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How to Handle the Family Informant

What to do when your child becomes the family informant (aka tattletale)?  Gabrielle, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, tells us how she’s handled this in her home… take a look!

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How to Handle the Family Informant

My toddler has taken on a new role in our household.  Previously, her job duties included making messes in the middle of the living room, hiding mommy’s keys and losing one shoe out of every pair she owns.  She recently decided to take on a new role as the family informant.

This puts mommy in a precarious position.

On one hand, I appreciate it when she lets me know that her brother is sneaking cookies from the kitchen, or when her sister is playing games on my phone without permission.  But honestly, I don’t need to know every time one of the kids forgets to put their clothes in the hamper or doesn’t make their beds.  (They never do either of those things.  It would be easier for her to tell me when they actually accomplished one of them.)
There are times that I benefit from her reporting skills, but I do not want to encourage this behavior.  In school, my son is learning that there is a difference between tattling and relaying information.  The children are taught that the goal of tattling is to get another person in trouble.  The goal of relaying information is to keep people safe. Technically, nobody is in any real danger if my children toss the rest of their brussels sprouts in the garbage, but it’s a thing I like to know.

The concept is confusing for second graders.  It is certainly a challenge for my three-year old.

For now, when she gives me useful information, I try to take immediate action.  When she is obviously trying to get one of her siblings in trouble, I simply say thank you and try to turn her attention elsewhere.  It isn’t that difficult.  She’s three.  Her attention-span is about as long as my non-existent finger nails.

For now, I am considering her tattling as a way to expand her ever growing vocabulary… and as a constant reminder to put my snacks on higher shelves and to keep my phone in my pocket.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle


Surprise! Enter2WIN Your Very Own Copy of “Cars 3”!

Happy WINsday, Kansas City! We’ve got a FUN giveaway for “Cars 3” which made a pit-stop on DVD this past week! We are SO excited to be giving away digital download copies of the DVD just in time for the holidays. A digital copy of the movie will make PERFECT stocking stuffer idea for your little auto enthusiast! Grab details and enter to WIN below – But HURRY, the giveaway won’t last long (winners will be drawn on Sunday, November 12th).

Surprise! Enter2WIN Your Very Own Copy of “Cars 3”!

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“Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!” Written by Pixar

Get your own copy of the film by entering our FLASH giveaway RIGHT HERE!

Did you know that, in addition to this fun giveaway, we’ve got enter to win opportunities available to you through our website, at iFamilyKC.com, on our social media pages (find the iFamilyKC Facebook page here and be sure to follow us on our iFamilyKC Instagram page as well) every single week?! Join us and help spread the word – – and the fun! Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways INCLUDING an enter2win opportunity for circus tickets, advanced screening passes, and so much more!

From iFamily to Yours,

The iFamilyKC Team

 

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Baby’s First Christmas: Create Your Own Baby Mistletoe Footprints!

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are nearly upon us here in the metro area (have you started decorating for Christmas yet?!). Liz, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, has gotten a head start on her holiday fun with her sweet little one and put together a fabulous Baby Mistletoe Keepsake tutorial for you to create your very own masterpieces at home. Bonus: These make GREAT gifts for grandparents and will be cherished for many years to come. Take a look…

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Baby’s First Christmas: Create Your Own Baby Mistletoe Footprints!

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Those little footprints do not last for long so this holiday season get the craft paint out for the perfect holiday keepsake. Capture those little baby toes as little “mistletoes”!

Supplies:

  • White canvas, your choice for the size
  • Green and Red craft or acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Baby Wipes
  • An extra set of hands
  • Extra embellishments: Glitter, Christmas bows, mini jingle bells,

Directions: Have one person hold the little babe while the other paints a foot using the foam brush. I personally do one foot at a time so you don’t have to worry about a kicking baby getting paint all over you. Have the canvas on a flat surface and press the foot down. Clean the first foot up with the baby wipes then paint foot number two and press down on the canvas.  Make sure that you stagger the feet a bit apart. You have your mistletoes!

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Here are a few ideas on how to decorate and personalize your baby’s mistletoe’s!

