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The 20 Best Gifts from Nordstrom for Him & Her

French Connection Sweater (Also love this one, this one and this one! And #omg the Free People Tunic Sweater was restocked in a bunch of sizes!) / Ralph Lauren (Newer) Wool Coat (This one and this one are great, too.) / Hudson High-Rise Skinny Jeans (But guys. This pair of button-up jeans from Madewell and this pair of CASHMERE jeans–also from Madewell–give me life. Get them. You won’t regret it! Go one size down in cashmere pair.) / J.Crew Bow Flats (These and these are amazing, too.) / Faux Leather Tote / Barefoot Dreams Hat + Scarf Set

Man. I know it’s is a short holiday season this year, but the month just seems to be FLYING by. I’ve been working furiously, haha, just trying to keep up so that I can have a (relatively) relaxed Christmas with my fam. Have I told you about our plans?

Recent Home Purchases, 12/5

Serena & Lily Chandelier / Faux Cypress Wreath / Lantern / Ginger Jar Ornaments / Dining Table / Dining Chairs (Sold out, but they were inspired by the CB2 ones.) / Plaid Bows

The house is really starting to come together! I’ll be honest; it’s still very messy. After the construction ended, we went right into the holiday season, which is my busiest time of the year. So there are still boxes everywhere, and we just have a LOT of organizing to do. (Nothing seems to be in the right rooms!) But we make a little progress every day.

Sometimes very little. Yesterday, all I did was hang these plaid bows on the chandelier. 😂

But here are a few things we’ve ordered for the house recently!

Easy Custom Drapes for a Steal

I don’t know what it is about drapes, but they stress me OUT. I can’t even tell you how long it took me to figure out Emma’s curtain situation, and Mitch will tell you that the whole thing overtook my life for a little while. 😂 It’s just really confusing! From pleats, grommets and pockets to tabs, folds and all the different rings, it’s hard to know where to start and it’s easy to make mistakes. (I seriously returned Emma’s curtains three times because I kept getting the length wrong due to hardware and whatnot. And that was after a lot of research! Btw, in case you’re interested in the bow curtains, I went with these affordable rods and rings. As far as I can tell, there’s really no need to drop a ton of dough on hardware. The Amazon version is so much cheaper than what Pottery Barn Kids carries, and I actually think that the Amazon hardware is cuter?! Quality is great, too.)

Join Us at Barbour This Wednesday!

Barbour 125th Anniversary Icons Beaufort Jacket (Also available via Tuckernuck) and Fleece-Lined Betty Vest c/o (Also available at Tuckernuck. It zips into most Barbour jackets! I also LOVE this Barbour vest and this one, too.) / J.Crew Factory Buffalo Plaid Shirt Jacket / Newer Cole Haan Riding Boots (These waterproof riding boots are awesome, too.) / Madewell Jeans (They’re GREAT.) / UGG GlovesKids’ Barbour Jacket (Also love this pink one!) / Emma’s Ralph Lauren Tartan Shirt and Equestrian Pants (She doesn’t ride, haha.) / Newer Carter’s Boots (We also love the Bunny!) / Emma’s Mittens and Hat / Lucy’s Plaid Dress (Newer version. The one she’s wearing was Emma’s!) / Lucy’s Corduroy Bows (We just velcroed them to the helmet.) / Lucy’s Booties / Mitch’s Barbour Jacket / Mitch’s Sweater, Sperrys, Jeans and Button-Down Shirt

This was my favorite day of this past fall. Every year, we drive up to the North Shore of Chicago to get out of the city, and we spend the day roaming around the little lakeside towns together. This was obviously our first trip with Lucy, so it was extra special this time.

Cyber Monday Deals + Extra Chance to Win $500

50 percent off tartan pants with code “MONDAY.”

WINNER: Kelsey Calhoun

Aaaand we’re back! A big thanks to Mitch for taking over the blog this weekend so I could spend some quality time with the girls. :) It was such a nice weekend! The weather was pretty awful–so cold and rainy–but it was the perfect excuse to hang around the house and get to know our new living and play rooms. We’re thrilled. Life is like one ZILLION times easier with little kiddos now that they have those spaces to play… and I can’t wait to get everything really set up for them. I think we’re going to head to Ikea next weekend, but a few things we’re looking for:

