Friday, November 27, 2020

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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Happy day after Thanksgiving and Black Friday to you all! This year looked really different for our Thanksgiving. We were supposed to have a big family get together on Rory's side of the family, but due to a family member testing positive for covid, we all opted to get together some other time. The hosting family came into contact with the positive person, so they wanted to keep everyone safe. We ended up having a quiet dinner with Rory's parents.

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. And today we are doing one of my most favorite holiday traditions...cutting down our Christmas tree. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, we head out with my family and friends to cut down a tree. This way we get a super fresh tree, they last forever and we get to make those memories with family. In years past when we were in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, we went the weekend after, but most years we go the day after Thanksgiving.

Here is a look at years past tree cutting adventures.


Christmas tree cutting

Christmas tree cutting

Christmas tree cutting


TWO. Here are some Black Friday sales that I have been enjoying:

American Eagle: 40% off everything, plus free shipping (through 11/28), then 40% off sitewide, 50% off sweatshirts (11/29 - 11/30)

Disney: Up to 40% off (through 11/29)

Old Navy: 50% off everything (through 11/27)

Carter's: Up to 60% off plus free shipping (through 12/1)

LL Bean: 15% off with code:THANKS15 (through 12/1)

Kate Spade: 50% off entire purchase with code TGIBDF (from 11/25 - 11/29)

Our Place: $95 Always Pan with code SUPERSALE (through 11/30)

Bombas: 20% off with code CHEER20

Hanna Andersson: Up to 50% off

Pottery Barn Kids: Up to 60% off, free shipping with code COZY

THREE. So I am less than a week out from my (hopefully final) surgery. If you didn't know, I am having another umbilical hernia repair. My last one was about 5 years ago. 

I noticed that I had a small bump on top of my belly button and partially inside of it around February of this year. But then COVID hit the US and I ignored it. Fast forward to a check-up that I had and my doctor noticed the hernia before anything else. She asked me how long I have had it for and I said about since February. She asked if I remember feeling a pop which I did not. I just remember seeing it.

After having 3 different doctor's opinions (yes I want to make sure this is absolutely necessary before having ANOTHER surgery), I knew that I needed to get it repaired. And about 2 weeks ago, it got worse. I used to only feel pain and discomfort when I ate too much or worked out really hard. Now I feel it any time I eat a meal. A snack is usually ok, but a full meal gives me pain. Sometimes lasting many hours until my stomach digests the food.

So if you could think of me next Thursday and say a little prayer for me, that would be appreciated. 

FOUR. Weekly funnies.

Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything.


  1. Hope your Thanksgiving went well and hope you find a great tree! I'm sorry about your hernia. I had a hernia surgery too a few years back.

    1. It sucks. How was your recovery? We had a very small and easy Thanksgiving.

  2. Yay for heading out to chop down your tree! We always go today too, but my in-laws are here and I'm not sure what's on the agenda today. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!

    1. Oh I hope you got to cut down your tree too! And I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

  3. I hope you have a blast cutting your own tree and that you had the best Thanksgiving! Cheers to the weekend, Danielle!

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving as well!

  4. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery!

  5. Thinking of you as you have your last surgery! I hope everything goes well and you recover quickly!

    1. Thank you so much. I really hope this is the last and it happens this week!