Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Getting ready for Thanksgiving?  Want to include something for the kids?  Put your best pumpkin chocolate chip cupcake forward, add a craft, and all the kids at your Thanksgiving dinner will leave happy.  You don't have to come up with how to do it because we've already done it for you.

` thanksgiving turkey, mayflower, and native american headband cupcakes

` sprinkle cinnamon on your favorite buttercream frosting recipe, or feel free to use ours by clicking HERE

` drop your frosted cupcakes into brown or cream-colored cardstock cupcake wrappers

We sell these cupcake wrappers in our Etsy shop.

` create mayflower cupcake by using the eyebrows from our tiki guy parts (below)

` punch two small holes using a hole punch or needle, bend, and insert toothpicks... now you have a sail

` use leaves and small triangles from tiki guy parts (below) to create native american headband cupcake

` form turkey head using leaves, triangle, and small circle from our tiki guy parts (below)

` use black marker for eyes

Get professionally-cut parts AND save time by visiting our Etsy shop for a set of 12.  Picture above shows everything you get.  Otherwise, print and cut out with our free printables below.  Happy Fun Thanksgiving!

20-Week Marathon Training Program: Week 8

I WISH the weather outside were frightful.  It is still so hot in the desert.  I ran under the sun with the temperature in the 80s for 10 miles this week.  Not my best moment.  Lots of chaffing, super red face... you know how that goes.  I did incorporate a hill I've been meaning to tackle between miles 7 and 8.  That was awesome.  In other news... I signed up for my marathon for which I've been training (and complaining).  It was a bit expensive, but running the full marathon gives you the best value for your distance.  In that sense it kind of feels like I used a coupon or something.  Right now I am researching running a half marathon in two weeks.  It's the right distance at the right time and also would give me a little race experience.  Yah!

` amy

20-Week Marathon Training Program: Week 7

Just in case you were concerned about my lack of training this week, I was on vacation with my family.  It took some improvising.  Now you must be thinking that improvising is synonymous with resting.  I only managed a personal gym workout and two runs throughout the entire week.  And yes, I am feeling guilty.  My long run was even supposed to be 10 miles, not 8.  I am going to make it up this week and run 10 miles when I am only supposed to run 7.  There.  I am loosely following Hal Higdon's Novice 1 Training Guide.  His is only 18 weeks.  Mine is 20.  I am basically trying to make sure I complete his suggested longest run of the week and cross-train the rest of the time.  Sometimes it doesn't work out the way you plan, but you can still run your marathon.

20-Week Marathon Training Program: Week 6

Now might be a good time to start talking about body parts hurting.  Distances are long enough at this point to start recognizing some nagging aches and pains.  Purchasing new running shoes was a good start to alleviate this injury thing.  Before I started training, I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to start on schedule because I had a stiff upper back.  It felt as though I had slept on it wrong, but I stretched constantly for 8 days and found no relief whatsoever.  I was still working out by taking various classes, but the one thing I really could not do was run.  You see the problem... marathon training, running, you know.  I had never been to a chiropractor before in my life, but I had limited mobility in my neck and had a lot of discomfort.  I went to The Back Alley in Oro Valley, Arizona and saw Dr. Don Shiflet (520-877-2666).  It was like a miracle.  No kidding.  I didn't tell him, but I was headed out of town for the weekend to go camping.  Just one visit and some neck cracks released all the tension in my upper back.  He even gave me his cell phone number just in case it tensed back up over the weekend.  It didn't, and again, I didn't tell him I was going to be in the mountains sleeping on the ground.  Turns out I didn't need him over the weekend.  He told me when to follow up, and I did two more times.  It was amazing, and he was awesome.  So nice!  I referred two of my girlfriends since then, and they both reported great experiences too.

` amy

Haunted House Luminaries

` line sidewalks, driveways, courtyards, and walls with these homemade luminaries

` enhance the look with die cut garland, strung together with a sharp needle and thread

Classic orange pumpkin AND haunted house die cuts can be found on our Design Sprinkle Products page AND in our Etsy shop.

Materials:

haunted house die cuts (Click HERE to print your own onto black cardstock, or keep scrolling to purchase.)

scissors

white paper bags

glass votives

tea lights

Directions:

Tape haunted house to bag, trimming any bag edges that show.  Put candle inside and light.  Do NOT leave unattended,  or use LED candles... much safer.

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