- Just a little Thanksgiving art from Fair Play Little Brother (a long time ago!)
This year’s Thanksgiving post is coming to you a bit early. There are two reasons: I have a lot to be thankful for this year, and I may be taking a short hiatus from posting until early December. I recently received some serious medical news, and I’m thankful for the family and friends who have rallied around me. Our focus this time of year is on helping others, and that is quite obvious among everyone who has supported me in this difficult time. Today I want to share portions of a post about community service that I first shared with you last year.
Now, you may be thinking — why are we so happy on this off-year election day? Because it is still an opportunity to voice your opinion (and it’s your civic duty). It’s also a great year to teach kids about voting and take them along to your polling place. Things are quiet with the reduced turnout in a year like this and many of the races on your ballot will be local contests that your child can see in action all around them.
Happy Halloween everyone! Still need a last-minute costume? Check out the Fair Play costume strategy. Don’t forget Halloween movies and books to get in the mood. There’s also still time for a quick Halloween craft! Traveling this Halloween? Check out these tips for nontraditional Halloween-ing. Most important (in my book) – save your pumpkin seeds and make a healthy, seasonal treat! Recipe after the jump.
Halloween is fast-approaching! It’s time to wrap-up preparations for the big day and get in the holiday mood. So far in our Trick or Treat series, we’ve brought you Halloween costume tips and tricks, our favorite Halloween books, family-friendly Halloween movies, and a fun, simple craft. Today we’re going to talk about Halloween traditions. We have a special guest, Kendra Thornton, to share her family’s holiday festivities:
We’ve covered quite a bit of ground so far in our Trick or Treat series. Continuing our quest to get in the Halloween spirit, today we’re going to talk about Halloween movies. Halloween movies are prime time for the evil, ugly witch trope. Fair Play has a couple of alternatives to that, as well as a family-favorite introductory scary movie. There are many, many children’s Halloween movies out there (ABC Family and The Disney Channel generally dedicate most October evenings to children’s Halloween movies). Let’s discuss three examples of gender-fair, family Halloween movies.
One of my favorite pre-Halloween traditions is decorating the house and building the holiday mood. I like crafting simple decorations to slowly add to my collection. This week we’re making a very easy, child-friendly, festive bat garland. It also only cost about $4 for supplies and 20 minutes of my attention.
One of the best ways to set the tone for the season or an upcoming holiday is with seasonal books. I’m a big supporter of evening family reading, and holiday books are great for this because they get everyone in a common spirit of the season and emphasize the kind of family time the holidays are all about (or should be!). Our family room coffee table becomes a display for holiday books arranged in a fan, easily accessible for a quick read when the mood strikes. The content varies according to the season, beginning with Halloween and ending with Christmas…or whenever Christmas gets put away, which is often some time in March.
It’s that time of year again! One of our favorite holidays, Halloween, is right around the corner. We have big plans for October to get you in the mood and prepared for the big day. We’re going to be re-posting the Trick or Treat series from last year (costumes, books, and movies) and adding to it with some new Halloween children’s crafts and treats. To kick things off (and since this is probably the #1 conversation topic in your household right now), let’s talk the Fair Play Shopping Strategy — for costumes.
It’s been more than one year since we started blogging and we actually haven’t properly celebrated! More importantly, one of our cutest and key inspirations for the blog, the Fair Play Twins, just had a birthday. In honor of both of those milestones, we’re going to return to our first post ever, bike recommendations, and update it with Fair Play Super(grand)mom’s latest finds.