Coffee Talk + Sale Alerts

Good morning! I hope you’re having a good weekend. I’m glad I got to hang out at home and relax on Friday night because yesterday was pretty nuts. I’m hoping to rest this afternoon and get rejuvenated for the week. I can’t believe Christmas is only two weeks away!

This is the first holiday season in a long time that I’m not feeling hopelessly over-committed, so that’s good. I do have a few more gift guides I want to get out this week, and I’m looking forward to wrapping up 25 Days of Winter Fashion. Hopefully the weather will cooperate because I have a few more outfits to shoot to complete the series.

We managed to get two shoots in yesterday morning, actually it was three if you count the one of Paul. Can I count a men’s outfit towards my 25 winter outfits??? I’ve been debating. Will you feel cheated? Ha! We’ll see… it might come down to how many of my own outfits I can shoot before Friday. I think I need two more, and the weather for the week is looking pretty uncooperative.

Yesterday morning, we finally got to the tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree, so the kids are happy. It was FREEZING so I wasn’t able to wear my cute red vest outfit, and my daughter usurped my favorite hat. I settled for red boots and a red scarf.

All the trees on the lot were HUGE. Not only tall, but wide. I think we found the smallest tree they had, and it’s 9 feet tall and almost as wide. It definitely takes up a chunk of the family room.

After we got back from the tree farm, the girls and I changed and went right back out the door to the ladies’ Christmas Tea with our church. That took up the rest of the afternoon, and when I got home, I had about 30 minutes to regroup before friends arrived for a get-together we had spontaneously planned earlier in the day.

I think I hit the hay around 11PM, which is late for me, but it was a fun day, and I’m glad we were able to fit it all in. Unfortunately my body is pretty set in its ways, so I woke up at 5:30 this morning like clockwork. Sleeping in is a pointless endeavor, I’ve learned, so I just got up and shuffled downstairs for a cup of coffee and some quiet time by the Christmas tree.

Needless to say, I’m dragging a bit today. Fortunately there’s not much on the agenda other than church this morning and decorating our Christmas tree this afternoon.

I’ll probably make eggnog or hot chocolate to add to the festivities. If I get really motivated, I might make Shane Christmas Cookies, but it’s not much fun anymore now that I’m gluten-free. I don’t really like the process of cookie making, but I do enjoy nibbling on a frosted gingerbread cookie and chasing it with a cup of java on a cold winter afternoon. Don’t these look delicious??? The recipe and the story behind them is HERE.

Shane Christmas Cookies

Before I go, I want to mention a few sales that arrived in my inbox this weekend that might be of interest to you!

KATE SPADE // Surprise Sale! 75% off. Ends 12/22 at 11:59PM.

Kate Spade Surprise Sale 75% off!

J.CREW // 30% off your entire purchase or 40% off when you spend $200+. Use code PRESENTS.


LOFT // 40% off everything. Use code STYLEEVENT.


WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET // 30% off your full price purchase + free shipping!

White House Black Market

NORDSTROM // New markdowns on UGG, great gifts for the whole family!

UGG Sale

I wish I had time to go through and make some product recommendations, but you’re on your own this time. I need to get moving here and get ready for church.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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17 Responses

  1. I’m off to a slow morning (by design) here this morning and reading your Coffee Talk is always one of my favorite of your blog posts. Glad I stopped by! WHBM sale has me debating on those black scuba pants you posted a while back. I’ll have to take another look! Be sure to post a photo of your huge tree! I’m enjoying mine as I type! 🙂 Have a great day!

    1. The scuba pants are at LOFT and they’re 40% off.???? I’m wearing mine right now. Love them. The only dress pants I’ve tried that don’t make me feel frumpy. ????

      Enjoy your tree! ????

  2. Love your family pic at the tree farm. I think you might end up being the short one in your family. It’s wonderful that you were able to get out as a family to pick a real tree. Traditions are important and remembered forever.
    I love the red scarf & boots. Red really is one of your colors.

    1. Yes, I’m so glad we made it happen. 🙂 I do think I may end up being the short one. Caroline is probably full grown and we’re close to the same height, but I expect Becca to be taller than both of us. She’s always been in the upper percentiles for height, whereas my other two were average.

  3. Hi Jo-Lynne! What a cute family photo! Growing up in GA, we never went to a tree farm to select and cut down our tree, but it sure seems like a fun family tradition. We always had artificial trees. I hope you do have some down time today, so your body can get ready for the new week. Due to this horrible cold I have, I’ve claimed today as a down day. I will pay a few bills, but I’m not doing any active work.

    Have a blessed day!

    1. I never cut down a tree growing up in VA either. When I married into Paul’s family and that’s what they did, I thought it was such a novelty. My kids love it too. I think we’ve only bought a pre-cut tree 2 or 3 times in 21 years. 🙂 Going to the tree farm is a fun tradition.

  4. I will NOT feel cheated if you use your husband’s clothes as one of the 25 days! You do a lot and you deserve a break. I would love to see some hubby clothes anyway. Give yourself some grace. You’ve been a wonderful blogger for us for years. We will love you still! 🙂
    Merry Christmas! Your family picture is adorable. How nice you take the time to do a tree and pictures. Great memories!

    1. LOL, his post is coming either way. 🙂 He’s willing to do more men’s fashion, but his style is pretty much a variation on the same “uniform” so I don’t know how interesting it would be long-term. It’s fun to be on the other side of the camera every once in a while.

  5. I just wanted to take a minute and tell you how much I love your blog. I came across it while looking for outfit ideas on Pinterest for a trip to a Disney World. I look forward to your posts and have been able to step outside of my comfort zone and try new fashion choices since reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your time and ideas with your followers!

  6. Beautiful family photo! I know you’re glad you all finally managed to get to the tree farm. It can be so tough trying to squeeze everything in this time of year, but the family traditions always seem to make the best memories, I think. 🙂

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