Kids and Chores

Kids and Chores

Kids and chores can be a touchy subject for parents. Should my kids do chores? If so, what kind of chores? Should children be paid or should chores be just a normal part of living? Many think that chores should be expected with no reward, others think allowance (monetary or otherwise) for chores is the best option, and others believe that kids should be kids, not forcing chores on their children at all. I personally view chores and school as a child’s “job”, and just as parents have jobs which they…

Easy Easter Bark

Easy Easter Bark

We all want things to look nice and I really appreciate the time people put into many of the things that I see on places like Pinterest. Of course many of them are so over the top, I mean there are preschool treat bags that took more time, money and effort to create, then many people put into their wedding favors. Personally, I am for things being appealing but on the easier side of things and that is where my easy Easter bark comes in! You really couldn’t ask for an…

Confetti Eggs for Easter

Confetti Eggs for Easter

My oldest and middle child are only 50 weeks apart, in fact my second born was due on my first born’s birthday, but I had to be induced and that “awesomeness” wasn’t to be. Sometimes their birthdays are right after Easter, depending on when it falls, and for a preschool birthday party one year I bought some discounted confetti eggs for Easter as party favors. I purchased a couple cartons of eggs that were a dozen eggs each, made with actual egg shells and filled with confetti, to be thrown or…

Easter Egg Rainbow

Easter Egg Rainbow

With Easter approaching dyeing eggs is always on a parent’s mind and it tends to sneak up on us. A few years ago I tried some alternative methods, you can see those here, and kept coming across the graphic to the left, an Easter egg rainbow. I really wanted to try them ALL but I just couldn’t find the time. Last year (2015) I finally decided to give it a try and I loved the colors, of course half way through I wondered what mad person had talked me into this idea,…

Thanksgiving fun for little ones

Thanksgiving fun for little ones

Thanksgiving, is that awkward holiday that most people glaze over to get to the craziness of Christmas and often is missed, especially by children. Explaining the history of Thanksgiving to a child is a daunting task, of course there is the coming together of the pilgrims and Indians, however, the story takes a very non g-rated turn after that event, not to mention that being grateful for blessings doesn’t always come naturally to a child. There are ways to savor the holiday for what it is and make Thanksgiving fun for…

Catch a Leprechaun with a Leprechaun trap

Catch a Leprechaun with a Leprechaun trap

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, my kids wanted to catch a Leprechaun, with a Leprechaun trap. They devised a plan that involved at trap and gold. I had them color regular printer paper with St. Patrick’s day themes, including “Free Gold” and we taped them onto a box. Then, my son grabbed a wooden spoon, placed some “gold” under the box, anything sparkly will do and I sent them off to bed. The next morning we found the trap had been sprung but alas, no Leprechaun, however, he did leave…

There is more than one way to dye an Easter egg

There is more than one way to dye an Easter egg

  So, as Easter approaches the time to dye Easter eggs is at hand, and while many might buy the packets of compressed colors at the box stores, the truth is, they do hinder the experience with color limitations, they call for the use of vinegar, which many people oppose, not to mention that there are those that are completely organic and using commercial dyes are out of the question. There is more than one way to dye an Easter egg and over the last 3 years the below are…

Making Jell-o eggs

Making Jell-o eggs

When I was younger my grandmother made eggs in jello molds for Easter, they were cute and yummy and I thought why not give them a try. I didn’t think they would be terribly hard and so I set out to make jell-o eggs. It is important to say that you need to start with a specified egg mold or, I as I used, a plastic egg (I used jumbo) without holes in them. Those might be hard to find but without them obviously the jello mixture will run right…

Easter is more than eggs and bunnies

Easter is more than eggs and bunnies

  In a world of plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies, pre-made baskets and holidays that are over commercialized, I am sometimes asked how I can celebrate Easter with stories and candy yet keep true to my faith, but the truth is most traditions can be traced to more meaningful ideas and situations. Easter is more than eggs and bunnies, so… how do you help your family find the meaning of Easter through eggs, bunnies, chocolate and candy? In our family we try to use the commercial items to help tell a bigger story….

Easter treats

Easter treats

  I don’t know if it is that as Easter comes, so does Spring, but I find myself in a frenzy of crafts and recipes at Easter time, more so than even Christmas. I wanted to make some Easter treats and found myself with these hits! Chocolate Nests These are so good, like so good, and very rich so one of these is a delicious treat. My family loved them, even my husband, and they are very simple to make. What you will need… 1 package of dark chocolate chips…