  • With red paint carefully paint bows using a thin brush.
  • Write “Mistletoes” below the feet.
  • Embellish with an actual bow instead of paint, faux holly leaves and cherries or jingle bells.
  • Decorate around the mistletoe with Christmas colored paint using the toilet paper cardboard for circle rings or circle shaped foam brushes.
  • If you are nervous about your writing out “Mistletoe” with your own handwriting in paint, use glitter stickers!
  • Finish off with writing your child’s name and the year.

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This is a for sure way to capture a special moment that will last forever. Even with the messy little feet, you are sure to have some fun and lasting memories with your little one.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Thanksgiving Dinner Dine In and Take Out Options in KC

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and the bustle of the holiday is rearing its giant turkey head. As many of the population are out shopping for their perfect meal, some of us don’t have the time, space or energy to prepare a meal with our busy lives. Fortunately, there are several restaurants in the area that are opening their doors for the likes of us on this Thanksgiving November 23, 2017.  Ruth, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, has taken some time to seek out some options in the area to save you some time and searching!  Take a look…

Thanksgiving Dinner

Places to Eat

Seasons 52

340 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64112

Advertises a traditional meal including traditional herb stuffing and Yukon mashed potatoes, and mini pumpkin pies. Prices are not available yet but you can call (816) 531-0052 for details and reservations.

McCormick and Schmicks 

448 West 47th Street Kansas City, MO 64112

Advertises a roasted turkey dinner along with the standard menu. You can call (816) 531-6800 for a reservation.

Ophelia’s

201 N. Main, Independence, MO 64050

Advertises Thanksgiving Day buffet, 10:30am-4pm.Adults, $25, children $12. You can call 816.461.4525 for reservations.

J Gilberts

8901 Metcalf Overland Park , KS 66212

Offers a four course meal from 11am-7pm. You can call (913)642-8070 to make a reservation and details.

Grand Street Café 

8815 Renner Rd., Lenexa, KS; and 4740 Grand Ave., Kansas City, MO

Advertising a delicious Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 12pm-4pm complete with turkey, ham and even Prime Rib! Sides include, sweet potatoes, garlic whipped potatoes, homemade gravy, honey glazed carrots, sugar snap peas, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing a variety of salads and desserts. Yum! Pricing is listed as $27.95 for adults while children are $12.95 for ages 10 and under. To make a reservation you can call Lenexa: 913-601-3500  or Kansas City: 816-516-8000.

Stroud’s 

4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS

8301 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

Offering a buffet with a unique pricing plan per child. Children under 12 are 99 cents plus their age and adults are $27.99 for the full buffet. Reservations are required by calling, Fairway, KS (913-262-8500) and Overland Park, KS (913-499-0135).

June’s Cottage

614 Pottawatomie Street Leavenworth KS 66048

Offers a full Thanksgiving dinner buffet with a variety of traditional and unique items to choose from. Beverages include sodas, tea, water and a yummy champagne fountain. Adult Buffet is $21.99, children’s pricing is based on age. This buffet is delicious, I might add! Specific details have not been shared yet but you can call them make a reservation at 913-651-7000.

Take out

 

Stroud’s 

4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS

8301 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

You can order in advance a selection of fully cooked sides to pick-up and heated at home to compliment your prepared turkey. Items available are stuffing, yams, and cranberry fruit salad by the half gallon ($12.99) or gallon ($22.99).

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Locations in Kansas and Missouri

You can pre-order a holiday meal pack with option to serve 4-20 guests. You can choose from turkey, ham or prime rib dinners with as many choices of sides that you need to feed your party.

Mcgonigals Market

1307 W. 79th St. KC, MO 66227

Offering a healthier option with turkeys that are minimally processed with no additives or preservatives added at the time of processing. You can order a whole turkey, sliced turkey or even order the entire meal with all the trimmings! Pick up is either Nov. 21 or 22 and your meal will be ready and packaged for reheating at home. Meals can be prepared for anywhere from 4-14 people based upon the options that you choose.

Bob Evan’s 

You can order online and choose from three different feasts turkey and ham, turkey or ham. Each feast serves 4-8 people and comes with a few traditional sides. Ordering options and prices are based upon location.

