holidays

How early is too early to decorate for Christmas?

The other morning I woke up and started my day in the normal way. But then, something odd happened: Jack Frost nipped at my toes!

Here in sunny California, we don’t wear socks for 9 months out of the year, so when I reached for my fluffiest socks, I realized something ridiculously exciting – CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!

I tried to hide my Cheshire grin, so my family wouldn’t see (and judge) the over-eager, trigger-happy Christmas Sherlock welling up inside my soul.

Fluffy socks are the first Christmas clue.

The first clue had been discovered, on that cold October morning.

But alas, I had to wait for the Christmas bug to catch on a bit more before donning my jingle bell earrings. The whole world doesn’t share my eagerness, and I know it can bring out some early-bird Scrooges if I’m not careful. But make no mistake, the magic of Christmas was already in the chilly fluffy-sock air.

I was patient…on the outside.

Cut to about a month later: as we all sat around in a Thanksgiving induced turkey coma, watching our annual family movie-a-thon. That little bit of glee started building again, as I recognized the second seasonal clue. Tomorrow is the day AFTER Thanksgiving!

Surely that’s soon enough to start decking the halls and sprinkling green and red glitter like it’s real Christmas magic…right?

But no, it’s still too early. Gotta get the hubby and teenagers on board.

Nobody was stirring from that turkey coma to get the staple gun and untangle the lights.

Okay. I’ll wait. I can be patient, right?

A full week went by as I “patiently” waited for my magic to be “acceptable” to the outside world – even though secretly in my heart we could totally have decorated for Christmas in August.

Then! While driving the boys to one of their many teenage activities, I finally spied it.

My inner Christmas Sherlock did loop-de-loops in my stomach (or throat or heart or somewhere around there). It’s heeeeere! Without even trying to contain myself I squealed, “Look look look! Don’t miss it!”

The teenagers, who regularly think I’m losing my mind, excitedly looked around for why I was freaking out. I gleefully pointed at the once empty field and exclaimed,

“They’re building the fence for the Christmas trees!”

This was of course followed by many teenaged eye rolls. Those come by the dozen around these parts. But those simple little beat up makeshift wooden fences signaled the start of something amazing, and nobody could deny it.

So, then I’m all in.

I started slowly at first (so as not to freak out the hubby too terribly much), and I played a Christmas song here and there. That went well, so I simmered some cider on the stove (here’s my favorite recipe). Then, I found the perfect Christmas wreath for the front door.

Slowly it all came together and the Christmas spirit started to grow in everyone around me. I saw eyes starting to sparkle and people starting to hum and wave at perfect strangers.

Until that one day happened – the one when you walk into the mall and then…BAM!

is it ever really too early to unleash the Christmas spirit.

It’s like someone yelled, “release the Christmas spirit!” We walked into the mall to be greeted with Christmas muzak being piped through the ceiling, and an entire Christmas village for Santa and his Elves.

Every surface had light-donned, ornament-topped wreaths.

Everyone had a red or green shopping bag – surely filled with Christmas gifts. A faint smell of gingerbread was in the air.

When I saw no fewer than four different people wearing jingle-bell clad sweaters, I knew that not even the teenagers could refute the Christmas spirit in the air.

My inner Christmas-Sherlock was transformed into Cindy Lou Who when I heard a mall security guard humming jingle bells under his breath.

That moment when Sherlock turned into Cindy Lou Who.

My husband and I looked at each other and knew that it was time to go home.

Our boys like to “surprise” us each year, and somehow we knew today would be the day. They still don’t know that we’ve caught on. The day we hit the mall for some Christmas shopping, they quickly pull out the tree and set it up.

They look through all of our dusty Christmas boxes in the attic, to decorate the tree with their very favorite ornaments. Each year, we see those old favorites and some new surprises as well.

We came home with hot chocolate for everyone and ooohed and ahhhed at the tree.

Isn’t it silly how family traditions just form themselves sometimes? And how they can pack so much nostalgia and togetherness into a seemingly unimportant series of clues.

Baby's First Christmas Tree Heirloom Ornament.

Shop for Baby’s First Christmas ornaments at Little Girl’s Pearls

So still now, each year, our boys find or make a new ornament to add to the tree.

