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11/29/15

The “Be Thankful Challenge”

Happy (late) Thanksgiving!!!
I hope everyone had a great time with family and friends and I hope you all had turkey hangovers 🙂 We had a great time but of course I ate waaaaaayyyy too much 🙂 We had it at our house this year because my aunt recently had shoulder surgery so I was happy to host. We had so much food which was perfect for leftovers. I am actually finishing them as I am writing this 🙂

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The lovely Adi from Adi in the Life  challenged me in the “Be Thankful” challenge and I am so glad to share all of the blessings in my life.

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The Rules:
  • Share this image in your blog post
  • Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for
  • Write about 5 things in 2015 you are thankful for
  • Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part
Five People I am Thankful For:
  1. My husband. Aka: My Best Friend! I honestly think I fall in love with him more and more every year. This was our first Thanksgiving as newlyweds, however, we have been together 6 years. Of course we have our ups and downs but we really do make a great team. Being together only 2 years, we had our son Ridge but I really think that made our bond stronger. He is my rock and my biggest supporter. I pray for many more happy years and holidays together 🙂
  2. My son/stepdaughter. My entire world! I have never felt love like a do with these two. My son makes me a better person, better woman, better human being and of course and better mommy. I am pretty much obsessed with any and everything he does. I know God put him in my life at the right time, being 26 when I had him, I needed to slow down and really enjoy every moment of life. My stepdaughter, who is now 14, is also a huge blessing in my life. She has grown into an amazing young lady and is just getting more beautiful by the day. She has the energy of a toddler and such a witty personality. I am blessed to have such amazing kids 🙂
  3. My mom. Aka: My “other” or “First” Best Friend! Me and my mom have always been super close. She raised me to be a responsible and an appreciative young lady. Being an only child, I know that was probably a challenge for her to make sure I was not a brat. She has gone above and beyond for anything I have ever needed. She is also an amazing “Emaw” to my son. I think she might even be more in love with him than she was with me hehe…  I am blessed to have her in my life.
  4. My dad. The funniest person I know. I am definitely a daddy’s girl and I mean to a “T”. He has always put the fire in my soul and taught me how to never give up no matter what. I competed in dance my whole life and he would always be there to watch me perform. I would pump me up and encourage me to fight to the end. He is an amazing father and awesome “Epaw” He keeps our family young at heart and I am grateful for him.
  5. My family. The backbone to my life. I grew up with two younger cousins who were like my sisters. Even though we do not get to hang out as much anymore, we are and will always be super close. My grandma is the sweetest person I know and my aunt always has my back. They are my biggest supporters and I am blessed to call each and every one of them family.
Five Things in 2015 I am Thankful For:
  1. Getting Married. Aka: “Best Day Ever” Words cant describe how perfect my wedding day went… I was a hot mess and a complete emotional disaster BUT everything turned out the way I dreamed it would. My parents, husband, son, stepdaughter, friends, family, wedding planner and all of the vendors really pulled off such a special day that I could of never imagined possible. Now I have a husband and soulmate for life.
  2. My blog. Being a journalism major I have always had a passion for writing. I wanted to be a sports broadcaster or radio personality but the politics got in the way and I went a different direction. I have always followed several different blogs and wanted to start one sp this year I just said WHY NOT? I am so glad I did because I have met some amazing people who I already consider friends. It has also been a great way to get myself to try new things and be more courageous to venture out of my comfort zone. I look forward to where it can go….
  3. Getting a dream job. I am beyond thankful for an amazing opportunity I worked hard to get. I got a position with a global company and I am responsible for all 15 offices in the US. I support four executives and I organize all birthday/holiday and events for everyone. I was presented with this opportunity while I was with another company but I knew God had worked his magic and created this for me. I am 4 months into it and I am absolutely love it.
  4. Teaching Dance. My passion my entire life has been dance. I danced for 21 years and still haven’t hung up my hat. I teach hip hop to young girls and boys and strength and conditioning to the all star teams. The kids make it all worth it and really make my appreciate life. I love seeing them share the same passion I have my whole life and grow into such amazing dancers. This is more of a hobby than a job and I am blessed to do it every year 🙂
  5. Turning 30 Technically this hasn’t happened yet but I am ready to say goodbye to my 20’s  and embrace my next 10 years in my 30’s. I am healthy, happy and I dont feel a day over 21… Turning 30 on December 12th will put a fabulous end to such an amazing year that I am forever grateful for.
Five Bloggers I Tag to do this Challenge:

