Gratitude Challenge Day 13

We only have a little over a week left with the Gratitude Challenge.
I hope that so far you’ve enjoyed it & that it’s helped you find some more positives in your life! (:

If you’re just joining us on the Gratitude Challenge & would like to start from the very beginning you can check out all of the previous posts here.
If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

Let’s get in to today’s challenge…

Gratitude Challenge Day 13

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. My favorite season & why
  3. My favorite holiday & why
  4. My favorite day of the week & why

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

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Gratitude Challenge Day 12

Since it’s Sunday and just a few days before Thanksgiving I figured I would make today’s prompts a little lighter. I decided to put prompt 2 on a Sunday night since many people don’t look forward to their work week. I’m curious what others do to relax & wind down from their work day.

If you’re just joining us on the Gratitude Challenge & would like to start from the very beginning you can check out all of the previous posts here.
If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

Now, let’s get into today’s challenge…

Gratitude Challenge Day 12

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. Something that I look forward to after work each day
  3. My favorite drink & why
  4. My favorite snack & why

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

Gratitude Challenge Day 11

Happy Saturday!

If you’re just joining us on the Gratitude Challenge & would like to start from the very beginning you can check out all of the previous posts here.
If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

So let’s get into today’s challenge…

Gratitude Challenge Day 11

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. A friend (or friends) that has always been there for me
  3. My biggest professional accomplishment
  4. A family tradition that I’m grateful for

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

Gratitude Challenge Day 10

We’ve made it 10 days in! I’m so proud of us!

Today’s theme is our childhoods. Sometimes we get so engulfed in “adulting” and forget the simple things that we enjoyed as children. 

If you’re just joining us on the Gratitude Challenge & would like to start from the very beginning you can check out all of the previous posts here.
If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

You can post your answers on your social media too; and I’d love it if you tagged us and used the hashtag #ccgratitude.
If you’d prefer to not share your answers that is perfectly okay too! You can print this post & fill in your answers or write them down in a journal.

Gratitude Challenge Day 10

  1. Something that brought joy to me today
  2. A happy memory from my childhood
  3. My favorite vacation from childhood
  4. Favorite toy from childhood

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

Gratitude Challenge Day 9

For today’s prompts I wanted to take time to take some time for us to reflect on ourselves a bit. It always seems to be difficult for people to give themselves a “congratulations” or a pat on the back; it’s just as difficult to not be our biggest critic & instead recognize our abilities & talents. 

If you’re just joining me on this challenge & you’d like to start from the beginning you can find the other posts here
If you only missed yesterday’s challenge you can find that one here. 

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

So lets get into today’s prompts…

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. A tv show I always enjoy
  3. The most inspiring person I know
  4. My best talent

If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself, that’s okay! You can print this page or you can simply write your prompts down in a journal. 

Also, we now have an email list & I’d love to have you as a subscriber! You can subscribe here & stay up to date on all the happenings here at Cherished Cottage. 

Gratitude Challenge Day 8

Welcome to the gratitude challenge! If you’re just joining in on the fun you can check out all of the previous days here. 
If you only missed yesterday you can find that here.

Let’s get into today’s challenge!

Gratitude Challenge Day 8

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. A movie that makes me happy
  3. My favorite place to hang out with friends (tag it, if you can!)
  4. A person I’m grateful for

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

You’re more than welcome to share your answers to your social media as well! I’d love it if you tagged us and used the hashtag #ccgratitude .

If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself you can write them down in a journal or print out this page or the image below! 

5 Ways to Keep Kids Happy During Thanksgiving Dinner

For most of us Thanksgiving is a family affair; meaning we get together with our loved ones to eat good food, be grateful for our blessings, and to catch up with those we may not see outside of the holiday season.

Unfortunately though, for some of us Thanksgiving can also mean a time of overwhelming stress. My goal is to bring you a few posts between now and Thanksgiving to hopefully help alleviate some of that stress.

Instead of banishing the kids to a corner or chasing them around the room during meal time, I have a few ideas that could hopefully help make the day a little easier.

5 Tips to Keep Kids Entertained

  1. Thanksgiving Themed Activity Tablecloth
    Last year I put a Thanksgiving themed color-in tablecloth on the kids table with a few crayons at each place setting. They absolutely loved it!
    It kept them entertained for the majority of the meal. You can find similar tablecloths here and here.
  2. Set Out Activity Books
    Department stores & Amazon carry all sorts of Thanksgiving themed activity books. If you have elementary/middle school aged children I would recommend this book. MadLibs are fun and educational activities for kids to do as a group.
    You could tear out a few pages, place them at each place setting with a pen or pencil. Or you could simply have the book near the table for the kids to grab when they want something to do.
  3. Ask Them For Help
    Prepping, setting up, and cooking for Thanksgiving can be incredibly exhausting. Especially if you’re a host like my parents who do the whole meal themselves.
    It’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to let others help you. Instead of stressing over all of the details and trying to do it all yourself, put the kids to work!
    When your guests arrive ask the kids to collect their jackets.
    If the kids are old enough to pour their own drinks, ask them to see what your guests would like to drink.
  4. Let The Kids Help Set Up
    Ask the kids to help set up the tables.
    If you’re particular about how you want the adult table then ask them to set up the kids table. They’d love it!
    Often times when kids helping they’re entertained and focused.
  5. Give Them Their Own Table Servings
    When I was a kid this was one of my favorite things about the kids table. It always made me feel so grown up!
    If it’s possible, give the kids their own food settings at the table. A small platter with turkey, a dish of a few rolls, etc. They’ll love setting up and arranging how they want their table to look.

 

Extra Tip!Give Them A Craft
The morning of, while you’re cooking and setting up give the kids an easy craft to do. Ask them to trace their hands on construction paper and make turkey’s for each place setting. The older children can help the younger ones with scissors and writing out names. This is a great activity to keep kids of all ages busy!