Tag: Easter

Cuddly plush Easter Peeps: still pretty sweet

While I’ve been known to consume a whole flock of marshmallowy Peeps in one sitting, I’m not as eager to see what happens to my kids when they’re all hopped up on the sugary treats. So this Easter, I think I’ll tuck a different kind of Peep treat in their Easter baskets. Like body doubles for “real” Peeps, the plush Peep Chicks and Bunnies come packaged in a little yellow box, in four Eastery pastel colors. And it’s nice to know that when my kids clutch one in their hands, they won’t get sugar all over their fingers.  These...

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We’re egg-static over these dyeable, reusable faux Easter eggs (ha)

I enjoy decorating Easter eggs with the kids so much, I don’t even mind the food-coloring-dyed fingers we all end up with by the end. But for kids with an egg allergy or who follow a vegan diet, this is one annual tradition that they’ve probably had to skip each year. So get ready to be eggs-cited (groan) with these faux, dyeable eggs that look so much like the real thing. EggNots are dyeable ceramic Easter eggs so realistic, you’d better make sure you warn your dinner guests before they try to crack them open. Packaged in a cardboard egg...

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Free bunny ears you’ll love to see in your Easter photos

On this Easter Sunday, may your own bunnies stay clean of melted chocolate and grass stains. . .at least until you can get a few great shots of them in their Easter finest. And while we’re sure your children will look adorable as is, we’ve found a couple of printables that will just up the “awwww” factor today. The free printable bunny and lamb ears from Ellinee Design House are the perfect topper for Easter; and they’ll probably stay on a toddler’s head a lot longer than a bonnet. With just a pair of scissors, a dot of glue...

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Web Coolness – Sweet carrot treats, The Kristen Chase Show, and getting kids to eat your cooking

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. A sweet Easter treat that looks so easy to make, even us craft-phobics can make a bunch for our little bunnies. Have you seen the first episode of The Kristen Chase Show? It’s smart, funny, and filled with great advice, especially if you have a less-than-perfect mother-in-law. We are so moved by this mama’s words about raising children with special needs and her wish for a little more compassion for parents like her. Before you do any spring cleaning, you...

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5 free Easter printables you can have ready for Sunday. Each one gorgeous.

My box of Easter decorations may sit unopened in the basement this year, but I can still make my home festive beyond the colored Easter eggs, with printables. Here I’ve gathered up a bunch of free Easter printables to get me in the mood for the bunny’s arrival.   Little Miffy fans will bounce all over the house when they see you’ve made Minieco’s printable rabbit garland. And if you aren’t sure you’re handy enough with a craft knife to get those eyes and little mouth just so, no worries. I think a string of rabbit heads would look...

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Don’t you want some bunny to love?

Bunnies seem to be the latest trend in plush toys. And not just because Easter is coming up. Every-time I’m at the store with my kids, my daughter begs for a new stuffed bunny. If only they were all as cute as this handmade one. Let me introduce you to Gwendolyn Gingham, a cute young bunny made from vintage yellow and white gingham fabric.  Sleepy King, an adorable Etsy shop has a variety of handmade plush animals as well as other items, but it was Miss Gwendolyn who grabbed my attention as the perfect last minute Easter gift for...

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5 delicious recipes for those leftover Easter eggs–or Passover eggs

Whether you’re hosting a seder or awaiting the Easter bunny, one thing’s for sure: you’re about to be knee deep in hard-boiled eggs. Recipe alert! Here are 5 deliciously clever ideas for enjoying all of those eggs, once they’ve completed their job on your holiday table, of course. 1. Make a gourmet egg salad sandwich like the one pictured above by Brown Eyed Baker, which comes to life with dijon mustard and a bit of lemon juice. It’s the classic solution for leftover eggs with good reason. For another sandwich idea, try this sliced egg and cornichon sandwich instead. 2. Spices plus tomato puree make a shockingly...

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Kosher for Passover candy, beyond macaroons

While we’ve had a whole lot of ideas for Easter treats lately, it’s not always as easy to find great Passover treats in the Parve aisle. If you’re over the macaroons and those fruit slice candies that taste nothing like fruit, here’s a way tastier option that your kids will totally get a kick out of. The chocolate marshmallow frogs from Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe look absolutely adorable. While I haven’t tried them myself, they get all sorts of rave reviews, including a nomination for best new product at Kosherfest. But you don’t have to be kosher to like them–they’re a hit with the...

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Web Coolness – Outrageous Peeps dioramas, April Fools tricks, and kid-friendly Passover recipes

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Totally impressed by the creativity in this year’s Peeps Diorama Contest by The Washington Post. See Peep-filled recreations of the Royal Wedding, The Republican Debates, Downton Abbey, and the winner, Occupy Wall Street by Cory E Wright [photo: Deb Lindsay] Also, see our own Christina’s children’s Peeps dioramas–we think they’re just as creative! What an eggscellent April Fool’s prank by Oh Happy Day! You can totally pull this off. It’s time for the 2012 Handmade Olympics by Rikrak Studio. Head on over to...

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Making your own Easter bunny

I am not a crochet master (or even a crochet apprentice), but if I were, I would totally be buying the PDF so I could make an adorable amigurumi bunny like this one. So for all you crafty mamas, check out the amigurumi bunny crochet pattern from Etsy’s LuvlyGurumi. You pay $6 for the pattern and support a small artist, then the rest is up to you. I can’t think of a sweeter Easter gift than something made from the heart. And that includes red jellybeans. –Liz Download the amigurumi bunny crochet pattern from LuvlyGurumi – plus monkeys, birds,...

