UPDATE!

Baby announcement!

I realized the other day that I have shared our family updates on social media, but not here! So for anyone who didn't already know...I'm pregnant! AND! It's a girl!! We're thrilled and can't wait for May to get here. Elliott was hoping for a brother, but he's getting more and more excited to help out and do fun stuff with the baby. Which of course makes my heart nearly explode from joy! So now you're all caught up and I promise to be better about any other future updates, but just in case, follow me on social media, k? Happy weekend!

DIY CONFETTI EGGS

DIY confetti eggs! | And We Play
DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play

How fun and festive are these eggs?! I searched high and low for eggs with clear plastic tops to try out this idea and I am so glad I found them. They look like they are filled with confetti, but really there is plenty of room for candy or small toys. That's what I call a win, win! These will be so much fun to use on Easter both in baskets and for an egg hunt!

DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play

These are SUPER easy to make. All you need is some confetti, eggs with clear tops, mod podge and a paint brush of some kind. You can probably guess the creative process here, but just in case I'll tell you anyway. Dip your brush in the mod podge and brush on a coat on the inside of the clear top from the egg. Then sprinkle in some confetti! Use your fingers to push the confetti in there nice and tight to create the look you want and let it dry. So easy and fun. This is totally a project that could be done binge watching some Netflix. Once they are dry they are ready to be filled with Easter goodness! 

DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play
DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play
DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play
DIY Confetti Eggs | And We Play

SIMPLE EASTER BASKET IDEAS

Simple Easter basket ideas - click through for more

I am the first to admit it, sometimes with holidays like Easter I can get a bit carried away. This year I thought it would be fun/a good idea to put together a basket of a few simple ideas that your kiddo will love and you won't go broke buying things that are Easter themed sure, but your kids will likely lose interest in the next day. 

Simple Easter basket ideas | And We Play

Peep bubbles - great for having fun with the day of! I got these at CVS, but I hear they are at Target too. Adorable!

Notebooks - these are the best thing ever. Elliott just loves them! Each book has a different theme (swirls, lines, scribbles) and they are great for igniting your little one's imagination and drawing skills.

Straw pinwheel - I found these in the dollar section at Target. They came in a pack of different colors and added bonus, they actually work!

Candy - It just wouldn't be an Easter basket without some candy! Throw in some chocolate carrots, some egg shaped gum, and whatever else you want in a few plastic eggs. These confetti peeps though. They are killing me. SO cute.

DIY EASTER ERASERS

DIY Easter erasers | And We Play
DIY Easter erasers for kids - the perfect basket filler!

I was walking the isles of a store I had no need to be in and I found these adorable mini cookie cutters for Easter. So of course I instantly started thinking up ways to use them and this was my favorite idea. Easter erasers! They are the perfect thing to fill those plastic eggs for your kids' baskets, or better yet, make them with the kids so they can have some fun too!

DIY Easter erasers for kids | And We Play

To make them you'll need eraser clay, I love this brand. Then just treat it like regular clay (knead it, roll it out and cut it) For the color-blocked ones, you will want to make sure they are about the same thickness and join them together with two flat edges. Also, before you cut, flip them over and get rid of the crease that keeps them separate by gently pushing the clay colors together. This will help them become one without ruining the look on the front! For the marbled ones, just take a little bit of that color and a little of this color and lightly mix them together. Mix them too much and the marble effect won't work. Then use the cutters to cut out the shapes! I cut mine directly onto a cookie sheet so I don't have to move them before baking. Follow the instructions that come with your clay and you'll be just fine!

DIY Easter erasers | And We Play

After baking (again, follow those instructions!) you should be good to go! Stick them in eggs, baskets, hand them out at school, it's all good and highly encouraged. Have fun!

DIY Easter erasers - great basket fillers!
DIY Easter erasers | And We Play
Make your own Easter erasers with this easy tutorial | And We Play

ST. PATRICK'S DAY TATTOOS

Printable St. Patrick's Day temporary tattoos! (click through for download)
Printable St. Patrick's Day temporary tattoos (click through for download!)

