Live Your Best Holiday Life Finale

As I mentioned earlier this month, Alexandra and Shea hosted this mindful month-long challenge and I decided to participate. Their LYBHolidayL challenge was a relaxing and healing way to take on November and the holidays 🙂 Now that it’s over, here’s how I finished the month out! (Check out the first half here!)

To kick us off, here’s the second half of the gratitude log:

November 16 – Set a bedtime alarm to prioritize sleep.
We dropped the ball on the 16th because we were catching up on the last few episodes of The Mindy Project, but we’ve been going to bed around 10pm every night which has been good for us!

November 17 – Share a gratitude quote on Instagram that speaks to you, inspire others!

November 18 – Take a load of items you no longer use to Goodwill/another thrift store!
After the move I made a pile of donation items. Of course I haven’t done anything with them. Until today 🙂

November 19 – Go for a fall walk
This day was m.i.s.e.r.a.b.l.e. I definitely didn’t go on a hike. I went shopping. Ha. But next month I’m doing a girls’ weekend at a cabin with my friends & I’ll take my fall/winter walk then!

November 20 – Allow yourself a small indulgence this week (a sweet treat, a long bath, an item from your wish list)
I might have grabbed a Three Musketeers while checking out at the grocery store.

November 21 – Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
My nails are partially gelled (because I picked some of it off), but my toes were holding on to polish from… September? I didn’t repaint them, but I did strip the polish off my feet and give my toenails and cuticles some love.

November 22 – Unexpected color combo: pumpkin & blush
I had no blush items in my closet. K and I tried to take a mirror selfie just to record my outfit for the day, but we obviously need some practice. Lylee looks straight up lost.

November 23 – Put your phone away and just be present today… Facebook and Instagram can wait
Sooo… I kept my phone away as far as texting, IG, and FB were concerned… but Animal Crossing just released their Pocket Camp app and I’d be lying if I said I avoided that all day 😉 In my defense, I bonded with my cousins and K’s siblings and cousins over the app!

November 24 – Take a few minutes to look at old photos and reminisce
I’m in the process of setting up my office at home and every time I open a box or folder I find senior pictures of friends or prom pics of K and me. So sweet 🙂

November 25 – Have a hot cocoa date with your significant other, best friend, or other loved one
K and I woke up early to hit a hardware store. We swung by Starbucks for some cocoa (for him) and a latte (for me) before we made the trek!

The gel on my thumb is still intact so it makes for good pics 😉

November 26 – Call, text, FaceTime, etc. a friend or family member that you are not able to see this holiday. They’ll be glad to know that you are thinking of them!
As strange as it sounds, almost all my family lives near me. My uncle lives in St. Louis but he was home and we had a Thanksgiving lunch with him this day! Coincidence? I think not!

November 27 – Hand write a letter or note telling someone how grateful you are for them & why
Done!

November 28 – Discuss with family existing ideas for new holiday traditions, planning ahead will make pulling it off next month easier!
My brother & his wife live two hours away but come home for Christmas Eve and morning. This month we discussed his plan and now I know when he’ll be around and what dates we’ll have him in town for celebrating! (They head to her family for Xmas night and the days that follow.)

November 29 – Schedule 15 minutes to de-stress, break out that grown up coloring book
These are my favorite kind of puzzles to do. I can sit and fill these in for hours. De-stressing with a fill-in puzzle is the perfect 15 minute break!

November 30 – Try a new coffee, tea, or coffee creamer
I bought a new amaretto creamer! I don’t usually put anything but milk or half&half in my coffee, but it’s been a nice treat!


Thank you so much, Alexandra and Shea, for hosting this challenge! I definitely fudged some stuff in the second half, but the daily challenges were a reminder in self care and preservation. I definitely needed that this month.

Next month they’re keeping the fun going with these prompts!

I’m excited to join in when I can 🙂

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Live Your Best Holiday Life Update

(or LYBHolidayL from here on out.)

