Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Bunny Playdoh {Pinterest Inspired}

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I love adding extra little surprises to my kids easter baskets so when I came across this idea for Easter Bunny Playdoh, I had to try it.  What a cute idea!  It's one of those super easy, economical ideas that makes me shake my head and say, "Why didn't I think of that?"

So I whipped up a batch last night and packaged up three: one for little man, one for my niece, and one for my nephew.  It's your basic homemade playdough idea, but packaged in a cute way.  My only word of caution is to make sure you have gel food coloring or use a packet of kool-aid.  I used gel coloring and it took quite a bit of yellow to get the orange color that I wanted.

Fill treat bags from Wiltons and tie them off with some pretty green ribbon.  And you have a wonderful addition to your child's easter basket.  Or a great spring party favor.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

10 Goals This Week

Here's how I did (23weeks ago):

Parenting:
  • Finish chapter book
  • Take second kid on a date


Blogging:
  • Record 1-2 vlogs
  • Make March DIY project


Homemaking:
  • Try a new recipe
  • Try glow in the dark bubbles
  • Work on MM party details


Personal:
  • Get 8.5 hrs sleep/night
  • Workout 4-5 days/one day of yoga
These are My 10 Goals This Week

Parenting:

  • Take a kid on a date?
  • Start a new chapter book

Blogging:

  • Record 2-3 vlogs
  • Start review book

Homemaking:
  • Try glow in the dark bubbles
  • Finish up Easter baskets
  • Put up new kids' beds
  • Make Peanut Butter eggs

Personal:

  • Get 8.5 hrs sleep/night
  • Workout 4-5 days/one day of yoga


What are Your Goals for the Week?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Brownie Batter Dip (Pinterest Inspired)


Really?  Really?  Who can possibly see "Brownie Batter Dip" on Pinterest and not click on the photo?

I can't!

So when we had company a couple of weeks ago, I pulled out this recipe for a yummy dessert.  It had fruit so that makes it healthy right?

Brownie Batter Dip

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c. butter
2-3 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp flour
5 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp brown sugar
3+ Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

1. Beat together the cream cheese and butter.

2. Add 2 c. powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp milk until combined.

3. Add flour, cocoa powder, brown, sugar, vanilla, and 1 Tbsp more of milk if needed to thin.  Beat until smooth.  Add remaining powdered sugar and milk until you reach desired consistency.

4. Serve with fruit, pretzels, vanilla wafers, and graham crackers.

Over all, I really liked this.  It was an easy way to serve a fun dessert for family or company.  The dip was a little sweet and I'll play with the sugar in the future.  But it was good.  And I'll definitely make it again.

Have you tried any good recipes lately?

Monday, April 7, 2014

10 Non-Candy Items to Fill Your Easter Eggs

Easter's coming up quick, quick, quick.  Here I am thinking it's great that Easter is so late this year, giving me extra time to think and plan.  But wait!  It's now the second week of April and Easter's almost here.  So if you're looking for an alternative to the standard candy filled egg hunt, here are some ideas to help get you started:

Money--This one's my favorite.  A few rolls of quarters, dimes, and nickels and the kids will love hunting for some change.

Trail Mix--You can pick up some ready made mix or make your own.  I love making a mix of cranberries, white chocolate, and pumpkin seeds.

Stickers--The Dollar Tree carries a huge variety of stickers from seasonal to character.  And they make a great filler for Easter eggs.

Cheddar Bunnies--My little ones love goldfish and cheddar bunnies are a fun seasonal treat.  Plus they're not loaded with sugar.

Legos--My eight year old is obsessed with Legos and they make a great addition to an egg hunt.

Balloons-- Punch balloons, water balloons, party balloons... they're all great ideas for filling Easter eggs.

Bracelets--My daughter loves getting little bracelets, rings and jewels so they make a fun addition to Easter egg hunting.

Playdoh--Homemade playdoh or small containers... what a fun idea!

Bubbles--Dollar Tree carries small containers of wedding bubbles that fill perfectly in an Easter egg.

Cars--Again, dollar store has a great selection for little boys.

Really I'm probably going to pick up a variety of all of these for Easter this year.  We have a variety of ages and genders and it should be fun to see the surprised looks on their faces.

What are your favorite Non-Candy Items for Filling Easter Eggs?
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