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It’s Thanksgiving week! Yay! Here are a few last-minute tips for the coming week:

Check out my Travel Tips HERE & being road trip ready HERE.

Enjoy and Happy Travels!
And of course there is even more to check out on my Pinterest board: travelBUG

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THESE cookies. Divine!

Great hostess gift or take-a-longs for that crazy Black Friday shopping!

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They are delicious & so pretty!

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Check out my Thanksgiving kids table decor & crafts from last year HERE!

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make your own {DISNEY} t-shirt

design your own t-shirtDo you want to make a custom t-shirt that your kids will love? You can do it. It’s quick, cheap and easy!

IMG_1213This is the shirt I made my little boy for one of our Disneyland trips.

He loved it and did not want to take it off! And it was so easy to make! Win/Win!

::what you will need::

iron-on transfer kit

{I used one from Target designed for dark-colored shirts}

printer for a printed image

{use a free printable or graphic and print on your kits provided transfer paper-be sure to look at your kits directions to see if it needs to be printed right side up or in reverse}

 shirt of choice {pre-washed}

{I used a plain, black, long sleeve cotton t-shirt from Target}

iron, lint-roller & scissors

::directions::

 It’s very important to follow the directions from the purchased iron-on transfer kit. As you will see in my pictures below I simply washed and dried the shirt {I removed lint as well}, printed the image, cut it out, ironed it on the shirt and let it set.

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::my printed image source::

I used a template from the our printer that was connected to Disney’s family fun website {unfortunately I cannot find it online for y’all}…but you can check out their website HERE

Here are some extra printable ideas!

Make sure you are using something considered a FREE printable and not a copyrighted image.

Just remember to follow the directions of your iron-on transfer paper before printing, as some need you to reverse the image first. This can be a little more tricky and requires some extra steps so check it out before you print.

Find FREE Disney printables that could work great for t-shirts, canvas bags or even pillow-cases HERE, HERE & even HERE.

Please note that you may need to get creative {and not all of these images will work} but you can find a colorful & complete graphic to make almost anything work.

If you like this method the possibilities are endless…find tons of FREE unique, vintage and decorative images HERE at the Graphics Fairy {great for your home, pillows, cloths, prints and/or homemade gifts}.

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FROZEN frenzy {do you wanna build a snowman?}

Are you and your kids as obsessed with Disney’s Frozen as we are? Seriously, is it not the cutest movie? Love, humor, a summer loving snowmen, sisters, beautiful music, friendship and gorgeous images.

We saw it in the theater {the kids saw it twice} and fell in love during the holidays. After months of listening to the songs and anticipating the DVD’s release it finally arrived at Grammy’s house last week {prompting a Friday night Movie Night}! The kids have now watched it a few times and are even more in love with these characters! If you are crazy for this movie as well I thought I would pass along a few of the crafts and videos we have checked out to get your fix!

Check out some amazing craft ideas from Disney’s website Spoonful HERE

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If you cannot get enough of the music from Frozen you have to check out these fun videos:
{It seems like everyone out there is impersonating these songs…but these are my 3 favorites}

Here is an Instagram pic from our first visit to the movie theater to see it:

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kid table ideas & turkey hand ART {holiday hospitality 101}

holiday hospitality 101Decorating for the kids is FUN. My little Paigey loves to help me decorate these days. Here are a few ideas of how to make your Thanksgiving “kid table” or place settings special. As you will see some of these ideas are unconventional. You don’t always have to use paper plates or traditional colors. We love to get out fancy plates and glasses to make it more special. I have lots of little treasures from my Grandma Lil {who loved to entertain} and I figure that even if they get broken at least we used them {and these special trinkets won’t just be good for gathering dust}. Also, you can have crafts/activities available to do while the kids wait for dinner or for dessert {why are kids so reluctant to eat sometimes and often get done eating so quickly}. Just keep in mind that age and skill levels of the kids. Have fun with it. The more comfortable you are…the more comfortable your guest will feel. So assure them that if the kids break something or spill something…that’s okay!

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turkey hand art

If you want to make the turkey hand ART like the ones we did above you can set out some simple craft items for the kids and have them go to town while dinner is being made. Or make them before and add names to each to use as silly place cards. Either way…enjoy!

::what you will need::

foam or card-stock sheets

pencil {for tracing} & scissors

glue or mod-podge

feathers or leaves

googly eyes, sequins, beaks & whatever else you want to decorate the turkey face/body

::instructions::

1. Simply trace your kids hands {or anyone who wants to join in on the fun} with a pencil and then cut out hand shapes.

2. Glue feathers {or leaves for feathers} to back of the hands and allow to dry.

3. Glue on googly eyes, beak, sequins and anything else you would like to make your turkey’s special. Add a magnet, or tack up on a board or use as place cards! Enjoy!

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nail & yarn pumpkin board {holiday hospitality 101}

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Remember that cute nail & yarn pumpkin board that I decorated with this year? Check it out HERE. My sweet friend Jessica {from DIY Swenson Style} was inspired by some ideas she saw on pinterest to create this great craft.  With the help of her creative team she compiled and created this great craft for MOPS recently.

This is a great DIY project to make for:

Yourself: It’s simple to make for yourself if you don’t have very many holiday decor items to decorate your home.

A Hostess Gift: Maybe you need to make it for a nice hostess gift this Thanksgiving. Simple and unique

Christmas Gifts: Or you may just need this idea to inspire you to do a twist on the pumpkin and make some Christmas gifts {think monogram letter or Christmas tree}.

A Quick Craft with Kids: Kids can help with some of the steps {depending on their age and patience level}. What boy doesn’t love to hammer! This took around 20-30 minutes {not including the prep for the wood…the lovely Jessica did this for us ahead of time}. Grant only helped me hammer a few nails but he felt very proud of his work.

Either way it’s simple and cute.

So just go do it!

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::what you will need::

a small board {scrap wood, painted or stained}

a nail template printed on regular paper {print out a basic image and add “x” marks for the nail placement…see pictures for more ideas on how to do this yourself}

masking tape {to tape down template}

40-50 small nails {uniform in size}

hammer

yarn {color of choice}

::how to make it::

This is pretty basic. Print out a template, mark where the nails should go, tape to board that is already panted or stained, add nails 1/4 into board to make secure, pull off paper, add yarn in a uniform pattern to look like the pumpkin {see white version} or just make a crazy crisscross creation like we did {see orange version}. And the fun part is figuring out where wot display it in your home.

See my step by step pictures below:

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