Easy DIY Thanksgiving Crafts

Family traditions are a huge deal to me. For instance, at Thanksgiving, we always have those party crackersdiy thanksgiving crafts things. I may be 37 years old, but I get as excited as the kids to see what’s inside mine! Every other year we have the “BIG Thanksgiving” with my husbands entire moms side of the family. It’s a large gathering and so much fun. Since there are a lot of kids running around, we try to have crafts or something for them to do. These super easy DIY Thanksgiving crafts would be perfect!

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DIY Thanksgiving Crafts

Keeping the kids occupied while the adults set up and cook the Thanksgiving meal, is key. This Thanksgiving treasure hunt printable is a perfect way to keep the kids busy and out of your hair! Plus, you can have cute little prizes for the kids as they finish the treasure hunt. They will love it!

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One thing I really love are place cards when you are having a dinner party or hosting a holiday. I think it is a cute addition to the table and they can also be something that your guests take home with them. These Thanksgiving place card holders are adorable DIY Thanksgiving crafts and I’d definitely want to take mine home!

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Kids like making things. This next craft will keep them busy. Simply place each of the supplies in separate bowls so they can grab what they need and make this adorable walnut turkey! Piece of advice…get a plastic tablecloth to cover whatever table they will be crafting at. Kids like to use a lot of glue!

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This next DIY Thanksgiving craft is one that kids (and adults…not going to lie) will love to do! Make this adorable turkey treat. Fill it with Reese’s Pieces or, if you have a peanut allergy in your family, you can get these M&M’s Fall Harvestdiy thanksgiving crafts colored M&M’s! You may want to have an adult or older child stand by to help with the glue gun.

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Take this super cute turkey coloring sheet, print it out, attach a new box of crayonsdiy thanksgiving crafts and set the kids up a table while dinner finishes up! Bonus…tell the kids to take the crayons home with them! Everyone loves a new box of crayons!

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I love this next DIY Thanksgiving craft! Who doesn’t love making something with Mason jars?!? This Mason jar turkey craft is not only cute, but it is super easy to make. Knowing the ages of kids at our thanksgiving, I would maybe prep the jars ahead of time with the spray glue and glitter. Then have the kids go to town designing their turkey!

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This is probably one of my favorites! I absolutely love the simplicity of this centerpiece and the fact that it is so easy to make! To me, nothing screams fall and Thanksgiving more than these DIY chalkboard pumpkin centerpieces!

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This next craft is for the kids. You can either have them put the craft all together themselves, or you can make these table favors ahead and have them waiting at the kids place at the table. The nice thing about this craft…it uses up all that leftover Halloween candy you want to get rid of! You’re welcome!

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So…did you see any DIY Thanksgiving crafts that you really liked? Which one will you be incorporating into your holiday plans this year? For more delicious recipe ideas for Thanksgiving, be sure to check out my other Thanksgiving round-ups:

Are you following the Keto diet, but don’t know what to do about Thanksgiving? Take a look at this Keto Thanksgiving guide!

Fixing an Apple Screen Time Error

This past Sunday, I spent around four hours messing with my daughters new iPhone. Some of that time was spent on chat with Apple Support and another part of that time was on the phone talking with Apple Support. What was the problem? An Apple Screen Time Error. My daughters apps were set to turn back on at 7 am, yet they were all grayed out still, two hours past that time. Finally, at the end of that four hours, I had a fix of sorts for the problem and I wanted to share that with you so you don’t have to spend four hours with Apple Support on your Sunday morning!

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About Apple Screen Time

If you are going to give tweens and teens a smartphone, you really should consider some sort of app that allows you, the parent, to control the device. Prior to iOS 12, we used Our Pact to control our kids devices. Our Pact is excellent. We have been very happy with it, however, instead of continuing to pay for Our Pact, we decided to give the Apple Screen Time a try.

 

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With Apple Screen Time, you have the ability to set a start and end time for the apps to be available on your child’s device. For example, for my sons phone, apps shut off every night at 8:45 pm and turn back on every morning at 6:25 am. Aside from controlling that aspect, you can also set app limits, all while determining which apps are always allowed. Those controls, as well as setting content and privacy restrictions, you are able to really lock down their iPhone.

Apple Screen Time Error

Like I mentioned, this Sunday, the apps did not return when they were supposed to. Nothing I tried fixed it. So I hopped on the Apple Support chat. The person I spoke with on chat had me do the following:

  1. Turn Apple Screen Time off and then back on. Did not fix it.
  2. Reset the settings on the phone. Did not fix it.
  3. Factory reset the phone and then set the iPhone up as a new iPhone. Did not work.

Once it became apparent that we exhausted all of the things she knew to do, she scheduled a call for someone in engineering support to call me. That call was scheduled for 15 minutes later. I was pretty impressed with how fast they were willing to help me.

So…What Did We Do Next?

