November 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday (November 2017)...

Happy humpday y'all! I'm actually writing this on Tuesday morning because I'm heading out of town until Sunday so now I've really messed myself up on what day it actually is. 

November was a crazy busy month and once again the month just flew by. I was chatting with someone yesterday and she said she couldn't believe it was almost December and my response was that I can't believe it's almost 2018! I feel like I was just in the Twin Cities for NYE and now here we are just a little over a month until a new year. It's crazy! With November being so busy I didn't make it here as much as I would have liked to but I do want to get one last post in before the end of the month. Hopefully I'll be better at posting in December because there's just so much to write about during the Christmas season! But before we head into December I have a life update of sorts for the end of November. 

What I'm Eating This Week...
Sunday night was homemade pizza that I bought from the local figure skating club fundraiser (best pizza crust I've ever had!) and Monday night I made goulash. I imagine the rest of the week I'll be eating out (eeek) with being out of town. Wednesday night MN and I are meeting up with his sister and her boyfriend and going to a brewery and getting food from a food truck. I also made it a November goal to try a new restaurant so I told MN he needs to pick somewhere new for us to go. I've never been to Trader Joes (crazy, right?!) so I told MN he has to take me there this visit so maybe I'll be able to convince him we should eat in one night and we can pick something up from there. 

What I'm Reminiscing About...
Past Christmases. I LOVE Summer and, for the most part, loathe Winter and yet the Christmas season is my absolute favourite time of year. 

What I'm Loving...
The gorgeous weather that SE SK has been getting. There was quite a bit of snow on the ground just a week ago but with the warm temperatures almost all of the snow has melted and (almost) all of the ice buildup on the roads is gone. It's been great but it definitely feels like Spring so will be weird when we get Winter weather again and have to start all over with Winter. 

What I'm Dreading...
The train ride to/from the Twin Cities. I don't mind the train itself but it's the anxiety that goes along with taking it. In the Winter months it never seems to be on time and sometimes its so full that it's hard to find a seat.  It's just super annoying and I'd much rather drive but the convenience of the train ride being overnight and saving me two days of travel always beats out driving. 

What I'm Working On...
My Holiday Bucket List. I can't wait to start crossing things off of it! I told MN that we have to do a bunch of Christmas-y things while I'm there because I won't be back until after Christmas so I need to get everything in while I'm there. That includes driving around and looking at Christmas lights, getting Christmas-y beverages from Caribou, watching Christmas movies, and going to Marshalls or Home Goods to look for Christmas decor. 

What I'm Excited About...
Seeing MN for the first time in over a month. And of course Christmas! 

What I'm Watching/Reading...
I've been watching all.the.Christmas movies lately. I've rewatched the same three ones on Netflix at least five times each over the last few days. I need some new material! And while at my sisters the other night I 'stole' three books from her shelf so I have some new reading material for the train. I can't remember the titles but they're by Gillian Flynn and Joy Fielding. I haven't read a single book since September (which is so weird for me) but I'm sure that by the time I get home on Sunday I will have read all three that I took with me for my trip. 

What I'm Listening To...
Christmas music any chance I get! 

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What I'm Wearing...
As I write this I'm wearing my new pajamas from Old Navy. I just couldn't resist the 40% off deal. And I mean, weiner dogs wearing winter gear? Adorbs!

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
I get on the train to head back home from the Twin Cities on Saturday night and then on Sunday I'm going to hopefully finish my Christmas shopping once I get to Minot. However, North Dakota has the silly 'Blue' law so no stores open until noon on Sunday so I don't know what I'm going to do for three hours while I wait for the stores to open. There's only so much coffee I can drink at Starbucks. This may be the only time I hope my train is actually running late...

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
Christmas! And all of the things that come along with the Christmas season like the annual cookie swap with friends, watching Home Alone a million and twelve times, going on a Twinkle Tour on Christmas Eve, etc, etc.  I'm also really looking forward to watching the Olympic Trials for Men's and Women's curling (my Canadian is showing... haha).  