Keep an eye out for other options that pop up during the next couple weeks and be sure to get your reservations in early!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 


Finding Your Tribe & Making Mommy Friends

Meeting new people or making mommy friends can be scary as a new mom or even just living in a new neighborhood. Connie, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, shares some ways to find your tribe!  Take a look…

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Finding Your Tribe & Making Mommy Friends

So, I love the movie “I Love You Man”.  Honestly, I love just about anything Paul Rudd does, but that’s beside the point.  I know the movie is meant to be pure entertainment, but there is an underlying truth to it.  Making friends as an adult is not as easy as it was when we were kids.  As a kid, you walk up to someone at the park and say “let’s play!” and boom—a friendship is born.

When I had my son, I became a part of a whole new category of people.  Category: Mom.  I was one of the first among my group of friends to join this whole new scene and I had no idea what I was doing.  I needed to ask questions and vent and get advice from people who knew what they were doing.  But who was I going to ask?  Where do you meet mommy friends?

It’s a little bit of trial and error.

When I had my oldest, I was completely lost and overwhelmed.  I tried going to a breastfeeding support group at the hospital, and while everyone there was very friendly and supportive, it was just not the place for me.  Part of me just wanted to be a recluse-stay at home in my happy little bubble, just me and my boy.  But that got pretty lonely pretty quickly.

I got myself out and just started going places.  Running errands, going for a walk, etc.  Whatever got me out of the house and moving was helpful.  Babies are people magnets, and I found myself chatting with new people all the time. As my kids got a little older, we started heading to parks, and the zoo, and indoor playgrounds.   In the summer we basically lived at the pool.  Those places were crawling with moms and potential play dates.

I found a mommy and me class at the gym.  It was designed to be a baby play time, with the moms there to help with the kids and meet new moms.   I went back to the gym for my own workouts.  I met moms when I was dropping my son off at the daycare there.  When my kids got old enough to start preschool, that’s when I really came into my own and started making real connections with other moms.

Mason struggled with separation anxiety and those first couple weeks of drop offs were awful.  He would cling to my leg and cry and beg me not to leave him.  This always led to me crying the whole way out of the school.  One day another mom whose son was in Mason’s class stopped me and reassured me that she had been through the same thing with her son and that everything was going to be okay.  We have been friends ever since.

My kids started joining activities, and I met tons of parents that way.  Bailey is in dance, and the friends I have made there are some of my closest.  Both of my kids play sports, most of which I coach, and so I have gotten to know lots of parents that way as well.

I mentioned previously that I coach, and I volunteer when I can at my kids school.  PTA is a great way to get involved and to meet other parents in your schools attendance area.  There are lots of local moms groups on Facebook and MOPS groups that meet at churches around town as well.  I looked for events to take my kids to—festivals, kids club events from iFamilyKC, free classes at Gymboree, etc.

It was all about just getting out there.  I was never going to meet anyone sitting at home.  And while it was hard at first, it definitely got easier.  No, I didn’t love every parent I met or every place I went, but I did eventually find my people.  And these are the people I count on to help me get through the tough stuff and laugh through the funny times.  They are the people I can call if I need help getting a kid to a practice or game or dance class.  The people I can text and ask if it’s too early for wine at noon on a Tuesday when it’s been a rough day.  They are the people who understand that parenting is work and while it is the best job we will ever have, it’s also the most frustrating and challenging.

From iFamily to Yours,


Family Fun in Kansas City with Paint, Glaze, and Fire!

Are you looking to have a little family fun in Kansas City or a place to create the perfect masterpiece to give as a gift for the upcoming holiday season!? You just have to take a look at this guest post from our friends over at Paint, Glaze, and Fire in south Overland Park for details on all of the great opportunities available to your family when you visit their store. Take a look…

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Family Fun in Kansas City With Paint, Glaze, and Fire!

Are you ever stumped trying to think of a new family activity? It’s tough to get the kids away from the TV for creative, quality family time. Pinterest has lots of craft suggestions, but maybe you don’t feel like spending the evening scrubbing glitter and puffy paint out of your carpet. Paint, Glaze & Fire in south Overland Park is the perfect place for your family to get inspired, have fun, and create beautiful keepsakes without any mess in your own house.

