Looking for fun and unique holidays to celebrate everyday in June? Check out this free printable calendar from our newest website It’s a Fabulous Holiday!
Looking for fun and unique holidays to celebrate everyday in June? Check out this free printable calendar from our newest website It’s a Fabulous Holiday!
Easter will be here before we know it! It’s time to start picking up things to add to the Easter baskets and eggs! Are you ready? This year, Josh is a little bit older so I wanted to something besides a traditional Easter Basket so I went on the hunt (haha, see what I did there? Hunt? Like an Easter egg hunt? … It’s the little things guys… LOL) I wanted some fun Easter basket ideas that were unique and really just some Easter basket alternatives. There were so many ideas that I found that I just had to share with you all!
Just a hint before I share! My favorite place to pick up Easter basket items; well, anything really, is Kmart! Kmart has both a grocery side and their traditional retail side (filled with clothes, toys, and everything home). Their prices are always low and they have great options for saving big (including the Shop Your Way Rewards program).
Here are a few great offers that will come in handy with your baskets:
Easter 6 pack Candy or Lindt Gold Bunny – Just $2.50 on sale! (Expires 4/8)
Easter Packaged Chocolates for $1.50 (Good 4/9-4/15)
This is so neat! You can add candy and trinkets and then, blow up the balloon with them inside!
Maybe fill with dollar bills for a teenager?
This is great if you have several kiddos and want to do a group basket!
Aren’t these super fun? The best part is that you can pick up EVERYTHING that you need at Kmart to recreate any of these! Plus, don’t forget to check out their Smart Sense brand. Seriously, everything that you need for your Easter get together at huge savings!
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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!
1. Easy Cake Mix Sugar Cookies (just 3 main ingredients)
2. Easter Peeps S’Mores (including gluten free options)
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!
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!
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!
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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Easter will be here in just a few weeks! 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!
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!
How great is this idea? No more dying your fingers! This tip will keep your eggs the only thing that are getting dyed!
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!) :)
I thought this idea was so smart! Each child gets a specific color to hunt. No more arguing over who has the most eggs!
These pretty eggs were made with shaving cream! Can you believe it?
We love Minute to Win it games! And these 10 Easter inspired games are no different!
Don’t these floral arrangements look amazing? Who knew that your veggie crisper could be hiding the perfect props!
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!
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!
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!
Bunny prints are so easy to make! Plus, aren’t they cute?
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!
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! :)
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!
Make S’mores of course! Peep S’mores are the best!
What flavor Peeps do you love the best?
These cute coupons are free to print and would be a great candy alternative for filling up Easter Eggs!
This is one cool trick and only takes 5 seconds! After all nothing says Easter like a little egg trick!
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The Chinese New Year will be here before you know it! Are you ready?
Now I will be honest, growing up we would spend the Chinese New Year doing what we do best, eating. (Have you seen our list of Chinese takeout favorites that you can make at home? YUM! Find them here!) But I really didn’t know much about this holiday or the traditions that go along with it.
I was really excited to hear about this book PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year! This book is a really sweet story about PoPo helping her young granddaughter. The story showcases the family getting ready and celebrating the New Year.
One thing that I really loved about the book was that each page had a Chinese New Year fact or tradition on it. We (Josh and I both!) learned a lot while reading this book!
Did you know:
There are so many interesting and fun facts in this book! It’s one that we really have loved a lot!
To celebrate the year of the rooster, we made these fun fork paintings.
Aren’t they fun? We used darker colors – next time we might try them with some lighter shades. (You can find out how to make them here!)
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This post contains affiliate links. I received a copy of PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year in exchange for sharing my honest ideas and thoughts on the books.
I absolutely love Chinese food! Unfortunately for us, since we’ve moved, I haven’t found a really good Chinese take out place that is close by. So we’ve been cooking it at home! If you want to know the truth, I like this even better! Not only does our house smell amazing, but there are plenty of leftovers. To be honest, sometimes next day Chinese food is even better! :)
Here are 18 Chinese recipes for your favorite take out dishes that you can make at home! I’ll have to make a batch of our baked egg rolls and add them to the list! They are a family favorite!
I found Rasa Malaysia a while ago while looking for recipes. Her food is fantastic and her photos are droll worthy! I haven’t made her Sesame Chicken recipe yet (it’s on our menu though for January!), but I have never tried a recipe from this website that wasn’t amazing!
Potstickers are one of our favorites! I haven’t made them at home yet, but I’m excited to try! They are one of the things we’ve been missing and the frozen ones just aren’t the same. Find this potstickers recipe from another favorite blog: Damn Delicious!
One of Josh’s favorite dishes to order is Crispy Beef. Luckily we found a great crispy beef recipe here!
