18 Easter Hacks

 18 Easter Hacks

Easter will be here in just a few days!  Can you believe it?  I feel like it has completely crept up on us this year.  Even though there are just a few days until the big day, there is plenty of time to implement some of these awesome Easter hacks!  These easy tips will not only simplify your day, but help make this Easter the best ever!

18 Easter Hacks - Easter Scavenger Hunt

1. A Scavenger Hunt From The Easter Bunny

Your kiddos will be so excited to get a list from the Easter Bunny!  Plus, no more worrying over the eggs getting evenly divided!  Problem solved!

18 Easter Hacks - Dying Easter Eggs the Easy Way

 2. Use a whisk to help keep dying Easter Eggs clean and mess free.

How great is this idea?  No more dying your fingers!  This tip will keep your eggs the only thing that are getting dyed!

 18 Easter Hacks - Dye Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid

 3. Dye Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid!

These eggs are not only pretty with gorgeous colors, but I would think that the Kool Aid would make them smell (well, better than eggs smell!) :)

18 Easter Hacks - Organize your eggs

4.  Make sure everyone gets an even amount of eggs.

I thought this idea was so smart!  Each child gets a specific color to hunt.  No more arguing over who has the most eggs!

18 Easter Hacks - How to decorate eggs with shaving cream

5. Decorate Eggs with Beauty Supplies!

These pretty eggs were made with shaving cream!  Can you believe it?

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6. Minute To Win It – Easter Style!

We love Minute to Win it games!  And these 10 Easter inspired games are no different!

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7. Check your refrigerator for decorating inspiration! 

Don’t these floral arrangements look amazing?  Who knew that your veggie crisper could be hiding the perfect props!

How to dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

8. Make gorgeous eggs with….men’s neck ties!

Who would have ever guessed?  No mess, no boiling the eggs prior….just vinegar, water and a silk tie.  Time to hit up the thrift shops!

18 Easter Hacks - Nail polish eggs

9. Nail Polish Easter Eggs?  Nailed It!

See what I did there?  :) I know, I couldn’t help it!  But seriously – these eggs would make great teacher gifts or would be perfect for filling baskets for tween/teen girls!

Amazon is a great place to get nail polish!

 18 Easter Hacks - Plant Jellybeans to grow a lolly pop garden

10. Plant Jellybeans to grow a Lollipop garden!

This is such a fun and magical tradition.  Have your kids plant Jellybeans and watch their excitement as lollipops grow in their place!

Candy Filled Cupcakes - Awesome idea for all of your leftover Halloween candy!! Super easy too!

 11. Fill cupcakes with Easter candy!

Think of it as a box of chocolates – you never know what you will get!  Add different candies to cupcake batter and it turns a box mix into something super special!

18 Easter Hacks - Bunny Footprints

12.  Proof the Bunny was here!

Bunny prints are so easy to make!  Plus, aren’t they cute?

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13. For the 21 and over crowd….

I always loved chocolate bunnies, but I admit, my heart would sink when I found out they were hollow chocolate bunnies.  But now, after this Easter hack, I’m second guessing that!

18 Easter Hacks - Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt

14. Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt

We have been doing this for a few years ago!  This is officially the way-to-make-hunting-Easter-Eggs-Cool-for-tweens Easter Egg Hunt.  Glow sticks!  The kids love em!

Bonus: It’s cheaper to fill eggs with glow sticks than it is to fill them with candy! :)

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15. Add a puzzle piece….

This is one of my favorite ideas!  Usually at our house the kids get their eggs, dump them and count up their candy.  Then the parents go through counting eggs (usually two or three times) to make sure we don’t have eggs that get stranded outside.  While you are filling up the eggs but one puzzle piece in each egg.  Then, once the kids find the eggs they can take the puzzle pieces out and put the puzzle together.  If the puzzle is complete, they have found all the eggs!

Check out some great puzzles here! 

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16. What to do with those Peeps?

Make S’mores of course!  Peep S’mores are the best!

What flavor Peeps do you love the best?

18 Easter Hacks

17. Fill the eggs with coupons (everyone loves coupons!) 

These cute coupons are free to print and would be a great candy alternative for filling up Easter Eggs!

18 Easter hacks

18. Impress the kids (and the adults!) with this trick!

This is one cool trick and only takes 5 seconds!  After all nothing says Easter like a little egg trick!

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29 of the Best Easter Ideas

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Easter will be here before you know it.  Are you ready?  I admit, we have a lot to do still, but these 29 ideas will have you ready in no time!  These are the best Easter ideas around!

