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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 ~ Picks for Men, Kids, & Home

Baby, Fashion & Lifestyle

You didn’t think I’d leave out the family, did you? The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which comes only once a year, is one of the best sales for good reason. Last week, I shared some of the 2018 Fall Fashion Trends for women, along with my top picks from the sale. The week before that, I shared my personal picks, including some classic pieces that are most popular. So, today, I’m providing my top picks from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for the Men, Kids, and Home

TEN Extraordinary Baby-Gift Ideas

Baby, Fashion & Lifestyle

We all love the feeling of giving that perfect gift. But, when it comes to bridal and baby showers, the competition is rather stiff. While it’s pretty standard to stick to the registry; I think it’s also nice to add a unique little gift as the perfect, extra touch. That’s not as easy as it sounds. There are several occasions that will come and go during a baby’s first few years of life. So, I wanted to provide some unique ideas to help you select the perfect baby gift with confidence. 

Baby Berry

Baby, Foster Care & Family

I’m coming off of another hiatus. I guess it’s just not meant for me to ever feel settled long enough to establish a pattern in my life. (sigh) This is why I started writing my mantra, Living Extraordinary. It means valuing the uniqueness of our lives and living every nook and cranny to its potential.


Let me share with those of you who missed my update on FB what happened with Banana. A beautiful 2-year old foster child that has been reunified with her Bio Family on her second birthday; after spending her first 2 years of life with us.

Summer Baby in WHITE


Banana is loving the summer! It means more day trips and time in the sun. (With sunblock, of course!)

During the past several weeks, I’ve been collecting beautiful and feminine items for Baby B from… you guessed it, AMAZON! And, I wonder if you’d be surprised that my favorite pieces are all W-H-I-T-E. My favorite color. ; )

5 Things to Bring on Your Next Baby-cation!


Last week, Scott and I took Baby Banana to Avalon Beach to spend time with my family and celebrate my parents’ (very much belated) 50th Anniversary.

At nine months old, Banana is now standing, crawling around, and touching just about anything. Needless to say, I was nervous and confused about what to bring for our 5 night vacation. There’s just so much STUFF out there for babies, these days. I wanted to pack as little as possible.



Last week, this time, Scott and I were enjoying Baby Banana in sunny Florida. It was an extraordinary vacation in so many ways. Obviously having Baby B with us, and introducing her to a swimming pool, a beach, and an ocean. But, more importantly, this was a special time for Scott and me to enjoy our 5 month-old foster baby, away from the business of our regular days.

CPR Infant Certified!


This week, Scott and I received CPR training for infants, at The House on High Street.

It was important to us since we are foster parenting Baby Banana.

Our instructor, Mitch Siegel* was wonderful. He said that he’s trained over 20,000 individuals. Mitch was very knowledgeable, funny, and professional.

I loved how he provided the training at our home. I loved his method of teaching. And since I’m such a nerd, he answered all my questions without making me feel like an airhead. Bonus!

Scott and I enjoyed learning about the precautionary steps for different scenarios requiring CPR. Such as:  Determining if it is safe to administer CPR, how to do it, and how to get medical help in the most effective way.

We learned that a lot of people are afraid to administer CPR (which can save a life) because of fear of doing it wrong, possibly hurting the individual, or getting sued. These are not good reasons to avoid doing CPR. Bad CPR is better than NO CPR!

Anyway, we may not be pros now, but Scott and I feel more confident, especially as parents, knowing what to do if an emergency did occur.

I figured I’d share this with you because… One, I’m proud to share it. And, two, I’d like for you to think about CPR, when you read this. How familiar are you with this procedure that can literally save a life?

And, in the customary fashion of LE Woman to share good things… Well, this is it for today. Please consider. ; )

EXTRA Ordinarily Yours

* Mitch Siegel is owner and trainer of Cardiac Crisis Management. He’s been providing services since 1996. If you are interested in a health and/or safety class such as CPR, First Aid, etc. Conveniently brought to you at home, with or without a group of friends, you may contact Mitch @ (609)820-1144 or slidini1966@gmail.com

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