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Shopped Til We Dropped

by Meghann on November 23, 2012

Welcome to hell… err.. I mean Black Friday.


Just kidding!

It wasn’t that bad out there today. Actually, compared to years past, I’d say it was pretty tame. Blame it on the fact that the sales are starting at 8:00pm the night before or that we’re 100% into the digital age (and it’s just as easy to order a gift on your phone as it is at the mall), but the spirit of Black Friday just isn’t there anymore. Sigh. At least there were still a few good deals today (and the crowds weren’t bad – huge bonus!).

Instead of our usual super-early Black Friday wake-up call, my mom and I took the very relaxed approach this year with only a semi-early wake-up call. I even had time to squeeze in a quick 3-mile run and eat the lovely breakfast my dad cooked up.


Scrambled eggs, ham, and toasted biscuit.

We started at the Florida Mall and scored a few good deals at Old Navy, Victoria Secret, and the Gap (by the way, I love the Gap – why do I not shop there more often?).


Then headed out for Target, BJ’s, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and a dozen other stores my brain is too fried to remember right now (we shopped til be dropped!).

We stopped for lunch at Panera Bread and I ordered the “You Pick 2” with the harvest salad and chicken stew.


The last time I ordered the harvest salad it was heavily drenched with a cherry dressing that overwhelmed the salad. This time I ordered the salad sans dressing and it was perfect. I would definitely recommend it without the stressing, unless you like really strong, tart dressing.

The red velvet crinkle cookie was calling our name for dessert.


Now that’s what I call shopping fuel – yum!

It was great spending a few hours with just my mom today. We were able to squeeze in some wedding shopping with our Christmas shopping and even picked up a few supplies I’d been meaning to get for a while. We were also on the hunt for some snowflake tins, which are proving to be harder to locate than I had originally planned. I found a few that were perfect, but the price was not. I found a few more where the price was perfect, but the tins were not. I just need to find a few (or 15) that are perfect in both price and looks. πŸ˜‰


For dinner, we were both craving sushi.


We stopped for dinner at 5:30 (hey, we were hungry!) and lucked out with the $5 happy hour special for rolls. We split three rolls for a total of $15. Not bad for a sushi date.


We hit a few more spots after dinner and made it home sometime around 8 (almost 12 hours after we left this morning!). I crashed on the couch with some leftover apple pie and whipped cream.


While we were out shopping, I stumbled upon this really cool K’nex Roller Coaster that looked like something my brother or I would have been begging for for Christmas back in the day.


The coaster reminded me how much I used to love putting together puzzles and building things with Legos.

I did a little Googling when I got home and found this really cool Lego set online.

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Only 1356 pieces.

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Totally adding to my Christmas list this year. πŸ™‚

What was your must-have Christmas item when you were 10?

I really wanted rollerblades for Christmas when I was 10. My siblings all got them the Christmas before (but I couldn’t since that was the year I broke my leg), so I was promised them the next Christmas. Luckily Santa delivered and I got my roller blades (and didn’t take them off for a month straight afterwards – pretty sure I’m slept in them).

1 Briana November 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

I wanted a Skip-IT….baaaaad. My friend let me borrow hers for a couple days and I tried using it in the house and you can imagine how that turned out. Definitely didn’t get my wish that year!

2 Monica November 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I think I saw some snowflake tins at Michaels (the arts and crafts store). Print your coupons online beforehand if you do have a Michaels store near you πŸ™‚

3 MealsAndMiles November 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Really? We didn’t see any there, but did at JoAnns. They were 60% off which brought them to $6 each but we needed 30 of them and that adds up.

4 RunEatRepeat November 24, 2012 at 1:45 am

Ah! How funny – I just bought my little brother a ridiculous Lego set to build the space shuttle it has over 1000 pieces! I’m not sure if he’s going to love it or hate it πŸ™‚
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5 TorontoRunner November 24, 2012 at 5:40 am

I didn’t head out for Black Friday but I always love finding out what deals people got! πŸ˜€

Legos are the BEST!!!
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6 cathy@1970kikiproject November 24, 2012 at 6:13 am

what an awesome shopping day!! i bet your mom enjoyed the mother-daughter time, too. my mom is still my favourite shopping partner.
at age ten, i loved anything barbie. i got the camper at around that age – many happy memories!

