Every fashionista should know about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July! It’s the only sale that you can shop the new fall 2019 clothes, shoes, and accessories on sale before the season even starts! No need to wait for the end of season sales to score big!
So they have changed a few things for this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I’m going to outline the changes and early access dates for you here.
Annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access July 12-18 (for cardholders) Sale starts for Nordstrom card holders at 12:30pm EST (11:30am CST, 10:30am MST, 9:30 PST or when your local store opens!)
Get your Nordstrom card now to save during the early access. Early access is for Nordstrom credit card holders only. During the early access you can buy items that are coming in for fall at a discount which is amazing! This means you have 1st access to items that may sell out. Having said that they will hold back come items to re-release once the sale goes public to keep it appealing and fair for everyone. They keep adding inventory throughout the sale so keep checking back. Early access is available online, in person at the store and through the app.
Anniversary is essentially a fall preview event and then they go back to full price. So you get the new fall fashions for a steal! They will still have other seasons on sale during this time too.
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ShiftCon Eco-Wellness Influencer Conference will be October 3-5 in Atlanta this year and I’m so excited to attend! I have been evolving to be more aware of making sustainable choices in my daily life from reusable items instead of disposable, choosing organic items or growing my own in my small container garden.
ShiftCon gives you a chance to see the city (great time of year to visit), network with organic brands, natural brands and other bloggers, eat Non-GMO food for a weekend, learn more about the movement for nontoxic products & bring home tons of swag!
Why attend the ShiftCon conference?
Lots of swag from the awesome swag bag and freebies on the floors to enjoy and/or blog/vlog about, review, etc.
Meet companies and brands to collaborate with for us to promote their products.
Make friends with other “green bloggers” no matter what shade of green and learn some things to help you along.
Enjoy networking and parties.
Great Non-GMO food to enjoy!
The booze is better for you too! ShiftCon has sourced Organic wine and Preservative-free beer.
Write off this fun event because it is actually a business expense.
Even if you aren’t an influencer it is a great way to find new ideas on how to live more sustainable and try new products.
Friday and Saturday start with a fitness workout ex. yoga.
Learn and be inspiredfrom healthy living pioneers at the seminars
This conference brings together influencers focused on green content creation, food and environment.
To join me in the fun, learn, and network you can use the link below.
Homesteading is a way of self sufficiency to produce what you will consume. Other aspects are making your own cleaners, recycling, composting, the zero waste concept, farm to table at home (no animals or meat in my case). You can dip a toe in the pond or go completely off the grid as they say. Gardening is a major component of homesteading. I am a fan of reducing my carbon footprint and gardening is one way to that.
Homesteading is a way of self sufficiency to produce what you will consume. Other aspects are making your own cleaners, recycling, composting, the zero waste concept, farm to table at home (no animals or meat in my case). You can dip a toe in the pond or go completely off the grid as they say. Gardening is a major component of homesteading. I am a fan of reducing my carbon footprint and gardening is one way to that. Also, I know exactly what kind of organic soil and fertilizer I’m using to keep our food pure. I’m going to be growing our food this year in containers instead of the ground. I think that will be easier for me especially at our condo.
Producing your own food is very rewarding. I started an herb garden in a container last spring and loved making pesto with my harvest of basil. I would make zucchini ribbon pasta or noodles with this fresh pesto and wished I could grow my own zucchini. Last year I would buy my zucchini at the farmers market, but this year I want to grow all of the vegetables that I like to make our keto vegan meals and snacks. I will try to reduce the amount I buy from the regular grocery store and eat fresh home grown whole foods as much as possible. I have even started grinding my own organic peanut butter at Whole Foods.
We have a condo in the city and a house at the lake about an hour away. I will try some veggies and herbs at each location. I bought 2 different self watering type systems so I can get away with only watering once a week since we split out time at each house. Once I know which works better I can branch out and do more veggies later! I’m experimenting with how many plants of each to do. The idea is to have enough to eat and freeze for the winter eventually. We’ll see what needs to be added or taken away next year when I see how this year goes.
Getting Started with container gardening
I bought these Burpee Organic starter kits to try some from seeds along with organic seeds and soil! I’ve planted green beans, zucchini squash, tomato, basil and spinach in one and a bunch of others including cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, italian red of Florence onion, okra, sweet peppers, white beets, kale, box choy and some flowers. I’m hoping I’ll grow enough flowers to keep a vase of the cuttings each week.
Start in the sunny location you plan to leave the starter kit. I put a small table in front of a sunny window in the breakfast nook.
Flip all of the dirt pellet/pods so they are flat before adding water.
