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iFamilyKC Kids Club Re-Cap: The Language and Music House

Music is a universal language spoken all throughout the world and studies show that exposure to foreign languages during childhood makes it easier to learn a new language as an adult. What better way to give your child exposure to both than with the Language and Music House in Westport.

We recently had the chance to check it out with some of you at our recent iFamilyKC Kids Club event with them (and be sure to get on our FREE eNews list so you don’t miss out on future invitations), and have a recap for you today on the blog. Take a look…

iFamilyKC Kids Club Re-Cap: The Language and Music House

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The Best Time to Introduce Kids to Language & Music is when they are still very young.

In case you missed it, we had a wonderful iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Language and Music House.  The kids got to try an instrument petting zoo, meet a real author and learn about multiple languages.  iFamilyKC readers get 50% OFF registration when you mention iFamilyKC.  Learning a language or instrument is a wonderful way to grow your child’s mind.

The best time to introduce kids to music and language is while they are still very young;. By the time they reach their teen years, many people have lost the ability to hear specific tones or accents. The mission of Language and Music House is to grow minds through music and language.  They offer kids classes in German, French, Spanish and Japanese, plus piano lessons for kids, voice, flute, violin, oboe, recorder and clarinet lessons too.
They also provide specialty help for Dyslexic minds as well, which are powerful but need to be taught reading and languages in a different way.  Language and Music House successfully tailors each class for the individual, whether they are a child or an adult.  Weekly kids classes are available as well as Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer Camps for expanded learning.  Call LeighAnn at 913-707-3134 to learn more about all that she and her team offer for students of all ages.

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Thanksgiving TO GO in Kansas City: The Only Way To Go!

Don’t let the pressures of the holiday season overwhelm you!  Kansas City has some great Thanksgiving To-Go options that will give you some peace of mind and your family some full bellies!  Take a look…

Thanksgiving Meals TO GO in Kansas City: The Only Way to Go.

I always thought the day I hosted Thanksgiving dinner was the day I’d become a real, certified adult. To be honest, it’s the sole reason I registered for china when we got married. Well, spoiler alert, I still don’t qualify for my official Adult Card. Place settings, stuffing a turkey, double ovens going around the clock, real cranberries, homemade pies? Let’s face it, I’m never going to be an adult.

Of course, the downside is, if I don’t cook, I don’t have any leftovers. Wait, is that good or bad? I suppose that’s why I always have 4 servings of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving every year so I’ll be so stuffed I won’t want them again for another year.

Regardless, if you’re looking to get your adult card the easy way (CHEATER!!!) or you want leftovers without any of the hassle, here are some places in KC offering turkey dinners to go:

Fritz’s Meats & Superior Sausage

10326 Stateline Rd, Leawood KS  66209

913-381-4618

Home of the smoked turkey. This place always has a line wrapped around the parking lot the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving, so you know it’s good.

French Market

6947 Tomahawk Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208

913-362-0803

This isn’t your grandmother’s Thanksgiving meal (no offense, grannies). This place is packing up dishes even Martha Stewart would salivate over. Creamy butternut squash with Hazelnuts and Sage, anyone?

Stroud’s

8301 W. 135th, OP, KS 66223

(913) 499-0135

For those who think turkey is overrated, Stroud’s is taking orders for just the sides like, mac and cheese, chicken or turkey gravy, yams, corn and cranberry fruit salad. Yes, their famous mashed potatoes, too. Duh!

Hen House

Turkey (or Ham), traditional sides, rolls and a Tippin’s pie to boot, starting at just $59.

Hyvee

Get even more bang for your buck with Hyvee’s affordable turkey, ham or prime rib Thanksgiving dinners to go. Although their 4-person meal only comes with “one small-size of mashed potatoes” which would not be something I would be willing to share with others.

Sprouts

For those looking for a healthier option, Sprouts has natural turkey dinner with sides like creamed Kale & Spinach for 6-8 starting at $69.99.

Whole Foods

A little something to please everyone on this menu, including your vegan cousin Fred— like vegan pumpkin pie and Rutabaga-Potato Mash.

