As a lifestyle blogger, it’s my job to stay up to date with what’s happening in my hometown so that I can recommend my favorite local events and businesses with all of you! That’s why I use xplor which connects me with the best of the best. With xplor, I’m the first to know about St. Louis’ hottest events, trendiest restaurants, and coolest shops and boutiques.

What is xplor?

xplor is an evolution from the founder’s previous company, kidzxplor which you may have heard of or used in the past. Their new business model focuses on promoting and producing unique events for brands and organizations and connecting insiders to these inspiring experiences. Think outside of the box events. xplor is a great way to get involved in your community and find new and exciting ways to spend time with family and friends. For busy moms, it’s a godsend. For bloggers, it’s especially useful when looking for events not easily found. It also provides an opportunity to meet and connect with local business owners at VIP functions for collaboration and sponsorship opportunities.

The Hookup

xplor also offers a feature called the VIP Hookup, a membership program that offers savings on various products and services found in St. Louis Insiders receive discounts on kid’s activities, restaurants, bars, salons, and fitness facilities. A paid membership includes a year’s subscription to St. Louis Magazine, a $250 gift card to David Kodner Jewelers, a head-to-toe makeover at Saks Fifth Avenue (umm..yes, please), 2 weeks of free classes at Shred415, event swag, and VIP perks at all events including priority check-ins and first-to-know ticket sales and discounts.

Perfect for the busy mom on the go

One of the best things about xplor is just how convenient it is to have a service that helps you find fun activities to do with your entire family without searching around obscure event calendars online. I’m always in the know which I love and no risk of FOMO!

Upcoming Events Hosted by xplor

I am SO excited for some of xplor’s upcoming holiday themed events. Fun photos to come. Make sure to mark your calendars for these exciting happenings!

Breakfast with Santa at Saks Fifth Avenue – Dec. 8th 10 AM – 12 PM

Mercy Holiday Celebration with the St. Louis Symphony – Dec. 21st 2 PM (Matinee), Dec. 21st 7:30 PM, Dec. 22nd 7:30pm

Winter Break Rockin’ Tots Breakfast – Dec. 26th 9 AM

Winter Break Rockin’ Jump Pizza Party – Dec. 26th 3 PM

Who is excited about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
I know I am which is why I booked my appointment with Amber Kemp, the Nordstrom personal stylist in St Louis.  

If you are like me and time is the most valuable asset you have to call Amber to make an appointment.  Her number is 314-452-6589 Her email is: To see my previous post with Amber and to get her list for wardrobe basics click here.   

Why call Amber?  

  1. Her service is FREE.  Why would you not use her??????  
  2. She will listen to what you want and have your sizes ready and waiting for you in the fitting room.  
  3. She’s a stylist.  She’ll help you pull it all together for the look you want.  

In the end, you’ll end up saving time and money.  Here are a few of my favorite looks from this sale.  

I’ll be wearing this look straight to Eckert’s pumpkin patch this fall.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Sperry rain boots | DenimMoto jacket | More love graphic T | Flannel | Flannel (similar) | Statement necklace
Panama hat
This moto jacket is my favorite piece from this outfit.  The price, the fit, the removable hood, it’s such a fun jacket.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

This dress is perfect now and into fall.  How perfect is this look for brunch with your girls at The clover and the bee?  

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Floral dress | Denim jacket | Booties | Gold earrings | KS Favorite |

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Every mom needs a superwoman shirt.  How perfect is this look for weekend soccer games and trips to the Kirkwood farmers market?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Graphic T | Cammo jacket | KS earrings | Crossbody | Boots | Denim

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

A simple but updated business casual look for work.  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Leggings | Sweater | Kendra Scott pendant | Earrings 
Shoe options:  Mule | Studded pump | Kentvi sandals

Perfect night out with your girlfriends at Billy G’s patio outfit.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Denim | Lace top | Booties | Leopard Clutch | KS earrings

Perfect night out with your girlfriends at Billy G’s sitting by the fire sipping on red wine outfit.  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Denim | Lace top | Booties | Leopard Clutch | KS earrings | Suede jacket




Instacart grocery delivery

Here is the play by play on using Instacart grocery delivery.  Copy my promo code SSCHUMACHER2B5144 for $10 off your first order.

  1. Copy and paste this link to Instacart:
  2. Select your store:  Remember if you want to shop at Sam’s or Costco you don’t have to have a membership to Sams or Costco to use them.  Instacart has the membership so you don’t have to.  🙂  yeah.
  3. Select your groceries and other items
  4. When finished select your delivery time.
  5. MOST IMPORTANT STEP Before you hit place order UNCHECK the Service fee Change to $0.  The drivers told me this fee does not go to the driver it goes to the company and it’s not necessary.

