Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

The LAST thing my one year old needs is chocolate or candy. He has enough energy to power our house, so I know he’s better off without the extra caffeine. I wanted to get my little man an Easter basket this year, since last year he was barely a month old, but I was determined to make it simple and practical.

Instead of using that messy grass stuff that would be found in my house until Christmas, or worse, in his mouth, I used green tissue paper to stuff the bottom of the basket. It still gave it the grass effect, but was fun for him to play with momentarily and WAY less of a mess. I also wanted it to be small so that it wasn’t overwhelming for him and didn’t break my bank. I stuffed the basket with plastic Easter eggs (which he hasn’t stopped playing with since he discovered them), books, yogurt melts, and a green frog stuffed animal that he gives precious hugs to all the time. Again, I wanted simple, cheap, and cute and I feel I achieved that. You can too!

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A few eggs in the basket to show the green tissue paper instead of the messy grass stuff.

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He couldn’t decide what to play with…so all of it at once!

Valentine’s Day Kissing Booth Photoshoot

I had so much fun taking these adorable pictures of my little man that will be sure to embarrass him when a future crush sees them. And she will see them…cause that’s what we do. Moms embarrass their children with stuff like this.

I was inspired by a cute picture of a baby with lipstick kisses all over him and decided to take it a step further…a kissing booth! I created this little scene using things I already had around my house.

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I made the hearts on the crate out of “candy cane” wrapping paper I had left over from Christmas. I thought it worked perfectly for this!

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

DIY ‘operation game’ halloween costume.

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween, because I love how creative people get with their costumes. It’s the homemade ones that make people have to think a little bit and make you laugh. We saw a lot of good ones this year.

This year, my husband and I went as the “Operation” game from when we were kids. He went as the surgeon and I went as the game board. We made all of the pieces and even added a ‘special’ piece that isn’t in the original game. Instead of making the bread basket that goes on the tummy, I made a baby in the womb piece. It was a good way to incorporate our baby without making him the focal point, because I’m not showing a whole, whole lot yet.

Here’s how the costumes looked:

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I bought a (somewhat) skin color looking shirt for about $5 from Wal-Mart. I made the pieces by drawing them on white cardstock, cutting them out, and then taping them to red construction paper. After that, I used velcro to attach the pieces on to my shirt and jeans, because I didn’t want to ruin my clothes by sewing or gluing them. The one on my head I taped to a clip and put it in my hair and it stayed on the whole night. Lastly, I painted my noise with red face paint to resemble the light bulb the game has that goes off when you touch the sides.

For the surgeon, we just bought scrubs from GoodWill for $6 all together, borrowed a stethoscope from a friend, got a mask and gloves from my work, and he carried around a pair of our tongs to look like life-size tweezers.

At the end of the day, both costumes costed us about $15, we were comfortable in them, and got lots of compliments. Success.

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! Baby Leachman got his first Reese cup….or two or three. Don’t judge..

Happy Halloween! Mine's the goofy looking one...if you couldn't tell.

Happy Halloween, from the Leachman’s! (Mine’s the goofy looking one…if you couldn’t tell.)

Homemade Bubbles.

I’m still recovering from a weekend of too much food, lots of family and not enough sleep. I’ll get there eventually though.

The weather ended up being pretty nice over the weekend, so on Saturday we made homemade bubbles with the nieces and nephews. It turned out to be a lot of fun. I think the adults may have even had more fun with them then the kids. But how could you not have fun making bubbles the size of people?

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DSC_0307To Make Bubble Mixture:

  • 4 Tbsp dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Joy is best)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp glycerin

Mix all ingredients in a 9×13 pan.

To Make Bubble Making Wands: 

  • string
  • two plastic straws

Loop the string through the two straws and tie it together. Place the straws at opposite ends from each other. This is a great outdoor activity that will keep kids (and some adults) entertained for an afternoon.

Happy Easter!

From The Leachmans

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eight easy easter eats.

Whew, that title right there is alliteration at it’s finest…if I do say so myself.

First off, I just want to say HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY! Do we have an awesome Savior or what?! PTL!

Secondly, If  you know me at all, you know that I loooove (with a capital L) desserts. I can’t go many meals without one and in fact, I’ve been known on occasion to eat my dessert before the meal. Judge on, friends.

So, I’m here today to give you some hopefully helpful ideas for delicious desserts you can make this Easter weekend to impress your friends and family with (note: these are not my recipes – links will take you to them).

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Carrots

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Rice Krispie Easter Egg Baskets

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Bunny Cake

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Carrot Cupcakes

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Tomb Stone ‘He is Risen’ Snack

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Bunnies and Carrots

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Easter Egg Cake Pops

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Jelly-Bean Bark

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I hope this gave you some inspiration and a tasty dessert to end your meal on. Have a happy Easter!

Enjoy!