An Easter Art Project How-To

We had another rainy and somewhat cold weekend here (SPRING WHERE ARE YOU?!).  While we did get outside a little bit – mainly to wait in line almost an hour for donuts!) we stuck pretty close to home for the most part.

I was running out of ways to entertain Lucas when I suddenly got the brilliant idea to make a hand-print art project to celebrate Easter.  I’ve done hand-print art for other holidays and think it’s a cute way to personalize holiday decorations.  Plus I’m looking forward to like 10 years from now when I’ve got a house full of kid art for each holiday!

I was actually brainstorming in the car when I came up with the idea of using L’s hand to make a bunny (his fingers would be the ears).  A quick search showed that idea wasn’t nearly as original as I had hoped!

Since L likes to play with the paint on his hands I’ve learned it’s easier to do these projects in pieces, so I’ve written out the quick and easy instructions for you.


Handprint Easter Art

What you’ll need:

Colored construction paper

White paint

Red or pink paint

A paint brush or foam brush

Paper plate

Markers

Wipes

Like I said, I do these projects in pieces.  While I clean up L’s hand I let what we just did dry a little.

First, you apply paint to the palm of the hand and press it down, firmly, on the construction paper.

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Next apply pain to the first two fingers on the left hand and place firmly above the palm print to make the first ear.  Then use the first two fingers on the other hand to make the second ear.

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I mixed some red paint with the white (since I didn’t have pink) I was going to use a finger to add the pink to the ears but Lucas was not feeling it so I just added it using a paint brush.

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After it dried, I used the markets to add the eyes, nose and mouth and to write a somewhat cheesy message!

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Clean up was a breeze using wipes and then we were off to our next activity!

Do you do hand-print art for the holidays?  If so, will you be making an Easter Bunny or will you by trying something else?  Share your project in the comments!

 

 

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day…Let’s Celebrate with Chalk Paint

I’m not really sure if I have any Irish in me or not – my mom has always called my dad “Swiss Cheese” because he’s got a little of every nationality, expect Italian, which I get from her.

I did go to one of the most Irish schools in the country though (WE ARE ND!) so I feel like it’s cool to claim some Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day was L’s first holiday last year, which means that this year it’s the first holiday that isn’t his first and I’m a little sad!  I decided to make myself feel better by getting a little crafty.

In November my friend Christa, who is the blogger behind Little Us, posted this super easy recipe for Chalk Paint.  I’ve been dying to use it on our driveway but because we’ve had a crazy cold winter I haven’t been able.

It’s finally getting nicer and as a way to make L’s second St. Patrick’s Day special I decided to give Christa’s recipe a try.

Since I was only using one color, I decided to double her recipe.  I also found that I needed to add MORE than double the food coloring to find a color I liked.  I ended up using 20 drops of the food dye.

St Patricks Day Chalk Paint

The other change I made is to use cold water when mixing.  Christa didn’t specify what temp to use but after a Google search the general consensus was cold is best!

Finally, it was suggested that a foam brush be used.  For the life of me, I couldn’t find mine so I used a regular art brush instead – it worked great!

Using the chalk paint was really easy!  It took me about 15 minutes to get the message written out – but I’m a bit of a perfectionist and got interrupted a few times.

Here is my version of Homemade Chalk Paint



Ingredients:

2/3 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup COLD water

20 drops of green food coloring

Mix the above ingredients together until combined well.

And that’s all there is too it – it’s as easy as that!

Now getting Lucas to sit still long enough for me to take a usable picture is another story!  This was the best we could do.  So Happy St. Patrick’s Day from my Lucky Charm!

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EDIT: Just as a small side note, this washed off very easily.  We had a rain storm the day after I did this and all traces of our chalk paint were gone!

A Disney Vacation!

My baby boy turned one a few weeks ago.  I’m not entirely sure how a year went by so quickly but it did!

Planning a first birthday party seemed like such a fun idea, but I’ve always been a “Go Big or Go Home” kinda girl so I planned L’s first birthday party in the Happiest Place on Earth – Walt Disney World!  We spent 8 days living it up with the main Mouse himself and it was amazing!  We were joined by my mom, uncle and grandparents and together we celebrated the first year of Lucas with great flourish!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I hope you enjoy this peak into our vacation and L’s first birthday!  I will say that Lucas LOVED the trip and I do not think one is too young to take a trip to Disney.  I have tons of tips and advice though and will be sharing them in the upcoming months!

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I’ll be posting pictures from his actual birthday celebration soon, along with tips on how to have a magical birthday at Disney World soon.  Lucas with a cupcake is certainly worth seeing!

It’s a Snow Day!

Okay, okay – so I know my Northern friends are laughing at us right now.  We got maybe an inch of snow (which is really ice!) and schools are closed, government offices didn’t open, both Darrin’s office and my office closed early yesterday and remained closed today.  We didn’t get hit nearly as bad as those in the deeper South (all of who we are praying for) but we did get just enough to spend a fun day playing in our version of a Winter Wonderland!

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Our backyard

L's first look at the snow!

L’s first look at the snow!

All bundled up

All bundled up

So excited!

So excited!

"What is this stuff, Mom?"

“What is this stuff, Mom?”

"This stuff is COLD!"

“This stuff is COLD!”

After our time playing outside we warmed up with some hot chocolate (for Mommy and Daddy) and caught up on an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – did I mention we’re headed to Walt Disney World in less than two weeks?  I haven’t?  Well, prepare to be inundated with our last minute planning for the next few posts!

Did it snow where you are?  How did you spend the day if it did?  What is your favorite cold weather activity?

Cloudy with a Side of BABY Meatballs!

A few nights ago I had an EPIC Pinterest dinner fail.  I was really excited for Lentil Stew in the crockpot and was really, really disappointed with how it turned out.  It was more like a soup, had ZERO flavor and the lentils were not cooked.  Needless to say Darrin and I made a quick call to a local pizza place.

Unfortunately pizza wouldn’t do for Lucas.  I’ve been giving him what we have at dinner but I’m not comfortable with pizza just yet.  In that moment I was so glad I had made a batch of meatballs and frozen them two weeks ago!  A quick cook in the microwave (typically I’d have thrown them in a skillet but I was in a major time crunch) and L had a delicious dinner that he couldn’t get enough of.  Since L loves these meatballs so much he practically BEGGED me to share them with you. Alright, alright – begged may be a bit strong, but he wanted all of his baby friends to taste some of the yummy goodness he’s been eating recently.

Baby Turkey Meatballs with Veggies



Ingredients:

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  • 1lb ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • Handful of spinach, shredded
  • 1 egg (if you haven’t given your child egg yet you can substitute with a bit of milk or just leave the egg out totally)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs ( I just kinda of eyeballed it)
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire (I use reduced sodium)
  • Spices to taste (I added garlic powder, onion powder and thyme – I also add a fair amount since I know L likes spices.  If you’re unsure try starting with 1/2 tsp of each)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Grate your carrots and shred your spinach.

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Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl.

Roll the mixture into about 36 mini meatballs and place on a cookie sheet lined with tinfoil.

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Bake for about 11 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 170 degree.

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If freezing, allow to cool completely and then place back on a cookie sheet and freeze for several hours.  Store the meatballs in a freezer bag for up to two months.  When it’s time to sever just heat in a skillet over low heat until warm throughout.

Obviously we are big fans of this meal in our house.  I’m pretty sure L will be hoping for a few more Pinterest fails so he can nom-nom on some yummy mini meatballs again soon!

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