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Lazy Day Routine: Thanksgiving Edition-Collab with Shutterbug

I had the amazing opportunity of collaborating with the wonderful and inspiring Courtney of Shutterbug! I continue to be motivated and inspired by her, and her photography is simply stunning! Be sure to visit her blog to see her Thanksgiving Lazy Day Routine, and check out her social media at the end of the post! 🙂


It isn’t often that I get a lazy day, but when I do I love to make the most of it! Thanksgiving is a day to leave work commitments behind and focus on the amazing joys of life.

Cozy socks make all of the difference!!

Like any ordinary lazy day, I start off by sleeping in and catching up on my rest. I then like to put on my comfiest outfit, which consists of purple elephant pants, warm fuzzy socks (usually with a fun winter theme!), and a fleece sweater. Once I’m all cozy I usually make myself breakfast, with fruit and coffee.

After breakfast I love to grab a book and read for an hour or two. I’ve been hearing about so many amazing books lately, and there’s just something about reading on a chilly winter day. I’m currently reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. It’s been absolutely breathtaking so far, and I may have to do a review on it in the near future! I then love to help with meal preparation for the evening, as cooking is one of my favorite pastimes! This is one of the best times to appreciate all of the amazing things in life, and all of the wonderful people that I have had the privilege of knowing!

A holiday success! 🙂

In between cooking and relaxing, something that has become a tradition is to build a gingerbread house. I used to love building these when I was younger, and have loved revisiting that joy for the past two years! Last year the house that I made quickly toppled to the ground (I discovered I’m not very good at gingerbread architecture), but the house I made this year stayed upright and was ornately decorated with frosting and sprinkles! Listening to holiday music in the background is a great way to relax while also engaging your creative side!

After gingerbread house building is the Thanksgiving meal, which is a wonderful way to catch up with life and make lasting connections! Once the meal is over, I like to take the time to journal about all that I am grateful for. I have been keeping a gratitude journal for about a year and a half, and it has changed my life for the better! Being able to reflect on all that I am grateful for each day and year has changed my outlook on the world.

After journaling it’s time to play a few board games, coloring in my Enchanted Forest coloring book, or watching movies. Recently it has become tradition to watch a number of Harry Potter films after dinner, and this year we chose to watch Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets! Once the movie is over, I like to catch up on self-care by showering and using face masks or painting my nails. I have been loving the Rainbowlight “Green Clay” mask, it’s so refreshing for dry skin in the winter!

I usually go to bed earlier on lazy days to catch up on my rest, and to get the new day off to a great start! What is your Thanksgiving lazy day routine?

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