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Upcycled Container Gardens: Housing Your Herbs

Upcycled Container Gardens Housing Your Herbs

Around this house, we try to repurpose and upcycle as many things as we can. If it can’t be composted or turned into something else, we try to donate. So very rarely do we end up with things that go in the trash. This makes for a great assortment of containers to be used in the garden.

When we picked up our chicks I knew we’d need a little home for them until they were big enough to go straight into our coop. At 3 weeks old they’d need to stay warm indoors so I picked up a metal bucket at our local hardware store.

Since I knew I would only be using the bucket for a short period of time I already had it earmarked for a project I’d wanted to do for quite a while… a stand alone herb garden!

Growing Chicks
I’m not sure if you know this but chicks, like children, grow like weeds! Seriously.

I turned around for a second and these cute little baby chicks are almost chickens at 2 months! But we still have 4 more months until they’re actually laying eggs (so I’m told).

Upcycled Container Gardens - growing seedlings

With so many things growing in our raised beds (like the broccoli that’s sprouting from our DIY K-Cup Seed Starters) we didn’t have any more room for the herbs I love to have on hand for cooking.

So it just made sense to have a container garden on the patio. What’s a better green work of art than a container garden?

Our next step will be to build a stacked container garden to house the strawberries we’ll be planting soon! How awesome does that sound? It’s as simple as taking this idea and stacking a few smaller containers on top of one another. Then planting in each tier.

Upcycled Container Gardens - cleaning out the container

 

Because our tub housed the chicks, I wanted to make sure that I cleaned the container very well before putting the soil and plants inside.

While some might question why I would clean out the container first – don’t people buy chicken manure? – the chicken poo that may be on the container hasn’t been composted yet. And I don’t want any bacteria that may have been left in the container to contaminate my plants.

But more on composting chicken poo later! Let’s get to this herb garden. First up – the chalkboard label.

Upcycled Container Gardens - DIY Chalkboard Label

 Upcycled Container Garden Chalkboard Label

What you’ll need:

  • 2 paper towels (can also use newspaper)
  • painters tape
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • metal container

What You Do:

1. Wipe down the area you wish to put the chalkboard paint on with an all-purpose cleaner. Then rinse the container out with water and let dry.

2. Grab two paper towels and cut each in half (4 half sheets). Then cut one-half sheet in half again. You’ll have 3 half sheets and 2 quarter sheets.

3. Using the painter’s tape and the paper towel pieces, create a square or rectangle space to spray paint the chalk onto.

4. Put extra paper towels under the container to protect the table underneath from paint.

5. Using the chalkboard spray paint, spray on two coats of chalkboard paint onto the container. Wait about 20 minutes in between each coat to allow them to dry.

6. Remove the paper towels and tape to reveal your chalkboard label. Write on it with chalk and display for all to see!

Upcycled Container Gardens - variety of herbs

Tips for Planting Herbs in a Container Garden

  1. Use good soil – find a soil that’s good for growing vegetables or use a good blend of soil and compost
  2. Depending on where you’re putting your container garden, consider the height each herb/plant gets and plant taller herbs in the back
  3. Plant what you know you already use now in the kitchen
  4. Make sure you are also giving your herbs vegetable food (found at any garden center)
  5. Place the container garden in a spot that will receive direct sunlight and make sure to water!

Upcycled Container Gardens with Chalkboard Label

What’s your favorite way to upcycle old containers?

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a Must See For Any Star Wars Fan

First things first – this movie is based off my two favorite characters: Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. So it is a real treat to have an official origin story that brings these two together in such an enjoyable way. These types of films are tricky, mainly because we already know how the story turns out and who survives. But I think that it speaks highly to the film’s ability to entertain and surprise the viewer. This Star Wars film slots fairly high amongst my favorite Star Wars films! 

An Origins Story

In the beginning of the film, we meet Han as a young scrappy man surviving on the streets of Corellia, a very industrial area known for it’s ship building. Most of its inhabitants are supporting the building efforts – willingly or unwillingly. Because of this, the dream of a better life is the motivation for Han to learn how to be a pilot and escape his current life.

Eventually, he joins on with a band of mercenaries in the quest to turn a profit and secure a ship. Well, as it turns out in Star Wars, there is always a bigger fish. Han finds himself getting tangled up with an even bigger crime syndicate. Of course along the way we meet Chewbacca and Lando.

