Packing List for Winter Travels | Including PDF

Happy December! Today I’m on my way to see family in Chicago, for a long weekend, and I can’t wait to get there! Traveling around the holidays is always fun for me because I get to go on an adventure and see people I love. I think that I have stream-lined my packing process, over the years, and there are a few packing lists that I use depending on the time of the year/weather/destination. Today I have a packing list for you to view and use if you are traveling over the holidays or in the winter months to come. Feel free to download this list for your future use–I have the attachment linked below.

This packing list can be modified depending on your mode of transportation–but for the most part, here are the basics that you might need when traveling.

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**Download My Winter Packing List**

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Black Friday Traditions

Black Friday is next week and I’m really excited for that day. I’m not excited because of shopping and sales, but because of a Black Friday tradition my family and I have done for probably close to 15 years. Each Black Friday morning, we sleep in a little bit, throw on comfy clothes, and then meet up at Utica Square in Tulsa for coffee and shopping. Utica Square is located in mid-town Tulsa, OK and it’s such a gem to the community. The Square is an outdoor shopping center that houses stores like Madewell, Gap, Loft, Ann Taylor, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Kendra Scott, Starbucks, etc. It is so beautiful there around the fall and the holidays! On Thanksgiving night, the Square has the tradition of gathering people there to watch as they turn on the Christmas lights–that is such a fun event to go to also. Utica Square just holds a special place in my heart because of the memories, it’s a great place to take a walk, it’s where I take the majority of my blog photos, and because it always makes me so excited for the holidays.

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Maybe I’ll see you there on Black Friday! What are some of your Black Friday traditions?

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Comfy Clothes I’ve Been Wearing Lately

I’m not going to lie–I can’t seem to get off the struggle bus this week. TGIF, though! Since October and the Daylight Savings change, I’ve been in hibernation mode and just way too lazy to do anything super productive–hence why this post is coming out later than usual, haha! Although I really do love this weather and this side of Daylight Savings, I know I’m already (possibly) in trouble with my motivation level for the next several months. But then again, down time is always good and I think I’ve read three entire books this week! I’ve also been living in basically the same rotation of clothes lately and I’m going to share those with you today. Some I purchased fairly recently, so if you’re needing any of these clothes for the next few months–I’ll link where you can purchase them. Some of the photos I post on my Instagram (@lovefromamyblog) are definitely a little more put together than these– but this post gives you a little dose of reality behind the scenes.

Mossimo Sherpa Vest

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I mean, doesn’t this just look super warm? This vest is from Target and you can still purchase it here and in stores. I even wore this for Halloween to make a last-minute Beanie Baby costume!

RD Style Tunic Sweater

This sweater is so soft and comfortable and goes with so many things. I’ve been wearing this with skinny jeans and moto leggings. A similar one can be found here.

Joe Fresh Open Long Cardigan

This is another item that goes with basically anything–jeans, leggings, dresses, etc. It’s super soft and has velvety/felt texture. Plus, you can’t have enough black (as you’ll probably see from the majority of the remaining items in this post). A similar one can be found here.

Calvin Klein Joggers

These sweatpants have been so warm because they have a fleece lining inside. I bought these last year at Sam’s Club when there was a Calvin Klein shipment (and they weren’t so expensive). A similar pair can be found here.

Green Tea Clothing Sweatshirt

I have had this sweatshirt for a while but still wear it regularly. Any sweatshirt when it’s cold is great, though. I will probably be living in this for a while.

Gilligan O’Malley Pajama Pants

These are my favorite pair of pajama pants at the moment, and you can purchase them here. I bought these at Target several months ago and they’re still in stock. These are lightweight, flowy, and just great for wearing around the house.

Mossimo Boyfriend Cardigan

I love cardigans because you can wear them with just about everything. This one from Target is stretchy and super comfortable. This cardigan was in store a few years ago but they always have very similar ones in stock.

Philosophy Sweater

I have  had this sweater for a while but it’s just one of my favorite things to throw on. I bought it in an XXL because it’s so comfy! I can’t seem to find a similar one to link but you can’t go wrong with any over-sized, black and white print, or soft-textured sweater.

Stay warm and cozy this weekend!

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Reflections from Lent: 5

It’s Friday again and the weekend is almost here for some rest and relaxation. I know I definitely need that this week, who else is with me? I have just a few verses to share today from things I have read this week during Lent studies, and they were the perfect verses for me this week. Isn’t is amazing how the Lord can give you just the right verses and words at the exact moment when you need them?

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before me.”

Isaiah 43:1 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

These verses were so encouraging to me this week because sometimes it just feels like when I’m constantly on the go, I get overwhelmed, I get exhausted, I get sick, and then it takes me a little bit to get back to normal. But no matter what is going on in the day or the week, these verses helped me to remember that God knows me, better than anyone, and He has me. I can give Him any stress and trust that He is going to get me through it. I know I have probably shared some of these verses before, but they’re still just so good! So friends, if you’re feeling a little bit like a rag doll today, know that God loves you, knows you, and He has all of your life in His hands–rest in Him. I hope you do get some rest and relaxation this weekend and enjoy the little things.

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