Get inspired to do something new this month ... 10 things to try this November!
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I love learning and trying different things. It keeps everyday life a little more exciting, know what I mean?
In that spirit, I’ve started a monthly series, 10 Things to Try. Each month this year, I’ll share ten seasonally appropriate ideas (recipes, crafts, decor ideas, and more) that are worth trying that month. If you’d like to play along, take a pic of something new you’ve tried, then post it on social media and tag it with #hellolittlehome … sound like fun?
Here are 10 things to try this November!
1. Bake a Calzone
November 1 is National Calzone Day ... who knew?
In case you're not familiar with them, calzones are made from a round of pizza dough that's stuffed with yummy ingredients, then folded and baked. They are basically a folded pizza.
I love them, and they're are really easy to make at home, especially if you use store bought pizza dough.
Here are two of my favorite calzone recipes to try:
2. Be Thankful!
November is the perfect month to give thanks for all you have.
One of the best ways of doing this is by supporting your community. Donate a little a little money to your favorite cause or take a few hours to help out a local nonprofit. Volunteer Match is a great place to find volunteer opportunities near you.
I also always try to remember that the holiday season is a difficult time for many people. Take a moment to call or text a friend or relative who may be feeling alone or depressed. It can make a huge difference in their day.
This DIY Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art is the perfect way to add a reminder about being thankful to your home! I love the quote, and since it's not Thanksgiving-specific, you can leave it up year round.
And when turkey day arrives, make sure to use these free Thanksgiving printables! They have a fun "Be Thankful" theme!
3. Find the Perfect Slippers
Temps have finally dropped here in Dallas, and I'm all about staying cozy 24-7!
I love a comfy pair of slippers at this time of year, and it's the perfect time to stock up on a pair or two. Plus, they make a great holiday gift!
Here are some of my current faves (shown above):
- Minnetonka Slipper Booties - these classic slippers will keep your ankles warm.
- Muk Luks Scrunchie Boot Slippers - I LOVE Muk Luks ... they're so cozy! Kohl's always has lots of Muk Luk styles, but they tend to sell out (especially around the holidays). Snap them up if you find a pair you love!
- Critter Ballerina Slippers - absolutely adorable, and they come in many different critter options, each one cuter than the next!
- Teddy Bear Bootie Slipper Socks - so fluffy and cute!
- Pom Pom Slippers - I love the adorable ballet flat style, and they have a memory foam insole for comfort.
- Ugg Fleece Lined Socks - so cozy and perfect for lounging!
- Glam Embroidered Mules - these slippers make lounging around extra fun!
Which pair do you like best?
Delicious + Easy: Four Cheese Tomato Basil Crock Pot Lasagna
4. Enjoy Your Fave Comfort Foods
If you are anything like me, now that the weather is cooling off, you're craving comfort food at every meal!
I can't stop thinking about my fave stews, casseroles, lasagnas ... pretty much anything hot and hearty. It all sounds good to me.
If you're craving these foods too, make sure to check out my roundup of 100+ Vegetarian Comfort Foods. I shared all my faves, plus those of my favorite food bloggers. There is literally something for everyone (including vegan and gluten-free options).
Healthy + Super Tasty, too: Quick Tofu Tacos with Crunchy Veggie Slaw
5. Eat Better (When You're Not Indulging!)
Okay, so I know I just mentioned comfort food, but it's important (and sometimes difficult) not to totally overeat at this time of year. Unless you don't mind a few extra pounds come January, that is!
I always try to balance indulgent meals with healthier ones, and it's especially key as party season approaches.
If you're looking for ways to eat healthier (that are 100% doable), check out my post on 10 Easy Ways to Eat Better for some simple tips.
6. Update Your Beauty Routine
November is National Healthy Skin Month, which means it's the perfect time to adjust your beauty routine!
As the weather cools off, even oily skin like mine tends to feel a little drier. And small changes to your routine can have a big effect.
Is you skin starting to show signs of aging? Take a 28 Day Skin Care Challenge. I did it and loved the results!
If you face is simply looking lackluster, try my 4 Tips for Brightening a Dull Winter Complexion.
Treat your rough, dry hands to this DIY Soft, Silky Hands Treatment.
And don't forget about your hair! I shared some of my fave Winter Hair Care Tips here.
Curried Corn Chowder ... a fall favorite!
7. Warm Up with a Bowl of Soup
What's better on a cold fall day than a bowl of hot soup?
I love soup at this time of year. It just warms you up from the inside out, and I've been cooking my old faves nonstop.
Here are some of my best recipes for you to try:
- Easy Lentil Soup
- Creamy Kale and Potato Soup
- Hearty Minestrone Soup
- Vegetable Barley Soup
- Creamy Wild Rice Soup
- Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup
Want more? I've rounded up over 40 Hearty Vegetarian Soup Recipes here.
8. Add Comfy Accessories to Your Home
November is the perfect time to make small, seasonal changes to your home.
The easiest way to do this is through accessories like throws, pillows, other decorative elements. It's the perfect way to add an extra layer of comfort and coziness as the temps drop.
When picking accessories, think about materials (like cozy wools, soft faux-furs, and rich velvets), colors (I like warm golds, earthy burgundy, and rich jewel tones), and textures (rustic woods, chunky knits, and thick wovens work well).
9. Make a Pie
I always associate fall with pie. It has a lot to do with Thanksgiving and fall produce like apples and pumpkins, I suppose!
While I don't bake a ton of pies (it's a lot of dessert for two people), this Sour Cream Apple Pie from Posie Gets Cozy has always been a fave.
And then there's pumpkin pie! I can never get enough at this time of year. If you're looking for a fun twist on the traditional recipe, try my Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cheesecake Topping or my Mini Chocolate Toffee Pumpkin Pies ... both are so delish!
What is your favorite kind of pie?
10. Do a Little Fall Crafting
With the chilly temps, you may find yourself spending a little more time inside. So why not do a little crafting?
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Make these Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings for your Thanksgiving table.
- Add a touch of warmth to your home with these Gold Home Decor Projects.
- Try your hand at one of these beautiful DIY Jewelry Tutorials.
- Cozy up to a Cashmere Sweater Pillow Cover.
- Put together these Tassel Wine Charms for your next party.
- Gather your friends and spend an afternoon coloring this free Happy Fall Y'all Printable Coloring Page.
What is something new that you are inspired to try this November?
Make sure to check out all of my 10 Things to Try posts for even more inspiration: