Thursday, November 26, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | Black Friday Edition!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We have been sufficiently stuffed and I think I've eaten enough brown sugar, butter and walnuts to last a lifetime, or at least until Christmas.  We started the morning off with Pioneer Woman's overnight baked french toast and it was so good!  I'll definitely be making that again in four weeks!  It was the perfect way to start the day.  I hope you had a great day, full of love and family fun.  We had to laugh at my mom's house when the first turkey that was deep fried to a CRISP was unveiled!  It will make for funny memories for years to come.  #ChistmasVacation :)

And now I'm sitting in my cozy 'soft pants' (remember I told you about those before at GAP - which happens to have everything 50% now with code BLKFRIDAY).  I live in mine and have the maternity version (size XS).  Lightweight cozy goodness!  

And perfect for perusing the Black Friday sales in!  Who hoo!  I'm so excited over the sales I saw online.  I'm perfectly happy shopping from the comfort of my couch with a hot cup of cocoa within arms reach!  

WARNING:  This post is looong, but full of awesome sales!!  Let's get to it!  And after you've perused these deals, you can check out the adorable holiday dresses for girls, and cozy stocking stuffers for her!

Can we start with this Faux fur vest?! It's a favorite purchase and  SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, it's on sale for 45% off!  Only $65 now, was $125! If you bought it recently (like me), you can get a price adjustment from Nordstrom.  One reason I love that store, along with the free shipping and returns.  You can do an online chat for a price adjust if you ordered online, or call the store if you purchased it there. 

Faux fur vest!  SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, it's on sale for 45% off!  Only $65 now, was $125!

The black one is on sale too! 

Now's the time to shop for your mom, girlfriends, sister, female coworkers, or yourself! I admit to being a "one for you, one for me shopper." Please tell me I'm not alone! ;) 
Kate Spade Holiday Sale - Everything 30% off!
Kate Space has 30% off so much, including everything pictured! 

tassel bag charm $38, $26.60 
owl earrings $48, $33.60 
twinkle lights drop earrings $48, $33.60  & other colors 
bow knit beanie $58, $40.60 or striped 
initial necklace $58, $40.60
crystal drop earrings $68, $47.60
cedar street wallet $100, $70 

Kendra Scott Sale - up to 49% off! | Black Friday Sale

Kendra Scott is also having a great sale!  Love these pieces!

Kendra Scott 'Ellie' Oval Stone Earrings $65, $25.11-32.61 (49% off)
Alex Drop Earrings $65, $32.65 (49% off)
Dani Drop Earrings $52, $44.20 (15% off)
Odette Double Ring $120, $67.48 (43% off)
Mystic Bazaar Miles Rings (5) $75, $44.98 (40% off)
Susannah Stone Line Bracelet $95, $47.73 (49% off)
Lee Small Drop Earrings $50-$65, $42.50-$55.25 (15% off)

BaubleBar - everything 49% off | Black Friday Sale!
Festival Tassel Drop Earrings $32, $16.07 (49% off)
Festival Tassel Bracelet $34, $17.08 (49% off)
Matrix ring $34, $17.08 (49% off)
Grenada Strands Tassel Necklace $48, $24.11 (49% off)
Marrakesh Fringe Bib Necklace $58, $29.14 (49% off)
Xena Bib Necklace $68, $34.16 (49% off)

Halogen Angled Leather Clutch $78, $29.23 ($62% off)
Halogen Leather Clutch on sale | Black Friday Sales

 Michael Kors 'Lexington' Watch $250, $112.48 (55% off)
MK Lexington Watch, now only $112.48 (55% off) | Black Friday Sales

Lots of clothing is currently marked down to deep discounts also.  You've seen me in these outfits before, but they're worth sharing since the sales are so good!! 

