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Max’s Big Boy Bedroom Basics – Amazon Challenge

Max’s Big Boy Bedroom Basics – Amazon Challenge

Once Max started consistently climbing out of his crib (and was unable to climb back in without one of us going into his room, putting him back in, closing the door, and REPEAT), the time came to get him a big boy bed. His twin sister, Maeve, still adores her crib and I plan on keeping it that way for as long as she allows it, which meant that for the first time since conception, Max and Maeve were no longer going to be roomies!

This transition happened just a few weeks after we moved into our new house, and we are still in the process of rebuilding our funds to finish furnishing and updating some pieces that we had in our last house but don’t love in our new house. With budget in mind, I challenged myself to get all the basics for a “Big Boy Bedroom” for Max ALL FROM AMAZON!!!

EVERYTHING in his room is straight from Amazon – so it was reasonably priced, good quality and arrived quickly!!! SADLY his exact headboard in the tan version is not currently available, but I included the black version that still is!! I will keep my eyes peeled on another similar version that does not break the bank and I bet they add the tan option once it is back in stock.

Next order of business will be pulling the room together with a few small pieces of furniture (need something cool for between the two beds), hanging artwork on the walls and getting blinds/curtains! BUT for now, enjoy these basics!

CLICK ON ANY OF THE BELOW PICTURES TO SHOP!!! ENJOY!!!

BLACK FRIDAY STEALS AND DEALS

BLACK FRIDAY STEALS AND DEALS

SO. MANY. DEALS. Definitely overwhelming BUT word on the street is that these are here to stay and are not going to change much between now and Cyber Monday… time will tell! Here are the deals I am taking advantage of (updating as I find them so check back OR follow along on my instagram @kitty.mills)

FOR KIDS

BACKYARD PLAYHOUSE – I am trying to go for gifts for the kids that will weather more than one season of play AND will be liked by all three babes! This playhouse is adorable and the reviews are rock solid! It comes with lots of fun bells and whistles including a functioning doorbell and a little kitchen inside! https://amzn.to/2YcVNN8

BEST. SOUND MACHINE. EVER. – We live for our sound machines and this one is on a deal right now (12/3) for 35% off – https://amzn.to/364wujb

LITTLE TIKES INFLATABLE JUMP AND SLIDE HOUSE: THIS IS ALMOST 50% OFF!!!! Winter can be a dark time when you are stuck inside with the littles and ALL.OF.THEIR.ENERGY. This bounce house is an awesome trick to keep up your sleeve to bring out to help get some of that energy out! This deal is amazing – adding to the Christmas list for the grandparents to gift to our crew. https://amzn.to/34ymj69

STEP 2 ROLLER COASTER: Another toy that my kids go wild over at other friends’ houses and good for both indoor and outdoor use! This is 10% off on Amazon and $10 less on the Step 2 website but you pay shipping there…

FOR HER

I linked a few options on my Instagram story/Black FRIYAY Highlight from Nordstrom! Here are those links…

CASHMERE SWEATER: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-crewneck-shaker-cashmere-sweater-regular-petite-plus-size/5116823/full

HEART BEADED EARRINGS https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/baublebar-double-heart-beaded-drop-earrings/5504039/full

ADIDAS YOGA PANTS https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adidas-how-we-do-active-tights/4862029/full

ADIDAS SNEAKERS https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adidas-swift-run-sneaker-women-regular-retail-price-85/5518726/full

FOR HIM

NIKE JOGGERS https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nike-heritage-jogger-pants/5512179/full

BARBOUR QUILTED JACKET https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/barbour-pod-regular-fit-quilted-jacket/5392115/full

JOHNNIE-O POLO https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/johnnie-o-fairway-classic-fit-prep-formance-pique-polo/5493251/full

VV PULLOVER https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vineyard-vines-saltwater-quarter-zip-pullover/5087690/full

FOR THE HOME

NEST (STAINLESS STEEL COLOR) THERMOSTAT: THIS IS A DEAL — Normally $249.00 and on sale for $139.00!!!! 44% off aka savings of $110.00 — and by far the best I have seen!!! This is a game changer if you want to A. Save money by way of a “smart thermostat” that knows when you are home/away and B. Have the ability to control your thermostat via an app on your phone! We love ours and I am definitely purchasing for the next house. https://amzn.to/33zJTxO

NESTCAM OUTDOOR HD CAMERA 2 PACK: HOT HOT HOT DEAL!!! USUALLY $449.99 FOR 2 CAMERAS – 45% off aka $201.99 off so you get them for $248.99!!! We actually have these in the twins’ room as their baby monitors. They have two way audio as well so that you can talk through them – whether you are using them outside as security measures or inside for monitoring! https://amzn.to/33BOrnm

BOSE SPEAKER https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bose-soundlink-revolve-bluetooth-speaker/4606262/full

BAREFOOT DREAMS BLANKET https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/barefoot-dreams-cozychic-in-the-wild-throw-blanket/5516337/full

INITIAL MUG https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/anthropologie-jo-stoneware-mug/5514892/full

ANTHRO BLUE + WHITE PLATTER https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/anthropologie-attingham-large-platter-nordstrom-exclusive-color/5269214/full

DEALS ROUNDUP

ANTHROPOLOGIE: 30% OFF everything

ABERCROMBIE: 50% OFF everything

ATHLETA: 20% OFF with code LAYERUP

J.CREW: 50% OFF purchase and 60% OFF SALE with code FRIDAY

LOFT: 50% OFF with code FRIYAY

NORDSTROM: PRICE MATCHING GALORE! And then up to $100 “back” in Nordstrom Rewards depending on how much you spend!

