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Candy Free Easter Egg Ideas


I don’t know about you, but we still have candy left over from Halloween and Christmas. Do we really need to fill the Easter eggs with candy too? How about filling them with some other things like…

1. Puzzle pieces and when the eggs are all found you have a full puzzle.

2. The pictures or names of the people at the hunt so they have to go to that person and ask for a small treasure eg erasers, pencil, coloring book etc

3. Create a scavenger hunt each egg leads to another place and at the end they get one cool prize.

4. Stickers, toy cars, marbles (for older kids)

5. Dried Fruit

6. mini nail polish

7. money

8. cuties

9. lip glass or balm

10. magic towels

11. travel sized lotion

12. new shoe laces – the fancy kind

13. scented body spray

14. earrings

15. rings

16. zipper pulls

17. ponytail holder

18. un-inflated beach ball

19. Polly pocket clothes – my girls love this

20. mini rubber stamps


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Indoor Gardening with Kids


I’m not known for my green thumb, but I still think it important to show kids the basics of gardening. I thought this week would be good to show kids some indoor gardening skills  and have a little fun at the same time with some simple activities.

1. Garlic in a can – You will need a head of garlic, some potting mix, a plastic coffee container or flower pot, and nail to make holes in bottom of coffee container. We suggest using a coffee filter or paper towel so the dirt doesn’t fall through the holes. Fill the pot with soil about 2 inches below rim. Split garlic head into cloves, keeping as much as the skin on as possible. Making sure the pointy part of the clove is up plant cloves poking them in about half way down into the soil. They can be put close together but not touching. Finish filling container, pat soil down gently. Water gently and slowly until water comes out bottom of container. Water often so the soil says moist. In about 2 weeks you should see garlic shoots coming up, wait till they get a couple inches before you snip them. Leave about an inch so they can continue growing.

2. Grow your own celery – This is a good one for little kids. Cut a bunch of celery about 2 inches from the base. Use the base of the celery and place in a small bowl or jar filled with about an inch of water, keep out of direct sunlight. The celery should start growing in a few days.  Change water every other day and make sure it doesn’t dry out.

optional: You can replant the growing celery into a pot with dirt.

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April Fools Day Fun with Kids


April Fools Day is traditionally a chance to play jokes and tricks on your kids, family, and friends. The more original the better.  The trick is to make it as believable as possible for as long as you can. They are the most successful if done earlier in the day before one can fully come to their senses and figures it out. The younger the child the better, they are the most gullible. Tricks and jokes played must be harmless and in good taste.

1. Give the kids an envelope up Doughnut seeds. For free printout go to

2. This site has some amazing April Fools food ideas, I like the “Taco Bowls” and “Spaghetti and Meatballs”

3. How about a pan of Brown E’s for your child’s classroom. Just make sure the teacher is in on it.

4. Serve a big juicy apple for lunch with a gummy worm peaking out of it.

5. Serve juice that won’t spill, serve jello in glass with straw sticking out.

6. How about a batch of faux chocolate chip cookies. Fun recipe at

7. Serve up a cheese sandwich with peas and carrots for lunch or dinner.

8. Use lunch bags with printed bugs on them to make your child’s school lunch.

9. Add food coloring to your milk, so they can have colorful cereal for breakfast.

10. Short sheet your kids bed. For those of you who didn’t go to camp and don’t know what that means, heres some instructions.


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Photo Challenge for April


I love finding and trying to do monthly photo challenges. This time I thought it would be fun to come up with my own family based challenge for April. Try for one a day, you’ll have fun and so will the kids.

1. Kids with their silliest faces
2. Who is under the bed?
3. Picture in a picture
4. School Library day
5. Ice or snow is cold
6. Art- tastic – try out a new filter in photo shop
7. No housework allowed
8. Bird is the word
9. Wheels
10. National Siblings Day
11. National Submarine Day
12. A Map
13. Key to their heart
14. Moment of laughter
15. Sundae pleasure
16. Reach as high as you can
17. High fives
18. Juggling act
19. Something Purple
20. Easter
21.  Blurred
22. Earth Day
23.Starts with the letter E
24. Up Close
25.Arbor Day
26. Something Soft
27. Far away
28. A friend
29. Kitchen Sink
30. The eyes have it

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National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day


Very few people know that today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. How this  started and why is beyond me but I don’t mind, it happens to be one of my favorite snacks. They say that chocolate comes from cocoa beans which is vegetable and raisins are a fruit. Your supposed to eat fruits and vegetables every day right. how about trying to make these yourself.

Chocolate Covered Raisins Recipe


1/2 cup chocolate chopped
1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup plump moist raisins


1. Prepare baking sheet by lining with waxed paper.

2. Place shopped chocolate and oil into microwave safe bowl. Microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

3. Once chocolate is smooth, and raisins and stir until well coated with chocolate. It will be a thin coat on each raisin.

4. Scrape chocolate covered raisins onto prepared sheet and separate them so they aren’t in huge clumps.

5. Place in fridge for about 15 minutes then break apart any clump. Store in tightly covered container in fridge up to a week. Enjoy!!

*For thicker chocolate layer dip  again after fridge.

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St Patricks Day Hairstyle Idea

As the mom of two little girls I’m always on the look out for super cute and easy hair ideas. My older daughter is 10 now and usually prefers doing her own hair in the morning, but we have an agreement that I get to do her hair on special occasions, and holidays. This one is easy!

