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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!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Must Try

I’ve told you before that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is something to be said about just enjoying each others company without any other expectations. One of the things I like most about Thanksgiving are the side dishes! Turkey is good, but the side dishes are the best part! This round-up of Thanksgiving side dishes are definitely something you should consider for this years Thanksgiving meal!

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Creamed spinach is one of my favorite side dishes. The creamed spinach at Boston Market was my favorite, until I made my own! Not only is my creamed spinach recipe Keto friendly, but it is BETTER than Boston Market’s! Make this as one of your Thanksgiving side dishes this year. Your family will thank you!

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Sweet potatoes seem to be a staple at Thanksgiving. This coconut ginger sweet potato casserole is not only healthy, but it is packed with flavor. Not only is this flavorful side dish delicious, but it is relatively inexpensive to make! Gotta love that!

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Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without stuffing. This next side dish is not your traditional stuffing recipe, but why not mix things up a bit (or have both traditional and non-traditional). This apple and cranberry sausage stuffing recipe is jam packed with deliciousness, but it contains NO BREAD! I’m super happy about that since I am gluten free!

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When I think of Thanksgiving food, I think of a few things…turkey (duh), stuffing, and cranberries. Rather than have a boring salad, serve this apple cranberry salad. This is super easy to throw together and it is packed full of flavor!

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If you love sweet potatoes, this next recipe is for you! This is actually a recipe I have bookmarked to make over the holidays. The rosemary roasted sweet potatoes sound heavenly. What do you think?

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All of the previous recipes are perfect for small or large gatherings. However, sometimes you want Thanksgiving side dishes that are for smaller groups. This fall wedge salad with romaine and butternut squash is perfect!

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Each and every one of these Thanksgiving side dishes are perfect for your holiday get together. Which one will you be making?


Must Try Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all the holidays. With Thanksgiving, there is absolutely zero expectations. No presents. Nothing but family and friends getting together, enjoying some good food and wonderful company. When we get together with family for Thanksgiving, we really enjoy the food part! These Thanksgiving appetizers are perfect for your holiday get together!

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When I think of Thanksgiving appetizers, nothing screams “perfect” better than this turkey veggie tray. We all want our kids to eat more veggies and I think this adorable veggie tray will do just that! The nice thing about this veggie tray is that you can customize it with the veggies you like best!

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I’m always down for trying new appetizers and having something that may not be the norm. Who wants to have the same things over and over again? I sure don’t! This Mexican Corn Dip from The Salty Side Dish definitely fits that bill!

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For the low-carb/Keto folks at your Thanksgiving, this next appetizer is perfect for them! Not only are these bacon wrapped smokies delicious, but they are a real crowd pleaser, as well. I like to make extra and store them in the fridge to have the next day. They reheat well too.

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This next Thanksgiving appetizer would be perfect as an appetizer or with the meal…your choice! However you choose to use it, the Turkey Cranberry Crescent Roll from This Mama Cooks sounds absolutely delicious. I may make it for my Thanksgiving this year!

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And finally, no holiday or family get together is complete with out this next recipe. Can you guess what it is? Deviled eggs! But not just any deviled eggs for Thanksgiving…these Pumpkin Deviled Eggs are super cute and totally appropriate for the holiday (and no, there is not actual pumpkin in the recipe…they just look like cute little pumpkins).

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So tell me, which Thanksgiving appetizers recipe is your favorite?


Top 5 Tips for Dieting Success

Making the decision to make drastic lifestyle changes can be a difficult one. If we’re being honest, it’s WAY too easy to not make changes. However, my about three years ago, my husband and I made the choice to drastically change our lifestyle. We were done being fat and out of shape. Over the course of the last three years, I have learned a lot about my body and what I needed to do for dieting success. These are my tips.

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Pre-Plan Your Day

One of the first things I found to help me be successful day after day, whether I was doing the Keto diet or Weight Watchers (WW), was to pre-plan my day. Whether you are using apps like My Fitness Pal, Carb Manager, or the WW app, start your day out right by pre-planning it out. What I do is, I eat breakfast, log that information, and then I input my dinner. That way I know what I have left for the rest of the day. I used to say I didn’t have will power. However, I think that by pre-planning my day, it taught me how to have will power. I never ate something I didn’t have tracked in my app. Try it…it’s a great tool for dieting success!

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Drink Your Water

I know…I know…this is one of those dieting success tips that we are always hearing about, but it’s so true. Not staying hydrated is so bad for us, for so many reasons. If you are like me, you may get bored drinking water. One of the things I do every day is fill my glass water bottle with ice, put a few drops of Young Living lemon oil, and fill with water. I find that drinking the lemon water helps me get my daily intake of water in, and not get bored with plain old water.

