Monday, December 4, 2017

Making Time in a Busy Season

Life has been stressful and hectic for months now, but I'm consistently working on being grateful for the "little" things and cherishing my time with loved ones.

The older kid and I started a Black Friday tradition ten years ago when the younger kid was just a few weeks old.  Every Black Friday, just the two of us go out, but the focus is not on getting the best deal but on spending time together. This year we headed to a less popular mall, bought a few items, went to lunch and then had some coffee. Our one-on-one time was priceless.

Around that time I also decided that I wanted to experiment with a darker/brighter lip color instead of the usual neutral colors that I wear. This is a mixture of several colors, but I bought a red lipstick that I like yesterday, and I'm going to share it soon.
Later in the day on Black Friday, we headed to WinterFest at California's Great America in Santa Clara. It's a fun place for families to spend some winter fun. 

I also did a little shopping in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, the Rebecca Minkoff cold shoulder sweater that I ordered from Nordstrom didn't work out the way I wanted it to, and I returned it. 

Since life has been stressful in the last few months, exercise has been essential. I try to get as many steps as possible every day, and I have also been taking barre classes most days. 

This was a particularly good day; I don't get that many steps every day... :-)

I have also been lifting more weights and am proud that there are some more visible muscles showing up... :-)

This past weekend, we had fun at the Bubbly Walk in Willow Glen. We hung out with friends and had fun checking out the cute stores. And I managed not to buy anything! :-)
Finally, Andy bought an ugly holiday sweater yesterday, and I just absolutely love it! It makes me smile whenever I look at it! 

Questions: What's new in your life lately? Do you make time for the little things during this busy season? 

Be well, Andrea


  1. Anonymous12/04/2017

    I missed your posts! Glad you've made time for some fun during a busy time!


  2. Sounds like the best kind of busy, with the people you love! Great new lipstick, and Andy's sweater is truly . . . superlative! xo

    1. Thanks, Patti! I just love that sweater... ;-)

  3. Whaawaa, Andy doesn t look happy!😂😂😂 But I love the sweater! And good traditions! You are looking very good, no signs of stress at all!

    1. Thanks, Nancy! Glad looks can be deceiving... ;-)

  4. I can't believe he bought that ugly sweater----definitely a giggle producer!!!

  5. OMG Andy's sweater cracks me up! Your muscles look amazing and love your shopping tradition!

  6. Great post Andrea. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS on the holiday season and your Black Friday. His sweater is hilarious and your outfit is simple but totally chic.

    Welcome by tomorrow and join the linkup. =)

  7. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great outfit! Wow what a huge Christmas tree. I assume it's not yours. But it makes for a great background for a great OOTD.

  8. You look like you are doing well but I know how easy it is to look fine but not necessarily be fine! :) Your shoulders look amazing Andrea!!

    It will be crazy here.... holiday & birthdays & that family moving - it will be tough & happy 7 sad!

  9. You just look sensational. Wow! Wow! Wow!

    Glad you and your number #1 (as in first) son got some one on one time together. Your lip color that day is gorgeous.

    Andy's Christmas sweater is adorable. My brother took me to a store called Bargain Hunt in Lexington and they were selling $5 ugly Christmas sweaters. One had a wreath with an upside-down bell on it. I kept looking at the sweater trying to figure out the image (wreath & bell) until my brother told me what was going on...the image was upside-down intentionally.

  10. Hehee. Love the ugly sweater on your hubby! We all have one too and wear them Christmas eve. I really like the red lipstick! I dont buy makeup much but love to buy lipsticks. Your look great andrea, I am hoping to start after the holidays on an EDs yoga video. Looks like a fun place to visit too.
    thanks for linking!
    jess x