The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is truly a one of a kind sale. If you love fashion or Nordstrom, in general, buckle your seat belts. Because the next few weeks are going to go by fast and you’re going to want to be prepared for this once-a-year, spectacular SALE!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place, each year, in mid-July. What makes this sale unique and unlike any other “SALE” is one major (and I mean MAJOR) factor…
These are NEW styles and items, from dozens of designers, that are coming out in the Fall. So, most of the public won’t even have access to these new styles. And, for a limited time, you can snag your favorite NEW items, for an unbelievably gracious discount!
In this blog post, I’m going to give you the lay of the land and share how this works. How you can prepare. Along with my picks that I’d recommend for any fashionista, as well.
Summer is the perfect time, for all things, BLUEBERRY. (Ok, and corn, tomatoes, peaches, and strawberries…) But, since Chase loves blueberries, the most. And, since I recently created this recipe (inspired by Ina Garten’s Croissant Bread Pudding) using blueberries (in lieu of raisins), we’re going with it. This Blueberry Croissant Pudding is sure to be a big hit at your next summer barbecue. I promise!
I’ve written a few blog posts, recently, on fashion pieces and their much less expensive counterpart. I think there are a lot of variables to consider, when it comes to style and fashion. Personally, I look for specific qualities in fashion pieces over the fact that they are merely “on trend”. But, here are some heavy-hitter items, that are undeniably popular, right now. Along with their much-less-expensive twin. Some of these pairs look so identical (with similar quality) that it’s a NO-Brainer. Of course, you can be the judge. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite Fashion Dupes for the Summer 2019 season…
Fashion Dupe Examples
I know. You’ve already read articles, studies, blogs, etc. regarding healthy vs. unhealthy foods we eat. I’ve come across a few hundred…thousand myself. But, have you ever wondered what some of the ingredients are in your food? Have you ever felt overwhelmed with which ones are good and which one you should avoid, completely?
At one time or another, I’ve omitted something from my diet. I’ve tried depleting fat grams. Gluten. Meat. Dairy. Bread. Sugar. You name it, and I’ve tried it. Sure, there were some improvements in my health. I even lost a few pounds on some of these bandwagon lifestyles. But, it wasn’t until a few years ago, that I realized how important it was to avoid certain INGREDIENTS, in my diet!
I know. It’s practically summer, and I’m sharing a recipe for soup!? Scott was sick this week, and the fact remains. A hearty soup like Italian Wedding Soup can do wonders for the immune system. Any time of year!
Chicken Florentine is Scott’s favorite dish that I make, at home. I prefer using cooper sharp cheese, as it melts great and gives such a superb flavor to the chicken. Since it already has spinach in it, I just pair it with mashed potatoes or rice. And, the best part is that I make everything in one large frying pan!
Father’s Day is very special to me. I’m fortunate to have a dad that is (and always was) extraordinary, in every way! BUT…like most men, he’s not easy to shop for. So, I scoured the internet and found a bunch of ideas for this Father’s Day Gift Guide! One thing I believe most dads have in common is this: They don’t expect an expensive gift. So, most of these items are under $50 OR on sale!
There are certain foods that taste just as good, when baked over fried! Eggplant parmesan is one of those foods! Unlike lasagna (with the no-boil pasta option, now available), eggplant parmesan is definitely more time consuming. Especially if you choose to fry the eggplant, first. But, in my opinion, baked eggplant parmesan is the way to go. It’s healthier, easier and quicker to make.
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Have you been watching my food demos on Instagram, yet? If not, you may not know what you’re missing. I try to do a step-by-step tutorial in cooking, at least twice each week! Anyway, I made this yesterday. One eggplant, about ten inches long, was enough to feed Scott and myself at least three dinners worth. What I’m trying to say is that eggplant goes FAR when you’re making eggplant parmesan. I’d suggest one per 3-4 eaters. (That’d be having not much, if anything, left over.)
First things first. Memorial Day is a day to remember all of those who have served (or are currently serving) our country! Don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue to celebrate this wonderful holiday. Also, if you decide to take advantage of the Memorial Day Sales, I’ve rounded up some of my picks that are great steals. I know these sale weekends can be overwhelming. So, I tried to find the best of the best for you.