We add the date somewhere on it, so we know which year it was added to our collection. Then, when they are grown and on their own, I’ll pack up all of their ornaments from over the years and present them with their own little box of special decorations for their very first on-their-own Christmas tree. Maybe I’ll keep a few for my own. ♥

And then, when the wonderfully delicious peppermint stick chaos of Christmas is over, I carefully take down ornaments from the tree and lovingly put them into the box for next year.

Wrapping them in paper and placing them gently in their little compartments for safe keeping. I reach for the big red Christmas ball and my boys start singing at me. I had bumped the little button that recorded them singing “Frosty the Snowman” so very many years ago, when their voices were tiny.

I cried…just a little bit.

Not with sadness, but because I realized the best part of Christmas was them – my family. Our family movie nights, our rousing card games and cozy soup nights, driving around the city with Grandma and Grandpa sipping cocoa and gazing at twinkling Christmas lights.

These are memories that we will cherish forever. ♥

I’ve had oodles of ideas over the years to create a special heirloom ornament for you to add to your collection. This year, I was finally able to bring the magic all together.

I’m so excited to introduce our very first Heirloom Keepsake Ornament.

Personalized baby and grandparent Christmas tree keepsake ornaments.

Shop Personalized Heirloom Family Christmas Tree Ornaments at Little Girl’s Pearls

It’s personalized with their name, the year, a special message – whatever you’d like – to make it extra meaningful just for your family. Because family is such a big and beautiful part of the Christmas season.

My heart’s desire is to offer a new ornament each year, so she can collect them for when she has a tree of her very own.

So pop on over to the shop & let me know how you’d like your very first special LGP ornament to be personalized for your family, from me and mine.

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3 heirloom keepsake Christmas tree ornaments for grandparents and baby.

Shop for heirloom family Christmas tree ornaments

I currently have a limited number of these heirloom personalized Christmas tree ornaments, so head on over to the shop right now.

Wishing you the most magical Christmas. Now pass me the cider…and maybe some Kleenex.

~ Julie

Life’s too short for Black Friday!

Let me paint you a picture: you’re standing outside in the freezing cold at 4am with a mob of strangers, all clamoring to get the latest and greatest toy or tech.

Mama, Life's too short for Black Friday and what to do instead.

You think you’re calm and just here to pick up something perfect for…someone – until you hear that nagging voice in the back of your brain that sucks you into the urgency and madness of the whole thing.
That voice is the voice of FOMO (fear of missing out): it’s totally a real thing, and it’s trying to ruin your Christmas

Black Friday madness has become an expected – and even celebrated – part of the holidays for a lot of people. But I want to challenge that.

When you stand in line before dawn – with your teeth chattering, hands wrapped around your hot coffee, and wholeheartedly wishing you were still back in your bed, ask yourself this: is it worth it?

When I ask myself that question, the resounding answer is, “No! This is not the start I want for the season that I love so dearly.”

all the reasons you should stay home on Black Friday and what to do instead

What if this year, you chose to:

  • Sleep in with that snuggly toddler who climbed into your bed at midnight,
  • Wake up slow and make pancakes while your kiddos hang out around the breakfast table
  • Simmer some cider on the stove, so the house smells amazing,
  • Make Black Friday a family day instead of an insane shopping day!
  • If you skipped Black Friday, how would your life change? How would your perspective on the season change?

Now, don’t get me wrong. When my boys were little, we spent a couple of those Black Friday mornings frantically shopping in the dark with the hordes of other shoppers. Last year, I got sucked in to the online frenzy of deals – afraid I might miss out.

But guess what? I didn’t get even one single thing that became something they loved and valued. In all that craziness, I didn’t find the perfectly meaningful gift or start a wonderful family tradition. What’s worse? It got my holiday self off on the wrong foot.



So we are purposefully UNPLUGGING FOR THE ENTIRETY OF BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND.

Mom, here's what you should really be doing on Black Friday, and it's not shopping.

Yeap, for the first time in my 19 years in business, I will be doing nothing but making memories with my kids. No shopping. No lines. No sales. No insanity. Just some good, old fashion bonding time with my husband and teenagers.

I’m picturing family hikes, lazy breakfasts, a great movie or two, a trip the the beach, a round of pool, and of course, ultimate Uno.

