April 8, 2014

Egg Shell Memory Game

There is almost nothing to say about this little, cute game. You find pairs of small objects that would fit under plastic egg halves, cover them up, and play memory!

Your young one probably has memory games, but this one is especially fun right now because Easter is coming up, you use plastic eggs, and you can use little treats! 

I set it up for my son and he played it solo-style. He could only turn over two halves at a time. Of course he tried for the candy items first! Finally, if your kid is old enough to catch on to this sort of thing, avoid the plastic eggs that have little holes in them. My son started peaking through them, the little stinker!

If your friends would use this simple idea for their kids, remember to pin it by hovering over the photos and clicking on the "pin it" link in the upper left hand corner! Thanks for stopping by!

April 3, 2014

Little Lesson: Mixing Colors

It's been a long time since I've posted a little lesson here on the blog, and this one is super simple and timely. I did this with my almost 4 year old (Gulp. I can't believe he's that old.) and he kept saying it was "magic." I told him that our primary colors are red, yellow, and blue, and that when we mix two of them together we get new colors!

Here's what we used to do the activity.

Crayola water colors, paint brush, art paper, water, and a pencil to draw eggs.

To start, I drew eggs on a piece of paper. To get an oval shape I simply squeezed a plastic cup and traced it. Then I wrote the two primary colors we would be mixing next to each egg.

My son painted red on the top and yellow on the bottom, and when they mixed in the middle . . . magic! Orange appeared. He loved it. And we continued with the other combos to get green and purple, too.

He painted some plain colors, too, and little brother just painted his eggs however he wanted. That's always fun, too. After the paper was dry, I cut out the egg shapes, hole punched them, and threaded ribbon through. Now these cute festive Easter eggs are hanging in our kitchen. 

This was so easy, and my son really thought it was amazing to see what color would show up next! I hope you give it a try! 

April 1, 2014

Through the Lens: April

This post sponsored by Leslie Leavitt Photography. Enjoy these beautiful images, and be sure to 'like' Leslie Leavitt Photography on Facebook

What is April looking like for you? March and April have kind of combined into one big whirlwind full of events. My baby brother came home from his mission a few weeks ago, which made the first time in 2 1/2 years that our whole family (my siblings and parents) was together. This month, my youngest sister gets married! I'm so excited for her, and so excited to get a new brother-in-law. In my family, we are three sisters and then my brother, so this will be the 4th and final brother on this side of the family. I cannot wait to spend all that time together with my family. I am so blessed to have the parents, and siblings I do. And having my own family has only added and enhanced those other relationships. I can't wait for the wedding! The reception is going to be at the most beautiful little barn venue, and all the details sound so pretty. Stay tuned for pictures as the month goes on!

And speaking of adding more family--my sister who takes these beautiful photos is adding another little boy to the happy bunch next month! I'm so excited for another boy to play with my boys! She is also taking the photos for my sister's wedding, AND preparing for a cross-country move this month. I don't know how she is going to do it--she is AMAZING. But anyway, family time is the best time. So many amazing things in store!


March 31, 2014

Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

Hey everyone! I'm so excited for today's post. A few of my favorite bloggers and I have teamed up and each created a unique Easter basket idea that doesn't revolve around sugar! I don't know about your house, but after Christmas and Valentine's Day, mine is pretty well overflowing with candy. By Easter I kind of cringe at adding too much more to the collection. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fanatic by any means, and I'm sure my kids' baskets will have at least a little, but I thought it would be fun to come up with a few fun basket themes that are exciting enough without adding a lot of candy. Check out all the cute things this group came up with. To read more about what's in their basket, click on the links below and head to their blogs for more details!

Baby Girl Easter Basket by Whatever Dee Dee Wants
Bedtime Stories Easter Basket by Mother's Niche
Gardening Basket by The Elephant of Surprise (read on for the details)
Outdoor Fun Easter Basket by My Mommy Style
Alphabet Easter Basket by Confetti Sunshine
Peter Rabbit Easter Basket by Live Like You Are Rich  

If you're anything like me, warmer temps at the end of a long winter is enough to motivate me to get out and start working in the yard and garden. And if us grownups are out there working, you can guess who else will want to be. That's basically what inspired this Easter basket theme. Plus, I think gardening is such a perfect spring time theme. For the past three years I've seen Target carrying these amazing kids garden tools in their dollar section. I also picked up the cilantro garden kit and magnifying glass at Target for a buck each. The watering can was a few dollars more, but can be found there as well.

When we moved into this house we had tons of work to do outside. And my son, who was 2 wanted to help so bad. He really needed tiny gardening gloves, but I couldn't find them at any hardware store--at least anywhere near his size. I checked on Amazon, and sure enough they had smaller ones, and for a steal of a deal. Below you'll find the link to the very gloves we bought and love. They were still a touch big for him, but at almost 4 years old now, the small size fits him perfectly. I've included Amazon links to items similar to the ones I found at Target, as well as to the sweet book, The Carrot Seed. 

