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Small Business/Local Holiday Specials…

There are so many places to go, but, why not ‘shop local’ when and where you can during the biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year! 

A few of my friends, from some of my favorite retailers around town, contacted me to let me know what’s happening in their stores this weekend. Check them out!

Gleeful Peacock Merchantile – 30% off purchases, as well as select items in store. (Check out their online store on Monday for awesome Cyber Monday deals)

Happy First – 20% off purchases plus free shipping. Online only – through Cyber Monday. 

Tawnini – 25% off purchases. Online(facebook) – through Cyber Monday. 

Posh: Special merchandise sales listed on their facebook page.

Saks Fifth Avenue (Tulsa) – 8:00 – noon: 60% off sale merchandise/Spend $100 in beauty – get a $25 Saks gift card

Little Black Dress – Spend $100+, receive 10% off purchase. Spend $250+, receive 15% off purchase. Spend $400+,  receive 25% off purchase.

 Splash-of-Fash: 25% off all bling (Black Friday)

Donna’s Fashions: Buy one, get one at 50% off. (Details on facebook page)

Happy Shopping! For tips on Black Friday, please scroll down for a previous post!

Happy Thanksgiving – and Happy Holidays!

 

Thanksgiving – Kid Style

The Kid Table

Remember the good ol’ ‘kid table’ over the holidays? I remember being at my Grandma’s for the holidays and the kids were always assigned to sitting around the folding tables in the living room while the adults sat around the dining room table. And, now, as an adult at holidays, I still hear kids asking, “Where do I get to sit?” And, you hear the answer, “At the kid table”. 

But, why not make the kid table fun? AND, why not have the kids help decorate the kid table? 

Here is my first suggestion. Wrap the kid table in brown craft paper. It’s perfect for kid’s to draw and color on while the adults are wanting to squeeze in just a few minutes more of good adult conversation. As well as, when they are done drawing and eating, you can throw it away. 

The rest of the crafts were easy, fun, and cheap! Everything we used, we already had at home. 

Paper Towel Turkey

Needed: Empty paper towel roll (cut in half), construction paper, glue, markers, hands

Trace hands and cut out of construction paper. Glue to paper towel roll. Add turkey face to paper towel roll. 

Harvest Popcorn Cobs

Needed: Construction paper, popcorn, glue.

Cut out the corn cob silhouette in green and yellow construction paper. Glue popcorn onto the yellow cob. Let dry. 

Leaf Turkey Name Cards

Needed: Leaves, construction paper, glue. 

Have the kids gather various leaves from outside. Glue leaves onto construction paper to make it look like turkey feathers. Cut out body/head of turkey and glue over the leaves. Add names of the kids sitting at the kid table. 

The Thankful Tree

I think my favorite homemade decoration is the Thankful Tree. Have the kids gather branches. Stick them in your favorite jar/vase. Make paper leaves out of construction paper. The leaves say “I’m Thankful For….” and have the guests write their answer on the leaves and hang on the branches. Just a friendly reminder of why we celebrate the holiday and to remind ourselves to give thanks!

And, why not have the kids help you with some yummy Thanksgiving treats too….

Easy Thanksgiving Treats

Pilgrim Hats

Needed: Fudge stripe cookies, frosting, peanut butter cups. 

Place cookie face down, drop frosting in the middle, and put peanut butter cup on top. 

Acorns

Needed: Mini nutter butters, frosting, hershey kisses, mini chocolate chips

Separate nutter butters, put frosting on each half and place hershey kiss. Take frosting and put mini chocolate chip on top. 

Rice Krispy Turkeys

Needed: Rice Krispies Treats (make as directed) rolled into balls, fudge stripe cookies, frosting, candy corn

Place cookie face down, put frosting on it and place rice krispy ball on top. Put frosting on second cookie, add candy corn for turkey feathers and place on back of rice krispy ball. Use one candy corn for face of turkey. 

With these decorations and yummy treats, I guarantee ‘the kid table’ will be the cool place to be! 

Kid-Friendly Halloween! (Product List – GDGC)

Ghosts, Goblins, and Witches…Oh My! It’s that time of year, again…..Halloween! 

Where kids get dressed up, the house gets ‘creeped out’ and, it seems, the scarier the better! 

Halloween seems to truly be a kid’s holiday – so, make sure to include them in the festivities!

Alternatives to Pumpkin Carving

If you are like me, I cannot stand pumpkin carving. I have no desire to scoop ‘the guts’ out of a pumpkin and attempt to make some sort of recognizable design with a ‘pumpkin carving kit’, that never seems to carve correctly, without cramping your fingers and leaving you with some blisters. SO, why not come up with some alternative options? I’m in!

We have an 8YO boy who is all about super heroes these days. He received the Captain America Pumpkin “Push Ins” for a birthday gift. Done! It’s adorable! And, why not let your kids be creative by painting a pumpkin or, the newest trend, ‘junkins’, which is where you decorate your pumpkin with things you find around the house. Brilliant! No cost – other than the pumpkin (unless you have your own garden). 

Fabric Pumpkins

Maybe, you don’t want to deal with the ‘real’ pumpkins at all. I can relate to that too. So, why not make fabric pumpkins? Find some  fabric, take a roll of toilet paper (yes, a roll of toilet paper), and wrap the fabric around the toilet paper. Use brown paper for the stem and green felt/pipe cleaners for the leaves. It’s super easy and really cute! And, no one has to know you used toilet paper! 

Food Fun!

This is where I excel when it comes to the holidays – FOOD! Ok, not necessarily MAKING food. But, DEFINITELY eating food! Once again, I turned to my dear friend, Pinterest, for some Halloween food fun! The ideas were endless. But, these were a few that ‘jumped out at us’. 

Mini Marshmallow Ghosts:  Fill skinny plastic pretzel bags (you can find in candy making section of Michael’s, etc) with mini marshmallows. Tie with black ribbon and two eyes and a mouth for a face. Can use black marker, construction paper, or felt. 

Ghost Suckers:  Take your favorite suckers and cover with white fabric. Tie with ribbon and add a face with black marker. 

Bloody Band-Aids: Graham cracker. Place white frosting square in middle of graham cracker. Add red frosting (I used a red frosting writer) to the white square. 

Creepy Q-Tips: Place mini-marshmallow on either end of toothpick. Melt butterscotch chips. Pick one end of toothpicks with marshmallow and dip into melted mixture. Let dry. Will look like Q-tip with ear wax. 

Witch Hats: Fudge stripe cookie placed face down. Place orange frosting in middle of cookie and put a hershey kiss on top of frosting. Press slightly for some frosting to ‘ooze’ around hershey kiss (creating a colored band on the hat). 

And, for a little more decorative flair, serve your goodies in clear bowls/vases and make faces on them too – to create a ghost (when serving ‘white’ food) and a pumpkin (when serving ‘orange’ food).  Make faces from construction paper and/or felt. 

 

Whatever you do, involve the kids (and grandparents too) and have fun! It’s a great way to spend some time together, have a few laughs, and get those ‘creative juices’ flowing! 

We had a blast working on all of our projects – and certainly had some laughs! 

Thank you to my awesome helpers too – our 8 year old, Nicholas, and Grandma Nancy. It was fun to work on all of these with you! 

Happy Halloween! 

 

Resources: 

Pinterest

Target

Michael’s

Hobby Lobby

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