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Being Thankful

November 24, 2017

Yesterday was Thanksgiving which has become my favorite holiday of the year. I LOVE Christmas, but the stress with getting presents takes away what Christmas is all about. That’s why I really enjoy Thanksgiving….it’s all about good food, spending time with your loved ones and it’s my starting day of decorating the house. So basically it’s everything I love about Christmas minus the presents. Our Thanksgiving always starts around 5am with the turkey trot (run) in Dana Point. It’s a 10k run and about 10,000 runners each year. The course is not too difficult – mostly flat and has beautiful ocean and marina views. It’s a great way of earning your feast that day. Many runners dress up in Thanksgiving / Turkey outfits – I really need to step up my outfit game next year! After our traditional run we buy our Thanksgiving dinner. This year I made a roasted butternut squash soup (yummy- and yes, I will share the recipe if you’re really interested) and the other dishes we buy at Whole Foods (don’t judge I couldn’t cook it any better): vegan roast, roasted potatoes /  sweet potatoes, green beans, roasted Brussel sprouts & carrots and mushroom gravy. Oh so good! We’re leaving out the pie, but instead have fresh fruit and dates.  Then we eat and eat and…watch Christmas movies. Thanksgiving is also about reminiscing of what your thankful for…and I do remind myself every day how lucky I am to be healthy, have such a loving & supportive husband and that I’m living my dream here in Southern California.  What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you watch movies or play boardgames? Do you get the entire family together or just a small gathering with friends? Please share I would love to hear!!


Christmas activities have started already around here. We attended two tree lighting ceremonies: one was at Fashion Island and the other one at the Ritz Carlton. Don’t be fooled and think it’s just someone pushing a button to turn the light on….no no no…afterall we’re in the entertainment capital of the world. đŸ˜‰ So there’s Mario Lopez as a host, a full choreographed 30 minute show, 20 dancers dressed as reindeers, professional singers and of course Santa Clause himself (the real one) who gives the countdown to turn on the lights. I tear up every time (stop laughing)…Christmas makes me so sentimental. Can’t wait for more Christmas activities this month! What are your holiday plans? Do you have an advent calendar? Do you see the Nutcracker ballet or watch Christmas movies? I love hearing about Christmas traditions from around the world…


November also brings out the most stunning sunsets. Every night I get to witness spectacular colors when the sun settles on the California coast. First it’s the golden hour where everything has the most beautiful golden glow, then as soon as the sun sets the sky turns to different shades of pink, purple, yellow, orange…it’s breathtaking. I tend to take too many pictures – I just can’t help it.

Here are a few of my favorites from this month: 

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Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays as it’s the start of Christmas season but without the stress of getting presents. It’s all about good food and spending quality time together with your loved ones. This Thanksgiving day we had a super early start at 4:30am as we signed up for the 10k Turkey Trot run in Dana Point. It was a crisp morning in the 50s with over 16,000 runners. I usually run part of this route on my own as it’s so scenic, but it was fun going out together as a group. Also, there were a lot of unique costumes and people (and dogs) cheering the runners on. I was happy to finish in 59minutes which was 10min faster than two weeks ago in Las Vegas. I guess a 15k has to be the next challenge…

The rest of the day we spent decorating the house, going for a walk on the beach and enjoying our feast (vegan roast was delicious). It’s also the season when I can finally watch all Christmas movies again. We watched Love Actually and Family Man – what are your favorite Christmas movies?

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