Instacart grocery delivery

6.  You can also pre-tip the driver but I usually give it to them in person.
7.  Copy and paste this promo code to save $10.  SSCHUMACHER2B5144
8.  Place Order
9.  Spend time doing what you really want to do by saving time running around the grocery.  🙂

What to expect.

*They will send you a text when they begin shopping to alert you they are at the store if you need to add or change anything.
*They will send you a text saying when your delivery is expected to arrive closer to time.
*If any of your items are not available when at the store they will alert you and get your approval for a replacement.

Enjoy!!  XOXO  Sarah






Happy New Year.

Each year in January I like to do what I call “Sarah’s Life Edit”.  I try to edit and declutter all aspects of my life:  finances, kitchen, closets, kids stuff, etc.

I like to start with finances since coming from December where there was an excess of spending, parties taxes due, tuition, etc.  So here are some simple ways I edit my finances in January.

1.  Cash only in January.   I make saving a game with myself.  I take 1/4 of my normal variable expenses out in cash and this forces me to get creative, plan ahead and be resourceful.

2.  Print a calendar and write down expenses each day.  If you know ahead of time pre-track your expenses.  I like to use the calendar as a visual and challenge myself to stick to my budget.  Add up all your expenses at the end of the week to make sure you’re on track.

3.  Gather all unused gift cards.  Separate into categories:  Retail, Restaurants, and Entertainment.  Plan shopping dinners out and activities around your gift cards.

4.  See if your credit cards have cash back rewards programs.  My credit card gives you an additional 50% bonus if you get the cash bonus deposited back into your account.  No Brainer!

5.  Sign your kids up for a kids club checking account (First Community Credit Union-has one my boys love).  My boys got some money for Christmas and when they deposit up to $250 a year they get a $10 gift card.




Grade School


This is the ultimate gift guide for grade school kids age 5-10.  Here’s the Scoop:   I talked with Logan’s teachers and my friends who teach grade school and they gave me the best ideas of fun activities and games they use at school that the kids LOVE.  The holidays will be here before you know it and your kids will be making a laundry list of things they want.  If you’re tired of your kids getting junk that they don’t play with the day after Christmas you have come to the right place.

Forward this gift guide to the grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone who wants to know what your child wants for Christmas.  Everyone will feel good about giving your kiddos something fun that will also stimulate their mind over the long Christmas break.  


This gift guide is organized for recommendations I got for kids age 5-10.  

1. Playstix

Playstix, the toy that inspires kids to build extraordinary things.  Playstix have grooves that interlock and they are color-coded to make building easy.  Kit Includes Playsitx and idea booklet with instructions and examples of things you can build.  


 2. Magna Tiles

Are you a quick-thinker, have a good eye, or just always seem to get the luck of the draw? This brain-bending game can be played three different ways, making it great for all types of kids. Each player tries to recreate the card pattern drawn using their set of 16 cubes. Each level will offer a new challenge, as you race to get your ‘bitz in order! A great game for sleepovers or family night.


9. Kinetic Sand

It’s more fun when it’s Wacky! Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand where you can FEEL the fun! You’ve seen it before, but you’ve never felt anything like it! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it, Kinetic Sand is so incredible you can’t put it down. It’s kinetic – meaning it sticks to itself and not to you! It oozes, moves and melts right before your eyes. It flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry. Kinetic Sand stimulates children’s creative skills allowing them to create anything they can imagine over and over again. Kinetic Sand never dries out and is gluten free. This soft and stretchy sand easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun! It’s squeezable sand you can’t put down. Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand!


10. Pattern Play 3D 

Using brightly colored, multi-shaped wooden blocks, the goal is to turn 2D images into 3D structures. Some build-outs seem to defy gravity; others are stunning works of dimensional art. All puzzles will challenge kids and adults while providing a rewarding, towering finish! Includes 22 high-quality wooden blocks, 20 cards with 40 puzzles to solve and a 9-inch square wood tray.


11. Legos 

The great thing about Legos is not only are they great to keep your kids occupied and help with following directions and building but depending on what your child in into they have so many themes and options.  These will be huge in our house this Christmas.  
Create your own LEGO® vehicles with LEGO Classic! The LEGO® Classic Medium Creative Brick Box inspires open-ended building play and vehicle creation in a wide range of colors. Designed for builders of all ages in mind, this collection of LEGO® bricks in 35 different colors will encourage open-ended building play, and inspire any imagination. Windows, eyes, and lots and lots of wheels add to the fun and offer endless possibilities for creative construction and vehicle play. A great supplement set to any existing LEGO collection, this set comes in a convenient plastic storage box and includes ideas to get the building started.








Fitting room frenzy at J Crew Outlet.

This past weekend I made a whirlwind trip to the Premium Outmall Mall  and had to share some of the cute coat finds from JCrew Factory Outlet.  Everything is on sale.

I love winter coats because I work in and out of my car all day long.  There are some days I don’t take my coat off so I’m always on the lookout for cute coats each season.

Here are five of my favorite coats from JCrew factory outlet.

The Classic Trench Wool Coat

For more expensive pieces in my wardrobe I tend to have a classic style.  That is why I ADORE this wool topcoat.  I cannot decide what color to buy.  I tried on a size 6 in the navy and it was too roomy even with the sweater on.  The camel/sand color I tried on the size 4 it fit great but if you tend to wear heavy bulky items in the fall and winter it may be too snug.

Navy trench coat
Camel trench coat









The Vail Parka coat with fur hood

I’ll admit  I love all things fur so I had to try this coat on.  This was a size 4 and needed a 2.  This coat tends to run really big so I’d size down one.

Vail Parka with fur
Vail parka with fur









The quilted vest and coat

In the fall I love layering with quilted vests while I’m out running errands, hiking with my boys, or even for a more casual look for work.  They have 6 fun colors.  This layer adds so much polish to an outfit.  Then when you need more warmth they have the casual quilted coats.  They are so comfortable and come in several colors.  I wore a small and that size was perfect.

Quilted puffer vest
Quilted jacket









These tops are fall and winter staples.  The navy and white gingham button down can take you from work to weekend.

I am obsessed with the navy and white striped waffle funnel neck sweatshirt.  Its longer so it covers your rear.  Perfect for jeans or with leggings and runs true to size.  You will be weekend ready in a flash.

XOXO  Sarah











Logan my oldest son signed up to be the “Chicken Checker” at school one weekend.  He loves animals so of course, he’s obsessed with these funny chickens they have at his school.

The role of a “chicken checker” is to wake the chickens up at 8:00 am (they like you to keep them on schedule), Feed, Water, etc.  I think Logan has a future as a farmer because he was so excited each day to take on his role.  His grandpa would have been proud.  After the morning chores, he loved running around, picking them up, chasing them, watching them peck and kick up mulch.

The evening chores start at 8 pm.   The chicken checker rounds up all the chickens and gets them in their coop for the night.  (This was not easy, herding chickens is hard work).

It is such a great learning experience for the kids.  Logan even told me he saw one lay an egg one day.  LOL.


Target has so many adorable fall options.  Both Logan and Mason are wearing @TargetStyle.

Logan has on a colorful flannel from Cat & Jack and Mason is rocking a button down from Genuine Kids Osh Kosh

These shirts are great quality and so soft.  My boys are picky about what they wear but I wanted them to dress the part.  The official and cute “Chicken Checker Look”.


My trunk club box arrived and I know your dying to see what I got.

First I wanted fall transitional pieces for work.  I love jackets, vests, need some peep toe booties and dresses I can wear now into fall.  Second I wanted some fun tops for the fall for a couple of GNO’s and a winery trip.

Here is what I found:   A personalized note from the stylist Lyndsey, and prepaid shipping labels to send back anything that doesn’t work.  There was also a note about free alterations at any Nordstrom if needed.








I tried everything on but the lighting was horrible so I took pics that were easier for you to see.  I added my own jeans.

The perfect dress to wear now and transition into fall.  I love this wine color.  A soft taupe moto jacket for layering and taupe peep toe booties and some bling. I’m obsessed.









Cute GNO/Winery tops,  cold shoulder is still all the rage, peep toe booties and my jeans.  What do you think?  What should I keep?






If your thinking you want to try trunk club check out this link.  It will save you time and money and you’ll have a stylist helping you pull it all together.  XOXO Sarah

Hey friends.

Fall is around the corner and I can already smell the pumpkin lattes.  YUM!!  I am in need of a couple of fall updates to my wardrobe.  I have an upcoming girls trip to Nashville and a couple of work trips and no time to shop so I decided to try the “Trunk club” a Nordstrom company for some updated pieces to take with me.  Here are the steps I took:

  1.  I logged in to and filled out a profile.  They asked my style, taste, occasion, price points, etc.  I wanted all clothing under $100 and good transition and layering pieces for Fall.
  2. I was assigned a stylist…Lyndsey.  She messaged me a few questions to get a good idea of what I was looking for, my taste, etc.  I had also set up a Pinterest board and pinned a few looks I liked to give her a better idea of my style and what I am looking for.
  3.  She then curated looks for me to approve/not approve.  Once everything was approved it was shipped.

If you need some wardrobe updates, don’t have time to shop or don’t like to shop I’d recommend trying Trunk Club.  They waive your $25 styling fee if you purchase something OR if you have a Nordstrom credit card so you have nothing to lose.  Shippingand returns are free and you can try on at home.

Use this link to try for yourself:

Stay tuned to see all the fun goodies that came in my trunk.

XOXO  Sarah