Can you believe it’s December already? The holidays are upon us! We kicked it off with a lot of fun times and good meals shared with loved ones during last week’s Thanksgiving festivities. My absolute favorite thing about November is Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. As per usual, I’m going to share some of my other favorite things, ranging from clothing, accessories, and beauty items to home goods, multi-media picks, and tasty treats.
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Clothes & Accessories
❊ Gap Soft Plaid Boyfriend Shirt – I have been living in these shirts I bought earlier this fall. They’re super soft and cozy without being heavy or too hot. The perfect flannel! I just ordered a few more in different patterns on sale. I’ll be wearing these all winter long!
❊ Merrell Encore Ice – Another item I’ll be wearing all winter? These slides! They’re super comfy and toasty warm. I love a nice winter slip on shoe like this. It feels like I’m wearing my slippers out! They’ve got great traction and are super durable. I’ve loved these for years!
❊ Sephora Collection Hand & Foot Masks – If you’re looking for a quick at home spa treat, you should check out these hand and foot masks by Sephora. I was skeptical at first, but instantly fell in love with not only how easy they are to use, but also effective and soothing! At the end of a long day I like to put on a YouTube video, pop these on, and just chill out for 20 minutes. The product comes packaged in self-contained mitts and booties that you simply put on and take off. My hands and feet feel so soft and pampered afterwards. It’s a welcome and fuss-free treat anytime in my books!
❊ Nails Inc Superfood Repair Oil – I’ve put my poor cuticles through the ringer this year with very little care. I finally decided it was time to start treating them right! I purchased this oil during the Sephora VIB sale after reading glowing reviews. I can attest that it is quite nourishing and effective at hydrating my cracked cuticles! I’ve been applying it a couple of times a day for the past few weeks with great results.
❊ Nails Inc Overnight Detox Mask – I was very skeptical of this product which claims it is “is perfect for restoring highly damaged nails.” I’ve never even heard of a nail mask before! It only took a couple of nightly applications of this for me to see results. It actually works! My nails feel stronger than they have in a very long time.
❊ Nespresso Citiz Espresso Maker – Don and I decided to take the plunge on a Nespresso machine a few months ago and we’re both smitten. It makes amazing espresso at the touch of a button! I’m not usually a big coffee drinker, but I’ve come to look forward to my daily caramel latte (decaf for me!) since we bought this machine. Not only is it easy to operate and keep clean, it’s very sleek and doesn’t take up too much valuable kitchen counter space. I couldn’t imagine my mornings without it now!
❊ A Pentatonix Christmas – Pentatonix released a new holiday album and I’m officially hooked. My previous rule about waiting until Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas music flew out the door with this release. I’ve been listening to it on repeat since the beginning of the month! They’ve also released a few music videos from the album on the PTXofficial YouTube Channel. I like that this album has a mix of classic, cheery carols as well as some moodier tracks. The group sounds as amazing as ever!
❊ December Daily – I’ve returned to my love of scrapbooking after many years away from it this year with the addition of our daughter Charlotte to the family. I’ve decided to try out a new project called December Daily, which is a daily memory keeping project for the month of December that focuses on the stories of the season. I took Ali Edward’s online class in the hopes of gaining some guidance and inspiration, and it delivered just that and much more. I can’t recommend her classes enough! She makes memory keeping seem attainable in a realistic yet stylish way. I can’t wait to embark on this project!
DIY Caramel Sauce – I mentioned my recent daily caramel latte habit when I was talking about the Nespresso Citiz machine, so I thought it only appropriate I should share the source of the most scrumptious DIY caramel sauce ever. I found this recipe from Bright-Eyed Baker during a random search for at home caramel latter recipes one night. I love that this recipe is made with milk instead of heavy cream, which makes me feel slightly less guilty about indulging in a caramel latte every day. The caramel still turns out wonderfully! I cook mine a bit longer than she recommends in the recipe for a more medium thickness. The added sea salt gives it the perfect salted caramel taste. It’s absolutely divine and so welcome on cold winter mornings in my morning cup of joe.
If you’d like to hear more about my favorites this month, check out this video:
It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share a few of my favorite hand and nail care products with two of you. The November 2016 Favorites Giveaway will run until Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. TWO winners will receive the hand and nail care products shown in the picture below:
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I would love to know what some of your November favorites were if you care to share.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration spent with loved ones! 🦃
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