Simple and Quick Mother’s Day craft to give!

Matt pulled off a big surprise last year for Mother’s Day. He got me out of the house without the baby and made a present with the help of our infant son last year. He raced around to the craft store, dipped a wiggly baby in craft paint (he was careful to buy non-toxic paint for the baby he told me…which was adorable in itself that he was worried) and cleaned up the mess by the time I got home! It was really sweet and thoughtful. He created this Love piece of art that still hangs in our office. It’s amazing to see how much our son’s feet ¬†and hands have grown in a year!


(sorry for the glare on this iPhone pic…I was racing against a toddler)

It’s such a simple craft – you can print out our template here:

Right click this image, save and print!  **for personal use only.

Right click this image, save and print!
**for personal use only.

The child’s hand print becomes the “O” and their feet make the “V”. Let it dry and frame it. Voila! A quick and thoughtful Mother’s Day gift.

Easter Egg Ideas for Toddlers

Our son is almost 18 months old and he is excited about Easter and Easter egg hunts this year! We’ve already been to a local one geared for young kids. While he had a good time I didn’t feel comfortable giving him the treats IN the eggs (think Now and Laters and Tootsie Rolls) so I started to think about things I could fill his eggs with that he can enjoy. So I wanted to share in case this post can be helpful to other moms and dads (and grandparents!) out there.

  • Finger puppets
    I found these cute little finger puppets at Walmart (like these) to put in to larger eggs.
  • Animal Crackers
  • Dried Yogurt dots
  • Dried fruit
    Our son has a deep love affair with dried cranberries and raisins
  • Cheerios
  • Goldfish
  • Matchbox cars

    Really the ideas are limitless! I even tried stuff a little soft plush toy into one of the bigger eggs!

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Pinterest Tomato Heart Fail

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Ever have a moment of inspiration and excitement for it to totally crash and burn? I just did in preparation of our Valentine’s day dinner.

I saw these tomatoes cut in to hearts floating around Pinterest and thought it’d be a cute touch to add to our salads. Well, jokes on me these things turned out quite sad looking.

Matt gets to eat regular tomatoes in his salad tonight instead of festive ones.