As we round the corner towards all things bright and jolly, we’ve compiled a short list of activities for this November that we recommend giving a try. Some may merely make you laugh, but overall, we hope to inspire you to find joy in the simplicity of life.
Host a Pie Swap
Did you know the synonym for “November” is “pie season?” Okay, so maybe that’s not true. But it is the perfect month to host a pie swap with family and friends! It’s much like a cookie swap. Invite some pie-loving friends over to have a taste of each one’s homemade pie, along with enough recipe cards to share your seasonal delights.
Holiday Movie Marathon
It’s never too early to bring out the nostalgic holiday movies that you’ve been watching since you were a child, and maybe even throw in a few new ones! Invite your friends and/or family over to make hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn for a cozy night in with the classics.
Clean Out Your Closet
Feeling confident and put together can make or break your attitude for the day, which all begins in one place – your closet. The goal of any closet clean-out is to create the right foundation for your style that concentrates on finding pieces that fit your body with the right balance of color to inspire you.
A few questions to ask yourself as you try on each piece:
- Does this fit me?
- Is this an essential piece?
- Have I worn it in the last six months?
By the end of the clean-out, it should be effortless to pick outfits. And remember, less is best! Find creative ways to make more outfits without having to purchase more clothing. And when you do, consider shopping small and local to support your community.
Join a Turkey Trot
Walk, run, or a little bit of both. You don’t want to miss out on this favorite, seasonal run. If there is no Thanksgiving race near you, try keeping the tradition by grabbing a few friends and family to run at a local park or in the neighborhood early that morning. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a big slice of creamy pumpkin pie later!
Start a Journal
Spending 10 to 15 minutes to write down your thoughts, goals, feelings, or observations is perfect for both a relaxed rainy evening and a productive morning. Journaling may help you control fears, concerns, and problems you may be facing, as well as improve your mood. Whether it be one simple sentence describing how you feel or a mindful self-reflection after an exhausting day of work, this day-to-day writing is an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying any negative thoughts.
Tis’ the Festive Cheese Ball
Last month, we threw on our overalls and headed to the pumpkin patches. But this time, we’re staying inside the kitchen to see who can make the most festive fall-inspired cheese ball. Start off with the cheese base of 16 oz cream cheese, 2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, 2 chopped green onions, 1 tsp. hot sauce, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder. Lightly grease your hands to form the mixture into 2 cheese balls (set aside in the fridge in cling wrap until ready to use). A few ideas to give you a heads up are to use crushed pecans and pretzels for a turkey or crushed nacho-flavored chips with a bell pepper stem for a pumpkin. Once you have your design, scoop onto plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least one hour before serving with your favorite crackers.
And just like that, you’re on your way to a healthier and happier you this autumn season!