But Is There More Than What The Trailers Share?

The trailers do a good job of basically telling you what the story will be. This made me a little nervous that there would not be much more to tell other than a few filler details. As the film progresses I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were a good bit more detail and twists. The characters we meet are pretty good.

The sidekick characters are especially good and memorable. L3 is Lando’s co-pilot and “it” is a hoot! Lando was amazing and well portrayed. I had no problem with continuity between the two actors (Bill De Williams and Donald Glover). Side note: I’ve been a fan of Donald Glover (any Troy and Abed fans out there?) and didn’t have any doubts that he’d be the perfect Lando.

The portrayal of Han worked well. I was not sure how I would feel about Alden Ehrenreich based on what I saw in the trailers – as he does not really look like Harrison Ford – but it was not a problem as the movie went on. The introduction of Chewbacca was clever, but later I wondered if his character would have done the things implied. What was really cool is that scenes in this film actually make some scenes in the original trilogy a little better, more meaningful.

The last thing I will say is that there is a pretty big reveal towards the end of the movie and even as I write this I am not entirely sure what that means for what comes next…

Who Can Watch? Kids or No Kids?

This movie is a little dark and earns a PG-13 rating. There is no blood or curse words that I can recall. People do get wounded and bruised up and there are some pretty intense scenes around a war set on the front line with a few creatures. Most tense scenes are diffused with humor as is the standard formula these days. A 7+ year old that can distinguish fantasy live action from real life would probably be okay seeing this.

Definitely check out Solo: A Star Wars Story, it is a must-see for any Star Wars fan!

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Kid Friendly Baked Caprese Chicken With Fresh Herbs from the Garden

This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

This baked caprese chicken is full of fresh flavor straight from the garden! And our 3-year-old helped prepare the dish from start to finish. Read on to find out how you can get your kids interested in dinner again!

Remember a few weeks ago when we were talking all things herbs and I showed how we made an indoor hanging herb garden? Well, our herbs reacted so well to our new Culligan Water filtration system that we’ve been able to utilize fresh herbs in the recipes we’ve been making.

Since my youngest has become obsessed with all things gardening, I thought it’d be fun to have her help me make a meal from start to finish wiht a few of the fun things we’re growing in both our hanging herb garden and outside raised beds. And this baked caprese chicken dish includes so many wonderful elements from what we’ve grown so far. 

Speaking of elements, we couldn’t be happier with our experience with the Culligan Water system. It’s gone above and beyond our expectations so far. 

One of the best parts about our new Culligan Water filtration system is the fact that it’s so easy to utilize. Not only can the kids go to the sink to get filtered water to drink, they can fill up the watering cans and water the garden so that our plants are getting the full benefits of Culligan Water as well.

And the plants aren’t the only ones perking up with the new reverse osmosis water filtration system! The kids are actually going over and filling up their reusable water bottles and cups throughout the day without hesitation. No more asking for juice or complaining that there’s only water in the house to drink. When I asked them about it, they said that the water tastes better now. I’ll take that as a win in my book!

I haven’t even gotten to the details of the water softening system and its effects on our soap usage! Did you know that by using a water softening system, you don’t have to use as much soap in your washer (dish or laundry)? Even in the shower? And without the harsh effects of the hard water we have here in San Diego, the girls’ skin seems to be seeing a benefit to having the new system in place.

Did you know that Culligan Water is a world leader in innovative water filtration systems not only in homes but in offices as well? We’ve found that Culligan Water is able to provide water solutions for our whole home by identifying the water issues we have. Those include everything from hard water to the taste of our water.

We’re lucky that Culligan Water’s goal is to provide the best possible customer service experience and have experienced this first hand! In addition to leaving users with water we can trust, they also ensure customers can provide the best in our homes for ourselves and loved ones.

With Culligan Water products every day is a “good water day.” Now let’s get to that delicious baked caprese chicken recipe!

Kid Friendly Baked Caprese Chicken Printable Recipe

Baked Caprese Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella
  • 6 hothouse tomatoes, sliced
  • 9-12 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Lay chicken breast pieces in an oven safe dish and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Let your kids layer the salt and pepper, cheese, tomatoes, and basil over chicken.
  3. Bake chicken for 25 minutes or until bubbly and slightly golden on the top and chicken fully cooked.