What Else is New...
Not much else is new, I'm just trying to relax and enjoy the Christmas season instead of being stressed out and feeling rushed to get all.the.things done before Christmas. This is actually the first year in quite a few years that I won't be mad rushing to get all my Christmas presents wrapped on Christmas Eve. This year I am about 80% done my Christmas shopping and it's not even December yet! I even have quite a few Christmas gifts wrapped already. Go me! Just having that 'weight' off of my shoulders should help me to slow down and enjoy all the days leading up to Christmas (I hope anyways!). 

November 24, 2017

Links + Love (November 2017)...

I love this Holiday Savings Plan idea. This is the second year I've done it and having $1,035 by early to mid-November to go towards Christmas gifts is awesome. And the best part is that I don't even miss that money! The only thing I do different is that I follow it backwards. So my first paycheque in the New Year I put away $89 for Weeks 1 + 2, my second paycheque I put away $85 for Weeks 3 + 4, and so on and so forth. I don't think I'll ever stop doing this!

This doormat is adorable and I need it in my life. 

I'm not very impressed with any online Black Friday sales this year (maybe they'll be better for Cyber Monday?) but I do love the double cash back on Ebates. 8% cash back at Michael Kors? I'm glad I waited to buy my celebratory I-paid-off-my-car purse! I currently have $67.99 as my cash back balance so when I get that cheque I'll put it towards said purse. Win-win!

This and this = all the feels. Those are the kind of stories I want to read about in the news.

I think I'll be adding these cookies to my Christmas baking list this year. Yum!

I didn't find this recipe until after Thanksgiving (which was in the beginning of October for those of us in the GWN) but I think I might make it this weekend to cross it off my Fall Bucket List and to comfort myself for haviny to miss American Thanksgiving this year.  

These Mabel + Bixby bibs are ah-dorable! If I had someone to buy them for I'd be snatching them up!

I'm off to the EFC's Twisted Tree Auction tonight and I read on FB that they have a record amount of donations this year so I can't wait to check it out! Happy Friday y'all. 

*As always, none of the items linked above are sponsored or affiliate links - I just love sharing things that I'm loving!*

November 22, 2017

Christmas 2017 Wish List...

It's finally here y'all, my Christmas 2017 Wish List. Now y'all will know exactly what you can buy me for Christmas! Just kidding. My Mama has been bugging me for weeks to give her a list of things I want for Christmas (even though I've told her I don't need anything!) so I figured this would be easiest for her because then all she has to do is click the links (she's a little technologically challenged...). 

It seems like everyone in BlogLand is posting Holiday Gift Guides and I'm just over here posting everything that I want for Christmas. Face palm. I'll probably cringe when I actually go to hit publish. I'm doing this for you Mama Bear! (Oh, and since some of the links are for US sites maybe get Toni or Bam Bam to help you just in case...). Love you, mean it! 

Below are all the things I've been loving lately that I probably would have already bought for myself if it weren't the Holiday season and I didn't need gift ideas for my Mama Bear. When I see something that I want I usually just buy it right then (within my budget - I'm not buying Louis Vuitton purses every time I see one on the interwebs...) so it's been soooo hard not to just click purchase on so many of these things already!

Y'all know that I am Pioneer Woman obsessed and I am loving everything in her Vintage Floral collection right now. I had that pie plate in my cart at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and it was so hard to put it back on the shelf and walk away.  Anything from her Vintage Floral collection would make me a happy camper!

1. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 5-Piece Pasta Bowl Set
2. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 3-Piece Nesting Bowl Set 
3. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 18.4" Rolling Pin 
4. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 9" Pie Plate 

I was waiting and waiting for the newest PW cookbook to come out but then I decided that I should let someone else get it for me because it's an easy gift so now I have to wait and see if I get it as a Christmas gift (and if not, I'll be making a trip to Wal-Mart on Boxing Day..). I already own a slow cooker but how ah-mazing are these ones?! The Vintage Floral is my favourite but I also love the Country Garden and I would absolutely say sayonora to my slow cooker from my college days to have one of these beauties in my life! (Mama, maybe check with Toni first because I did message her all of these things at one point).

