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Turkey Crafts!

Halloween may not be for a few days yet, but many of us are already thinking ahead! Thanksgiving is coming soon, and if you live far away from friends and family you may be travelling for the holiday or sending care packages to loved ones. When we were young we lived far away from our grandparents, but my parents always made sure that they got to be part of our holiday gathering — even if they weren’t travelling to join us. That meant that we started our holidays early every year by decorating and creating care packages and videos to share with our grandparents in the mail. Now that everyone can face-time or video chat this seems like an outdated tradition but it still feels great to receive something special from the people we love. So this year we are going to send little care packages to our cousins out of state, so they know we are thinking of them. That means I am in full holiday mode with my eye out for fun little items to send.

My kiddos are excited because they are preparing crafts to send to their cousins. We found some amazing turkey crafts that will impress and dazzle the young cousins. Since we have so many cousins we are making lots of different crafts to send.

Turkey Finger Puppets: These fun little crafts from I Heart Crafty Things will make everyone giggle! Head over to learn how to make them today!

Turkey headband: Thank you to Preparing for Peanut for this fun turkey headband.

Coffee Filter Turkeys: This fun and simple craft from Typically Simple is fun and easy for everyone to make!

Kitchen Tools for Kids

We love to cook together as a family. Recently my kids have expressed the desire to be more helpful in the kitchen. While we have always involved them we have not been keen to let them cut much due to the risk of cutting themselves. Our kids are still under the age of 7, but we find that we do not want to discourage them from helping. So we did a little research and found this really great set of utensils perfect for little hands.

Curious Chef is a line of kitchen products designed with kids in mind. They feature knives, baking utensils, and even specialty gadgets like apple slicers. We wanted our kids to be able to get snacks themselves and be able to help us when they wanted to without worrying about them. The Curious Chef knives are made of nylon with a tooth-like edge. They are perfect for cutting meat, hard vegetables and fruits, and they are less likely to cut your child. The work with a sawing motion, which is fairly easy for little hands to figure out.

They are available on Amazon in multiple sets. We chose the set that came with knives and the apple slicer since we spend a lot of time eating apples and baking with them this time of year. So far our kids love them. We even ordered an extra set to have at their Grandma’s house because she loves when they come over to bake with her. If you have a little one that loves to help in the kitchen you should definitely check it out, it has been a lifesaver for us.

 

Best Books: Harry Potter Set

We are a few days late, but we wanted to wish Harry Potter a very happy birthday. What better way to wish him a better birthday than to talk up those amazing books that follow him on his incredible adventure with his two best friends Ron and Hermione?

I discovered the Harry Potter books when I was a teenager. When I was a senior in high school, I thought, these books were for kids. I was so wrong. A friend of my mother’s bought me the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for Christmas. She knew I loved to read and had heard the books were really popular. I smiled graciously and accepted the sweet gift. Little did I know that she had just purchased me a book that would truly make me feel every emotion, and take me on an adventure that lasted nearly 20 years for me.

Now as a mom of a new reader I take great joy in sharing my Harry Potter collection. However, I want my kids to have something of their own. I have begun purchasing the illustrated editions for my younger kiddos, but older kiddos will love this boxed set as well. Both sets are beautiful and will take you on an amazing adventure from beginning to end. We promise!

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