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every blonde needs a brunette best friend scrapbook layout by the creative copycat

Every Blonde Needs a Brunette Best Friend Scrapbook Page

Happy Scrapbooking Sunday! If you follow me on instagram, you know I post a scrapbooking layout every Sunday. I’m a bit behind on blogging the scrapbooking pages though, sorry. I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram so you can see all my creations and hear all of my tips. 🙂

This page was inspired by a layout made by Leanne Allinson for Bella Blvd (if you click on the link you can see her layout). I just fell in love with her page and knew it would be a perfect starting point for a photo I’ve been wanting to scrapbook for a while.

every blonde needs a brunette best friend scrapbook layout by the creative copycat

I don’t have the original of this photo, this is a scan, but it is one of my absolute favorites. I have known my best friend since birth because our moms are best friends. We took ballet class together as kids, which is when this photo was taken. Over the years, my best friend and I have moved away from each other, gone to different schools and occasionally been at different stages in life, but we have always remained best friends. We have been there for all of life’s biggest moments, including our weddings, which were only a few weeks apart and the births of our kids. I am so very blessed to have a best friend like her and this page is one of my favorite pages I think I have ever made.

Party with our Peeps - peep pops, bunny tails, donuts and free printables - Easter Egg Game and Photo Booth Sign

Party with our Peeps

Our Party with our Peeps was so much fun and a great way to welcome our friends visiting us from Australia.

Our friends arrived in the morning, so I had a spread of easy breakfast items like donuts and cinnamon rolls ready for them.

If you really want to get into the theme, you could also shape your cinnamon rolls into bunnies. (I did this on a different morning and stuck with regular cinnamon rolls the day of the party to keep things simple).

bunny shaped cinnamon rolls - cinnabunnies for Easter breakfast or a Party with your Peeps

I also made peeps pops. No one really ate them (probably a good thing because – sugar overload!), but they were so cute and really made the table look complete.

Party with our Peeps - peep pops, bunny tails, donuts and free printables - Easter Egg Game and Photo Booth Sign

To make the pops I just inserted cute party straws, snipped off the bottom and stuck it to a white candy melt. I lined up the candy melts on wax paper then used a lighter to melt them just slightly before sticking the peep on. Then I tied a bow around them. So easy and cute. 🙂

make peeps pops using, party straws, candy melts and ribbon

I hung up the adorable banner my friend cut out for me using her silhouette (I drew on the faces with sharpie so they would look more like peeps) with washi tape. It was so easy, looked cute and didn’t wreck my walls. I placed the photo booth sign (get your free sign here) and props on the table too.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

We played the Easter Egg Game after we ate and it was so much fun! Check out this post for instructions and free printables.

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

After naps, we decorated our Easter Eggs. We had also planned to do a fun peeps art project from This Sweet Happy Life, but everyone was a bit tired so we let the kids run around in the backyard playing with the water hose instead. 😉

This party was a lot of fun and would be great for a play date with friends or just as an Easter kick-off. It ended up being the perfect way to welcome our friends. It was very simple, but made the day feel extra special.

>Party with our Peeps - peep pops, bunny tails, donuts and free printables - Easter Egg Game and Photo Booth Sign
Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

The Easter Egg Game

When I was thinking of ideas for our “Party with our Peeps” at 2am instead of sleeping (anyone else do that?) I thought it would be fun to have a game for the kids so I came up with one that is great for young kids. Ours are aged 2.5, 3 and 4.5 and it was perfect for them. It is a bit of a combination of an idea I saw on Pinterest for an egg hunt with activities like “do a somersault” inside the egg and Roll and Play. (Roll and Play is one of our favorite games – it is the perfect first game for little ones, especially little ones who have older siblings that love board games). It was really fun and I should note that the title is courtesy of Hudson. 😉 I hope you enjoy this game as much as we do.

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

The Easter Egg Game

Supplies:

Game Boards (Click link to download free Printable)

List of Activities (Click link to download free Printable)

12 Easter Eggs – (I used two of each color and selected colors that matched the game boards)

Set-Up:

Print out and cut out your list of Activities.

Place one in each egg – matching the peeps to the egg.

Print out and cut out your game boards (This game works best for two players, but could easily be played with more – we had three kids so we put the two little ones on a team together).

To Play:

Player 1 selects an egg, opens it, then performs the activity. If they complete the activity, they get to keep the egg.

Player 2 does the same thing.

The goal is to collect one of each color egg.

Our kids just placed the egg on the coordinating game piece, but you could also use stickers to mark each spot.

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

Just like in roll and play, this game is more about the fun of the activities than winning and it was the perfect length and skill level for our kids. Luc struggled a tiny bit with waiting his turn, but other than that, it was great for them to think about what colors they needed to complete their board and of course they all loved doing the activities. I hope you enjoy this fun Easter game. If you like it, please Pin It!

