Listen – if you're like me, you're overwhelmed with Black Friday sales that seemingly started weeks early. Instead of rounding up ALL THE THINGS to share with you, I thought I'd share some items I haven't necessarily shared but that I use daily. These are my everyday essentials that don't often get any recognition but that I wouldn't want to go without.
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Best Plus Size Mattress
We've had our Big Fig Mattress for 3 years and seriously love it so much. It's a mattress specifically designed to support larger bodies. I previously reviewed it here if you want all the details. The only downside to it is that whenever you travel, you'll really, really miss it. No hotel bed has ever been able to come close to matching the support.
They are having their best promotion of the year right now. Take $300 off your purchase using code AUTHEMMIE.
Luxury Home Fragrance with a Technology Twist
I purchased my first Pura device a year ago, and now have 4 in my house. Pura is an electric fragrance diffuser – think like a high-tech plug-in – with an app that controls the strength and schedule of the scents. The best part though is the fragrance collection they offer. They have some of my favorite high end scents available, including Capri Blue (yes, even the famous Volcano scent) and Thymes. I love the safety of not having to worry about candles in order to get the house scented *just the right amount.*
For Black Friday, get a free diffuser when you spend $100 using code BFRIDAY21. The diffuser is regularly $44, so this is a great deal. The diffusers can go on a bit of a wait based on demand, but it's worth the wait!
My favorite scents are:
- Main living areas (3 devices across 2 floors): Thymes Simmered Cider (my absolute favorite scent of all time); and Thymes Heirlum Pumpkin. I'm about to swap out Heirlum Pumpkin for Capri Blue Frosted Pine. For non-seasonal time of year, I love Brooklyn Ellis Verb, Brookly Ellis Superego, Lafco Champagne, Capri Blue Volcano, and Homesick New York City.
- Bedroom: Votivo Saint Germain Lavender, Nest New York Cedar Leaf & Lavender
Easy and fresh meals
This isn't necessarily a Black Friday-specific deal, but it's something I have subscribed to for 2 years now and deserves a shout-out. Freshly is a meal delivery service. They're pre-made and arrive cold, but not frozen. You store in the refrigerator and when you're ready to eat, just pop it in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Many of the meals are gluten-free, and they have some plant-based protein options. I get 4 meals a week to eat for lunches working from home. You can select your specific meals each week.
You can get $100 off first 4 orders at Freshly with CYBER25AFF
My current favorites are Homestyle Chicken, Sausage Baked Penne, Autumn Bounty Pork & Turkey Lasagna, Harvest Time Chicken Risotto, and Chicken Cordon Bleu.
Athleta doesn't run many site-wide (or store-wide) sales, so their current offer of 20% off is a time to stock up. As a reminder, they have sizes XXL-3X all in-store and online. Their 3X is a 24/26, but as someone who usually wears a 28, I fit in their 3X quite well across most items.
I have a lot of different brands of leggings, but I consistently reach for the Ultra High Waist Elation Tights first. I have them in full length and 7/8 length, and in multiple colors. They are MVPs of my comfy (yet performance) wardrobe. I wear my favorite workout leggings nearly every day when I get on the Peloton bike, but also just lounging around the house.
Another favorite that I own in multiple colors: the Pranayama Wrap. It is ridiculously soft and a great cozy layering piece. I wear it multiple times a week and also love it for travel.
In fact, for the road trip we're currently on visiting family, I wore all Athleta on the drive down, and wore two new Athleta pieces on Thanksgiving. I can already tell they'll be fast favorites: the Delancey Gleam Tight and the Scenic Wrap. The Delancey Gleam Tight has a faux leather look and faux pockets on the bum, but they are super soft and stretchy. They remind me of influencer favorites, the Spanx faux leather leggings, but the Spanx ones don't fit me (too small at largest size) and also are much more compressive, which I don't really want in an everyday legging. The Athleta leggings were a surprise win and I know they'll be in heavy rotation this winter.
The Scenic Wrap is a long knit cardigan with 2 pockets and a self tie belt. It is a soft knit that has a great weight to it without being suffocating. This could have been worn with sneakers, but I went with wide width pointy toed flats for a little less casual of a look.
Best Full Figured Sports Bra
I've talked about the ENELL bra for eons, but have to share again because it's the biggest sale of the year at 30% off plus free shipping (valid in the US) using code BIGGEST. This is the only bra I wear when I do workouts, and have an entire drawer of my dresser dedicated to them. I love the SPORT for any high impact stuff (I ran my half marathon in it), RACER for the Peloton, and LITE for everyday wear or yoga. No wires in any of them, and they all close in the front. Here's a previous review I wrote about them.
As I find more sales that feature items I use regularly, I'll add them here! What are you shopping for this Black Friday and Cyber Monday?