It usually takes about four hours to go visit my mother-in-law. That’s if we get up at the crack of dawn and make sure to be on the road by the time the sun kisses the interstate at rush-hour. My husband always likes being on the road first thing in the morning. It wasn’t until the last trip we took to visit his mother for Thanksgiving that I realized why.

My daughter is a crafty little thing. With that comes many crayons, colored pencils, markers, various glues, scissors, you name it. Before I decided to really tackle this project and organize it a little better, we were using those cloth bins and clear boxes to store everything in. The only problem with that was that it invited her to just throw everything in there since nothing really had a place.

Thanksgiving…. my favorite holiday!! I couldn’t be more excited! Who doesn’t love eating, drinking and watching football? Here is a Thanksgiving inspired centerpiece I made that helped me discover the wonderful world of paint pens. It’s seriously SO easy. My life {and my house} may never be the same. Paired with a quick trip to the dollar store, I crafted this little bit of goodness in no time.

This year, I have done some research on toys I think will be popular for Christmas. I decided to look for toys that aren’t just video games and Barbie dolls. I wanted to find toys that might challenge our kids whether it be their imagination or their dexterity skills. These toys are all unique and excellent quality.

Let the kids help make these Pecan Cookies. Combine House Foods Organic or Premium Tofu Soft with sugar, flour, baking powder and pecans to create a delicious batch of cookies. Next whip together powdered sugar, low-fat milk, and your favorite food coloring to make the frosting. Finally, have the kids decorate each cookie for a colorful finger licking treat for all to enjoy!

I can’t say that my favorite thing is cleaning up all the messes my kids leave in the house. It seems like not 10 minutes can go by before I am grabbing the paper towels again to clean off another mess. Not much could make cleaning up another glass of spilled milk, some baby drool, or my husband spilled coffee grounds more enjoyable. I guess until I picked up some of the Sparkle® Spirited Prints.

Fall has begun and with that comes my favorite holiday. People that know me well, know that my favorite holiday is thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time where our family gets together and we get to catch up and spend a day in joining a feast.

The Circle Edge Punch was part of this month’s Martha Stewart Craft. I had a lot of fun with it, and aside from using it as a decorative tool, I really had the chance to play with it and create some fabulous doilies using some fun scrapbook papers and the punch itself.