Highlight Reel (December 2018 Favorites)

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the December installment! 

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This month, I listened to some more audiobooks and read a few Christmas books to celebrate the season! I listened to Jen Hatmaker’s Of Mess and Moxie, which I absolutely loved! I’ve loved Jen since I read 7, and it was so fun to hear her read her own book! I also listened to Glennon Doyle Melton’s Love Warrior, which was good, too!

To get in the Christmas spirit, I read The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore at my family’s Christmas Eve gathering, Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson, and Christmas Stories by Max Lucado.

I also read Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs and A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle.


“People may hate us because of Jesus, but people should never hate Jesus because of us.” —Jen Hatmaker, Of Mess and Moxie

Oh, man. What a great dose of perspective!



I watched almost all the Christmas movies on Netflix, along with the newest season of Fuller House. I just can’t get enough of those beloved childhood characters, even though it’s not the same as the original show.



I’ve still been listening to my favorite Christmas playlists!

Smiley Christmas (by Kendra Adachi)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

‘Tis the Season



I made my own version of this slow cooker stuffing for two different gatherings, where it was received very well, along with these green beans my grandpa raved about (I just used garlic and almonds).

I also made paleo sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies, which I loved!



How is December over already? I’m kind of sad Christmas is behind us because it’s my favorite holiday that I get to spend with my favorite people, and because it has a whole season of joy devoted to it. But I’m looking forward to things in the new year, too!

This month, I got to spend time with friends, making good food and watching good movies. I also got to spend time with my family and my fiance’s family for Christmas, following some old traditions and making some new ones, which was so fun!



I always love beginning a fresh new year. I don’t set traditional resolutions, but it’s still nice to feel like there’s a blank slate, a perfect opportunity to refocus on my goals.


What were some of your favorite things this month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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