Free People 'Newbie' Ski Lodge Cuff Thermal Top & other colors $68, $34.16 (49% off, runs small) 

Halogen Asymmentrical Snap Sweater $64, $28.79 (55% off, 12 colors, regular & petite)

Caslon Button Back Sweater (teal) $58, $26.09 (55% off)

Halogen Side Zip Sweater $68, $17.84 ($73% off) (regular & petite, other colors) 

Free People Solid Muscle Tee (Size ref: XS) $58, $29.14 (49% off) 
faux leather jacket (Size ref: Small - do not buy the XS unless you are super duper petite!) | statement necklace (similar here & here
sunglasses (love these!  Definitely worth spending more than I usually do for sunglasses on. I bought the green/white combo so they'll be good to go all year long.) | vegan leather reversible tote 

(size ref: XS)

long sleeve white tee with tights and a black maternity skirt.  This long sleeve cotton tee is a great value- comfy and cute, in a ton of colors and only $25.  It's gotten almost 500 positive reviews! 

 Wafy Button Front Shirtdress $68, $29.92 (56% off, 4 colors)

Free People Button Front Shirtdress $128, $64.31 (49% off) 
(size ref: XS)

BLANKNYC Faux Leather Quilted Sleeve Moto Jacket was $138, now $62.09 (55% off)

Kut From The Koth Leather Drape Front Jacket $88, $43.42 (50% off) 112 positive reviews
Kut From The Koth Leather Drape Front Jacket was $88, now $43.42 (50% off) 112 positive reviews

Bobeau One-Button Fleece Wrap Cardigan $58, $29.92 (48% off) 3,000 positive reviews! (13 colors, regular & petite)

Halogen Studded T-Strap Pump $99.95, $59.92 (40% off)
Halogen Studded T-Strap Pump $99.95, $59.92 (40% off) | Black Friday Sales

Hunter Rubber Rain Boot $195, $87.71 (55% off)

Winter Boots 20-62% off | Black Friday Sales

Vince Camuto Roadell Boot $188.95, $113.36 (40% off)
UGG Australia Mini Bailey $149.95, $119.20 (20% off, other colors)
Franco Sarto Linden Leather Bootie $149.95, $74.92 (50% off, never seen these this low!)
Franco Sarto Calissa Wedge Bootie $138.95, $67.42 (51% off)
Vince Camuto Saron Bootie $138.95, $74.92 (46% off)
Tory Burch Junction Riding Boot $495, $248.23 (49% off)
Franco Sarto Carlano Tall Boot $188.95, $85.42 (54% off)
Louise et Cie Andora Over the Knee Boot $199.95, $74.92 (62% off)

Wow! Nearly every store is offering 50% off! 

*note: exclusions may apply to the sales 

ANN TAYLOR:  50% off everything with code CELEBRATE.
FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

BANANA REPULBIC 50% off sweaters & 40% off the rest of your purchase with code BRFRIDAY. 
FREE shipping on orders over $50 + FREE returns.

EXPRESS:  50% off Everything (excludes gift cards and featured brands).

GAP: 50% off Everything with code BLKFRIDAY.  
Free shipping on all orders over $50, free returns.

Spend $100 & receive Embossed Python luggage tag set (value $50.00) 
Spend $200 & receive iPhone Wallet Case in Magenta or White (value $115.00)
Spend $300 & receive All in One Bag in Purple or Kelly Green (value $125.00)
Spend $400 & receive Phone wallet in Taupe or Burgundy (value $180.00)
Spend $500 & receive Teddie Tote in Clementine (value $295.00)

LOFT 50% off Everything with code CORNY (excludes Lou & Grey and new arrivals).

NORDSTROM: Extra 25% off select sale items. Free shipping & free returns.

OLD NAVY:  60% off hundred's of styles, 50% off even more & 40% off the rest of the store.  
Free shipping on orders over $50 + free returns.

SOLE SOCIETY40-60% off sale styles.

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We have so, so much to be thankful for.  First and foremost, I'm thankful that I can even feel thankful right now after such a hard loss this year.  It was only 8 months ago that we lost our Dad and not a day goes by that we don't think about him and miss him.  He added so much to our family and his absence this Thanksgiving will surely be felt.  I have sweet, sweet pictures of him and my Mom cuddled up on the couch from last year's Thanksgiving and even though he was frail and missing hair, their love was strong as ever. 

I know many of you have suffered loss and hardships in your lives too and I appreciate your outpouring of kindness and genuine words of comfort when I shared our heartache with you.  Thank you so very much.  I may not know exactly who you are, but I know you are out there and I often think about our common bonds as women, wives, mothers, daughters, friends.  