7 Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes November 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

Ah, Black Friday shopping–you’re brave! I hit up my favorite biking and running stores and scored some good deals, but I didn’t go to the mall. However, I do need to start my Christmas shopping; I feel like there are a lot of people who finished already!
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8 Kathy November 24, 2012 at 7:13 am

I heard from others too that the “typical black friday” hype was gone b/c of stores opening so much earlier.
What will a Thanksgiving be with out Black Friday hype? hahahha! I never shop Black Friday sales so I am thrilled..bring it back to being thankful for Thanksgiving with family, feasts, fun, football and turkey trots! πŸ˜‰

9 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 24, 2012 at 7:28 am

I would have to agree that Black Friday isn’t what it used to be but I think that’s because they’re starting the sales earlier and earlier. I’m sure I could really go into more of an opinion on this (as someone who’s worked retail and MANY BlackFridays) but I won’t. πŸ˜‰
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10 Bria November 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

When I was 10, my must-have Christmas presents were Grand Champion model horses :o)
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11 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run November 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

Is that the Fuji Sushi across from Waterford? I ate sushi there once when it first opened, tried 6 different rolls, and hated them all. Worst sushi I’ve ever had. But I was talked into going for teppan one day and their teppan is awesome. So I’m glad you liked what you had! Maybe they’re getting better?
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12 Natalie @ Free Range Human November 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

That is one heck of a shopping trip! I definitely couldn’t have done it!

13 Amanda November 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

Haha, I always tell my Husband I can’t wait until the girls are old enough for legos and I can’t wait to play with them! You are also much more brave than I am, I think the Florida Mall is too crowded on a normal day and can’t imagine black friday.
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14 Courtney November 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I’m doing the online thing! I love the yellow plaid shirt you’re wearing, where from?!
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15 MealsAndMiles November 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Old Navy! Picked it up on the sale rack last week.

16 Chantal November 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Have you checked out Ikea’s Christmas collection? They’ve got a ton of snowflake themed dishes, tins, lights, etc.

17 MealsAndMiles November 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Yes! Picked some stuff up from there when we bought our furniture πŸ™‚

18 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper November 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

My mom & I used to get up early for Black Friday, just for the heck of it. We didn’t even care that much about the sales & hardly bought much, but liked the excitement of it all. For the last few years, though, we’re just not nearly motivated enough to drag ourselves out of bed that early. I didn’t even go to the mall at all yesterday!
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19 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale November 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

My brothers and I were Hot Wheels kids through and through. Or any type of outdoor toys. And I remember always getting super upset when anyone bought me Barbies or dolls of any kind.
I can’t believe some of the ridiculous Black Friday stories that are coming out. I know the deals are good, but some shoppers are INSANE!! I’ve never been to the States on Black Friday, and I think that I’ll just stick to my computer! πŸ˜‰ haha.
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20 LizForADay November 25, 2012 at 3:56 am

We were a board game family. My family did not have a lot, so usually me an my brothers got community gifts. πŸ™‚ So board games were good for me. πŸ™‚
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21 kim@hungryhealthygirl November 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

My mom and I went out on Black Friday too. I also noticed the crowds weren’t too bad; which was great! When I was 10, I probably wanted clothes and a boom box and some tapes. My son is 11 and last year he loved legos, but this year not so much.
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22 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats November 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

We shopped til we dropped too! We started midnight on thankgiving and got home at 5am took a quick nap the hot the stores again at 10am til 330pm. I don’t want to go to a mall for a longgggg time lol
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23 Kelly November 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I have that Lego set and it’s really fun to put together! I’m working on the latest Christmas village set from this year to complete my collection (for 2012 at least)
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24 Meghann November 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

That looks like fun! I like the idea of collecting the Lego Christmas Village sets!

25 Jen November 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I wanted Rollerblades sooooo badly for my 8th birthday. It was one of those presents that my parents brought out after everything was opened – the ‘oh, we forgot one’ trick. One of the best presents ever! And I still have a (newer) pair, 20 years later.

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