Wednesday, July 18, 2018

My Nordstrom Sale Picks From Each Category + Giveaway Hint

I hope that y'all aren't tired of the Nordstrom Sale just yet. I am sure you've been seeing a number of posts about it and will continue to as well. I am doing my best to make them as useful for you as possible in case you're planning to shop the sale. The sale opens to the public at 3 AM ET on Friday, and I am so excited for everyone to have access. With that in mind, I've gone through every single page of the sale to pick out my favorites in each category. It can be tricky to narrow that down, but I feel confident in my picks. Also, since this post involves the Nordstrom Sale that means there is another hint in store for those of you entering this giveaway for a $200 E-Gift Card to Nordstrom. Be sure to head all the way to the bottom of this post to find that!

Don't forget that you can see all of my Nordstrom Sale posts under the label "Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018."

If you see something you like featured all you have to do is click directly on that item in the image to shop it. I hope that makes it especially easy for you! 








There are so many good finds up for grabs that I hope this helped you to narrow down your search. Before I get into today's hint I wanted to let you know that there will be a second post up this afternoon completely unrelated to the sale. I'm sharing a long overdue life update and would love for you to check back in to read that! 

Now for the hint, 
Nordstrom Giveaway Hint #4
(hint #3 was for those of you following along with my instagram stories)
I have been tempted by this sale item for years and finally gave it a try this year. So worth it!

Remember to go update your guess in this post.
Best of luck! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Step Into My Week

I hope that y’all didn’t mind seeing something other than a Step Into My Week post yesterday since it means that you get an update about my past week today. Last week was a doozy with all I was trying to accomplish so once the weekend finally came around it was a welcome change. 

Last Sunday night I was feeling super overwhelmed as the week began, so I was ready for Monday to get started so that I could start chipping away at all I had going on. Monday was our first day of a new semester and the last one of my grad school career. We had all been assigned a preschool classroom with a partner and were expected to get the ball rolling on the project approach right when we walked in. This was overwhelming only because we didn’t have our first class on this topic until Friday meaning that there was a lot of teaching ourselves happening. The project approach encourages children to study what they are interested in and we finally settled on the topic of bones with our 3-5 year old’s based on their interests. The children are so cute and sweet, and our favorite part might just be hearing what they have to say each day. You really never know what is going to come out of their mouths. 

Tuesday, I spent a good portion of my morning and evening studying for the last Praxis education test I have to take. Fortunately, I could split up my time between working with preschoolers, going to class in the afternoon, and getting work accomplished with a much-needed haircut.

Wednesday morning, I woke up early and put in a last little bit of reviewing before taking my Praxis test. From there I went straight to the preschool where the children greeted me by eagerly asking me if I passed my test. They couldn’t quite grasp the idea that it takes some time for it to get graded but were positive I passed, let’s hope they are right! That night my goal was to go to bed early but somehow that has seemed impossible lately no matter how tired I am. 

Thursday morning, I was up at 3:00 to start gathering my picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. The Princess Diaries played in the background (it’s on Neflix now!) and I spent the better part of the morning refilling my coffee cup, linking, and creating graphics for the sale. I also placed an order of pieces that came in yesterday and all I have to say is it’s going to be hard to want to return any of the “options” I picked out. Somehow, I stayed awake and relatively energized until I got home from class around 4:30. That night I got dinner and caught up with a friend before meeting a big group of friends at a baseball game. We’ve had the best time making an outing out of going to baseball games especially with our friend having access to a box and free tickets. The box was especially helpful this week considering it poured right as the first inning began causing the game to be delayed and ultimately canceled. We didn’t let that stop us and stayed and hung out for a while. By the time I finally got home I was exhausted. 

Fortunately, Friday was my easiest day of class of the week. I woke up at four to work on my blog post for that day (planning ahead has been a real challenge lately). Since our class is at a different location than normal and happens to be right next to Chick-fil-A we decided that Chick-fil-A Fridays are going to need to start being a thing. Class went by pretty quickly and then it was officially the weekend. I started off my weekend working on some letters and blog tasks before eventually crashing and taking a 30-minute nap. That night I grabbed dinner with my friends and we sat on a friend’s patio catching up over a glass of wine. I fell asleep before 11:00 while watching National Treasure (also now on Netflix).

Saturday morning after sleeping in a little bit I decided to try to be a bit productive given the overcast weather. I went to the grocery store, worked on graphics for posts this week, meal prepped, and enjoyed some down time watching Southern Charm before getting ready for a friend’s surprise birthday party that night. I was pretty impressed that he was actually surprised, and we ended up going downtown as a big group that night which was fun. I was so ready for bed when the time came and think my body is still playing catch up from all the early mornings I have had lately. 

Sunday morning, I got up and headed straight to Starbucks to get work done. I got some cleaning and general apartment upkeep accomplished that afternoon and then went out to dinner that night. If you follow me on Instagram stories you probably caught some of the fun that was had at dinner that night. The best steakhouse in Greenville, Hall’s (their original location is in Charleston), has an awesome deal where on Sunday nights you can get their burger for $5 if you sit at the bar. This is the second time I’ve done this, and it never fails to be delicious and fun. With live music and a fun atmosphere it is the perfect way to beat the Sunday Scaries. We came back from dinner and turned on Mama Mia before accepting the fact that we needed to go to bed in preparation for the week ahead.  

(check back this afternoon for the video)


Southern Charm
Mama Mia, National Treasure, The Princess Diaries


Yasso Ice Cream



Last Week’s Posts You May Have Missed:

I hope that y’all have a great Tuesday! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

My Top Personal & Teaching Amazon Purchases

Happy Monday and more importantly, happy Amazon Prime Day! Instead of doing a Step Into My Week post today (don't worry, that will be ready for y'all tomorrow), I thought it would be a lot of fun to share my favorite purchases from Amazon prime. 

