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Easter Tradition: Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden


Confession: I kinda hate jellybeans. I think they’re gross. Not only are they way too sweet (in a not good way) but they always sink to the bottom of the Easter basket and then you have to dig around for them inside of that disgusting plastic Easter grass that feels gross and smells horrible. Some kids might’ve found digging for their candy to be fun, but it just got on my nerves. And who wants to eat candy that was just floating around loose rubbing all over that yicky Easter grass? Not I, says Jenn. Not I.
But, jellybeans are mandatory in Easter baskets otherwise the Easter basket police will come take me away and shove jellybeans down my throat until I agree to feed them to my children. Or maybe not. But my kids (who clearly have very poor taste in candy) love jellybeans.

All that to say…hey, people, have you heard of the Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden? For the past few years I’ve taken a basic Easter Egg Hunt, The Jellybean Prayer, and the Magic Jellybean Lollipop Garden Easter traditions and put them all together.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

(Watch video here)

The first year that we tried this we were going to plant the jellybeans out in the yard but it ended up being too cold to have the kids outside for that long. Instead I grabbed a random pot of dirt at my mom’s house (because who doesn’t have a random pot of dirt sitting around) and planted the jellybeans in the pot inside the house first and then we set the pot out on the porch.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

If the weather is nice enough we have an Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Nothing fancy, I literally just toss eggs filled with pennies out in the yard moments before the kids come out. Mixed in with the other Easter eggs are 5 special jellybean shaped Easter eggs.

Easter Egg hunt for Magic Jellybeans!

When the hunt is over the children give me the jellybean eggs that they found and gather around for the Magic Jellybean Prayer. Inside each jellybean egg is a part of a poem and several jellybeans. I open the eggs in order and read the rhyme and give each child a jellybean to eat and one to plant.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

How to grow a lollipop garden from magic jellybeans:
-Read the Jellybean Prayer
-Plant the jellybeans in a pot of sugar or directly in the ground.
-Set the planted jellybeans in Easter Eve moonlight or Easter sunlight and wait for them to grow.
(Magic jellybeans will need all night to grow when using moonlight, but they grow in only a few short minutes when put in Easter sunlight.)
-Your magic jellybeans will become a tasty lollipop garden!

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

I found the poem I use for The Jellybean Prayer at Happy Home Fairy.
(By the way if you like all of the holiday ideas on my blog you’ll love Julie’s blog. Not only does she blog way more regularly than I do, but she’s super nice and sweet and not cranky and sarcastic like me 😉 It’s a breath of fresh air compared to what you normally get around these parts. Shut up. < see?)

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The Jellybean Prayer (Free Printable) @ Happy Home Fairy

There is another version of The Jellybean Prayer that is all over the internet but I’m not really fond of it because I think the rhyme is cheesy and hardly has anything to do with Easter (orange is for the edge of night…whaaa?). So, because I’m picky I really prefer the prayer shared on Happy Home Fairy. I think the rhymes and colors make more sense and it’s sweet and simple for kids to understand.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

I really try to avoid giving the children artificial colors and flavors when I can so I used Hammond’s Natural Lollipops (available on Amazon). The flavors you see below are Cherry (Pink, White, Red) and Peach Mango (Green, Orange, Red)
(They also have Butterscotch (Cream, Gold Stripe), Pomegranate (Red, Orange, White Stripe), Lemon (Yellow, White Stripe), Root Beer (Brown, Tan, White Stripe), Cinnamon (Red, White Stripe), Orange (Orange, White Stripe), and Mint (Red, White Stripe).
In the photo from 2012 I used YumEarth Organic Lollipops.
If you don’t mind the artificial colors you can find lots of colorful swirl lollipops on OrientalTrading.com
The jellybeans that I gave the kids to eat were vegetarian Green Beans All Natural Jelly Beans and Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans.
The jelly beans we planted were just regular ones from the dollar store and since we don’t eat them I save the bag for planting each year.
I got the Dudley’s Jelly Bean Filler Eggs at Hobby Lobby years ago. Good luck finding them anywhere online, I haven’t had any luck.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

The kids have enjoyed planting the Magic Jellybeans for the past few years and this year Jonathan will be old enough to join in the fun with his sister and cousin.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

Have you ever planted a Magic Jellybean Lollipop Garden? Is the Jellybean Prayer part of your Easter traditions? Let me know in the comments!

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April Holiday Traditions


Fun family traditions for the month of April

April is almost here and it’s time to start planning your holiday traditions!
Here are some ideas for family traditions for April holidays.

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*30+ APRIL FOOLS PRANKS TO PLAY ON YOUR KIDS
April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

If you’re not really digging the idea of pranking your kids maybe you can come together
as a family and create some silly and foolish April Fools Day fun with these…
*APRIL FOOLS DAY FAMILY TRADITIONS!
April Fools Day Family Traditions

*FREE APRIL FOOLS PRINTABLES!
Just print and prank!
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*EASTER TRADITION: MAGIC JELLYBEAN PRAYER AND LOLLIPOP GARDEN
Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

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Free Printable Easter Bunny Paw Print Template

*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2011
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*50+ EASTER EGG DECORATING IDEAS
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*NATURAL DYES FOR COLORING EASTER EGGS
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How to Make Leprechaun Footprints: Video Tutorial


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How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

Here’s a quick video tutorial showing you how to make the leprechaun footprints that you see in these posts:
*Leprechaun trickery is afoot! and
*St. Patrick’s Day Tradition: Leprechaun Footprints.
I also included some footage of Adaline discovering the mess the leprechauns made in 2013.
(Watch video here)

To make leprechaun footprints:
-Put green Crayola washable fingerpaint on a plate, piece of paper, or thick paper towel
-Make a fist and dip your hand into the paint (dab off the excess)
-Press your fist onto your surface of choice
-Use your pinky finger to make toes
-Repeat using other hand
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More details:
-It takes me about 45 minutes to make the mess.
-I do ALL of the prints for one foot/fist at the same time so that I don’t have to keep switching hands.
-It takes about 5 minutes to clean up the footprints.
-The footprints wipe off easily with water. You may want to use some soap if the paint was on long enough to dry.
-My daughter enjoyed cleaning up the footprints.

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How to make leprechaun footprints video tutorials

Has a leprechaun ever visited your house? What kind of things have your kids thrown in the toilet? Let me know in the comments!

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Great for Leprechaun tricks and Elf mischief as well!
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March Holiday Traditions


March Holiday Traditions

March is almost here and it’s time to start planning your holiday traditions! Here are some ideas for family traditions for March Holidays.

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March 02 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day (March 03 for 2014)

*Celebrating Seuss
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with green eggs and ham, create a Foot Book,
and make Thidwick moose antlers from hand tracings!

