This month has been a doozy for a lot of people in America, I imagine. With the 2016 Elections now over, it’s time to look forward to Thanksgiving!

While a lot of people have a hard time celebrating this holiday because of how poorly our country treated Native Americans in the past…and to this day (hello pipeline)… Personally, I like to use this time Thanksgiving gives us to just be thankful.

If you like lists and organization, then you’re going to want to do this activity with me:

(And even if you’re not an A-type, do it anyway!)

Take a solid 15-20 minute break from whatever it is that’s been on your mind. Sit down, and focus on all the things in your life you’re thankful for.


From biggest, to smallest. It could be anything–your kids, your dog, that necklace your husband bought you, the fact that you paid your electric bill this month, or the blessing of having food on the table.


Write down everything you can think of.

The air you breathe.

The places you’ve been.

Your good health.

The new job you landed.

Kindness from strangers.

A quilt your mother made your daughter.

Anything! –Just write it down!

Sometimes seeing it all written out in front of you can make you realize just how BLESSED you truly are. There’s no need to compare ourselves to friends or relatives, because each of us is blessed in a different way. And whatever your blessings are, be thankful.

We don’t need the month of November to understand we’ve been blessed, but it is a nice reminder to stop and thank God—or the Universe, or fate, or whomever/whatever it is you pray or meditate to.

Thanksgiving Giveaway

Now that you’ve got thankfulness on the brain, I wanted to share a fun surprise. Several fellow Mom-bloggers and I have teamed up to host something extra special ~

(drum roll please)


In celebration of Thanksgiving, (as well as my birthday month and the 1 month blogiversary of Kandy Apple Mama!!!) we are hosting a giveaway as a thank you to all of our wonderful readers!!!

[A big thanks to all the Moms involved!]


We’re giving away a Grand Prize of several items to 1 lucky winner!


What’s included in the Grand Prize:

  • Burlap Clutch (personalized for Winner) ~ from Etsy Shop Mother Me & I

  • Thankful, Grateful, Blessed T-shirt ~ also from Etsy Shop Mother Me & I

    • Mother Me & I is ran by owner/creator Courtney Foster, who primarily creates Yeti-cup decals, journals, and other personalized items. She has donated a personalized burlap clutch as well as a “Thankful, Grateful, Blessed” t-shirt to add to our giveaway prize. Favorite her shop on Etsy and like her business page on facebook!
    • Instagram: @mother_me_i
  • Mommy’s in Timeout Mug ~ from Etsy Shop Mugsby

    • It started with a love for coffee. Love is an understatement. We LOVE coffee. And tea. We love tea. Coffee and tea need mugs. So, we wanted to design and create mugs that we would want. And we wanted that for you, too.
      We here at Mugsby are confident that you’ll love your mug, and here’s why: click here to read more.” 
    • Kelly from Mugsby has donated a beautiful “Shhhh, Mommy’s in Timeout” mug to add to our giveaway prize. Favorite her shop on Etsy, and follow her on Instagram: @mugsbymugs
  • Mommy Book Lose That Mommy Guilt ~ by Cara Maksimov from

    • Cara Makismov is a public speaker, clinical therapist, and life coach who does workshops on mindfulness and mental health,  stress management, and self care. In her book Lose that Mommy Guilt, she shares her own experiences as a mother to let you know you’re not alone. Learn to let go of guilt and embrace imperfection! Click here to read more about Lose that Mommy Guilt.
    • Follow her on instagram@caramaksimow
  • $50 giftcard to Michael’s ~ from all the moms involved!

    • This one’s pretty self explanatory! What mom doesn’t want an excuse to splurge a little at a craft store??

The Grand Prize is valued at over $100, but we’re giving it all away to

1 Lucky Winner!

So how do you enter???

Visit my Instagram Post

Once there, comment on the giveaway image and tag a mommy friend who would also like to win!

You can enter multiple times

by commenting and tagging another mom in each comment. Once you’ve commented at least once, then follow all the mommy blogs down below. After you follow everyone (we’ll be checking), you’re done!







The Thanksgiving Giveaway will end at 10 p.m. central this Friday. The winner will be randomly selected and notified Saturday morning. (Open to Domestic U.S. only)

*By entering, you understand that Instagram is in no way responsible for this giveaway.
This is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.*


Now spread the word!

Use the Pin It or FB Share buttons to share the giveaway with friends and family. The more, the merrier!


I can’t wait to see who wins these wonderful prizes!!!

About The Author

Mom & Contributor

A Busy Mama to the core! I’m a mommy to two sweet girls, wife to my love and life partner, obsessed with all things artsy, coffee, and Netflix related. I dabble in all things creative: web and graphic design, product design & creation, photography, drawing & painting, even tattoo design. Let’s be friends on Facebook and Instagram!

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