I love this holiday because it’s a great reminder to slow down and think about things we are grateful for. I have so much to be thankful for this year! The BF and I moved in together, my family is happy and healthy, my blog is better than ever, I’m halfway through my Institute for Integrative Nutrition classes, I feel healthy and happy and so much more!
The BF and I will be in Hastings at his grandma’s house enjoying dinner with his family. While I’m not in love with most of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes (green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, etc.), I absolutely love the BF’s family’s sweet potato casserole. It’s whipped sweet potatoes with a brown sugar nutty topping. Mmmm. That’s what I’ll be indulging in!
To prepare ourselves for the big food day, the BF and I plan to run the YMCA’s Turkey Trot. Note the word “plan”. Last year it was absolutely freezing, so we’ll see if we get out there to brave the cold again this year.
Need some tips on staying healthy during this holiday?
Check out my 9 Tips To Help You Have a Healthy Thanksgiving, which was featured on Her View From Home.
OK, let’s talk about shopping! I’ve always loved shopping on Black Friday!
Years ago, my mom, aunt, cousins and I would spend the evening of Thanksgiving pouring over the ads looking at all the deals. We would get up at 4 a.m. Friday to start our shopping expedition. We had so much fun laughing at the craziness of the day and getting energized with cups and cups of coffee.
The photo above was taken in 2010 after an epic Black Friday shopping trip with my mom, cousin Kristi and aunt Adel.
If you’ve been reading my blog since back in the day when I had videographers (when it was published through my local newspaper), you may remember this little gem…
Only slightly embarrassing right? This video was so much fun to make! I miss making videos with my crew – Cody and Steph!!
In 2012, the BF and I braved the cold and waited in line at Target for the 10 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving day. (In the photo above, I was checking out the Target map to plan our route.)
But with stores opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving, the fun factor has diminished. We completely skipped Black Friday shopping last year!
However, I still love a good deal. So I haven’t given up on Black Friday yet. Which is why I want to share some of my fave deals this year. Black Friday is a great day to pick up some discounted health and fitness gifts for your friends and family (or for yourself!). You don’t even have to leave your house for most of these deals AND you don’t even have to wait until Black Friday to purchase some of these items.
Here are some of the best Black Friday Deals…
40% off ProCompression – Compression socks and compression sleeves for 40% off is such a great deal! But the best deal on ProCompress.com is the leggings – they’re on sale for $50 and you can use the 40% off on top of that! I have these leggings and love them! Use code PINK2. Also get free shipping on orders over $20. This sale is going on now until 12/5.
Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band on Amazon – This fitness tracker is on sale for just $79.99 (reg. $129.99). I’ve read good reviews on this fitness tracker. Not only does it track your steps, it also displays the time, displays a red move bar after one hour of inactivity, counts calories burned, and the battery lasts a year! It also comes in lots of fun colors!
2 for $19.95 tanks/tees and 2 for $49.95 leggings at Fabletics – I’ve written about how much I LOVE Fabletics multiple times. They are having a super sale for VIP members. (to become a VIP member simply create an account). I ordered the Fulton Tee and Switch Back Tee – for just $19.95!! I’m excited because I need some casual tops to wear this fall/winter. All Fabletics clothing are super versatile so you can wear them to workout or hang out. I had to hold myself back from buying more leggings ; )
50% off Pura Vida Bracelets – These bracelets are so pretty and fun. They would be perfect for your yoga-loving friends or family, or just anyone who has a hippy spirit. Also, every bracelet purchased helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. The sale begins 11/27 at 9 p.m.
10% off Truth Balance Virtue Apparel – I’m obsessed with these tanks, tees and totes! The Oh Kale Yes! or Is Vodka Vegan? tees/tanks would be perfect for a super healthy friend. Use code jordanfriend.
The Clymb – This flash sale site will have products up to 75% off. The Clymb sells anything you could think of for the adventurer or fitness enthusiast – cycling apparel and accessories, yoga gear, winter sports equipment, bikes, running apparel, etc. Last year, I bought my brother a pair of really nice ski goggles for super cheap. You just create an account and shop!
50% off full-priced accessories at Moving Comfort – These are perfect stocking stuffers! Super cute headbands, hair ties and scarves are all on super sale.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition – As you know, I’ve been taking classes through IIN to become a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. You can get a major discount (up to 25% off) on tuition if you enroll by 11/30. For all the details, call IIN at (877) 733-1520 right away and mention that I referred you.
REI – If you have adventurous people to shop for, you need to check REI. They will have 50% off items plus free shipping on Black Friday. Some of the highlights – 40% off Garmin Forerunners (my fave running watch), 25% off FitBits, 50% off bike helmets and so much more!!
30% off Jillian Michaels DVDs and books – I love Jillian Michaels workout DVDs! My faves are Yoga Inferno and Yoga Meltdown. Use promo code TURKEY30.
Sale on blenders and juicers at Target – On Black Friday, you can score these deals on blenders and juicers in store – $49.99 for a Ninja Pulse, $29 for a Ninja Master Prep Professional and 40% off a Bella Juice Extractor (Reg. $69.99).
BOGO athletic apparel at Target – On Cyber Monday, Target is offering buy one get one 60% off on all C9 by Champion apparel. I have quite a few C9 pieces and I love them.
And have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!
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