Simple Candy-Free Easter Egg Ideas

Candy Free Easter Eggs: Beads and String

If there’s one thing that doesn’t go old in our house, it’s beads. My daughter loves making jewelry. As do I. And I thought, why not fill some clear plastic eggs with beads and string. It’s colorful. It’s shiny. It’s not as good as candy, but hey – there will be enough of that going around this Easter.

I found some Easter colored beads of different shapes and sizes, and some pink string. And found these cute bunny shaped eggs.

Candy Free Easter Eggs: Beads and String

Just like my Halloween Beads & String, I wrapped the lace around the egg and tied it into a tiny bow.

Candy Free Easter Eggs: Beads and String

You can use any kind of string as long as the beads can fit through them. You can find a variety of different colors here.

Candy Free Easter Eggs: Beads and String

I bought the beads at Michael’s, but this pastel bead set is also a great alternative.

Candy Free Easter Eggs: Beads and String

And the eggs, I found at Albertson’s in the Easter aisle, but here are some that I found that are similar.

Candy Free Easter Eggs: Beads and String

I’ll be putting one of these cuties in my Easter baskets this year. Along with some other goodies.

Like — glitter to decorate eggs, candy covered chocolate eggs, Annie’s organic bunny crackers, sidewalk chalk, a blue stuffed bunny animal, and some tiny Easter chicks.

Candy Free Easter Eggs: Beads and String

So simple, and so cute.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Candy Free Easter Eggs: Beads and String

*Always supervise little ones when playing with beads.

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Easy Halloween Pom Pom Pumpkins

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Sometimes it’s all about the simplicity.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Foam Pumpkins. Tons of assorted colors and shapes of pom poms. Hours of fun.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

I found all of these at 60% off at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Stores.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kidsAll I had to do was put some glue in bowls and let Els figure out the rest.

(Just dip and stick.)

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Kinda cute, right?

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

And so great to paint too.

Grandma is visiting from Canada, so they did this together. We just put the music on in the background and had a nice relaxing crafting pumpkin day. Sounds sweet, because it is…

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Who Says Glitter Can’t Mix With Halloween?

Halloween Crafts
For those of you who know me, I’m a wannabe ‘minimalist.’ I try to live by the philosophy ‘less is always more.’ And ‘quality over quantity’ for everything.

Except when it comes to crafts.

I love EVERYTHING about it. And ALL of its colorful clutter.

For every occasion, (Halloween, Christmas, Easter etc…) I binge buy anything holiday related so that my daughter can create anything she desires.

Halloween Crafts

Shiny Beads & String.

Halloween Crafts

Giant Pom Poms. Yarn. Paper. Glitter.

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Masks & Fuzzy Stickers…

I mean, this is just some of the stuff.

Usually, to keep all of it somewhat orderly and at bay, I organize everything into bowls and glass jars. I then lay them out on our table for easy access. Subsequently, while trying to find some bowls to hold all of my addictions — I came across this NIFTY little video.  (You have to click to watch how cool and easy they make it look.) And decided to try and make similar glitter bowls in Halloween themed colors to hold everything together.

Halloween Glitter BowlsAll you need is some Mod Podge, Foam brushes, balloons and glitter.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

Mix the mod podge and glitter half and half. Paint thick coats, 3-4 layers, letting them dry couple hours in between. My 5 yr. old was totally able to handle this.

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Once dried overnight, pop the balloon, trim the edges and TADA!

Halloween Glitter Bowls

Glitter bowls.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

You can make them big or small depending on how big you make your balloon.

Halloween Glitter Bowls

They are obviously not that sturdy, or at least mine weren’t, but will definitely hold steady for the month of October. And my daughter has an entire month of Halloween to get messy and go crazy creating, crafting and letting her imagination take over – Wild.

Halloween Crafts

For more Halloween glitter, check out our glittered Halloween pumpkins. Super sparkly. And easy.

Happy month of Halloween!

