Spring Sweets: Mini Fruit Tarts

We have officially been invited to our first spring party! Our dear friends purchased a new home over the winter and they are finally ready to have everyone over to celebrate! The kids are ready to enjoy the large backyard and the adults are ready to visit in the fresh air! In order to make it less formal and more about enjoying everyone’s company in the nice weather our hosts have chosen to make the party potluck. Everyone is bringing a little something to share. Our youngest host has even requested that each of the kids bring their favorite game to share.

The kids have decided to bring their colorful parachute (you remember running under these as kids?) to share with their friends, and one large beach ball to try and float above the parachute. They love throwing the ball; high in the air and running under the parachute as fast as they can. Personally I think it is the perfect Spring activity. It is even great for a variety of age groups.

Now comes the food. I love dessert, and as we have food allergies in our home I tend to bring the items I want to eat the most so that I know I can partake without any issues. In our house that means no dairy and no gluten, and as most desserts have those as their main ingredients I try to bring a dessert that will allow us to indulge without fear. I have become a fan of Eat Your Hartt Out which is a fun blog featuring a foodie Dad that just wants to create family friendly recipes for his growing fam. I love that! While the recipes are not always allergy free they can be easily substituted to create allergy-friendly meal options.

This month I want to share the Easy Mini Fruit Tarts. These are a fun and simple treat that are easy to work with. While these recipe calls for cream cheese and sour cream they can be easily subbed out for Daiya Cream Cheese and Coconut Cream Yogurt. We also love Pamela’s Gluten Free Cookie Dough Mix. By swapping these ingredients for allergy-friendly ones we can all enjoy, and the flavor is still right on point!

Head on over to Eat Your Hartt Out for more fabulous recipes. You will love all the easy and fun recipes that they highlight. They even offer incredible videos! Enjoy!

Recycled Seed Starter

Spring has sprung and that means we can all get back outside for some much needed fun and sunshine. One of my favorite ways to get my kids active in the spring is to get them out in the sun helping me bring our yard back to life. We love to spend time outside and we love to enjoy our beautiful backyard while we do it. As you can imagine the winter tends to take a toll on the beautiful yard. Everything has gone dormant during this long cold Winter we had. On the bright side, we had such a wet Winter that the earth is ready for spring and some very beautiful flowers. That is why we are so excited to start planting.

We usually spend the first couple of weekends in Spring cleaning up the yards and preparing our spring planting. While we do plant a lot of things right in the ground there are some things we like to start as seedlings in a small pot and then transfer when they are larger. We love to do this with some of our herbs, and the flowers we are worried about planting before we are sure the cold weather has truly gone for the season.

We love to create our seedlings in water bottles. We simply make them in ot perfect little irrigation systems and they are easy to tote in and outside depending upon the light and temperature. An easy way to do this is with a recycled water bottle. Head on over to Glad for a great tutorial on how to do this. It not only is a great way to interact with your kids this Spring, it is also a fantastic way to teach them about recycling and why it is so important! The entire project is the epitome of Spring — finding something and giving it new purpose, a rebirth, and the blossoming of something great!

Lego Creativity Activity

Legos are one of our favorite activities. There really is no end to the possibilities. My kids love to make buildings, create new worlds, cars, animals, you name it they have created it. They can make anything their little hearts desire. It is a great way to challenge their creativity.

Recently, I read an article about open-ended play and invitations to play. It is a great way to reintroduce old toys, show new ways of playing with toys, and allows the child(ren) to try something they may not have considered trying before.

I decided to try using the invitation to play concept and give my kids an idea for how to use their Legos in a different way. Self Portraits. I found this idea on Pinterest and I couldn’t help but think of how fun and unique it would be. The kids always try to build THINGS with their Legos. I am not sure they ever considered building an art project starring themselves.

So I got out all of the kids Legos and baseplates and told them what we were going to do. I showed them an example and I let them do their thing. The results were remarkable. It gave them so much entertainment (me too if I am being honest!)

lego creativity

Give it a try and see what beautiful creations your kids come up with. This lego creativity idea, might surprise you with how they see themselves.