Alexandra and Shea are hosting this wonderful, mindful, month-long challenge and I’m doing my best to slow down and participate. October was a hectic & rough month for me. I had fun, but it was at the expense of my patience and sanity. I’m determined to finish out the year in a better state mentally. Alex and Shea’s LYBHolidayL challenge has helped so much with that. Since we’re halfway through, I wanted to share an update!

November 1 – Make an effort to write down one thing you are grateful for every day or week

November 2 – Read this article about raising Thankful kids

November 3 – Do something to welcome the Thanksgiving season
I packed up the Halloween decor and brought out the fall and winter stuff (but nothing too Christmasy yet). We have some Thanksgiving-themed decorations so I’m letting those hog the spotlight for a while. 🙂

(also includes day 1 & 2 of gratitude!)

November 4 – Make pumpkin waffles for breakfast/brunch/breakfast for dinner
Kyle doesn’t like pumpkin flavor so he got french toast.

November 5 – Shop your closet and try to come up with a couple of new outfits from old pieces
I’ve seen other bloggers try this. It was fun to take the time to put these together!

November 6 – Give back this month: decide as a family how to “give back” to your community
It’s not much, but this year when Christmas shopping I will say “yes” any time a cashier asks if I want to round up my change or donate a dollar to xyz organization. Also, our holiday cards came from paper culture and they plant a tree for every order 🙂

November 7 – Schedule in 30 minutes to curl up with a good book
This was great timing. We left on the 8th for a business trip so I needed the reminder to just STOP and relax for a bit with a book.

November 8 – Take a Break: Get your Hygge on
I bought both the Hygge book AND this activity book a while ago. I worked on some puzzles during our drive to Indy since I couldn’t do anything in our home while on the road.

November 9 – Let go of one thing you feel obligated to do, attend, or complete this month.
There’s a Christmas tree festival in my town that happens every year during this week. I try to go every year and I feel like I missed a crucial party of preparing for Xmas when I forget about it or don’t have time to go. This year I’m just saying the heck with it 🙂 I don’t want to go so I’m not gonna.

November 10 – Treat yourself to a new, yummy-smelling candle
I had to postpone this one until we were home, but I finally lit my new Spiced Apple Toddy candle from B&BW!

November 11 – Clean out your fridge & get it holiday food influx ready!
I actually did this one early! Before we left I cleaned out the fridge for the house/dog sitter!

November 12 – Give someone an unexpected gift
We came home from Indy with extra stickers and lanyards so I took them to my grandma’s house and gave my cousins some of our new merchandise.

November 13 – For today, clear your to-do list of all the non-fun things unless they are absolutely essential!
Since we spent 5 days on the road with customers and clients we decided to nix the alarm clocks this morning. I consider waking up to an alarm to be very un-fun.

November 14 – Start making a holiday gift list
Already started the list AND the shopping 🙂

November 15 – Get started on an Advent calendar, or a similar project for another holiday celebration!
Stephanie shared some AWESOME advent calendars… so I think I might need one of those. I’m also brainstorming some other cute Advent or Christmas countdown activities!


At the end of November I’ll share a final post 🙂 Until then, I invite you to join in (even just for a day or two) and slow down this holiday season!

#Hashtag-Schmashtag

It’s Wednesday and I am so total ready to just check out. #ButICan’t

Today I’m linking up with:
Laura and Lauren and Nadine and Kathy and Alanna and Sarah (Plucky)! (Whew, that was a long one!)
Time to confess…

Since Sunday I have worked 24 hours at my full time gig & 6 hours at the part time place, spent 8 hours in a car, survived IKEA, and attended a major sporting event. #BringOnTheHolidays #IWorkRetailOnBlackFriday #ICoordinateAWeddingOnSaturday #I’mPrayingForSundayToArrive

We spent Monday night in #CLE watching the #Cavs beat the Orlando basketball people… (I don’t know who they are…) #IStillDon’tGetSports #WeBoughtShirtsToFitIn

Speaking of sports… my one true love just wrapped up another season and I have to wait until next year for more races #IAlreadyMissYouNASCAR #Let’sGoRacing

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Fallout Boy is in my top 3 favorite bands. I feel like that alone is a confession… #EmoKid4Ever #WhereIsYourBoyTonight #Guy-liner&SkinnyJeans

