Mom’s Whole Wheat Homemade Bread

Fresh, homemade bread right out of the oven is my weakness. The buttery soft dough that is still warm and melts in my mouth is something I’ve loved since I was a kid.

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This is the recipe my mom has been using since I was a kid–as I remember many nights her pulling 4 or 5 loaves out of the oven as we sat down for dinner. It was hard to stop at just one piece! It was time to introduce Cullen to this simple pleasure. He helped me measure and stir, but I think more flour ended up on his shirt and the floor than in the bowl.

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After mixing all of the ingredients as much as we could in the bowl, we dumped out the dough onto a floured surface. As you can see, the dough is really lumpy and doesn’t hold together at all.

This is where kneading is important. It is important to spend about 10 minutes kneading. There’s no specific way to knead, but you’ll want to fold the dough on itself and then press everything together. (You can count this as your arm workout of the day.)  After about 10 minutes, your dough should be smooth, elastic, and everything will be combined together.

Once the kneading process is finished, we let the dough rise for a couple hours. Then we transferred the dough to two loaf pans and let them rise again. This process does take some time, but with some planning ahead, it isn’t hard. After rising and baking, you will yield a perfectly browned loaf of bread.

Mom’s Homemade Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients

1-3/4 cups warm water

3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup honey

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

2-1/2 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour also works)

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the water and yeast. Then pour in the oil, honey, and salt and stir combine. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbly on the top.
  2. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer dough back to a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in size (approximately 1.5-2 hours).
  5. Punch the dough down and then split the dough in half. Form one half into a log-shape and place seam-side down into a greased loaf pan. Repeat for the other half of the dough. (In this blog post, I have more detailed pictures of making homemade bread.)
  6. Let the dough rise in the pans with a towel on top, so they don’t dry out.
  7. Once the dough has risen above the top of the pan, preheat the oven to 350*F.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.

 

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Mom’s Whole Wheat Homemade Bread

Fresh, homemade bread right out of the oven is my weakness. The buttery soft dough that is still warm and melts in my mouth is something I’ve loved since I was a kid.

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This is the recipe my mom has been using since I was a kid–as I remember many nights her pulling 4 or 5 loaves out of the oven as we sat down for dinner. It was hard to stop at just one piece! It was time to introduce Cullen to this simple pleasure. He helped me measure and stir, but I think more flour ended up on his shirt and the floor than in the bowl.

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After mixing all of the ingredients as much as we could in the bowl, we dumped out the dough onto a floured surface. As you can see, the dough is really lumpy and doesn’t hold together at all.

This is where kneading is important. It is important to spend about 10 minutes kneading. There’s no specific way to knead, but you’ll want to fold the dough on itself and then press everything together. (You can count this as your arm workout of the day.)  After about 10 minutes, your dough should be smooth, elastic, and everything will be combined together.

Once the kneading process is finished, we let the dough rise for a couple hours. Then we transferred the dough to two loaf pans and let them rise again. This process does take some time, but with some planning ahead, it isn’t hard. After rising and baking, you will yield a perfectly browned loaf of bread.

Mom’s Homemade Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients

1-3/4 cups warm water

3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup honey

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

2-1/2 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour also works)

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the water and yeast. Then pour in the oil, honey, and salt and stir combine. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbly on the top.
  2. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer dough back to a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in size (approximately 1.5-2 hours).
  5. Punch the dough down and then split the dough in half. Form one half into a log-shape and place seam-side down into a greased loaf pan. Repeat for the other half of the dough. (In this blog post, I have more detailed pictures of making homemade bread.)
  6. Let the dough rise in the pans with a towel on top, so they don’t dry out.
  7. Once the dough has risen above the top of the pan, preheat the oven to 350*F.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.

 

Mom’s Whole Wheat Homemade Bread

Fresh, homemade bread right out of the oven is my weakness. The buttery soft dough that is still warm and melts in my mouth is something I’ve loved since I was a kid.

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This is the recipe my mom has been using since I was a kid–as I remember many nights her pulling 4 or 5 loaves out of the oven as we sat down for dinner. It was hard to stop at just one piece! It was time to introduce Cullen to this simple pleasure. He helped me measure and stir, but I think more flour ended up on his shirt and the floor than in the bowl.

