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

We’d love to have you join the Cherished Cottage family! You can find us on Facebook and Instagram .

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!

Gratitude Challenge Day 7

Today’s Gratitude Challenge is all about writing. I chose number 3 (a quote or verse that speaks to my heart) because I feel that at some point in our lives we’ve all had a quote, song lyrics, or a Bible verse that really spoke to us and help us through a difficult time.

If you’re new to the gratitude challenge you can check out the entire challenge here.
If you just missed yesterday you can see that post here.

And, if you’d like to receive the gratitude challenge to your inbox each day I would love to have you as a subscriber; which you can sign up for here.

I’m also participating in the challenge each day so if you’d like to my answers you can find them on our Instagram story as well as our Facebook story.

Now, let’s get into day 7!
If you want to share your answers on social media you’re more than welcome! Use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE and feel free to tag us!
I understand that some people would prefer not to share there answers so you can always print this page or the image below for your own use. You could also write them out in a journal!

Gratitude Challenge Day 7

  1. Something that brought joy to me today
  2. A writer from history who I’d love to meet
  3. A quote or verse that speaks to my heart
  4. Favorite book from my teens

Gratitude Challenge Day 6

Happy Monday!

Okay, okay, don’t hate me. I know..Monday’s sorta suck haha. But the Gratitude Challenge could really help brighten your spirits!
So let’s talk about the Gratitude Challenge!

If you missed yesterday’s challenge you can find it here.
If you missed the previous days you can find them here.

I’m hoping that prompt number 2 helps us all to find some joy through our Monday blues by giving us something to look forward to.

Now, if you look at question number 3 and think Didn’t I just answer this a few days ago? nope, you didn’t. Day 2 had a gratitude prompt asking you to think of a gift that meant a lot to you; while this one is asking about an object.
Yes, the object could also be the gift you came up with last week but I was thinking of something more outside of the box. So when I say “object” I want you to think of something in your life that brings you joy.
For example: Someone once told me that their bed (specifically their mattress) was their most prized possession and made them “super happy”. I remember wondering why but as I’ve grown up I’ve realized how much I look forward to crawling in bed at night and how important (and nice) it is to have a comfortable bed. So, if that is the object in your life that brings you joy then you’re welcome for the idea haha.

If you’d like to see my answers you can find them on our Instagram story and Facebook story.
I’d love to see what answers you come up with; feel free to tag us and use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE.

Gratitude Challenge Day 6

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. Something that I’m looking forward to this week
  3. An object I own that brings me joy
  4. A person I’m grateful for

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Gratitude Challenge Day 5

Before I get into today’s Gratitude writing prompts I want to take a moment to thank all of our veterans for their service. I am so grateful for your strength and willingness to fight for our country and my freedom.
If you aren’t a veteran but know one, please take the time to thank them today. It’s such a small thing but it could really mean a lot to them.

If you missed yesterday’s post you can find it here.
If you are interested in starting the challenge you can check out all of the previous posts here.

Question 2 was designed to make you think about this past year & all the good things you’ve done and encountered. I hope that it made you smile (: .

If you’re interested in finding some fun books to read or just want to see what I’ve been reading, my Goodreads account is linked along the right side of our home page. I always keep it up to date, so you’ll see plenty of books added often!

You can find all of my answers to today’s question on my Instagram story as well as my Facebook story.
I would love to see your answers too so feel free to tag us and to use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE.

Gratitude Challenge Day 5

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. My favorite memory from this year
  3. A book I recently read & loved
  4. My pets & their names

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Gratitude Challenge Day 4

Happy Saturday! 

If you missed the previous days of the challenge you can find them here.

If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here.

When I worked on my answers for today’s gratitude prompts I had to put a lot of thought into number 2. Nearly every holiday, birthday & “just because” gifts I’ve received has held some sort of special meaning to me. Of course the word “gift” doesn’t have to mean something big and grand…to me it has always been more about the giver and the thought behind the gift that counts the most.

If you want to check out my answers you can find them on our Instagram story as well as our Facebook story. And if you’d like to share your answers on social media I’d love to see them! Use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE and you can tag us if you’d like!

If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself (that’s okay too!) you can print this page or just write your answers to the prompts down in a journal.

Gratitude Challenge Day 4

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. A gift that means a lot to me
  3. Something that I’m grateful to have today that I didn’t have a year ago
  4. A guilty pleasure that brings me joy

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Gratitude Challenge Day 3

We are 3 days in! Woo!

If you’re new to the challenge you can check out the other posts here.

If you missed just yesterday’s post you can find that one here.

So for today’s prompts I personally struggled with number 3. I’m not very good at giving myself a pat on the back or acknowledge my own accomplishments. I think it’s really good though to recognize the good things that we have done. There is nothing wrong with stepping back and saying “hey, I did a good job”.

Today’s prompts are below; if you’d like to see my answers you can find them on our Instagram story and/or our Facebook story. You can post them on your story too! Tag us and use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE so I can follow along!

If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, that’s okay too! You can print this page and fill it out or you can write the prompts out in your journal.

Gratitude Challenge Day 3

  1. Something that brought joy to me today
  2. Something that makes me smile daily
  3. An accomplishment I’m really proud of
  4. Something I love about where I live

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Gratitude Challenge Day 2

Welcome Back! 

If you haven’t had a chance to start the challenge you can find Day 1 here.

If you’d like to get the Gratitude Challenge in your inbox you can subscribe here.

I hope that yesterday’s prompts made you happy and got you excited for future prompts! I personally had a little trouble with prompt #4 today. For me, a song that brings me joy really depends upon my mood at that specific moment. But when I was filling out today’s prompts I was thinking of my grandfather, as I often do this time of year (or, if I’m being honest..any day haha)
I’d love to hear how you did with today’s prompts! I always have mine posted on our Instagram story as well as our Facebook story. You’re more than welcome to do the same; you can tag us on social media and use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE.

If you’d rather not share your answers you can also print this page & fill it out or write the prompts down in a journal!

Gratitude Challenge Day 2

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. Favorite drink
  3. My favorite scent
  4. A song that makes my day better

Gratitude Challenge Day 1

2018 Gratitude Challenge Day 1

These writing prompts are designed to do a few things that will hopefully lead you to feel more happy and positive. This time of year is often difficult for people suffering from seasonal depression or just holiday stresses; my hope is to help lighten you mood with a few happy thoughts each day.

This won’t take long, all you have to do is take 5 minutes out of your day to answer 4 questions. I’m posting my own answers on our Instagram and Facebook pages in the story; you’re welcome to do the same!

If you’d rather keep your gratitude thoughts to yourself you can print this page or write the prompts down in your journal.

Gratitude Challenge Day 1

  1. Something that brought me joy today

  2. My favorite day of the week

  3. A celebrity that inspires me (and why)

  4. My favorite book from childhood

Gratitude Challenge

With Thanksgiving less than 20 days away and Christmas not far behind it’s easy for all of us to get so involved with the planning, decorating, shopping, prepping, and cooking to forget the importance of self-care.

I decided it would be a great idea for all of us to take a few moments out of our holiday chaos to breathe, and reflect on a few things that make us happy. So, starting today I’m going to post a list of 4 gratitude prompts each day for the rest of November (that’s 20 days; easy peasy!)

Every day you can find a blog post here as well as similar posts in our story in Instagram. I would love to have you join me in the challenge! You can screenshot my posts on Instagram and repost them using the hashtag #CCGratitude (and tag us too if you want!) or you can print them off each blog post and fill them in for yourself!

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