Go tea shopping, either at a specialty store or just browsing the tea aisle at the supermarket. There are so many varieties now, you could be experimenting for days. But for now, just choose a new one that seems to call out to you.  I like the Red Velvet Cake flavor by Stash Tea and I hope to find it in stores again this season.

An update on my kids’ Advent calendar choice: they ended up deciding against the Crayola Countdown calendar (affiliate link), since they did it last year. Even though I showed them that it looks different, they were still concerned about a lack of surprise. So then they made me very proud when all by themselves they decided they would like me to make up a Christmas ‘bucket list’ of activities and we do one each day as our countdown. I was supremely pleased that they wanted experiences instead of things. It took me all of about 5 minutes to type up a bucket list, and I sealed one activity in each of 24 little gold envelopes. I included many of the typical things you find on Pinterest (drive to see Christmas lights, make graham cracker ‘gingerbread’ houses, donate a coat to the shelter), but added a few that I know my girls will like, such as paint their fingernails or toenails red and green, play a Christmas board game, put together a Christmas jigsaw puzzle, invite their friends over for cookie decorating.

I will remind you again next week to thaw your Thanksgiving turkey in the fridge, but depending on how large your turkey is and if you want to brine it, you might need to start the process later this week. Think about what you will need to do and set a reminder for yourself. Which means that you should probably make space in your fridge, and get all your Thanksgiving food this week if you can. Go over your menu, simplify it, list all the ingredients and make sure you have them. I have a couple very sad stories to inspire you. There was the Thanksgiving day that I was making the stuffing and found that we were OUT OF SAGE and I declared that THANKSGIVING IS RUINED. I know this incident must have scarred me, because my pantry currently has not one, but TWO bottles of sage. Then there was the Thanksgiving when I was grocery shopping, probably the day before Thanksgiving, and the grocery store was completely sold out of whipped cream. There was no whipped cream in a can, no stuff in a tub, no heavy cream to whip up at home. We had no whipped cream for the pumpkin pie. Do not let this happen to you! Shop early!

This week’s prompts don’t really require any prep work, until we get to Saturday. On Saturday I will share a recipe for sugar scrubs for the bath. It’s hardly a recipe, it’s basically just sugar and oil. Therefore this week as you are going about your business, gather up empty jars, preferably with lids, along with any oils you can find. This could be supermarket vegetable oils such as olive oil or avocado oil. Or it could be bath oils that you have under your bathroom sink, such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, or a general bath/shower oil product. We will talk more about this on Saturday, but in the meantime I bet you could find everything you need without having to leave the house.

Have a great week!

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