10 Fun and (Fairly) Easy Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Ten Easter Egg Ideas

First, a confession: I don’t really enjoy decorating Easter eggs. Well full confession: I don’t really enjoy any sort of crafting with my kids at all. I fully believe this is why God invented grandparents. But maybe you are one of those amazing craft loving moms. Or maybe you just want to forward this post on to Grandma. No judging here.

Anyway, with the Easter season upon us, I thought it would be nice to roundup some of the fun ways you can decorate Easter eggs with your kids.

1. Fingerprint Eggs:



This idea from Sassy Dealz is so adorable (totally digging the toilet paper roll holders) and pretty simple. With your help even the littlest kid can pull off a fingerprint. If you want to really knock it out of the park you could save them each year to remember how teeny tiny your kid’s fingers used to be.

2. Sharpie Tie-Dyed Eggs



Sharpies are like a forbidden fruit in our house. My kids desperately want to use them but I try to avoid letting them anywhere near permanent markers. But for these eggs from Housing a Forest, they get to use Sharpies till their heart’s content. Oh Happy Day!!

3. Shaving Cream Dyed Eggs: 

shaving cream egg


There is nothing more awesome than your mom telling you to make a giant mess. Sticking your hands in a pile of dyed shaving cream and squishing an egg around in it? Mom of the year award is coming your way for sure. This is a crazy easy method and the eggs turn out really cool. Thanks to A Thrifty Mom.

4. Chalkboard Eggs

Chalkboard Paint Eggs


I happen to have some chalkboard spray paint lying around (Pinterest will make you buy crazy things) so this one would be so easy to pull off. It’s Overflowing uses actual paint, but spray paint would be even easier. The best part about these is that you can decorate them over and over.

5. Polka Dot Easter Eggs



I love all things polka dot. And yes these do involve glitter (the herpes of the craft world), but Domestifluff also gives a great tutorial at the end of her post about how to make these using decorative sugar. Still messy, but less likely to stick to every single surface imaginable and make your life a living you know what.

6. Glitter Eggs



Yes, I know what I just said. But maybe you love glitter. And maybe these sparkly eggs are hard to resist (I gotta admit, they kind of are. Plus Totally The Bomb makes it crazy easy. Maybe this time the glitter wouldn’t be so bad…….

7. Melted Crayon Eggs

melted crayon eggs


I came across one idea for melted crayon eggs that literally had you melting crayons and rolling your eggs in them. Seems like an incredibly messy way to get burned fingers. Thankfully this idea from S.A.S Interiors is much simpler. Again, this could be done easily with really little kids and is much more fun than plain colored eggs.

8. Drip Art Eggs



I think this one has the potential to be quite messy, but I absolutely love the look of these metallic paints and the rainbow colors it makes. Red Ted Art calls it drip art and I think the finished products would make a gorgeous centerpiece.

9. Silk Dyed Easter Eggs



Okay so this one is really more for the grownup crafters. Simply head to your local thrift store, gather up some pretty ties and these gorgeous, swoon worthy eggs can be yours. It is a process that takes some time, but I think the results are well worth it. Head over to mama. papa. bubba to see the close up finished project. Gorgeous!

10. Color By Number Easter Eggs



This idea from No Time For Flash Cards is so fun because it incorporates egg decorating and MATH!! Perfect for home schooling families or anyone who wants to sneak a little math into their kid’s day. Simply number your Sharpies, roll the dice, count and color. How fun is that?

I have lots more fun Easter ideas and recipes over on my Easter Pinterest page. Make sure to check that out!

Five Best Apps For Traveling With Kids

road-trip road-trip

What do you do when you don’t have any plans for Spring Break and the entire state of Michigan is heading to Florida?

You head to Sheboygan, Wisconsin of course!

Okay so it wasn’t exactly like that. But Ryan had work in Sheboygan and Chicago and he planned it for the week of spring break so we tagged along. I squeezed in dinner with my college roommate and her family in Milwaukee and we got to spend time in my favorite city on the planet, The Windy City.

But first there was Sheboygan…..

