Wow wow weewow, it is the last day of November!
How is that possible? I feel like I just put out my turkeys and pilgrims, and now I must heavy-heartedly toss my pumpkins in exchange for holly, fir, and boxwood. Fair trade, I’d say.
As November makes one last stand today and I mentally still think of it as fall, I’d love to share some things that have rocked my socks this month.
Let me be very clear to y’all as to not stir up any confusion or bewilderment in the coming months, pumpkin is not GONE from HHT. Rather, I will be trying my darnedest to spread love to the other flavors of the season such as peppermint, cranberry, and gingerbread.
Today I’m sharing some things I’ve been doing, munching on, sipping on, and most thoroughly enjoying for these past few weeks. Enjoy! And yes, don’t worry, you’re regularly scheduled Wal-Marting will return next week, and recipes are coming tomorrow and Friday. Have no fear.
It’s time once again for another addition of the Healthy Happy Texan’s His and Hers : Christmas Gift Edition!
While I’ve spent the past few days helping narrow down gifts for the food and fitness obsessed, to my shock you may have friends and family on your list that do not fit into either of those categories…I can understand people not loving to sweat and push their bodies to new limits, but who doesn’t love FOOD?! Come on, now…
Let’s be real, y’all, guys can be tough to shop for. Whether you’ve got brothers or a new boyfriend or a father-in-law, they can be tricky to find something that is thoughtful yet meaningful.
Over the years, I’ve found it’s better to air on the side of practicality with guys…yet sometimes buying yet another tie or pocketknife can be boring.
I’ve got a round-up of gifts Mister Healthy Happy Texan would be more than delighted to find under our tree this year. In addition, I added a few interesting finds to my list that I haven’t broken down and purchased for myself but I’d be more than delighted to unwrap on Christmas morning.
In case y’all haven’t noticed, I just happen to be a walking oxymoron; I love food and eating AND I love fitness and sweating.
My hobbies include two hour Zumba class the day after Thanksgiving, back squatting, and trying new group exercise classes as well as discovering inventive types of almond butter at Central Market, perfecting my eggnog recipe, and making my own granola…one part foodie, one part fitnessista…it is possible.
For those of you who know someone like me who will never turn down a hike in the mountains or say no to a kickboxing class, I’ve got a round-up of fitness-themed gifts to satisfy the Soul Cycling, LuluLemon obsessed person in your life this Christmas season.
Ever since I was a little girl attending Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, I have always enjoyed the season of advent. From the chocolate-filled calendars my mother would keep on the kitchen counter that my brothers and I would argue over whose turn it was to open the tiny paper door to the weekly lighting of the advent candles in church, it was instilled in me to view the Christmas season as one of anticipation and preparation for our coming King.
While I no longer attend a Presbyterian church in Corsicana, I still honor and participate in advent devotionals and take on an advent mindset.
As a child, I considered the anticipation of December to involve the eagerness of lying in bed on Christmas Eve trying my hardest to fall asleep, knowing that my present status was all depending on whether I could actually sleep or not (because Santa knows if you’re awake or asleep). The thought of ripping open mountains of glittering presents on Christmas morning was almost too much to bear, though sleep always managed to find me on Christmas Eve yet didn’t always linger far into the morning.
These days, my priorities during the Christmas season have drastically shifted from all of the gingerbread houses and pageants and gifts to honoring what’s most important: the birth of our Savior.
Does that mean I still don’t face that same wide-eyed anticipation and sense of waiting that I faced in my childhood? No way. It just looks much different in my adulthood, as I’m sure you see in your own life.
As we chatted about a month or so ago, waiting is the embodiment of faith. So let’s dive in, what are you waiting on God for this Christmas season and this year?
I sure hope each and every one of y'all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, surrounded by good friends, family, and, of course, delicious food. Life's too short to be around people and food that make you unhappy.
I must say I had a fabulous Thanksgiving, though a little on the untraditional side. When I arrived to Knoxville last Sunday night, my sweet yet poor mother was days into a bacterial GI infection. She kept hoping with each day I was here that she would get more energy and be able to be "more fun", as she puts it. While the whole thing escalated into her having to go to the hospital the night after Thanksgiving, I kept reminding her that, hospital or not, there's nothing better than being with her and the rest of the family during the holidays.
Did I end up doing most of the Thanksgiving cooking? I did! And did it go pretty well? Sure did!
Despite my wonderful mother's attempts to rest up and get better, this whole week just reminded us both that sometimes there are things just out of our control; when that happens, as it always does, you've got to just make the best of it and stay positive.
I have a feeling in the coming months with a little boy on the way I'm going to have that talk with myself A LOT.
With all that said, I was able to have some delightful workouts at my Knoxville YMCAs (plural, yes, it's a luxury I no longer take for granted).
Check out what I've been up to this week...lot's of classes mainly. Not a lot you can borrow, but at least you can see what a 5 month pregnant lady is up to for her workouts.
With the leftovers serran-wrapped in the fridge and the Christmas trees popping up in neighbor's windows, it means the inevitable is here gang.
It's time for Christmas shopping.
If you're like me, you have a hate/love relationship with Christmas shopping. I hate feeling forced to buy things for friends and family that they may not necessarily need or even want. However, I do absolutely love giving gifts to people; it's one of my love languages and brings me joy to do so.
With that said, I've decided to hopefully give y'all a few ideas these next few days leading up to December 1st with several gift guides that may help you narrow down something special or at least thoughtful for those friends and family members on your Christmas list that you still are struggling to buy for.
For today's gift guide, I'm focusing on a list of items that I certainly wouldn't be upset to find in my stocking or under my tree...it's my FOODIE Christmas gift guide! As a certified foodie, I guarantee these goodies and gadgets will satisfy the inner Bobby Flay or Carla Hall in us all!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!