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9 Ways the Nintendo 2DS XL Saves The Day

Did you know that the Nintendo 2DS can save the day when given the right circumstances? Thanks to Nintendo for sending my two older kids each a 2DS XL of their own to test out! 

We’re huge Nintendo fans here. Both my husband and I grew up with the original Mario Bros and Duck Hunt and advanced to Game Boys shortly after (my husband still has his!). We continued to follow the line in our separate ways until we started dating and I bought him a GameCube.

Now that our kids are of gaming age, they’ve been introduced first to the Wii and then the Switch. Now it’s time to move from family-based games (our criteria for being allowed to play on the devices is that it’s a family event) and into individual player games. But we didn’t want to quite take away the family feel from the experience.

With the Nintendo 2DS XL, online play is available with compatible games. Some games may offer local multiplayer or co-op play. So that means the kids can play together still with some games and on their own with others as they choose. This has saved us many a time on various occasions… read on to find out how the Nintendo 2DS XL has saved the day!

9 Ways the Nintendo 2DS Saves The Day

1. Waiting at a restaurant – While we do not allow the kids to play on devices while at the dinner table, we do let them bring their devices in if we know that we’ll be waiting for a table once we arrive.

2. On long car rides – There’s only so many times one can find iSpy on a long car ride. When each of the older two have their 2DS devices handy, they can either play their own games or play each other to pass the time quicker.

3. At an adult event – On occasion, we’ve had to take our children to an event where no other children are present (like family weddings). By giving them a fun activity that they can do together, it keeps them entertained and gives them something to talk to the adults about too when approached.

4. Waiting in line – Whether we’re at Comic-Con waiting to get into Hall H or at a theme park waiting to get on a ride, having the 2DS handy to pass the time makes everyone’s lives easier!

5. At meetings – As the PTG president for our kids’ school, I have to attend our monthly PTG meetings and bring the kids with me. Once they’ve completed their homework, they can play together quietly while I run the meetings.

6. On an airplane – Similar to car travel, plane travel leaves kids a bit… cramped. So giving them an array of things to do while on the plane can help fight boredom and breakdowns.

7. In hotels – when we travel, there’s some downtime in the hotel at times that can be pretty boring for the kids. By allowing them to bring their 2DS systems, they can enjoy some game time before we take off on our next adventure.

8. At Grandma’s House – Grandma doesn’t have any game consoles. So when the kids go over for the afternoon, or for an overnight stay when Mom and Dad go out, packing the 2DS’s is a must.

9. When the internet goes out – Yes, I know this is bad, but this past weekend we had zero internet access. And while we don’t allow the kids a lot of screen time, having zero screen time was  getting to them and us too. So we were thankful when we grabbed their 2DS XL devices and watched as they had fun racing away with Mario Kart.

Nintendo 2DS XL Games and Entertainment

Nintendo 3DS games will work on multiple systems, including New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 2DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS. You can also play games from older systems like Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, so it’s easy to upgrade to a new system without losing your game library.

Plus, in addition to games, you can surf the web with the built-in browser and watch your favorite videos and shows on YouTube™, HuluPlus, or Netflix right on your system.

Speaking of favorite shows – check out the fun skin my son asked me to create for his new 2DS. If you’ve seen the new Marvel Avengers Infinity War, you know where this symbol comes from. And stay tuned because next week we’ll be offering this skin download for free! You can also go simple and decorate your 2DS XL like a LEGO brick like my daughter did! Simple circle designs cut out in vinyl gave us this easy look.

What was your first Nintendo device? What was your kid’s?

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Getting Crafty in the Garden: Painting Rocks for Garden Markers

Kids helping in the garden this Spring? Why not use these painted rocks for garden markers! This craft is super easy to make and you can just use supplies you have around the house.

 

One thing I love about this time of year is all of the green and new growth sprouting about everywhere! And that means that our garden goes from sad and lackluster to full of life within a few short weeks. With that new life comes a bit of confusion for the kids with what plant is growing what type of fruit, herb, or vegetable. So we had a little fun and used painted rocks for garden markers to distinguish each plant from one another. 

Now there’s no real huge planning that goes into these painted rock garden markers. We simply used a base color that would make our illustrations stand out, and I let the kids paint each of the plants that we were growing. They had fun choosing the colors and making different types of veggies and herbs on their rocks. 

