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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - November Edition

Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone! Hopefully you're off for the day like me & headed to join your family to celebrate the holiday. I have to get us all packed for the weekend, but I'm popping in for What's Up Wednesday with Sheaffer & Shay! 




1 - What We're Eating This Week... 


Since it's a "short week" in that we travel for over half of it, we're keeping meals really simple & cleaning out the cupboards. On Sunday, I made Copycat Panera Broccolli Cheddar Soup though & it was delicious! I'll probably cook the broccoli longer next time & use mild cheddar instead of sharp, but it's pretty close to the real thing! 


2 - What I'm Reminiscing About... 



I can't get over how similar Ella & Olivia look! I mean, I know they're sisters, but when I look back at pictures of Ella it really hits me! Check out the resemblance... 


3 - What I'm Loving... 


I found Ella's winter Santa hat from her first Christmas & it seriously makes my day every time I see Livy in it. We've started referring to her as Livy Clause. 





4 - What We've Been Up To...



November is a quieter month for us because the first week is off season for cheerleading, plus we have Veteran's Day off, followed by Thanksgiving Break. The main highlight has been putting up our Christmas decorations last weekend! 


5 - What I'm Dreading... 


Snow. 
Ugh. We had our first significant snowfall of the season Monday & there were accidents everywhere. I know it'll get better as people adjust again, but brushing off your car & sitting in traffic isn't the most pleasant way to start your day. 


6 - What I'm Working On...

My main project right now is Christmas shopping. I really worked hard this year to set a budget and stick to it. I love to give my girls gifts, but the reality of Christmas with three extended families is they get more than their fair share of toys and clothes. So this year, I've really reigned it in on buying for them. I was also very strategic about purchases for our extended families and have bought every. single. gift. on sale!

7 - What I'm Excited About... 


I'm really quite excited about tomorrow. Thanksgiving at my Grandma's house is just delicious! 



But I'm also excited about spending Friday with my mom, aunt & sister. Then we're baking cookies all day Saturday. So lots of family time in the coming days! 

8 - What I'm Watching... 



I know I've already mentioned this on the blog, but this past month I watched the entire season of Scandal. And I'm obsessed with it. I'm really struggling with the fact that I have to wait until February for it to return.

In the meantime, I'll be watching Elf... 




9 - What I'm Listening To...



My favorite holiday station is on repeat right now - Pandora R&B and Pop Holiday Radio! I've listened to it for so many years now that all of my likes are stored & it's the perfect mix of all my favorites. 

10 - What I'm Wearing... 

So I'm kind of failing on this one because mornings have been such a mess since the time change that I haven't done any #ootd pics. But I can tell you that I've been wearing a ton of blanket scarves, leggings, tunics, and sweaters. 

11 - What I'm Doing This Weekend... 

Since it's a long weekend, let me give you the run down...


  • Thursday - Family Dinner x 2 
  • Friday - Black Friday Shopping with my mom, sister, and aunt! 
  • Saturday - Christmas Cookies 
  • Sunday - unpack & do laundry
12 - What I'm Looking Forward to in the Next Month...


SO MUCH! We're taking the girls to visit The North Pole where we'll be visiting Santa Clause! We're also going to welcome back our Elf on the Shelf, Sprinkles, and watch all of our favorite holiday movies. The best thing though is that I get to spend a week and a half at home in the country with my parents, which just makes me incredibly happy. 

Bonus - What is your favorite Thanksgiving Recipe?

Four words - Bacon Wrapped Green Beans. They will change your life! I only make them for Thanksgiving, but I dream about them all year long.


**Side Note - I've tried to get this post to format correctly for almost an hour now with zero luck. It looks fine in edit mode, but as soon as I post it, it goes back to the way it was. So, sorry that some things look a little wonky today!**

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