EGG HUNTS, BUNNIES AND HAPPY KIDS

happy easter!
Easter egg hunt
Egg hunt
Easter basket goodness
Easter day

I hope you had a great Easter weekend! We sure did. We had more than our fair share of egg hunts and the kids were begging for more. Imagine that! We had a visit from the bunny and he left some pretty great stuff for little man. He's obsessed with his new camera and his nesting dolls. Which makes the bunny very, very happy. Easter day, though a lot of fun, was on and off a day of discipline for Elliott. Just because sugar has replaced every ounce of blood in your body, doesn't give you an excuse to misbehave. Or does it? For Elliott's outfit, I was determined to find some mint green pants to go with the grey shirt. You would be surprised how hard it is to find mint pants that will work for a little boy. I finally found the perfect ones here, and we love them. A lot. We ended the day in a sugar coma and with tears that Easter can't be every day. Now back to real-life!

EASTER EGG PARTY STRAWS

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Make your own Easter egg party straws
Make your own Easter party straws
Easter party straw DIY

This year for Easter we are going to make things a little more fun and special than we have in the past at our house. I thought it would be fun to make Easter dinner more like a mini-party. These egg straws will be fun for the kids (and adults) to enjoy. You could even make them plain and let the kids decorate their own! They are super easy to make and the best thing about them is they are totally customizable. Do whatever you want with them! Want to make some of your own? Of course you do. Here's how.

Make your own Easter party straws

I found some paper mache eggs at the craft store for next to nothing and just drilled a hole in the top and the bottom. You will want to pick a drill bit that is barely bigger than your straw so it will fit snuggly. Also, when you drill, start out very slowly so you get a nice clean hole. 

Make your own Easter egg party straws

Next, paint! I went with white, but you could do any color combo you want! Some nice pastels perhaps? So very eastery. 

Make your own Easter egg party straws

I thought it would be cute and fun for the kids to have their names on them. This is also a great way of keeping track of your drink! I used a paint marker to ensure the names were clear. Plus, paint pens are so easy to use. Next I decorated the eggs with dots and dashes. Again, you can do whatever you want! Keep them plain, go for stripes, gold leaf them, you get the idea. And that's it! You are ready to party Easter style.

Make your own Easter egg party straws
Make your own Easter party straws

RAINBOW CUPCAKE TOPPERS

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Are you ready for some St. Patrick's day fun? We have a lot of projects coming up over the next two weeks to make your kid's St. Patty's day extra awesome. First up, rainbow cupcake toppers! These are so easy to make and the kids are guaranteed to love them because, well, they are gum-balls on top of cupcakes. What's not to love? These would be awesome to have at a kids St. Patrick's day party. Or even just for your own family to make the day extra festive. Want to make your own? Here's how!

To make them, you'll need some pipe cleaners, some gum-balls and a needle or an awl. 

First, poke some holes in each gum-ball, going all the way through.

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Then string the gum-balls onto a pipe cleaner and trim the pipe cleaner. You want there to be enough on the ends to stick into the cupcake to hold it in place. And that's it! Super easy, right?

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ADVENT CALENDAR JAR

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We really love advent calendars around here. I think this will make our third one! This one might be my favorite though. So far. If you have a jar, some paper and a couple of paint pens, you can make this and enjoy it with your little ones counting down the days to Christmas! You can see the full tutorial over here on Handmade Charlotte. Happy counting!

THANKSGIVING COLORING SHEETS

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Remember these erasable coloring sheets? Well, I decided we needed some more! And since it's turkey season, why not make them Thanksgiving related? You can print them out and color them on paper, or you can take the extra step and hard laminate them so the kiddos can color them again and again. Either way, the littles will love them. My favorite is the turkey. So cute and so round. The ship and the teepee were obviously a group coloring effort. Again, fun! Hope you love them as much as we do! You can download all three below.

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Download them here:

Ship / Teepee / Turkey

ELLIOTT + E.T. COSTUME

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After the skeleton idea went out the window (fickle child) we were pretty excited when Elliott decided he wanted to be Elliott for Halloween. As in Elliott from E.T. And yes, they spell their names the same. This is the easiest and totally practical costume. We had just about everything he needed already and what he didn't have, is completely usable after Halloween! I love it. The E.T. doll would probably be the hardest thing to find. Elliott was given it when he was born (it's a family favorite) but if you can find the doll, the rest is a cake walk. When someone asks Elliott what he is going to be for Halloween he replies "I'm going to be Elliott from E.T. at the ending when E.T. goes home." Such a clear explanation. To attach the milk crate to the bike, I just used a couple of zip-ties. Worked like a charm. And if using a bike seems like too much of a hassle, you can just attach the milk crate to the jeans with a belt! Hands free for candy grabbing. It's all about the candy grabbing. 

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This is Elliott's impression of what it would be like to start flying on a bike with E.T. Scared at first, then hands in the air having a blast. Man I love this kid.

SPOOKY DUCT TAPE TREAT BAGS

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Ok, so they're not so spooky, but I do love them. I made these a few weeks ago and Elliott has been begging me to make more. They are so easy to make, there's really no reason not to make them! They are great as party favor bags for little ones, or just to deliver Halloween treats to friends. If you have some black bags you could make some fun little vampire bats or black cats with some white tape. So fun! To see how to make your own, you can check out the full tutorial over here on Handmade Charlotte

DUCT TAPE SKELETON COSTUME

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A few months ago Elliott decided he wanted to be a skeleton. So I started planning out the costume and came up with this! Of course, in true four year old fashion, he has since changed his mind but I loved this idea so much I just had to share it with you. All you need is some black clothes and a roll of white duct tape. You could get fancy and cut the strips of tape to look more like bones, but I love this simple clean look. As you can tell from the pictures, Elliott thinks he looks pretty good too. This is the perfect last minute costume for the kids or even for yourself. I think it would be fun to try it with some glow in the dark duct tape too. Wouldn't that look rad walking around the neighborhood on Halloween? 

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HALLOWEEN RIBBON TREAT BAGS

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These bags are perfect for any Halloween gathering you might have this year. Fill them with candy or caramel corn for an easy party favor for your guests. Or stick them on to a boring sack lunch to make it a little more festive! You can download the stickers here, print them off onto sticker paper, and stick them on! Easy, right? You may recognize three of these little guys, but there's a new addition! I had to make a witch hat. It just needed to be done. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Again, you can download them here. Enjoy!

WE LOVE: OUR PUMPKINS

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Over the weekend we bought some pumpkins and decided to doll them up a bit. Elliott and I opted for paint but Preston tried his hand at the knife. Can you believe his mad skills? Without looking at anything, no stencils, nothing. Just did it. Elliott's is obviously a ghost super hero and mine is a ghostly family portrait complete with glow in the dark polka dots. We had a really fun time making them, but we're worried Jack might not make it to Halloween. Fingers crossed!

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