2016 can be done at any time now, amirite? I have to say, with all honesty, this was definitely NOT one of my favorite years. Politics aside, my husband's illness definitely took a toll on our family life in 2016. With 4 hospitalizations and 2 surgeries behind us, we are ready to bring on a HEALTHY 2017!
(Although I did get a new kitchen in 2016. That was definitely a bright spot!)
That being said, there were a few fun products/items/things that brightened my fall that I'd love to share with you in a non-sponsored, just for fun type of way.
eyeshadow kit is my newest makeup fave. Love love love the applicator and the neutral colors.
I fall asleep while reading my Kindle every night before bed. 2016 hasn't been a great year of thrilling can't-put-down reads for me, but a few do stand out:
I finished Behind Closed Doors in literally 4 nights. It was intense and uncomfortable (think Sleeping With the Enemy uncomfortable...) and I'm not giving away the ending!
I tend to be a binge-watcher rather than a devoted weekly watcher of TV shows. I have fired through Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad (my all-time fave), Friday Night Lights, Bloodline and this summer I watched One Mississippi and Fleabag (both original Amazon series in their first seasons).
Now, I'm into Weeds. I love that the episodes are only 30 minutes. I love that it was created by Jenji Kohan. And I love the sick, twisted humor.
I'm not sure what I'll binge-watch next. My 15-year old is begging me to watch Grey's, but that seems like SUCH a commitment (12 seasons?!). And both my oldest 2 are faithful watchers of The Walking Dead, but violent zombies just don't seem to have any appeal for me. Perhaps The Americans?
Pinterest. I love it when I need a specific idea. Otherwise, I hate it. I sense it mocking me, pressuring me to create more, cook more, bake more, become more healthy. SHUT UP PINTEREST YOU DON'T KNOW ME.
Ahem. Anyway, once in a while, I stumble upon a Pinterest win and feel compelled to share. This copycat recipe is that win. It has been a hit over and over again with my family and guests alike. I mean, really, who doesn't love Panera's mac and cheese?! (I make mine without the Dijon mustard and hot sauce.)
I love photo re-creations. I'm so glad we were able to get together with our family friends and have the kiddos do this, 10+ years later. They pretty much nailed it!
And although we don't have our tree yet, the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.