Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and spending quality time with family; it’s the perfect time to continue or begin family traditions.
Here are some great family activities to try out this holiday.
1. Macy’s Day Parade
This year will be the 89th Annual Macy’s Day Parade. Watching the parade is a long-time Thanksgiving Day tradition for many American families. For details on the parade this year, click here.
2. Turkey Trot Run
As these types of runs grow increasingly popular, check to see if your town is hosting a Turkey Trot Run. Turkey Trots are usually open to the whole family, and as proceeds often go to charities it’s a great way to give back on a day of gratitude. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get some exercise before the big feast!
3. Touch Football
With a chaotic Thanksgiving morning, it may be a good idea to send some of the family outside (away from the kitchen) for some athletic bonding. Football is traditionally the sport of the day, but if you have little ones, try some Touch Football to keep it kid-friendly.
4. Thanksgiving Table Crafts
Another way to keep the kids occupied is to have them build Thanksgiving decorations for the table. The kids will have fun making their personal contribution and this could be a great time to sneak in a lesson on how to set the table while they’re at it. Here are some awesome craft ideas here.
5. Discuss Family History
With all of the relatives around, what better time to discuss family genealogy? You may want to bring out some photo albums to help refresh old memories or build a family tree with the little ones. If you want to keep it simple, ask each family member to tell their favorite family story. The warm memories are sure to bring many smiles!
Thanksgiving will be here soon and the best way to succeed this holiday is to plan ahead. To save you the time, we’ve found some mouth-watering, classic recipes that will impress everyone at the table this year.
Sour Cream & Chive Potatoes
Spice up your potato dish with sour cream, garlic and chives. This home-made potato recipe is simple, yet perfectly delicious.
Total time: 40 minutes (Source)
Lion House Rolls
Craving fluffy, buttery rolls for your Thanksgiving spread? Your search ends here. While this recipe requires a little more work, it’s well worth the wait!
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes (Source)
Rosemary Orange Cranberry Sauce
For some of us, cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving is an absolute must. This wow-factor recipe only takes 10 minutes!
Total time: 10 minutes (Source)
Brown Sugared Carrots
It’s perhaps the one day of the year when we shouldn’t feel guilty about adding butter and sugar to our carrots. The Martha Stewart recipe will not disappoint.
Total time: 20 minutes (Source)
Sweet Potato Casserole
Can’t decide whether you want to top your sweet potatoes with marshmallows or pecans? Problem solved: this recipe includes both!
Total time: (slow cooker) 5 hours 15 minutes (Source)
Our Instagram contest is over and winners have been chosen! Thank you for all the amazing submissions to our Halloween Instagram Contest. We can’t tell you how much fun we had looking at all of the adorable pictures. It was so hard to choose!
Grand Prize Winner – Most Likes – $100 Gift Card: Congratulations Courtney Nicole – @ismackratchets
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Halloween Safety Tips
We all know that Halloween-time is supposed to be scary, but it’s meant to be scary in the fun ways. Here are a few tips to help your little ones stay safe this Halloween and keep the bad scares away.
#1 Kid-Proof the Costumes
Got costume weapons? Make sure the swords, knives and other weapons are short, soft and flexible. Kids will find using their costume weapons irresistible, so to save future tears, provide “weapons” that are harmless.
#2 Adult Supervision
Don’t send kids trick-or-treating alone. Have them go in a group with a responsible caretaker. Make sure that your kids know not to enter the homes or cars of strangers. Teach them exactly what to say or do if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation so they will be prepared if ever the time comes.
As you can imagine, poor visibility can lead to a number of accidents. Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and it will most likely get dark while trick-or-treaters are out. Make sure your trick-or-treaters take a flash light with them. Have them wear a bit of reflective tape on their costumes to help drivers see them and teach them to use sidewalks and crosswalks. Also, check mask visibility to make sure that your child can see well enough while in costume. As a driver, be sure to be watchful and drive carefully.
It is a good idea to instruct your kids to not open their candy until they get home, so that a parent can examine it before consumption. Parents should inspect candy for tampering. Look for choking hazards and candy that is not wrapped. Remember to limit your children on how much candy they can eat at one time to avoid a later tummy-ache!
