Things I’m Loving: Thanksgiving Edition

It’s that time of the year! Thanksgiving is almost upon us here in the states, and I’m ready to relax, kick back, and enjoy some family (and shopping) time. There’s lots to love during the October, November, and December months and I figured what better time to start than now? Here’s what I’m loving this month: 

I’m a tad bit late on this since we went to a lot of farmer’s markets and flea markets before we got hitched in October. We scoured the markets for old books for our centerpieces, and we also found some amazing cruelty free soap artisans who are both practically in our backyard.  

The colors of her soaps are all so unique!

The colors of her soaps are all so unique!

First up was Handcrafted by Virginia, a local soap artisan out of Middletown, CT. We purchased her Cotton Candy soap and had a blast chatting her up. You can find her shop on Etsy and browse through her amazing soaps and creations. She also donates 15% of her Etsy profits to organizations that help those affected by Lyme Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Juvenile Diabetes. I love her “giving back” philosophy and her cruelty free, sustainable ingredients. 

It might be possible that I want all of these!

It might be possible that I want all of these!

We stopped next at Lovely Lathers, based out of Wallingford, CT. You can check them out on Facebook. We purchased their pumpkin spice soap (how appropro) and a “manly” scented clean soap for Keith to enjoy. I’m obsessed with having these amazingly creative ladies so close to home. Who knew I could snag some amazing cruelty free (and some vegan) soaps and skincare goodies? 

Give me all the apples!

The Thanksgiving season also gives me some time to have fun with recipes. I’m loving that I can take some time to experiment in the kitchen. For the months of August and September, when I’m in crazy teacher prep mode, I don’t spend as much time in the kitchen as I would like. This bad boy is a double crisp apple crisp. Yes, I doubled the crispiness. I’m out of control!

Pacifica is my jam, son!

Pacifica is my jam, son!

Finally, I’m a total groupie for anything Pacifica, especially their nail colors. I fell in love with this color, Red Red Wine, and rocked it for all of October and November. Even my students liked my “vampy” hue! Next on my list is their BB cream. :)

What are you loving this month? This season? This minute? I love reading about your favorite things! 

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6 thoughts on “Things I’m Loving: Thanksgiving Edition

  1. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving break! All the hype around Thanksgiving seems crazy to us here in Australia, but none the less, I hope you had a good one.

    Also that nailpolish colour is amazing! I have a really similar one from Revlon, it might be a bit darker, and I can’t get enough of the deep reds!

  2. Definitely want to just jump into that apple pie picture – I love apple pie, whichever way it is made! :D

    Those soaps look incredibly awesome, I love the coloring of them, too. So unique :) Also, I’m in love with that Red Red Wine nail polish. I love metallic and shimmery/glittery looking shades.

    I’m bookmarking all three shops/sites, too. I love handmade/homemade products!
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  3. Now that Thanksgiving ended, I hope you had a wonderful one. I’d love to go and check out handcrafted soaps and other things. I do dream of being able to craft my own someday just to have another set of creative skills. xD

    In response to your question, I’m eternally grateful for all that I have and the opportunities afforded to me to promote self improvement. It is a luxury to have that time and to retain enough energy to achieve that. :)
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  4. Do you have a recipe for that Apple Crisp? It looks so delicious! I haven’t been doing much cooking lately either. I really have to get myself back on a routine. I can’t remember the last time I had everything organized and running smoothly.

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