Christmas Splurges to get me through January

I splurged and bought myself a new blue leather tote bag for Christmas.
$40.00 at Tuesday Morning and it has a life time warranty ;-)

Sorry not a good picture.

Does anyone else find January to be a totally drab, depressing, month?
I ended up getting a bit carried away shopping on Amazon for things to keep me occupied throughout the month.

I am so in love with Mary Helen Bowers, Ballet Beautiful workouts.
The workouts are actually fun and low impact.
I ended up with two of her workout DVD's.
Her book Ballet Beautiful.
And a new pair of ballet slippers for my workouts.
I am so excited waiting on my new ballet slippers to arrive!
Mary Helen is amazing, you should check out her Instagram account! 
She is originally from North Carolina!

I love a local North Carolina author, Sarah Addison Allen.
Her book Garden Spells is one of my favorite books.
Something else I have to look forward to, a sequel to Garden Spells, named First Frost,  is coming out at the end of January! 
I bought another one of her books The Girl who Chased the Moon.
I know you are not supposed to judge a book by the cover, but I am apt to buy a book if it has an enchanting cover, as do all of Sara Addison Allen's books and her books are just as enchanting ;-)

I really splurged and bought a Hallmark Christmas movie I love, Christmas with Holly.
I was excited to find out the movie is based on a book called Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas.
Apparently there is a whole series of Friday Harbor books!
I love a good book series!

 I am just trying to stay busy.
For the past several months I have been taking a class on Saturday mornings at our local Catholic Church.
I have rally enjoyed the class and the other participants in the class are a group of older ladies.
They are all so very sweet, and have been a blessing to me in the short amount of time I have known them.
I bought a calendar to do more meal planning for for each month.
I love coffee shops and the library so I have a feeling I will be spending plenty of time there next month.
Someone just opened up a new coffee shop in town called The Mean Bean.
I have not tried it out yet, but I hear it is good. If anything, I want to try it out just for the name!

What do you do to beat the winter blues?

All images (except for the terrible first one!) are from Amazon listings!


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