Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving with lots of amazing food and time spent with those you love. I hope you know how grateful I am for 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 thankful everyday for this little blog and the opportunity to hang out with you all.
Our Thanksgiving was perfection. To start 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 with 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 Vacation and it was a HOOT.
(Skirt is here/ boots are here)
Thursday morning, we slept in (praise be), 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 typically don’t make *new* recipes for company or gatherings, but I know that Ina recipes will always be a hit.
(Dress is old but I found it in black on sale here)
10/10 recommend the pie recipe. It was chocolatey and rich and glorious.
We headed to my uncle’s house, which is where we have Thanksgiving pretty much every year. We feast to our heart’s delight, the guys and kids typically head off for golf in the afternoon, and it’s time spent chatting with the fam and watching the cousins run around and play.
I always try a little bit of everything then go back for what I love the most. In this case, I loved everything the most.
After my uncle’s, we headed home to let Maisey out, and then we went over to madre’s for a bit. 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 go shopping (or go at midnight!), but now that sales start earlier and everything is online, it makes things very convenient.
Today, I’m catching an F45 class with a friend, putting the finishing touches on December Fit Team workouts, and getting the rest of our shopping finished. There are SO many great sales right now, and this is when I get gifts and also get things we need for house or that I’ve been wanting. 😉
Here’s a roundup of the best things I’ve found!
My favorite brands:
Integrative Health Practitioner: I finished Level One, absolutely loved it, and am working towards Level 2. You can sign up here and use the code BLACKFRIDAY for $250 off of Level 1 or $500 off of Levels 1 & 2. They’re also offering an exclusive November monthly lab bonus when a new student signs-up for Level 1+2, they’ll receive either the Men’s or Women’s Wellness lab. It is a $200 value and they will also receive a 30 minute health coaching call. It’s a great way to see how a coaching call goes and get a feel for what you’ll be doing as a Certified IHP. Be my study buddy here. You do not need to currently work in the health and fitness industry, and it’s an amazing way to explore your passions or begin a new career path.
HigherDOSE: 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 promo of the entire year!
InsideTracker: InsideTracker is doing 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 got my new round of blood work done last week, so I’ll share my results as soon as I get them. If you’re looking to improve your health, performance, and vitality, but aren’t sure where to start, I highly recommend it.
Organifi: I have at last one Organifi product every.single.day. It’s been a very stressful few months around here, and I started feeling sluggish in the mornings. I switched my green juice to the morning, first thing, and it’s made a HUGE difference in my energy levels. That blast of nutrients has definitely helped! I also use and love 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’ve been wanting 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 some thing quick (like a snack that’s not super filling), or skip lunch. I always order breakfast + lunch and it makes busy weekdays so much more delicious (and way 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 keep, with a lean eating strategy to balance hormones and get your energy back. 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: grabbing 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% off!
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 slip dress 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 entire world.
Target: I haven’t scoped out their sales yet, but this is where I’ll be getting a lot of the kids’ toys
Express: Anyone else feel like Express is crushing it lately?! It’s 50% off everything right now! 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 whirl!
Amazon: SO many amazing Black Friday deals!
Some of my top finds from Amazon:
Women’s fashion: thick high-waist leggings, classic puffer jacket, classic silk dress, long blazer, these cute ankle boots
Electronics: Bose headphones, Oculus Quest 2, Bose sport earbuds, Fitbit Inspire 2
Internet famous deals: Kindle paperwhite, Bluey and Bingo plush duo, Hydroflask with wide lid, this amazing air purifier, DryBar blow dryer brush
For home: our favorite blender, a new Nespresso, my go-to vacuum, a new juicer, thinking I need this pink Dutch oven
So tell me, friends: what was the highlight of your Thanksgiving??
Are you shopping this weekend? What’s on your list?
If you’re looking for gift ideas, I’ve gotchu.
Gift guide for holiday hostesses and under $50 faves
Have a very happy Black Friday and I’ll see ya soon!