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The color and wonder of fall is one of my favorite times of year. The shades of the leaves are almost too much to believe, and watching the squirrels scurry around gathering up their food supply is both hilarious and immensely fascinating. Plus, it’s a great time for both home decor and crafts. Check out my Pinterest board for Fall Fabulosity and Thanksgiving if you don’t believe me!
Thanksgiving sometimes gets overshadowed by close neighbor Christmas, but it’s one of the most special days for American families. This month, the Blog With Friends Gobble Group is teaming up to share some excellent ideas on giving your holiday the special touch, even when using technology, as you’ll see in my entry, #Tech Tips for Your Turkey Day!
For Gobbleicious November, seven bloggers are presenting you with some of their best ideas for one of the country’s oldest holidays. You’ve got a holiday dessert taken to a whole new level, DIY autumn wreath, thankful tree craft, DIY Thanksgiving cards, and different ways you can liven up your Thanksgiving table, including with the kids’ help! See the links at the bottom of the post for these fabulous ideas from a beautiful Gobble Group!
** NEW and special this month! Link up your Thanksgiving-related posts and join the fun! Food, recipes, DIY, crafts, traditions, and more! Check it at the end of the post **
And now…some #Tech Tips for your Turkey Day!
Ah, yes, the planning, the cooking, the baking, the frenzy! Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of family and togetherness and food, lots and lots of good food. Although we highly recommend spending quality, in-person face time with your friends and family on this special holiday, there are more than a few ways that technology can help make your Turkey Day go a little more smoothly. Check out the tech tips for 5 Thanksgiving Day stereotypes.
1. The Food.
- Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach – Provides full list of traditional Thanksgiving recipes. You pick and choose what you want included. The app then aggregates a comprehensive shopping list and details the prep and cook time. FREE
- Food52 Hotline – Just in case disaster strikes. You can ask a question on how to save a dry turkey or what the best brand of pumpkin filling is. You can mark the question as “urgent” to get it answered faster. FREE
- Belkin Chef Stand – You’re reading recipes off your tablet. Here’s a neat and tidy way to protect it from the counter. $40
2. The Travel.
- Portable DVD Player – If you drive farther than 2 hours for your family Thanksgiving, you might want to choose a portable DVD player for some family movie time. You can also download movies on tablets and phones, with tech at your fingertips.
- Audio Books – It’s amazing how much faster a trip will go when you’re listening to an audio book. Make sure to choose one that is family friendly, perhaps a middle grade level novel or even one of the classics, or something lighthearted and funny.
- Apps for the Kids – Primary Games has an incredible selection of Thanksgiving-themed apps, including turkey bowling, turkey counting, cooking class and turkey dress-up, to name a few. They’re learning while having fun, and expanding their tech knowledge, too.
3. The Ones Away From Home. – It’s virtually impossible to get every member of the family together in one place on Thanksgiving Day. With advances in tech, you can video-conference with family. You can use a laptop, desktop, tablet or even a phone. Here’s a couple of suggestions:
- Skype – Perhaps the largest and best known, also the most versatile.
- FaceTime – Only for Apple/iOS products, but a lot of you have those.
- Google Hangouts – Utterly universal and totally free.
4. The Sports.
- Watch It – There’s the new curved TVs and HD TV, and you can also watch on tablets, which allows for more games in one room. You can also watch on your desktop or laptop, depending on your Wi-fi signal, and your smartphone.
- DVR – You don’t have to wait for halftime to eat Thanksgiving dinner anymore. And, you don’t have to flip quickly between channels to see different games. Program that DVR, and watch it at your leisure.
- Apps – There are plenty of apps that let you follow stats, scores and more. Check out my Tailgating post for the details!
5. The Shopping. – If you’re not already looking at the Black Friday deals being offered, there’s still time!
- Target – The retailer recently revamped its mobile app to include in-store maps to show you where items are located. AND for Black Friday, specialized maps will show deals and dealbusters.
- Apps – There are dedicated Black Friday apps, including redlaser, shopkick, and shopsavvy (iOS and Android). These apps let you see special prices and even compare prices in nearby stores.
- Online – Almost all of the retailers will have specials on their websites, and many of them will be offering free shipping. If you don’t want to face the crowds, consider surfing the Internet in your pajamas and getting the deals. And if you want a headstart, check out Slickdeals.
Hope you liked what you’ve seen. Ready for more holiday fun? Keep on reading!
Gobble Group Blog Friends
Need some Pinterest-worthy projects to colorize your Thanksgiving?
Check out the other bloggers in this month’s A Blog With Friends Project!
- Fried Walnut Crusted Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce by Karen at Baking in a Tornado
- Fun and Reversible Holiday Centerpiece Decor by Stacy at Stacy Sews and Schools
- Autumn Wreath Tutorial from Robin at Someone Else’s Genius
- Thankful Tree Craft by Shellybean at Follow Me Home
- Kid-Friendly and Kid-Crafted Ideas for Decorating Your Fancy Thanksgiving Table by Lydia at Cluttered Genius
- DIY Textured Leaf Thanksgiving Cards by Christy at Uplifting Families
** AND NOW for the LINKUP **
The only rule is to make sure that your post is Thanksgiving-related, whether food, recipes, crafts, DIY, traditions, family stories, technology, photos and more. Family-friendly, please!