Why you should stay home on Black Friday and what to do instead.

Just writing that makes my heart rate slow down a bit. And at the same time, I am giddy at the thought of starting the season with some family fun – forgoing the insanity.

So, as a small business owner, I have decided to embrace this professionally as well. Instead of sending a crazy sale with lights flashing at you, screaming to buy stuff, I’m not sending out one single sales email during that weekend. You’re already bombarded enough as it is! I want to be a part of your respite & peace, not your overwhelm.

Mom, let's skip black Friday this year, and let's do this instead.

Our 2018 holiday sale is over – just in time to rest and relax and make some memories with our family. Did you miss it, no worries and no FOMO here! If you want to get a reminder of future sales & get more ideas on how to start family traditions & make memories with your family, Join the Little Girl’s Pearls Family, because you’re my favorite, and giving joy to the people I care about is my favorite part of the season! Way better than shopping lines.

Wishing you the very loveliest holiday season and the very delicious-est cider too,
~ Julie ♥

Halloween Family Traditions You Should Try This Year

Traditional and non-traditional family activities for the ultimate framily-friendly spooky season with your kids.

Halloween Family Traditions you should try this year with your kids

From candies to costumes, parties and an altogether spooky vibe, what isn’t to love about Halloween? Halloween is a great time of year to carry on family traditions while celebrating the season with fun anticipation. Below are some fun Halloween traditions you and your family may like to try this year.

Deck your haunted house - pumpkin candle decorations.

Country Living has some adorable DIY Halloween decoration ideas including these precious jar pumpkins.

Deck the Haunted House

One of the most exciting parts about Halloween season is not only seeing how everyone else spooks out their house but decorating your own house! Get the kiddos involved. Decorate little paper pumpkins, or throw some glitter on construction paper bats. Of course, if you are not into spooky, you can always decorate your house in fun fall décor while engaging the whole family in the spirit of the season – string some felt leaves on string for a garland. Need some inspiration? Here are some fun Halloween craft ideas from Country Living.

Get Cozy and Watch the Classics

Have an annual Halloween movie extravaganza with your family. Get your cozy clothes on, grab a blanket, a hot drink and a fun treat like popcorn or Jack Skellington Cupcakes and sit back and watch a movie, like The Nightmare Before Christmas. If your kids are a little younger or you are not a fan of the eerie vibe, watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – or just watch both! We do – even thought the boys are now teenagers, we still hunker down with popcorn for a family night of Hocus Pocus!

Boo your neighbors this Halloween

Go get your Boo printable from Melissa over at Bless This Mess

“Boo” Your Neighbors (Nicely)

This is another fun Halloween tradition. Make a Halloween goodie bag for a neighbor and leave it on their porch with a poem or sign, telling them they have been “Boo’d.” Don’t forget to ring the doorbell before you run! Kids enjoy ringing the doorbell and running. The recipient is supposed to reciprocate and “Boo” another neighbor. Here are some Halloween Boo Signs and Poems for inspiration!

Host a Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party for Kids

Carve Pumpkins with a Party

We’ve been doing this one for years! A pumpkin carving party is way more fun with friends. We pick up a dozen pumpkins, throw down a giant tarp & let the all kids have at it. Choose a theme and provide decorating materials and carving tools. Now that the boys are all so huge (goodness) we pull out the drill along with the traditional pumpkin carving tools. Don’t forget to have some spooky Halloween snacks available for your pumpkin carving party! Throw on a pot of chili and consider playing a spooky, Halloween-themed playlist too!

Day of the Dead Dinner

Traditional to Mexico, the Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is a day that falls on the day after Halloween, but you can celebrate it whenever you like. Set up an area in your home where you put up pictures of the pets and people you want to remember and eat a meal together. Choose a meal one of your lost loved ones enjoyed while sharing memories of those who have passed on. This is a great way to change things up in the Halloween season and to keep memories alive. We all loved the movie, Coco – which is a lovely story of holding onto family memories. You may want to add that in this year, too.

Schedule a Visit from the Pumpkin Fairy

Each year, kids get loads of candy after trick-or-treating. Each year, parents fight against the forces to keep their children from falling ill from sugar overload (or from eating all of the good candy before parents have a chance to get to it!). Combat these issues by scheduling a visit from the Pumpkin Fairy. The Pumpkin Fairy is a delightful little fair who trades fun toys and trinkets for candy from your kids’ Halloween candy stash. Read more about the Pumpkin Fairy tradition at The Magic Onions.

