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3/21/17

22 Cute Easter Crafts for the Family

{Guest Contributor - Jordan S.} We love celebrating Easter in this house, especially with the kids. They look forward to a visit from the Easter bunny almost as much as a visit from Santa.
So, in the weeks before Easter we go all out when it comes to decorating and making Easter crafts, to help us get in the Easter spirit. Here are a few of my favorite Easter crafts that the whole family can enjoy.



1. Easter Wreath :: Sprinkle some Fun
Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. A beautiful Easter wreath full of spring flowers is just the thing to herald the start of the warm weather, and the kids love helping collect and arrange the flowers. We just made a round wreath, but this tutorial shows you how to make a cute bunny-shaped wreath.




2. Pompom Bunnies and Chicks :: Country Living
These cute little creatures perform double duty at our house. Not only do they make cute decorations, but the kids love to play with them, as well.



I’ve made this fabric-strip bunting on a few occasions, simply because it is so easy to do, and it uses up all those old scraps of fabric you have hanging around. For non-sewers, if you don’t have fabric scraps, cut up some old sheets and pillows.



4. Peep Houses :: Yesterfood
We like to put our gingerbread-making skills to good use at Easter time and make little houses for marshmallow peeps. They are super cute, and the kids get a kick out of decorating the houses with all types of Easter candy.



5. Bunny Chair Covers :: Spoonful
This craft helps the kids get into the mood for Easter, and gives them somewhere special to sit during the Easter celebrations. This tutorial makes white Easter bunnies, but you could easily use different colored slip covers or pillowcases to create chicks or other animals.


6. Easter Egg Ornaments :: The Life of Jennifer Dawn
These ornaments look great hanging on windows, or even from a vase full of beautiful spring branches. You could even go for a more glamorous look and use gemstone beads instead of plastic beads.


7. String Easter Eggs Ornament :: Better Homes and Gardens
Another ornament that we made was this string Easter egg ornament. They can be a little fiddly to make, and you have to have the patience of a Saint to wait until they dry, but the end result looks amazing. Once they are dry, you can paint them whatever colors you want, but even plain white looks gorgeous.


8. Hatched Eggs :: Hungry Happenings
Even snack time gets the Easter treatment around here. These hard-boiled egg hatched chicks are great for getting my kids to eat carrots and any other veggie I can carve into a leg shape. Though, just try telling your kids not to play with their food after you make this.


9. Beaded Easter Eggs :: Two Sisters Crafting
Decorating eggs is a serious business in our house, and I love how these beaded eggs glitter – without actual glitter, which I loathe. Instead, I prefer multi-colored gemstone beads. They look so beautiful clustered together in a big bowl on the dining table.


10. Shaving Cream Eggs :: Crafty Morning
My kids, on the other hand, love making these shaving cream eggs. They are incredibly simple to do, with half the mess of dying them the traditional way. Though unfortunately, you can’t eat these eggs after you make them.


11. Washi Tape Eggs :: Lovely Indeed
You can definitely eat these eggs after you make them, though you may not want to because they’re so cute. I always have a good supply of Washi tape handy, and my kids get to go crazy and design amazing patterns for their eggs, which we hide on Easter morning.


12. Kool-Aid Eggs :: Fabulessly Frugal
Another fun way to dye eggs that we tried is using Kool-Aid. You will probably need to use a few packets to get a nice, bright color. But, as an added bonus, the house smelled amazing while we were dying the eggs.

13. Easter Candy Jars :: Crazy Little Projects
The kids are given a lot of candy over the Easter holiday. To stop them from eating it all at once, we made these cute candy jars to keep it in. Though, it’s very hard to resist taking a few pieces from jars this adorable.


14. Egg Shell Planters :: Le Robins Nest
While not strictly an Easter craft, I loved making these tiny egg shell planters for my equally tiny succulents. Having lots of greenery around the house is uplifting and gets me in the Easter spirit.

15. Bunny Masks :: Daily Leisure
The little ones love to play make believe. So, we made these Easter bunny masks so they could pretend to hide things around the house.


16. Bunny Ears :: Better Homes and Gardens
We also made these adorable bunny ears out of felt (which were a lot more durable than the cardboard ones we had last year). I had to do most of the gluing because this craft calls for my trusty hot glue gun, but the kids certainly loved hopping around the house afterward.


17. Easter Countdown Calendar :: Love Sweet Love
The kids were so thrilled with their homemade advent calendars from Christmas, that they asked me to do the same for Easter. This Easter Countdown calendar is great because the plastic eggs are big enough to hide toys, rather than just candy inside.