And in keeping with the al natural theme, I thought I'd add some edibles that are garden grown (well, not really, but you get the point). Am I taking this too far yet?? In all seriousness though, my kids LOVE fruit, and eat it like crazy. Why not fill their garden basket with things that come straight from Mother Earth?

So what did you think of this theme? Do you have any great theme ideas for a basket? I'd love to hear. And don't forget to click on the other links above to read about the other GREAT candy-free baskets. Thanks for stopping by!

March 28, 2014

Thrift Store Treasures

I've been doing some contemplating about this here blog space of mine--making plans, and setting goals. And I'm really wanting to amp up the post quantity (a little at a time). I feel like I'm actually getting somewhat into a habit of planning/scheduling/organizing posts (I'm not great by any means), and I think that's the key to being able to post more frequently. I also want to make some room on here for posts that are a little more casual/personal/me. With those two objectives in mind, I'm thinking of reserving Fridays for more casual posts--round-ups, features, stories, favorites . . .and anything else fun that I feel will help you get a glimpse of who I am and what I LOVE! For those of you who like to get to know the blogger behind the blog, I hope you enjoy these posts! And for those who come just for projects, you'll know what day to avoid. ;) 

One thing that keeps me sane is an early bedtime for my kids. Usually a couple times a week, after the kids are in bed I go out and run errands or just browse if I want. I don't like to be gone long because this is obviously the time I get alone with my husband, too, but it is seriously something I look forward to and crave. Sometime I am specifically itching to go to the thrift store and hunt for treasures. Here are a few of my latest finds:

I know. Shoes can be kind of off-limits. But these were in great shape, and for 5 bucks, I was willing to go for it and spray the heck out of them with disinfectant. Isn't that snake print so cute? I love them.  

Okay. This one was from a while back. A few months ago I spotted this adorable sequin skirt. Remember when I mentioned it here? I think it was a homemade number, and it was just cut really weird. I was bummed, but I took it home anyway and have gotten plenty of use out of it. I cut out this heart shape from it, and then zigzag stitched it onto a simple grey t-shirt. LOVE it. I've worn it and washed it tons. 

Okay, last one. The same trip as the green shoes, I found these clipboards for 75 cents a piece and this awesome metal basket for 2 bucks! I know you can buy new clipboards for cheap too, but I like how these look worn and used. I don't know what I'm going to do with them, or the basket yet, but I'm sure I'll figure out something. Frame pictures or art work from my kids? 

Speaking of art work, my son brought home this water colored rainbow from preschool last week. It has been hanging on my fridge ever since with a magnet. I've noticed long, wrinkled pieces of tape being added to it as time goes on so that it is extra secure. Well, fast forward to today--I've been battling a nasty cold, and over breakfast while I was coughing, or blowing my nose or exhibiting my symptoms in some obnoxious way, my son tells me, "Mom, just look at my rainbow when you're feeling sick, and you'll get feeling better." Well, don't you think I perked right up? 

Hope you enjoy your weekend! 

March 26, 2014

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

Ready for something refreshing? This Strawberry Coconut Smoothie is really more like a virgin Strawberry Colada. Whatever you want to call it, it tastes delish. Make yourself one, and go read a book in the sun somewhere. You deserve it!

The recipe is super simple, but as with most of the recipes I post here, it's meant to be tweaked to your liking. Here's how I like it:

Blend together the following:

2/3 c fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2/3 c juice concentrate (I used pineapple)
1 package (16 oz) frozen strawberries
1 c fat-free milk
1/2 tsp coconut extract

Everyone in the fam LOVED these. My boys couldn't get enough. And I appreciate that it's low in fat, just enough sweet, and super refreshing. Enjoy!

March 24, 2014

Glitter Egg Cake Topper

Spring is officially here! Isn't it the best? Today's post is a simple little craft that can be whipped up in just a few minutes and is sure to add some Easter cheer. Top your cakes with these little egg toppers, or any other food for that matter. Add them to a little flower arrangement, or put them in a vase or jar all by themselves. They're neon and gold, and they sparkle. Pretty sure that's a recipe for an automatic mood boost, in and of itself.

For these little egg toppers you will need some foam eggs (I found my package of 1 dozen at the dollar store), wooden skewers, Mod Podge, foam brush, and glitter.

Step 1: Insert skewers into bottom of foam eggs. 
Step 2: Cover your egg in Mod Podge. 
Step 3: Sprinkle your glitter over the egg while the glue is wet. Tap excess glitter off, and let your egg dry upright in a cup. 

That's it. Aren't they fun? Pastels are great and all, but neon makes Easter look pretty fab, too. Don't you agree?

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have you started thinking Easter already? 

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