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After mixing all of the ingredients as much as we could in the bowl, we dumped out the dough onto a floured surface. As you can see, the dough is really lumpy and doesn’t hold together at all.

This is where kneading is important. It is important to spend about 10 minutes kneading. There’s no specific way to knead, but you’ll want to fold the dough on itself and then press everything together. (You can count this as your arm workout of the day.)  After about 10 minutes, your dough should be smooth, elastic, and everything will be combined together.

Once the kneading process is finished, we let the dough rise for a couple hours. Then we transferred the dough to two loaf pans and let them rise again. This process does take some time, but with some planning ahead, it isn’t hard. After rising and baking, you will yield a perfectly browned loaf of bread.

Mom’s Homemade Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients

1-3/4 cups warm water

3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup honey

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

2-1/2 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour also works)

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the water and yeast. Then pour in the oil, honey, and salt and stir combine. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbly on the top.
  2. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer dough back to a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in size (approximately 1.5-2 hours).
  5. Punch the dough down and then split the dough in half. Form one half into a log-shape and place seam-side down into a greased loaf pan. Repeat for the other half of the dough. (In this blog post, I have more detailed pictures of making homemade bread.)
  6. Let the dough rise in the pans with a towel on top, so they don’t dry out.
  7. Once the dough has risen above the top of the pan, preheat the oven to 350*F.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.

 

Mom’s Whole Wheat Homemade Bread

Fresh, homemade bread right out of the oven is my weakness. The buttery soft dough that is still warm and melts in my mouth is something I’ve loved since I was a kid.

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This is the recipe my mom has been using since I was a kid–as I remember many nights her pulling 4 or 5 loaves out of the oven as we sat down for dinner. It was hard to stop at just one piece! It was time to introduce Cullen to this simple pleasure. He helped me measure and stir, but I think more flour ended up on his shirt and the floor than in the bowl.

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After mixing all of the ingredients as much as we could in the bowl, we dumped out the dough onto a floured surface. As you can see, the dough is really lumpy and doesn’t hold together at all.

This is where kneading is important. It is important to spend about 10 minutes kneading. There’s no specific way to knead, but you’ll want to fold the dough on itself and then press everything together. (You can count this as your arm workout of the day.)  After about 10 minutes, your dough should be smooth, elastic, and everything will be combined together.

Once the kneading process is finished, we let the dough rise for a couple hours. Then we transferred the dough to two loaf pans and let them rise again. This process does take some time, but with some planning ahead, it isn’t hard. After rising and baking, you will yield a perfectly browned loaf of bread.

Mom’s Homemade Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients

1-3/4 cups warm water

3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup honey

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

2-1/2 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour also works)

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the water and yeast. Then pour in the oil, honey, and salt and stir combine. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbly on the top.
  2. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer dough back to a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in size (approximately 1.5-2 hours).
  5. Punch the dough down and then split the dough in half. Form one half into a log-shape and place seam-side down into a greased loaf pan. Repeat for the other half of the dough. (In this blog post, I have more detailed pictures of making homemade bread.)
  6. Let the dough rise in the pans with a towel on top, so they don’t dry out.
  7. Once the dough has risen above the top of the pan, preheat the oven to 350*F.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.

 

Base Training + Cyber Monday Deals

To be honest, I’m struggling a little with my running right now. After nearly two months since the marathon, I STILL don’t feel like my legs are coming around. I’m try to be patient, but I don’t remember recovery taking this long in the past. It also doesn’t help that it has been really cold this month, and it is back to running on the snow and ice every morning, which is never fun.

Let’s hope this next month won’t be quite as cold. (Most mornings have been below 20 degrees F and often below 10 degrees F as well.)

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Here’s a recap of my workouts from November 20 – 26, 2017.

Monday

6 miles, easy

This was a nice easy run in the early morning hours.

Tuesday

6 miles – treadmill interval workout

5 x 1/2 mile

I’ve been trying to go to the treadmill once a week to do a faster, more uptempo workout. I did 5 x 0.5 mile @ 6:53 pace, which felt SO hard! That’s really sad since I just ran a marathon at a 6:57 pace two months ago! I had to stop and get off the treadmill after each interval in order to catch my breath!

