I didn’t really stick to last week’s meals because of family dinners and plans changing, so I’m gonna repeat some of the meals I intended to do last week to this week. Plus I got sent home with a LOT of turkey that I need to finish up.

This Week’s Meals

Monday: Leftover Turkey Soup

Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Wednesday: BLT Turkey Salad (similar to BLT Chicken Salad but with turkey)

Thursday: 20 Minute Chicken in Lemon Cream Sauce

Friday: Parmesan Turkey Wrap (similar to Parmesan Chicken Wrap but with turkey)

Saturday: Clean Eating Crockpot White Chicken Chili (might make this with turkey if I still have leftovers by then)

Sunday: Pizza



It’s been a fun and busy Thanksgiving week! Tuesday night, Dani, Joshua and I went over to Joshua’s parents house for family dinner round one. We got to see his older adopted brother Stephen and my niece Renee.

Thursday morning I was up bright and early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and get cooking. I started making all my food around 9am and didn’t completely finish until almost 3pm. It gave me just enough time to put my face on and head over to my parents house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Watching the parade and enjoying my Peppermint Mocha while taking a break from cooking. Happy Turkey Day!

Friday morning Dani and I braved the Black Friday madness and went to the mall; she had to go there to get her computer looked at. I did a little shopping for myself, and overall the crowds were not bad at all. The rest of Friday was spent bringing out the decorations for Christmas. In the evening Dani’s friend Danielle came over with her fiance Adam where the four of us (and eventually Dani when she got off work) watched both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Saturday was with Joshua’s family for lunch, shopping in downtown Placerville followed by family dinner round two.

Shopping in downtown Placerville and supporting our local businesses! #smallbusinesssaturday #supportsmallbusiness


We had Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving, so this was a short week. Not a whole lot was going on as it was, so I busied myself with making “We’re closed for Thanksgiving” type eBlasts/graphics for ourselves as well as other clients.

And on Wednesday we wrapped up our “week” by celebrating our end of the month lunch at Cafeteria 15L. We just launched their site, so it was only fitting we celebrate there.


My final week of NaBloPoMo is complete! I already have tomorrow’s post scheduled which will be my very last for the month of November. ICYMI, here are the week’s posts:

#NaBloPoMo15 comes to a close tomorrow. I’m really proud of myself for cranking out the amount of posts that I did (missed only three). Till next year! 😉

Beauty Bag November 2015
  1. Sephora Lingzhi Eye Mask – Anti-aging & Smoothing – I’m glad these were cheap otherwise it would have felt like a complete waste of money. I didn’t see any difference in my skin after using these, and they were uncomfortable to put on; I don’t know who has eyes shaped the way this mask thinks people do, but it’s definitely not me. Repurchase: No
  2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer – For Oily Skin – Jaclyn Hill wasn’t kidding when she said this stuff would leave your face MATTE. My only complaint was that the matte didn’t last as long as I would have liked. I’m an oily gal so not only do I need something that will leave me matte but I need it to last all day. Maybe the matte was too strong to where it was causing my face to overproduce oil? I don’t know. I got the travel size of this, so it doesn’t feel like a total waste, but I think for now this one is not for me. Repurchase: No
  3. Butter London Cuticle Miracle Kit – I didn’t get these two in the kit, but I did buy the two products Handbag Holiday™ Cuticle Oil and Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator together because they are both awesome! I got them from a beauty event hosted by a friend of mine at Nordstrom. I use these once a week on both my fingers and toes. I’ll put the cuticle eliminator on before I shower, rinse it off in the shower, and then after my shower I will put the cuticle oil on. Keeps the area around my nails looking healthy, feeling happy, and makes it easy to do a quick manicure/pedicure. Repurchase: Yes
  4. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara – I’ve been using this instead of clear brow gel, and I love it! I don’t like using clear brow gel because it always tends to get super dirty, so I love what the Maybelline Brow Drama does! It gives my browns a nice color, great hold, and cleans everything up. I’ve worn it both alone and when I’ve filled in my brows more. It really cleans everything up quite nicely and always makes my brows look polished. Repurchase: Yes
  5. Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal – I decided to try this as more of a light concealer for my under-eyes. It came highly recommended through a couple beauty YouTubers who did drugstore only tutorials. I like it because it’s great for those days where I don’t have time to fully set my concealer, so I can quickly dab it on and get good coverage. It’s a light liquid but a little goes a long way. Repurchase: Yes

My Favorite Things: A Blog Linkup

Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall (from Spectre)

Joshua and I saw Spectre on our anniversary, and I’ve been loving the intro song by Sam Smith. I’ve been listening to it on repeat all month long!

Panera Bread’s Autumn Squash Soup

Panera Bread's Autumn Squash Soup
Back when I was working downtown one of favorites to go was Wolfgang Puck’s to get a bowl of their butternut squash soup. Sadly they closed last year, so I was without my beloved soup. I decided to give Panera Bread’s Autumn Squash Soup whirl, and I’m so glad I did because it tastes just like the butternut squash. It’s yummy and gluten-free!

Yogi Detox Tea

I’ve been trying different flavors of the Yogi brand tea this past year, but this month my new favorite is the Detox flavor. I’ve been trying to get a cup or two in after dinner and it helps settle my tummy. It has a really nice warm flavor to it, and overall it’s very tasty!

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My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!


Even though I am not hosting, I still have a couple traditions I partake in as well as some cooking to do.

Watch the Parade

2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
I always start the day with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s also my signal to begin prepping and cooking. I try to get my first cup of coffee in before then so by the time the parade starts I am ready to go.

Dinner with My Family

Whether it’s at my house or theirs, I always have Thanksgiving dinner with my family. It includes my parents, my grandpa, my uncle, and a cousin or two.

Watch Home Alone

Home Alone
I end the night watching Home Alone. Back when I was a kid the movie Home Alone always seemed to be on TV on Thanksgiving night, so it became a tradition to watch it. Now it signals the start of the Christmas season and kicks it off as the very first of many Christmas movies I will be watching between now and Christmas.

For a little fun reading, check out Chicago Magazine’s Oral History of Home Alone. If you’re a fan of the movie it goes behind the scenes with some of the key people involved in making the movie.

Tonight, however, I am super tired (long day of cooking), so I’m saving Home Alone for tomorrow. Hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving!