Welcome to November. I can barely bring myself to say it, but it’s here: the 11th month of 2018. Where does the time go? I swear, it was just June. 

But anyway, here we are. The 11th month brings with it sweater weather, changing leaves, Thanksgiving break, and—inevitably—Christmas shopping. And in this issue, we cover it all!

Lots of family coming to visit? We offer some tips on how to make that guest room an inviting refuge. Already feeling guilty about how much you plan to eat at Thanksgiving dinner? We suggest a fun pre-dinner workout. Looking for some gift inspiration that you can’t get at the big-box stores? We recommend local boutiques with treasure troves of special items.

Whatever your plan is for the start of this holiday season, we hope you’re spending it with the people you love and giving thanks for all the ways in which you are blessed. Thanks for reading! 

With gratitude,

Maria Dinoia

Managing Editor