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November 2015 in the Books

Christmas season is in full swing and I want to review November before it gets away completely. I can’t believe December is a third of the way over and I’m just barely wrapping up November. I have so many ideas I want to write about, now if I could just get that whole time thing under control.

1.6 – Pounds gained, I guess my boost in exercise was not enough to offset the holiday goodies.

2 – Pies made, both of them were Chocolate Mousse Praline Pecan.November 2015 lights

2 – Books read, only one was an insurance book.

3 – Blog posts this month! It’s been way to long since this poor blog had that much attention.

5 – Social events; there was a Girls Night Out, a Blogger event that introduced my to barre (no Mom, there wasn’t any drinking involved), a studio tour that made yearn for more time to be creative, Zoolights, and of coarse Thanksgiving.

18 – Projects completed, some of them were fun and others I’m just glad to have out of the way.

November 2015 leaves23 – Photos added to Instagram.

41 – Leaves on my gratitude tree

48 – Rolls made for Thanksgiving, that and the pie is my favorite part of the dinner.

1458 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, it’s nice to see the extra attention to my blog paid off.

82,733 – Just Wanna Be Me Pinterest viewers.

With the holidays and National Write a Novel Month happening in November, everyone is busy. I’d love to hear about your successes, attempts and accomplishments in the comment section below!

Most Popular Pinterest Boards in November 2015

  1. Treats
  2. Dinners
  3. Writing
  4. Breakfast
  5. Home Decor

Top November 2015 Just Wanna Be Me Pages

  1. Thanksgiving Pack Meeting
  2. Pizza Nachos
  3. Gratitude Tree
  4. Prophets and Brownies FHE
  5. Book Theme Party


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Friday Favorites: November 18

It’s the last Friday before Thanksgiving!  It’s been a busy week of Thanksgiving preparations and I’ve been wearing several hats.  Some of my favorite things from this week were:

  • We had so much fun celebrating Thanksgiving at Pack Meeting.
  • I finished reading Lemon Tart. Now I just need to get a hold of the next book in the series, English Trifle.
  • I only have three more layouts to finish up last year! My goal is to be done by the end of November.
  • Tonight is our book club meeting for The Help.  I’m making a Caramel Cake that I found on Pinterest.

Here’s some of my favorites from the blog world.

  • Marta Writes shares her mom’s apple cake recipe.  I need more time to bake all these goodies I find!
  • Creating Keepsakes shares a cute scrapbook layout and a link to their free font.  Maybe this will help me finish up those last three layouts…
  • I love the thumbprint writing prompt Chocolate on my Cranium shares.  I want to try that one with my kids over the summer.
  • This wreath craft from Little Birdie Secrets would be a great way to keep the kiddos busy while Thanksgiving dinner cooks!

Share your favorites of the week!

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Friday Favorites: October 28

It’s almost the big day; Halloween eve eve eve!  I don’t know about you, but the celebrations have already started here.  Yesterday some of the kiddos went to Schnepf Farms for the last weekend of their Pumpkin and Chili Party.  We will continue the fun all weekend long and into Monday.  My youngest kiddos got a premature dose of reality when the school decided they are too old for class Halloween parties, even though all my older kids enjoyed them through elementary school.  Oh well, we can have fun even without a class party.  My week was very domestic, here are some of my favorites.

  • We finished our Candy Corn Bunting and it turned out so cute!
  • A repaired washing machine; after being down for two days, I have a renewed appreciation for the ability to clean my clothes.  I would have been a horrible pioneer!
  • I started cleaning out my freezer and canned a batch of chicken. The coolest part was canning with my oldest daughter.  I enjoy working with her and I’m glad she’s interested in learning a skill like canning.
  • I fount these No Bake Cookies and Cream Bars on Pinterest.  They were dangerously good and it is the fastest way to make a bag of Oreos disappear!
  • Monday is the kick off of National Write a Novel Month, NaNoWriMo.  I’m not sure I can crank out 50,000 words in a month, but I’ll never know until I try!

Fortunately there are plenty of exciting things in the blog world!

  • Yesterday afternoon, when I went to volunteer in the classroom, I was actually a little chilly.  That means it’s officially soup weather here Arizona – come on it was down to the low 80’s!  That must be why Your Homebased Mom’s Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup looks so good.
  • Joy the Baker’s Roasted Apples sound like my childhood.  My mom used to buy me some frozen apple thing when I was a kid.  I’ll bet these are even better.
  • When we made Pumpkin Bread, I was surprised at how much oil the recipe called for.  I hoped it wasn’t too bad since it wasn’t all in one slice.  I am curious to try New Nostalgia’s No Fat Pumpkin Bread.

I guess everyone else is feeling pretty domestic today too – or maybe that’s what I’m drawn to this week.  Do you like how domestic means food?  Food, domestic or anything else; what’s on your favorite list today?

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Friday Favorites: October 21

This has been a week of catch-up, at least half a week of catch up.  With fall break over, I enjoy a lazy day or two to enjoy a quiet house again.  But not too much, there was still plenty going on this week and here are some of my favorites.

  • Book Club.  We got together and discussed The Host for a bit, and then we just talked and enjoyed pumpkin bread.
  • More books.  I started reading The Help for our next book club meeting.  I love the first paragraph!  A friend also let me borrow Lemon Tart.  It’s the first in the series of culinary cozies. Don’t forget to enter to win an iPad in celebration of the latest book in the series, Pumpkin Roll.
  • Relief Society.  We had an activity with treats and games.  I took Caramel Apple Cider Cookies that I found on Pinterest.  I also have the most determined booty, since I won musical chairs.  I also learned a fun new game called “Do You Love your Neighbor?”  It’s another scramble to get a chair game.  Hopefully those competitive games helped burn off all the cookies I ate.
  • The Glitter Academy.  Tonight’s the night I’ve been looking forward to with crafts, ice cream and the chance to be social!  I’m hoping to get a bunch of scrapbooking done tonight!

When I look at my week like that, it’s been an awesome week.  Here’s some other awesome things I found in the blogosphere.

  • Celebrations at Home has a cute, fun Halloween party (I don’t really like scary, gory Halloween).
  • Maybe you could feature these Oreo Candy Bars from In Katrina’s Kitchen.
  • If your kids are going trick or treating, these bags from Your Homebased Mom are adorable.  My kids would want bigger bags, like pillow cases with handles.
  • Not A Supermom shares her solution for mismatched socks.  It just might work…
  • I’m over at Arizona Mama sharing our Family Photo Challenge.  Remember there’s still time to vote!
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