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Bringing Out Your Kids Inner Leprechaun on St Patricks

Irish Dance Shoe Ghillie Clip on by Triskelt on Etsy

Irish Dance Shoe Ghillie Clip on by Triskelt on Etsy

I was raised in a parade watching family. Didn’t matter what Holiday it was we would have some breakfast and watch the parade happening in a different state. I love St Patrick’s day, the color green, Irish food,  watching the step dancers all of it. Some here is some fun ideas to help your kids bring our their inner leprechaun.

1. Green’s the color to be seen in. What will you wear? Help kids decide the day before.  Clip in Green hair,  green fingernail polish, green tights, one of those crochet hat with curly orange beard attached. Have fun with it.

2. A green breakfast is the way to go. Green milk to go with your cereal, green oatmeal with fruit,  Lucky charms, or how about green eggs and ham. Talk to kids over breakfast how the holiday came to be.

3. Go to your local library and check out some fun books like, Jamie O Rourke and the Big Potato, The Kingfisher treasury of Irish Stories, and Irish Fairy Tales.

4. Go on a fun treasure hunt.  Hide gold foil covered chocolate coins and let kids find them.

5. Find a super fun St Patty’s craft project online to do with kids.

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Mardi Gras Recipe


Usually for Mardi Gras I make chicken gumbo. This year I thought I would try out another classic dish.

Crab and Shrimp Étouffée Recipe

2 pounds unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped celery
3 garlic cloves
1 (14-oz.) can chicken broth
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon low-sodium Creole seasoning
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 (16-oz.) container fresh crabmeat, drained and flaked
5 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
Garnish: chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. Peel shrimp; de-vein, if desired.
2. Melt butter with oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until caramel colored. Add chopped onion, green pepper, and celery; cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add minced garlic, and sauté 1 minute.
3. Stir in chicken broth, white wine, and next 6 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add shrimp. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
4. Stir in crab meat; cook, stirring often, until thoroughly heated.
5. Spoon shrimp mixture into individual serving bowls. Spoon hot cooked rice on top of shrimp mixture. Garnish, if desired.

*2 (16-oz.) packages frozen unpeeled, raw shrimp, thawed according to package directions, may be substituted.

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Raspberry Swirl Rolls Recipe

Raspberry Swirl Rolls

Raspberry Swirl Rolls

I cheat on these and use my bread machine to make the bread dough. I love making these for special brunches.

Dough Ingredients:
1/2 cup warm milk
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 tablespoons active dry yeast or 1 package
1/2 stick room temp butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 cups flour

3/4 cup frozen raspberries
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1.5 tablespoons melted butter
1.5 tablespoons milk

1. Place all dough ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer instructions and use dough setting.

2. Remove dough from bread machine onto lightly floured surface. Pat dough into 12 inch by 5 inch rectangle.

Filling:  In small bowl gently mix together raspberries, sugar and cornstarch to combine. Sprinkle mixture over dough. Roll into long 12 inch log pinching edge to seal. Using sharp knife slice log into 8 equal slices. Place slices outside up into greased 9 inch round cake pan. Spoon extra raspberry mixture over rolls. Cover pan and let rise in warm place until doubled about 1 – 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Uncover rolls and bake until golden brown about 25 – 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 30 minutes in pan.

Glaze:  Whisk together powdered sugar, butter and milk until smooth. Pour over warm rolls and spread out evenly with spatula. serve rolls warm or room temperature.

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Teaching Kids Random Acts of Kindness


When we do something kind for someone else wither it be our own family member, friend or neighbor we are widening our circle of influence. This kind deed engages an area of our brain connected to happiness, feeling connected and trust. It’s releases endorphins and makes us feel good along with the people we helped out. Doing little tasks for others, can help boost self worth. Teaching a kid to do random acts of kindness can make them feel included and valued.

Teaching SERVICE begins at home:

1. Mail a card to a friend.
2. Snail mail a birthday card to a family member or friend.
3. Place an Amazon order through your friend affiliate link.
4. Have pizza delivered to a friend. (done this its a lot of fun)
5. Call a friend to check in with them.
6. Call Grandma and tell her you love her.
7. Help a neighbor with yard work, or take their trash to the curb.
8. Leave a baked treat in the mailbox for the mail carrier.
9. Shovel a path through the snow for neighbors. (I live in the Rocky Mountains, neighbors love this one and have even shoveled ours in return)
10. Send a letter to our military overseas.
11. Make a lemonade or Popsicle stand on a hot day and give the treats away for free.
12. Take the neighbors dog for a walk.
13. Send a thank you note to someone important to you.
14. Do one of your family members chores.
15. Take towels, food, or toys to the local animal shelter.
16. Mow your neighbors yard too.
17.Clip coupons for a neighbor who uses them.
18. Make coupons for friends, relatives, or neighbors that can be turned in for a meal or service.
19. Make a meal for someone in need.
20. Carry a neighbors newspaper to their front door.
21. Send a care package to someone in the military.
22. Mail a letter, or kids artwork or video to grandparent living far away.
23. Write  a secret not for someone in your home.
24. Make a special dessert just because.
25. Donate your gently used unwanted things to a thrift store.
26. Walk a shelter dog for a few minutes.

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