Think Big, Shop Small

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving full of good food, family, friends, and of course, football!

Was anyone able to fight off the turkey-induced food coma to get up at 3am for some crazy Black Friday deals? Oh, fighting off thousands of crazed shoppers to get some good deals doesn’t sound like fun to you?! Well, here’s a great alternative: Small Business Saturday! Instead of (or in addition to) purchasing items at big box stores, think about supporting a small, local business instead. And if you have an American Express card, you can register your card and get $25 from AmEx if you spend at least $25 at a small business this Saturday.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, here are some of my favorite online small businesses that I have purchased from in the past:

Art Shark Designs

Paper Acorn



These Are Things

And here’s a shout-out to a few of my favorite local small businesses in or near Pasadena, CA (there are plenty others I love, but I can’t fit them all!):


A Thanksgiving Trip Down Memory Lane

With Thanksgiving just a week away, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts that I did as a child.  I’m sure many of you will remember doing a lot of these things in your younger days…has anyone kept up any of these traditions with their children?

And now, a trip down memory lane…

Remember the hand turkey?  This person really spiced theirs up with some felt attached around a painted paper plate (found here):

And did you ever think that you could turn the hand turkey into a cookie?  Well, you can (found here)!

Did anyone dress up as pilgrims and Indians in school?  We definitely did that in Kindergarten – although I wonder if that’s even politically correct anymore.  Anyone remember making pilgrim hats (found here)?

And did you know that you can turn pilgrim hats into cookies too (found here)?!?!

And finally, here’s a nice tradition that my family didn’t do, but something that I’d like to start with my husband.  It’s a thanksgiving “thanks” jar, where every day you write down something you’re thankful for and then place it in the jar.  And then you get to read them all at once and get warm fuzzies all over.  Here’s an awesome example from Young House Love.

Any other fun childhood holiday traditions that you’re continuing with your kids?  Or ones that you can’t believe were actually allowed?!

Happy One Week Until Turkey Day!!!! 😀