5 Great Movies To Watch On Netflix This Thanksgiving


1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Yes, it is on Netflix, and I consider it to be one of the world's top three most quotable movies. And I watch a lot of movies. No further explanation needed.

2. Sabrina. Remakes of classic movies are hit or miss, but this version of Sabrina is definitely a hit. It's a feel-good love story for the whole family to watch. (And then get excited about Star Wars: The Force Awakens because Harrison Ford's presence will definitely trigger that conversation.)

3. Take Me Out to the Ball Game. I was raised on this movie—I spent the entirety of my childhood summers at the pool practicing synchronized swimming moves in the fashion of Esther Williams because of this movie. I can still clearly recall scanning the VHS section at the library and always ending up with this film in my two-foot tower of books and videos. The feel of peeling plastic covers under my fingers and the distinctive smell of old books come to mind when I watch it, and Thanksgiving is definitely a holiday where happy nostalgia is welcome.

4. Living on One Dollar. This film was a timely reminder for me to look outward beyond my own privileged life, and realize that my banal complaining about my lack of end tables or growing bored of my living space is completely out of touch and self-involved. Since watching it I've been working to realign my priorities by engaging in meaningful and selfless activities, practicing mindful gratitude, and nurturing my relationships with people I love instead of wasting time with materialistic and ungenuine pursuits.

5. Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Film Collection. In other words, all those awesome short films by Pixar. The kids will love it, you will love it, everyone will love it! A great family movie choice for all!

Wishing you the happiest Thanksgiving!

P.S. Here is what I'll be serving at our Thanksgiving feast this year should you need any last-minute ideas. Gobble, gobble!

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10 DIY Holiday Ornaments Kids Can Help You Make


10 DIY Holiday Ornaments Kids Can Help You Make

It's almost that time of year to pull out all your Christmas decorations and deck the halls like you're Buddy the Elf. Unless you're Costco, and in that case Christmas came before Halloween. But that's neither here nor there!

The true meaning of this post is to share some great ideas for making Christmas crafts and ornaments with your kids. We have all sorts of fun activities planned to keep us busy and creative. I'm mostly excited about making these DIY clay ornaments!

Come see the entire list of DIY ornaments in my article on Parenting.com! Happy crafting, kids.

Image via Kelli Murray

Our Trip To Chicago


Time is truly a thief considering we were visiting Nanny and Papa in Chicago two months ago! Feels like I just stepped off the plane last week. How?! Why?! Is this a good time to watch Interstellar to remind myself it's all relative?

Anyway, here is a friendly photo dump of all of our adventures, which included, but were not limited to:

Playing at Kuiper's farm and barely missing the timeframe for apple picking and pumpkin scavenging. Oh well. At least I got whooped in a game of bean bag toss and ate the best apple cider donut of my life.

Bike rides and sneaking around Matt's high school.


Miss Chitown in all her glory. Chicago really is a stupidly pretty city. I could live there. 

Fishing and freaking out at the slimy nature of those waterbound creatures.

Now when do I get to move the Midwest? I make mighty fine cornbread, and I have an impressive ability to wear local sports team apparel like I am one of their most dedicated fans. I am sure I would fit right in! (Da bears.)