When Roan asked me this million-dollar question, “Where do you want to go for your birthday this year?,” I got a little confused. Growing up, my brothers and I had become accustomed to not having elaborate birthday parties. Birthdays, in our family, meant going to mass first thing in the morning to honor and be grateful to the Lord for making it through another year, and celebrating by treating ourselves to a nice lunch or dinner (or both). I was twice as much homesick when my birthday came up on my first year here in the US because I was used
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I asked, “How is November almost over?” with a pang of sadness in my head this week. With November being my birth month, and arguably the best month (next to December, of course), it’s bittersweet to see the days go by quickly. I absolutely love this time of the year not only because the temperature drops but because it feels so much more festive as most people prepare for the holidays. Here in the US, November is almost always associated to Thanksgiving, hence it is dubbed as the National Gratitude
I didn’t realize how difficult it was to shop for the ladies until I put this holiday gift guide together. Seriously. I must have spent twice as much time paring this list down than I did with the holiday gift guide I made for the men because women’s interests vary more than theirs (or is it just me?). Like what I previously did, I’ve made a pretty straightforward list of my current favorite things and/or those that mirror my current lifestyle.
I really wanted to have this holiday gift guide up prior to our Thanksgiving weekend trip to The Sierra, but I got caught up with time-sensitive work-related things (on top of packing for the trip!), so I wasn’t able to publish it in time for the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sales (I know, I’m a terrible blogger!🤦🏻♀️). Thankfully, another wave of holiday sales is upon us, so if you still haven’t gotten the significant men in your life anything yet for Christmas, then let me give you some ideas!
Greetings from Central California! Roan and I left San Diego early yesterday morning, and we’re staying here for the rest of Thanksgiving weekend! Before you find this post a little misleading, I’m letting you know in advance that these photos are from the same trip we made to The Sierra for—you guessed it—Thanksgiving weekend last year. Since we’re here again for the very same reason, what better time to give you a quick preview about our trip than now? Roan and I must have caught some kind of a travel bug following my birthday weekend in Denver, Colorado last year because we decided—on a