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Simple Family Thanksgiving Ideas: Goodies & Gifts to Keep it Basic This Year

Simple Family Thanksgiving Ideas: Goodies & Gifts to Keep it Basic This Year

Raise your hand if you’re tired. Same here. And yet, most of us want a cozy space and a fun Turkey Day, so we press on.

Here are a few items to bring the Thanksgiving spirit, help you keep the kids out of the kitchen while the goodness cooks, and usher in rad memories. 

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First up, it’s time to decorate the wee ones. No need for a busy outfit though—just plop this knit beanie on any baby and snap those pics.

I love this pumpkin, but the yellow shirt is my fave! Grab one for yourself and one for a gift. Comes in six colors and patterns and has great reviews.

Want to keep your kids out of the kitchen and off devices? Ask Aunt Amy to grab a crayon and hunker down with them. Because studies show… the longer an adult sits with your child, the higher chance you have of cooking with wine. (wink)

This is not your typical annoying holiday shirt. With a simple, clean style, it comes in five different colors and you can wear it all season!

How come nobody told me Mrs. Meyer made candles?! With a lead-free wick and a fun jar, over 3,200 reviewers can’t be wrong about this beauty. Perfect for a hostess gift if you’re headed somewhere else this year.

Your kids will love snapping these on Uncle Ned’s face when he arrives. From six feet away of course. Fun idea: these would make great additions to your family picture! They’d also help make a great memory if you and your people hit the stores for Black Friday. Christmas and New Year’s masks available too.

For those who would rather save the earth, try these dust-proof, breathable, reusable, washable masks. In nine different patterns, everyone will be happy. And stylish. And green. Save the turkeys!

While the turkey cooks, pass these out to the kiddos to keep them busy. They can color them for everyone, or force Grandpa Henry to grab a crayon and color along. 

The perfect multigenerational game: not too boring, not too long, not too aggressive. And Bingo can be your name-o.

If gift-giving is your love language, this pilgrim will be a winner with kids of all ages. Sitting at almost six inches tall, it will make a fun statement in your fun house. It could even be the centerpiece at the kids’ table. Get it? Piece?

If you’re like our family, the day after Thanksgiving is Christmas decorating day. Get a jump on Advent while you have time! Plus, if you’re expecting inclement weather, this advent calendar will keep the kids busy until the next episode of The Mandalorian. 

Want less TV on Thanksgiving? Gather your people and get ready for funny stories. I thought I was throwin’ it back to the 80s since I have countless memories of these from childhood. But did you know Mad Libs started in the 50s? Now your kids can practice their parts of speech without knowing it… turkey style.

When it’s time to gently kick your family to the curb, send them off with these awesome leftover containers.

We all know it’s a weird year. Join me in making the most of it by focusing on everything we have to be thankful for. Like, pumpkin pie for example.

Stay safe, stay sane, and for the love of every pilgrim… eat the dang whip.  

Feliz Día de Gracias, amigos.

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Mexican Manna: Do You Know What You Need?

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Thanksgiving Hacks to Keep You Grateful. And Sane.

Just like these funky pumpkins I found in Santa Cruz, I’ve got some funky goodies for ya. No boring twine and brine ideas here. I dug deeper, scoured the sites and compiled a list to make your turkey day a tad easier. Some of these items I own, some I’m buying, and some I’m loving from… Continue Reading

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Trading Sorry for Thank You

“Sorry I’m late.” “Sorry I didn’t call.” “Sorry about the mess.” “Oh, sorry!” “Oops–sorry.” Enough already. Of course, sometimes a genuine sorry is exactly what’s needed. But I’m referring to all the times when sorry becomes excessive… unwarranted… over the top.  What in the world would a public bus be sorry for? That it’s winter?… Continue Reading

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A Loss, a Baby & Secondary Infertility

  After five years of marriage, my husband and I decided we wanted a baby.  Sad to say, I don’t recall checking with God much about this, but He didn’t send a concerned email so I laid my clothes on the bed next to Doug’s and bam—prego. Phone calls, nursery plans and a roomy pair… Continue Reading

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Family Dinner Questions w/a Side of Candlelight

  “So…? How was your day?” “Good.” “Anything fun or different?” “Nope.” If this riveting dialogue plagues your family too, take heart and read on.  Spreading a sheet or blanket in the family room and turning dinner into a picnic sounds so quaint, doesn’t it?  Photo by not brittany shh pls on Unsplash   Mostly,… Continue Reading

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When You Don’t Wanna Bloom Where You’re Planted

  When the Mary Englebreit craze invaded 1996, I joined millions of other fans and hung her calendar on my wall. I liked her one-two faith punch: “Everything is a risk. What if it doesn’t work out?”  “Oh—but what if it does?” Over the years my floral style changed, but I now see that she produces… Continue Reading

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The Day I Deleted Her

  Just because two sets of parents are good friends doesn’t mean their offspring will follow suit. So was the case with Chelsea and me. We saw each other every summer at Mount Hermon and ran through camp together while our parents hung out and caught up. It took 358 days to bring us together… Continue Reading

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The Secret Society of Christmas Anxiety

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How To Hack the Heck Out of Your Turkey Day

  Photo by Gemma Evans on Unsplash   No boring twine and brine reminders here. I dug deeper, scoured the sites and compiled a list to make your turkey day a tad easier. Some of these items I own, some I’m buying, and some I’m loving from a distance, but they are definitely mother-in-law approved. Most… Continue Reading

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