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It's beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS! Well, actually it has been looking like Christmas for quite some time.. I've just been MIA from Through Jam's Eyes. Sorry about that guys! It feels like this holiday season is flying by so fast and I have honestly just been trying to enjoy every moment, so unfortunately these blog posts have been pushed to the back burner!

I did, however, want to come here and show you guys how I decked the halls this year for Christmas! I am SOOO in love with this year's decor and I cannot wait for you guys to see it. Last year's decor was great, but this year, I really tried some new things and I hope you guys like it. I kept some of the same things from last year, tweaked some things to make them different, and added some new details as well. You can see last year's Christmas decor here!

Okay, no more talk! Let's get into these pictures, shall we? :) The photo above is our front porch. I love this 'Merry and Bright' mat I found at Ross for under $10! The lanterns are from Walmart and the trees are from Big Lots I think! Oh, and the wreath is from Lowe's!






Now, let's move to the inside of the house!








This is my staircase and dining area! I decided to do garland on the bottom of the stairs this year and I LOVE how it turned out. I tried to make it match my main Christmas tree, which you will see below. The stockings hung are special because my mom made those for Marcus and I the year we got married. I just think they are so cute! Also, how do you guys like our bar cart decor? :)











This is by far my favorite room in the house right now because it looks like Christmas fantasy land! I am SO in love with how our Christmas tree turned out this year as well as everything else!



I had to add a little Christmas spirit to my cloffice. Isn't this pink stuff I found at Target so cute?! I promise I will share a reveal of this room soon! :)



Finally, here's my husband's Titan tree! I love how this one turned out this year too. We add some special ornaments each year and I just love the hat as the topper!

So that's all folks! I hope you enjoyed this holiday tour around our home. It was so much fun decorating this year. If you guys have any questions about where some of the things I bought are from, please let me know! I know I didn't list everything. I can't believe that Christmas is less than a week away! I hope you guys have finished your shopping and are enjoying these days with family and friends.

Thanks so much for reading! xo

Hey Y'all! Welcome back to Through Jam's Eyes!

I am in the BEST mood possible because it is FRIDAY and next week is Thanksgiving week! Ah! When a major holiday like Thanksgiving is in the middle of the week, don't you just feel like you don't want to do ANYTHING productive?! Work doesn't seem as important.. all you want to do is prep for the holiday and just get in the spirit. It is literally the most wonderful time of the year! I've already been in Christmas mode, but this time next week... just know it is ON! :)

Anyway, today's post is ALL ABOUT Black Friday shopping! Last year, I wrote this post giving a good list of tips for Black Friday, but today I'm going to add a couple more. Black Friday shopping has always been a tradition for me. In fact, when I was a little girl, back when Black Friday shopping ACTUALLY happened on Black Friday (some of these retailers are getting quite ridiculous opening on Thanksgiving), my Mom and I would go out at midnight in some cute Christmas pajamas. It was so much fun! This year, we aren't looking for anything specific so it'll be fun to just be out to see what deals we can find instead of rushing to get in line. If you do have some things on your wish list already, I suggest you go and read last year's post and then come back to this one for even more tips and tricks!

8 Black Friday Shopping Tips

1. Make a List.. Check it Twice (Had to do it, haha!)
Check out all of the Black Friday Ads ahead of time and then make a list of all the things you want to get while you're out. Then, most importantly, try to STICK to this list or you'll end up buying things just because it was a 'good deal' and you'll get home and be wondering who you're going to give it to! Trust me, I speak from experience.
2. Put Your Shopping Bags in the Trunk or Out of Sight
This one is SUPER important because..safety! Make sure while you're out shopping, you keep all of your shopping bags out of plain sight in your vehicle. We'd like to think people won't break into your cars, but let's be honest.. people can be crazy and this is the perfect time of year for the crazies to come out. Just be safe!
3. Wear Comfortable Shoes
There is nothing worse than planning a full night of shopping and then being uncomfortable the entire time because your feet hurt! I'm all for being cute and everything, but make sure you're cute AND comfortable.
4. Dress in Cozy Layers
This is another biggie. Especially if you plan to get to stores before they open and have to stand outside in line. Layer up so you won't be freezing, but be sure it's things you can remove because while shopping you may get warm.