I think the most fun was when they tried to trace my penciled in names with paint to make each name stand out a bit more. The concentration my littlest had in her eyes (and brow) was quite humorous. 

If you’re planning out your spring garden, or are already growing, these are a great addition to share with kids and guests alike what you’re growing this season. Here’s how to make these painted rocks for garden markers: 

Painted Rocks for Garden Markers

What you’ll need: 

  • good sized rocks
  • paint in a variety of colors based on what you’re growing
  • a variety of brush types, cotton balls, and/or cotton swabs

What you do: 

1. Using either a brush or cotton ball, layer the base color on the rock so that the illustrations you paint will stand out. We used a white base but any light color will due. 

2. Once the base coat is dry, now it’s time to paint the objects you’re growing. As you can obviously see from the rock above, my daughter was painting strawberries. Remember, it’s ok if the artwork is a bit… abstract… in the next step we’ll make things a bit clear. 

3. With a pencil, write out the names of each of the plants onto the rock. Then let your child trace the written names with their paint brush to make the name of the plant stand out. 

4. Once your painted rock is completely dry, set it outside next to your plant and enjoy! 

With Spring upon us, we’ve planted a variety of different seeds and plants in our garden. Here’s what my preschooler helped plant: 

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Radishes (from seed)
  • Carrots (from seed)
  • Cucumber (from seed)
  • Snap Peas (from seed)
  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Thyme

And the big kids help by watering, weeding, and keeping an eye on the bugs that are in our garden beds

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3 Ways to Dye Easter Eggs with Toddlers and Preschoolers

These 3 Ways to Dye Easter Eggs with Toddlers and Preschoolers will make egg dying fun for the whole family! 

Easy Ways to Dye Easter Eggs with Toddlers and Preschoolers

This year our preschooler is ready to jump in with both hands and really have fun dying Easter eggs. We did a few experiments of our own last year to find 3 ways to dye Easter eggs with toddlers and preschoolers that are not only fun but easy too! And as an added bonus, you probably have all of these things in your home right now. How’s that for awesome? 

My youngest had a blast trying these different methods of dying Easter eggs with me last year and couldn’t wait to show her brother and sister what fun they have in store for them. Since we dye Easter eggs the Saturday before Easter, she had a leg up from her siblings and was a pro when it was time to actually dye the eggs. This year? She’s the master…

3 Ways to Dye Easter Eggs with Toddlers and Preschoolers

With small children, it’s hard to use the ready-made kits on store shelves. Their little hands just aren’t ready for holding those thin wire holders and spoons can sometimes be harder to control. So we set the spoons aside and let the kids have fun with these few suggestions! 

1. Use a Whisk 

As I mentioned before, it’s really hard for little ones to use those small wire handles that come with the store bought ready-made kits. So we make it easier by placing hard boiled eggs in a whisk for easy dunking. 

Put some plastic cups in a muffin tin for stability and fill with 1/2 a cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Then add in some food coloring drops to create the colors you want. Grab your hard boiled egg in the whisk and let your child dunk until they’re done! 

You can also forgo the whisk and cups and simply let your child dunk their eggs in the muffin tin directly! But be prepared for a bit more mess that way. 

2. Whipping Cream and Food Coloring

Grab a tub of your favorite whipping cream and add it to a few muffin tin wells. Then add a few drops of the food coloring of your choice and swirl with a toothpick. 

Add a hard-boiled egg to the center of the muffin tin well and spin with your hands until the whole egg is covered. Pull out and set aside to dry. Wipe off any excess cream with a paper towel and enjoy the beautiful colors it leaves behind. 

Alternatively, you can also use shaving cream! 

3. Dye with Rice

Grab some rice from the pantry and add to a few wells in your muffin tin pan until they’re about 1/2 way full. Add some drops of food coloring and mix around with a toothpick until the grains of rice are coated with the food coloring. 

Add a hard-boiled egg into the muffin tin well and swirl around. Let dry completely and enjoy! 

These 3 ways to dye Easter eggs with toddlers and preschoolers is a fun and easy craft you can do with your kids this Easter. We love setting everything out and sitting back to watch what the kids will think of next when they’re dying their eggs. 

