What I’m Into November 2014 Edition

December 1, 2014

This month, I am loving…

Our Fireplace

My kids finally have a fire place at this new house. They love building a fire, staring at the fire, and roasting s’mores. They would do this every single night.

Christmas Music

I’ve queued up some great Christmas albums for this season on Spotify. We love Pentatonix’s album That’s Christmas to Me, Idina Menzel’s cover of “Baby it’d Cold Outside,” and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s album Holiday for Swing (Who knew? It’s so great!) 

You gotta love a girl who eats her pie like a slice of pizza. #pieforbreakfast A photo posted by Kelly Wiggains (@kellywiggains) on


Namely pumpkin, but I also love my brother’s Bourbon-infused Pecan Pie, too. My kids are already begging for another pumpkin pie. Secret Tip: Double up on the pumpkin pie spice. Use your own roasted pumpkin puree.

Essential Oils

I’m all about our diffuser right now with a steady stream of Raven and/or RC to help with chest coughs and Thieves blend to keep us from getting sicker. I love using coconut oil with a mixture of oils as a natural chest rub, too.

I have the sweetest friends. Yesterday, I received 3 new books as presents. It’s like they know me or something.

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I received a copy of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson along with her new book Lila from a friend. Another friend gave me an early Christmas present: Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift. The kids and I started with the first devotional this morning. I loved the discussion questions afterwards, and the kids loved the beautiful pictures. I finished The Grisha Trilogy, and I’m working on the second book of the Legend Trilogy.


My new favorite Tumblr is Your Dear Mama by my friend, Heidi.

And, because the internet is a crazy place, there is a YouTube video of my in-laws playing on The Family Feud back in the 1980s – my mother-in-law even mentions my husband’s name in her introduction. He was two at the time.


Comfort Food

I’ve been making Chicken and Noodles, Chicken and Dumplings, and Stew That’s Not Really Stew lately (I left out the tomato paste and made a roux instead). And my kids want hot chocolate round the clock. Mostly, we’re just cold. 

One of my 3 Roll Assistants/Quality Controllers #flourfordays A photo posted by Kelly Wiggains (@kellywiggains) on


Tyler and I took advantage of free babysitting to see Mockingjay. I can’t wait to see the final installment. These movies are my favorite book-to-screen adaptations, and I might like the Mockingjay movies better than the book, a rarity! We also rented Maleficent this month, and my boys along with my husband and I loved it. My daughter wanted to watch the “real” Sleeping Beauty.

A Christmas tree makes any house look fancy.

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Christmas Crazy

Our December is packed per usual. The kids have church musical and Cub Scout events coming up. My husband has Christmas concerts to conduct and concerts where he’s performing. I’m trying to make sure we all have enough time to enjoy the magic of these few weeks.

What are YOU into this month?

Link up with Leigh Kramer and friends. It’s a fun monthly link up, where you find great ideas for books, fashion, music, movies, and more.

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Kelly Wiggains, a high school English teacher turned homeschooling mom, likes to surround herself with good literature, beautiful things, and big ideas, and she wants her home to reflect those things, too. Here at KellyWiggains.com she talks about everything From Literature to Living.
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One response to What I’m Into November 2014 Edition

  1. What tremendous friends. That is a beautiful stack of books! And we do pumpkin pie for breakfast too, on Thanksgiving :)