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*A Splendiferous Dr. Seuss Breakfast
Green eggs and ham, bread butterside up, and Moose Juice!
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*10 Easy Dr. Seuss Snacks
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*FREE Dr. Seuss Fonts
These free Dr. Seuss fonts can be used for printables, invitations, birthday parties,
baby showers, school classrooms / preschool, and more!

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*Dr. Seuss Posts
Links to all of my Dr. Seuss posts.
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St. Patrick’s Day is March 17!
Leprechauns, shamrocks, clover, green, rainbows, and pots of gold!

*St. Patrick’s Day: Leprechaun Trickery
All of my posts in the “leprechaun” category in one convenient place
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*Leprechaun Visit 2011
Leprechaun tricks, pranks, and mischief. He leaves green footprints,
turns the toilet water green, turns the milk green, and makes a huge mess!

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*Leprechaun Visit 2013
More leprechaun trickery including green footprints, and toilet papering the house!
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*50+ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables
Free St Patricks Day Printables

*30+ April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids!
These April Fools pranks also work great as leprechaun,
Elf on the Shelf, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 mischief!

April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

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Easter is usually in April (like this year, 2014) but sometimes it happens in March.
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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions: Leprechaun Footprints


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In 2011 we had a leprechaun visit our house for the first time. We woke up to find that he had left green leprechaun footprints all over our kitchen and laundry room, he’d turned the toilet water green, and made our milk turn green in the glass! The following year on St. Patrick’s Day I had a one month old baby and I’d ask Santa Claus (head of all legendary figures) to please keep the leprechauns away. Last year the leprechaun was back to his old tricks again!

Leprechaun footprints

The leprechaun entered magically through the back door and then made his way into the laundry room where he hopped from the floor, to the washer, to the dryer, to the toilet, to the floor again, to the sink, and back out into the kitchen. Did you know that leprechauns hop? Well, they do. In fact they can jump really high straight up into the air making it easier for them to get into mischief.
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While hopping around the laundry room the leprechaun left his green footprints everywhere…including the toilet seat…and grabbed onto the toilet paper to tp the house!
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The leprechaun had unrolled the toilet paper all over the kitchen!
Leprechaun footprints

When he left the laundry room the leprechaun hopped onto the highchair and over to the table where he must’ve dropped some gold coins out of his pockets while running in circles. Next he hopped down to the floor and onto the wall!
Leprechaun footprints

The leprechaun’s next stop was the playroom.

Leprechaun footprints

We have tables lined up along the walls where the kids can sit and read books, build with blocks, or play with play sets. The leprechaun ran across the play tables to the art table.
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The leprechaun unraveled paper onto the floor and scribbled a picture.
Leprechaun footprints

Next the leprechaun slid down the roll of paper and hopped onto a table in the middle of the room before going back to the kitchen where he left through the back door.
Leprechaun footprints

The kids were excited to see that the leprechaun had visited, especially since he had dropped some chocolate coins. Jon didn’t even bother to take off the wrapper before shoving them in his mouth! 😉
Leprechaun footprints

When the leprechaun visited 2 years ago I was stuck cleaning up the mess. The good thing about a 3.5 year old is that they think cleaning leprechaun footprints is fun, so I gladly let Adaline do all of the scrubbing 🙂 It wipes up as easy as Crayola washable fingerpaint! 😉
Leprechaun footprints

(**Click the image below or watch the video for details on how to make leprechaun footprints!**)
How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

You can see the mess that the leprechaun made in 2011 and all of the mischief he got into by clicking the photo below.
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Has a Leprechaun ever visited your house?
Let me know in the comments!

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Making a Preschool Classroom Valentine


Preschool Classroom Valentine

For Adaline’s Montessori Preschool class each child has to make one big Valentine to bring to school that their classmates will sign rather than bring in individual Valentine’s for each student. Honestly, I think that’s a GREAT idea and I’m so glad that she won’t be coming home with 25 different lollipops with eyes glued to them! 😉

I filmed the creative process of making “The Adaline Flower” with a 4.5 year old. Watch and be amazed!
(Video here)

(I post a lot of funny vlogs on my YouTube channel. Subscribe to follow along!)

To make the classroom Valentine for preschool we
-Cut a heart out of red poster board
-Colored craft sticks and glued them around a photo to make petals and a stem for a flower
-Made leaves out of fuzzy sticks
-Made a sun out of construction paper
-Made a pom pom lady bug
-Used glitter glue around the edges to make it shimmery

It was tough to reign in Adaline’s creativity. She LOVES art and wanted to draw all over the Valentine but she needed to keep it blank so that her classmates could sign it. I have a feeling her friends are going to end up with quite a few drawings of hers on their Valentines.
Preschool Classroom Valentine

The pom pom ladybug was Adaline’s favorite part.
We used a black Sharpie marker to make dots on a pink pom pom, used a smaller black pom pom for the head, added googly eyes and adhered it all using craft glue. Adaline drew wings and legs around it onto the poster board.

Pom Pom Ladybug

Does your child’s school allow individual
Valentine’s or one classroom Valentine?
Let me know in the comments!


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February Holiday Traditions


Holiday Traditions for February

Can you believe that January is more than halfway over already? February will be here soon, so it’s time to start planning your holiday traditions! Here are some ideas for family traditions for February Holidays. Okay, well, mostly for Groundhog Day. I have some kind of weird crush on Groundhog Day, I have no idea why.

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*Fun Ideas and Traditions for Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day traditions

*Groundhog Day Goodies
A round up of 50+ links to groundhog themed snacks, sweets, and treats!
Groundhog Day Goodies

*How to Make Shadow Puppets
Learn how to make shadow puppets with your hands, shadow puppets with paper (some free printables), and a diy shadow puppet theater! A round up of 30+ links!
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*The “I love you” Shadow: A Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Tradition for families
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*Valentine’s Day Link Love
Links to free printables, crafts, and more!

Valentines Day Links

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You still have another 2 years to plan your next Leap Year celebration!
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Which February holidays does your family celebrate? Do you have any special traditions? Let me know in the comments!


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Easter Tradition: Easter Bunny Paw Print Trail (2013)


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For the third year in a row the Easter Bunny left white paw print tracks all over our family room (which is now the playroom).

(Watch video here)

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The kids had to follow the bunny trail to find their Easter baskets.

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The Easter bunny hopped in through the window just like he did in 2011 and 2012.

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This year he hid Jonathan’s Easter basket inside of the play kitchen.

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The Easter bunny hopped all over the playroom leaving his footprints behind.

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He even hopped onto the table to get a closer look at Adaline’s stuffed bunny.

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Then the Easter Bunny hid Adaline’s Easter Basket under the art table.

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Adaline searched for both Easter baskets since Jon is 14 months old and was not very interested in the whole thing.

