Giving Thanks & Christmas Kick Off!

Giving Thanks & Christmas Kick Off!

Happy Monday to you! I thought today I would do a bit of a long weekend recap post. I hope you’ll tell me about your own Thanksgiving in the comments below!

Thanksgiving Day

I slept in until 8:30 which was glorious! I love laying in bed knowing that I don’t have to go to work! I made coffee, breakfast, lit my apple spice candle, and turned on the Philadelphia parade. I always love watching the Broadway performers and this year the Sound of Music performance was really good.

Tgiving bfast

Once the parade was over, I decided to get in a 30 minute workout before having a big Thanksgiving dinner! I did a really intense lower body strength training routine with HIIT cardio intervals throughout. I felt like I earned a good dinner after that workout!


Here’s a Link to my Thanksgiving workout!

This year we traveled to Daniel’s aunt’s house for Thanksgiving. All of the food was great and it was fun to catch up with the cousins. We had a ton of lactose-free and healthier options this year which was awesome! We had lactose free mashed potatoes, kale salad, and a pumpkin souffle which was really delicious! I tried to load up on the kale salad and the healthier options and have a couple bites of the heavy dishes. For dessert, I had a small piece of pumpkin bread and a chocolate chip Biscotti. Overall, we really had a nice relaxing time with some delicious food! Thanksgiving as it should be!


Friday Christmas Cookie Kick-Off

Since we spent Thanksgiving with Daniel’s family this year, I wanted to do something with my sisters and parents on Friday. My mom suggested we get together to bake Christmas cookies and kick off the Christmas season! My dad bought us all breakfast from a nearby diner and I got a Western Egg Sandwich which was so delicious! My aunt brought over some of my uncle’s famous Monkey Bread and we all dug in to that with breakfast and coffee.

Egg sandwich Monkey bread

My mom bought each of us a pair of Christmas socks with little gingerbread on them. So cute! I wear Christmas socks pretty much all of December. I know, I’m a dork!

cmas socks

We made Sand tart cookies which we would make with my Mommom every year around Christmas. It was a lot of fun having my niece be a part of one of our old traditions;this time with my mom being the Mommom! We also made sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter cookies with the Hershey kiss in the middle. We put on a few Christmas movies, listened to some Christmas music, and enjoyed the time together.

cookie cutting

We split up the cookies between each family, and then ordered pizza for dinner. I always love starting new traditions and I think this one will be a keeper! Just the smell of the Sand Tart dough and using my Mommom’s cookie cutters took me back to being a small child with my Mommom in her kitchen. It made me happy and sad all at once; it’s like she was there with us. 


I hope that everyone also had a relaxing weekend with friends and/or family. I will be posting my first official “Monthly Must-Have’s” post on Wednesday; tune in for all of my November favorites! Until then, I hope you have a great week!

What’s your favorite holiday tradition with your Family?

Tell me in the comments below!

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