Archive for the ‘holidays’ Category
April 16th, 2014 at 9:09 am
Easter is this Sunday and it’s the perfect time to consider what you’re going to have your little ones wear. They’ll be running around looking for easter eggs and playing with family or friends, so it’s important that they feel comfortable, but look holiday appropriate at the same time. These two outfits are perfect for Easter, one of the most colorful holidays of the year! The boys outfit consists of khaki cargo shorts (you can go with pants if it’s cooler in your area), and a nice white polo with blue and green stripes. The girls outfit features an adorable ruffle scooter with a colorful polka dot tee. Add a sweater, and even a pair of leggings to go under it if it’s chilly.
You can find these items in Walmart stores or on Walmart.com!
April 11th, 2014 at 8:38 am
One of my favorite things about Easter is the meal. It’s the one time a year where we eat my favorite meal, breakfast, with lunch as well! There are so many different things you can do with brunch. Here are some things to consider when planning your meal.
Buffet or Served Plate?
Personally, I like to offer my brunches as a buffet. This way, everyone can choose what the foods they like best, and they can control how much they take of each. Seconds are much easier to handle as well.
Planning Your Dishes
When choosing food types, you want to consider the time it will take to make them…simpler recipes will allow you to enjoy your party more. Some things that are easy to make ahead of time are breakfast casseroles, pancakes, quiches, scrambled eggs, waffles, french toast, and fruit and vegetable platters. Also think about things like taco bars or waffle bars, where your guests or family can personalize them and put them together. I also like to include a deli meat selection, pulled pork, or shredded chicken or beef for build-your-own sandwiches. Ham, lamb, and chicken are typical Easter meats, so you can offer one of these as well…especially if brunch is the main meal you’re planning for the day. Here are some categories you can incorporate into your brunch:
- Egg dish
- Pancakes, French Toast, Waffles, Crepes
- Meat Dish
- Potato Dish
- Bread Dish (Easter bread with dyed hard boiled eggs is a nice idea!)
- Light Pasta Dish
- Salad or Fruit
Drinks to Serve
Have fun with the drinks – think about coffee, juices, water, and milk. You can also make fun punches or alcoholic drinks like mimosas, bellinis, and sangrias for the adults.
Brunches can be lots of fun, but portions are difficult to control, so make sure you have enough food on hand. My guests always get excited when they hear i’ll be serving brunch – the BEST of breakfast and lunch!!
April 10th, 2014 at 12:07 pm
As a child, my favorite part of Easter was the egg hunt in our backyard. My siblings, cousins and I would search the entire property for colorful eggs left by the Easter bunny! Now, as an adult, I love watching the kids have that same experience. Some of you may have only a few children and the hunt coordination is fairly easy, but if you do a multi-family egg hunt it can get pretty complicated…especially when it comes to keeping the peace when the kids have free reign and goodies are involved! Here are ten egg hunt tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.
- Decide on a set number of eggs each child will get. I recommend plastic eggs so you can hide prizes inside, but some people like to hide real eggs.
- Choose a variety of prizes to fill the eggs with. Make sure things are age appropriate. Some good ideas are: Change or dollar bills, candy, erasers, whistles, stickers, hair clips, small toys, temporary tattoos, bracelets, etc. You can also have one or two special eggs for each child with a note inside that they can trade in for a big toy that wouldn’t fit. You can find some great, affordable prizes at your local Walmart!
- If you have a small scale egg hunt, give each child an egg color or size so there is no confusion as to which eggs they should look for. If you have a large scale egg hunt, decide on egg colors or size per age group, i.e. Ages 2-4 can only take red and yellow eggs, ages 5-9 can only take blue and green eggs, etc. That way, they will get the appropriate goodies for their age group and you know how to appropriately hide them so that they’re not too difficult for little ones, or too easy for older ones, to find.
- Set an appropriate time for the hunt. Keep in mind when it starts to get dark in your area and allow the kids ample time before sundown. Also keep in mind that the kids will want to play with and eat their prizes right away, so plan it around your meals.
- Decide on the area you will hide the eggs in and, if necessary, use flags to create boundaries so the kids don’t go looking in the wrong places. It also provides an element of safety so you can make sure that they don’t wander off or go into areas where they might get hurt.
- Write down where you hide the eggs. I can tell you from experience that it’s easy to forget after hiding a bunch of them!