So I turned to a few of my favorite travel apps and we ended up having a really good time. Well except for the sibling bickering and lack of sleep that led to me wanting to lose my mind. Is there an app for that? #keepinitreal

1. Roadtrippers: Based on the Roadripper website, this app was my favorite!! Simply enter your road trip route and it points out  attractions, history, nature, shopping and more. Not to mention eating and lodging. It brought about the biggest surprises of the road trip. In the middle of a Chicago suburb, next to houses of average nature, we found a 17,000 square foot pyramid with a huge statue of Ramses out front. Oh and it is plated in gold. Pure Awesome.

gold pyramid


We also found the Jelly Belly warehouse factory tour. We ate our weight in Jelly Belly’s and sampled such flavors as Tabasco Sauce, Draft Beer and Grass. Because why not?

jelly belly


2. Trip Advisor: I use this app andwebsite obsessively. Whenever I am in a new place I always look through the restaurant reviews and for the list of the top attractions. It led us to a super fun children’s museum in Sheboygan. We spent a ridiculous amount of time there (partly because it was raining and most of the other top attractions were outdoors). And as luck would have it, right across the street was a top rated restaurant that specialized in bacon. BACON.

3. Yelp: My go to guide for restaurants (see bacon above). I use it mostly when I am traveling without the kids, but it is kind of a must have with kids as well. When you are in a strange place you really need to know if you are going to show up to a place that is totally unkid friendly. The last thing a couple on their first date needs is my four year old telling a fart joke. Or my 40 year old husband laughing hysterically at it.

4. Sit or Squat: No matter how many times you say to your kids, “Do you have to go to the bathroom before we get back in the car for a long drive?”, they will always have to go to the bathroom 3-7 minutes after you get back on the road. We have taken a LOT of roadtrips and we have gone to a lot of nasty restrooms out of desperation. Including one on our trip to Florida last year that I still can’t unsee. Sit or squat helps you find the clean ones. Thank goodness someone dreamt this up.

5. UberWhen we go to Chicago my kids think going on the El is like going on a ride to Disney. Same with riding a bus. They are living sad, un-citified lives. But sometimes the El and bus just aren’t convenient. I can risk all our lives in a cab, or we can rid like kings with Uber. You download the app, ask for a pickup, and a towncar comes and picks you up. But the awesome part is that the app is linked to your credit card so you don’t have to deal with any cash. It just automatically charges you and adds on the tip. The app will show you an estimated cost before you “book” your car. I thought the cost was very comparable to a cab ride, maybe a little more, but well worth it to avoid the hassle. (sign up with my link and we both get a $10 credit. WOOT!)

Honorable mention goes to my white noise app because falling asleep in a hotel room with kids is some sort of 7th circle of hell.

Do you have any favorite apps when you travel with kids?



Five Tips To Banish Dry Skin in the Winter

I am still pretending that spring is right around the corner. But in the meantime my skin is KILLING me. Itchy, dry, flaking. A hot mess. I typically don’t suffer that badly during the winter but this winter seems especially brutal in every possible way. So I have been trying some new tricks and have found some that work really well.

dry skin

1. Body Oil: This is a recent discovery and it is a total game changer. I always knew that post shower I was supposed to use lotion. But what I didn’t know is that body oil is supposed to go on before you shower. I love this oil by Neutrogena. It feels very odd to oil up like some sort of body builder before I step in the shower, but it leaves a protective layer on my skin and when I step out of the shower it is still there.

2. Warm-ish showers: I like my showers so hot that my skin is slightly red and scalded when I am done. I also believe showers should take as long as humanly possible. But long, hot showers do a number on your skin. So turn the temp down a bit and keep your showers short. Upside- your kids have less time to take apart the toilet role and flush toys down the toilet.

3. Dove Advanced Care DeodorantI was recently sent a sample of this unrelated to my blog and didn’t really think deodorant could make that big of a difference. But I was wrong. I cannot believe how smooth this makes my underarms feel. Did you know that when you shave you are removing a large amount of skin? Gross!! This moisturizes the skin and still does everything a deodorant should do. I am sold. (ps. you really should shave less during the winter because shaving is so drying. sorry to your husband, but YAY for you)

4. Beeslick Jr.The skin around my eyes gets really dry in the winter. I am sure there is a reason beyond just winter because sometimes it happens in the summer too, but despite having mostly un- sensitive skin everywhere else, my eyes get quirky. About a year ago I was sent some hard lotions to try on Hannah’s sensitive skin and I stole this one for my own. I just rub a little around my eyes and it is so soothing. It is also great for chapped cheeks and lips.

