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Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Holiday Outfit from eShakti



Are you going anywhere special for the holidays? I'm probably not, but I've always thought it would be fun to go to a holiday party all dressed up. So I decided I could dream a little, and put together my dream Holiday Outfit.

I started by browsing through eShakti's new arrivals. I just love that I can customize the dresses to fit my body, plus the length, neckline and sleeves to fit my level of comfort. It's dress shopping on a whole new level! For the holidays, I couldn't imagine anything more me than the Beaded snowflake ponte sheath dress

After finding my dress I headed over to two of my favorite online boutique stores - Cents of Style and Hannah Jane. I'm not one for extreme high heels normally, but the Mosaic-36- Cream Velvet Pump from Cents of Style is exactly what I would wear to a party with this dress on!

Just a little more bling to dress this outfit up. I feel a necklace would just detract from the beautiful snowflake embroidery, so I went for something a little more simple with these Silver Stacking Knuckle Rings from Hannah Jane Boutique.

What does your holiday outfit look like?
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Black Friday Sales


Are you out shopping? Have you already gone? Or are you like me and hunkering down after a wonderful day of friends and family?

I really prefer to sleep in on holidays, and look for any sales online. I can't keep these to myself though, so here's a bunch of Black Friday Sales online! (and don't you worry I'll be back Monday with some Cyber Monday deals!)

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CRAFTSY - All classes $19.99 and under. Good through 12/1.  No codes needed.

Groupdealz - A one stop shop for all sorts of deals. Today find Free Shipping on many items. Good through 11/30. No codes needed

Kiwi Crate - We absolutely love our Kiwi Crate. Save 60% on your first months subscription. Goo through 12/1. Use code HOLIDAY60

BuyCostumes - 20% Off Sitewide A great gift idea for your kids, would be to update their dress up bin! Good through 11/30. Use code BLACKFRI20

ReebokSave big at Reebok with Skyscapes for $29.99, Women’s Electrify for $39.99, CF Sprint TR for $49.99 and CF Lifters and Lifter 2.0s for $89.99. Good through 11/29 Use code BLACKFRIDAY

Little Passports - 50% Off a new Monthly plan subscription. Good through 11/30. Use code BLACK50

Flirty Aprons - 50% Off and Free Shipping. Good through 12/3 Use code BLACKFLIRTY50

Cents of Style - Find some beautiful Knit Winter Scarves for $7.95 with Free Shipping. Black Friday only. Use code BLACK

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving: A list of gratitude


This month I've been sharing my gratitude daily over on Facebook. I thought today would be a great day, to grab all those little posts, and combine them in one to see what a bounty of blessings I have.

1. Warm Coats. When we moved to North Dakota, some of us only had light jackets. The people here are so kind, and we soon had warm coats for everyone
2. YOU! This month we reached over 3000 fans on facebook, and those posts are reaching a little over 800 each week. Here on the blog I see almost 4000 visitors a month! Thank you!! Keep coming back, and bring your friends.

3. Morning Smiles from my kids. Really is there anything better than waking up to smiling kids?
4. My Mom's Banana Bread. Get the Recipe!
5. The Holiday Season. This is the most wonderful time of the year. With sleighbells...are you singing yet? I just love the joy, kindness, and friendship that seems to be made more apparent this time of year. As we reach out to others to lift them up, because we feel that Christmas spirit.
6. My church. Learn more about what I believe.
7.  4 day weekends, and Snow. You really can't get more lucky than having it snow on a 4 day weekend. It means no days added to the end of the school year, and you can play with the kids outside, in the freshly powdered earth.

8. The USA and our veterans. I have incredible gratitude for our soldiers. Past and present - as well as their families who give their husbands, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, etc. You are wonderful. Thank you.
9. Warm clothes and leggings.  Not to start controversy over leggings, I like the kind that just cover my calfs, and go under my legs. Pretty sure they kept me from turning into a popsicle one day.
10. A new Day. Because every day we wake up, we have the choice to start fresh and new. To let go of our past, and move into our future. New days are AWESOME!
11. My wonderful husband. I married a pretty great man. He loves his kids, he loves his job, and he loves me.

12. My parents. I feel such gratitude to these two I get to call Mom and Dad. They have always been my team. From coach, to cheerleader. I sure miss them this year, but they're only a phone call, or google hangout away.
13. Good books. Puh-lease! Life is just better with good books. Don't forget you can enter to win some of my favorites in the Holiday Gift Guide!
14. My mom - baking skills. I love my parents as a team, but also separately, because they are individuals. My mom taught me to cook. She expected me to learn the basic skills of feeding a family. How very grateful I am for that when I look in my cupboard and see jars of jelly I made, or the fresh bread cooling on the counter.
15. Our home. Oh how grateful I am that we have a home to live in right now. We moved to North Dakota with no place to live. After a few nights in the hotel, I truly am grateful for this place.
16. Reliable car. Earlier this year, we were able to purchase a new/used car. Our van was dieing. We didn't know we'd face unemployment, and then a huge move to North Dakota. Our van would not have made it.
17. Snowy days, hot chocolate, and childhood memories. When you combine these 3 items, life couldn't be much better. At least not for me. I am grateful that I have good childhood memories, and that things as simple as a mug of cocoa while the snow falls can bring those memories back.
18. Kids playing nicely. Truly, this is a blessing everyday it happens. Kids don't always play nice, but I want them to be best friends.
19. School. This year I decided to go back to school. I love WGU, because I can go to school completely online. That means I can still put my family first, but still pursue something that will both enrich my life, and my families.
20. My Dad. November also brings my dad's birthday. I love this man so much, and could not have asked for a better father. He's always been there for me, and I know he always will be. Warning, only watch the below video if you don't mind seeing me cry.

21. Amazing Friends and the Lord. We have moved a ton in our married life. Growing up, making friends was not easy for me. Yet every time we have moved, there has been someone who almost instantly became a friend, to both me and my kids. Krystal, Laura, Jennifer - thank you all for touching my families life! Along with this, is that I know the Lord has helped in putting these ladies in my life. They are all friends from church, with kids almost exactly the same ages as my own kids, with a similar view on life as my own. These friends have helped me through some rough patches, and never judged.
22. childhood neighbor. I had an elderly neighbor growing up. She became almost like a mom to me. She hired me to care for her home, one year, and for the next 2-3 years that's what I did. She taught me how to wax wood floors, trusted me at 12 with her riding lawnmower, as well as her beloved pets when she went on vacations. Until this year I didn't think I'd use those skills for anything but my own home. However, recently I've been able to pick up side work cleaning homes for others, and being able to contribute to our family's needs.
23. Pie. Ya'll, I love pie. So let's say thanks for all we have, and go enjoy some good old fashioned pie!

Let's work on cultivating an attitude of gratitude all year long. Some of my list may seem a little silly, but that's OK. Those small, silly things, are what we can find gratitude for every day. By being grateful, we can become more happy. 

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving


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