How I Spent My Thanksgiving + {GIVEAWAY}

This holiday long weekend was ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL.

I didn’t realize how much I needed a few days to just “be,” but I needed it desperately…

The Holiday

I spent the actual Thanksgiving Day with my friend LaDawn and her husband Dana who made the most delicious feast for us to enjoy, and who kindly slaved over the kitchen while LaDawn and I got our yoga on.

Thanksgiving Yoga | No Thanks to Cake

After our practice, we’d worked up quite the appetite!  Dana wanted to keep the meal relatively healthy, which was perfect for when you invite NTTC to dinner.  I brought my favorite broccoli-quinoa casserole and individual salads built to each guests veggie preferences (easier said than done!)

Thanksgiving to Go | No Thanks to Cake

Highlights of the meal were Dana’s roasted veggies which will be featured here on NTTC soon and a crustless pumpkin pie!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie | No Thanks to Cake

I’m not a huge pumpkin pie fan, but the more I eat it… the more I feel ok about it.  This one was tasty!

How was the rest of the weekend?

In a word… PRODUCTIVE!

For the first time in years, I’ve finished my Christmas shopping prior to December 1.  And, I’ve already shipped the first few boxes out! UNHEARD-OF ! I even have a few more that are packed and ready to go that I’ll wait to ship until a little later in the month.

I’ve also finished decorating for the holidays… putting up my tree and even hanging some ornaments above the fireplace…

Christmas Decorations | No Thanks to Cake

I knitted two scarves for holiday gifts…

Infinity Scarf | No Thanks to Cake

And I even put together my Secret Santa gift for the Fitbloggin Secret Santa exchange (love this idea!)

Secret Santa | No Thanks to Cake

And… while I won’t share pics of  it, I organized the heck out of my home this weekend.  I know.  That sounds REALLY wild and crazy, but I REALLY don’t like to live in disorganization.  It drives me crazy… and I finally had the time to get things back as they should be.

When I was cleaning out my hall closet, I found many fun items that some amazing brands have shared with me this year that I couldn’t believe I had stashed away.  I’d saved them for a giveaway, and then just never got around to it. Most are of the “pampering” variety… and I thought they’d make a fantastic gift for one of you lovely readers… especially during the hecticness that is the holiday season!

Everyone deserves a little pampering, after all….

Here’s what you have a chance to win:

Holiday Pampering Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside this prize pack:

Sally Hansen Fabulous Fingernails – Perfect Manicure Kit, Willa Naturals Fresh Faces Cucumber Face Mask (2), Lavender-scented tea light, NatureMade VitaMelts – Relax – Green Tea Flavor (2), Petite Sweet – Bath Fizzers, Earth Therapeutics Foot Therapy Kit, Jenny Craig Calorie Walk Pedometer, Baggu Reusable Bag, Bobble Filtered Water Bottle, Sun Valley Mustard Apron, Que Bella Deep Cleansing Aloe Vera Cream Mask, Veggie-themed Shopping List notepad, Earth Therapeutics Soothing Beauty Mask, Whisk, Weight Watchers 15-Minute Superfast Recipe Book – Fall 2013

 To enter to win, fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

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Good luck to each and every one of you!  I can’t wait to see who wins!

Question:  How do you plan to unwind this holiday season?

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  1. Jen says:

    Knitting, with a glass of wine and any of my favorite Christmas movies playing :)

    • nothankstocake says:

      I love that everyone has been knitting this season! It’s such a lovely winter (and all season for some!) activity!!

  2. Rebecca S says:

    Love the idea of the crustless pumpkin pie!! Will definitely have to try that. My favorite way to unwind during the holidays is to pop in the movie “White Christmas” and my family all sings along to it. I have an old recording from the 80s in East Tn that still has all of the hilarious commercials including the Snowbird and some crazy Sesame Street characters from back in the day. Fun times!

    • nothankstocake says:

      I think Dana got the recipe off It was pretty tasty! And, can you believe I’ve never seen “White Christmas”? May have to add it to the list this year… I’ve also never seen It’s a Wonderful Life. I know, I’m sheltered.

  3. kathyfitz says:

    Sounds like a great Thanksgiving weekend!
    I still have to shop – doing that today and tomorrow.

  4. Olivia White says:

    So, you have inspired me…. And I finally started a blog! It’s been brewing for a long time but I finally did it! Me go knows, maybe one day I will make it public:) still figuring it all out! Happy Holidays! Your gift looks awesome!!

  5. Sarah Scott says:

    I like to snuggle up on the sofa with my dogs and watch holiday movies

  6. Adrienne Jones says:

    I love to turn on the Christmas tree lights, burn a holiday scented candle and watch sappy Hallmark Christmas movies!

