Gratitude Is Inexpensive Don’t Be Fooled

Hey Cuties,

Thanksgiving is next week and I’m not sure how it got here so fast. This year Thanksgiving is going to be a bit low key, read local.  As much as I love hanging out with our extended family I was not feeling the long drive south this year. I know some folks dread spending time with their family and especially there in-laws. That is not my story, our families are a good time.

This was featured of ABC 7 / News Channel 8

Thanksgiving is like the super bowl of food. With my affinity for #FatSnacks, this is like the Olympics for me. I train all year long for this marathon experience.  We do an organized potluck of sorts, we all bring something. Ideally, the person that makes the best *insert dish name here* makes that and brings that to dinner. In my family we always want my Mom to bring the mac & cheese. My sister has to always bring the rice Krispy treats, homemade only. No occasion is quite the same without those two elements.

I’m not a cooker, I’m more of an eater. No surprise there, I can cook I just don’t enjoy it at all. I will contribute sweet potato pies, that is usually my thing and some wine. The new peach wine I’m in love with to be exact.

While I’m thrilled about eating all of the things I have to count my blessings. It is easy to dwell on what we want and need but don’t have. I’m trying to channel some good juju and celebrate the things I do have. We had epic hurricanes this year and I know the folks in Puerto Rico wished they had a home to have Thanksgiving in. I know the folks in the Caribbean are still trying to get some basic needs met. That isn’t my story so I’m thankful for running water, electricity and a solid roof over my head.

I got this mason jar from my Mom’s house because I will always shop her home like its the store. I’m thankful for her and that she always allows me to do so. At 38 I will legit grocery shop in her fridge like I don’t grocery shop myself.  I created these cards in Canva, you can make your own or you can just cut up strips of paper. Each day try and write down something you are thankful for. It could be something big or simple as the cute guy that held the door open for you.

I will be sharing this easy DIY and others on Good Morning Washington this Friday, November 17th on News Channel 8 in the DC area. If you are outside of that market no worries, I always post the clip on YouTube and the MimiCuteLips page on FB.


Gratitude Jar Good Morning Washington

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Lifestyle Media Correspondent MimiCuteLips is sharing this easy DIY gratitude jar. As seen on ABC 7 News Channel 8 Good Morning Washington.

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Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Crystal Nicole

    I love this idea! I always bring my taste buds for thanksgiving 😂. That’s it.

  2. Lia World Traveler

    This is right on time. I think about gratitude all the time not just during the holidays because it is a practice that keeps you humble and appreciative of the blessings you have in life. Good reminder.

  3. Aija Rhodes

    Yessss, it’s the gratitude time of year. Love this diy idea. And easy to do also. May make one of these for my niece. Teaching the kids this practice is important too!

  4. robin rue

    I am in love with this idea. We have SO MUCH to be thankful in our lives and it’s easy to take all those wonderful things for granted sometimes.

  5. Jeanette

    This is such a cute idea! I I am with you I can cook I just don’t enjoy it. If I can bring something that does not involve cooking but is cute I am all for it.

  6. Alli Smith

    I love that you can shop your mom’s house like you’re at the store. I could always do that too and I’m really missing my mom this time of year. I host Thanksgiving at my house, so I’m gearing up for a cooking marathon. I have so much to be thankful for and we always take turns telling what we’re thankful for before we dig in. I always have to wipe away a few tears when I realize how very blessed we are.

  7. Tomi C

    I prepare Thanksgiving dinner for all of our family and friends. Last year we even made a 5 hr. road trip to bring a little Thanksgiving to an elderly relative. She couldn’t believe we would make that long drive to bring her some of her favorite home baked foods.

  8. Candy

    Wish the gratitude would be around all year long. Not local so good luck

  9. Amber Myers

    I love this! It’s always important to be grateful, that’s for sure. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving! I love to eat.

  10. Melanie

    Thanks so much for the free printable. This is a good activity to do around the Thanksgiving table next week.

  11. ricci

    I love the idea for writing down everything I am thankful for. I wish I could tune in to watch you on tv! So cool!!

  12. Pam

    I love the idea of a gratitude jar. It is so important to be thankful for things in your life.

  13. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Yes, gratitude is inexpensive and it’s always a wonderful feeling. Not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year, it’s important to be grateful and give back to others when possible. Thanks for the reminder.

  14. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    Love these printables. A few years ago we had gotten into the tradition of jotting down what we are thankful for each day, dropping it into a jar, and reading it the weekend of Thanksgiving. We have gotten out of that. But we should be grateful each day. Not just November! 🙂

  15. Liz Mays

    It’s so good to keep what we’re thankful for in mind! I know you’ll do well in your news appearance! Good luck!

  16. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I am thankful for many things, some I discuss and some I don’t. This is a great reminder that it’s a good thing to express our feelings of gratitude when possible.

  17. Chubskulit Rose

    I would love to have a bottle of gratitude. This teaches kids and adults to appreciate what they have.

  18. Kita Bryant

    It’s a wonderful thing to always stay positive. Positivity and thankfulness hold a lot of power and they bring joy when it feels there’s none.

  19. Nikka Shae

    This is such a cute idea. I’m hosting a fun Friendsgiving and this would be a addition to the dinner.

  20. Marysa

    Such a great idea! I think I will be doing this with my Girl Scout troop. It’s good to get kids thinking about being grateful and appreciative for things. Thanks for the printable!

  21. Dogvills

    Thank you for the awesome idea. I mean, there is always something we must be thankful for everyday. I will have to copy this idea and instead of using a mason jar, I will get a small planner. I will make it a habit to list down things I am thankful for every single day!

  22. adriana

    I totally love this idea! Perfect timing too – I think it’s so important especially this time of year to remember exactly all there is to be grateful for. Great post!

  23. Nanekia Ansari

    Love the thought of this. Will give the girls something to do while we prepare the house. They can then bring their thankful jar to grandma’s to share with the other kids and have them contribute.

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