5 Games to Play After the Easter Egg Hunt

Not sure if it’s the cool sunny weather or just the beauty of the budding flowers and trees but this is one time of year I enjoy being outside.  This year instead of being here in town, we are headed to the country house in Navasota.  We’ll gather family and a few friends for an epic Easter egg hunt followed by a great cook-out, thanks to the Mister.  My job is Hostess with the Mostess and one thing I’m thinking about doing is having extra games to play instead of watching the kiddo’s play on their electronic devices all day.  With that in mind, here are 5 games to play after the Easter egg hunt.

 

5 Games to Play after the Easter Egg Hunt

1. Pin the Tail on the Bunny

Supplies:  Chalkboard or large piece of paper, large marshmallows cut in half, blind fold, or pins w/paper like shown below

Rules:  After drawing out the bunny on the chalkboard, blind fold the kids and give them half of a marshmallow.  Spin them around 5 times and have them lick the end of the marshmallow (licking it makes it damp so it sticks to the board).  Tell them to place it where they think the tail would go on the drawn out bunny.  Closest tail to the correct place wins.  If you need too, you can use a sharpie on the marshmallow do add the names of the players.

Easter Party Games Pin the Tail on the Bunny

Credit to Crazy Wonderful

2. A Spoon Full of Sugar

Supplies:  Bowl full of jelly beans, plastic spoons and small cups

Rules:  Give each player a plastic spoon and a small condiment sized cup.  With their hands behind their back, each player has to fill the cup with the jelly beans using only the spoon which they are holding in their mouth.    First one to fill the cup wins.

 

3. Balancing Act 

Supplies:  Bowl full of jelly beans and popsicle stick

Rules:  Have each player balance 6 jelly beans on the popsicle stick in their mouth.  First one to accomplish this balancing act wins.

 

4. Chubby Bunny Game

Supplies:  Bag of large sized marshmallows (maybe more depending on the number of players)

Rules:  Each player places a marshmallow into their mouth and says ‘chubby bunny’. If they are able to state the whole phrase CLEARLY, you add another marshmallow.  After each round, you add another marshmallow until you cannot CLEARLY understand the words Chubby Bunny.  The winner of the game is the player who fits the most marshmallows into his or her mouth and clearly says Chubby Bunny.

 

5. Don’t Break the Egg

Supplies:  Plastic Eggs filled with jelly beans

Rules:  This game requires teams of 2.  Each player will stand about 6 feet apart tossing the egg to each other.  After each successful toss each player takes one step backwards enlarging the gap between them.  The team that is the furthest apart and is still catching the egg without dropping/breaking it is the winner.

 

Bonus Game:  Stack ’em, don’t crack ’em

Supplies: Left over plastic eggs

Rules:  The player that can stack the most egg halves without it toppling over wins.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Egg Stacking Game

Credit to Toddler Approved

Since I’m talking Easter, below is a picture of our bunny.  He’s a Californian rabbit left over from an FFA project.  We had 11 at one time and he’s the only one left.  Hal-le-lu-iah!  Our girls named him Boingo after the bunny in the movie Hoodwinked.  Have you seen it?  I find it hilarious.  Boingo is introduced as a friendly, innocent and sweet rabbit who is one of Red’s (Little Red Riding Hood) woodland friends. But later you find out he’s hiding his true nature which is a nasty, bitter, sneaky, evil little bunny…much like our Boingo (insert those rolling eyes).  If you look closely, you can see him glaring at me; telling me to drop the food and walk away.  He’s seriously no Easter bunny, more like a big  tiny grouch

playing games after the egg hunt

Well I hope your Easter is filled with fun, laughter and remembering the most important thing about Easter… Our risen King. 

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Mathew 28:6

Blessings!

How to make a nest in 5 easy steps!

