Turkey Handprint gift bags for Thanksgiving

Giving cookies to neighbors is a very Christmas type activity.

But who says that you can only give cookies out at Christmas time?

I knew that I wanted to do something a little special for the ladies that watch my kiddos while I go to Bible study. I mean, those ladies faithfully change the diapers of my little guy and wipe my little chica after she goes. So, they need to be celebrated and thanked.

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My favorite way of saying, “Thanks” is probably via food. I love to cook and I love to have people over.

Since it might be awkward for me to invite these ladies over to my house (since they don’t really know me, and they might think I’m just using them for their diaper changing abilities) I decided to make some cookies for them.


I made some AMAZING cookies. Seriously, ya’ll, these cookies are dangerous. I want them out of my house NOW, because I keep eating them. I think the first day I made them, I had around 20 cookies. I have learned that I have zero self control when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter. But…I digress.

Back to the gift bags for thanksgiving.

After cooking off four types of cookies, I put them in little baggies to keep the different kinds separate. Then, I got out these brown paper bags.

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I used the paint colors I had on hand, cause that’s the kind of mama I am.

I painted the toddler’s palm and fingers and then had her print her hand on the bags.

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They turned out so cute!

I then added a little message, and viola! Adorably fun turkey hand print gift bags for thanksgiving!

How to get some Me Time over the holidays

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The holiday music is playing already in every store you enter. You haven’t put up your Christmas lights and your neighbors give you the evil eye about it every time you get your mail. Your children are fussy from all the relatives. The relatives are fussy because, well, that’s family. AND, you forgot to thaw the turkey.

Holiday Me Time

Ah…the holidays.

Our favorite time of year.

Our most stressful time of year.

Why do you need some Me Time over the holidays?

If the above paragraph didn’t sound familiar, then maybe your form of holiday madness comes in different forms. No matter who you are or how you celebrate, the holiday craziness WILL get to you at some point or another.


So, as a mama or a daddy, or a grandparent, or a single adult living alone, how do you survive the craziness. Or better put:

How do you get some Me Time over the holidays?

Here are just a few ideas of ways to get away and remember the reason we celebrate.


1. Unplug. Stop the barrage of social media. You can’t tell that your sister’s house looks prettier than yours if you aren’t stalking her photos on Instagram. You can’t tell that your best friend had more fun with her family than you did with yours if you aren’t checking Facebook statuses.


2. Take a time out. This is my person favorite. I used to think time out was such a bad thing. Then I became a mommy and realized how amazing it is to have mommy time outs. And what’s a good time out without chocolate and some light reading? Good news! Right now, if you shop at any Safeway stores, they have a coupon to save a dollar with purchase of one PEOPLE® or Sunset® magazine and one REESE’S®, HERSHEY’S® or other selected King Size bar.  The digital coupon is available through the Safeway Just4U online portal 11/21/14 – 12/19/14 (while supplies last). Click here to get your Tom Thumb Coupon!


3. Don’t focus on outdoing. How many times do we try to outdo each other? It’s common for mommies,

Mom 1: “Junior started potty training when he was ten months.”

Mom 2: “Oh, that’s nice. My little button NEVER wore diapers. She came out of the womb potty trained.”

It’s common among men;

Man 1: “I’m benching 290 [pounds] right now.”

Man 2: “Yeah, I would like to bench 500, but I’m only up to 495 right now.”

It’s just how we are, it’s our human nature. One way to de-stress this holiday season is to not get caught up in the comparison or outdoing each other trap. It just isn’t worth it.

What about you? What do you do to de-stress? Are you like me, in that your way to de-stress involves some me time with some chocolate and a favorite magazine? Or do you have a different way! Please share you idea in the comments!

Thankful Challenge Day 23 – 18 weeks pregnant

This week, I have my next sonogram. Incidentally, it is also the first time the doctor will have seen me this pregnancy. That is one of a few reasons why I am having to break up with my OB and find a new one. Although I LOVE my doctor, there are just too many horror stories coming from the office and I just don’t want to be one of them.

Here’s hoping I find someone just as great!


18 weeks pregnant checkup

How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: None. That isn’t a good thing. It’s still from the stomach bug, although if you read last week’s post, then I guess I could say I gained back those five!
Maternity clothes? Absolutely! Although, when I do wear them, you can’t really tell I’m preggo and when I don’t, then it’s like “WHOAH BELLY!”
Sleep: I have been sleeping like a baby now that our bed heater is on and I am warm. It’s the getting OUT of bed that’s the hard part.
Best moment this week: Having a sonagram and seeing our little one
Miss Anything? Running hard. I like to run where my heart rate goes crazy, but I can’t really do that when I have two hearts beating inside me.
Movement: Not much, I’m ready to feel this baby movin and groovin
Food cravings: Hot cocoa – I would probably be craving that even if I wasn’t preggo, though.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: The verdict is still out on that one. What do you think?
Gender: Not going to find out
Labor Signs: Not at all
Belly Button in or out? In (Like I said last week, I really only leave these questions in for those other preggo ladies that like to check out pregnant stats. I know the rest of you non preggo people really don’t care nor desire to know the status of my belly button, so just move along to the other questions!)
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and Delighted! Thanksgiving is this week!
Looking forward to: Eating for TWO at Thanksgiving. (Although, guys, you really aren’t eating for two when you are preggo. Matter of fact, you need MORE food after the baby is born and you are nursing. Just sayin.)



Thankful Challenge Day 22 – Change of Plans

It was the middle of the summer.

We were going up to the mountains to pick blueberries.

We were in the Pacific Northwest, where summertime is paradise.

At least, it’s supposed to be.

Picking blueberries as a family on a warm, sunny day was the plan.


This is what happened.

No blueberries.