Williams Sonoma

Ok, for the ultimate cheat, you don’t even have to leave your house because you can get your (supposedly “world’s best Willie Bird”) turkey and all the fixings delivered right to your door. I mean, even I can do that.

From iFamily to Yours,

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog


Things NOT to Do on Thanksgiving

We all have that hectic Thanksgiving To-Do list… from cooking to entertaining.  It’s important that in the middle of all of the chaos that we remember what the holiday is truly about… enjoying your loved ones and all of the things that you have to be thankful for.  Here is Garbrielle’s list of things NOT to do on this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Things NOT to Do on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  I love it for several reasons.  It almost always guarantees that I’m getting a four-day weekend.  I get to enjoy time with friends and family, and there is a huge turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  That being said, there are a few holiday traps involved that you should try to avoid. Here are a few things you absolutely should not do this holiday:

#5 DON’T Spend all your time shopping

A few years ago, it was all the rage to start Christmas shopping immediately following the Thanksgiving meal.  That’s not the case this year, as many stores are closing so that their employees can enjoy time with their families.  The “bad” (actually AWESOME) news is that means you get to spend time with your family, too.

#4 DON’T Spend all day cooking and/or cleaning

I usually cook Thanksgiving dinner.  My stove only has two burners (don’t even get me started!) so, this means I usually get up at 4:00AM to start meal prep.  This is not recommended.  You’ll be so tired by the time dinner is served, you won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Also, it is absolutely ridiculous to expect one person to cook the entire meal, and expect that same person to have to clean up when everyone leaves.  Consider potluck options, ordering pre-cooked holiday meals, and supplementing as necessary.  I know your grandmother did it all.  But you are not your grandmother!

#3 DON’T Sleep the day away.

I know the tryptophan hits us all.  I am the last person to deny anyone their afternoon nap, but please don’t spend the entire day napping.  Watch the parade.  Try to figure out the recipe for grandma’s rolls. If you doze off during the game, just know that smart phones are everywhere, and someone is bound to catch you with your mouth wide open, and your eyes wide shut.

The next two traps are an incredible balancing act.  You will likely find yourself teetering on the edge of one or both.

#2 DON’T Count calories.

This is a set up for certain failure. Thanksgiving is not the time to go on a fad diet.  Leave your calorie counting apps at the door, the macaroni and cheese I baked a few years ago had something like a gazillion calories per serving (and it tasted amazing).   It’s a time to enjoy yourself.  So do just that!

But…

#1 DON’T over-indulge.

Try to get a small amount of all your favorites, and if there is room after that, go back for the rest.   Leave room for dessert… because dessert is awesome, and somebody will make a peach cobbler, and a pumpkin pie, and an apple pie…

Seriously, the best thing about the Thanksgiving holiday is that we all have so many reasons to be thankful.  Do not let these little things ruin a perfectly good day, and a perfectly delicious meal.  Spend time with the people you love, and be grateful for the chance to do just that.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle


10 Ways to Balance Life, Work, and Kids’ Activities… Or Atleast How To Fake It

Having a busy schedule is part of life when you’re a mom.  Finding ways to balance life, work, and kids activities will help you keep the chaos to a minimum!  Connie shares a few tips with us on how she balances her crazy busy, wonderful life!

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10 Ways to Balance Life, Work, and Kids’ Activities

…Or At Least How to Fake It

Life is busy.  Crazy busy.  I thought maybe life would slow down once I had kids (nope!). Then I thought it might slow down a little bit once the kids were in school (nope, again!).  The truth of the matter is, as far as my own crazy life, a lot of it is my own fault.  I want my kids to be active and involved in sports and activities if they want to be.  I want to play volleyball.  If my husband wants to bowl, I want my husband to bowl.  I want to be busy.  I want to enjoy life—all of it—time with friends, and family and activities.  Balancing it all—now that’s a challenge.

Currently, I work 5 different part time jobs.  Some are as little as 4-5 hours a week, some are every other week jobs, but all of them are jobs that I enjoy doing.  I do all of these during the day while my children are in school.  I play volleyball one night a week and coach my daughter’s t-ball team as well.

