Free Thanksgiving Activity and Placecard Printables

Thanksgiving might look different this year with smaller family celebrations. It’s a great time to reflect on quality family time, instead of just going through the motions. One way to add a little bit of festivity to your get-together is a fun “this or that” game (that is thanksgiving themed of course!).

Print enough copies for everyone to fill out their answers, and then have fun comparing and debating the best parts of the day! I’ve also created coordinating placecard holders to make each person feel special at the meal.

Don’t forget to click the “download’ button to get the high-res printable version.

Happy Thanksgiving from Style & the Suburbs!

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Unique Gift Ideas for the Hard to Shop For

Holiday shopping is just around the corner, and this year, gift shopping might be harder than ever! From not being able to see people in person, to not wanting to linger in a bunch of stores, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the thought of tackling that list.

I’ve pulled together some fun ideas that are mailable, and will work for even the trickiest person on your list! They are sure to still be thoughtful and fun for the people you give them to. In this challenging year, might I recommend a heart felt, handwritten card to go along with a gift. Personal connection is more important this year than ever before!

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How to Stay Active When Injured from Running

I spent most of this summer training for a virtual marathon and had an unexpectedly good race. I took a full week off after the race to let my body rest, and eased back into running the next week. A few runs in, I started having a sharp pain in my knee. It was so bad, I had to stop running right away and walk back to my car. Over the years, I’ve had things like this pop up now and then, but they always heal within a day or two. This time, it didn’t.

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Easy Frame Hack for a Stylish Bedroom

Once of my most recent DIY projects was updating the picture frames above my bed. Before, I had one frame that I had painted white. It served its purpose, but it was time for an upgrade.

Before

One way to make your home look stylish and more well designed is large scale art. Statement pieces feel more purposeful and can become the focal point for a room. For my bedroom, I chose 2 large scale skinny gold frames with large mattes to hold a 5″x7″ photo. I loved the contrast of the skinny frame with the thick matte. You can find a similar frame here!

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How to Stay Productive When You’re Overwhelmed

This has been a long and stressful year for everyone, and you may find yourself feeling unmotivated to do even the smallest of tasks. This can cause things to pile up, and feel even more overwhelming! I am definitely guilty of this, and get frustrated with myself for delaying things that would only take a few minutes to do.

I’ve been working hard to try to stay productive and check off that to-do list with a few strategies. The first step is to give yourself grace! It’s been a hard and emotional year, and just surviving is a big enough accomplishment. Try not to be too hard on yourself over all the things that didn’t get done.

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My Must-Haves for Winter Running

Running through the Minnesota winter is a challenge. Between short days, cold weather, and snowy sidewalks, it sometimes feels like an uphill battle! I do end up using my treadmill throughout the winter when its really cold, or too dark when I need to run, and there is no shame in it! A run is better than no run, and sometimes I feel like I can get a better workout indoors.

For the days I do run outside, having the right gear makes a huge difference for making it a more enjoyable experience. After years of trial and error, I have some favorite items that are worth the splurge.

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