- Hand out baskets to make it easy for the kids to collect their eggs. A fun way to prepare for this is to let them decorate and personalize their egg hunt baskets a day or two before Easter!
- Designate egg hunt “moderators” who can help the kids find the eggs if they have trouble and get frustrated. For little ones, they can guide them in the right direction.
- Designate a few people to handle photography and take pictures of the kids hunting for the eggs. These moments are precious and will be special memories to look back on!
- Make a rule that no one can open their eggs until each child has found all of their eggs. Patience is a virtue!
What do YOU have planned for the egg hunt this year? Share with us on our Facebook wall!
April 7th, 2014 at 1:40 pm
I love to watch my kids’ eyes light up when they find their Easter basket. We fill the baskets with candy and other favorite food treats for the little ones to enjoy, but every year I struggle to find other items to include. Here is a list of 100 items you can fill your child’s basket with!
- Pacifier Holder
- Sippee Cups
- Musical Toys
- Garanimals Baby Toys or Foam Letters
- Small Stuffed Animal
- Toddler Cutlery
- Magnetic Fridge Letters
- Rain Boots
- Coloring Books
- Character Undies
- Hex bugs
- Bath Toys/Crayons
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Fun Toothbrush
- Fun Shampoo
- Stuffed Animal
- Painting Smock
- Art Supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, paints)
- Art Kits
- Bubble Bath
- Fun Cups/Plates
- Dress Up Items
- Play Jewelry
- Pool Toys
- Fun Duct Tape
- Kids Word Search
- Jump Rope
- Construction Paper
- Hair Pretties
- Book light
- Sandals/Flip Flops
- Beach Towel
- Matchbox cars
- Play Tool Set
- Sand Toys
- Shovel and Pail
- Bike Horn/Bell
- Character Bandaids
- Temporary Tatoos
- Water Bottle
- Summer Hat
- Books – appropriate for child’s level
- Sticket Books
- Water Gun
- Nerf Gun
- Swim Goggles
- Sporting Supplies or games
- Jigsaw Puzzle
- Cards or Card Game
- Jacks or Marbles
- Tape Measure (my boys loved the keychain ones since they were toddlers)
- Nail Painting Supplies
- Animal figures
- Magic Tricks
- Comic Book or Kids Magazine
- Bop it or Tangle Jr
- My Little Pony or other small horses
- Play Food
- Walkie Talkies
- Small Magna Doodle or Etch a Sketch
- Glow Sticks
- Small Musical Instrument (harmonica, recorder)
- Pencils/Pencil Toppers
- Action Figures
- Trading Cards
- Fun Socks
- Seeds and a pot
- Diary or Journal
- Video Game controller or new game
- Play Dough
- Bunny Ears
- Gift Cards to favorite stops
- Bunny Money
Feel free to share any other ideas I may have missed!
April 4th, 2014 at 9:00 am
Easter is such a fun time filled with the anticipation of hidden baskets and eggs. Help spread the excitement by adding some games for your child to play. Whether it be an Easter themed puzzle, virtual egg coloring, or even an Easter themed book, these apps will make preparing for Easter even more fun!
Easter Bunny Tracker - See if the Easter Bunny is close to hiding his/her eggs at your house!
Paint Easter Egg HD – A fun app for coloring virtual eggs…same fun without the mess!
Hidden Egg Hunt - A hidden picture game where you find hidden eggs. Race against the clock to beat each level.
Easter Bunny Call – Make your little ones think the Easter Bunny is calling them directly.
Color Me! Easter – A virtual coloring book with pictures of the Easter Bunny, eggs, and other spring things.
Bubble Blast Easter - A puzzle game you won’t be able to put down.
Puzzle Me Easter – Work on your jigsaw puzzle skills with this easter themed app.
Easter Bunny Scan O’Meter - Tells children whether they are being good or bad according to the Easter Bunny – the best part is that you set it secretly!
Easter Expressions - Make cards that can be emailed to wish Easter blessings to family and friends.
Easter Egg Design Generator - Another virtual egg dying app.
Easter Bunny Dress Up – Have your child take a picture with the Easter Bunny that they dressed up themselves!
Easter Bunny Games for Kids: Easter Egg Hunt Jigsaw Puzzles HD for Toddler and Preschool - An easy jigsaw puzzle app for the littlest ones.