1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Cookbook 
2. The Pioneer Woman 6 Quart Portable Slow Cooker in Vintage Floral
3. The Pioneer Woman 6 Quart Portable Slow Cooker in Country Garden 

In the Spring I finally found some new bedding at Target to update my bedroom and I do love it but as soon as I saw the PW's new collection my heart did a little pitter patter. And you always need guest bedroom bedding anyways, right?!

 1. The Pioneer Woman Ruched Chevron Comforter, White (Full/Queen)
2. The Pioneer Woman Rose Garden Comforter, Grey (Full/Queen)

I saw the new Beauty and the Beast when it was released in theatres and it reminded me of my love for the original. Somehow I don't own a copy already (and it's my favourite!). I was going to buy it a long time ago, it's been in my Amazon cart for forever, but I just never actually hit purchase. I do love the new version as well but it's on Netflix so I can get my fill whenever I want (until they decide to ruin my life and take it off). Ever since I was little I've wanted a library like the one in the Beasts castle. Swoooon. I'd probably never leave it!

I am a mega overpacker and always lug so much stuff back and forth from work, either in my Kate Spade purse or Michael Kors purse. I don't like putting too much in them though because I don't want to wreck them so often times I also carry a second bag to work - usually just a reuseable grocery or tote bag.  One of these Lululemon totes would be perfect for back and forth to work! I've had Lululemon bags in the past and the quality has been great and yes, they are expensive, but I would rather lug things around in these than in my designer purses. And in my experience the quality makes the price worth it. I actually fell in love with the All Day Tote and All Day Tote Mini while in the MOA back in September and told myself I would buy myself one of them once I paid off Eleanor (my SUV - which should be paid off by next week!) but when I looked online the reviews were terrible - I've never seen bad reviews like that for any other bags from Lululemon so I decided I'd look for similar options that didn't have terrible reviews.
1. Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray + DVD
2. Lululemon All Set Shopper Tote 20L
3. Lululemon Go Getter Bag 26L

Everyone in my family has this Blue Jays warmer in their home so I need one for myself! You can never have too many Scentsy warmers, right? I actually only have 4 right now and three of them are Halloween/Christmas so that's not so bad! And as soon as I saw this Harry Potter bangle from Alex and Ani I knew that I NEEDED it to add to my collection. I also love the sorting hat - how cute!

1. Scentsy Toronto Blue Jays MLB Warmer
2. Alex and Ani Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Charm Bangle (in Gold)
Another one of my 'obsessions' is Jillian Harris (don't worry, I'm not at a report-her-to-the-police-stalker-level). I just love her style and how real she is. She introduced me to these Chelsea King scrunchies and I've wanted one for a long time, but the last time I looked she was taking a shop break so I couldnt order at the time.  I still own scrunchies and love to wear them in my hair around the house so that when I take my hair out I don't have any crease marks from ponytail holders. And how adorable is that print?! Another obsession of mine is Hillberg and Berk sparkle ball earrings. I've probably owned at least 10 pairs over the last couple of years but ended up selling a few pairs of the 12mm and 10mm - I prefer the 8mm and 6mm as they don't make my ears hurt (the larger sizes are just too heavy for me). I'm more of a neutral person and I love the champagne fade style!
1. Chelsea King Floral Blush Scrunchie
2. 8 mm Hillberg and Berk Sparkle Ball Stud Earrings (in Champagne Fade) 

My sister got me the Young Living Home oil diffuser for my birthday a few years back and it finally kicked the bucket so I'm in need of a new one. I would love either the YL Desert Mist diffuser or the Aria Ultrasonic diffuser but the one I have linked is a way more affordable option and they all do the same thing, right? And the final item seems so silly but I actually really, really want a mount for my PopSocket. I watch YouTube videos every morning while I get ready for work because I cannot stand silence so this would just make life easier than trying to balance it on my already cluttered shelves.

