I've been reading a lot of lifestyle/personal blogs lately so I thought it might be fun to try and link up to some of their hops - get to know people a bit better! Plus, I kind of like doing these type of more personal posts and I want to add more in with all of my book/entertainment posts. Hopefully this will be interesting to most of you! Don't worry if you are here for book talk though - there will still be plenty of that, believe me!
Anyway, November 2016. I'm not actually a huge fan of November. I love October because of the beginning of fall and Halloween, but I don't like Thanksgiving. I mean, the overall idea of gratitude is nice but I tend to get depressed on or around the holiday, so I'm glad that it's currently behind me. I am excited for all the fun Christmas themed events happening in December though! I have a ton of library craft events to go to as well, so be sure and follow me on Instagram if you want to see photos!
Highlights of November:
One of my birthday gifts from my sister was a gift card to this place called Cheers to Art. You choose the day/evening you want to attend (based on what painting they are doing) and then you visit one of two locations and paint along with the instructor. My birthday is in May but we finally went in November and we decided to do a winter scene, so we could put the canvas up for the holiday season and then take it down for the rest of the year. Yes, I painted this all by myself! I will admit that we had a stencil for the outline of the cardinal though! I think it turned out well. If you have something like this near you, I recommend going! It's a lot of fun.
I had a Cookie Exchange Party this past Saturday. My sister and I co-hosted for the second year in a row. I was a bit bummed more people couldn't make it, but it was still fun and we all left with a lot of cookies! The ones above are what I made. I saw it online and it's super easy to make. It's just a sugar cookie with white chocolate covering half and some peppermint pieces sprinkled on top! Yum!!
When looking for cookies to make for the party, I came across this mini cherry pie recipe and I knew I had to make it! Okay, my sister made them, but aren't they adorable? She did a great job and they are really yummy! You bake them in the lid of a mason jar. In my cookie picture above, you can see the glasses in the back. These were the mason jars that the lids came with. I used them for glasses. When everyone was finished with their pie, we kept the lids and cleaned them so we had them to make more pies in the future! The recipe said to use regular size mason jar lids. Well, I didn't know what size that meant! I eventually figured 12 oz was "regular" and that's what I used. It worked out, so there you are! These would make really cute gifts too.
This is me awkwardly trying to take a photo of my outfit. Hah! Anyway, the leggings I'm showing here are from LulaRoe and OMG, they are amazing. I've been hearing about them and I got my first pair (purple colored) at a craft show recently and these were sent to me for hosting an online party. They really are like butter. These are the most comfortable leggings I've ever worn. There are two sizes for adults. I get the TC (tall and curvy) and they work well for me!
I'm actually hosting that party I mentioned above this Friday on Facebook. If you're interested in joining, please let me know! We just need to be friends on Facebook. Add me here and let me know you want an invite! This doesn't mean you have to buy anything - no pressure! It's just a good chance to check out what LulaRoe offers - amazing leggings, dresses, tops, cardigans, skirts, and even leggings for kids! I own two leggings and a skirt and I love it all. I really want to get more, especially an Amelia dress! So yeah, let me know if you want an invite so you can check it all out!
That's about it for my November!! I've been trying to read as much as possible, so hopefully I can start getting more book review posts scheduled out. I'm almost through all I've scheduled so far. Sigh, where does the time go?
Any December plans coming up? If you have a November wrap-up post, let me know, and I'll come check it out!