Leopard print for fall

You guys fall is almost here! I can’t even believe it. I see so many people saying how excited they are and I’m over here like ‘summer please never leave me.’ The only thing exciting for me about fall is the fashion and the holidays. Otherwise, no thank you.

With that being said, there are some exciting trends this season to be on the lookout for. One that I am most excited about is leopard print. Leopard is always around season after season, but this season it is a MAJOR player.

I’ve rounded up a few pieces that I love and how to style them. Whether you want to just dip your toe in with shoes or a clutch, or go full on and rock a coat, I’ve got you covered girl!

Get your feet wet

Add just a pop with a leopard belt, heel, clutch, or scarf. It will immediately add a little more interest to y0ur outfit.

Let out a purr

Take it a step further. Throw on a shirt with jeans, a sweater with a black bottom, or a skirt with a neutral top. I also love the combination of leopard and orange if you’re feeling bold.

Let out your inner lioness

Go full on leopard. There are so many fun pieces this fall. You can dress a fur coat down with denim and rock tee, wear a jumpsuit to a cocktail party, or rock a dress to dinner.


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A day on San Juan Island

Last weekend we packed up the kids and took a day trip over to San Juan Island. AJ and I couldn’t remember if we’d ever been to San Juan Island, and if we had we were too young to remember. The island is only about 2 1/2 hours away and a great place to spend the day with the family. We did however run into a little hiccup, but we will get into that later and assure that doesn’t happen to you.

Getting to San Juan Island

San Juan Island is only accessible by boat or plane. A seaplane is an awesome way to get there, but since it wasn’t a reasonable option for us we hopped on the ferry. If you’re taking the ferry, you will depart from Anacortes and take the hour ride to the island. This is how most people will get there and you’ll want to make sure you have reservations. I made reservations to get over to the island but wasn’t able to make reservations to get back because they were already filled. I assumed it wouldn’t be too big of a deal though and took the risk anyway. Don’t make that mistake. Make sure to make reservations to get over and to get home.

My plan was to get in line for the ferry that departs at 3:45 knowing full well that we would miss that ferry. We would leave the car in the line, grab a bite to eat, head back to the line at 6:10 and be on the 6:30 ferry home. This is my plan that failed. We were about 12 cars shy of making it on the 6:30 ferry. That meant the next ferry to Anacortes was at 10pm. To make matters worse, the 10 o’clock ferry is not a direct ferry. It stops at the other islands along the way, turning the hour ride into 2 hours. We didn’t pull into our driveway until 1:15am.

You can make reservations and check the ferry schedule here

If you are traveling to the island for a day or weekend trip and are open to leaving your vehicle behind. You can rent an electric bike, moped, scoot coupe, or chevy tracker from Susie’s Mopeds.

What to do on the Island

Start out at Palindaba Lavender Farm

Wander through the fields taking in the beauty and calming scent. They also have a gift shop where you can pick up soap, lotion, or essential oil among other things. Wander through the gift shop and out back where you can learn about the farm, grab a warm drink, or make a wreath.

Head over to Lime Kiln Point State Park

If the whales are out, this is a great place to see them. We wandered around the park, finding crabs and sea shells before checking out the lighthouse.

Stop by Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm

Krystal Acres is home to more than 50 alpacas! We wandered around the property taking in all of their cuteness. Before you leave make sure you go into the country store and check out the selection of sweaters, toys, and jewelry.

Grab a bite at Westcott  Bay Shellfish

This was my favorite stop on our day adventure. We slung our hands into the ice cold tanks and picked our own oysters. From there, we learned how to shuck them and ate them raw at the table. It was such a neat experience and the laid back atmosphere is perfect for kiddos. My only complaint is that the full menu, including barbecued oysters are only available on weekdays.

Wind-down at San Juan Island Brewing

We parked the car in the ferry line and walked over to San Juan Island Brewing for dinner.  It has a little play area for the kids which is essential when you have a very active toddler! They also have trivia and live music, make sure to check their events page to see what’s going on.

Before you board the ferry pop into Friday Harbor Ice Cream Co.

They have a large selection of ice cream, including some adult only flavors, as well as dipped cones. They are cash only though.

 

If you head over to the island and visit any of these places or have some you think I should know about, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!

 

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The Grand Opening of Sprouts Mill Creek

Today is the day! Sprouts Mill Creek has officially opened! My husband and I had the privilege of previewing the store last night and let me tell you, it is a real gem. The store was laid out beautifully and the employees were so kind and ready to help.

 

What makes Sprouts so special

 

Along with traditional fruits and vegetables, i.e., your strawberries and bananas, you’ll also find things like dragon fruit and jack fruit.

