Friday Favorites-7.30.21


Like every Friday, I'm teaming up with my girl, Andrea to share some FAVORITES.  Today, I have a BIG FAVORITE...

July 30th is a special day in our house.  On this day, SIXTEEN YEARS AGO, Tab Slaughter and I got married in a church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in front of all of our friends and family.  Who'd have thought we'd be living in McKinney, Texas, with four kids sixteen years later?  Not me, that's who.  I was certain during that first year of marriage my homesick self would convince Tab we should move back to Missouri, but it was never the right time and here we are.

The last sixteen years definitely haven't been easy but my goodness-this married life gets so much sweeter over time.

Maybe after sixteen years you realize that he's ALWAYS gonna do the dishes the "wrong" way which just happens to be the opposite of how I do them and maybe he's realized that my side of the closet is ALWAYS gonna be messy.  Instead of focusing on those things that can drive us nuts about each other, sixteen years later we focus on ALL the good.

And there's so much good with this guy by my side.

Happy SIXTEEN Years, Tab Slaughter!  I love you so much and can't wait to see what the next SIXTEEN hold!

XO

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What's Up Wednesday-7.28.21

I'm linking up today with Sheaffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday.  

What We're Eating This Week...
I'm living my BEST VACATION LIFE and am not cooking a THING!  I will be hitting up the grocery store tomorrow and I'm sure we'll have things like a lean protein with veggies after so many days eating out.

What I'm Reminiscing About...
The last time we went on a big vacation with Gary and Marla was March of 2017.  It's been a while so this has been an extra great week with them.

What I'm Loving...
I'm still loving all things SUMMER!  During the school year you'll never find us paddle boarding on a school night at 7:45p.m.  Summer is so sweet.

What We've Been Up To...
Right now we're heading home from a big family vacation from Salt Lake City to Glacier National Park.  You can follow along via Instagram!

What I'm Dreading...
The laundry when we get back home later today...womp womp.

What I'm Working On...
I left all caught up with Mix and Match Travel work but over the last ten days many things have built up.  I'll be spending the next few days playing catch up.  :)

What I'm Excited About...
These two fresh-faced babies are celebrating SIXTEEN years of marriage on Friday!

What I'm Watching/Reading...
BIG BROTHER!!!  I'm way behind from being out of town but will catch up as soon as I can.  

My aunt has been telling me for years to read this series by Nancy Thayer and I'm finally doing it.  The Hot Flash Club is about a group of four women who become friends and have all kinds of challenges facing their 50's.  If you haven't read it, it's super cute!

What I'm Listening To...
KIDS-it's SUMMER!!

What I'm Wearing...
I've been really into tennis skirts lately...This pink skirt is a new FAVORITE

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
Celebrating this guy turning 40!  Excited to have a few days to get away before our lives get crazy.  He did get word this past weekend that family can travel this season in the NFL.  Keeping my fingers crossed it works out for us to make at least one game this season!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
School starting back in August is always a little bittersweet.  I love all the relaxed vibes of summer but I'm never my better mom self than when I'm on my "A" game the first quarter of the school year.  I'm looking forward to seeing Nixon tackle middle school, Ebby Lee get to participate in athletics, Bowen hit up third grade, and Britty conquer TK.  It's gonna be a great year.

Thanks for reading today!  See you Friday!
XO

The Bestie Breakdown-Breaking Down Social Media

 
It's Tuesday and you know what that means....a new episode of The Bestie Breakdown!

On the episode this week, Shay and I are BREAKING DOWN SOCIAL MEDIA.  

In this episode we try not to get to solemn and serious but it's such an important topic.  We share when we tiptoed into the social media pond, how we handle it in our own homes, and much more.  I think we say this 18 times in the podcast but there's absolutely no judgement in how you handle this in your home.  You know your kids and what's best for your family.  We're just sharing what we do in our homes because it's a question that comes up quite a bit.  We hope you'll listen!

You can find us every Tuesday with a new episode on your favorite podcast platform or right here.

Thanks so much for listening, everyone!

XO

Friday Favorites-7.23.21

 


It's FRIDAY!  

We've been having the BEST week on vacation!  Today, we're going from Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone before venturing into the park tomorrow.  A breakfast spot from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, checking out the best little souvenir shop {from what we've heard}, and a stop at the Grizzly Center are all on the itinerary today.

In Friday fashion, Andrea and I are sharing our FRIDAY FAVORITES!  Since I'm out of town this week, I just have the link for you but I'll be back on Tuesday.  Have a great weekend!

XO

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Nordstrom Sale Hits and Misses

Happy Wednesday! 

If you're following along on Instagram, we woke up for our last morning in a tent this morning and are now on our way to Jackson Hole.  Who knew I'd think glamping in a tent was fun, but here I am!

Last week I shared the items I'd ordered from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and was able to do a quick try-on before we left town to share with you.




