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November Reminders!

Quick ideas for things you might want to put on your November to-do list

by Work It, Mom! Team  |  2934 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Every month, we get so busy that it's hard to remember everything there is to do! We came up with this new monthly feature to give you some ideas for things you might need to put on your to-do list. We hope you will share your own reminders and tips with the Work It, Mom! community by posting them in the comments.

Week 1 (November 1-9th)
  • Thanksgiving is fast approaching – do you know what your plans are going to be?
  • If you’re planning to go out of town the Thanksgiving, do you need to book a hotel room? If yes, now is the time to do it.
  • Do you have pets who will need pet care when you leave for the holiday? Book it now because places fill up fast.
  • Make sure to mark all travel dates as well as any school or daycare closings on your master family calendar. If your kids will be out of school on days when you work, arranging for backup care or making plans to take that time off is a good idea.

Week 2 (November 10-17th)
  • If you’re planning to take some extra time off from work for Thanksgiving, this is a good time to let your boss know. There might be work you have to get done before you go and you want to leave yourself enough time to do it.
  • Are your kids going to miss any days of school during the holiday? Take a moment to let their teachers know ahead of time and find out if there are assignments they’ll need to complete while away or when they return.
  • Start planning out your Thanksgiving menu and ingredients. Check sites like for some new ideas.

Week 3 (November 18-24th)
  • Start stocking up on your menu items for Thanksgiving if you’re making dinner that day. You might need to reserve a turkey at your local store, particularly if it’s not a large chain.
  • Check your dinnerware, stock up on drinks and quick snacks that can keep people busy and away from the kitchen during Thanksgiving dinner.
  • If you’re hosting family or friends at your house, check up on your sheets, towels, soap, and other supplies for guests.

Week 4 (November 25-30th)
  • Thanksgiving is fun but exhausting—can you schedule a few hours off for yourself to catch your breath and relax this week?
  • The winter is just around the corner – do your kids have gloves, hats, scarves, winter jacket, snow boots, and snow pants? Do you?
  • Do you have a good shovel for snow removal and salt for your sidewalk, if you need them?
Do you have any tips or reminders for November to share with fellow working moms? Post them in the comments!


4 comments so far...

  • wow this is so handy! i think i may need to send the link :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 5th November 2007

  • But Thanksgiving was LAST month...

    (exits, cackling) :-)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MaryP on 5th November 2007

  • Thanksgiving is just that...we should be thinking about what we are thankful for....I know it is time consuming, but careful planning can definitely be a benefit, and do we want our kids to think that Thanksgiving is all about stress? Here is a cool idea to do with your kids ahead of time:

    The Thanksgiving Tree or Wreath (start it now!)

    You can get as creative or be as simple as you want...but the premise is to get the whole family thinking about what they are thankful for. You can do it with leaf shapes or by tracing your hands. Each person then writes what they are thankful for and you go on to create the tree or wreath.

    Another fun way is to do placemats. You construct a tree, wreath or even a turkey (you can make the feathers where you write). All of this becomes a great topic of conversation for the big feast!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Shelleen McHale on 4th November 2007

  • The only tip I have about Thanksgiving is the about the Turkey itself! The secret ingredient is your TIME! (lots of it). Buying, preparing, and roasting or baking a turkey are very time-consuming. With careful preparation and attention to your timing, you will be rewarded with a beautiful and yummy turkey.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by superMOM on 4th November 2007