I have become all too dependent on Amazon over the years. In college, I had Prime student membership which meant that I could easily order textbooks, coffee, or even a dress or shoes for a function and have it in my hands in two days. Amazon has set the bar high when it comes to the speed in which orders are delivered. Now if I have to pay for shipping or if it is going to take a long time for something to come in I'll check to see if Amazon has the item before purchasing it elsewhere. If you don't have a Prime membership I would highly recommend considering it as it has definitely paid off for me over the years (you can sign up for a trial here and a membership here).

I distinctly remember Prime Day last year as I was sitting in one of my grad school classes and all of my classmates and I had our computers on Amazon's screen ready to shop. We were all about to have to set up our own classrooms and supply it with anything we could need and Amazon was a fast and relatively price conscious way of doing that, especially with Prime Day deals. From glue sticks, to a classroom rug, and loads of books most of my classroom supplies and decor were purchased using Amazon. In the graphic I forgot to include my absolute favorite teaching buy, my laminator (stock up on the pouches while they are on sale too). If you don't have one get one and thank me later. It's so satisfying to use. This summer especially, I've had a number of people ask for me to share some of my teaching must haves and what better day to do that than today when a number of these items are already on sale. 

I couldn't just share my teaching buys since I utilize Amazon Prime for pretty much everything. Below you will find both my top personal and top teaching Amazon buys. I noticed that a number of these items were already being discounted for Prime Day but know that the deals will continue to be updated throughout the day. If I could recommend snagging one thing it would be an Amazon Echo Dot since they are on super sale today ($29.99 instead of $49.99). I love mine and have even given one as a gift before. Also, the most asked about Amazon item I own is sold out in the exact version I've found but a similar one can be found here and here. Most of the deals will start today at 3 ET so go ahead and start adding things to your cart (and checking out if you'd like since it is free) and checking back for newly updated deals.

You can shop my picks by clicking on them in the graphics below, using the links below the graphic, or scrolling through the widget at the bottom of this page! 


row one:

row two:
one: Acrylic Chair // two: Le Pens (my favorite planner pens) // three: Gold Hoops

row three:

row four:
one: The Last Mrs. Parrish (or any book for that matter) // two: Pearl Earrings // three: Cannon Remote

row five:
one: Dr. Scholls Slip Ons // two: Lightroom // three: RX Bars

row six:

row seven:
one: Matted Frames // two: Formal Heels // three: Acrylic Shelf


row one:

row two:
one: Glue Stick Set // two: Magazine Files // three: Dry Erase Markers (you can never have too many)

row three:

row four:
one: Calendar Holder // two: Novel Sets // three: Paper Pockets (laminate them to last longer)


So how many items are currently in your Amazon cart after reading through all of this? 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Spotlight: Sant and Abel + Giveaway

I know I can't be the only one who starts to get a bit anxious about the week ahead on Sunday evenings. Last month was the first time in a while that Sundays weren't too overwhelming. That was more than likely due to the fact that the school year was finished and I only had one graduate course. The anticipation for the week ahead returned last Sunday as I prepared for a busy week ahead including graduate courses from 9:00 - 4:00 and plenty on my to do list.

As per usual, I survived the week and made it to another weekend. I try to do some specific things on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead (I shared those tips here). Since I know plenty of us feel the same way about Sunday's I tried to come up with a way to make it a bit more fun for all of us. The solution I came up with includes focusing in on some of my favorite things instead of worrying about what I can't control. And what better way to share those with y'all than in a blog post. Enter: Sunday Spotlights. 

Sunday spotlights will not only share with y'all some of my favorite brands and products, but also give me a chance to giveaway one of these favorites for y'all to start loving as well. Sound like a plan? Entering the giveaways will be simple since I'll post an image of me enjoying the product on instagram (@prepinyourstep) with the requirements to enter directly in the caption. All you'll have to do is follow those instructions to be entered.

Over on the blog, I'll be sharing more about the brand and while I love it so you can get a full taste of what makes it so great. Since I am not sure if there is anything I love quite as much as a matching pajama set, the very first Sunday Spotlight is on one of my favorite sleepwear brands, Sant + Abel.

If you've been following for a while, you've probably seen me enjoying my Sant + Abel sets on more occasion than once. Sophie Lovejoy created the brand during the summer of 2011 when Sydney, Australia was scorching hot. She created the luxury collection made from lightweight, breathable super fine cotton. With a hope of allowing everyone to experience this new level of comfort, the collection has pieces that include the entire family. The personality in each pair of PJs is evident making it hard to choose just one pair and even harder to find motivation to change into regular clothes when you wake up. 

After wearing the Tropical Punch set ( top // bottom ) nonstop last spring and summer my friends quickly became equally as obsessed. Adding the Bora Bora (top // bottom ) and Pink Zebra (top // bottom ) set to my collection didn't help the fact that they also wanted to get in on the fun of this playful pajama trend. Nell finally tried out her first pair when she came in town back in June to visit me and was hooked. We both thought the Flamingo set ( top // bottom ) from Sant + Abel was perfect for summer which is why today's Sunday Spotlight giveaway prize includes a pair of Flamingo pajamas for you and your best friend! I think this would be the perfect way to make Sunday evenings a little less scary and Monday mornings slightly more fun!

Be sure to head over to my instagram (@prepinyourstep) this evening to find out how you can win a Flamingo Set for both you and your best friend. And since we are talking about giveaways, I think it's time for another hint for my Nordstrom Sale $200 e-giftcard giveaway
Hint # 2: I didn't snag this piece
Remember that to enter that giveaway you'll need to go to this post and read the instructions. And given today's generosity I think I'll share another way to get a hint in an instagram story this afternoon! 

Best of luck! 

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