Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I have been thinking a lot about friends lately.  For various reasons this has been front and center in my mind.  One reason is I am always amazed at who shows up, calls, checks in or sends an unexpected word of encouragement. The second reason is I am watching my girls navigate, build and end friendships of their very own.  Let's face it girls can be tough on each other, judgmental, critical or even brutal.

But God has given me through every phase of my life good, tried and true girlfriends.  I am grateful.  We all need a shoulder to lean on, an ear to bend, a co-pilot, a partner who will maintain our confidence to the bitter end and a girl who buys for you when you can't get to the sale yourself.

So as I've watched my girls ebb and flow through various friendships it has been joyful and heart wrenching.  Because I have had a little experience and because I have zero emotional connection to these various girls, I can usually spot those that will last and those that are just passing through.  It is hard as a mom to keep silent about those that are obviously just passing through.  It is hard not to put a little wind behind their sails and help them pass through a little quicker.  But there are lessons to be leaned in figuring out these things on your own - Now let's not be ridiculous there have been a couple that I've been vocal about.....but they totally deserved it.  For the most part I try to just ask a few thought provoking questions like.....did she call to congratulate you....did she text to check on how that went for you.  You know if a girl can't be happy for you when things are going well or compassionate when things are not - they just aren't keepers.  Thankfully both of my girls have some real keepers in their lives.

Granted we all get busy, we don't nurture our friendships like we should but it's clear who's sincerely in your corner and who's not.

Again. I am beyond blessed with some really fantastic friends.  Some I talk to every day, some every week, some once a month or less but I know - they are there for me.  If you are one of those people in my life, you clearly know who are and I love you dearly.  I have been lifted in prayer, hugged, and tended to by the very best.  Just this weekend I found an anonymous package on my porch.  It is a canvas of me and my husband from our Nantucket trip.  It is the sweetest, most generous gesture.  It is a testament to how blessed I am in the friend department.  I am loved well and I am thankful for it. And I hope I am loving well in return.

Need to reach out, rekindle, reconnect with someone? Guess what - today is a really good day to do so!

Take care, my friends!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Part 2

Happy Monday, girls.  Hope the weekend was super kind to you.

I'm going to complete our Nordstrom Shopping Trip for you today.  If you missed part 1,  you can find it here.

We made it thru lunch in our last recap so that is where we will pick up today.  Nordstrom has a little restaurant right in the store.  The selection is good, the prices are reasonable and the food is good.

We were zonked by the time we sat down to eat and to be honest.....we just went to eating.  By the time my blogger mind re-engaged we were half thru the meal but  we still managed to snap a couple of pictures from the slower eaters at the table. Two of the four of us had made too much of a dent to snap a picture.  We had a French Dip (fast eater was almost done), a chicken dish where the chicken was pounded paper thin, fried and served with a salad (faster eater number two was also almost done, a chicken dish with angel hair pasta

and lastly fish and chips

Full disclosure this started with 4 pieces of fish and twice the fries.  Oh yeah, the fries by the way are really good.  They have rosemary on them and are seasoned to perfection.

Now back to shopping.

Next up the men's department.

There were lots of good shoes on sale

Main Image - Nike 'Stefan Janoski - Max SB' Skate Shoe (Men)
Nike Stefan Janoski $81.90

        Main Image - Nike 'Zoom Stefan Janoski' Slip-On (Men)
                                                            Nike Slip-ons $59.90

This driving shoe

Main Image - John W. Nordstrom® Midland Driving Shoe (Men)
Midland $89.90

Some other dressier styles like

Main Image - Cole Haan Tyler Grand Plain-Toe Derby (Men)
The Tyler Grand $139.90

And even some booties

Main Image - Cole Haan 'Barron' Chukka Boot (Men)
The Barron $129.90

Main Image - 1901 Barrett Chukka Boot (Men)
The Barrett $79.90

And the shoe trees are a great buy at $12.90

Main Image - Nordstrom Men's Shop Cedar Shoe Tree (Men)
Cedar Shoe Trees

The clothing in men's was just as good

Lots of Nike Items like

Main Image - Nike Advance 15 Pants


Main Image - Nike Hyper Dry Training Tee


Main Image - Nike Advance 15 Jacket


If you need basics

Main Image - Nordstrom Men's Shop Regular Fit 4-Pack Supima® Cotton T-Shirts


Main Image - Nike Dri-FIT 3-Pack Crew Socks

Socks or low cut

There so many other options.  Vineyard Vines, Robert Graham, etc.  Just use the search feature on the Nordstrom site.

The Kid's department was also hopping.

Girl's options click here.

Boy's options click here.

Kid's Shoes click here.

We wrapped up in The Home Department

I picked up these rugs for our bathroom and am so pleased with them.  They look great and are comfy to step onto.

Main Image - Nordstrom at Home Chevron Handwoven Area Rug
Accent Rug

At this point I could have curled up in any one of these throws and taken a power nap.  These are all super soft and any would be great.  I am going to show you a couple of price options and I think you will be happy with absolutely any of them.  You know we believe in a good throw around here so here you go.....

Main Image - Kennebunk Home 'Bliss' Plush Throw
The Bliss Throw comes in 12 great color options and is only $25.90

Main Image - UGG® Duffield Throw
This Ugg Throw is in 7 different color options and is only $69.90

Main Image - Barefoot Dreams® Cozy Chic Throw

The Barefoot Dreams Throw is $97.90 and is offered in 6 colors.  This is the same company that makes the cozy cardigan I showed you on Friday.  Pricey? yes. Worth it? double yes.

