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Throwback Thursday - Thanksgiving Blessing Tree

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This week I wanted to share a post from the past that is part of our annual November traditions.  It is our Thanksgiving Blessing Tree, something I started several years ago when I wanted to help my kids recognize their blessings.
I wanted a way to help my kids understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving and had seen several versions of Thanksgiving Blessing Trees online.  To make ours I made 21 pockets from felt to count down the twenty days until Thanksgiving, and the last one for Thankgsiving Day itself.  The pockets were sewn rough, they aren't pretty but to me Thanksgiving has a pretty rustic feel to it.  I free hand drew the numbers on felt and cut them out to sew onto the pockets.  For the pocket for Thanksgiving Day I found a Turkey foam sticker at Hobby Lobby to put on it.

After I made the pockets I used a clothespin to clip them onto the ribbon.  I then cut out leaves from construciton paper and placed one leaf for each family member into each pocket, plus one leaf with…

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month With Your Kids

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November is Native American Heritage Month and Leslie Stine is back to share with us some ideas on celebrating it with your kids.  

Native American Heritage Month
November is upon us, which means it is Native American Heritage month. You may be thinking it is important for your children to learn about different cultures. What better way than to learn about them yourself and teach your child? Now you may be thinking how do I teach something I don’t know a lot about? Easy! Everything is online now or something long lost... the library. Do some research yourself; find out what you would like to teach your child about the similarities and differences in cultures.
Native American month makes me think about strengthen, tradition, and family. Some things you can do to get your children learning about these things are, finding which states in the United States derive from Native American words. Another idea is to use “code talk” like the Navajos; your child can then create their own “code ta…

Menu Plan Monday, November 9 - 15, 2015

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.
For the second week in a row I am posting my menu plan on a Tuesday instead of a Monday.  I think that is a testament to how busy I have been.  Last week I left Sunday's dinner on my menu plan open and I filled it with an amazing meal, Spicy Seafood Pasta.  It was a decadent meal that didn't take a lot of preparation.  The recipe calls for clams, but I left them out.  You really should give it a try!
Here's what I have planned for the rest of the week:
Monday - Whole Foods Cinnamon Apple Bacon, Eggs, Hash Browns
Tuesday - Smarty Pants Stroganoff from the new Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook
Wednesday - Irish-ish Beef Stew 
Thursday - Shake and Bake Buffalo Pork Chops, Sauteed Red Potatoes, asparagus
Friday - Salmon Croquettes, Macaroni and Cheese, Lima Beans
Saturday - Eating Out
Sunday - Home Style Pork Chops with Pan Sauce, Mashed Potatoes

Teaching Your Kids to Be Thankful

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How often do we as kids or adults have the attitude where we can't see what we are thankful for even when it is sitting on the table right there in front of us?  During November many of us spend time thinking about our blessings and it is the perfect time to teach kids about being thankful.  
Leslie Stine is joining us today as a guest writer with tips on how to teach your kids of all ages how to be thankful for what they have.  Leslie has been married to her husband Andy since 2010, and is mommy to a baby girl named June who was born in March, 2013.  Leslie has a degree in Early Childhood Education, specializing in ages 0-3.  I am excited to share Leslie's post today and hope that we will be seeing more of her here at The Modern Day Mom.
Every mom can agree the hardest job in the world is to balance getting and giving your children everything they need and most of what they want, and teaching them how to appreciate it at the same time.  When we are teaching our children life …

Menu Plan Monday

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.
I know it's Tuesday, not Monday but can we pretend that I had my meal plan posted on time?  It's been a busy few weeks, and I am excited that fall is here.  I love fall!  And it's pumpkin flavored everything in the stores!  I am going to try making the Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal for Ms. Criddle's Kitchen one day this week for breakfast.  
Here's what else I have planned for the week: Links to recipes are in Blue
Monday - Steak, Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cabbage, My Grandmother's Green Beans 
Tuesday - Salt and Pepper Pork Chops, Garlic Red Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts
Wednesday - Chicken Cordon Bleu, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Thursday - Salmon Croquettes, My Grandmother's Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese
Friday - Trader Joe's Soy Ginger Cod Fillets, Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley
Saturday - Hearty Turkey Chili
Sunday - Undecided

Surviving the Daylight Savings Time Change

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Did anyone else feel like this last night?  I arrived home from work at 6:15 last night and it felt like it was dark enough to be midnight.  Needless to say, I do not like the time change.  
Tina Good is guest blogging today with a post telling us how to survive the time change.
The main key to successfully surviving the change to Daylight Savings Time is to maintain your normal sleep schedule.  This includes both bedtime and your wakeup time.  Maintaining your regular sleep schedule allows your body to adjust to the change to Daylight Savings Time with little to no fatigue.  It is important to remember that you are essentially getting the same number of hours of sleep, it's just different timing.  Some people adjust well to the fall back change in time because they feel they are gaining an hour sleep of the morning.  However, simply put, if you were going to bed at 9:00 p.m. prior to the change to Daylight Savings Time, then you should continue to go to bed at 9:00 p.m. after the c…