Recently, Scott was awarded a trip to the Secrets Resort, in Los Cabos, for being amongst the top ten percent Outside-Sales Reps, for Home Depot. Of course, I was thrilled to be invited and super proud of my hubby for his accomplishments. The Secrets resort, in Los Cabos, is a gorgeous resort with an intertwined gold course and breathtaking views. From the ocean and mountains, to palm trees and cactus! Talk about a great mix. Speaking of mix, I was excited to sport some of my favorite resort wear pieces mainly from Revolve, Amazon, Nordstrom, and Walmart. (I guess you can say that’s another great mix, right there!)
After you move into a completely restored home, you tend to forget about the outdoor work that remains to be done. Scott and I have been living at The House on High Street for five years, and we have recently (and finally) tackled the landscaping around the house! It wasn’t easy deciding on which plants and trees to use, but overall it came out beautiful!
To The Moms in Waiting:
Just wanted to send this message to those moms, out there, who are having trouble getting pregnant, staying pregnant, or adopting a child. I know how it feels. And, I want to give you some hope, today.
I’m sometimes asked about my diet and fitness routine. Most likely because I’m in my forties, I look fairly fit, and yet I love food! I spend a lot of time, in my kitchen, creating home cooked meals. I’ve been a foodie from a young age, because I grew up in an Italian family that…You guessed it, LOVES FOOD! Fortunately, I also love fitness. So, just like everyone else, I do my best to stay fit. Everyone struggles in some shape or form, when it comes to balancing their diets and fitness.
We are living in a culture that worships “thin”. Most of us have grown up with the mentality that it’s better to LOOK GOOD than FEEL GOOD. But, I’m here to tell you that it’s AWESOME to FEEL GOOD! And, to actually be healthy. I’ve learned so many lessons about dieting and fitness over the past several decades. And, that’s what it’s all about! Finding that balance so we can reach our wellness potential.
So, if you’re looking for some friend-to-friend advice. Or, just some tips on what I’ve learned throughout my years regarding diet and fitness, read on…
I can’t believe it! Someone, please pinch me! After three years of fostering, several years of waiting, and a devastating heart-break, Scott and I FINALLY celebrated Adoption Day! Last week, we adopted Baby Blue. We can now call him, Chase Matthew. I can also show his handsome face, too!
Some of you have been following our foster journey from the beginning. You know about the tragedy we dealt with, just a few months before Blue (Chase) came into our lives. To say that Scott and I were apprehensive about loving another baby and giving our hearts over, completely is an understatement. But, God worked His miraculous hand in having just the right people in place, at the right time. Baby Blue was meant to be Chase Matthew long before we even met him.
Over the years, I’ve tried dozens of concealers for covering up dark spots or blemishes on my face. I find that as I get older I prefer less coverage. My skin is not as smooth as it was in my earlier, adult years. And, my priorities and preferences have changed. I like having an SPF in my concealer (and foundation). I also prefer something that goes on fairly light, and can last all day. I consider it a bonus if it’s waterproof so that I can wear it on vacation.
In this post, I’m going to share my review on five concealers that I’ve recently tried over the past year! Yes, I spent that much time. Wearing each one, for up to two months! Everyone deserves to look and feel beautiful, and finding the right foundation and/or concealer is an important step in the right direction.
Oh my goodness. I can’t even believe I just wrote the title of this blog post. I am flooded with emotions, as Scott and I are preparing to adopt our first child. A one and a half year old BEAUTIFUL boy that I’ve nicknamed Baby Blue. We have had the privilege of nurturing him since he was five days old! Barely five pounds. Loving on him as if we were the mom and dad every child deserves to have. Unsure if we would lose him, and never even see him again.
We’ve been there. Done that.
BUT, after years of waiting…Years of trials and a massive heartbreak, it’s finally happening. In just a few days, Baby Blue will have a forever mom and a forever dad. Scott and I will be forever parents.
I’m going to do my best to share how it feels to finally be adopting a foster baby. For anyone that is waiting for their heart’s desire, my prayer is that this blog post will bless you, in an extraordinary way!
I made these on our first Easter, at The House on High Street. They were DELISH! Here is my version, of an Italian style stuffed veal chop, that I hope you’ll try. And, let me know when you do!
