Hello, hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was full of delicious food and time spent with Matt's family. (That is our Thanksgiving picture above. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get everyone smiling and looking at the camera at the same time? Nearly impossible, I tell you!)
Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and share the online Black Friday sales happening at my favorite stores. Sometimes it is worth it to stay in your jammies, avoid crowds and get all your shopping done online while eating leftover turkey sandwiches, am I right?
LOFT. Everything is 40% off.
Anthropologie. Take 25% off with code HOLIDAY25.
Old Navy. Everything is 50% off online and in store!
Madewell. Take 25% off your online and in-store purchase with code GIFTON.
J.Crew. Get 30% off full price items and 40% off sale items using code HOLIDAY.
Gap. Take 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY.
Also, there are some amazing new ponchos sweaters and a giveaway up on my Instagram shop, Gumption Shop! I will be having a Gump Guest every month to pick out their favorite items, and this month is Destiny! Her Instagram is a must-follow and her baby boy, Truman, is ADORABLE. It is fun to see how different everyone's style is, and the poncho sweaters she picked are beautiful. They have a great design and details, and would normally retail for around $50 and up, so be sure to go snag your size since there is a very limited amount. You can see the poncho sweaters here and here. Make sure you enter the giveaway, too. Since the prices are always at a Black Friday type of deal, we thought it would be fun to celebrate with something fun. You can see what we are giving away here. (I'll give you a hint... it goes on your head and it is one of my favorite things to wear!)
Have a wonderful rest of your holiday weekend and happy shopping!
I remember the first time I ever helped put together packages for families in need. I was about 9 or 10 years old and our church was hosting a holiday food and supplies drive. The gym at our church building was brimming with people, canned goods and non-perishable foods, personal care items and boxes. I was plopped into the canned goods and boxed food section of the assembly line. There were hundreds of cans of green beans and piles of stuffing and cake mix, among various other foods.
There are this many families who would be going without a holiday dinner if it weren't for us, I thought to myself, somewhat alarmed and awestruck. Being the youngest of eight, our resources were somewhat limited at times, but I never went without food and the basic necessities to maintain a happy life. I had no clue what it was like to go without, and a part of my little soul ached for these people. It ached for the other 10-year old girls like me who lived with uncertainty every morning as they awoke if they were going to have food to eat that day. I was very young and that experience brought a whole new perspective to my small, sheltered world.
Our goal as parents is to teach our boys gratitude. Starting now at this phase in their lives. We are diligent in teaching them to say "thank you" and try to help them understand exactly what it means. Luke is starting to understand. We are also mindfully seeking for opportunities to pair that gratitude with service and have a holiday tradition of helping out families in need.
As we went to hand out fliers for a neighborhood food drive a few days ago, I explained to Luke what we were doing. "You know how your tummy feels when you are hungry? Well, some little boys and girls don't have food to eat, so we are going to find food to give to them so their tummies don't hurt."
I could tell he was trying to process what I was saying as he scooted alongside me. After we finished handing out all the fliers, Luke looked up to me and said, "We find food for boys and guhls, so der tummies feel bettah." I was filled with so much warmth at the sweetness and concern in his eyes. I am not sure if he really understood, but that moment was charged with love.
Gratitude, coupled with service, is the ultimate form of love and charity, and that is what I aim to teach our boys. There will be plenty of faltering and failing as a parent, but I know that if I set those basic, yet profound principles for them, few other things will matter. All of their goodness and kindness will stem from that foundation.
Count all your blessings, tell the people in your life you love them, and enjoy your time with your family and friends this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!
Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? I always feel like I am pushing the envelope (ha!) on getting our cards out by an acceptable time. (Which means at least by Christmas Day.) In fact, this last year we didn't even get a real one out! It was an e-card, but it's the thought that counts right? I blamed it on having a newborn. (Always an excellent excuse for pretty much anything, so if you have a newborn, you better take advantage before your time runs out! I suggest adding nightly foot massages to your list.)
Well, this year I am acting like a bonafide adult and getting our cards done professionally AND out on time! I have always loved the designs from Minted, and I am absolutely thrilled we get to team up with them to order our cards this year. Their charm and colors are right up my alley and I love all of the hand lettered details and illustrations. They don't miss out on the details — even the envelopes are cute!
Above I've selected my favorites. Now the problem is choosing one! What is your vote? I think I have it narrowed down to middle left, bottom left, and bottom right. But I can't be too sure. I really like bottom middle, top right, and top middle as well... so, basically all of them ;) Help!
Be sure to check out Minted if you are looking to order cute holiday cards this year, too! They have some great Cyber Monday sales coming up. Also, I'll be back in a couple weeks to reveal the Christmas card we selected. Happy holiday card shopping!