I will do everything in my power to avoid letting my food touch on my plate tomorrow. #ExceptMashedPotatoesAndGravy #YummmmyMashedPotatoes

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Monday I gushed about the blog world, but we have some crazy-cool IRL friends, too. #ThanksForTheTickets,Nic&Erx #ThanksForGoingWithUs,Woz&Kelsey #ThanksForHangingChristmasLightsWithMe,Kayla

I’m secretly looking forward to working retail on Black Friday… I know that’s weird. #Hello6am #IWantToSeeCrazyPeople

And on that note, I’m off to work a full day and then enjoy four days off from my full time job! Woot woot!

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Favorite side dish? Are you venturing out Thursday night or Friday morning to score some deals??

-Louise

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HUMPDAY CONFESSIONS

Thankful Fridays

Welcome to Friday, my friends! ❤️ This week I’ve been very intentional about celebrating every day, but I will admit I’m happy to see the weekend! Tonight I’m going to see Christmas trees at a local museum with my mom and tomorrow my best friend and I are attempting to hang Christmas lights on the house! (K is off the hook since business is booming due to his recent trip to Texas.)

Before I launch into this week’s thankful-topic, I wanted to share some of my favorite reads from this week!

  • I love Amber’s heart and blog, Mr. Thomas and Me, and I think the idea of being welcome (and welcoming others) is SO important- especially right now.
  • I JUST discovered Ashten’s blog, Just Go Left, and I LOVE her passion for cold noses and wagging tails!
  • Faith at Life with Mrs. G & the Artist is starting a new “After I Do” series! I’m so excited to read more from her (& her future guest bloggers)!

Alrighty, on to today’s main topic.

This week I am thankful for the family I gained when K and I tied the knot! My mother-in-law celebrated her birthday on Wednesday and I am so fortunate to have her in my life! K was raised by two wonderful people and we’re very lucky to live so close to them and have them so involved in our life. (K’s dad actually works with him at the business!)

I also gained a sister-in-law (and her family of five) and a brother-in-law (who just got married last month)! K also has a ton of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents that have always treated me like family and it makes get-together all the better. Thanksgiving is always a crazy, busy, yummy holiday thanks to our family 🙂

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Tell me! What are you thankful for this week?

-Louise

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Thankful Fridays

Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Here’s my final installment for the month 🙂 I know it’s SUPER LATE (as in, it’s already December), but who cares. Hehe.

Nov 22: Today I am thankful to have friends all of the world. It’s so awesome to travel to other cities and still known people. Having connections while away from home is definitely a blessing!

Nov 23: I got home from Indy at 2am today and I am SO thankful for small towns. I love to vacation and I don’t mind touring bigger cities, but deep down I like my little towns, country roads, and cow-filled farms.

Nov 24: I can’t believe I’ve wait so long to express my thankfulness for K. I have never met anyone in the entire world that is so compatible to me. I don’t like describing his as my “best friend” because I consider him so much more. K can read my mind and he is such an awesome, challenging, like-minded partner. I am so grateful to lay to claim to him forever 😉

Nov 25: Today I am thankful for my organizational skills. I would go absolutely crazy if I couldn’t manage my time and tasks appropriately. I don’t know where I inherited it (ha), but I’m glad I’ve got it!

Nov 26: Today I am thankful for all the help K and I receive. We have family members that help us with the business, parents that have helped us financially in the past, and friends that are always willing to lend a hand. Happy Birthday to my Aunt Wendy, and THANK YOU for all the help last week!

Nov 27: Today I am thankful for days off to sleep in and spend time with family and friends!

Nov 28: Last but not least, I’m definitely thankful for the people that read my blog, like my writing, and give me feed back. It feels good to know I’m not the only one reading these posts. Thank you!

-Louise

Thankful Fridays

My hubby and I have been preparing for our business trip to Indianapolis, IN so I’ve been very negligent as far as daily posts this week. Sorry!

Nov 15: I am so thankful to have our house. K & I bought our home last year and I am so in love with our little abode in our little town. Someday we will build a beautiful retreat out in the country but I just LOVE our starter house!

