I hope you all have had the best holiday season! Today, I’m back with another life update, but I promise the recipes and baking content will return in full force soon. I have so many fun ideas planned for 2020, so get excited!
At the end of each month, I love sharing these monthly recap posts to keep you in the loop, and even more, I would love to hear how your December has been. Let me know in the comments below!
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My family is currently in NYC for Christmas, and it has been great spending time with them here. It’s actually my first Christmas in the city, so I’m glad I’ve been able to share it with them.
A few nights ago, we braved the crowds and visited the tree at Rockefeller Center. While I’ve been there before during December, I have never seen it this crowded before!
For the most part, we have been relaxing at my apartment, cooking lots of casseroles and playing card games. It was definitely an amazing Christmas — my sweet parents got me a new vacuum (the Dyson Cyclone V10*) and a few other great gifts! I’m so grateful we were able to get together this holiday season and explore NYC together.
So much good for this month!
- Oso — I’ve been here a few times now, and it amazes me every time. While there, my friend and I split the guac & chips, blue corn quesadillas, flautas, and tacos. Plus churros to finish the meal! If you’re looking for delicious Mexican food in Harlem, this would be my #1 recommendation to check out.
- Uncle Ted’s — An oldie but a goodie. While I was at NYU, I actually lived right across the street from Uncle Ted’s, and I used to go at least once a week. Now, it’s still my favorite Chinese restaurant in NYC, but it’s a bit further away from me. Lately, I’ve really been enjoying their Vegetarian General Tso’s Chicken.
In last month’s post, I talked about my 2019 reading challenge and how I was close to the finish line. Well, I did it! I have officially read 35 books this year, which I’m so proud of. If you love reading like me, I highly recommend setting your own reading challenge on Goodreads.
Here’s what I read in December:
- Everything is Figureoutable* — You ever check a book out from the library, get halfway through it, then buy your own copy on Amazon so you can own it yourself? No, just me? Well, that’s what happened with this book. If you’re into self-improvement books like me, this is a must-read in my opinion. I’m a big Marie Forleo fan, and I loved her writing style throughout this book.
- Period Power* – I originally heard about this book on the Deliciously Ella podcast, and I couldn’t resist picking it up from the library. This book breaks down everything in the menstrual cycle and provides valuable information on how to become more in tune with your body. Plus, for a book about periods, it is absolutely hysterical! I love her voice throughout the book.
For 2020! If you’ve been around for a while, then you know that I am the ultimate Type A person. I love writing in my planner each day, and I personally have been using a Passion Planner* for the last three years. While I love to write my to-do lists for the week, my favorite part of this planner is the goal section. It has a monthly reflection at the end of each month, and it always helps me think about what I want to work on and improve going into the next month. Not sponsored or anything—I just love this planner. I truly do.
Also, stay tuned for next week’s post because I’m going to be sharing my intentions for 2020! For the past few years, I have been choosing one intention word for the year rather than lots of resolutions. It took me a while to think about my intention word for 2020, but I think I found the perfect one.
Lots and lots of The Simpsons. Kyle and I go through phases where we pick one TV show to watch at night before bed, and lately it’s been The Simpsons. We watched so many seasons if it a few years ago, but it’s one of those shows that I love watching again and again. Up next? I’m trying to convince him to watch Seinfeld through with me, but he’s not the biggest Jerry Seinfeld fan. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
In terms of movies, we saw Parasite earlier this month, and oh. my. god. It blew my mind. If you haven’t seen it, my best recommendation would be to not look anything up about it and just go in blind. The movie has so many twists and turns, and it is so, so well made. It’s one of those movies where I want to watch it again to catch more of the nuances, but I’m honestly not sure if I could handle watching it again.
Personally, there is nothing I love more than a loooong run and a good podcast. I honestly don’t listen to that much music on a day-to-day basis, but I love learning new information with podcasts. Here are the podcasts that I have been loving lately:
- Deliciously Ella Podcast — I know I have mentioned this one before, but it’s probably my #1 favorite at the moment. Each episode is packed full of amazing information related to living a healthy and balanced life. I especially love how they dive into some really deep topics (such as Changing the Birth Narrative & The Meat Myth).
- Fit & Fearless — I listened to this podcast a few years ago and then forgot about it, but I recently have been loving it again! It has great information about exercise and how to maintain a positive relationship with food.
- No Meat Athlete Radio — I’ve only listened to a few episodes of this podcast, but I have really enjoyed it so far. I’ll keep you updated on my favorite episodes as I keep getting into it.
Running in Central Park, prosecco, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, winning raffles at work, daydreaming about the future, thrifting, grilled cheese, wrapping presents, and setting goals.
Check out the latest recipes and articles this month:
- Grandma’s Sugar Cookies
- Stocking Stuffers for Bakers
- Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Peppermint Chocolate Mousse