Easter is coming! Time to pick out our Sunday best. Decide on a dinner menu. Bake cookies. And, fill Easter baskets for the kiddos. In this post, I’m going to share my favorite DIY Treats for Easter Baskets, that I found on Pinterest.
I recently did a Facebook & Instagram Live. I tried making a few of these DIY treats that look so perfect (and easy) on Pinterest! As most of you already know, I primarily focus on FOOD & FASHION, here. (On my Instagram stories, I do a lot of cooking demos and fashion try-ons.) Arts & Crafts? Not so much.
Nevertheless, just like most of us Pinterest stalkers, I sometimes feel challenged to recreate ideas that look so cute and simple.
In this post, I’m going to break down 5 DIY Easter Treats that I tried making myself. (In case you missed the LIVE Videos.) Whether you are a mom, grandmother, auntie, classroom teacher, etc. I’m pretty sure that you will want to try at least one of these ideas.
True Story: Several years ago, I found an extraordinary recipe for lemon cookies in a cookbook I snatched from my sister’s bookshelf. I made them that Easter, and I have to say, they were AWESOME! I was never even crazy about lemony desserts, up until then. They were that good!
So, you may know by now, that I’ve been open to working with retailers and brands, as a Life & Style Influencer. It’s taken a while for me to gain some momentum, and I have a long way to go. One of the most important aspects of what I do is working with retailers and brands that I absolutely LOVE.
Some days, I feel that I am inundated with invitations from brands that I have no interest in wearing or using. (Or, trying.) I’m very picky! If it’s clothing, per say, it has to be modest, well made, affordable, stylish, and comfortable. If it’s a retailer, they need to have excellent customer service, quick and low-cost shipping, and a FREE return policy.
I know. High standards.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new brand that meets all of my criteria. I’m officially in love with this brand! It’s called Peach. (Also known as: Discover Peach.) Peach apparel is designed for gym, work, and play. These are super comfortable and stylish pieces for the active mommy and modern woman. Let me share a few reasons why I am in love with the brand, Peach!
Allergy season is in full swing! I have been struggling with cold symptoms of all sorts for the past few weeks. Yesterday, I had a craving for hot soup. I made cabbage a few times, in my instant pot. And, I loved how easy and quick it was. So, I decided to throw together a cabbage soup, with ingredients I had on hand. It came out so good! I had to share it with you!
I’m often asked about my almost perfect eye lashes. Even though God didn’t give me perfect eye lashes. (Of course, my husband and Baby Blue have them!) Anyway, I can’t remember the first time I wore false eyelashes. What I do recall is having no luck with the traditional one-strip lash. It never looked natural. And, shortly after getting them to stay on, they’d peel off on one side or the other. Not attractive!
Then, about ten years ago, I had my lashes done at a salon, for a special occasion. They looked so natural, and stayed on for over a week! Soon after, I discovered that individual lashes and lash glue are available at any drug store! So, I decided to give try applying them, myself.
Each season brings about new temperatures, activities, and you guessed it…Fashion trends! Personally, I never feel obligated to partake in fashion trends. Unless they are practical, fun, and affordable! In this post, I’m going to share the 2019 Spring Fashion Trends that I think are worthwhile. (Yes, there are a lot of trends, but I try to select the most practical ones for regular gals, like you and me! I’ll also share some affordable options, for each trend. With different price points. Ya ready??
I grew up loving Irish Potatoes. These heavenly confections of delight only came around, once a year. Around St. Patrick’s Day. Recently, I learned that Irish Potatoes originated in Philadelphia! Evidently, some sweet baker came up with the concoction and named them Irish potatoes. Not because they were made with potatoes. But, because they looked like potatoes!
This weekend, Scott took me skiing. It was my first time, officially learning to ski. I had gone skiing, once before, in my early twenties. But, I made the mistake of going with a group of experienced skiers (who advised against taking a lesson). Let’s just say, the skiing didn’t go that well. I was grateful, however, that I could at least say that I tried.
Since starting LE Woman (in my forties), I made a commitment to model extraordinary living, regardless of our circumstances! (Age, body-type, disability, etc.) Last year, I tackled scuba diving. Another experience that initially went badly, for me, many years prior. I’m so glad that I did it, for a second time, because I loved it!
