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…
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.
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!)
Highlights of the meal were Dana’s roasted veggies which will be featured here on NTTC soon and a crustless pumpkin pie!
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…
I knitted two scarves for holiday gifts…
And I even put together my Secret Santa gift for the Fitbloggin Secret Santa exchange (love this idea!)
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:
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, SafeEggs.com Whisk, Weight Watchers 15-Minute Superfast Recipe Book – Fall 2013
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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?