It has been SO hot around these parts this summer, that the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven in the house, let alone cook! I’ve been trying to think up some quick and easy dinner ideas so that we can spend the day out at the pool, and still come home to a nice home cooked meal. There have been way too many nights around here lately where we get home from our summer activities without any plan in place on what to make for dinner. It has been a struggle with schedules being thrown out the window, and routines being all over the place. But, I am hoping to simplify with some healthy meal ideas that don’t take a lot of planning and preparation.
My absolute favorite place to shop for my meat is at Harmons Grocery. It is by far the best place to buy meat here in Utah, and the quality can’t be beat! I am excited to partner with Harmons Grocery today to share with you a quick lemon and herb chicken marinade that is simple and brings a lot of fresh summery flavor to your grilled chicken! The perfect meal that can be thrown on the grill outside without heating up the entire house and making those energy bills soar. (Read More for the Recipe)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!)