Hot and Sour Soup your thing? This recipe from Closet Cooking is an easy one to make! And yummy!
Remember when I said I’m a bit obsessed with Rasa Malaysia? Here is another recipe from her: Crab Ragoon! Simply perfect!!
When I was little, my dad would take us to the most wonderful Chinese restaurant on the weekends. When we would leave, they would always give me a big bag of almond cookies to take home. I don’t know why, but I have never thought about making a batch at home! Well, until now!
In college I was a waitress at PF Chang’s. I ate Chinese food everyday for two years. Even now, some days, I’m just craving some Chang’s. :) This PF Chang’s Honey Chicken copy cat recipe will be made…ASAP!
We love to make shrimp at home. They are so quick to cook which makes them perfect for a weeknight dinner! This Chinese Garlic Shrimp recipe sounds fantastic!
You know we have a slow cooker website right? :) I made this slow cooker Asian Beef recipe a while ago, but it’s still a favorite in our house!
This General Tso’s Chicken has gotten a little bit of a makeover here! It’s baked and there is a special ingredient that gets it nice and crispy! Actually, I’ve made ‘fried’ baked chicken and crispy shrimp with this same ingredient and it is so good!!
If you are looking for a perfect side dish for your Chinese meal – these Garlic Chinese Style Green Beans are a MUST!!
Did someone say doughnuts? I will become a Mom Of The Year for sure if I make this Chinese Doughnut recipe!
If I were sent to an island and could only have one food there it might be chicken fried rice. So.GOOD. This chicken fried rice recipe is from Life in the Lofthouse and we’ve made it several times!
Ok, so maybe I would bring egg rolls to that island with me too! :) This is a classic egg roll recipe you will have to try!
Don’t these chow mein noodles look so good? Like you can taste them through the screen!
Sweet and Sour Chicken is a classic that you can’t go wrong with! Doesn’t this recipe look yummy?
There you go! 18 Chinese recipes that you can make at home instead of ordering for take out! Which one will you try first?
Don’t forget to pin our 18 Chinese Recipes: Take Out Favorites You Can Make At Home!
This is one of my favorite times of the year! But it is super easy to get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of everything and forget to stop and enjoy it. I caught myself just this year talking to a friend and she asked what I was doing over the weekend. I replied as “Oh my gosh we are so busy. I’ve got to run here and there. We have a birthday party. I need to get caught up on the laundry. And I HAVE to get the tree up and decorated. UGH. I haven’t even started….”
That used to be one of my favorite things to do! It’s not an ugh. It’s just a busy time. I decided right then and there that we were going to slow down a bit and enjoy the Christmas time season. When I started thinking about all the ways to enjoy it, I realized that we will be as busy as ever, but now it’s not an UGH so much we have to do…it’s a YES there is so much we get to do!
Just because we are busy doesn’t mean we can’t make our lives easier! One of my tips is to shop at places that you can pick up everything you need under one roof. And one of my favorite places to shop is Dollar General! I love that I can grab some NESTLÉ® Hot Cocoa Mix (The 6 count is on sale for $1!) for us to cross off #1 on our list as well as things like Christmas tree decorations (#9!), toys for our own family gift giving or for donations (#4!) and even new pj’s for the kids (#3!)
It’s literally everything under one roof to cross off our entire Christmas Time Bucket List! And I can run in and out so much more quickly than at the big box stores. That’s a HUGE win!
Can we just talk about cost too? This is the time for giving and we love to do lots of service projects as a family. So being able to save on the things we need for our family is important. Did you know that Dollar General has Digital Coupons? (They also take printed coupons!) You can find coupons for products that you love like:
-DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza -$1/1 – Feed the gang!
-NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels – $1.50/2 – Bake their holiday special
-NESCAFÉ® TASTER’S CHOICE® Instant Coffee – $2/1 – Fire up the conversation and connect with family and friends
-NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Liquid Coffee Creamer – $1/1– Fire up the conversation and connect with family and friends
-NESTLÉ® Stand Up Bags – $1/1 – Perfect stocking stuffers
One thing that we do to make the holidays a little less stressful is to wrap gifts BEFORE Christmas Eve. (No more staying up late!) We’ve turned our pizza night into gift wrap nights! It’s actually a lot of fun and something we look forward to. (We do it a few times during the month!) First I grab a quick pizza like DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza (don’t forget your coupon!)
We come home and while it cooks we gather our supplies. Wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags, ribbons, bows and lots of tape! Everyone takes their supplies to their room. When the pizza is done, we grab a slice and head off to our rooms to wrap a few gifts. Normally, we are never allowed to eat anywhere except for the kitchen table. So this is a big treat!
