Is anyone else in absolute shock, awe and disbelief that Thanksgiving is less than a week away? I was telling O the other day, Thanksgiving always lives in this hypothetical place in my mind called “the end of November.” Every year, “the end of November” creeps up on me and while I’m fully in Christmas planning mode and well aware it’s nearly here, that sneaky Thursday has gotten me again.
I planned out our menu this week and its my first time cooking a fully Vegan Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve been making dairy free Thanksgiving for a few years now, but it will be the first in History where I don’t make Turkey or Ham. Let me tell you, there are some feelings! I may or may not have had a bit of a meltdown when letting go of traditions. O has been vegan for over two years and we’ve been without dairy for the better part of two years, but the kids and I just gave up meat in August. While none of us seem to miss it and no part of me actually wants to eat it, the thought of not having it on food-holidays like this one got to me a little bit.
Since meal planning is such a huge part of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share this meal planner that has been an absolute win for me. It includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day of the week which is huge because I often overlook lunch for the kids (soup-and-rice lunches happen too often around here) so seeing each meal of each day has been a game changer. Even writing in ‘leftovers’ in the lunch or dinner slot and being able to see if there will actually be leftovers to eat was super helpful. I also love that it has a Shopping List at the edge of the meal plan so I can write it at the same time as I meal plan- plus, it tears off so you can keep the meal plan attached and look back on it in future weeks. Win, win!!
Before signing off for the weekend, I wanted to share some picks for Thanksgiving day if you haven’t decided on anything yet! Here are my choices for tops that aren’t form fitting (there is no place for a suction-cupped shirt on thanksgiving. you’re not welcome here.) and under $50!
If you’ve been eyeing up an Anthropologie top or sweater for Thanksgiving, now is your chance! Today, they’re 20% off, so I’ve rounded up my flowy, loose (i.e. mashed potato and apple pie friendly) tops for turkey day:
Next week, I’m so excited to roll out the start of my Holiday content, starting on Monday with a video guide with tips for traveling with kids. We’re staying put this year and hosting here at our house, but we’ve travelled both Thanksgivings since having kids and after our travels to Italy this summer, I made a video of things that were super helpful. It can be intimidating, right?! Tune in next week for travel guides, the start of my Holiday gift guides and everything in between.
Are you traveling for Thanksgiving? Did it creep up on you like it did for me, or are you one of those ladies with a stocked Thanksgiving pantry, already prepping your Turkey brine? Happy weekend, friends!