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I’m Thankful For…

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and share our gratitude with others. Everyone has a reason to be thankful, from the youngest to the oldest in our family. So why not share those fantastic reasons with one another this season with a “I’m thankful for” printable.

These fantastic free printables are perfect for adding to your thanksgiving tables this year. Simply print copies for every place at the table, supply some pencils, crayons, or markers, and allow everyone an opportunity to fill theirs out. You can even take a moment at dinner or after dinner to share them with one another.

This simple gesture is a great way to not only share why we are thankful. It is also a way to learn more about your family and friends this thanksgiving. Help your little ones fill it out, or let them color and draw pictures to tell a story about the things they are thankful for this year. It will quickly become a fun game to show and tell everyone and just might become your new favorite thanksgiving tradition.

Click the image below to reach the I’m thankful for printable page.

I'm thankful for

Thank you R&R Workshop for this fun free “I’m thankful for: printable.

Halloween Traditions: McDonald’s Buckets

I know it sounds crazy, who would want to admit they take their kids to McDonald’s every year at the same time? In this crazy organic, gluten, and dairy free world what mother would admit to taking their kids for fast food? This one! Hear me out, its a treat, its childhood, its FUN!

My parents never took us for fast-food. There were too many of us and it was expensive. But on vacation and during October and December we got to go. Every year McDonald’s does a special Halloween bucket, and every holiday season they do some fun holiday toy or decoration for Christmas. This was a big deal for us. We still have those decorations on my parents tree. Those Halloween buckets were what we took to special events that Halloween at school, friends houses, etc. They were just the right size to fill with candy (not too much candy but not too little!)

I always treasured that time with my parents. So yes, every Halloween I take my kids to McDonald’s. This year they got come fun Charlie Brown themed buckets. They enjoyed decorating them together while they ate their nuggets and fries. And you know what? I loved hearing them giggle, watching them snack, and enjoying their time together for once without hearing the usual “he’s touching me!”

two McDonald's buckets McDonald's buckets

What special traditions do you have with your kiddos?

Christmas Craft: Footprint Canvas

Christmas is an excellent time to get creative. Some of the best memories in my family at holiday time are of us creating things together whether it is a craft or baking. Holiday crafts are also a wonderful way to chart your children growth over the years. A lot of my favorite holiday decorations are little clay ornaments with my children and nieces and nephews handprints, footprints, and pictures. I enjoy pulling those ornaments out every year and remembering the day we made them. I love them. This year we are going to try this fun new craft, a footprint canvas with he night before christmas poem.

Everyone knows the story of the night before christmas. “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Well this year there will be little mice stirring, but it will be little mice footprints. Only you won’t want these mice to run away. For this adorable craft you need a little paint, brushes, a canvas, and your little ones sweet feet.

Footprint Canvas

What you Will Need:

Canvas

Grey paint

red paint

green paint

blue paint

orange paint

black paint

pink paint

paint brush

your kid

What You Will Do:

  1. Begin by painting the bottom of your little ones feet with grey paint. Then carefully press their little feet to the canvas toes down.
  2. Now you can use your paint brush to embellish their feet with ears, eyes, a nose, whiskers, and a tail. You can add little pink circles to embellish the erasing nose. Black whiskers, and black eyes.
  3. Now draw a little strand of lights around the edge of the canvas. Just a long wiggly line for the strand, then paint some different colors on your child’s fingers and let them place their fingerprints as the lights. Use as many colors as you want.
  4. Next, add a little holly with some green and red paint.
  5. Finally use your paint brush to carefully write out the poem from The Night Before Christmas. Allow to dry then you can hang this adorable memory every christmas!