A couple of weeks ago when I went to Magnolia Market with my sister-in-law and cousin-in-law, we saw a lot of things we liked.  One of those being a cute little bird nest.  But I couldn’t bring myself to pay $20+ dollars for it.  I told them we could make one ourselves and so we did.  We made some of the cutest little bird nests you ever did see.  And since it was so easy, I thought I’d show you how to make your own in 5 easy steps.

Supplies to make a nest with spanish moss

Supplies for making a nest:

 

We gathered our Spanish moss from the trees in Navasota but it can be purchased too.  Or you could ask me to get you some.  The Mister hates the stuff and would love to remove it from every tree in the yard but I have to put my foot down on that one.  I love it.

All of the supplies needed came from Hobby Lobby.  Except for the gloves.  I get those at Sally’s Beauty Supply because I have to color my hair so often…but that is a totally different post my friends.

Shaping Spanish moss to make a nest

Step 1:

Put on your gloves!  Not for safety but for stickiness.  Then pull the moss out and decide what size you want your nest.  A couple of large handfuls makes a nice sized nest.  Start shaping the nest pushing down the middle with your thumbs.

Spraying spanish moss when making a nest

spanish moss nests

Step 2:

Spray the nest with the adhesive.  This will quickly make your nest more malleable and where it takes its slightly permanent shape.

adding twigs and moss to nests

Step 3:

Decide what you want to add – twigs, boxwood stems, moss, etc.  You can add all or some.  Spray it with the adhesive and place it where you want it.  Consider how real birds make their nests.  It’s not perfect nor is it symmetrical.  Keep things random.

How to make nests with spanish moss and eggs

Step 4:

I placed the eggs where I thought they should go.  When I thought it looked good, I picked up the egg and sprayed the nests and the bottom of the egg.  Press it down and hold it for a few seconds.  It sets that quickly.

How to make nests with Spanish Moss

Step 5:

After we stepped back and admired our work, we sprayed the entire thing (bottom and top) with the Acrylic Sealer.  This will keep it from falling apart and drying out.

Making nests with Spanish Moss DIY

That’s it – Voila – Finito!  You have made a really cute birds nest for Spring or Easter.  I plan to place them all over the house.  The supplies cost a total of $25.  We made 8 nests and had enough to make several more.  Depending on the size, you could easily make 20+ nests with the supplies we had.  I’d say that is a tremendous bargain compared to the nest at Magnolia Market.

And after you’ve made the first one, it will seriously take you about 5 minutes to make the rest.  Super easy, super cute!  Now… go impress your neighbors!

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What I learned at Magnolia Market and the Silos

I finally got to go to Magnolia Market.  Thursday was the beginning of Spring at the Silos so I feel it was perfect timing.  For someone like me who loves the idea of repurposing things and vintage looks, just seeing the silos was inspiring.  Look at the patina; white and rusty.  Love it!  I can see why she was so drawn to them.

Magnolia Market

As we (the bestest sister-in-law and uproarious cousin) navigated our way through, I found out a few things I feel will help you if you go.

First – Even though you see almost every parking lot charging $10.00 to park, there is a free lot just for Magnolia Market visitors.  It’s located just behind the food trucks.   We found a spot in a different lot and it was free too.

Second – The bakery opens at 7:30 am.  If you plan to get some of the tastiest cupcakes, ginormous cookies, or scrumptious biscuits you’ve ever put in your mouth, you should get in line for that first.  If you aren’t able to do that, the line wraps around the building and isn’t all that quick.  But waiting in line is fun too.  We met people from Wisconsin and Missouri.  Chatting with them made the time go faster.

Third – There are tables just outside the bakery so you can sit and enjoy eating your goodies or just people watch.  There are definitely plenty of people to watch.  On average they have about 25 thousand visitors a weekend!  25K…gracious me.

Magnolia Market Entrance

Fourth – The actual Market place opens at 9:00 am.  I was told if you get there right at 9, there’s no wait.  But by the time I got there, the line was wrapped around the building and under a canopy with ropes much like a ride at Disney World.  Thankfully, it seemed like it went faster than the bakery line.  There is a large lawn with beanbag seats, games and the coolest swings that are attached to the Silos.  There are food trucks, food vendors and bathrooms all right there.  Most people asked the person behind them to save their spot in line while they hopped out for a hotdog or popcorn.  Everyone seemed happy to oblige.

