Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope all of you have an amazing Thanksgiving tomorrow, filled with family, friends and happy, full bellies!

From me to you; a few tips…..don’t forget to “bunny” up so you don’t have to wash dishes, make sure you grab some “Thanksgiving Turkey” pants, don’t get your head stuck in a door by being late, any English trifles you encounter may or may not have beef sauteed with peas and onions (beware), and make sure to tell your friends and family that you love them. πŸ™‚

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xoxox

Mary

NOVEMBER WARM FUZZIES

Hi friends!Β  It’s about that time of year-when I hunker down and go into my “why do I still live in the Midwest?” state of mind.Β  The weather is completely unpredictable from day to day and everything is turning brown, or white if there happens to be a random snowfall.Β  Although I enjoy decorating everything in white, I’m not a fan of it being outside…mmmmmk?Β  πŸ™‚

However, with that said, November always gives me the warm fuzzies, in that, after Thanksgiving, I’m full on Christmas mode, which sort of takes me back to being a kid, as it does for most people.Β  In honor of all the warm fuzzies, here are my absolute favorite things about late November.

***The start of Christmas movie season!Β  I don’t break them all out…but I do start the day after Thanksgiving with Miracle on 34th Street (the new one with Mara Wilson) and then usually watch Serendipity and The Holiday before month end.Β  Oh, and also, every year I find myself buying another favorite movie, since I’m getting too impatient in my old age (ha) to wait for them to come on TV.Β  Haha!

Miracle on 34th street

The Holiday movie

***Thanksgiving leftovers.Β  I mean….right??Β  I’m pretty sure Brock and I eat turkey sandwiches, turkey salad and turkey for breakfast for a week after Thanksgiving.Β  Yes, turkey for breakfast…put it in a pan, flip it a few times and have it with eggs and toast.Β  And, since our turkey isn’t crazy marinated or fried, I feel like it’s the only healthy thing to come out of Thanksgiving.Β  Speaking of healthy choices–I also love eating a slice of pumpkin or apple pie, for pretty much everyday after Thanksgiving, for a good week.Β  My mom eats pumpkin pie for breakfast after Thanksgiving.Β  I mean, I’m not there….yet.Β  But, I seem to be headed down that path. Don’t know what to do with all the leftovers?Β  Well, you could start here with this amazing panini RECIPE

***Decorating for Christmas.Β  I personally am old school and believe every holiday needs it’s own time.Β  I also am crazy busy with work and sports and life, so no shame to those who jump the gun and decorate early.Β  Truth be told, if we didn’t host Thanksgiving, I would most likely have the trees up the week of Thanksgiving, just so I could enjoy them the day after Thanksgiving and not be rushing around like a crazy person on my day off.Β  I typically have Brock get everything down the day after and put the trees up and start decorating them with the kids, and spend the next week or so getting everything else out and up.

***Christmas mugs for life!Β  You know what I do FIRST THING after I get my kitchen cleaned up after our guests leave?Β  Get out my Christmas mug collection!Β  I have, probably like most, had a few Christmas mugs stashed in my cabinet for years.Β  However, in the past 5 years or so, I decided that I wanted to start picking more up, because these mugs bring me so much silly joy for an entire month!Β  What used to be 3 random Christmas mugs from the early 2000’s has now turned into about 20 mugs!!Β  I’m not even sorry!Β  It’s probably the most inexpensive, joy filled tradition I have for myself in November/December.Β  My 2 newest additions can be found HERE & HERE!

These things are all simple, yet bring me so much joy in the start of a season for giving and sharing.

I hope you can find time to look for the things that bring you the most smiles as we head into the Christmas season.

Cheers!

xoxoxo

Mary

 

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