Archive | March, 2013

An Easter Story – Gift Mix

28 Mar

I found this wonderful gift idea that I found on  This can help you teach your younger children about Easter – it’s a super simple mix that you can put together with your children.  After you bag the mix up, you can have the kids hand this out to grandparents, aunt & uncles and friends.  Each time they hand a gift out, the kids can explain the significance of each of the ingredients.

Easter Story Mix

by Grace and Liberty from Nebraskacross with flowers


Gather the ingredients

pretzel sticks (represent the Cross)

Hershey’s Kisses (God’s love for you)

dried cranberries (the blood He shed)

vanilla wafers (the stone that rolled away)

gummy bears or jellybeans (your new life in Christ)

Get to work

1. Mix equal amounts of ingredients in large bowl.

2. Put into fun bags with the poem below. Give them to friends and neighbors as an Easter gift:kids with grandparents

The Cross where Jesus died,

The love for you He felt inside,

The stone He rolled away,

The life He brings today.


Easter is a gift, it’s true,

A special present from God to you.

We hope you enjoy this special treat

That makes this holy day extra sweet!


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Easter Fun

23 Mar

Easter is a time of renewal and new beginnings.  It’s a time that hints of spring and all the promise of re-birth.  Get the supplies together and spend some time with your family and try some of these fun projects to make this Easter more memorable!

So Easy! – Chicks in a Nest CupcakesEaster-Cupcakes-Coconut-Jordan-Almonds

Bake any flavor cupcakes according to package directions and let cool.  Lightly toast coconut for the ‘nest’.  (Spread shredded coconut on a baking pan and put in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for no more than 5-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes for even toasting.  Sweetened coconut will toast faster due to the higher sugar content.)

Now the fun begins!  Using food safe decorating pens, you can draw eyes and a triangle shaped beak on Jordan almonds.  Families with nut allergies can use Cadbury mini eggs or candy coated malted milk balls to make their chicks.  Generously frost the cupcakes and roll them in the toasted coconut to make the nest. Press three ‘chicks’ in each toasted coconut nests and enjoy!

Easter Colorincoloring Easter pictureg Pages

Fast and free printable Easter coloring pages – Here are some of my favorite sites to print Easter coloring pages.  Print as many pages as you need – whatever pictures you kids like.

Polka-Dot Easter Bucket

This project can be used for Easter, or just a fun project that can be used for spring or summer accents.  The fun polka dots lend themselves to all sorts of décor, and can be tailored for any occasion or use.  I like this for a basket to use in an Easter egg hunt, to display candies in, or to hold silverware wrapped in napkins for a fun deck party.  The endless sizes of buckets and colors that can be used make this a very versatile project.

Materials Needed:Polka-Dot-Easter-Bucket

galvanized bucket

white glossy spray paint

round foam brush

craft paint


Spray entire bucket white; this will take several coats. Let paint dry in between coats.

Add colorful polka dots by choosing a paint color and dip round foam brush into craft paint.  Push round brush straight down onto surface of the bucket.  Allow to dry over night before using.

Color Easter Eggs:

I know this isn’t a totally radical idea, but the options for coloring eggs today are as varied as the chickens that lay them.

Here are some of the favorite options that I’ve seen:

  • Kids’ Craft: Dyed Easter Egg Animals

  • GlittGlittered Sticker Eggsered Sticker Eggs

This is an awesome alternative to dying eggs – no muss, no fuss – and has beautiful results.  You can find glittered stickers at and major craft store like Michaels or Jo-Ann etc. or at any scrapbooking section of a department store like Target or Wal-Mart.

  • Tissue Paper Eggs

Materials Needed:

Tissue paper
Crafter’s punch – flower shapedTissue Paper Eggs
Tweezers, optional
Decoupage gel


1. Fold tissue paper four times and punch tissue paper with crafter’s punch.  Separate layers of flower with tweezers or fingers.

2. Paint a thin layer of decoupage gel onto egg.

3. Pick up punched-out shape with paintbrush. Starting from the middle of the punch-out and working outward, gloss over punch-out using paintbrush with thin layer of decoupage gel.

4. Place egg on drying rack and allow to dry completely.

Easter Bunny Mask

This is a classic Easter project for the pre-school, early elementary school age groups.

Materials Needed:easter bunny mask

small paper plate

pink card



craft glue

white card

large fawn colored pompom

3 x white chenille sticks (pipe cleaners)

pink paint pen


1. Put plate up to face and mark holes for eyes and holes at the sides for the elastic. Cut out eye holes and little holes. (if you are too little for scissors an adult can help you with this). Thread and tie the elastic.