Easter Recipes and Crafts:

1. Easy Cake Mix Sugar Cookies (just 3 main ingredients)

2. Easter Peeps S’Mores (including gluten free options)

3. Easter Cookie Pie

4. Very Berry Peeps Milkshake

5. Easter Bunny Patch Recipe using Palmer’s Easter Candy

6. 5 Unique Ideas for a Reusable Easter Basket

7. 5 Creative (non candy) Easter Gift Ideas

8. Easy DIY Resurrection Garden

9. Resurrection Rolls Recipe

10. Easy Resurrection Snack and Activity for Kids

11. How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

12. Easy Bunny Pie Pops

13. How to Plan an Easter Egg Hunt

14. 9 Lego Ideas for Easter

15. Free Easter Printable for Kids

16. 9 Tips for a Successful Easter Egg Hunt

17. Easter Cupcake Ideas

18. Kids’ Party Food:Mr. McGregor’s Garden Patch

19. Easter Bunny Pizza

20. 20 Easter Supplies and Favors

21. 20 Easter Baking Supplies

22. 25 Easter Craft & Activities

23. Easy Easter Stencil Cookies

24. Kids Party Food: Easy Easter Cookies

25. Kid’s Party Food Ideas: Delicious & Darling Easter Cake Pops

26. Monster Eggs {DIY Party Craft Ideas}

27. 33 FREE Easter Printables Boys Will Like Too

28. [Inspiration] Easter Egg Hunt

29. Bow Tie Easter Party for Your Little Man

 

 

Our favorite Easter Traditions:

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My Mom always made the ‘lambie cake’ for Easter every year. She has this cake mold shaped like a lamb and she always decorated it up to look so cute every year. I’m not that ambitious but I love a sweet treat for the kids and we have fun filling and hiding baskets and eggs. I think I get a bigger kick out of finding good hiding spots than they do out of finding them!

– Lindsay is the mom of 2 and author of See Mom Click.   She shares great deals, Disney happenings and recipes.  You can follow her on Twitter here!

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Easter was always one of my favorite holidays growing up. My dad would always buy about 10 large chocolate bunnies and hide them around our living room. (Why so many? So he could eat them, too! Haha) After we had our 9am chocolate fix, we’d head to church and then to my grandparent’s house for turkey dinner with all the fixings. Every year it was the same and I loved it. We’re still developing our traditions with my son Sam, but Easter is becoming one of his favorites.

– Stephanie is the mom to Sam and the author of Spaceships and Laser Beams.  If you ever need party ideas her site is the place to visit!  Specializing in all things boy, it’s full of inspiration!  Follow her on Twitter here!

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We always had Easter Egg hunts at my grandma and papaw’s house when I was little. Now that I have my own family, we still get together every year with our big ole’ family and let the littles hunt eggs. They always have such a great time. My addiction to those Cadbury Creme Filled Eggs comes into full on and I always have to keep a stash hidden. Shhhhh!!!

– Jenni is the mom of one and the author of Sweet Pennies From Heaven.  A hearth and home website, Sweet Pennies From Heaven focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home.  Follow her on Twitter here!

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I love Easter. It’s an important day for us and what it symbolizes. We try to do something really fun each year. Last year for the older kids we put glow sticks in the eggs and let them hunt them after dark. They loved that! It’s a wonderful day filled with faith, friends, family and of course, a trip from the Easter Bunny!

– Amanda is the mom to Joshua and owns It’s a Fabulous Life.  If you are looking for a one stop place for all things mom, It’s a Fabulous Life is it!  Full of recipes, fashion, DIY projects, recipes and parenting articles it’s the place for all of Mom’s favorites to come together!  Follow her on Twitter here!

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Super Easy Bunny Pie Pops – An Easy Easter Treat

Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat

Spring is almost here which means all kinds of awesome things: warmer weather, flowers, and Easter.  I’m a huge Easter fan and everything that it stands for.  We make it a huge celebration in our house.   We always have a Resurrection Garden and we love making silk dyed Easter eggs.  But we also love making fun treats.  These Super Easy Bunny Pie Pops are beyond easy and even more adorable.

You will need to have cookie cutters and lollipop sticks for this project.

Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
Easy Bunny Pie Pops
Very easy to make, these pies are an adorable Easter treat!
Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
Easy Bunny Pie Pops
Very easy to make, these pies are an adorable Easter treat!
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray cookie sheets with cookie spray.
  2. Sprinkle flour on your work surface and unroll the pie crusts onto the flour. Using your Easter cookie cutter, cut your shapes out of the crust. To make additional Easter Pie Pops, roll the excess dough out flat and use cookie cutter to create additional shapes.
  3. To make your Easter Bunny Pie Pop, press the lollipop stick into the bottom layer of crust.
  4. Then, top each crust with about ½ tablespoon of pie filling and cover with the top layer of crust.
    Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
  5. Using a fork or extra lollipop stick, press the edges of the two crusts together to seal the Easter Bunny Pie Pop together. Brush the tops of your Easter Bunny Pie Pops with beaten egg and sprinkle sugar on top.
    Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
  6. Bake for 9 minutes or until Easter Bunny Pie Pops are golden brown. Remove Easter Bunny Pie Pops from the cookie sheet and let them cool completely on cooling racks.
    Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
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These would be easily made in tons of different flavors and with any shapes!

There are lots of fun shapes that would be perfect for Easter.  

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No Bake Easy Easter Snack & Resurrection Activity For Kids

He He Risen Easy Easter Snack & Activity for Kids

Easter is one of my favorite holidays!  I love everything about it!  I try to make sure that the reason behind the season isn’t lost in all the jelly beans and Easter Eggs.  If you are looking for a quick and easy snack and activity to do with your children or a project for Sunday School at church this one is always a big hit!

No Bake Easy Easter Snack & Resurrection Activity For Kids

Resurrection Snack and Activity For Kids

Start with a Graham Cracker and spread on some green tinted icing.  Green grass is always very Easter-ish! :)

Easy Resurrection Snack and Activity for kids Easter

Then we add a doughnut to represent the tomb that Jesus was buried in.

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Then we added half of a doughnut hole to represent the rock that had been moved to reveal the empty tomb.  And for fun we added a toothpick with the words “He Has Risen!”.

He has Risen snack and Resurrection Activity

This project is quick to hold the kiddo’s attention, a great lesson, easy for the small kids to make and fun for the big ones to want to make one too!  Feel free to decorate with green coconut for grass, flower sprinkles, or fun Easter toppers!

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Party Bark Treat Recipe

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Want to know my go to treat for any holiday or celebration?  Party bark!  It’s so easy to make (it takes just minutes to put together!) and is a fun, festive touch.  Plus, it’s delicious.  And incredibly addicting.  So if you are making for a big group make sure you double!

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The ingredients are simple.  M&M’s, pretzels, white chocolate and sprinkles!

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Step 3 Rainbow Bark

Yeah.  It’s really that good.

party barkIf you’ve made it this far without it disappearing – congratulations! :)

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RAINBOW BARK JAR BLUE

At this point you have 2 options.  Put it out for everyone to enjoy or stick it in a jar so you can hide it.  You can tell which route I like to take.  :)

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Isn’t it pretty?  So colorful!Party Bark green

If you are looking for some fun ideas to customize:

Use holiday sprinkles (they even have themed sprinkles like butterflies, flowers, heck, they even have Spongebob sprinkles!)

Customize the M&M’s to your holiday or event (We’ve even made these as teacher gifts and made the M&M’s our school colors!) Amazon is a great place to order them!  You can order all blue, yellow, green etc.  You can order directly from M&M’s but it can get a little expensive!

Use food coloring to color the white chocolate.

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If you are giving them as a gift you can put them in a treat bag with a colorful ribbon or even small Mason Jars.  I love the jars!  Print off a cute label for the tops and you have an instant adorable gift!

party bark blueOr you can leave it as is.  Because it looks pretty darn festive already! :)

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Party Bark Treat Recipe

Party Bark Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 oz of M&M Mini's
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 16 oz white chocolate chips (1 1/2 bags)
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a 9X13 baking dish with wax paper.
  2. Spread 3/4 cup of M&M's out in the baking dish.
  3. Crumble up the pretzels and add to the M&M's. You don't want to crush them too much!
  4. Melt the chocolate chips. Just microwave for 30 seconds and stir until melted.
  5. Pour the chocolate on top of the M&M's and pretzel mixture.
  6. Top with the remaining M&M's and sprinkles.
  7. Put the dish in the refrigerator to set.
  8. After it has set, cut into pieces and it's ready to serve or gift!
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Resurrection Rolls – A Fun (and Yummy) Easter Tradition

Resurrection Rolls a fun and yummy way to teach the Easter Story

I wanted to make sure to share with you one of our favorite Easter traditions – making Resurrection Rolls!  This is such a fun and yummy way to teach the Easter story!  Plus, it’s so incredibly easy! :)

Resurrection Roll ingredients

You will need:

1 package Crescent rolls (here is a coupon)
8 Marshmallows
4 tbsp melted butter
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon

The How To:

Melt the butter and put the cinnamon sugar mixture in a bowl.  Grease your baking pan and pre-heat the oven according to the crescent roll directions.  (You can read John 19 if you would like!)

Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus.  After Jesus died on the cross he was prepared for burial.  Back then that meant using oil (the melted butter) and spices (the cinnamon sugar mixture.)

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(Dip the marshmallow in butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture)

Then he was wrapped in linen cloth.

Cinnamon coated marshmallow Resrrection Roll

(Place the marshmallow in the crescent roll.  You will need to wrap it up tightly and pinch it shut.  You will want to make sure that it is sealed!)

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(Place on a cookie sheet.)

Then, he was placed in a tomb (represented by the oven) and a large rock was placed to block the entrance (the oven door).

(Close the oven door and cook according to crescent roll’s package instructions)

On Sunday morning, the third day, Mary Magdalene and several other women went to the tomb.  When they arrived, they found the tomb had been opened already.  When they went in, they did not find Jesus’ body and the wondered what had happened.

Suddenly, two angels appeared.  The women were terrified, but the angels said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; He has risen!  Remember how He told you that He would be turned over to sinful men, be crucified, and rise again on the third day!”

The women ran back to tell Jesus’ apostles what they had seen.  Peter and one of the other apostles went to the tomb to see for themselves.  They looked in and saw the linen cloths that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in but nothing else.

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(Open your roll!  Jesus – represented by the marshmallow – is not there! He has risen!  All that is left are the linens he was wrapped in – the roll.)

We do this every year and it never gets old!  It’s such a fun way to bring the Bible alive and really helps kids understand the Easter Story!

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Candy Filled Cupcakes – Perfect for all of that leftover Halloween Candy

Candy Filled Cupcakes - Awesome idea for all of your leftover Halloween candy!!  Super easy too!
So I’m sure most of you have had lots of candy.  And sometimes you think — what are we going to do with all of this candy.  Have no fear.  Make cupcakes!  {I know because you need MORE sugar added, right?}
But these are the yummiest and most fun cupcakes to eat.  Why because they are a surprise!!
You don’t know what you are going to get until you take a bite.
And did I mention – easy?  You can use any mix.  Any recipe.  Any icing.
Here is the recipe I used.   It is a really easy, yummy yellow cake cupcake mix.  (If that made sense to you!)
Candy Filled Cupcakes
(This will make 12 cupcakes)
Candy Filled Cupcakes - Awesome idea for all of your leftover Halloween candy!!  Super easy too!
You will need a big glass of milk for these candy filled cupcakes!
YUM!
Candy Filled Cupcakes - Awesome idea for all of your leftover Halloween candy!!  Super easy too!
Candy Filled Cupcakes - Awesome idea for all of your leftover Halloween candy!!  Super easy too!
Ok, so this one was after a few bites!  But see all of that caramel-y chocolate-y goodness?  Yeah.  AMAZING.

Candy Filled Cupcakes - Perfect for Leftover Halloween Candy!

Candy Filled Cupcakes - Perfect for Leftover Halloween Candy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used 1 tbsp -- I love vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Candy of your choice! I used chocolate covered pretzels, 3 Musketeers, M&M's, Twix, Kit Kat, Snickers, Milky Way and Dark Milky Way

Instructions

  1. Mix dry ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Use electric mixer and beat egg and yolk and sugar about 2 1/2 minutes. It will be thick and cream colored. *Do not under mix! It lightens the texture!
  3. Mix in oil and vanilla until blended. Mix in sour cream until no white streaks are left.
  4. Add flour mix.
  5. Fill cupcake pan half full. (A little neater than mine!) :)
  6. Pick out your candy!
  7. Place candy in cupcake.
  8. Fill back up.
  9. Bake at 375 for about 16-18 minutes.
  10. Cool and frost.
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Basic Icing Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups butter
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Beat butter.
  2. Add powdered sugar.
  3. Beat.
  4. Add vanilla and 1 tbsp milk.
  5. Beat.
  6. Add more milk as necessary.
  7. This makes a big batch!
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