A few alternative tools you can leave out for your kids are stickers, crayons, and paintbrushes. 

Watch how my 2-year-old and I use these techniques last year in a fun Facebook Live video: 

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DIY Indoor Herb Garden Ideas: Easy to Make Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

This DIY Indoor Hanging Herb Garden is the perfect way to bring the garden indoors! Plus you’ll have fresh herbs for whatever you’re whipping up for dinner. This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Water is the one thing that makes the world go round. And filtered water is something we can’t live without. As a busy mom of 3, I am constantly filling up water bottles at our fridge or turning on the tap to make dinner. And all of that water usage had me thinking… are we drinking the best water we could be drinking? The answer was no. And I’ll tell you why… while we had an under the sink water filter, it wasn’t pulling out everything it could be to ensure that our water was safe to drink. 

We live in Southern California. We’re known for our droughts and lack of water. So any water we do have is usually brought in from another source. Our source? The Colorado River. Since our water comes from so far away, it has quite a journey to reach us. and that means there’s more chance of contaminants leaching into our water supply. Being able to ensure that we get those contaminants out of our drinking water was goal #1 for me. The second goal? How our water affected not only drinking but other water usages like showering, our garden, and our pets. 

Luckily we were asked to check out Culligan’s Water Filtration System. We just had the ClearLink PRO installed in our home.

Stay tuned for a follow-up post sharing how Culligan has positively impacted our daily usage of water. As of now, while we’re still testing the system, we thought it’d be fun to share how we can bring the garden indoors and add a bit greener to the meals we’re making with the help of a DIY indoor hanging herb garden. Here’s how!

Changing How We See Water

We knew our home needed a few updates to our water filtration system. We previously used an under-the-sink filter for our tap water as well as another filter in our fridge for the water that came out of the fridge door. But one in-home consultation with a Culligan expert showed that even these filters we had in place weren’t taking out everything we wanted to keep out. With water playing such a crucial role in our daily life – being used in the food we make, the water we (and our pets) drink, and what we use to water our own edible garden – a few changes to our water filtration system was a must. 

Culligan’s goal is to provide water that its customers can trust and offer the best possible customer service experience out there. With over 80 years of water quality and service industry experience, they strive to help individuals identify their water issues right in their home – whether that be hard water, water filtration or taste of their water. After our in-home consultation, our new Culligan Water Filtration System was installed. And with the push of a button right by our sink, fresh and filtered water comes right out of our faucet. The system is so easy to use that even the kids can get their own filtered water from the sink. We also had a filtered water line run to our fridge as well. 

Now that our system is in place, we’ve been enjoying the perks of filtered water. We’ll be sharing our full journey from start to stop in our next post featuring Culligan so stay tuned. Now for our tutorial on this easy to make DIY Indoor Hanging Herb Garden! 

Easy to Make Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

What you’ll need: 

  • Glass containers
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Window hooks
  • Labels
  • Small rocks
  • Soil
  • 4″ herbs OR seeds
  • Water

What you do: 

1. Wrap the wire around your container to form a circle. Connect the wire to itself tightly so that your container is secure in the wire. Don’t cut the wire just yet.

2. Make an arch with the wire over the glass container. 

3. Once you have the arch length you want, cut the wire leaving about 1 inch to attach it to the other side. 

4. Once you’ve secured the arch to the other side of the wire circle, make sure the wire is still securely around the glass container and can be lifted safely without the container falling out. 

5. Fill the bottom of the containers with about 1/2 an inch of small rock to provide drainage. 

6. Top the rocks with soil up to about 1 inch from the top of the container and dig a well for the herbs. Add some filtered water to the bottom of the dirt well.  

7. Add the herbs to the container on top of the water and make sure the roots are buried/covered. 

8. Sprinkle a bit of vegetable food on the surface of the dirt by the herbs and then water again with filtered water. 

9. Place the window hooks in the window where you want the containers to hang. Find a place that will get sunlight during the day. 

10. Hang the herbs up in the window and watch them grow! Snip off what you need for meals in the kitchen as you cook. 

Water plays an important part in our everyday lives. Being able to have the kids go to the sink and fill up their water bottles, or fill up a watering can, and know that the water they’re drinking and using is water we can trust means a lot to our family. And now we can say that every day is a “Good Water Day” with Culligan! Stay tuned for our next post where we go in-depth into our experience with Culligan Water

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The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Toddlers in Playgroups

Check out these perfect Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for toddlers when you’re planning an egg hunt for your playgroup. We’ve been planning playgroup egg hunts for years and have nearly perfected the art of the perfect playgroup egg hunt! And we’re sharing all of our tips today! 

