Nordstrom Sale-My Goodies Reviewed

Happy Happy My Items All Arrived From the Nordstrom Sale Day! 

I ordered a wide variety of items and am sharing all my thoughts with you today!  If you're a card holder and have already shopped, let me know what your favorite purchase was.  If you're not a card holder, have no fear-you can shop tomorrow!

Steve Madden Over the Knee Boots
Okay, when I sit down to shop I was looking for some camel over the knee boots and I didn't find any I loved.  I skipped them and later was skimming the sale items and these black boots popped out at me.  I have a brown pair from this sale years ago but they aren't as form fitting.  These are suede on the front side and some sort of material that makes them fit like a glove on the back.  I'm a huge fan!

Smocked Peplum Top
Let's talk about that looks like it's a black/camel but in person it's more of a navy/camel.  I still think it pairs so well with those boots.  It's a fun, sassy look that's a little out of my normal comfort zone but I like it.  I ordered a small in the top and thought it fit well but the neck really small.  I wasn't sure my head would fit through the hole-it was that small, so if you're in between sizes, I'd go up.

I ordered my regular size and they fit great!  I'll be adding these to my fall/winter line up!  The frayed hem makes them a little more fun, in my opinion.

This is not pictured because I'm between 5'6" and 5'7" depending on the day and this jumpsuit was too short for me.  If you have a smaller torso, then this jumpsuit will be darling on you!  But I couldn't even snap a picture because I looked ridiculous.

What a GREAT gift idea!  You know me and ALL THE HAIR ISSUES I've been having.  Moroccanoil is always a favorite around here, so now I'm stocked up!

These booties have fun gold detailing on the side and are REAL soft leather.  The white stitching around the toe gives them a little bit of a "western" look but I was so pleasantly surprised by these!  I'm keeping them-no doubts!

Worst picture EVER!  But these hoops are flat and the top part is a shiny gold while the bottom half is more of a hammered gold.

This sweater comes in a variety of colors and was surprisingly super soft.  It's on the thinner side for a sweater but is the perfect thickness for Texas.

I think this color is sold out but there are other colors still available.  I have a similar pair from Target and while they're soft they get really "picked" after washing.  If you're looking for a nice pair of pajamas, these are a great option!

I was a little skeptical about these booties because I've never heard of this brand.  I had no clue what to expect but PERFECT FALL BOOTIE!  Here in Texas, the weather will be SO HOT until October so we go through this weird period of wanting to dress like it's fall but really needing to wear shorts, a tank, and flip flops so we don't have hot flashes.  These booties will give me a little air in those warm fall months!

I've heard such amazing things about Madewell jeans, but I'm just not sure they're MADE for my body type.  See what I did there?!  ;)  These particular jeans are too short for me so they're going back.  If you're shorter than me, this might be a good fit.  I love the distressing!

Okay, this tank has the exact same neck line as the leopard one that was tiny.  Once you get past that, I'm a fan.  I think I'll wear this all fall long with cardigans or jackets.  It's a thin material but not see through.

My new athleisure sneaker!  This fit true to size for me and the gold touches just made them extra cute.

Hello, WRINKLED TANK!  Insert face plant...ha!  I wanted you to see the length.  I'll do a little front tuck with a belt and love the fit!

I tucked the sweater so you could see the high waist.  I think these are made so well that I'm gonna keep them for those tops that are on the verge of being too short.  Paired with those these will be just right!
Who is headed to the mountains this year?  Or anyone looking for a cute alternative to their Hunter boots on rainy days?  These Ugg booties are cute, warm, and will up your rainy day gear factor immensely!  I'm not sure I'm keeping these because I have a few winter boot options already, but I think they're darling!

These water bottles are on the pricey side and typically every little extra piece is additional $$ so when I spotted this water bottle with the flip straw-I jumped at this price!

Guess who got some new kicks?  Britty!  I bought her the 2018 version of these last year and they were a HIT.

This jacket is a thin, fall option for sure.  I sized up to a medium for layering purposes and am so glad I did.

I mean...CUTE...right?

Okay, friends...what do you think?  Do you have a favorite purchase?

Hope you have a great Thursday!

Erika and Shay's 2nd Annual ROAD TRIP!

ROAD TRIP TAKE #2...Last year, Shay and I planned a little road trip for us and the kiddos.  We rented a twelve passenger van, mapped our route with fun stops along the way, and enjoyed a little vacation mom and kids only.  We really had such a good time and vowed to make it an annual event.

We did JUST THAT last's my recap of our SECOND ANNUAL ROAD TRIP!
Monday morning my people were outside bright and early {I'm talking 5:45 a.m.} ready for the Shull crew to pick us up!


Our FIRST stop was West Side Country Cafe in Ft. Worth.  When researching breakfast spots, this one kept coming up so we had to try it out!

Britt and Bowen were all smiles for a breakfast of eggs, bacon, and pancakes!

