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A December Weekend [Recap+OOTD]

December weekends always seem to be really full. Full of activities, Christmas-ing, shopping, FUN, whatever it is. This last weekend was one of those “full” weekends.

It all started on Friday. I had been wanting a peppermint mocha, and while the skinny one from Starbucks isn’t horrible, milk irritates my stomach and they don’t have the almond milk option at Starbucks, so I decided to try to remake a peppermint mocha myself. It turned out pretty great actually. See my post with the recipe here.
Photo Dec 07-5I enjoyed it in my fun Christmas cup by our Christmas tree. It was so good and so easy, I’ll def be doing this again.

On Friday night, my husband and I went on a Christmas shopping/coffee date. 
Photo Dec 05-9Thankfully the mall wasn’t like crazy and overrun. You all know that in December things can easily spiral out of control. If you think I am crazy for wearing those heels, they are actually really comfy. I am always looking for a reason to sport some cute shoes. Just wait till you see the pics from the rest of the weekend πŸ˜€

On Saturday I had to be to work VERY early. I planned to get up extra early so I could have time to workout in the morning and not be in a huge rush. I woke up at 5:15am on a Saturday! Like woah. 
Photo Dec 06-3I was a total zombie for the first 30 mins, and then after I had some coffee, I made sure to put on some cute workout clothes (this top is from Old Navy!) and I was ready to WORK.
Photo Dec 06-5Then I started having second thoughts. I was having the best hair day of all time. I mean seriously my hair looked like I hadn’t even slept on it. Do you see my bangs in this pic??? Perfection for a Saturday morning!!! I was so tempted to workout later in the day,  BUT knew that if I waited there was a 99% chance I wouldn’t end up having time. I was NOT going to let a good hair day stop me.
Photo Dec 06Then I was off to work. After I got off, I had planned to meet up with my mom and hit all the craft shows that were happening around town. For some reason the first weekend of December is like craft show central. Here is a fun fact about me: I LOVE CRAFTING!
Unfortunately it can get pretty time consuming and with everything I have going on right now, I don’t get to do much. Usually in December I end up making something. Last year I had a full on project table – check it out:
IMG_5169Coco (my cat) likes to help with crafts too πŸ˜›
IMG_5168Unfortunately this year I just have no time to make anything. More time for crafts and creativity is in my future plans.

I totally get the “manual creativity” from my mom, she is one of the most creative people. Seriously she could totally have a very successful Etsy store, but instead she prefers to just do it for fun and bless the people around her with her creativity and talent. 

This is why it is so much fun to go to the craft shows with her! Every year there is one or two shows that just blow. your. mind. Everyone that has a table is like so talented. Then some of the other shows it’s just a bunch of pre made things which I don’t enjoy as much.
Here is one of my purchases from this weekend:IMG_8891Sunday seemed to be the fashion day of the week.  I felt like I was going shopping in my own closet as this outfit came together. Have you ever felt like that?? I had never thought about pairing these together before! Here was my #OOTD (outfit of the day).

Photo Dec 07-9Photo Dec 07-7Photo Dec 07-8How cute is this necklace? So thankful my friend Sara introduced me to Kendra Scott jewelry! My outfits will forever be better πŸ™‚
Photo Dec 07-6 Hudson skinny jeans in black. Kendra Scott necklace. Chelsea 28 silk cami with lace. Halogen cardigan. Pink lipstick. Nude pumps

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.46.33 AMThe pumps that I wore with this outfit are the ones that I took a #shoefie with at Nordstrom when I bought them!!

When I got home from church, it was time to workout. Instead of doing my workout first thing on Sunday, I made plans to do it later in the day since I knew I would have the house to myself. 
PRO TIP: plan your workouts and make them non-negotiable, it’s a business meeting with yourself on your calendar. That is how I make sure to get them done on the weekend. 

Post workout I had a DELICIOUS mug cake. Katie inspired me to try one about a month ago. It was so easy and yummy, but for some reason I hadn’t had one since. Sunday’s was the perfect thing to have before going to a party with tempting sweets and cocktails. 
Photo Dec 07-4 Not the best pic, but let me tell you it was yummy! I made it with a little almond milk (1/4 cup), 1 scoop Quest peanut butter protein powder, 1/4 egg whites and a pinch of baking powder. Microwaved for 1 minute. It was done! You make it in a coffee mug, and then I ate it out of this bowl, although you can certainly eat it straight out of the mug. I also made a chocolate drizzle with 1 piece of super dark chocolate and little tiny bit of coconut oil.

Then I met up with my sis and my mom in downtown for the Nordstrom Christmas shopping party.
Photo Dec 07-12Doesn’t red and sparkles just SCREAM Christmas?!? haha.  I decided to ditch the heels this time and ended up wearing some black flats. Going downtown always involves lots of walking so I decided to take the easy route πŸ™‚

The Nordstom party was so much fun because the store was decorated, there was a DJ, appetizers, cocktails, and lots of special offers from different brands/designers. They do it after hours so it feels “exclusive” even though there were a ZILLION people.
Photo Dec 07My sister was like, this is so fun it just makes you want to buy something. DUH! That’s why they do it! We laughed about that for a while. Despite their efforts, we did mostly looking and very little purchasing. It was so fun to be together, look at all the Christmas stuff and laugh at the women who had OD’d on champagne. πŸ˜›
Photo Dec 07-3I saw this shirt while we were looking around and it made me laugh so hard. I mean really?!? HAHA. See it still makes me laugh. I just had to take a pic with it. Too funny.

