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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Conversation Questions - Free Printable

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!  I love being able to spend time with my family while enjoying a delicious meal.  It really is a perfect time to tell your loved ones how thankful you are for them and all that they do for you.  It is also a wonderful time to relax, turn off all of the electronic devices, and just get to know each other. 

Last time our family was together at my in-laws' house, we played this game where everyone had to think of their favorite things, and then everyone else in the room had to guess those favorite things.  We kept points to see who had the most correct answers (our family is pretty competitive like that).  We had so much fun guessing and learning things about each other that we didn't know.  

So in honor of Thanksgiving and family time, I created printable conversation questions that you can use on Thanksgiving day.  Not only can you learn more about your family members, but this could be helpful if you still do not know what to get them for Christmas!

Just click HERE or the photo below to print out these cute conversation cards.

These cards also match the other free Thanksgiving printables I created in the past.  In case you haven't seen them yet, check them out by clicking on the photos below.

I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Caregiver Appreciation - Free Printable

As a breast cancer survivor, I am extremely thankful to all of the people who have shown me so much love and support during a pretty crazy time in my life.  I am most thankful to my caregiver and amazing husband, Chris.  He was at every doctor appointment (and continues to go to all of my appointments with my oncologist, radiologist, and semi-annual mammograms.)   He was also the one who started a Relay For Life team in my honor the year I was diagnosed.

 Now I am very involved with our local Relay For Life and this year I am leading the area of recognition.  In honor of National Caregiver Month, we wanted to recognize and show appreciation to all of the caregivers our there, making them know that they are our MVP's!  With this year's theme for Relay For Life being sports, I thought it would be fun to give our caregivers pom poms with a custom tag I made that says, "Dear Caregiver, Thanks for being an awesome supporter!"

Whether you are a Relay For Life organizer that wants to recognize all of the caregivers in your community, or a cancer survivor who wants to show appreciation to your personal caregivers, including loved ones, nurses, and doctors, I hope you find this tag useful and know that you will brighten up someone's day!

Just click HERE or click on the photo below to download the file.  You can print on white, heavy cardstock, and then staple each label to a pom pom (I bought mine from Dollar Tree).

If you want to learn more about Relay For Life, go HERE.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fashion Friday - Black & White Stripes and the Pulteney Bridge

I have recently been obsessed with looking at winter outfits on Pinterest to start planning for the colder weather that is coming.  It is crazy that most of this week I was sweating in shorts and a t-shirt, and we are in the middle of November already.  I have been reminiscing about the colder days in the city of Bath, in England, when Skylar and I wore our matching black and white tees and moto jackets.

While it was already summertime in Bath, the weather was cool and beautiful.  Some days, it was actually a bit chilly!  I loved how comfortable my boots were, considering we walked everywhere in Bath.  Brody and Skylar's favorite playground was about a mile from our hotel, located at Royal Victoria Park.  It is always important to have comfortable shoes on vacation!

In these photos, Skylar and are standing in front of the Pulteney Bridge.  It is definitely a must-see when you visit Bath.  It is unique in that it is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops across its full span on both sides.  The photo below shows some of the windows from the shops on the bridge.  You can also see the weir, where a scene from the movie Les Miserables was filmed.

Here's another view of the weir from where Skylar and I were standing.

Hopefully, we can return to Bath and enjoy this beautiful view again.  Skylar really loved this city! 

You can get our similar looks here:

Iris: top {similar}, jacket {similar}, boots {similar}
Skylar: top {via TJ Maxx}, jacket {similar}, boots {similar}
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on my winter outfit Pinterest finds!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Halloween Candy

Halloween has come and gone. Brody and Skylar had a great time celebrating Halloween with their cousins, both sets of grandparents, and even great-grandma.  It was absolutely perfect that Halloween fell on a Saturday night so the kids stayed up a little later than usual.

And now the aftermath... we still have lots of candy left.

I always try to think of ways to use candy from trick-or-treating.  So if you are planning on just throwing away your children's candy, read this first, and you might find a better use for them.

- Donate the candy to your children's teachers.  I know most teachers have treasure boxes and would gladly accept donations.

- Make a care package for our troops and include some sweet treats.  Check out Operation Shoebox, where you can find information on how to send care packages and notes to our deployed troops.

- Melt plain chocolates like Hershey bars and Kisses in the microwave with a little bit of milk or cream to make chocolate fondue.

- Chop up the chocolates and use for toppings to make ice cream sundaes for dessert.

- Save the candy to make goody bags if you are hosting any upcoming birthday parties (if you see candy on sale at the stores, now is a good time to stock up if you are planning on having a candy station or dessert table for an upcoming birthday party.  If you check the expiration dates, most of these candies don't expire until after a year.)

- Use M&M's and candy corn and add to nuts, raisins, and pretzels to make your own trail mix.  Or click on the photo below to go to The House of Hendrix for instructions on making a cute Harvest Trail Mix.

Delicious Harvest Hash Recipe - perfect for a Fall Snack, Halloween party, or gift for a neighbor. #Halloween |the House of Hendrix

- Save the candies such as Skittles, Smarties, and Kisses that can be used for decorating your gingerbread house during the holiday season.

- Use the candies as treats for your Advent Calendar.  We have a little wooden advent calendar house with doors that the kids get to open in December, so each little door has some sort of candy or small surprise.  If you don't have an Advent Calendar, click on the photo below from I Heart Naptime on how to make your own:

- Bake, bake, bake!  Here are a few of my favorite recipes, just click on the photo to take you to the source.

Chewy Butterfinger Cookies:

The BEST and easiest cookie recipe - filled with Butterfingers. Chewy and delicious!

 Chunky Chewy Snickerdoodles:

Chunky Chewy Snickerdoodles 

Crispy Chocolate Chip Crunch Oatmeal Cookies:

 Crispy Chocolate Chip Crunch Oatmeal Cookies Recipe on 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Character Book Report

Halloween is almost here!  There are lots of Halloween decorations around the neighborhood and candy is on sale at every store.  And even at their school, there are fun activities that are geared around Halloween and pumpkins!

For Skylar's 1st grade class, they had to do a pumpkin character book report.  We had to read a book together as a family and Skylar had to write about a specific character in the book and we also had to create a pumpkin to look like the character.

We chose the character Pete the Cat from Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.

Skylar absolutely loves Pete the Cat and the whole family had a fun time working on this project together.

If you and your family are working on a similar project, check out the Pinterest board I created to help you find some inspiration!  Just click on the photo below and you will be directed to my Pinterest Board and the original sources of the photos below.

This was actually a really fun project to work on together!  Even if you don't have a book report to do for school, these pumpkins make great alternatives to carved versions if you wanted to make one just for fun!