Things I’m Loving This Week

By: Emily Heaston

Old Navy Active Wear

Dear Fast and Free Tight,

I’m seeing someone else.

Love,

Emily

…But seriously, I spent $20 on these bottoms vs. $128 for what I typically wear to the gym & the matching bra is every bit as cute too — and you know I like the matchy bra & scrunchies! Not from Old Navy, but I also got so many compliments on my tank when I wore it to work out and afterwards when I was running a bunch of errands!

EllandEmm

Have you checked out EllandEmm yet? They have such fun designs combined with your favorite cotton tees & sweatshirts — a perfect blend of cute & comfortable. I also love the 90’s nostalgia! I shared my Troop Beverly Hills tee on our Instagram in May & was so excited that my Vogue lightweight sweatshirt arrived this week. I’ll take a picture in it to post soon, but it’s 110 degrees here and I. JUST. CAN’T. The Vogue striped sweatshirt was sold out when I found it, but I signed up for an email alert & purchased when it was restocked. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to wait too long for it to be restocked or for shipping. If you find something you love, you can use code TAKE104U for 10% off your order.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Coming!

Cardholders Shop First! I’m truly not one to encourage friends to open up credit card accounts. I mean we’re not freshman in college & no one is giving us free tshirts for new accounts anymore amirite? BUT…this is one exception because you really can stock up on so many great items during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s Cardholder Early Access. This year, Nordstrom cardmembers shop Early Access seven days early, July 12—18! Some items will sell out during the Early Access portion of the sale, so non-cardholders risk having to wait for Black Friday to catch these sale prices again. Cardholders can also choose their own double-points day, so if you plan on shopping the Anniversary Sale, it pays to get organized ahead of time and really take advantage of those Nordy rewards.

I’ve had a Nordstrom card for several years to take advantage of Cardholder Early Access during this sale and I don’t think it’s any accident that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place over my birthday! The Nordstrom Sale preview came in the mail the other day, and I put together some links to my favorite items. If you click the hearts near the items you like, you’ll have an easier time finding them when the sale begins! Most of my favorites come in lots of color options, but it’s only allowing me to show you certain images/colors while the sale is in preview mode–I’ll continue to update this post as the sale gets closer, so check back!! The links below might also look like an item is Sold Out, but that means Nordstrom hasn’t made it available for sale on their site just yet. There is so much more to come, but let’s start here:

Lakebound Looks

My personal wish list before we head to Clear Lake!

Final Fave For Now!

My oldest girlfriend is putting the finishing touches on a new lake home at that other Iowa lake this month so I got her a fun doormat as a housewarming gift!

Check back this week for an in-depth Nordstrom Sale guide! We’ll have exclusive links to sale items that you can favorite so you’re ready to shop on Day One!

Tory Burch Semi-Annual Sale

By: Emily Heaston

The Tory Burch Semi-Annual Sale is on now with an additional 25% off with code EXTRA! See below for my favorite sale picks!

You already know I love this pink lemonade palette for summer!

Paging my girlfriends Bridget & Renee! This tennis gear is so cute! I might even just wear it & pretend I can hang with you girls on the courts! 😉 Love the crisp white & clean vineyard green!

Stitch Fix Feature!

By: Nicole Mikluscak

I have been hearing about Stitch Fix for YEARS. I had never taken the leap, until I was given a gift card for Mother’s Day this year! It was such a clever idea and gave me no excuse not to do something fun for myself.

Stich Fix matches you with a personal stylist who hand selects clothing and accessories just for you, based on your size, style and budget. It makes you feel like a bit of a celebrity when you receive your delivery! I love that it isn’t a subscription service. You can order a box on demand or set up automatic deliveries on your OWN set timeline. You can pick!! Perfect for refreshing your wardrobe for the current season, or grabbing some fun things you wouldn’t normally choose for day to day.

You begin by taking personal style quizzes, telling the company about your fit, preferences and budget. Then you get matched with a stylist (remember, you’re a celebrity now) who picks items for you to try on at home. You buy what you like, pay on the SUPER SIMPLE app, and send back the rest in the FREE return envelope. You are not charged upfront, and you get to share feedback with your stylist about your likes and dislikes. This is a WIN WIN situation! NO fitting rooms with bad lighting, no dragging your kids to the mall. I’m hooked.

My stylist nailed it this month. I was so pleased with my items that I kept all five! I received a perfect variety. A fun dress, a casual white t-shirt and jean short combo, a trendy off the shoulder top, and a crossbody purse that I haven’t been able to let go of. I should also mention that your small shipping charge is put toward any items you purchase, and you get discounts should you choose to keep three or more of the pieces. If for some reason you feel your stylist just isn’t getting it right, you can ask to be paired with someone different. Stitch Fix will do the firing for you! Ha! 🙂

Stitch Fix has some items that are exclusive only to them! So it’s fun knowing you won’t show up to a party wearing the same thing as everyone else, but hard when you want to share favorites with a friend! We’ve done our best to link my items, or find you some similar options! Be sure to visit our SHOP page, or click on the widget below!

This is NOT sponsored – Give Stich Fix a try! Treat yourself or someone you know to feeling a little famous for a day. 😉

https://www.stitchfix.com/invite/yhbxkcqn8s?som=c&sod=i

Here’s $25 if you’re interested in trying!

