Thinking Out Loud | Thanksgiving, Gifting, and Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is having a great day. How are you celebrating? Even though it’s a holiday here, I’m still joining up with Running with Spoons for the weekly link up to discuss some random thoughts from the week.

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1. P.S. Before we get started, I’d like to remind you about my giveaway! If you’ve ever thought about trying Glamglow before, head on over and enter.

2. Thanksgiving week is a whirlwind for sure. I created a schedule for myself this week that involved cleaning, prepping all the kitchenware and cooking as much as possible in advance. I’m hoping today’s festivities will run smoothly and that everyone has a good time.

3. Last year, I made butternut squash soup as one of the appetizers for the meal. It was delicious, but I want to switch things up every year so things stay exciting. This year, I’m making a roasted squash dish with sage that sounds like it will be pretty delicious. I plan to keep collecting Thanksgiving recipes as the years go on and keep them in a binder so I can easily pick and choose from one year to the next.

4. Is anyone planning to participate in Black Friday? I certainly won’t be going out to any stores (the crowds are just too much), but I will be trying to scope out some deals online. It’s nice that more stores are offering online deals lately on Black Friday as well as Cyber Monday. I’ve already done a lot of Christmas shopping but will be keeping an eye out.

5. Making the shopping slightly more complicated is the fact that my husband’s birthday is the second week of December. I always end up buying enough gifts for him for two occasions and then making the decision at the last minute which gift is for which day.

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6. This week on the blog, we took a look at the November BoxyCharm which included a super cute palette.

7. I also discussed the Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly palette and the brand new Urban Decay Heavy Metals in One Week One Palette. That Heavy Metals palette – wow!

8. Stay tuned this weekend for a rundown on the latest Play! by Sephora box as well.

Tell me about your Thanksgiving!

Thinking Out Loud | Thanksgiving Prep, Decluttering, and Donating

Happy Thursday! Can you believe Thanksgiving is exactly one week from today? I can’t. The month has just flown by, and it’s only by the grace of my planner that I didn’t completely forget to prep for T-Day.

Today I’ll be joining Running with Spoons for the weekly Thinking Out Loud link up to discuss what’s on my mind:

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1. Thanks to everyone for entering my last giveaway! The winner has been contacted and the prize is on the way to her. In case you missed out, I do have a new giveaway for an amazing limited edition Glamglow mask. Check it out here!

2. I’m full-on into Thanksgiving prep over here this week. Is it just me, or does it feel like Thanksgiving is earlier than usual this year? It really crept up on me!

3. So far I’ve made my menu and wrote out most of the shopping list. I’m planning to work from home next Wednesday in order to get started on some cooking and baking ahead of time.

4. This is only the second year we’re hosting, but last year it helped to write out a timeline in advance. I figure out what time we’d ideally like to eat and calculate everything backward from there. Last year we had a bit of a hiccup in that the turkey took much longer to cook than anticipated due to our glitchy oven. No one minded, of course, but I’m certainly happy to have our new double oven to make things easier on the big day.

5. Aside from Thanksgiving prep, I’ve also been prepping a rather big donation of decluttered items. We’re donating to the Epilepsy Foundation, and they are scheduled to come to the house tomorrow to pick up everything. There are 3 stuffed boxes full of kitchenware including mugs, plates, bowls and even a vase. We also were able to fill two boxes of books to add to the pile. I’m very happy with our decluttering efforts this year, and also happy that we’re able to pass things on for a worthy cause.

6. I have the feeling that this upcoming weekend is going to be a whirlwind of cleaning the house! It’s going to be a big job, but I think I’m ready.

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7. In addition to the new giveaway, this week on the blog I shared my Sephora VIB Sale haul which included a lot of sheet masks, foundations and an unexpected, beautiful palette.

8. You can also check in on how my goals went for the month of October in my Monthly Goal Review

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?