Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Black Friday Sales

 I love that Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales have kind of become two in the same. Honestly, who wants to go stand in an actual line {especially with Covid on the rise, again}, when you can shop from the comfort of your very on home, all while watching a Christmas and sipping on a festive drink? I’ll take shopping from my laptop over in person shopping any Black Friday, but especially this year. 

I love Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and really any sale! But this time of year it really is such a great opportunity to start/complete your Christmas shopping, stock up on some basics, and treat yourself to a few things that you have been eyeing. Added bonus, most, if not all stores have started their Black Friday sales slightly early this year! Below is a roundup off all the sales currently underway and the promo codes if needed. Be sure t check back – sale list will be added to and updated as more sales start to take place or if discounts are changed.

Abercrombie// 40% off entire stroe

Ann Taylor// 50% off your purchase with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Anthropologie// 30% off everything, plus free shipping on orders $50 or more

Ballard Designs// 40% off all clearance and 40% off black Friday items 

Banana Republic// 50% off everything

Brooks Brothers// 50% off sitewide and in stores

Club Monaco// 30% off everything with code: HOLIDAY30

Country Club Prep// 30% off almost everything with code: PREVIEW2020

Draper James// 30% off sitewide and in stores

Gap// 50% off everything

J. Crew// 50% off your purchase and an extra 60% off sale styles with code: EARLY

J. Crew Factory// 60% off everything

Jack Rogers// Up to 80% off

Joules// Up to 60% off Black Friday Event

Kate Spade// Enjoy 50% off your order with code: TGIBDF

KJP// 25% off your entire purchase 

L.L. Bean// 15% off your order with code: THANKS15

Land’e End// 50% off sale & clearance styles, 40% off everything else with code: SLED

Loft// Up to 60% off hundreds of styles

Madewell// Up to 50% off with code: VERYMERRY

Mark & Graham// up to 50% off select styles plus, free shipping sitewide with code: MERRY

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams// Free white glove delivery & free shipping on all purchases and 30% off when you spend $3,000 or more

Naked Cashmere// Free Cashmere Gift with Purchase

Nordstrom// Cyber Deals up to 50% off

Old Navy// 50% off everything

One Kings Lane// 25% off sitewide and sale items up to 75% off

Pottery Barn// Up to 25% off bedding, décor, and more

Pottery Barn Kids// Up to 60% off best gifts and furniture and free shipping with code: COZY

Ralph Lauren// Enjoy 40% off your purchase when you spend $125 or more

Saks Fifth Avenue// Up to $200 off your full-price purchase

Sarah Flint// $50 off 1 Pair of Shoes, $100 off 2 Pairs, $150 off 3 Pairs, and $200 off 4 or more pair of shoes with code: SARAHFLINT-BALAURENK

Serena & Lily// 20& off with code: TOGETHER

Tory Burch// 30% off full-price and up to 60% off sale with code: THANKS

Tuckernuck// 20% off sitewide, 25% off orders over $500, and 30% off orders over $1,000

Vince// Enjoy 30% off in store and sitewide with code: NOVEMBER30

Vineyard Vines// 30% off sitewide with code: FRIDAY

West Elm// Up to 50% off furniture, bedding, décor & more, plus, an extra 20% off all clearance with code: SCORE

Williams Sonoma// Up to 50% off 

White + Warren// 25% off sitewide 

Thanksgiving With All The Trimmings

 I know I have expressed this sentiment a number of times already, but seriously, where did fall go? The holiday season really did sneak up me this year, but I feel like this year, more than ever, we could all use a little extra holiday cheer and merriment. 

Deep breath, Thanksgiving is tomorrow!! I love how at this time of year the leaves look like something that was captured from an oil painting; the colors are always so vibrant, and it really does paint such a perfect background for Thanksgiving. I love the family time, traditions, time spent around a table, stories and that old feeling of nostalgia that holidays always bring about. I’m sure your family is like mine, where you have your family recipes that are handwritten on well-worn index cards that have been passed down from previous generations. However, if you are looking for a few new recipes to try or maybe some that or slightly easier or serve a few less people, below are a few great ones that anyone and everyone will love!