POTTERY BARN: 25% OFF purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY + tons of “bonus deals” including 40% off holiday decor, 30% off bedding and more!

SEPHORA: Up to 50% off – the gift sets available are true steals and would make for perfect gifts an stocking stuffers!

SERENA AND LILY: 25% OFF purchase with code THANKFUL

The Look for Less: Lily Statement Earrings

The Look for Less: Lily Statement Earrings

Its no secret that I love accessories ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ and if my bank account allowed it, I would order one of everything from Lele Sadoughi. While I continue to try to sell #allofthehouses and/or hit the MegaMillions, the hunt for the best stand-ins also continues. Our gorg girl Jamie came through for us again with a fabulous look for less.

The Lele Sadoughi Crystal Lily Earrings are beautiful but on the pricier side at $198/pair. I have filled one of my RTR Unlimited slots with a pair of her earrings in the past, so that’s one way to get the look without dishing out the full retail price! I also LOVE that her earrings have a clip-on option.

If you are looking for an insanely affordable option (less than $15!) to own something extremely similar to the Crystal Lily’s, Amazon has you covered with the Chic Flower Statement Earrings in “White Flower” . Jamie owns these and has worn them a few different times when we have been together and they look incredible in person (see above picture I snapped of her at a baby shower!).

Enjoy this #lookforless and as always, if you buy them and wear them – I want to see!!! Send me a pic on Instagram @kittymills pretty please. XO! CHEERS!

by Kitty Mills
The Look for Less: Colorful Sequin Robe Dress

The Look for Less: Colorful Sequin Robe Dress

If you love color, sequins and fun, this is the dress for you! I have seen the real thing on two different girls and felt just as obsessed with it on them both. I mean, the color is called UNICORN STRIPES!!! Leave it to my boss, Annie, to hunt down this look for less!

I read the reviews for the knock-off brand and here is a breakdown for you: (78) 5-star reviews, (13) 4-star reviews and (2) 1-star reviews. In my opinion, odds are that it is worth your while and like I always say, THE ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ PRICE ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ IS ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ RIGHT. We are talking about a $577 dollar swing or 11 of the $58 dollar version for the price of one of the $635.

If your wallet allows for the real deal, go ahead with your bad self! If you aren’t quite there yet (๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ), enjoy this look for less brought to you by Annie Balcerzak, CEO of The Balcerzak Group and Bargain Hunter Extraordinaire.

The Look for Less: SWIMWEAR

Dear Amazon… Will you marry me? Because my husband may leave me if another one of your boxes shows up on our little stoop!

Let’s cut to the chase… here are THREE looks that Amazon provides for much less than the designer version.

***COLORFUL PRINT ONE PIECE
J.Crew Version (click to shop)
Amazon Version (click to shop) (THANK YOU Meghan Hinder for this rec – she has it and loves it. Runs true to size! I just ordered in an XL to be safe because the back looks a little cheeky for the baby pool ๐Ÿ˜‰

***BLACK SCALLOPED ONE PIECE
Marysia Version (click to shop)

Amazon Version (click to shop) Reviews say to size up if you are between sizes because the torso is not super long… I sometimes still stay true to size because when a one piece is tight it helps pull in my post-baby (1.5 years – can’t really use that excuse much longer LOL!) belly!

***COLORFUL KNIT COVER-UP
Missoni Version (click to shop)

Amazon Version (click to shop) You can buy 52 of the Amazon version for the price of one of the designer version. Wild!!

SO GRATEFUL for my fellow #amazonaddicts who keep their eyes peeled for us all. MORE to come soon. ENJOY! CHEERS!

Obsession: Pearl Knot Headband Steal

Taking a quick minute to highlight (!!!) this find (!!!) I featured on the June #kitandkaboodle. I wore this nude + pearl faux knot headband for the first time yesterday and unless people were lying to me… (do you ever worry when you wear something a little bit outside of your comfort zone and multiple people tell you they LOVE it, its really because they think its weird and don’t know what to say?!?)… it was a hit!!!

As accessories are one of my (many) weaknesses, I have been looooving the headband comeback. Lele Sadoughi, aka queen of accessories, has some SHOWSTOPPER options, but they are unfortunately at $150/headband, they are out of my price range.

I started poking around on Amazon and found some pretty amazing dupes for 15 times less (UPDATE – the 5 pack is amazing too) I am more than pleased with the quality and look! SUPER fun and feminine.

If you want to test the trend, here is a perfect opportunity to do so! Enjoy! CHEERS!

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