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Halloween Rocks!

Painting Halloween Rocks

It’s funny because, a jolly old man in a red suit that goes, ho ho ho, scares the bejeebers out of Els. But a spooky white ghost that goes whoooooooo? No way. She loves it. She loves Halloween. I know, partly because she doesn’t quite understand what ghosts and mummies really are… But still, this is coming from a girl who told me to tell Santa to just leave the presents in our mailbox instead of coming down our chimney while we’re asleep. Not to mention the cookies and milk. Those had to stay outside too.

But yes, it’s October. And let the Halloween decorating begin…

Painting Halloween Rocks

I bought a couple bags of medium sized rocks from Michael’s with Halloween colored acrylic paint. We decided to paint some Halloween rocks! There’s Els loving every minute of it. Of course, she had to add some pink. Nothing is official until she adds some pink.

Painting Halloween Rocks

And here’s some of my work. Thank you. Thank you. Those dots took a lot of work.

Painting Halloween Rocks

This was actually a really fun and simple project. The base paint needed a couple coats to cover the rocks and then the rest was easy. Now we can scatter them outside on our front porch and garden. Stay tuned. Lots more of Halloween things to come!

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A Celebration with Rice

Here’s to Canada.

Canada Day Sensory Rice Play

And staying true to my roots!

Fourth of July Rice sensory Play

And also embracing  the Red, White and Blue. 

Fourth of July Rice sensory Play

Click here to find out how I dyed the rice. I used only 3 ingredients: Rice, vinegar and food coloring.

Fourth of July Rice sensory Play

Happy Canada and 4th, everybody!

(So yeah okay, I’ve been really into the sensory stuff lately, because I got these really cool sensory tables I copied from a friend of mine. Love it. They were like a hundred bucks, but so worth it). I love that they are also height adjustable so it will grow with my kid, and that it comes with a lid so I can cover everything up and reuse again and again. )

And of course, yeah, Els loves it too. Ha.

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Valentine’s: Food + Art

Valentine's Pasta Art

Here’s what I had on hand today. Heart-shaped pasta. Glue. And sprinkles.

Valentine's Pasta Art

I thought, nothing beats good old fashioned macaroni art.

Valentine's Pasta Art

Ok really, I’m just running low on craft supplies…

Valentine's Pasta Art

But surprisingly, this worked out really well. And Els had a blast.

Valentine's Pasta Art

And she really took care in staying within the lines. It was very cute.

Valentine's Pasta Art

The sprinkles kind of got out of hand. I mean, they were everywhere.

Valentine's Pasta Art

But, what can I say? Sprinkles makes little ones happy. And it totally beats glitter clean up. Fun fun all around!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Let’s Celebrate New Year’s Eve

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

Happy New Year’s!

What a week! We had some friends over on New Year’s Eve for a little pre-celebration with the kids. And of course, I couldn’t have a party without something, so I made this:

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

Fun confetti bags.

(Paper bags, confetti, secured with washi tape).

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

Tissue paper crown hats.

(Leftover Christmas tissue paper. Cut out into a crown shape. Secured with glue on the ends. Folded neatly to fit in a bag).

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

DIY noisemakers.

(Small empty jewelry boxes. 79 cents at Michael’s. Popsicle sticks, or rather Coffee Bean stir sticks cut in half. Rice to fill).

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

And a bag of gems to decorate them with.

(I secured the lids on the boxes with a hot glue gun. And hot glue-gunned the sticks to the back of the box. I filled little cellophane bags with gems and a gold ribbon for the kids to decorate their own boxes with).

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

All in a silver and white polka-dotted box.

(Bought at World Cost Plus.)

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

Yippeeee! Guess what Els’ favorite part was? I mean, besides the breadsticks.

The confetti, of course. Mine… not so much.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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Pumpkin Play Date

During every season, there are certain items that I can never resist in buying. In the fall, pumpkins are one of them. Apparently, Els can’t either. (Resist them that is.) Every time we walk pass them, she needs them – for something or other. As do I…

Pumpkin Play date

Today, we decided to have a pumpkin play date.  Fun right?

