Month: November 2020

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: November 22

Hello! I know I haven’t been around much lately, things have been pretty busy. I spent the week with my sister and brother-in-law helping out with my baby nephews which was so special. The oldest is really into the 12 Days of Christmas book lately, and I think we all sang it to him no less than 10 times a day. Fine by me, whatever make him happy. Last night Tom and I carried out our annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition of watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Steve Martin and John Candy are two of my favorites and I just love that movies so much. The ending always makes me cry! I’m so behind, but I just started the first season of Schitt’s Creek and it is definitely the pick-me-up I’ve been looking for. I spent some time meal prepping last Sunday, and will again today. Meal prep Sundays were something Tom and I did every single week pre-Covid times, but we kind of stopped doing it once I started being home every single day. One thing …

Meal Subscription Review: Martha & Marley Spoon

There are SO many meal subscriptions out in the world right now. I can barely keep up! We’ve tried a few, mainly with coupons from friends who had been using the meal kits (Hello Fresh and Every Plate). The cost didn’t seem like something we wanted to spring for, so we never signed up for them after the promotions ended. But, it recently came to my attention that Martha Stewart had her own meal kit. I truly adore Martha Stewart, and have for years and years. I knew that no matter what, I was going to give this one a fair shake because c’mon, it’s Martha!!! I found a coupon for a deeply discounted months worth of boxes and went from there. Without the coupon, the cost is kind of steep for me. For two people, two meals a week it comes to $48.99 (that’s with shipping included). Meh. Kind of pricey, in my opinion. When we got our first box I realized WHY it was so expensive. We had ordered a salmon dinner, and …

The Great Outdoors

Hello, Monday! This weekend Tom and I joined four friends for a camping trip in Worthington State Forest here in NJ. I had little to absolutely no cell service for two nights and it was GLORIOUS. Cold, but glorious. With the news running in my house non-stop last week, a weekend away from it all was welcomed and so so necessary. I spent quite a bit of time planning for the cold on this trip, and I think I did OK! Not going to lie, when I found out when we were going, I almost backed out. I do not like being cold at all, and the thought of sleeping outside in November almost made me run. What I got to get through it was: A two-person sleeping bag for lower temperatures. Ours was rated for 35-45 degrees. It was plenty warm for the weather we had. I also bought an insulated blanket that we kept inside of the sleeping bag which helped a lot. I bought a battery operated air mattress to keep us …

My Chill Autumn Playlist

I love a good playlist. I liked to think I was a mixtape artiste back in the 90s, a CD car mix magician in the early aughts. I would meticulously map out my playlists and always had so much fun doing it, but I stopped for a long time. Back in January one of my ideas was to make myself a playlist each month. But once lockdowns started in March, I started just lumping the months together in one big playlist because, well… it felt like one long month. During this extremely intense time between the pandemic and the election, I’ve been turning to music that will relax me. A playlist can sometimes feel like a remedy for me. And the remedy I’ve needed is relaxation. I made this very chill, soothing playlist with the utmost autumnal vibes and I’m sharing it with you! I very recently started listening to Taylor Swift, haha! So, there’s a few of her songs on there. As well as Otis Redding, Radio Head, and Carole King. If you listen, …

Election Day 2020

Hello! Today is already filled with so much nervousness, and I don’t remember the last election that I felt this way. If you haven’t voted yet, and aren’t sure if you want to I’d like to recommend that you do. The 2008 election was the first one I was old enough to vote in and I hadn’t planned on voting at all. I had a really difficult home life and I was very poor, so survival was my top priority and I didn’t think that any politician was going to do anything to help me. But a dear friend of mine spent a lot of time talking with me about the issues, about the platforms and campaigns, about the importance of voting, and helped me register. I got really invested in what was happening in the months leading up to the election. I paid attention for the first time, and felt like my voice actually mattered. I helped other people register and I voted for the first time. This year I did what that friend …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: November 1

Well, hello November! I kind of love November, honestly. Really, I love all the fall and winter months, because I’m a fan of the cooler weather. I’m always sad when Halloween is over, though. Yesterday I took two of my nephews out trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. I brought a mask with me and the majority of the houses had candy in bowls to be socially distant. We still said trick-or-treat to all of the decorations, though haha. After we filled up their buckets, I went home to watch some scary movies. It was a fun little full-moon, quarantine Halloween for sure. Today I’ll be taking all of my Halloween decor down (RIP). But in a few weeks Christmas will be up. Or maybe sooner. Probably sooner. I just ordered this tree for our living room. I love the rose gold! Tom was now feeling the bubble gum pink one I wanted, so we compromised haha. We started a tradition last year of going out to a tree farm and cutting down our own tree. So …