Worksheet Wednesday: Thanksgiving Math Riddle

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, we have been really into teepees (or tipis) this week. Harrison is fascinated with the Native Americans, especially the nomadic Plains Indians who used teepees for shelter. The idea that teepees could be taken down quickly, stowed away for travel and then reassembled in a new location is amazing to him.

This week’s worksheet is great for early elementary school-aged students. It reinforces simple math facts with a mix of addition and subtraction. Once students have completed the math facts they can decode the riddle (which also serves as a great way to check their answers).

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What to Do with All That Halloween Candy?

LOVE this idea -- Free Printable Switch Witch Note for getting rid of #Halloween Candy! via @PagingSupermom

LOVE this idea -- Free Printable Switch Witch Note for getting rid of #Halloween Candy! via @PagingSupermom

So truth be told, I love Halloween. I love creating fun costumes for my boys, attending Bettijo’s All Hallow’s Eve dinner party, decorating our home to look spooky… there’s so much to love. But I do NOT like all the candy associated with it. (Yes, we are one of those healthy families.) This year alone we were invited to THREE pre-Halloween “Trunk or Treat” parties. Had we attended all of them, we would have had an exuberant amount of candy BEFORE trick-or-treating our own neighborhood!!

A few years ago our family friends introduced my family to the Switch Witch concept, and since then the Switch Witch has stopped by every year! Here’s how it works: On Halloween night after trick-or-treating my boys carefully count their candy and place it back into their pumpkin bags. Before they go to bed they write a note telling the Switch Witch how many pieces of candy they collected, and then they leave the note with their pumpkins in our entry way for the friendly witch to switch their candy into something FUN! Some years it’s Pokemon cards, and other years it’s been small Lego sets. Who knows what the Switch Witch will come up with this year?

To simplify the process I made a printable note for the Switch Witch. After a long day of fun, your little ones simply count how much candy they collected, fill in the note, sign their name, and go to bed dreaming about what FUN the Switch Witch will make of the candy.

LOVE this idea -- Free Printable Switch Witch Note for getting rid of #Halloween Candy! via @PagingSupermom

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Beautiful Adventures with Shutterfly

As we head into the cozy fall months, it’s fun to remember our summer adventures. So when Shutterfly asked us to create some home decor inspired by our recent travels, I knew exactly what vacations I wanted to be reminded of daily.

We travel quite a bit as a family, but some trips definitely turn out better than others. However, we’ve never regretted a vacation — when things don’t go as planned, we simply call it an adventure! And, as it turns out, my family LOVES a good adventure.

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I just adore our new inspirational pillow and soft fleece blanket ensemble on our living room couch. This quote is exactly how I picture married life: a beautiful adventure with my best friend and our kids. It’s a fabulous daily reminder for me that, just like some trips, when things don’t go as planned, it’s simply another adventure.

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Raw, Natural Beauty

I am Brave and Beautiful — abeauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. Our blogging friend Megan Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they look like without make up, and we joined in. Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces are behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Bettijo and I, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful. You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either — just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instagram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. Also, if you tag it with a second hashtag #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all.

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