And as life goes on, it is literally going on inside me with a beautiful baby girl being formed.  I didn't even know if I could get pregnant at my age (40), so imagine how doubly happy we are that I am now!  It's bittersweet that she will never know her Grandpa, but she is sure to bring so much joy into our lives that we cannot even imagine right now.  We can't wait to bring her home to her newly decorated nursery!

Life is good.  We are healthy.  We have a roof over our heads, comfy beds to sleep in, plentiful food, and a tight family bond.  Wonderful friends and a God that exchanges beauty for ashes, joy for pain.

I'm so very thankful! How can I not have a smile on my face when I look at this sweet boy?!  Oh, how fun an age 5 has been!

I hope your heart and bellies are full today!  Sending you so much love!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide - 15 Cozy Things for Her

Happy almost Thanksgiving!  We're starting our Thanksgiving celebration early by hosting out-of-town family making an impromptu visit into town.  We're quickly putting together a menu of yumminess, and that's okay, we're just happy to all be together, relaxing at home as opposed to trying to get everyone to meet at a restaurant.  We'll be better able to visit (especially with 5 kids running around)!  

I hope your Thanksgiving preparations are going well!  I'm sending you good vibes from Houston and if you need a little break from the stress of it all, come with me and check out today's Gift Guide I prepared for you.  It's 15 Cozy Things for Her- designed specifically with rest, relaxation, and coziness in mind! Could anyone you know use that?! 

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest
faux fur vest (size 2) -and SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, it's on sale for 45% off!  Only $65 now!  | Pleione Mixed Media "perfect bum-covering tunic" on sale or 12 more colors here (size XS) | maternity leggings (non maternity) | knee high boots (similar) | necklace (similar) 

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest
(My friends tell me I'm already waddling! I don't even realize it! #25weekspregnant

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest

15 Cozy Things for Her

15 Cozy Things for Her Holiday Gift Guide

Frosted Throw Blanket - Who doesn't love cozying up on the couch with a soft, ultra plush throw blanket in the winter?!  These comes in four soft colors and are 50"x70", 100% polyester and machine washable. 

UGG 'Fluff II' Flip Flop Slipper - These genuine shearling slippers are the perfect compromise between keeping your feet soft and cozy, but not too hot.  They have the added benefit of showing off your holiday pedicure (they have a tiny gossamer ribbon on them!).  They only come in whole sizes, so you may need to size down. 257 positive reviews and four colors.  

Topshop Leah Faux Fur Vest - y'all know I love this faux fur vest.  It's super soft and actually surprisingly slimming.  I'm wearing size 2.  It also comes in black (which I had to restrain myself from!).

Moscow Mule Copper Mug - Two of my friends (Adam & Angela) are known for their love of the Moscow Mule and are the first ones to get me to try one- it's a tasty adult beverage typically made with vodka, ginger and lime juice.  And of course, you have to drink them out of the appropriate copper mug! 

Faux Fur Infinity Scarf - One of my favorite finds from last year that looks way more expensive than it the $20 pricetag.  Update:  Thanks for letting me know it's on sale 40% off- only $11.98 now

Nest 'Birchwood Pine' Candle - Seems like people rarely splurge on a nice candle for themselves, but they always appreciate one! 

Cable Knit Knee High Slippers - How cozy are these slippers that have a non-skid sole?  Perfect for when you want to be in your cozy knee highs, but want more stability on the bottom. 

Cabin Friends Eye Mask - Seriously adorable! 

Josie Shaggy Vest Robe - My friend Kim gave me a similar robe many, many years ago and I loved it, especially because it was sleeveless!  Perfect for wearing while getting ready, after the shower.  You won't get too hot!

Faux Fur Pom Pom Clip - Just a fun little embellishment on a purse, tote, keychain or gift.  So sweet!

Coffee Mug - You Are The Best & Hello - Coffee and tea would surely taste better in these mugs.  I also love keeping my pens in them on my dest. 

Minnetonka 'Cally' Slipper - Holy cow, people love this slipper!  It's gotten 318 positive reviews and everyone raves about how super soft and warm they are and also well-made.  They have a rubber sole for indoor and outdoor wear.  They only come in whole sizes, so they recommend sizing down. 

