Vanilla} Frosting Recipes

 I have a serious sweet tooth. Seriously, it’s bad.

I’m pretty sure I could solely survive on sweets alone. Of course, like most people I try to work in some fruits, veggies and grains into my diet whenever possible {for variety}  - but honestly, I can’t get enough sweets!

Luckily for me, Debbie Adler of  Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes, has found a tasty way to make desserts good for you! In her brand new book – Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes – she features recipe creation that cater to a wide variety of diets, including: vegan, diabetic, celiac disease, a food allergy or an intolerance, or are simply interested in boosting your health. 

Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats

There are 9 very delicious chapters in this cookbook including: Power Muffins, Brownie Points, Cupcake Love and Baked Donut Holes {!!!} to name a few. I’m going to be ALL over that donut chapter because they are my all time favorite treats, I can’t wait to try a few of Sweet Debbie’s recipes out!

Here’s a little peak inside her book
Blondies Qunioa Cranberry Cookies Baked Donut Holes

And just incase you are about to lick your computer screen, or are currently drooling {or both!} – Up for grabs today is  a copy of  Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes for one lucky And Her Little Dog Too reader!

Enter here to win your own copy of the book:

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Allergy Free & Vegan Recipes

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And for a little sweet taste of what’s inside this yummy book, Sweet Debbie wanted to share with you her Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free {Chocolate & Vanilla} Frosting recipes!

Check them out below!


Sweet Debbie’s Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Vanilla Frosting

Sweet Debbie’s Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Vanilla Frosting
2½ cups powdered erythritol
6 tablespoons warm vanilla rice milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise and seeds scooped out and reserved

To make the vanilla frosting, mix together the powdered erythritol and vanilla rice milk in a medium-size bowl. Add the coconut oil and salt and stir until smooth and well incorporated. Stir in the vanilla bean seeds.

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Sweet Debbie’s Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosting
1 cup coconut nectar
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup mashed avocado
2 cups powdered erythritol
1 cup cacao powder
2 tablespoons warm water
¼ teaspoon stevia powder
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

To make the chocolate frosting, mix together the coconut nectar, coconut oil and mashed avocado in a large bowl. Add the powdered erythritol, cacao powder, water, stevia and salt and stir until smooth and well combined.

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Giveaway ends Sunday, July 20th / Winner will be notified via email

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I was NOT compensated for this post

But was sent a copy of the book

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Brooks’ Favorite Things: 5 Months Old

For a look back at Brooks’ favorite things from previous months, check out:

One Month / Two Months / Three Months / Four Months

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Brooks’ Favorite things are getting so much more fun each month. The more mobile he gets & the closer he gets to sitting up on his own makes it so much fun to watch him learn and play. I’ve been so lucky with the amount of friends & neighbors close by that have little ones a few months older than Brooks. Everyone has been so amazing & generous with passing along their baby gear as their babies outgrow it, which is so awesome for us because then we don’t have to buy OR store it {baby gear is super bulky!}

Here are a few of Brooks’ favorite things at 5 months old -

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Five Months Old

1- This Kick & Play Piano Gym was another item that was passed along from a friend, and while it’s something Brooks used more when he wasn’t rolling all over the place, he still loves to play the piano with his feet! He kicks up a storm and loves making the sounds – it’s also going to be great when he can sit up because then the piano folds up and he can play the music with his hands! So fun!

2- Brooks loves the Winkel - it’s easy for him to grab on to, is colorful and you can freeze it for soothing teething issues too {which we haven’t done yet, but totally will!}. It’s made by the same company that makes the Skwish {on of B’s favorite wooden toys!}

3- Ok, we don’t actually have this whale bathtub shown in the picture, we have this one, which we borrowed from a neighbor {but I couldn’t find a good photo of it, but the whale is basically the same thing}. I never really wanted to buy a big bulky bathtub because we don’t have space to store it and it would really only be used for a short time, but the baby bather I did buy {this one – because it was very compact & easy to store!} was easy to use in the first few months when Brooks wasn’t moving around much. Now he loves kicking and splashing and we needed something different. This bathtub has a great baby stopper which keeps Brooks above water but allows him to play. When he is able to sit up we will remove the stopper and it will still be a great little tub just for him!

4 – The elephant obsession continues…but this one was too cute to pass up! It’s made of breathable materials which are safe for baby but it also has a fun rattle in it, that Brooks loves and it crinkles too – which is apparently all the rage in the world of a 5 month old.

5- The Cuddle & Squeak Koala is all sorts of adorable. The baby koala is removable and includes a teether and he squeaks – so cute!

6- I like toys that are easy for Brooks to pick up and won’t hurt him when he inevitably tries to shove it in his mouth, however big it may be. This ball is soft, bendable and has little rattles throughout which makes a fun sound. It’s easy for Brooks to pick up with his hands {or his toes!}

7- A neighbor down by my parents house {who has a 2 year old and just had twins!} just let us borrow this doorway jumper. I was a little unsure about using one of these for Brooks but he loves it AND its easy to pack up and take with us on our travels.

8- Brooks got this mirror in his Easter basket and he loves it. He loves all mirrors in general but this one is great because you can easily stand it up on the floor or attach it to the crib. It also has a rattle spin ball & crinkle leaves that Brooks enjoys too.

9- A neighbor friend dropped this off right after our 4 month appointment a few weeks ago, which also happened to be right after our pediatrician told us to get Brooks one of these things to hang out in. He loves all the music the Exercauser makes and it totally keeps him entertained for a while!

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What’s your little one currently loving?

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