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

Happy Easter!!

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

Peeps Party Photo Booth Printable

My friend dropped off supplies for me to make an adorable Peeps bunny banner yesterday and the wheels in my head immediately started turning (did that make anyone else start singing Journey? Just me? Ok. I’m a little sleep deprived this week, haha). Anyways, we have friends arriving Saturday from Australia and I wanted to make the day fun for them, without overwhelming them as they will have been traveling for a long time with two little kids. Without going too overboard (thankfully that is hard to do when you have two little kids and only one day to plan) I wanted to have a Party with our Peeps. 😉 I figured a few cute treats, a couple of fun activities and our go-to photobooth would be perfect.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

I bought adorable props for a few bucks at Target, made a fun photobooth sign and set-up our DIY Photobooth. It was really easy and I know we will have so much fun taking pictures with our peeps this weekend!

If you would like to create your own Photobooth, check out this post for all the info.

To download the Photobooth sign, click here.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter
carrot patch spring themed sensory bin

Spring Themed Sensory Bins

We love sensory bins in our house. Especially now that the boys are a bit older and a little bit independent, it is the perfect activity to set up before I start making dinner. We love to try new things and the possibilities really are endless. Here are just a few that we have tried that are perfect for this time of year:

Carrot Patch Sensory Bin

carrot patch spring themed sensory bin
The boys had a lot of fun digging up their carrots, making shakers out of the carrot eggs, using the carrot eggs to scoop up beans, and just exploring the beans and gardening tools. They also had a little bonus surprise when they discovered that some of the carrots were actually bubbles. 🙂
carrot patch spring themed sensory bin
Supplies:

  • 4 2lb. bags of black beans
  • Carrot bubbles (I bought them at Walmart)
  • Carrot Easter Eggs (Dollar Store)
  • Mini gardening tools (Walmart)

 

Easter Sensory Bin

spring/easter sensory bin
We did this one last year and the boys had so much fun with it! There is just something about Easter eggs that seems to keep kids entertained for minutes (hehe, I would say hours, but nothing has ever held my kids’ attention for hours). The kids really had fun though and this got them very excited for Easter.
spring/easter sensory bin
Supplies:

  • Rice ( I use a plastic ziploc container, then let the kids add 1 cup of rice, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and then a few drops of food coloring – repeat until you have enough rice – my kids love doing this as much as they love playing in the bin)
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Cookie cutters or pancake molds in spring shapes
  • Flower shaped cupcake molds
  • Pretend butterflies
  • Plastic spoons (the boys loved using the spoons to scoop rice into the eggs)

 

Gardening Sensory Bin

gardening - spring themed sensory bin
This idea is courtesy of MamaLifeInspiration and was a huge hit. Boys and dirt is always a winning combination and when you throw in bugs you can’t go wrong! 🙂 The boys also really liked using the tweezers to collect and study their bugs in the container, which is great fine motor practice!
gardening - spring themed sensory bin
(Notice his boots are on the wrong feet. I pointed it out to him, but he said they were comfy like that)

Supplies:

  • Potting Soil (One bag from the dollar store worked perfect)
  • Kid’s Gardening Tools (I found some at the Dollar Section at Target after a few searches, but both Walmart and Target also have some character ones in the Gardening section)
  • Plastic Bugs (we got ours from the Dollar Store)
  • A few fake flowers (left over from my DIY Easter Bunny Ears)
  • We found a cute little bug catcher set at the Dollar Store that included a magnifying glass, tweezers to collect the bugs and a plastic bottle to put them in. This isn’t at all necessary, but it was a big hit with my boys.

 

I always get questions about our set-up, it’s really cool, right? It is fairly easy and affordable to make too and can be broken down and stored in the storage container if you are tight on space. If you are interested you can check out the instructions here. For more seasonal sensory bin inspiration check out these posts:

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

St. Patrick's Day themed sensory bin

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

valentines day sensory bin

Halloween Sensory Bin

halloween sensory table

spring themed sensory bins - carrot patch, Easter, and Gardening
bunny chow - nut-free, wheat-free, fun and easy Easter or Spring treat.

Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow

Easy and delicious nut-free Easter or spring snack that the kids can help make.


