Nov 26, 2014

Paper Bag Turkey Craft!

The Countdown to Thanksgiving continues with just a few days to go and one more super easy kids craft in the bag (get it?!)!

I feel like this one is so easy I don't really need to post instructions!  It's just cute and fun and will take you about 10 seconds to set up.  We worked on how to use the glue stick again since my son is still figuring that one out!

All you need: brown paper bags, different colors construction paper (cut into feather and beak shapes), googly eyes and glue sticks.

I glued the eyes on first since I wanted to use real glue for those and have them dry ahead of time. You could also cut eyes out of construction paper to glue on.  Then I set everything out on our tot tray and we were ready to go!

Glue here mommy?

I did mine next to him and we took turns with the glue stick so he could kind of see what to do.  I think they turned out pretty good!

I also gave him some Thanksgiving stickers to put all over his.  Some of the sticker placement is questionable, but hey it's his artistic interpretation to put a sticker over the turkey's eye!  We hung our finished products up on the window and he still proudly points them out whenever someone new walks near!

Gobble gobble!

Do you have a holiday craft idea?  I'd love to see it next week for our Holiday Craft Challenge!  On December 2nd Time for Mom is opening up specifically for the craft challenge, so come link up your kids holiday craft posts!  We will then leave it open for voting all week and one winner with be chosen for a $50 giftcard!  Click here for all the details and guidelines!

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Nov 25, 2014

Moms Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving!

I've been hosting Thanksgiving for a couple of years now, and while I'm no expert I do have a few tips to share to make the day easier!  Besides planning ahead and keeping it simple, check out my 5 tips below!

Tip #1: Do all your baking ahead of time!
Any baking you need to do- pie, breads, cookies etc, you should do the day before (or days, depending on how much you have to make)!  This frees up the oven for the main show and all those tasty sides, so you don't have to worry about monopolizing precious oven time needed for the turkey, and cooking temperatures won't be compromised.

Tip #2: Have activities for the kids!
When the kids are waiting and waiting for dinner to be served, it's great to have a few easy activities planned out for them to do.  Try my turkey suncatchers or Thanksgiving coloring pages!

Tip #3: Adults need activities, too!
Besides sitting around and catching up, it might be nice to have activities for everyone to do together!  You could set up some games like Apples to Apples, play football outside, watch parades together on TV or even watch football.  Even something as simple as a walk around the neighborhood is a great activity to head off the "stir crazy" and burn some of those calories, too!

Tip #4: Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Guess what?  You don't actually have to do it all yourself!  See all those people sitting on the couch watching football or playing Apples to Apples?  They can help!  Ask your mother in law to make the gravy, get your husband to set the table and ask that friend to refresh the drinks.  Trust me, no one will hold it against you and you will be much less stressed out.

Tip #5: Have plenty of wine!
Wine for you.  Wine for them.  Wine for me.  Keep it flowin!  Need more convincing?  Read this post by Wine in Mom!

Tell me, what are you best tips for hosting Thanksgiving?

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Nov 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages- Free Printables!

It's the big week and as you a busy preparing all that food I came up with a fun and easy activity to keep the kids busy and help decorate the table.  Just print out these coloring pages for your kids to work on!  The first one can be used as a place-mat, so be sure to print enough for each kids place setting!

1. Place-mat coloring page

2. Thansgiving words coloring page

Click here to download these free coloring pages as a PDF file!

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