Welcome to the ninth installment regarding my monthly favorites.
Happy Thanksgiving! In the name of gratitude, I want to express how much every single one of you means to me. Your readership, support, and kindness is something I love about this platform, and has made blogging such a worthwhile endeavor.
This month, however, has not been my best example of expressing gratitude to the universe. When I was a passenger in a large white van driving 16 hours to California for a work conference, I wasn’t feeling very appreciative. It was worse on the way back.
I also didn’t feel super chipper when I felt overwhelmed with emails and freelance writing projects and a whole house cleaning. Or jumping back into working out and feeling the soreness that followed.
Honestly, November has felt like a busy and overwhelming month, and I didn’t stop to smell the snow-covered roses like I should have. But now? After some time to relax, spend time with family, and center myself, I feel compelled to re-frame my state of mind. This crazy month was full of challenges and growth and support, and I’m lucky to have opportunities to be creative and work hard and push myself to the max. I’m growing each and every day, and it’s time that I accept these changes with a little sunshine and sparkle along the way.
And with that, here are my top picks for the month of November.
At Home: Small Décor Updates
I absolutely love the idea of a house full of modern-bohemian décor, with all the fixings. (You should see my Pinterest ideas. Who has that kind of budget?!) While my cool house dreams are not yet feasible, I have made it my mission to make our house as cozy and loved as possible. This month, I refreshed our bedding (loving the white comforter trend), finalized our guest bedroom walls (added some macramé and art), and plastered some of our wedding décor across our house (my mom is a killer artist!). These new additions, plus an ultra clean house, have made this place a sanctuary.
Streaming Service: Disney+
To be honest, I did not imagine myself signing up for another streaming service, but November was full of surprises. Disney+ was a fortuitous one: I’m so damn glad we got it. So far, I’ve been delighted by the original Star Wars universe series The Mandalorian, been flooded by nostalgia with Lizzie McGuire, and yelled at the dad in Double Teamed. The best part? We got Disney+ for free for a year thanks to being Verizon customers. You can too!
Scenic setting: Two Bunch Palms
Though I was mostly working during my trip to California, one of our stops was at Desert Hot Springs’ Two Bunch Palms. This desert oasis is literally gorgeous; there are palm trees, shimmering bodies of water, and cascading hot springs on the property. I’d love to return here on vacation.
Throwback Movie: Johnny Tsunami
Thanks to Disney+, I’ve been able to catch up with some old Disney Channel Original Movie favorites. Johnny Tsunami, the story of a Hawaii surfer kid who moves to the snowy slopes of Vermont, is a good one.
Purchase: Fuzzy Sherpa
I’d like to think of myself as something of a comfort connoisseur. I love being cozy! It’s important to me. So, when I saw this fuzzy sherpa track suit set from Old Navy, you bet I grabbed it. This was an excellent impulse purchase! I highly recommend it, and feeling luxe when you try it on for the first time.
Camping Spot: Moab, Utah
We kicked off November by spending a quick night in a tent in Moab. We celebrated a friend’s birthday by camping with a large group, with drinks by the campfire and plenty of layers to keep warm. The views were incredible, and almost made up for the 15 degree night. (Freezing!)
Holiday Shopping: Sunshine Swag
Quick plug! If you want to squeeze in some quick holiday shopping, please consider shopping at my Sunshine with Savannah Store. I’ve got some solid small products, including a comfy/trendy T-shirt, notebooks, notepads, and bookmarks. Great stocking stuffers, if I do say so myself. 😉
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Online Activity: Photo Dump
About once a year I’ll take control of my camera roll and unleash the saved photos I’ve been hoarding. I did that earlier this month and it was incredibly freeing. I highly recommend it. In the meantime, enjoy this photo I shared with the masses.
New Adventures in Grand Junction
This month my parents moved to a new house. Though their previous location was stunning and near-perfect, they’re mixing things up, trying something new, and living their best lives at a different address. I got to see their house (and my visiting grandparents), help a little with unpacking, and even sip delicious margaritas at their new wet bar. I love this adventure for them, and I’m going to enjoy exploring a part of Grand Junction, CO that I’m unfamiliar with. Go Mom and Dad!
And that rounds out my November favorites! Thanks for tagging along on my pursuit of sunshine.