Thanksgiving Snacks for Kids

We know Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and appreciative of your family and what you have. However, during big holidays we know people can become a little impatient after the long and anticipated Thanksgiving meal, especially the kids. You may begin to notice your thankfulness has turned a little indifferent after the 10th time you are asked, “When will dinner be ready? We’re hungry!” In order to keep your cool and not kick the kids out of the kitchen, we have some Thanksgiving snacks they will keep their bellies full and out of your hair!

 

Today in our blog we are sharing a few Thanksgiving snacks for kids that are healthy and a few that are more on the sweet side. Depending on your arrangement you can set them all out at once or keep the sweet treats for after dinner. Whatever you plan to do you can relax by knowing your children have snacks to keep them happy before dinner!

Healthy Thanksgiving Snacks:

Fruit Turkey: You can make this into a bunch of different and creative ways. If you want to do something simple all you need to do is chop up some fruit and lay them on a plate in the shape of a turkey. There are other ways you can do this, and that is by using a single piece of fruit, such as an apple or pear, and turning that fruit into a turkey. For example, if you want to use an apple you can grab a few tooth picks and cranberries to make the feathers and legs, and a banana slice to make the head.

Trail Mix: Trail mix is pretty easy to make and it’s great to set out for people to snack on during any holiday or small get together. Your basic ingredients are pretzels, nuts of your choice, Chex mix, M&Ms, and Bugles. If you want to make it a little more festive you can add candy corn, caramel popcorn, and yogurt covered pretzels!

Cheese and Cracker Turkey: This is a simple appetizer that only takes a few minutes to make. All you need are cheeses and crackers of your choice, and then lay them out in the shape of a turkey. It’s a great grab-and-go dish, and the kids will love everything that’s shaped like a turkey!

Popcorn Turkey: Popcorn turkey is perfect for an easy snack for the kids! With little creativity, it’s effortless to make and will keep the kids happy with something yummy before dinner. All you need are two bags of popcorn and some construction paper. With the construction paper you will need to make two turkey legs, and after fill them with popcorn. Tape the legs onto the big bag of popcorn and you will have a turkey!

Pumpkin Pie Almonds: If your child doesn’t have a nut allergy this is a yummy dish you can set aside for those who are hungry. All you need are almonds, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice. Lightly dust the almonds with the seasoning and you can either serve warm or cold!

Pull-Apart Pepperoni Turkey Bread: Similar to monkey bread, you can make your own easy appetizer with biscuit dough, pepperoni, and cheese, and then lay the dough into a turkey form! If you’ve ever made your own pull-apart pizza bread before than you already know the basic components! The kids will get a kick out of this snack, and it tastes great!

Sweet Treats:

Oreo and Peanut Butter Cup Turkeys: Chocolate and Oreos always go hand in hand! This sweet treat is great for the kids and it’s delicious! For this snack you’ll need peanut butter cups, Oreos, candy corn, whoppers, and some frosting. It’s super cute and the kids will love it!

Pumpkin Pie Bites: While this treat might take some creativity and cooking skills, it’s definitely a mouthwatering snack you’ll love to have. To make pumpkin pie bites you’ll need a pumpkin cookie cutter, ready to roll refrigerated pie crust, a mini muffin pan, and pumpkin pie filling. When they are finished you have the option of leaving them how they are or drizzle with chocolate sauce!

Turkey Krispies: Turkey Krispies are just like rice Krispies but with extra yumminess! Roll your rice krispies into small balls and once hard stick one Oreo on the bottom and one Oreo on the back. Then you can use candy corn to make the feathers and the face.

Chocolate Coved Strawberry Turkey: We love chocolate covered strawberries, and we know the kids do too! Before everyone comes over coat your strawberries in milk chocolate and use candy corn to make the feathers and face. If you’re feeling creative you may use other items to be more precise. When you’re finished stick them in the freezer to cool for desert!

Pilgrim Hats: Pilgrim hats are really cute and work great as a little snack after dinner. All you need are chocolate wafer cookies, chocolate peanut butter cups, and frosting.

Caramel Corn Popcorn: This snack is so effortless you’ll love it! Pop a bag of popcorn and drizzle it with caramel and then let cool for an hour. When the kids are ready you can set out this sweet treat for then to enjoy before or after dinner!