Hannah from Loubs and Lips

Kaitlyn from Me Myself and Everything Else

Olya from Shiny Little Pearls

Chelsea from The Dancing Runner

Elisabeth from Everything and Nothin

There were several people I though of tagging but I know it only said 5 people…. I love each and every one of my blogging friends 🙂

Again, thanks to the lovely Adi for the challenge. I really enjoyed writing this post. It reminded me of all the blessings in my life and reminds me why I love blogging. I cant wait to read other posts from my friends and what they are thankful for….. Have a fabulous week ahead 🙂

Brittany 🙂

 

Brittany
11/28/15

#WIWTW Series #2

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and had a great time with family and friends. I cant believe it has already come and gone… CHRISTMAS will be here before you know it. I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life and I am super thankful for each and every one of my new blogging friends… It is amazing how you feel like you know so many people you have never met. I am back with my second series of #WIWTW and we had some cooler temps in Texas this past week. My obsession with vests continues and the sweater weather is AMAZING!!!

Monday:

plaid

Top: Riff Raff (Dallas), $38 You had me at plaid tunic

Vest: Marshalls, Betsey Johnson $30

Leggings: Old Navy, $10 (sold out)

Boots: Steve Madden, Taupe Suede (old)

Tuesday:

brown

Top: Kohls, Vera Wang $25 (sold out)

Jacket: Nordstrom, Vince Camuto White Blazer on sale $67

Shoes: Aldo, Light brown booties $60 (sold out)

Wednesday:

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Top: Target, Chambray shirt $15 (sold out)

Jeans: H&M, Skinny Grey Jeans Sale $25

Scarf: SheInside, Plaid scarf $14

THANKSGIVING THURSDAY:

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Sweater: Target, Light blue sweater Sale $15

Jeans: H&M, previously linked

Boots: Gap, Brown boots $25 (old)

Scarf: Forever 21, $14 (sold out) Similar

Black Friday:

vest

Top: Forever 21, Beaded Top $19 (sold out)

Vest: Old Navy, White Vest Sale $15

Boots: Steve Madden, previously linked

Like I previously stated, I am “vest obsessed” at the moment! They are so comfy and you can put them with anything. I did go a little crazy for black friday and got lots of good bargains… I cant wait to share those with everyone. I hope this inspires you to share your outfits and get involved in the #WIWTWABCHALLENGE by Amanda Bella . I always love getting outfit inspiration from other fashionistas.

What styles and trends are you loving? What black friday deals did you find?

Brittany 🙂

 

 

Brittany
11/24/15

Black Friday Deals and Steals

If you are anything like me then you are super psycho about Black Friday! I am that person that once Thanksgiving lunch/dinner is over, I am putting on my sweats, brewing up some coffee and gathering up my coupons. Yes, I do agree stores have been a little crazy opening so much earlier on Thanksgiving Day than normal but I spend the entire weekend with family. Being such a short week anyway, I am with a 3 year old most of my time so I am ready to get out of the house by then. Usually me and my mom are out the door by 5-6pm ready to tackle the crowds but with a toddler following you everywhere, we have started going around 7-8pm. The real crazies are usually cleared out by then anyway 🙂 I have done my annual Black Friday research for the best deals and have given you all the details. We usually try to hit up most of these stores for their great deals but sometimes there just isnt enough coffee to keep your eyes and body running 🙂

kohls

Kohl’s will be opening on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm for in store shopping or online started Monday Nov. 23rd. I believe they are going to stay open all night and the doorbusters are valid through Friday at 1pm. They will be offering Kohl’s cash- $15 for every $50 spent through November 29th!

