Easter Egg Fillers

What do you put in your Easter Eggs?

I, personally, am not a fan of filling Easter Eggs with candy for 2 reasons.

1. Brynlee definitely does not need to eat that much candy. Landon and I don’t really eat candy either so much like the Halloween candy does every year, it would just go to waste.

2. We live in AZ, and even this early in the year, it can be hot and candy melts pretty quickly. Nothing is worse than opening your eggs to a gooey chocolaty mess and I’d just rather not deal with it.

But hey, if you like putting candy in yours, that’s great! I just prefer not to and if you are like me and constantly looking for non-candy treats to fill you eggs with, I thought I’d share what I will be putting in Brynlee’s.

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1. Stickers- Brynlee loves stickers! We go through thousands of them! I usually get them at the Dollar Store, then will cut the sheets up into a size that will fit in the eggs.

2. Stamps- I found these stamps in the Easter section and Walmart and they are the perfect size to fit in eggs.

3. Chapstick- Brynlee loves putting on chapstick and thanks to her love of Minnie Mouse, I know she will be over the moon for these.

4. I also head down the party favor isle while shopping for egg fillers, there is usually a plethora of smaller toys that fit perfectly inside the eggs and I found some bouncy balls and bracelets.

5. Brynlee is currently loving My Little Pony, so I picked up an Apple Jack figure, that will fit in one of the larger plastic eggs we have, as an extra special treat and I know she will be so excited to find her.

Not pictured, but a few other things that I will put in her eggs are some small jars of Play-Doh. I also got some Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks and I did picked up just a couple of the Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops, so she will have a tiny bit of candy to find.

And lastly, my family has always filled Easter Eggs with money, not a ton, just a few coins in each one and then usually there was a golden egg with a couple of dollars in it. I remember how fun it was to count how much money I’d “made” after we finished our egg hunt! So, to continue my family’s tradition, I will fill a few eggs with some coins, Brynlee has a piggy bank and she loves adding coins to it whenever she gets any. Actually, if we let her, she would spend all day filling it with coins, dumping it out and then refilling it. I’m not sure what she loves so much about it, but it definitely keeps her entertained.

Do you have any other non-edible egg filler ideas? I’d love to hear them!

I hope you all have a very Happy Easter and are able to spend it with your loved ones!

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DIY Fabric Carrot Spring Decor

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In my efforts to make more seasonal/holiday decor I came up with a simple, fun carrot decoration that can be used in many different ways.

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I started with a few fat quarters, I picked one light, one medium and one darker orange print. My initial plan for these was to make a garland out of them so I wanted the colors to differ enough to make it interesting. I also had some bright green rick rack.

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Just like I did in this post, I sandwiched a scrap piece of batting between two layers of orange fabric.

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After pinning it in place, I traced a triangle shape using a fabric marker.

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I drew a triangle that was 2″ on top and 5″ tall, but you could easily make a triangle in word or Photoshop and print it off too.

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With coordinating thread, sew down the two long sides.

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But not the top of each carrot.

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Now, cut 2 1/2″ strips of rick rack.

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Positioning 3 strips of rick rack in the middle of the top of each carrot, pin them in place and sew along the top marked line, closing each of your carrots.

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Cut the remaining sides with pinking shears.B12Repeat with remaining fabric colors.

I still need to string together a few to make my garland, I plan to just use twine and thread it through each carrot and I think I will frame one to use a wall decor too. They would be cute in a basket too and Brynlee already loves playing with them. I might have to come up with a few more food type items for her to use in her play kitchen.

Happy Sewing!

Catching Up

You know, I never mean to take a blogging break, but sometimes it just happens and then once it does, it gets harder and harder to get back into the routine/habit of it (#badblogger).

However, this blogging break came for a very, VERY good reason!!!

We have a potty trained toddler!!!!!!!!!!

I plan on writing a post about what we did and what worked for us soon, but Brynlee was a total champ and we couldn’t be more proud of her!

So, aside from dedicating a very large portion of our time to potty training, I wanted to catch you up on what else we’ve been up to.

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Fortunately, we picked a great time of the year to be housebound for a week or so. The weather here has been absolutely perfect!!! We took advantage of it and spent a lot of time outside (I’d rather deal with accidents out there than in the house *wink, wink*).

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We pulled the water table out of retirement and this little girl couldn’t have been happier.

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We even set up the bounce house so she could burn all that extra energy.

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It was great practice for her to stop while she was having fun whenever she needed to use the potty.

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We’ve also resumed our bike rides. Brynlee loves going for bike rides and asks to go every day, sometimes she even asks to go for a second ride. We are lucky enough to live right near a green belt and the canal, so while we ride she gets to see tons of birds, horses, dogs and even fish jumping sometimes.

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And, to keep us from going completely stir crazy, we crafted! And crafted and crafted and crafted! Brynlee is getting really good at using the glue by herself and would happily craft all day if she could. The amount of glue, pom poms, buttons and other craft items we go through is staggering.

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And to help me keep my sanity, I’ve spent some good quality time with my sewing machine. I’m working on Brynlee’s Easter basket right now and can’t wait to share what I’ve made. I also have a cute Easter/Spring decoration to share on Friday.

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And quite possibly the best of all, Landon and I managed to sneak in a few date nights in the last couple of weeks. Date nights have been few and far between this past year or so and being able to sneak away for a couple of dinner dates and to attend a Suns game was just what we needed. As much as I love spending time with Brynlee, it was wonderful to have some time with just the two of us and not having Brynlee be our main focus. We will definitely need to make a habit out of that.

Lots of family fun, that will hopefully be continuing throughout this lovely weather we’re having. But now back to a better blogging schedule, I have a few fun projects planned and can’t wait to get to them.