Easter Traditions

Now that my mini is old enough to really understand things, especially holidays, it is tons of fun to start our family traditions!  We’ve done Valentine’s Day projects and a St. Patrick’s Day project, but now it’s time for Easter.  That means Easter bunnies, egg hunts, Easter baskets and time with family.  We did do an Easter egg hunt last year, but she didn’t quite understand what was going on.  This year is a whole new ball game though.  So, the traditions have already started.

Thanks to a friend’s post on Facebook, I got the idea (a.k.a. totally stole her idea) to “plant” jelly beans and water them so they turn into Easter surprises.  Ours turned in to lollipops…which she won’t eat because I have the only kiddo on the planet that doesn’t like sweets.  I got the most colorful jellybeans I could find, and off we went to the grandparent’s house to plant and water them.  Our egg hunt will be in their backyard this year.  So, armed with some jellybeans, and a plastic spoon, she got to digging and planting.  Thank goodness her grandfather, whom she calls “Lolo” came in to help.  That sad plastic spoon her mommy gave her was getting her nowhere.

First we planted them.

Then we watered them.

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She went back the next day and watered them again.  Miraculously, by Easter morning not only had they grown into lollipops, but they were also eggs all over the backyard.  Let the Easter egg hunt begin!

She had a BLAST running all over the yard finding all the eggs.  So fun to watch her enjoy life to the fullest!

The egg hunt was so exciting, and so were the sandbox toys that her grandparents got her, she didn’t even blink at the Easter basket goodies we got her, including those ridiculous Kinder Surprise Eggs.  Mental note for next year…give her the Easter basket before the egg hunt at the grandparents.

After the excitement of the hunt it was back home to wait for her other grandma and Aunt to arrive.  It was a family filled Easter with both sets of grandparents and one of her Aunts.  She’s been in Heaven with all the visitors.

Hope you had a great Easter!

What are your Easter traditions?

What do you fill your eggs with? My mini’s were filled with goldfish, bunny graham crackers and pennies for her grandmother’s gumball machine that dispenses the m&m’s she pretends to like but spits out every. single. time.

We’re Going on a Dinoasuar Hunt

We are gearing up for lots and lots of visitors.  This past weekend, my parents made the MOVE from California to Idaho to be closer to us.  I couldn’t be more thrilled, and my mini is in Heaven.  With their move meant a FULL house.  Each drove separately in their car with my Aunt and Uncle to keep them company.  Oh, and the dog.  We can’t forget their dog.  That meant that this weekend we had 6 adults, my mini, and 2 dogs here.  It was a bit crazy.  My parents were able to get their bedroom and everything set up Monday so they are officially in their house.  But, I have to get everything ready again for more visitors this weekend.  That means days at home that are devoted to cleaning and laundry…which means BORED 3 year old.  So, I got crafty!

Prep for visitors started last week, so we took some breaks to do some fun stuff.  Last week we made dinosaur eggs.  These were ingredients we have around the house (coffee grounds, flour, salt, sand, and water).  We stuck some of my mini’s toy dinosaurs in the middle, made eggs of different sizes, and baked them to make them hard.  What was really cool about these eggs was that they are hard on the outside but still soft in the middle, so we can easily break them in half with our hands.  After they baked and cooled, they were painted.  My mini did this all by herself.  Basic white paint, and then colorful dots with q-tips.  They came out really cute.  We let them air-dry some more until this week.

 


Fast forward to yesterday.  It was a day of errands in the morning, then straight home to do lots of laundry and clean and prep for more visitors.  So, even though we took some breaks to play in our tents and tunnels inside, and play playdoh, and all the other activities a 3 year old wants to do, our dinosaur hunt was the big activity for the day.  During quiet time, I put all our eggs in the backyard for our hunt.  After quiet time was over, the hunt was on.  So, armed with her binoculars (we made these a while ago from toilet paper tubes, a cork, paint, and washi tape), we went hunting!


“Found one, Mommy!”

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Once they were all found, it was time to break them open and see what was inside!

Judging by all the laughs, and her excited exclamations of “wow” and “this is so super cool” and “look mommy”, I’d say this was a very successful activity that is sure to be repeated.

