Thanksgiving Ideas

Today is my Friday and tomorrow is one of the best days! Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it means LOTS OF FOOD. I’m not really a Turkey fan but gimme gimme gimme those side dishes (aka carbs). Mashed potatoes, cheesy-broccoli rice, stuffing and pumpkin desserts GALORE! Yes, please. If you are hosting Thanksgiving or even just attending one, here are some ideas for you!

 Autumn Apple Cider and Champagne Sangria

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Thanksgiving Nails

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Thanksgiving Place Cards: 

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Thanksgiving Tablescape: Obsessed with gold

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Thanksgiving Dessert: Mini Cheesecake Shots

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Thanksgiving Dessert Table:

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Thanksgiving Side Dish: Grandma’s Cheesy Broccoli Rice

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Thanksgiving Decor:

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Thanksgiving Appetizer: Roasted Pumpkin Brie Fondue (sooo good!)

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Thanksgiving DIY: Wreath(s) — I couldn’t just pick one.

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Best way to use your leftovers: Breakfast Sandwiches; Biscuits, Cranberry, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey, Poached Egg.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

How to not gain weight on Thanksgiving…

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could eat as much as we wanted and it wouldn’t affect us in the weight department??

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I saw an article in Health Magazine on ways to have a No-Guilt Thanksgiving.. It gives you tips on how to stack your plate with the foods you HAVE to have without overdoing it. Here is what they suggest.

If you must have cranberry sauce: If this tangy-sweet staple is your weakness, go for a big scoop, about half the size of a tennis ball. Add matching portions of stuffing and mashed potatoes, along with a helping of skinless white-meat turkey the size of a smart phone. Have as many green beans as you want. Top it with a shot glass size portion of gravy and enjoy a sliver of pie (use two thumbnails as a width guide) TOTAL 745 CALORIES

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If you must have Turkey (Light & Dark meat) and gravy: Pile up the white and dark meat for a portion that’s as large as a bar and a half of soap. You can have enough gravy and cranberry sauce to fill a shot glass each. Keep servings of stuffing and mashed potatoes to about the size of half tennis balls, or have a whole tennis ball size portion of one or the other. Have as many green beans as you’d like. Enjoy that sliver of pie! (two-thumbnail width) TOTAL 740 CALORIES

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If you must have dessert: You can get about an eighth of the pie. Choose one favorite or two half portions of different pies. During dinner, have a thin portion of skinless white-meat turkey, stuffing and mashed potato servings should be about the size of a large egg each. Stick to a golf ball size dollop each of gravy and cranberry sauce. Have as many green beans as you’d like. TOTAL 760 CALORIES

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If you must have stuffing: Go ahead and spoon up a generous portion, about the size of your fist. To compensate for all of those carbs, keep your portion of mashed potatoes to the size of a large egg. Opt for a portion of skinless white-meat turkey about as big as a smart phone, topped with golf ball size dollops of gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert have pumpkin or fruit pie. No need to stay with a sliver… Make a peace sign with your fingers to measure your slice. TOTAL 750 CALORIES

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There are things you can do if you don’t want to skimp on anything at the table as well.

  • Participate in a turkey trot that morning with friends/family or hit the gym for a good sweat.
  • Eat light on Wednesday and Friday making vegetables the main attraction.
  • Don’t starve yourself until you eat Thanksgiving dinner. Keep your metabolism rolling by eating small (healthy) snacks throughout the day.
  • Plan a post meal walk… A brisk walk will help you burn some calories and maybe put you in the right mindset to turn down that second slice of pumpkin pie.
  • Bring an interactive game for everyone to play — Wii dance is always a big hit!
  • Plan a workout date the very next morning. Soulcycle is offering 90 minute “Turkey Burn” classes. Ouch!
  • Volunteer to help clean up… Instead of picking at leftovers help the host clean. Not only does it burn calories but it gets you off of the couch.
  • Stop eating when you’re full. OK, this tip probably seems pretty obvious, but Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when people plan to eat until they are stuffed to the brim. Instead of seeing how much you can eat, serve yourself a small, golf-ball-size serving of everything you want—no restrictions—but have only enough to satisfy your stomach without overdoing it. Remember, Thanksgiving is oneday. Done right, you won’t set yourself back too far!

 

Thanksgiving Outfits

Whether you’re attending a low-key Friendsgiving, packing your bags to celebrate with the family or attending a fancy Thanksgiving dinner, two things are certain: You’re going to have a lot of food, and a festive outfit is in order. No need to fret about what to wear though—I’ve picked out 4 outfits from casual, to trendy, to comfy to dressy for you.

