In case you haven’t noticed, today is Black Friday. I’m not entirely sure how much significance this day has anymore. For the last several years Cyber Monday has taken over Black Friday in the retail sector as the biggest shopping day of the year. And this year it seems that all the amazing sales have started well in advance of Black Friday. I was shopping on Tuesday this week and enjoyed 40%-50% off in every store I visited. Early access coupons flooded my inbox and even at Beautycounter we started our “Black Friday” on Tuesday of this week. You can check out all the great holiday offerings here and enjoy 15% as well as Free Shipping on all orders over $50 through Sunday (the 15% runs through Monday, but I understand there will also be additional deals that day!!!). And if you are looking for some of my favorite gift ideas be sure to read this post before you boy.
In some ways this makes me kind of sad. Growing up, we never big Black Friday shoppers. My mom always let me take a day off of school to go Christmas shopping in and enjoy a nice lunch on a day in early December when the malls weren’t crazy. But once I went away to college Black Friday became one of my only options to shop with my Mom. So we started a new tradition, one that evolved from 9 a.m. store opening expeditions to 6 a.m. start times to Thanksgiving night excursions for the early opening deals. I shopped this way with my mom for about twenty years, whenever we were together on Thanksgiving, and introduced Kelly to the tradition a few years ago.
Sadly, Mom is gone now. And in her absence I’ve opted out of Thanksgiving and decided we should travel instead. Hello Florida! So, we’ve also skipped Black Friday the last couple of years. This Friday we’ll be at the beach.
But even though I’m not shopping this year, I’ve still been asked to put together a Christmas list. This is not a task I like. I think Christmas should be about the kids. And I’m not really interested in accumulating new things of my own. To the extent I’ve had a list in the last couple years it’s primarily been things for the house (and this list follows in that tradition). But after the umpteenth time I’ve been asked to create list for myself I finally conceded and came up with this “Terribly Practical Most Mom-Like Christmas List.”
I bought a pair of tan colored wool-lined Timberlands or Tims, as the all the cool kids say, last year on clearance for dirt cheap. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I wear them everyday in the winter. Winters in Pennsylvania not only mean cold, but snow, slush, wet and downright grossness that basically renders all footwear other than waterproof winter boots useless for the next four months. I’d like to add to my Timberland collection with a pair of classic black boots.
I seriously cannot remember the last time I got a bathrobe. I think it was before my oldest son (who will be 16 next month) was born. Needless to say, that robe has seen better days. And it’s not very warm. And it is way too big – I must have purchased it pregnant because although I am better shape now than I was then, I was never big enough to need that size robe. So it continues to hang on my bathroom door, not-used, save for emergencies. And the fact is I could definitely use a new robe. And while I did get a pair of slippers last year, they just didn’t hold up the way I hoped. So I am loving these leopard ones, which are on sale for less than $30 right now, from Madewell.
I, like half the female population in America, am obsessed with Joanna Gaines. I hope she’s half-as-cool in person as she comes across on t.v. It’s not that I want to be her, exactly, but my own version of her complete with a new TV network would be A-ok. Since that’s not likely, I’m going to have to settle for her latest book – Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave. This gift is partly for me, and partly for my family who will benefit from the dual pluses of a happier mom and a calmer, friendlier space.
This is my frivolous item. But I love candles. And I love lavender. And I love sleep. And I love the fact that this one is scented with all-natural essential oils. Enough said.
Are you familiar with the weighted blanket craze? Supposedly, these blankets help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer and have more restful sleep. As someone who has NEVER slept well, I’ll take all the help I can get. This beautiful gray blanket will match my newly painted bedroom. The size is perfect for me. And I’ve got high hopes for better sleep, which will make me a better mom.
You are going to see a theme here – we are still in the middle of a mudroom reno. My hopes for a fully-customized built-in solution have been dashed; but, I am still committed to making the best use of the space I can. Part of this plan includes moving in a bookshelf that is currently in my office and outfitting it with ten matching milk crate baskets to store gloves, hats, scarves running gear, sunscreen, lightbulbs and the like. So while this is definitely not a sexy gift, the price tag will climb quickly and I am content to put them on my Christmas list.
You might think this is a splurge blanket (and I guess it kind of is), but my family loves blankets. And my throws have a habit of growing legs and walking away. I need to invest in new throw blankets every season and I love chunky nuts and luxurious faux fur blankets for the winter. This one from Anthropologie has rave reviews and I had a hard time leaving it in the store when I went to browse items. It would be a fabulous “surprise” under the tree.
Back to the mudroom again. When I prepared the room to paint I removed all the hooks we used for coats, jackets and purses, as well as the bench that held a few pairs of shoes and served as the dropping ground for backpacks and the like. That was almost a year ago. I have put up a rolling rack so that we can hang jackets (quite impartially on hangers I might add as it appears I am the only one in my home who knows how to use a hanger), but it leaves us no place for backpacks, gear and boots. As we approach another winter season this is quickly becoming a problem. This inexpensive bench from Wayfair has enough clearance for winter and Hunter boots, a long expanse to stash book bags and purses, and can be painted or stained to match my decor.
And above that bench I’d like to hang about twenty of these hooks. Iv’e got about 9 feet of wall space begging for better organization and double hooks are just the thing I need to get coats of the floor and onto an easily accessible storage system.
On a whim I added this one final fun item. I have been in love with these beautiful neutral eyeshadow shades since I first opened my Holiday Haul box back at the beginning of October. And while I certainly have quite the collection of eyeshadow palettes (I mean it’s practically a job requirement, right?), every time I sell one of these or use this collection on a client I find myself wooing over the colors. Fun fact – did you know that each column goes perfectly together making your make-up look as easy to put together as it is beautiful? While I definitely don’t need this palette – I’d love to have it in my life. And if you find yourself dressing of this palette too, message or email me pronto and I’ll tell you how you can get it at 50% off from now until Wednesday.
This list is definitely not glamorous. But nothing about my life about a mom of three is glamorous. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s hoping we all get some pf the things we are wishing for this holiday season.
Let me know what’s on your list this season. And if you are a Black Friday shopper – I want to hear about that too!