Hi friend! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. Jordan wanted to go to gymnastics again today and I’m back to my running schedule. Later today, we plan to hit up some after-Christmas sales with my mom.
We have the rest of the week to bask in the goodness of the holiday break, chill out, sleep in and finish eating all the sweets! It’s all for a season and sometimes it feels like it’s going too fast and then it can feel like the days go on forever.
I hope you have your coffee, tea or beverage of choice ready for this blog post – I got to writing and sharing my heart and adding outfits and sales and . . . . it went on forever too! 😉
We’re like any regular family where there are such heartwarming moments. My son made a video for me for Christmas that brought me to tears. He created a montage of the last 13 years with precious videos and photos and had all of my family wish me Merry Christmas. Literally the best gift ever and so thoughtful!
And then on Christmas Eve morning, I let Jordan open a toy thinking I would try to spread the joy a little. But when I was trying to build it – just getting it out of the box was an unfair tug of war and the directions seemed to be written in a foreign language – Jordan spilled my coffee all over the floor.
I snapped at her. I was irritated at the toy and had to check myself for taking it out on her when it was just an accident. No one wants to be mean mommy at Christmas time!
I’m sharing that little snippet of real life in case you can relate or thought you were the only one. You’re definitely not. Hopefully, sharing this and things like our lovely Christmas photos helps you know we’re in that same boat.
We’re doing the best we can and our best is riddled with imperfection. It’s what makes us human, relatable, and the vulnerable parts bring us closer.
At this stage of my life, I’m so aware of the dichotomy between two children at the ages 13 and 7. We have the sweet innocence of a little girl giddy with excitement about where her Elf ends up each day and the absolute joy of anticipating Santa coming to town – all while I keep reminding her of the reason we celebrate Christmas and she’s well aware. Happy birthday Jesus!
And because I now have a teen that prefers his fair share of privacy, I’m so grateful to soak in all the precious time with that girl who wants to be with me all the time.
I am grateful for those moments where my teenager hugs me with his full arms around me and for several seconds- not just a quick half hug. Even though he finishes it with a grin saying, “you’re so short!”
It’s kind of hard for me to not see past my son moving out of the house in a few years when he goes off to college. But, I was reminded by a post by Cat & Nat . . . “you don’t lose your kids when they grow up. Motherhood isn’t infinite. Maybe they don’t crawl on your lap, but you go to dinner and hear their dreams, you get to know them as people. You get to live life WITH then, and enjoy them. You’re still their home. Because as a mom, you’re always home. So stop the pressure. Motherhood isn’t just for the ages of babies and toddlers – it’s forever.”
Since I’m divorced, the kids go back and forth and even 5 years later, I hate that that’s our situation. I don’t talk about it much because it’s so intimate and private and I wouldn’t want my kids to ever look back and feel hurt by something I said.
I can say that everything is amicable and my ex and I live close, so shuttling kids back and forth is as convenient as it can be. We make it so we both see the kids on Christmas and are flexible with other days.
And sweet Elliott. I love him so much and he’s been an incredible blessing in my life. He went to Dallas for Christmas to visit family, but he’ll be back this week and we’ll celebrate Christmas together and exchange a few gifts.
He’s definitely a quality time over gifts person, but you know I had to spoil him a little. I got him this, this, this (he’s always sore from jujitsu) and a couples’ massage that we can enjoy together.
Maybe I’m “lucky” that I lean toward the introvert side, so I actually enjoy some alone time. But, I still miss the special people in my life when we’re apart. Maybe you can relate to that too – whether you’re divorced or not.
Our big gift this year is the swimming pool that’s currently underway in our backyard. There’s been a lot of progress and I think it will be finished in just a few more weeks! I’ve been sharing the progress as it unfolds on my Instagram Stories and have saved it to a highlight if you want to check it out.
I’ll be sure to document the whole process here on the blog when it’s all finished! Definitely something to look forward to in the new year!
After Christmas Sales
Today, I’m also sharing so many good after-Christmas sales and I’m looking to score some deals myself.
I never put garland on the stairs in the new house because I didn’t have any I loved and didn’t want to pay too much for it, so I hope to find that now, along with deeply discounted holiday decor and then perhaps some patio furniture.
What are you looking for? Did you get gift cards so that you can shop for yourself?
Top 10 After Christmas Deals
With every retailer under the sun having a sale today, I wanted to focus on the top deals that you may be interested in first.
- Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale – savings up to 50%!!
- Barefoot Dreams Hoodie Pullover
- Hunter Rain Boots
- Ugg Slippers
- Steve Madden Booties
- Tory Burch Ballet Flats
- Nike Air Max Sneakers
- Turtleneck Tunic
- Favorite T-Shirt Bra
- Oversized V-Neck Sweater
- Sequin Jacket
I like to share affordable, mix and match pieces that fit a casual lifestyle. Sometimes, we glam it up a bit and also need things for work, workouts and my favorite – lounge!
Nearly everything is on sale today, so I included a ton of winter outfit inspiration for you here with both me and one of my besties, Ali-Shaun.
For size reference: I’m more petite, usually ordering XS and 25P in jeans. Ali-Shaun is few inches taller and usually wears size medium.
Loft Winter Style | All On Sale
BLACK FRIDAY SALES
NORDSTROM | Half Yearly Sale, save up to 60% off
Abercrombie | Up to 40% off select styles, plus extra 15% ioff + FREE ship on orders over $99
Banana Republic | Up to 50% off all Sale Styles
Boll & Branch | 25% off sitewide in the LTK app, code LTK25
Colleen Rothschild | New Sale
Express | 40% off everything
GAP | Up to 70% off markdowns
GibsonLook | Up to 60% off sale
JCrew | up to 50% off
LOFT | Semi-Annual Sale, extra 50% off sale styles
Madewell | Extra 30% off sale
Old Navy | $25 off your order, activewear starting at $8
Our Place | Last Chance Sale, 40% off
Target | Up to 50% off
Pottery Barn | End of Season Sale: Up to 50% off
Sephora | Beauty under $20
Tarte | Glamazon Collection
WALMART | Winter Savings Sale
West Elm | Up to 70% off
Have a fantastic day friend!