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Easter Findings April 3, 2012


This year marks the first of many fun times with the kids! After having Paige, I was too excited for all the celebrations, adventures, and excitement that seemingly disappeared after I grew out of my childhood. I couldn’t wait for our first trip to the beach, or the zoo, were I could show her everything that being a kid has to offer! Little did I know, I had to wait until she’s old enough to actually understand everything! Since she will two in May, now seems like the best time to start the fun..with Easter! Some good food, family, and a visit from the Easter Bunny should kick things off right! Maybe next year, Colt will be able to join in on the fun.

I wanted to share some Easter ideas that I found this week, that I plan on trying.

First on my list, are these cuties…

Peep Deviled Eggs (compliments of Pinterest)

We love to eat in our family. I’m pretty sure everyone just shows up to eat…unless there are presents involved.  This year, the most amazing chef I will be cooking! These deviled eggs are so cute, and just as easy. Boil your eggs, and cut the top off instead of slicing long ways. Prepare your filling how you like it, stuff the eggs, and place the top back on. You can use triangular slices of carrots as noses, and bits of black olives as eyes.

Next is the cake!

Easter Bunny Cake!

I actually found this on a search in Yahoo! and my mother in law told me how easy it was. Bake two round cakes. Put one in the center for the face, then cut two half moons inwardly into the second round cake. Place the middle under the face for a bow-tie, and the two outer pieces on top for ears! I am planning on doing this with a carrot cake recipe I found, and doing a homemade cream cheese icing.  I wanted to wait to post the recipe for the cake until I personally tried it though!

Easy Decorations:

These were actually made by my cousin Karrie, and are so cute, I can’t wait to make them! All you have to do is mix one cup of liquid starch and half a cup of flour. You will also need embroidery floss, and water balloons. Blow up the water balloons (with air, not water) until they are egg-shaped. Unroll your embroidery floss, and press it into the glue mixture you already made. Wrap the gooey string around the balloon, and allow several hours to dry. Then, pop the balloon once it dries. I’ve also seen someone hang these on a string as garland!

As you can see I’ve been playing around on Pinterest for Easter ideas..and I just loved this. Very refreshing to see a change in the usual flower bouquets. On the left, are just regular colored eggs. Obviously you wouldn’t want to leave this bouquet out too long! On the left is a vase filled with M&Ms, and peeps. This one you could really get creative with, mixing and matching colors, or treats!

Last on my list for now! No one likes to eat a big meal, then have to do the dishes…Here is a fun way to dress up your plastic ware:

I will continue my search for Easter goodies…and post my recipes later! I hope everyone has a safe, and happy holiday.

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Thank you! Happy Easter!

 

Homemade Baby Wipes February 13, 2012

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Homemade wipes! Paige is almost to her second birthday..I don’t know why I am just discovering this. It’s the biggest money saver I’ve come across, especially with two kids in diapers. Here’s what you need:

2 cups water
2 tbsp. baby soap
1 tbsp. baby oil or olive oil
Paper towel roll
Something to hold the wipes: I saved a Huggies baby wipes container.

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I know there are several ways to do this. The first has you cut the paper towel roll in half with a sharp knife. Which kind of paper towel you use is a personal preference thing really. I’ve read good things about the bounty rolls, so that’s what I chose. Once cut in half, remove the careboard center. As you can see…my knife sucks. Mix soap, oil and water in a circular container large enough to hold the entire roll, and seal shut. Place one of the paper towels rolls into the container, and close the lid. Allow it to soak for a few minutes, then flip the container over. Thats it! You have a second roll available whenever you need to make more.

The other way I did personally. I only have a dollar store in my town, and couldn’t find a container that would hold the wipes. So I used an empty baby wipes box. I cut the paper towel roll in half, tore each sheet off one roll and folded them. After about half of the roll, I had a stack that fit perfectly into the wipes box. I mixed together the soap, oil, and water, and poured it over the paper towels in the box. After soaking a few minutes, I flipped it over and let it sit a a few more.

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What do you do to save money?

 

 

How to: Have mess free fun! February 8, 2012

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Continuing on with our how to stop boredom list:
2. Painting in the bath tub
3. Squish paint

As you can see I have been surfing on pinterest lately. Our first idea was a huge success, and ended up entertaining Paige for over an hour. All I had to do was buy a box of watercolors, strip her down, and put her in the tub! She can paint and paint until her heart is content, and I don’t have to worry about laundry, or cleaning up! I just turned on the bath, and that was that!

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Of course I had to send a picture to dad!

Next was really simple. This would have probably been better with bigger ziploc bags. All you need to do is squirt a few colors of paint into a ziploc bag, seal it tight..and either tape it to wall, or let them play with it. Obviously this craft should be supervised. As I am typing this, Paige bit a whole in the bag!

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Now off to continue my search!

 

 

Homemade play dough

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After three days with nothing to do..I’ve been resourceful! Number one on our how to stop boredom list:
Home made play dough!

Here is what you need:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Food coloring

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Mix all of the above ingredients together until majority of the lumps are gone.

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Stir over medium heat continuously until a ball is formed, about 4 minutes. Transfer the ball to wax paper or counter top to cool.

