Easter Egg Dye Alternative

This year we have invited some friends over to do egg dyeing. Most of the kids are under the age of 3. We wanted to dye eggs but we don’t want to risk the kids burning themselves, or making a huge mess.

I did a little Pinterest searching and came across this incredibly simple idea from Crafty Morning, a simple egg dye rice shaker. The idea is that you use the rice to not only add color but also texture to the hard-boiled eggs. Since the entire activity is confined to the ziploc bag the clean up is simple. It also does not need hot water or vinegar which is great for smaller children. Head on over to Crafty Morning and check out the full tutorial.

We managed to use it today and we loved the results. Even the older kids thought it was a fun experience. They had fun switching the eggs to different bags in order to get a multi-colored egg. The eggs almost have a tye-dyed appearance. My oldest enjoys putting secret messages and images on her eggs by using a white crayon to draw on her hard-boiled egg before she places it in the dye. The dye covers the egg but does not cover where the crayon is. It was great fun for the whole party!

Be sure to check out Crafty Morning for some other fun ideas, and head over now for the full tutorial for Rice Shaker Egg Dyeing.

Mindfulness for Kids and Families

Mindfulness can be a pretty big and confusing word, but if you break it down it is fairly simple to understand. According to Mindful.org:

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

We have a lot of anxiety in our household. It sometimes causes us to be unable to participate in things, it can also cause us to rush to anger, lash out, or yell when we feel anxious or afraid. I know that my kids get their anxieties from me, I too suffer a lot of anxiety. It can be hard to understand how to make them feel better about something that I too struggle with. I try to maintain physical activity, practice self-care like alone time, and take moments to assess how I am feeling when I feel anxious about things. It is a daily struggle to try and incorporate my coping mechanisms.

When it comes to my kids I try to listen, not rush, and give them a moment to find their way when they suffer anxiety. I have found ways that help them to cope with their emotions by allowing them to turn to physical activities to reduce anxiety. I recently found a great flow chart that we printed out and have used to remind ourselves how to stop and be more aware of what we are feeling and find ways to deal with it. If you have kids that you think would benefit from being more mindful of themselves and the world around them try some of these ideas at home, and if like me you cannot always remember them when you need them print the flow chart out and keep it out where you can find it in the moment.

Shorts, Shorts, Shorts!

Spring is starting to warm up and we are all looking for ways to stay comfortable and cool. Shorts are making their way in to our wardrobe rotation again. The Boy’s Store has great options available now, they would make excellent additions to your kids Easter baskets or even just to stock up on for summer.

Dogwood Boys Sport Shorts : These dogwood athletic shorts are perfect for spring and summer sports. They are comfortable, breathable, and stylish. They’re available in black, brown, and navy.

Boys’ Woven Cargo Shorts by Kitestrings: These woven cargo shorts are perfect for packing in all of those little items your kids love to carry around. Pockets make it easy to carry everything you need or want!

Boys’ Chino Shorts by Jack Thomas: Are you looking for some shorts that can be dressed up or dressed down. These shorts are perfect for making many different looks.