With visitors constantly arriving, this may stress out your pet. Make sure you have a game plan to either keep your pet from escaping through the open doorway or getting worked up in a tizzy. If possible, give them a quiet, closed off room with food, water, comfort, and their favorite toys. Be especially cautious about letting out your kitty on this evening as Halloween is a time notorious for crimes against felines.
One of the best parts about Halloween parties is creating foods to make your guests squirm. Here are a few of our favorite creepy finds.
For a filling refreshment, the wormy sliders are perfect (if you can stomach them). To created the “worm” look, simply slice hotdogs and drop them into boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Add a tasty barbecue sauce and slap them onto toasted buns. (Source)
These little bites are easy to make: hard boiled eggs, a dash of food coloring, mayonnaise, paprika and olives. (Source)
We’ve added this one because we love that it’s not only scary, but healthy too. Use toasted almonds for teeth. (Source)
Yes, they look terrifying. But combine salty pretzel sticks with white (green) chocolate and who can resist? (Source)
Cup O’ Worms
With chocolaty crumbs mixed into creamy pudding, this dessert is not so scary—but it’s definitely yummy! (Source)
It’s amazing what a little dry ice can do to transform your beverage. Try adding it to Kool Aid, juice or punch. (Source)
It’s fall season and the perfect time to cuddle up to a toasty bowl of soup. We’ve selected a couple recipes that look particularly tempting.
“Flu-Fighter” Chicken Noodle
This is an all-time classic! Especially if you’re fighting off a cold or flu. Total cook time: 1 hour, 10 minutes. Click here.
Creamy Potato Soup
This soup is simple: toss the ingredients in the slow cooker and 5-6 hours later, voila! Go here.
Technically we know this is a stew, but we had to throw it in for the spicy-lovers. This recipe includes, sausage, chicken and shrimp. Go here.
Butternut Squash Bisque
It’s not fall if you’re not eating squash. This delicious soup employs squash, carrots and vegetable stock as the main ingredients. See here.
For a hearty, nutritionally dense soup, try this powerhouse. Total cook time: 1 hour. Click here.
Build a Meal Plan Calendar
Meal planning is very beneficial. It saves time and money, reduces wasted food, decreases stress, and helps you to eat healthier, thought-out meals. Below are the ways to create a meal-plan calendar, plus some additional sites we found that show how others have perfected their meal-planning methods.
- Create a Recipe Collection. The initial stage of meal planning requires research. This is where you choose which meals you will be willing to prepare and eat. Scour your recipe books, Pinterest boards and favorite websites to compile your collection. Start out with recipes that are realistic to you: use simple recipes if you don’t like to spend time in the kitchen.
- Consolidate, Format, and Categorize. Take all of these recipes and put them in one place. It’s recommended that you put each into the same format. Formatting them may initially be time-consuming, but it will help make your meal planning smoother if all the information (e.g. prep time, ingredients, instructions) can easily be found in the same places on each card or page. Lastly, categorize the recipes—we recommend by protein, but choose what makes sense to you. Examples of food categories: steak, seafood, pork, chicken, vegetarian, or perhaps Mexican, Chinese, Italian etc. When labeling, assign a color to each group. Consider compiling categories for things like sides or desserts as well.
- Make a Reusable Calendar. The longer you plan ahead, the more money and trips to the grocery store you can save. However, keep in mind that you can only plan for as much food as you can stock up on; if you can buy a month’s worth of food and keep it from spoiling, then plan for a month. If you have lots of fresh produce-based recipes, you may want to plan for 1-2 weeks at a time. Find either a physical or digital calendar that can be your visual meal plan board. Make sure that it is reusable. A magnetic dry-erase calendar board works well for many people. Next, consider how you’re going to correspond your recipes to your board. Remember the colors assigned to your recipe types? Match your colors on the board to the categories you’ve chosen. Some board material ideas: colored magnets, printable magnets, and symbols. Consider extra notes other than just main meals. For example, you may want to add “sides,” “desserts,” “leftovers,” or “occasions” as extra labels to your board.
