Saturday, 4 April 2020

EASTER TABLESCAPE



This Easter is going to be looking alot diffeent for our family being under qurrantine. We won't be able dress up for church or see our extended family. But I'm hoping that even though we can't go out, we can still celebrate and make it feel extra special at home.





I'm really excited to share our tablescape for Easter! I love Easter and think it's such a joyful  and hopeful holiday. Exactly what we need during these times.







Confetti makes the table look like it's time to celebrate! I had some leftover from my daughter's birthday party which was perfect to set the mood. I added mini cake stands and flower bowls, along with some adorable bunny plates. I'll be filling the bowls with fruit and other sweet goodies for us to munch on during brunch. The cookies added a fun personalized touch and I can't wait for the kids to see it next weekend.




I hope this gives you some fun ideas if you're planning a meal at home this Easter!

Bunny Plates Elum  /  Confetti Teeny Wish  /  Bunny printables  Grace Collective Shop  /  Sugar Cookies Shea's Sweet Shoppe   /  Leaf Garland Fancy Free Finery

Thursday, 2 April 2020

EASTER BASKET IDEAS


Spring is here! I love that our days are getting longer and brighter. Its such a wonderful time of year to look forward to.

This year I can't believe I'll be filling 4 little baskets for my kids. I love that I get to do a baby basket this year as well as for my bigger kids. I'm excited to share a few non-candy ideas here. But I'll definitely be sneaking a few treats into their baskets as well.

WIth the pandemic this year, I just want to share that truly Easter is not about going overboard on baskets and what to fill them with. I honestly love making these little holidays special for my children, but kids are so amazing and will find the magic in the smallest gestures.

But I'm happy to share what I've been collecting to offer any inspiration if you're needing it. Some of the things I'm putting in are from small shop which I love supporting, and some from amazon!



BABY BASKET

I'll only get to fill her little baby easter basket once! Such sweet times. I've been collecting some things for her over the last few months, and I cant wait to add some of those into her baskets. Most of these are things I was already planning on giving her...but its a great excuse to fill and decorate something special for her.




I'm including a swaddle blanket, soft soled shoes, baby bows, a teether, silicone plate/bowls/utensils, a book (here comes spring) and sunnies. Just a few goodies for her.


GIRLS BASKETS


I absolutely love filling the girls easter baskets. I find that there are so many options for cute little accessories for them. And they love it all. Like ALL the little fun things.



This year is will definitely be different. I love collecting little things everywhere I go, but since we've been quarrantined, I obviously won't be doing any of that kind of buying. This year I've truly had to be content with what I've already purchased and not do too much extra.










This year I'm including bows and clips, easter books (my 2 new ones this year are Too Many Carrots & Egg), bracelets, flip flops/jelly shoes, bunny change purse, fun flippy pen, chapstick and sunnies. I love adding a few things they'll need for summer coming up, and a few little items they get to play with as well.  

BOY BASKET

My son's basket is definitely getting a little harder and harder to fill. I'm including books (usually non Easter ones now), pens/pencils, pokemon cards, a tshirt, a few extra treats (like gum), a small card game, and a stress ball.

Baby Basket Details

Bow Clover and Jules /  Swaddles Wunderkin Co  /  Baby Shoes Aston Baby  /  Silicone teether, plate, bowl & utensils Glitter and Spice 

Girls Basket Details

Bow Clover and Jules  /  Bow & Velvet Clip Sets Little Knot Co  /  Cookie Jars Jars By Jodi  /  Name Bracelets Sunny Bird Boutique  /  Jelly Shoes & Flip Flops Carters  /  Buny Change Purse Walmart  /  Sunflower Sunnies Amazon  /  Bunny Bobby Pins Aster and Clove

Garland Backdrop Fancy Free Finery

Hope this gives you a few ideas on fillers for your baskets if you're doing one!

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

EASTER INITIAL DIY TAGS


Easter Initial tags

I purchased some simple wood tags from Michaels a few weeks ago. I loved our previous painting projects so much I decided to try something similar. I love the idea of personlizing the kids Easter baskets this year, and thought this would be so fun to create together. I love how you can really personlize it with their favorite colours, and it's something you can use year after year. 

The materials were all from Michaels and they were SO affordable. I believe the letters came in a pack of 2 for $2.99 and the tags were $0.49



Let the kids get creative on colour combos and let them paint their tags and letters. Once dried, all you have to do is hot glue them together. I added some twine to attach to a basket. That's it!






1. Gather your wood tags, wood initials, paint and paint brushes.
2. Start painting everyting!  I suggested colour combos that go well together...and all in pastel colours. But there are so many colour combos that would look really pretty and fun. I suggest painting all sides of the letters and tags. It makes it look more finished and complete.
3. Let dry a few hours. Then use your glue gun and glue the letters to the tags. Add wtine, and you're ready to go. Easy!




The added bunnies to my baskets were from Homesense from a few years ago. But pom pom and tassels would be a cute addition to the tags. And leaving them plain is just as good too!



All you need to do now is attach to any easter basket. I found these berry baskets at Target in the Dollar Spot, and decided to use these ones. I like that theyre smaller than a traditional basket, and I can see them being used in our house all year round to gather up little items.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

FLORAL WOOD DIY SIGN


I love adding in something round to break up my decor on my mantle and shelves. And our previous HOP sign was so cute, I tried another similar DIY idea. 




Here's what you need

1. Round wood sign (from Michaels)
2. Flower wood shapes (from Michaels)
3. Paint and Paint brushes
4. Glue Gun

I used the same round sign as in my previous HOP diy sign, but added some painted flower to make a little collage. I allowed the girls to each paint their own flowers, and then we arranged them onto the sign. Then I glued them together!







