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Feeling pretty crafty-creating Thanksgiving arts & crafts at home


One thing I love to do with my girls at home are arts & crafts, it’s a great way to spend time together and brings out my inner childlike creativity. I can’t wait to do more with them!

Two nuggets I learned from my oldest daughter while doing our crafts.

1. Perfect is boring. She told me this 5 times! My interpretation, don’t spend so much time on making sure the lines are straight, the real beauty is in the creativity.

2. Make it your own. After we finished making our turkeys, they wanted to draw on them and make the turkeys their own. The perfectionist in me said, “no leave them as they are”! My oldest daughter said in art it’s ok to make it your own. She gave her turkey a heart. (This made me smile)

I hope this craft fosters great family moment’s in your household this Thanksgiving!

Paper Plate Turkey


2 Paper Plates



A pack of Construction paper (red, brown, green, orange, yellow, white)

Glue Stick

Crayons or Markers

Click here to download my turkey craft traceable


First, take one paper plate and measure a sheet of brown construction paper over it. Cut the construction paper in the shape of the plate. Then, staple the brown circle to the paper plate. Take the second paper plate (you can also use a small paper plate) measure it with a large can or circular object and cut the plate into a small circle for the turkey’s head. Take another piece of construction paper and cover the smaller plate as before. Staple the paper to the plate.

Next, (use the guide provided, if needed) cut six feathers using multiple colors. Use the glue stick and stick the feathers between the paper plate and the construction paper. Next cut out two small circles, beak, wattle (my oldest taught me that term), wings, and feet. Glue them all to the turkey.

Finally, let your child decorate the turkey or write things they are thankful for on the craft.







Have fun!


Monday=Fun Day

Growing up I remember every Saturday we got up earlier then should be allowed on a Saturday and we went to eat breakfast at OHOP (Original House of Pancakes for those who are unfamiliar). No matter how late I went to bed, rain or shine, we were there every single Saturday. It was an unspoken rule in our house that Saturday’s were Family Day. It is moments like those that shaped my life and created so many fun memories with my family, that I will never ever forget.

So a month ago we deemed Monday, “Fun Day” in the Terry Household. We let our oldest daughter pick what fun family activity we will do every Monday and we make it happen! We wanted to have something fun for our kids to look forward to as many summer weekends are usually filled with Weddings, Baby Showers, and BBQ’s, although the kids like to go, it is usually more fun for us than it is for them.

Creating a fun family day doesn’t require a ton of money, but some special time, and lots of love!

Check out these pics from our previous Monday Fun Day’s!

Our first Monday we went bike riding and had a day at the park
Beach day!
Trip to Brookfield Zoo
Water Day at home and water balloon fight
Chuck E. Cheese

Good Deeds and Great Days

I can truly say, today was a good day….

I very rarely see movies on the day they release in theaters, but me and my best friend’s went to see Tyler Perry’s new movie “Good Deeds” and it was a great movie. (I won’t go any further than that, go support and see it!) A lot of people say my husband looks like Tyler Perry, but I never see it, BUT today during the movie, live and in living color, I saw my husband dancing in the movie!

What do you think?








On a more serious note, Tyler Perry lived out his movie title today and did “A Good Deed” on the South-side of Chicago. For 94 days Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church camped out on the roof of an abandoned hotel across the street from his church. He proclaimed through a cold, snowy, and windy Chicago that he wouldn’t come off of the roof until he raised $450,000 to build a new community center. Today,  a member of New Beginnings Church wrote a letter for a contest for Perry’s new movie and was proclaimed the winner. Once he heard about the cause and that it was real, he donated $98,000 (then decided to make it an even $100K) to the cause and TONIGHT Pastor Corey Brooks came off the roof! This a beautiful story of the positive outcome of faith and determination, when people say you will fail, you thrive!







Today was a great day filled with good deeds. A relationship was started and I can’t wait to see what beautiful a flower it will blossom to be, I had a great evening with my best friend’s indulging in a great movie, good food, and even better conversation, and today on my cousin’s __ birthday she received her college degree. Words could not express the happiness that I felt when I saw the picture of her degree (I almost starting crying like a baby in the movie theater). When you know how hard someone worked on their dream, you can appreciate their reward. That’s what this blog is all about, Chasing kids and bigger dreams, and she lived that out for me today.

Be encouraged, you’re next!

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