Friday Five // Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Black Friday!!! Have you or will you go shopping? I went out for a little around 11pm last night and the crowds weren’t too crazy. There wasn’t anything super important that I needed other than I wanted to go to LOFT for their 50% off sale.

Anywho, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I certainly did. And since I didn’t get a Thanksgiving post done and I have so much to be thankful for, I thought I would make that my theme for today’s Five on Friday.

ONE // My husband

I don’t even know where to start when it comes to how thankful I am for my husband. He is truly the most patient, kind, and self-less person I know. He supports and encourages me daily to follow my dreams. He deals with my crazy PCOS/thyroid emotions, somehow can get me to laugh in the middle of crying, and makes me feel beautiful even when I feel completely ugly. I don’t know what I’d do without him in my life.


TWO // My family

My family is crazy and loud, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I’ve also been blessed with an incredible set of in-laws. I hear horror stories from friends about their mother-in-laws, but I’m so thankful I have a great relationship with mine.

THREE // My friends

Lately, I’ve really been aware of just how amazing and lucky I am to be surrounded by the friends that I am. Sometimes, I get overwhelmed with trying to keep up with everyone and giving them the time each deserves, but then I remind myself that if my problem is having too many good friends, I really am blessed.

FOUR // Hashimoto’s and PCOS

I know this might sound like a very odd thing to be thankful for, especially because both of these conditions suck, but if it wasn’t for having them, I would have never started this blog or gotten to meet some of the people that I have. Do I wish I was “normal”? Yes. But without experiencing some of the crappy parts of these diseases, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate good health in the way that I do now.

FIVE // The men and women fighting in our Armed Services

My family had the amazing opportunity to host 3 marines for Thanksgiving through a program that Port City Java runs. Getting to spend time with three guys who just turned 18 and are out fighting for our country reminded me just how much I take for granted while these TEENS put their lives on the line daily. They’re the reason we get to enjoy holidays like yesterday. So, if you are current or former member of the Armed Services, THANK YOU. I know those are just words, but I mean them from the bottom of my heart.  This also extends to police officers, firefighters, and any other civil servants.

Six // YOU

Yes, I can count… most of the time… hahaha… I know that this is supposed to be Friday Five, but I have to say thank you to YOU, the readers of this blog. I love every comment and email that I get. There are so many blogs out there that are WAY better than this one, yet you read and follow along, and I truly appreciate it.

So how was your Thanksgiving? I hope you ate lots of turkey!

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Stocking Stuffers


When I saw that “stocking stuffers” was today’s topic for the My Favorite Things linkup, I was so excited! I love shopping for stocking stuffers for my family, especially my husband, so I figured I’d share some ideas geared towards men.

Jeff bought a straight razor and shave kit about a year ago, and he says he will never go back to a normal razor. So I think some shave soaps like the one from Harrods (but a lot cheaper) would be something he’d really enjoy and get a lot of use out of.

The Art of Fixing Things just looks like a handy guide, plus it kind of seems akin to The Art of Manliness which Jeff regularly reads.

He also is the cook in our household, so I’m always on the hunt for kitchen gadgets for him. The Umbra Dash Measuring Spoon looks like a great tool— I like that it has multiple measurements in one. Useful and space saving, which is a necessity in our small kitchen.

Do you do stockings? If so, what items do you usually get?

Linking up with Liz, Elise, Katie, and Zelle

Easy Products for Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

If you are like me, I prefer the “easy is better” approach to cooking. Thankfully, there are so many products now that are gluten-free that meet that philosophy.  And with Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought I’d share a few products that could be some time-savers for you as you prep your holiday meal:

Pillsbury Gluten Free Pie & Pastry Dough

One of my favorite things to have at Thanksgiving is pie.  I love the traditional pumpkin pie, but my mom also makes an amazing cherry pie that I look forward to every year! I plan to make both using this dough so I don’t have to miss out this year!

Williams-Sonoma Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix

If you are hosting someone for Thanksgiving and wanting a GF option for the stuffing, this would probably be a great one that would save you from a bunch of extra work.  However you better get your hands on it fast as the website says it is only available for a limited time!

Udi’s Gluten-Free Classic French Dinner Rolls

A staple at many a Thanksgiving table is dinner rolls.  I’m pretty used to skipping this item, but on occasion I get a craving for one.  Udi’s makes tons of great gluten-free items and these are no exception, plus all you have to do is bake them for a few minutes in the oven.

Have you tried any of these items or do you have another product that you love?