  • A very plush rug. Lucy is still wobbly, and she topples over from time to time. We always sit with her, but I’d still love to find a rug that has some added protection in it. Any suggestions?! (Thank you!)
  • Foam floor squares. This actually might solve that problem; not sure. Never had the space for them before so never looked into it! Thoughts? Has anyone found any that aren’t horrifically ugly? (Not that it really matters, haha. If the best/safest ones are rainbow-colored, rainbow-colored it is! Can you tell that I’m a worrier?)
  • Toy storage. I’m overwhelmed. I want to make the room look warm and inviting… and I want them to be able to access everything easily. I know we need plastic tubs for storage, but have you found any that are good for toddlers to open? (Definitely want to continue working on responsibility and putting away our messes, so that’s key!) Seriously, though. If you have anything that works well for you, please let me know. We have an Ikea Kallax shelf, so I’m thinking about that for books… but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

Anyway! Back to Cyber Monday. Here are my favorite deals along with a second (and final) chance to win the $500 to shop ’em! (Here is the first chance. Winner will be announced and contacted mid-day.)

For an extra chance to win the $500, simply:

Matching Christmas Pajamas

Kelly: Women’s 2 Piece / Mitch: Men’s Thermal Top and Flannel Pants Set / Lucy: Plaid Kids’ 2-Piece / Emma: Plaid Girls’ Flannel Nightgown / Holiday Decor: Large Tree / Holly Tree / Tiered Tree / Joy Pillow Cover 

Mitch here!

Less than a week with the new fireplace and we’re already cozying up with the matching PJs. And if that’s not a record turnaround, I don’t want to know about it. Any faster would be a little ridiculous.

More Great Cyber Weekend Finds

Ralph Lauren Tartan Dress

Mitch here!

The shopping party continues! I plan to shake this Cyber Weekend deal tree until every last discounted fruit ripens into a kind of online shopping pie of value. That was a metaphor and this is a blog post full of another pile of hand-selected, heavily-discounted, high-quality stuff. Enjoy!

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Serena & Lily 25% Off

Lucy’s room is coming together! Breaking out the steamer next. 🙈 Westport Bedding Collection / Sutten Linen Quilt / Balboa Storage Trunk / Oxford Stripe Sheet Set

It’s no secret that Mitch and I are Serena & Lily-obsessed. It’s hard not to be! Everything is so simple and calming, and the brand’s beautifully subdued coastal vibe somehow seems to work everywhere; even in our 19th century Chicago home. It perfectly complements the house’s traditional style but infuses a bit of happy, too. And I walk into the rooms that are decked out in the company–like our master bedroom, for example–my mood is instantly lifted. And I can’t speak more highly of the products in terms of quality. It’s truly off the charts, and we know that everything we have from the company will be in our home for the long haul.

Everything at Serena & Lily, my partner in design, is currently 25 percent off when you use code “THANKFUL.” (Even better, you can receive a special offer if you subscribe to their emails! It’s such a great opportunity to score some investment pieces for a deal, so I wanted to share favorites that you’ll find in our home as well as what we’re considering buying. :) Btw: The sale ends on 12/3/19 at 11:59 p.m., so make sure to take advantage now!

Black Friday Sales + $500 Giveaway + 10 Gift Guides

WINNER: Kelsey Calhoun

Hope everyone had the loveliest Thanksgiving with friends and family! We spent the day here in Chicago, just the four of us. (Five if you count Noodle, haha.) It was such a nice, laid-back day… and the dinner actually came out decently! (So proud.) Feeling more grateful than ever today… and also more tired than ever, haha. BUT TADA!

Here are all the Black Friday sales I’m shopping as well as what I have my eye on. AND Mitch and I have included several gift guides to make shopping easier. (Nearly everything included in them is on sale today!) Phew. Eyes drooping, haha!

And, of course, we’re hosting a giveaway as a way to say thank you. To enter to win $500 to shop our favorite sales, simply:

50 Percent off J.Crew

Pom Pom Cable-Knit Sweater

Happy Thanksgiving! I have a more special post going live tonight, so check back in when the tryptophan hits. ;) But I hope everyone is having a lovely day with friends and/or family, and I hope you know how grateful I am to have you, even if we’ve never spoken before! Thank you for following along with us and for allowing us to share our lives with you. ❤️

In case you’re having a slow start to Turkey Day, I thought I’d pop in with my recommendations for the giant J.Crew Sale. If you’re a rewards member, you can take 50 percent off (and 60 percent off discounted products) with code “SHOPFIRST.” And if you’re not, you can take 40 percent off your purchase with code “WHYWAIT.” (Though seriously: sign up for the rewards and get the extra percentage off! There’s no credit card and no drawbacks. It’s just a fun club with perks, haha.)