Just in time for St. Patty's day! Some tattoos of course! If green isn't your color, or if you just can't get enough green, these tattoos are for you. The shamrocks are the perfect subtle bit of green to avoid getting pinched, and the rainbows...well, who doesn't love rainbows? You can download them right here and print them off onto temporary tattoo paper on a photo paper setting to get the best quality. Super easy to make and a lot of fun to wear! 

Printable St. Patrick's Day temporary tattoos (click through for download!)
Printable St. Patrick's Day temporary tattoos (click through for download!)

ELLIOTT'S STAR WARS PARTY

Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play

Somehow Elliott recently turned seven. SEVEN!! How this happened, I don't know. But celebrate we did and of course, Elliott wanted a Star Wars birthday party - and being the fan that I am, I was happy to oblige! We had the party at my studio and it was the perfect blank canvas for a party. Honestly, this was one of the better parties I have thrown. I did a few printable posters, made a lightsaber piñata stick and a fun photo-op area. Everything else was a breeze! You can get the downloads and the DIY for the lightsaber piñata stick right here, along with other details on creating your own party from a galaxy far, far away. In the mean time, here's more from the party! 

Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play
Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play
Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play
Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play
Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids | And We Play

How ADORABLE is that little Princess Leia?

I'M BANANAS FOR YOU VALENTINE PRINTABLE + PIN

Bananas for you valentine printable + DIY pin! | And We Play
Bananas for you valentine printable + DIY banana pin! | And We Play

What is valentine's day if not an excuse to use corny puns? I wanted to make some valentines that both boys and girls would love to hand out and receive. I mean, who wouldn't want their own banana pin? It's really simple to make and the pins can be made in bulk! To get started, you can download the bananas right here, and the valentine cards right here. To make them, all you need is some printable shrink film, a printer, scissors and an oven. Print the bananas onto the shrink film paper and be sure to follow the directions closely and you should get some cute little bananas in the end! You'll notice that the bananas turned out a lot darker once they are shrunk, that's normal! Also, the banana design is about 50%+ larger than they end up being after you bake them. So to make a enough for a whole class, you'll likely need to use several sheets of the shrink film. But it is SO worth it! To make the bananas into pins, just grab some small pin backs and attach them to the backs with strong adhesive (I used super glue) Then pin them onto the valentine cards and they are ready to gift! Easy and fun, right?! I have to warn you, the shrink film is addictive. Happy shrinking!

Bananas for you valentine printable + DIY banana pin! | And We Play
Bananas for you valentine printable + DIY banana pin! | And We Play
Bananas for you valentine printable + DIY banana pin! | And We Play
Bananas for you valentine printable + DIY banana pin! | And We Play

THREE EASY PRINTABLE VALENTINES

Easy valentines for kids | And We Play

I love a great DIY valentine as much as the next person, but sometimes you need something that looks great and fun, but is also fast and easy. These three valentines are just the thing! Another bonus, they are a candy free option the kids will love. You can get all three printables right here as well as more details on how to make your own! Check them out and have fun spreading the love!

Easy valentines for kids | And We Play
Easy valentines for kids | And We Play
Easy valentines for kids | And We Play

VALENTINE TEMPORARY TATTOOS

Valentine temporary tattoos | And We Play

Of course I had to make some valentine temporary tattoos! These are the perfect thing to hand out to little friends, or keep for yourself. I won't judge. You can download them right here, print them out onto temporary tattoo paper, follow your paper's directions, cut out and enjoy! My favorite is the heart lollipop. I want to make it into a shirt. I think I might! But for now, enjoy the tats!

Valentine temporary tattoos | And We Play
Printable Valentine temporary tattoos | And We Play

PUCKER UP! VALENTINES

Pucker up! printable valentines | And We Play

Time for some valentines! I just love easy valentines that you can put together fast and that 10 other kids don't already have. I remember trying so hard when I was a kid to find valentines at the store that I didn't think anyone else would have and I was always disappointed to find I wasn't the only one who bought them. Enter the printable valentine! You can use these valentines with pretty much any lip-based treat or toy (wax lips maybe?) or even a sour candy! I found these little lip-shaped putties at Target and thought they would make a great alternative to candy. You know, just to mix things up for the kids. Plus I just love the colors! To make your own, get the download right here, print, cut and attach your goodies with some double sided tape and you're good to hand out some lovin'!

Pucker up! printable valentines | And We Play
Pucker up! printable valentines | And We Play