Ina Garten’s Roasted-Turkey Roulade// If you have been following my blog for a while than you are well aware of the fact that one of my lifelong dreams is just to cook in the kitchen with Ina Garten and Jennifer Gadner. My family actually made this exact recipe a couple Thanksgivings ago, and it is amazing! For a turkey recipe, it was actually pretty easy to do and it turns out so moist and delicious! Keep in mind, this is coming from someone who is not a turkey fan; it’s seriously amazing!


Ina Garten Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast// This is the turkey recipe that we are planning to make in my family this year. It’s the perfect serving size for the amount of people who will be at our Thanksgiving dinner, it takes under three to prepare and cook, and any Ina Garten recipe always turns out picture perfect {or at the very least taste amazing}.


Southern Living Classic Cornbread Dressing Recipe// What is Thanksgiving without dressing or stuffing? I’m almost embarrassed to say that I just recently learned that the difference between stuffing and dressing is stuffing is what you actually stuff the turkey with and dressing is what you serve on the side… I always thought they were two in the same… Anyhow, this dressing recipe is absolutely amazing! However, if you are looking for something a little less time consuming Stove Top Stuffing and this Williams Sonoma Cornbread Stuffing mix are two delicious and easy alternatives!


Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole// In my family this recipe is a holiday must for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. It is such and classic holiday comfort food and just always seems to tie the entire meal together.


The Best Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese// Mac and Cheese is like the one food that basically everyone loves at any age. This recipe is about as old-fashioned mac and cheese as you can get; baked in the oven, the perfect amount of cheese, and topped with panko crumbs 


Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes// I mean, it is 2020 after all, why not microwave it where you can and take a little of the holiday stress off your shoulders? And honestly, I have tried countless mashed potato recipes and I have yet to make one from scratch that taste as good as Bob Evans…


Khalil Hymore’s Parker House Rolls// I feel like there’s basically an unwritten rule that exist, say you must have Parker House Rolls at any and all holiday table. This is an amazing recipe, but these Sister Schubert Parker House Style Rolls are honestly just as good!


Bourbon Pecan Pie// No matter how you choose to pronounce ‘pecan’ this recipe is so good, it will make you want to cry


Bourbon Milk Punch// A festive holiday drink is a must for any occasion, and this drink mix is sooo good and so festive for this time of year! 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Sarah Flint Buy More, Save More Event

 I love the fact that stores are starting their Black Friday Sales a little earlier than usual this year! Sarah Flint is already having an amazing sale that is well underway! It’s their Buy More, Save More Event: receive $50 off 1 pair, $100 off 2 pairs, $150 off of 3 pairs, and $200 off of 4 or more pairs! All you have to do is use code SARAHFLINT-BALAURENK at checkout! 

Sarah Flint has become one of my most favorite shoe companies in just a few short months. Every single pair of Sarah Flint shoes I own are all day wearable – even their heels are more comfortable thanks to their slightly wider toe box, arch support system, and cushion technology. Even celebrities are fans – if you don’t believe me, just Google it! You’ll find such celebrities as Meghan Markle, Emma Roberts, Amal Clooney, Scarlet Johansson, Mila Kunis, and more support their favorite Sarah Flint styles. 

With the timeless style, comfortable fit, and beautiful designs, how can anyone resist such beautiful shoes at a quite reasonable price for such great quality? Below are a few of my personal Favorite Sarah Flint Shoes!

Natalie Flat in Burgundy Twist Velvet

Natalie Flat in Saddle Vacchetta

Luna in Taupe Suede

Parker in Navy Polka Dot Mesh

Bennett in Blackthorn Jqcquard

Grear in Gold Calf

Rosie in Taupe Suede

Perfect Emma in Navy Suede

Emma Sling in Tortoise Patent

Perfect Pump 85 in Olive Twist Suede

Perfect Block Sandal 90

Don’t Forget to use code: SARAHFLINT-BALAURENK at checkout to receive up to $200 off your purchase! P.S. They have some fabulous red and gold shoes for the holiday season!

