I think the fact that I was curled up in bed by 8:30 p.m. last night says it all: Our Thanksgiving weekend was jam-packed with family time and tons of turkey. Perhaps we should’ve included a little more relaxation in the mix but at least it was a FUN Thanksgiving weekend!

We had plans to spend the holiday with Ryan’s family and his mom and Les arrived on Wednesday morning and stayed through Saturday afternoon. We picked them up at the airport around 10 a.m. and spent most of Wednesday getting ready for Thanksgiving, hanging out around the house and digging into lasagna for dinner.

diane les ryan chase

Thursday was Thanksgiving and it was a good one! We had a ton of food for only four adults and one toddler but that’s just the way I like it. Leftovers for daysss!

thanksgiving 2017

We also managed to make our way to the Davidson Cross Country Trail for a 3-mile mid-morning hike while the turkey roasted at home. The fresh air felt great and we had wonderful weather (upper 50s and sunny) for Diane and Les’ entire visit.


We wanted to take Diane and Les into the city on Friday and they seemed excited about visiting 7th Street Public Market, so we spent a little over an hour at Discovery Place Science before making the short walk over to the market for coffee and crepes.

julie chase 27 months

(Moto Leggings: ROOLEE / Cardigan: Solutions Curved Hem via Nordstrom Rack)

discovery place science

7th st public market charlotte

Ryan was on a mission to get a real Christmas tree this year (we have a fake one set up in my office but he’s wanted a real one for years), so we also headed off on an adventure to find the perfect Christmas tree on Friday afternoon before making our way home around 2 p.m.

discovery place science charlotte

We drove to Birkdale Village in the evening to see the big Christmas tree, wander around the little shops and pick up some ice cream and that rounded our our Friday!

birkdale christmas tree  ryan diane les

Saturday + Sunday

Saturday was Les and Diane’s last day with us and we enjoyed a lazy morning at home and a late breakfast before making our way to a small local zoo.


giraffe feeding

The morning went by in a flash and before we knew it, Chase and I were hugging Nona and Cow Papa goodbye before Ryan took them off to the airport and Chase went down for his nap. (In case you were wondering, Les’ grandkids call him “Cow Papa” because Les and Diane’s house backs onto a field with cows and they immediately associated their Papa with the cows they love to feed. Ya never know where grandparents’ names are going to come from!)

While Chase slept, I immediately changed into my pajamas and did a little Black Friday shopping on Saturday since most of the deals seemed to run through the weekend. While I cannot share what I bought as gifts for family and friends, I did throw a couple small purchases for myself in the mix, including this $22 tunic sweater from Nordstrom and a holiday candle from Anthropologie.

Saturday evening took us to church for the 5:30 p.m. service and we left with a few gift tags off the giving trees in the lobby.

giving tree

Chase loved selecting a tag and even though I’m not sure he fully grasps the concept of a giving tree just yet, we’re trying to work with him on it and took him along on our big giving tree shopping adventure to Target on Sunday morning where we filled our cart with clothing and toys for the children on our tags.

We spent the rest of our Sunday walking Sadie, catching up on work during Chase’s nap and decorating our Christmas tree!

I really hope my American friends out there had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that all of you had a fantastic weekend. Enjoy your Monday!

Cyber Monday Sales

Just in case you missed some of the good deals over the weekend, there’s still time to sneak in a bit of holiday shopping and take advantage of Cyber Monday sales today. Below you will find a short roundup of some of the sales that caught my eye:

The Honest Company: Save 50% off first bundle order with code OHYEAH (I order their diapering bundles for Chase and LOVE them.)

GAP: 50% off everything with code CYBER

Old Navy: 40% off everything (Love this $24 cold shoulder swing dress for holiday parties.)

Kohl’s: Extra 20% off with code BUYNOW20 (Includes lots of Melissa & Doug toys

Juice Beauty: 20% off with code Cyber17 (An organic + natural beauty line with lots of great reviews! I ordered this concealer to try.)

ASOS: 30% off everything with code EPIC30

Nike: 25% off select styles with code EPIC25

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