Oh Yes! The Weekend is Finally Here!
Don’t you love that feeling? It feels like when I was a kid in school, and it was the last day before winter break… nothing else like it! Because we are free to do what ever we want! Yowza! Can you tell I’m just a little excited?
Well, lots to cover, but first I want to thank my son Jake Kennedy for the photos this week. He has so much on his plate right now, and yet he somehow shoe horns in a time we can take some photos because he knows how much I love this blogging adventure! Jake is studying photography and video, and I am so excited for his future! If you would like to follow him, you can find him on Instagram @jacob.kennedy21.
So our exercise group is on fire! I kid you not! Something is going on in that group, maybe it’s in the air, I dunno! But there is a healthy lifestyle revival going on and you are invited!
I started this group last March because, well… I need the encouragement! I just discovered a hole in my jeans and I am not buying another pair at this size! No no no! The gauntlet has been thrown down!
Honestly we really have so much fun in our group, we have women at all levels of fitness (pretty much everyone is running laps around me, hah!). Women from all over the country and the world!
We want you to join us too! This group is for ladies on Facebook, and we all just have fun encouraging each other by trying to get in some form of activity each day and share with the group what you did. Some ladies post every day, some just once in awhile. Whatever works for you. The point is we are trying to get a little bit healthier. All positive, no pressure. Just fun!
It’s totally free! No strings! Pinky promise!
Come join us! Click here if interested: December Sizzlers Challenge
Here are some Sales to get your Shopping Game on!
Ann Taylor – 40% off your purchase, use code GIVEANDGET Extra 15% off shoes and accessories! Woohoo!
Anthropologie – 30% off cozy favorites! (loungewear, candles and bedding)
Banana Republic – 40% off Your Purchase, extra 10% off sweaters
Barnes & Noble – 20% off orders $50 and up, use code WISHLIST
Bloomingdales – Take 25% off items labeled 25% off. Now through Dec 9
Chicos – Sale! Up to 50% off select full price styles!
Clarks – Take an extra 25% off your purchase! Use code FNF25
Dick’s Sporting Goods – $25 off your purchase of $100 or more. If shopping in store, there is a tab on the site for a printable in store coupon.
DSW – Offering a free blanket with your $39+ purchase. 2 color options: for the Black patterned blanket, use code BLACKBLANKET ; for the Gray patterned blanket, use code GRAYBLANKET
Gap – 40% off your purchase, use code WINTERFUN . (50% off for Gap Cardholders)
Gap Factory – up to 75% off almost everything! Extra 15% off use code SNOW
JC Penney – Extra 25% off $100 +, or 20% off purchases under $100. Use Code HOLIDAYS
JCrew – 60% off sale styles, Plus, 40% off your purchase! use code SALELOVE
JJill – 30% off entire purchase – use code GIFT18
Kate Spade – Extra 30% off Sale styles, use code EXTRAEXTRA
Kohls – 25% off Friends and Family code: HOLIDAY25
Loft – 50% off your purchase! Shazam! Use code NEWNOW
Lord & Taylor – Friends and family sale! 30% off almost all reg and sale priced items; 15% off almost all beauty and fragrance! Use code FRIENDS
Luckybrand – 40% off Lucky styles! 50% off all sales styles,
Macy’s – Take an extra 30% off, use code FRIEND, 15% off beauty items, code FRIEND
Nine West -40% off site wide. Use code MORESHOES
Old Navy – Entire store up to 60% off. No Code needed. Friday only extra 20% off.
Sephora – $15 off your purchase of $75 or more: use code 2018HOORAY
Talbots – 30% off entire purchase, use code HOLIDAY
Target – 20% off Women’s Clothing Friday and Saturday Only; 30% off Artificial Trees!
White House Black Market – 40% off entire purchase! Use Code 74305
Wow! There are some seriously good deals out there!
