cocoa     Happy Last Sunday of November!  It’s been chilly and rainy the past few days, so it’s been the perfect morning to snuggle in with the dog , a soft blanket and a warm mug of cocoa. I hope all of you had a lovely Thanksgiving this week.  I got to spend a lovely day with my mom and sister, had a delicious meal and saw the final Mockingjay movie, too. It’s a newer tradition, but one we really enjoy since we’re all such film-buffs.  I’ve been up to a lot more than just watching movies, though.  Here’s an update on some of the stuff I’ve been grateful to be a part of this month!

diymub     I love DIY projects. I also love an idea I found floating around Facebook the past few weeks to fill up an old purse you no longer want with snacks and personal care items and giving it away to a homeless woman. I happened to mention wanting to do this to a friend of mine over my lunch hour and by the end of it, I had snack donations, toothbrushes and toothpaste and sanitary napkins and tampons. The only thing I need now is purses! While searching this month for my favorite DIY project, I found this great tutorial for zippered make-up bags.  They’re perfect for the care packages we’re putting together!

thankscollage     I previously posted about the November Gratitude Photo Challenge I put together this month. I still have two days of photos left to post, but spending a month in a state of perpetual thankfulness has been so great that I’m planning on doing this every year!  I got to use my camera and write every day too, which was such a blessing for me as a creative-type. The holiday season is a busy time for me and sometimes I neglect the need to create as a stress-reliever. I’d love for you to participate with me next year. Whether you go it alone for a little me-time, or you get the kids involved, I promise you this, you’ll have a lot of fun and it will help keep your season bright!

londonbath     I started redecorating my apartment this month. It’s been on my heart for a long time to start replacing the hand-me-down pieces with things that I’m truly in love with and a reflection of myself and my tastes. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to travel.  I’ve never been out of the U.S. and I have a long list of places I want to visit. As a way to say motivated to save for these trips and cross them off of my list, I decided to surround myself with accouterments from all of the different cities I’m loving from a distance. I’ll be in New Delhi and Morocco in my living room, London in my bathroom, Vienna, Amsterdam and Paris in my bedroom and Costa Rica and Acapulco in the kitchen and dining room. The only space I have left to decide on is my office nook. Ideas welcome!

I want to hear about all of the things you’ve been grateful for this month! I’d also love to read about the cool traditions you have during the holidays.  Share with me in the comments below! Hope you have a wonderful week, and stay nice and warm.


Wishing You Total Well-Being,