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Friday Fresh Picks ~ Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Under $75

Today the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens up to the general public. For the past week, only Nordstrom cardholders have enjoyed access to the sale, but as of today, it's game on!

In today's Friday Fresh Picks, I'm sharing my favorite and fabulous finds from this epic (a.k.a., not to be missed) sale, and all are under $75!! But first, let's rewind. If you are new to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, let me fill you in. This sale features newly released fall merchandise at rock bottom prices BEFORE the season. Most sales happen post-season when the retailer is trying to unload extra inventory. But not this sale!! That's what makes it EPIC, my friends. It's your chance to save BIG on new fall arrivals in order to jumpstart that fabulous fall wardrobe.

OK, so let's get to it!

Thanks for checking out this week's Friday Fresh Picks. Swing by the rest of the FFP gals to see what they are loving this week.
Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.

Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!

To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.

Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. An ice cube trick that removes wrinkles from clothes in minutes via Good Housekeeping.

2. Fourteen overlooked countries you need to visit via Thrillist.

3. A celebrity trainer's weight loss rule via PopSugar.

4. The 9 most important medical tests for women via Prevention.

5. The one lie to always tell while you are traveling via ZergNet.

6. How to talk yourself down from a self-esteen spiral via Man Repeller.

7. Proof that a haircut can change your life via Refinery 29.

8. Walking s'mores are a game changer via Delish.

9. The cutest personalized canvas tote for beach and farmers' market trips via Mark & Graham.

10. How to break up with a crappy best friend via The Cut.

Fab Find of the Week: Whales Beach Towel & Sling Bag Set

My girls are at the ages where they want to carry their own bags to the beach and pool. I'm thrilled because it means my bag isn't weighted down with their excess. They are thrilled because it means they get to choose their own bag. If you have a teen or tween, you know that cuteness is the number one priority when choosing any apparel or accessory item. A beach/pool bag is no exception.

At the beginning of the summer, Emma picked out this beach towel and sling bag set. She loved the whale print (also available in other prints), and as it turns out, the bag has proven to be incredibly functional.

Emma took her bag and towel with her on our camping trip last weekend. The bag doubled as the bag that holds her electronics and accessories for the car ride. When we hit the pool, she stocked it with her towel, sunscreen, and goggles.

The towel is a large (30" x 60") cotton terry velour towel that's soft and comfortable. The sling bag is lightweight and easily accommodates the towels and other pool/beach necessities.

Purchase the towel/bag set here for $25.

Two Delicious Cocktails to Celebrate National Blueberry Month

New Jersey is one of 10 states that account for 98% of blueberries grown in the U.S. So, it's only natural that I love this tasty little berry and make every attempt to use it in any kind of recipe, including cocktails.

Since July is National Blueberry Month, we'll be celebrating by visiting a local farm to pick (and sample) all the blueberry goodness we can get our hands on. And when we return home, I'll treat myself to one of these two tasty cocktails.


1 Part Reisling (3 oz.)
1 Part Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkling Ice (3 oz.)
Pomegranate Seeds
1 Teaspoon Agave
Mint, to garnish
1. Mix all ingredients in a pitcher
2. Pour contents into wine glasses
3. Add mint to garnish

MONTMORENCY (I love any excuse to uncork a bottle of Champagne!)

1 Part Dry Champagne (2 oz.)
1 Part Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkling Ice (2 oz.)
Mint, to garnish
Blueberries, to garnish
1. Mix all ingredients in flutes
2. Add fresh mint and blueberries to garnish

Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. 10 things that are impossible to do once you have kids via Scary Mommy.

2. The secrets of people who manage to stick to habit changes via Fast Company.

3. Tips for turning your passion into a business via A Pair & A Spare.

4. OMG! Cast iron chocolate chip cookies. Where do I sign up? via Milking Almonds

5. What to do in Paris when you have only 12 hours in the city via 12 HRS.

6. The most popular wedding songs of 2016 via Buzzfeed.

7. Proof that pink and green is the best color combination ever via Town and Country.

8. Love this DIY pom pom hat via PS I Made This.

9. Five tricks for eating healthy on vacation via Vogue.

10. How to make a Moscow Mule via Real Simple.

5 Floral Dresses Under $50

When I think of floral and fashion, the images that come to mind are my grandmothers' blouses dotted with dainty flowers. They are hardly stylish, and not even close to being sexy.

Lucky for us, those floral styles have long been retired to the fashion archives and have been replaced with modern, bold, and sexy florals.

Here are 5 of my current favorites, all under $50.