 

 

 

 

Rainbows and Unicorns

A few days ago, a friend texted me with a link to an Etsy item that was ADORABLE.  Her little girl is turning one in a month and a half, so she is searching for the perfect outfit!  The party theme is going to be rainbows and unicorns so, clearly, a special outfit must match.  So, based on the Etsy listing, I made this rainbow tutu dress.  The top is crocheted, and the bottom is tulle.  Lots and lots of tulle.  And glittery tulle.  There is now glitter ALL over my house.  But, it was worth it!  This is an adorable little outfit. Can we just talk about the corseted back for a second?!

(shown in 18-24 month old size).

DIY Addict

My name is Jaime, and I am addicted to DIY projects.  Well, maybe not.  But, kinda.  At least all my projects are “needed”.  This last one is no different.  First, a little background.

When my mini was born, she was almost 8 pounds.  A good size.  She continued to grow and grow, but was always on the petite size, which we loved.  We got GREAT use out of her baby clothes because she stayed in sizes for so long!  When she turned 1, she was still rockin’ the 6-9 month size clothes, and sort of fitting into 9-12.  Which was so funny because she was walking and FALLING and SLIPPING because they don’t make grippies on the feet of 6-9 month clothes.  She, of course, got tons of “winter” clothes at her birthday party.  I say “winter” because they were for San Diego winter.  Nothing like the winter I know now.  We packed them away and thought…soon.  Well, when she was 18 months we moved to Idaho.  She was finally big enough (again, sort of) to fit into these winter/Idaho fall clothes.  Our growing baby meant lots of baby things got packed away.  Well, most of the stuff.

Because she was a petite little monkey, we didn’t stop using the baby hooded towels until she was 2.  Then we transitioned into the toddler hooded towels because, honestly, who doesn’t love a hooded towel?!  Now my mini is 3 and just went though a major growth spurt!  Like, went through her 3T clothes during fall and winter and is ready for 4T.  How did that happen?!  And with this growth spurt, her toddler hooded towels were now too small.  So, what’s a mommy to do?  We love the hooded towels and wrapping her up after bath.  So, to Pinterest I went…

This DIY project was so ridiculously easy.  After reading a few tutorials, I kind of just winged it.  All I needed was 2 bath towels, 1 hand towel and my sewing machine!  This project, from start to finish, took probably 30 minutes.  I got the towels from Target, because Target has everything…and they were on sale.  And, if I ruined this project, I wouldn’t feel bad about the $11 I spent on towels.  The end result was exactly what I was hoping for.  A hooded towel to fit her growing body!  She loved them too!


Winner, winner, steak dinner

“Is this a Blue Apron meal?  The flavors are so good.”  That’s what the hubby said after his first bite of the meal.  Nope…this was all me.  Well, me and my friend Pinterest.  Here’s my “Recipe of the Week.”

My hubby loves steak.  I think it’s a guy thing.  My mini LOVES steak (especially the chipotle marinated skirt steak from Trader Joe’s).  What’s not to love, right?  Well, as we watch our healthy eating habits around here, red meat is usually a once a month kind of thing.  Last night I think I won at life with this meal.

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Brown Sugar and Garlic Flank Steak w/ Chimichurri & Warm Brussel Sprout Salad

For the flank steak, I followed this recipe.  I let it marinate in the fridge for about 5-6 hours.

The chimichurri (aka. the real star of the meal for me) was made with just parsley.  You see recipes that have parsley and cilantro, but we don’t like cilantro in this house so all parsley it was.  Plus, I had almost an entire bunch leftover from the batch of dog food I made the other day.  What was also great about this chimichurri sauce is that my mini did it ALL by herself.  She took off the leaves of parsley, cut the green onions with scissors, peeled the garlic, measured the spices, and even managed the food processor.  All I did was measure out and pour in the oil.

The brussels sprouts was a creation of “what do we have in the fridge”.  Another winner.

We also served a plain sweet potato on the side (not pictured, because it’s not exciting).

Want to impress the hubby?  Make this dinner.  Want something super easy and delicious?  Make this dinner.  You can thank me later!

Side note: Everybody’s belly was happy after this meal.  Well, except my picky 3 year old toddler.  She ate some steak and a bit of sweet potato…then asked for a quesadilla.  At least she tried everything on her plate before turning her nose at it .

Printable recipes for this whole meal can be found here.

What has been your kitchen/dinner win lately?