Victoria Emerson Columbus Day Weekend BOGO!!!

Friday, October 11, 2019


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Victoria Emerson is having an amazing promo on this holiday weekend - Buy one get one free site-wide! Buy yourself a bracelet and give one as a gift!!! My favorite are the Boho cuff styles. Shown above I'm wearing the Vigo bracelet, goes really nicely with Lilly Pulitzer if you have a vacation coming up! (More Lilly here, and more shell-cuff bracelet options here.)


See the  double-wrap bracelets here. I love the  leopard leather bracelet for a little bit of animal print! 


Lots of pretty signature wrap bracelet options too. Including the neutral toned one I'm wearing, here. These are adjustable so they can fit any sized wrist!

You can shop some of my Victoria Emerson favorites using the little pics below! Also, if you don't already, follow me on  Instagram, and come join us in the  Sample Sale Mom facebook group for discussion and great shopping deals on clothing, (heavy on the boys' stuff!) beauty items, housewares and all sorts of other kids' stuff! We currently have over 100,000 members!

October finds from Carter's (up to size 14!!!)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


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Carter's isn't just for little kids... they make kids clothes up to size 14!!! Yes! Plus you can combine in one cart with OshKosh (also sizes up to 14) to hit the $35+ threshold and get free shipping!

My kids are really (really) into super heroes right now. They're obsessed with their hero fightning video game and we're on our way through every hero movie made in the past decade. So I was excited to find these sequin-flip super hero tees for them, in Batman and Superman. The sequins flip really well/easily so they'd be great for little kids too. Do go up if you're between sizes at all, I'd say they run just a bit small. They have Elsa from Frozen too!


Here are the reverse side of the flips. We paired them with Everyday Pull-on Pants (khaki) and 5-pocket skinny jeans. Note, they don't actually run that skinny - fine for normally-proportioned kids. We also like the Pull-on Denim Pants. (Those come in toddler sizes too.)


I asked the boys to pick out a jacket and Chase immediately said he loved this Varsity style. It's nicely lined, perfect for Fall. Available in baby, toddler and big kid sizes so you could do a match with multiple boys! (Chase is a tall 10 year old and is wearing sz 12 here.)


Alex is wearing this  Sherpa zip-front sweatshirt with a soft lining. The smaller boys sizes have hoods too. 


If you have younger kids, definitely do not miss the sale  fleece Halloween footies (so cute!) - Some  only $17 at post time here. 

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Update on Matt (October)

Thursday, October 3, 2019


If you haven't already, you can read my post about Matt's diagnosis with Hodgkin's Lymphoma here. My follow up post from August is here.

I wanted this to be a happy 'we're-in-the-home-stretch' update but unfortunately it's not. It's not too bad either, things are headed in the right direction. Just more slowly than we would prefer. Matt's latest PET scan still shows a little bit of activity in the outer rim of the tumor. We had been hoping the tumor would be completely 'dead' (inactive) by this point. It has shrunk to approximately 2.8 cm in width, from its original 9 cm size.

Matt has now completed nine chemo treatments of the total twelve. (He's had one more treatment done since this latest scan.) Due to the fact that the tumor is still a little bit active and still at 2.8 cm, Matt's doctor thinks he will likely need radiation to completely eradicate the tumor after he finishes chemo.

Radiation will probably be every week day, five days a week, for six weeks. We think he will need to begin some time in early December and continue into January of 2020. This means he likely won't be able to return to work until the new year either. And radiation has some worrisome long term side effects... It's still possible he won't need radiation, but it is most likely he will.

Over the past six weeks since I returned from my trip to Yellowstone with the kids, we've dealt with some other hassles too. Our dog, Felix, developed a bad abscess on his head and had to have major surgery and two follow up procedures. He needed a lot of after-care, but fortunately he and Matt got to be 'recovery buddies', hanging out on the couch together. Felix was in his cone of shame for about three weeks and has a huge scar, but now he's feeling a lot better.


Matt doesn't really feel like posing for photos these days, so here's a pic of Felix. Isn't he the cutest? It's hard to tell from the pic, but Felix had his head shaved for his operation. Matt is so funny, he joked that Felix was the only one who shaved his head in solidarity with him. (Yes, he asked the boys if they wanted to shave their heads. They said absolutely not.)

Matt is generally feeling okay, just tired, but the chemo seems to have a cumulative effect, and each time is a little bit harder than the last. His fingertips are numb all the time, he gets headaches, and there are occasional days where he needs to sleep almost all day. So, now we have to wait and see how the next scans look in another couple of months once Matt is finished with chemo. Cancer involves a lot of waiting.

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Fall Booties!

Monday, September 23, 2019


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Fall is officially here and it's time for booties!!! My pair above are just the right heel-height - they look great on but aren't so high that you wobble in them. They're available in black also, and run  slightly small. If in doubt at all, go up half a size.


Oh, and they're vegan (so no cows have to give their lives for your booties!) Paired here with Sofía Vergara cropped jeans and this cute black top. Note that the jeans come slightly frayed, and will fray a little more with each wash. I've probably washed them about 15 times to get this look. You can get all three pieces exclusively at Walmart. While you're there check out lots of other bootie options too!




Shop bootie options in the pics below!

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Casual Outdoor Clothing - Yellowstone and Grand Teton Trip

Monday, September 9, 2019


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In August I took the boys to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park with my parents. Gorgeous views, incredible wildlife and scenery... a great trip if you don't mind 'roughing it' a bit. Highly recommend staying at Jackson Lake Lodge (photos on their site are terrible - they do not begin to do it justice - one of those most beautiful places I've ever stayed.)