Use a watering can with warm water to fill the starter kit and pour over pellets.
Keep a gardening journal for what seeds worked best, what veggies you need more or less of next year, etc.
I also bought some organic baby plants, seedlings, from a garden expo and farmers market. I’ve been told not to plant until April 15 so there is no real chance of frost which would likely kill them. I will plant these in raised beds. I’ve already planted most of them in containers. I got the Keter Urban Raised Bed for the deck at the lake house. I will try the City Picker’s smaller self watering container on our balcony at the penthouse and some at the lake house too. I like that they are on wheels in case I need to move them for any reason. Since I started the first seeds on April 5th I won’t plant until May 5th since they are supposed to start inside for 4 weeks.
This 4 ingredient recipe is a pretty quick and easy snack for the game or potluck dinner!
I literally took frozen cauliflower without cooking it and shook it up with Sweet Baby Rays wing sauce (vegan) in a glass pyrex bowl with lid, then dipped the saucy cauliflower in finely ground flaxseed and nutritional yeast instead of breading. I baked it at 425 for 20 minutes and voila! Next time I might try just pouring the wing sauce in the bag and shaking it in there. Once coated I think you could pour the nutritional yeast and flaxseed into the bag and just shake in the cauliflower bag! Let me know in the comments if you try this!
You may also like some dessert or fat bombs linked below:)
This Mug Cake takes about 5 minutes start to finish! See below for details! Aquafaba makes this mug cake Vegan too! Aquafaba is the liquid that is in a can of chickpeas (AKA garbanzo beans). It is often used as a vegan substitute for eggs or egg whites! Let me know if you try it or have any questions in the comments!
3 tbsp Peanut Butter
3 tbsp Aquafaba (liquid from can of chick peas)
1 tbsp Cocao Butter
1 tbsp Almond milk
2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
2 droppers full Stevia (or to taste)
My husband is a meat lover and keeping him satisfied when I make vegan and keto food can be challenging especially during the Daniel Fast!
This appetizer does NOT disappoint! These are so easy it’s hard to believe they are vegan, keto and Daniel Fast friendly! You use the liquid from a can of chickpeas to dip the raw zucchini in before dipping in almond meal. After dipping in the almond meal just arrange on a cookie sheet and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes! Dip in sauce of choice, but I love these with marinara sauce! https://youtu.be/Y28sSzWh-KA
Every January many people decide to fast, or try some type of diet. The Daniel Fast is one of them. Most people do lose weight during this 21 day fast. Although you do alter your food and drink intake on the Daniel Fast (no sugar, alcohol, coffee, dairy, meat, etc.) it does not require starvation by any means! Please comment on your experience with this time tested fast!
It is a biblical fast that has a spiritual component in addition to the mental and physical challenges of restricting your food and drink. I’ve found my anxiety and stress levels decrease dramatically during my Daniel Fast experience. I’ve done it several times now. Sometimes in January and other times when it just seems like I need a tune up. Check out this video on some hacks/tips to make the Daniel Fast easier by substituting Daniel Fast friendly foods in place of the usual ingredients! https://youtu.be/ico5GazL4Uc
Hacks & Tips for using this plan and keeping it low carb:
Radish medallions, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower and hummus or edamame are good snacks to keep it low carb. Nuts are another great choice.
Use coconut milk or cream in place of dairy. Jackfruit is an excellent low carb substitute for shredded meat in lunches and dinners.
Since you can’t have tea or wine I usually like to make a dessert sweetened with dates or strawberries for evening time. You can also have any fruit for dessert if you are not trying to keep it low carb like us.
You can add extra veggies or Salad to dinners to make them a bit more hearty. Soups are easy to prep ahead (keep the ingredients in a gallon zip lock) and just toss in the Vitamix for 6 minutes on the soup setting. I prep them ahead and repeat them on days I know I’ll be rushed or too busy to prep for dinner. A bonus is I usually have leftovers for our lunches the next day.
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It didn’t take me long into my keto journey to find fat bombs and their value between meals. I am a former sugar addict and I know I love chocolate!These chocolate peanut butter fat bombs are Awesome😎 It’s one of my favorite fat bomb recipes and is really fast and easy! I’ve tried other keto fat bomb recipes that I didn’t feel were share worthy until now. As my journey continues I will be sharing more success stories. A lot of the fat bombs have cream cheese and my husband doesn’t like cream cheese therefore I try to look for things we’ll both eat (unless he can’t detect the flavor;). These are also vegan fat bombs. I love dairy, but try to mix a lot of vegan options into our repertoire.