No to Black Friday, Yes to Cyber Monday

I have never been a fan of Black Friday. To me, there is nothing more important than spending time with family, and holiday time should be sacred and left alone. It truly does bother me that Black Friday has become Black Thanksgiving and so many people are skipping meals with their families because they have to be at work to accommodate the masses. I’ve heard the argument that maybe those people shouldn’t work retail in the first place, but I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the job market is tough. And sure, maybe they should be thankful that they are employed, but there should still be boundaries.

Unless you’re in the business of saving lives, I don’t see why anyone should work on Thanksgiving Day.

I’m not judging you if you do Black Friday to score good deals… good for you. But I’m not a fan. And honestly, I hit the same deals on Black Friday online and especially on Cyber Monday from the comfort of my couch.

Yes, from the comfort of my couch.

Cyber Monday is where it’s at, ya’ll! And my absolute favorite place to shop for Cyber Monday deals is (surprise, surprise). Amazon’s Cyber Monday special starts TOMORROW and runs through December 6. Click the link below to check out what they have. They usually do deals of the day and of the week, so you might need to check in daily. :) I typically do almost all of my Christmas shopping through Amazon – I always have. I do enjoy going out and shopping for people, but I get stressed out by the crowds. I guess that’s the introvert in me…

Happy shopping!

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10 Days of Thankfulness: Day 10

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my last post in the 10 Days of Thankfulness series and it has been a lot of fun reflecting on the things in my life that I am so very thankful for. I hope you’re all enjoying your day and not spending too much time sitting around reading blogs. ;)

Stay tuned tomorrow for a post that will kickoff the Christmas gift buying season for you all!

Day 10

Today, I am thankful for scripture. The written word is so powerful, and it’s amazing that  we have access to a book that was completely breathed out by God, is infallible (even though some try so hard to pick it apart, it usually only shows they haven’t actually read it in depth), is inspiring, instills a sense of peace and joy within me, answers questions I have about life, and pulls me closer to the Lord. There is a scripture that answers for literally everything. All of my trials and concerns are ultimately met with hope from Him. For that, I am thankful.

Today, I am thankful for scripture.



10 Days of Thankfulness: Day 9

Today’s post is going to be another one of those superficial ones, so bear with me…

Day 9

Today, I am thankful for coffee. Oh, dear coffee. It isn’t just the caffeine that makes me happy, but the actual flavor is divine. I’m the kind of person who loves coffee flavored ice cream and will always choose it over something chocolaty or fruity (especially with crushed Heath bar on top – yum!). But coffee itself holds a very special place in my heart. I’m not a coffee snob by any means, but I know what I like… French press? Oh my. I am thankful that I get to enjoy a hot travel mug of coffee every single morning, and even one at night every once in a while. In our kitchen, we have a regular coffee pot, a mini Kiureg, and a French press. We have a grinder on standby for whole beans, and a storage container for the ground stuff. We also keep biscotti on hand in the cookie jar. We love our coffee in our house, and I’m so thankful it’s a part of my life. ;)

Today, I am thankful for coffee.

Coffee for Christmas


10 Days of Thankfulness: Day 8

I have a very strange mother-daughter relationship with my cat. Her name is Vesta, and she was a rescue kitty. When she was just a year old, she came running up to me screaming for attention as I stepped out of my car and I just had to take her home. Her head was shaved into a mohawk and she had clearly been abused. She has been my sidekick since 2004. I was in my 2nd year at MTSU when she adopted me and we have been inseparable ever since. She is now 11 years old and I know my days with her are limited. This brings me to today…

Day 8

This probably sounds weird to some people, but I really am thankful for the relationship I have with my cat. She truly is a unique creature, gentle in spirit, loving, and passive. Of course, she is getting more advanced in age, so she’s bringing out her pushy old lady tendencies, but overall she is a diamond. She seems to know when I need her. She curls up against my abdomen when I am in intense pain from “george”… lending me her tiny bit of body heat and sweet vibration of her purr. Anytime I feel sick or just a little blue, she’s right there to cuddle with me and look up at me with immense love in her eyes. So many cats are selfish and just plain crazy. While Vesta does have a wild streak in her and likes to wait until 3 AM to steal all of our chapstick and hair ties (and run up and down the hall), she is a gentle spirit and I love her. I can honestly say that when she passes, I may never have another cat again. We also have an outside cat, but she is the typical crazy cat. Vesta is special. She is my first baby.

Today, I am thankful for my cat.

Sweet Vesta


10 Days of Thankfulness: Day 7

The great outdoors.

So many beautiful creations, so many seasons. I love the great outdoors. This brings me to today…

Day 7

I love nature. God is such a creative God… when you stop to really look at the gentle curvature of the sky, the individual blades of grass, each leaf, the uniqueness of every snow flake, the wind combing through the tree branches… how can anyone not believe in a divine creator? I love the change of each season, even when they bring allergies. I love the change in the air. I love how blue the sky looks in fall. In Tennessee, the sky is way bluer in October than any other month of the year. It almost doesn’t look real. I’m so thankful that I get to experience nature and the changes it brings. I’m thankful that nature produces food for us to consume, flowers for us to enjoy, herbs for us to heal. I probably sound really granola right now, but I don’t care. :)

Today, I am thankful for nature.

Smokey Mountains TN


10 Days of Thankfulness: Day 6

Recently, it occurred to me just how truly lucky I am to live in the digital age. Information is at my fingertips, and while sometimes it can be a curse (paging Dr. Google!) it’s also a huge blessing. And while I do have to take what I read on the internet with a grain of salt, it has proven to be an extremely valuable tool. This brings me to today…

Day 6

Today, I am thankful for the internet. While that sounds like such a trivial thing, just think about this for a minute: 20 years ago, we didn’t have access to information about infertility, PCOS, insulin resistance, and we certainly didn’t have a way to connect with other women from all over the world who can relate to us. The resources available today via the internet, from websites to blogs, is astronomical. I am so incredibly thankful that I have access to all of this information. I am thankful that I get to contribute and provide a source of information for others who are seeking answers. Can you imagine not having access? I know I would feel so alone and just plain ignorant of my condition… I’m so thankful that I don’t have to worry about that. I may not be able to find all the answers, but I’m definitely a lot closer with the internet than without it.

Today, I am thankful for the internet.

PCOS Symptoms


10 Days of Thankfulness: Day 5

Back in June, I started a new adventure in my career. Now that I am almost 6 months in, I’m reminded even more of how thankful I am to be in this place in my life where I can be picky about where I spend my time in my career. This brings me to day 5…

Day 5

Today, I am thankful for my job. My old job was something I loved, but it did get to the point where I felt like God was calling me to get out of my comfort zone and do something more ministry-focused. His calling brought me to where I am today, at a job that is truly unique and in a place where public worship of Jesus is encouraged. I get to work for a company that has chapel twice a month – I get paid to do church, ya’ll! You can’t be that! We pray before and after meetings, we talk about how God is moving in our lives, the leadership is respectful and forgiving when we make mistakes (and we do). We come together for division meetings and pray, pray, pray. I love it! The days can be stressful just like any job – it comes with moments where I feel like I should give up. But then I am reminded that what we do for a living is ministry – the employer as a whole is a ministry first, business second. I am so thankful that I get to be there.

Today, I am thankful for my job.

CrossBooks Cubicle