Coming back from a five day weekend has me both sad to say goodbye to the extra time with Anel and Amalia (all three of us don’t usually get more than a day in a row together because of his work schedule) and reinvigorated for the weeks ahead. I have a few fun projects coming up that I’m really excited about, plus the usual holiday festivities are about to start.
I feel like this is my first year in Connecticut where I’m actually excited for the holiday season. Last year I had made a good group of friends, but was so sick in my first trimester that I only went to one holiday party and literally spent the whole night trying not to throw up! We finally found a babysitter who can watch Amalia in the evenings, so we’re going to take advantage of that a few times this month, although I still feel insane mom guilt whenever I’m not around to put her to bed which has only been two or three times ever so far.
This weekend, however, was all about spending time together as a family. We drove up to Rhode Island for Thanksgiving on Wednesday and Amalia met my extended family for the first time which was so special. I’m pretty sure no one will care about seeing me or Anel in the foreseeable future. It’s all about the baby. Any other moms feel me on that one?
Before we left on Friday, I took her to my grandparents’ graves so she could “meet them” in a way. It was simultaneously beautiful and heart breaking, but I’m glad that I did it. They would have loved her so much, and in that moment I felt proud to be her mom.
On Saturday, we went to get our tree. It was a beautiful warm day which made it even more fun… not that you would know it from these photos. Amalia was not feelin’ the tree farm, but since we brought it home and put it up, she’s positively smitten. I’ve been sitting her in her Bjorn Bouncer in front of it and she’ll stare and laugh for like 30 minutes. Turns out Christmas trees are the best baby distraction ever… Who knew?
I tried to spend as much time offline as possible this weekend, but now I’m kicking myself for doing almost no Christmas shopping with so many good sales. Luckily a lot of them are still going strong (or stronger!). I’ve listed my favorites below.
But before you check those out, make sure to pop by my Instagram today to see what I’m giving away this week. It’s maybe my favorite giveaway so far!
The Best of Cyber Monday
J.Crew: 40% off + an extra 10% with code SHOPFAST until noon. So hurry up and shop! They brought back my favorite holiday plaid shirt!
Nordstrom: Extra 20% off selected sale items plus free shipping and free returns.
J.Crew Factory: 60% off everything (prices as marked).
Vineyard Vines: Get 25% off sitewide. I recently picked up this blackwatch dress(coming to the blog soon) and this fair isle fleece Shep Shirt. I also got Amalia her very first Shep Shirt (how cute?).
Mark & Graham: 20% off sitewide with code FRIENDS. I love their monogrammed gift selectio.
BaubleBar: 35% off sitewide (some exclusions apply) with code CYBER35.
Cuyana: Get complimentary monogramming on orders of $200+. My go-to leather tote (I use it everyday) along with every leather good on their site can be monogrammed. I also love this lap top sleeve and travel pouch set.
LL Bean: 20% off clothes and outerwear with code THANKS20 including my favorite fisherman sweater.
Talbots: 50% off one item and 40% off your entire purchase. My plaid pumps are included!
Serena & Lily: 25% off sitewide. No code necessary.
Old Navy: Loving these pants and quite surprised by this plaid shirt dress but I’m especially psyched to stock up on ruffle bottom leggings and onesies for Amalia.
Kate Spade: 30% off sitewide with code GIVEJOY. I have my eye on these leopard print block heels and how cute would these bow earrings be for a holiday party? We also love their baby clothes. Dying over this pearl necklace dress set and this faux fur coat.
Kiel James Patrick: 25% off sitewide with code SETSAIL.