November Favorites

I hope you have had a wonderful November! This month was a busy one but definitely a good one. There are a handful of things that I’ve been loving this month and if you want to know what they are–keep on reading!

Weekly Agenda

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I’ve started to plan some things for next year and I’ve been using this planner. I like that the finish is a faux leather, it’s navy blue, and it’s August 2017-December 2018. It looks like this item is currently unavailable on Amazon–but there are some similar ones available and this one might come back in stock if you keep checking.

Dear Traveler Christmas Cards

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I am almost done with my Christmas shopping–yay!! I purchased some of these Dear Traveler cards to go with some my gifts and I can’t wait to write notes in them. These cards are created in and shipped from the UK, but if you hurry and place your order–you might just get them in time for Christmas. How cute are these cards?? And you should also subscribe to the Dear Traveler blog–Maggie is one of the most encouraging and wise women I know and I can guarantee you will be blessed by her writing.

J. Crew Bauble Earrings

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My sister gave me these earrings for my birthday and they have been the perfect addition to holiday outfits. I wore these on Thanksgiving and will probably wear them a ton during Christmas. I love the color of these earrings and that they’re not too heavy.

Glossier Wowder

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I heard a lot about this powder when it first came out and so I decided to try it. I like that this powder is slightly tinted and so I don’t need to wear as much foundation as usual. A little bit of this powder goes a long way and it’s very finely milled. The finish of the powder still provides a little bit of a glow, and not just a flat matte finish. My skin, also, doesn’t dry out completely by the end of the day when I use this product.

Maybelline The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Rooftop Bronzes

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Chill Brunch Neutrals

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These eyeshadow palettes came in the October Bless Box and I have been using them every day. There are a few shades in particular that I have been using more in each palette and you can probably tell by my fingerprint in them, haha! I also swatched the colors I have been using the most.

Almond Milk Egg Nog

I have been trying to eat dairy-free as much as possible lately for a couple of reasons, and so far it hasn’t been too bad. However, egg nog was the one thing I was bummed out about possibly not being able to enjoy. Lo and behold–look what I found while I was browsing through Target one night! This brand has been a great alternative to dairy egg nog and I know I’ll probably go through a few bottles in December (oopsies).

What were some of your faves from November?

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How to Enjoy the Holidays: Savoring vs. Stressing

I can definitely tell that the holiday season is upon us. How do I know that? Because I feel like people are already going crazy. I went to run some basic errands over the weekend and happened to be in the vicinity of a shopping center–it was already packed and people were driving around like crazy people! So to that I say–“everyone can we please just calm down.” The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year and I really want to enjoy them instead of dreading them. I have some tips to share with you today about how to savor the holidays and not stress over them. These tips are just as much for me as they are for you and I hope they help in some way.

Make your plans early

Have a general idea of where you’re going to be spending the holidays and who you will be spending them with. I know this one of probably a no-brainer but I think having a plan early helps so that you’re not trying to figure it out last-minute.

Make this the year you get all your shopping done early

I think last year was the first year in a while that I had my Christmas shopping done before the week of Christmas. This year I have set a goal to have all my shopping done by December 1st–that way I can just enjoy the rest of the month and be prepared.

Watch all of the holiday movies

One tradition that I have, with my mom, is to watch all of the Christmas movies available. This means Hallmark, ABC Family, old classics, etc.–we watch them all, even if they’re dorky. I think this is a fun tradition to have and it’s something that I enjoy during the holidays.

Enjoy the company of others

I love doing festive things with people during the holiday seasons! If you do too–go ice skating, drive around and look at Christmas lights, have a “Friends-giving,” have a holiday movie night, bake together or make Christmas cookies, dress up fancy and go see the ballet, etc. There are so many things you can do this time of year to enjoy the company of others around you.

Reflect on what the holidays are all about

I think that this point gets missed a lot because of the crazy and business of the holidays. But seriously, take some time to reflect. As much as we tend to think this, the holidays are not about us. Be thankful for so many things in your life and count your blessings. Reflect on the meaning of Christmas and savor the truth of Christ’s birth. I think this tip might be the most important thing to take to heart during the holidays–I know I’m going to try to be better at it this year.

I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks and months of celebration and I hope you are too!

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