2. Cut out ears from the white card and glue to the top of the mask. Cut smaller ears from pink card and glue in the center of the white ears.

3. Twist the three chenille sticks together in the center and glue to the mask for whiskers. Glue the pompom nose on top. Draw a mouth using the pink paint pen. Now have fun wearing your mask.

Easter Bunny Ears

easter bunny earsMaterials Needed:

Construction paper in white and pink





  1. Use white and pink construction paper to cut out bunny-ear shapes: two white and two pink, the pink being slightly smaller.
  2. Glue the pink ears onto the white ears.
  3. Glue the ears onto a long strip of construction paper, measure to fit your child’s head, and staple the ends together to form a headband.

Please share your favorite Easter projects or decorating ideas with us by commenting on this post.

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10 Indoor Activities to Entertain Kids

21 Mar

A rainy day can quickly turn into a very long day when you continually hear the phrase “Mom, I’m bored – there is nothing to do”.  Getting the kids engaged in simple, fun activities turns a boring day turn into a memorable day.  Try some, or all, of tImagehese solutions:

#1  Have a dance party – pick age appropriate music kids can dance to.  Don’t forget favorites like the Electric Slide, Cotton Eye Joe and the Macarena

#2  Create an indoor scavenger hunt

#3  Find an indoor pool or water park in your area – pack a picnic basket and make a whole day of it!  The kids are sure to sleep good after a day of swimming!

#4  Make a necklace with yarn, beads, pasta or Fruit Loops.  This is a great option for a wide variety of ages – the older kids can help the younger kids thread their ‘beads’ onto the yarn.

#Image5  Write a Book – Kids that are old enough can write their own story and do the illustrations.  Younger kids can either dictate their story to mom or dad to write down and then draw their own pictures OR you can give them a coloring page to start them off – they can color the picture(s) and tell you a story based on the pictures.  One of my favorite places to find printable coloring pages is

#6  Watch old family videos – tell the kids’ stories about what you remember about the events you are watching.  Kids love to see themselves as babies, and love to hear about the cute things they did, and the funny way they used to say things as they learned to talk.  It’s a great way for you to stroll down memory lane as well….Image

#7  Build a fort out of blankets (use chairs, couches, yarn- anything to hold up the blankets!) Add a string of rope light or Xmas lights, blankets and pillows and they can stay in there all day (and night).  How fun would it be if you turned an afternoon activity into a true campout (without the bugs) if mom and dad slept in the tent with the kids.

#8  Make your own commercials.  Have each person pick a common household item and video them while they make their best sales pitch to sell the item to you. Or tape them while you interview them about the product – ask them silly questions and see if they can come up with answers to support why everyone should buy this product.

Image#9  Play hopscotch!  Use painters tape to draw the lines on your kitchen floor (or any floor without carpeting) and hop away!

#10  Finger paint with pudding – I suggest you lay down a flannel backed outdoor tablecloth on the floor and put the paper on that for them to create their masterpiece.  Or, shaving cream on the counter works too (as long as you don’t have a white counter top that is).  My son’s teacher used to have the kids do math problems by covering the desk with shaving cream and they use their fingers to ‘write’ their math problems – they loved it!


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Family Fun for St. Patrick’s Day

13 Mar

Green Food

Kick off your celebration by assembling a smorgasbord of green foods:green eggs

  • Add green food coloring to your favorite dishes—try green mashed potatoes, green scrambled eggs, green milk, or green shamrock pancakes!
  • Cut shamrocks out of kiwi using a cookie cutter for a fun healthy treat.
  • Bring out green whole foods, such as green apples, kiwi, green grapes, celery, zucchini, spinach, lettuce, pickles, and more. These are great ideas to have some healthy food choices in the middle of some St. Patrick’s Day fun!
  • Serve meals on green paper plates, cups, and napkins.

Getting Dressed

Keep up the fun as the kids get ready for their day with some special St. Patrick’s Day touches:

  • Get yshamrock tattooour child in the spirit by painting a green shamrock on your child’s cheek with theatrical face paint or a green eye shadow pencil.
  • Make lucky coin barrettes. Find an old barrette and glue shiny pennies on top. Use tacky glue or a glue gun (adult supervision is necessary). Your child will feel like she has found the pot of gold when wearing this hair accessory.

Fun Treats

Whether you put these in the kid’s room for when they wake up, or as fun gifts they can give Grandma or Auntie, the kids will love these simple ideas:

Pots of goldpots of gold

Attach a rainbow ribbon to a little green bucket (these buckets are usually at Target or Wal-Mart this time of year for about $1).  Line the bucket with white felt and add chocolate coins, green beads or trinkets.