 

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6 Family Halloween Traditions for kids you should try this year

7 Unique Unicorn Gift Ideas for Girls

7 unique unicorn gift ideas for girls - baby, toddler and big kids.

Finding the perfect gift can be a little overwhelming. But when you choose an adorable gift theme, it becomes quick, easy, and fun! I always love searching for and discovering unique and creative gifts for the special little girl – one that embodies her sweet little personality and celebrates her own adorable quirkiness. Unicorns are always a hit! Finding a unicorn gift – both figuratively & literally is as elusive as their magical single-horned counterparts. Here are seven beautiful unicorn ideas to celebrate her special day.

sparkle unicorn bracelet - unique unicorn gift from Little Girl's Pearls

{shop for the sparkle unicorn bracelet at Little Girl’s Pearls}

Sparkle Rainbow Unicorn Bracelet

This is my favorite!  The sparkliest Swarovski crystals…ever…paired with real freshwater pearls & twinkly sterling silver daisies are the perfect backdrop for her very own silver unicorn charm!  It even comes with her very own birthstone crystal (or her favorite color), so it’s personalized just for her.  All girls love a little glam & twinkle!  The best part is, with the extension chain, it’s a gift that actually grows with her. ♥

Sparkly glitter rose gold unicorn shoes.

{shop for the sparkly unicorn shoes from the GAP}

Unicorn Sparkle Ballet Flats

Imagine a pair of unicorns at a girl’s feet. The Unicorn Sparkle Ballet Flats will give her just that. These beautiful ballet flats are in the shape of a unicorn covered in rose gold sequins that make them glitter with every step she takes creating that magical experience. And did I mention that they are extremely adorable?

unicorn emoji bag for girls.

{shop for unicorn emoji bag at Prima Trends}

Unicorn Emoji Shoulder Bag

She always needs a little bag to carry her precious treasures in! What better bag to have than one that is shaped like a unicorn! Seriously, need I say more? Totes adorable!

sparkly stars unicorn dance tutu dress.

{shoot – H&M sold out of these adorable unicorn dresses, but they have other adorable unicorn gifts}

The Unicorn Dance Outfit

If she’s one who loves to dance then this Unicorn Dance Outfit is just for her. It’s a one-piece dress making it an easy choice for dressing up or . The top half of the dance outfit has a cute unicorn complete with a colorful tutu and a matching lace cape.

adorable pastel unicorn night light for her nursery or big girl room.

{shop for the unicorn nursery nightlight at amazon}

Unicorn Night Light

Many kids feel uneasy in the night and are afraid a monster or two will pop out from under their bed. This unicorn-shaped portable battery powered bedside lamp makes a great gift. The Unicorn Night Light will keep the little girl company while she sleeps.

unicorn jewelry box - music box for her trinkets and treasures.

{shop for the unicorn music box at amazon}

Unicorn Musical Jewelry Box

Ladies didn’t just start being conscious of their jewelry. This is something that goes way back. Every little girl needs a jewelry box for safekeeping. This Unicorn Musical Jewelry Box is an ideal gift just for her. When she opens the jewelry box the music begins to play and hidden inside is a mini unicorn. There’s plenty of room in the jewelry box to keep her necklace, bracelets and rings.

sparkly sequin color changing magic unicorn pillow.

{shop for the sparkle unicorn pillow at Mermaid Pillow Co.}

Magical Unicorn Pillow

Every girl needs a soft huggable snuggle pillow. The Magical Unicorn Pillow is velvety smooth with her very own adorable unicorn on the front and silver sequins at the back. The best part is that it can be personalized with her name – extra special for her.

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So head on out there to the magical land of unicorns.  I’d love to know which unicorn gift caught your eye – comment below with your favorite! ♥

Bunnies + Tea Printable Valentines Day Cards for Kids

Are you searching for quick, easy, and adorable FREE printable Valentine cards for her classroom? Check out these precious bunnies with balloons, flowers and tea cups - they'll save you hours of glue and glitter + they're the sweetest! https://blog.littlegirlspearls.com/bunnies-tea-printable-valentines-day-cards-for-kids/ ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #valentine #valentinesforkids #valentinecards #classroomvalentines #bunnies #teacups #pastel #freeprintable

Your kiddo’s Valentine’s Day party is creeping up.  If you haven’t already finished up her Valentine’s cards, let me help you out!  I put together six sweet tea loving bunny Valentines for your little love bug to take to school for her classmates.