Pumpkin Play date

I gathered up some glitter glue sticks, sticker gems and miscellaneous Halloween colored beads (leftovers from our bead/string favors), ribbons and mini erasers. Gotta use those mini erasers Els had to have somehow.

Pumpkin Play date

Just raided the craft supplies. And the Target dollar aisle, of course.

Pumpkin Play date

One medium sized pumpkin. One tiny pumpkin.

Pumpkin Play date

Oh, and I pulled out a couple of small mason jars from the cupboard, some gauze and googly eyes to try out the mummy jars I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. And a LED candle to put inside. Purple, of course.

Pumpkin Play date

Same amount on each tray. So there would be no bickering, no fighting and no mess on the table. And can’t forget the snacks snacks snacks.

Pumpkin Play date

Hard at work.

Pumpkin Play date

Lots of gloppy glitter glue.

Pumpkin Play date

The mummy jars were a cinch. And they worked out okay, considering I had to scrounge up some googly eyes last minute, pulling them off old art work… Reuse, recycle right? We skipped the mod podge step and just wrapped gauze around the jar and used scotch tape at the end to secure.

Pumpkin Play date

Finished product. Hehe. I helped with the gauze, but Els put on the eyes herself.

Pumpkin Play date

So cute. And yay, we made use out of those tiny useless erasers!

Pumpkin Play date

Good times all around.

Oh, I’m going to miss fall…

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Rethinking the Free Pile: Beads and String.

When I was a kid, Halloween came with strict rituals.

1. Grab the biggest pillowcase you can find, even if it must come straight from mom or dad’s pillow.
2. No matter what, keep up with big brother.
3. Never miss a house.
4. Once done trick-or-treating, commence indoors, dump everything out.
5. Separate into categories.
6. Once all parties are done organizing, move on to ‘tradsies.’
7. Never get bullied into trading your favorite candies.
8. Discard unwanted items. In other words, create a free pile that usually is eaten by dad.
9. Hide your stash.
And finally,
10. Eat everything within a week. (Before big brother finds it).

Number 8 is interesting to me. Because it is this very free pile, this unwanted, undesired, unattractive sort, that I have been pondering through, as to what my child shall receive from us, for Halloween. And then I thought, who am I kidding? Peanuts? Raisins? Apples? (Back when apples were given by normal people and not the evil witch). 

Not going to win anyone over, let alone my toddler. And so I conjured up this:

Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

I took old glitter containers I had from decorating our pumpkins, peeled off the sticker, painted the caps black and filled them with assorted Halloween colored beads. I then bought some black plastic gimp rope and tied it around each tube. (You can also use test tube containers that you can find here and get a bunch in bulk.)

Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

I thought it would be a cute and fun gift for Els, and some for her playmates as well.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

So colorful and fun. Not to mention, great practice for their little fingers.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

And appealing, even if it is essentially – candy-less.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

I would like to think, these would NOT have ended up in my discarded, black licorice filled free pile…Right?

DIY Halloween Beads + String Gift.

*Warning: Always supervise small children when playing with beads.

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Glittered Pumpkins

Things that make me smile:

Fall. Crisp air. Crisp apples. Crisp a la crisp. Pumpkins. Tiny pumpkins. Glittered pumpkins.

Glittered Pumpkins.

Things that make Els smile:

Pink. Purple. Pink. Purple. Pink.

Glittered Pumpkins.

Smile.

Glitter.

Just a little glitter. And lots of glue. (Cover the whole pumpkin with glue and roll it into the glitter.)

Glittered pumpkins. Pop of silver.

Glittered Pumpkins.

Sitting prettily on our steps. Along with this little beauty:

Dazzle pumpkin.

Guess who’s masterpiece?

Glittered Pumpkins.

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