As soon as I told the support person that they had me factory reset my phone, she told me that was a good idea, but we actually needed to reinstall the operating system. To do this, she had me doing the following:

  • Press the up volume, then let go and press the down volume button and let go.
  • Next I immediately held in the button on the other side. The “slide to power off” will appear, but I was instructed to continue holding.
  • When I saw the Apple symbol and the words “connect to iTunes”, I was told to plug the phone into my computer.
  • From there, I went through the steps to reinstall the operating system. Took abut 25 minutes total, if that.

The hope was that by doing this, if there was a glitch in the system, it would be fixed. Unfortunately, it did not fix the issue. At this point, she had me turn Apple Screen Time completely off my daughters phone, through my phone (settings>Screen Time ->scroll to the bottom and click to turn it off). Once I turned it off, her apps appeared. Then we turned the Apple Screen Time back on with her phone (you can set a passcode so the kids are not able to disable it). This time the apps turned on and off like they were supposed to. So we determined the issue was with my phone.

How to Fix It

While the issue was technically with my phone, there is nothing wrong with my phone. The issue actually stems from me being the organizer for our Family Share account. Apparently they are working on a fix. Right now, in order for my daughters phone to be locked down, I need to do it from her phone. All in all, it’s OK. The only problem is that I have to actually ask her to hand over her phone when I want to shut the apps off early. I was assured a fix is being worked on. Apple is aware of this issue. So, for now, we will use this work around.

Setting Up Apple Screen Time

New to Apple Screen Time? It’s so easy to set up!

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  • Go to settings, scroll down and click on “Screen Time”.

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Yes…I realize 9 hours is a bit ridiculous for social media usage, but when you’ve been laid up from knee surgery and can’t do much of anything…don’t judge!

  • From here, if you have the family share set up, you will see your kids names.
  • Click on the child that you want to set up the Apple Screen Time.

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  • From this screen, you can set your downtime. You can set it for whatever you want it to be. I set it for 15 minutes before bedtime.
  • Next, if you would like to set app limits, you can do so here. This allows you to choose different app categories like games or social media and dictate how long they can use those categories in a day.
  • The “Always Allowed” area is simply the area where you choose exactly what apps are always allowed on the phone, despite downtime.
  • Content and Restrictions is where you determine the type of movies they an watch (PG, PG-13, etc.), whether Siri can use explicit language, etc.

All of this is set with a pin code that is personal to you. Do not use the same pin code that your kids use to get into their phone. That will be the first thing they try when they want to try to get into the Screen Time area to change things. And…trust me…they will try. Many times! And remember, if you find yourself with an Apple Screen Time error, refer to the above directions for a work around until the update comes through that Apple is working on.

Have you given the Apple Screen Time a try yet? What are your thoughts?


Knee Surgery Recovery Tips

On October 10th, I had knee surgery. I have been dealing with this bad knee since I was 12 years old. I’ve dislocated it a few times over the years and really did a doozy in July of this year. It finally became apparent that I need to do something about the knee. In talking over things with my surgeon, he came up with a very good surgical plan. Despite all of that, my nerves were shot the day of surgery. I was nervous as all get out! Hopefully these knee surgery recovery tips help you!

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About the Knee Surgery

Like I mentioned, the surgeon had a good plan for my surgery. Since I deal with very little cartilage, the first thing he wanted to do was clean up my kneecap and take a biopsy of the cartilage. That biopsy will then be sent to a lab so they can grow more of my own cartilage! Unfortunately, in doing that procedure, it means that I need to have a second surgery. During that second surgery, I will have the new cartilage implanted and then the surgeon will use donor tendons to reconstruct all of my tendons so my knee is more stabilized.

Since I had my gallbladder removed in January of this year, my deductible was gone and my out of pocket was nearly gone. In working with me, my surgeon made sure that my surgery was the last of his day so that in case I was not a candidate for the Maci procedure (the biopsy), then he could go ahead and do the tendon reconstruction at that time.

 

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The Knee Surgery

Everything went well. I woke up very weepy and freezing, but the nurse told me that is very common. The pain I had was a bit much more than I thought it would be at that time, but they gave me something and covered me with some sort of heater thing. I warmed up quickly and thankfully, the tears stopped! Other than that, I felt amazing. I had no anesthesia “hang-over” feeling like I did with my gallbladder surgery. The nurses kept remarking how good I looked. I take it I had a good anesthesiologist! I ended up being a great candidate for the Maci procedure so I will be having a second surgery some time in 2019.

Knee Surgery Recovery

Knee surgery recovery has not been that bad. I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised. Friday (two days after surgery) was the worst day. I could not get comfortable to save my life and I took the most pain pills that day. Other than that, I haven’t really needed the pain medication.

So…What have I been doing?

I am, by no means, an expert, but here are the knee surgery recovery things I’ve been doing that has helped me tremendously over the course of the last for days.