I am not sure if you know this about me but I actually ran a playgroup of moms and kids for about 5+ years. I jumped in when my good friend moved out of the area and needed someone to take over her playgroup. Because I had such a great experience when my youngest was an infant and had built true friendships, it was a win-win situation for me. Sadly, with work and life (and our kids going to school) we no longer have playdates regularly but we still get to see each other on occasion. 

From this experience, I have a lot of knowledge of all things playdate. And planning the perfect playdate becomes an art form after a while. That includes holiday-based playdates. With Easter right around the corner, I thought it’d be the perfect time for me to share how to plan the perfect Easter egg hunt for toddlers and preschoolers. These ideas are great when paired with an active local playgroup in your area or a good group of friends and kids. 

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Toddlers

In a playgroup setting, it can be really fun to gather friends for a classic Easter egg hunt. Especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Not only is it smaller than, say, a community gathering, there’s also more control over the overall experience for your little one. We’re sharing some of our top tips for planning and executing a seamless Easter egg hunt for toddlers. 

Planning the Perfect Easter Egg Hunt 

1. Choosing the right location – The perfect location for an Easter egg hunt is just as important as the planning of the hunt itself. You want to consider the age group you’re planning for and the level of difficulty they’ll need to make the event fun. Here are a few things to consider: 

  • Is the event space easily accessible for parents? Does it have close parking for parents of multiple children or parents of infants? 
  • Does the event space have a large amount of grass to run around on? 
  • Are there taller hiding areas for older kids in your group? Are there areas other than the ground you can hide eggs in or around? 
  • Are there restrooms close to the event space? It may not sound like a big deal but for potty training toddlers, having access to a bathroom is ideal. 

2. Getting the invite out – Planning an event, like an Easter egg hunt, can be very easy if you use services available to you. When I ran my playgroup, I used Meetup.com to faciliate the playdate scheduling and RSVPs. But you can use something as simple as SignUp.com or even evite to set up your event. When you are creating your invitation, make sure to be very clear on a few things: 

  • Ask each parent to bring at least 10 filled plastic eggs per child they’re bringing. That way each child will collect the number of eggs their parent brought (no one is left out!).
  • Be clear on any specifications of what can and cannot go in the plastic eggs. If you know a child with an allergy will be attending, look for non-food options to stuff your eggs with. Some great ideas for this would be stickers, age-appropriate toys like finger puppets, erasers, sticky hands, and age-appropriate jewelry.
  • If you are enjoying snacks before or after the hunt, ask each parent to contribute a dish to the event. And just like with the eggs, consider allergies when preparing dishes for the group. 

3. Setting up the event – As the host, try to arrive at your event about 30 minutes prior to the event starting. That way you can scout out where the best spots for hiding eggs are and can secure a bench or area for your playgroup to create a home base. 

  • It’s helpful to bring a trash bag or two just in case the area doesn’t have accessible trash cans. That way you can take out anything you brought in with you. 
  • If you’re serving food, don’t forget the wipes! 
  • Create a station at your home base for parents to dump in the pre-filled eggs they brought with them so that once everyone arrives, you can hide the eggs while the kids are enjoying their time playing together or sharing a snack. 

4. Starting the egg hunt – Once all of the parents have arrived, it’s time to get the egg hunt started! 

  • Enlist one or two parents to help you start hiding the eggs while the kids are distracted. 
  • Once all of the eggs are hidden, come back  to the kids and make sure each has a basket or bag to collect their eggs. 
  • Instruct the kids to only collect the number of eggs they brought with them. Once they are done collecting that number, have them come back to home base for some fun revealing what’s in their eggs. 

Since each child is collecting the same number of eggs that they’ve brought, you don’t need to worry about starting one age group before the next. The toddlers can take their time collecting eggs (or picking dandelions like my kids do) while the older kids race ahead. 

