Friday, December 26, 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals | After Christmas Sales

Christmas this year has been a roller coaster, but we are counting our blessings.  An unexpected benefit was that my mom got to spend the night on Christmas Eve, so we were able to share the 4-year old joys of Christmas morning with her.   My son and mom adore each other so this was a special treat all around.  He actually climbed into her guest bed in the middle of the night, so when he tip-toed out of bed at 6:00 a.m. and peeked over the stair railing, she was the first to get to hear the giddy squeals, "I think Santa came!!!!"  

This year in particular I experienced some uncomfortable emotions where I found myself questioning, "Did we get him enough stuff?"  When I pulled out James' gifts to wrap late on Christmas Eve, it didn't feel like that much and I started to doubt myself.  As soon as I hear the question in my head, I know it sounds ridiculous.  I think the "is it enough" question comes from just wanting the love we feel so deeply to be truly conveyed and felt by those we give gifts to.  It's just something I have to remind myself that the gift itself will never be able to convey the love I feel.  The gift is just a thing and the important part is the love behind the gift.  Picking out something with thoughtfulness is what's enough.  My mom is so good at that.  She knows James loves music and found a record player with headphones that plays 78s and 45s.  Then she found records of kid songs. Of course he didn't even know what it was at first!  But afterwards, he couldn't get enough of it.  

I'm thankful to have family that all pitched in and helped make Christmas dinner at our house stress-free and delicious.  Both my sisters-in-law (my husband's sister and my brother's wife) both prepared food to bring over since they knew I'd spent many days leading up to Christmas in the hospital and didn't get to make the dishes I had planned.  My favorites this year were Jessica's jalepeno creamed corn and Stacey's spinach salad.  I need to share those recipes- they are so good. I made Santa hat cheesecake bites and they were a big hit.

Today, after the hospital, we'll be playing with toys and taking it easy.  If you got some Christmas cash or have some exchanges to make, be on the lookout for the after-Christmas sales.  This is the best time to get Christmas decor, even though it may be a bit picked over.  There are still lots of treasures for a steal this time of year.

ANN TAYLOR:  60% off your purchase (excludes new arrivals).  Use code ANN60  FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  

ANTHROPOLOGIE: Winter tag sale.  Extra 25% off lots of just-added sale items.  Use code INAFLURRY Free shipping on orders over $150 with code FS150.

GAP:  Winter sale. Up to 60% off Free shipping on orders over $50, free returns.  

J. CREW:  30% off full-price styles and extra 40% off winter sale styles with code HOLIDAYTIME $5 flat rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders over $150.  

LOFT:  50% off everything! No code needed.

NORDSTROM:  Always FREE shipping & FREE returns.

OLD NAVY:  After holiday sale. Take an extra 20% off already reduced styles.  Online only.

POTTERY BARN:  Holiday Sale.  Up to 60% off.

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  1. Glad I checked glad you had a good Christmas and that you SILs stepped up to help out. I think as parents we all question from time to time "is it enough?" However, if we really think about it, it is the TIME spent with them and playing with the few things they did receive together as a family that really matters. James' face in the picture with his daddy says it all!!! Praying for your dad, and the entire family.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I wondered the same thing in terms of presents for my son but in reality, it really is enough. The season is not just about the presents but so much more and he gets that.

    Sorry to hear about your father; I had spinal surgery seven years ago (2 surgeries at once plus 3 herniated disks on top of that from lifting my 165 pound son) and it was a bit rough at first plus I had a lot of pressure since I had to care for my son fully just two weeks after surgery and he's totally disabled and needs care to do everything. The surgery went great; I could hardly walk ten feet prior and I can do most everything now. Wishing your father a speedy recovery.

  3. I love this post! Your son is adorable and looks like he took the time to enjoy each gift he received. I love that your mom and son have such an amazing relationship that he would crawl in the bed with her in the middle of the night. My son used to do that with my dad. I must have missed a post as I do not recall that you were in the hospital. Are you ok? Merry Christmas!

  4. Merry Christmas, looks like you had a great Christmas!

  5. Happy belated Christmas to you and your sweet family Megan! I'm sure your son will treasure all these memories for years to come. xoxo

  6. Looks like you guys had an amazing Christmas! Hope you all have a good New Year too!
    Chloe / Lifestyle Junkie


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