25 November 2016

My Favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

I hope all of my American readers had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday. BC and I went to his aunt's house -- we were both effectively orphans this year, with both sets of parents going out of town to visit our siblings. But we had a delicious meal and good company and I totally plan on using the turkey leftovers I brought home to make a pot pie for us this weekend.

I'm an online shopper, always have been (true story: I made my very first Amazon purchase in 1999. It was a VHS copy of Labyrinth) so I don't really do the whole Black Friday, early morning shopping thing. I mean, I have in the past with family and such but it's not really my idea of fun shopping. I'd much prefer to sleep in and do the shopping from the comfort of my couch while wearing PJs.

In that spirit, I'm sharing some of my favorite online deals happening this weekend! Disclaimer: Some of these sales are affilate links.

Head on over to Bondi Band for 50% off everything! These are my go-to headband options as a runner and I can't recommend them enough.

Road ID currently has their entire site up to 67% off. Shortly after clotapocalypse, I bought one for my FitBit Alta and I love knowing that if something happens, my doctor's information, my medicine, and my emergency contacts info is all right there. I love it so much, I already plan on buying an updated Road ID once I'm off the blood thinners and don't need that information any more.

Speaking of, FitBit also has a big sale going on this weekend! I love my Alta. I love that it buzzes when I've been sitting too long -- which can happen a lot when I'm really zoned in on work. But it's important for my leg that I keep walking and all that so having that reminder is not only motivational to get my steps in but also important for my health.

My beloved Passion Planner is 50% off everything, except the 2017 planners. But have no fear! For those, you can use my code JILL10 to save 10% on your planner!  If you do order, use my email address jill [at] theyearofthephoenix [dot] com as the referral and there may be future Passion Planner giveaways here on the blog!

Finally, while you're doing all your online shopping this weekend, don't forget to pre-order my book! It comes out January 4th so while it can't be used for any Christmas presents, it's perfect for anyone looking to start 2017 off right with a New Year, New You resolution.


Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

21 November 2016


I know. Last month I said I'd return after my birthday, which was November 12th, but then the election happened and I needed time to process and recover from that but now I'm here again!

Most of my season of self care was spent, well, practicing self care.  The month of October was rough, my depression in full force and it was a struggle many days just to function like a normal human being. Anxiety, too, was making itself known and I didn't have my usual way of combating it, which is exercise and endorphins.


At the end of September, that was the date my bone doc gave me and you better believe I had that date marked in my Passion Planner.

I also had a plan.

(Speaking of, during the break I also found out I was selected to be a Passion Planner rep! Use my code JILL10 to save 10% on all full priced items. If you have any questions about the Passion Planner, please don't hesitate to ask as I want everyone to know about the awesomeness that is this product.)

Right, so. In the beginning I started doing Couch to 5K with the intervals they suggested but as the program progressed I realized my body and I really do much prefer our own intervals. So I sort of dropped the traditional C25K, but still like having a training program of sorts to follow so now I just use the above as motivation to try and run 3 days a week. Because, really, who doesn't love having little boxes to check off?

The running has been slow going which, of course, is okay since I fully embrace the whole slow runner thing. Speaking of, my book comes out in, like, six weeks. ZOMG.

So, anyway, yeah. I am back and YOU KNOW YOU MISSED ME.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus
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