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This blog post was originally published on November 2nd, 2018.
Happy November! It’s officially the month of gratitude, and of one of my most favorite Holidays– Thanksgiving! This time of year can get really hectic for everyone, especially people with kids. Endless events, gifts to buy, meals to prepare, family visits, and the changing of the weather on top of it all. This year I’m trying to make a conscious effort to slow down the chaos and find moments of breath and reflection in between the madness. And today I wanted to share a really fun practice that my family has been employing to do just that– our gratitude pumpkins!
If you’re anything like us, your kids have been to the pumpkin patch about a hundred times the past few weeks– and after your front step is decorated, your Jack-O-Lanterns have been carved or painted, and your pumpkin spice lattes have been brewed (LOL), what do you do with all the pumpkins?! Make one of these Gratitude Pumpkins!
The kids and I sit down together once a day (we do it at dinner time), I take a sharpie, and we go around and decide what we’re grateful for that day. It can be deep (family, my health, our safe home) or something really simple and funny– Major was thankful for Youtube the other day. You can even do one giant pumpkin for the whole family, and use it as a kitchen table centerpiece! I love having an ongoing craft that helps center us as a family and communicate at the end of the day. Plus, it’s just so nice to have all of your gratitude triggers where you can see them in one place– so uplifting for the season!
Comment below and what you’re thankful for today– even if it’s silly! I’ll go first…today I’m thankful for Spray Tans! I’m heading to Miami for a photoshoot and let’s just say Mama didn’t want to scare the other beachgoers with her pasty bod. LOL.