If the item is sold out, I'd recommend just keep checking back.  Many times returns and restocks happen throughout the sale.
These pajamas are a HIT!  Love the fit, comfort, and fall colors.  I even packed these for our trip!

Another HIT...this faux leather dress.  It comes in black and brown and is way cuter than I'd imagined.  We have an upcoming fall work trip for Tab and I think this will be perfect. I sized up one.

I ordered both colors in these booties just to see...grey and tan.  I preferred the tan and am sending the grey back but fit well and are a really versatile bootie, if you need one in your closet.

A little peek with them on.  ;)

I'm a fan of this green!  I needed a new warm coat {and probably North Texas won't see snow or sleet for years because of this purchase} and really like this one. TTS.

I've seen this top everywhere...definitely a hit for most people.  I sized down because it's oversized but then the sleeves were pretty snug.  I think this is an easy one that can be worn all fall long but I'm not sure I'd recommend sizing down.

Our middle school colors are navy and gold so this seemed appropriate for a middle school football game.  I ordered my usual size and think it fits very true to size.

Not my favorite...this top was really boxy, short, and too thin.  

This was a big HIT!  Probably my favorite top I ordered.  This puff sleeve cardigan is a little on the shorter side but with high waisted jeans will be darling all fall/winter.  TTS

This sweater is a big maybe...again, it's on the shorter side but I think will be cute with high waisted jeans...my concern is I remember in seventh grade health class learning about what colors compliment your skin tone and grey was as off the charts bad as you could get for me.  Yes, my seventh grade self remembers that.  So I'm not sure I'll keep it.  My color of choice was already sold out when I ordered.  I liked the different fit and the long arms-kind of made it feel comfy like a sweatshirt.

This dress was an item I threw in my cart and added way later {which is why you never saw it in that post last week}, but I think it'll be cute this fall with sneakers to be casual or dressed up with heels.  TTS.

This jacket was a big miss.  In the photos, I loved the bright pink but the fit just wasn't flattering.

However, I LOVED this one!  This coat is super comfy and SO soft!  I ordered TTS and really couldn't love it more.  It also comes in a green...definitely runner up for my favorite sale item.

That wraps up my Nordstrom Sale finds!  Hope you guys have the BEST Wednesday!  Remember this week I'm just posting Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday so I'll see you back here on Friday!
XO

Tuesday Talk-Breaking Down The Besties

Hey There!  It's TUESDAY TALK, the day of the month where Fancy Ashley and I team up to chit chat about all the things.  

Right this minute, well I guess depending on when you read, but most of today our family is out enjoying Bear Lake.  We headed west yesterday and are in our first leg of our big road trip by flying into Salt Lake City and driving up to Garden City, Utah.  We "glamped" last night and hit the lake this morning. You can follow along on Instagram to see the pics!  I tend to over think my posting of day to day life on Instagram...do people REALLY wanna see this, is it Instagram worthy, etc. but I love following along with friends' travels so I instantly become an overshare-r when we're out of town. 

Today, Shay and I have a brand new podcast episode out where our husbands take over the podcast microphones to Break Down The Besties!

This episode was a blast to record.  Shay and I were in the room but too far from the mics to pick up any of our back talk. ha!  Today, you'll get a little look at Tab and Andrew.  They're funny.  They're charming.  They've got jokes.  This episode is a fun one.  I hope you'll listen.

As always you can listen on your favorite podcast platform or click here to listen to all the episodes.

Remember to send any specific request or questions directly to thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com.

Have a great day, everyone!  See you tomorrow!  And since it's our vacation I'm tweaking my usual posts...Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday-is happening for the next two weeks and then back to four days.  Thanks so much for understanding.  It's hard to prepare the blog, life, AND all those suitcases before heading out of town.

XO

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Friday Favorites-7.16.21

 

It's official.  I'm so glad to see you, Friday.
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Every Friday Andrea and I team up to host FRIDAY FAVORITES, a weekly link-up where we share some of our faves.  This week I have a good ol' hot random mess of a list that includes "a little bit of everything".

First up, last weekend at the baseball tournament day #1, I noticed one mom in a really cute tennis skirt.  On day #2, I spied a different mom looking so comfy cute in her skirt.  And on day #3 there were no less than four moms in tennis skirts and each one looked as adorable as Sporty Spice.  {By the way, I did the Spice Girls 30 Minute Ride this week on my Peloton and as a former CD owner I thought I was gonna be singing the entire time.  I only remembered ONE song..."tell me what you want, what you really want"...that was IT!  Has anyone done this and did you remember ANY of those songs?}  Sorry, I got sidetracked but the moral to the story is I jumped on the skirt train and am not looking back...
This pink skirt is a new FAVORITE!  Just saw the pink is sold out but it also comes in black.  It runs TTS.  It's like Athleta just knew I'd be a fan so for weeks this skirt kept popping up in every Facebook/Instagram ad I had.  Some might even say it was fate. 😉 I paired it with this white top for the picture but will wear it with black, navy, graphic tees, etc.