Okay, I guess we got SOME blueberries…or whatever those are

No sun.

No warmth.

However, this is also what happened.

Lots of love and memories.


Today, I am grateful for a change of plans. His ways are not our own…they are better!



Thankful Challenge Day 21 – Bible study

Have you ever read the Bible and just thought, “What in the world am I reading?”

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Sometimes, the Bible doesn’t make sense.

Sometimes, the Bible is confusing.

Sometimes, the Bible is hard to understand.

(Am I the only one who has felt this way?)

I have noticed that the less time I spend in the Word, the more I feel this way.

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It’s one reason why I am so grateful to be a part of Bible study. I am part of a Bible study at my church, but I’m also part of another bible study called BSF.

Bsf is an international organization. Chances are, there is a BSF meeting close to you. (Really! Check them out!)

If you get confused, bored or frustrated when reading the Bible. Might i suggest you join a bible study in your area? Or, if that is too intimated to you, then check out she reads truth or good morning girls. They are great online studies!

Are you part of a Bible study? Do you find it helps you?

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Thankful Challenge Day 20 – My dad

He’s the one who taught me to throw a ball.

He’s the one who taught me to fish.

He’s the one that instilled in me the importance of exercise.

Yes, these are all “dad” type lessons. But he also taught me much more.


He taught me to be a woman of passion. To have things that I am passionate about in life and pursue those things.

He taught me to set boundaries. Which has come in handy more times than I can count.

He taught me to be strong.


He taught me so much more, but the best thing he taught me was that God is never finished with me. He taught me that God can use me no matter what, as long as I’m available and listening to Him (God, that is). My dad taught me to pursue God as my first Father.

That is a lesson that far outweighs any other lessons.

Thanks dad, I’m grateful for you.

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Thankful Challenge Day 19 – Peaceful moments

The kids are in the tub, playing together. My man is in there with them. The bathroom, that is, not the tub.

There is an instrumental Christmas song playing through the speakers.

The dog sits at my feet, content.


The word that comes to mind in this moment is one that is often overused and yet, not practiced enough.


I feel completely at peace. I feel joyful and content in this moment.

The Christmas lights are twinkling in the kitchen.


Wait a minute.

Now, a naked baby is running at me, screaming in excitement.

The peaceful moment is gone.

But, the contentment and joy is still there.

Today, I’m thankful for peaceful moments…and the chaotic joyful ones that follow.

Thankful Challenge Day 18 – Toddler Calendar Time

Have I told you about our Toddler calendar time? It’s my new favorite teaching activity in our house!

Why Do Toddler Calendar Time?

Since we are constantly working on our numbers, letters, shapes, etc. I thought I should create a daily calendar that we can go over as a family.

Toddler calendar time

 When Do I Do Toddler Calendar Time?

We usually do this at the end of breakfast. Both kids LOVE it.

Toddler Calendar Time

How to Make a Calendar for Toddler Calendar Time?

I used clear page protectors and cut them up into pieces that fit my board. Then, I taped them together to make see through pockets. I used Velcro to put them on the board, but in hindsight, I should have just used tape, since these pockets never come off.

Every day of the week, I add something to the board.

Toddler Calendar Time

Mondays, I add a letter to work on for the week.

Tuesdays, I add a shape.

Wednesdays, I add a number.

Toddler Calendar Time

Thursdays, I add sign language from this great website.

Fridays, I add a Spanish word (usually the same as the sign language).

Toddler Calendar Time

Then, on Sundays, we go over what the week looks like, using the days of the week.

What skills are my kids learning in Toddler Calendar Time?

My kids are learning:

  1. Letters
  2. The Weather
  3. Shapes
  4. Colors
  5. Numbers
  6. Spanish words
  7. Sign Language
  8. Days of the week

Toddler Calendar Time

Holiday Gift Guide from Family Christian

I’m not sure about you, but there aren’t many stores that get me into trouble. When I say trouble, I mean trouble with the bank account. Trouble with the budget and trouble with my husband. These are the stores I really try not to go into because I just want to buy everything there.

Family Christian stores is one of those places for me.

Each aisle I go down shows me new things that I just HAVE to have.

We all need that friend in our life to steer us in the right direction, to tell us when we really shouldn’t spend our money on something. Or to tell us that the purchase is oh so worth it! I want to be that for you today.

First, I’m going to give you a sneak peak of just a few little things that I got for my little munchkins from Family Christian stores.


This floor puzzle goes along so well with what we have been learning about as a family. We have taught Gracie the different days of Creation, so this will be so fun to do on the floor together.


My husband comes from a family of gamers. No, not video games, but good ol’ sit around the table together games. And, he’s converted me. I want to start Gracie playing games with us as soon as we can. What better way than playing Go Fish! With Noah’s Ark cards?


Here are some of my other favorite things from Family Christian Stores.

Little People Nativity Set  -

 The Little People Nativity Set – I love this, especially the fact that it is kid friendly!

Also, select Bibles are 50% off, (for a limited time) so if you know of someone who has a Bible on their Christmas list this year, now is the time to get it!

Or get two DVD’s for $20! Great if you are a Veggie Tail lover (did you know they  have a new one out?)

If you want even more incentive, here is a $25 gift certificate to Family Christian. So, make sure you enter and start your shopping!

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I was given a gift card to purchase our own fun gifts (that you see above), all opinions are clearly, my own. See my disclosure policy if you would like!

Thankful Challenge Day 16 – Little Helpers

These two.


They make me laugh.

Some days, they make me crazy.

But all days, I am grateful for them.

Lately, I have been impressed by how they enjoying helping.


Helping me.

Helping each other.

Yes, always helping each other.

If one is upset, the other wants to make it better.

If one wants a toy, the other tries to get it for them.


My little helpers.

I am a very blessed woman.