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Thanksgiving may be weeks away, but that doesn’t mean your little pilgrim can’t begin to create some holiday crafts.  We found this cute idea where you use rocks from your garden as a Thanksgiving name card craft – get a head start (we know how choosing seats at the dinner table can be daunting during the holidays!).

Plymouth Rocks
Instead of using paper place cards, coat stones in brightly colored tempera paint and glue on alphabet pasta letters.


Items Needed:

  • number of rocks to equal your # of family members and/or guests
  • colored tempera paint (found at your local hardware store)
  • bag of pasta letters (at your local grocery store)
  • Elmer’s Glue

 Directions:

  1. Find rocks in your garden (however many are in your family or your party)
  2. Wash the rocks and dry them thoroughly
  3. Paint the entire rock the color of your choice with tempera paint
  4. Glue on alphabet letters to spell out your family names (i.e. dad, mom, Charly, Ella, etc.)
  5. Allow to dry on newspaper inside the house
  6. Set the table! 🙂

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Fall is here and pumpkins are everywhere! With rain coming our way, what is a fun project – we love the idea of a pumpkin bird feeder.  Here is what you can do as a family that will make a nice outdoor decoration…

  1. Go to any local grocery store or nursery and pick up a small pumpkin (3-5 lbs.)
  2. Buy regular bird seeds/supplement at a local pet store
  3. Cut a 3- to 5- pound pumpkin in half
  4. Scoop out the seeds, but leave a ½-inch thick wall
  5. Cut a ½-inch-deep groove in the rim for pumpkin seeds
  6. For perches, poke holes and insert twigs from your yard
  7. To hang, knot two lengths of twine together in the center; tack knot to feeder bottom
  8. Fill with birdseed
  9. Hang anywhere from your porch to a tree in your front yard and enjoy!

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Some of our Turkey Decorations

I was thrilled on Thanksgiving when my aunt and uncle, with their family in tow, joined our small family at my parent’s house.  My husband and I were hoping for the ‘big family’ feeling for the holiday – knowing that Lilah is at an age when memories might become permanent.  I am not the ‘chief cook’ in these holiday scenarios – so I focused on the handmade decorations.  In preparation for the event Lilah and I made the hand/foot turkeys and a couple of other Thanksgiving crafts for the table – it’s amazing how long these craft projects sometimes take but she really enjoyed the process! 

Kelly and Lilah

Our small family (I’m an only child and so is Lilah) relishes the holidays because we see more of our family.  I had the opportunity to visit with my cousin and her children – Kelly (2yrs) and Erin (newborn). They are the only other part of our family with babies in the Bay Area. Lilah and Kelly took an hour or so to warm up to each other but midway through the party they 

Baby Erin

were jumping on beds and feeding the pond fish together – so cute!  I loved seeing them interact as they ran, jumped, giggled and demanded to be tickled. I can’t wait until all three of the cousins are able to play together. It’s not too far away!  What better holiday memory than realizing that you have cousins to share turkey and fun! 

  

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The ‘official’ holiday season is upon us, and for many it means looking back at the year that will soon draw to a close.  I know that this has been a year of change – and a year that has gone by very quickly.  We could think about changes that made this a very ‘challenging’ year for many – but I would rather pause to reflect on the many blessings that have touched our lives.  We at le•top do not have to look far to know that we have so much to be thankful for! 

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends – we hope your day is also full of reasons to be thankful!

Some of our reasons to be thankful!

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Preparing for that perfect Thanksgiving meal? Include your little ones by making one-of-a-kind napkin rings for a truly special touch.  These ‘mini-masterpieces’ can be used for years to come or shared with guests as the reminder of a memorable day.

source: bhg.com

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Paper towel tubes
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Craft glue
  • Craft supplies (markers, paint, paintbrush, ribbon, beads, feathers, etc.)

Measure and cut the tubes so each ring measures 2 inches in length. Be sure to make enough so everyone coming to dinner has a napkin ring. Cut the same number of 2-inch-wide colored paper strips. Glue the paper strips to the tubes.Now decide how you want to decorate your napkin rings. You could make each different or create a variety of looks. Use markers, paint, ribbon, beads, and feathers to decorate the rings. Here is a great chance to be really creative and fanciful.

DECORATING IDEAS:

source: familyfun.go.com

  • Draw a turkey, autumn leaves, pumpkins, pilgrims, Native American headdresses or something fanciful on construction paper, then cut it out and glue it to the ring.
  • Draw pictures of each family member to create their own personalized napkin ring or use a photo of each person attending and use it as the face of a turkey, pumpkin or pilgrim that you have glued to the ring.
  • Leave a space on your design for names and you’ve turned it into a place card.  

