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Autumn (our favourite season) is in full swing, November is finally here. And with it? The last of the fallen leaves, a light dusting of the first snow, and all things cozy. Are you ready for everything November brings?
It may be our first fall in the midst of a pandemic, but we’re here to help you make the best of it as we navigate the second wave, together.
To take advantage of everything November has to offer, we’ve put together a list of this month’s not-to-miss essentials, to help make this your best November ever (pandemic or not).
Make the most of this month. Stay safe and healthy.
First things first. It’s election time for our American friends. Make sure you are registered and ready for election day on November 3rd. Please vote.
LEST WE FORGET
Remembrance Day in Canada is November 11th. A day to remember and honour those who have served, and are serving, our country in the armed forces. Wear a poppy.
DO YOU HYGGE?
Hygge (“hyoo-ga”) is the Danish lifestyle practice of coziness, contentment, and simplicity in the fall and winter months. Prep now to make these chilly seasons your comfiest, happiest yet (think cozy blankets, knit socks, warm drinks, glowing candles, comfort foods, and books by the fire).
Want to learn more? Bring more hygge to your life with these bestsellers.
The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well (2016)
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Hygge: The Danish Art Of Happiness (2016)
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ALL. THE. FLANNEL.
Sweater weather (nothing better). It’s time to get cozy with November’s ultimate seasonal essential for your closet, flannel. A sweater, PJs (make it a matching family set), scarf, even a new set of sheets.
PUT ON A POT
Is anything more comforting than a pot of chicken noodle soup, spaghetti sauce, or chilli simmering on the stove on a brisk Sunday afternoon? Prep your meal plan, chop those veggies, and make your house smell like home.
HOT DRINKS & COZY FIRES
Make the evenings your own. Rest and relax. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or warm, spiced wine (check your hygge book) by the fire while you FaceTime loved ones or read a great book. No fireplace? Light a candle.
READ, READ, READ
Speaking of which, reading is the perfect way to spend those longer, cooler November evenings (especially as we spend more social distancing time at home). Curl up with the latest title on your to-be-read list.
Need a binge-worthy new show to curl up with on these chillier nights? On November 15th, Netflix will premiere the highly anticipated fourth season of The Crown (Princess Diana takes the spotlight). Mark your calendar, you’ll want to see this.
Want a closer, inside look into the lives of royalty? Check out our posts on the royal family.
It’s almost winter. Get some exercise outside before the snowy cold sets in (much more time indoors is quickly approaching). The crisp air is perfect for a brisk, invigorating walk (and for your physical and mental health).
Get grateful. Thanksgiving is this month for our American friends. Start planning your ultimate Thanksgiving meal and this year, virtual family gatherings to keep your loved ones healthy during the pandemic. Other ideas? Start a gratitude journal.
KICK OFF THE HOLIDAYS
‘Tis the season! Get into the festive spirit. For many, American Thanksgiving marks the start of the holidays. Start thinking about your gift/card lists, decorating, baking plans, and stringing up those outdoor lights (as a start).
On that note, the holidays are the most expensive time of year. Prep your finances and budget responsibly for holiday gifts, decorations, meals, and baking ingredients that will be on your shopping list (charitable donations too).
Ordering gifts and groceries this year instead of shopping in-store? Expect longer fulfillment, shipping, and delivery times due to a substantial increase in the volume of online shopping/ordering this season. Get those orders in extra early.
SHOP FOR A DEAL
As you plan your holiday budget and gift lists, don’t forget . . . it’s a big month for sales (hello, Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Keep your eyes open for major discounts on any big purchases you need to make (or even treat yourself).
TIME TO ORGANIZE
November is the perfect time to give your home, cupboards, and closets a good once over. You’ll have a clean, organized home during the busy holidays, and even better? Donate all those unused or unneeded items to those in need.
Need some help? The Home Edit books are the hottest trend in the organizing world (check it out on Netflix too).
The Home Edit: A Guide To Organizing And Realizing Your House Goals (2019)
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The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide To Owning What You Want And Organizing Everything (2020)
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Catch up on anything you missed this October. Cross any remaining items off your October bucket list. Need ideas? Check out our Hello, October post for all the essentials from the past month.
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