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What if I’m not an artist?

Don’t be intimidated if you aren’t feeling artistic. We have a ton of ideas to spark your creativity. With silk screen stencils, stamps, sponges, paint pens, tape that creates perfect stripes, speckled paint, and Jungle Gems* glaze with crystals for non-food items, you’re sure to find the inspiration to create your own masterpiece while your kiddos create theirs.

What kinds of ceramics do they offer?

We have a huge selection of ceramic pieces you can choose to paint including: plates, mugs, platters, figurines, holiday ornaments, and light-up Christmas trees. As soon as you pick your ceramics and paints, it’s time to get busy creating! You and your family will have a blast painting your pieces just the way you want them to look.

How does it work?

When your work of art is complete, you’ll leave it with us for about 7-10 days (a little longer during the holidays). After your piece dries for 24 hours, we glaze it with care and then fire it for 24 hours in a kiln that reaches over  1800°F. That’s about as hot as a volcano! The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that’s completely nontoxic and perfectly safe* for food. Be sure to preserve your treasure by keeping it out of the microwave and dishwasher.

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The fun doesn’t stop with painted ceramics! We also offer canvas painting, clay prints, and glass fusion. Free 4” tile footprints are available for children 18 months and younger so you can treasure your baby’s adorable little footprint even when the foot that made it has grown larger than your own.

What is Glass fusion?

Glass fusion is a form of art in which you glue tiny pieces of glass to a flat glass base. There’s no end to the shapes, sizes, and colors that you can choose from. Just remember that kids will need adult supervision for this activity. When your project is complete, it’s fired in a kiln that reaches 1475°F. If you want it to be formed into a three-dimensional shape, such as a vase or a candy dish, we’ll fire it a second time over a mold that gives it shape. This process is called slumping. You can pick your work back up in 2-3 weeks; it takes a little longer than the ceramics because it’s fired twice.

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Don’t forget to enjoy a delicious coffee, latte, chai tea, or smoothie from our coffee bar. Small snacks are also available. We don’t offer alcoholic beverages, but if you choose to leave the kids at home to host an adult only event, you’re welcome to bring your own wine and glasses. Girls night out, team building workshops, and bachelorette parties are always a hit at Paint, Glaze & Fire.

Find Out More!

Space fills up fast as the weather turns cold, so be sure you get in before Thanksgiving to make your holiday gifts. The sooner the better! Reservations are recommended to ensure we have space for your group. Call 913-661-2529. Remember, there’s a per person studio fee for painting ceramics plus the cost of the pottery you choose to paint. Like us on Facebook @PaintGlazeFire.KC and visit paintglazeandfire.net for hours, discounts, and special events.


4 Silly Holidays to Share with Your Kids

These silly holiday’s are sure to bring out the kid in you!  Ruth, from our iFamily Mom and Dad Squad shares a few of her favorites!  Take a look…

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4 Silly Holidays to Share with Your Kids

Each day of the year it seems there is some sort of holiday but there are some especially fun holidays that can add something special to your week. Here are some of my favorite picks and ideas to go along with them.

National Tongue Twister Day

When: Nov. 8th 2017

This holiday seems to have a few dates ranging from November 8th –November 12th but either way it is a fun way to spend some time. All you have to do for this holiday is spout out some of your favorite tongue twisters. You and your kids can take turns, race or even make up your own.

Try these fun tongue twisters!

Ugly Sweater Day 

When: December 19, 2017

December has a lot of great silly Holidays but this one stood out to me as a great photo opportunity. It’s time to run out and raid the thrift store for the ugliest sweaters you can find and take a cute family photo. You can play dress up and take lots of fun photos with your camera, visit a photo booth or even prep for holiday cards! You could even take your sweaters out on the town! Keep tabs on all the funny looks you get.

Check here for more goofy ideas!

National Squirrel Day 

When: January 21, 2018

It’s time to celebrate those acorn eating critters. Little ones will enjoy learning about these guys, their habitats and other fun facts. As a family you can make feeders to set out for them and other critters. You can write a story together or make up a silly song or dance.