1. Essential Oils Diffuser 
2. Popsockets Mount

So there you have it Mama Bear, some of the things I've been loving lately and haven't bought myself so you'd have some ideas. You're welcome! (Kiddddding). I'd be a happy camper at Christmas if there wasn't a single present under the tree for me as long as you drive around with me on Christmas Eve to do our annual Twinkle Tour and as long as you make me Christmas supper (I'll be in charge of dessert...). That's all I really need. Oh, and to play the Home Alone Drinking Game on Christmas Day...

What's on your Christmas Wish List?

November 21, 2017

Weekend Happenings...

I just realized that I don't have single free weekend until the weekend of Christmas Eve. How do the weekends fill up so fast?! Right now I only have one day each weekend booked up with something so it's not totally crazy. Yet. 

The Christmas Paint Night fundraiser that my work held on Friday was a huge success! When I put so much time and effort into a fundraiser I always worry about how it will go over so I'm so happy that it was such a success. The facilitator for the fundraiser is one of the parents at the Centre and this was the largest group she's ever done a Paint Night with so she was a little worried about how it would go over too so we are both breathing easier now that it's over and done with. Everyone that attended had so much fun and we all went home with some masterpieces. I made this Christmas Punch that I make for all Christmas events (and on Christmas every year since discovering it) and it was a big hit. We also had appetizers donated by families at the Centre and I fell in love with a Greek dip and had to get the recipe and will be making it all.the.time. The fundraiser was held at my old high school and it was so weird to walk those halls again. Everything is so different but also still the same if that makes any sense ha. The new joint K-12 school opened in 2012 (I think?) so my high school became the Memorial Hall and it was just strange to be back there after 12 years. 

You can see the Christmas Punch and that ah-mazing Greek Dip on the appetizer table /My 'masterpiece' in progress
Our masterpieces/My SIL and Mama Bear working on their masterpieces 
Saturday was a lazy day for me. The last two weeks leading up to the fundraiser were busy and I was running around like crazy on Friday trying to get everything ready for it and was on my feet for most of the day so I needed a day to just rest and relax. I watched Christmas movies on Netflix and did some work on my computer and otherwise didn't do a thing until I went to the movie in a neighbouring town that night. I went with my cousin and a friend to see Bad Moms Christmas. I had read some bad reviews about it (apparently some people found it too crude) but I was still excited to see it. I don't know what the people who had given it bad reviews were thinking - I loved it! I left the theatre feeling even more excited for Christmas than I already was (which I didn't think was even possible!). And really, what did those people expect from an R rated movie? Had they not seen the first movie  to know what to expect for this one? 

After the movie my cousin and I stopped in to visit with my sister and ended up staying there for over an hour and a half so I didn't get home until after midnight. Two late nights in a row are too much for me (#thisis30)! Sunday was a bit of lazy mixed with productivity. I did some things around the house, attempted to take photos of Krickit for Christmas cards (have to try again with better lighting), and went in to work for a bit but then I also just lazed around watching the Rider game and women's curling finals. Another weekend that just flew by! 

This Friday I'll be going to the EFC's Twisted Tree Auction fundraiser. I had to miss last year because I was in Minnesota for American Thanksgiving but I don't get to go this year (wahhh!) so I guess the upside is that I get to attend the Tree Auction? I was on the board of the EFC (my community's family centre) for years so I like to go to the Tree Auction and support them. The Live Auction items usually go too high for me so I just buy Jingle Table tickets and sometimes can get a Silent Auction item for a decent price. There's always such a different variety of auction items and so much creativity from community members. 

Then on Saturday/Sunday I need to get started on my Christmas baking. I've got my list almost complete so I just need to get groceries and then make a plan of attack for the order that I'll make things. I'm gone next weekend to the Twin Cities to see MN and the next weekend after that is one of my Cookie Swaps so I need to get a head start so I'm not rushing the day before it to get everything done! 