Nov 16: Today I am thankful for candles. After work tonight I came home, finished dinner (it was already started in the crockpot), and lit my new pine-scented candle. I LOVE what a simple scent can do to a room! (And I love the prices at Marshalls!)

Nov 17: SNOW! This morning I woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground. I know people hate the cold and they get nervous driving in it (trust me, I’ve been in a weather-related accident), but I LOVE this time of year and snow makes it even better!

Nov 18: I know I’ve mentioned it, but we live in the same town as our parents, all our grandparents, some of our siblings, and many aunts and uncles. Holidays are hectic, but I feel so blessed to actually know our relatives and see them. When we have children I think they will really benefit from having their grandparents and great-grandparents so close! (Happy Birthday to my wonderful mother-in-law!)

Nov 19: This should’ve been Day 1, but any day will do. I am thankful to be a Child of God. Every blessing in my life is because of God and I try to remember to say “thank you”, but I’ll never be able to say it enough. This morning K and some family members are traveling to Indianapolis and tonight my m.i.l. and I will follow them over. My parents are traveling later this week, too. I pray that God gets us there and back safely, and watches over us and our pups while we’re apart. How great is our God that He can be so many places at once, doing so many incredible things? 🙂

Nov 20: I typed this out a few days ago, but decided to save it. Today I am thankful for music. We are in Indy because of music. My husband has found his passion in life because music influenced him so deeply and connected him/us with incredible people and opportunities. Without music I wouldn’t have met or fallen in love with K. Music is such an incredible “thing.” I heard this the other day and now I’m sharing it with you!

Nov 21: I am thankful for the ability and the desire to travel. I’ve been touring this world since I was in the womb. (Seriously, my mom went to Hawaii when she was SUPER pregnant.) I have seen many states (although not all of them) and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to visit and stay on other continents. I love Ohio, but I love leaving Ohio, too- even if we’re only crossing the border!

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-Louise

Thankful Fridays

Nov 8: I am thankful for aunts and uncles and cousins. I only have 4 first-cousins, 2 aunts, and 3 uncles, but I’m so lucky to know my family and spend time with them.

Nov 9: I am thankful for children. Three months from today my BEST FRIEND & her hubs are due with their first baby. I am SO STINKING EXCITED to hold, cuddle, babysit, spoil, and love on their baby girl. What a blessing it is for them to bring a baby into the world- and I’m so thankful to be a small part of her/their lives!

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She’s further along now, but I love her countdown!

Nov 10: Today I am thankful for technology because it allows me to stay connected with friends all over the country and world. I have friends in Ohio and Arizona and Japan and all over. Without technology I wouldn’t be able to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my long time friend Aubrey!

I've known this lady since 5th grade- we were 11. Now we're 24. WHAT HAPPENED?
I’ve known this lady since 5th grade- we were 11. Now we’re 24. WHAT HAPPENED?

Nov 11: Today I am thankful for my grandfathers, my uncle, my brother-in-law, and all the veterans that have dedicated so much to our country and our safety. I will never have the mental or physical strength that it takes to defend our freedom. Thank you to all those who have served, do serve, and will serve.

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Nov 12: On days they drive me craziest, I am most thankful for my dogs. Lylee and Enzo are K’s and my world. We don’t have human-children and they are filling that gap nicely right now. Despite the death and destruction they brought upon my comforter today, I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

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Nov 13: I am thankful for siblings. I only have one brother, but when I married K I gained another brother and a sister (and a niece and nephews)! Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, Josh!

Nov 14: Today is my dad’s 50th birthday. (I know, lots of birthdays this week.) With each passing day I realize more and more how lucky I am to be born to my mom and dad. I have learned so much from my parents and I continue to do so every day. My dad is the most hardworking, honest, funny, compassionate person I know. They say little girls look for someone like their father and I see a resemblance between K and my dad every day- my dad taught me what to look for in a partner. We’re celebrating with dinner and some fun tonight (he doesn’t know the plan..shhhh) and I hope he has a fabulous 50th year! Love you, Dad!

Grateful

 

-Louise