Coffee Talk 11.26.17

Good morning! Whew, we made it through Thanksgiving weekend! There’s no denying that we’re full-throttle in holiday season now.

I only have a few minutes to write this post before I need to go running and then get ready for church. I’ve been neglecting my runs this week because I’ve been pretty much working non-stop or spending time with the family, but I was just getting back to it after being down and out with my dental saga so I want to keep that momentum going.

There’s a lot going on with the blog right now. My gift guide for men went live yesterday, so don’t miss that. I’m afraid it will get overlooked in the hubub of Black Friday/Cyber Monday but this is the best time to finish off your shopping list because a lot of my gift ideas are on sale. You can see all of my gift guides HERE.

I’d like to get my women’s gift guide up today, but that may be too ambitious because I haven’t even started it and I also need to update my Black Friday sales post. A lot of Cyber Monday sales have already started today, and they’re good, you guys. Yes, even a little better than Black Friday. (Bloomingdale’s is now 25% off already deeply reduced prices on select items including some great cashmere gifts, luggage, denim, and more!)

Also, in case you missed it, there’s a Tory Burch crossbody giveaway at the end of that Black Friday post. I would really love for a regular reader to win it, so go enter!!!

The girls and I are hoping to put up the fake tree in the living room this afternoon, so that may take precedence over all of the above, as it should. In my idealistic mind, I will do it all, but sometimes I have a bit of a problem judging time. Ha! I just have this feeling that if I will it to happen, I can fit it all in and make it work out, which is why I’m always running late and forgetting something. I like to say it’s part of my charm, but really, I need to make set more realistic expectations for myself because when I try to do too much, I get stressy and cranky, and that’s no fun for anyone.

Lest you think all I do is work, we had a great time yesterday taking the girls into Philly to see Finding Neverland. I didn’t love the musical so much (the storyline is a little hokey) but the performance was great, and it’s just so much fun to go to the Academy of Music. It’s a gorgeous building, and everyone was in the holiday spirit. Plus, we made it into the city in time to treat ourselves to a nice lunch at XIX in the Bellevue Hyatt. It’s a stunning room with lots of historic architecture, and it looks out over the city, plus the food was amazing.

On Friday, we went to our annual Thanksgiving weekend Shane family get-together where we got to catch up with everyone, and that was fun. It’s always a bit loud and crazy with a bunch of dogs running around (everyone brings theirs except us, lol) and tons of people and good food, and we all love it.

If you’re noticing a common theme here — food — you’ll know why I’m feeling desperate for a run this morning! I definitely need to get back to my normal eating habits and exercise routine this week because we have more events next weekend and I want to feel good for those.

I have more I wanted to tell you, but I need to dash if I’m going to get to church on time. I hope you have a lovely Sunday, and be sure to check back in before you finish up your shopping because I’ll at least get my Cyber Monday post up super early in the morning, even if I can’t fit in any more gift guides.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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  1. I hope you manage to fit in your run. I make mine a priority and part of my routine. I do it in the morning so nothing else gets in the way. Do it for yourself, Jo-Lynne! 
    We had our first Christmas party of the season yesterday. It helped put me in the Christmas spirit to start decorating my home. Not the tree yet but the rest. I’m thinking a winter vacation next year, instead. Sitting on the beach somewhere with a margarita in hand, soaking up the bright sunshine, no stress of the season….just fun. Ahhhh 

  2. I’m looking forward to your Cyber Monday post! I hope you’re able to enjoy your day and get some rest too, it’s easy to overdo this time of year.

  3. I entered the giveaway! Love that TB crossbody sooo much! Thank you for the chance to win one!! ????

    Sounds like you’ve already been enjoying the holiday season the right way; getting out and doing fun things with family and friends is what it’s all about. We’re seeing The Nutcracker in two weeks at a nearby performing arts center. Can’t wait! 

    I had big plans for this weekend to get our tree up and presents wrapped (almost all done with my shopping), but my body had other plans. ???? My husband took me to urgent care yesterday because my cough was getting worse and glad I did cuz I have bronchitis! The doc gave me antibiotics, the good cough syrup, and special pain relieving cream for my back (pulled a muscle on thanksgiving). I’m quite the party, huh?! ????
    It’s so hard to not be able to move around and do anything when my “to-do list” is so long! I couldn’t get out to church today so I’m getting ready to watch Dr. Charles Stanley on TV in a few minutes. I love his weekly messages. 

    Have a great Sunday, JoLynne! 

    1. Oh, no!!! Feel better. Didn’t you already have the flu? Well, hopefully you’re getting it all out of the way before Christmas. 🙂 I love Dr. Stanley, although I haven’t listened to him in years. I admire how he’s stayed out of the limelight and just does what he does best, preach the Word.

  4. I am loving your leather jacket you’ve featured in many outfits and on the round up yesterday ( I think yesterday day? The franticness off this time affects us all. Don’t know how you do it!) Anyway, I’m really tempted to get it. Would you say it runs true to size? Enjoy your Sunday! 

  5. I totally feel you on thinking I can get everything I want to get done finished. I make a list everyday with way too much on it! I’m keeping my autumn decorations up one more week before putting up my tree next weekend, but I did start getting my living room moved around to make a space for it. Sounds like you had a great day with the family. Enjoy your run!

  6. Thank you for mentioning the men’s gift guide!  I totally missed it. I’m thinking about getting that suitcase for my husband. Is that one that you can carry on or does it have to be checked?  Thank you for all the great ideas!  The tree you posted looks beautiful!

  7. Thank you, sincerely, for your excellent gift ideas. As a mother & grandmother, I truly appreciate that I am able to give my children & grandchildren presents that they will enjoy All because I used your recommendations. Without your suggestions, I would be returning things I thought they would like- and, I hate returning stuff!!

  8. I, too, try to plan too much and think I can do it all.  I cooked and cleaned Tuesday and Wednesday with a doctor’s appointment thrown in on Tuesday along with the community wide Thanksgiving church service on Tuesday night.  Up early on Thanksgiving morning to finish cooking with kids and grandkids arriving at 10:30 to eat at 11:30 so that some can leave by 1:00; some staying until 7 pm.  Friday……putting up one Christmas tree and decorating inside along with assisting hubby with outside decorating.  Exhausted by Saturday but dinner party with friends out of town.  Need to plan better next year!  Love your blog with fashion ideas and also hearing about your life with kids and family and especially your commitment to church on Sunday

  9. I love your clothing suggestions! For someone like me, who has difficulty coming up with new ideas, I really appreciate all of your hard work!

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