Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Highlights of November 2016

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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!

-Lauren

26 comments:

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Love the art you did! Great job!

Carrie said...

Oh my goodness, mini pies in mason jar lids? How have I never heard of this? I just pinned! Can't wait to try these!

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

kimbacaffeinate said...

I want those cherry pies Lauren! I have wanted to try the LulaRoe but worried they would be too thin and revealing. I love your winter painting. We have a wine and paint near us, I have always wanted to try.

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Yum on the cookies! I've never actually been to a cookie swap. I've so been missing out!

Tanya Atkinson said...

Love the painting you did, Lauren! I've been meaning to go to one of those painting places with my sister for ages but we just haven't got around to it yet. Yours turned out so well! It'll be great to display that during the holidays knowing that you made it yourself. I hope your LulaRoe party goes well!

Kindlemom said...

I love your painting and what a fun gift idea!

Erika Sorocco said...

I've always wanted to partake in Cookie Exchange Party! Your contribution looks absolutely delish!

xx

Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet said...

I love going to painting classes! My friend and I did one last summer and it was a blast! Yay for December!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i have been to a couple of those painting classes and yeah mine NEVER look that good hahaha. i keep hearing about the LulaRoe leggings and those look so comfy! i am not shopping right now, but maybe in a few months ;)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Your painting is so pretty!

Joyous Reads said...

I've been asked by a couple of friends to try paint night but I suck at painting. Lol. Love this update! I'll have to do the same to my Life Lately updates.

Aylee said...

Fantastic painting, Lauren! Even with the information that you were given a stencil for the cardinal, honestly, VERY impressive! And all of a sudden I feel like eating cookies...

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

Ooh fun! I need to try one of those painting places.. we have a few in town but have not been yet! I want to have a cookie swap as well, but don't always have time! Maybe this year... ha or next! Those cookies and pies sound great! I loooove LLR! Their leggings are SO comfy! Happy December!! XO - Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

Adriana Garcia said...

You say you don't like November but boy were you busy! I'm absolutely in love with that winter scene painting. If I could do that I would. I kind of would just like to learn how to paint in general but I have no idea where to start.

Those cookies and mini pies look fantastic! I've been cooking and baking more because of my diet (not dieting just my diet) which has been really fun.

December I plan on figuring out work lunches to bring with me while I student teach. That's a lo of different sandwich/meals I plan on organizing. really getting myself to plan meals for the week and even month will help me in the future.

DMS said...

Great job on the art piece! Wow! Sounds like you had a lot of fun too. Glad your December is off to a great start! :)
~Jess

Diva Booknerd said...

Seriously Lauren, is there anything you CAN'T do! That painting is amazing! I love the colours too, I'd leave it up all year round. It would be a shame to take it down. Ahh leggings. So big in the nineties and they've made such a comeback now. A few months ago I bought my first pair of jeggings and now you can't get me out of them. I love jeans but holy shit, JEGGINGS Amiright ladies :D Hope you have a wonderful December Lauren and can you please send me some of those cookies <3

Bec Reader said...

COOKIE EXCHANGE PARTY??? That is the best party idea I've ever heard of. All it needs is an additional book exchange or club meeting or something XD

Well done on that painting too! It looks great

Farrah @ Fairyburger said...

I really want to do a paint night someday! Love the one you did--it's so perfect for the season! :D

That cookie exchange event sounds like a ton of fun + something that definitely needs to happen here! :]! And what what--mason jar lid pies?! I need that in my life! :O

Nicole Hewitt said...

This post is making me hungry!! YUM! I loved the painting that you did, too. That's super impressive, even if you used a template for the bird!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Oh I have done one of those paint type things!! They are a lot of fun. Yours came out great!! Cookies - yum!!!! I have seen LLR all over but haven't been sucked in . . yet!! Have a great December!!

Jennifer Humphries said...

Everyone has LulaRoe these days! I think i need to get me some :) I love cookie exchange parties!

Karen Alderman said...

Those pies look so good!

I'm not a fan of December but November was horrible so I'm hoping things get better and change my mind about the month lol

Karen @For What It's Worth

Danielle H. said...

I think baking pies in lids is very creative and cool! I want to try this with apple pie.

Constanza Riquelme said...

SEEMS YUMMY,i ONLY BUY COOKIES,i CAN'T MAKE THEM :(

Christine said...

That painting is gorgeous! And I absolutely love cookie exchange parties. I have my great-grandma's sugar cookie recipe that is always a crowd-pleaser 😀

jo said...

I can't do cookies I such a mess :(