by Jessica Porter
It's official...the holidays are here! November is definitely one of my favorite months to celebrate. In this edition of Our Favorite Things, we've included annual traditions and found some new twists on old favorites. From the food to the family to the shopping on Black Friday, November is "stuffed" with favorite things.
I don't know about you, but I love a good puzzle. For a relaxing day with friends or family, turn off the television, put away your cell phone, and bring back an old hobby. Being a Florida native, fall colors are a rare thing to witness. No matter! Pull out a fall-themed puzzle, piece that autumn scene together and enjoy the season!
Y'all, I was a little worried when fellow intern Grace told me the name of a new recipe she had found. Stuffin' Muffins? As far as I was concerned, stuffing shouldn't be anywhere but crammed in a turkey. But after taking a look at the recipe I was convinced that Stuffin' Muffins are brilliant! Your favorite stuffing ingredients all neatly contained in a muffin cup. No more fighting with that last breadcrumb to stay balanced on your fork. And the recipe we found has all kinds of yummy ingredients like acorn squash, fresh rosemary and dried cranberries! Added bonus - it's gluten free! Who knows? This recipe could be your family's new favorite this Thanksgiving.
As we all know, November and giving thanks go hand in hand. But why not put a new twist on showing your gratitude? This craft is great for families with little ones learning just what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about. Crafting a Thankful Tree is a beautiful and personal way to display what you're thankful for all month long.
I tend to go through phases of obsession with certain products-the kind where I buy it when I am halfway through so I don't have to live a second without it. (Anyone with me?) It had been a while since I found a product like that. Enter Califia Iced Coffee. I'm a sucker for great branding and pretty packaging so of course the moment I first locked eyes with the Double Espresso Iced Coffee I was sold. It was like at first sight but it was love at first sip. Guys. I'm not joking when I say this deliciously perfect blend of cold brew and almond milk with a touch of sweetness can brighten the darkest of days-plus it's dairy free, soy free and guilt free at just 80 calories per serving. The people at Califia have done a very good thing!
5. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Hands down, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I absolutely love seeing New York City packed with families excited to see the gigantic balloons, marching bands, extravagant floats and (my favorite) the Rockettes! It just warms my heart that this event has been bringing people together to enjoy Thanksgiving for over 80 years. For me, the Parade signifies the beginning of a day to celebrate family and give thanks for everything I have been blessed with. Plus, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will forever make me feel like a kid again.
Ok, I confess I'm not the greatest at accessorizing. Trying to coordinate too many pieces tends to overwhelm me. So whenever I come across a piece of jewelry that makes a statement big enough to stand on its own, I am all over it. Fellow intern Jordan shared Lily Dawson designs with me through her Instagram, and after perusing their website I fell in love with these Peacock Pyrite Earrings. I adore how unique, yet simple, they are! I'm all about simple accessories and when I find one I've seen nothing like before, I just can't resist.
Time to build the hype! This gorgeous scarf from Ethiopia is coming your way within the next few weeks. In Florida (where we are!) scarves are used pretty much completely for style. However, we know that in the rest of the world, they are used for warmth on the many cold days of fall, winter, and early spring. Because of that, we are so pleased that little baby screams warmth while being perfectly unique and woodsy.