Currently, my son is playing both baseball and soccer.  This means he usually has two games per week of each sport and at least two practices.  Sometimes we miss practice for a game, but we make as much as we can. My daughter is playing t-ball and taking dance and tumbling classes.  Again, this means one night a week at the dance studio and usually two games a week. My husband works full time and bowls one night a week. Most weeks, we have at least one activity per evening, many times, two.  On especially rough weeks, we have three in one night and have to miss something.

So how do I keep it all together?!

Create a visual

In order to keep my life straight, I sit down every Sunday and write out all of the things I have to do that week, starting with Monday.  I make a daily list, and then try to check items off as I get them done every day.  Having this visual helps me keep side tasks in mind as well.  For example, if Monday says Bailey—dance 530-615, Tumbling 615-645 and Mason—Baseball 6pm—this will remind me that I need to find someone to take Bailey to dance class so that we don’t miss Mason’s game and that I need to make sure Mason’s baseball uniform is washed and ready to go.

Get Some Help (When You Need It)

I often enlist the help of my mom if there are more activities going on than I can handle.  She will take my son to practice while I coach a t-ball game or take him to a baseball game while my husband bowls and I coach.  Friends will take my daughter to dance with them so that I can go watch my son’s baseball game.

Have a Plan for the Day 

Even if you don’t always stick to it.  I try to at least know what I have coming up that day and make a mental plan for how I am going to get everything done.  We usually have at least an hour of down time between picking the kids up from school and getting them to their activities.  I use this time to go over any school work they might have, talk about how their day went, get them a snack and just spend some time with them.  We use the time to decompress and just hang out.

Use Extra Time to Your Advantage

Yes, there are days where using time to my advantage means sitting down for 30 minutes and just taking a breather.  But that can also mean using a free moment to switch laundry or read a book to your kids or helping my son with his spelling list while my daughter is in dance class and we’re in the lobby watching.

Take Time for Yourself 

For me this means getting up before my family at 5am and hitting the gym.  I have to have time for myself in order to be a happy and sane mother and wife.  It took a long time for me to adjust to getting up before the sun, but now that I am used to it, I miss it when I sleep in.  I use the gym as my time to focus on me and my mental and physical health.

This also means playing volleyball one night a week.  Volleyball has been my favorite sport since birth I feel like and I love that I can still play it as an adult.  For you, me time might mean getting up early and reading a book and having a cup of coffee before the tiny humans need you to start getting them ready.  It might mean a massage or a manicure or a night out with your friends.  Whatever it means for you, make it a priority.  Schedule it.

Communicate 

I have to keep my husband updated on all of our activities.  We share a calendar so we know what is going on.  We are a team, we help each other out in whatever ways we can.  I don’t add anything to the calendar without making sure there isn’t a conflict.

Know When It’s Too Much 

There are times when I am overwhelmed.  When I feel like I can’t keep it all going or get it all done.  There are times when I am stretched too thin.  Those are the times when I reach out to friends for help or I try to slow things down a bit.  I try to work a little less at some of my more flexible jobs, or I put in some late night time on some baking I’ve committed to and sleep in the next morning instead of hitting the gym.

Plan Ahead 

When I know I have big commitments coming, whether it be an event I am helping host, or a baking gig that requires a lot of time, or a week that I know will be crazy at work, I try to plan ahead and get as much done as I can ahead of time.  I buy the ingredients for the cupcakes the week before I have to bake, I make some of the props/decorations for the Halloween party in September so that I know they are done and I am not rushing through last minute.

Try to Enjoy It 

Yes, being busy means being tired and little to no downtime and stress.  But it usually also means your kids are playing sports they enjoy and getting exercise and making friends, and you are getting to watch them do that.  It means that you have a job that you enjoy, maybe multiple jobs that you enjoy and that are helping provide for your family.  That you are taking care of yourself so that you are able to take care of your family.  It means you are living life.  Enjoy it!

