The annual march of the Pilgrims is upon us, and with the
general theme being turkey, turkey and more turkey, Cosmotot
founded it's first annual Turkeystock 2009: A Thanksgiving
Get everyone into the thanks-for-giving spirit well in advance
of the actual day with Pottery Barn Kids' Thanksgiving Countdown
Calendar. Hand cut from felt, it comes with 60 fill-in-the-blank
I Am Thankful... cards for each day's pocket. Personalize
with your family's name for just $6.50 more.
While you're counting your blessings, take personalization to
another level with the aptly named Blessed Necklace from Sentimental Silver. The attached photo charm is
what really makes it unique, making sure that special diapered
darling is never too far from your thoughts sans the usual
hair-pulling that comes from being that close in proximity.
Wrestling a hand-stuffed, 5,000 pound behemoth bird into the
oven while simultaneously whipping up countless side dishes on one
stove top all while looking decently coiffed isn't for your average
kitchen counter chef. For those who channel their inner 50's
domestic diva every November, Jessie
Steele has an apron to match. Their retro-chic,
vintage-inspired collection of hostess and kitchen aprons
(kid-sized styles, too) prove that beauty and style really are
timeless ... and that Lucille Ball and June Cleaver influenced more
than just black-and-white TV.
Contrary to popular belief, Pilgrims wouldn't have been caught
dead in those big black buckles, and if for nothing other than
comfort's sake, neither should your kiddos. Instead, opt for 100%
sweatshop-free cotton onesies from Egg Press. They feature falltastic woodland
creatures with appropos sayings like "Stinker" and "Night Owl,"
which depending on how much marshmallow-laced sweet potato
casserole your offpsring consume, might come true.
Americans will put away more than 600 million pounds of turkey
on the 25th, which might also be the only holiday when pint-sized
picky eaters actually eat their own body weight's worth of
trimmings. Make their second and third trips to the buffet table
easier with melamine Fam Dam plate sets from Em Tanner
Designs. Lightweight and shatter-resistant, they can be
customized with every family member's names, and are way cuter than
their paper counterparts.
Make sure that the littlest gobblers can hold their own at the
kiddie table, too with Take and Toss brand bowls, plates,
utensils and cups. They're affordable enough to treat like
disposables but durable enough to use again and again, which makes
them enviro-friendly (think reuse and recycle). Familiar characters
like Disney Princesses, Mickey Mouse, Thomas the Train, Cars and
Sesame Street give food a familiar face, and all the pieces are
dishwasher safe, which means taking home some of Grandma's leftover
pumpkin pie is now totally do-able. You know, for the
Slip a Dynamic Wedge Cushion from Fun and
Function on the seat of a turkey-loving tike who has trouble
with balance and posture to give him tactile input (and a sense of
empowerment) at the dinner table. The wedge shape makes it a great
seating alternative for kids with special needs who seek out
sensory input or have poor body awareness thanks to two sides - one
covered with slightly raised bumps, and the other completely
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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