I’m all about taking the stress out of the holidays and bringing in the fun! And places like Dollar General and products like DIGIORNO®! What are some things on your Christmas time bucket list? How do you take the stress out of the holidays?
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It’s that time of the year again! Time to get together your holiday cards! I don’t know about you, but I love receiving cards from my family and friends in the mail. I love to see their family photos! We display ours on a board and to be honest, I keep many of them year after year!
Photo cards are a great way to keep in touch with family and friends no matter how far away that they live. You can share a specific holiday photo or create a photo collage to show what your family has been doing for the past year. However you do it, these cards are a huge hit. And right now on Snapfish you can save 30% using the code COUP30 (through 11/30/16). Not only will you be able to order your holiday cards, but you can turn some of your photos into fun and unique gifts or maybe a nice canvas to display at home!
Now that you have your cards ordered, get ready for cards to arrive from your family and friends. Here are a few ideas on how to display your holiday cards this year!
I absolutely adore the evergreen in this holiday card display!
I love that you can keep this display from Liz Marie Blog up all year long!
I made this display from Lolly Jane a few years ago and I am obsessed. I keep mine up all year, usually in my office area to hold work papers, but during the holiday time, it comes out where everyone can see!
Add some pretty ribbon and this display is a great way to even have your doors spread with Christmas cheer!
I just adore this rustic shutter display!
Merry Mail – I can’t think of a better way to describe it!!
This DIY display is so easy but looks so great!
After the holidays are done, I love the idea of adding your cards to a ring to make kind of a holiday card scrapbook. What a nice way to keep them all together for years to come!
This wreath will look great decked out with cards from your family and friends!
Use what you have! This jingle bell display shows you can transform something you already own into a beautiful display!
Be sure to head to Snapfish to create your holiday cards this year! Don’t forget to pin!
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Election day is tomorrow! I’ve been looking for a few election day activities to do with my son tomorrow to celebrate.
A friend shared with me this awesome free printable map and I wanted to make sure that I shared it with you too! Whether you decide to print one for your kiddos or just for yourself to color in tomorrow, this map is perfect for shading in red and blue and tallying up the electoral votes! (You can print it below or click the image above to save to your computer and print)
Need some more easy (no or minimal prep) election ideas?
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I try to teach my son lots of things like math and manners. I try to teach him that some days a good book and a cup of hot cocoa are just what you need and that a little work never hurt anybody. One thing that I hope that he can look back on his childhood one day and say is that I taught him that you are always in a position to help someone else. That is so important to me! I love doing service projects with Joshua. We volunteer with an animal rescue regularly. We have served meals at a local shelter. We have cleaned up a park. We donate things to classrooms and schools. We talk a lot about how lucky we are and think of new ways that we can help others.
Which is why I was so excited to hear about the Layer On Love project from Coca-Cola! Coca-Cola has partnered with an amazing organization called One Warm Coat. Their goal is to give away HALF A MILLION coats this year to those in need. How amazing?! You can help too! Find out where to donate a new or gently used coat to a location near you or check out one of the other ways to get involved. (Find out more information here!) I love supporting companies who are doing good work! So you know when we are in Walmart I am picking up some Coca-Cola!
While I was at Walmart picking up a few 2-Liters of Coca-Cola and Diet Coca-Cola (my fave!) I decided to pick up a few other items for Josh to create his own little project. We like to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a local shelter and when I heard the phrase “Layer On Love” it made me think of a previous year when I was told that the shelter desperately needed warm socks. Indiana gets really cold in the winter and unfortunately several of the shoes that the men in the shelter wear have holes in them, are canvas or are thin from wear. Snow, slush, and sleet all creep inside their shoes and there is nothing worse than cold wet socks. We are so excited to donate coats to One Warm Coat and know that we are keeping people warm all the way down to their toes with our socks! :)
This year when we go to serve our Turkey Day dinner we will be bring our own Love Packs. I knew Joshua would be excited about this project! We came home, got our supplies, poured a big glass of Coca-Cola and got to work stuffing bags with socks, snacks and toiletries to bring with us. This is an amazing project that you can do with your kids! Joshua is 13 and he loved picking out items for the bags as well as packing them up himself. It’s a perfect way to get the conversation of giving started! Whether you make 2 bags or 200, they are sure to be appreciated!
Looking for ideas on what to put in your bags? Here are a few:
We have a free printable for you as well!
I set mine to print 4 to a page and printed on card stock. We used just red string to tie the labels around our socks, but you can attach it anywhere! Feel free to write on your bags positive messages or have your kiddos draw pictures. This project is all about giving in anyway you see fit!
By coming together and inspiring your followers to donate to One Warm Coat® on Coke.com/LayerOnLove, we could collectively help to put a coat on one million people in need this winter.