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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Sneak Peek & Tips!


Hey babes! Hope ya'll had a great Holiday weekend! This is my favorite month of the WHOLE YEAR! So many fun things happening. We basically celebrate all month long! 

I've been chatting with a lot of you about the Nordstrom anniversary sale and wanted to just put together a blog post real quick about it because it's one of the biggest and honestly, best, sales of the year.  So to clear some things up- the Nordstrom anniversary sale is when they drop brand new arrivals throughout the site that are deeply or heavily discounted, so this isn't like one of those "let's clean out the old things" type of sales. That's what makes it different and so good! 



So What Exactly is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
Early access for the sale starts on July 12th- but that's just if you're a card holder. I normally don't advise credit cards but this is the ONLY one I have because the benefits are just SO good! If you're planning on shopping the sale I really suggest getting a Nordstrom card so you can earn the points- I just have the Nordstrom retail card. You can sign up here and get a $60 bonus note to use to shop the sale! 

All this being said..it's super easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all. Feeling like you have to have every single thing, every single blogger posts. And while I probably shouldn't be telling you this- you don't have to do that and honestly- you shouldn't. While I totally appreciate ya'll buying things through my links, I would never want you to feel like you HAVE to buy something or go into debt over it. Especially not a sale. It's important to me that I'm 100% honest and upfront about what's worth it and what isn't. 

I bought SO much stuff last year I didn't need. I ended up returning half of it. So this year, I wanted to put a plan in place so I can be prepared and only buy the things I can work into my wardrobe or home over the next few months. 

Tip #1- Set A Budget 

(this is probably the most important thing.)
It can be $500, or $25. It doesn't matter, as long as you have one. You can easily get caught up in the moment when shopping this sale. So set a budget, and stick to it. 

Tip #2- Create a "wish list" of things you want and need
I know a lot of people are coming to me asking for workwear ideas so I'm planning a few workwear round up's with items from the sale- however for me personally- during the sale I like to stock up on my favorite Zella Leggings, (these are perfect for my short girls!) I always snag a pair of newVince Camuto Booties and I love love love my RAILS plaid shirts, they are seriously the softest and fit like a dream! I wear them ALL THE WAYS. Also planning to snag this COZY Barefoot Dreams throw that I missed last year, but totally planning to snag this year for sure. 

Tip #3- Shop Smart and if you want it, Don't wait!
Things from this sale sell out insanely fast, like within minutes fast. It can be stressful, and gives me anxiety but I know that it's a great time to snag a deal on my favorite things so I deal, Nordstrom probably has the easiest return policy EVER, they include a pre-paid shipping label in your package and all you have to do is grab and envelope and return if something doesn't fit or if you don't like it!

Here's a peek at some things that are going to be apart of the sale that I personally am hoping to snag! Lots of basics that can transition well through the season! Lots of these items NEVER go on sale so it's great to snag them while the sale is happening! 

None of these items are on sale YET, but will be live on Friday at 12:30, so you can bookmark this page or your favorite items so you can be sure to snag them before they sell out!

I'll keep ya'll updated on my favorite picks from sale and I'll also share a new blog post when the sale goes loves of my current favorite items and promotions and do a huge try on session- Be sure to follow me in the LTK it app for my sale picks, collages and outfit ideas! I'll try my best to keep you guys as updated as possible and share new information with ya'll as it comes to me! 




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Wal-Mart Wednesday- 5 Things You Need For Summer Now!

Hey cuties! Happy Wal-Mart Wednesday! Can ya'll even freaking believe it's July already? HOLY CRAP. I'm super happy because it's my favorite month but also sad because Summer is going by so fast like it always seems to do.  

However, it's still in full swing here at the Scardina Casa so I wanted to pop in with my monthly Wal-Mart try on haul & share 5 things I think everyone should snag for Summer Vacations & Trips!  Have ya'll stopped in Wal-Mart or hopped on the site recently? So many cute things and amazing deals on high quality items. I am SUPER impressed lately and I've been stopping by the clothing section every trip now. I shared a Wal-Mart swim haul last month and shared (here) if you wanna check it out! 

So let's get started with 5 things you need for Summer now! 

1. A fun day date or date night top!-



I am so obsessed with this cute halter or tube top style top in this pretty pink floral pattern, but it also comes in a few more options including white which is always so classy and timeless and can transition well through the seasons with some black skinnies or denim and booties. The style is so fun and looks adorable with high waisted jeans or jeggings. 