Wednesday

Off

Thursday

9 miles, Turkey Trot 5K

I ran the Turkey Trot with Craig and pushed Cullen in the stroller. I ran an average pace of 9:32, so I didn’t try to race it. I had to stop several times for Cullen to change boots, readjust the blanket, and listen to what he was trying to tell me. He got really cold (The temperature was 10*F.), so he wasn’t too happy during the last mile. It was still fun, but I think I’ll have to avoid pushing Cullen in the stroller if it is below 20*F. I ran 6 miles back home before going over to my in-law’s for Thanksgiving. All the miles felt good.

Friday

5 miles, easy

Another easy run in the dark, cold morning hours before working on Black Friday. There was hardly anyone out, which was nice.

Saturday

14 miles, long run

I ran 10 miles with my friend Mandy, and then finished 4 more on my own. My average pace for this run was 8:11, which is about a minute faster than I usually run! It is nice for me to push the pace every once in a while, but my hamstrings are still sore and tight two days later. The good news is that my hip didn’t bother me afterwards like it did after last week’s 13 miles.

Sunday

Off

Total: 40 miles

I am really happy to hit 40 miles. Usually that kind of mileage is nothing, but these frigid temps make it so much harder to get out each day!


Today is Cyber Monday, which means more deals. I still can’t get over how many great deals there were on Black Friday. I ended up purchasing a pair of Jetsetter Joggers from Albion Fit and two bottles of Zoya nail polish (a safer nail polish) for $5 each.

If you have been following me for a while, you know how much I love Generation UCAN, and if you are wanting to try some, take advantage of their Cyber Monday deal of 25% off, plus free shipping. This is their best deal of the year! Use the code: CYBER17

Today Beautycounter is offering 4 Cyber Monday deals! Some of you have been taking advantage of these awesome deals, so don’t wait to make your purchase. (Quantities are limited.) These items also make great gifts!

1. Countermatch Discovery Set There is a lot of buzz about the new Countermatch line, so this is the perfect time to try all the products in travel-sizes. I love my Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion. $48

2. Travel size shampoo and conditioner sets in Volume & Shape and Smooth & Control. I use the Volume & Shape shampoo and conditioner every day and love how manageable and soft it makes my hair. $22

3. FREE Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary ($73 value) with any purchase over $175.

4. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100

*Any of the links will ensure you are shopping through me.

Sorel // 25% off + free shipping

I am wearing the Out N About Boot.

 

Oiselle // 25% off Holiday Favorites with code: MOTIVATION + free shipping

My favorite long sleeve for the colder days.

Here are some other retails offering amazing deals!

Rabbit running // 50% off shorts with code: BUNDAY

Loft // 50% off + free shipping

J.Crew // 40% off + 10% off + free shipping

Shutterfly // Save up to 50% + an extra 25% today – Code: CYBERSAVINGS (I will be getting my Christmas cards today!)

Sarah Marie Design Studio // 20% off with code: CYBER17

Base Training + Cyber Monday Deals

To be honest, I’m struggling a little with my running right now. After nearly two months since the marathon, I STILL don’t feel like my legs are coming around. I’m try to be patient, but I don’t remember recovery taking this long in the past. It also doesn’t help that it has been really cold this month, and it is back to running on the snow and ice every morning, which is never fun.

Let’s hope this next month won’t be quite as cold. (Most mornings have been below 20 degrees F and often below 10 degrees F as well.)

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The good news is that I hit 40 miles this week, which I was happy about. Right now I am doing a lot of base training with one treadmill workout a week. I’ll be happy to maintain mileage in the 40s or 50s–and maybe even a little in the low-60s this winter.

Here’s a recap of my workouts from November 20 – 26, 2017.

Monday

6 miles, easy

This was a nice easy run in the early morning hours.

Tuesday

6 miles – treadmill interval workout

5 x 1/2 mile

I’ve been trying to go to the treadmill once a week to do a faster, more uptempo workout. I did 5 x 0.5 mile @ 6:53 pace, which felt SO hard! That’s really sad since I just ran a marathon at a 6:57 pace two months ago! I had to stop and get off the treadmill after each interval in order to catch my breath!