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Adaline was so excited about the Easter Bunny’s footprints being everywhere, she just kept running around in circles pretending she was bunny!

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The kids enjoyed inspecting the Easter Bunny paw prints closely.

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Yet another fun visit from the Easter Bunny…that rascally rabbit! 🙂

diy Easter bunny paw print trail tradition

diy Easter bunny paw print trail tradition

Does the Easter Bunny leave paw prints at your house? Does he hide the Easter basket?
Let me know in the comments!

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Easter Tradition: Easter Bunny Paw Print Tracks (2012)


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The Easter Bunny visited and left a messy paw print trail all over the family room again!

(Watch video here)

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The bunny hopped in through the window and onto the sofa before hopping off to hide the Easter baskets.

Easter bunny paw prints trail

He hopped straight ahead and hid Jonathan’s Easter basket near the chair.

Easter bunny paw prints trail

And then the Easter Bunny hopped onto the chair and his trail continued across Adaline’s toy table (where he had left some Cadbury Eggs for Mommy and Daddy)…

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The Easter Bunny’s paw print tracks led to Adaline’s toy basket in the corner of the room where he hid her Easter basket.

Easter bunny paw prints trail

From there he hopped onto the end table and loveseat…

Easter bunny paw prints trail

…and then he hopped across the room again.

Easter bunny paw prints trail

And finally he hopped back onto the sofa and out of the window the way he came in.

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Does the Easter Bunny leave paw prints at your house? Does he hide the Easter basket?
Let me know in the comments!

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Easter Traditions: Bunny Footprints (2011)


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Bunny Paw Print Trail
Find a free printable Easter Bunny paw print template/stencil here! Front and back paws! 🙂

Last year on Easter we woke up to find that the Easter Bunny had left bunny tracks in the family room!

At first Adaline was a little afraid of the bunny footprints which is odd considering that she didn’t seem to mind the leprechaun footprints at all.

It looks as though the Bunny hopped in through the window and then hopped across the room to fill Adaline’s Easter basket leaving a trail of bunny prints behind.

He also dropped some plastic eggs that had candy in them. Adaline enjoyed putting them in her basket once her fear of the bunny paw prints mellowed.

Adaline’s bunny and book about Easter was waiting for her.

Adaline’s Easter basket

Don’t worry about the bunny prints…they vacuumed right up! In fact, I’d say they were as easy to vacuum as flour, baking soda, or baby powder ;)!

If you need a template you can try this one!

Does the Easter Bunny leave paw prints at your house? Let me know in the comments!

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*Leprechaun Visit 2013: Little green footprints!
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Valentine’s Day Tradition: I Love You Shadow


I Love You Shadow

You can celebrate Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day with your kids without the focus being on furry rodents and pink and red hearts. Use the month of February to show your kids why you love them with the “I Love You Shadow” tradition.
(This is great if you’re starting a Valentine’s countdown on February 1 but still want to acknowledge Groundhog Day on the 2nd!)

I Love You Shadow

On Groundhog Day, February 2, I had Adaline lay down on a giant sheet of paper and I traced her outline on to it.
(If it’s a sunny day with good weather you can do this outside and actually trace the child’s shadow being cast on the paper as they stand nearby)

I Love You Shadow

You can cut out the “shadow”, but Adaline chose to leave hers as it was.

I Love You Shadow

Adaline wanted to draw a face on her “shadow”, which isn’t really very shadowy, but it made her happy! 🙂

I Love You Shadow

Next we hung the “shadow” on her bedroom door.

I Love You Shadow

Every day we wrote love notes to Adaline and hid them around the house. She was so excited to find a new note. You could write your love notes directly on the “shadow”, but I knew that Adaline would enjoy looking for her note each day. (Also, if you want to save the messages as a keepsake the notes will be easier to store than the entire “shadow” will.)

I Love You Shadow

If you don’t want to do a scavenger hunt for notes each day, you can just attach them to your child’s door for them to see when they wake up. Adaline liked to put the hearts on the “shadow” herself.

I Love You Shadow

If your children are old enough to write, have siblings write messages for each other. The messages can be something small like, “I love the silly dance you do when you hear your favorite song.” or something more serious such as, “I love how kind you are! Thank you for sharing with your sister today.” You can leave notes with scripture and reminders like “Jesus Loves You!”. The possibilities are endless.

(I’m not gonna lie, the thing hanging there with a face on it creeped us out a little bit. But we didn’t write that on one of the hearts, though 😉 “We love your picture even though it creeps us out on our way to the bathroom at night.”)
I Love You Shadow

The idea of leaving love notes for your kids is nothing new. Adding the notes to their “shadow”, as if you were pinning these positive messages onto them directly, will have an even greater impact. Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow this year your children can look at their own “shadow” and realize how truly loved they are. 🙂

Do you leave your child “love” notes for Valentine’s Day? Do you have any Groundhog Day or Valentine’s Day traditions? Let me know in the comments!

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Eco-Friendly All Natural Dyes for Coloring Easter Eggs (Links)


Did you know that you can color eggs using natural dyes you may already have in your kitchen? Beets, onion skins, coffee, tea, and more, are all great natural ways to color eggs!

Check out the links below for pictures, tips, and tutorials on how to die your eggs naturally.
(Click on the titles or photos to follow the links.)

(For 50+ other ways to dye and decorate your eggs click here!)

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NATURAL DYES

*Natural Egg Dyes @ FamilyFun.go.com:

*Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally @ Almanac.com:

*Naturally Dyed Eggs @ The Herb Society of America:

*Natural Easter Egg Dying @ Oh Dee Doh:

*How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally, Without a Store-Bought Kit
@ Serious Eats:
“A couple of beets, some ground turmeric, and a red cabbage, and I was turning out gorgeous eggs in all three primary colors.”

*Vibrant Eggs, Dyed Naturally @ The Kitchn:

*How to Make Onion-Skin Easter Eggs @ The Kitchn:
This is a great, natural way to make subtly beautiful Easter (or Passover) eggs. And they answer the question, “what to do with all those left-over onions?” here.

*Natural Egg Dyeing Techniques @ MarthaStewart.com:
*Easter Egg Dyes @ Chemistry.about.com:

*Natural Easter Egg Dyes @ BHG.com:

*Easter Egg Dye @ What’s Cooking America:

*The Natural Easter Egg Dye Off @ Art of Natural Living:

*Natural Egg Dye @ Observer-Reporter.com:

*Dying Eggs Naturally @ What’s Cooking with Kids:

*DIY Project: Gorgeous Sienna Easter Eggs @ Hostess with the Mostess: These chic sienna Easter eggs from floral design guru Kim Foren are gorgeous, easy and non toxic!

*Natural Easter Egg Dyes (Video) @ FoodNetwork.com: Tyler Florence shares ideas for making natural, vegetable-based Easter egg dyes.