What's your favourite Christmas treat to make or receive?

November 16, 2017

Currently (November 2017)...

Hi y'all! The month of November is flying by, par for the course for 2017 apparently. As much as I love Christmas and can't wait for it to be here I also can wait because there's still lots to do and enjoy before Christmas is here and gone. 

I've only made it here once this month and I was honestly taken aback when I realized this morning that November is already half way over. I have a list of post ideas for the holiday season, I just need to find the time to work on them. Now that my Christmas decorating is, for the most, complete I should have a little more time for blogging. 

Today is another day where it's not Monday but feels like it's Monday. I had Monday off of work for a stat holiday in lieu of Remembrance Day and then was off work yesterday for a dentist appointment in 'the city' so my whole week is totally messed up. Since my brain is all confused on what day it is and since this is my first post in over a week I'm going easy on myself and just going to update y'all on what's currently going on in my world. 

Reading The Identicals. Still. I don't think I've actually picked it up in over a week, if not longer. I just haven't made reading a priority lately because I've been on a mission to get things done and crossed off my to do list. I really would like to have it finished by the end of this month though. I have a train trip to the Twin Cities coming up so if I don't finish it before then I at least know I'll have something to read on the train. I also need to find a new book before my train ride so I'll have something to read on the way home. Send me some book recommendations y'all!

Listening to all the Christmas music. Yes, I'm that person. Some of my favourites include Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee, Grown-Up Christmas List by Kelly Clarkson, Christmas Time by Christina Aguilera and Little Drummer Boy by Faith Hill.  I think I might actually do up a post all about my Christmas play list one of these days. I listen to Christmas music from the beginning of November until the middle of January and don't get sick of it. I just love Christmas!

Celebrating the fact that I have already finished buying presents for two people on my list and I'm about 1/2 way finished buying for both of my nieces. Now to just figure out what on earth I'm going to get my brother and sister in law and my parents. They're so hard to buy for! 

Watching the Harry Potter movies in order to cross them off my Fall Bucket List. It seems so weird to me that I'm still working on my Fall Bucket List because there's been snow on the ground for at least two weeks so it just seems like Winter now. I already watched all of them in October but I didn't pay full attention to them, I just put them on as background noise while I worked on my laptop or cleaned so I couldn't count that as having a Harry Potter marathon. 

Working on my Holiday Bucket List. I'm going to see MN at the end of the month and we don't have many plans for while I'm there so I told him we could work on crossing things off of my Holiday Bucket List. And also told him we have to go to Trader Joes and Home Goods. I'm sure he's thrilled... haha 

Drinking coffee and anticipating being in a city and getting my first holiday cup of the season. That's how exciting my life is, I get excited about holiday cups. Face palm

Waiting for packages to arrive in the mail. I love the convenience of shopping for Christmas gifts online but hate having to wait for them to arrive!

Wearing my new Uggs any chance that I get. It was a long (almost) 2 years without my favourite Uggs in my life. Yes, I'm basic but I don't care beccause they are SO comfy.  I also rediscovered my love for my moccassin slippers and the second my Uggs come off when I get home my moccassins go on. 

Anticipating Christmas! I don't get to attend American Thanksgiving festivities this year (it didn't work out with mine or MN's schedules) and Thanksgiving here in the GWN was almost 6 weeks ago so as soon as Remembrance Day was over I was in full on Christmas mode. 

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Loving this vest from Old Navy. I would wear it every single day if I could. I wish I would have bought it in more colours when I did because there aren't many options online but there were so many colours in store. Hopefully there will still be some left when I make it to a city in a couple of weeks!

Making a list of all the things I need to buy to be able to start my holiday baking. I go crazy with the amount of Christmas baking that I do so I need to be organized or else its utter chaos . I'm hoping to get a start on it this weekend!