Kohls Savings:

  • Earn $15 Kohl’s Cash when you spend $50 (after % off discounts)
  • Most of the deals are available online before the sale starts in stores, but a select few are in store only deals.
  • Free Shipping when you spend $50 (no code needed!)
  • Use Code NOV15 to save 15%

Click Here for Kohls Black Friday Deals

target

Target will be opening on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm. Advertised Target sale prices begin 6 pm on Thursday, November 26 and are valid through November 28, 2015 while supplies last.

FRIDAY ONLY: Spend $75 or more on Friday, November 27 and get 20% off one shopping trip between December 4-13.

SATURDAY ONLY: Save $50 off a Holiday Shop purchase of $100 or more(includes trees, lights, ornaments, stockings, gift wrap; excludes candy, snacks and electronics). Text MERRY to TARGET or use promo code MERRY online.

  • Target will offer an instant 10% off on certain toys just for creating a wish-list in a Target Kids app.
  • Targets “10 Days of Deals” officially kicked off 11/22
  • Fitbit Charge HR will be $119 on Friday only

Click Here for Target Black Friday Deals

best buy

Best Buy will be opening at 5pm of Thanksgiving Day.

Best Buy Savings:

  • Best Buy will remain open until 1AM and re-open again at 8AM on Black Friday.
  • You can also shop online all day on Thursday with free shipping.
  • There are a couple in-store only deals that you won’t be able to get online.
  • Watch for new doorbusters that will be revealed on Thanksgiving Day only online!

Click Here for Best Buy Black Friday Deals

For the kiddos:

toys r us

Toys R Us will be opening at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day. Doorbuster deals going on 5pm – Midnight on 11/26.

  • Online deals start at 9pm on Wednesday with FREE shipping on orders $19 or more
  • Free economy shipping on all Baby gear
  • Use Rewards R’ Us card to earn $5 for every 125 points earned
  • BOGO 80% off of Skylanders SuperChargers
  • $14.99 (50% off) Paw Patrol Rescue Training
  • Price Medical Kits, and more Fisher Price Thomas toys at 50% off
  • $29.99 (40% off) Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile
  • Movies will be BOGO for $1
  • Video Games 2 for $25 Sale

Click Here for Toys R Us Black Friday Deals

michaels

Michaels will be opening at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day.

THURSDAY:

  • Stores will open 4PM – 2AM (Note: sale prices will be reflected online at 4AM Thursday morning).
  • Coupon available from ad: 30% off Entire Purchase, including Sale Items (Coupon valid all day & online too)

FRIDAY:

  • Stores will open 7AM – 10PM
  • FREE GIFT CARD – The first 21 customers at every store will receive a gift card valued at $5, and 1 lucky person will receive a $20 gift card. Must be 18 or older. No purchase necessary.
  • Coupons available based on HOURS
  • 7AM – Noon – 30% off Entire Purchase, including Sale Items
  • Noon – 10PM – 40% off all Regular Priced Purchases

Click Here for Michaels Black Friday Deals

old navy

Old Navy Stores open on Thanksgiving Day at 4PM local time. Store hours do vary, so be sure to check your local store for additional open and close information.

  • Black Friday Weekend the entire store will be 50% off! Good Thursday & Friday, in-stores only
  • Be one of the first 50 shoppers at your Old Navy store and you’ll be entered for a chance to win 1,000,000
  • Early Bird deals going on now online, 30% off your purchase, 40% off $100 or more purchase
  • FREE shipping on orders $25 or more

Click Here for Old Navy Black Friday Deals

macys

Macy’s stores will be opening at 6pm Thanksgiving Day.

  • Shop online all day Wednesday for early bird specials
  • 60% off women’s clothing
  • 70% off bed and bath products
  • FREE glitter tote bag with any $95 fragrance
  • Extra 20$ off online now with promo code FEAST

Click Here for Macy’s Black Friday Deals

forever 21

Most Forever 21 locations will be opening at midnight on Black Friday! Check your local Forever 21 store locations for store hours.