 

 

 

 

 

In the butcher department you’ll find a vast selection of fresh, never frozen meat. However, the real standout is the variety of sausages that are made in house daily. Perfect for that backyard BBQ.  They also have meat that is pre-seasoned or marinated. An essential for a busy mama.

 

 

 

Swinging in to grab lunch? They have a sushi chef in house, fresh pressed juice, and a delicious salad bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with food, they also carry vitamins, essential oils, cleaning supplies, makeup and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bulk bins are stocked fully of nuts, and all kinds of trail mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sprouts proved they make healthy living easy by offering high-quality food at affordable prices. You’ll find everything you need and more. You can start shopping the store today, and every day from 7am to 10pm.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED– Thank you to everyone who participated and congrats Katie S.

I’ve teamed up with Sprouts to give one lucky winner a $20 gift card so you can get your shop on!

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Sprouts Farmers Market in the Community

As a mama I know how important it is to have proper nutrition and supplements while pregnant. I was fortunate to be able to afford proper care, nutrition, and vitamins throughout my pregnancies. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sprouts is working to change that by doing what they can to give back. Not just in our own backyard, but around the world.

Sprouts and Vitamin Angles

A staggering 7,000 babies die every day, 80% of which can be prevented. Sprouts’ and the Vitamin Angels program is doing it’s part to help decrease that number. The Vitamin Angels program helps underserved communities across the United States, and 74 countries around the world gain access to vitamins and minerals that can be life changing and even lifesaving.

Through August 29th at the Mill Creek Sprouts, when you purchase any one of more than 1,000 participating items across the store, Sprouts will donate .25 cents to Vitamin Angels. That may seem like a small amount, but it adds up quickly.

Since 2014, Sprouts’ and Vitamin Angels have provided over 6 million children with Vitamin A (lack of Vitamin A can lead to blindness) and deworming tablets. They hope to be able to eliminate infant mortality due to vitamin deficiency by the year 2030.

Food Rescue

From the moment Sprout’s opens its doors on the 14th it will be participating in a ‘food rescue’ program. So what does that mean exactly? Instead of throwing food out when its reached its pull date,  groceries that are still perfectly edible will be donated to the local hunger relief agency. The agency will then distribute the food to people in need across our communities. Any food that is not fit for the hunger relief agency will be donated as cattle feed to help support local cattle ranches and dairy farms. Lastly, any food that is remaining will be donated as compost.

Make sure to follow along when I visit Sprouts Farmers Market next week for the grand opening!

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What I love about Sprouts’ & How to Save money

Hey friends! Since we’re so close to the grand opening of Sprouts Farmers Market in Mill Creek,  I wanted to take a minute and share a few insider tips with you. Things you maybe didn’t know about the store, and also ways you can save even more money while shopping at Sprouts’.

Cool Things About Sprouts’

You probably remember from my previous post, that Sprouts’ is known for their produce section, but did you know that they will also let you to try a fruit or vegetable that you are curious or unsure about? Find a team member and they will help you sample it. How cool is that?

Sprouts’ also encourages it’s customers to try new things without worry or fear that you will waste money on something that you ultimately didn’t like. That’s why they offer a 100% money-back guarantee. So you can rest easy friends! If you try something and don’t enjoy it, just return it to your Sprouts’ store and get your money back. With more than 2,400 products to choose from, you’re bound to find new and exciting things to try!

One of the products I love from Sprouts’s is their coconut water with mango. If you’re a fan of coconut water, or have never tried it I would highly recommend you give it a try. It’s delicious and has so many health benefits, all while leaving you hydrated and feeling refreshed! Since Sprouts’ has a money back guarantee, you have nothing to worry about.

Ok, now that I’ve shared some cool tid bits about Sprouts’ with you, lets get down to saving money! More than one-third of the store is on promotion at any given time. With a couple of simple tips, you can save even more!

5 Ways to Save Money at Sprouts’

  1.  Download the Sprouts’ app. The app contains exclusive coupons. Before you head out, login to the app and “clip your coupons” then when you are ready to checkout, simply scan the barcode to apply extra savings.
  2.  Check out the flyer for the deals of the month.
  3.  Subscribe online to the weekly e-circular which showcases hundreds of items online.
  4. Shop on Wednesdays. The Sprouts’ weekly ad starts and ends on Wednesdays. That means, by shopping on Wednesday you can take advantage of sales in both ads. Double Ad Wednesday.
  5. Keep an eye out for special sales and promotions, such as 72-hour sales, Vitamin Extravaganza, Frozen Frenzy, Sprouts Brand Sale, Better For You Brand Sale, and more!

 

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