Mint Oreosmint oreos

These are super simple to make and will get rave reviews from your family & friends.  Melt ‘candy melt’ candy (green or white) according to the package directions.  Dip mint Oreo cookies into the candy and set on wax paper.  Sprinkle the candy with colored sugar or other sprinkles right away and leave on the wax paper until the candy is set.

Marshmallow Rainbowrainbow marshmallows

This treat is easy enough for even the smallest of helpers to work on.  Quite simply, trim a rainbow candy belt (I recommend Airheads Xtremes Sour Belts) to fit around a marshmallow.  Wrap the trimmed belts around the marshmallows (cut side down) and arrange the marshmallows like the picture below to create your “rainbow”.



You can either decorate the house with your kids, or leave it to the ‘leprechauns’ to do while the kids sleep.  What a surprise when they wake up in the morning!

  • Those leprechauns are so tricky — imagine the kids surprise when they find that they turned the water in the toilets green (a few drops of green food coloring will do the trick)!

I’ll spare you the picture of the green toilet water – I’m sure you get the gist!

shamrock cutout

Invite your child to cut out paper shamrocks from green construction paper to decorate the house. An easy tip for making shamrocks: Cut out and assemble three hearts and attach them at the points. Add a stem if you wish.  Add an extra twist and turn your shamrocks into Shamrock People – so fun!

march 17 calendar

The best part of a festive St. Patrick’s Day is getting creative – those leprechaun’s are really tricky, and you can be too!

Please share your favorite St. Patrick’s Day tricks & treats (hey, that sounds a bit like Halloween…) with us by commenting at the bottom of this post.

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Family Vacations – Disney or Bust!!!

5 Mar

I couldn’t help but notice that many of my Facebook friends recently headed to Disney for the February break from school. Seems like each time I logged in, I saw another family picture with happy faces at the airport waiting for their flight, standing in line waiting to get on a ride, or a family picture where they are all wearing Goofy hats, or Mickey ears…

I have to admit it was really nice to find out that my husband (at the time, boyfriend) loved rollercoasters as much as I did. Our Honeymoon destination was Disney. My fair Irish skin combined with my husband being so antsy made it really easy for us to rule out a tropical beach Honeymoon where we sit and do nothing for a week. Instead, we opted for the crazy schedule of a Disney vacation where we take advantage of every waking minute of every day at one of the Theme Parks.

 Two decades later, our family still loves to go to Disney. I’ll never forget my son’s 1st trip to Disney at 5 years old. His first Disney ride was quite an experience….

We were so excited to show him the ‘magic’ of Disney, we sort of forgot to give him the scoop on how ‘over the top’ Disney can be with their rides. He was used to roller coasters found at local theme parks in our area and loved them – and was luckily tall enough for most of them. Following what we had always done in Disney, we had a full agenda planned for Day 1 – Animal Kingdom. To be sure we could get through the agenda, we had planned to do the ‘Dinosaur’ ride first.

 It’s not until the ride got moving that I realized our big mistake – our poor son had no idea what was about to hit him – and the ride was already underway… I felt like a horrible mother!!! At the end of the ride, we looked over at him – he was between us in the car – and he was an odd combination of green and ghostly pale at the same time. His eyes were as wide as saucers and he had a death grip on the handrail. As we pried his little fingers off the bar and led him to the safety of the outside, we tried to reassure him that he had fun and ‘Oh my, doesn’t Disney have great rides?’ Everything is totally fake but by shaking the car a lot and making the noises crazy loud, they can really make you feel like this totally fake ride is real. Right?’ Trying to convince ourselves as much as him that everything was going to be ok.

Well, he really proved to be the offspring of roller coaster lovers because we gave him a play by play of what was going to happen on the next ride and when it happened as we said, he was hooked!  We had the best week ever as we got to see his love for Disney grow as each day went by.

What is your family’s favorite family vacation destination? Tell us by making a comment below – we’d love to hear from you!
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Let’s Get Blogging!!!

3 Mar

We are so excited to finally be able to add this blog to our site! We love to be able to reach out and talk to our friends and have our friends have a way to talk to us. We thought a blog would be the best way to keep in touch with everyone. We are new at this, so please be patient as we learn what works best along the way.

Our hope is to be able to share news about babies, kids & parenting, products on our website, share tips and tricks and even have some fun with our youngest customers – well, maybe the littlest ones can just have their mom or dad send us a pic of their cutest moments…

We would love to hear any ideas or suggestions you may have for the blog. We would also LOVE to hear from you if you would be interested in writing a piece for the blog – the more input from our friends the better!!!

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