Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Chick {Kid Craft}


Easter Chick {Kid Craft}

I still can't wrap my head around the fact that Easter is THIS coming Sunday. I've said it a million times {like a broken record} but this year is just flying by! I guess we are really keeping busy around here.

If you are looking for something to entertain the kids this coming week - why not make this kid friendly yellow "chick" in honor of Easter and spring. It only takes a few supplies and some elbow grease! Tons of fun always included - of course!

Easter Chick {Kid Craft}

Supplies:
* Large Paper Plate
* Yellow & Orange Construction Paper
* Scissors
* Stapler
* Glue
* Wiggle Eyes
* Pen

Easter Chick {Kid Craft}
Easter Chick {Kid Craft}
Easter Chick {Kid Craft}

Directions:
* Cut your yellow construction paper into small squares.
* Slather a good amount of glue all over the paper plate. Have your child stick their yellow squares on the glue, until the plate is completely covered. Let dry.
* Using a pen, trace your child's handprints on the orange construction paper. Cut out.
* Staple the handprints to the paper plate.
* Glue on the wiggle eyes and a triangle nose in the center, to give your chick life!

Easter Chick {Kid Craft}

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy these spring themed, kid friendly crafts:
Decorative Marble Eggs
Polka Dot Eggs
Egg Carton Tree {Earth Day Craft}

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Tips For A Perfect Picnic


"This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I hope my perfect picnic tips inspire you to have a picnic today!

Tips For A Perfect Picnic

Since my husband came back from his deployment last fall, things have been non-stop. He just got home from another distant training in the military and I sometimes feel like I see him less now - than I did DURING the deployment. {AKA our planned Skype dates} I'm hoping things will slow down around here for a bit and we can really enjoy this time of year.

One of the many things on our Spring Bucket List is to have a family picnic. The weather is still kinda "iffy" in Wyoming considering it's spring. So when the weather is nice - you have to take advantage of it. Take for example - all last week it was in the high 60's and absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I didn't have to turn on the heat in the house for FOUR days. Then yesterday we had snow. Let me rephrase that - we had a severe winter storm warning that made me question where I lived. Welcome to Wyoming!

So with ALL that being said, before the weather turned into "yuck" this past weekend - I planned a picnic for my little family of three. My husband said he could get off of work for lunch & I had the PERFECT spot in mind. Along the way of planning this family event, I decided to take notes and share my experience & tips with you all today.

Tips For A Perfect Picnic
Tips For A Perfect Picnic

* First things first - choose your picnic destination. This can be anything from a park to a beautiful scenic location you absolutely love. There are NO limits of where you can have your picnic. {Well - don't go anywhere illegal!} Once you have your place decided - it's easy to determine the food, time-frame & what you should bring. Also think of the amenities you may need and how many people will be attending. Are there public bathrooms? Is there space for everyone? If you plan on bringing your pet - is your location pet friendly? How far of a walk is it from your car and is your location easy to get to? Are there tables or will you have to bring items to sit on?

* Pick a time-frame for your picnic. Early mornings are great because the sun is not fully out and the temperature will be slightly cooler. {And in some cases, the bugs won't be out in full swing either} Lunch time is usually easier for everyone {especially if a crowd is coming.} Dinner time is great also, because you can set up a small grill/fire for smores and/or a bonfire.{Notice how no time-frame is a bad time for a picnic?}

Tips For A Perfect Picnic
Tips For A Perfect Picnic
Tips For A Perfect Picnic

* Decide on your picnic menu. If it's just you & your family - bring your favorites. I personally LOVE finger foods and sandwiches. They are easy to make, as well as easy to pack/carry. If you are having a morning picnic, think breakfast items. Dinner time is great to grab the grill & cook up some hamburgers/hotdogs.  If you have a group coming to your picnic - make it a potluck. This way there is enough food for everyone and the work gets equally divided too. When it comes to group meals though - remember to be cautious of food allergies. Also remember to bring some kid friendly items. There is always a picky eater in the bunch! {P.S. Don't forget to bring enough drinks for everyone as well!}

* Prepare things before hand. Lay out everything you may need and possibly even make a list. The night before our picnic, I packed up our food in plastic containers. This gave me another chance in the morning to make sure I didn't miss anything. If your picnics tend to be a spur-of-the-moment thing, designated some food in your pantry specifically for picnics. You will want things that are pre-packaged & easy to grab. It doesn't hurt to keep some picnic supplies in your car either.

