Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Top Picks

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale Top PicksNordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Top Picks

Many many years ago I worked at Nordstrom.  When I was a senior in high school I was selected to be on the Brass Plum Fashion Board.  It was such a good experience for me to learn how things worked at a store that really gets it right.  Customer service is key at Nordstrom, it’s something they drive into their employees on a daily basis, it’s what makes them so successful.  I remember working the Anniversary Sale pretty well.  The thing I remember the most is how cold the store was.  It was July so I totally understand kicking up the AC, but it was down right frigid.  Obviously, Nordstroms really wanted their customers to feel like putting on coats!  So it’s no wonder three of my seven top picks are coats.

FYI here is the scoop on how you can shop the sale before everyone else:

Anniversary Sale Early Access starts 7/9! Nordstrom cardholders can shop the sale 8 days early. 

Early Access Customer Experience:

  • Nordstrom Cardholders can shop Early Access and purchase sale items starting 7/9.
  • Non-Cardholders will be able to view the products and sale prices, and add these products to their Wish List. However, they will not be able to purchase until our public sale starts on 7/17.
  • Non-Cardholders can apply for a Nordstrom card, get an instant decision and start shopping our Early Access Anniversary Sale right away.

For me, this sale is all about stocking up on some seriously awesome, and cheap cold weather gear!  Read on to see all 10 of my Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Top Picks.

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It’s sandal season!!!

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Hey mamas,

The warmer weather and the fact that I recently bought the most fabulous white jeans can only mean one thing….I need to go get a pedi and show some toe!  Here are the sandals I’m lusting after for spring.



Women’s Mossimo Audrey Braided Strap Sandal $19.95


BP Marlie Sandal $59.95


‘Phoebe’ Thong Sandal $250


‘Aldine’ Sandal 168.95


Nine West ‘Wildchild’ Sandal $78.95



Isola ‘Pazia’ Sandal $89.95


Kenneth Cole ‘Oh Ava’ Wedge Sandal $88.95



DV Dolce Vita ‘Brielle’ Sandal $71.16


Nine West  ‘Karoler’ Gladiator Sandal $118.95


Jessica Simpson ‘Marrionn’ Sandal $88.95

So go treat yourself to a pedi and enjoy this fab weather!


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Meet Lori

Today I have a real treat for you!  Meet Lori.  I had the pleasure of meeting her when she came to my house for the last Good Day Sacramento segment.  She instantly made me feel comfortable.  You know when you meet someone and they make you feel like you’ve known them forever?  Yeah, she has that ability.  She’s super sweet, funny, and excellent at her job!  Check her out!

Meet Lori


Hi! I’m Lori Wallace, a full time mom of three little boys (8, 6 and almost 3) and a part-time Anchor/Reporter withGood Day Sacramento/CBS 13.


My husband and I met in Eureka, CA, and have been together 15 years, married for 10.


It was my first on-air reporting job  (I was 22) and HE was the Meteorologist for my competing station.  It was love at first sight for me when I saw him on TV, but it turned out there was much more to the handsome weather man! He is an awesome dad, supportive husband and puts up with me!



My boys are the sunshine (and sometimes the tornado) in my day.  I love their laughter, excitement and courage to try new things.



I love fashion, home design, a good deal, obsessed with taking pictures, exploring with my boys, I love the beach, love my coffee (Iced White Americano, you should try it:), I love music, my girlfriends and the gym.  I do. I love the gym.

Currently Coveting:

Fry Boots

Paige Tall Riding Boot $377.95

If I really wanted to splurge (i’m pretty frugal, so it will likely NEVER happen), I LOVE the Frye riding boots in just about every style. Like these from Nordstrom…

bootiesJessica Simpson Celeste Wedge Bootie $109.95

I’m also in love with all the super high wedge booties, and I love them in suede. These would be perfect.

I really love…

North face

The North Face Aconcagua Jacket $159.95

I finally treated myself to a nice everyday jacket. I love my new North Face! It is the perfect functional and stylish jacket for all my running around. Standing on the kindergarten line every morning at 8am is a little chilly. :)

hunter boots

Hunter Original Boots $140

I also splurged on some rain boots last season.  I love boots, can you tell? I wish we would get a little rain so I could parade them around!

