The kids made Thankful Trees to help them understand Thanksgiving.

First, we spent our week talking about what Thanksgiving is and what being thankful means.Very few of the kids understood what I meant when I asked “what are you thankful for?” So I had to pose the question like this: “what are things or people you love? Like? Make you happy?” This got the kids talking and their answers were fantastic:

“Candy”
“When my mommy and daddy pick up my toys for me”
“Toes”
“Spiderman”
“When firetrucks roll down the hill”
“Barbies”
“Falling on the sidewalk in front of my house”
“Band aids”
“the zoo”

Once we had a list of what the kids were thankful for, I traced their hands onto colorful construction paper. This was by far the most difficult part of this project–little hands that constantly move! I had the “big kids” help cut out the hands.

I wrote what they were thankful for on their paper hands, helped them cut small slats in them, and we slid them onto an empty paper towel roll.

These turned out really cute and the kids loved looking at their “trees” to see what they were thankful for. Since making their Thankful Trees, the kids randomly blurt out things they’re thankful for or things that make them happy.

This visual project has really helped them understand what it means to be thankful for something….in their special toddler ways, that is!

This post was originally featured on Ashlen’s blog, The Kidspert.

Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with grain-laden, dairy-heavy comfort food dishes. It can be tough for the paleo follower to find typical holiday recipes that are grain-free, dairy-free and wholesome. It’s not impossible, however, to have a wonderful paleo Thanksgiving dinner with everything from turkey to pie.

Maple Bacon Turkey from EatPlayLoveMore

Roasted Butternut Squash from Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Easy Hasselback Potatoes from Oh Snap!  Let’s Eat

Paleo-Style Greenbean Casserole from Paleo Gone Sassy

Paleo Apple Crisp from Paleo Gone Sassy

Paleo Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Paleo Gone Sassy

Paleo Cranberry Salad from Paleo Gone Sassy

Bacon Cranberry Roasted Brussels Sprout with Honey Dijon Dressing from So . . . Let’s Hang Out

Paleo Sausage Stuffing from Hollywood Homestead

Creamy Squash and Apple Soup from Raia’s Recipes

Honey Walnut Apple Crisp from Raia’s Recipes

Honey Spiced Sweet Potatoes from Raia’s Recipes

The Best Turkey Ever from Raia’s Recipes

Apple Pie with Fennel and Ginger from Delicious Obsessions

Cranberry Orange Relish with Ginger and Nuts from Delicious Obsessions

Crockpot Apple Pumpkin Butter from MIX | Wellness 

Cranberry Mint Mousse from Happy Healthnut

Classic Cranberry Sauce from Happy Healthnut

Sage Rubbed Turkey Breast from Happy Healthnut

Cranberry Cherry Applesauce from Recipes to Nourish

Turkey Brine from Recipes to Nourish

Roasted Sweet Potato Puree with Coconut, Orange and Gingerfrom And Here We Are

Easy Homemade Mini Pumpkin Pies from The Real Food Guide

Eleven Paleo Thanksgiving Sides from Sugar Free Glow

This post was originally featured on Allison’s blog, Our Small Hours.

Thanksgiving is a time when the whole family comes together to give thanks and eat lots of turkey. But we all know it wouldn’t be a real Thanksgiving without something funny or embarrassing happening!

Whether it’s your dad insisting on wearing his “Turkey Trousers” or drunk Aunt Miriam going on and on about her latest trip to Costco, it always ends with a Thanksgiving fail! Check out a few hilarious examples shared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and tell us about your funniest Thanksgiving story!

Have a funny or cute video you’d like to share? Send it to us HERE and we might feature it!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with the family, but it can also be a little stressful! So that’s why I’m sharing some cocktail recipes to help make your day more relaxing. Check out this collection of creative and amazing looking drinks (including a non-alcoholic one) I’ve found from around the web—they’re the perfect companion to your holiday feast!

Hola Amigos! We all know Thanksgiving is that time of the year when we officially give thanks for all the blessings we have received all year long. We’re thankful for our health, we are thankful for our friends and family and for the happy, joyous times we have shared all these months! But let’s face it, it can be stressful too—all the cooking, the cleaning, the tidying up, people staying over messing with your stuff, the eternal house decor critic, your in-laws not quite happy with your stuffing, the nosy aunt trying to teach you how to raise your kids…and too many to mention without getting palpitations right? So on Thanksgiving we are thankful for some “High Octane Encouragement!!!” Lol

This is my Thanksgiving cocktail (or should I say one of many I will be indulging in that day). Very simple indeed, one less complicated thing to have that day! If you love Tequila Sunrise, you’re going to enjoy this one too! It’s a “use what you have handy” kind of drink, so no special trip to the store to prepare this one, unless you want to escape the madness for a few.

I hope you enjoy this little cocktail and that you get to enjoy a few. I promise…after the 3rd one you won’t even care about your cousin implying your turkey is dry. Remember my friends, everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love! (and on Thanksgiving, a drink in hand.)

Ingredients:
3 oz Sunny Delight
2 oz Pineapple Rum (or any other clear rum)
1 oz Grenadine
1 oz whiskey (optional)
Ice Cubes

Directions:
Using a highball glass, add some ice cubes. In a separate mixing glass, pour the Sunny D and mix it with rum. Add to the Highball glass and slowly pour the Grenadine on the edge of the glass. This is what will give the drink the pretty effect. Now…if Aunt Ursula is really getting on your nerves, add 1 oz of whiskey (hence the Wild Turkey name of this cocktail) before you add the Grenadine, it will give it an additional layer of color and a new taste note! Drink up and enjoy!

This blog was originally featured on Lizy’s blog, JustDipItInChocolate.Blogspot.com.