5. Furnace Humidifier: I am starting to believe this is the biggest game changer we have going on right now for dry skin. We stayed away from home last weekend and our skin was so crazy dry and itchy and everything was incredibly static-y. This keeps our house from getting to dry, cuts down on bloody noses and keeps the static under control. This one is very similar to what we have.


10 Non-Candy Valentine Ideas

Non Candy Valentines

Part of me doesn’t understand how it is already Feb, but the other part of me can’t understand how it is still winter. I think getting over 80 inches of snow already can confuse a person. But it is Feb and time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. The evolution of Pinterest has made it quite clear that you are a sub par mom if you don’t loving craft each child’s Valentine with modge podge, glitter and unicorn dust.

I kid, last year I did store bought Valentines and didn’t feel a lick of guilt about it. This year I am feeling a tiny itch to be crafty so I have been pinning all sorts of ideas. But I do love the idea of doing some without a sugared up component. Partly because my kids don’t need any more sugar in their life. But also because that darn candy sits in our house while they are at school taunting me from the cupboard.

So here is a roundup of my favorite non- candy Valentine ideas:

1. Crayon Valentines:

crayons valentines

There are lots of versions of these out there, but I really love these from Our Best Bites. We have so many random broken crayons in our craft cabinet so I could probably make these for the whole school and never run out.

2. Rainbow Loom Valentines:

rainbow loom


I could probably make a whole classroom of bracelets just by cleaning out my vacuum cleaner canister. Our house is FILLED with rubber bands. The best part about these is you just order the printables from the Loom Love Shop on Etsy and your kids do the rest of the work. Brilliant.

3. Star Wars Glow Stick:

Star Wars

Silas is in a major Star Wars phase right now. What I love about this is that even if you kid is the only Star Wars nerd in his/ her class, who doesn’t love a glow stick?? Those things make every kid happy. These are just a crazy adorable idea from Keeping It Simple. 

4. Popcorn Valentines:

popcorn valentine


These valentines from Creating Really Awesome Free Things (C.R.A.F.T.- get it?) have such a fun vintage look to them. We make the most delicious popcorn on the stove but if you want to sweeten it up about you could always do a big batch of caramel corn.

5. Fruit Valentines:

fruit valentines


So I don’t really know what the coolness factor is in giving out fruit for Valentine’s Day is, but as a mom I think these are awesome. I mean they are super cute and who doesn’t love a good pun? You can find these printables at Craftaholics Anonymous.

6. Bubbles Valentines:

bubbles valentine

The preschool set would go crazy for these bubbles from Makley School for Girls (one of my faves!). And since it is so freezing in large portions of the country, you can also try that freezing bubble thing that is all over Pinterest as well.

7. Friendship Bracelet Valentine:

friendship bracelet valentines

This is another brilliant scheme in which you print something out and your kids do all the work. I suppose you could help. Or you could just surf Facebook while yelling out encouragement like “orange and blue look great together” and “only 17 more to make”!! You can find the printables over at Dandee Designs.

8. Goldfish Valentines:

goldfish valentines


Okay so goldfish crackers aren’t exactly a health food, but they are a small step up from candy. Or maybe not, but these are super cute valentine printables from Tammy Mitchell Designs. And someone probably has a recipe for homemade goldfish with no preservatives somewhere on Pinterest if you are feeling guilty.

9. Mad Lib Valentines:

mad lib valentines


If your older kids need valentines these would be perfect. I never outgrow my love of Mad Libs though so maybe they would work on me if you want me to be your valentine. Either way, all the details are over at Design Mom.

10. Mustache Valentines:

mustache valentines


Is the mustache craze so 2012? I don’t really care because I still love them. Plus little kids in mustaches never grow old. This adorable idea from The Craft Monkey just might be my favorite of all. So cute!

Do you make homemade valentines or buy a box at the store and call it a day?