Emily’s Weekend Recap from WDM!

By: Emily Heaston

June is zipping by so quickly with the kids’ summer programs and lots of trips to the pool!

This week, my girlfriends and I celebrated our beautiful friend Michelle’s birthday with dinner and dessert at one of our favorite locally owned restaurants, Table 128, and another local fave, Trostel’s Dish, for a nightcap. Love these girls!

The next day, the girls and I got a good workout in at Lifetime, then had a pool date all day with allllllllll the kiddos! It was my favorite day of this summer so far! The kids all kept each other so busy and we enjoyed the beautiful weather with mimosas and plenty of good poolside snacks! I think we all felt like we were on vacation-mode for the day!

The kids and I have been spending a lot of time in the sun, so I restocked my favorite sunscreen for our beach bag. I keep Sun Bum shampoo and conditioner in our kids’ bathroom and in our beach bag and try to get them to rinse the chlorine off their hair shortly after swimming. Pro tip: apply conditioner to kids’ hair before playing in the pool, so their hair absorbs the conditioner and NOT the pool chemicals that end up making their silky hair turn crunchy or green. Sun Bum just smells like summer! I also added the Sun Bum Sunscreen Coconut Lip Balm to my Target store pick-up order this week and can’t wait to try it!

After a busy week of swimming and activities, we had a few cloudy hours and decided to make a little pillow and blanket fort for some downtime with movies and popcorn! We also put new batteries in our old friends, Violet and Scout, that the kids have had since they were babies. Teddy and Cate have been taking them everywhere again now–so cute!

On Saturday night, Tim and I had a surprise birthday party for his friend (and boss) Brent! My mom offered to have Clare, Cate and Teddy over for a slumber party at her house. She always makes even the smallest get together feel special and the kids were so excited. Mom always makes every detail so pretty.

After dropping the kids off, Tim and I headed over to the party and we had a blast! Brent was completely surprised and Esther had tons of delicious food and desserts for the celebration! I didn’t get a picture with the birthday boy, but lucky for Tim, I did have him take a picture of what I wore. Our husbands are all really enjoying their new jobs as photographers so we can share our outfits with you guys!

On Sunday, Tim and I enjoyed a relaxing Father’s Day morning by sleeping in and drinking our coffee before it got cold! Then we went to pick up the kiddos from Nanny’s house. They had made Daddy lots of homemade cards and wrapped his presents themselves!

We also discovered a little family of cardinals living in our playset!

…and we got in a couple of hours at the pool!

That evening, we went over to Grandma and Grandpa’s to celebrate all of the great Heaston dads. My mother-in-law and niece had baked lots of homemade desserts and we brought over one of Tim’s favorites, a key lime pie! My mother-in-law, Ramona, is from Puerto Rico and she had made coquito using a recipe from one of her favorite cookbooks!

I’m thankful for a happy and sunny summer weekend with special girlfriends, healthy family, and a day dedicated to the best husband and daddy I know!

Thank you so much for joining us here on ClearLakeCousins.com. We are having so much fun doing this together and we’re learning so much along the way. Make sure to check out our new Shop page–we’ll be updating it as we find cute new items for ourselves and our kids. As Annie said, “I always feel like I need to save my cute outfits and this is giving me permission to wear my cute stuff on normal days!” We all agreed! So thanks for giving us an excuse to get a little more fancied up than usual!

Stay tuned for more fun to come! Xoxo, Emily

Shopbop’s Sale is on Sale!

Get up to 70% off when you take an additional 25% off all sale items with code SCORE19 valid today through Friday!

This sale is gigantic! Literally thousands of items are marked down on Shopbop’s site and it can be daunting to sift through all of those items to find the best and cutest deals. The four of us have done the work for you! See below for our picks from tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, swim & accessories.

Tops

Bottoms

Dresses

Shoes

Swim

Accessories

Happy Shopping, friends!

Omaha Weekend Fun!

When you have little kids, your weekends revolve around them and their activities. But I wouldn’t trade this busy stage of life for anything!

Friday night pool time with Turban Tina

Maeve’s suit is last year’s Hanna Andersson but I am linking something similar!

We had so much fun watching Lily play softball on Saturday morning. She had three big hits and is really enjoying her first year on the field!

Saturday was my day to work the snack shack. My little helper (who also happens to be a junk food fanatic) thought this was the BEST job ever. She even earned some tips!

We had friends over Saturday evening after games! We grilled and made ice cream sundaes! It was a perfect summer evening! Find Lily’s striped dress on our shop page. There are three great color options!

Grill Masters
When in doubt, SUNDAE bar!

This poppy colored ruffled tank is perfect for humid Midwest evenings. I love these Gap sandals – so comfy, and they come in four colors. Linking the denim shorts and jewelry to our Shop page as well.

Find this look on our Shop page!

The temperature dropped 30 degrees on Sunday so our options were limited! I had been hearing great things about the Children’s Museum in Lincoln, so we headed about 50 miles west to check it out! It was a great time and a perfect indoor activity for the day.

The Lincoln Children’s Museum was so much fun!
The Ninja course was a favorite!

My girls are thrilled to start Vacation Bible School this week! Signing off after another great Summer weekend!

Cheers!

Nicole