fall-colors-14626210018kdThere are so many things to be thankful for – even in the midst of crazy or upside down or not-right or melancholy.

The perfect leaf, dropping from the sky.

That one moment of sunshine right on your face in the middle of a gray Michigan day.

The hello or thank you from a stranger.

It’s November and we’re kicking off a month where we put gratitude and gratefulness a little more front and center. Sure, the freight train of the holidays is leaving the station, but stop and be grateful. We’re certainly grateful for you.

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables


New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

What a great post from about helping your kids create resolutions of their own. Championing the best in our children and watching them grow – can’t think of a better way to start out a fresh year.

For the entire article, click the link above.

party-balloons-1416258716nioNew Year’s Day is the traditional time to celebrate a new beginning, and kids ages 7-12 are at the ideal stage to learn to make resolutions, experts say. “They’re still young enough that their habits are not firm,” says Christine Carter, Ph.D., author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, and a teacher for an online class on helping kids develop happiness habits. “They’re old enough to think about what a New Year’s resolution is and to make their own — yet parents can still help guide them. They’re not going to get the same backlash as from a teenager.”

Jennifer Kolari, a parent and child therapist and author of Connected Parenting, says, “They’re beginning to be mindful and to understand others’ perspectives. They’re doing more independently, and they’re starting to open up to broader goals of how to become their best selves.”

Making resolutions with your children can be fun and exciting, a time for growth and change, and an opportunity for family bonding. Read our eight tips on how to make New Year’s resolutions a positive experience for kids and to help them keep in touch with their goals all year long.

Fun Thanksgiving Wreaths

Another round of thanks to the JBF Corporate Blog for a fun way to engage the kids in a little crafting – decorating your home for Thanksgiving. Check out their great ideas below….and gobble gobble!

Thanksgiving crafts are all the rage during the holidays. Usually, the crafts involve a turkey theme. This craft, however, is something a little different. It is a Thanksgiving wreath and it is a great activity for the whole family.


Supplies needed: brown paint, paint brush, scissors, construction paper, marker, glue, ribbon, and a styrofoam ring.

Step 1: Paint the styrofoam ring brown. Cover the entire surface.

Step 2: Cut various colors of paper in shapes of feathers. You can choose fall colors or multi colors. If your child is young, you may have to help him with this part.

Step 3: Have all of your family members write something they are thankful for on a paper feather.

Step 4: Glue the paper feathers onto the styrofoam ring covering the entire top surface.

Step 5: Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to make a loop and glue to the back of the ring.

Step 6: After the glue dries, hang the wreath and admire all you have to be thankful for.

This Thanksgiving wreath is a fun craft that the whole family can participate. What other crafts do you and your child like to make on Thanksgiving?






Tutorial: Shibley Smiles

Spooky Halloween Foods

Another great post from the – all about creating some fun snacks for your kiddos for Halloween. With only a week to go, my little ones are having a ball with everything orange or spooky or fun or silly.

Enjoy some of these fun snacks this week!


Halloween is quickly approaching and we all know it’s every kid’s favorite holiday (other than Christmas of course.) Look no further parents because I’ve come up with my 3 most favorite Halloween treats that you and your kids will be dying to try. Check out these spooky snacks!

Candy Corn Jell-O
by Passion for Savings
Spooky Snacks Who doesn’t love Jell-O? This treat is simple to make and fun to eat.


  • 1 Lemon Jell-O Gelatin (3 oz)
  • 1 Orange Jell-O Gelatin (3 oz)
  • 8 oz thawed Cool Whip
  • 1 1/3 cups boiling Water
  • Candy Corn


  • If you can find tall shot glasses they will work best, but any clear glass will do.
  • Place lemon gelatin in a bowl and add 2/3 cup boiling water.
  • Stir well until dissolved and allow cooling.
  • Fill each cup 1/3 full of yellow and place in refrigerator.
  • Place orange gelatin in a bowl and add 2/3 cup boiling water.
  • Stir well until dissolved and allow cooling.
  • Fill each cup 1/3 full of orange and place in refrigerator.
  • Top each portion with whipped topping and garnish with a piece of candy corn.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve

Mummy Hot Dogs
by Creative Juice
 Spooky Snacks
This treat is hands down my favorite to make during the holiday. Not only is it fun to make and super yummy but it will for sure be the party favorite.

*Feeds 8*


  • 1 can Crescent Roll Dough
  • 4 American Cheese slices
  • 8 Hot Dogs
  • 16 candy eyes
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Cut each cheese slice into 4 strips.
  • Unroll dough and separate into 4 rectangles (crimp diagonal cuts in each one together).
  • Cut each rectangle lengthwise into 1/2″ strips and join 2 together to form one long “bandage”.
  • 10 pieces, making a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters (1/2 slice cheese, cut in half).
  • Wrap “bandage” of dough around each hot dog and 1/4 slice of cheese.
  • Make sure to leave a gap for the face.
  • Place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down) on non-stick cookie sheet and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until dough is lightly brown.
  • Place a small piece of cheese where eyes go and place in oven to melt slightly.
  • Place 2 eyes on each mummy

Spider PB&J
by Welch’s
spooky snacks
This treat is for all the PB&J lovers out there. It takes no time to make and don’t require anything to be cooked. All you need is 5 simple ingredients and you can make this treat anywhere.


  • Bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Pretzel stick (legs)
  • Chocolate chips (eyes)


  • Cut bread into small round pieces (also cutting the crust off)
  • Place one piece of bread on a plate
  • Spread a small amount of peanut butter on the bread
  • Spread a small amount of jelly on the bread
  • Space 4 pretzel sticks on each side on the bread
  • Place another piece of bread on top
  • Add two chocolate chips on top for the eyes
  • *Repeat each step as many times as you want to make as many sandwiches that you want.

Have you tried any of these spooky snacks or do you have other recipes that your kid’s love? Let us know!