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we are already into the second week of november! how did this happen? today i want to introduce you to the wonderful ladies who've been hanging out on my sidebar this month! they are absolutely wonderful, and you should check out their blogs and shops for lots of goodness.

since turkey day is only a couple weeks away, i asked these ladies about their favorite thanksgiving traditions! here's what they said >>

1 // shayla >> moons and junes
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is one that started only 2 years ago. We always go to my grandparents house for Thanksgiving. My grandparents are my two most favorite people in the entire world. I'm so thankful that they're mine. My grandpa is retired, but keeps himself so busy. He's always in his workshop with a new project. Helping my sisters with their cars, building my family a regulation sized volleyball court just because somebody mentioned how cool it would be, Converting my mothers garage into a spare bedroom for the kids, making my arch for my wedding, on and on and on. He's the most giving person. I always knew that I wanted to marry a man who would take care of my family and other people by the example my grandfather made for me. A few years ago, at Thanksgiving, I heard my grandpa in a huff because nobody made a pecan pie, and that's his favorite. Ever since then, my tradition has been to make the Pecan Pie. I love to focus on everything that my grandpa does for us while I'm making it, and at the end I'll put a little message in the Pecans on top for him. Just so he knows it's especially for him. It's a small thing, really, but I know he enjoys it, and just knowing that I've made him feel loved and appreciated for everything he does, really sets the mood for the whole season. 

2 // britney >> the quiet place & mint chocolate chip moments
My favorite thanksgiving tradition is: pumpkin pie, it's my favorite! And spending time with family, eating lots of food, and going through all of the ads so we can plan out our next day of shopping.
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3 // samantha >> elah tree
O'goodness. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my absolute favorite. Tyler and I are just beginning our traditions as a married couple. Last year we spent Thanksgiving in Fresno and we will this year too. We spend 4 to 5 days with family, eating great food, and doing tons of fun activities together. Last year we did archery, ice skating, and Christmas crafts! 

4 // allison >> allison ramsing
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition has always been spending the day with family and friends.  Since I no longer live near my family, I'm excited to welcome friends into my home to celebrate this year.  This Thanksgiving I'll also make my first turkey.

5 // amy >> taking steps home
Before every thanksgiving meal my family gets together, holds hands, prays, and then shares what we're thankful for. It's never struck me as a "tradition" as much as it's just how we do family. We always want to put God first - give Him our thanks, and then share what were thankful for in our day to day lives. I'm sure there are plenty of other traditions (like the kitchen full of all the women in the family) - but this tradition means the most.

6 // amanda >> little lady little city
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is making pies with my family.
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7 // christina >> sweet lavender bake shoppe
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is actually the crazy double family gatherings my husband and I do, every year! So, each Thanksgiving we wake up, have the healthiest breakfast we can possibly make, spend some time one on one, and then prepare ourselves to have TWO separate Thanksgivings! IN. ONE. DAY! My family's get together is usually first, as they like to eat early. So we arrive at their house, hang out with them before "dinner", help out cooking/preparing, watch football, etc...and then we sit down and eat with them. As soon as that is done, we skip dessert and head on over to my husband's family's house where we arrive as they're already eating. We sit down, hang out, chat and laugh with them, and then relax afterwards with big ol slices of homemade pie and coffee. It's neat because it allows us to spend equal time at both family's gatherings, experience a full Thanksgiving dinner, AND get dessert without feeling like we've eaten WAAAAY too much. To be honest though, my husband usually eats some dinner at his family house as well, haha.

8 // betsy >> heavens to betsy
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is heading over to my aunt & uncles house.  The whole family (usually 40+) people gets together and we have a blast just talking and munching and enjoying being with one another!  Then, the "kids" all put a plan together for some midnight Black Friday shopping.  It's always a fun day!

9 // christina >> home says hello
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is making pumpkin pie from scratch. Ever since I learned how to make my own pumpkin puree, I can't get enough of homemade pumpkin pies. :)
i absolutely love talking traditions. it's so fun to hear how different families do holidays, don't ya think?
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happy thursday, brave hearts!
Amy said...

+ shaylas pecan pie story - it's a must in my family too. her grandfather sounds a lot like mine, full of spunk and liveliness, always willing and WANTING to help others. praise God for men like that in the world!
+ Britney's pumpkin pie and ads = my family too! I really could eat my weight in pumpkin pie...and for some reason the Costco kind is delicious! my aunts & I are always looking at whats happening black Friday.
+ Samantha's archery and ice skating?!?! JEALOUS
+ allison - being away from family would definitely be hard so its fantastic that she's filling her home with friends...and good luck on that turkey i'm terrified to cook a turkey haha.
+ Amanda - pies. yes. pies!
+ Christina - we sometimes do 2 thanskgivings in a day too...and oh my gosh the food coma + sweet overload! TOO MUCH sometimes haha but I agree, spending the day FULL of family is what makes it so special.
+ betsy - I love big families. we get together (around 25+) and it always makes for chaos and fun!
+ Christina - uh ...I want that pumpkin pie!!! :)

ps megan, buddy the elf is the best Christmas code ever! haha.

Moons & Junes said...

i am getting SO EXCITED for the holidays after reading all of these! goodness gracious! seriously. SERIOUSLY! ahhh.

also. Home Says Hello Christina's picture makes me want a dog. real bad. so cute.

Moons & Junes said...

yes. all of that. ^^ every bit of it.

Megan McIlvaine said...

haha!! I HEART ELF.
and yes! i love everyone's traditions!! they are so fun. and i need like 10 pumpkin pies in front of me ASAP.

Megan McIlvaine said...

me too! and they will be here SO SOON. i can't believe this year is coming to a close.
christina's dog is super cute!

agodfashionedlife said...

Thanks, Amy! I'll get to see my family at Christmas, so it's a blessing to be able to spend the day with friends rather than being alone!

agodfashionedlife said...

Thanks again, Meg for having me as a sponsor!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

I MUST watch the Macy's day parade every Thanksgiving. and don't talk during the musical performances (or we will have to rewind) thank goodness for DVR and great dads!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

PS: amy - LOVEEEEE your hair gurl!!

Christina Main said...

Aww this was SO fun!

Megan McIlvaine said...

thanks for being part of the team, lady!

Megan McIlvaine said...

oh good to know. i will keep my running dialogue to a minimum this year ;)

Megan McIlvaine said...

of course, ma'am! so glad you have you here!

Britney said...

Thanks Meg! I am so glad to be able to be on your blog this month! Your blog is definitely one of my favorites :)

Amy, I'm glad someone loves pumpkin pie just as much as me :)

Amy said...

oh girl you know it - I swear it stares me down every time I see it! ;)

Amy said...

haha thank you! :) I figured I might as well keep it real, since it's a rats nest 99% of the time. ;)

Samantha@Elah Tree said...

I'm late to the party! So many fun and great traditions! Shayla, your tradition of making your grandpa pie is so sweet! Loving all the pie traditions! This year will be my first attempt at making pumpkin pie and I can't wait! Christina your double thanksgiving sounds like our double Christmas! Thank you Meg for having me! I love partnering with you!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

i wish my hair even had a bit of that volume and curl!!

Britney said...

Me too girl! :) I think we would get along just fine together ;)