I won't give an entire rundown of our trip, just wanted to quickly talk about what I packed for clothes and link to my outfits. Mostly it was in the 50s and 60s - but it ranged from down near freezing at night to the 70s on the hotter days. I feel like I packed well for this one!

Pictured above:
Eric Javitz hat - a splurge but 100% worth it. I've tried so many hats and this is the only brand I've fallen in love with. I take them on every sunny vacation with me.
North Face insulated hoodie (I'm wearing last year's version and linking to this years.) Nicely fitted, good for wind protection and packs up very small for when you aren't using it.
Sofia Vergara jeans - These are budget at $22.50 AND they look/fit amazing. True to size, and I love the frayed hems.


Pictured above:
Same jeans and hat linked on the previous pic.
Athleta tank top. Love that these are long in length yet slim!
Patagonia 26L backpack. See more shots of this below
Ray Ban pink sunglasses
Keen Hiking Boots. These are a men's style but fit me better than any of the womens styles they had in the store where I bought them. Plus I think they look good. (Can't go wrong with black/grey.)


Pictured above:
Same hatbackpack and sunglasses linked on the previous pic.
These are my favorite jeans EVER! 
Tank top is an amazon steal - long, comfy, really cute, runs slightly big.


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Same backpack and sunglasses linked on the previous pic. Plus my favorite jeans again.
North Face Crescent jacket. If you are an XS you can get an incredible deal on last year's version.


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Same North Face Crescent jacket (shown above, zipped and here, open.) Top is from Title Nine, here. Pink Ray-Ban sunglasses again.


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Same hat and backpack linked in some of the pics above. My favorite jeans again. This top is also from Title Nine. Super soft and it's nice and LONG (I have it tucked up into my waistband here but it's plenty long enough to wear with leggings too.) If you're tall, you absolutely, positively want to check out Title Nine because it's one of the only sites I know of that carries a great, wide selection of colorful long tops and tunics year-round. Both long and short sleeved styles. They are great about returns and have amazing customer service too!


Pictured above:
This is the North Face insulated hoodie and from the first pic in this post. Layered on top,  Dylan zip-front Fleece (available in two color options, the white is on sale!)


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Same hat and backpack linked in some of the pics above. Tee from Lululemon. (This is a tech tee, current model is a little different.) While you're there, check out the "We Made Too Much" sale section! Below see the Patagonia backpack - it's very comfy (hip belt, padded shoulders, chest clip), has tons of pockets, water bottle pouch, inner sleeve for your tablet, and many other nice extras. Plus my kids will never lose track of me if I get ahead of them!



One last pic of my son's amazing backpack - a steal on sale right now!!! Looks more turquoise in reality than it does on the website. Tons of pockets and even a whistle.

Patio Decor (and end of season sales!!!)

Monday, September 2, 2019


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We have two cement patios, one on either side of the house. Both are covered and they are nice spots to hang out and listen to the birds sing, watch the dog run around in the yard. Until recently, we had only one old rocker and a plastic storage box on one of them so I decided it was time for an upgrade!

Most shown here are on sale!!!
Wooden Adirondack chairs here (easy to assemble and lovely!)
Chair cushions here in lots of colors
Cement top table currently sold out but likely to restock - similar ones here, here and here.
Vase here in various sizes
Wooden deck box
NuLoom outdoor Rug (in many sizes! 20% comes off at checkout!) I wouldn't recommend this *exact* model rug for an uncovered patio where it gets rained on all the time, since it is thick cotton, but there are TONS of gorgeous rugs in this promo including many outdoor rugs that would work well!! I love this one also - and any of these get the 20% off too!




Wooden deck box for the boys' sports equipment is here. It comes with the top cushion and is plenty sturdy enough for an adult to sit on also!


Interior view. Deck box looks gorgeous and goes nicely with the chairs, even though they were not purchased together.


Felix has fallen in love with the Nuloom outdoor rug. He likes to lie on it and ask for belly rubs while we have our coffee on the deck in the morning.
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Victoria Emerson (gorgeous jewelry - Labor Day weekend sale!!!!)

Saturday, August 31, 2019



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I'm excited to partner with Victoria Emerson this month to show you some of their gorgeous jewelry!!! And this weekend everything on their site is 40% off (prices drop at checkout!) Plus you get free shipping! Affordable *and* great quality. These make wonderful holiday gifts too! (Be aware that the inventory changes, and items do sell out - so if you see something you want, grab it quickly!)


My bracelet above is the Catalina. My husband and my older son both complimented me on it! (This is unusual as my son is 12 and generally does not care about women's jewelry.) I especially love these Boho Cuff bracelets because they combine a bunch of coordinating colors/styles of beads (and in some cases, leather.) Earrings are also Victoria Emerson - this style is currently sold out, but check out another pretty style here. Long twist-hem tank is from Nordstrom and you can get it in a bunch of colors here (white is on sale.) Runs big, I'm wearing XS and I'm normally S.


Victoria Emerson also has other styles including wrap bracelets. I like this one. Remember, everything is another 40% off prices shown this holiday weekend!!!


You can shop some of my Victoria Emerson favorites using the little pics below! Also, if you don't already, follow me on  Instagram, and come join us in the  Sample Sale Mom facebook group for discussion and great shopping deals on clothing, (heavy on the boys' stuff!) beauty items, housewares and all sorts of other kids' stuff! We currently have over 100,000 members!