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Which outfit are you most likely to wear to your Thanksgiving soiree?

Photo an Hour

7am – Morning Run

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8am – came home to a J. Crew package!
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9am – Husband makes breakfast
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10am – putting away our new dishes thanks to in-laws!
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11am – Hanging up our last few pictures in the living room
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12pm – My momma is here!
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1pm – Lunch at Biggies
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2pm – Sugar Cookies in NYC
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3pm – Beers at Clesea Piers
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4pm – Sunset at Chelsea Piers
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5pm – Bowling at Bowlmor Lanes
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6pm – Hailing a cab
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7pm – Southern Hospitality
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8pm – Bacon Mac n Cheese Spring Rolls
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9pm – Banana Pudding dessert
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10pm – Skipping through NYC
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11pm – Home sweet bed
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Wrong Wife

Since my blog name has the word wife in it, I get A LOT of searches from men about their wives.  Do guys think Google know their wives and can answer these random questions and bizarre statements? Ha, the internet isn’t that smart yet boys. Below are some of my favorites.

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  • How many inches of hair should my wife cut off her head?
  • Can my wife eat cheesecake at Rockefeller Center?
  • What day is my wife’s birthday?
  • Do something nice for my wife.
  • How to get a new wife at 70.
  • Wife share with a friend.
  • My wife at her bachelorette party in Miami.
  • How will I tell my wife I’m a pescatarian?
  • Throw shoes at wife.
  • Why does my sisters boyfriend have a wife.
  • My wife didn’t expect me in the kitchen!
  • My wife wears tight shorts to the gym.
  • My wife was once a husband
  • Should I make my wife lasagna for breakfast
  • Wife going shrimping
  • Show my wife how to do the Happy Friday dance.
  • Fashion tips for my wife
  • Wife honeymoon bikini
  • Tell my wife how to bake cookies
  • WHY IS MY WIFE SCREAMING

 

I hope they found their answers.

November Stitch Fix Review

I received my third Stitch Fix this month! (See review #1 — I never did one on box #2). Scroll down to the clothes if you already know what Stitch Fix is. If this is your first time hearing of it, below is the scoop.

So, what is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. They get your style and size preferences, then send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. No two Fix™ shipments are alike. Each one is hand–picked just for you.

How does it work?

  1. Sign Up and Complete Your Style Profile After signing up you can start immediately on your Style Profile. They will need to know your size, shape, style, price preferences, and lifestyle to get your Fix right. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
  2. Schedule a Stitch Fix Pick a date, and they will send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items they have hand-picked just for you. Schedule monthly, or as often as you like—it’s your call. You pay a $20 styling fee up front, which serves as credit toward anything in your Stitch Fix shipment.
  3. Try it all on Try on everything they send you—you never know what you’ll like until you see it on. Pair it with items already in your closet. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it.
  4. Decide Take 3 days to decide what you’ll keep. Pay for just what you want to keep, return the rest in our pre-paid mailing bag at any USPS mailbox. Keep all 5 items and you save 25% off the entire shipment. Don’t forget you get to use the initial $20 you paid towards the items.
  5. Check Out Give Stitch Fix feedback on your shipment—their secret (styling) sauce gets better over time if we know what did and didn’t work for you

My box:

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A little different from box number 1 (which was all colors) but, it’s Fall so I’ll accept the dark clothes. From first glance I thought I would love 3 things (blazer, dress & oversized sweater) but after trying on with my current clothes, I might be choosing less… We’ll see.

Item 1: Black and White Dress

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I wanted to like this dress but it was a bit too big in the waist area. I liked the print, the semi-sheer black on the sides and the fit and flare style but this isn’t a dress that could be worn alone.

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I tried on a blazer and tightened up the waist with a skinny black belt. But I feel like you don’t see much of the dress with these items on… Hmmm…

Item 2: Chambray Shirt

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This chambray top was a little too baggy for my liking. The style of the shirt (since it was bigger) made it difficult to tuck in but I think maybe it could be cute with leggings, an infinity scarf and a pair of riding boots? I already own 3 chambray shirts so I’m almost positive I don’t need another one.

Item 3: Blazer (excuse my hair in these photos…it was 6am)

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It’s hard to tell but the blazer is grey and tan checkered. I don’t own many blazers but I think I would like this one if it had elbow patches. Maybe I could sew them myself?

Item 4: Boyfriend Fit Polka Dot Sweater

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I love me some polka dots! I thought this was the most versatile piece so I also paired it with a skirt.

