Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving with lots of great food and time spent with the ones you love. I hope you know how grateful I am to all of you! Thank you so much for being here, for supporting my blog, podcast, and other random endeavors, and for being my virtual BFFs. Whether you’re new here (hello!!) or an OG blog reader (THANK YOU!), you mean so much to me and I’m grateful everyday for this little blog and the opportunity to hang out with you all.
My favorite little turkeys:
Our Thanksgiving was perfection. To kick off the Thanksgiving and holiday festivities, we met up with my dad, stepmom, brothers, and some friends for the Gaslight Christmas show. Gaslight is a Tucson staple of melodramatic musicals. You cheer for the good guys, “boo!” for the villains, and enjoy a hilarious short olio show after the main production. The actors are all local and extremely talented, and it’s always a fun family activity.
This year it was Christmas Holiday and it was a HOOT.
(Dress is here/ boots are here)
Thursday morning we slept in (praise), I made turkey-shaped pancakes for the crew, we took a family walk, and then it was baking time!
I was asked to bring a dessert to the festivities, so I made the Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie from the new Ina cookbook. I don’t usually make *new* recipes for parties or gatherings, but I know that Ina recipes will always be a hit.
(Dress is old but I got it in black on sale here)
10/10 recommend the pie recipe. It was chocolatey and rich and delicious.
We went to my uncle’s house, which is where we have Thanksgiving almost every year. We feast to our heart’s content, the guys and kids usually go golfing in the afternoon, and it’s time to chat with the fam and watch the cousins run around and play.
I always try a little bit of everything and then go back to what I like the most. In this case, I loved most of all.
After my uncle’s we went home to let Maisey out, and then we went over to madre’s. This is when we eat more pie and plan our Black Friday strategies. We used to wake up in the middle of the night to shop (or go at midnight!), but now that sales start earlier and everything is online, it makes things very convenient.
Today I catch an F45 class with a friend, put the finishing touches on December Fit Team workouts, and get the rest of our shopping done. There are SO many great sales right now, and that’s when I get gifts and also find things we need for the house or that I’ve been wanting. 😉
Here’s a roundup of the best things I found!
My favorite brands:
Integrative Health Practitioner: I completed Level One, absolutely loved it and am working my way up to Level 2. You can sign up here and use the code BLACKFRIDAY for $250 off Level 1 or $500 off Levels 1 and 2. They are also offering an exclusive November monthly lab bonus when a new student signs up for Level 1+2 they will receive either the Men’s or Women’s Wellness lab. This is a $200 value and they will also receive a 30 minute health coaching call. This is a great way to see how a coaching call goes and get a feel for what you will be doing as a certified IHP. Be my study partner here. You don’t have to currently work in the health and fitness industry, and it’s a great way to explore your passions or start a new career.
Higher DOSE: If you’ve had your eye on a sauna blanket or a PEMF Go Mat, now is the time! Use this link and your discount will be automatically applied at checkout. This is their best promotion of the whole year!
InsideTracker: InsideTracker is having their biggest sale of the year! You can get $200 off their Ultimate Plan at this link with the code GINAHBF. InsideTracker has played a huge role in my personal health journey, and it’s been helpful to have data and metrics for the things I’d like to improve. I had my new round of blood work done last week, so I’ll share my results once I get them. If you want to improve your health, performance and vitality but aren’t sure where to start, I highly recommend it.
Organifi: At least I have one Organifi product every.single.day. It’s been a very stressful few months here, and I’ve started feeling sluggish in the mornings. I switched my green juice to first thing in the morning and it made a HUGE difference in my energy levels. That explosion of nutrients certainly helped! I also use and like the red juice, gold powder, protein powder and Harmony. You can use this link and the code FITNESSISTA for 25% off and free shipping on orders over $125.
Sakara: Sakara makes my favorite pre-made meals on the planet. Everything is so fresh, vibrant, packed with superfoods, and feels like a gift. I have a shipment coming next week and can’t wait! If you wanted to try Sakara, now is the chance. You can even just order the meals for lunch, which I feel can be the most challenging meal. I know so many of us are rushing around, so it’s easy to just grab something quick (like a snack that isn’t very filling), or skip lunch. I always order breakfast + lunch and it makes busy weekdays so much nicer (and much easier). Use this link and the code XOGINAH-BF22 for 25% off sitewide.
Total Body Reset: Flash sale on the 6-week program I put together with my friend Mia, who is a Registered Dietitian. We help you create a sustainable lifestyle you can maintain, with a lean eating strategy to balance hormones and regain your energy. The program is typically $797, but for Black Friday you can get everything for $197 here. We’ve revamped the plan to include 4 weeks of meal guides in addition to the videos and bonuses, and if you sign up before Sunday, you’ll also get a copy of Healthy Holiday Recipes.
More discounts + what I’m shopping this year:
Hanna Andersson: grab the kids’ matching Christmas jammies – they’re 50% off and the rest of the site is 40% off
J Crew: I shopped early and grabbed shirts for P, leggings and their Christmas dresses. 50% discount!
gap: Also shopped early for everyday staples at 50% off. I feel like the kids have outgrown everything so they needed quite a few winter staples like hoodies and jeans
Anthropologie is 30% off. Obsessed with this maxi dress, this sweater and tie combo, this gorgeous birthstone pendant, and this velvet headband.
Madewell: 40% Off Sitewide! I got another pair of these jeans because I love them so much (size down!) and this sweater
Kerastase: 20% off sitewide! They make my favorite hair mask in the whole world.
Target: I haven’t determined their sales yet, but that’s where I’ll be getting a lot of the kids’ toys
Express: Anyone else feel like Express is crushing it lately?! Everything is now 50% off! Love this jumpsuit, this bodysuit, this cardigan and these pants.
Erin Condren: 30% off! Ordered my planner for next year. I think my referral link will get you an extra $10 off if you want to give it a spin!
Amazon: SO many great Black Friday deals!
Some of my top finds from Amazon:
Women’s fashion: high-waisted thick leggings, classic bomber jacket, classic silk dress, long jacket, these cute ankle boots
Electronics: Bose Headphones, Oculus Quest 2, Bose Sports Earbuds, Fitbit Inspire 2
Internet famous deals: Kindle paperwhite, Bluey and Bingo soft duo, Hydroflask with wide lid, this amazing air purifier, DryBar blow dryer brush
For the house: our favorite blender, a new Nespresso, my go-to vacuum, a new juicer, I think I need this pink dutch oven
So tell me, friends: what was the highlight of your Thanksgiving??
Are you going shopping this weekend? What’s on your list?
If you are looking for gift ideas, I have gotchu.
Have a very happy Black Friday and I’ll see you soon!