Tomorrow night my work is hosting a Christmas Paint Night fundraiser that I've been super busy planning and organizing and trying to get all the tickets sold. It's definitely consumed a chunk of my life for the past few weeks so it will be nice to have that crossed off the list. I'm also participating in the event so I'm excited for it. I did my first Paint Nite event a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it and now I want to do them all the time!
Have you ever participated in a Paint Night?

November 7, 2017

November Goals (2017)...

We're a week into November already. How is that possible?! I know I say this every month but how is time flying by so fast? It's the holiday season now so I hope time will slow down just a little bit. As much as I love Christmas I also love the entire season leading up to it and Boxing Day is one of the saddest days ever when it's finally all over so I'd like to be able to enjoy the holiday season before it's over for another year. 

November 1st brought the first snowfall to SE Sask. Unfortunately it appears that it's here to stay (I guess the upside is that at least it waited for Halloween to be over). It was also unfortunate that I threw away all of my Winter boots (it was long overdue) at the end of last Winter and I thought I'd have more time to get new ones before it snowed. Whooops! So on Sunday I spent $250+ just on Winter boots for myself. 

I ordered a new pair of Uggs (it was on my Fall Bucket List) and then went into 'the city' with my sister that night and got myself a typical pair of Winter boots from Wal-Mart to keep in my vehicle in case of an emergency/use at work or when I need to shovel snow, etc. I got Uggs for Christmas 2008 and the Winter before last I finally had to throw them out and it hurt my heart to do so. Then I threw away the other two pairs of boots that I owned in March/April when the last of the snow melted. I can't wait for my Uggs to get here, it's been a long two years without my favourite boots. Even though it was expensive to get two new pairs of boots at once I'm glad that I got the other pair so that I won't wreck my Uggs. It was just a lot of money to spend on boots in one day (for me anyways. I'll never understand people who own multiple pairs of expensive boots. They obviously don't live in SK where there's snow on the ground for 5 months of the year!). But enough about snow and boots, on to my November Goals (and an October Goals recap!). 

In October I Wanted To...

'Boo' somebody 
I bought the stuff to 'boo' someone but then I couldn't decide who to actually 'Boo' so I never ended up doing it. I guess now I'll have (almost) everything I need for next year...

Get back into a fitness routine 
Definitely didn't happen. And I'm kicking myself for it. I will get back into a fitness routine in November. I need to before I'm surrounded by all the delicious holiday food.

Have a sleepover with my nieces 
The girls and I had a sleepover on the Saturday before Halloween and watched Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas and ate snacks and drank slushes (the girls did anyways, they didn't have any flavours I liked. Hmph). We had plans to make cookies the next morning but they started fighting with each other so we had to table that for a later date. Sisters, right? 

Apparently a ghost joined our sleepover too....
Craft something 
I'm really reaching with crossing this one off as accomplished. I technically didn't craft anything but I did do something that I pinned forever ago so I'm counting it as a win. After the thousandth time of getting frustrated when my clothes wouldn't stay on the hanger I finally did this trick to try and keep them on. So far it's working!

Try 5 new recipes 
I did it again! In November I tried:

Turkey Noodle Casserole
Mexican Stuffed Peppers 
Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Salad 
Jimmy Fallon's Crock Pot Chili 
Slow Cooker Potato Soup (Now I can't find the recipe I used...)

The turkey noodle casserole was necessary with all the turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving. I was originally going to use this recipe for the stuffed peppers but I couldn't get all the ingredients so in the end I just mashed together a couple of different recipes and they turned out delish! The bruschetta chicken pasta salad wasn't my favourite but I think I'll give it another go using a different bruschetta recipe - the chicken in it is soooo good! I made Jimmy Fallon's crock pot chili for a chili fundraiser for work and it was very good but I like my chili to have regular beans and celery (for crunch) so I think I would make it again and just add those to it as well. The potato soup was made for supper on Halloween and think I prefer the Paula Deen crockpot potato soup that I make over this one, but I needed one more recipe to try in October. 