18. Sock Bunny Hand Puppet :: All Kids Network
Kids love to learn through imaginative play, so these sock bunny puppets are just the thing to get them thinking about Easter.


19. Easter Egg Pinata :: Oh Happy Day
An Easter egg piñata is a spectacular way to finish off an Easter egg hunt. So, we put our papier mache skills to good use and made a beautiful piñata using this tutorial.


20. Potato Stamp Easter Egg Art :: Premediated Leftovers
Kids love painting, but usually the resulting artwork is a bit of a mess. But, with these cute potato stamps, the pictures turned out so well that we framed them to put around the house this Easter.

21. Jelly Bean Bracelets :: A Thrifty Mom
We always include some yummy jelly beans in the kids’ Easter baskets every year. So, this year we’ve decided to make these cute jelly bean bracelets after the Easter egg hunt. If your kids are young, you may need to do most of the needlework yourself, but you can let them choose the pattern of the beans.


22. Easter Basket :: Nap-Time Creations
Finally, no Easter is complete without cute DIY Easter baskets. These woven felt baskets look so much better than the cheap plastic ones you can buy, and they last longer, too. This craft is a little difficult for younger ones to help with, but if you have older kids, they would probably love to help weave the felts patterns themselves.

3/17/17

Construction Themed Birthday Party

When Jessica of City Girl Gone Rural began planning for her son's upcoming construction themed birthday party she took inspiration from everything around her. She searched through Pinterest and Etsy and took notes on her phone whenever she came across a great idea perfect for the party. 


She gathered all those great ideas and threw the best construction themed birthday party ever.


Real construction hats and vests hung along the wall for all the guests to wear when they arrived. How fun are these! A small chain hung on the wall above the hats and vests complete with photos of the birthday boy that worked perfectly as a banner. Guests were encouraged to take their favorite photos of the birthday boy home with them.


To create the fun backdrop, Jessica dipped remote-control car tires in different colors of paint and rolled them across the white background paper to create tire tracks in all different directions. 
Tires stacked on top of each other was topped with a sheet of diamond plated steel to serve as the cake stand along side of a 3 tiered tool shelf that worked for the food buffet. Bright yellow tire rims worked perfectly for elevating the different types of food. A blue bolt bin housed the cupcakes and toys from around the house served as both decorations as well serving trays and bowls

Orange tablecloths wrapped with yellow caution tape matched the theme perfectly.


The old blue bolt bins added a rustic worn feel and was perfect for holding the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. Each cupcake was topped with a construction themed road sign topper.




The metal tool shelf served up a fun DIY taco bar. Truck beds were filled with taco toppings like tomatoes and jalapenos and salsas. Limes were placed perfectly in the front of the construction toys and gucamole was ready for the taking.


Chips and dips were piled high on the dump truck! How great is this!! I don't know about you, but I am ready to dig in.


The chocolate construction themed birthday cake was the highlight of the day. It was topped with trucks and rocks made to resemble a construction work site.


A "refueling" station was set up for guests to take a quick break and recharge from all the fun. These prints of machinery were set up throughout the party from Kastner Illustration on Etsy. 



Party games and activites were set up to ensure guests got the full on construction theme feel. An indoor sandbox with construction toys was set up for guests to play and dig. Guests were also encouraged to plan and build whatever their hearts desired with coloring sheests, stickers, play-doh, and temporary tattoos.
What a fun party! Jessica did a fantastic job pulling everything together and thinking outside the box on this party. I love parties that are out of the traditional norm of the party world. That makes for a memorable day. Be sure to check out more of Jessica and her blog at City Girl Gone Rural.
Check out these great ideas for planning your next construction themed birthday party.
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3/13/17

DIY Vegetable Garden Stakes

It's spring and that means it's time to get outside and get working in the garden. I love that my boys love to help me work in the garden and take care of the plants. We do not have the greenest thumb but it's fun to see the plants grow and our hard work pay off.

Last spring we planted a lot of vegeables in our garden but after awhile, I forgot what we planted and we had a lot of questions as to how to feed and care for them. So, this year I create these simple DIY vegetable garden stakes to help us remember where and what we planted.


Now, when we head outside to water and feed our plants, I know exactly what we have growing and what is not fairing as well. Plus, we planted some seeds as well and now we know exactly where those seeds are. This is a great craft for the kids to help with as well.


What you need:

  • Craft paint in your choice of colors
  • Flat wood craft stakes from craft store
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Vegetable pictures and/or words printed off from computer
  • Mog podge sealant



How to make:
1. Paint wood stakes with desired colors and let dry.


