A Guide to Making Your Own Gratitude Journal for A Positive Mind

Mother and child journaling on bed

Dr. Lindsay Malloy, co-founder of Pandemic Parenting 

It would be difficult to guess how many interventions that psychologists have tested over the years to try to improve people’s well-being. If you never slept, worked, or did anything else for the next decade (or longer!) you probably couldn’t read every self-help book on the market. Not to mention you could spend a lot of money trying to increase your happiness…especially while pandemic parenting.  

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Thanksgiving Games for Adults, Kids and Family

Family playing card game around table

I don’t think anybody saw this coming that we would still be living a quarantine kind of life during the holidays. It certainly has me feeling very nostalgic thinking about how I used to spend the holidays as a kid with all my extended family around. We would all cram into my grandma’s house and spread out all over the different rooms to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner: the kids at a makeshift table and the adults at the main table. After the leftovers were put away and the plates were cleaned, we’d all get together for Thanksgiving games.

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What the Family Table Looks Like This Thanksgiving

Mom and kids holding a virtual Thanksgiving

This year, due to the global pandemic, Thanksgiving will be unlike any we’ve had before. We’ve already seen annual traditions like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade go television-only. Some of your family might not feel comfortable flying home this year and the “all are welcome” feast might become limited by safety protocols. But feeling connected to our family and friends is more important now than ever. Instead of getting discouraged, think of this Thanksgiving as an opportunity to bring everyone together in creative ways, offering the much-needed feelings of community and gratitude. With a little forethought, you can make this Thanksgiving one to remember. 

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Great Gifts That Start With Books

I heart readings for gifts that start with books

Author Neil Gaiman once said, “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” We agree.

Discover how to create great gifts that start with books. Learn our top ten reasons books make great gifts. And find out how you can spread holiday joy with our Penguin Random House Buy One, Give One book donation partnership.

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Alternative Halloween Fun: How to Trick-or-Treat at Home

family enjoying Halloween at home in costumes

It is no trick that this year’s Halloween will be a lot different than before and more families are wondering how to trick-or-treat at home. Due to the pandemic, the CDC says participating in traditional trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating is considered a high risk activity for spreading the virus. As a mom, it can be hard to tell your kids they will not be going door to door this year.

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Easy Halloween Costumes (For Individuals, Groups or Families!)

Librarian with glasses and a face mask

Halloween is coming soon, and it feels like this year more than ever we could all use a chance to escape reality a bit, right? With that in mind, here are a few simple Halloween costumes you can easily put together to celebrate in style. Some are easy Halloween costume options for individuals, some are simple couple costumes, and some are for groups/families! (Oh, and if DIY isn’t for you when it comes to costumes, we have lots of great options for both kids and adults available right here on our Zulily site.)

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9 Spookily Easy Halloween Treats for Kids

Bananas designed to look like ghosts, with oranges designed to look like pumpkins

It’s nearing the time of year when witches and warlocks come out of the shadows and excited kids (like mine) hit the streets for annual trick-or-treating. Our school has canceled the Halloween parade; I hope the trick-or-treating won’t be too, like in some communities. Everyone knows Halloween and candy go together like PB&J, but before your mini ghosts and goblins load up on sugar, give them some spooktacular Halloween treats for kids to fill up on first.

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6 Easy Halloween Experiments You Can Do at Home

Family conducting Halloween experiments

Halloween this year will be much more intimate than before. Do not just settle for watching scary movies: get spooky AND creative and try out a Halloween experiment with your family.  These six easy experiments will keep the family in the festive spirit while showing science in action. They require few supplies that you more than likely have at home. The entire family will be thrilled with a pumpkin volcano, magic potion, witches brew and more. 

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