Then to top off the weekend, my new iPhone 6 came!!! I was eligible for an upgrade and I really couldn’t have timed that any better. Now I need to find a cover for it. Does anyone have any suggestions???

XOXO
Stay Sweet!

Sarah

My Fav Finds & Deals – Cyber Monday!!!

Happy Monday! This is arguably one of the best Monday’s of the year if you enjoy online shopping. There are some great deals out there this week and I want to be sure that you know about them. 

This is NOT a sponsored post, I am just sharing with you brands that I love and use that are having GREAT sales right now. πŸ˜€

My Thanksgiving weekend was great, full of family, a little bit of fashion, took some time off from my job and blog and just chilled. It was so long and wonderful, why can’t every weekend be a 4 day weekend??? haha. Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 1.30.53 AM

Sooooo, if you need me today, I will be shopping online and decorating for Christmas… check out these deals!!

1) I’m particularly excited about QUEST NUTRITION’s SALE!!
I may or may not have already placed an order, and may place another. It’s 25% off the whole entire site!!!!!! (minus protein powder because it’s new & they don’t have a huge enough supply – said they will do a separate promo later for the powder) They are also offering FREE SHIPPING if you spend over $39.99! 

Use code CYBERUS for the 25% discount
The chips are yummy and fun to use in recipes…but my FAVORITE are the protein bars. Since I am going to be traveling come Christmas, I am 100% stocking up on the protein bars! They are awesome to use in fun recipes, like this one, GREAT for traveling, to keep in your purse to avoid “hanger”  or when you want a treat. 

In case you didn’t know, they are GLUTEN FREE! They are also the least doctored up protein bar out there (minus a homemade bar). My fav flavors are white choc raspberry, cookies & cream (pictured above), choc chip cookie dough, double choc chunk and apple pie.

Click the image to view & use code CYBERUS for 25% off
OR click here
These NEVER go on sale, so you definitely don’t want to miss out.
Check out the sale here! 

2) Blendtec Blender – refurbished models & $50 off + free shipping
Do you like green smoothies or protein shakes? Tried of drinking chunky smoothies??? You need a high power blender like the Blendtec! Seriously, my life changed when I found high powered blenders. They can pulverize anything, including ice and whole fruits. You can use them to make soup/sauces AND they will basically do anything your food processor will do. 

This is a SCREAMIN’ deal because not only are they allowing you to buy a refurbished blender which is at a hugely discounted price, they are also giving you an additional $50 off. If you have ever wanted a high power blender, now is the time! These are normally $400-$600 blenders, and they are MORE than half off! 
Click HERE to see what blender models are available and don’t miss out on this awesome offer!

Blendtec Blenders
3) 30% off TRX!!! (& free shipping!)

Again, something else that NEVER goes on sale. To get 30% off and free shipping, use the code CYBER!
The TRX is the ultimate in body weight workouts. These straps can be used anywhere there is a doorway and provide resistance using your own body weight. They are super cool and allow for low impact exercises with high impact results. Save up to 30% on Everything TRX.

TRX would be it’s own blog post, so to avoid writing too much, click on the image above  to read more about what TRX can do for you and the possibilities. I had talked about purchasing one before, but opted to do yoga instead. At these prices, I am probably going to purchase one! 

Click HERE to get exclusive access to this sale – be sure to use the code CYBER at checkout to get the 30% off and free shipping

4) 25% off select Under Armour gear and free shipping!

I LOVE UNDER ARMOUR! Whether you run, are a yoga fanatic or just like to lounge, they have it all and it’s all high quality! The basic UA big logo hoodie is 25% off & it’s a super comfy hoodie for anyone on your list. Be sure to check out the GIFT GUIDE too! Great suggestions! They also have FREE SHIPPING (this will last longer than just cyber Monday I believe)

5) Kate Spade 30% off EVERYTHING!

Need I say more… 
Just be sure to use the code CYBER30! 

Check out some of the super cute new arrivals in this fun video starring Anna Kendrick who you probably know from Pitch Perfect πŸ˜€

6) Nordstrom – 10 pts per dollar spent
Many of you may be like, who cares, BUT 10 pts per dollar is a huge deal! It’s normally only 2 points per dollar. If you have gifts to buy from Nordstrom, NOW is the time to do it!
 Nordstrom points is basically a loyalty program and after spending so much money, you get a gift certificate you can spend on whatever you want. You can read about them here.
They also have stuff on SALE! Up to 40% off online. Cool-ness!!Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 1.49.57 AM

Hope you enjoy browsing these deals as much as I will. Online shopping is fun to me because I can browse and don’t feel as much pressure to buy. It’s like window shopping but from the comfort of your own home (or office hehe).
Let me know if there is any other sales you are excited about!

XOXO
Stay sweet!

Sarah