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    Thanksgiving Book Picks

    Thanksgiving Book Picks

    Hi Friends!

    I'm struggling today. My kids have switched to full distance learning, and it's definitely been an adjustment. They need lots of help, encouragement, snacks, and reminders to stay on task. Lets just say I spend much of my day ping ponging between them all, and trying to keep my preschooler occupied too...whew! With all that going on, I haven't had much time to turn my focus to Thanksgiving this year, but I did manage to pull out our Thanksgiving books the other day. I'll take small wins wherever I can get them right now, ha!

    I'm keeping my post today short and sweet, with a list of our Thanksgiving book picks, and warmest wishes to all of you during this weird season of life! At the end of these crazy days, I look forward to curling up with cozy blankets and stacks of good books, and of course...my people!

    In November by Cynthia Rylant

    Thanksgiving In The Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf

    Sharing The Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry

    'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

    The Thank You Book by Mary Lyn Ray

    Thanksgiving Is Here by Diane Goode

    xo,

    Amy

    Sweet As Pie

    Sweet As Pie

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve had this craft on my to do list! I’ve made one every year for my kids as long as I can remember! This is the cutest little activity to make for your little ones or for the kids table! 

    You only need a handful of supplies, most of which I found at Hobby Lobby (felt, pom poms, and ric rac ribbon). I ordered the pie tins on Amazon, but you can find them at your grocery store too! 

    First, I trace the pie tin on the felt. The pan is slightly bigger than the felt, but that’s ok. I just round it out the best I can when I cut.

    Next, cut some little slits for the heat to escape, like a real pie would have! Then I hot glued ric rac around the edges, to make it look fluted. So cute, right?!

    The hard work is done! Now add in your pie filling, aka orange pom poms. Top with your pie crust, and add some dollops of whip cream on top (more pom poms!).

    Alma immediately pulled out her play food bin and set up a baking shop, and she’s happily playing while I get some things done around the house! Now if only I could make real pies turn out this good....

    Feeling thankful for you, friends!

    xo,

    Amy

     

     

    Pumpkin Pie Playdough

    Pumpkin Pie Playdough

    I made up a fresh batch of festive play dough the other day, and ALL of my kids (even my big ones!) sat down and played with it for almost an hour! Say what? I dug through our cookie cutters and bin of play food and found some things to up the creative play even

    Pumpkin Pie Playdough recipe:

    51/2 cups flour
    2 cups salt
    3/4 cup oil
    8 teaspoons Cream of Tarter
    4 cups water 
    1 container pumpkin pie spice
    Mix all ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until lumps disappear and it no longer looks wet. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it’s smooth. Store in an airtight container. 

    This recipe makes A LOT. Which is great, if you have a lot of kids like me, ha! But you could easily cut this recipe in half for a smaller batch.
    Enjoy!
    xo,
    Amy

    Pause.

    Pause.

    If your Instagram feed looks anything like mine, we went from Halloween to Christmas legit overnight. Making my home cozy for Christmas is one of my favorite things, but I just can't pull the trigger yet. To be honest, after scrolling, I felt "behind", and that I suddenly needed to drag out all my Christmas totes and get to work. But then I hit pause. Hold up. I listened to the thoughts in my head: “What is my plan? Do I want to skip over Thanksgiving? I should probably clean the house first before adding more decor to it. Should I go to Target and see what's new this season? This is our first year in this house and I honestly don't even remember what's all in those bins and how it will all work in our new space.”


    Exhale. Deep breath. Pause.

    It doesn't have to be like this. Slow down. Take your time. Make a plan.


    I reached for this book I purchased in the fall, and I don't even have words to express how much I recommend it. It's meant to be read one season at a time, so I flipped to Chapter 3: Winter Season.  "Focus first on the seasons and their supplies, not on the holiday and their decor." Woah. This is speaking to me. Rather than throwing up our Christmas trees, I want to shift my focus to the FEELING in my home. Adding in warmth and texture with cozy throw blankets. Switching the bedding over to flannel sheets and thick comforters. Adding twinkle lights. Setting up a hot cocoa station. Swapping out bright colors for neutral, winter tones. Making sure we all have warm pjs and cozy slippers. Pull out the cookbooks and dog-ear the pages. Make sure we have plenty of bath salts and bubble bath at the ready. This will carry us through the months ahead. 


    This is what is filling my soul this month. Not buying the latest Christmas pillow at Target. And hey, if that's your jam, you do you! I'll do me! And we'll all be happy. This is just what is on my heart right now. Like me, maybe you're feeling overwhelmed by the world right now. In the words of Mother Teresa, "If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family." I can do that. And I will absolutely decorate my home from Christmas, just not quite yet... 

    xo,

    Amy

    No Trick Or Treating? No problem.

    No Trick Or Treating? No problem.

    No trick or treating this year? No problem. There are so many alternative ideas to make Halloween feel just as special for your kiddos!


    • Host a small get together with your close circle, or just your immediate family!

    • Have a movie marathon! Some of our favorite “spooky” movies are Hocus Pocus, Harry Potter, Zombies, Matilda, Halloweentown, and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

    • Make caramel apples.

    •Create a festive charcuterie board.

    • Decorate “Haunted” gingerbread houses. We found some fun kits at Trader Joe’s. 

    •Pick up a pumpkin shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s for dinner.

    •Play Halloween music and have a dance party!

    •Have a candy hunt in the backyard with flashlights.

    •Have a bonfire + smores.

    •Make cookies and deliver them to your neighbors with a porch drop or ding-dong-ditch. 

    •Bob for apples.

    •Have a family pumpkin decorating contest. 

    Remember, your kids don’t need an extravagant or Pinterest worthy evening....just a little “extra” from your normal everyday routine with make the day feel fun and special!

    Happy Halloween friends,

    xo,

    Amy