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Thanksgiving Crafts with Kiwi Crate! {review}

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

I seriously can’t stop talking about Kiwi Crates, My friends are probably sick of hearing about them, but I don’t care. I love that the Kiwi Crate crafts remind me of something I would have made as a kid with my mom or in girl scouts, which also would be with my mom because she was the co-troop leader. Luckily,she was one crafty lady. The materials are high quality and  do have a convenience factor, glue dots, sticky back felt and stick-on googly eyes make everything a little easier but don’t make it feel like you aren’t actually crafting and making something yourself. I find with some of the modern kits, it feels a little too assemble line and plasticky. Not the case with Kiwi Crate at all.

Spencer was so excited to get the Thanksgiving Turkeys Kiwi Crate box. He’s a kid who loves projects, crafts and art stuff so that wasn’t so surprising. The Thanksgiving Turkeys box comes with two projects, the turkey game and turkey place cards. He spent some serious time deciding which project to do first, but in the end the turkey game won.

Kiwi Crate Thanksgiving Box

Glue dots are serious business

He’s only 4 so he can’t do the crafts alone, but they’re fun to do and quick (plus low mess!) so adults or older kids won’t mind helping out. The directions are illustrated and written and Spencer could follow the gist of the project and read him the specifics. The turkey game is fun because really you are building something that can be a game or decorations so it is functional as well as entertaining.*

Playing the game after making it

The makers of Kiwi Crate aren’t joking around with the everything you need is included statement. Plus some of the supplies are clever. To attach the boxes, clear stickers about the size of big address labels are used. I never would have thought of that or thought beyond using tape. Also the supplies are reasonable. If for some reason you lost something out of the box before doing the project, there is probably something in your house that would work instead, glue for glue dots, tape, markers, etc.

Reading up before we start the place card turkeys

Spencer begged to make the place card turkeys as soon as we finished the turkey game, but I wanted to spread it out a little. We made it just about a day and then got the Kiwi Crate box out again. The turkey place cards were a little more challenging, but still totally doable with a 4 year old. There was cutting, writing and a little working with clay that I did, but Spencer is a very strict supervisor so he was still involved and having fun. The concept of place cards was a little hard to explain so he decided the turkey was for his dad and made more of a gift tag than a place card but it works either way.

The feathers were his favorite part. Unsurprisingly, he liked the orange one best.

A note on the place cards: the box comes with supplies for six, which depending on the size of your dinner might be too many or too few. The project is still workable for any size household. The place cards could be for the kids table or honored/older guests or people could even write things to be thankful for on the cards instead of names. The names of family members who couldn’t be at dinner would work too. Also, the turkeys are pretty cute without the cards.

turkey place cards from kiwi crate

gobble gobble

The Thanksgiving Turkeys Kiwi Crate would be a great hostess gift or take along present for kids. It would be a great was for kids to kill the boring most of the adults are busy hours before dinner and they could play the game that day.

He dictated the card.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy crafting! Gobble gobble! It isn’t to late and the box is $5 off right now with the code SAVE5 and the boxes available now for the upcoming holidays look adorable too. The options include Hannukah, Christmas and a wintery  (but non-holiday specific) Antarctic one. Also, the Kiwi Crates are available as a monthly subscription OR as a per box purchase. A monthly subscription includes free shipping.


* I barely resisted the “puts the fun in functional” joke. Well, I guess I didn’t really resist since I mentioned it here.

I was provided an advanced review copy of the Thanksgiving Kiwi Crate. All opinions are my own (and Spencer’s and he gave this a 9 out of 10. He docked a point for having to cut the beaks out of felt. Sometimes the lazy kid is lazy). I will be spending my own hard earned monies on Kiwi Crate in the future and highly recommend it.

Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Roast

Monday, October 14th, 2013

This recipe for tri-tip in the slow cooker was sort of an accident and mostly the result of a google search, but it turned out to be super delicious, so might as well share it. Confession: I frequently by random cuts of meat because they are on sale and have no idea how I am going to prepare them until I get home and am stuck with the ingredients I have in the house. Tri-tip, which is mostly a west coast cut of beef, goes on sale quite a bit where I shop and mostly we grill it, but now that it is getting dark so early I thought I would try something new. So I googled “tri tip slow cooker” and ended up making a recipe I found on No joke.

I made a few changes here and there and didn’t really follow the recipe for the herbs/spices. Or measure. So, feel free to try this one or the original.

Slow Cooker Tri-Tip wit Vegetables

Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Roast
Serves 4-6

3 pound tri-tip (substitutions include a thick sirloin, maybe chuck or google says “triangle” roast)

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon italian seasoning (or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano + 1/2 teaspoon dried basil)
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon cumin
dash cayanne pepper
dash black pepper
dash salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons worsteshire sauce

1 pound baby potatoes (I used small golden) or full sized potatoes, cubed
1 red onion, peeled and cut in to wedges
3 carrots, peeled and cut in halves or thrids
drizzle of olive oil
1 teaspoon italian seasoning

  1. Combine the rub ingredients and rub on to the meat. Let sit for at least an hour or up to overnight
  2. Put onions, potatoes and carrots in the bottom of a slow cooker. Mix with oil and seasoning.
  3. Place meat on top of seasoned vegetables, cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours
  4. Removed meat from slow cooker and slice or shred. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon. Can be served with the meat juices au jus style, but I would separate some of the fat out before serving.
Crock Pot Tri Tip

Wordless Wednesday: Feeling Fallish

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Every week, I’m randomly highlighting someone who linked the week before: The photos at Bree: {his honey and her mommy} are always gorgeous. I look forward to seeing what she posts every week. The light in her fall photos last week was just amazing.

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Vintage Halloween Link-Up On Friday!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

This is not an embarrassing picture:

It is a cute picture of my sister, me and my dad (left to right) carving pumpkins. I am saving the big guns for Friday. What is Friday you ask? A vintage Halloween link-up! What is a vintage Halloween link-up? It is a super fun, festive good time.

Suzanne from Bebehblog and I are hosting a linky starting friday for everyone to share their childhood Halloween memories with pictures and words. Or just pictures. Or words. It doesn’t matter how you want to play along. Just join in the fun.

My post will be interesting. I can’t find the right box of photo albums, so right now the only option is a picture from high school that involves a pumpkin, 2 smurfs and some sort of ghost. Have I mentioned that my friends and I werre decidedly not popular? This is geeky good times. I am hoping to find a cuter picture, but failing that, mortification will do.

Please join us on Friday! Look at all the advanced notice we are giving you. A week is plenty of time to dig through your garage or your parents garage and find something fun to share.

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