November in a Nutshell

Hello Lovely,

I hope each you had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I’ve done a little gift shopping (and making) so far, but haven’t gotten anything yet for those extra special people in my life. Mechelle on the other hand is freaking out! Our countdown to Christmas is going to be a bit shorter this year due to travel plans. We’ll be with you until December 16, when we sign off until the New Year. Because we’ll be spending this time with family and friends, we hope you get to do the same!

With December upon us, today we thought we’d do a quick recap of November in case you missed something.

This month we began our hibernation process so to speak. We started off saying goodbye to a loved one before we both discussed our favourite TV shows to binge watch or watch reruns of. We brought in the holiday spirit when we shared our holiday wish list (two of which, I’ve already purchased for myself) my Christmas Jingles Spotify playlist and my winter mood board! We even shared our tips for how to get a head start on the holidays to avoid the last minute rush we always find ourselves in.

We took a little break after that because it was all about my new eBook, Sweets & Sips: Recipes to Impress while You Indulge. We’re giving away this book free to all subscribers so you’ve got to check that out below!

If you didn’t get your recipe book yet (seriously what are you waiting on), we shared two new pumpkin recipes with you this month. The Mini Pumpkin Spice Loaves is a great breakfast item, while the Pumpkin & Carrot Soup is meant to be a main star at the dinner table!

Of course, all of this indulging could lead to a new pound or two. Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you should slack off on your workout routine. We showed you how to stay in shape with minimal effort with our No Squats Butt Lifting Workout and 6 Exercises to Make Your Booty Pop. So just in case St. Nick didn’t get the memo of what you wanted for Christmas, you can easily get it yourself! (Maybe Old St. Nick will leave an extra present or two once he’s seen your hard work pay off).

With the holidays in mind, we have already started working on a few projects for Christmas that you can expect to see soon on the blog. We’ve got DIY gifts for your family and friends, Christmas recipes that’ll make your home the place to be this holiday season as well as tips and tricks for beating the winter blues! There will even be a photo shoot post coming next week!

Tomorrow is the start of a very special day for us at Life by Olivia. We’ll be giving you 16 Days of Christmas with weekday posts on the blog and weekend posts on the Facebook page to keep you inspired!

Exciting, right? We’ll see you back here tomorrow morning for all things Christmas!

Letter From Olivia: Give Thanks November

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe that Fall is almost over? It seems like only yesterday I was swapping out flip flops for boots. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful chill front these past two weeks (wasn’t quite a cold front, but at least we weren’t subjected to 85 degree and up weather). I love cold weather and often joke that I was probably born in the wrong country because I cannot tolerate heat. But no matter what, I will always be grateful for my home.

Isn’t that what November is for? Taking time out to remember and give thanks for the little things in life we often take for granted? Well that’s what you can expect from us at Life By Olivia this month. All month long, we are going to share things we are grateful for, big and small. You can expect more quick tips on the Facebook Page from Mechelle.  We’re also going to share ways you can show your gratitude with free recipes, crafts and printables to help you celebrate the holidays in style. Afraid you’ll indulge too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t worry, we’re also sharing fitness tips that you can do anytime, anywhere all month long, starting next week.

Last but not least, this month we are sharing our gratitude for you the readers. I’ve been putting together an eBook of my favourite recipes, some of which you’ve never seen before, called Sweets & Sips to be released on Friday November 18, 2016. These recipes are sure to impress while you indulge. AND if you sign up right now to pre-request our FREE eBook, we are going to send you a FREE copy of our Thanksgiving Wine Bottle Labels for you to jazz up your bottle at your next dinner. Don’t be scared if you start to see Christmas stuff towards the end of month. We’re really excited for Christmas! I can’t wait to show you all of the festive things that are in store for the rest of the month.

What would you love to see on in November?

Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments!