Kids’ Spring Crafting + Healthy Snacking

Spending one-on-one time with my kids is a priority that always has a way of making them feel special.  And I cherish our alone time just as much as they do!  My six-year-old son and I were due for a date, and I knew that a full day at the Children’s Museum of the Arts would be a blast for us both. Over the weekend we hightailed it on the train to SOHO to begin the day at Momtrends bash in partnerships with Wonderful Halos – the sweet, juicy mandarins that everyone loves – and even the littlest of hands can peel.

Alongside CMA instructors, the kids crafted adorable little spring creatures including bunnies, chicks and whatever their creative hearts desired out of Halos.  All the crafts were easy enough to replicate  – utilizing basic crafting supplies like googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and paper.

I loved seeing all of the crafty goodness because I’ve consistently brought loads of Halos to the kid’s school parties.  I’m OK with my children having treats, but I find the level of sugary overload to be out-of-control in the classroom celebrations.  And when I drop Halos on the kids’ plates, the majority are gobbled right up! Since the extent of my crafty fun only includes sticking celery sticks in the mandarin centers to create mini pumpkins at Halloween parties – I gleaned tons of super fun (and much more creative!) ideas to get kids excited about healthy snacking. I’ll definitely have the little ones replicate the ideas at our family Easter party instead of the usual jelly bean overload.

The event also featured tons of delicious snack and party food ideas incorporating Halos.  From smoothies to salads and my favorite: chocolate dipped mandarins, with a drizzle of sea salt on top.

After the fun party, my little guy and I spent the entire day at the museum. He was lucky enough to get a coveted spot in the clay bar, made totally cool stop motion videos, painted a ton, and created re-imagined artwork inspired by Martin Kippenburger.

We both declared it “the best day ever!” and our thoughtful friends at Momtrends were kind enough to pack away a box of supplies for big sister to get in on the action when we returned home!

 

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25 Incredible DIY Easter Crafts & Decorating Ideas

Say goodbye to the store-bought Easter egg decorating kits! We’ve rounded up 25 incredible, creative, and beautiful DIY Easter crafts and decorating ideas from our favorite creatives around the web.  Here you’ll find tons of crafty goodness featuring, Easter egg tutorials, kids’ Easter crafts, wreaths, free downloadable printables, Easter decor, Easter basket ideas, and so much more festive spring DIYs! Just clink on the links to get the full tutorials and scroll to the bottom to pin for later.

DIY-watercolor-Easter-EggsWatercolor Eggs – Craftberry Bush

Make-Peeps-magnets-using-clayPeeps Clay Easter Magnets – DIY Candy

Easter-Bunny-Cups-DIYLittle Easter Rabbits – Giochi Di Carta

Easter-easter-cross-stitchPeeps Cross Stitch Canvases – DIY Candy

Diy-Easter-basketMini Plastic Cup DIY Easter Baskets – DIY Inspired

DIY-Easter-Cake-TopperDIY-Bow-Tie Bunny Cake Topper – Handmade Charlotte

DIY-Easter-tray-burlap-bunny-decorDIY Easter Tray with Burlap Bunny – Mod Podge Rocks!

Mod-Podge-Sign-DIYDecoupaged Happy Easter Sign – Mod Podge Rocks!

pretty-simple-easter-egg-decorationsDIY Easter Eggs -A Daily Something

DIY-carrot-Easter-Mason-candy-jarsCarrot Inspired Mason Jars – Homemaking Hacks

DIY-succelent-gardenDIY Eggshell Planters – Le Robin’s Nest

DIY-easter-decorDIY Twine Carrots – Cincy Shopper

DIY-Easter-Twine-EggsDIY Twine Easter Eggs – Cincy Shopper

DIY-easter-wreathUpcycled Easter Wreath – The Tiptoe Fairy

DIY-bunny-headbandBunny Ear Headband – Homemaking Hacks

Easter-DIY-GiftEasy Easter Craft – Craftberry Bush

DIY-Easter-Bunny-GarlandEaster Garland – Minieco.co.uk

Easter-chick-kids-craftWine Cork Painted Chicks – Crafty Morning

Free-Printable-Easter-Candy-Box-DIY Adorable Easter Bunny Pillow Box – Marino Bambinos

Beautiful-Easter-Dessert-KidsRice Krispies Easter Bunny Pop – Craftberry Bush

DIY-Easter-Bunny-WreathEasy Bunny Wreath – My Sweet Sanity

DIY-gold-leaf-easter-eggs-Modge-PodgeMod Podge and Gold Leaf Easter Eggs DIY – Marino Bambinos

DIY-name-Easter-EggsChalkboard Easter Eggs – ljcfyi

DIY-Easter-Favor-Playdough-CarrotEaster Carrot Playdough Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

DIY-Easter-basketDIY Fringed Mini Easter Baskets – DIY Studio

Plan some now and pin the image below for later. Happy crafting friends!

