RUBBER CEMENT EGGS

Rubber cement eggs

Last Easter post? Maybe! If you are looking for a fun last minute way to give your dyed eggs some pattern, try rubber cement. Yep, rubber cement. After trying hot glue and having a straight up crafting failure with that, rubber cement was my second try and it turned out perfectly. Check out the full tutorial over here on Handmade Charlotte. If you are making these with little ones, please watch them closely. If they have to I.D. me when I buy rubber cement, we probably shouldn't leave our littles unattended with it. Right? Right. Have fun and happy Easter!

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picnic | And We Play
Sunset at the drive-inn | And We Play
Pizza | And We Play
Sunday walk | And We Play

Hello, Monday! Like I said last week, I am going to be slowing things down a bit as far as posts go this week since little man is on Spring break. But I had to share some snippets of the past few days around here. We ended up going to the drive-inn and we had such a great time sharing that with Elliott. He thought it was so cool we were watching a movie outside! But more on  that later. We visited with some friends, had an impromptu picnic and had some amazing food truck food. I am still dreaming about that pizza. And Sunday was pretty much the perfect way to end a busy weekend. We strolled, we slept, and we just spent some quality time together. It was fantastic. I may or may not be peeking in a time or two this week to post some last minute Easter fun. So you'll just have to check back and see! Hope your week is off to a great start!

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

watercolor paints

Happy weekend! I am so ready for this weekend and next week. I am taking a little bit of time off to spend some serious fun time with Elliott as it is his spring break. Lots of trips to the park, maybe the aquarium, and some other things we have been wanting to do. This weekend we don't have much planned yet. But I am itching to head to the drive-inn. We did it last year a few times just Preston and I, and I can't wait to share that goodness with Elliott. And per usual, we will probably do some painting. You can't imagine how many works of art we have all over our house! As much as I love, LOVE sharing my creative kiddo projects with you guys, sometimes there is something I love so much and want to share but just haven't had the space here to do it. And so! I've decided to start sharing some of my favorite links from around the web for the week every Friday. Just a few links to favorite images, ideas, pins, recipes, etc. You get the idea. It's not a new one that's for sure! So hopefully you guys enjoy them :)

Have a great weekend, friends. Here are this week's links!

These grilled cheese recipes have me feeling adventurous.

I'm obsessed with this brilliant Easter craft.

Easter balloons? Yes, please!

These would be sweet to have in a basket or two.

Amazing art center for littles.

Adorable bunny tees for kids!

Are you an apple or a pear? I think I might be both.

GENDER NEUTRAL BASKET FILLERS

Gender neutral Easter basket fillers

Have you started collecting Easter basket fillers yet? I am just about done with Elliott's basket and I am trying to be good and not go overboard, as I have a tendency to do. I love gathering toys and treats for Elliott's basket. I wanted to put together a gender neutral post of basket filler ideas and I think I might have pulled it off! It's hard for me not to think boy stuff all the time. But I have to say, that little girls swim suit might be one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It's kind of a tradition in my family to give the kids a new swim suit for Easter. Maybe it's in hopes that summer will hurry it up. Any little one would love getting this loot in their Easter basket this year. In fact, Elliott is getting quite a bit of what's pictured. Some of these items would even be small enough to fit into a few plastic eggs too. The less candy being digested by my little guy, the better. Happy filling!

Nesting dolls, Bunny coloring book, Swim suit (boys), Swim suit (girls), Chalk, Toy camera, Tattoos, Balloon animals

EGG DOMINOS

Easter egg dominoes printable
Printable egg dominoes
Egg domino printable

Who doesn't love dominoes? How about some Easter egg dominoes? Yes, please! My goal is to have these be substitutes in some of the plastic, normally filled with pure sugar, eggs for his Easter basket. Let's see if I can resist playing dominoes with him until then! For anyone who doesn't know how to play dominoes, you just turn them all over so you can't see the numbers, then one by one pick an egg and turn it over adding on and matching the numbers up. At least that's how I have always played. It's a great game to play with little ones who are learning to count and recognize numbers. You can download the dominoes here. We watercolored the backside of the page and let it dry before cutting out the eggs just to make things a little more fun when they are turned over. You can let your little ones paint, color, add tape, or anything else fun you can think of. 

Printable egg dominoes for kids
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POM POM EGGS

DIY pom pom Easter eggs!
Easy DIY pom pom Easter eggs!

If you are looking something fun and a little different this year for your eggs, may I suggest these pom pom eggs? Elliott and I had a blast making them and he just thinks they are the cutest things ever. He also mentioned there could be alien babies inside, but you know. Besides being cute - or other worldly - they also provide some cushion for the eggs. Just saying. If you want to make some - and you know you do - you can see more over here on Momtastic

POLKA DOT WATERING CAN

DIY polka dot watering can
Polka dot watering can

We have been trying to acquire and keep a few plants alive around the house and (knock on wood) so far it's going splendidly. Along with the new plants we saw this cute little watering can (they also had pink!) and decided to give it a polka dot makeover. To make the polka dots, I used white contact paper and a small circle paper punch. It helps if you hold the punch upside down so you can see exactly what you are cutting. It also helps the dots to come out cleaner for some odd reason. Then Elliott and I peeled off the paper backing and stuck them on! It was cute before the polka dots, but now it's pretty much perfect. Hopefully our new watering can will help us keep these plants alive! It makes us feel like legit plant owners. Now, for a DIY to replace this hideous plastic planter.

DIY polka dot watering can
Polka dot watering can

EASTER COLORING SHEETS

Printable easter kids coloring pages
Printable kids coloring pages for Easter!
Printable kids coloring pages for Easter

Ready for a printable? Of course you are! We have been having a lot of fun coloring these. They are the perfect thing to print off and get your kids pumped for Easter! You can download the eggs here and the bunny here. Print off a bunch because trust me, your kids will be addicted. Elliott has been asking me to print off more and more for him to color. He has even started cutting out the eggs and hiding them in plastic eggs for us to find. Man I love that kid. He named the rabbit Leo and added the bow tie, which of course I love and wish I had thought to add when I designed it. The point is, your littles will amaze you when you let them loose to create. And that is the best. Happy coloring!

Easter coloring pages for kids
Printable coloring pages for Easter

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Boy and his ball
jelly beans are pretty

Happy Monday! Things have been pretty great around here lately. Especially over the weekend! We had a lot of time to play which is always nice. We went to the park a few times, had a picnic, played some kick ball and watched Elliott maneuver his scooter around the playground sidewalks. He's getting pretty good on that thing! With the spring weather we have been taking advantage and spent as much time outside as possible. And then it snowed. What? Yes. It totally bummed me out, but thankfully it only lasted one night. Spring, don't let me down! This upcoming week we have some fun Easter crafts and printables we think you'll love. I can't wait to share them with you! We hope your weekend was pretty fantastic. 

P.S. If you're wondering why Elliott is making the face he is in the last picture, he had bit his tongue right as I snapped the picture. Poor guy.

P.P.S. If you don't already you can follow me on instagram where you will inevitably see pictures like these and no longer need to check in here on Mondays. But please still do.