I can’t believe today is the last day of November. *Insert clichés about how fast the year has flown by here.* Today we’re putting up all of our Christmas decorations, and I have it on good authority that our Elf on the Shelf, Georgie, will be returning tonight. It’s the holiday season, woo hoo!

Around The ‘Net

~Paul from Walmart wants you to know you can buy coffins and urns on Walmart.com DAMMIT Walmart, this is why you can’t have nice things.

~Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are the cutest

~“Second Cousins,” “Once Removed,” and More Explained in Chart Form

~Read father’s touching letter to girl whose sky lantern landed in his driveway

~Why Don’t My White Friends Talk About Race? Here’s What They Told Me

~12-year-old Devonte Hart, Sgt. Bret Barnum share hug at Ferguson rally

~Thanksgiving as a Kid vs Thanksgiving as an Adult

~Why You Should Put $19.05 on Your MetroCard to Outsmart the MTA I have a MetroCard with money on it in my wallet even though I have no immediate plans to go to NYC.

~The Origin of Mockingjay’s Haunting Song, “The Hanging Tree”

About That Elf

~We do Elf on the Shelf every year, but we keep it simple by just moving it around the house. I LOVE seeing the elaborate situations people put their elves into, but that’s not something I personally do (plus James would tear it UP). I set an alarm on my phone that goes off at 10:35 pm every night to remind me to move the elf, which is the key to our elf success!

Holiday Shopping

~I never go shopping in stores on Black Friday – I do not have the patience to deal with those crowds. I do shop online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and that’s saved me a ton of money. This is an expensive time of year for us because on top of Christmas, Mike’s birthday is next week and Annie’s is in January, so those savings are key! These are the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals I’m using, if you’re interested!

Amazon / Crazy Cyber Monday deals all week long
/ Storewide sale, free shipping on Monday / 20% off sale with code EXTRAJOLLY
asos / 30% off with code ILOVEMONDAYS
Banana Republic / 40% with code CYBER
Bloomingdales / 25% off selection of regular and sale price items
Free People / up to 50% off select items, 25% off sale
Gap / 40% with code CYBER
J.Crew / 30% off with code HOLIDAY
Madewell / 25% off your entire purchase with code GIFTON 
Modcloth / 25% off with code CYBERMONDAY
Nordstrom / up to 40% off (and great Cyber Monday rewards for cardholders)
Old Navy / 40% with code CYBER
Zappos / donating to Feeding America with every purchase!

 A Gingerbread Giveaway!

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, James has been using the super-cute Tommee Tippee Gingerbread collection.

ho ho ho

The bottles and pacifier are so cute, I almost wish James used them! I thought it would be fun to do another giveaway of this cute collection, (which you can also buy at Babies R Us). Just click on the giveaway widget below to enter! Contest ends on Wednesday, December 3rd at 11am. Open to residents of the US and Canada. Winner will be chosen at random.

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Happy Sunday, everyone!