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Oh, and I love my car! We’ve had it two years now, but I can’t imagine driving anything else. We can fit so many kids, and it’s so easy loading them in and out. I just can’t crossover into that minivan territory. I’m sorry. We’re still friends if you have one. I just can’t. I SO fit the criteria as a thirty-something mom of three sons. I had to break out of the box. Ours is white, but you get the idea.

Guilty Pleasure…

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A good run. Life is busy shuffling kids to school, practices, homework…I get to the gym often, but always with littles in tow. My favorite is putting in my headphones, lacing up my running shoes and heading out for a run. Alone. It clears my mind. I think clearly. I rock out. I really find myself taking in the world around me.

Fave beauty item:

make up


Benefit hello flawless! $34 ////TOO FACED Beach Bunny Bronzer $30

These were recent finds, I don’t know how it has taken me THIS long to stumble across them! I’ve been in TV since my early 20’s and have relied on my same beauty items for a long time. I decided to take a stroll through Ulta and Sephora and branch out a little.I still like my staples, but have been turned on to a couple new products that now, I can’t live without! First, Benefit hello flawless!. I picked it up at Ulta and I absolutely LOVE it. GREAT coverage whether you’re going glam or just dropping the kids off at school. Second, TOO FACED Beach Bunny Bronzer. If I’m in a hurry, it’s all I need.

Recent mommy moment…



I feel like my mom moments are so frequent, it’s hard to pick just one. Whether it’s reaching in my purse to pay and pulling out a sock, or stashing my snacks for work in a Lightning Mcqueen lunch bag because it’s all I can find at 4am! The best mom moments for me though, are those moments of unedited honesty that those sweet little sponges of ours spew out! Most recently my middle son, who just turned 6, was explaining to me why he wanted to play with different kids on the playground. He firmly stated that he had officially been in school for 80 days, playing with the same kids for 80 days, and wanted  to give other kids the chance to play with him…as if it’s some kind of privilege! It turned into a major teachable moment about being good friends to everyone, including everyone and being kind. As a mom of three I feel like I’m having those conversations a hundred times a day! Truly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.



Isn’t she the greatest?!  Love that North Face jacket.  I’m adding that to my list!  Thanks so much Lori for sharing all your secrets with us, Lori!

Have a great weekend!



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Workout Wednesday – Paleo Meatballs and New Gear!

Cam and Ricky a FCCF


Remember Cam from last week?  She’s back and this time with some delicious meatballs!

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Holiday Gift Guide: the Manliest of Men

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Happy Wednesday!

Are you guys still so excited about our 1st Annual Momtourage GIVE Event?  I am!  There are even more raffle prizes rolling in!  Super fun!

Here is our 4th installation of the 2013 Holiday gift guide.  I collaborated with the Gift Whisperer (AKA my hubby) to find out what men really want.  I came up with most of the gifts and he came up with witty replies.  I hope you enjoy and I truly hope you find a gift for the men in your lives.  It’s so hard to shop for them!!!!

Stocking Stuffers

pocket pint


Mama Momoturage: For the man on the go…that likes his drinks to go too.  Or maybe for the optimist that always thinks he will come across a kegger.

Gift Whisperer: Not to mention, late into the night it doubles as a looking glass.  Who needs beer goggles? You can spot a lady from afar…AAARGHHH!!  (Disclaimer:  I do not practice such behavior because I am a happily married man.  Just saying.)

survival kit


Mama Momoturage: Doesn’t every man always want to save the day…..

Gift Whisperer: Every guy wants to be MacGuyver and if they won’t admit they’re lying.

Whiskey Stones

Mason Shaker Whisky Stones $17.00

Mama Momoturage: My man doesn’t drink whiskey, but I like to think that Tom Selleck does.  And wouldn’t he need something like this.  Did I mention that I really loooove Tom Selleck??

Gift Whisperer: WTF is a whiskey stone?  Magnum PI would never use these…



Mama Momoturage: We have some serious golfers in our family, and I think this could come in handy!  Plus, ladies, have you ever wanted to emboss your initials or maybe a special message on your man’s balls?  (Sorry, the joke was too easy!)

Gift Whisperer: You’re man can finally personalize his PRO V-1s with his nickname, “Big Hitter” or “Fore!”


