Briarfield Dental Nov 2017

Coloring-Book Tablecloths bag folded to look like the body of a turkey. Now that you have your turkey, you need some balls to stuff it with. Anything soft and baseball-sized will work, even some balled-up paper. Kids will take turns trying to toss the balls into the turkey, scoring points for every shot made. 3 Family Activities for Thanksgiving Gratitude Mobiles Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t just about delicious food. It’s also about reflecting on the parts of our lives we are grateful for. Teaching kids about gratitude is the most valuable Thanksgiving lesson. Bring that concept to life with a gratitude mobile. To create a holiday-themed “Stuff the Turkey” game, all you need is a few paper bags. We’ll bet you have some left over from shopping. Use two small bags stuffed with scrap paper to create legs and glue them to a larger

Unless you have a child auditioning for “MasterChef Junior,” you’re probably not going to let the little ones cook the turkey this Thanksgiving. Just because the kitchen might be off limits, though, doesn’t mean you can’t find a few creative ways to make the holiday extra special for your kids. Spice up Thanksgiving with these fun, family- friendly activities. If you have a big family, you are probably familiar with the Thanksgiving tradition of the kids’ table. It may be smaller than the grown- ups’ seating arrangement, but it doesn’t have to be any less special. Turn your kids’ table into a canvas for a colorful, creative dining experience. To do this, use craft or art paper to cover the table. Tape everything down tightly and provide crayons and colored pencils for every place setting. If you want to add some extra holiday spirit, put the drawing supplies in empty cranberry sauce and pumpkin cans.

Grab some colored paper circles — or cut them out — and have your children write down things that they are thankful for. A silver Sharpie is great for this. Punch holes in the tops of the circles and run string through them. Tie the other end of the string to a coat hanger or embroidery hoop and hang it from the ceiling.

Stuff the Turkey Game

Want to get the kids outside so you can get to work in the kitchen? Create a Thanksgiving- themed game for them to play outside while you prep the stuffing and put the turkey in the oven.

Tina: Our Dental Hygienist With a Creative Streak Finding Your Spark

All my life, I’ve loved to care for people, and this passion has led me to the health care field. Initially, I wanted to become a physical therapist, but, after two years of college, I realized it just didn’t ignite my spark. My then- fiance, Jamie, suggested I look into the dental hygiene program at Owens Community College because he thought I would be good at it. After 28 years with Briarfield Dental and Sleep Care, I guess it’s safe to say Jamie was right. It’s a good thing I married him! Of course, Jamie doesn’t get all the credit for my wonderful career. Briarfield is truly a special place. I haven’t worked a day since I started here, because it isn’t a job at all. I absolutely love what I do and am so blessed to be a part of such an amazing team. The support I have at

Briarfield enables me to broaden my passions and find other areas that spark my interest.

Outside of Briarfield, I love to cook, bake, and care for my family. I also help my dear friend, Cindy, with her “paint and sip” business, ArtSelf Expressions. Honestly, I never considered myself to be an artist, but this venture proved me wrong. If I can do it, anyone can! It’s a pleasure to work alongside Cindy to help people find their own creative spark. The ArtSelf Expressions Facebook page is full of amazing works of art. It’s fun to scroll down and see what people can create with a little inspiration and guidance.

years have been filled with challenges, and I am truly thankful for the people who got me through it. Without my faith, family, and friends, I never would have made it. Thank you all for helping me keep my own spark and remember the many blessings in my life. Here’s to a Thanksgiving with plenty of love, laughter, euchre, dominoes, and, of course, food!

This Thanksgiving, I have so much to be thankful for. As many patients know, these last two

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