Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September's Favorite Finds + a GIVEAWAY (another one!)

Yes, just to be clear, there are TWO giveaways going on this week!

The first one is an Amazon gift card that you can enter to win here, and the second one is at the bottom of this post! 

Why? Because

Today, Elizabeth and I are sharing our Favorite Finds for the month and we're giving away one of our favorites because we both just went crazy over it. And because we love giveaways. :)

Be sure to check out Elizabeth's Favorite Finds for the month here!

1. Gap Bathing Suit
(found here)
I love this swimsuit from Gap! It's not maternity, but works for the early stages of pregnancy and will be great post-pregnancy for times when I don't really want to be in a two-piece. I love the back- just a little extra cuteness to make it less one-piece-ish. Unfortunately, only the black color is on sale right now, but surely they'll run a sale again soon?! If not, $59 still isn't bad for a one piece.

2. One Line a Day Journal (found here)
I have loved taking a minute to jot down something sweet or funny or memorable from each day. I so wish I had this sooner but am glad I am able to start it now! I think this may be my new new-mom gift. It's such a manageable way to keep track of the everyday moments you don't want to forget.

3. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker (found here)
And speaking of great new-mom gifts- this book needs to be put in the hands of every single woman and mother. It is SO good. You can read my full review of it here.

4. Sketcher's BOBS slip-on flats (found here)
These shoes are SO comfortable! I wear them around the house, on walks, when I'm running errands. They are perfect for so many things and feel great the minute you put them on. They come in lots of fun colors that you can check out here, and they're honestly much cuter on than they look in the picture online.

5. Gansevoort Hotel Promotion

The resort where we stayed for our first family vacation is offering the same 5th night free promotion that we used when we stayed. The promotion runs through December 18th of this year. Or if you can make a trip to Turks & Caicos work before October 31st, you can get the 4th night free. Ahhh, DO IT! I would go back, and I'm not one to repeat vacation spots. Such an amazing place that was.

6. Publix Chocolate Lovers Delight Cake (found here)
People. I am not playing with this. This cake. Good gracious. It's been in my dreams. Matt's mom got this for my birthday celebration at their house and I don't even want to tell you how much was left for me to take home and how much is left now. I'm not typically a fan of store-bought cakes (I feel like I should hold my nose in the air as I type that), and when I'm not pregnant, I don't dislike chocolate, but I don't really crave it either. I could take it or leave it. BUT WHEN I AM PREGNANT... hide your brownies and M&M's because chocolate becomes one of my favorite food groups. And this cake with this icing- Mmmm. All I'm saying is if you have a birthday or a dinner or you just need to eat some cake because it's been one of those weeks, this is it right here. You will thank me. And you're welcome.

And now

Want to win a copy of Jen Hatmaker's book For the Love - one of both mine and Elizabeth's favorites this month? Simply follow us both (@samandscout and @hmnelsen) on Instagram and like the photo of the book on both of our accounts. That's it!! We'll pick a random winner and announce it on Friday. Who knows, maybe one of you will start your weekend off with an Amazon gift card AND a new book! Both winners will be announced Friday!



  1. Love this post - especially your enthusiasm for that chocolate cake, your adorable bathing suit, and the fact that you can eat that chocolate cake and still look so so cute in a bathing suit (PREGNANT no less). ;) Happy end of September!

  2. Publix has amazing cakes. I remember watching wedding shows where people ordered their sheet cakes to save money and because they are so good.

  3. Chocolate cake every day (pregnant or not...)!