Learn the sign language for squirrel!

Ground Hog Day 

When: February 2, 2018

This is a more familiar holiday but there are so many fun ways to celebrate it! You can read and learn about ground hogs or even more fun, you can make pop up puppets. Every year in Pennsylvania they have a great unveiling of Punxsutawney Phil at Gobblers Knob and they wait for him to see his shadow or not. You can watch the live broadcast and have your own watch party and make predictions. Later on in the day you can watch the movie Ground Hog Day directed by Harold Ramis in 1993.

These are just a few upcoming silly holidays. Stay tuned to iFamilyKC for more silly fun throughout the year!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 


Celebrate Veterans Day and Remember with a Poppy at the National World War I Museum

Celebrate Veterans Day Kansas City

Remember with a Poppy

It’s a common sight on Veterans Day and Memorial Day: paper and cloth poppies being distributed by veteran’s organizations for donations. But you may be asking yourself how the tradition started. We need only look back to World War I for the origins of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian physician, served as a surgeon at a field hospital in Belgium during the war. Working in view of poppies blooming across the old battlefields and fresh graves, he wrote the Great War’s most famous poem, “In Flanders Fields,” as a testament those who lost their lives.

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

In 1918 near the end of the war, McCrae died of illness. Upon hearing of his death, American Moina Michael, an educator who look a leave of absence from the University of Georgia to volunteer with the YMCA in New York, vowed to always wear the red poppy, giving rise to the use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

She made the first sales of the Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy at a YMCA conference in November 1918. From that point forward, it was her mission to make the poppy the national memorial symbol and inspire the world to return to peace after the “war to end all wars.” Over time, wearing poppies became popular in many countries as a symbol of respect for those who served in World War I and the conflicts to follow.

This Veterans Day Weekend, you can join the National World War I Museum and Memorial in honoring all veterans, not just those from the First World War. All weekend, the Museum offers free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel, as well as half-price admission for the general public. Family-friendly activities include inspecting a Vietnam-era “Huey” Helicopter on the Museum grounds, Hands-On History activities where kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts, and free research stations which allow you to “Find Your Connection to WWI.”

Learn more at theworldwar.org/veteransday.

 


A Great Spot for a Day Hike in Kansas City

One of our favorite weekend activities is to explore the various hiking trails around Kansas City. This last week we went back out to Cave Springs in Raytown.  This is one of our favorite places to hike. It has a lot of “attractions” that make it fun for the kids and allows for multiple destinations. That is one of the more difficult parts about hiking in Missouri.  It seems like there are no destinations to the hikes. Missouri day hiking doesn’t offer the breathless views at the summit. The following are our favorite destinations on this hike.

The Cave

This is always our first stop when we come because when you go to a park named Cave Springs it just seems right that the cave is your first stop. While the cave is not much to look at and could probably only fit five adults, it is the perfect cave to spark intrigue and imagination in kids. It allows them to test their courage by entering the cave with no real threat that comes with more traditional spelunking. My oldest daughter gets a little bit braver with each visit, making it the perfect Goldilocks challenge.

The Cascades

I am not totally sure what the true definition of a cascade is or if this would qualify. The name and the pictures on the internet make one think they are going to witness a real piece of grandeur. However, I do think this “waterfall” destination is dependent on the weather. We have seen the stream and fall at several different levels. Don’t get me wrong it is a beautiful landscape and makes for great pictures in the morning. It is similar to the cave in that in the mind of a child it is just big enough. It offers those perfect challenges that nature is so great at providing. The challenge being to walk up the stream on top of rocks so that your mom can get a picture. The fun and imagination keeps building with the next destination.

The Chimneys

While this last stop is not one made by nature but rather man, it is no less intriguing. As you walk up the trail you start see chimneys in the woods of to the sides of the trail until you come to a clearing that is full of old brick chimneys, the houses long gone. If your little explorer’s imagination isn’t sparked to life by the ruins am not sure what it would take. We read the sign to our daughters and they decided to memorize that, so they haven’t come up with crazy stories to explain the strange chimneys. This is where we usually do snack. You cannot take little people on a hike and not pack some snacks, it would be mutiny for sure.