 

 

How to Make the Kid’s Table Fun this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Kids Table

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and with all the running around and dinner planning it might be easy to forget about what you have planned for the kid’s table. While you’re organizing your decorations for the main table this year, try to do something a little fun for the kids this year. Planning a few games and setting up snacks will be just the thing to keep them busy and having a great time! Learn how to make the kid’s table fun this Thanksgiving with these simple ideas:

 

Change the Table Cloth to Construction Paper:

The kids will love this! Simply substitute the table cloth for a big sheet or construction paper and give each child their own cup full of crayons for them to draw with. If your kids are younger you can copy pictures onto the paper to make it easier for them. When it’s time for dinner you can substitute their coloring creation for a clean sheet of paper. This way they won’t make a mess on their drawings and you can cut them out at the end of the night and give them their pictures to take home!

 

Make Name Cards:

Have the kids make decorative name cards for their seats! This is a great way to make them feel as if their kid’s table is important. After all it is! Set up a small craft station at their table before dinner. Have the name cards already cut out for the smaller children and give them each a cup full of crayons.

 

Crafts at the Table:

Make the kid’s table double as a craft station before dinner. There are a bunch of Thanksgiving crafts you can find on Pinterest or anywhere online. Just a few ideas are Pilgrim hats, Indian head bands, turkeys out of toilet paper rolls or pinecones, and even a paper chain that has what your children are thankful for written on the paper.

 

Coloring Books:

If you’re looking for less of a mess to clean up at the end of the night, set out coloring books at the kid’s table. It’s still a great way to get them engaged and enjoy themselves while you prepare dinner!

 

Snacks:

It’s always a good thing to have snacks sitting around for everyone to nibble on before dinner, especially for the kids! Make a small snack station at their table of simple treats. You can even make a center piece out of it!

 

Popcorn Turkey Center Piece:

This goes along with the snack idea. Popcorn turkeys are a big hit right now for Thanksgiving. Pop two bags of popcorn and make chicken legs out of construction paper. Fill the legs with popcorn and tape them to the other bag. Viola! A turkey and snacks for the kids!

 

Treat Bags:

At the end of the night when you’re family is dividing up the leftovers; make sure to have something the kids can take home as well. Stuff a few bags with anything you’d like. This can be candy, Thanksgiving pencils, crayons, and so on. The kids will love it and it will be a Thanksgiving to remember!

 

 

How to Throw a Halloween Party

While you may have passed down the trick-or-treating to your children it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this Halloween! If you’re planning a Halloween block party this year that’s fun for everyone checkout these helpful tips on how to get ready for the big event:

 

Invitations: Whether you send out a Facebook invite or you make your own invitations it’s important to have something to let everyone know what’s going on. Don’t forget to put the date, the location, when the party starts and stops, and what kind of party it is. It’s important to keep in mind not everyone can make it on Halloween because they may be taking the kids out for trick-or-treating. Try planning your party the weekend before or after Halloween so all your guests are more likely available. Don’t forget to say on the invitation it is costume mandatory! It’s Halloween after all.

 

Decorations: Decorations are always fun at a Halloween party. Sometimes they can make or break the mood. Whether your party is being hosted at your house or another location, make sure to have the appropriate decorations. This is your party so have fun and decorate the way you want to, but make sure to keep the children in mind. Decorating for Halloween can be fun, but if you plan to get really gory you could scare the kids. Instead try decorating with simple props such as pumpkins, skeletons, cobwebs, etc. Also, your lighting and sound effects are definitely something to consider. Ask one of your neighbors if you can borrow their strobe light to set up in the front yard to make a spooky entrance. A fog machine is also something that will be a hit at the party. Set it up outside or even in the basement to be included in the fun dance party later on!

Tip: If you choose to have the location set somewhere else besides your home, make sure you have plenty of time to set everything up. Give yourself more than 24-48 hours to have everything ready for the big party.

 

Music: You can’t have a Halloween party without some spooky music! The hit Monster Mash is totally a must, but if you want to try something a little different put on a spooky movie to fill the background while people are hanging around. Pick a movie like the Headless Horseman or A Nightmare Before Christmas to keep it kid friendly.

 

Snacks: Pizza is great, but if you’re trying to spruce things up a bit, try looking at Pinterest for some Halloween snack ideas. You’ll find anything from puking pumpkins to amazing finger snacks. People will go crazy over anything that is a little different from the norm. Plus the kids will find your spider lady fingers really fun and delicious!

