I bet you were hoping for a baby photo. So was I! Hah. Will you be satisfied with a breakfast photo?
Yeahâ€¦ Me neither.
Regardless, we are having a fabulous Friday over here. I love how quiet the day after Thanksgiving is! Weâ€™ve been lounging around, eating our weight in Rice Krispy Treats, and going for walks.
The sad thing about not hosting Thanksgiving on Thursday (we did it at my Dadâ€™s on Monday) is that we have no delicious leftovers. Boo.
Hereâ€™s one thing that we did NOT do this Black Friday â€“ go crazy shopping. We are not big Black Friday people (I think Iâ€™ve done it once?), and all of our Christmas shopping is done already, anyway. I did make a pit stop into Target this afternoon because I needed to return some clothes (Iâ€™ll admit â€“ I was slightly terrified to walk in and totally relieved to see the crowds had dissipated).
My one purchase on Black Friday? These awesome lacing beads for kiddos â€“ Iâ€™ve been looking for something like this for Henry, and for $3, I couldnâ€™t say no (they were in the $ bin section).
We spent the afternoon making necklaces for the dogs!
While my one Black Friday purchase was fun, you know whatâ€™s even better? Small Business Saturday. <3 <3 <3 As a small business owner, I cannot say thank you enough to the people who choose to support our business throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.
Need gift ideas for Small Business Saturday?
Give gift card for a massage or haircut at a small business salon.
Buy a gift card for a locally-owned restaurant.
Buy a childâ€™s gift at a small toy store, even if it costs a bit more than it does online.
Hit up the farmerâ€™s market for a ton of unique gift ideas, like handcrafted soaps, local honey, and more.
Hire a local cleaning service and tip the maid herself extremely well.
Gift a grandparent a session with a local photographer for a family picture.
Buy beautiful jewelry or another handmade gift from a designer on Etsy.
On that note, my blog friend Jasmine (who owns a small jewelry business) is offering you all 20% any purchase on her website —> use the coupon code HTP20. Jasmine is an awesome woman with a compelling story behind her business, and if youâ€™re planning on purchasing some pretty jewels this season, consider her wares!
Just for Funâ€¦
I thought Iâ€™d round out this post with the â€œFour Surveyâ€ thatâ€™s been going around the blog world. These are so fun to read!
Four names that people call me other than my real name:
- CJ (my initials)
Four jobs Iâ€™ve had:
- Cashier at a Publix supermarket
- Project planner at an urban planning company
- Sexual assault peer educator
Four movies Iâ€™ve watched more than once:
- All the Thomas the Train movies
- The Girl Next Door
Four books Iâ€™d recommend:
Four places Iâ€™ve lived
- Miami, Florida
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Orlando, Florida
- Charlotte, NC
Four places Iâ€™ve visited:
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Napa Valley, California
- London, England
- Augsburg, Germany
Four places Iâ€™d rather be right now:
- In the hospital holding my second child, which was delivered after a seamlessly, painless, and relatively fast labor. Hah!
- A tropical island with a giant pina colada in my hand
- Getting a massage
- In my bed
Four things I prefer not to eat:
- Spinach that is kind of going off (EWW â€“ the smell!!!)
- Nut butter on oatmeal
- Vegetables, but I do anyway.
Four of my favorite foods:
- Mashed potatoes
Four TV shows I watch:
- The Walking Dead
- Game of Thrones
Four things Iâ€™m looking forward to this year:
- Spring weather
- Adjusting to life with two children
- Doing triathlons in the summer
- Maybe going on a cruise?
Four things Iâ€™m always saying:
- Maggie, stop barking.
- Is that a good choice or a bad choice?
- Do you want a tea?
- Iâ€™m sleepy.
Four people I tag to answer these questions:
- and You!