Labor Day Weekend Sales

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labor day weekend sales

 

Happy long weekend! I’ve rounded up some of the best Labor Day Weekend sales for you. No better time to stock up on staples and fall cardigans than now! Be sure to check back throughout the weekend as I update the list. Happy Shopping!

 

Abercrombie & Fitch

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Why am I getting sucked back into the A&F stuff? Didn’t I grow out of this years ago? Abercrombie is making a huge comeback and I scour their site pretty much daily. They are killing it right now with their basics, and this Labor Day weekend everything is 40% off. You saw me wearing this midi-dress (and I just ordered it in gray), I’m also dying over this pull-over (only $40 right now!), and this cozy sweater. If you haven’t checked out Abercrombie since you were 15, I’m officially telling you that it’s okay to do so now.

Loft

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Everything is 30% off right now with sale styles an additional 50% off. Stock up on your workwear and basics. Loft is so good at transitional clothing. Grab it all right now!

Nordstrom

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Nordstrom recently just marked down a bunch of their Anniversary Sale items again. So if you didn’t get them the first time around, cause we all know those things sell like hot cakes, grab them now. This basic tee is under $15, the ever popular Free People sweater is under $60, and a bunch of Zella workout wear is marked down as well.

American Eagle

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Another throwback to your teen years, but AE jeans are the best jeans for the price tag. Currently all jeans are 25% off and the entire site is marked down 25-60%.

J.Crew

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Everything at J.Crew is 30% off this weekend. There’s nothing better than a J.Crew sweater and their dress pants are some of the best I’ve ever bought. J.Crew is quality, so 30% is huge. Use the code YESPLEASE.

J.Crew Factory

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J.Crew Factory has marked everything down 50%, with an additional 50% off clearance. Use the code DELISH.

Happy Shopping!

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Life Lately – August 31, 2017

Life Lately August 31 2017 - Find out what's been going on in Finn's world, our fall plans and our trip to Colorado in a few weeks!

And just like that, we are staring at Labor Day weekend. This summer was one of my favorites. Finn adds a new level of fun to our lives and gives us an excuse to spend more time outside at the pool or the park or just walking around town. Looking back to the beginning of summer, it’s crazy how much he has changed.

We are still knee deep in the house hunting process, but we are being patient, waiting for the right home to find us. We had our hearts broken a few times so we needed to reset and realize we aren’t in any kind of hurry.

Finn

Oh this boy, he just melts me. He is talking so much more and is just so smart. He learns something new daily. Yesterday he signed something at me and I was like “umm where did you learn that child?”. He picks up on things that I don’t even realize.

One of his favorite activities as of late – besides our daily walks to see the mm-birds– is going to Wegman’s and watching the Choo Choo Train. He gets excited as soon as we park and we spend more time in the cheese section watching the train than actually grocery shopping.

Vision Board Guide

I have created my first product for Simple & Inspired and it’s totally FREE! I wrote a post about creating a vision board, and we have one in our living room. Each day we walk by it and we are reminded of what we want out of life. I have had a lot of conversations with people about vision boards and the power of attraction, so I created a helpful guide that will help you create your own. If you’re interested, sign up here!

Travel

As a 30th birthday gift to David, we are heading to Colorado in a few weeks so he can fish. And while he fishes, I get to spend time with my sisters and Natalie. Finn is making the trip with us as well. This won’t be his first time flying, but I’m just as nervous. We went to Colorado when he was six weeks old, but the kid slept the whole time. I know that won’t be the case this time, so I’m open to any advice you may have for keeping a crazy 16-month old child busy on a plane for 3-4 hours.

What I’m Watching

If you know me, you know my dirty secret is my absolute love for reality TV. It’s sick. I watch it, I listen to podcasts about it, I read blogs and spoilers about it. Anything on Bravo, MTV, CBS, you name it. (I recently fell off the Bachelor bandwagon though and if you have to ask why, you aren’t paying attention. Snore.)

This summer, I’ve been binge watching old seasons of Survivor. Why? I don’t know! I put the first season on one day on a whim and got hooked. Hulu has season 1, and then season 12-present for free. I have made it through to season 26 as of right now. Am I embarrassed? A little. But it’s also made up for a less than mediocre season of Big Brother (which I also love but am so bored with right now) and has introduced me to a bunch of new podcasts. I know, I’m a dork.

Fall Plans

I recently looked at our calendar and realized that this fall is set to be a little crazy, in all the best ways. Already on our calendar we have: a trip to Colorado, a UVA football game, a girls night in Wintergreen followed by a beer festival, a visit from my parents, a wedding in Boston, David has three trips for work: Las Vegas, Raleigh, and DC. Whew! I’m already exhausted just thinking about it.

In between our crazy lives I’m also re-launching my agency (coming Oct. 2) with my buddy and biz partner. We’ve been working hard so stay tuned! So excited. In addition, we have all the typical fall plans like pumpkin carving, picking out Finn’s Halloween costume, making yummy chili, watching football and beating my entire family in Fantasy Football.

Our Life in iPhone Photos

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watching daddy fish
Life Lately August 31 2017 - Find out what's been going on in Finn's world, our fall plans and our trip to Colorado in a few weeks!
finn met our friends’ puppy tilly last week and we all melted
Life Lately August 31 2017 - Find out what's been going on in Finn's world, our fall plans and our trip to Colorado in a few weeks!
me, my dude, and this view
Life Lately August 31 2017 - Find out what's been going on in Finn's world, our fall plans and our trip to Colorado in a few weeks!
besties
Life Lately August 31 2017 - Find out what's been going on in Finn's world, our fall plans and our trip to Colorado in a few weeks!
learning to say ‘bubble’
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looking fly in his new hoodie

Happy last day of August!