Wednesday

Off

Thursday

9 miles, Turkey Trot 5K

I ran the Turkey Trot with Craig and pushed Cullen in the stroller. I ran an average pace of 9:32, so I didn’t try to race it. I had to stop several times for Cullen to change boots, readjust the blanket, and listen to what he was trying to tell me. He got really cold (The temperature was 10*F.), so he wasn’t too happy during the last mile. It was still fun, but I think I’ll have to avoid pushing Cullen in the stroller if it is below 20*F. I ran 6 miles back home before going over to my in-law’s for Thanksgiving. All the miles felt good.

Friday

5 miles, easy

Another easy run in the dark, cold morning hours before working on Black Friday. There was hardly anyone out, which was nice.

Saturday

14 miles, long run

I ran 10 miles with my friend Mandy, and then finished 4 more on my own. My average pace for this run was 8:11, which is about a minute faster than I usually run! It is nice for me to push the pace every once in a while, but my hamstrings are still sore and tight two days later. The good news is that my hip didn’t bother me afterwards like it did after last week’s 13 miles.

Sunday

Off

Total: 40 miles

I am really happy to hit 40 miles. Usually that kind of mileage is nothing, but these frigid temps make it so much harder to get out each day!


Today is Cyber Monday, which means more deals. I still can’t get over how many great deals there were on Black Friday. I ended up purchasing a pair of Jetsetter Joggers from Albion Fit and two bottles of Zoya nail polish (a safer nail polish) for $5 each.

If you have been following me for a while, you know how much I love Generation UCAN, and if you are wanting to try some, take advantage of their Cyber Monday deal of 25% off, plus free shipping. This is their best deal of the year! Use the code: CYBER17

Today Beautycounter is offering 4 Cyber Monday deals! Some of you have been taking advantage of these awesome deals, so don’t wait to make your purchase. (Quantities are limited.) These items also make great gifts!

1. Countermatch Discovery Set There is a lot of buzz about the new Countermatch line, so this is the perfect time to try all the products in travel-sizes. I love my Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion. $48

2. Travel size shampoo and conditioner sets in Volume & Shape and Smooth & Control. I use the Volume & Shape shampoo and conditioner every day and love how manageable and soft it makes my hair. $22

3. FREE Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary ($73 value) with any purchase over $175.

4. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100

*Any of the links will ensure you are shopping through me.

Sorel // 25% off + free shipping

I am wearing the Out N About Boot.

 

Oiselle // 25% off Holiday Favorites with code: MOTIVATION + free shipping

My favorite long sleeve for the colder days.

Here are some other retails offering amazing deals!

Rabbit running // 50% off shorts with code: BUNDAY

Loft // 50% off + free shipping

J.Crew // 40% off + 10% off + free shipping

Shutterfly // Save up to 50% + an extra 25% today – Code: CYBERSAVINGS (I will be getting my Christmas cards today!)

Sarah Marie Design Studio // 20% off with code: CYBER17

Black Friday Deals – 2017

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving yesterday!

Craig, Cullen, and I ran the Turkey Trot 5K together. I wasn’t feeling up to racing, and this is one of the few times we could all run together, so why not! It was bitter cold, but we still had fun. After the race, I ran 6 miles back home for a total of 9 for the day.

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Afterwards we had a Thanksgiving meal at my in-law’s, played Apples to Apples, and then FaceTimed with my family in Minnesota.

If you are involved with retail, you know the importance of this weekend. If you are a consumer, you know the great deals that every.single.store is offering. I am a part of both, so in some ways I am feeling overwhelmed with the weekend because I am working at the store Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but I also want to do all the shopping! Because holy cow–there are so many good deals out there!

These are some of my favorite stores and some awesome deals that you don’t want to miss out on.

Rabbit

Rabbit running is a fairly new running clothing company, but they make some really nice pieces of running clothing. Today only they are offering 30% off everything with the code GIVETHANKS. I have their Catch Me If You Can shorts, which are really comfortable.

 

Nordstrom

Over the last few months, I have been doing A LOT more shopping online at Nordstrom. You can’t beat their free shipping and free returns! And that’s free shipping on ANY amount–even to Alaska, which isn’t the case for a lot of stores.

Here are some items that are on sale that either I own or have on my own wish list.

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Beautycounter

If you have been thinking about trying Beautycounter, this is your chance to snag some killer deals.