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Take Measurements

This is probably one of the most important dieting success tips. So many times, people (me included) will get discouraged when they are making lifestyle changes because the number on the scale is not budging. The day you decide to make your lifestyle changes, take measurements. Write them down. Once a month, take new measurements. Even if the scale doesn’t seem to be moving, I promise, if you are sticking to your diet, you will see your measurements changing. For almost one entire year, the scale didn’t seem to budge. However, I dropped another pant size and I went from needing an XL shirt to needing a L or sometimes a M. So pick up a measuring tapedieting success and get measuring!

Don’t Worry What the Scale Says

This next dieting success tip goes right along with the last one. You will never hear me say, “don’t step on the scale” because I don’t believe that. I believe we should weigh ourselves. Shoot, when I did the Keto diet, I was so freaked out that it wasn’t going to work, that I weighed myself every single day for a few months. The idea of eating fat to lost weight was one I could not wrap my mind around in the beginning. However, if your scale is not budging, don’t worry. Remember, take those measurements. Plus, at the end of the day, if your clothes are fitting looser, then you know you are doing something right, despite what that scale says!

Tomorrow is a New Day

We all slip up. It happens. Don’t let it completely derail you. At the end of the day, remember that tomorrow is a new day. If you allow a slip up to completely throw you off course, it will be harder to get back on track. Simply finish out your day and start your next day back on track with pre-planning your day, etc. I know you can do it!

Figuring out what works for you takes a little time. These 5 tips are what helps me stay on track. I have one more tip for you. We can call it a bonus tip. For me, paying for a service, whether it be the premium version of My Fitness Pal or Carb Manager, or signing up for Weight Watchers online, has helped me stay accountable. I don’t like to waste money!

What are your dieting success tips?

How to Break the Diet Coke Habit

If you’ve been following along, you will know that, over the course of the last three years, I have really been making improvements in my life. I was able to successfully get rid of my sugar addiction. It wasn’t easy, but what was easy was physically feeling how much better I felt without the sugar. The one vice I still had was my Diet Coke habit. I’m finally at the point in my life that I want to break that habit.

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As you know, my husband and I embarked on a new lifestyle a few years ago. The Keto diet helped us lose a combined 215 lbs. We felt better, looked better, it has been amazing. Recently, we decided to change things up a bit and give Weight Watchers a try. I had been stuck in a place of not losing so I wanted to jumpstart my body and give a new lifestyle a change for a bit, while hanging on to a lot of the principles that I learned from doing the Keto diet for so long.

While I felt like I mastered the ability to not want or care about sugar any longer, I was still not great about drinking enough water. I am amazing at drinking Diet Coke. I could drink that stuff all day long, like it was water. That’s one of the main reasons I don’t buy a case of pop at Sam’s Club to have at home. I would drink way too much per day. It was time to break that Diet Coke habit.

Breaking the Diet Coke Habit

As addicted to sugar as I was, I am probably more addicted to Diet Coke. I don’t drink coffee, so my only source of caffeine comes from pop. Believe me, I wish I liked coffee. For many reasons. The caffeine being one of them, but also so I can drink out of fun coffee mugs like this mugdiet coke habit. But more than needing caffeine to get through each day, or wanting to drink out of fun coffee mugs, I need to up my water intake.

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Back before I started the Keto diet, I was really into Young Living essential oils. I still use the oils for things, but not like I did. That changes now! One of the ways I got my water in then, was putting my favorite Young Living essential oils in my water. Not only did the flavor help, but the oils are good for you!

Why Essential Oils?

Grapefruit essential oil (my favorite) is very high in D-Limonene. If you are not sure what D-Limonene is or what it is good for, check this out. While all of those benefits are great, I like that it makes my water taste good, as well as benefit my health at the same time. As a side note though, not all essential oils are created equally. I would only add Young Living oils to my water (and only those approved for ingesting). Other Young Living essential oils that I like to add to my water are lemon, orange, and lime.

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So What’s My Plan?

Am I giving up my Diet Coke habit for good? No, probably not. I want to break the habit of feeling like I “need” a Diet Coke to get through my day. Which, let me tell you, I’ve been up since 5 am and I’ve yet to have any caffeine and I’m still wide awake! However, with that said, I see the Diet Coke habit the same as I used to see my sugar addiction. I want to get to the point that I don’t care about whether or not I have it. Once I get to that point, then I know I can have a pop and it won’t trigger me to have more, just like I can have a piece of candy and not eat another for days, weeks or months. To me, that would be breaking the Diet Coke habit.