Easter Goodies To Share

Easter was always a chance for our family to get together and catch up. It was also a time to gather for a nice day and food! As kids, we remember coloring Easter eggs and even finding those plastic Easter eggs! Are you looking for Easter goodies to share with your family? We found a few fun treats to try!

Easter Goodies To Share
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This post is in collaboration with Stephanie and Kansas.

How did you celebrate Easter? How do you celebrate Easter with your family? Wendy shares her favorite Easter basket ideas and Easter crafts!

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Sharing My Easter Traditions With My Kids

Sharing My Easter Traditions with My Kids

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Growing up Easter was always one of my favorite holidays. Not for all the treats but for the time we got to always spend with family. For us, Easter was always about making the most of the time we had with family and celebrating the real reason for Easter. These are my reasons for sharing my Easter traditions with my kids.

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Bailey’s Irish Creme Truffles

The only times I’ve had such a sweet and indulgent treat like truffles was at work or if they were given as a gift! What if you could make delicious truffles at home? The Bailey’s Irish Creme Truffles would make a lovely treat for any get-together or even wrapped up as a gift!

Bailey's Irish Creme Truffles

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Girl Scouts Thin Mints Crumble Cookies

Were you a Girl Scout? Do you have daughters who are Girl Scouts? I believe I joined a local Girl Scout troop that my next door neighbor’s mom ran. Our troop was small, but we had so much fun. Before that, I was in the Girl Scout Brownies. I remember doing so many activities.

Girl Scouts Thin Mints Crumble Cookies

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Cinnamon Roll Filled Cookies

I remember growing up in the 80s and 90s, and hanging out at the mall was one of the fun things to do! We loved walking around the mall to either shop, hang out with friends, go see a movie, and even visit the food court! I even remember the cinnamon buns place at the mall. Do you?

Get ready for Cinnamon Roll Filled Cookies!

Cinnamon Roll Filled Cookies

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Look Up At The Stars And Bring Peace

I remember looking up at the stars as a kid. Watching the twinkling stars adds stillness and zen to one’s thoughts. You get lost in the calm and peaceful feeling. Do you ever take the time to look up at the stars?

Look Up At The Stars And Bring Peace

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A few months ago, my son and I moved yet again. I’ve always wanted to put roots down, I just wish it was under different circumstances. I was thankful to find a place that was affordable and in a really good and safe area.

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Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are my favorite Disney couple. They are such a cute couple and have the type of love to admire. Are you a Mickey Mouse fan? We are so excited to share our Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies recipe!

Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies

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Captain Marvel Cupcakes

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, my favorite superheroes were Wonder Woman and She-Ra! I really don’t remember being that into superheroes but I do remember I used to have a red cape that I would wear here and there.

With the exciting movie opening of Captain Marvel, we are so thrilled to share our Captain Marvel Cupcakes with you!

Captain Marvel Cupcakes

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Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

In honor of The Little Mermaid’s 30th Anniversary, we wanted to celebrate with Mermaid Tail Cupcakes! I remember watching The Little Mermaid growing up. When we went swimming, my friends and I would swim like mermaids! We had such an imagination!

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

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Preparing for Kindergarten through Reading

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March is here which means it’s time to start submitting the enrollment forms for Kindergarten. At least in my area, that’s the case. Over the past year, we have really buckled down and began preparing for kindergarten when it comes to my oldest who just turned 5 last month. Reading has been a huge help for prepping with kindergarten.

Now I know you are probably asking yourself, how? How does reading really help with preparing for Kindergarten? It all comes down to the way you introduce books to your children. There is more to reading than just the words on the page.

When you read a book to your child and you make reading an interactive experience, it feeds young imaginations as well as their problem-solving skills, communication skills, and even their ability to understand what the intent or purpose of something is. My end goal with every book we read is to leave a lasting impression. This may not always work of course but I do put the effort in to make the story worthwhile.

 

Work on the W Questions

 

When we truly began introducing books, and not in the I bought these because they were cute and in all of the nursery decor sections of Pinterest, we started with just looking at the pictures of the book. I worked on W questions which help with one’s receptive language skills as well as critical thinking skills. Who, What, Where, Why? What do you see? Why do you think “insert person, animal, object, etc” is doing that? What colors are on the page? Where do you think they are going? Etc. Take this time to let your child think for themselves but also as an opportunity to explain the W questions back. This allows your child to see that not only is there an agenda with the story but that there is more to the story than words on a page.

 

Leo's Moon and These Are My Faces

 

 

One other extremely important topic we have addressed with reading is our emotions as well as how their actions/choices matter. I wanted my children to understand how they are feeling, why they are feeling that way, how someone else is feeling, how actions or events might make someone feel, etc.

We really enjoyed reading The Boy Without a Friend by Bruce Jassett, These Are My Faces by Bret J. Ludwick and Leo’s Moon by Cinthia del Grosso. Now, these books aren’t crazy popular like other books and that is really what I liked most about them. When preparing for Kindergarten, a variety is best when it comes to reading. Just like you and I, children will have different tastes in books. My 5-year-old is on the more serious side and he enjoys books that are more realistic. My 4 year still enjoys the bright colorful books you find in every book section. That’s okay!

 

Make reading fun!

Get silly with the books you read and plan some fun activities to go along with them. Coloring pages, crafts, recipes (If You Give A Mouse A Cookie), and anything else I can find. Eric Carle has always been a favorite of ours and there is an endless amount of ideas on activities to go with his work. Pinterest is an amazing resource for finding ideas and I know if you are anything like me, most Pinterest ideas are a fail. However, this has not been the case so far when it comes to finding activities to go with the books we read.

 

Preparing for Kindergarten

 

These ideas don’t just apply with preparing for Kindergarten but it is one way we have chosen in our home to help prepare. You also don’t have to use the most popular books on the shelves to make reading interactive for your child. Let’s face it, some children mature far beyond their physical age. Use magazines, read chapter books, whatever you have to do to gain their attention. Reading is such a crucial part of education and you can never go wrong with using it as a step to prepare for kindergarten.

I also wanted to take a moment to point out to those with children under the age of 5 that Dolly Parton runs an Imagination Library. When you sign up for this program, and it is determined on where you live if the program is available, every month from birth until age 5 you receive a free book in the mail. We have quickly been able to build up our mini library simply by participating in Dolly Partons Imagination Library.

Another great option for building your book stash is through The Book Bundler. This company bundles gently used books and sells them at a fraction of the cost. For example, a stack of 100 books for approximately $50 (this does change based on promotions and other variables such as age group, types of books, etc). That is an amazing deal! Their customer service is also on point.

Keep an eye out on the blog for other ways I am preparing for Kindergarten with my little ones.

Would you be interested in a Pinterest board or even a separate blog post sharing books we enjoyed as well as the activities we enjoyed with them? Let me know with a comment on this post or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.