Thursday, April 9, 2009

Small Successes

Today, I'm participating in Faith & Family Live's Small Successes. This has been a really busy week for me being Holy Week and all, but also we're traveling to Michigan on Good Friday for our new Goddaughter's baptism, and my son's 1st birthday is on Holy Saturday. Plus, I had an Easter party for my mother's group on Tuesday. So I have had a very very busy week. I thought I wouldn't get time for any "extras" between the packing and planning, but I have 3 small successes to share with you today!

1. I did a cute hand print Easter Lily craft with my 3 year old daughter. You can find the directions here. She loved it- especially the cutting! I am always meaning to do more art projects with her, so this was actually quite a success for me!

2. I made a set of Holy Week Eggs for my daughter. These are more commonly known as "Resurrection Eggs". Click here to see my directions to make your own set. It's a great way to go over Holy Week traditions with your kidos, and you just make them out of stuff you already have around your home! I was surprised at how much my 3 year old learned. Yesterday, she was playing with the palm from one and saying "Jesus rode in on a donkey!". It was so cute!

3. I made thrifty Easter basket treats. Yay! Check them out:

To make your own goldfish carrots, use fold-top sandwich baggies, fold as indicated in the picture below, and hold with a few pieces of tape. I won't insult your intelligence by explaining how to fill the bags and tie them with green ribbon. ;-) I found this idea on One Pretty Thing (one of my favorite blogs!)

You can print the labels for these "lamb tails" here. Honestly, I think making "bunny tails" out of marshmallows is a cuter idea, but the lamb thing seemed more Jesus centered rather than just piling on the Easter Bunny stuff.

These are just very inexpensive butter cookies with a spice drop in the middle. If your spice drop is a little too small to stay in the flower, give it a little "squish" by pinching it after inserting the spice drop in the cookie. Yes, you will break a few cookies :-) I got this amazing idea from Brenda at Party Planning Mom. Love her blog!

Ok, those are my 3 small successes this week. Time to go back to running around like a chicken with my head cut off getting ready for our car trip! So much for finding time for reflection on this Holy Thursday! :-)


That Girl said...

Look at you busy woman! Have a fun and safe trip!!

EChristyBA said...

loved your blog, loved your successes, loved the pile of links to explore from this one post....

Have a marvelous Easter!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

This cracks me up! On my list of things to accomplish...lily flowers and goldish carrots. No kidding! I was going to do the flowers for my in-laws for Easter from the kids and the carrots I also saw on One Pretty Thing and planned to give them to my kids' friends. Great minds think just beat me to it in actually accomplishing it! ;)

ViolinMama said...

WOW! A post with pictures. LOVE it!! And I love how you made things I've been thinking about. I get Family Fun and loved the Easter Lilies, but did not get around to doing them. And I have learned something new about the Resurrection Eggs! Too cool!! Love everything, and the links. What a find!

Happy Easter and Many blessings!

Denn Mom said...

What a great list! And thanks for the craft ideas that even this craft-challenged mama might even be able to try with her kids! God bless and happy, blessed Easter!

Xazmin said...

I love all these ideas! I definitely want to try out the handprint lilies with my kids!


Jen said...

I saw those lilies on another site and haven't had a chance to make them. Great ideas and links. Have a good trip and a blessed Easter.

Creative and Curious Kids!

Greeting Card Printing said...

Looks like you're as busy as a bee! It's great that you still got time to spend with your daughter, those lilies are so adorable!