Friday Favorites 4/21

Sharing the fun from the past couple of weeks:

We went to Spring Fest at Fig Garden Village which is my favorite shopping center in town.  The girls got balloons, face painting, sweet treats and more.

We celebrated one of my favorite girls for her 30th birthday!  We had a fun night that started at Bobby Salazar's and ended with a little dancing at Sequoia.  Happy Dirty 30 Hannah!

All the family pitched in to plant sod and the garden at Mom Mom and Papa's one weekend.  It was such a joy seeing all the kids getting down and dirty and working together.

This girl and her pouty face!

We snuck away because we had prior plans to see a baseball game.  

During Spring Break the girls were so spoiled with two slumber parties.  One at Auntie La La's and another at Grandma's.  I came over for the Easter Egg Dying fun.

Emily started gym again and she just loves it!

I was invited to do a segment on CBS47.  I presented easy Easter ideas and had so much fun with the host Alex.

You might not know I have a real day job, lol and I recently listed this gorgeous home in Buchanan Estates.

Madi started swim lessons and Emily will start after school gets out.  She's only had one lesson and she did great with no tears only smiles!

Today we had Pastries with Parents at Emily's school which was a fun sugar filled morning.

LBD with Cape

Every now and then you come across an article of clothing that is like a piece of art.  This cape dress is just that; a rare find!  A little black dress is a staple in every closet but finding an unique LBD is like winning the lotto.  When I spotted this partial cape dress I knew I had to have it for some of my more formal events.  I specifically have it in mind for an upcoming wedding.  The cape covers one arm but not the other.  I love how it swoops across the front of the dress and I love the white lining on the underside of the cape adding even more detail and uniqueness.  I didn't add much in terms of accessories because the dress is a statement enough.  A few pieces of jewelry, black pumps, and a clutch are enough to complete the look.

Easy Easter Eats & Egg Hunt

My family and I always host Easter at our house.  I love having all the family over for good food and good fun.  I love decorating and having festive food and games but those things have to be simple!  I wanted to share with you some super easy fun bites for your get togethers as well as some ways to turn up your Easter Egg Hunts.

For a beyond easy app I'm serving a simple veggie platter with ranch dip.  It's just carrots and broccoli in the shape of a carrot.  It doesn't take any more effort really to make this into a carrot but it makes it so much for fun!

My fun food is usually geared towards the kids.  So we will have a fruit salad for everyone but the kids will get a fruit skewer with a purple bunny Peep on it which makes it that much for fun and appealing.

A simple sweet treat is always in order so this year I'm serving Bunny Bait.  Again I only do simple with the very little time I have so you just pop Kettle Corn and then lay on a cookie sheet.  I recommend laying parchment paper down first for easy clean up.  You melt candy melts or melting chips in the micro and then add just a couple of drops of red food coloring to make the chocolate pink.  I then drizzled it over the popcorn.  While the chocolate was still hot I sprinkled M&M's, pastel mini marshmallows, and sprinkles.  I set it in the freezer for about 5 minutes and then put it in a dish to serve.  Easy, delicious and fun!

A favor for the little ones are these cute carrots.  Fill a pastry bag with goldfish (because all kids will have enough candy by now) and tie with a ribbon.  You can right click the printable below to make your own favor tags.  I used a 3.5 inch scalloped die cut to cut them out.

Are you tired of the same ole egg hunt every year?!?!  I try to add a little something different each year to our hunt to keep it exciting.  One option for little ones is to assign each child a color.  Then they only pick up the eggs that match their color.  This keeps it fair so a little one doesn't lose it over losing.

The next game is great for young hunters but not super young.  It's the Addition Easter Egg Hunt. You place a number in plastic eggs.  At the very end of the hunt everyone opens their eggs and adds up their numbers.  The child with the highest total wins a prize.

You can print these and cut on the lines to put inside your eggs:
In addition to searching for eggs add a scavenger hunt.  Some of the items are already outside and others you will have to place before the hunt.  The child that gets all the items wins or if multiple kids complete it, the winner is the one who completed it first.

You can check out my segment on CBS 47 sharing these ideas.

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter!  Also let me know what easy and fun recipes and games you have.