Since then, I’ve been wanting to give snow skiing another shot. In this blog post, I’m going to share how my first official ski lesson went. Along with some advice for you first-timers. Especially those who may feel that it’s too late to learn something new.
Even though I don’t have a lick of Irish in me, I enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. I like making Irish dishes such as Irish stew and Corned beef and cabbage, at least once a year. But, this year I did something different. I used my Instant Pot to make Corned Beef & Cabbage. It came out so well, I had to share the recipe with you!
I’ve been meaning to write about this topic for a long time. For years, I struggled with debilitating health symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. I didn’t realize I was depressed, because I wasn’t sad. I just felt…paralyzed and numb. Depression comes in many ways. My hopes in writing this blog post is to encourage you (or someone you know) to get medical help if you feel that you are struggling with depression. I also want to share some home remedies that can help, as well.
Ok, so I may not be considered a Pro at traveling. But, I do know how to travel like one. Some may say I go overboard, because I do a LOT of planning, and I try to think of everything. Of course, it’s easier to travel like a pro without a baby or toddler (let alone several) in tote! But, it can be done, as well. In this blog post, I’m going to provide some tips on How to Travel Like a Pro, along with how to do so with a toddler in tote!
It’s been a while since I provided an update on Baby Blue. He just turned sixteen months, and by summer, he’ll be mine! (Ours ; )
Last night, I made a delicious pork loin stuffed with creamy goodness. Best part? Aside from it being one of Scott’s new favorites. (That’s a feat, in and of itself.) This recipe is low-carb and keto friendly!
Some days I feel like I don’t have enough hours of the day to get everything accomplished. Other days, I feel burdened that I could be doing more. Blogging is something that I feel is my gift to share with others, while doing something I love and enjoy. But, it takes up a lot of time. I sometimes wonder if I should be doing something all together, different!
This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day. (It’s February 19th this year, in case you didn’t know. Because I surely didn’t! lol) And, I figured it’d be a good time to reflect and brainstorm some ways we can make time to spread random acts of kindness.
Meet Giavanna, a recent college graduate, with an invitation to a Black Tie Wedding. Gia, like any girl, loves nice dresses. Nice, heels. Nice, bags, etc. But, sometimes, it can be difficult to dress the way we want, when we’re on a budget. Fortunately, there are a bunch of tricks up a girl’s sleeve. I’m grateful Gia allowed me to lend a helping hand and show her how to shop for a special occasion look, on a budget! So, I’m sharing all of my tricks and tips…
I started using Instagram a little over a year ago with a greater intention. My hope is to expand my reach and hopefully make a greater impact on women, around the world. I love helping anyone, really. But, I have a deep burden in my heart to help women.
Why, you may ask? Because God allowed me to experience a lot of tribulation, that women can understand and relate to, best. My story is actually far from glamorous. Yet, for whatever reason, God has me using it. Ironically, it was after my greatest tribulations, that I learned about real confidence. My confidence comes from God, alone. It’s part of the message I hope to share with every woman I know!
Scott and I will most likely be spending Valentine’s Day, at home. It’s easier with Baby Blue, and we want to include him, for sure! I’ll be making something very special. Like this Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken! I was inspired by Chef John. (You can see his original recipe, here.) I made it this week, my own way, and I wouldn’t change a thing!
I’ve been enjoying Valentine’s Day, ever since I was a little girl. Back then, I loved making cards and passing out treats to my classmates and teachers. It was simple fun, and it made me happy to share even the littlest thing with others.
When I first heard about a “Galentine’s Day Part”, I thought it was so silly or merely reserved for single women. But, then I remembered something. Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers! It’s a day to spend with those you love! Galentine’s Day (official or not) can be the perfect excuse to gather the friends you love and do something special. And, fun!
In today’s post, I’m going to share just how easy it is to throw something together. Without spending a lot of time or money! Read on…
I realize a lot of fashion bloggers post fashion pieces that are way out of the average women’s league. Who wouldn’t want to wear quality fashion pieces that are show stoppers? But, let’s be realistic. Most of us are not spending several hundred dollars on a jacket! Especially, when we can achieve a very similar look for much less. So, in this post, I’m going to share some of the top fashion pieces, for this winter 2019, along with their much less expensive counterparts.
