Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, a black lab, and two crazy cats.

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April: Easter + Getting Ready for Spring

Free Thanksgiving Printables

Paperglitter is offering an entire party’s worth of free Thanksgiving printables. You can find placemats and other goodies for the kids’ table, plus everything from napkin rings to banners if you want to liven up your festivities. The coolest part is that you can change the wording on a bunch of the printables so you can personalize the set for your family.

I have a dozen or so extra kids coming over tonight to make Christmas crafts, which means I’ll be bustling around today trying to get everything ready. This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions: the kids make ornaments and other Christmas-y creations and then sell them to the captive audience at our annual cookie exchange (mostly made up of their mothers and other sympathetic creatures). The proceeds from the sale go to a local charity or family. I love that the kids start the holidays focused on giving. I’ll have details from the party later in the week. Wish me luck!

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  1. Marilyn says:

    What a lovely tradition! I’m looking forward to hearing about the party.

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