Practical Parenting

I was blessed to be raised by an amazing father. He set the bar really hight in being loving, involved and crazy proud of his kids (although now we are nothing compared to his grandchildren).

When I married my husband I assumed he would be a good dad. His dad is a wonderful man and he had proven himself wonderful in so many ways. But darn it if he didn’t rebuff all my attempts to get him to interact with kids. I seriously tried shoving kids at him any chance I got. No dice. Although he assured me he wanted to be a dad, he just isn’t really a kid guy.

Unless it is our kids. He has thrown himself into being a dad 150%. Of course he messes up at it, but he apologizes to our kids and throws himself back in. I truly couldn’t ask for a better partner to raise my children with.

I think Ryan is like most dads out there. They know they want to be dads, but don’t really know what that looks like. Many of us ladies are raised thinking about being a mom and playing with dolls and babysitting for spending money in high school. Few men have the same experience. It is from that place that Ryan wrote, “The Dad’s Playbook”. You can read more about why he wrote it in this guest post from a few years back.


This week I am SO excited that his ebook is being offered bundled with 4 other ebooks this week for only $7.40.

This week’s collection of ebooks is full of practical parenting advice. This isn’t a bundle of theories but a collection of how-to guides to help parents navigate the early years of parenthood. Discover advice from real parents on eating habits, health, potty-training, spending one-on-one time with your children and more!

This week only, get all 5 ebooks — including two that aren’t available anywhere else — for more than 75% off their regular price:

The Dad’s Playbook by Ryan Anderson
In The Dad’s Playbook, Ryan shares foundational principles of fatherhood — plays in the playbook, if you will — for guys who enjoy being dads but who don’t always feel like they’re doing a stellar job at it. Believing that most men are better dads than they give themselves credit for, he offers practical ideas to help you build on the things you’re already doing and grow in new ways. Please note that this ebook is written from a Christian world view and contains Biblical insights, but you don’t have to be a Christian to benefit from these concepts.

The Happy Housewife’s Guide to Dealing with Picky Eaters by Toni Anderson
Do you have a picky eater? Toni has…and she’s lived to write about it! A few years ago she said good-bye to dinner time disasters and short order cooking in her home. With a few simple (or maybe not so simple) changes, her kids learned how to try new foods and eat what was served. In this guide, you’ll find out what makes a picky eater, how to determine if you have one, how to involve your child in food preparation, and creative ways to get your child to try new foods!

A Practical Guide to Children’s Health by Kate Tietje
A Practical Guide to Children’s Health is a handbook of basic, well-researched information for parents to turn to when they need help with topics related to health. Broken into three sections — food, health, and environment — you’ll find information on the topics that are important to parents, like super foods, special diets, healthy snack ideas, over-the-counter and prescription medications, vaccines, herbal remedies for common conditions, sleep issues, alternative practitioners, car seat safety, and even schooling and positive discipline. In this guide, Kate examines controversial topics and explains various options concisely to help parents make the decisions that are best for their family.

Potty Train in a Weekend by Becky Mansfield
Potty Train in a Weekend is the only complete guide to potty training you will ever need. In this ebook, Becky shares her proven method for potty training in three days. Not only will you find her step-by-step method for potty training, but also tips for dealing with hurdles such as: ‘They won’t poop on the potty!” or “They were using the potty, but now they are having accidents all of the time!” She also includes tips and stories from other moms to give you all the information you need to potty train the easy way.

51 Frugal Father-Daughter Dates by Ashley Pichea
If you’re looking for inspiration for spending one-on-one time with your little ones, this collection of father-daughter date ideas offers more than 50 opportunities to strengthen that special relationship. While the book title is geared toward fathers and daughters, most of these ideas are perfect for mothers and sons as well. Discover tons of FREE or inexpensive date ideas that kids are sure to love and make regular one-on-one dates a part of your family culture!

I’m of course partial to my husband’s book but they all look so fantastic (although PRAISE JESUS I don’t have anymore kids to potty train). And ebooks are so easy to read on tablets or Kindles. And $7.40 for 5 of them is a STEAL. You don’t want to miss this deal and check back on Bundle of the Week every week for a new bundle.