It’s Super Bowl LIII on Sunday! I’m still sad that the Eagles are not going to be playing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the game! We are hosting friends and family. (Honestly? If the Eagles were playing, I wouldn’t host anyone. Because, I’d be anti-social and glued to the TV. LOL!) Anyway, I made these buffalo chicken fingers last weekend, and they were a huge hit! I highly recommend you try these, immediately if not sooner!
Baby Blue is now fifteen months old! And that’s how long it’s taken to complete his bedroom makeover. As you may recall, Scott and I have done quite a few bedroom makeovers throughout the past five years. (Six makeovers for two bedrooms. But, who’s counting!) So, I guess you can say we’re slowing down a bit. However, Baby Blue finally has his very own, little boy bedroom. With a transportation theme! From firetrucks to motorcycles. Dump-trucks, trains, race cars, and seaplanes. It’s super fitting, since Baby Blue is all about, “Go! Go! Go!”
It’s only a few weeks away! Now is the time to find the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for her. And, if you don’t have a significant other how about Mom? Grandmom? Your sister? Yourself! I rounded up a bunch of various gift ideas that should make any special HER in your life, feel special! And, that’s what it is all about. Saying, “I love you!”
Friends, I am so excited to share about a comprehensive skin care system that I will be using for the next several weeks. I was recently selected by Jan Marini’s research team to not only try her award-winning skin care management system, but to speak with Jan, (founder and Chairman of the Board), personally for a 30-minute one-on-one consultation! In this post, I’m going to share what I learned from this conversation. Along with the skin care system that Jan Marini, herself, has recommended for me.
We’ve been eating a lot of new dishes at The House on High Street, lately! I’ve been experimenting with new ingredients in an attempt to replace a few that I haven’t been too happy with.
Anyway, it’s been so cold outside! I’ve been craving hot soup with a lot of flavor and just enough spice. I decided to experiment with essential Chinese Food ingredients because I just love that ginger/soy/sesame/chili sauce flavor! And, come on now. Who doesn’t love Noodle Soup?
So, you may or may not love Valentine’s Day. But like it or not, it’s coming in a few weeks, and I believe we can choose to make it extraordinary. Last year on Valentine’s Day, I cried a lot. Over a broken heart. I was missing Baby Banana so much. At that time, Scott and I really had no certainty of being forever parents. Anyway, I’m regretful that I didn’t make it a little more special. Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate love and our loved ones! So this year, I’m wearing something Valentine-sy. I’m eating a big serving of chocolate. And, I’m going to celebrate all the love that surrounds me, every day! So, let’s get to the fun part. What to wear for Valentine’s Day?
The Holidays may be over, but Scott and I are still hosting gatherings at The House on High Street. On Sunday, we had our neighbors over for the Eagles’ Game. (They won!) Even though we typically serve burgers, wings, and/or pizza for a football gathering, I wanted to make something that was healthy and delicious! So, I put together the perfect Crudité platter! If you haven’t made one before, I have such good news for you. It’s super easy. And, fun! And, so worth making because it’s delicious and healthy.
I know that New Year’s Resolutions can be corny and ineffective. I’ve read that 80% of them fail by February! That’s not a very promising statistic. I also read that in order to truly make a lasting improvement (like a habit) it has to be repeated for 60 days. So, if we can just keep a commitment until the end of February, we can make 2019 a successful year!
Hey, there! So, you may know that I am on vacation from blogging. (Until next week.) But, I wanted to put this blog post together because the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is going on right now. And, it ends on January 2nd. If you’re a Nordstrom lover, like myself, you know that there are only two sales a year! The Anniversary Sale (in July) and the Half-Yearly Sale (end of December). So, I decided to round up my TOP TEN picks to help you identify some of the best of the best deals. Items that are not only on sale, but great accents, possibly necessities, for your wardrobe!
There was a time I thought I’d never make it. But, in just a few months, I’ll be celebrating my tenth year wedding anniversary! It is said that tin or aluminum best represent the tenth year of marriage because these metals reflect the resilience and tougher-than-nails strength of a marriage. Since the average length of marriages that end in divorce is eight years, I suppose it’s safe to say, Scott and I somehow made it over the hump!