The Happy Guide To Black Friday Sales (2017 Edition)

It's freaking Black Friday, y'all! I am sitting my tail at home enjoying all the sales from the comfort of my couch and I thought I would hop in today and share some of my favorite sales from small businesses and larger companies alike. I am all about saving money and shopping for Christmas way too late. I tried to break everything down into as many categories as possible, and I will probably be updating this list throughout the day.

Also, if you have sites like Swagbucks or EBates, don't forget to do the things necessary to activate your shopping rebates! Today is a great day to earn tons of credit for all your shopping! Also, if you are doing some shopping on Amazon, switch to Amazon Smile! I always forget to do this, but if you have picked a charity, your shopping can make a huge impact!

Note: Things are always changing when it comes to huge sales. Most of these sales should be valid all day today, and some are going to continue to be valid during the weekend, but not all of them. I tried my best to be descriptive but I cannot share every detail unfortunately.

So, grab some leftover pie (is there such a thing) or a turkey sandwich (or both, no judgement here) and let's get shopping from the comfort of our comfiest place in the house.

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Clothing Black Friday Sales

Lauren James | The Lauren James website has been pretty under wraps about their Black Friday deals. So much so that their website was literally down on Thanksgiving day. Crazy, huh? Well, I don't have an exact deal, but I know it's going to be hella epic (as always from Lauren James.) I even heard talks of them releasing a Black Friday mystery box and their last one for Pink Friday was everything, so I encourage you to check out the mystery box when their site goes live at 12 PM Central Standard Time (Noon) today!

Wicked Clothes | Get 20% off today with the code BLACKFRIDAY.

Fraternity Collection | All tees and accessories will be 50% off and all button downs will be 25% off starting Saturday 11/25 at 12 AM Eastern Standard Time (Midnight).

Old Navy | If y'all don't know by now, I am OBSESSED with Old Navy. They are doing a 50% off online and in-store. So, you know, get your shop on. This offer is valid until tonight at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. On top of that, if you make an order of at least $25 online, you will get free 6-12 day shipping!

Ban.Do | 25% off with the code ITSBFBABY until 11/26 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Serengetee | 50% off sitewide with the code CYBER until 11/27.

Printable Happies | 20% off any order with the code 20HAPPY; 30% off automatically applied when you spend $65+

The Crybaby Club | Everything on the site is on sale and you get a free print and sticker with every order.

Red Dress Boutique | 30% off the entire site and free shipping. 

Fayettechill | 20% off the entire site all weekend long.

The Mint Julep Boutique | 40% off sitewide, no code, discount applied at checkout.

Marley Lilly | Sales on lots of cozy monogrammed goodies and a free pair of monogrammed duck boots with a purchase of $150+

United Monograms | Tons of gifts with purchase. The more you spend (up to $200) you get more free gifts with purchase.

J.Crew | 40% off and free shipping with the code THANKU.

J. Crew Factory | 50-60% off everything and an extra 50% off clearance with the code FRIYAY.

Lilly Pulitzer | Free gifts with purchase, a different set each day until Sunday.

Girls 'Round Here | Tons of items on sale for just $11.24 in celebration of today.

WILDFANG | 25% off all full-price merchandise.

Jadelynn Brooke | Get a FREE long-sleeve Current Mood shirt (this shirt is gorgeous AF and worth $39!) with any $40+ order using the code BLACKFRIDAY.

Out Of Print Clothing | BOGO Free on all t-shirts.

Dress Barn | BOGO 50% off with the code FRIDAY50.

Curvy/Plus-Size Black Friday Sales

I wanted to create section specifically for companies that cater to curvy girls, because not enough people cover this! Some stores in the clothing section have plus clothing, but these stores are devoted to plus clothing.

Torrid | I am obsessed with Torrid! They are having a great sale on their clothes online. They are doing 40% off regular priced items, an extra 50% off clearance items, free shipping over $75 in the connected 48 states, and 50% off international shipping and shipping to Alaska & Hawaii. The discount is already applied online.

Fashion To Figure | Fashion To Figure is doing 40-50% off EVERYTHING on their site for Black Friday. You can get great deals like this Tristan Deep V Jumpsuit for just $17.99!

ELOQUII | ELOQUII (who I did a post with earlier this season) is having a 50% off sale with the code FRENZY. Plus, they have $1 US Standard Shipping on all orders.

Ashley Stewart | 40% off everything and free shipping over $40!

Society Plus | 40-50% off everything, no code necessary.

Chic Soul | 30% off sitewide with the code GOBBLE.

Lane Bryant | 40% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY.