2. Cut out printed words and vegetables.


3. Using Mog Podge, glue paper onto wood stakes and let sit to dry.
4. Once dried, apply another coat of mod podge over front, back and all sides of stakes to create a waterproof seal.


5. Once dried completely, place in garden to identify your vegetables.





I was able to complete this simple craft in just a few hours while the boys were at school. I love how they came out. This would also be a great craft to have the kids help with.

Check out these great ideas to help you create awesome DIY Garden Stakes.
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3/6/17

Backyard Burger Party

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Spring is finally here and that means getting outside and enjoying the beautiful crisp air and gorgeous temperatures. Especially before the summer heat hits and it's impossible to get outside at all. Celebrating spring doesn't have to be a hassle. Getting outdoors with your family and enjoying a fabulous lunch together is a perfect and super simple way to enjoy the beautiful temperatures.

This spring head outdoors and host a Backyard Burger Party full of delicious foods and sides that your whole family will love. But, with the temperatures warming up, you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen preparing for your lunch and miss out on everything going on outside. So, that is why when preparing for our family burger party I love that I can use the 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set from Rubbermaid®. It allows me to get everything prepared ahead of time before everyone heads over. 


Are you ready to break out of the winter funk and head outside for a fun backyard burger party?!?! I know I am so ready for the spring time. We didn't have much of a winter here in north Texas, but we had a good amount of freezing temps that I personally love, but I do love the warmer temperatures a tad bit more. I love to be able to get outdoors with my boys and ride bikes, jump on the trampoline, and of course picnics and outdoor dining! Hosting a backyard burger party is so easy and only takes a few simple steps to help celebrate spring and enjoy quality time with your family outdoors. 


Host a Backyard Burger Party

Invite all your family and friends over and fire up the grill for an afternoon lunch that everyone will love. You just need a few items to make your party stand out. Head to Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Amazon and other fine retailers to pick up the 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set from Rubbermaid®. It makes food prep simple and amazing! Plus, makes amazing serving dishes because they are air tight and helps keep the bugs and enviornment out of your food. 


Start preping your food about 1 hour prior to your guests arrival. You want to make sure you have everything ready to go before they arrive so you don't miss a single moment. The 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set comes in several differet sizes that holds everything you'll need for any gathering. We placed our prepared tomatoes, lettuce, onions, entire salad, sliced cheese, baked beans, macaroni salad and even our prepped burger patties in the different storage containers. Once we had all our food prepped and stored safely in these 100% Leak Proof Guaranteed containers, we stored them perfectly in our refrigerator. This now allows me to prepare the yard for our lunch.


These storage containers are a must when planning your backyard burger party. I don't know if I could have prepped my food ahead of time and still had everything fresh and delicious when party time came around if I hadn't used them. Not sure if these are right for you? Check out more great reasons why I love the 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set from Rubbermaid®.
  • The #1 point of differentiation is 100% Leak Proof. Guaranteed.
  • Stain and Odor Resistant
  • Crystal Clear and easy to see what's inside
  • Splatter-resistant Microwaving with innovative vents allow microwaving with the lid on and latches open to help reduce splatters
  • Stacks Perfectly in the refrigerator
  • Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ is available nationwide at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Amazon and other fine retailers.

When planning our outdoor lunch, we used our current outdoor patio table to dine at. I chose not to use a table cloth because it was a little windy outside and I didn't want to have to deal with the tablecloth flying away and our food and plates blowing around. I set up a table to the side to hold all  our delicious food for our burgers, sides, salads, and even drinks.


Normally our outdoor dining consits of paper plates but not for this party! I had to pull out the pretty plates so we could dine in style. Glass mason jars with lids were perfect for drinks especially with kids.


The food table was set up perfectly using the 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set from Rubbermaid® as a make your own burger bar. This way everyone could make their burgers the way they want to make the perfect burger! Fresh bakery buns, strawberries and grapes, two choice of sides, side salad, condiments, and fresh lemonade and sweet tea completed our food table. 


For decor I used this 3-tiered galvanized stand filled with a framed chalkboard with hand-letting, grass balls, flowers, and other items I thought would be perfect. I had most items around the house.




Now that our party was all set up, it's time to head outside and get cooking with family. We threw a few burgers on the grill, heated up the baked beans and got straight to digging in to the great food and having fun.


It's time to get started and enjoy those burgers.


Not only does the 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set from Rubbermaid® make amazing storage and prep containers, they also make excellent take home left over containers as well. Because they are 100% Leak Proof I know their food will stay where it needs to on their drive home. Imagine how grateful my family was that I was able to send them home with their own set of 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set from Rubbermaid®. What an amazing afternoon we had and I can't wait to do it again. 
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