Black Friday Traditions + Giveaway

Black Friday is here! There’s a good mix of people opting in and out of it this year, but for me, it’s one tradition I won’t be missing out on! Since high school it’s a fun traditon I’ve had with my mom and best friend, Jazmyne! People always think we’re crazy when I tell them our typical plan of starting out between 10 and 11 p.m. when the Thanksgiving events are over and we’re ready to get our shop on, and contiues on until about 1 or 2 p.m. – yep, straight through the night (and day) shopping.

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There aren’t any big doorbusters we head out for. In fact, most of the deals we end up taking advantage of could be purchased online easily. In fact, our plan usually involves getting to the big stores when the big crowds will NOT be around. It’s really just about fun times running around town hitting all of our favorite stores, listening to Christmas tunes, and making multiple stops at Starbucks for red cup drinks (don’t forget to enter the $130 Starbucks gift card giveaway here)!

Are there any big items you’re on the hunt for? Will you be out shopping for Black Friday this year, hiding out at home to do your shopping, or avoiding it all together?

For my final Thanksgiving week giveaway, I’m teaming up with some great bloggers to give away free blog ad spaces, in hopes of saving some of you a few bucks on promotion to put toward your Christmas shopping budget instead. Enter below!



7 Things I’m Thankful For + Giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving, all! Food aside, this morning is my favorite part of Thanksgiving, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Who cares if I’m 25 and make sure I wake up in time to watch the whole thing, it’s the little things in life!

In true Thanksgiving fashion, this is the time of year we remember to recognize and give thanks for the things we’re thankful for in our lives. It’s definitely something I want to get better about thinking of throughout the entire year, but for today, here are 6 things I’m thankful for.



I could’ve separated this into a few different categories, but instead of separating them, I’m just going to say, “people.” My boyfriend, family, friends, Sheba (she may not be a human but she’s part of my people), and the blogging community as a whole. I’m so thankful to have the support from so many people, who mean the world to me!

My job

I feel so lucky to have a great job in such an important field, with awesome coworkers surrounding me every day. Plus, it pays the bills and allows me to have nice things!

My health

While nobody (myself included) is immune to being sick, I’m so thankful that I’m free of any life-threatening illness or other tough long term-health issues.

A roof over my head

It sounds so simple, but this is an important one.


Especially today (yes, my fat pants are ready), I’m thankful for food. So many good things on the menu and an abundance of it!

The ability to travel

Travel is a luxury, and that isn’t lost on me. I’m beyond grateful that I have the opportunity and ability to take trips to visit loved ones, and travel the world to see things beyond what’s outside of my window.


Another luxury, but something that most people don’t really think about, since it’s become a huge part of our daily lives. Technology. This includes (but not limited to) the Internet, iPhone, and Netflix. Where would we be today without them?!


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the day with friends and family! To celebrate, I’ve partnered with a great group of awesome blogging gals to offer you a chance to win a$130 gift card to Starbucks! Enter using the Rafflecopter below.


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The Good Dinosaur: Movie Review

Earlier this week I caught a screening of Disney’s newest film, The Good Dinosaur, one I was pretty excited to see, as the combination of Disney + Pixar can do no wrong!

The Good Dinosaur imagines what would happen if the asteroid completely missed Earth and dinosaurs and humans coexisted. Following an Apatosaurus named Arlo, the film focuses on an unlikely friendship and the power of confronting fears and learning what you’re capable of.


While the movie’s message was certainly clear, I couldn’t help but also notice strong similarities between The Good Dinosaur and other Disney works. I won’t get into it too much (because, spoilers), but I will say hands down, BRING TISSUES. I don’t think I’ve teared up so much in a movie in a long time – or maybe ever!

This wasn’t my favorite from the studio (it really seemed like The Lion King reimagined with dinos instead of jungle animals minus the singing), but nonetheless, it was pretty enjoyable. For both kids and adults, it’s a great reminder that you can do incredible things if you just step a little bit out of your comfort zone!

Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures

My youngest sister, Carmody, wanted to share her thoughts on The Good Dinosaur as well, so here’s some insight from a kid’s perspective: “The move was very wonderful, suspenseful, but a little emotional at any time. It kind of sneaks up on you! But I would totally recommend to see it! You won’t deny it! I guarantee it! Thanks for reading!”

Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures

So there you have it! If you’re looking for a good family movie to see this week, this one is adult- and kid-approved! Just remember, pack those extra tissues! The visuals are incredible and the amount of detail that Disney/Pixar puts into things is just amazing.

Are you planning to see The Good Dinosaur? If you were a dino, which kind would you be?

Thanksgiving Tips for Dog Owners

Happy Thanksgiving week! I’m so excited for lots of food, friends, family, parade-watching, and online/in-store (Black Friday) shopping! But in the midst of all of the excitement, it’s important to remember a few things if you’re a dog (or really any pet) owner.

Thanksgiving tips for dog owners

Be Mindful of the Food on the “No” List

Even though it’s not recommended, most of us are guilty of giving our pups some table scraps/”human food” every once in a while. The big no-no’s are things like turkey skin, gravy, dried fruits, nuts, onions, chocolate, certain herbs/spices, etc. And definitely NO turkey bones!

Keep an Eye on Decorations

Watch out for any decorations you have out, especially candles and table centerpieces. Excited dogs could accidentally knock things over or try to take a bite out of a decoration that looks like a treat. If possible, keep things higher up so they’re unreachable to your pup.

Maintain Your Pup’s Routine

It’s easy to get caught up with all of the events going on, but try to keep your pup’s routine as normal as possible with things like eating times and walks. They’ll greatly appreciate it!

Give Houseguests A Heads Up

If you’re having people over, or bringing your pup along for Turkey Day festivities, make sure the people around you know any do’s/dont’s regarding your pup. This is especially important if there will be kids around. Let them know not to give food handouts, don’t get near the dog when they’re eating, etc.


Today is also the first of three giveaways that I’ll be having on the blog this week! Enter below for a chance to win a $75 gift card to Bath & Body Works, one of my favorite places to shop (especially during the holidays)! Good luck!

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