Magnolia Silos

Fifth – When you finally get in the building, it’s beautiful and you’re free to roam.  I say roam but it’s like a bunch of school fish all trying to get to the same class at the same time.   We were all so excited and so inspired and so eager to get ideas and so giddy with excitement that none of us seemed to care that our feet were being stepped on or that there was a giant line just to check out with our goodies.

Plant Display



Magnolia Book Display

Magnolia Bike Display

Magnolia Market Interior

Sixth – There several places to shop when you finish with Magnolia Market.  We went to a place called The Findery.  They had great pieces and some really cute displays.  Across the parking lot was another warehouse full of old pieces they had gathered just waiting for me.  I picked up a couple of things I’ll blog about soon.

Lastly, I apologize for the not-so-great pictures.  It was cloudy, crammed full of people and this girl was looking at everything so fast that I didn’t stop to check and see if they were even in focus!  So my advice on that…either have someone else take your pictures or slap yourself and say get it together man!

A Little Spring in the Kitchen

The Mister gave me gorgeous pink roses for Valentine’s Day and I just couldn’t hang on to them any longer. Oh I try.  I wait until the very end.  I want to remember why he gave them to me – I’m cherished and loved.  A feeling that never gets old, even after being together 32 years (married for only 24 of them). So in order to do that, I took them apart and used the left over Baby’s Breath which was the only thing still alive.

Using Baby's Breath from Valentine's Day Roses

Valentine’s flowers

Supplies:

Mason jar, twine, scissors and Baby’s Breath (leftover Valentine’s flowers)

I could however hang on to the left over Baby’s Breath!  I decided to spread it around the house which gave me a good excuse to do a little spring decorating.   I pulled out a mason jar and added twine for a little extra pizzazz.  Twine is so inexpensive and something I try to keep around all the time.  There are tons of things you can do with it – wrap gifts, glue it to frames, make orbs, pumpkins and flowers with it.  Seriously, Pinterest has lots of ideas.  Wrap the twine in the grooves at the top and tie it with a bow – super simple and pretty.

Left over baby's Breath, jar, twine and scissors

Over the weekend, the Mister and I got to visit with my forever bestie and her hubby.  We hadn’t seen each other in months which BTW is way to long for a friendship.  We can talk for hours and hours and never run out of things to say.  She has so many talents that I envy.  My favorite is probably that she always says the perfect thing. It might not be what I want to hear but it’s perfect.



I was feeling a little anxious about my current relationship with the Lord.  I know the Bible says we are going to suffer in life but I hadn’t felt as though I had been suffering at all.  I wondered why this fallen world had let me be.  And then her words put things into perspective.  Words she’d actually heard from her dad many years ago.  “We do have challenges in our lives and we do have suffering.  We just have His grace when we need it so it doesn’t feel like suffering”.  Immediately I was calm and excited all at once.  Best friends are perfect.  Best friends know you like no other.

Spring vignette

While we were there she gave me my birthday gift from last year.  It was an ironstone gravy boat from the early 1900’s!  So beautiful, so white, so delicate.  I had to put it in with the new spring decor on my kitchen table.  While putting it together, I was reminded that the Lord always knows what we are doing and how we are doing.  Mathew 10:29 says Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.

He knows when I’m anxious, when I’m suffering, the number of hairs on my head and does not leave me.

Psalm 84:2-4 says My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God.  Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

Spring decor on tray using left over baby's breath

Spring decor on tray

I do praise Him.  I praise him for my life, my relationship with Him, my family, friends, neighbors, our challenges, ups and downs.  Why even in the not-so-good times?  Because that’s how I know He’s there, cheering me on, waiting for me to glorify Him in that circumstance.  He’s given me all I ever need to succeed.  And I thank Him for that too.

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