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Ingredients

  • 5 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 bag (11oz.) white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup strawberry cake mix
  • 1/2 cup funfetti cake mix

Directions

  1. Place 5 cups of chex mix in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Microwave white chocolate on medium heat in 30 second increments until melted.
  3. Pour melted chocolate over cereal and carefully stir.
  4. Scoop half of the cereal into one large ziploc bag and the other half in another.
  5. Add strawberry cake mix to one bag and shake until well-coated. (My kids love doing this step)
  6. Add funfetti cake mix to the other bag and shake until well-coated.
  7. Pour onto waxed paper to cool.
  8. *To make it even more festive you could add sprinkles, holiday m&m’s, cadbury chocolate eggs or marshmallows. We found really cute flower marshmallows that looked like bunny tails. :)*

tackle the toys with seasonal storage bins - free printable for storage bins

Seasonal Toy Bins

Organization is not one of my strengths. I wish it were, but it is something that I struggle with and something I always have to put effort and intentional time into. I do notice though, that having a clean house with everything in its place makes me happy. Sometimes, when life is really hectic, I will find myself cleaning at least one room in my house, so I can sit in it and pretend like everything around me is calm and together. (I know this probably makes me a crazy person ;))

tackle the toys with seasonal storage bins - free printable for storage bins

tackle the toys with seasonal storage bins - free printable for storage bins

The boy’s birthdays are back to back in August and September and they got way too many toys. Prior to their birthday party, everything had a place,  but we were already at capacity, so after, toys were taking over the house. By November, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I tackled the mess before the next wave of stuff came in for Christmas. I had read about rotating toys in a few of my mom’s groups and figured I would give it a try.

The boys had so many toys that they didn’t seem to be playing with most of it, until, I tried to get rid of stuff, then all those buried toys became instant hits (Every time I’ve collected toys to donate I’ve had to do it while the boys weren’t around and they still ask about a few of the toys they rarely played with that I gave away :/). With the rotating, I was hopeful that it would free up space so the current toys could be fully seen and appreciated, encouraging more play with them. I was also hopeful that with each rotation a new excitement for the toys would be ignited.

tackle the toys with seasonal storage bins - free printable for storage bins

I grabbed four plastic storage bins (one for each season-Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring) and filled them with similar types of items – trying to keep the seasons in mind. For example, each bin had a puzzle or two, a few lego sets (Hudson and I put built all the legos and then I stored them in ziplocs by set), a board game, plastic toy sets, etc. I filled Winter up, then put those contents back into the playroom since that was the current season we were in.

tackle the toys with seasonal storage bins - free printable for storage bins

I noticed an immediate difference with the kids play as their toys were much more accessible, but wanted to wait to share this post until we had tested out a rotation.

old toys seem new again with seasonal storage bins - free printable for storage bins

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I would do at the rotation. Part of me expected myself to put the bins in the black hole that is our garage and forget about them, but March rolled around and I actually remembered to swap out the bins. The boys were so excited about their old toys it felt a bit like Christmas morning. I love that everything is neat and tidy and has it’s place and I also like that the rotating forces me to go through the boy’s toys every few months to toss broken toys and donate toys they no longer play with. Overall, this has been a big success!

My hubby’s only request in all of this was that the bins be clearly labeled before being placed in the garage, so I made some cute labels to share with everyone. If you would like to use them, you can get them by clicking on the links below.

free printable - seasonal storage bin labels

Winter and Spring Seasonal Storage Bin Labels

Summer and Fall Seasonal Storage Bin Labels

DIY floral bunny headband how to

DIY Floral Bunny Ears

I have never made anything with fake flowers before and one of my worst talents is arranging flowers so if I can do this I think anyone can. I saw something similar to this on instagram. They were made by a professional florist who was holding live auctions to sell her creations. I don’t have a daughter and buying items in a competitive setting stresses me out so I just decided to let it go. Then a few days later, I saw the same wire bunny ears at Target for $2 a piece so I figured it would be fun to attempt to make my own. I bought a few bunny ears then went to Michaels to pick out some fake flowers.

DIY floral bunny headband how to

When I got home, I  searched on-line to see if any tutorials already existed and a few did, but they kind of skipped over the attaching of the flowers part, or didn’t provide enough detail for someone like me to figure out what the heck to do, or a few suggested hot gluing the flowers on, which may also work, but I felt that wasn’t the best option. So I played around a bit, looked up basic instructions for working with fake flowers and just started creating. I’ll admit, they may not be boutique quality, but once on they look great.

DIY floral bunny headband how to

Supplies:

Wire Bunny Ears

Fake Flowers (I just picked out a few small to medium-sized flower stems from Michaels)

Floral Wire

Floral Tape

Wire Cutters

First, I pulled the flowers off the stems and designed my headbands. Then I started attaching the leaves with the wire.

DIY floral bunny headband how toNext, I cut a strip of floral wire and bent it in half. I placed it up into the center of the flower then secured it by wrapping the floral tape around the base of the flower bud and down the wire. This created a bendable stem.

DIY floral bunny headband how to

Once you do that for all your flowers, you just start in the center and attach the flowers one by one by wrapping the stems around the headband. That’s it. Very easy, quick and cute! 🙂

DIY floral bunny headband how to

Here is what they look like on (I was hoping Luc would model them so you could see how they would work on a toddler or kid, but no such luck, hehe.

DIY floral bunny headband how to

DIY floral bunny headband how to

 

>diy floral bunny ears how to