*Simple Recipes for Natural Egg Dyes @ Green Living Ideas:

CHINESE TEA-DYED EGGS

*Chinese Tea-Dyed Eggs @ Barefoot Kitchen:

*Tea Infused Marble Eggs – Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs @ What’s Cooking America:

*Chinese Marbled Tea Egg Recipe @ Steamy Kitchen:

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50+ Easter Egg Decorating Ideas (Links)


Round up of 50+ Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
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If you’re looking for a new way to decorate eggs with the kids or a new hobby for yourself…we have all the inspiration you need! Whether you want something quick and easy or a new challenge the best egg decorating ideas from around the web are all here in one convenient list! Find new techniques using chalkboard paint, Kool Aid, fabric, tissue paper, electrical and duct tape, rubber bands, leaves and flowers, silk ties, doilies, stencils, tie dye, decoupage, crayons, rubber cement, sequin, stickers, beads, foil, string, glitter, and more!

Click the title links or photos for details, directions, and tutorials!

(For ways to dye your eggs naturally click here!)

*Decorating Easter Eggs with Your Preschooler @ Quirky Momma:

*How to Make Chalkboard Easter Eggs @ Skip to my Lou:

*Tiny Chalkboard Eggs @ Style at Home:

*Kool Aid Colored Eggs @ Measuring Flower:

*Van Gogh Easter Eggs & Polka Dot Easter Eggs
@ No Time for Flash Cards

*Fabric Eggs @ Holiday Haven:

*Tissue Paper Easter Eggs @ How Sweeter it is:

*A fun Easter egg dyeing technique (using electrical tape) @ Indie Fixx:

*Duct Tape Eggs @ kateandersok flickr:

*Fun Unique Easter Egg Dyeing Techniques @ Jolly Mom:
Rubber Band Technique, Masking Technique, Botanical Print Technique

*Marbled Easter Eggs @ Quick and Simple:

*Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs @ Monogram Momma:

*How to Make Geode Easter Eggs:
Make Fun and Unusual Crystal Eggs for Easter. You can make Easter Eggs full of beautiful crystals with this a fun Easter craft that could double as a fun science project using common kitchen ingredients.

*Doily Stenciled Eggs @ Urban Comfort:

*Easter Egg Decorating Ideas Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 @ Botanical Paperworks:

*Dye Free Easter Eggs @ Parents.com

*Good Eggs: Unbelievably Cute Easter Crafts @ Parents.com
Looking for a fun Easter craft? Raid your pantry, craft closet, and sock drawer to make our cute Easter projects.

*Hunt for Easter Egg Decorating Ideas @ Familyfun.go.com:
A collection of Easter egg decorating ideas that kids will love. Dye-ving Dudes, Tie-Dye Tuffets, Melted Crayon Eggs, Surprise-inside Egg, Sheep Egg, Leaf Print Eggs, Bee Egg, Easter Dove, Decoupage Designs, A Herd of Eggimals, Bluebird Egg, Cool Crayon Colors, Superegg-man Egg, Paper Egg Diorama, Pig Egg, Tie-Dye Easter Eggs, Sticker Stencils Technique, Fancy Feathered Friends, Tissue Paper Technique, Purple Cow Egg, Daddy Deggster Egg, Mom Peggy Egg, Megg Egg, Lovely and Loopy, String Technique, Natural Egg Dyes, Simply Smashing Shells, Lots of Dots (and Lines), Nesting Instinct, Grandpa Gregg Egg, Aluminum Foil Technique, Lightbulb Sleeves Technique, Rubber Bands Technique, Thumbprints Technique, Rock-a-bye Birdies, Simple Stained Glass, Sticker Stencils, Tie-dyed Eggs, Turn an Egg Into a Christmas Tree, Bubble Packaging Technique

*Easter Egg Decorating @ Familyfun.go.com:
Fun & easy techniques kids will be dyeing to try. Dye-ving Dudes, Easter Egg Wreath, Egg Pedestal, A Herd of Eggimals, Faux Fabergé eggs, Melted Crayon Eggs, Decoupage Designs, Aluminum Foil Technique, Bubble Packaging Technique, Lightbulb Sleeves Technique, Rubber Bands Technique, String Technique, Thumbprints Technique, Tissue Paper Technique, Sticker Stencils, Leaf Print Eggs, Dots (and Lines) using glue dots and colored sand or glitter, embroidery floss, Stained Glass, Crushed Shells, Tape and Paint Masking tape and paint, Tie-Dye Easter Eggs, Silk Tie-dyed Eggs, Decoupage Eggs, Dripped-On Eggs using rubber cement, Swirly Dyed Eggs using oil and water, Marbleized Eggs, Rubber banded, Sponge Stamped

*Easter Egg-stravaganza @ Disney Family
*13 Creative Ways to Dye and Decorate Easter Eggs @ Free Stuff 4 Kids:
Marbled eggs, tie dyed eggs, ribbons, crayons, mosaic, rubber bands, lace, sponged eggs, disco egg, stamped eggs, Easter Bunny eggs, stickers, silk-tie eggs

*Easter Egg Decorating @ Kaboose:
Crayon Eggs, Decal Dyed Eggs, Easter Egg-Heads, Egg Decoration Ideas, Egg Bunny, Chocolatescapes, Easter Eggs, Drip Dot Eggs, Easy Sponge Painted Eggs, BloPen Easter Eggs, Easter Egg Heads, Jeweled Easter Eggs, Marbled Easter Eggs, Napkin Applique Easter Eggs, Oil and Food Coloring Marbled Eggs, Paraffin Easter Egg, Decal Dyed Easter Eggs, Swirled Easter Eggs

*Easter Eggs Decorations @ Delish:

*Decorated Eggs @ WomansDay.com:
Fanciful decorating techniques for your Easter eggs.

*Easter Egg Decorating Ideas @ Good Housekeeping:
Just Picture It, Decorated Eggs using simple-shaped paper punches, Wrapped Eggs, Popcorn Eggs, Fern Eggs (Go Natural)

*Quick and Easy Easter Egg Decorations @ BHG.com:
Pretty Ways to Dye Easter Eggs: Hop to it! These pretty Easter egg dyeing techniques are perfect for the kid in you. Sticker-and-Dye Egg Designs, Banded Egg Design, Scrapbook Notions, Vibrant Dyed Eggs with Flowers, Natural Dyed Eggs, Pysanky Eggs, Easter Egg Flower Pots, Eraser Decorating, Toothpick Decorating, Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs, Polka-Dot Eggs

*Easter Egg Decorating Ideas @ AllRecipes.com:
Disco Egg, Chick Egg (Broken eggshell), Word Egg (Die-cut stickers), Space Egg, Bedazzled Egg (beads), Bumpy Egg (glue dots), Flower Vase Egg (blown egg), Charm Egg (The charm in this egg says, “Thank You!”), Royal Egg (necklace fasteners), Flower Power Egg (sequins), Dot Egg (stickers)

*Fun Easter Crafts @ Country Living:
Surprise someone special with handcrafted Easter gifts you can easily make at home, or buy. Pretty Patterned Easter Eggs (masking tape), Elegant Eggs (blown eggs) + 15 egg free crafts.