2. A fun straw tote or crossbody bag- 

For me, personally, it's my favorite time of year when I can switch to carrying my straw totes when the weather gets warm. I can't get over this cute straw crossbody that is perfect for carrying your beach day or day trip essentials. I love the crossbody style but it can also be worn on the shoulder. Wal-Mart also has the cutest freaking beach and tote bags EVER. 

3. A go to dress-


This one gives me major boho vibes and I am here for it! The dress is so lightweight and comes in a gorgeous royal blue color too. I love the tie front, cinched waist and off shoulder style sleeves. Plus olive is the perfect color when you have a Summer tan! HERE. FOR. IT. 

4. Nude wedges or Metallic Gold Sandals

I'm LOOOOOOVING these metallic gold cross slides. The style is so timeless and literally dresses up any outfit. Also, everyone needs a pair of nude wedges and {these} are super comfy and priced right at just under $20. Say waaaaa?! Such a great dupe for a "more expensive" pair. 

5. White Jeans or Jeggings-


I'm the type of person that wears white denim ALL YEAR LONG with zero shame, so I have a few pairs on hand. I love how stretchy these ones are, and they're super lightweight so they're great for hot summer nights paired with nude wedges and a cute top! I wore them with this cute striped tee that is also SUPER comfy and can be paired with a denim jacket and black leggings for a more casual or "travel friendly" look!

So there ya have it! 5 Things you need to add to your Summer wardrobe! I would LOVE to know what ya'll think! What are your must haves for Summer? Should we continue the monthly Wal-Mart Try on Hauls?! Drop a comment for me below or shoot me a message over on Instagram! I love to hear from ya'll!!! 


{This post contains affiliate links and was sponsored by Wal-Mart. But as always, all opinions and thoughts are my own! Thank you so much for the love and support! It means the world to me!} 



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26 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer!


Hey babes! Long time no blog, what can I say? Summer is just beginning for us here at the Scardina Casa, Nick had his last day of school on Tuesday and Sav on Monday. We're ready. I'm anxious to have a more relaxed schedule for sure, but let's face it, Summer days can get long, and well, boring, after a bit. I love it but Sav get's bored quickly, she can occupy herself but she likes to have things and activities to do or look forward to! 

I do have a few day trips planned but nothing crazy besides our beach trip to Florida at the end of the Summer, our bucket list is pretty basic, but it's full of some of the best traditional Summer things and that makes me happy for sure! Every Sunmer since Nick was little I put together a bucket list and it was one of my favorite things to do! 


But today I wanted to round up 25 fun things you can do with your littles this Summer that don't cost a ton of money! 


1. Head to the Zoo. 


This is basically on everyone's bucket list, isn't it? We personally love Smaller Zoos. Not only are they cheaper but you get a completely different experience visiting smaller ones, we head to one about an hour from us, and you can ride camels there. Savanna talks about it all year and always looks forward to our Summer trips there! 

2. Make a birdhouse-


There are plenty of ways you can DIY this project but sometimes it's just cheaper to buy a kit! We did (this one) and it came with everything we needed except the bird feed itself! 


3. Build a Sandcastle in your own backyard!


Savanna's favorite thing is this (Sand) i love it because it's not as messy as Play-Doh and never ever dries out. We have several sets of sand but (this set) is great and comes with a container to keep your sand in and all the accessories you need to build a sandcastle in your own backyard. 


4. Do a Sensory Activity-


We love these themed sets from (amazon) we like to learn about different things each week and these are great for that. One week we'll do something about space, the next about the ocean, the next about dinosaurs- etc. 


5. Buy a cheap telescope and spend the night looking at the stars-


Sav has been really intrigued by Space lately! Which is awesome because so am I! I love looking through a telescope and exploring the night sky! There are several great guides online to search for different star configurations or you can grab a book to help guide you! {We got this one.} 


6. Make a hanging Solar System!

7. Create a Fairy Garden
You can opt to head to your local nursery to grab a few things but this is a great starter set! 

8. Play in a Sprinkler

9. Have an outdoor movie night!

We've made so many memories with our outdoor movie set already! We have this projector, it's under $100 bucks but has been good to us for the past 2 years and serves it's purpose! Also, it's bluetooh so you can connect it to any bluetooth enabled speaker! We use this projector screen! I love it because it's light and we can pretty much carry it anywhere! 

10. Have Smores making "contest" using different ingredients and vote on who's creation tastes the best!



11. Have a backyard camp-out


This is exactly what it sounds like! just pitch a cheap tent in the backyard, start a fire, roast marshmallows or grill hot dogs and tell scary stories! It's such a fun time and we host a family camp-out with my nieces every year! They love it and so do we! 

