Favorites from the week:
“I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR.” – Elf
Happy post-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas aka my favorite time of the year! The tree is up, the house decorated, and Hallmark movies are playing on the tv. I love creating these seasonal lists of things to do. It allows me to stay present in the season and maximize all the holiday cheer. Here’s the 20 things I want to do this season:
1. Get festive drinks at HIDE for their Miracle Christmas Popup Bar.
2. Get a hot beverage at Deck the Hall Street, Fiction Coffee’s Christmas popup coffee shop!
3. Go to a basketball game.
4. Re-watch my favorite Christmas movies (Love Actually, The Holiday, It’s A Wonderful Life, Best Man Holiday, The Family Stone, Elf, Home Alone, The Chronicles of Narnia, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Polar Express).
5. Take the dogs (and some hot drinks) to the Deerfield neighborhood to check out the amazing Christmas lights.
6. Go to a Christmas themed Dallas Symphony performance (we’re going to A John Williams Christmas!).
7. Watch the Nutcracker ballet.
8. Decorate a gingerbread house.
9. Send out Christmas cards.
10. Bake a Christmas cake.
11. Decorate Christmas cookies.
12. Take pictures of the dogs in their Christmas bandanas.
13. Check out Vitruvian Lights in Addison.
14. Find family Christmas jammies (my current favorite!).
15. Find the perfect yearly ornament for the tree.
16. Make a hot cocoa bar and drink excessive quantities of it.
17. Binge watch season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
18. Listen to my favorite Spotify Christmas playlists as much as possible all month long.
19. Donate any Christmas ornaments/decor that went unused this year.
20. Go to our city’s tree lighting ceremony.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food, family, and football! We’re now mostly decorated for Christmas and are settling into this magical season. My Black Friday will be spent lounging with leftover pie, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, and perusing online… which means a lot of adding things to my cart and then X-ing out of the page. While I’ll pick up some Christmas presents, Keds shoes (since I wear through shoes rather quickly due to my flat feet), and skincare on sale, I tend to stay away from the madness of physical stores and try to be very mindful of the items I am buying online. I’m not going to tell you to not buy anything, especially during the time of year where gift giving happens… but… here’s your reminder to be thoughtful of the things you buy. Can you find the same items thrifted, on eBay or Poshmark, or even on Amazon’s Warehouse Deals? Is there an experience based gift this person would like more? Or an item that gets used up (food, candles, skincare) instead of stored to gather dust? Just some things to think about! Anyways… however you spend this weekend, I hope it’s a happy one! Here are some links to go through while you eat leftover pie!
Depending on where you live, it can oftentimes be difficult to find some items in bulk (i.e. without packaging) or even plastic-free items — particularly when it comes to cleaning and certain body care products. Here’s a list of places you can order online for either package free or plastic free products.
Note: I will update this list as I find more shops online!
Package Free Shop: Home, personal, and travel products.
The Refill Revolution: Home (including essential oils!), personal, containers, and pet.
Zero Market: Home, personal, and containers.
Tiny Yellow Bungalow: Home, personal, and containers.
Wild Minimalist: Home, personal, pet.
The Good Fill: Home, personal, and containers.
Common Good: Home (hand and dish soap).
Lush: Personal (and home of my favorite shampoo bars!).
Plaine Products: Personal (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, face wash, face moisturizer).
Etsy: Search to your heart’s content for personal, home, and travel products without packaging (or with plastic-free packaging). Many vendors are more than willing to ship items without plastic if you ask!
Amazon Frustration Free Packaging: Items certified frustration free are 100% recyclable.
Wisdom Supply Co.: Low waste office and school supplies.