PS. My mom wardrobe must-have and Things I’m Loving, Vol. 3

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Things I’m Loving – Vol. 3

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things i'm loving

 

Fall is in the air! I wore a sweater yesterday, and I actually needed it. It makes me so excited for Pumpkin flavored coffee, football season, and watching Finn play in the leaves! I’ve been browsing my favorite stores for new arrivals and recent markdowns of some of my faves and found some real goodies for this week’s Things I’m Loving. If you missed yesterday’s post, apparently Abercrombie is making a comeback and they’ve got some really, really good stuff – several things I’ve included in this post.

Things I’m Loving:

women's patterned sweatshirt

 

Patterned Sweatshirt

The pattern on this sweatshirt is so sweet, and knowing it’s probably so incredibly warm and cozy makes it even sweeter. I love a good crewneck sweatshirt, especially one I could potentially pull off at work!

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poplin peplum top

 

 

Peplum Dress Top

I just bought this cutie for under $20! It’s a perfect work shirt, plus I bought it a little oversized to be worn with dark jeans for date nights.

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Steve Madden Slip On Sneaker

 

Steve Madden Slip On Sneaker

What don’t I love about these? The color is great, the price is awesome, and they are Steve Madden, so you know they are great quality! Plus they come in numerous colors. Take your pick!

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Henley Tee Shirt

 

Henley Tee Shirt

Adorable. Layer-able. Great color.

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Ruffle Tee

 

Ruffle Tee

This classic tee is now under $30! It comes in a bunch of colors, but they haven’t been marked down… yet. I’ve heard this tee is one of the best ones of the summer, so I may have to snag it. I love the ruffle detail!

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Removable Collare Sweatshirt

 

Ruffle Collar Sweatshirt

Another sweatshirt I can wear to work? What is happening? Why is this so darn cute?

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Happy Shopping!

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Mom Wardrobe Must-Have

mom wardrobe midi dress

mom wardrobe must have

mom wardrobe must have

mom wardrobe must have

I have a confession – I think way too much about if my outfit for the day is appropriate for being a mom. Finn is at the age of wanting to be up and then down again, and I spend the majority of my time bending over or sitting on the ground with him. I started transitioning my clothing out of the ‘short-shorts’ genre soon after I graduated college and hit the professional world. However, being a mom is a whole new ball game.

mom wardrobe must have

abercrombie & fitch striped midi-dress

When I bought my first midi-skirt soon after Finn was born, I bought it more for the flow and its ability to hide the baby weight. But I soon fell in the love with the length and my love for midi-skirts/dresses was born. At one point I thought my legs were too short for the midi-length, but it actually makes me look (or at least feel as though I look) taller.

mom wardrobe must have

The best part? I can bend over and not give everyone else at the playground a show! This midi-dress is from Abercrombie & Fitch, cause apparently they are making a comeback?! Who knew. I really can’t complain. This dress is the perfect length, under $30 and is super comfortable and soft. It will also make a perfect maternity dress for the next go-round since it’s long enough and stretchy enough to grow with a bump.

mom wardrobe must have

I’ve linked some more midi-dresses below since they are the perfect transitional piece into fall. Add a long cardigan and some booties, you’ve got yourself a Pinterest-worthy outfit. (PS. Shameless plug, if you don’t follow me on Pinterest yet, you totally should. I pin some awesome crap and we all know it’s the best way to waste an hour – or a morning.) Happy shopping, moms!

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Mamas, what’s your go-to outfit and why?

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How We Chose Finn’s Name

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Easily, the best part about being pregnant was name shopping. It’s usually the second question I ask pregnant moms – right after, how are you feeling? Because, solidarity.

Anyways, there are so many wonderful stories behind the names that parents give their children and I love hearing them all! Sometimes, it is chosen very tactically, sometimes on a whim, other times, it’s chosen for them through family tradition. I have had at length conversations with my friends, both moms and not, about baby names. I love talking about them, pairing them with different middle and last names, and hearing all the stories of why one is chosen over another.

The story behind my name goes back to our German roots. My dad wanted to spell it Erika, but ultimately my mom won. My middle name, Jo, is actually my aunt’s first name.

So how and why did we choose Finn Ryan?

Being that it’s an obsession, David and I had already talked about baby names long before a baby was in the picture. We wanted something unique, but not completely off the wall. We also wanted something short and simple, because our last name is three syllables, we wanted the baby’s first name to just be one. One last criteria: it couldn’t end it the “ee” sound since Gregory also ends in it.

Finn was chosen because it fit all of those criteria. It’s also a strong name, and I’m a huge fan. We get asked if it had anything to do with David’s fishing obsession, but it really doesn’t! I don’t even make that connection unless I’m prompted to.

Ryan, Finn’s middle name, is the name of David’s cousin who passed a few years ago. David and Ryan were incredibly close, so we thought it was the perfect way to pay tribute to him. We tried to keep Finn’s name a secret from as many people as possible, but with the family connection, David spilled the beans to his family long before Finn arrived 🙂

As we start to think about baby number two – and no I’m not pregnant – the name game becomes a little more difficult. Now, not only does it have to fit all of our previous criteria, but it also has to jive well with Finn’s name! Am I overthinking this? Maybe. But it’s too fun not to!

 

What are your favorite baby names?

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