Tips For A Perfect Picnic
Tips For A Perfect Picnic

* Think about the utensils you may be need. This tip actually goes hand in hand with the menu. If you do finger foods - you may not need utensils. BUT just in case - bring some along. I prefer to bring plastic because they can be easily thrown away. {No one wants their good knives to accidentally end up in the trash} Remember if it's a potluck to bring serving tools as well!

* Designate what will hold everything you need. For our recent picnic I decided to do things simple. I packed three plastic containers full of various finger foods and placed it in a basket, along with our bottled drinks, a few extra snacks & utensils. Everything was in one place and that's all I had to grab once we got to our location. You can pretty much use anything to carry your items in. Like a backpack, canvas tote, wooden crate, grocery bags or a cooler {especially if you have items that need to be cold} Just remember to keep things at their proper temperature so no one gets sick. You can pack ice packs OR freeze some bottled water {which is a two-fold because you can drink them while they melt}

Tips For A Perfect Picnic
Tips For A Perfect Picnic

* Don't forget the kids! And I don't mean that in a literal form. I mean - don't forget to bring some entertainment items for them. If your location has a playground - you really don't have to worry. But if it doesn't have that amenity, don't forget to bring some outdoor play toys, games and bubbles. You don't want a bored, whiny kid to ruin your picnic.

Tips For A Perfect Picnic
Tips For A Perfect Picnic

* Don't forget to bring some wet wipes! This isn't just a tip for those with kids. We ALL know messes can come out of no where. {And usually at the worst time!} I personally love bringing a container of Wet-Nap with us on our picnics. {I also keep some in my car and purse for messes on the road} They are antibacterial hand wipes that make cleanups fast and easy. And see that kid in the above picture? He loves them too. With a few swipes on his face & hands - he got back to playing in no time. You can snag a coupon HERE for $.55 off of any Wet-Nap product and head to your local Walmart to pick up a few for yourself. {Your welcome!}

Tips For A Perfect Picnic

* Plan for the unexpected. You see - our picnic was suppose to be a FAMILY affair. I had the location, time and everything packed for three. It was suppose to be a fun "lunch hour" for my husband. Well - if you know the military ways, you know things don't always turn out the way you want. After waiting for about 20 minutes at our designated location, I finally realized my husband wasn't coming. But I didn't panic. I just placed everything back in our picnic basket, loaded up the car and took the picnic to HIM. So yes - plan for the unexpected. Things like the weather, bad location, sick kids, bugs etc.

* The extras. These are the things you may not think about, but you might need them. Remember to pack some insect repellant, sunscreen, condiments and trash bags. You WILL want to leave your picnic area nicer than how you found it. Also if you bring a pet - be sure to bring them a water dish/food, along with a leash & plenty of doggie bags. Don't forget to bring plastic wrap & baggies for any leftovers you may have and plan to take home. If it's windy - be sure to pack some clips for tables, if you plan on putting a tablecloth down. If you don't already - keep some extra blankets and an umbrella in the car as well.

* And last but not least - HAVE FUN! I know some of these steps may be tedious or just make you go "duh" but the real reason for this post, is that you are inspired to get out and have FUN! Even if things don't go according to plan, someone makes a mess or you forget something - it's still good to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Whether with immediate family or a big crowd - I hope you were inspired to go on a picnic!

Don't forget to snag that coupon for $.55 off ANY Wet-Nap product. It's only available while supplies last! You can then find Wet-Nap products at your local Walmart. {Check for availability HERE}

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}


Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}

Sorry to disappoint - but there is NO fancy craft tutorial or DIY project to share today. Instead I'm sharing some pictures of Easter cards I recently made for close family. Lil Man had his Easter pictures done last week by a friend photographer, so it's a good excuse for me to send some snail mail out. I had a few minutes to spare this week, so I decided handmade cards were in order.

These Easter themed cards aren't exactly fancy per say - but maybe you can get some inspiration from them. I primary used paper scraps I had on hand and craft stamps I got from Michaels/Joanns throughout the recent years. {Their $1 bins are the best place to pick up craft stamps!} I hope these inspire you! Remember - Easter is creeping up fast!!

Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}
Easter Card Inspiration {Crafts}

If you plan on sending/giving out gifts this Easter - don't forget to check out these gift posts for some inspiration:
Handprint Carrot Gift Bags
Some "Bunny" Loves You Giftbag Idea/Free Printable
Salt Dough Gift Tags
Mini Easter Baskets
Flower Fabric Gift Bags


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