12. Go out for Ice Cream or Snowballs

13. Visit a Drive in Movie or go to the Movies

14. Make a wind chime
15. Create a Butterfly Garden
16.Catch Fire-Fly's 
I'm not even sure if everyone has these but one of our favorite things to do in the Summer is catch fireflies in a mason jar! We just punch holes in the top and catch as many as we can and look at them for a little while before we let them go. It's one of those simple things that seriously makes me so happy! 


17. Visit a local lake or beach

18. Head to Michaels Stores for a craft day!

Did you know Michaels Stores offers weekly themed crafts for your littles? It's called Camp Creativity! Just pay a small fee and your little one can make a cute craft on select days through the week! We've been doing this with the kids for years and it's seriously so fun!




19. Make Ice Cream- We follow this recipe from All Recipes and it's so good!




20. Visit a theme park 

21. Have a water balloon fight! These self TIE Water Balloons are so awesome! 
22. Paint Rocks- I'm sure you could totally find some rocks around your own yard to paint but if you can't this set is super cute! 

23. Sidewalk Chalk 

24. Bake a Cake 
25. Make Slime- I know, don't hate me. But this is one of Savanna's favorite thing to do! So I let her and just make sure she keeps it outside. We found the coolest kit that comes with everything you need on Amazon! 
26. Vist an Aquarium 

As you an probably tell, Sav really loves arts and crafts so I'm always looking for good kits so she can be creative! I really hope this list helps you on those boring summer days when theres nothing to do! We typically do one craft a week, and we take one "field trip" a week. A field trip can just mean a trip to our cousins house to swim for the day, a trip to our local farmers market or a quick stop to grab snowballs or ice cream! 

I really love the long lazy days of Summer and am looking forward to spending lots of down time with the kids this Summer just relaxing and enjoying it while it lasts! I hope you do too!

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EASY 4TH OF JULY SMORES DIP RECIPE

Hey hey! I'm so excited but also kinda sad, excited because my favorite holiday is coming up, 4th of July, but also a little sad because I can't believe it's approaching so quickly! I wanted to share a few fun drink recipes, and decor ideas this week to get myself and everyone else prepared to celebrate! 

I shared this recipe over on my Instagram earlier and figured I'd post it here too so ya'll had something to reference. Sidenote: I'm the messiest cook ever, and there was lots of trial and error happening while I made this. 

This dip is suppppper easy and you've probably already heard of it, but adding some candied sprinkles to it can make it feel super patriotic and bump up this classic recipe a notch for your guests! This is also something super easy you can make to take camping, out on the boat, or to the beach. I'm also not a fan of baking really in general so I like making cute and easy things that don't take me forever. This is always a hit! 



WHAT YOU NEED: 
BAG OF MARSHMALLOWS (I used JUMBO sized but you can use any size you want.)
1 6 PACK bag of Hershey Chocolate Bars
Butter or Crisco
Colored Sprinkles (I used red & blue)
Water
baking pan of your choice
parchment paper 
toothpicks or skewer stick
paper towel


Step 1- Preheat Oven to 450 degrees

Step 2- Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper, fill a bowl with water (enough to dunk a marshmallow in.)

Step 3. Skewer a single marshmallow on your toothpick or skewer stick, dip in water, blot on paper towel, and over a bowl, sprinkle red sprinkles all over marshmallow until it's completely covered. I used 6 blue and 11 red marshmallows. Repeat this step with blue sprinkles until you have enough marshmallows. It helps to lay out your "flag" before starting the sprinkle process, I used 11 red, and 11 white marshmallows alternating between the two. 


Step 4.  Let marshmallows stand for about 10-15 minutes until dry. While they're drying, Prepare your baking sheet with crisco or butter. bottom and sides of pan should be completely covered. 

Step 5. Layer chocolate bars along bottom of the pan, I sometimes break them up to fill in empty spaces. You can get creative here and use different things like nutella if you choose!


Step 6. Create your "flag" by alternating red, white and blue marshmallows over to top the chocolate bars and bake for 7-10 minutes until white marshmallows are browned just a bit. 

ALL DONE! 

It's seriously so easy and perfect to throw together for any event! It's always a hit! 

I ended up pulling mine out of the oven too soon and messed up the top corner of the blue marshmallow, so learn from my mistakes and wait for the marshmallows to cool in the oven before removing!!

TIP: Smores dip is best served warm, so if you want to prepare ahead, I'd do steps 1-5 and wait until company arrives to "bake" it! 


So that's it babes! Super easy! if ya'll make it be sure to send me a message or drop a comment for me below! Let's be friends on Instagram too! I hope ya'll hang out for all the fun patriotic content this week! <3 

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