Ad-N-Art Brew2Go Insulated Tumbler $18.00

Mama Momoturage: For the man on the go that spills a little bit, or maybe for the tipsy man?  Wait, maybe for the dude that rides his bike a lot….

Gift Whisperer: No more party fouls for guys…”I didn’t bill my speer…Blaaaaghhhh!!.  Hey you’re pretty.”  (Disclaimer:  I do not practice such behavior because I am a happily married man.  Just saying.)

bike lights


Mama Momoturage: Really could have used these over the summer.  These look awesome!

Gift Whisperer: What good are lights that shine out the side of my handlebars…Shouldn’t “safety” lights safely light the road in front of me?  On the upside cars won’t hit you.

Folding speaker

Kikkerland USB Accordion Speaker $20.00

Mama Momoturage: For the man that loves his tunes.

Gift Whisperer: Now your man can pull a speaker out of his pocket  and serenade you with the sweet sultry sounds of Whitesnake, Sister Christian or Styx

Gift Guide

35mm camera

Lemography ‘Fisheye All Black’ Camera $55.00

Mama Momoturage: It’s a 35mm camera, so maybe for the hipster?

Gift Whisperer: I’m starting a movement.  Lets take vintage photography back from those skinny jean, knit cap posers.    BTW, why do they ride those stupid multi-color ten-speeds with no brakes? I don’t get it.

luggage tags

A Pair of Custom Smoke Grey Leather Luggage Tags $81.00

Mama Momoturage: For the world traveler..

Gift Whisperer:  These are awesome.  You can…uh…you can…uh…put them on your luggage



Mama Momoturage: I know my hubby will hate this, but I kinda love this.  They are tuxedo shorts.  Chubbies is a company that has some seriously hilarious advertisements. They’re motto is “Sky’s out thighs out!”.  How could somebody not chuckle at that???

Gift Whisper:  I’ll endorse these for the simple fact that the company puts out some of the funniest ads around.  If you don’t like their FB page you are missing out.

reebok shoes

Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0 $119.99

Mama Momoturage: If you recall, my hubby is a crossfit coach at Folsom City CrossFit and he helped me with this Workout Wednesday post.  Well, he loves these shoes.  So, if your man is into crossfit you totally need to get him these.

Gift Whisperer: Ok so these will only be good for a CFers but they are my personal favorites.  BTW you don’t have to be a meat head to wear them.

G Shock

G-Shock X-Large Big Combi Watch, 55mm x 51mm $150.00

Mama Momtourage: I personally don’t see the allure, but the hubster peeked over my shoulder when I was surfing the world-wide-web for fab gift ideas for the men in all our lives and he went a little cray.  So I had to include it…

Gift Whisperer: I don’t know why she doesn’t get the allure…It doubles as a “stunner” watch and a watch for the tri-athlete.  Basically its what Kanye or Jay-Z would wear if they were competing in the IronMan.

Mama Momtourage: Babe, no one like Kanye anymore, he’s kinda a joke now.  And let’s be real: Hova is not engaging in anything athletic right now.  Have you seen him lately???

Bose minis

Bose SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® speaker $199.99

Mama Momtourage: Bose is definitely BOSS in the sound world, and this is mini, so I guess that makes it supa dupa fly!

Gift Whisperer: I mean I’m not saying that it will bump like the woofer you used to have in a box in your trunk, but its pretty awesome.

bonobos sweater

Bonobos The Portofino Italian Cashmere Hoodie – Grey $238.00

Mama Momtourage: I love a dude in something soft, and this is a hoodie which rocks.  It says to me, “I like luxurious fabrics, but like to fly below the radar.  Come over here and feel how soft this Italian cashmere is…”.

Gift Whisperer:  Ladies don’t dress your men…that is all



Mama Momtourage: Alright, alright, I kinda want this for just me….but I’m sure there’s a man out there that digs it too.

Gift Whisperer:  Old school meets new school…its pretty cool.

Mama Momtourage: See!!!


Burberry Giant Check Cashmere Scarf  $395.00

Mama Momoturage: A classic Burberry scarf in another soft fabric.  I love a man in a scarf!

Gift Whisperer: See Cashmere Hoodie

Mama Momoturage: You wear scarves…..

I hope you’ve enjoyed our take on gifts for him.  Now I have to go return some things…..


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