Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018

I know I don’t usually do a mid day post but since the sale starts today and things tend to sell out quickly (although many restock) I got up early this morning and pulled some of my favourite pieces. Now today the sale begins for card holders. I am not a card holder therefore I can only browse. The cards have different levels, with each one leading to different bonuses. The level 4 card holder got access yesterday but you need to spend over $10,000 a year for that to be applicable which would never happen in a million years here. I don’t think I even spend $1000 on clothes a year for the entire family so I guess I’d be a level 1 😉 But that is neither here nor there because many people have a card and this allows them to start shopping today.

Nordstrom only opened here within the last year so I have only physically been in a store within the last 18 months. I actually really like shopping in department stores and I really like that they carry from brands that don’t have stores yet in Canada (like Madewell).

I only made it partly through the women’s selections and a small fraction in to the home but I figure this is a good start. There are so many great jackets and sweaters this year, and while I didn’t include anything from the kids department (I only quickly browsed through but they have some great winter coats) there are tons of clothes that are perfect for back to school.

The sale opens to the general public on the 20th and goes until my birthday on August 6th. I think I’ll go check it out in person when it opens to the non card holders and see if I can find some good deals because I hate having to pay shipping charges and duties if it can be avoided. I went last year when it was still Early Access and all the sale items were roped off so you couldn’t look at anything unless you were a card holder. It kind of sucked and was super annoying so if you don’t have a card stick to online because you will at least be able to see the items better. I hope they still have some Madewell jeans in stock by then though because I am dying to try some on. Here are some of my selections.

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Weekly Reads and Finds

Weekly Reads and Finds sales and discounts | Home Decor | What's in my closet | fashion inspiration | Weekly Sales | Wish list |

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This week this post looks a bit different. I cut out the redundant numbers below that explain and correspond with the collage and just listed the numbers right underneath it. It left more room and time to include more interesting reads.

I feel like this entire week was thrown off schedule. Tom worked really late afternoons until 4 or 5 in the morning each day this week, but him being home during the hours that he is usually working threw me off. I don’t know why, I guess you get used to certain routines and then it’s easy for things to not flow smoothly when there are small changes. I didn’t even get to exercise much this week (except the squats, lunges, and pushups off the bathtub that I do when getting ready at night and in the morning) because I hate exercising in front of him. I just can’t do it. Back to business next week though because summer is sneaking up and I need to get fitter. I need to seriously join a kick my ass bootcamp or something.

Oh yeah, it snowed again this week (today mainly). Seriously. Not a sign of green anywhere. I’m pissed.

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A Few Fun Touches to Freshen a Kids Room

A Few fun touches to freshen a kids room | kids room | kid bedroom | kid room decor

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Some Outer Space Home Decor and Gift Ideas

Home decor and gift ideas for space lovers

1.Astronaut Duvet set by Snurk |  2. Orion’s Twin Sheet Set | 3. All Solar Systems Go Quilt | 4. Outer Space French Terry Blanket | 5. Cosmos Glow in the Dark Twin Quilt | 6. I need My Space Mug | 7. Space Pop Molds | 8. Space Candles | 9. Planets Mobile | 10. Discovery Space Centre Set | 11. Alien Crossbody Bag | 12. Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape | 13. Space Age Pinball Game | 14. Inflateable Solar System | 15. Space Explore Patch | 16. Nasa Patch Set | 17. I Want to Leave Patch | 18. Glowing Milky Way Clock | 19. Space Tapestry | 20. Star Constellation Canvas | 21. Alien Throw Pillow | 22. Astronaut Throw Pillow | 23. Starry Globe Nightlight | 24. Space Hair Pins | 25. Galaxy Print Leggings | 26. Space Cadet Gloves | 27. Galaxy Backpack | 28. Zodiac Constealltion Baby Shoes | 29. Galaxy print Vans | 30. Solar System Crystal Ball |


This post is a little different from my usual Wednesday post but a few days ago I was walking through Simons and noticed a space trend through the women’s clothing. I then started to do a mental inventory of all the space related/themed items that my girls have and that inspired a blog post. You can get inspiration at the weirdest moments because at that particular time we were just walking around the store until the line up in the new gourmet ice cream shop got shorter.

I have a love/hate relationship with space. I don’t think I ever mentioned it on here (I did mention it on Instagram last week though), but when I was 6 or 7 I swear I was visited by an alien. You can laugh, everyone else does. My kids even sneak up behind me and whisper *I’m going to probe your brain* just to get a rise. I remember it clearly though. It was nighttime, but I had a nightlight so the room was fairly bright. I woke and saw it standing in the corner of my room staring at me. I stared back for what felt like a long time but was probably under 30 seconds, and then I hid under the covers. I don’t remember anything until my mom woke me in the morning where I was still hiding under the covers.

That is where the hate part comes from which resulted in me not being able to watch anything alien or space related that involves getting lost in space or aliens attacking…..I can handle E.T. even though I went in to hysterics at the beginning where he is digging up a plant and you see his fingers, then it pans to a rabbit (I thought he was going to hurt it) and had to be escorted out of the theatre until I calmed down 😉 But I do love to watch scientific space videos and documentaries, (minus alien topics). My kids on the other hand love space. So much so that Roo is going to be an alien for Halloween *sigh*. They build rocket ships, and are obsessed with the solar system. Pluto being demoted royally pissed my oldest off.

My love for space comes from my kids thirst for knowledge. Learning about stars (we will get a telescope some day), and how the universe started, their questions, and my answers that I have to Google. All these things make me see it in a new light but I also find that I am drawn to space visually. I love prints with astrological signs, duvet covers or wall hangings with colourful galaxy designs, and space inspired toys that let the girls’ imaginations flow.

There are so many out of this world (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) space themed pieces out there that I thought I would pull together a few to inspire you with some space love….or hate.

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