Home Decor Black Friday Sales

PB Teen | 20-75% and free shipping with the code OHSNAP.

Wayfair | Up to 80% off. I am specifically obsessing over the wall art sale on Wayfair today!

Joss & Main | Up to 80% off. Need some extra storage? They have a ton of great deals on storage pieces (and a ton of other deals too!)

Pier 1 Imports | Up to 50% off, including a pretty great deal on Moscow Mule mugs for just $9.99!

Kirklands | 20% off with the code STORE20.

Shoes & Accessories Black Friday Sales

Purple Peridot | 30% off EVERYTHING with the code BF2017. I have so many cute necklaces from this website. My all time favorite is probably the Teal Gala Necklace or the Long Gold Bow necklace. I am also absolute crushing on the Maya Necklace because it reminds me of the Multi Strand Pearl Necklace I have without all the frills.

Metal Marvels | Metal Marvels makes some badass bangles and stuff on her site will be 35% off with the code THANKS35 (this code will be available starting 10 AM Pacific Standard Time.) Her bangles where the ones featured in my main image earlier.

A-List Greek | 30% off best-sellers. Discount is already applied before you add the item to your cart.

JustFab | $10 for your first style if you sign up to their VIP Member program. It's essentially a $10 pair of shoes or a bag because you can skip any month afterward and you can even cancel. If you are already a member you can get 50% off.

Jack Rogers | Hundreds of shoes on sale for as low as $44! They have options on sale like their classic sandals, but they also have tennis shoes, boots, and flats in the sale category too.

Vera Bradley | 50% off hundreds of styles online.

Kate Spade | 30% off with the code GIVEJOY.

Charming Charlie | 25% off regular priced items and free shipping.

Kendra Scott | 20% off with the code YELLOW20.

Rack Room Shoes | BOGO Free Boots; 20% off $75+ with the code THANKFUL20.

Peel | BOGO Free on all phone cases and screen protectors.

Swoozies | 20% off online with the code THANKFUL20.

Sweet & Spark | 20% off everything with the code HOLIDAY.

Makeup & Body Black Friday Sales

E.L.F. Cosmetics | 50% off orders over $30 with the code CELEBRATE. If you know me, you know I am a sucker for E.L.F. Cosmetics. Like, get on my face please!

Bath & Body Works | Mix & match the entire store Buy 3, Get 3 Free. Bath & Body Works makes the perfect gift for all your friends who like to smell good!

MAC Cosmetics | 25% off online with the code MAC25.

Derma E | 30% off and different free gifts with purchase every day until Cyber Monday with the code DERMA30BF

Burt's Bees | Save $5 when you spend $25, $10 off when you spend $50, or $15 when you spend $75. Plus, free shipping on all orders. Discount automatically applied.

Stationery Black Friday Sales

Society6 | 25% off EVERYTHING and Free Shipping on everything but framed prints, metal prints, canvas prints, and floor pillows with the code BLACKFRIDAY. This means you can get anything in my Society6 shop (not "affiliate" but if you purchase anything from my store, I obviously get a portion of the profits) for 25% off and get free shipping, hell yeah!

Minted | 20% off holiday cards, gifts, fine art, and home decor orders of $150+ & 15% off everything with the code BF2017 until tonight at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Erin Condren | 30% off sitewide with the code ECBF17. This is a great deal, you can stock up on so many planner goodies to give to people for gifts or to plan for the new year!

Day Designer | Free shipping when you purchase a 2018 Flagship or Mini Daily Planner (Domestic Orders Only).

Kathy Davis | 50% off and free shipping on tons of products!

PrimpPrints | 20% off orders $50+ with the code BLACKFRIDAY17.

Pretty In Ink Shop | 20% off the entire Etsy shop.

Miscellaneous Black Friday Sales

Ancestry DNA | You can get an Ancestry DNA kit for just $59 this weekend. I loved getting my test from Ancestry back and it's such a great gift for anyone who is interested in learning more about their heritage. I personally chose to take the Ancestry DNA test, but there are SO many tests out there that are having sales this weekend too.

Hotwire | Save an extra $30 off $200+ Hot Rate Hotels with the code BLACKFRIDAY30.

Groupon | Up to 80% off tech, home, apparel, and more.

Naturebox | $10 off $30, $20 off $60, and $30 off $90 with the code BLOWOUT.

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The Happy Arkansan Reader Survey, Blogging Goals, + A Giveaway

I know it's strange for me to post a post so much about blogging on The Happy Arkansan. I haven't written a blogging piece here since I started Amanda Cross Blog earlier this year.