A peek from the side...the skirt has built in shorts with a small rubber piece around the legs preventing the shorts from riding up.  Super comfy!  And please notice our BIG SWIMMER!  This girly has been doing such a great job in the pool over the last few months.  In case you're interested, Britty's suit is on sale now.

I might have walked up to one mom last weekend wearing this EXACT outfit and complimented her so much that by the end of the game she'd pulled up her Athleta receipt and I was ordering this exact tank and skirt as we watched baseball.  I will say that both are true to size but I really prefer these tanks in the darker colors.  The lighter colors are more see-through and just aren't my thing.

A little peek at the length from the back.

I also added this skirt to my closet...new brand but similar built-in shorts underneath.  I sized up in this skirt-one size up to give it a little more length.  This one also comes in a tall-if you'd prefer a longer option.

The back has the pleats.
Basically, I just need a racket, tennis ball, and some hand/eye coordination and I'm ready for the court.

These tennis skirts can be dressed up/dressed down in so many ways.  And I'll be adding them to my suitcase for our vacation!

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Bowen went fishing with a friend this week and caught this fish!  A FAVORITE!

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Somebody's new school backpack, lunch box, and water bottle arrived this week.  It's Britty's FAVORITE!  Last night, she put it all on to model for us.  SO cute!

An up close look at that sparkly backpack.  :)

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Did you see my post yesterday featuring all of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAVORITES I ordered?  I'll be sharing a round up of hits/misses once my items arrive next week!

A few items arrived yesterday and spoiler alert...this dress is a FAVORITE!

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Have you read The Paper Palace?  I noticed Reese Witherspoon named it her book of the month for July so I decided to give it a shot.  Wow!  It starts off with an affair and my moral compass alarm was going off big time as I read.  I kept thinking how much I wasn't a fan but as I continued to read lots of trauma and abuse throughout her lifetime were revealed.  Some of it was tough to read.  This book left me thinking about how often people are living with hard, heavy scars from a childhood we can't even begin to fathom. This was one I'll be thinking about for months to come.  It was good-so if you're a reader, I recommend it.  {Rated R}  But if light/fluffy is your jam, then I'd skip this one.

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And last FAVORITE of the day...this $15 casual dress from Target.  Comes in many colors.  If you're short, then I'd size down.  I think mine would have been too short but the rest would have been just fine.

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Thanks so much for reading today, friends!

We leave on Monday to head out of town for our summer vacation, but I'll still be popping in here on the blog so be sure to check back!  And you can follow along over on Instagram! My Instagram goal for vacation is to POST!  I love following along with people's trips via social media!

  Have a great weekend!
XO

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Nordstrom Sale Everyone's Talking About

Knock, Knock

Who's There?

Water

Water Who?

Water-you asking SO many questions for?

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Welcome to life with Bowen Slaughter :)  😂😂😂

The ironic part is I really do ask a lot of questions so it was totally appropriate.

Okay, I know there are a few things throughout the year that every blogger shares and I do try to be mindful of that.  I really have never gotten into Prime Days so I never post about it but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a sale I truly love shopping each and every year.  In this space, I try my best to be my authentic self for you and shopping this sale is authentically something I enjoy.  So I'm sharing.  I've decided to share what I ordered and then once they arrive {I'm expecting them today} I'll do a hits/misses kind of posts with pictures of me in the items.  I also found many items in the sale I already own and I'll be sure to highlight those as well.  Every year I approach this sale a little differently in what I'm actually looking for.  This year was the year of tops. :)

First up, these are the treasures I found when I was scouring the site...






After making that collage I also ordered this puffer jacket.  It reminds me of the infamous Amazon coat I got close to ordering numerous times but never did.  I like how this one is shorter and not as baggy.

And these pajamas look very fall to me, but here in Texas it'll still be shorts sleeping weather for a long while.

Then I spotted several items in the sale I already own and love...
These embellished combat boots are a girly take on the more traditional look.  They also are much more narrow than other boots.  I got mine last year and wore them quite a bit last year.  You can snag them now at a grab price.

The shoes shown above aren't exactly the shoes in the sale this year but the new 2021 version is.  This brand is known for it's comfort and they know how to mix that comfort with cute very well.  The shoes come in a variety of colors.

One again, my Ugg boots pictured above are a couple years old but there's a new 2021 version in the sale.  They come in both black and brown.

My favorite summer product is this Kopari Coconut Melt.  This combo pack in the sale gives you two scents to try-the original coconut scent and the tropical coconut as well.  And I spotted my favorite summer sunscreen in a pack at a great price.  No matter where I'm using it-the beach or the ballfields I've been known to get compliments on the smell-it's good!  As always, this is my favorite blardigan from Barefoot Dreams.  And the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings are a great buy now too.  I got them for my mom last year at Christmas and she said that she received so many compliments all winter long.

That wraps up my Nordstrom Sale shopping and recommendations.  I'll be sure to share what I thought of the items once they arrive.  Have a great day!
XO