SILHOUETTE EGGS
*Silhouette Easter Eggs @ Le Papier Studio:

*Eggscelent Eggs @ LollyChops:

*German-Style Paper Cutout Easter Eggs @ MarthaStewart.com:

*Silhouette Easter Eggs @ MarthaStewart.com:

SURPRISE/SECRET MESSAGE EGGS
*Egg with a Secret Message @ Poppy Talk:

*Easter Surprise Eggs (the easy version) @ Not Martha:

*Chocolate Easter Surprise Eggs @ Not Martha:

*How to Make Chocolate Eggs @ MarthaStewart.com:

*How to Make Golden Chocolate Easter Eggs @ The Kitchn:

CHINESE TEA-DYED EGGS
*Chinese Tea-Dyed Eggs @ Barefoot Kitchen:

*Tea Infused Marble Eggs – Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs @ What’s Cooking America:

*Chinese Marbled Tea Egg Recipe @ Steamy Kitchen:

UKRAINIAN PYSANKY EGGS
*Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs @ That artist Woman: Tutorial!

*Ukrainian Egg Tutorial @ Suzy’s Sitcom:

*Getting Started in Pysanky @ LearnPysanky.com:

50+ Creative Ideas from MarthaStewart.com
*Egg Dyeing 101 @ MarthaStewart.com:
Egg Dyeing Basics: Blowing out eggs, wax resist technique, masked designs technique, marbleizing technique, dripped on technique, creative egg carrying cases
*Decorating Easter Eggs @ Martha Stewart
*Easter Eggs @ MarthaStewart.com:
Lace Eggs, Spring Menagerie Eggs, Cheeky Chickens, Striped Crepe Paper Eggs, Overlapping Dot Designs, Metallic Eggs, Speckled Butterfly Easter Eggs, Glittered Sticker Eggs, Faberge-Inspired Eggs, Elegant Origami Eggs, Grass Appliquéd Dyed Eggs, Marbleized Swirls, Trimmed with Cord, Flight of Fancy Egg Hinged Egg, Egg Ornaments, Silk Tie Eggs, Crepe Paper Egg Bunnies, Glittered Eggs, Botanical Eggs, Stenciled Eggs, Chocolate Eggs, Beaded Egg Ornaments, Country Cow Eggs, Gilded Eggs, Wax-Resist Patterns, Pearl Trellis Egg, Metallic Polka-Dotted Eggs, Natural Egg Dyeing Techniques, Beaded Eggs, Velvet Trimmed Eggs, Stamped Eggs, Peek-a-boo Egg, Ladybug Eggs, Jeweled Eggs, Scrambled Lines and Letters Eggs, Tissue Paper Eggs, German-Style Paper Cutout Eggs, “Cracked” Eggshells and Chick Designs, Masked Designs (tape, stickers, little leaves, etc), Oversize Botanical Decoupage Easter Eggs, Dripped-On Eggs (rubber cement), Speckled Faberge-Inspired Egg , Big-Eared Bunny, Pretty with Pearls, Confetti Eggs, Stash-and-Carry Eggs, Easter Egg Tree, Square Patterned Eggs, Puddly Pigs, Paper-Napkin Decoupage Eggs, Baby Bird Eggs, Latticed Eggs, Egg Baskets, Silk-Dyed Eggs, Embellished Chocolate Easter Eggs, Dyed and Speckled Easter Eggs (acrylic paint), Hinged Eggs with Gold Trim, Tissue-Paper-Decorated Eggs, Egg within an Egg, Leaf and Flower Eggs

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Today is April Fools Day!
I’m surprised that our family doesn’t have any April Fools traditions. Although we’re a bunch of jokesters who love to laugh, we’ve never really gotten into pranking each other. We have been known to stick things on the head of an unsuspecting old lady while she sleeps…something we’ve been doing for over a decade. (Sorry Grandma)
Sticking things on grandma while she sleeps

If you’re not really digging the idea of pranking your kids maybe you can come together as a family and create some April Fools Day fun! Declare a day of silliness and foolishness and try some of the ideas below!

*Family Traditions: April Fools’ Day Dinner:
This family has a wacky April Fools’ Day Dinner tradition!
On April 1, we share a really wacky meal that was inspired by a summer camp game. It’s wacky not because of what we eat, but how we eat it: for every course, each family member gets to have just three random things that are on the table — and only those three things. So you could wind up with milk, butter, and pepper! The crazier the combos, the more fun it is.

FUN WITH MEALTIME
*Backwards dinner!: Serve breakfast for dinner or serve dessert first.
*Mixed up place settings: Set the dinner table with all of the plates, cups and utensils upside down or put all of the silverware at one place all of the plates at another, etc.
*Use giant utensils, tiny plate: Set the table with giant serving spoons and tiny plates (like saucers or dessert plates) to eat with.
*Serve food in a glass and drinks in a bowl or in a plate?! Messy!
*Declare all utensils forbidden…eat with your hands!

*FREE Ding Dong Ditch Download: Put a “sweet” new twist to this old prank! Ding Dong Ditch someone together as a family!

*You’ve been egged! FREE Download: A great Easter tradition that’s perfect for April Fools Day! Get together as a family and “egg” somebody 😉

April Fools Day Family Traditions

The family that pranks together stays together 😉

Does your family have any April Fools Day traditions?
Let me know in the comments!

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30+ April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids!


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April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

April 1st, is April Fools Day! Here are some fun, safe, quick, easy, harmless pranks to play on your kids.
*Please remember to use your own discretion regarding pranking your child. Each child is different. Please do not prank a child that is overly sensitive, easily embarrassed, or one that simply can’t take a joke. Keep in mind the age of the child. Some pranks are more appropriate for tweens and teenagers as younger kids may get upset or simply not “get it”.*

PRANKS WHILE THEY’RE SLEEPING
*Draw on them with washable markers: Sneak into your kids’ rooms at night and draw on their faces with washable markers. Draw pink hearts on the boys or the classic mustache on the girls, or sign a message like “Gotcha!” or “April Fools” (bonus points for writing it backwards on their forehead so that it’s readable when they look in the mirror!)
*Move them into a different bed: While your kids are sleeping gently move them to a different room/bed in the house.
*Change and hide the alarm clock: Change the time on the alarm clock and hide it in the room (under the bed?) so that when it goes off your child will have to search for it to turn it off.

