Getting It Done, sort of…..

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Getting It Done

I haven’t posted about my 30-days of hustle experience for quite some time, as Easter has taken its place.

I got over the “dip” (a term I learned that happens when you are trying to accomplish a goal) in trying to finish my mother’s advanced directive.

We actually read and filled out four pages!
I am so grateful for this.  We got to the part of the directive that discussed medications, and we stopped because she didn’t want to think about it anymore.  Quite the win if you ask me.

I am grateful for this, Easter Sunday, where my mom and I were able to communicate clearly, talk about some deep stuff (as far as dealing with her eventual death) and get a piece of a goal done.

Yay!Romans 15:13 - Overflow with HopeHappy Resurrection Day too.



Scavenger Hunt – Day 6 of Resurrection Crafts

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Scavenger Hunt Eggs

This is the sixth day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day six from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 26:34, and is represented by a feather.

I created my own printable, based off of this blog post from the Dating Divas, for an Easter egg hunt for the hubby. John3-16 & egg scavenger huntWe have a dog, and the 2nd clue mentions the dogs bed.  You may need to change that if you don’t have one.

The list of things I used was:items needed - Page 001

  • 6-large plastic eggs
  • one bag of bunny shaped chocolates
  • one bag of coin shaped chocolates
  • one bag of chocolate Easter eggs (gold)
  • one box of Cadbury eggs
  • one box of marshmallow Peeps
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  • A big prize, namely a bubble gum dispensing chicken

I did this scavenger hunt based off of trying to match the clue with the candy given.  The last prize was a chicken that “pooped out” gumballs – a big hit with my three kids – and subsequently, it’s a gift that includes a bird with feathers.  (A stretch, I know, but that’s what I went with today!)

My 8-year old is the only one who can read at this point, and I could see that made the 4-year old sad.  The three-year old followed the older two everywhere, but the hunt wasn’t the fun part for him – he stopped and opened up a piece of candy every moment he could get.

The scavenger hunt looked something like this:

found Day 6 egg in the basket and read the noteMy oldest found the Day 6 egg in the big basket and read the first clue.

The second egg  at the dog bedThe second egg was at the dog bed in plain view and he read the next clue.

the third clue with the pots & pansThe third clue was hidden with the pots and pans, and that one they had to find in a pot.

what my son was doing the entire timeThis is what my youngest son was doing the entire time.  This is in front of the TV, where they found the next clue.  He was just happy to get chocolate!

Found the prize!The last clue to the kids to the bathroom near their shampoo.

opening up the prizeThis hunt took me at least 30-minutes to prep, with the printing, not including going to Walgreens and buying the candy, and then placing all the candy with the respective eggs.  The hiding was only 5-minutes of my day, and I had to send my kids outside to do it.

It was fun for them, and it made me realize that they didn’t do scavenger hunts very often, so it was a big deal that they even had to follow directions and look for things.  Hmmm….

It looks like I will be doing stuff like this in the future.



Making Stick Crosses – Day 5 of Resurrection Crafts

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Resurrection Garden with CrossesThis is the fifth day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day five from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 27:2, and is represented by rope.

For this craft, we tied the stick crosses together for our Empty Tomb Garden.

We found the sticks outside. found our sticks outsideWe used beading twine (similar to this: )to tie the sticks into crosses. beading twine and sticks

I first broke the sticks into smaller pieces to make the cross. broken sticks

My oldest child understood how to hold the sticks together so that we could tie them, but the 4-year old and 3-year old did not know how to do this.  Thankfully, I was able to tie them together myself.

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img_0737After wrapping the twine around the sticks about fifteen to twenty times total in the various directions, we tied a double knot to close it up.

finished crossI had my kiddos place the crosses where they wanted to in our little garden.  The whole project took less than fifteen minutes.

As always, I hope you’re having fun!

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Shaving Cream Dyed Easter Eggs

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Shaving Cream Dyed Easter EggsThis was such a fun way to dye Easter eggs!

Materials we used to dye Easter eggs with shaving cream: materials

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • foam shaving cream (the gel type will not work)
  • food coloring
  • glass pans
  • wooden skewers (toothpicks or plastic knives would also work)
  • old egg carton (or paper plates with paper towels on top to “set” the wet eggs on)
  • paper towels

We did this craft outside for easy clean up with the water hose and so I wouldn’t have shaving cream everywhere inside.  I also had all the kids wear shirts they could get food coloring on, just in case.

 I sprayed the shaving cream in each glass pan, and let the kids play with that by itself for a few minutes.  This activity in itself was exciting and fun as shaving cream is so soft and yet squishy all at the same time. spray cream & playAfter the shaving cream play, I scraped as much shaving cream off their hands as I could (to not waste) and the kids rinsed their hands under the water hose.scrape off the shaving cream to not waste

rinse hands with the hoseThe kids tried to “flatten” the shaving cream in the glass pan on the bottom as best as possible.  I did have to help my three year old with this, and also sprayed a little more shaving cream on top as needed.

Next I showed my children how to drop one drop of food coloring throughout the pan, trying not to concentrate all of the drops in one spot, but ensuring they were dropped throughout.