Embrace the Crazy 

While I feel like I have a decent hold on things for the most part, there are days and sometimes weeks where I am just along for the ride.  Know that no one is perfect, no one has it all together, and that everyone messes up sometimes.  Learn to find the funny in the fails and move on.  You’re human, and you’re raising tiny humans who are soaking up everything you do.  Let them see that while you are their superhero parent, you are also a person who gets overwhelmed or who forgets a water bottle for soccer, or who feeds their kids chicken nuggets at 830 because they just now had time for dinner.  They’ll love you for it.

From iFamily to Yours,


Free Admission to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City and SEA LIFE Kansas City

How does FREE admission to Legoland KC or FREE admission to SeaLife KC sound for something fun to do with your kiddos during the upcoming holiday break? We’ve got an EXCLUSIVE discount just for you! Be quick – this offer is good through the end of the year. Take a look…
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FREE Admission to Legoland KC & FREE Admission to SeaLife KC!

Plan a visit to SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium with our iFamilyKC discount! Get one free child admission with each paid adult admission using our exclusive code, can be redeemed in person or online and stay tuned to iFamilyKC for more coupons for SeaLife Kansas City!

Say hello to graceful rays, majestic sharks & hundreds of tropical fish inside! An underwater world awaits at SEA LIFE Kansas City, located in Crown Center.

Now through the end of 2017, meet the armored division of the marine world with CLAWS! The Claws exhibit showcases incredible crustaceans from around the world, featuring the giant Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) with legs reaching up to 12 feet in length when fully grown!

To redeem, present this discount code to SEA LIFE Kansas City to the Admissions counter staff for walk-up purchase.  Or, redeem online with our iFamilyKC Kids Go FREE Promotional Code: iFAMKC HERE!

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Train Station Adventure is now open.
Climb aboard the all new play-zone inside LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City this year!
Climb, slide, jump and roll around train obstacles inside this all-new play zone! Families can use their imaginations to build their own LEGO® trains together and then test it on the tracks through the city to the countryside- all on a 15 foot long build table!
Hop into the Conductor’s chair and take a ride through the virtual world of Kansas City. With over 10 play interactives, discover something brand new inside Train Station Adventure!
To redeem, present this discount code to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City to the admissions counter staff for walk-up purchase. Or, redeem online with our iFamilyKC Kids Go FREE Promotional Code: iFAMKC HERE!  Stay tuned to iFamilyKC for more discounts and coupons for Legoland Kansas City!
From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team

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Kansas City’s Ultimate Holiday FUN Guide 2017

Kansas City’s 2017 Ultimate Holiday to-do List is here!  Take a look at the fun things that Brigette, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, has found to keep you entertained this holiday season.  Enjoy!

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Kansas City’s Ultimate Holiday List 2017

The time has officially come! Lights, snow, and fun festive activities for the whole family. In true iFamilyKC style, I have done all the work for you compiled a list of all the must-see holiday attractions for you and your family this season. Pull out your date book and get ready to pencil in these dates for some fine holiday fun!

 

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November Activities around Kansas City:

 

Now thru the 30th

Saturday, November 11th

Starts on Thursday, November 16th

Saturday, November 18th 11:00am

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, November 18th

 

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December Activities around Kansas City:

 

Friday, December 1st

December 1st-10th

Sunday, December 3rd

Saturday, December 9th

  • Strawberry Swing Holiday Craft Fair at Union Station

Sunday, December 10th

December 15th-19th

December 15th-January 5th

  • Trombone Concert at Union Station

Saturday, December 16th

Sunday, December 31st

 

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Holiday Shopping Deals Around KC:

November 17th-19th

  • US Toy Black Friday Sale (See our special coupon in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!)

Friday, November 24th

$10 off winter sports (Check out their coupon in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!)

  • Lipsense with Angie Judy

Call for details (816) 588-7412

  • LuLaRoe with Danelle Gassen

Call for details (816) 777-8704

  • Damsel in Defense with Self Safety Mary

Call for details (816) 309-3348

  • Thirty-One Gifts with Monica Bradford

Call for details (816) 260-6489

  • Young Living Essential Oils with Cara Middleton

Call for details (913) 575-1937

Check out their coupon for $10 off in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!