Here are the two items that are worth adding to your cleansing and makeup routine:

Cleansing Balm ($38 US)

The mini Cleansing Balm (one of our best sellers) is great for cleansing, removing makeup, and a way to add moisture to your dry, winter skin. The regular-sized Cleansing Balm is $80, so this is a great chance to try an amazing product at a lower price-point.

Lash Power Duo ($20 US)

This package includes a mini volumizing mascara and travel-sized eye makeup remover. The reformulated mascara is awesome, and I have heard nothing but amazing things about the makeup remover as well.

In addition, you get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100 through Sunday.

And with a purchase over $250, you get a FREE Beautycounter+ Spa Set ($88 value) through Sunday as well.


SHOP for Beautycounter products HERE


Loft

I really, really like Loft clothes. We don’t have a store in Anchorage, but I’ve purchased things online before and loved everything I got. Right now they are having 50% off with the code FRIYAY. I found some things that would be fun items for holiday parties and great casual items as well.

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Sarah Marie Design Studio

You probably remember my Sarah Marie Design Studio sweatshirt I just featured. Use the code: BLACKFRIDAY2017 for 20% off items on her site.

 

J.Crew & J.Crew Factory

J.Crew never used to have sales like this, but they currently have 40% off your purchase with the code THANKU, and J.Crew Factory has 50%-60% off everything. They sell such staple items that never go out of style: chambray tops, wool skirts, nice jackets, and fun pajamas.

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SFH (Stronger Faster Healthier)

I’ve used SFH’s protein powders in the past and recommend them for “clean” protein powders with minimal ingredients. They are offering 20% off their products sitewide and free shipping.

 

Express

Another store offering 50% off + free shipping! You can’t go wrong with deals like this!

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In addition, here are a few more:

Zoya // A natural nail polish and safer formula. 50% off and free shipping

Patagonia Quilt Pullover // 30% off – I just mentioned wanting this top in a recent post!

Sorel // 25% off sitewide – I got these boots in the mail yesterday and am excited to try them out.

I’m off to work at the store now. It was an early morning with a 5 mile run, getting ready, and finishing up this post, but I love everything I do!

Black Friday Deals – 2017

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving yesterday!

Craig, Cullen, and I ran the Turkey Trot 5K together. I wasn’t feeling up to racing, and this is one of the few times we could all run together, so why not! It was bitter cold, but we still had fun. After the race, I ran 6 miles back home for a total of 9 for the day.

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Afterwards we had a Thanksgiving meal at my in-law’s, played Apples to Apples, and then FaceTimed with my family in Minnesota.

If you are involved with retail, you know the importance of this weekend. If you are a consumer, you know the great deals that every.single.store is offering. I am a part of both, so in some ways I am feeling overwhelmed with the weekend because I am working at the store Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but I also want to do all the shopping! Because holy cow–there are so many good deals out there!

These are some of my favorite stores and some awesome deals that you don’t want to miss out on.

Rabbit

Rabbit running is a fairly new running clothing company, but they make some really nice pieces of running clothing. Today only they are offering 30% off everything with the code GIVETHANKS. I have their Catch Me If You Can shorts, which are really comfortable.

 

Nordstrom

Over the last few months, I have been doing A LOT more shopping online at Nordstrom. You can’t beat their free shipping and free returns! And that’s free shipping on ANY amount–even to Alaska, which isn’t the case for a lot of stores.

Here are some items that are on sale that either I own or have on my own wish list.

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Beautycounter

If you have been thinking about trying Beautycounter, this is your chance to snag some killer deals.

Here are the two items that are worth adding to your cleansing and makeup routine:

Cleansing Balm ($38 US)

The mini Cleansing Balm (one of our best sellers) is great for cleansing, removing makeup, and a way to add moisture to your dry, winter skin. The regular-sized Cleansing Balm is $80, so this is a great chance to try an amazing product at a lower price-point.

Lash Power Duo ($20 US)

This package includes a mini volumizing mascara and travel-sized eye makeup remover. The reformulated mascara is awesome, and I have heard nothing but amazing things about the makeup remover as well.

In addition, you get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100 through Sunday.

And with a purchase over $250, you get a FREE Beautycounter+ Spa Set ($88 value) through Sunday as well.