PRANKS FOR GETTING READY IN THE MORNING
*Model Parent: Make a fake parent and set them up at the breakfast table. Even funnier if the real parent comes into the room later before the kids discover the fake one!

*Put salt on their toothbrush: Wet the toothbrush and then dab it into salt. Be sure to shake off the extra salt before putting it back.
*Latherless soap: Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and put in the shower/bathtub. This makes the soap appear normal, but it won’t lather at all!
Put one at the kitchen sink too!

*Stuff their shoes with tissue paper: Put tissue paper in the toe so they can’t get their shoes on all the way. This is the perfect complement to the small-clothes trick below.
*Replace your child’s clothes with smaller ones: This would work best if you were able to duplicate the same outfit in a smaller size, otherwise the kids might notice that their old clothes are back in the drawer.
*Sew all of their underwear together: This requires only a few stitches at the side seams, then fold neatly and place back in the drawer.

*Early Wake Up!: Change all of the clocks and wake the kids up for school (at 3 a.m.) and serve them breakfast. Mom and dad should be already dressed for the day however they normally would be. Feed them breakfast and start out the door…once they’re outside they’ll notice it’s dark…April Fools! It would be great to have an April Fools sign outside…maybe even something made with glow sticks that shine in the dark ;)!
*Don’t be late!: Set all of the clocks in your house an hour early and hurry everyone as if you will all be late.
*School on a Weekend: If April Fool’s day is on a Saturday wake up the kids like a normal school day. Go through your regular school day routine and even drive them to school! When they’re about to get out of the car (or they notice the parking lot is empty!) say “April Fools!”.
*Scroll down to the “Around the House” pranks section for tips on coloring your bath water.
*If you do have somewhere to go, you may want to keep an outfit the correct size, pair of underwear, good bar of soap, and unsalted toothbrush set aside to keep you on schedule ;).

PRANKS FOR BREAKFAST
*Cereal Box Mix Up: Take all of the cereal out of their original boxes and put it back into a different box.
*String the Cheerios: String an entire box of Cheerios or other “o” shaped cereal on one long string and put it back in the box.
*That’s not cereal!: Remove the cereal from the box and replace it with packing peanuts or some other type of non-food that pours.
*Freeze the cereal: Freeze a bowl of cereal and milk with the spoon inside.
*Magic Milk Bowl: This trick makes milk change color when it’s poured on top of cereal. Put a drop of food coloring on the bottom of a bowl or glass and the milk will change color when poured on top.

PRANKS WITH DRINKS
*Gelled Juice: A thirsty family member is the perfect target for this glassful of trickery that’s impossible to drink. And since the undrinkable beverage is made by the batch, you’ll be able to fool more than one person.

*Vinegar Juice: Replace apple juice with vinegar. Yuck!
*Colorful Milk: Put food coloring into the milk container, it will pour a different color and surprise the kids. This obviously won’t work with the see-through jugs as you’ll be able to see it before pouring.

*Frozen Milk/Juice: Freeze your drinks while still in the container so they won’t pour

*PRANKS FOR A GAG LUNCH

Can’t Un-Ziplock: To set up the prank, zip the bag closed and place a length of double-sided scrapbook tape on one of the flaps just above the closure. Firmly press the flaps together to make them stick. Your kids won’t be able to unzip their sandwich!
Wormy Apple: Use a plastic ballpoint pen, washed and with the ink cartridge removed, to bore a hole in the fruit, then insert a gummy worm. (Don’t make it the night before, or the worm may get mushy.)
Snack Switcheroo: Make the switch by carefully opening a snack bag along the top seam. Empty out the original contents and fill the bag with another edible item such as baby carrots. Add a playful message such as “April Fools!,” then use a strip of double-sided tape to reseal the bag along the seam.
This sneaky mom opened the snack bags from the bottom.

Slice a banana without peeling it: When your kids peel the banana, they’ll find the fruit inside is already cut into bite-size pieces.

PRANKS FOR DINNER AND DESSERT
*Backwards dinner!: Serve breakfast for dinner or serve dessert first. That would work well with the next prank below!
*Dinner/Dessert Disguise: Here are some great recipes for making your dinner look like dessert or making cupcakes that look like other food. Announce “dessert first!” and then serve the kids this ice cream sundae that’s actually mashed potatoes and gravy!

*Fly in the Ice: Freeze a plastic fly inside an ice cube.
*Salt/Sugar Switch: Replace sugar with salt. Only do this if one of these is used every day (like in coffee or tea) otherwise you may forget and end up cooking with it!

FUN WITH UTENSILS AND DINNERWARE
*Mixed up place settings: Set the dinner table with all of the plates, cups and utensils upside down or put all of the silverware at one place all of the plates at another, etc.
*Use giant utensils, tiny plate: Set the table with giant serving spoons and tiny plates (like saucers or dessert plates) to eat with.
*Serve food in a glass and drinks in a bowl or on a plate?! Messy!
*Declare all utensils forbidden…eat with your hands!

PRANKS to set up WHILE THEY’RE AT SCHOOL
*Switch the drawers: Either move around the contents of the drawers (underwear where the pants go, etc.) or switch siblings drawers
*Rearrange the Room: This one takes some time and effort. You could just move around the furniture or turn everything backwards and upside down. You can go as far as turning pictures, posters, and shelves on the walls upside down or backwards.
*Short sheet the bed: And oldie, but a goodie. Instructions found here.

PRANKS AROUND THE HOUSE
*Take the batteries out of the remotes: This is sure to frustrate older children and husbands alike!
*Make your water change color: Add Crayola Color Dotz Bath Tub Tints inside the faucet by unscrewing the cap on the faucet, and setting a couple of tablets inside.
Not just for the kitchen sink…use these in the bathtub or shower, or simply run a bath for the kids and add food coloring!


*Tape the hose open: Wrap a rubber band around the kitchen sink sprayer so whoever turns on the faucet gets a big, wet surprise.

*Toilet paper messages: Unroll a roll of toilet paper and write messages or jokes on some of the sheets inside, roll it back up and place it on the holder (I personally like “Help, I’ve been kidnapped and forced to work in a toilet paper factory!”).
You can also write a note (or a joke) to your kid on toilet paper with a Sharpie and then place it in the toilet bowl right before they go to the bathroom.
(The classic “I C U P” is always a winner 😉 )


After giving a clue of what’s to come using the Joke on the Water prank above, send your target laughing all the way to her piggy bank. Conceal a dollar bill inside your toilet paper roll by unwinding it several turns, then wrapping it back up with the bill inside. Rehang the roll flap-side down as shown. When your target tugs at the tissue, the money will spill out.

