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Grateful For The Little Things

Thanksgiving is a time to express our gratitude for all the gifts in our lives, for the things that we never asked for or deserved—but received just the same. But what about those little things that seems too shallow or silly to mention out loud? At Verily we give thanks for the little things as well, in the hopes that—if it makes us smile—it might make you smile too!


1. A Traditional Thanksgiving Feast

Last year, after searching through what felt like the entirety of Barcelona, traditional Thanksgiving staples were nowhere to be found. This season, my local grocery store is selling turkey legs, butternut squash, and corn! SCORE. Never have I been more thankful for being able to cook an American Thanksgiving dinner for my international friends than I am today. And I can't wait to try this lusciously easy recipe for Butternut Squash Crostini. - Krizia Liquido, Lifestyle Editor 

2.  The 50 Shades of Grey Release Date Was Pushed Back

As the hype around the 50 Shades of Grey 2014 movie release increased, so did the proliferation of lip biting, slightly unbuttoned, come-hither photo shoots from the new cast. I can't imagine I am the only woman rolling her eyes at these ridiculously overt attempts to seduce the camera. Well, good news for all those who share my snarky sentiments—the 50 Shades of Grey movie release has been pushed back to February 2015! Those saucy, life sized promotion photos will have to wait another year, and for that I am grateful. - Monica Gabriel, Web Editor

3. My Baby Wrap

I have my hands full with 2 children under the age of 2, but I couldn't be more thankful for my two babies! Whoever said that having children is like letting pieces of your heart walk around outside of your body was so right! Wearing my Solly baby wrap helps me keep my little hearts close, while also freeing up my hands if I need them. - Jane Riley, Art Director

4. Mobile Hotspots

I have spent most of the last few months traveling for work and to see family. But outside of the occasional miracle Starbucks—you know, the one where the wifi is actually fast?— it's difficult to get any work done without a hotspot. I kind of geek out on cool technology, and wifi access anywhere is pretty darn cool. - Kara Eschbach, Editor-in-Chief 

5. Women in Dance Music

Verily's own music writer Allison Baughman has co-founded the new web community called, Women in Dance Music, "dedicated to helping women in the industry connect and create." Its mission? "To provide women with the means to share knowledge, skill, and experience through events and social media while cultivating awareness of women in the dance music industry." Brava, ladies! - Mary Rose Somarriba, Culture Editor

6. My Stylish Mother

I am thankful for my mom, who has always inspired me, not only because of the love and guidance she brings to my life, but also for her amazing sense of style! (I still borrow clothes from her closet whenever I visit home). We both love to dream up ways to repurpose vintage dresses—her creative mind never ceases to amaze me. I'm dying to take her to Crossroads Trading Co. consignment shop in Brooklyn. Crossroads is one of the top consignment chains in the US where you can buy, sell, and trade gently used designer clothing—vintage or new—oh, the possibilities! - Janet Sahm, Style Editor

7. Cozy Maternity Wear

I am thankful for being pregnant during my favorite season in the Northeast! Cozy sweaters, boots, and scarves are so much fun to style with my baby bump. Not to mention, comfort food tastes that much better after a walk in the brisk air. Check out the cozy knit I'm eyeing right now: ASOS Maternity Exclusive Premium SweaterNicole Caruso, Beauty Editor

8. A Friendsgiving

Growing up, I never had many female friends. It probably had to do with my geeky affinity for video games, coding, and off-beat sense of humor. But this year, I've met so many women who have helped me realize how incredibly rewarding and powerful a female collaboration can really be. I feel incredibly lucky to have met each one of these talented women! I can't fly home for Thanksgiving this year, so instead I am planning a small feast where I will be regaling my new friends with a creamy Poulet Vallée d’Auge and honey pomegranate mulled wine.- Haruka Sakaguchi, Assistant Art Director

9. My vintage French dictionary

After spending a month traveling around France this autumn, soaking up the culture and culinary delights - everyone say "Cheese!" - I'm so charmed by my new leather-bound vintage French dictionary, circa 1940, a gift from a friend. As a whimsical, quirky accessory to my window sill and a must-have for that tricky vocabulary, it's my new favorite item. - Ashley Crouch, PR Manager and Contributing Editor