Sneezies Easter Edition - A chain reaction game with sneezing fun!
Easter Egg Match – A fun slider game matching Easter Eggs.
Fly the Flappy Easter Bird - An arcade style game.
Bunyfur’s Easter Eggs – An Easter eBook.
April 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Easter is only a few weeks away and it’s never too early to plan your holiday meals. Instead of saving the best for last, we like to start with it…DESSERT! Cakes, candy, cookies, and more, there are so many choices! You can go traditional or get creative. Do you have a special family recipe for an Easter dessert? Share your delicious creations on our Facebook page!
- Mother Hen and Chicks Cake/Cupcakes
- Easter Bark
- Colorful Easter Layer Cake
- Chocolate Covered “Carrot” Strawberries
- Bunny Cream Puffs
- Chocolate Birds’ Nests
- Peep Rice Krispy Treat Baskets
- Easter Bunny Cake
- Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles
Photo Credit: www.bhg.com
March 17th, 2014 at 6:44 am
Has the leprechaun been tricky and visited your home yet today? Our leprechaun does some tricky things like turning our milk green! He’s a sneaky little fellow! He can show up any time so if he hasn’t appeared yet, be aware!
In our house we will be eating lots of green foods today! Think kale, sugar snap peas, green M&M’s, spinach, and more! We also like to make some foods green that aren’t usually green. Ever have green pancakes or green floats? Check out this rainbow treat with gold at the bottom of it. An adorable treat for the kids or a great item to send to friends! I also think this rainbow of fruit may have to make its way to our dinner table.
As my boys get older, it might be more fun to do a treasure hunt for the leprechauns gold. Check out some of these great ideas:
Remember to leave a little treat from the Leprechaun like a lucky penny, some chocolate gold coins or a box of Lucky Charms cereal.
Here’s a few more sprinkles of laughter to bring fun to St. Patricks Day.
What is Irish and left out on the lawn all summer?
What happens when a leprechaun falls into a river?
He gets wet!
Why do frogs like St. Patrick’s Day?
Because they’re already wearing green!
Why can’t you iron a four-leaf clover?
Because you shouldn’t press you luck!
I’ll send you off with an irish blessing:
Here’s to me, and here’s to you. And here’s to love and laughter.
I’ll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.
March 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm
You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s an excuse to have some fun with the kids…make some treats, do some crafts, maybe watch a parade. Dress up in your best green gear and check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day fun!
February 20th, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Today is National Love Your Pet Day, which seems kind of odd because we love our pets EVERY day, but it’s definitely nice to designate a day to really celebrate how much they mean to you. Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, rodent, reptile, fish or any other type of pet, give them some extra TLC today. Spend more time than you usually do with them…either playing with them or just holding, cuddling or petting them. Extra treats won’t hurt either! In our busy day-to-day lives we don’t always have time to give them, so make today great for both of you! What will you do with your pet?
Photo Credit: keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
February 10th, 2014 at 10:25 am
One of my favorite things to do to prepare for Valentine’s Day is to share stories of love with my little ones. A tradition of ours is to snuggle on the couch with some fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk while we read some of our favorite Valentine’s Day books. I wanted to share a list of some of our favorites that we have shared through the years.
One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.
George and his friend celebrate Valentine’s Day with decorating, card making and the kind of mischief that only a monkey can make!
When Clifford was a baby he got into so much trouble on Valentine’s Day, but continues to be Emily Elizabeth’s favorite year after year.
A great story that you have to find the right person to love you for who you are.
Our favorite mouse from If you Give a Mouse a Cookie celebrates Valentine’s Day.
The story of a prank gone wrong changes the pranksters heart in the end.
An old favorite from my childhood shows that even if you have never celebrated Valentine’s Day you can always start!
If you have read any of the books in this series you know that this book makes the classic song come alive in a different manner.
This book shows that a mother’s unconditional love will never be changed.
We love the book Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh so were excited to see this title. This funny story is a great example that anything can happen if you follow your heart.
My boys have heard this story since they were first born. They love the story of the endless amounts of love a father and son can have for one another.
Pete discovers how special Valentines can be and makes Valentines for everyone.
Print this list and take it to your local library, then snuggle up and enjoy the stories of love with your little ones all this week!
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.