NOTE: If your house is visited by tricky Leprechauns , Christmas Elves (Elf on the Shelf), or Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2 throughout the year, you may want to skip certain “magical” tricks and leave them for the legendary figures ;). Recycle some of their pranks and tricks to use on April Fools Day when the kids are older and stop believing 😦

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Do you play pranks on your kids on April Fools Day? Let me know in the comments!

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Leprechaun Trickery is Afoot: Little Green Leprechaun Footprints!


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On St. Patrick’s Day I set up a small Leprechaun breakfast for Adaline. I set out teeny-tiny pancakes on small plates and a box of Lucky Charms. I used Adaline’s Leprechaun hat from last year as a centerpiece (it was too small for her this year 😦 ) and set out the green tablecloth and green plates. Once the table was set I went upstairs to get Adaline and Cool Daddy for breakfast. I wasn’t upstairs for very long so imagine my surprise when we all found this mess in the kitchen.

In the short amount of time that we were upstairs we must’ve been visited by a tricky little Leprechaun! He/she left his little green footprints all over the kitchen and laundry room.

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We didn’t find the leprechaun, but by looking at the footprints here’s what I think happened…

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The leprechaun came inside from the back door then he/she walked into our laundry room, hopped up on the toilet and turned the water green!

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Next the leprechaun left the laundry room, went back into the kitchen and hopped up on top of the table (I hear that Leprechauns are excellent hoppers!). Once on the table the Leprechaun took the stacks of mini pancakes and shaped them like clovers. He/she left some chocolate gold coins for us, but not before taking a bite out of one of Adaline’s pancakes! He/she then got inside of the box of Lucky Charms (making a big mess!) and came back out with some to eat.

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The Leprechaun then hopped down from the table and walked up our refrigerator! He/she must’ve gotten inside of the fridge and then walked back down the side of the fridge and out the back door. The Leprechaun must’ve been eating Lucky Charms this whole time because we found them on the floor, in the fridge, and on the way out of the back door…they managed to eat all of the marshmallows, though!

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At first glance I really wasn’t sure why the Leprechaun went into the fridge since everything seemed okay in there. Our milk appeared normal but when I poured our milk it turned green in the glass…that tricky Leprechaun!

Leprechaun Trickery: Green Milk

Cool Daddy made me try the green milk first. It tasted normal to me, it was just…green. Cool Daddy did finally drink the milk, but he wasn’t happy about it being green.

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You should always use caution when inviting a leprechaun into your home since some children may be frightened by the idea. Adaline really wasn’t sure what to think about the Leprechaun invasion, but she wasn’t scared and she enjoyed following the footprints around. She doesn’t look too happy in the photos because the poor little thing wasn’t feeling well 😦
…she was happy about the chocolate coins, though!

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Even at a young age Adaline had a gift for remembering obscure things, so every year since the original photos were taken she’s asked about “Leprechaun Day”. In 2012 the leprechauns didn’t come because I wasn’t up to having messy visitors with a newborn in the house, but they came in 2013 and Adaline couldn’t have been more thrilled! 🙂

Hooray for Leprechaun Day

After everyone enjoyed breakfast, Mama had to clean up the Leprechaun’s mess. I can’t say that I was too happy about it…I hate cleaning! Luckily it did wipe right up with a little soapy water, I’d say that it was just as easy to clean as Crayola washable fingerpaint 😉

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(It took about 45 minutes to make the mess…but only 5 to clean it up! In 2013 my daughter insisted on cleaning it up herself (see photo below)! 😉 I used the side of my fist and my pinky finger to make the footprints.)

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(**Click the image below or watch the video for details on how to make leprechaun footprints!**)
How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

Later that afternoon we all got dressed in our St. Patrick’s Day green so as not to get pinched!

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Time for a green snack! Green beans, peas, green peppers, cucumbers, green apples, and broccoli with “melted gold” cheese.

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I tried to make clovers out of the green peppers, but it really wasn’t cooperating, so I tried the cucumbers too. This was the best that I got. Meh.

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It’s amazing the mess that the Leprechaun was able to make in only a few minutes…it looks as though it took about 45 minutes to make! 😉

Did a Leprechaun visit your house this year?
Let me know in the comments!

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50+ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables (Links)


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Below you will find links to over 50 great St. Patrick’s Day FREE printables and downloads including prints, subway art, cupcake toppers, party printables, coloring sheets, and more!

Free St Patricks Day Printables
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St. Patrick’s Day Banners:

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable Banner @ Holiday Haven

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Toppers and Party Printables:

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Toppers @ Holiday Haven

*St. Patty’s Day Party FREE Download @ Love the Day
Party Circles, Mini Candy bar Wrapper, Happy St. Patty’s Day Yard Signs, Name Tags, Water Bottle Wrappers, Blank Tent Cards, Shamrock Straw Tags, Coordinating Paper, Cupcake Wrappers, Come In Sign, Flags, Photo Booth Props! (AWESOME SET!)

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day cupcake toppers @ Living Locurto
Use these cupcake toppers to go along with a rainbow theme!

*Free Printables “It’s Your Lucky Day” @ Tomkat Studio
Cute printable St. Patrick’s Day Party Circles!

*Lucky You Free Exclusive St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ How Does She
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*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables from 9 to 5 Mom @ Catch My Party
How great would these party circles look at your St. Patrick’s Day party, decorating your cupcakes, favors, candy, or even strung together as a garland.

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables from Rose & Cook @ Catch My Party
Free party circles!

*Free Printable “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” Party Décor
@ anna and blue paperie
Print on heavy card stock, matte photo paper or full size label sheets to make stickers.

*Free Leprechaun Bottle Labels @ MBC Scrapbooking
Also free printable rainbow cupcake toppers.

*Freebie St. Patty’s Day Cupcake Wrappers @ Penny Candy Studios
Print 3 of these wrappers per sheet.

*Lucky Charms Cupcakes with Free Printables @ The Party Animal
Free Printable Lucky Charms Cupcake Wrappers & Clovers

*Free Printable St. Patty’s Candy Bar Wrappers @ Anything But Perfect
Other printables in this series: St. Patty’s 8×10 Printable Art, St. Patty’s Party Circles, St. Patty’s Party Labels

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Coasters @ Twig and Thistle
Why not celebrate in style with these shamrock inspired coasters?!

*Free Self-Mailing St. Patrick’s Day Card @ Chris Dunmire
Cleverly Clover Fold-Over St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Card

*Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day @ 74 Lime Lane

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable Papers @ Digital Card Fun
6 different patterns (4 aren’t holiday specific and can be used with any green and yellow theme!)

St. Patrick’s Day Tags and Bag Toppers:

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Tags @ The Crafting Chicks
There’s also some fun ideas for Leprechaun’s and their footprints! 😉

*Free Downloads: Little Gifts for St. Patrick’s Day @ The Crafting Chicks

*Free ”It’s Your Lucky Day” Goodie Bag Printable @ One Charming Party
Just fill a cellophane bag with whatever you’d like (we used chocolate coins) and attach this printable using double sided tape.