Print them now to save yourself a night of glue and stickers and glitter…everywhere!

Click HERE to download the adorable free printable Valentine Cards for Kids - featuring precious bunnies, balloons, tea cups, and adorable flowers. | Little Girl's Pearls #printablevalentines #printablecards #valentinesforkids #classroomvalentines
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Be Mine Cute Floral Mouse Free Phone Wallpaper

Are you looking for the most adorable smart phone lock screen wallpaper? Mr. Squeakers and his precious bucket of flowers is the perfect background graphic! Head on over to Little Girl's Pearls to download now. ♥ #littlegirlspearls #iphonewallpaper #phonewallpaper #phonebackground #mouse #flowers

Well, hello there, lovely!  Will you be mine? ♥

Seriously, how precious is Mr. Squeakers and his bucket of flower joy?!?!

Click HERE to download the Mr. Squeakers Flower Bucket Be Mine iPhone Smart Phone Wallpaper Background Graphic. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥ #wallpaper #phonewallpaper #iphonebackground #lockscreen #phonegraphic #free #mouse #valentine

This month I wanted to follow in the tradition of my dear friend and offer both a lock screen background graphic for smartphones as well as a more minimal (but equally beautiful) background wallpaper.  That way, the graphics won’t interfere with your apps.

Are you searching for a beautiful free smart phone wall paper background? Head on over to the Little Girl's Pearls blog and download this beautiful blush and pastel wallpaper graphic for your phone! ♥ #blush #free #wallpaper #phonewallpaper #phonebackground #iphonebackground #iphonewallpaper #lockscreen

Blush Floral Phone Wallpaper Background ♥ Little Girl's Pearls #wallpaper #phonewallpaper #phonebackground #flowerphone #littlegirlspearls

My sweet friend, Neesha, over at Paper Wand is the inspiration behind the creation of these fun free phone wallpapers and lock screen graphics!  Her newest graphic is the most beautiful watercolor hearts.  You absolutely must go check her out and show her some love.  Trust me, you’ll absolutely thank me when you peek at her beautiful creations.  They’re right up your alley.

If you love adorable Valentine goodies for your sweetie, be sure to check out the Little Girl’s Pearls Valentine jewelry line. ♥

Are you searching for adorable Valentine gifts for your little girl? Check out Little Girl's Pearls for beautiful real pearl jewelry! #valentine #valentinegift #valentinegiftforgirls #valentinejewelry #littlegirlspearls

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Spread Joy Like Glitter Phone Wallpaper

It’s heeeeere!  Winter and the holidays are upon us.  It has already been a whirlwind around these parts, how’s it going around your house?  The trees are up & covered with decorations and beautiful sparkly, glittery things.  I have a giant Christmas red peony surrounded by eucalyptus branches in a vintage blue ball jar sitting on my desk.  Life is good, my friends.  Life is good. ♥

I just wanted to send you a little reminder to spread joy this holiday season (and always).  Joy is contagious!  Spread it around like glitter.  Let it fill in the dark craggy parts of your soul & let it shine bright.  I am wishing you the merriest, most lovely, joyful & glittery holiday season!  Celebrate with this free gold glittery “spread joy like glitter” phone wallpaper. ♥

If you love this little wallpaper, could you pretty please share it on Pinterest?  That would make my little heart pitter patter!!! ♥

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Meaningful Keepsake Big Girl Gift Ideas Guide

It’s so much fun to watch her grow!  She’s a big girl now, and here’s a lovely round up of beautiful, meaningful, keepsake gifts to celebrate her big girl status!