Thermal Knit Sleep Shirt - This nighttime top comes in 10 styles and has those cute thumb holes.  I like these tops because you can mix out the bottoms to fit whatever you're in the mood for. 

Cabin Friends Pajama Set - This cute pj set comes in four different styles and are perfect for keeping you warm on cold nights. 

Sorel "Tivoli II' Waterproof Boot - This gift is practical and cute, and, if you live in cold weather, (especially snow)- very necessary because it will keep your feet dry!  It comes in three colors (the curry brown is a fave).  This stylish boot is made of waterproof suede, leather upper/textile, faux-shearling lining and a rubber sole.  It's gotten lots of great reviews too.  May run small, so order a 1/2 size up.  


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Thanksgiving & Holiday Preparations

Happy almost Thanksgiving! Any chance you're looking forward to it and maybe a little overwhelmed as well?! Me too. Even though we're not hosting, we'll be visiting two Thanksgiving celebrations and I'll be bringing some appetizers and desserts. I still need to grocery shop and I'm sure the stores will be buzzing with tons of last minute shoppers like me.  

It's gotten chilly here and I did manage to choose a couple cute Thanksgiving outfits. James will be wearing a gingham button-down and striped sweater with his converse that I exchanged for the correct size.  He wears an 11 in his athletic shoes, but needed a size 10 in these.  I'll also bring pajamas for him to change into later since we probably won't be home until late and he always wants to get cozy. Who doesn't?! 

jeans (similar) | gingham button-down (similar) | striped sweater | converse

As for mama, I'll stay comfy in jeans, a cute yellow sweater (comes in 7 colors and the teal is on sale for $34.80), and booties (on sale).  This scarf (similar) screams fall too. 

As for holiday preparations, we decided to put up our Christmas tree over the weekend, but lost steam and now our house looks like Christmas threw up everywhere with bins and decor strewn all over. It's a wreck!  I definitely need to spend some time getting our house in order today so I can relax and enjoy the rest of the week. 

It's amazing how much kids grow from year to year. Last year, James still looked like a toddler, but he's gotten taller and skinnier since last year. 

We love Hanna Andersson pajamas over here because they are such good quality. I feel like any other pj's I've bought tend to fall apart quickly so it's worth the money. And like I mentioned, my son lives in pajamas. His Darth Vader pair are his most favorite and he's outgrown this pair, so we need the next size up. They run true to size and last a long time!

UGG slippers (similar) and (for girls)

While decorating the tree this year, he decided to dress up like Santa, so of course he had to put on his Santa pj's (similar) with a hat, boots and impromptu beard I made. He insisted on the beard and that's all I could think of using what we had on hand at home. 

After the tree was up and mostly decorated, I got ambitious and attempted to put up the garland on the stairs, but quit after feeling like I was in garland hell!! So much to untangle and ours isn't pre-lit and it just felt like a big, giant mess. We have garland hairs everywhere! I gave up and the garland sits on our stairs (very precarious situation my husband reminds me) until I muster up the energy to begin again. Need to do this today! But, it's harder work when you're pregnant, my back tends to hurt if I overexert myself, so things are starting to take longer around here. 

But we had a great 25 week checkup!  James came with me and I think he was excited to hear the baby's heartbeat (and glad he didn't have to give blood or drink the glucose test drink).

I'm thankful we had some time to spend at a dinner out with one of our favorite families recently and it was awesome! If you're in Houston, have you been to Urban Eats? It's a combination market and restaurant and it was delicious! Definitely try the brussels sprouts and scalloped potatoes. Try not to eat all of your husband's fried chicken sandwich! ;) 

And leave room for dessert! 

We don't have any holiday outfits picked out, but every year James gets to dress up for the Christmas program at school and I'll have to get him something red or green.  I'm always dying over how cute the little girls look in their holiday outfits all dressed up! And even though I don't have a daughter (yet!), I couldn't help but take a peek at Nordstrom's selection of fabulous girls holiday dresses!

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I hope your holiday preparations are going well! 

I'll be back tomorrow with something for the big girls - a gift guide for the women in your life featuring cozy things (that you may want for yourself!)  And of course, come back on Friday for a special edition of Weekend Steals & Deals - the Black Friday sales

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