DIY Easter Bunny Crafts Projects Homemade Gifts For Kids

 

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Adorable Easter Bunny Pillow Box {Free Printable}

Do you like to bring small Easter gifts to all the kiddos in the extended-family like we do, without going overboard? Don’t worry about special packaging, Easter baskets or gift wrapping this Easter Sunday because we have a sweet free printable for a cute Easter pillow box download to share.

Perfect for trinkets, candy, cash or jewelry – all you need is craft paper or card stock, a glue stick and printer to assemble our adorable Easter Pillow Boxes.

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Click the image below to download and print.

DIY-free-Printable-Easter-Bunny-BoxAfter printing simply cut, score and fold, and glue where indicated.  Fill out the gift tag, stuff with special things and revel in the gift giving!

As my dad used to say, “Happy Easter Bunny!”

Xo, love us.

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Sunday Best: Adorable Kids’ Easter Clothes + Target Giveaway

With a taste of warmer temps this past weekend, we’re dreaming of Spring and all that is warm and bright.  Easter always feels like the official start to the season, and I’m cherishing the fact that my kids still allow me to dress them in their Sunday best to celebrate Easter Sunday and visit family.  We love coming across kids’ clothing brands that are both adorable and affordable, and we’re swooning over the current G-Cutee line at Target.

Kids spring fashion style

 

The classically tailored line for boys and girls includes sophisticated pieces with fun patterns and details.  With sizes ranging from baby to kids size 12 – G-Cutee’s high fashion line at a great price point allows kiddos to wear party clothes beyond the special occasions. I can’t wait to see my boy in their bow-tie, sharp blazer and pant set – with big sister adorned in their plaid print special occasion dress.  How cute are these sweet options for sibling matching?!

We’re excited to extend an exclusive 20% off G-Cutee coupon code to our readers.  Simply enter code gcutee20 to receive 20% off of G-Cutee pruchases at Target from 2/28 – 3/5.

Win It! Our friends at G-Cutee are generously giving away a $100 Target gift card to one lucky winner, to shop the line and pick up some Easter treats!  Enter to win via the rafflecopter below and check back to see if your name pops up as the winner.

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Easter Dressing

The snow and ice are finally melting, and we’re officially dreaming of all that’s warm and bright.

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Our little big girl has her heart pinned on celebrating spring and Easter and the family togetherness that comes with Holidays.  She was sent the most lovely heirloom-quality Easter dress by Isabel Garreton; a timeless, vintage-inspired design perfect for celebrations.  I fell in love with the story of Isabel Garreton’s exemplary employment model built on empowering and elevating woman and their families in southern Chile.  Woman who would otherwise be at risk of being unable to sustain basic life needs.  Skilled artisans given the means to employ their time-honored skills, in an ethical workplace designed to support women and mothers, while paying homage to the traditions that weave their communities together.

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The quality of the impeccably hand-applied lacework and embroidery detailing of Isabel Garreton’s dresses are stunning.  In addition to IsabelGarreton.com, they naturally fill the racks of the finest stores including, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and specialty boutiques nationwide.

Girls Dress Easter Isabel Garreton

To see my big girl all dressed up, studying the delicate lace and elegant details on her Vintage Cotton Lace & Chiffon Dress made my heart sing.  As did learning about such a powerful female pioneer of social enterprise in the U.S. children’s apparel industry.  It is a true honor to share a small snippet of her story.

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And we’re certain that you’ll find that special occasion girl’s dress in Isabel Garreton’s beautiful collections.

Cheers to a wonderful Easter and spring.

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Easter Sunday

One of things I love most about celebrating holidays with my children is seeing their joy in all of the preparations.

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The Easter Bunny remembered to stop at our home, nibble on a carrot and drop off two baskets.  I think he really enjoyed the children’s handmade notes too.

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The kids participated in the annual Easter egg hunt after mass.  It’s so sweet to see the parishioners come together with  tons of eggs for the kids filled with treats and quarters and other little trinkets.

Easter Egg Hunt

We love spending Easter with family and there was so much to celebrate on Sunday in addition to the beauty of the holiday.  Little cousins were so excited to spend time together, hunt for more eggs and be with their grandparents.  Our newest family member, 10-day-old baby P even came by to join the fun – he absolutely makes his aunty melt.

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We hope your day was lovely as well!

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