5. Take A Shopping Cart or Stroller
So I have to think of my Mom while talking about this one! I have to admit, her little shopping cart that she keeps in her trunk, it used to embarrass me as a kid. I'm not sure why, but honestly, do we ever know why our parents are just SO embarrassing when we are kids? I guess they just are! Anyway, now in my adult life, I LOVE that she keeps a cart especially when we are shopping in a mall. Who wants to carry a bunch of bags all day? Not me! Get a cart!
6. Start Your Night With A Full Tank of Gas
Fill up your tank preferably the day before so you won't have to worry about getting gas really late at night. It's just not safe and it'll be one less thing to worry about!

7. Have Snacks!
I'm personally the type of person that always has some type of candy or something in her purse and you definitely want to have some snacks on hand during your late night shopping extravaganza. Some food places may capitalize on black Friday shoppers, but just in case you're in a place where nothing is open, have something and some water!

8. Relax and Try To Have FUN!
Most importantly friends, try to have a good time and don't stress out! Black Friday shopping is so much fun if you don't sweat the small stuff. Be in the moment and let things roll how they roll.

So there you have it friends! 8 new tips for a successful black Friday and if you read this post from last year, then you'll have 16 great tips! Your Black Friday should go extra smooth. :)
What are some things you're looking for this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Now for some fun! Have you entered the $750 Amazon giveaway yet? If not, you still have time to enter! Here's the info:

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Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
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Thanks so much for reading and good luck! xo

Happy Friday Friends!

I hope you all had a great week and are gearing up for an even better weekend. STAY TUNED! There's a HUGE Amazon giveaway at the end of this post! :)

Today, I wanted to take the time to reflect on thankfulness. During this time of year, it is common for us to reflect and think about all of the things we are thankful for and I almost did a "things I am thankful for" blog post (because let's be honest..I have LOTS to be thankful for!), however, I just wanted to focus on the #1 person I am thankful for.. my husband.

My husband Marcus and I are actually celebrating our "date-aversary" today so this post is right on time! We have been together for nine years today and I honestly couldn't be happier! It doesn't even feel like it has been nine years because time flies when you're having fun. He's seriously my backbone and my complete other half, and I have no idea what I would do without him!

Let's take a moment to look at some of our early year photos together, shall we?

This is one of the first pictures we ever took together back in 2007, but we were just friends. This was at my birthday dinner!



It's so funny to look back on these photos because we were SO YOUNG and had no idea what we were getting into with this relationship. We started dating when I was 18 and he was 20. It's scary to take a leap of faith and date your best friend because you never know how that story will end, but God made him just for me and I am so glad I sent him that relationship request nine years ago today. He's literally my BEST best friend and knows everything about me and vice versa. He has stood beside me in hard times and happy times. I know we will face many more hardships and victories as the years go on, but I also know that we can face anything.. together.

Here's a list of a couples of reasons why I am thankful for my husband.

1. He is a hard-worker.
2. He protects and provides.
3. He makes me laugh.
4. He tells me when I'm wrong.
5. He SPOILS me. :)

6. He loves my Mother ALMOST as much as I do.
7. He's always trying to please me/make sure I'm happy.
8. He's extremely dependable.
9. He's so selfless and has a great heart.
10. He tells me I'm beautiful every single day.


11. He's a realist.
12. He prays for me.
13. He values me and the work I do for our home.
14. He's trying his best to show me the world.
15. He deals with my jolliness before December & throughout the holiday season. :)



16. He encourages me to follow my dreams.
17. He takes out the trash, haha
18. He's extremely handsome and sexy!
19. He takes me out often.
20. He LOVES me. Flaws & All.

I could seriously find a zillion other reasons why I am so thankful for my husband, but I will stop now! He is seriously God sent and I couldn't have asked for a better husband. I thank God for him every single day. Have you reflected this year on the things/people you are most thankful for? Be sure to let them know as often as possible because life is SO short! I love you Marcus Johnson and I can't wait to have your babies some day! :)



Now....

Let's get to this giveaway! This $750 gift card for Amazon would be PERFECT for some holiday shopping! Good luck! xo


We're making a list and checking it twice!

I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers

to give YOU a chance to win:

a $750 Amazon Gift Card, just in time to shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada only and runs until 11/22.
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

Void where prohibited.
By entering the giveaway you acknowledge that you are agreeing to complete each task,
which involves following, liking and subscribing to newsletter's.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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