Easter Egg Hunt Snack Ideas 

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your Easter egg hunt, here are few cute recipes and snack ideas to serve at your Easter egg hunt: 

Peeps Rice Crispy Treats

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Egg Cups

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Easy DIY Hair Bow Holder + Simple Girls Bedroom Decor Ideas with Leesa Sleep

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Leesa. Are you looking for fun ways to spruce up your girls’ room? Transfering from little girl room to big girl room? We’re sharing simple bedroom decor ideas on a budget and are sharing a fun and easy DIY hair bow holder to store all of your girl’s bows.

A few weeks ago the girls came to us and asked if they could get a bunk bed so that they could sleep in the same room together. We had just transitioned our youngest from our bed to her own bed at 3 years old and while she loved the idea of being in her own room, she missed the comfort of knowing someone else was sleeping with her in the room. So after much deliberation, we decided to make over our middle child’s room to fit her growing personality (hers was the only room we hadn’t made over since moving to our new home 3+ years ago). And this included a new bunk bed. 

We did a bit of research and decided on a twin over twin model with dressers underneath the bottom bunk. Not only would this provide extra support under the bottom bunk but also give us the opportunity to eliminate a large piece of furniture from the room – the dresser! Win-win, right? Now for the important part of a good night’s sleep – the mattresses my girls would sleep on. We consider a mattress an investment not only for our home but our health as well. having the support needed for a good night’s rest is crucial for growing children. So when Leesa reached out to see if we’d like to use their mattresses for our new room, we were more than excited to try them out. Plus, not only are they committed to a good night sleep, they also provide community outreach and give back through two different give-back programs. 

Driven by the mission to provide “A Better Place To Sleep for Everybody”, Leesa donates one mattress to a shelter for every ten they sell through their One-ten program (over 22,000 mattresses donated so far!). Leesa also plants one tree for every mattress sold and donates 1% of each employee’s time to volunteer for local causes.

The Best Bed in a Box

When our mattresses and pillows arrived, my husband was a bit skeptical. How in the world would a full mattress fit in this box? It was fun to find out exactly how the rolled up mattress expanded once put into place and opened. And even more cool to feel the difference in the mattress after an hour of being open vs. a whole day of being opened. Since I lay down with my youngest as she drifts off into sleep on the bottom bunk, I get to experience the comfort of Leesa each night. And with the adjustable and reversible hybrid pillow Leesa sent out, I relax in comfort as the girls fall asleep each night. 

The adjustable and reversible hybrid pillow has down-like quilted pockets on one side and a cooling side on the other. It’s adjustable and reversable depending on how our night is going. If I accidentally fall asleep in the bed with my daughter (oops!), and I get too warm, I can flip over the pillow for a more cool slumber. There’s also a pillow insert inside that sits between the quilted pocket and the cool layer that can be removed with a simple zip to change the support level to fit how one sleeps. Plus it’s a good cuddle pillow! 

But I can’t focus all of my attention on the awesome pillow I stole from the kids. Let’s get to the mattress! Leesa’s patented Universal Adaptive FeelTM is designed for all types of sleepers and features 3 premium foam layers including a 2-inch AvenaTM foam top layer for cooling and breathability, 2-inch memory foam middle layer for body contouring and pressure relief and 6-inch dense core support foam for durability and structure for sleepers of all sizes. All of this equals the support and comfort one needs for a restful sleep. And the proof is in my Fitbit tracker tracking how much more rest I receive when I accidentally fall asleep in the girls bed vs. going back to my own bed. It may be time to upgrade our own mattress too! 

Easy DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

Along with the new bunk bed came a complete overhaul of our daughter’s room. That included new paint on the walls (including a fun diamond design you would have seen featured on my IG stories), and a fun little inspirational wall that included an updated DIY hair bow holder that fit the current room’s personality and my daughters larger bows. We’re sharing how to recreate our DIY hair bow holder in this simple tutorial that takes less than 30 minutes to make! The best part is that I was able to involve my daughter in making this and she did all of the measuring/cutting while I took care of the hot glue. 

DIY Hair Bow Holder

What You’ll Need: 

  • 16″ x 20″ Blank Artist Canvas with Wooden Frame
  • Assorted Ribbon
  • Measuring Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pencil
  • Bows

What You Do: 

1. Grab the ribbon, a few bows, and a measuring tape to plan out how far apart you want the ribbon from each other. Use the bows as a guide to how much room is needed in between each bow. We measured 2 inches in from each side of the canvas and then 3 inches in between each ribbon strand. 

