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5 Fun, Unique Thanksgiving Traditions to Try This Year

November 17, 2014

Stuffing your face and watching the parade (and football) on Thanksgiving is part of the charm of the holiday, of course. What’s
not to love? But if you’re looking to add a little something special to your holiday this year, try implementing one of these creative new Thanksgiving traditions:

  • Make a game out of placing name tags at the table: If you do a seating chart for your Thanksgiving table, skip the imagesname tags this year in favor of something a little more fun. Instead of writing the person’s name, use three adjectives to describe the individual who will be taking that seat. Then have everyone try to guess who should be sitting there.
  • Put together a family cookbook: If you’ve got recipes that are absolute staples at Thanksgiving, why not compile them together into a cookbook that can be passed down from generation to generation? This can include secret stuffing recipes, delicious dessert concoctions, or special appetizers that everyone loves.
  • Get active before the big meal: You know you’ll be chowing down later on, so get active ahead of time. Many cities have Turkey Trots or other runs happening on Thanksgiving Day. Encourage the whole family to take part. Even if you walk most of it, you’ll feel good about getting some exercise in before polishing off that third piece of pie.
  • Give back to the community: Volunteering is another great way to bond with your family this Thanksgiving, plus you’ll be benefitting people in need in your community. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter, pay a visit to a nursing home, walk dogs that are living in an animal shelter, or find another charity that has significance to your family.
  • Do a little research about your family’s history: Use sites like Ancestry.com to find out more about your family’s history. You can also “interview” older relatives about what life was like when they were growing up, and then record these sessions so you can enjoy them for years to come. It’s always interesting to find out more about your family’s background, plus hearing these stories can serve as a history lesson for kids.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Share them with us in the comments! 

This Dad Turns His Preemie Son Into a Superhero

November 11, 2014

We love this touching video of North Carolina dad (and professional movie prop maker) Eric Hart making an Iron Man suit for his son, Collier, who has spent his short life hooked up to tubes and wires in a hospital after being born premature. Dad wanted to help Collier feel brave, and also thought the costume was fitting for Halloween, so he spent hours assembling it himself.  The result is a perfect, tiny Iron Man outfit. We’re rooting for you, Collier! Check out the sweet video below.

Sigh. Watch Children Interact with Technology That Isn’t THAT Old.

November 04, 2014

We just love Ellen DeGeneres, and her newest video is worth a watch. She gets a bunch of kids together and introduces them to technology that isn’t that old (think answering machines, typewriters, etc.) and then has them interact with the items. Their reactions are, in short, priceless. From their confusion about where the FaceTime is on the bulky “old time” phone which was probably “used 100 years ago” (their words, not ours) to their frustration about answering machines, the video will leave you going, “Ahhhh, youth.” Or perhaps, “Get off my lawn.” Either way.

Check out the video below.

If You Thought You Decked Your House Out For Halloween…

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on October 27, 2014

If you’ve got skeletons hanging from your porch and a few fake headstones, you’re doing well in terms of Halloween decorations. But take a look at this home in Naperville, Illinois and you’ll probably feel ready to kick your Halloween spirit up a level or two. This house features an insanely intricate light show that sings along to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

As the house lights up, you can also see a pretty detailed faux graveyard in the front yard. How fun would it be to take the kids trick-or-treating here, right? But you have to feel sorry for their neighbors….and wonder about their power bill…..

This Creative Mom Wins at Halloween

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on October 20, 2014

Jessica Chavkin, mom to 4-month-old Noah, takes Halloween prettyyy seriously, and we respect her dedication to the holiday. Check out her Instagram and you’ll notice that she’s dressed baby Noah up in a different Halloween costume every day this month. I mean, when your kid’s that cute, why pick just one costume, right?

We’re in love with this adorable Where’s Waldo? (Where’s Noah?) costume.

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Other favorites include Jean Valjean and Charlie Brown. Check out the rest of the adorable getups on her Instagram page.