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December 5, 2016

Y’all I can’t believe that there’s only one more month in 2016!! I feel like I was just writing down my resolutions for 2016 and getting ready for my first winter in Connecticut, so it’s crazy this year has passed by so quickly. We also had our first big snowfall last night so I woke up to a winter wonderland this morning!

Now that it’s December I feel like I can finally get into the Christmas spirit and so I spent this weekend pulling out my decorations from storage and getting everything set up. Do y’all start decorating for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving?

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Decorating // my apartment with a new Christmas tree and little snowman figurines. They’re all so cute and I’m looking forward to raiding Target at some point in the next few weeks to pick up Christmas lights and some more decorations!

Reading // The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. I absolutely loved Me Before You and even though I’m only a few pages into this newest book, I can already tell that it’s going to be a tear jerker. Have y’all read it before?

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Catching up // on this season’s episodes of Scream Queens and it is AMAZING! I’ve been traveling a lot lately and so haven’t been keeping up with all of my shows but I spent this weekend hanging out with my boyfriend and watching lots of television.

Getting // back into running! After the 5K I ran on Thanksgiving, my love for running has been reignited and I’ve been itching to hit the pavement. Unfortunately it’s been really, really cold lately in Connecticut, so I might have to start running on the treadmill soon.

Listening // to The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone, which tells the story of Catherine de’Medici and her daughter, Marguerite de Valois. I’m a huge history buff, especially when it comes to the stories of women throughout history since we tend to get skimmed over in most history books, and so I’m loving all of the drama and intrigue that went on in the 16th century French court!

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Creating // new healthy recipes. I’ve been feeling a little bloated lately from all of the holiday food, so I’ve been looking for new lunch ideas to take to work that’ll be good for not only my waistline but also my wallet. What are your favorite lunch ideas?

Unwrapping // all of my Black Friday shopping! I was out of town last week on a business trip so I’ve been excitedly picking up quite a few packages from my apartment’s leasing office over the past few days, and really looking forward to opening all of the packages. I did do a bit of Christmas shopping but most of my Black Friday activity revolved around buying way too many home goodies from Anthropologie!

What do you have planned for this month?

 

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  • Living on Cloud Nine

    How fun to get all your packages!! Packages make me giddy, lol. I loved me before you and I’m ready to read the next one too! Did you see the movie? It was so good and I’m excited for the sequel of that as well! Happy Monday!

    • Getting packages in the mail is my favorite!! And no I haven’t seen the movie yet since the book made me ugly cry and I can only imagine how much I would cry while watching the movie!

  • Yay for all the fun packages arriving from Black Friday! I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas too, such a fun month <3

    Green Fashionista

    • I think that I just love December and Christmas so much that I try to hold out as long as possible so I can actually enjoy Thanksgiving too!

  • Ohh, can’t you share some of the recipes later? Hahha I could also need some help when it comes to healthy and affordable food that’s not too complicated. Hahha gotta stop eating pizza to lunch that is.

    Have a lovely week! Xx
    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • SAME! I always find these great healthy recipes, only to find that you need 4,000 ingredients and it takes 2+ hours to make haha

  • Katie Schubert

    I LOVE opening new packages! 🙂 So much fun.

    I have lots and lots of Christmas shopping and wrapping planned.

    Katie | WillowAndWhiteBlog.com

    • Opening packages is so much fun!! I’m actually planning on buying wrapping paper this weekend to start wrapping gifts!

  • It snowed here too yesterday! It’s so pretty everywhere. I did read Me Before You so I need to get this next book. Thanks for sharing what’s going in December and have a great week!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • We didn’t get much snow but it was so pretty when I first woke up! Have a wonderful week too!

  • Seriously I don’t know how it’s already December! I stocked up on some home goodies at Anthropologie, too! Like the candles and mugs! Can’t pass up 30% off there 🙂

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com/

    • I get so excited any time they have a sale!! I’d love to have a home someday that’s totally decorated with Anthropologie home goodies!

  • Ianne Cabangon

    I know, what happened to 2016. I love decorating before Thanksgiving because being a Filipino. That is in our culture. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    xo, Christianne
    http://simplychristianne.com

    • That’s so interesting! Decorating for Christmas is always so much fun!

  • So excited for the holidays!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Me too!! I can’t wait for Christmas!!

  • Violette

    Can’t believe it’s already December! These photos are so beautiful!

    http://violettedaily.com

    • It is so crazy that it’s already December!!

  • Kate

    Anthropologie purchases are always a good idea! I know what you mean – this year has gone by so fast. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Anthropologie is my favorite store for home goods! I bought way too many Christmas-themed mugs and tea towels!