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 Meet and Greet with Santa in Kansas City:

Friday, November 24th at 10:00am

December 15th-19th

Friday, November 17th

Monday, December 4th, 11am

  • Breakfast with Santa at Keller Williams Realty in Overland Park

Saturday, December 9th

  • Caring Santa (for kids with special needs only) at Independence Center

Sunday, November 19th

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Lighting Ceremonies around Kansas City:

 

  • Zona Rosa Northern Lighting Ceremony in the Town Square

November 18th

Saturday, November 18th at 5pm

  • Independence Square Lighting at Hinam Young Park

Friday, December 1st at 6pm

  • Plaza Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, November 23rd at 5pm

  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center 
  • Village at Briar Cliff Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 11th 3-6pm

  • Christmas in the Park, Frank White Jr Softball Complex

November 22nd thru 30th 5pm

  • Parkville Christmas on the River

December 1st, and the 6th thru the 10th

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Holiday Movie Showings:

 

Union Station Holiday Classic Movies: 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Nov 17th-22nd

Elf November 24th-30th

Home Alone December 1st-7th

Polar Express December 8th-14th

Alamo Drafthouse:

Love Actually Movie Party

December 8th at 7pm

 

With so many activities coming up, this list will definitely serve as your go-to guide!


Volunteer Kansas City

Hey KC! As the holiday season approaches, I know more of the metro area residents will be preparing for family outings and dinners! Also, more people will be preparing to make the most out of the extra time off work and school to help those in need as well! During the colder months and holidays, there are so many people that will need warm food, clothes, and a place to feel welcomed. So, while you have the extra time, why not check with one or more of these charities to see how you can donate time to help those in the metro area this holiday season.

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Volunteer Kansas City

#1 Project Warmth

Project Warmth is dedicated to helping those during the coldest time of year. On Saturday November 4th 9a.m-3p.m, The locations below will be collecting gently used blankets and coats for the homeless and those in need. If you can’t make it to one of the locations listed below on the 4th, you can email info@projectwarmthkc.com for more upcoming locations. They are looking for all sizes including children. 

 

Oak Barry Shopping Center

600 NE Barry Road

Kansas City, MO 64155

 

Independence Center

2035 Independence Center

Independence, MO 64057

 

KCTV5 / KSMO

4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy

Fairway, KS 66205

 

The Kansas City Star / Crossroads District

1601 McGee St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

 

Nebraska Furniture Mart

1601 Village West Pkwy

Kansas City, KS 66111

 

Oak Park Mall

11159 W. 95th St.

Overland Park, KS 66214

 

Town Center Plaza

5000 W. 119 St.

Leawood, KS 66209

 

Ward Parkway Shopping Center

8600 Ward Parkway

Kansas City, MO 64114

 

#2 Kansas Hospice Care

The Kansas Hospice Care is always open for volunteers of any age (under 14 supervision required). You and your family can assist with daily activities like reading, games and even just spending quality time. For more information on signing up to volunteer, contact  Latosha Lee at 913-416-2735 or visit their website. They are located at 6828 Sliverheel St.Shawnee,KS 66226

 

#3 Phoenix Family 

Phoenix Family is an organization that helps the elderly and families that are low income or income restricted. You can contact April DeNatale at 816-612-8839. Phoenix Family serves multiple locations and accepts volunteers of all ages! Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

#4 Harvester’s

Harvester’s is one of the largest outreach programs in the metro area. They help so many people throughout the year. If you would like to take part with them this season, you can register HERE for any location any time.

 

#5 Kansas City Rescue Mission

The KCRM hosts food drives, makes and delivers meals for kc area residents. This year, you can those in need have a wonderful Thanksgiving! To volunteer, sign up HERE. Fill out the volunteer form or contact Kristen Ray at 816-421-7643.

