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!

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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.

See if you can handle the cuteness…I barely can.  DSC_0770

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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!

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!

‘Hoppy Easter’ Centerpiece

It’s almost Easter and as I look out the window while writing this post, I’m watching the beautiful snow fall. Wait, what’s wrong with that sentence?

Snow in late March? Come on mother nature, get your stuff together.

Since Easter is just six days away, I thought I’d share with you the easiest, cheapest, easter centerpiece you could ever make. It doesn’t take much supplies; it doesn’t take much skill; it just takes 5 minutes of your time.

All you need for this project is:

A bag of plastic easter eggs

White (or green if you’re going for the grassy look) shredded paper

A hurricane jar/large vase

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See how easy that was? And it’s cute, right? This would be a great project for your kids to help you with. Just be sure to tell them there is no candy hidden inside these eggs. Or if you’re a cool parent, maybe there is…

Happy Holy week!

 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” -Matthew 28:5-7

christmas with the leachmans.

After this past weekend, I am certain that I am blessed far beyond what I deserve. I take for granted how blessed I am to get to spend Christmas with my husband, my family, and my friends. I get to do so in a warm home, full of love and laughter. I get to open presents and eat tons of (very unhealthy) food. I get to be off of work and travel to see my family and in-laws.

I say this, because I know that not everyone has the luxery of these things. There are many homeless, starving, unemployed, broken families out there and I am so thankful that I don’t have to deal with those issues. I pray that those families that do have to go without food, shelter, family, jobs, and love can find peace in the Lord and find comfort in Him. My life isn’t anywhere near perfect (that is for sure!), but I am very fortunate to have what I do.

So, here is a recap of our Christmas vacation:

We spent Fri-Sun at my parent’s house. My sister wasn’t able to come home this year with her husband and sweet kids, but thank God for technology, because we were able to skype with them and see their beautiful faces! On Sunday evening we headed to my husband’s hometown to be with his family until Tuesday. It was great getting to be with both sides of our families and we had a lot of fun.

A few photos from the weekend:

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pepe loved the bows more than her gift.

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