Easter, with all it’s flowers, bunnies, eggs, and candy, is right around the corner. One of my favorite Easter activities is the Easter Egg Hunt. I love watching the kiddos run around, collecting their little treasures. Or in my son’s case, getting an egg, opening it to eat all the candy, then going on to find another candy egg that he can break open and eat. He loves his candy. Just like his mommy.
Last year, Monika, from Hello Brielle, created an absolutely adorable line of peach and teal Easter Egg Hunt party printables. Included in her design is an invitation, water bottle labels and favor/thank you tag. She also designed a 5×7 print with a Scripture verse (I Corinthians 15:3-4) with a precious reminder of what Christ did for us the very first Easter. The 5×7 print is available for download FREE on her website!
Our Easter Egg Hunt was extremely simple–just a little snack of carrot garden pudding cups and a favor of Annie’s bunny crackers. And, of course, LOTS of eggs for the kids to collect.
If you want to get your hands on Monika’s Egg Hunt printables, contact her through her Etsy site.
I’ve been friends with Mollie’s family for years. So when she asked me to be her wedding planner, I was really excited. Mollie is sweet and fun and energetic and optomistic; it made no difference to her that I would 9 months pregnant when she got married–she wanted me and was confident that I could get the job done. I was happy to work with her (and made sure to spend lots of time on the elliptical to keep my energy levels up for her big day–you’ll understand when you see the pictures of the stairs).
Mollie had a very specific vision for her wedding, combining both her and Spencer’s unique personalities. She is into fashion and bling; Spencer played baseball in college and had aspirations of going pro before a knee injury put his career on hold. The end result was an beautifully elegant ceremony, followed by a fun and activity-filled vintage baseball reception. There were a million little thoughtful details carefully woven into this momentous occasion, perfectly displaying their likes and interests. And most importantly, it was a beautiful day where these two sweet individuals committed their lives to each other.
One of photographer friends, Emily Strawn, asked me to help her out with some decor for Christmas mini session photo shoots this year. And because I love Emily so much (and her work), I gladly obliged. I believe Emily has done a great job distinguishing herself as family photographer for two reasons. First, she has this uncanny ability to be able to capture beautiful, lifestyle images of smiling children (and anyone with a 2 year old, knows how difficult that is). But not only is she an excellent photographer, she also is a graphic designer with an Etsy shop where she creates cards for her clients to use with the photos she’s taken. She’s a one-stop shop. Genius. Plus, she’s just super fun to be around.
Anyway, back to me. For Emily’s mini sessions, I created a simple red & white snowflake bunting banner and some glittery pinecones. I was thrilled with how the banner turned out (enough so that I made one for myself too). To make it, I used a package of white foam snowflakes that I found at a craft store. I painted half of them red, then used hot glue to adhere them to ribbon. Super easy, cheap, and fast. The glittery pinecones were also extremely simple; they were just a little more time consuming, and I’m still finding glitter everywhere. Next time I’ll probably just buy glittery pinecones, but at least I can say I once made glittery pinecones.
So if you live in the LA area, have some crazy toddlers in your family, and are in need of a photographer, my recommendation is Emily. She won’t disappoint!
This one doesn’t show my banner, but it does show some of my good friends and their absolutely adorable son so I had to put it in too. :-)
And I just couldn’t resist this one she took of my kiddos. =)
Looking for some cute little tags to spruce up to your True Love’s 12 days worth of Christmas gifts? Well look no further because you’ve found some!
A couple years ago I created and offered some on my 12 Days of Christmas Gifts for your Husband post, but I think they’re kind of plain and boring (you can still download them here). So this year I created some new ones that I hope you love just as much as I do, because I’m offering them to all my readers for free! Thanks to Hannah over at We Lived Happily Ever After for creating and offering the super cute rounded squiggly border that made these tags even more adorable!
To download these free 12 Days of Christmas gift tags, click here. For some gift ideas, see below:
By far, my 12 Days of Christmas Gifts for your Husband post has the most hits of anything on this blog. Apparently it’s a pretty hot idea–and let’s be honest; it’s SO difficult to buy for men! I’ve been wanting to do another post with a second theme, but preggo brain has had the best of me recently and I couldn’t come up with anything. However, a few weeks ago, my dad was here doing all kinds of manly fix-up-the-house type things and I had a revelation…why not do 12 days of christmas gifts with a tool theme? Even if your man already has a lot of them, tools are one of those things that guys can always use more of. They always need more screwdrivers, more duct tape, more nails, etc. And tools give you the flexibility to spend a lot or a little. So here you are…some ideas for 12 days worth of tool Christmas gifts for that special man in your life. And as a little bonus, I’ve added a second set of 12 Days of Christmas printables as my little gift to you. Click here to download.
Now these are just some items I’ve come up with to give you some ideas. The great thing about tools is that so many of them come in different quantities and inches or measurements, that you pretty much have unlimited options when choosing your gifts. Other items your man might find useful are:
Gift Card to Home Depot, Lowes, or Sears
And if you want to cut back on costs, there are other sweet ideas you could use–
His favorite candy
Chocolate tool candy (I’ve seen them at both Target and World Market)
His favorite cookies
Or any food at all….it is the way to his heart, after all
Things you love about him
Reasons he makes a good dad
And I’m sure you could come up with many more. I hope that this gives you some inspiration to shower your True Love with 12 days worth of gifts that he will hopefully use all year long to spruce up your home and help you with all the DIY projects you pin. Now go do some shopping! And if you like the 12 Days of Christmas printable gift tags, you can download them for free here.