Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning, and happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans! (And happy last weekend of November to the rest of you!) How do you plan to spend your day?

Paul just came into my office and surprised me with homemade peach Bellinis. Cheers to Turkey Day!  🥂

We’re having kind of a lazy Thanksgiving weekend. I will miss seeing my family in Virginia, but I’m so grateful not to be traveling.

We hung out with friends last night and celebrated a birthday, so that was fun.

This morning, I slept in till 7AM (that’s late for me!) and I’ve been updating my Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopper’s guide. A few new sales have dropped, and I cleaned up some of my shopping widgets, deleted some items that were sold out, and added a few new items I discovered.

The Ultimate Shopper's Guide to Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales & Deals

I still have to get to the grocery store and pick up a few things before we head down to my brother-in-law’s home for family dinner later this afternoon. Procrastinate much?

I figured the grocery store would be less crowded this morning than it was the past couple of days, so I just decided to wait.

Anyway, it’s always a good time, and best of all, I don’t have to cook! (I’m bringing a charcuterie plate and dinner rolls, and C is making jalapeño popper dip.)

Yesterday, she made a homemade cherry pie, and it was delish. Yes, I broke my gluten-free diet to have a taste. (I’m not celiac, just gluten-sensitive if I have too much.)

I’ve been working pretty much round the clock all week, between sponsored posts that were due, gift guides I wanted to get out to you, and the Cyber Week deals that started early. It will be soooo nice to have today to rest and relax.

Then tomorrow, I will hit the ground running at the crack of dawn, updating my Black Friday shopping guide with the latest and greatest sales and deals. I’m curious to see where they go from here — some are already as good as they were last Cyber Monday!

I’m trying to keep this shopping guide highly curated to the best deals, not just listing everything I can find, but it keeps getting longer and longer as new sales crop up! I hope it’s helpful.

Remember, if you’re on Facebook, my Facebook Group is the best place to get of-the-moment sales and deals. I am always adding new things as I find them, and others are sharing their finds too! JOIN HERE!

We’re also planning to get our Christmas tree tomorrow.

I already set up our two faux trees — one in the living room, and a small one in a corner of the kitchen — but we always cut down a live tree for the family room, and that is the one we decorate with all of our family ornaments from over the years. We are all looking forward to that.

Hopefully the weather will calm down before then. It’s crazy windy out there right now. I thought for sure we were going to lose some shingles last night.

I’m also aiming to get our Christmas photo cards ordered this weekend, AND to put together the photo book I always make for Paul’s parents.

Yeah… that’s pretty ambitious, but I’ve learned from experience that Cyber Monday deals are the best of the season on Christmas photo cards and photo books, so I like to take advantage of that if I can.

I usually use Minted for our holiday photo cards, but I may go with some that are a little more economical this year since I’m just using a snapshot from my iPhone. Who do you usually use?

Any-WHO. That’s my plan for the Thanksgiving weekend. I’d love to hear about yours! Do you cook or go out to eat, or go to a friend or family member’s house?

Will you be shopping tomorrow or doing something festive with family? Hopefully you don’t have to work…

If you’re not in the USA, I hope you have some festive plans for the weekend just the same.

No matter where you hail from, I want you to know that I appreciate you more than words can say. When I started this blog on a whim back in March of 2006 — almost 14 years ago — I couldn’t have possibly imagined it would turn into what it is today.

Not only is it my full-time job that helps support our family, but it’s an amazing community of supportive women — many who I consider friends.

Thank you for being here, for commenting and pinning, or just showing up and reading along. I appreciate you!

Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

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19 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!  I love your sale guide!  I always use Snapfish for our Christmas cards- great prices.  I also use it to make a photo calendar for my mom every year.  Have a great weekend!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! I don’t know that I’ll be doing much shopping this weekend. Though I did see the thrift store is having a sale. I might check that out. Hope you are able to relax and get everything on your list done too!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!!
    Our Christmas celebrations kick off this weekend with a big family event and we’re getting our tree so it’s gonna be loads of fun and crazy busy here.
    Hope you have a great day with your family. 🧡

  4. So THANKFUL for you and your daily posts! It is always fun, uplifting and positive to read what you have written every day. Keep up the GREAT work, and know that you are admired and much appreciated! May God Bless you and your sweet family this Holiday Season!

    1. Lisa said it so eloquently: I share her thoughts too! I second her words. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! God bless!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! This afternoon we’re having 4 couples who don’t have family nearby or already had Thanksgiving with their families over for a traditional dinner. I always buy a fresh turkey and this year we’re trying our hand at spatchcocking– where you remove the backbone and flatten out the turkey before roasting it. It’s supposed to greatly reduce cooking time and give you a turkey that’s moist on the inside with crunchy skin on the outside. We shall see! Tomorrow we’ll have a non-traditional meal with 3 of my 4 children and their families. Two of my children have jobs in the healthcare and there are inlaws so we try to be flexible. I hope everyone has a wonderful day no matter what you’re doing!

  6. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! 
    I really enjoy reading your blog / post !!! 
    I love all  the clothes you wear and show us how to wear them in  multiple ways!! Thanks for making me look good everyday and at the same time making me  feel good about myself!!😊

  7. Happy Thanksgiving. I really appreciate all your dedication to help us ladies look fashionable / you are a pleasure. 

    It’s cold – snowed some, some ice & still raining some now. What a day. I’m staying in as my hip is giving me problems again & im pretty sure a Slip & fall wouldn’t help. Lol. 

    Living in a small town – no grocery stores open on holidays….so I thought back to years past when running to the grocery on Thanksgiving & smiled. It’s a different way of life in a small town, but I love it after forever in big cities!

    You have a great day with family. Thanks for the shopping guide – I broke down & ordered a cashmere sweater last night for a great price. 

    Have a blessed day. 

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I’m thankful to you for the hard work you do to keep us informed, learning, and shopping wisely.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day! I always order my photo cards from Walgreens. They usually do a 50% around this time of year and they have a ton of options. 

  10. So thankful for many things including your blog!
    You’ve helped me pick out clothes for special trips, parties and everyday hanging out!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  11. We appreciate you too. I’m not shopping today. Just eating. 🙄 I love sides more than the entree. My daughter makes a tasty squash casserole. Of course I love all the desserts. I may shop online tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving.

  12. Happy Thanksgiving!  I rarely comment, but I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all of your work, your positive vibe, and your realness. I really enjoy your blog, insta, and FB group. 

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family. I have my parents here from Arizona, so unfortunately won’t be doing any in store shopping… We just had out first November snow the night they arrived Tuesday 8 inches. The news says that’s the most we had in November in 9 years! More on the way! Saturday when they fly back, the weather is going to be bad, flights will be iffy..

    God bless you

  14. I am cooking for my family and brother in laws family, but it’s easier since everyone is bringing something.  Decorating the inside this weekend and starting to order gifts. I appreciate you also and how you share fashion, life and health with us. I would love it if you could share more of your healthy meal ideas. (It definitely makes fitting into our fashion easier!)😂😂😂  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  15. Happy thanksgiving Jo-Lynn! I cooked for My very large family I’m finally sitting down to check on my emails. Hope you had a good day.
     I don’t think I’ll be doing any Black Friday shopping but a do have a Christmas Bazaar I’ll be going to and will patronize some local businesses for Small Business Saturday.

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