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I am a full-figure model and working mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend. I am a Leo. I am a first-generation Aussie and mother to two amazing little native New Yorkers. I believe that fashion is important—but so is real life. I believe that all women are beautiful and strong. I believe in working hard and loving harder. I believe in eating delicious food and drink with close friends, in breathing deep the air of new places, in laughing until you cry. I believe that when our bodies and minds are healthy and balanced, anything is possible.

Tag: Thanksgiving

Black Friday deals

In the United States, the Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday in the retail world. It unofficially kick starts the holiday shopping period and there are some serious deals to be had. I went nuts over the four-day weekend and basically did all my Christmas shopping online, from Friday to Monday. Forget the stores, crowds, traffic and cold/heat duo… I’m an online shopper for sure! It is truly a time efficient option for a busy working mum.

I found great deals on the following sites –

Anthropologie

Kitchen and dining, dresses, gifts and bedding

J Crew

Coats and shoes

J Brand

Jeans for me

Serena & Lily

Bedding for all and gifts

7 For All Mankind

Jeans for Steve

Zulily

Gifts and kids clothes

Gap Kids

Kids clothes

Zappos

Shoes for all

Hanna Anderson

Kids clothes

Garnet Hill Kids

Kids clothes

Amazon

Everything else for everyone else…

… To name a few. I love shopping online. It is quick, painless and easy. The online stores really do make it worth your while with free shipping and sometimes up to 50% off in savings.

Some of the retailers gave those that subscribe to their emails a ‘Private Sale’ preview with regular items up to 50% off. I certainly took advantage of these specials and savings. I love a good bargain… Don’t you?

There are some items I simply need to try on before I buy – shoes mostly and clothes of a label I’m new to (to ensure correct fit). Kids clothes and shoes are generally safe, accessories, home wares, home goods etc aren’t a problem.

Now I have to wrap everything and on that note, I best start looking to buy Christmas wrapping paper . At this rate, I’ll be busy for days!

Are you an online shopper or do you still like the personal experience of a retail store?

What are the pros and cons to each shopping experience in your opinion?

Turkeylicious!

Well, our Thanksgiving dinner was a success I am thrilled to report. The six hours I spent labouring over dishes and prep the day before was certainly worth it. Standing on your feet in virtually one place is no joke. I was exhausted that day, having flown in at midnight the night before – it was all systems go!

As I have learn’t, there are traditional meals that go with the traditional turkey and this was my maiden journey into the most celebrated American holiday. Everyone I know that is from America, takes this traditional holiday very seriously. They will fly, drive or train it ‘home’ for four days – where ever that may be. Or they will celebrate it with those closest to them. This is what I have observed over the years of living in the U.S. of A. Fortunately for us, we had some of our dearest friends spend the afternoon and evening with us.

Brooklyn - Our Thanksgiving table

Brooklyn – Our Thanksgiving table

I had some wonderful guidance from my American friends (you know who you are so thank you) and they guided me into uncharted waters of green beans, corn pudding, home-made stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potato and of course the bird which my darling husband Steve took care of. Martha Stewart’s recipes featured heavily on this festive day and I must say, her recipes are easy, spot on and delicious.

I can’t believe the amount of butter these Thanksgiving dishes require. I wouldn’t go through that amount in a month or two! No wonder everyone complains afterwards of overeating and over-stuffing themselves. Why would you one day or two knowingly in a year? Why wouldn’t you I hear other’s say? I personally don’t get it. It was just another yummy meal in my life. It is as always, each to their own.

Steve also bought me and took care of my lobster that you see sitting on the table (not traditional Thanksgiving fare). I don’t eat meat. I’m a pescatarian which means, I only eat seafood. I have done this since my late teenage years and it is how I like to eat and live my life.

Anyway, Steve brined our organic turkey 24 hours prior ( I knew nothing of this) and prepped it before popping it into the oven (which took four hours to cook by the way). The verdict came in from our American friends and they loved it. I was so pleased and delighted that all our effort and trouble was worth it. It was a steep learning curve for me and I like to be challenged in positive ways.

What are your thoughts about eating a turkey?

Do you prefer it over another bird or meat? If so, why?

As always, I welcome your thoughts and experiences.