  1. One of the things my surgeon told me to do, was take Tylenol three times a day. If I need a pain pill in between taking the Tylenol, then take it. So that’s what I did from day one. Total, since surgery, I’ve only taken four pain pills.
  2. Another thing the surgeon recommended is that I take magnesium. Apparently there are studies that taking magnesium with the Oxycodone will help prevent the patient from needing to up their pain pill dose due to tolerance.
  3. If you are having surgery and your hospital does not send you home with an ice machine, ASK for one or BUY one. I have the DonJoy Iceman Clear3knee surgery recovery and it is amazing. For the first four days after surgery, I was able to continuously ice my knee. It really helped with pain and swelling.
  4. Do your exercises. My surgeon gave me a list of four exercises that he wanted me to start the very next day. Do them. Even if they hurt…do them. It will get better, but it will help the recovery process.
  5. Take Colace. Trust me on that one. Take it. The last thing you want is to be laid up and constipated. Pain medication will constipate you.

Aside from those five knee surgery recovery tips, I have been keeping myself busy by reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. I have to say, after being as busy as I am on a daily basis, it is rather nice to be able to sit back and taking it a bit easy for a little while!

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How to Dry Soccer Goalie Gloves

There are a lot of things in this world that smell really bad. But…let me tell you, there is nothing that smells worse than my daughters soccer goalie gloves. Especially when they are soaking wet. Last weekend, my daughter had a soccer tournament. I’d love to say it was sunny and warm, but it wasn’t. While the temp was warm, it was like a monsoon out there. Not. Even. Joking. It was the hardest rain I have seen in a long time. She was soaked; her gloves were soaked; she had puddles IN her shoes; and the smell on the ride home was horrendous. We needed to dry those soccer goalie gloves quickly…she had another game that day.

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Do you see how soaking wet that child is? Thankfully we had a waterproof stadium blanketdry soccer goalie gloves in the car for her to sit on. By the time we got home, there was probably about 3/4 of a cup of water on top of that stadium blanket! Her goalie shorts have pads in them…so you can imagine how much water those shorts were holding!

How to Dry Soccer Goalie Gloves

We needed to figure out how to get those goalie gloves dry as quickly as possible. We got home about 11 am and she had another game at 5:20 pm that evening. If you haven’t purchased soccer goalie gloves before, they are expensive, especially since she moved up to the adult sizes. So, going out and purchasing a new pair was not really something we wanted to. Not to mention, they were bound to get all wet all over again in the evening.

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So…What Did We Do?

In the past, we have used a glove dryer that sits on the heating vent, to dry her gloves. It’s as gross as it sounds, but you do what you need to do. However, the temperature was one that the air or heat was not needed. What does my husband do? He rigs up something with that glove dryer to not only dry her gloves, but her shoes too!

Guess what?? It totally worked! Her gloves were completely dried in no time, as well as her shoes. I hate to see what our electric bill is going to be with running the shop vac like that for a little bit, but it was worth it. There was no way we could send her to her 5pm game with wet shoes and gloves.

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So How Did They Do In the 5pm Game?

They did so well. Unfortunately, the monsoon was back and it dumped on these girls again. The field was already squishy from the rain earlier and the game ended up getting called early with about 20 minutes left to play. It was unfortunate, but this girl played her heart out and saved an amazing penalty kick!

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Those socks she is wearing in the picture were bright white when she started the game! This glove drying rack is something everyone should have. Not only does it dry soccer goalie gloves, but it is excellent to use in the winter time with snow gloves and hats!


How to Freeze Egg Muffins

One thing I make every single week is my egg muffins recipe. If you haven’t tried them yet, you need to! They are not difficult to make and they give you a quick and easy option for those breakfasts on the go. What if I told you that you could freeze egg muffins to make your life even easier?!? You totally can!

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How to Freeze Egg Muffins

In exactly one week, I will be having knee surgery. My husband will be taking over ALL of the day to day duties. While no one makes my life easier with the crazy schedules I deal with, I do want to make things a bit easier for him. Not only will he be working still, but he will be taking care of me, getting the kids to school and doing the other day to day jobs that I won’t be able to do for a bit.

 

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One of those ways I want to help him out is by making a bunch of things and having it in the freezer ready to go. As you know, I am following Weight Watchers (WW) right now and I want to make sure I have my food ready so I can stay on plan while I am recovering. These egg muffins will help me stay on plan! Having the ability to freeze the egg muffins will really help us both out!

When you freeze egg muffins, you want to make sure you follow the steps below to a T. Not following them may give you results you don’t want (chewy, rubbery eggs. Blech).

  1. Allow your egg muffins to completely cool ALL THE WAY after cooking.
  2. Once cooled, individually wrap each egg muffin in plastic wrap and then wrap in tin foil.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.

 

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Reheating Your Frozen Egg Muffins

I will be completely honest…I was very skeptical that the frozen egg muffins would reheat well. In fact, I almost asked my son to try it first before I did! However, they tasted excellent! I think the key is to reheat them while they are frozen. Simply unwrap the foil and plastic wrap and place in the microwave. Reheat for about 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Enjoy!