Order 2017 photos 
Again, noooope. 

Publish at least 10 blog posts 
I only made it to 7 and then I ran out of time/days. Still pretty good for me but I know I can do better. 

Create a daily skincare routine and follow through with it 
I haven't consistently followed through with it every single day so I didn't cross it off but I have been actively trying to take better care of my skin so at least there's that! 

Celebrate Thanksgiving 
Thanksgiving was great and my Mama once again outdid herself with the ah-mazing Thanksgiving feast. I can't wait to enjoy it all again at Christmas! 

Enjoy an at home spa day 
To be honest I completely forgot about this goal. I think I'll add it to my December Goals because the holidays can be a little bit stressful so that seems like a good way to deal with the stress. 
On to November's Goals, which I hope I do better at accomplishing! 

In November I Want To...

Learn how to dutch braid 
I really want to learn this y'all. I can french braid, it just doesn't look the greatest when I do it on myself, so now I want to learn this. I've been watching tutorials on YouTube while I get ready in the mornings so I think I might be ready to attempt it. Wish me luck! 

Order 2017 photos 
The reason I haven't done this yet is because it's soooo expensive. In 2018 I need to keep up with printing off photos so that I can spend around $20 per month printing them off instead of spending $250ish to get (almost) the entire year done at once. Ughhh.

Get back into a fitness routine
It's absolutely happening this month. I feel so blahhhhh lately and I think this will definitely help ease that feeling.

Sew something 
Anything. It has been waaay too long since I even touched my sewing machine. I'm doing two Paint Night events this months and I'm super excited about them so I know I'll be crafting something for sure this month (since I technically didn't craft anything in Oct). I actually did my first Paint Nite last Thursday with some friends. It was a holiday themed painting (my favourite) and we didn't quite have enough time to finish them at the event so I'm working on finishing it at home in my spare time. The one coming up next Friday is a fundraiser for work and it's also Christmas themed and I can't wait to display them both!

Start my Christmas baking
I go absolutely overboard when it comes to baking Christmas treats. I always have waaay too much but I love doing it so that will never change. With working weekends over the last two Christmas seasons I had to do all of my baking within just two days. And they were full days where I'd be starting at 7:00 am and finishing after midnight. Craziness! Now that my weekends are (for the most part) free I can break it up and won't have to kill my feet (and back!) trying to get it all done at once. I probably make somewhere around 700-800 different treats each year. And it seems that each year I add more things to try but don't take anything away (because I love them too much). I can't wait to get started! 

Decorate for Christmas 
Remembrance Day is on Saturday so that means I can officially start decorating for Christmas on Sunday! I cannot wait. First things first I'll be putting my new Christmas flannel sheets on my bed along with my Christmas comforter and then moving my tree from the spare room to my bedroom (it stays up and decorated all year long...) and then I'll go from there. 

Wrap gifts and complete at least 50% of my shopping
I started Christmas shopping in September and so far I have bought a couple things for my nieces, a few things for friends/swaps and my nephew is about 85% complete. That gives me the rest of November to try and get things bought for my siblings, parents, and MN and then hopefully finish buying for my nieces and nephew. I also need to find wrapping paper (I'm very picky when it comes to wrapping paper) so I can start wrapping. The last couple of years I have spent time on Christmas Eve (and even Christmas morning) wrapping at least half of my presents. Not this year! 

Read a book 
I didn't read a single book in October. Not one. That is sooooooo wrong. I usually read at least 3 a month, if not more. So this was absolutely necessary as a goal for this month. 

Order Christmas cards 
I didn't do any last year because I wasn't organized enough but I definitely want to do them again this year. I love sending/receiving Christmas cards!

Try a new restaurant 
I'm heading to the Twin Cities to see MN at the end of the month so hopefully I'll be able to convince him to go somewhere I've never been so I can cross it off the list. 

I think these are all really attainable, which is good because life is going to be busy (but in a good way!) over the next 6ishweeks until Christmas.