Tru Fru, Tru Yum

A portable poolside treat that's frozen, healthy AND has chocolate? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY TRU FRU. [ad]

I know, this is an aggressive reaction to chocolate covered frozen blueberries but, once you try these delicious little snackies, you'll get it. I'm one of those people who already purchases blueberries at Costco every time I go SO adding another blueberry product to my cart seemed like a pretty obvious choice. Plus, when I found out they were frozen and there was chocolate involved... well, go ahead and just re-read that second sentence in this blog post again for my reaction. FYI, this is a sponsored post but all of the opinions expressed are my own (and seriously, I'm in love with this snack - I wouldn't promote something I didn't love). Oh! And make sure to read to the end for details on how to get $2/bag through the Ibotta app!

Here's the deal - Tru Fru uses 100% real fruit that is picked ripe, frozen fresh, immersed in white and dark chocolate, and hyper-chilled at -300 degrees for maximum flavor preservation. In addition to blueberries they also have frozen raspberries and cherries available. PLUS they have a wide variety of freeze dried options as well for maximum on-the-go snacking! You can find a list of Tru Fru retailers here on their website - you're welcome.

One thing that really surprised me is that these lil orbs of delight aren't messy at all! They definitely fall into the melt-in-your-mouth-not-in-your-hand category on the snack spectrum and stay frozen even when left out of the freezer for a little while. Corey and I drove around for like an hour one evening and brought a bag along sans cooler. They stayed frozen solid the whole time! I think you could easily bring a bag of Tru Fru Frozen Fresh Blueberries along to the pool, the lake, or the beach especially if you had a cooler to keep them in. They're surprisingly resilient and super snackable! Also, the bag seals on it's own so no need to worry about bringing along any kind of storage bags. 

Making their big debut in the Midwest, Tru Fru Frozen Fresh Blueberries are available at Costco locations in MO, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, ND, NE, WI, & OH. And good news to my Kansas City friends who live in Midtown - our Costco on Linwood is fully stocked and ready to go!

To save $2/bag download the Ibotta app and check out all the details on the offer here! This deal can be applied to multiple bags in one transaction so you're definitely going to want to check it out.

Have you tried Tru Fru snacks yet? If not, you absolutely must give them a try! Don't forget to find the Tru Fru retailer closest to you here on their website and let me know what treat you're most excited to try - just drop a comment below or over on Instagram!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beginner's Guide (2019 Edition)

The sale of the year is HERE! Well, at least one of the sales of the year is here. These next couple of weeks are actually busy ones with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Target Deal Days, and Amazon Prime Day all happening around the same time. I'm going to try to be on top of things and share all the picks I have.

For now though let's just focus on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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What's the big deal?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a way to shop brand new fall items at a discount! The sale functions in a totally non-traditional way - items debut at a sale price and then get marked up to full price when the sale is over! This means you get amazing deals on fall and winter items now and actually get to wear them this season too!

Here's how this whole thing works...

July 12 - 18 is the early access portion of the sale that is exclusively available to Nordstrom cardholders. Beginning July 19 the sale will be made public and shoppable through August 4!

Why should I shop now if I don't have access yet?

Even if you aren't a cardholder, you can still scope out sale items and save your faves to your wishlist in the totally FREE app (found here)! Then, on July 19, you'll be able to head to the app, shop the items you saved to your wishlist, and snag your fave pieces! I'm linking all my picks over on too so wishlist additions are even easier. Make sure you're following me in the app by searching "annie_austen" and then clicking "Follow"!

Where to start...

Right here, right now! I've broken down my picks into categories below so everything is super easy to shop. I also dedicated an entire page on my blog to my Nordstrom Sale picks - you can find it here

Everything I linked is under $100 and most of the items linked are under $50. I tried to focus on pieces that were classic enough to last more than one season BUT unique enough to be worth a bit of a splurge. And, yes, a splurge to me is anything in the $40 - $100 range... I know. I'm ridiculous.





I will mention one other thing - items in this sale really do have a tendency to sell out. The day the sale opens to the public try to be quick if there's something you really want. A lot of people over-purchase and return things later - take advantage of this! If something you love is sold out online check at your local Nordstrom store - someone might have returned an item you really wanted!

By the way, I try to keep my "Shop" section updated with the best sales and my favorite things across the web. Right now if you click on the "Shop" menu, there will be a drop down with a few selections including "Nordstrom Sale 2019", "Shop my Feed", "Current Faves", and "Sale". Keep an eye on this section for all the latest and greatest sales and the things I just am really digging. It's a fun place to explore!

Like I said, there are a million sales going on right now so stay tuned - I'm going to try to stay on top of things and share the best deals with you! Make sure you're following me on and Instagram as I'm pretty active both places. Oh, and let me know what you're looking for in those upcoming sales OR if there are any sales I'm missing. I can't wait to see what you find!

2019 Beauty Brands Liter Sale

The sale I look forward to every year is here - it's the Beauty Brands Liter Sale! As many of you know I'm a once-a-week hair washer which means a liter of shampoo and conditioner lasts me quite some time. I've managed to sync my shampoo and conditioner repurchasing needs with the sale (and am ridiculously proud of that fact). During the Beauty Brands Liter Sale you can save up to 72% on 200+ salon brand shampoos and conditioners - that sounds like my kind of discount!

Beauty Brands let me pick out a liter of shampoo and conditioner which was so generous - I went with the Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Shampoo and All Soft Conditioner. I don't color my hair and thought the gloss shampoo might add some more dimension to my locks! I do have relatively coarse hair and am really excited to try the All Soft Conditioner.

In addition to getting a liter of shampoo and conditioner, Redken and Beauty Brands also generously gifted me some other products as well - Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Oil-In-Serum, Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame Heat Protective Leave-In Cream, Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo & Conditioner (unavailable online right now but check in stores), Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray, Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray, Redken Triple Pure 32 Scent-Free Extreme High-Hold Hairspray (not yet available online but check in stores), Redken One United Multi-Benefit All-In-One Treatment, Wetbrush Pro Detangler Brush, Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Bounce, and two liter pumps for my shampoo and conditioner! You can shop all of the products that are available online through the affiliate links above or via the slideshow below!

I'll share more picks from the liter sale over on my page - make sure to check it out!