Remember…the Force will be with you, always

May 4th is coming up and you know what that means…..Star Wars Day!

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According to StarWars.com:

“May the 4th be with you.” What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away.

One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm: “Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

So for all of you Star Wars loving fans out there…we found some crafts online that you can do with the kiddos.  Without further ado, here are the crafts…..Ok…just one more ado:

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  • Death Stars art. Get the instructions: Fun A Day

  • Chewbacca birdhouse: Get the instructions: Make Great

Quite a few fun crafts that we will be trying out….let us know how yours turn out.  We hope the force will be with you and we hope you have a rocking good time…just like rocking Yoda here:

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The History of Easter

Easter. A holy day of miracles for those of the Catholic faith, and a day of candy for pretty much everyone else.

How did the origins of the Easter bunny come about? A rabbit delivering eggs and treats? Whaaaat?

Well, we did a little digging for you. According to History.com, the Easter bunny originated in Germany and first arrived in America in Pennsylvania:

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests.”

Well…there you have it folks. The history of the Easter bunny. Check out our home page for a link to fun Easter crafts on Pinterest…

Easter Craft for Kiddos

Crafting can be fun and relaxing, but it’s even more fun to craft with the kiddos. We found a simple, fun, and inexpensive craft for Easter…Yarn Eggs! All you need is small water balloons (minus the water), different colors of pastel yarn, school glue, water, a bowl, a ruler, and scissors.

First step is to cut 8 foot lengths of yarn, in which 3 lengths will be used per ballon.

Next, you mix 1 cup of school glue with 1 cup of water and blow up the balloons.

Once you have the prep step complete then you are ready to create some eggs! Dip a length of yarn in the glue mixture. Ensure to saturate well, and to squeeze out the access (using the thumb and forefinger). Start wrapping the yarn around the balloon and make sure to tuck in the ends. Continue with 2 more yarn lengths.

See? Easy peasy!

After you have finished a balloon, put off to the side to dry. Note, drying does take a while and they needed to be turned. Ensure to give at least 2 days of drying.

After the eggs dry, then you pop the balloons… viola! Eggs are done!

Cute…right? Give it a try…tell us how they turned out!

Patriotic BBQs

I’m patiently waiting on the chilly east coast for summer to finally be here.  Besides looking forward to my two kiddos’ summer b-days, I also look forward to celebrating the patriotic holidays with family and friends.  While waiting for the spring weather to finally arrive, I’ve been searching the web for some great ideas for this summer’s barbecues 🙂

Stars and Stripes Mason Jars

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Cupcakes in a Jar and free printables!

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Free printables from Hoosier Homemade!

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Can-Do Cans from Martha Stewart with free printable!

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Paper Bag Lantern by Hoosier Homemade

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Easy Peasy Easter Egg Wreath

I knew I wanted a new wreath for Easter but didn’t want to spend $40 for a pre-made one. So I decided to do it myself! Having never made a wreath before, I wanted to find something fairly simple but cute. The Mom & Wife blog had a cute picture come up on a Google search, so I checked out their page and read through their instructions. I tweaked a few things but was pretty happy with the outcome and it only cost me $15!

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