Here's the simple guideline...

1. Gather your sign, flowers, paint and paint brushes.
2. Start painting everything!  I tried to get the girls to paint the flowers a few different colours so it would look more colourful once we put it together. We used a light pink paint for the round sign. 
3. Let dry a few hours. Then use your glue gun and hot flowers to the circle sign.




Its the perfect piece for their book wall or play space. So fun and easy!



EASTER MATH ACTIVITY



Our homeschooling journey is going to get started pretty soon! My girls are SO excited they get to learn from home. And my son made fun of me having to teach him Gr 4 math. I'm a litle scared myself. Haha!

But before that all begins, I came up with a simple and fun math activity for my girls. I added some Easter fun, but you can truly customize it for any age and for many differnet activities. I love that they are still ages where they love to learn and are so curious!

Here's what you need:

1. Empty Egg Carton
2. Reuseable easter eggs
3. Strips of paper



And to get started, this is all the prep you need. 

1. Take your strips of paper and write out your activity you want to work on. Mine was addition. For Maddie (Gr 1) I did addition of numbers up to 20. For Ellie (pre-k) I did addition of numbers up to 10 so she could count on her fingers. 
2. Add the papers into each egg.
3. Place all the eggs in the carton.
4. I added a special egg with a surprise in it!





You can work on so many things for this activity. A few ideas would be math (addition, subtraction, multiplication), phonics/phograms, sight words, syllables, counting (you could add beans or pasta for counting), sorting colours, etc. And I added a surprise for encourage them to have fun. I did some gummy bears, but you could do non treat ideas like tattoos, stickers, pencils, erasers, etc.









The girls truly loved this activity, and asked me to do the same the next day as well.

Hope you have fun with this activity! 

Monday, 16 March 2020

PANDEMIC COVID-19

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared Covid19 a Pandemic.

We had been hearing stories on the news and internet aout the Coronavirus and it's spread in China and a few other parts of the world. I never thought it was as serious as it is now, and hearing the news that day was a wake up call.

I didnt know what to think, but I knew that it meant things were definitely going to change.

Knowing that the entire world is going through the same thing was both frightening and reassuring. Praying for our people worldwide, for health care providers, and leaders on knowing how to bring us through this.

EASTER DIY HOP SIGN


We love a good DIY around here and I have a few to share for spring and Easter coming up. I love decorating our home for each season and holiday, and I've been breaking out all the bunny things lately.



For this project, all you need are paint, paint brushes and a glue gun. Plus, the added materials from the store. And this is a perfect little craft for you mamas and your little ones. Its really so easy. 



HOP wood sign

This is one of my favorite projects we've done!
I love that it looks so good as decor and is something you can bring out year after year.



Here's what you'll need...

1. Round wood sign (from Michaels)
2. Cardboard/wood letters (from Michaels)
3. Paint and Paint brushes (I love pastels for spring. So pretty!)
4. Glue Gun 

I purchased the wood sign and letters from Michaels. The sign was $11.99 and the letters were $2.99 each. Dont forget to use your coupon for an added savings. 

I love the look of the soft pastel colours, but you can use anything you like! We did a light pink for the round sign and a light peach for the hop letters. And if you dont have any pastel colours, just add white paint to any primary colours to make your own custom pastel. We do this all the time!



Here we go...

1. Gather your sign, letters, paint and paint brushes.
2. Start painting everything! Remember to do the sides for all the surfaces to get a clean, polished piece. You may have to help little ones with this part. 
3. Let dry a few hours. Then use your glue gun and hot glue the letters to the circle sign.








I had to paint the letters a few times to get the paint bright. Its a darker tone to start with, so give it a few coats. I'd say 3-4 coats will do it.





And that's it! Super easy and simple.

Hope this little DIY gets you inspired to make your own sign. Happy spring friends!





Tuesday, 11 February 2020

VALENTINES TOFFEE TREAT



One of my favorite holidays to celebrate is Valentines Day. It's so fun! I loved it growing up, and now that I have my own family, I love celebrating it even more.





I have the quickest and yummiest recipe to share with you which would be perfect for Valentines Day.  I could see it working perfectly for a simple teachers gift, party snack, favors or for a movie night in.

VALENTINES TOFFEE

40 Saltine Crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teasp vanilla
2 1/2 cup chocolate chips
toppings (I used sprinkles, but you could use m&ms, toffee chips, chocolate drizzle...)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread crackers out in an even layer.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar. When the mixture starts to boil, stop stirring and let it boil for 3 minutes. 
3. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla. Pour mixture evenly over crackers and spread out evenly. Bake for 5-6 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Return to oven for one minute. Take out of pan and spread chocolate with a spatula in an even layer. Add toppings as you wish!
5. Let pan cool and then freeze for 15-20 minutes. Break or cut into pieces and enjoy!

I think these would make the cutest favors or gifts for someone special! Just add some bakers twine to tie them together and then place into a box or clear bag.



Hope this gives you an easy treat idea for something yummy!

Monday, 3 February 2020

VALENTINES SUGAR COOKIES


One of our favorite seasonal activities is baking sugar cookies! They do take more time than a drop cookie (like chocolate chip) but the kids have so much fun decorating them...and they are so yummy.







Here's the recipe we use...and I always use buttercream icing. Its super easy to make and alot easier to decorate with if you're not experienced. My kids love adding the little googly eyes!




BEST SUGAR COOKIES

3/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup softened cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
3 cup flour

1. In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Add in sugar and egg. 
2. Once combined, add salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
3. Slowly add in flour and mix until combined.
4. Using your hands roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
5. Bake between 7-9 minutes. 
6. Transfer to a drying rack and let the cookies cool.
7. Ice and decorate cookies. Enjoy!
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