Now don't miss these candles.

Main Image - Voluspa Maison Blanc Two-Wick Tin Candle Set
This set comes in a larger size which you could break apart for 3 single gifts or in a mini set if you want to add them to someone's stocking.

You can totally start or finish your Christmas Shopping in the sale if you like.  I still have a couple of things that we bought in the store but I cannot find them on line to show you the links.  If they pop up, I will be sure to let you know.

I hope you have a great week and find a few things that you love too.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Done and Done

So because I think so much of you guys and I knew you would want to know what to buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, we took a trip to Nashville to the nearest Nordstrom to scope out the best deals.

As a reminder the early access for Nordstrom Card holders started yesterday.  If  you have a Nordstrom card you can start shopping NOW......if not, hold tight the sale will open to the public on the 20th.

I hope you have some time because this, ladies, is how you do the Anniversary Sale.

We arrived at 9:57, parked the car and entered the store at the 10:00 opening.

First we hit up the shoe department.

These Nikes came in pink and black and yes we bought them both

                                                                     Nike $89.90

These TOMS booties came in a couple of color options and we decided on the Forged Iron color.

We liked these sneakers but did not come home with them but we ordered them on line

Main Image - TOMS Lenox Sneaker (Women)
TOMS Sneakers

These booties were super cute in the store we decided against them, but maybe you would like them.

Main Image - Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie (Women)
Hinge Booties

Then we went to Beauty and there were some really good deals.

Like this Clinique set

This MAC set

Main Image - MAC Look in a Box Hooked On Nude Eye Kit ($62 Value)

Main Image - philosophy orange pineapple smoothie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath duo ($39 Value)

And then when moved over to the Intimate Apparel and Active section

First up is the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan. It was a hot item in the store, almost everyone was going after it. 
Such a great option for loungewear and outerwear. You can find it here.
I think this is what dreams are made of, it has pockets and is so soft and warm. You cannot really go wrong with it. They have a few variations up for grabs that you should consider adding to your closet. 

These joggers were also super soft and comfy.  They come in black and grey and run true to size.

We also picked up these Zella high waisted leggings.  We buy these every Anniversary Sale

We like all Zella products we have purchased.  You can check them out here.

We then went to ladies clothing and once again racked up.

These Halogen long sleeve tunics come in several colors and are only $24.90

Main Image - Halogen® Long Sleeve Knit Tunic (Regular & Petite)

I loved this little top.  It is really soft and has cute sleeves.

This little sweater is just the thing with jeans or leggings.  There are several colors.  Runs true to size, however, if you really want coverage with leggings, you might consider sizing up.

There are lots of cute jeans available.  We got this pair which has a little distressing but not too much. They come in regular and petite sizes.

By now it was nearly 1:00 and we had to break for lunch.  If you have never had a chance to eat at the Nordstrom should.  We went right down to the lower level and sat down for a bite to eat.

Monday I will show you the lunch that refueled us and allowed us to continue shopping for another 4 hours.  Come back Monday and see our finds from Men's, Kids and the Home section.

I am plum tuckered girls.......have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Turns out it was more of an honor for me.......

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend a program that was slated to serve two purposes
      1) A reunion for all those who attended Greenbriar Junior High School
      2) Recognize the contributions of Ernest Campbell, former teacher at Greenbriar Junior High

I guess I should start by explaining that Greenbriar was a segregated junior high school.  This school served students from the 1940's thru the late 1960's.

This, of course, was all before my time.  So at this event I only knew my family members, however, it was quite enjoyable to sit back and watch old friends approach each other with gasps, hugs and many "is that really you" exclamations.

You see when integration came on the scene these students parted ways and were spread about Limestone County. So what a great idea to bring everyone together to reminisce, to celebrate, to reunite.
It was a wonderful program where person after person got up and shared stories of long walks to school, meager lunches, outhouses, strict discipline and high expectations.

While segregation may seem ages ago.  It is not.  I, myself, am only one generation removed. My parents, my aunts and uncles not only attended these schools, they also began their teaching careers there.

Which brings me to the reason I was attending.....that former teacher those students were honoring - well he is my uncle.  

I grew up with him in my life.  We always lived near him and his family. So when all these former students spoke about him they said things like

* He really cared about us
* He expected us to learn
* He taught us more than academics, he taught us how to be decent people
* He included me
* He was the first person, outside of my family, who ever showed interest in me
* He bought me shoes because my family could not afford them
* He gave so much to us

All these things I know to be true.  He is everything they said and more.  Now my uncle is a very humble man and I know he felt he was only doing what needed to be done - the right thing.  You know what we could use more of in this world?

People who do what needs to be done simply because it is the right thing to do.

So this evening turned out to be quite an honor for me because it reminded me how fortunate I am to have grown up surrounded by a family like this.  Sometimes we take things for granted.  Sometimes we think our experiences are everyone else's experiences.  Sometimes we fail to adequately appreciate our blessings.

Well just as Ernest Campbell was a blessing to these students, he has also been a blessing to me.

So I wanted to say here today

Uncle Ernest,

Thanks for caring about me.
Thanks for expecting great things from me.
Thanks for being a part of teaching me to be a decent person.
Thanks for always including me.
Thanks for being interested in me.
Thanks for giving me so much.

It is an honor to have you in my life.