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Hey friend!

How’re you doing?

Can you believe this month is more than half over?!

It’s ended up being even more different than either of us had pictured…

It all started last week when AnnMarie had some cold-like symptoms and tested positive for Covid.

Right after we spent two days together working on photographing our homes for Christmas!

So despite having long to do lists, we’ve both been quarantining.

And then this week, Anne started feeling a little off on Monday evening…


Apparently it’s pretty contagious.

Fortunately, we’ve both had relatively mild symptoms.

By far, the worst, has been pretty overwhelming fatigue. Neither of us have taken so many all-day naps in our lives!

We’ve both spent almost all of the time by ourselves: we’re doing everything we can to keep our families protected!

Those to do lists?

Well, they’re not getting any shorter…

But Christmas will get here on Friday regardless!

And no matter what, we’ll be making memories for sure.

Even if those memories are Chinese carry out like A Christmas Story…

We did manage to write a lot of blog posts!

Anne shared how to make a pretty tree with yarn.

Woman's hands holding a foam cone wrapped in burlap and making a long loop of cream colored yarn

And a super easy one with loops of burlap.

Woman's hands assembling a burlap Christmas tree using a green styrofoam cone and strips of burlap pinned to the tree

And then shared how she used these simple, budget-friendly trees to make a pretty Christmas (or winter!) tablescape.

Side view of Simple Christmas table setting with a charger, plate, wreath, Wedgewood bread plate, topped with a yellow faux pear with greenery and white burlap trees centerpiece in the background

AnnMarie gave a great tutorial for how to upcycle candle holders.

two pillar candle holders one taller than the other sitting on kitchen table with container of chalk paint and chip brush on table in front

And a different way to distress light colored candlesticks that would work for all sorts of items you may have lying around your home. You’ll love how easy this technique is!

hands holding candlestick applying dark wax with small paint brush

And then she showed how to put her upcycled projects together for a gorgeous fireplace display!

antique window with wreath and bells hanging on it sitting on wood fireplace mantel with greenery along mantel

If you’re looking for a special dessert, this is what Anne’s family enjoys every Christmas Eve.

Also, with the holiday season looking a little different this year, there’s no need to wait until January 1st to begin a healthy lifestyle!

We’ve shared some tips to help you get started with Trim Healthy Mama if you’re looking for a sustainable lifestyle: not a diet.

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If you ever have any questions about THM, feel free to message us any time.

Make this weekend memorable!