 

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Thanksgiving is approaching – construct some really cute decorations and create excitement by making your children part of the preparations.  Kids love creating art – and what better way to ‘Give Thanks” than to be surrounded by your little darling’s masterpieces! 

This idea is quick, easy and fun!Turkey

SUPPLIES:

  • Construction paper in Fall colors (brown, red, orange, yellow)
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes and orange pipe cleaners (optional – but really fun)
  • Most importantly…Your kids!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Trace around you child’s feet using brown construction paper and cut them out. The two pieces will be the turkey’s body.
  2. Trace around your child’s hands using red, orange, and yellow construction paper and cut them out. These 6 pieces will be the turkey’s feathers.
  3. Glue the two footprints together to make the turkey’s body by overlapping the heels (forming the head) and the balls of the footprints spread out (forming the body) – think ‘triangle.’
  4. Cut out a round red wattle (small circle) and orange beak (smaller triangle.) Glue the wattle, beak (triangle in the circle facing down,) and googly (or paper) eyes to the turkey’s head.
  5. Make two legs from paper and glue them to the back of the body (or use the pipe cleaners and tape them to the back of the body.)
  6. Glue the handprint “feathers” to the back of the turkey (spreading them from the base to the top and back down the other side.)
  7. Decorate your house with these adorable turkeys!  Make sure to put your child’s name and age on the back of the turkey for a fabulous keepsake.  Gobble – Gobble!!!

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big-sisWhen I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I decided to let our families know on Thanksgiving Day. We gave our parents wrapped presents with “I love my Grandma” and “I love my Grandpa” bibs and let them figure it out. It took about half a second since they’ve been asking when we were going to give them grandchildren. (The pressure!)

The next time we were pregnant, we wanted to be more creative. My dad’s birthday was coming up and my mom had planned for the entire family to have brunch aboard one of the San Francisco’s tour trains. So instead of yelling our announcement over the railroad tracks, my husband and I decided to be more sly. I made a special t-shirt for our daughter to wear that said, “I’m going to be a BIG sister!” and see how long it would take for the family to read it. The perfect opportunity presented itself when the train photographer came by and asked the family if we wanted a picture. So while the grandparents and grandchildren were getting situated, I asked Miranda to take her sweater off. Sadly, no one took notice. Then the photographer said, “Oh, what a cute shirt!” Finally, my mom noticed. Everyone was screaming and yelling, and asking if it was true. It was hilarious!

Since creativity runs in the family, my brother and sister-in-law gave us their special announcement by telling us they were going to be in a Dr. Pepper commercial. So as the family gathered around the giant plasma screen over Easter to watch their TV debut, this is what we saw. We were all confused because we didn’t see any Dr. Pepper in the video. The last image took a second or two to sink in. And once it did, the video became an unforgettable announcement, mixed with tears of joy and peals of laughter. Classic!

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With my (and sweetie’s) family scattered everywhwere, emails were flying this Thanksgiving holiday. Photos of the big meal, with adorably fun photos of chubby cheeks, hair and bibs covered with food (did they get any in their tummies?!?). Enter our photo contest for a chance to win le•top’s super soft puppet wash cloth and bib sets. Remember to enter by December 9th, and tell your friends and family to start voting on December 10th! Click here to submit your Messiest Eater photo. Good luck!

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The lovely scenic drive of I-5

The lovely scenic drive of I-5

Not all can be so fortunate to stay home for the holidays and relax with our families. Some of us have to travel to far away places–either by plane, train or the dreaded car ride (Do you want me to turn this car around?!) –and cram the entire family and dog in the van, along with 12 suitcases, casseroles, pies, jackets, pillows, blankets, etc. It was so much fun this year that I can’t wait to do it again next year… Not!

This Thanksgiving, we drove down from the Oakland to San Diego. We usually fly but with the amount of gear we had to bring, driving was the better option. If my husband and I didn’t have kids, we would probably make it there in about 6 hours, maybe 7 with minimal detours. However since we have a 4-year old in tow and I’m pregnant, we had to make numerous stops: potty stops, food stops, and I’m-going-to-go-crazy-if-we-don’t-stop stops. (more…)

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01cakefaceWe’ve received many photos from our customers over the years, but didn’t have the time to properly archive them (don’t you hate when that happens? Full of good intentions to get them organized, and all we could manage was taping them to a wall in our office kitchen). Well, with our blog (which we scarily agreed to kicking and screaming – we’re into beautiful kids clothes, not technology!) and lots of handholding from our Tech Wiz, we can finally ‘scrapbook’ your photos (if only our Tech Wiz would now just organize our closets). With our bellies still full from Thanksgiving feasts, we think photos of your “Messiest Eaters” would be a great way to kick off our blog launch. (more…)

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