Her First Pearl by Little Girl’s Pearls – SHOP HERE

Celebrate Wonder Art Journal – by Paperwand – SHOP HERE

She Believed Art Print – by Bonnie Lecat Designs – SHOP HERE

Sister Birthstone Necklace – by {Jules} – SHOP HERE

♥ Do you love this?  Pretty please, share it on Pinterest, and spread the joy! ♥

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Fruit and Fun Printable Class Valentines

It’s here!  Hooray!  I love making these every year.  This is my third annual free Valentine’s Card printable & I went a with a bit of vintage inspired fruit & fun theme.  This is my most popular post every year – hooray!!  I’ve added the links to the previous years’ Valentine’s below in case you’d like to see them all.  They’re perfect for your kid’s classroom Valentine Party or your very own Galentine celebration with your bestie!

It’s still early enough that you won’t have to stay up the night before Valentine’s Day, frantically gluing, glittering and stickering…I’ve got your back, mama.  Just print, cut & have your kiddo sign them.  Super easy peasy.

Okay, lovelies, I printed mine on matte photo paper (matte, so that they can be signed by your little).  But honestly, card stock will totally work in a pinch!  Don’t fret!  You’ve totally got this.  If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can send them to a photo printing place like Staples or Walmart, otherwise your home printer is just fine.

If you’re feeling super extra fancy, feel free to tape a heart chocolate on the back of the card (or a quarter for older kids if you’re looking for a candy-free Valentine option).  Voila, chocolate, cute cards, signed by your kiddo…score one for mom!

Okay, so click the button below to download your PDF printable.  Then print away!  It will print on a regular old 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, and the cards measure 3.5″ square (that will help when you’re measuring out to cut).

How did it go?  If you use the cards (from any of the years), I would sooooo love to hear your stories & see how they turned out for you!  If you tag them #littlegirlspearls when you post them, I will be able to find them.  I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Are you looking for more Valentine Printables?  Check out our other free sets:

Happy Valentine’s Day, you lovely mama!

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Easy Thanksgiving Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained While You Cook

Your family probably already has a few traditions of your own for Thanksgiving. Maybe you have a special routine for saying what you’re thankful for, or maybe everyone looks forward to grandma’s signature pie all year long. Thanksgiving is also a great time to start some new traditions, particularly if you’re looking for fun activities that kids will love to take part in.

1.    Succulent Place Cards
This is such a fun and easy activity for kiddos during the holidays!  While the house is a big hub of craziness and activity, you can send the kids outside for this quick and easy Thanksgiving or Christmas craft.  Littles and bigs will love making place cards for everyone around the holiday table.  Then all of the guests can have a sweet little succulent planter to take home after the delicious dinner.  Head HERE for full step-by-step photo instructions to show you how to make them.

Step-by-Step photo instructions to make succulent place cards for your holiday table

2.    Get the Kids Involved with Foraged Bouquets for the Table
The hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving can get overwhelming for kids.  Everyone is excited, the house smells amazing, family and friends are ringing the bell…chaos is sure to follow.  One thing our boys love to do is head outside in the fresh air to get some energy out.  Send an older kid or an adult with the kids to pick a bouquet of “foraged” leaves, flowers and sticks (or several small bouquets).  Then they can put them in mason jars or vases on the Thanksgiving table.  Fun, festive & it gets the wiggles out!

foraged-thanksgiving-bouquets

3.    A Thankful Book
Instead of simply saying what you’re thankful for around the dinner table, how about having each person write it down? Then save the notes in a scrapbook or binder. It’s fun to set out a blank book or paper with pencils, crayons, stickers and markers for everyone to write down their thankful list while dinner is cooking.  It keeps the kids busy, and you can look back on it together every Thanksgiving.  Erin over at Home Literacy Blueprint made the cutest thankful books with her kiddos!

Idea and adorable photo from Home Literacy Blueprint

4.    Pin the Feather on the Turkey
If you have a lot of young kids in your family (or teenagers who like to be goofy like mine), pin the feather on the turkey is a great game to keep them entertained and get them in the Thanksgiving spirit. This is just like pin the tail on the donkey, except you’re using a paper turkey and feathers of different colors. For added fun, have each kid create and decorate their own feather out of card stock, stickers, pens, pencils…whatever you have lying around. They can write what they are thankful for & it makes the turkey so adorable when they’re finished!  Make sure you take a picture as a memento!

precious graphic from Living Well Mom – head on over there for instructions

What fun family traditions or kid activities does your family do for the holidays?  I’d love to learn some new ideas! ♥

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