I had the kids pick three colors each to drop in their dish, to not get crazy with too many colors and end up with brown eggs.

food coloringI gave my children a wooden skewer (but a plastic knife would have worked just as well) to move around the shaving cream.  The results were a beautiful work of art that was going to get ruined.  (This is where I remind you to take lots of pictures for posterity and great memories!) move colors slightly to mix

beautiful art to run the egg throughThe next step is to roll the egg around in the dyed shaving cream.  My daughter and I made a 30-second video of this, as well as took photos.

 rolling the eggBoth my boys mixed the colors on the eggs, rather than rolling, and you can see the result of their mixing was a more even colored egg.  They still came out beautiful, but the rolling effect as on my daughters eggs allowed for the different colors to stick out on the egg individually. mixed colors on the eggs

mixed colors on the eggsThen, we waited.

waiting to dryI had my children wash their hands again.  washed handsWe waited about 10-minutes and I suggest waiting longer to get a deeper hue for the colors. Ours turned out pastel and I think if we have waited ten more minutes, the colors would have been more vibrant.  After they spent time outside, it was time to clean off the shaving cream to reveal the colors.

wiping eggs

wiping eggsThe results were beautiful!  I was surprised.  There’s just no other way to describe it but beautiful (or interesting, I guess.)  The colors swirl around on the shell and the coloring has a certain artistic look to it (in my opinion of course!) shaving cream dyed egg completeOn another “mommy note” – I have let my kids eat the vinegar/food coloring dyed eggs before, but I made it very clear that they could not eat these eggs due to the shaving cream. 0Shaving Cream Eggs - Page 003

0Shaving Cream Eggs - Page 004What a great non-craft day!

If you haven’t been following, we have been celebrating Easter with 12-days of Resurrection Crafts, and this was one our “No Craft” days.  That just means we took a break from coordinating the lesson of Resurrection Eggs with the craft done for the day.

I hope you can try coloring the Easter eggs this way!  I don’t know if we’ll ever going back to regular food-coloring dyed-type again.


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Praying Hands – Day 3 of Resurrection Crafts

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Praying Hands CraftThis is the third day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day three from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Mark 14:32, and is represented by praying hands.

A relatively simple craft, we started out with different colors of paper, some cardstock and some just colored printer paper.  It was folded in half, pressed down well, and I placed the pinky side of my child’s hands along the fold. fold & traceI then traced around the closed hand (verses an open-fingered hand) and cut along the traced lines. cutting the hand out

Open the hands to write, stick a typed up prayer, or just to keep as a reminder to pray.opened hands to place your prayerAs I have three children in various stages of their own Christian walk, and technical savvy, my oldest wanted his prayer typed out, cut and glued onto the inside of his praying hands.  typed up prayer request

glue down the typed up requestglueing the prayer request down

My middle (4-years old) first wanted to “write” her own prayer (hence the scribbles) but made a second set of her hands so I could hand-write her actual prayer request. scribbling a prayer request

hand written prayer requestAnyway you do it, even if it’s like the three-year old who didn’t want anything written in his praying hands, the little hands are a great reminder to pray, just as Jesus did in the Garden. different prayers for different kidsYou bet these little hands will go into the saved paperwork for this mommy…. =)


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Resurrection Eggs-A New Easter Tradition

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Ressurection Eggs - The Easter Story with KidsI say this is a “new” Easter Tradition, as I’ve been wanting to do something like this for years.

My oldest son is 8-years old and right when he turned four, I just given birth to his sister.  Our youngest came 15-months later, and raising three “little” kids is harder than you think before you have them.

Now that we have entered the sweet spot (the ages of not-as-dependent as babies) of parenting I get the chance to do stuff like this and I am so excited.  I put my own twist on everything, but these Resurrection Eggs were copied almost directly from the Church House Collection.  Gotta love the internet.

First I printed the free printables from the Church House Collection’s website, and I made my own cover for the top of the egg carton.  We also used Mod Podge, a sharpie marker and a 1-inch sponge brush.

Materials Used

My daughter was the only one who wanted to help me with this simple project.  While I cut the printed items, I had my daughter put the plastic eggs in a recycled egg container.  She decided she wanted to put them in a pattern.

Keeping the little helper busy.

Cut the printables.

We started with labeling the eggs, one through twelve. Label Eggs Numerically

Labeled eggs

The next step (in our case) was to glue the John 3:16 verse on top of the egg container.  We put glue on both the carton and the cardstock I printed the verse on.  Glue

After gluing the cover down, I glued the description of each day (also on the original printable,) onto the inside of the lid of the carton.  My daughter worked on organizing the egg inserts. Summary of Each Day of Eggs & Verses

Placing the inserts in order.The last step in our case was to put the paper-verse inserts into their respective eggs.  My daughter helped every step of the way and the whole project took less than 20-minutes to do. img_0459

All my kids are looking forward to opening an egg every day.

As I love to craft with my kids, I am planning a schedule of events with every day, trying to correlate the verse and concept with the day into the craft.  I will post that soon and update this post when it’s done.

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