1. Sienna Sky Floral Print A-Line Dress $48
Subtle pastel florals paint a pretty scene on this flirty sleeveless dress with a simple cutout neckline.

2. Lush High Neck Maxi Dress $48
This maxi dress can be dressed down (pair with flat sandals) or dressed up (pair with heels and a clutch) for any occasion.

3. Love, Fire Challis Off The Shoulder Dress $48
I am obsessed with everything about this dress. The print, the color, the crochet hem detail on the sleeves are just perfection.

4. Trixxi Embroidered Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress $34.80
Embroidered flowers grace the bodice of this flowy, cold-shoulder maxi dress.

5. Soprano Floral Print Off The Shoulder Dress $46
Lush blue and yellow flowers add an energy to this dress that's unmistakeable.

Shop my favorite floral dresses here:

We're Going Camping!

On Thursday, the girls and I are leaving for a 3 day camping trip at Knoebels Camping Resort in Pennsylvania.

Yeah, I know. I just said I was going camping!!!! Ahhh, I can hardly believe it myself. It's been something that we've wanted to do for quite a while. In fact, it's on my summer bucket list. I'm certain I'll never go again, but I have to do it at least once.

Just a little background...A camper I am not. I haven't camped since I was a child. I was probably 7 or 8 years old. I was carefree and didn't care if I had a hair dryer, curling rod, or perfect lighting for makeup.

These days things have changed. Although my sense of adventure remains, I have a reliance on everyday luxuries, which I will have to set aside in the name of communing with nature. We are staying in a camper not a cottage or a cabin. We do have electrical hookups at our site, but let's be serious. Am I really going to dry and style my hair? Not likely. So, it's au naturel for a few days.

Knoebels also has an amusement park with plenty of food options, and wait for it...there's a Starbucks!!! I won't be entirely roughing it. I won't have to hop in a canoe and paddle to the middle of a lake to catch my dinner, but the whole aspect of not staying in a plush hotel room will be foreign to me.

I'll be unplugging from my laptop for a few days, but you can find me on Snapchat and Instagram (both @piecesofamom) to follow along with the camping shenanigans!

Meal Plan Monday :: 7.11.2016

These Mondays sure do come around quickly. I feel like I just got through meals for one week when I am planning them for the next week.

This week is cah-razy! We are going camping at the end of the week for a few days. Yes! I said camping!! Epic. I know. I haven't been camping since I was a child, and I know NOTHING about camping. So, this should be very interesting. I won't be blogging about it until after the fact, but you can stay up to date by following along on Snapchat. My user name is piecesofamom.

Anyway, it's a short week, and here's what we'll be eating while we are home this week.

Monday - Shrimp scampi

Tuesday - Lemon pesto penne with a side salad

Wednesday - Lime chicken tacos

Thursday - camping

Friday - camping

Saturday - camping

Sunday - Attending my nephew's birthday party

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

Friday Fresh Picks: This Week's Favorites

Don't you just love short weeks? This one went particularly fast since we were spending time with family who was visiting from Massachusetts. I love when we have visitors because it gives us a chance to be visitors too. We tried new restaurants. went to the boardwalk and beach, and ate ice cream nightly.

This weekend two of my sisters are coming to visit, so the party continues!

In today's Friday Fresh Picks, I'm sharing some highlights from the past week.

These hydrangeas stopped me in my tracks. I mean how gorgeous are they? They are blooming all over Bay Head, New Jersey, and they are breathtaking.

This was the scene outside Playa Bowls, Bay Head this morning when we went for breakfast. Nothing is better than a coastal scene.

If you go to Playa Bowls, you must try the Electric Mermaid smoothie bowl. Oh. My. God. Unbelievably delicious.

The gorgeous view of the marina at dusk from the deck of Waypoint 622.

The sunsets were phenomenal this week. I was able to catch a cotton candy sky peeking through the trees.

Thanks for checking out this week's Friday Fresh Picks. Swing by the rest of the FFP gals to see what they are loving this week.
Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.

Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!

To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.

Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Rock your life in 4 simple steps via Yoganonymous.

2. Ten ways to cut back on sugar via Diabetes Daily.

3. From Vitamin A to Zinc, everything you need to know about 9 important supplements via Thrive Market.

4. Twenty one dollar store ideas you'll want to try via Buzzfeed.

5. How to introduce someone via A Cup of Jo.

6. Ways to style a coffee table via Sunset Magazine.

7. How to take better iPhone photos at night via Thrillist.

8. How to take the perfect nap via The New York Times.

9. Ten safe sunscreens for kids via PopSugar Moms.

10. How to pack like a pro via Glamour.