Don’t you just love Fridays? Especially ones that precede weekends that are relatively free. Aside from a birthday celebration for my Grace (who turned 12 this week, and yes, I cried a lot), we don’t have much planned. Fall sports are wrapping up, so we’re in a “rest period” before basketball and indoor soccer begin. Love the break!
Today’s 5 on Friday features some things I’ve been thinking about or that caught my eye this week.
My mister is having knee surgery later this month, so I need to pull out our Christmas decorations while he’s still mobile. Don’t hate me–I used to be an avid “no Christmas before Thanksgiving” person, but I’ve changed my tune in recent years.
I was won over by the ease of being able to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend without stressing over decor. I also love being able to share my Christmas-ready home with you before the holiday rush and to provide you with plenty of ideas for decorating your own homes.
If you want to start Christmas shopping and give gifts people will LOVE, look no further than Oprah’s Favorite Things. This is the 20th year for the famous list. Oprah and her team do an incredibly thorough job of testing and then recommending only the very best things. I still have items in my closet that I purchased or received from the list 10+ years ago.
Well, this year, it’s even better. Why? Because you can shop Oprah’s Favorite Things directly from Amazon! How easy and convenient is that?!
Almost everything is available with Prime and/or free shipping. Click HERE for the full list, or shop my favorites (Michele’s Favorite Things of Oprah’s Favorite Things):
Nordstrom’s Fall Sale is happening now, and it’s totally worth a look. It’s a great time to get ready for the holidays and save on Christmas gifts from brands like Tory Burch, Sam Edelman, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kate Spade.
Some of my favorite fall pieces are marked down, as well.
More good stuff:
Speaking of sales, my favorite camo pants (from THIS post on fall trends) and lots of other fun pieces are marked down at Gap right now. The pants run large, so order a size down for a snug but comfy fit. My ruffled sweater also happens to be on sale: $28!
SHOP THE OUTFIT
Gap also has some cute kids/baby outfits and lots of great cold weather gear!
I love to read all types of books, and I especially love parenting books. I’m pretty particular, however, and only really enjoy parenting books that discuss tips and strategies that apply to more than just parenting. Right now, I’m in the middle of The Whole-Brain Child.
I’m LOVING this book! This is what I’ve learned in a nutshell: the brain has two sides. The right of the brain controls emotions and feelings. The left side of the brain controls logic. Now, this isn’t new stuff, but stay with me…
When your toddler (or tween) is having an emotional meltdown over something you think is ridiculous, the right side of their brain is at work. If you attempt to reason with said child using logic, you will get nowhere. Haven’t we all experienced this?
Instead, right brain problems need a right brain solution. You first have to address the emotional part with your right brain, and then later, after she’s calm, you can go back to using your left brain.
Doesn’t this make perfect sense? And it applies to non-parenting life, as well. Like, when you’re the one having the breakdown, and your husband is trying to “help” using valid reasoning 🙂
Obviously, there’s more to it than that, but my mister and I are already changing things up at our house and have been amazed at the results. I’d call this a Must-Read!