I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend! The kids had the entire week off, and we have definitely made the most of it. As always, we spent Thanksgiving with Mike’s side of the family, but instead of traveling all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area, we all met up at a rental house near Santa Barbara. It’s been really lovely here – despite raining half the time, the kids swam in the pool, ran around in the backyard, and played a ton of card and board games. We adults have managed to relax and get in a lot of eating. So basically, a perfect Thanksgiving (other than James running mouth-first into a table AND also getting croup. Sigh.)!

Before he broke his face.

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I’ve Been Gilmored

Gilmore AF

I’m not going to talk about it yet here but I need you all to hurry the heck up and finish watching the revival so we CAN talk about it. I HAVE SO MANY THOUGHTS, but here are some that aren’t spoilers: Emily Gilmore is a QUEEN, Paris is still awesome, Rory never ages, Lauren Graham is a totally underrated actress, Logan is still a total HUNKsburger. WATCH IT!!!

Shop Small

I have a few friends who run their own small businesses, you should definitely check them out for holiday gifts this year (and if you’re a reader with a shop, let me know and I’ll add you!)!

~Paper View: Every awesome banner you’ve ever wanted
~Paige & Roy: Gorgeous macrame, weavings, and “whatknots”
~Callig All The Things: The coolest calligraphy you’ve ever seen
~Wonderful Objects: An amazing story in a box

Cyber Sales

OK you guys. I do ALL of my Christmas/Mike’s Birthday/Annie’s birthday shopping this week, so I’ve been keeping track of all the sales. If you’re looking for deals, here you go (some of these sales end Sunday, some go through the week)!

~Amazon // Cyber deals on just about EVERYTHING (and please don’t forget to shop on Amazon Smile to benefit Friends of Maddie!)
~AG Jeans // 30% off sitewide with code BF16
~Alex and Alexa // 25% off almost everything, plus free shipping on $99+ with code BLACKFRIDAY
~American Eagle // 40% off plus free shipping, 50% off all sweaters, shoes and cozy accessories
~Anthropologie // 30% off with code LETSGO
~ASOS // 30% off sitewide with code THANKFUL30
~Banana Republic // 50% off absolutely everything
~Bauble Bar // 25% off 1 item with code SAVE25 or 35% off 2 items with code SAVE35
~Birch Box // sales starting at 10% ff
~Gymboree // 50% off everything
~Minted // 20% off holiday cards, 15% off everything else with code BF2016. (and if you’ve never ordered from Minted, here’s a $25 credit!)
~Modcloth // 30% off everything plus free US shipping with code CYBER16
~Nordstrom // an extra 20% off sale items
~Topshop // up to 50% off
~Ulta // Makeup kits on sale
~Wanderlust + Co // 40% off sitewide with code RSCYBER40
~Zappos // select brands on sale

Happy Sunday, everyone!