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 Guide.
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 kids.
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 smooth.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
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