November was a busy month of birthday parties capped off with Thanksgiving. I read a lot and watched Netflix with the family to decompress. I don’t have a ton of stuff to share but let’s get to it!
I know this might be an odd thing to say I’m into, but I’ve definitely been into online shopping. Given today is Cyber Monday, I thought it worth mentioning. I bought all the girls birthday presents online and the only Black Friday shopping I did was some poinsettias from Lowe’s. The rest was done from the comfort of my office chair. Even when we did go out for a few presents this weekend, we found that there were better deals online. And who doesn’t love to have a bunch of boxes show up on your front porch?
A serious footnote: I’ve been wrestling with all of this consumerism this holiday season given this post I wrote about Catching Fire. I can’t seem to find my way through it yet and life marches on—we’re crossing our Christmas list off the only way we know for now. Maybe I’ll write more tomorrow on Fair Trade Tuesday.
Soo…I never thought I’d be including this, but I really am into this natural toothpaste called Earthpaste. I got it as a free gift on one of the eBook bundles. It’s made out of clay and has no foaming agents. At first, I was completely turned off. But honestly, the more I use it, the more I prefer it to traditional toothpaste.
I don’t feel like my mouth gets as icky in between brushes, I feel like my breath is better and my friend Becky that uses it too said it’s really helped her teeth unlike any others she’d tried. I have it in the lemon flavor but it also comes in peppermint, wintergreen, cinnamon, and spearmint.
Now let me give you a good reason to need toothpaste…Pioneer Woman’s mocha brownies. I’ve made these several times in the past, but again for Emma’s birthday this month after we were caked-out. It always gets rave reviews, but be ready for a serious sugar rush! As you can see, they’re more icing than brownies!
We started decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving so I’ve already been into Christmas music. I’m not one of those crazed Christmas music fans, but it doesn’t bother me to hear it early either. I found a few good lists on Spotify (FREE music!) that are perfect background music for the season.
I didn’t read a ton, but I did manage to complete a few books. I admit, this month’s books are a little unfair. I read a few Advanced Reader’s Copies I got from Allume.
Restless – Jennie Allen’s book coming out in January is a next step from her book Anything. It’s an answer to those calls you have way down deep that there’s something more. I was underlining this one like crazy—something I only do when a book is one of my favorites.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode – Crystal Paine’s book is another January release. If you’ve read Money Saving Mom for long, you know Crystal is like a productivity ninja. This book is all of her productivity secrets rolled together. I’ve learned so much from her over the years and I can’t imagine this wouldn’t motivate someone. She aims to stress less, sleep more and restore your passion. I highly recommend it.
If You Find Me – I read this YA fiction after reading a passing social media comment about it. It was ok but nothing to rave over. It had some sensitive subjects in it, but I was drawn to the theme of adoption. It wasn’t terrible, but I can’t say I highly recommend it either.
Speaking of books, I’m reading through Ann Voskamp’s Advent book The Greatest Gift his month and posting about it on the Facebook page. Join me there!
What have YOU been into this month?
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