Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nashville Shopping Haul and Wake Up Wednesday Linky

Happy Wednesday out there! Whew, I've had a busy weekend/week so far and I'm sooo ready for Friday to get here. Over the weekend I went shopping in Nashville with my mom and aunt. It was Tennessee's tax-free weekend, so I got some awesome deals! 

But first, I have to give thanks to Sanuk flip-flops. They saved me on this shopping trip. No aching feet or back after a full day of shopping. Yes!

Also, these snacks kept me going between meals. A Larabar and an organic gala apple. Just because you're shopping doesn't mean you should totally blow your healthy eating habits. :-)

Honestly, I didn't buy as much as I could have on this shopping trip. I restrained myself and just bought a few goodies. Check out my haul:

We went to TJ Maxx/HomeGoods. My favorite!! I got the Cynthia Rowley coral pajama top and leopard pajama bottoms from there, and the glass bottles that I plan to put kombucha in. Those pjs are seriously the softest ever. Both pieces were on clearance too. SCORE! All of the glass bottles combined were $10. Pretty cheap for such nice glass bottles. I also grabbed a small jar of Artisana Coconut Butter there. I love this stuff and it's cheaper there than what you can find at health food stores.

Next we went to Opry Mills mall. It was like Black Friday there - the crowds were insane. I found my deal of the day here though, at the Under Armour outlet store. I got the purple UA capris and charcoal gray UA workout tank for less than $20 total! I just love UA workout gear, and when I can find them on sale, it always brightens my day. I also grabbed a pair of Fossil sunglasses from the Fossil outlet store that were on major discount.

I also picked up a sample of MoroccanOil shampoo and conditioner. I've heard so many good things about this brand, so I decided to give it a try. Have you tried this? Do you love it/hate it?

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Bite-Size Peach Turnovers
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  1. I have really been wanting to try that shampoo and conditioner! I have heard a lot of good things about it too, now i wanna go buy it! lol

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  3. You did score some goodies! We took advantage of the tax free shopping too, we got a few new workout clothing items :) I have tried that shampoo & conditioner, I really liked it. It smells great and made my hair very shiny!

  4. I love everything about this -- Nashville, shopping, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, tax-free weekend... Amazing!

  5. Looks like you found some good deals!! What a huge link up! Btw I nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog today! :)
    xo Krissy @ Sneakers and Sequins

  6. Love the underarmor finds!! And I could spend hours in TJ Maxx/HomeGoods. I had no idea there were such things as tax-free weekends. Sounds like a deal though!


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