November 2021 Recap

…and so begins the holiday season!

And little did we know that COVID would hit our household right amidst the throws of Thanksgiving. Cary got diagnosed with COVID-19 right before Turkey Day, making it a truly memorable year. Thankfully, his case was mild and didn’t require him to have to go to the hospital. Truly so grateful for the vaccine and the protection it afforded our family. But after two years of living in a pandemic, I guess it was bound to happen to one of us. It was not the way I had imagined our Thanksgiving transpiring, however God provided in the midst of it. Cary and I hadn’t planned on getting to eat a meal at all together during Thanksgiving week because of our opposite shifts. However as it turned out, we got to eat Thanksgiving dinner together 5 days in a row. That was the best gift I could have asked for! Hope you all had a safe November, and looking forward to a joy-filled December!

RECIPES I TRIED/MADE

Maple Pecan Pie via Sally’s Baking Addiction
Sheet Pan Chili Lime Chicken Fajitas via Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup via Half-Baked Harvest
Sweet Potato Casserole via HelloSpoonful
Cake Batter Bites via Kale Kouture

BOOKS I READ
The Book of Waking Up – IN PROGRESS
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – IN PROGRESS
Forgiving What You Can’t Forget

Curious about my reviews? Check them out on the page BOOK CLUB 2021

WHAT I BOUGHT

TULA Cleanser
TULA Undereye Balm
FRE Defense Facial Moisturizer
Plaid Shacket
Mighty Patches
Heated Blanket
Brown Booties
Tan Booties
Sherpa Boots
Wool Fedora
Advent Candle Holder Wreath

MOVIES/TV SHOWS WATCHED
The Morning Show, Season 2
Love on the Spectrum
YOU, Season 3
Love Hard
Something Borrowed
Gilmore Girls
Red Notice
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2
Serendipity
Maid
FAVORITE POSTS ON KITCHY LIVING

My favorite: Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?
Reader’s favorite: 12 Holiday Cookie Recipes To Try

FAVORITE SONGS

Run (feat. Ed Sheeran) – Taylor Swift
Oh My God – Adele
Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) – Elton John, Dua Lipa
Can I Get It – Adele
The Very First Night – Taylor Swift
Do It To It – ACRAZE
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole, John Legend
I Bet You Think About Me – Taylor Swift

FITNESS UPDATE

Still loving Muscle Burns Fat Advanced by Beachbody. This month however, I prioritized rest more. It’s important to workout when you can, but I think it’s also vital to know your capacity. With sickness in the house and night shifts, I just know that sometimes what I need more than HIIT is good old-fashioned rest. Certain seasons are easier than others to exercise regularly. It’s okay if it’s not an everyday thing, but if I can’t schedule exercise, then I focus on making sure my diet is balanced and full of nutritious things vs. processed foods. Still learning to give myself grace and find ways at work to get in some extra NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out THIS blogpost.

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