I love this time of year. November is the real kick-off for the holiday season! I like to use this month to really focus on what I’m grateful for. I know that we should practice that all year long, but let’s face it- life gets busy and we get sidetracked! For me, the time before Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and thankfulness. I like to truly soak it in before the Christmas and Advent season.
Being on Instagram a lot more this year- I can totally see how people get so stressed out as the holidays approach. Influencers have already rolled out all their gift guides and they’ve got their Christmas trees up. I get it- it’s a business and it’s the 2 months with the largest income for influencers and retailers alike (Not to mention it’s a TON of work to get all that stuff done!). But please don’t feel pressured. Just because people are selling doesn’t mean you have to be buying, and if it’s overwhelming- put the phone down and take a break from the noise.
Y’all know I love a good deal as much as the next gal and I’m sure I’ll roll out some gift ideas, but I promise you that your Christmas won’t suffer without seeing every single Influencers shopping guide! (This is why I suck at being an “Influencer”! Ha! Ha!) Seriously though, if anyone that you follow on social media makes you feel “less than” – just unfollow. Craft your social media to enhance, encourage and uplift you!
So. Over here, on my blog, we shall give the turkey his day and I’m excited about it! I’ve only cooked a full Thanksgiving dinner twice in my life. Can you believe that? Until we moved 7 years ago, we’ve always had a huge dinner with my family in Virginia. My family KNOWS how to put on a massive feast! Their skills and talents in the kitchen coupled with their impeccable southern hospitality have always made holidays such an exciting time to look forward to. We all brought dishes and helped in the preparation, but I’d never done the whole thing myself. In Colorado, we typically travel to some little mountain town and do some hiking and then have a catered dinner in a restaurant because it seemed too sad to have a big meal for “just us” after it having always been a big family affair.
I am so thankful for the family that I was born into and the one that I’ve made with my husband. Really and truly, they are such a blessing in my life and I know that not everyone can say that- so it’s humbling.
This year, I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner and working on really making it a special time, even though there won’t be a bunch of us. I’ll be sharing some ideas with you guys and I’d love for you to share any special traditions, games, fun things you do, etc.
I’m all about a comfortable and laid back on Thanksgiving, so in the coming few weeks I’ll also be sharing a few outfit ideas that I’m loving! Starting with these cute cardigans. They are great quality and they have a nice weight to them. They run true to size, but if you are between sizes, size down. For reference, I’m 5’5″ and wearing a medium. The boots are right around $50 and an excellent dupe for the $165 ones from Goodnight Macaroon! They stay up and have a nice amount of stretch. TTS. The loafers come in a bunch of colors and are so dang comfy! The cami’s are on sale for $5!
I saw this printable Thanksgiving playlist that looks so good for background music on Thanksgiving! It’s from Let’s Mingle Blog and she’s even got it so that you can play the whole thing right from Spotify.
So lay it on me- what are some fun or special things that your family does on Thanksgiving? What’s your favorite dish on Thanksgiving?