Ready Set It’s Thanksgiving: 5 Entertaining Tips

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Ready.. Set.. It’s Thanksgiving week!

Ah, how this holiday makes me happy. Also, HOW are we already more than halfway through November? My favorite Babbleboxx assistant/fan is joining us again, as always, and with her best friend this time. Time for the unboxing!

How cute are they? They had just run a fall 5K before the unboxing and were in good spirits. Now let’s talk about the box in better detail. First, we have a Petlanthropy Donation Gift Card. How novel is that? I really think that’s the perfect holiday gift for the animal lover in your life. These gift cards bring needed care, livesaving and smiles to beautiful, local, homeless cats, kittens, puppies and dogs in need. With one of these gift cards, you can find animal shelters and projects you care about on www.petlanthropy.org and apply the value of the gift card to any local animal shelter project or donation page.

I chose Dakin Humane Society’s donation page for my gift card, because they’re local heroes. That’s where we got our cat, Juniper, as a tiny kitten. We love it there! Where would you donate? Check out www.petlanthropy.org for more.

Next we have Solid Gold! I got Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats with Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cinnamon, and Tropical Blendz Cat Food With Turkey and Coconut Oil. Pretty convenient because today is Athena’s birthday and she gets super awesome treats! Don’t forget your pets for Thanksgiving with Solid Gold’s new line of dog and cat recipes that incorporate ingredients from your favorite holiday feasts into holistic foods. Your pets will love it! Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats combine turkey, sweet potatoes and cinnamon for a texture, aroma and taste that are a nutrient-dense reward for dogs of all sizes.

As for the cats, Tropical Blendz grain and gluten free wet cat food is crafted with a balanced combo of wholesome turkey and coconut oil. It’s served in a paté form that can be served as a balanced meal, an accompaniment to dry food, or as a tasty treat! Solid Gold has a variety of wet foods and treats that are great holiday stocking stuffers for your pets! If you’re looking for grain free dog treats or grain free cat food, check out this discount here. Athena LOVED her birthday treat.

You can find out more about natural dog treats here, as well as natural cat food here.

Next we have Sipp Sparkling Organic Drink!

Yum. It’s available in six flavors. I got mine in Blackberry, Mint & Lime and it was so flavorful, I drank it alone with my dinner last night. I can see using it and other flavors in cocktails, mocktails and other drinks. Just plain chilled is delicious too! They’re perfect to serve with Thanksgiving dinner! Sipp Organics blend fruits, herbs and agave into a lightly sweetened sparkling beverage. Are you making cocktails this holiday? They will surely have a lot of flavor with these organic drinks!

Find out more here.

Speaking of cocktails, we have an awesome book! Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist by Tara Roscioli and Beth Ritter Nydick from Blue Barn Kitchen Publishing. Holistic health coaches Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli bring a clean-living mindset to craft mixology. Pretty cool! Their wonderful recipes use low-calorie spirits, fresh juices, anti-inflammatory spices, and clean sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. Also, many of their recipes offer pitcher-sized variations that are perfect for holiday entertaining – and they feature innovative mixers like kombucha and iced tea. The Clean and Serene Mocktail has my heart! Find your perfect Thanksgiving cocktails and clean cocktails by buying the book here.

Last, we have the Edible Arrangements Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet™ with Orange Swizzle Berries! I think Edible Arrangements® is the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving celebration, especially if you want to hear your guests gasp. Not only is this product delicious and convenient, you can order last minute options all the way up to 11/22 (the day before Thanksgiving)! My bouquet included salted caramel apple wedges and chocolate dipped strawberries with festive orange Swizzle®. It also had playful pineapple leaves, a chocolate covered pineapple “apple”, additional grapes, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and a keepsake pumpkin container that can be used again. Perfect gift, centerpiece, dessert, etc.

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The fruit was so juicy and we LOVED the chocolate. See? We couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving! You still have time for the most perfect Thanksgiving dessert ideas. Just click here and use the following discount codes for awesomeness:

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Here are my 5 favorite entertaining tips for Thanksgiving and beyond:

1 – Start with something fun, like an Edible Arrangements® centerpiece!

2 – Plan your menu.

3 – Prep or even make your sides and some desserts early – just to test them out!

4 – Serve what YOU really love! For me, that’s mashed potatoes.

5 – Serve drinks for all ages!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Need Ideas? 10 Do’s and Don’ts For Gifting the Man in Your Life

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I am quite honestly the easiest person to shop for ever!

I like everything, so that helps. Everything matters. Everything means something. Little and big. Also, I make my passions so well known and they generally don’t fade away. I think my holiday list has been the same for 20 years now: chocolate, flannel pants, moose stuff, books, gift cards. BOOM. One quick scroll through my social media profiles and you’d know within five seconds what to get me. My kids are pretty much the same! My husband? NOT easy! I used to psych myself out.

Please excuse this ancient, grainy photo. We were children then! And it was our first holiday season together, and we had no kids, no house, no minivan, etc. and we must have bought each other 30 presents each. SUCH fun! And so unlike now!

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These days, I’m much wiser. Not of the days in which I bought Cassidy 30 presents, but in the days in which I psyched myself out and could barely come up with anything. Sometimes that uncertainty or fear would lead to paralysis. I’m really happy to say that I’m fairly sure those days are behind me. In fact, this year I gave him his present early and I promise it’s amazing.

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For a special note, my husband is tech-savvy. It’s one of the things I love about him, because I am sorely lacking in that department. That said, even I can get down with an electric toothbrush that is bluetooth enabled and connects to the Sonicare app! It honestly makes teeth brushing fun for both of us. So I’m glad I followed my own gifting tips! Success.

Need Ideas? 10 Do’s and Don’ts For Gifting the Man in Your Life:

1 – DO make mental notes of the hints your loved ones are throwing you all year long! Cassidy was complaining he needed a new toothbrush long before the holiday season started, so I filed that away. I make lists of these wonderful hints.

2 – DON’T overthink your holiday gifting and wind up as a stress ball. This causes paralysis. This causes no gift at all! Ok, maybe I’m speaking from personal experience only and you don’t have this problem. That said, the answer is always simpler than I think it will be. When I start to do something else and take my mind off of it, the best ideas come to me then.

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3 – DO have fun with wrapping. Presentation is key! We save gift bags and tissue paper from birthday presents for the kids.

4 – DON’T wait until the last minute. (easier said than done)

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5 – DO remember the card or gift tag. I love using the gift of words to express myself.

6 – DON’T pick a gift card when you have better choices.

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7 – DO some cyberstalking. Admit it – it’s fun. People keep public wish lists on the Internet, as well as on social media. And just going back on news feeds can teach you so much about what someone wants and needs.

8 – DON’T skip creativity. Make the gift an event! Send him on a scavenger hunt or hide a bigger present in another present and wait for the fun when they discover that the one they’re exclaiming over is not even the “real gift.” I love that.

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9 – DO think about their past. My husband got me a video game system I had had as a child and it brought back so many happy memories. As a photographer, I think framing photos or using photos for gifts can also be really powerful for gifts.

10 – DON’T stress over it. You already know that a Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush is a perfect gift for a tech-savvy guy in your life. Start from there and build around that perfect gift. Happiness abounds!

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Happy Holidays!