Ebby Lee and Kensington were as well.  :)

Pre-food shenanigans...check out Madeley and Britty.

Next stop...Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas.  This is a drive-through safari park that allows you to feed animals and get to really see them up close and personal.

We got out and stretched our legs for just a bit before heading into the park.

Everyone took turns in the passenger seat so they could feed the animals and get a closer look. 

Please know we were driving approximately two miles per hour.

The back of the bus van was CRAZY!

Even Britty was into checking out all these animals.

The drive was a seven mile path with a halfway stopping point in the middle complete with bathrooms, souvenir shop, and cafe.  

Along the drive, we'd see deer like this RIGHT outside the window.

And at times the front seat looked like was Shay driving?

There were moments our van wasn't moving due to the herd in our way.

We enjoyed our mid-way stop!

I didn't catch a picture but my favorite part of Fossil Rim HAD to be when Smith and Nixon were trying to feed the ostrich and that crazy thing had his ENTIRE head in the van at one point.  Those two "tough" boys were huddled in between the two seats like a t-rex was trying to get them.  BEST MOMENT OF THE DAY!

Stop #3 on the ROAD TRIP was at The Green Pickle for a burger and fries in downtown Glen Rose.

This kiddo keeps me smiling.

I've said it before, but I'm saying it again...he is her absolute favorite!

After lunch, we hopped back in the van and made our way back to Ft. Worth for stop #4...Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History.

This place was GREAT!  It was scorching HOT outside so while they were several other places we'd have liked to hit in Glen Rose, we just knew it was too hot.  We made our afternoon stop some place indoor that was air conditioned.  It worked perfectly!

This museum had tons of areas specifically designed for kids of all ages.

Laying on the bed of nails was a hit!

We raced our paper airplanes.

Checked out all the decor...

Made our way to the Children's Museum to watch Miss Britty get her shop on.

This girl knows what to do with a cart.

I'm not sure if it was the date-Monday after the 4th or the time of day-late afternoon but we had this place pretty much to ourselves.

This dinosaur area was Bowen's favorite.

And it looks like Madeley's too.

Please note Nixon's shoes...I had my kiddos all wear flip flops/sandals and clearly Nixon had outgrown his.  I'm almost positive his big toes were touching the ground every time he stepped.  If you think I have it all together, remember this moment.

In this dinosaur exhibit, you could color dinosaurs, scan them and then they'd walk across the screen.  The kiddos thought this was super cool!

We can't pass up a big train table.

This exhibit showed us how much power was needed to provide electricity to this little city.

At this point, our people were getting hungry and a bit nervous we were too close to home, so we made our way to Joe T. Garcia's, stop #5, a very iconic Mexican restaurant in Ft. Worth.

The plan was to sit outside in the gardens, but we hit a little down pour.  We were happy to stay dry inside.

I haven't been to Joe T.'s in YEARS and it's one of my favorites!  I was one happy girl!

Then...the final destination was coming up...stop #6, The Gaylord Texan Resort.  
The littles were total big girls rolling these suit cases through the hotel.

I had four happy {and exhausted} kiddos when we got to our room.  We showered, got in bed, and chilled out before a full day spent by the pool on Tuesday.

Tuesday, we made our way to Paradise Springs, the water park located just a shuttle away from the hotel.  This water park has this big kid area, a lazy river, a water slide, a zip line into the big pool, and a little basketball area in the pool as well.

Two Slaughter girls ready for a day spent POOL SIDE!

Those were the only two pictures I took on Tuesday.  {Insert face plant}  We hung out at the water park area from 10-4:45 when we made our way to the Escape Room in the Gaylord.  There are some special summer activities happening for kids and the Escape Room was one.  After forty-five minutes of trying our best, we did NOT manage to escape.  #myminddoesntthinklikethat  Once they released us, we drowned our sorrows in chicken sandwiches, nachos, and macaroni and cheese at the sports bar/grill before showers and early bedtimes.

Wednesday morning, these two were matching in their cover-ups!

Nixon was surprised when he spotted the Texas Rangers' manager, Chris Woodward, in the pool.  I'd like to add that the Woodward family was so sweet to Nixon, who happened to be wearing his Gallo jersey.

Right after lunch time, Tab and Andrew surprised the crew by meeting us for the rest of the afternoon/night.

Tab might have been a little starstruck too.

What a way to wrap up another Road Trip!  We had a BLAST and are already looking forward to #3!

I know I said this last year, but I'm gonna say it again.  Grab a girlfriend, throw all your kids in the car, and DO THIS!  This could be as extravagant or as least extravagant as you can make it.  You could make it an extremely long one day only road trip where you and a friend do all the things near you.  Or I have other friends who road trip to the beach without the hubbies every year and stay for a week.  Whatever works for you!  The point is to make some amazing memories with your people!

Shay and I are already brainstorming locations for next year!

Happy Wednesday!