A Few of My Favorite Things
The last several weeks, I’ve been doing a component in my blog called “A Few of My Favorite Things” where I interview people who are influencers in all walks of life. I have loved doing it and have gotten great feedback on these interviews! I’m taking a break for the next few weeks, and have the next one scheduled for later in December and then several in January. I’m so excited to share lots more truly amazing people with you in the upcoming year! It’s such a privilege!
And now, on to this week’s fashion!
When I saw this scarf, it was so bright and colorful and fun, I knew it was a done deal! I’m a sucker for “bright and colorful and fun”! Scarf Scarf Scarf Scarf
This scarf is by Verloop Knits, a company based out of New York. I purchased it through Nordstrom, but you can also purchase it through Anthropologie, or directly from the company.
The scarf is 88″ long and 18″ wide! Now that is at least double the fabric I normally get in a scarf!
The knitting is so solid and dense in this scarf, it’s like “mega muffler”!
It was freezing the day we did these pictures. While he was shooting the pics, my son helped adjust it for me, and he was saying, “Wow, Mom, when we go on to the next outfit can I use this scarf? It’s so warm!” So of course I said yes! And there was my 6’2″ son wearing this bright colorful scarf! It blessed me to see him in it! So it is now a community scarf, and anyone in the family can use it! You can too, if you come over!
The sweater I’m wearing is a super cozy Urban Flossy Cowl Neck Sweater from French Connection, Regularly $138, on sale for $82.80.
It comes in 4 colors, but this “Mars Red” is just the berries! Have I ever told you I love red?
And the bag I am carrying is a Faux Leather Satchel by Sondra Roberts. They just sold out of the black, but it now comes in a gorgeous cobalt blue and also in a pewter gray.
Honestly, what a fun outfit! How could you not smile wearing a scarf like that?
Speaking of fun, check out this next item! A cape trimmed in faux leopard fur!
Leopard Print Faux Fur and Fleece Cape reg $98 on sale $51.45! Use Code FRIEND
Kasey got in on this one! Doesn’t she look like the picture of the obedient faithful companion?
It doesn’t always work that way.
She has her own set of ideas about how the shoot should go.
Sometimes, honestly, we resort to bribery. Whatever it takes!
Saying “Cheese” has a totally different meaning for the two of us!
I’m wearing black jeans with it here, but wouldn’t it be adorable with leggings? I have a few pounds to go before that happens, Hah! But my Sizzler group is helping!
Well, it now feels like the Christmas hustle and bustle are really here! And between wanting to have your house trimmed like a Currier and Ives card but the lights on your prelit tree quit working, and trying to buy the absolutely perfect gift for everyone on a shoestring budget, it can be, well, a little stressful! And then add in baking while you are on a diet, and Christmas cards, and trying to find the perfect sweater… (with the fear someone will mistakenly think you bought it for an ugly Christmas sweater contest- yes that has happened to me! Only once though!). And maybe you said yes to everything this year, and you are so overbooked you will be starting your shopping at 10pm Christmas Eve…
Sometimes you have to just step back, have a little chuckle, (or fall down on the floor laughing your head off!) and just breathe… deep cleansing breaths. And be calm. Let the calm fall on you like the snowflakes.
Transport yourself for a moment to that Silent Night, and two young people divinely appointed but not knowing why… alone, in a stable with maybe a few sheep, and the birth of a baby so precious, and yet so vulnerable, and they wrap Him in swaddling clothes and lay Him in a manger. Imagine their thoughts as they looked at this baby by the light of a lantern! Did they fear they might fall short of such a precious calling? And yet, they were never truly alone not for a single moment. And neither are we. Let that comfort wrap around your shoulders and warm your heart, and move the tasks of the season aside for a moment and make room in your heart for the real meaning of Christmas. And declare with a deep breath, “Joy to the World, the Lord is come!”
Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back Tuesday for another Tasty Tuesday!
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her king. Let every heart prepare Him room. And Heaven and nature sing, and Heaven and nature sing, and Heaven and Heaven and nature sing!” ~Isaac Watts
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