Staying Cool Solutions with Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect

July 22, 2016

Home Decor Window Air Conditioning Unit

We have been loving our new home, working on home improvement projects, and settling in over the last little bit. It’s funny when you move to a new place, you have to figure out the house, and which room is the hottest or coldest. Which one has a draft, or gets too much light.

Staying Comfortable at Home with a Smart Home Air Conditioning Unit

Our master bedroom probably gets the most evening sun out of all the rooms in the house. With several windows facing west in the dead of the Utah summer heat, it gets blasted every evening just in time to wind down in our room for the night.

Mother and Son Reading together

The master bedroom ends up being significantly hotter than the rest of the house for a lot of the day, and turning down our air for the entire rest of the house would cause our electric bill to soar.

Smart Home Air Conditioning Unit

Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect Window Air Conditioner Unit

A great solution to our problem has been our new Frigidaire Gallery® Cool Connect Air Conditioner. It is a small Air Conditioning unit you can easily install into any room! The best part is that you can control it through an app on your mobile devices. You can schedule different temperatures at different times, which has really helped with those key times the sun heats up our room, so we can be nice and comfortable, especially when we are ready to go to bed at night. And, for those especially hot Utah summer nights, it is nice to be able to turn the fan up or turn down the temperature from bed without having to get up! I also really like the sleek white design, as you all know design is always important to me!

Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect Window Air Conditioner Unit

It has been nice to be able to keep our room as cool as the rest of our house, saving money by not having to blast the air in the rest of the house too. We have been enjoying spending time in there hanging out, resting, and reading together feeling comfortable instead of too hot!

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Key Pieces to Shop for during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 15, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Top Picks It’s that time of year again!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just around the corner, and if you are a Nordstrom Credit or Debit Card holder, then you can shop the sale right NOW through August 7th!

If you are serious about getting the best deals, and saving some serious cash, the key is to be sure to buy the hot items before they sell out!  Having a Nordstrom card will help ensure this since you can shop the sale now!  That is 8 days before those without a card!

I have a Nordstrom Debit card which I love because it comes right out of my checking account, and there is no need to remember to make payments.  You also get some killer rewards when you use it, like money to spend at Nordstrom, free alterations, and early access to shop the big Anniversary sale!

Here are the Sale Dates you’l’l want to know:
Early Access for Nordstrom Card Holders: July 14 – 21
Public Sale: July 22 – August 7

There are certain items that I am willing to spend a little more money on, and during this sale, you can get some amazing deals on items that hardly go on sale, if ever!  Certain items you want to go for quality, items like shoes, designer denim, handbags, beauty products, items that you love and use day in and day out and you wouldn’t want to skimp on.   The Anniversary Sale is where you can get those name brand high quality items at the best prices!  And, another amazing thing is that Nordstrom always has free shipping and free returns, cardholder or not!  I know I hate paying shipping, so that is a big deal for me!

Here are a few of my must buy pieces to buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that will save you a ton of money! (Click on item to shop! This post contains affiliate links.)

  1. Athletic Shoes: Nikes and other brands of athletic shoes rarely go on sale, so this it the time to snag yourself a pair.  The Nikes always sell out fast during the sale!
  2. Beauty Products: I’m obsessed with Donna Karan’s Cashmere Deodorant!  They hardly ever go on sale, so now is the time to stock up on that, and other favorite beauty products!
  3. Natori Bras: These are my absolute favorite bras that I wear every day!  During the sale they are a great price, and usually never go on sale.  If you haven’t been into Nordstrom to get fitted, I highly recommend it! Life changing!
  4. Athletic Gear: Much like the shoes, athletic gear hardly goes on sale, and during the sale, several Zella leggings are marked down, some starting at less than $25!
  5. Designer Denim:  Designer Denim is totally worth it in my book.  They last forever, and the fit is hard to beat, and the quality is un-matched.  While it is worth it, they can come at a hefty price.  But, during the sale you can get designer denim for a great price!  I am obsessed with the AG Farrah Skinny Jeans, and I have been on the search for them in black!  During the sale they are $124.90, which is an amazing deal for these jeans!  They are my absolute favorite denim!
  6. MAC Makeup Brushes are always on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and they are well worth it!  I’ve had mine for several years, and I love them!
  7. Designer Bags: During the sale you can get some great deals on designer bags that you’ve had your eye on.  They also rarely go on sale, and they are worth the investment.  Real leather is always such better quality and longer lasting!
  8. Men’s Dress Shoes:  I always get a pair of ECCO’s for my husband during the Anniversary sale.  He spends a lot of time in dress clothes, and he swears by ECCO shoes.  They last long, and are such high quality.  Plus, during the sale, you can get them for almost half off!

I looked over the entire sale, and here are a few of my other favorite items from the Anniversary Sale! (click to shop!)

Active Wear


Women’s Clothing

Bags & Beauty

Happy Shopping Friends!

What are you favorite items to get at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth, Maine Lighthouse // Family Travel

June 15, 2016

Maine Portland Head Light Lighthouse

I am so excited to share some photos from our Family Vacation to Maine.  We couldn’t visit the Portland area without heading out to explore some of the famous Maine Lighthouses. The historic Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth was first on our list.  The Portland Head Light sits along the shores of Fort Williams Park, and captures the perfect the quintessential coastal scene of Maine.  I didn’t realize, but it I have learned that it was commissioned by George Washington himself in 1791.  Pretty cool!

Family Travel Portland Maine

Ezra, Norah, and Thomas had a really great time exploring the rocks by the shores, searching for little critters, and asking all sorts of questions about the lighthouse.

The park has the most stunning ocean views, and walking, and hiking trails, a museum, and other historic structures.  It’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon as a family, pack a picnic, and explore!  We stopped off at a cute restaurant to grab some food on our way there called Terra Cotta Pasta Co.  It turned out to be amazing!  They sold all sorts of homemade ready made fresh pastas (that we bought to bring home to cook later!), pizzas, and sandwiches.  And, of course, I couldn’t pass up a Lobster Roll in Maine.  Their Lobster Roll was amazing!  And, so were their giant Peanut Butter cup cookies.. I mean, to die for!

Maine Lobster Roll from Terra Cotta Pasta Co. PortlandFamous Maine Lighthouse Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth Maine Family Travel with Kids

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

Children's Vacation Wear Winter Water Factory Babiators

Travel Wardrobe Cape Elizabeth Maine

Outfit Details: (this post contains affiliate links)
Me:  H&M Denim Dress (similar) | Lightweight Sweater | Baggalini Crossbody Bag | Yosi Samra SandalsCampbelle Two Tone Sandals
Kids: Winter Water Factory Organic Cotton Shirts and Romper | Salt Water Sandals | Converse Chuck Taylors | Puma Sneakers | Babiator Kids Sunglasses

Comfortable Sandals By Yosi Samra

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

Coastal Family Vacation

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing

Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth Maine Family Travel with Kids

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight Cape Elizabeth MaineIf you ever find yourself in Maine, I would highly recommend visiting the Portland Head Light.  Some of the most stunning views, and perfectly New England coastlines!

Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth Maine
1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME
(207) 799-2661

Looking at these pictures makes me so happy!  I can remember the views, the smells, how happy I was to be exploring with my little family.  I know I say it all the time, but these precious family moments of exploring new places together.  It really doesn’t get better than that!  I literally live for it!  There’s nothing better than creating these lasting memories together!
I always say, you’ll never regret the trips you have taken!  At the end of the day, the sacrifice of traveling with young kids, the time, the money, it is all worth it for those precious memories that will last a lifetime!

Check out more of our Family Travel adventures here.