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Things That Thrill Me

Happy Thursday, all! Can anyone else believe that we are two weeks out from Thanksgiving? Sheesh – time sure does fly these days.

Anyways, let’s jump right into things that have thrilled me throughout the week.

The Thankful Tree with Chalk. My former boss back in Iowa sent this to me, and I think it is the cutest idea! What a fun tradition to start at Thanksgiving – maybe in the future when I start hosting the holidays.

9 Creative Ways to do Christmas Stockings with Your Spouse. This is the first year that Ryan and I have stockings, so we’ve been brainstorming different themes or games that we can incorporate into buying the stocking stuffers. This is a great list of ideas.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal. I’ve been trying to find easy, relatively healthy recipes to start making for breakfast. I’ve never been a fan of oatmeal, but I know it is good for you – my dad has a bowl every morning. This particular recipe sounds pretty delicious and intriguing – it supposedly still has the nutritional benefits of oatmeal but tastes like a cookie. I can get behind that.

6 Tips You Need Before Considering a Long Bob. I continue to go back and forth (span style=”font-size: x-small; pretty much on a daily basis – poor Ryan) on whether or not I should cut a few additional inches off my hair into a fresh, shorter – but not too short – lob. However, this article is making me take a hard look at whether or not I would be happy with the cut in the long run.

Golden Smokey Eyeshadow Tutorial. This is a perfect eye look for the upcoming holiday season and easily can work with any eye color.

Holiday Decor Twist: Garland at the Bottom of Stair Railings. It’s when I see things like this that I kick myself for not thinking of it earlier. How genius to put the garland at the bottom of the stair railing instead of the top so the top of the railing is still functional?! Mind blown.

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars. Since I won’t have nearly as much time this year for holiday baking, nor will my new kitchen be fully set up and functional, I’ve been keeping an eye out for relatively easy recipes that I can throw together without a lot of ingredients or tools. This one seems to fit that criteria, and it looks absolutely delish!

Kate Hudson at the 2014 LACMA Art and Film Gala. Although this event occurred last week, I simply cannot get enough of Kate in this look – I mean, it’s perfection. For my cousin’s wedding next year, all us bridesmaids are wearing blush-toned dresses and I’ve been struggling to figure out how to do my makeup so I don’t look washed out. Well, thanks to Kate and her makeup artist, I now have great inspiration!

Arugula and Pesto Chicken Salad with Provolone Crostini. It’s always refreshing to come across a healthy meal this time of year. I’ll be picking up the ingredients for this one next time I’m at the grocery store.

Cranberry Brie Bites. Clearly, I’m into food and desserts this week. These would be perfect as an appetizer for Thanksgiving or Christmas. They even look fancy but don’t require a ton of work. That’s a win-win in my book!