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Easter sweets? Well, kind of…

Along with a big chocolate rabbit, the Easter bunny always leaves a bunch of sugary jelly beans for my kids in their basket. And though I don’t always love his artificially-colored-and-flavored choices, I let it slide for this one special day. But, this year, one of our favorite all-natural candy companies has come out with jelly beans that make this mama happy and will have my sweet kids puckering up in delight all day long. YumEarth’s new Sour Beans look like innocent little jelly beans until you stick one in your mouth and realize, whoa! sour! In fact, I...

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Easter eggs almost as natural as the ones that come out of a chicken

Every year, I try to find more eco-friendly alternatives to the ubiquitous plastic Easter eggs. And while I have seen reusable wood eggs and lovely handmade felt ones to fill, they can be pricey if you have to buy more than a few. This year, though, there is finally a real alternative that look just like those plastic eggs, but have a secret ingredient: Corn. Made here in the USA and started by candy-company owner and mama of two, Christine Lantinen, eco eggs look just like those plastic eggs we’ve hidden in the grass, bushes and trees for years. Only these...

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Web Coolness – Flying Babies, Easter tips, and our blogs as our legacy

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re not sure how she did it, but we love this series of Flying Babies photos by Rachel Hulin (via Swiss Miss) Inhabitots’ tutorial for dying Easter eggs naturally is super easy to follow, with great tips for even brighter eggs. Our own Kristen has her own smart and funny show coming to Cafemom Studios! Sign up now to be notified of all weekly episodes of The Kristen Chase Show. This mama has some sage advice (and the cutest baby...

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Easter gifts for kids cuter than headless chocolate bunnies

Our inbox is jammed lately with parents asking for non-caloric Easter gift ideas. As luck would have it, we have quite a few. The latest being the adorable, affordable handmade creations from Etsy’s Bossy’s Feltworks–and just in time for the first day of spring!< The three felted baby birds in a nest are melting my heart–I’d imagine my kids would be giving them wacky names in no time and putting on weird plays with them. You can also find more traditionally Easter gifts like this Easter chick in an egg in several different colors, or a cute felted bunny....

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Natural craft supplies that are as beautiful as what your kids create

As a mom, some of my fondest moments with my kids are creating arts and crafts together.  I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like to get their little hands involved in a project–all the more reason I care about what ends up on those little hands. Introducing GLOB, makers of creative and beautiful craft supplies that are naturally made. The  paints and crayons all come from natural and biodegradable materials–even the paint cups are compostable.  So my kids will not only get a lesson in art, but one in conservation.   I also love that GLOB specializes in botanically crafted...

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5 great Easter cards – because as we know, it’s all about the egg hunt

In our family we have a tradition we like to think of as Peaster–an Easter, Passover hybrid that acknowledges all the traditions of the diverse, wonderful people in our family. The one thing that holds the whole thing together? Eggs. When we’re done hard-boiling them, painting them, hiding them, and finding them, one of them (usually blue for some reason) ends up on the Seder plate for eating. So I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of Easter cards and invitations that are all about the eggs. If we could customize them to say PEASTER…all the better. {See five cool...

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Five adorable Easter basket ideas for last-minute ordering

I am a terrible procrastinator when it comes to Easter basket ideas, always shopping for my kids’ gifts a few days before the holiday and wishing I had planned ahead for once. But, this year, I’ve found a few special picks that you’ll need to buy now if you want to have them in those baskets by Easter morning. Related: 19 truly special Easter basket ideas that don’t include candy To start, you’ll want to make sure you have a basket, and I love Good Wishes Quilts natural cotton baskets that are just the right size for a few small...

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Last minute Easter crafts to counteract the jellybean crashes

Sometime after the thrill of the Easter egg hunt, but before dinner is ready for the table, my kids hit a sort of jittery, must-do-something phase. This is when I had best have a few tricks up my sleeve before they decide to see how far they can toss the black jelly beans. So to keep some semblance of sanity after the candy is consumed, we’ve rounded up a few easy (and free!) crafts that you can have at the ready for when you need it today. Oh, and you can send those black jellybeans my way. These adorable...

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Keep your bunnies busy with this great Easter craft

My kids love Easter, but the hours leading up to festivities can get a little hairy with me trying to get ready for the holiday and them trying to “help”. There just isn’t enough of me to keep three kids happily occupied while I make sure the colored eggs/baskets/food/cleaning routine gets done. So when I saw this amazingly cool Easter project that my craft-loving kids would adore, I threw my figurative Easter bonnet in the air. Hello Clementine’s rabbit garland printables would make the coolest Easter decor in our home with a quartet of hip bunnies that prefer you...

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The Easter Bunny probably hates storing baskets, too

You know what I’ve always wondered about Easter baskets? Where people store them every other day of the year. Because if there’s one thing that’s not exactly storage-friendly, it’s a big, round basket with a gigantic handle on top. This is why I adore the beautiful new Easter Egg Hunt Bag tutorial over at The Purl Bee. I just love the idea of doing a little rainbow rickrack one. Or maybe taking my chances and letting my kids pick some of their favorite colors for the embellishments.  Either way, Easter bags are a perfect solution to my storage woes....

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