A few weeks ago (November 11th to be exact) my six year blogging anniversary came and passed and I didn't make too much of a fuss about it (no fun gold foil number balloon pictures for me.) I haven't truly celebrated my blog anniversary in years. I used to create these fun and extravagant blog birthday giveaways, but that has seemed like a lot to undertake as of late.

Today, I am going to share a quick and easy reader survey with y'all, some of my blogging goals for my next year of blogging, and a small giveaway as a token of my appreciation for you.

The Happy Arkansan Reader Survey, Blogging Goals, + A Giveaway | Click through to check out my latest post where I am sharing a reader survey that will help me create content you want to see, my goals for the next year of my blog, and a giveaway for a 3-Month Spotify Premium Membership!

The Happy Arkansan Reader Survey 2017

First and foremost, let's get the most important aspect of this blog post out of the way: the reader survey. Taking this survey will give me some much needed insight into where y'all are as readers. In the coming months and over the course of the year I hope to utilize this information to create the best blog content for you.

This survey shouldn't take long to complete. It's only 11 questions and most of them are multiple choice. There are a few short answer questions thrown in though, and I hope that you are as detailed as possible when answering those. Hearing your actual words will help me so much when crafting content for the rest of 2017 and 2018.

This outfit was first seen on a post I did a few weeks ago called Music Monday: 100 Awesome Rock Songs (& An OOTD). I had SO many pictures from that shoot that I loved so I decided to edit a few more for this post (and even include a few bloopers :)).

Blogging Goals For The Happy Arkansan

This is by no means an exclusive list of the blogging goals that I have for The Happy Arkansan. My goals for this blog change SO much, but here are some simple goals that I hope to crush in the near future.

Connect More Often With My Audience | I feel so disconnected often because I am struggling to juggle all the networks and things I need to. In the next year I hope to automate some aspects of my social media so that I can spend more time on social media (if that makes any sense at all.) Essentially I want to automate the promotional part of social media so that I can interact day-to-day on the platforms without going crazy.

Work With More Brands (Specifically Pitching More Brands) | Pitching is something I have been putting off. I have been contacted first, then I share a pitch or I have pitched networks, but I don't do a lot of pitching myself to brands on a day to day basis. In 2018 I want to step away from doing mostly network work, to pitching the type of amazing content that I want to write directly to the source.

Uplevel My Page Views | While I have written a lot of great content, my page views still aren't where I want them to be. In the next year I would really like to create consistency in my page views and get way more page views. I feel like I am writing excellent content, but my views aren't there yet. It all takes time though, and I know that I have to stop sweating the small stuff.

Showcase More Of My Personality Online | While I like to share a good bit of my personality, I still feel like I hide a lot of who I am in a way. I want to take the next year to be more authentically me, and maybe even find out what that actually means in general? It's hard because if you put on a facade for so long, it can be hard to decipher what is real and what isn't (even if the facade isn't a big one.)

Release At Least Two E-Books | I love writing. I want this year to be the year that I release some great e-books (I am actually already working on one that I think will be extremely useful that I want to launch early next year!) I am so excited about this avenue of content creation and I can't wait to create more content for y'all in 2018 with this content avenue.

Giveaway

I am all about spreading some major love, so I decided a giveaway was definitely in need. One of my favorite things I pay for only a monthly basis is my Spotify subscription. I am giving one lucky winner a 3-Month Subscription to Spotify Premium! If you want to enter this giveaway, check it out below:

Here's To Bigger + Better Things

Welp, that's it for today, y'all! I hope that you liked taking the survey, hearing about my goals, and of course entering for the chance to win a 3-Month Spotify Premium Subscription. I can't wait to hear your answers to my survey and pick a winner for the giveaway!

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How To Fit Your Resume On One Page

The art of the resume is crucial. You want it to be just long enough to pique your potential employer's interest, but not so long that it is a total bore to read.

It's difficult to get a resume down to one page, but it's important.

It's hard to believe that all the random, crazy jobs we have held don't mean much in the grand scheme of things. You want to believe that all that time you spent working in restaurants or behind a desk in some low-skill job counts for something more than a minimum wage paycheck, after all.

The hard truth is that sometimes those jobs won't make much sense to put on your resume, and that's something that you will have to battle with. How can I make my resume pertinent to the types of jobs I want?

You create a resume with selected experience.

Creating this resume helps you focus more on the jobs that will impact your intended career path the most while avoiding adding the jobs that don't matter as much. Today I am going to show you how to get your resume down to one page by focusing on the most important aspects of your experience.

How To Fit Your Resume On One Page | Creating a one page resume can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Click through for my five tips on creating the one page resume that will land you the job of your dreams and showcase your best relevant experience.

