We’re still back in Pennsylvania, winding down celebrations for Thanksgiving.  As I mentioned last week, this is my favorite holiday, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already over!  We’ve eaten LOTS of delicious food, spent time with members of both sides of my family, and gotten a much-needed dose of the fall-on-the-verge-of-winter PA that I love so very much.

To wrap up the Thanksgiving weekend (and to help kick off the rest of the holiday season!), I’ve written a special edition of Gratitude Diaries (check out the last installment here).  Here are a few things that are especially meaningful to me on this cozy weekend:

  • FAMILY, FAMILY, FAMILY.  I know it’s sort of expected to put this at the top of the list — especially at this time of year — but it wouldn’t be ME if I didn’t!  I talked about this a bit in my first Thanksgiving post, but this holiday is particularly special for me as a child of divorce and blended families because I have a chance to see almost EVERYONE from both my mom’s and dad’s sides of the family.  I love that the primary expectation for Thanksgiving is to spend quality time with each other, and I always try to soak in as much of that as I can.  Almost six months after our wedding, I feel especially thankful for my family and all of the support and love we felt in the months before and after we said “I do.”  I only wish that my in-laws didn’t live on the opposite side of the country so we could all spend more time together!
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Both sides of my immediate family.  (Photo credit: Bri Cibene Photography)
  • My hometown.  Both of my parents live in Bethlehem, PA, and while I love it year-round, it always feels extra special as we approach the holiday season.  Unsurprisingly, we are known as “The Christmas City,” so what’s not to love?  We tend to do a lot of driving back and forth between Brooklyn and Pennsylvania in November and December, but I hardly mind, because being here in my hometown makes it THAT much easier to get into the spirit of the season.
  • Gilmore Girls.  Like so many others, I was PSYCHED about the Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life revival hitting Netflix this week.  My mom and I spent six hours straight yesterday watching all four installments back-to-back, and even though I knew I was excited in advance, I had no idea how emotional I would feel about actually watching it!  The series has meant so much to me over the years (I think I’ve watched it all the way through about seven or eight times).  Along with the rest of the social media community, I’m still wrapping my head around how I feel about the new episodes (more on that later, maybe), but regardless, it was special to spend some time this weekend revisiting characters that feel like an extension of my family.  Did you watch the revival?  I’d love to hear what you thought about it in the comments section below!


  • Our wedding video.  We got our wedding trailer about a month ago (check it out below!), but just before we left New York to come home for Thanksgiving, we got the FULL video.  It’s been really fun to relive our special day with family during our visit, and it’s been an extra reminder of how grateful I am for the events of these last few months.

I have another day or two left in Pennsylvania, and then it’s back to the city to buckle down on work for the rest of the year and get our little home ready for the holidays.  In other festive news, I’ve had some fun seasonal pieces posted to Brit + Co over the last few days, and you can check them out here!

***Don’t forget about my November giveaway, where you have a chance to win a beautiful pair of earrings from The Shine Project (pictured below).  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on my most recent post!  I’ll be drawing the winner this coming Wednesday 11/30. ***