Just returned from our beautiful Colorado vacay (so sad that it even had to end!) and now it’s back to the real world – laundry, work, finances…boo! But while we were enjoying the mountains, rivers and lakes of Steamboat Springs (Part II of Vacation Diaries coming soon!) we made a super easy breakfast casserole to fuel the whole fam for days of rays at the river.

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Ingredients:

– 1 16 oz. bag of frozen tater tots or hash browns
– 1 lb. of your favorite breakfast sausage
– 1 dozen eggs
– 2 cups cheddar cheese
– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brown the breakfast sausage until cooked. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and make a layer with the tater tots or hash browns. Whisk eggs together and pour over the layer of tots. Spread the sausage evenly atop the eggs then top generously with cheddar cheese. Bake for an hour or until the egg is set. Cut into individual portions and you have one hearty breakfast that is simply delish!

Bonus: This dish also saves well in the fridge – pre-cut portions for a quick bite during busy weekday mornings. Nuke an individual serving for about 45 seconds and you’re good to go!

This dish is also easily customized with any leftovers you may have in the fridge that you’re not quite sure what to do with: red bell pepper, ham, green onion, tomatoes – it’s all good in this casserole!

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Raise your hand if you need a weekend to regroup from your weekend… me, me, me! I feel like the weekend came and went in the blink of an eye. Perhaps it was because I spent all day Saturday and Sunday packing up my life in cardboard boxes. Or perhaps it’s that I still have vacation on the mind. Either way, I’ve been swooning over all things on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale since last Friday with my eyes set on many items — and with the help of a little online shopping, I’m hoping these top 10 picks help to perk up my Monday blues.

You guys, there are seriously some amazing deals on sale and if you’re like me, you’ll take advantage of a good deal even if you don’t necessarily “need” something. Am I right, ladies? From beauty finds to great leather must-haves for the chilly fall and winter months, I intend on stocking up on some quality items and a few splurge “just because” things too.

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I’m so in love with the “Will Work for Shoes” tee because well, that pretty much sums it all up! The Loeffler Randall crossbody bag is such a great mix of print and texture — I feel like it’s calling my name. Of course, I could see myself sporting those warm UGG wedges regularly, especially with some skinny jeans or with a knit dress and some tights… they look so comfy! I also tend to splurge when it comes to undies and such, so the Hanky Panky sale is a STEAL if you ask me. And I threw a few other picks into the round-up as well including a fab make-up kit from Trish McEvoy, set of Voluspa candles (these make great gifts!), Kate Spade “L” necklace, Bernardo leather jacket (how gorgeous is that caramel color?!), Marc Jacobs perfume set and a structured leather top that could go with just about everything I own.

What are your top picks in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Better get going till the sale closes on August 4… Excuse me while I go shopping!
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I love a good flowy top and this Michael Kors blouse is one of my absolute favorites. An oldie but a goodie, it’s a neutral that lasts throughout the seasons, pairing with white jeans in summertime and wool slacks in the winter. I just love the lightness, especially in the hot summer months, and often pull it out of my closet when I can’t decide what to wear.

Of course, it naturally pairs so nicely with Sole Society’s darling laser-cut Barrie flat (ps, majorly on sale right now!) and goes perfectly with a glittery, oversized clutch and my favorite pair of Warby Parker shades. I’ve also been living in these skinny jeans from Target lately — grab a pair and you’ll thank me later!

Also wearing: Design Darling bangles | Kate Spade ring + bangle | Michael Kors watch

On another note, are you as pumped to see Friday as I am? Or better yet… for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that kicks off today?! I want all the things. Make it a great weekend, loves!
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