2. Turn the canvas over and mark where each of the ribbons should go on either side of the length of the canvas. 

3. Gather the ribbon in the colors you want to use for the project. Cut each color to about 21 inches in length. Make sure that this length wraps around the canvas and back over the frame to be glued into place. 

4. Using hot glue, attach the ribbon to the back frame of the canvas and wrap around to the top. Attach the top of the ribbon in the same way making sure that the ribbon isn’t twisted in the front. 

5. Repeat until all of the ribbon is secure and add your bows! 

See how easy that was! Now for a few alternative ways you can spice up your DIY hair bow holder: 

  • Paint the canvas a coordinating color (you can see what our daughter’s old painted bow holder looked like here)
  • Wrap the canvas in fabric and secure with hot glue before adding the ribbon
  • Add small hooks to the bottom of the canvas frame to hang hair ties and headbands

In addition to adding the DIY hair bow holder, we included a small mirror, an inspirational quote, and a small wooden unit to hold my daughter’s prized possessions: her Shopkins figurines. Having the figurines high up ensures that her little sister can’t reach them. Good thinking, right? Too bad she’s already tried to drag the step stool out to grab one or two. Oh well… I can try! Stay tuned for the full bedroom makeover post! We have more in store for you. 

Save on Your Girls Bedroom Decor Ideas with Leesa Sleep

Leesa is available online or at the Leesa Dream Gallery in SoHo NYC and Virginia Beach. And you can now try before you buy at over 80 West Elm stores nationwide. Try the mattress in your own home for 100 nights (risk-free!) with free shipping, always. And don’t forget to use code ACRAFYSPOONFUL for $100 Off your Leesa Mattress purchase.  Leesa is available in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany. They’re also continuing to expand their offerings to include: The Leesa Pillow, Blanket, Sheets, Foundation, and Frame. 

Looking for more kids bedroom ideas? 

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Inexpensive Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

These inexpensive Easter basket ideas for kids won’t break the bank! We take a simple approach to Easter baskets in our family and are sharing our tips and tricks with you. 

Easter is right around the corner and if you’re like me you’ve been racking your brain trying to think of great things to put in your child’s Easter basket. We always try and keep it simple. We definitely don’t want Easter turning into Christmas or a birthday where we shower our children with more than a few gifts. And we want our children to learn that not every holiday is a huge gift-giving event. 

We’ve always used the same guidelines each year since our son was born… simple. The Easter Bunny will only bring what will fit in the Easter baskets (except for the eggs filled with treats that he hides everywhere). These Easter basket ideas for kids are not only simple but ones you can pick up at your local stores. 

This year is no different. I went to a few different places to score the awesome loot found in my kids Easter baskets this year but didn’t spend more than $25 per basket and were purchased at Target (both the Easter section and $1 section) & See’s Candies. Plus, many of these things hold dual purpose and can be used over and over again. 

Here are our Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Kids:

inexpensive Easter ideas for kids

Easter Basket Ideas for Boys

  • Mini LEGO packs – found at the LEGO store and at Target or other retailers (pictured)
  • chalk (pictured)
  • sunglasses (pictured)
  • bug catcher gear (pictured)
  • See’s mini chocolate bunny & duck lollipop (pictured)
  • DVDs
  • wristwatch
  • jump rope
  • bubbles (we LOVE Gymboree bubbles!)
  • Hot Wheels cars

Inexpensive Easter ideas for kids

Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

  • Mini LEGO packs – found at the LEGO store and at Target or other retailers (pictured)
  • chalk (pictured)
  • sunglasses (pictured)
  • hair ties (pictured)
  • lip gloss (pictured)
  • wristwatch (pictured)
  • bug catcher gear (pictured)
  • See’s mini chocolate bunny & lollipop (pictured)
  • DVDs

Inexpensive Easter ideas for preschoolers

We’ll be stuffing fun stickers, temporary tattoos and See’s jelly beans in the plastic Easter eggs as well to hide for our family Easter egg hunt before brunch as well. And since they just saw Peter Rabbit in theaters, we added some fun Peter Rabbit plush toys we found on Amazon here. 

What do you add to your child’s Easter basket?

Love these Easter basket ideas for kids? Here are a few other fun Easter posts to read: 

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