Fireworks and Brownies

This is the part of summer where I start to get a little sad, because we've already blown through Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Don't even get me started on all the fall pieces that will be flooding our Instagram feeds thanks to the overhyped Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I received a catalog in the mail, and honestly am just "meh". Yep I said it. I'll also say the same thing I say every single year - I just can't get excited about the same ol' sweaters and boots in the beginning of July when summer is just really getting amped up. I will do my best to hunt for good deals on "you can wear now" pieces, but I'm not going to try and make it happen for the sake of affiliate clicks if I'm not seeing anything exciting. 

I want to hear from all of you though - how do you honestly feel about the sale? Remember outside of our blogging/influencer world most people are completely oblivious to the sale while we feel inundated with it. 

In other news, we've been pretty busy over here but laid low over the holiday weekend. Most of our friends were traveling, and my husband had to work a little due to it being quarter end and he's in finance. So, I took Lil' Miss on a breakfast date and she also had a dentist appointment that she rocked (no cavities!). After picking her toy out of the treasure chest at the dentist, I treated her to a stop at Stackd Brownies where we took home 4 of their delicious flavors. 

Lots of pool time in-between the rain and of course lots of yummy grill food and fireworks. This was the first year Lil' Miss wasn't scared of the fireworks which was a huge win. She got her face painted, had some ice cream, and was excited when the show started. 

I've also had a pair of airpods on my wishlist for what seems like forever because I'm over getting tangled in cords when working out or while traveling. So, I was excited when Sudio reached out for a fun collab. They have several wireless earbuds and speakers available whether you're looking for a no-slip fit for workouts or noise canceling for traveling. Is anyone else singing Phil Collins right now? Su Su Sudiooooooo! Just me? 

I went with Nio in Sand instead of the basic white you usually see. These will be a game changer for my workouts (no more getting tangled up in cords while on the elliptical or Peloton), and also while trying to get some sleep on planes during overnight travel for work events. 

If you haven't pulled the trigger on wireless ear buds yet either like me, it may be hard to figure out which ones will fit you best. The Nio model is affordable at only $89, and they are best for exercising. While the Ett earbuds are $129 and better for noisy environments with active noise canceling and a complete seal of your ear. 

Even better is you'll save an extra 15% off any order with code fashionista21 - time to say goodbye to tangled wires and hello to a seamless experience while on the go. They are also including the above reusable tote with all orders while supplies last. Great for groceries or heading out pretty much anywhere. 

*This blog post is in collaboration with Sudio, however all opinions are my own.


  1. It looks like you had a fabulous 4th! I love the expression on your daughter seeing her face painted! Those earbuds sound great!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  2. Sounds like you guys had a good 4th! Zoe is still afraid of the fireworks noise, so we didn't partake in any live shows and watched them on TV instead. I am hoping next year will be better.
    So the N sale. I have been shopping the sale for years, way before the influencers hopped on it. So for me, I get nostalgia excited because it was like my back to school shopping, get ready for fall sale. I always used it to grab a few staple basics, or get a coveted higher end item that I wouldn't have gotten full price. Try to grab a beauty deal or two. I feel like now we are inundated with it. I get so mad at how they have it set up where I have to wait until the influencers buy up all the stuff that they plan on returning after they make their posts and videos. I feel like all card holders should have access the same day, no matter how much you spend, to give a fair playing ground. But what can you do. I am going in with a wish list that I curated on my own before seeing any posts, and only getting the things I naturally gravitated towards. I have stuff from the last two sales I haven't even worn.

  3. I have been super disappointed in the sale for the last 2 years and the selection I saw this year I'm not impressed with! It just seems like more or less the same stuff being recycled. Glad you had a fabulous 4th!!

    Rosy Outlook 

  4. Little Miss is living her best life! You guys have so much festive fun and I love it.

  5. I can't believe how grown up your sweet girl looks at the dentist! Yay for no cavities!! As for the NSale, I've been pretty disappointed with it the last couple of years. It's always impossible to get the things I want so I don't even try anymore! I'll definitely browse it as I always do, but I probably won't buy anything this year unless something changes with the way they do things.

  6. Those cupcakes look amazing! :) Looks like you had fun at the fireworks too!

    The shipping from the US is too expensive so even though the sale is on winter things when it's winter here I haven't shopped it in a few years!

    Hope you are having a good week :)

    Away From The Blue

  7. Those cupcakes look amazing. Yay for a good dentist visit for Serena. I am very disappointed in the Nsale this year. As I was last year. I have mostly added beauty items that I am getting a deal on. Everything Oh and one pair of Honeydew pjs as I love them and never get them on sale. But otherwise I am staying away from it. It seems like a lot of the stuff is just for older people or the same stuff year after year.

  8. All 4 boys enjoyed the fireworks this year even the 3 year old. I am actually looking forward to fall weather as I am tired of the little no see ums bugs that love to bite me!

  9. I know it is crazy and yes a little sad we are more or less half way through summer. I feel like it goes by faster every year. It was crazy loud here on the 4th. You guys looked like you are having a great summer so far!

    Allie of

  10. So much fun. Little miss is so cute

  11. Looks like such a good 4th! It's such a game changer when they aren't scared anymore and can actually enjoy it all!!