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Once cooled, you can play! I’m still busy telling Paige not to eat it..but how good could it taste? Store dough in air tight containers.

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What kind of crafts do you do with your children?

 

 

Maintaining Physical Health January 6, 2012

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With two kids..I would love nothing more than to see them grow up, have kids of their own, and possibly even see great grand kids. Maintaining physical health is one of the most important things I can do to ensure that this happens.

Coming from a very active backround..filled with ballet, horse-back riding, and gymnastics, this is the first time in my life I haven’t been as spirited and as physically active as I used to be. Believe it or not…

This is me: taken in 2009, a few months before I got pregnant with Paige. Had motherhood not chosen me, I probably would be fullfilling my dream of being in the circus. As odd as that sounds, Cirque du Soleil was in my future. But, things happen for a reason, and I would not change my life now for the entire world!

Health and physical fitness have always been a big part of my life, and I wanted to share with everyone simple ways to live a longer, healthier life.

Eating a well balanced diet:  I know for a fact, that this is easier said than done. It’s hard to want to cook a healthy meal after a long day, or avoid stopping at the fast food restaurant. Take baby steps.. add more vegetables to your plate at dinner, or add a salad. Try eliminating one fast food trip during the week. Every little bit counts.

Get some exercise: This is a lot easier than you think. Exercising doesn’t have to be time in the gym, or lifting weights. It could be a simple walk around the neighborhood, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  Just thirty minutes per day can make the world of difference. As we get older, it’s natural to loose flexibility, and at an older age, this can make things very difficult. Regular exercise can help to maintain flexibility throughout life.

Drink more water: Making it a point to drink more water not only can increase your metabolism, help your body with aches and pains, but it’s a natural detox to clean out all the impurities. Think about it, your body is made of 75% water…try drinking at least two-three glasses per day.

Be More Social: I know you are wondering what this is doing in the list. Studies show that being more social, can actually reduce stress. Those who are isolated are prone to loneliness, and depression. So, be social, and get active! Enjoy friends, and laughter. It’s good for the soul:)

 

 

Tips for making outtings with children easier January 2, 2012

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Adjusting to two children has definitely been a challenge. Going out, car trips, and dinners in public going badly are almost a nightmare of mine. I know everyone has their own tricks for keeping their kids happy.. I thought I’d share mine!

  1. Plan ahead: This rule really applies for shopping trips. I always make sure I prepare my grocery list. I’m kind of obsessive about it, I even group things according to which aisle they are on, and in order. I can get through the store quicker, and don’t have to diddle-daddle too much.
  2. Plan ahead part 2: It’s important to make sure everyone is happy! I try to avoid going out if someone is overly tired, or ill. I also make sure the kids are fed and changed.
  3. Bring back-ups: Sometimes melt downs in public are inevitable. I try to bring either a toy, or a snack that will make my kids happy. Paige is very food-oriented. If I know she is getting ill, I’ll pull out some crackers. With Colt, I have a fun toy that lights up. Make sure your well equipped for other mishaps too.. extra change of clothes, diapers, wipes, or whatever else you think you may need.
  4. Go with the flow: I know this sounds difficult..but sometimes it’s impossible to keep everyone happy. Don’t get frustrated..it normally makes it worse. Some extra attention is sometimes in order. Try to make things fun. In the stores especially, Paige will get bored. I’ll try to make picking things off of our list silly, or dance, even though I look ridiculous to other people.
  5. Figure out what triggers melt-downs: This in itself can be difficult…but try to figure out what your child is upset about. If you can avoid it before it happens.. problem solved!

What are your tricks?

 

Top Five Ways to Enjoy Your Morning December 30, 2011

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The mornings are always a tough time for us. Everyone needs to eat, laundry has to be done, dishes need to be washed. The to-do list is endless, and can be overwhelming. I started thinking of my favorite things to do in the morning, that make my day better, and here are my top 5:

  1. Put things away the night before: I realize this is more of a night time thing to do..but if I pick up all of the toys, and half way put things in their home before bed, I wake up and have less things to do. Therefor, I feel less rushed and stressed out walking out of the bedroom.
  2. Add some light: Opening the curtains, or on a warmer day, opening the doors and windows instantly brightens my day…literally. I’m not sure if it’s the fresh air, sunshine, or a combination of the two, but I instantly feel refreshed.
  3. Savor your cup of coffee:  It’s so easy to rush through that first wonderful cup of coffee. Especially when I have so much to do. I found that if I wait until my chores are done, or until I have a minute to sit uninterrupted (which seems impossible, I know!) I can enjoy that sweet cup of goodness!
  4. Find time for a workout: With two kids under the age of two, it sometimes seems impossible to find time for a workout. But studies have shown that working produces hormones that make you happier. I use this site: www.bodyrock.tv for my workouts. Not only is it free..but majority of the workouts are less than 20 minutes. I know everyone has at least that to spare. If you find that the kids just won’t go down for a nap, or won’t let you have that much time..include them in your workout!
  5. Laugh: I know that sounds strange..but laughter is truly the best medicine. Play with your kids, go outside, or enjoy tickle time! Having a good laugh always makes you feel better.

What do you do to get through your morning?