SHOP for Beautycounter products HERE


Loft

I really, really like Loft clothes. We don’t have a store in Anchorage, but I’ve purchased things online before and loved everything I got. Right now they are having 50% off with the code FRIYAY. I found some things that would be fun items for holiday parties and great casual items as well.

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Sarah Marie Design Studio

You probably remember my Sarah Marie Design Studio sweatshirt I just featured. Use the code: BLACKFRIDAY2017 for 20% off items on her site.

 

J.Crew & J.Crew Factory

J.Crew never used to have sales like this, but they currently have 40% off your purchase with the code THANKU, and J.Crew Factory has 50%-60% off everything. They sell such staple items that never go out of style: chambray tops, wool skirts, nice jackets, and fun pajamas.

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SFH (Stronger Faster Healthier)

I’ve used SFH’s protein powders in the past and recommend them for “clean” protein powders with minimal ingredients. They are offering 20% off their products sitewide and free shipping.

 

Express

Another store offering 50% off + free shipping! You can’t go wrong with deals like this!

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In addition, here are a few more:

Zoya // A natural nail polish and safer formula. 50% off and free shipping

Patagonia Quilt Pullover // 30% off – I just mentioned wanting this top in a recent post!

Sorel // 25% off sitewide – I got these boots in the mail yesterday and am excited to try them out.

I’m off to work at the store now. It was an early morning with a 5 mile run, getting ready, and finishing up this post, but I love everything I do!

Holiday Preview at the 5th Avenue Mall

Just a little over one month until Christmas, people!

The holiday bug is biting me earlier than usual this year. I’ve held off on listening to Christmas music or decorating my house with holiday decor, but I have already been buying gifts, which is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season.

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I especially got excited about gift-giving after attending a blogger event at the 5th Avenue Mall in downtown Anchorage last week.

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Five of us bloggers were invited to a holiday preview at the mall. We started with appetizers at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. I had never been to Sullivan’s before–and to be honest I’ve heard mixed reviews about the restaurant, but I have to say I was very impressed. The inside was modern, the hostesses and waiters were very friendly, and the food was really good! I would definitely go back for a full meal in the future.

After introductions and a run-down of the night, we headed to Nordstrom to see some of the hottest gifts they have to offer this holiday season.

There was so much cute stuff; I wanted it all. Some of the top gifts include:

Cashmere sweaters (like this one from Halogen that is on sale for less than $70!)

Ugg boots

Bose portable speaker

Dinosaur Rug (Cullen would love this!)

Bogs boots

Kate Spade tote (want!)

Free People Sweater (I am currently lusting after this too. AND it’s 40% off in 3 colors!)

Our next stop was Sephora, which I frequent a few times a year, but did you know they have free classes they offer?! Everything from applying makeup to fake eyelashes. I did not that, and now I really want to take one or two. The gal said they offer free mini makeovers and a full makeover with a $50 purchase. Plus they are willing to give you samples of products you may be interested in. For holiday gifts, you can’t go wrong with their sampler boxes that contains the store’s best sellers.

Then it was off to Michael Kors to learn about the new smartwatches from Michael Kors, handbags, and dresses, which I didn’t realize he designed so many different items. This dress was on display at the store and would definitely turn heads if you needed a stand-out dress for your NYE party! I had no idea Michael Kors has smart watches. This rose gold one caught my eye.

Our last stop of the evening was at Bath & Body Works. I was happy to see that Bath & Body Works is starting to incorporate more all-natural ingredients into their products with their essential oils and soy-based oils in their candles. They are a one-stop shop with items for kids, guys, and wrapping items as well. (I have to admit I went back the next day to buy a few items.)

It was a really fun night and a chance to meet other bloggers, spend time with friends, and get out of the house on a weekday night!

Thanks to Ashlee from the 5th Avenue Mall for inviting me and the incredible swag bags from each of the retailers.

Here are the other bloggers who attended:

Fernanda from Living Alaska (Instagram: fernandaconrad)

Tessie from Tessie Style Blog (Instagram: xotessiestyle)

Laura from Little House Big Alaska (Instagram: littlehousebigalaska)

Misha from More Shoes Than Vogue (<–Instagram)