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Night Thought


Thanksgiving Inspiration

 Is it just me or does anyone else feel like it should not be the month of November, let alone, a few days away from Thanksgiving? I’m usually that annoying person who starts to listen to Christmas music the first of October, but this year it seems like more of an effort to get into the Holiday spirit. Where I live our weather has been so warm… I feel like one good snow fall would do the trick, but until that event occurs {fingers crossed} Christmas music, movies, and some hot chocolate will just have to do the trick. 


Even though our Thanksgiving guest list may be slightly scaled doesn’t mean the decorations and tablescapes have to be any less festive or the food any less delicious. Here’s a little Thanksgiving inspiration to help you on your way to turkey day!








Tuesday, November 17, 2020

For The Hostess Gift Guide

 I was honestly on the fence of whether or not to put together a hostess gift guide for this year. It has just been such a weird year, and I know that the typical holiday parties will not be taking place this year, but I figured that some might choose to host a virtual holiday party, have a small family gathering, or even a very, very extremely small party with those who we have chosen to be in our covid inner circle {whoever would have thought that would be a thing…} for the past nine months. Remember, if you do choose to host a very small intimate gathering, practice social distancing and wear a mask!

Plus, hostess gift guides are a great guide to showcase home goods and a few fun kitchen items, and we all have at least one friend who loves home goods of any kind {confession, hi, I’m that friend… in all honesty though who can resist a fund home item?} Without further delay here is my hostess with the mostess gift guide for this holiday season. And remember, be responsible and wear a mask this holiday season, especially with covid rates on the rise. 

One// Set of 2 Velvet Musician Nutcracker Figurines

Who can resist a nutcracker during the holiday season. These are such a great traditional items, that will fit in seamlessly with most people’s holiday décor

Two// Twas the Night Before Christmas Mugs

Is it even the Christmas season if you don’t have a lovely holiday themed mug to sip your coffee/tea/hot chocolate from? This is such a precious set of 4 complete with timeless illustrations 

Three// Plaidtude Set of 2 Photo Frames

Love basically any plaid items and these picture frames are just screaming for a fun winter picture. Would truly look great in any room!

Four// Acrylic Neon Tic Tac Toe Game Set

I have taken note that books, puzzles, and games have been key items of entertainment that have helped through 2020. I completely adore how games are being giving a decorative twist by being made in acrylic material. This game is not only fun, but cute!

Five// Nordic Ware Santa’s Sleigh Loaf Pan

I think it is safe to say that we all have a few friends who have embraced bread making and baking these past nine months. This is a gift that is perfect for the friend who fallen in love with baking

Six// Sarah Flint x Crane Stationery

Is it weird that I have a collection of stationery and automatically assume that others do the same? This is a perfect gift for the friend who loves a classic blue and white combination and/or a love for paper goods

Seven// Plaid Throw Blanket

Plaid curtains, plaid furniture, plaid clothes, plaid home accents, and plaid throws – I will take it all during the months of late September through early March. This throw would make a beautiful addition to anyone’s family room or bedroom

Eight// Modern Comfort Food, by Ina Garten

I have said this many times, but I honestly do feel like my life would be complete if I could only spend a day in the kitchen cooking with Jennifer Gardner and Ina Garten. Anyone will be thrilled with this gift {you might even want to gift yourself with this cookbook!}. Side note: the chicken pot pie recipe that is in this book looks amazing!

Nine// George & Viv Holiday Hand Cream

In the winter months there is no such thing as be in possession of too much hand cream! These are beautiful packaged and such a great product

Ten// Wedgwood Christmas Sky at Night Ball Ornament

Wedgwood ornaments are hands down my favorite Christmas ornaments in existence. The blue and white combination always looks so stunning on a tree and they are an ornament that can be passed down to future generations 

Eleven// Vietri Hibiscus Glass

This is literally a gift that anyone will love and fits every taste possible

Twelve// RABLABS Lumino Gilded Coasters 

Is there ever such a thing as owning too many sets of coasters? I like to think the answer to that question is a solid ‘no’. I love the gold rimmed detail of these, and lets not forget to mention how beautiful the color is or how wonderful the quality of these coasters are