Tip: If you’re on a budget it’s okay to put on the invitation to bring a side to pass around.

 

Games: Do you have any special games in mind? Depending on the weather you can do a lot of things both inside and outside. These are our favorite outside games: pumpkin corn hole, pumpkin carving, and ghost in the graveyard. Here are our favorite inside games: murder mystery, Pictionary, charades, diving for apples, and best costume reveal!

 

The biggest thing to remember is to have fun! It’s your party so whatever you decide goes. Make sure everyone gets involved with the games, both the kids and the adults, so everyone can have a good time laughing and playing around!

 

 

How to Control Pregnancy Cravings

How to Control Pregnancy CravingsWe’ve all seen the commercials of the man driving his pregnant wife during the middle of the night so she can indulge in a double bacon cheeseburger from Wendy’s, or the smell of Gain’s laundry detergent. Maybe your pregnancy cravings were nothing like that, but they still happen to every woman experiencing the unstoppable hormones.

During pregnancy your body will experience hormonal shifts. You might begin to notice your emotions are all over the place due to the hormones affecting your levels of neurotransmitters, or how your senses have intensified. Your sense of smell is one of these things and that can be a cause of many of your food cravings. Because of your precipitous change of emotions and your all of a sudden love for chocolate covered bacon, you might not notice that many of your cravings are actually you “emotionally” eating. In fact, many pregnancy cravings are in fact just that. How do you control them? Today we are going to discuss a few ways to control your pregnancy cravings, and why it’s important for your health, and your baby’s.

Pregnancy cravings can be hard to shake. You might be really craving something sweet like a chocolate chip cookie, or maybe it’s something greasy and fried. No matter what it is your best bet is to try to take your mind off of it. It will be hard, but try calling a friend, your partner, or maybe going for a walk or cleaning. Doing simple things like this can help take your mind off eating unhealthy. Sometimes the cravings won’t go away, and it’s okay to indulge every once in a while, but just remember to never over-consume.

Over-consuming unhealthy foods can be a life altering to you and your baby’s future. Studies show that if you over eat during your pregnancy and indulge in sweet and fatty foods your baby is very likely to follow those unhealthy eating habits through their lives. Even if you try and teach them how to eat properly, and to choose healthier options, they might always have a craving for junk food.

If you find yourself emotionally eating, instead of eating when you’re hungry, take a closer look at your diet. Your body could be trying to tell you that you’re missing certain nutrients. When you find yourself craving certain foods such as, potato chips, your body might actually really needing food high in choline, which is something needed for a healthy digestion. Or if you’re craving sugary foods your body could be in fact telling you it needs sulfur or calcium, and you should be eating things like fruits or cheese instead. Keep in touch with valuable nutrients your body needs to thrive. If you do this then you will come to recognize your “pregnancy” cravings dwindling down.

One of the best ways to do this is by remembering your portion sizes and never setting yourself up to fail. If you keep to the same diet you had before your pregnancy, or you if you want to begin a new healthier lifestyle, add two to three healthy snacks a day to your regime. Even though you’re eating for two now, you still need to remember to stay healthy and strong in order for your baby to grow up healthy and strong. Try drinking more milk throughout your day, or eat foods rich in calcium for your snacks. You don’t need to excessively keep track of your calories, but do keep in mind how much you eat during the day. Try not to stock up the pantry with junk food. If you are aware you have chocolate covered donuts in your kitchen then you’re likely to eat them. That’s hard for anyone to resist. If you don’t have junk food in the house, it’s more probable you’ll stick to your diet.

Making your own versions of your favorite snacks, but in a healthier way, is such a great way to have fun with your food and be healthy. There are tons of different ways to make nachos or your grandma’s homemade brownies, that you will have no problem staying away bad food. Even though it might not taste exactly the same, or have grandma’s special ingredient, try it out. You never know, you might actually come to like it!

If you’re craving non-foods such as, rocks, laundry detergent, or something else, immediately contact your doctor. This could be a form of an illness called pica, and you will want to be treated right away. Try to remember every pregnancy is different from woman to woman, and even from child to child. You’re cravings might be really hard to pass up with your first child, but then with your second you barely notice. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while as long as you remember to never over-consume! Being pregnant is a beautiful thing, even though it’s a whirl-wind of emotions. When that baby finally comes you’ll know keeping yourself healthy was well worth the pain because of that sweet bundle of joy!