Bonus

There is a Scout Camp with a tree house right before the above-mentioned cave, but we have never gone to play on it. Or at least that is what it looks like from the trail. This could also be a highlight destination along the hike. But like I said I don’t know much about it as we have never ventured over to it.

The other bonus that is really fun about this hike is “Raytown Rocks”.  These are painted rocks that are hidden along the trail. If you find one you are supposed to carry it with you and re-hide as you hike.  Or at least that is what we do. The kids love this because it is like a treasure hunt.  They get to try and find a good hiding spot before we leave. We always go and check the spot when we come back to see if the rock is still there. This is a lot of fun for the kids!

This is a great place if you are new to hiking because it is close to town, it is one of the cleanest trails in the metro that we have been on, and it is a series of loops (so if you walk long enough you will always end up back at your car!) Seasoned hikers will also find this to be a fun hike because the trails loop and cross enough that you could put together a substantial hike and not have seen the same scenery over and over. Getting kids outside and on trails is a must in my book, the fresh air does amazing things to their personality and they get so many opportunities to test their courage and strengthens their decision-making skills for the rest of their lives. What are your favorite trails or hacks for taking small children out into nature?

From iFamily to Yours,


30 Days & 30 Ways to Give Back in November in KC

Autumn weather is upon us here in the metro area and the month of November offers the ideal opportunity to jump start a season of giving back to others. Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team shares 30 ways to give back in 30 days across Kansas City today on the blog. Take a look…

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30 Days & 30 Ways to Give Back in November in KC

Hey there KC! Can you believe it’s already November? The last week and a half, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some much-needed time away out here in the beautiful Ozarks with my family! The temperature has been consistently cool, the leaves are in a wide variety of colors and Fall is definitely in the air. Pretty soon we will be waking up to bare trees, rainy days, and chilly air every day. I honestly couldn’t be more thankful to have this time with my family!

If you didn’t already know, November is National “Be Thankful” month and, with practically every day in November being centered around Thanksgiving, I can see why it is! So, in honor of this wonderful fall season and the month that celebrates thankfulness, I wanted to share a different way you can participate in a fun and caring way. So here are 30 ways you can give back in 30 days!

Ways to Help Others:

  1. Volunteer at a shelter
  2. Carry someone’s grocery bags for them
  3. Buy the person behind you coffee/ lunch
  4. Pick up trash in your neighborhood
  5. Volunteer at your child’s school
  6. Bring treats for co-workers
  7. Write a handwritten letter to a friend or family member
  8. Run errands for a busy mom/dad
  9. Spend time with those at a nursing home
  10. Give away blankets or jackets to the homeless
  11. Donate clothes to a shelter or Goodwill
  12. Volunteer to read a the library or your kids classroom
  13. Help a new mom or dad with chores around the house
  14. Send get well cards to the hospital for strangers
  15. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  16. Babysit for a night for free
  17. Leave a bigger than usual tip
  18. Organize a can food drive/ donate to one
  19. Pet sit for a friend or family member
  20. Invite someone new from your church/ neighborhood to your home for dinner
  21. Donate toys your kiddo no longer plays with to a family in need
  22. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  23. Say something nice to someone
  24. Tell a manager about the wonderful service you received from their employee
  25. Compliment a stranger
  26. Send someone an anonymous small gift
  27. Give someone a “thank you for all you do” note
  28. Offer a warm meal to someone homeless
  29. Invite someone to Thanksgiving Dinner
  30. Bring a coworker coffee

There are so many different ways to give back to those around you, or even to simply spread kindness. Giving back is not only limited to November, so you can implement these ideas all year long! Whenever you give back, you naturally feel better! It truly does something to us and in return, it encourages others to do the same. I can’t count how many times an act of kindness from myself or my family has inspired someone else to do the same and vice versa! So, the next time you are about to get that much-needed pumpkin spice latte or you see someone down in the dumps… think to yourself, how can I give back to someone and inspire them to do something kind as well.

From iFamily to Yours,

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