{Simple} Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Every year my boys decorate Easter eggs, and it's always a lot of fun. Today, I am sharing 6 simple ways that you can decorate Easter eggs with your own kids.


First, you'll need to get the eggs ready. I like to hard boil Easter eggs by putting them in a large pot and covering them with cold water. Then, I bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat, cover, and let stand for 13 minutes. I remove them from the water and let them cool down in the fridge.

Cool eggs are perfect for decorating, and here are 6 easy and creative ways to decorate Easter eggs:

1) Dye them.
2) Use Sharpies.
3) Use temporary tattoos. (Small ones work best.)


4) Use store-bought wraps.
5) Use stickers.
6) Use glue and glitter.


Decorating Easter eggs is a fun Easter tradition, and it gives kids the opportunity to get creative. Give them a bunch of supplies, and let them use their imaginations. It's amazing to see what they come up with!


Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

Easter Bunny Paper Bag Treat Bags

Sometimes the wrapping is just as fun as what is inside a package. This is definitely the case with these simple Easter treat bags made from plain, brown paper lunch bags. Kids of all ages will love making (and opening) these adorable brown paper bunny bags!

To make the bags:

1) Start by cutting the bag (per below).
2) Spread out the bag to reveal four ears.
3) Colour the inside of the ears with a pink marker.
4) Cut the two ears off the back of the bag.
5) Fill the bag with goodies, and tie with a ribbon.


Isn't this adorable?


I think this bag is a wonderful way to give Easter goodies to neighbours, classmates, and/or friends. What goodies will you put in these simple Easter treat bags?

♥ 
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Strong Female Role Models Aren't Just Important for Little Girls

Yesterday was International Women's Day, and my social media feeds were filled with images of moms, daughters, sisters, and girlfriends. I saw a lot of people writing about the importance of teaching their daughters to be strong women, and it got me thinking about the fact that it is equally important for me to teach my sons to honour and respect the women in their lives.


If my boys learn to honour women when they are young, they will grow into respectful men... and it is my job to make sure it happens. Here are a few things I am doing:

1) From an early age, I have always taught my boys that there are NOT "boy things and girl things". My boys craft and bake, and they play sports on co-ed teams.

2) My boys see that my husband respects me, listens to me, values my opinion, and treats me with kindness. His example is teaching them how they should treat the women in their lives (now and in the future).

3) My boys are lucky to have wonderful women role models all around them.

4) My boys see strong women in the entertainment they watch.

I want my boys to see examples of strong women at home, in their community, and in the entertainment they watch. Studies have shown that role models from the entertainment they choose can have a lasting effect. Here are three of my boys' favourite Netflix shows that feature strong female role models:

A Series of Unfortunate Events


Dragons Race to the Edge


Trollhunters


I'm always reading and hearing about children being bombarded with negative images via social media, so I am grateful to Netflix for providing me with positive options for my boys. Who are some of your favourite female role models?



Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)


Disclosure: I receive special gifts and perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix.... however (as always) the opinions on this blog are 100% my own.

Easy and Inexpensive Easter Ideas

Easter is a wonderful time for treats, crafts, and making memories. As a busy mom, I always want to create holiday magic for my boys, but I don't want to spend a lot of time and money doing it. So, today I am sharing over 25 EASY and INEXPENSIVE Easter ideas that are guaranteed to make Easter a wonderful family holiday in your home.


Check out these FREE Easter printables (links below)



Check out these Easy Easter Treats (links below)



Check out these other fun and simple Easter ideas (links included below):

St. Patrick's Day Gratitude Door

For Valentine's Day, I purchased a bunch of paper hearts at the dollar store and our family created a kindness door. I loved how it turned out, so for St. Patrick's Day, I decided that we should construct a gratitude door. The festive decor was fun and EASY to put together, and my boys took some time to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for.


I wrote "I am lucky because" at the top of a bunch of shamrocks that I purchased at the dollar store. Then, each of the members of my family completed a couple of shamrocks. I love that they spent time thinking of reasons to be grateful for all of our blessings.




When all of the shamrocks were finished, I used masking tape to attach them to the inside of my front door. 


Isn't this a clever idea? I absolutely love this St. Patrick's Day activity, and I look forward to making this gratitude door an annual part of our St. Patrick's Day celebrations!


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

The Ultimate Collection of St.Patrick's Day Ideas

We aren't Irish, but my boys and I always like to celebrate St.Patrick's Day. We don't go "all out", but today I am sharing some simple ways to celebrate on March 17th.



Lucky Penny {to share with friends} - Click here for free "lucky penny" printable postcards.  This is a really fun St. Patrick's Day treat to share with friends.


Gratitude Door - This St. Patrick's Day door is a wonderful way to decorate for the holiday, and it is a great way to teach kids about being grateful. Find the details here.



Dollar Store Frame - This St. Patrick's Day frame is a great way to get low cost St. Patrick's Day decor. Click here for a full tutorial and free printable.


St. Patrick's Day Penny Banner - This charming banner is easy to make using things you likely already have lying around the house. Click here for a full step by step tutorial.


Treasure to Share - Click here for a free printable bag topper. Your little leprechauns will love sharing a St. Patrick's Day treasure with their friends.


Leprechaun Trap - Click here to find out how easy and fun it is to try to catch a leprechaun. They are tough to trap, but it sure is fun to try.


Shamrock Hat - This easy craft is simple and lots of fun for kids. Click here for the step by step tutorial.


Shamrock Pancakes and Green Milk - A few drops of green food coloring, some pancake batter, and a shamrock cookie cutter are all you need to make these adorable pancakes.  Don't forget to add a few drops to some milk too.


Rainbow Seeds make a fun breakfast too! And add some Froot Loops to a draw for some extra fun. (Get the FREE downloadable "rainbow seeds" tags here.)




Rainbow Necklaces - String some Froot Loops onto some braiding cord, yarn, or shoestring liquorice to create these edible rainbow necklaces.  Your little leprechaun will love making and wearing this festive piece of jewellery.


St.Patrick's Day Treats - Little ones will love decorating St. Patrick's Day cookies or cupcakes. Make sure you have plenty of green icing, sprinkles and colourful candies on hand.




Leprechaun Bait - This a great way to share St. Patrick's Day fun with classmates, and it's a fun St. Patrick's Day party favor too. Click here for a free printable Leprechaun Bait bag topper, or here for free printable Leprechaun Bait tags.



Leprechaun Paper Dolls - This little craft is as fun to play with as it is to make. Click here for a free printable leprechaun puppet.



What do you do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Will you try one of the easy St. Patrick's Day ideas?

♥ 
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)
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