Tuesday, November 1, 2016

10 Things to do (to ensure you enjoy) this November!

Holidays are never easy. It always seems like we have a ton of things to do and absolutely no time to get them done and that can make it a little harder to enjoy this season. This year….  I’ve compiled a list of things to do in November that I guarantee will not only have you smiling in the moment, but… you’ll look back on them and smile for years to come. Feel free to swap out anything that will make this list more helpful for you, but remember the goal is to find different way to actually enjoy your holiday without having to rush or stress.  

Let’s get started…

10. Schedule a Holiday Photo Shoot with your family.  – With apps like Facebook and Instagram, pictures are so instant we often forget the importance of (family) portraits. This year... #10 on my list suggests we take a moment to incorporate them back into ours lives. And whether you decide on an Autumn or Winter setting, step outside of the box and take your memories outdoors for your 2016 Holiday photos.

9.  Pick out Holiday cards to send to your family and friends. – Share those family photos with a Holiday photo card. People tend to keep cards with photos on them much longer than they do your average Hallmark card, and well, they're just better to look at visually. Oh, and be sure to update your mailing list before sending them out.   

8.  Decide on your Holiday color/theme and purchase your decorations. – If you’re anything like me, one of the best parts of this season is the dΓ©cor. Need some inspiration? Visit your local Michael’s or Beverly’s craft stores this weekend. 

7. Head up to one of these five places with the family and pick your Holiday tree. – Try something new this holiday season and GO FRESH!  This will be a great experience for your family, especially if you have young kids. And there is nothing like the smell of fresh pine. <3

6.  Volunteer at your local food bank.  – This season is all about being thankful and giving back. What better way to do that than serving those in need? Take your children along also. In a world where everyone is all about self, these type of things will keep them grounded.

5. Host a Friendsgiving “Dessert” Night. – Thanksgiving is usually spent with family, but… what about your friends? Schedule a Friendsgiving Dessert night the weekend before Thanksgiving (or whenever works best in your schedule) and spend an evening laughing, drinking, eating great desserts, and being grateful for the people in your life. Try it Potluck style to cut down on the cost.

4. Let your creative and "not-so-create" juices flow.  – Whether you make your own wrapping paper, knit everyone in your family and scarf and glove set, or put a new spin on an old family recipe, CREATE SOMETHING. 

3.  Decide on your contribution to Thanksgiving dinner. – Yep, that’s right… your contribution! LOL. Bring something more than your appetite to Thanksgiving dinner this year. And if you need an idea… I’ll be posting my Glamourous Spiked Apple Cider recipe in the coming week. Check it out!

2.  Plan and begin a Holiday workout/fitness regimen - It’s no secret that the holidays can add a pound or ten to your waistline, but, it doesn’t have to be that way.  The best way to prevent those pesky pounds is to plan your holiday.  Keep the treats and eats to a minimum. Don’t eat out of the bag, box, or carton. And try eating your meals on a saucer verse a dinner plate for portion control. Greens are always good, of course. Try drinking a glass of warm water with a cinnamon stick in it BEFORE any meal to fill you up faster.  Lastly, be active! You can walk, run, dance and just move (at a decent pace) for 20 minutes each day. If you’re thinking to yourself, “when will I have time to walk, run, dance or just move?” try your lunch break and take your favorite coworker with you.

1.  Attend my Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation event on November 19 at 8PM.  – What!? Lol.  What did you think #1 would be? πŸ˜‰πŸ‘Œ Tickets are available here

I hope you enjoyed my list and more importantly, I hope you find it helpful in creating lasting memories and keeping the holiday stress down. Comment below with your ideas on how to enjoy the holiday and make it as stress-less as possible.  Oh, and if you haven’t already, LIKE my Facebook page! Thanks. πŸ™

Happy November Friends!