black friday fireside, outside, and online.

November 29, 2019

Today is a busy day for the internet and a slow and sleepy day for me. I’m generally overwhelmed by the noise regarding sales and shopping and deals, deals, deals this time of year and on Black Friday especially.

My personal reality is that I rarely shop at all on this day after Thanksgiving. I’m usually too busy staking out a spot for myself on the kitchen hearth at my mom and dad’s house, warming my pajama-ed bottom in front of the fire until it’s so hot I need to step away for a minute—to fill up another cup with coffee or peel another clementine—and then as soon as I’ve cooled off again, to reclaim the territory.

Later, I usually go for a walk with whatever hodgepodge of family wants to join. We trek through marsh grass and putting greens to the beach of my hometown. I nearly always carry clippers with me, to help lay claim to tiny bits of the autumnal beauty that I can cart with me back to the city: milkweed fluff and juniper berries and tangles of summer greenery gone gold.

All this to say that if you’re not the type to follow the hype and the sales and the general consumer frenzy of Black Friday, I understand. There are plenty of very valid reasons not to shop at all on this day, warming your bum by the fire included.

But I also know these days of discounts and specials can represent an opportunity for lots of folks to have access to some of the small businesses and brands that help keep this site humming throughout the year. With that in mind, here’s a list of a few of my personal favorite (or simply admired) items from site sponsors and affiliate partners, many of which are running sales this weekend:

+ This dress and this belly oil from Storq (20% off site-wide through 12/2; automatically applied at checkout).

+ These photo prints from Artifact Uprising (20% off site-wide with the code RMTL20 through 12/10).

+ This cross-body bag from Nisolo (and this little cuff that reminds me of my own) (additional 20% off site-wide with the code EXTRA20 11/29).

+ These organic cotton basics and starry pjs from Mabo Kids. (20% off site-wide with the code THANKFULFORYOU2019).

+ This facial tonic from Marble & Milkweed.

+ This trusty skillet from Field Supply (offering mix & match discounts; details on the site).

+ These fleecy pants from Sugar Candy Mountain (30% off site-wide through 12/2 with the code THANKFUL19).

+ These flannels from Bridge & Burn (20% off site-wide with the code BBFRI20).

+ These wing brooms from Custodian.

+ This felt laptop case from Byrd & Belle (20% off site-wide through 12/2 with the code THANKS20).

+ These maple bowls from Territory (25% off everything through 12/2; no code needed). 

+ This moisturizing duo from True Botanicals (20% off site-wide through 12/2; no code needed).

+ This button-up jacket from Hackwith Design House (30% off your order with the code Thankful19).

+ These aspen earrings from Rebecca Mir Grady.

+ These simple flats from Everlane (for every order placed, Everlane is donating $10 (up to $300,000) to Oceana in an effort to end to single-use plastic.)

+ These mugs from East Fork Pottery (free shipping on US orders through 12/1).

+ These sweatpants from Kotn (100% of profits through 12/2 go to building schools for cotton farmers’ kids.)

+ This probiotic deodorant from BLK+GRN (free shipping on US orders + lots of other goodies).

+ This little lamp from Schoolhouse Electric (15% off site-wide, no code needed).

+ This coverall from Jackalo (up to 40% off for their Holiday Sale).

+ This facial oil from Follain (20% off site-wide; no code needed).

This post includes affiliate links. Reading My Tea Leaves might earn a small commission on the goods purchased through those links.

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  • Reply Judith A Ross November 29, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. Your posts are always a help to this new grandmother to a now 2-month old. Love my Nisolo crossbody bag, btw, (and today treated myself to the little cuff).

  • Reply Elizabeth November 29, 2019 at 11:20 am

    what a beautiful picture – Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Sarah December 2, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Wondering if the Byrd and belle code is correct? Just tried THANKS20 and it says it isn’t valid 🙁 No worries, but thought I’d double check in case! Thank you.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 2, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Looks like it’s not working, but it’s still listed on the site, so I’d just be in touch with them directly!


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