Friday, November 22, 2013

Five on Friday {November 22, 2013}

It's the Friday before Thanksgiving!! How can this be?? November 2013 will be over before we know it! This is my favorite time of year, though, and I'm determined to not let it fly by without enjoying every bit of it! I'm planning to start working on a Christmas tradition to do list this weekend. Makes me giddy just thinking about it! :) Whatever you end up doing this weekend, I hope it's wonderful! Happy Friday!! :)


After today, only *two* more school days until Thanksgiving break! I am so, so ready! I actually look forward to going to work on days right before holidays because we get to do so much more fun stuff!! I'm going to make these Oreo turkeys with my class on Tuesday. I know they'll probably be wild, but they'll love it!! {I don't know where the idea came from. A teacher friend shared it with me.}

I can't believe it, but it's time to pick out Christmas cards! I *love* Christmas cards, but honestly, I get so overwhelmed when I look at the pages and pages of choices on Shutterfly! Having that many choices is a problem for indecisive people like me. There are a ton of Christmas card deals out right now, too. My favorite savings website, Southern Savers, recently did a post with a list of coupon codes for different websites where you can get free or almost free Christmas cards. You can check out the post here. I noticed I was drawn to the ones that say "Joy" because that's how I feel this year! Of course, I feel joy every Christmas, but even more this year! :) I am just so excited and happy about all the fun things to come in the next few months! Picking out a Christmas card next year will be *so* much fun. We'll have pictures of our sweet baby girl to share!! :) Here are some of my favorites on Shutterfly.

Joy Stripes

Scribbly Greetings

Humble Birth

Peace Cut Out

Snowy Window

I made these Italian beef sandwiches for dinner a couple of weeks ago and they were so, so good. I sometimes shy away from slow cooker meals because I feel like it sometimes makes things mushy, but it was perfect for this meal. This recipe could not be any easier, either. Just a few ingredients {I skipped the Giardiniera}, shred the meat, and you're good to go. I thought about doing a blog post just for the recipe, but there's no way I could even come close to taking a picture as good as Kristen's. This is a must try, for sure!

{Photo via Iowa Girl Eats}

One of my favorite {commercial} things about Christmas is ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas. The countdown has already started! I just love snuggling up on the couch by the Christmas tree with Christmas candles burning, and watching a Christmas movie while drinking hot chocolate and eating Christmas treats. You can't get much cozier than that! My favorite one on the list? Without a doubt, Christmas Vacation. I guess we'll have to catch another favorite, Elf, on a different channel. "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!"

So...Black Friday shopping. I'm just not sure I can get into it. It's just so confusing this year! All the stores are opening earlier and earlier, and some are doing pre-Black Friday sales before actual Black Friday, which pretty much starts on Thanksgiving Day this year, if not earlier! Maybe I'll get some energy this weekend and check out all the ads. I do love the excitement of it all and it definitely puts me in the Christmas shopping spirit! I'm dying to get some presents under our Christmas tree!!

Oh, and one more thing...I *can't wait* for Thanksgiving dinner! That is all.

Happy weekend, everyone!! :)

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  1. Stopping by from the link up. There are SO many cute Christmas cards, always hard to make a decision. I like the Merry Christmas one! Have a great weekend! :)

  2. i am so obsessed with christmas card too! they make me giddy! LOVE!!! xx

  3. Love those little turkey desserts! Such a fun idea! Im not sure about Black Friday either. I love the thrill of it but I don think I can give up my Thanksgiving day with family :) Happy Friday!

  4. Hi! I'm visiting from FOF linkup. My husband's family is from Alabama. I'm actually headed to TTown later today to visit my Bestie for the weekend. Loved this post! We have alot in commn! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. SO EXCITED about the Christmas movies on TV! I'm happy you posted the schedule! :)

  6. I'm write there with ya! Ready to start wrapping and enjoying the season! Stopping by from 5 on Friday.

  7. Thanks for visiting! :) Love TTown-Roll tide! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  8. I'm with you...I definitely won't be going out during the day on Thursday. I'll just have to see about Thursday night! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  9. I don't blame you! I don't know...I just find it all very overwhelming this year with all the different starting times and pre-sales! I can't get my head around it, so I'll probably just wait. I'm sure there will be good sales until Christmas! :)

  10. Oh my goodness you guys should go and see Elf with us at the Alabama Theater!! We love going to see it there b/c it's one of our favorite Christmas movies!! :) And Black Friday shopping- I go every.single.year, but I'm not going this year b/c Michael has to work Thanksgiving night and I won't be taking my babies along for an all night shopping spree! ha! I'll probably just go when they get up Friday morning. And we are so alike when it comes to a lot of things, but definitely on the Christmas cards thing my friend!! ;) I fell asleep looking through them last night!

  11. I had no idea they showed Elf at the Alabama Theater! When do y'all go? I might do a little Black Friday shopping, but just a little. It's just so overwhelming to me this year with everything starting so early, presales, etc... Plus I haven't seen anything I have to have yet. We're going to try to use our tripod and self timer to get a decent maternity-ish picture to use on a Christmas card. We'll have to see how that works out! Either way, I love Christmas cards but hate picking them out! :)

  12. Yes they show it every year!! I just looked up their movie schedule yesterday and Elf is playing on December 20th at 7!! They also play Christmas Vacation on Dec. 16th at 7! :) We should definitely go! They serve hot chocolate and everything! It's one of our favorite traditions! And yeah, we actually just finished our Santa shopping today so we checked that off of our to do list! And I can always come by and take a maternity-ish pic if your tripod doesn't work! lol I'm determined to pick one out before the weekend is up!