 

#6 City Union Mission 

The City Union Mission offers help for families across KC. If you would like to donate time to help the homeless and those from low income families, you can fill out a volunteer form for volunteering opportunities HERE.  After you fill out the form and you have questions, you can contact a team member at  816-474-9380.

 

#7 United Way

Ongoing, register for any event, need or volunteer opportunity HERE.  Each opportunity has a direct contact and requirements. Once you find an opportunity that you are able to commit to, you will be able to email the coordinator for further assistance.

 

#8 Episcopal Community Services

Open Monday-Saturday. You can sign up for volunteer shifts through their website. If you have difficulties with the sign up matrix, you can call the main office for assistance at 816-561-8920 and a team member will gladly help you.

 

#9 Catholic Charities 

With a variety of different volunteer opportunities, you can sign up HERE to donate time, packaging meals or serving through special events. If you need to speak with an office assistant for more information, contact them locally at (816) 221-4377

 

#10 Jewish Family Services

To volunteer with a wide variety of services, you can fill out the volunteer application form HERE.  Once submitted, a volunteer team member will contact you with opportunities. Or, if you have any questions you can contact a team member at (913) 730-1410

 

#11 St. Mary’s Food Kitchen

Volunteers ages 7+ can assist with serving a hot meal to those in need. Each month St. Mary’s serves provides hot meals on the 1st sunday and 3rd saturday. To sign up or for more information you can email Jill Reyes, the Sunday Coordinator or the Saturday Coordinator Winfred Gichovi.

 

#12 Metro Lutheran Ministries

Metro Lutheran Ministries has a wide variety of ways to volunteer. You can call Amy Viets at  816.285.3154. Or to sign up for a specific event, head over to their website to see what opportunities you can participate in.

 

Most of these charities are open to families of all ages, however, they do require adult supervision for  younger kids. I have spoke with many of these organizations and they would LOVE to have you come out and lend a helping hand. Especially during the colder and holiday months.  See you out there volunteering!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 


Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Crafts to do as a family?  Liz, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad shares a couple of hers!  Take a look…

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Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

You can never go wrong with hand printed or foot printed craft projects for Thanksgiving this year, especially if you plan on giving it to a loved one your kids are thankful for. These gifts will completely melt any grandparent or loved one’s heart. Here are a couple of ideas for your kids to create this season that are easy to make and easy to clean up.

 

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Hand & Footprint Turkey

Supplies: Fall inspired colors for the paints and craft paper, wipes to clean up, paint brushes, googly eyes, scissors and glue.

Start with yellow paint or the lightest color and coat one hand in paint. Firmly press down their hand to white paper, using your hand to steady those wiggly fingers. Wipe the hand off and do the same with the orange and red paint. Layer the hands in the same area to create turkey feathers. Set aside the handprints to dry.

After that clean up then move on to the feet. Lather your child’s foot with brown paint and toes with orange paint and press their foot against the paper. Set aside footprint to dry.

Cut around the hand and footprints. Cut a red tear drop shape (for the waddle) and a triangle shape for the beak and then have your kiddos glue those together and add a googly eye to make the turkey face.

Simply glue the handprints to the back of the footprint. Either keep it as is or glue to another piece of paper having your kiddos sign their name.

Another fun idea is to make just one turkey for the entire family. Using each family members hand to make the turkeys feathers! Whatever you decide to do you just created an adorable craft to hang up for Thanksgiving or to give to someone you all love.

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts

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Thankful for Family

Supplies: Different colors of construction paper, 10 x 10 canvases,

12 x 12 piece of fabric and glue.

First lay the fabric on the canvas, wrap around the sides and glue down. Have each family member trace their hands in a different color construction paper. Start with dad’s hand, than moms and the rest of the kid’s hands from largest too small. Glue each one on top of the other one and finish off with a constructed turkey face. You now have a beautiful turkey full of color! Using sticker letters, puff paint or a fabric marker, write Thankful for Family on your canvas either above, below or around your family turkey!

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As the crisp air continues to come in the next few weeks these projects will be the perfect crafts to keep your kids busy. Happy crafting!

From iFamily to Yours,


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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