Baby’s First Thanksgiving: Photo Ops

Baby’s First Thanksgiving: Photo OpsEvery “first” in the first year is an exciting milestone for new parents. And if you’re like most, you’re going to want to have your camera ready for photo ops. If your baby’s first Thanksgiving is coming up, check out these adorable photo ops you won’t want to miss.

Dressed Turkey

Your little gobbler is sure to look absolutely adorable in baby’s first Thanksgiving outfit. Whether it’s an ironic bodysuit, pilgrim costume, colorful tutu, suit and tie, or custom t-shirt, be sure to snap “gobs” of pictures in the outfit you’ve selected.

Family Fun

For many families, holidays like baby’s first Thanksgiving are met with new introductions to many members of the family tree. Taking photos of family fun and meaningful multi-generational shots of baby, parents, grandparents and (for those lucky enough) great-grandparents is a wonderful way to commemorate the holiday.

Pucker Up

Is your baby trying a new food during your Thanksgiving meal? If so, have your camera ready to capture the moment the turkey, cranberries or pumpkin pie meets the taste buds. It could be an uproarious scene that you’re going to want to a picture of.

Hats Off

Pilgrim top hat, knitted turkey cap, pumpkin topper or a colorful fall-themed ribbons and bows headband are all cute adornments for your baby’s head. Of course you’ll need lots of pictures of baby in hats or headbands to remember baby’s first Thanksgiving.

Rolling in Fall

Spend some time outdoors enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Let your baby explore the scenery and changing leaf colors down on the ground. Leaf photos are usually vibrant and with the addition of your baby they’ll also be cute as a button.

Pumpkin in a Pumpkin

For those who are carving up their own pumpkins for fresh pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread, give the pumpkin an extra scraping to make a fun seat for your little love. You can place your smaller baby in the hollowed pumpkin, or for babies who can sit upright, cut out leg holes for your photo op. She’ll probably love sitting in her cool new orange gourd chair.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We wish you many wonderful memories and photo ops of baby’s first Thanksgiving!

Thankful for #LovingMoments Nursling Photos

At #LovingMoments we’re thankful for so many blessings this time of year and always. Health and happiness top our gratitude list, two goals that breastfeeding can help moms and babies achieve. We celebrate and give thanks for that special, natural bond that breastfeeding creates between mothers and babies.

As moms you are surely thankful for many things, most of all your children and family. We’re thankful to you for sharing photos of your nurslings during our Thankful for #LovingMoments Photo Contest.  Your nurslings are beautiful, sweet and adorable! It’s hard not to “gobble” them up!

Our five Thankful for #LovingMoments Photo Contest winners are:

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But honestly, everyone should feel like a winner because you get #LovingMoments with your nurslings all day, every day!  We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wish you much joy during the holiday season!

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Reasons to Give Thanks for Baby’s First Year

As a mom to a baby there’s a host of all new things to be grateful for this year. Raising a child can be trying, especially in the first years of infancy and toddlerhood. Despite the temporary struggles, babies bring so much joy into a home. Today we’re sharing our list of reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year.

Health: Health probably tops the list of reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year. Perhaps you’ve had some bumps in the road – a difficult birth, colic in the first few months, several ear infections – but children are resilient. A child’s lifelong journey to good health begins with the wonderful breast milk you are providing. There is no greater gift than health and a healthy start through breastfeeding is one that comes directly from the heart.

Reasons to Give Thanks for Baby’s First YearBonding: Spending cuddly loving moments with your baby is just about the best part of being a new parent. Your baby depends on you for everything and precious bonding during this critical period of emotional growth and security helps ensure a strong relationship throughout your child’s life. When your baby becomes more mobile as a toddler, eventually heads off to school, and then grows into an adolescent, these baby bonding days will be cherished times and the fondest memories.

Firsts: Your baby has accomplished so much in the first year as she becomes aware of the sights, sounds, people, tastes and objects around her. You’ve probably seen your baby roll, sit up, crawl and cut a few teeth by the end of her first year. She’s surely tasted several foods and may be popping out some words already. Plus she’s keenly aware of her family unit and is expressing thoughts and feelings in her own unique way. These amazing firsts in your baby’s development are a fantastic reason to be thankful this year.

Smiles: Nothing melts your heart like your baby’s smile. In the first year you’ve seen her mouth go from a subtle curl to full-out laughter as she spreads joy through her beaming smile. You may work hard for those smiles, doing silly things or just being present with your baby, so go ahead and give thanks for those toothy or toothless grins.

Curiosity: Seeing the world through your baby’s eyes can make you see the wonderment of it all. Your baby’s innocent curiosity is one of her most sacred traits and one to be thankful for every time you witness it. This is how your baby will experience and learn about her environment and grow into the incredible person she’s destined to be.

Personal Growth: As a new parent you’re adding a new role to your resume, or as a veteran parent with a new baby you’ve promoted your responsibilities. Having a baby offers personal growth in many areas, from multi-tasking and learning the best ways to parent, to overcoming challenges and navigating changing family dynamics. While personal growth may be a struggle at times, especially when you’re lacking sleep, it can make you a more compassionate, patient, loving person in the end.

Fulfillment: Adding a tiny person to your family brings a sense of fulfillment to your life. Children offer meaning to your life like nothing else in the world. When you feel full of happiness and pride in your family, it’s a fantastic reason to be thankful.

What reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year are you celebrating this Thanksgiving?

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!

 

 

Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities

Get ready for turkey and stuffing! It’s that time of year again, and we are getting our kitchens ready for Thanksgiving dinner. While you might have your hands full with preparing a meal for the whole family you might want to think about activities to keep the kids busy and their fingers out of the mashed potatoes!

Check out these great Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for both the kids and the whole family:

Pumpkin Carving: Halloween might be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to let all those pumpkins go to waste! While kids have so much fun carving pumpkins before trick-or-treating, why not do it again for Thanksgiving? This is such a great craft to keep the kids busy while you’re preparing dinner! Set up a station either in the house, in the garage, or outside. Make sure to lay down plenty of newspaper and have enough utensils for everyone. Once the carving is finished you can invite the whole family outside and light up their creations!

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt: This is a great activity for the kids to do outside on Thanksgiving! Tiny pumpkins will work perfectly for this, or you can have the kids do some arts and crafts and make their own items for the scavenger hunt. The parents can set them up all around the yard and then the kids can find them!

Indian Corn Crafts: Indian Corn is definitely a fall accessory. The cob is covered with beautiful colors that instantly remind us of autumn. This Thanksgiving get the kids together and try crafts with the corn! Lay out some paint and paper and have the kids’ role the corn into the paint and make creative stamp and roll art! If this idea is too messy try using just the paint and the eraser end of a pencil to make the effect of the corn on the paper.

 Turkey Trot: Turkey Trots are becoming more popular. Look them up in your area and take the family along!

 Capture the Flag: This can be a game that includes everyone! Pick teams and set up your flags. The winners get an extra slice of pumpkin pie at dinner!

 Pumpkin Prints: This is another awesome craft you can use your pumpkins for. Cut up pieces of pumpkins and use the chunks to make stamps. You will need to help the younger ones because using a knife can be dangerous, but once they have their stamps they can make a colorful creation!

 Football: Who said football is just for boys? This Thanksgiving, rally up the family for some good old fashion touch football before dinner!

 Board Games: Board games are a great way to bring the whole family together to do something fun. Set up the living room with a bunch of board games for the kids to play. When you’re finished with the meal you can join them!

 Leaf Crafts: While there are a few leaves still in the trees find a few of your favorites to make crafts with. The kids can do leaf rubbings, make reefs, or even a center piece for Thanksgiving Dinner.

 Thank You Cards: It’s always important to remember what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s about giving thanks and remembering to cherish one another. This is something the whole family can do together. Write thank you cards to each other explaining what you are thankful for.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Gobble gobble! Today’s Thanksgiving and that means all the turkey, stuffing and love a happy home could ask for. But with all the decoration, cooking and socializing, most people forget how this wonderful holiday came to be.

This year, take the time to brush up on your Thanksgiving facts and even teach some to your little ones!

 

Facts of the First Thanksgiving

Duck Hunting

Waterfowl was plentiful around the settlement of the Pilgrims and, because of this, duck hunting was very common. Duck was most likely the main course of the first Thanksgiving, not turkey.

 

Preparation

While the women would pluck and roast the ducks their husbands hunted and brought home, their children would most likely be helping by grinding fresh corn into samp, a corn-based oatmeal.

 

King Massasoit

The Plymouth Pilgrims would never have survived without the Wampanoag and their King, Massasoit, so it is only appropriate that they joined the Pilgrims for their feast!

 

Wampanoag Gifts

The Wampanoag brought numerous previously hunted deer to the feast, helping the already bountiful plenty!

 

The Weeklong Feast

The feast of 1621 was not a single gathering and sit-down meal. Instead, it was a weeklong event of meals inside and outdoors! Sometimes the Wampanoag and Pilgrims ate together, sometimes they ate separately. But, no matter the situation, all were thankful for their health, their families, and their new friendships.

 

This Thanksgiving, think back on our wonderful history and be thankful for its passing. Without it, we may not have this joyful, loving day!

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: My Grandma T’s Pie Crust Recipe

There are so many things for which we can be thankful:  family, friends, health and freedom are at the top of my list.  What are you thankful for this year?  Whether you are celebrating with family, friends or both, Thanksgiving is a time to come together to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in our lives.

I love to spend the holiday with my family, and this year for us that means planning Thanksgiving activities for kids.  You can spend time together doing a variety of things, from taking a fall hike, to doing a craft together, to volunteering in your community, or cooking.  I like baking, and creating all sorts of treats can make for fun Thanksgiving activities for kids. Just make sure you pick the right recipes, and plan ahead.

One of my all-time favorite recipes is my Grandma T’s easy pie crust.  It always gets me in the Thanksgiving spirit, and I bet it will do the same for you.  Get your kids involved by having them help you measure (for older kids) and pour (for younger kids) the ingredients.  In the end, this is one delicious treat for kids of all ages!

Danah and Taylor_Pumpkin PatchGrandma T’s Pie Crust

Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1.5 cups butter or Crisco

1 beaten egg

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon vinegar

½ cup cold water

Directions:

  1. Cut shortening into flour with pastry blender until the pieces are pea-sized.
  2. Mix egg, sugar, vinegar and water
  3. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until it forms a ball
  4. Roll into pie pan

*Keeps up to 2 months in the freezer!

Of course, when you’re done making the crust, picking out the pie filling can be an equally delicious activity for the kids to enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Danah

Danah Bordner
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