Forever 21 Black Friday Deals

  • Forever 21 will be offering up to 50% off outerwear and sweaters + free shipping on all purchases over $30, ends 11/26!
  • Forever 21 is participating in a *Black Friday Mystery Card Giveaway! On Friday, November 27th, be one of the first people in line at Forever 21 stores nationwide and receive a mystery card valued up to $100!
  • Black Friday deals are starting at $3 online and in stores.
  • Certain items up to 50% off

Click Here for Forever 21 Black Friday Deals

amazon

Skip the lines and shop Amazon Black Friday deals from anywhere, even your couch. Starting Thanksgiving Day, Amazon’s “Lightning Deals” will be published between 3 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. PST until Wednesday, December 9. Additionally, Amazon will publish 10 “Deals of the Day” at midnight on Thanksgiving, and another 10 at midnight on Black Friday.

  • Amazon Fire TV will be $75
  • A mystery 60-inch 4K TV will list at $799
  • Kindle Paperwhite will go for an easy $99
  • 50 inch HDTV for a rock bottom $150, that’s app only
  • If you dont prefer the Amazon app, the company lets you sign up for mobile alerts to find out when new “lightning” specials are offered
  • Instead of publishing the deals across its site, Amazon is instead opting to roll out the deals on a schedule.

Click Here for Amazon’s Black Friday Deals

Happy Shopping Friends!!!!

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
11/22/15

#WIWTW Series

Happy Sunday friends!!!!!! We are officially 4 days out from THANKSGIVING!!!!!! I can not contain my excitement and I am making my shopping list as we speak. So much to be thankful for and so much food to be eatin 🙂

I am loving a new series from the fabulous Amanda Bella She has created a #WIWTW series and I have decided to share in the festivities. She takes selfies of her outfits for each day of the week and posts all the deets. I am excited to share my weekly outfits with you. My first post is a little different as I am sharing my outfits from the past 2 weeks. There are a couple days I forgot to snap my #ootd so I have made a mental note for future post to snap a selfie 🙂

Week 1: Monday

aztec sweater

Cardigan: Forever 21 (similar) Jeans: Target (old) Boots: Aldo (Taupe Beachburg) Scarf: Charming Charlies (old)

Week 1: Friday

furry vest

Vest: Marshall’s ($25) Top: Forever 21, Cream Top Boots: Steve Madden, Taupe Suede 

Week 2: Monday

fringe purse

Shirt: Gap (similar) Fur Vest: Charming Charlies (similar) Leggings: H&M, Black Treggings Shoes: Target (old)

Week 2: Tuesday

cardigan boots

Dress: Forever 21, Black Shift dress Scarf: Charming Charlie, (similar) Cardigan: Target (old) Boots: ASOS (sold out)

Week 2: Friday

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Target outfit! Everything in this picture is from Target and these jeans are on sale for $10!!

I am loving this new #WIWTWABCHALLENGE and sharing my styles with you. I am super obsessed with vests at the moment so you might be seeing a lot of these in the future. And Target is my jam if you haven’t noticed… I pretty much live there.

What styles and trends are you loving? I hope this inspires you to do this challenge or some other type of outfit post.

Have a great short week friends!!!!

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
11/18/15

Thanksgiving Feast Outfit Ideas

Thanksgiving Feast Outfit Ideas

I dont know if everyone is ready for lots and lots of amazing food but I know I sure am….. I have put together some of my favorite picks for Thanksgiving Day outfits! Notice that most of them are very loose fitting for that extra room for food. I am loving all of the new holiday sweaters from SheInside. They have such fabulous clothes at affordable prices.

Thanksgiving Feast Outfit Ideas

Plaid cardigan
shein.com

River Island cream vest
riverisland.com

Charlotte Russe hat
charlotterusse.com

Plaid scarve
alinaboutique.com

H M round scarve
$12 – hm.com

Thanksgiving is a week from TOMORROW! I know the main focus is being thankful and family as it should be. But we can still be thankful and look fabulous all at the same time. (And get our grub on)
Enjoy!
Brittany 🙂
Brittany