*Free You’re My Pot O’ Gold Printable @ it is what it is
Simply fill pretzel cellophane bags with some rainbow twizzlers and gold foil-covered chocolate coins, add this custom 3″ tag, and call it done!

*”Lucky” Treat Bag Toppers @ it is what it is
Looking for another easy but festive option for St. Patrick’s Day treat bags?

*Lucky Charms Gift Idea & Free Printable @ Sandy Toes and Popsicles

*Free St. Patricks Day Treat Bag Tags @ Chica and Jo
Check out the Valentine’s post to get complete directions for how to make chocolate-drizzled popcorn!

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Gift Tags @ Good Gravy Designs

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Pillow Box @ Good Gravy Designs

St. Patrick’s Day Prints:

*Lucky Word Frame Free Printable @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art @ Hands-On Housewife
White or Green

*Free ”Keep Calm and Pinch On” Print @ The Hands-On Housewife
”Keep Calm and Pinch On” print

*”Feeling Lucky” St. Patty’s Day Freebies @ It’s a Crafty Life
Three prints available in white and green.

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art @ Today’s Fabulous Finds
11 different colors!

*Free St. Patrick’s Day cards @ Nifty Thrifty Things
6 free printables!

*Free “Bless Your Little Irish Heart” Printable @ Dancing Creek Designs

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ Blooming Homestead
14 prints available including shamrocks and subway art!

*Free: LUCK o The Printable @ The Answer is Chocolate
2 colors!

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art @ Dreamers into Doers

*Free “Kiss Me I’m Irish” Print @ Bailey Doehler Designs

*Free Irish Blessing Printable @ LadyBird Ln
Traditional and moderns prints available

St. Patrick’s Day Fun and Games Printables:

*Cute Printables for St. Patrick’s Day @ Skip To My Lou
Fun printable leprechauns to stick into food and more!

*A Treasure Hunt With a Twist @ Jesse Kate Designs
A fun hunt for the kiddos includes a call to giving in the end!

*Leprechaun Service Adventure @ Being LDS

A great St. Patrick’s Day service idea!
*Free Download: Leprechaun Treasure Hunt @ The Crafting Chicks
Follow the Colors of the Rainbow

*Free “I’m So Lucky” and “Pot of Gold” Printables @ Homestitched
Also an idea for a family activity incorporating the Pot of Gold!

*St. Patrick’s Day Printable – Free Template @ Pumpkin Petunia

*Free St. Pat’s Pot of Gold Game @ Home Confetti
Includes a “Test Your Luck” printable and a template for coins.

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Jokes @ Happy Home Fairy
A sheet of 8 St. Patrick’s Day-themed joke cards for you to print off, cut out and slip into your Happy Buddy’s lunch box or under their juice glass at breakfast or taped to the mirror in the bathroom when they get up in the morning! (So cute!)

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Conversation Cards @ Happy Home Fairy
Simply print the cards, cut them out, and hide one under someone’s dinner plate each night during the 8 days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

*Free Note for the Lucky Hubby @ Happy Home Fairy
For adults this “getting lucky” card is a cute way to spice things up on St. Patty’s Day (Check out her other idea here 😉 )

*Free Green Day Memory @ Tip Junkie
Memory is such a fun and easy game to play with children of all ages. Play this game at home as a family or during a St. Patrick’s Day party.

*Free Leprechaun Paper Craft for St. Patrick’s Day @ Family Fun

*Free Lucks Bucks @ Family Fun
Cute and colorful “luck bucks” for St. Patrick’s Day!

*Free Shamrock Pattern/Template @ Family Fun

*St. Patrick’s Day Printable Pinwheels @ Craft Jr.
Four different fun patterns!

St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages:

*Free St. Patricks’ Day Printables @ 24/7 Moms
Links to Bingo, Puzzles, Coupons and more!
*Pot of Gold Coloring Sheet @ Twisty Noodle
This printable coloring sheet also comes in a handwriting worksheet option. (There are also other related printables available!)

*Leprechaun’s Hat Coloring Sheet @ Twisty Noodle
This printable coloring sheet also comes in a handwriting worksheet option.

*Little Leprechaun Coloring Page @ Family Fun

*Pot of Gold Coloring Page @ Family Fun
Girl and boy leprechaun sitting under a mushroom with a pot of gold.

*St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Animal Coloring Pages @ Animal Jr.

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages for Kids @ Color Me Good
10+ Coloring pages and writing paper

Links to more links 🙂

*Strut Your Stuff St. Patrick’s Day @ Somewhat Simple
Over 200 St. Patrick’s Day ideas including printables!
*Roundup Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ Dollar Store Crafts
20+ Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables
*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ Skip to my Lou
A link to more links for 10 great printables!
*Free Printable Décor for St. Patrick’s Day @ My Delicious Ambiguity
Links to 20 great printables
*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ Printable Share
7+ free printables! Check out the Trinity Shamrock Craft!

Over 50 great St. Patty’s Day ideas including printables

If you know of any FREE St. Patrick’s Day printables that I missed?  Let me know in the comments!


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Valentine’s Day Link Love – Free Printables, Crafts, and More!


Valentines Day Links
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If you’re looking for links to free Valentine printables, great ideas for Valentine’s crafts and traditions, and cute Valentine-themed foods…then you’ll “fall in love” with this list! Here are my favorite Valentine posts from around the blogosphere.

For great ideas for Valentine’s Day try these blogs for inspiration:
Holiday Haven: Links to over 90 ideas for food, decorating, and more!
Tip Junkie: Tons of free printables and more!
How Does She: 11+ Last Minute Valentine Ideas!

Free Valentine Printables
*Free Printable Valentine’s Heart Banner @ A Holiday Haven

*Scripture Valentine Printable @ Just Devine Style

*”Get Your Cupid On” Valentine’s Printable @ Tip Junkie

*Free Printable Valentine Coupons @ Life as Mom

*Vintage Valentine’s Day Paper Cup Wraps by Free Pretty Things for You
Free Printables

*Free Vintage Kids Valentine Cards @ Vintage Holiday Crafts (12 Styles)

*Valentine’s Day Cards @ Parents.com
*Print Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards @ Family Crafts (about.com)

Valentine-Themed Food
*Making Oatmeal Special for Valentine’s Day @ Life As Mom

*Love Buns and Pink Hot Chocolate @ Life is a Party

*Love Note In a Pancake @ The Wilson World

*Love on a Plate @ A Nation of Moms

*Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas @ The Happy Housewife

*Hearty Pizza @ No Time For Flashcards

*Valentine Pizza @ One Charming Party

*Valentine Treats That Are Not Candy @ Home Confetti