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My favorite thing about this was it was long enough to cover my big booty

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Item 5: Black Sequin Tank

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I knew immediately when i pulled this out that I wouldn’t be a fan. I don’t really wear tank tops in the winter (even with a sweater/blazer over) and it looked baggy. 

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I was right.

I haven’t purchased anything yet (I’m supposed to be doing a No Shop November) but I told Adam to help me make a decision after he sees this post. I felt like my personal stylist did an OK job this time but, my first box was still my favorite!

I’ll definitely try StitchFix a few more times and I recommend this fun way to “shop” to anyone who wants to try out some new things. The process was extremely easy and who doesn’t like getting presents in the mail!?

Sign up here if you’re interested!

Mock Mashed Potatoes

 

My Grandma makes the best mashed potatoes in the world. For Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and certain birthday’s she peels, chops and boils about 15 pounds of potatoes to make her family happy. I know they are loaded with butter, milk & sour cream (duh, that’s why they taste so good!) and those items combined, are things I like to “avoid” during the week. I have seen a lot of recipes floating around for cauliflower mashed potatoes so decided to give it a whirl. I think they turned out pretty well and I even got my husband to eat half of the batch. Veggies for the win.

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Mock Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of cauliflower florets
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (I used vegan butter that was Soy Free)
  • A splash of Low Sodium Veg Broth

Directions

  • Boil a pot of water and steam the cauliflower until tender (about 10 minutes)
  • Drain cauliflower and add to blender (or food processor) with garlic, salt, pepper, smoked paprika and butter
  • Mix until everything is smooth. Here is where I add a bit of broth to give it a creamy consistency instead of rice texture.
  • Taste for seasoning.
  • After I placed the “mashed potatoes” in the serving bowl, I sprinkled more of the Smoked Paprika on top.
  • Enjoy!

 

Wedding Recap – Welcome Bags

I thought I was done with the wedding posts, I really did. But when my MIL gave me an extra “Wedding Welcome Bag” that she had saved, I figured I could show you what we did.

During the 7 months I planned our wedding, I never felt overwhelmed…until it came to the welcome bags. I don’t know why something so small (and something that had nothing to do with the actual day) stressed me out so much. I didn’t cry when the Bridal store had ordered my dress a size too small, but I cried when someone in our welcome bag assembly line put two shuttle times in one bag (seriously!?). Clearly, I needed some sleep.

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Our invitations (and colors) were grey with pink lace so we decided to replicate that look onto the bags. I originally had bought kraft bags but my moms friend Rene searched for these above! We ordered the lace from the same woman who made our invitations and the stickers from My Own Labels.

Custom Door Hanger.

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I also ordered these on Etsy. Etsy really was my best friend while wedding planning!

Custom Cups.

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My Grandma ordered these cups from a store that specializes in monogrammed items. We were thankful that she thought of this and that they were able to get them to us on time!

Water Bottles.

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Not the clearest picture… We had two of these in each bag because who wants to pay $5 for a hotel bottled water?

DIY Crab Mallet.

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Oh you know… Just another way to stress myself out! Painted 50 of these (with help!) 2 nights before our wedding. On one side we had the date, the other side was our last name initial (K). We wrapped them with a ribbon that said happily ever after.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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My Aunt Kathy makes THE best chocolate chip cookies so I, of course, asked her to make some for the bags. We tied them shut with a lace ribbon and I can’t tell you how glad I was to have these in my hotel room at midnight.

Crab Chips.

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You aren’t in Maryland unless you have a taste of Old Bay. These are one of my favorite chips… Yum! Side Note: I heard they don’t sell these anywhere but Maryland. Is this true!?

Homemade Bride & Groom Pretzels.

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Also not a clear picture… My MOH, friend Crystal and myself spent the Monday before the wedding making these. I think it took us 6 hours to make 120 of them but they were worth it! I love that I have creative friends to help me out. It would have taken me a lot longer to do it alone.

Advil.

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To cure your hangover the next morning…obviously.

Shuttle Information, What to do in Baltimore, Post Wedding Brunch Invitation and Welcome Letter.

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We bought actual wedding invitations to go in the bag because I loved the print! We used the invitations for the welcome letter and the “response cards” for the Post Wedding Brunch Invitation. Card stock was used for the shuttle times and “Things to do” insert. I found the chevron print online and used that as a watermark.

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If you aren’t OCD about planning, let someone else take over the welcome bags – it really is the easiest task of all and shouldn’t put pressure on you!

If you made welcome bags for your wedding, what did you include?