Monthly Archives: November 2017

Thanksgiving Table: Kids Table

One of my favorite parts of hosting the holidays is getting to do something fun for the kids. As a child I remember the kids table sometimes felt like we were being banished. We were way off in the corner, I was the oldest of all of the kids, and I felt that I was being punished being stuck at a small table with no one to talk to ( I was 10 years older than the youngest, and 5 years older than the other oldest). I was the de-facto babysitter of the kids table. Sent to the table to make sure the younger kids didn’t spill their juice, and the older kids didn’t play with their food. I wanted to be at the real table with my older brothers in all of their teenage glory. I wanted to hear the real conversations and drink from a crystal glass like everyone else over the age of 12. Instead I was isolated in toddler town.

Today I think back on those days and try to remember the boredom. Especially when I am preparing my own kids table. Even though my kids are all under the age of 7 I know that they will want to feel special. So when I set their table I buy them special plastic glasses that won’t break but LOOK like the fancy crystal goblets at the big table. The youngest kids even have lids and straws for theirs. I set the table with fun colors and items that will entertain.

This year I found these sweet little DIY pilgrim hat crayon holders. Since I give each kid a placemat to doodle on this was the perfect thing to add to my table. Thank you to Kristyn at LilLuna for the incredibly cute and simple tutorial. The hats are so cute I even decided to give each adult at the table one as well. I included a placemat of paper so that we can all doodle. I have even decided to have a little contest. We each have to draw what we are thankful for this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what everyone creates.

Here at The Boy’s Store we want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. And may all of you have a year to be thankful for.

Baby it’s cold outside!!

The temperature has finally begin to drop below 45 degrees at night here. I have brought all of my plants in front he patio, and I have covered my fruit trees to protect them from the frost. I even had to make the kids wear jackets to school in the morning. My youngest complained that his hands were cold.

I always have jackets for the kids, but hats, gloves, and scarves are easily outgrown with every changing season and year. So of course when I noticed the thermostat drop I knew it was going to be time to go find some new gloves, hats, and scarves.

Lucky for me The Boy’s Store has excellent options that do not require me to go to the store. Because let’s face it, I am busy enough this time of year. So I opened my browser and typed in that url I know and love, TheBoysStore.com and sure enough the accessories section is already stocked for winter. Between brands like Melton, Tiny Whales, and Sublime Designs I am ready for those below freezing temperatures.

Boys Striped Infinity Scarf by Sublime Designs: This adorable infinity scarf features blue and white stripes, it is a cotton and Polyester blend, and it is perfect for colder temperatures. Available in other colors Sublime designs is also incredibly affordable, only $8.oo each!

Boys’ Knitted Gloves by Melton: For only $7.00 these gloves are worth their weight in gold! available in different colors and styles this multi-colored option is stylish and fun. They are also incredibly sturdy and comfortable.

Boys’ Permanent Vacation Pom Pom Beanie by Tiny Whales: Are you looking for some whimsy and fun with your beanie this winter? Look now further. This Permanent Vacation pom pom is fun, whimsical, and oh so warm! 

 

Thanksgiving Potluck Appetizer

We are only days away from our Thanksgiving vacation at my kids’ school. This year the lower grades are having a potluck to celebrate and learn about the first Thanksgiving. I have to bring an appetizer for my children to share. I usually bring something like a veggie tray, but that has already been promised by another family. Instead I decided to branch out and try something fun.

Thank you to Crafts A La Mode for this fun twist on the cheeseball. This Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball will impress all of those elementary schoolers. It works because my kids and their friends are obsessed with cheese and crackers, the fact that it looks like a little turkey will make it even more of a hit!

Head on over to Crafts A La Mode for the full recipe and tutorial. I really like this idea because it makes it look like I have really tried hard to do something for the potluck, when in reality I am very behind this year and I have only just started planning for the potluck which is tomorrow afternoon. Sometimes simple and fun appetizers like this one work out perfectly. It has very little prep, and comes with a lot pizazz! What are some go to things you bring for potlucks? Do you have a recipe that is simple and impressive?