- Fill the Calendar. This is the fun part! Fill your calendar with meals and mix up them up to keep things interesting. The color-coded labels should help to make the calendar readable. Again, don’t forget to add in events, and possible days for leftovers. Extra Tip: take inventory of your current ingredients and peruse grocery store newsletters for sales and specials to save extra money.
- Create the Ultimate Shopping List. Once you’ve put your meal plan together on the board, pull all the associated recipes and create your shopping list. This will make your grocery-shopping trips much more purposeful; just don’t forget to bring it with you!
- Try it out! Lastly, of course, try it out. Buy the groceries and start following the plan. As you practice your meal-planning, you may develop ways to keep your plan a little flexible or decide to organize in a way that is ideal for you. Every family is different, so make changes as you see fit. Good luck and happy planning!
Check out these awesome meal plan calendars:
The Homes I Have Made‘s menu board with symbols: click here.
RobbGurl’s Creations’ very color-coded meal plan calendar: click here.
Our Instagram contest is over and the winner has been chosen! Thank you for all the amazing submissions to our First Day of School Instagram Contest. We can’t tell you how much fun we had looking at all of the adorable pictures.
Contest Winner – Randomly Selected – $100 Gift Card: Congratulations Alyssa Gelter – @agelter13
Honorable Mentions – because we just loved them all so much!
How to Declutter and Re-organize your Child’s Room, KonMari style
—with FREE printable closet dividers—
Declutter: To remove unnecessary items from (an untidy or overcrowded place).
Decluttering is the first and major step to keeping a tidy home. If there are less items for crowding, there are less possibilities for mess. While this process can be a challenge for any room, we all know that a child’s room is especially intimidating. Here are some tips, many taken from Marie Kondo’s KonMari method, that will help you go about tackling those hordes of forgotten toys and outgrown clothes.
Take everything out. Everything. Take all the toys and clothes and miscellaneous items and place them all into one pile in the middle of the room. As crazy as it sounds, this will enable you to see how much you have. Most likely it will be far more than you ever imagined, and that much more incentivizing.
Organize into categories. Move the items into piles, organizing the items by category: toys, books, clothes, etc. This will help you see how much you have of each kind of thing, and recognize any duplicates immediately.
Ask: “Does this spark joy?” This is the heart of the process. Begin with the clothing pile, then the books, art pieces, miscellaneous items, and finally things with sentimental value. Look at the item and ask whether it’s being used and whether it is loved. In other words, by its usefulness or its sentimental value, does it spark joy? If your little one is older than age 3, involve them in this process. Teach them that you are making their space more enjoyable by helping them focus on the things they love the most. If an object does not “spark joy,” put it into one of two piles: “sell” pile for items that are outgrown or only gently used, or a “discard” pile for unusable, broken or damaged things.
Re-organize, with the child’s perspective. When re-settling your child’s things in their room, get down to their eye-level and think about how the room functions from their point-of-view. Make sure things function from the ground-up, that it’s easier to put things away than to get them out, and that containers are accessible. Bins, baskets, and drawers are preferred over bookshelves, tall dressers, and hanging rods with difficult hangers.
Make a place for everything. As part of the KonMari method, things need to be respected when not in use. Teach your kids to put their toys and clothes in their specific “home” when tidying their room. Labeling with pictures or words can come in handy here, and even work as a learning tool. Below are free downloadable label dividers to help categorize where things go in your child’s closet. Write categories such as “tops,” “pants,” “t-shirts,” or whatever suits your child’s wardrobe needs.
Sell to Kid to Kid: Teach your child that their old toys and clothes will be going to another child and will have the opportunity to be appreciated and loved in a new home. After cleaning and/or laundering the items in your “sell” pile, take them to your nearest Kid to Kid location. There you can sell the items for cash on the spot or get 20% more for in-store credit. Anything Kid to Kid doesn’t accept can be donated for you, which will save you an extra trip. As a possible incentive to get rid of old toys, you could let your child accept the cash for their old toys personally and pick out a new one at the store.
For more reasons why simplifying your child’s belongings will help them, go here.
FREE closet dividers! Just click the image to download.