How To Fit Your Resume On One Page | Creating a one page resume can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Click through for my five tips on creating the one page resume that will land you the job of your dreams and showcase your best relevant experience.

Create A Master Resume

This document should include a running tab of every job you have ever held, every volunteer position, all your education, your references, skills, everything

I suggest creating a master resume so that way you remember everything you have done. After a while, things begin to be a bit fuzzy, and you don't want that to happen! You want to be able to remember every potentially relevant thing you have done so that you can create resumes that shine with your most relevant information.

Creating this master resume allows you to understand and pull from all your experience when you are creating your resume with selected experience. So, get to work, create a long master resume, and use just as much detail as you would use on your selected resume for each job you have held.

Analyze The Job Description

When you apply for any job, you should take a hard look at that job's description. What exactly are they looking for? What skills does the person who holds that job need most? Is it flexibility? Is it promptness? Is it technical skill? Once you figure that out, you can pull your best work for your resume.

Read through the description carefully and be sure to underline any skills or job description qualities that you have a ton of experience with.

Let's take a look at this sample job description from Workable for an Office Manager:

We are looking for an Office manager to organize and coordinate administration duties and office procedures. Your role is to create and maintain a pleasant work environment, ensuring high levels of organizational effectiveness, communication and safety.

Office manager responsibilities include scheduling meetings and appointments, making office supplies arrangements, greeting visitors and providing general administrative support to our employees. Previous experience as a Front office manager or Office administrator would be an advantage. A successful Office manager should also have experience with a variety of office software (email tools, spreadsheets and databases) and be able to accurately handle administrative duties.

Ultimately, the Office manager should be able to ensure the smooth running of the office and help to improve company procedures and day-to-day operation.

So, I put a couple of things in bold throughout this job description. If I were crafting a resume for this job, I would take a look at all of these different words I just put in bold, and I would craft a resume with only relevant experience.

Create A Resume With Only Relevant Experience

Let's take this officer manager idea further. We know that this company is looking for someone with skills in:

  • Organization (organize and coordinate, organizational effectiveness, scheduling, day-to-day operation, etc.)
  • Communication (Communication, greeting, etc.)
  • Office Know-how (Scheduling, administrative support, office software, operation, etc.)

We could say that most of the skills this job requires fall into those three categories (although you could probably find more.) Since we know that, we could find jobs where we had to organize a lot, communicate with our co-workers and the public, and utilize office equipment and software.

If you can create a resume that highlights those skills you will be taken more seriously as a job candidate. So, each description in your resume should include something related to these three categories.

Rearrange Your Resume's Layout & Take Out Unnecessary Things

Next thing you may want to do is rearrange your resume's layout.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Make content smaller: It may not create a ton of space but making things a few sizes smaller may help. Some parts of your resume are probably bigger like your name, section headers, etc. Try decreasing the size of those first, then decrease the size of the rest of your resume by one or two sizes.
  • Take Out Unnecessary Headers: Not all of your headers will be necessary. Do you need a separate skill or leadership section? Maybe, but maybe not. See if you can inject that information into other parts of your resume so you can use that space for something else.
  • Consider Letting Go Of Certain Education: Depending on the job you are going for you may not need to showcase high school education on your resume. Obviously, if you don't have a college degree yet this is probably a no-go. Once you have a more advanced degree, you can let that part of your education go.
  • Condense Information: So many parts of your resume may currently be living on a separate line by itself, but that takes up space. A company doesn't need the name of the company, it's location, and your tenure at the company on different lines. Condense as much as you can.

Make Sure Your Online Life Is Squeaky Clean

Last, but certainly not least, clean up your online presence. If you created a great resume, your potential employer is probably excited to learn more about who you are. You don't want the first thing they see to be a party picture of you from five years ago.

I am all about the Grandma rule, y'know the rule that says that you shouldn't post anything online you wouldn't want your Grandma to see.

We are ALL so connected nowadays, and there are tons of websites that crawl popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and store your content so that even when it's deleted, it's accessible by someone. So, if you can, keep it clean.

Above all else, Google yourself right now. See what comes up. I used to be in the clear because there was another Amanda Cross who was more popular and an author. Now, as I am blogging and tweeting under my name a lot, my name is moving further up the list. You never know what will pop up when you Google yourself, so you should do it if you haven't already.

Additional Resources

 Here are some other blogs that will help you create your amazing one-page resume:

17 Ways to Make Your Resume Fit on One Page by FindSpark

How to Write a One Page Resume by The Balance

6 Pro Tips for Cutting Your Resume Down to One Page by The Muse

What's your best tips for creating a one page resume?

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