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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.


ONE.

Caramel Vodka Filled Thanksgiving Cocktails.  I plan on taking a break from Three on Thursday next week since it's Thanksgiving.  So I figured I would share my cocktail suggestions early!  Caramel vodka.  You can find it at all liquor stores and it's so perfect for this time of year.  If you're making drinks for a crowd, I suggest the Apple Pie Sangria, since it's so easy to make by the pitcher, plus it tastes better as the fruit soaks up the flavor so you can make it ahead of time and have one less thing to worry about the day of.  If you're just making a few drinks, try the Caramel Apple Martinis.  They're basically dessert too!

TWO.

Zodiac Candles.  In what universe would I not request a Scorpio candle for my birthday?  These are such beautiful candles, I love the glass and the labels.  It's fun to see the personality traits of all the different sun signs.  And I love that each one smells different based on what that particular sign would like.  It reminds me of the love potion in Harry Potter.  The Scorpio one is great, it's definitely a moody, winter-y scent, though all the different options sound like they'd smell fantastic.  I'm still burning through mine but then I'll be reusing the jar since it's too pretty not too.  I think this would make a great birthday gift for any candle lover.

THREE.

2020 Year Overview Calendar in Excel.  I always plan the next year towards the end of the current year.  I figure out big things like travel and holidays, especially the ones we host a party for, and put any standing traditions in my calendar (Blackhawks convention in July, Tara visiting in August, tailing in Iowa in September, etc.) so I can start to see my schedule coming together.  Plus my doctors schedule appointments like 6 months in advance so might as well add those too, right?  I like to plan, of course, but the reasoning behind the year overview is (a) to be ready financially for those things that cost a lot and (b) to actually schedule in or at the very least be mindful of self care and downtime.  I cannot have back to back weekends of plans.  It happens sometimes (almost always July) but I just cannot have street fest one weekend, a birthday party the next, tailgating after that, and so on.  I need to at least alternate because I need downtime at home or I get way too stressed out and crabby.  By seeing the entire year on one page, I can easily see which invitations I need to start turning down because I have too many other expensive and/or time consuming things going on at that point.  I picked one of these excel spreadsheets ones that had the weekends highlighted in color and the weekdays in white.  I print it out but I also copied it into Evernote so I can change it easily and always have it available to pull up on my phone.  If you also value your downtime, I highly recommend this system.  And if you tend to procrastinate things like going to the dentist, then you really need this calendar.