  7. Kimberly Brooks says:

    To unwind during the Holiday I like to turn on some music, open a bottle of wine, and start cooking for the several family gatherings we will have. I’m not much of a cook but I enjoy it when I’m not rushed.

  8. Itzia says:

    I like to read a good book.

  9. Alexandra says:

    A nice glass of wine by the fireplace :)

  10. Abby says:

    I have vowed not to over commit so I can sit in the presence of the CREATOR of this beautiful season.

  11. Brianne says:

    I like to unwind by doing crafts for my family and friends and relax on the couch with my dog.

  12. Colleen says:

    I relax via long runs or intense group fitness classes, and wine, of course

  13. Beverly says:

    Baking helps me unwind – while also listening to Christmas songs!

  14. Barbara says:

    I am jealous of your energy and all the things you got done around your house – and your Christmas shopping too- wow!

    I love just sitting and looking at the twinkling lights on the tree, I find that very peaceful. A glass of wine while gazing doesn’t hurt either.


    • nothankstocake says:

      It was a busy, busy few days… but in the best possible way! I do love watching the lights as well… adding the wine makes it perfect :)

  15. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Hot chocolate and a movie!

  16. Natasha says:

    My favorite way is with a good cup of coffee!

  17. Jenn says:

    My favorite way to unwind during the holidays is by watching Grey’s Anatomy or House, and then sleeping in. :)

    • nothankstocake says:

      I’m SUCH a Grey’s Anatomy fan. Just when I was about to give up, it’s gotten so good again!!

  18. Shelly says:

    I love to snuggle on the couch with my daughter and drink hot cocoa while watching a Christmas movie!

  19. I love to snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket and watch The Santa Claus

  20. Tiff G. says:

    Usually I relax with a glass of wine, but this year I’ll be treating myself to a prenatal massage!

    • nothankstocake says:

      Oh my goodness! I didn’t realize you were expecting!!! Congratulations!!! So excited for you, my elf! :) Going to have to get caught back up on my blog reading… I’ve appeared to have missed a lot!

  21. vanessa says:

    My favorite way to unwind is laying on my chaise lounge with a glass of wine, watching a movie with my boyfriend. :)

  22. Tiffany says:

    I had to work all Thanksgiving weekend :(

  23. Taryn says:

    You are so generous!

  24. Marsha says:

    I unwind by reading a lot. Running & walking also help a ton :)

  25. Rikki Clemens says:

    You are an amazing woman because I know how you work at your day job and still find the time to really take care of yourself!!

    • nothankstocake says:

      Rikki – Your words made me smile tonight. Thanks so much! I miss seeing you guys in Idaho… please tell your team I said hello! xoxo

  26. Anna Lisa says:

    Our Thanksgiving was about 7 weeks before yours (in Canada) but enjoyed it with friends too! Looking forward to getting home for the Christmas holidays and visiting with family and friends there. :)

  27. Jen says:

    Go on a walk/run when it’s warm enough!

    • nothankstocake says:

      It’s about to get SUPER cold here, so I know I’ll be wanting to do both of these when it gets warmer again! 60 degrees today… 6 on Thursday. Good times in Colorado!

  28. Joann says:

    My favorite way to unwind during the holidays is to read a few books! I love sitting by the fireplace with my kindle (and my pup beside me), and spend hours reading a book. I’m a teacher, so I rarely get any reading time! I love the holidays because of the free time I get! :)

  29. Stephanie says:

    I love to unwind by curling up on the couch by the fireplace either listening to Christmas music or reading a good thriller! And I love looking through cookbooks!!

  30. Kristy says:

    Love to spend time with the family!

  31. Lauren says:

    I can’t wait for a night of Love Actually + hot chocolate!

  32. Jackie says:

    I LOVE your blog! It has been so motivating! oh and I hope I win the contest too:)

  33. Kathy says:

    Relax? Unwind? Keeping my fingers crossed and writing to Santa so that might happen! :-)

  34. Laurel C says:

    Definitely coffee and the hot tub!

  35. Tracy says:

    All that makes me feel so lazy! : ) I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet. Love your blog!

  36. Maria B says:

    I like to unwind listening to the all-holiday-music all-the-time radio stations while I am driving.

  37. Mari says:

    My favorite way to unwind is to go riding

  38. Susan A. says:

    I have to say how much I enjoy reading your blog. I get great ideas, inspiration, and a sense of belonging. Trying to lose weight can be such a struggle and to have people willing to share what works for them…whether it be recipes, ideas, or exercise routines really helps the rest of feel as though we have people supporting us along the journey. I hope you continue this and know that it is much appreciated! Thank you!

  39. Becca R says:

    curling up on the couch with my kids and watching Christmas movies with a big bowl of popcorn

  40. Kari says:

    I love to visit holiday lights to unwind. :)

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