  • I can’t wait to see all your anthropologie finds!

    http://www.racheldinh.com

    • I bought way too many things from Anthropologie… Sorry not sorry!

  • I also cannot believe we are in December, where did the year go? But to be honest I am so ready for it to be done!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    • How crazy is it that it’s already December?? 2016 definitely has been a weird year!

  • Whitney

    I have this season’s Scream Queens recorded and we are just waiting for a good day to binge watch it! I am sure that it feels like early Christmas unwrapping all of your purchases, how fun!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Scream Queens is such an amazing/hilarious show! Emma Roberts is amazing!

  • December came so quickly, but I’m so excited for it!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

    • I am so excited for the holidays!! Christmas shopping is always so much fun!

  • Holly

    I can’t believe that it is December either, it has come round far too quickly! I haven’t even had chance to put up my decorations yet with working full time! x

    http://www.bisoushollyolivia.co.uk

    • I stayed up way too late on Friday night decorating my apartment, since I totally know how you feel!

  • Biana Perez

    I haven’t read that book before so thank you for the recommendation girl!! I can’t believe how close we are to 2017! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • All of Jojo Moyes books are amazing!!

  • I am the type of person who needs to wait until after Thanksgiving for Christmas things, but my family thinks the earlier the better haha

    Enclothed Cognition

    • That is so funny since my mom is the same exact way!!

  • pennyanddash

    I’ve been watching Scream Queens too and am so obsessed, although I do like the first season better than the second season 🙂

    http://www.pennyanddash.com

    • I definitely agree. This season is really good but I don’t think that they can ever top the first season!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Amazing photos. Great post!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  • Shauna C

    I feel so behind! Haven’t started my shopping yet, we still have to get a tree…ahhhh!! I think because stores decorate starting at Halloween, it feels like Christmas has been going on forever 🙂

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

    • I have a fake tree (stupid apartment complex rules…), so I kind of cheated in that case haha. So excited for Christmas!!

  • merel

    Such a great post babe, loved reading it! I want to read that book <3

    X Merel

    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    • Thank you! All of Jojo Moyes’ books are amazing!

  • I love snowman figurines! It’s such a great way to get in the Christmas spirit, and make your home a little more festive. Have a wonderful day!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

    • My snowmen figurines are so cute! My grandparents got them for me last year and I’ve been looking forward to breaking them out again this year!

  • Happy December, girl! Isn’t this the BEST time of year!? It sounds like you have some awesome plans for the month. I’m not much of a runner, not that I don’t enjoy it, I just tend to prefer weight training, though I’m sure running (especially outdoors) right now must be gorgeous with all the lights and decorations all around. Perhaps I’ll suggest to the hubby we go for a run this weekend!? Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • I’m a huge fan of weight training too but I’m pretty lazy and only do it when I actually go to my gym classes. Definitely planning on going more so I can eat all I want at Christmas!

  • Laura

    I have been decorating and I still need to buy Christmas gifts and I also have to get ready for my trip to Turkey x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

    • That is so exciting exciting that you’re going to Turkey!! I’m so jealous and can’t wait to read more about your trip!

  • Yay for getting back into running! Feels so good to get out there and log some miles, I bet. 🙂

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • That’s exactly how I feel! The first half mile is always the hardest for me but once I hit my stride, I always feel so powerful!

  • How lovely you’ve been putting up your Christmas decorations! I had planned on doing mine recently, however have now got the flu and then going away for a short break and so it looks as though mine won’t be going up until the weekend now. Also, super excited for you at having picked up a load of Black Friday goodies from Anthropologie 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • I’m sorry that you have the flu!! Everyone in my office seems to be getting sick so I’ve been trying my best to avoid it but you never know… And I live for Anthropologie sales!

  • Mary

    Courtney,
    Love your monthly roundups of what you’ve been doing! It’s always so fun to peek into someone else’s life and see if we do things the same way or not. Like you, I have been decorating the house- pulled out all the xmas decor and went to town last weekend! I’m also trying to counteract some of the early (ahem) holiday eating that’s been going on and of course, planning a book list for winter break and new year!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, mary

    • Aww thank you so much!! I’ve actually been going to the gym way more than usual for the same reason (having free candy in the office is the WORST during this time of year haha), so hopefully I can keep this up! I can wait to read your winter book list!

  • Yay for Christmas decorations! Good for you for getting back into running and making healthy recipes.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Decorating for Christmas is always so much fun!

  • Great post, you have made some good plans! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

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