How To Make Minion Easter Eggs

how to make minion eggs for Easter! couldn't be easier! and so cute!!!!!!

The Happy Baby loves those adorable minions from the Despicable Me movies (I mean, who doesn’t??).

For his birthday party a few weeks ago we made some of these super cute Minion Easter eggs.

I thought I would share with you how to make your own because it is SO EASY.

You can whip a few together in about 2 minutes and sneak them in your Happy Buddies’ Easter baskets on Sunday morning.

minion eggs suppliesSupplies -

Bag of bright-colored Easter eggs (these are from Wal-Mart)

Self-adhesive googly eyes (if you just have googly eyes, you can use Glue Dots to attach the eyes to the eggs)

Sharpie marker

minion eggs - step 1Step 1 - Separate out all of the blue and yellow eggs from the bag.

minion eggs - step 2Step 2 - Open the eggs (you may have to cut the hinges off) and then attach blue tops with yellow bottoms and yellow tops with blue bottoms.

minion eggs - step 3minion eggs - so cute and easy!Step 3 - Add a googly eye and Sharpie marker hair and mouth details.

You can draw a black band around the egg to finish off the whole goggle look, but I personally thought it looked too busy.

how to make minion eggs for Easter! couldn't be easier! and so cute!!!

how to make minion eggs for Easter! couldn't be easier! and so cute!Step 4 - Make sure you make an army of them.

Or at least make sure you make Dave, Stuart, Jerry, Kevin, Bob, Carl, Steve, Tim, Phil, Mike, Tom and Donny.

:-)

They are so easy to put together that I just finished making a dozen for the Happy Buddy’s preschool class’ egg hunt on Wednesday.

We thought the kids would be delighted to find these egg-stra special little guys along the way!

Happy Minion Easter Egg-ing!!

How To Mail Easter Eggs

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My boys and I took a little adventure to the Post Office on Saturday.

Along with our water bill, we mailed off a few plastic Easter eggs.

mailing eggs - supplies.jpgIf you want to mail some eggs yourself, make sure you buy the Jumbo-sized eggs (we found the ones above at Walgreens).

mailing eggs - putting together!.jpgWe filled ours with some Easter grass, a few stickers, small erasers, and these FREE Printable Easter Lunchbox Love Notes.

We decided not to put chocolate in the eggs because… well, we didn’t want it to melt in transit. :-)

mailing eggs - ready to go!.jpgSlap on the address label and wrap the eggs with packing tape.

Then head to the post office.

mailing eggs - at the post office.jpgmailing eggs - weighing.jpgIronically, our postman’s name was Jesus.

He kept chuckling because the eggs wouldn’t stop rolling off the scale.

mailing eggs - such a fun idea for Easter to brighten someone's day!.jpgThey didn’t look the prettiest after getting stamped and wrapped with tracking codes and postage (about $2 each), but they were still going to be a cute thing to find in a mailbox.

I mean ANYTHING is better than a bill or catalog, Amen?!

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When all the eggs were ready, Jesus was all smiles and even thanked us for making his day more fun.

I mean, you can only handle so many flat things and cardboard boxes, you know? :-)

Happy Easter Egg in the Mail-ing! :-)

Random Acts of Kindness for Easter

The message of Easter is LOVE.

And love is best shown when we choose to put someone else’s needs before our own.

Like Jesus did.

Here are a few fun ways you can share the sweet message of Easter with the people in your world.Easter RAKs at Happy Home Fairy

Happy Easter RAK-ing! :-)

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

Easy Cross Craft

easy cross craft at happyhomefairy.comWe did this easy cross craft the other day with my 2 year olds.

They loved it.

easy cross craft 2Supplies:

Cross template (you can print a great one for free HERE)

Glue

Tissue paper squares

easy cross craft 3Step 1 – Paint some glue onto the cross.

**Hey, do you like my poncho?  It’s from my mom.** :-)

easy cross craft 4Step 2 – Have the kids crunch up the tissue paper squares into little balls.

So good for building up those fine motor skills!

easy cross craft 5easy cross craft 6easy cross craft 8easy cross craft 7Step 3 – Stick the tissue paper squares to the cross.

easy cross craft 9easy cross craft 10easy cross craft 1That is all!

They look so pretty hanging in our classroom.

And most important, they keep our hearts turned toward Jesus.

Happy Easy Cross Craft-ing! :-)

Minion Party – The Happy Baby’s 2!

minion party ideas.jpgOur precious little Happy Baby turned into the Happy TODDLER this week!

We celebrated his 2nd birthday with his latest obsession – Minions.

This lil’ guy doesn’t say much, but one of the first words out of his mouth every. single. morning. is, “Nin-ion!”

And we then have to race to the living room to watch them in action in the movie, Despicable Me 2.

We had a great day praising God for the great work He has done in our Happy Baby and partying Minion-style.minion party 2.jpgminion party 3.jpg

We had Minion party bags made from yellow treat sacks, THESE FREE PRINTABLE Minion Goggles, and a Sharpie marker.

Each bag had some Minion stickers, Minion fruit snacks I found at the grocery store, and some Minion band-aids.minion party 1.jpg

I made these Minion cups using yellow paper cups, a googly eye, and a Sharpie marker.minion potty.jpgminion party 9.jpg

The Happy Hubby hid these two little plush Minions around the house.

One was taking a tinkle.

And the other was hanging from our ceiling air conditioning vent – he had drank some of Dr. Nefario’s gravity serum. :-)

minion party 5.jpgThis giant Minion door was definitely my favorite thing.

We made it using plastic tablecloths and poster board.minion party 18.jpgminion party 10.jpg

For food, we had snacks, bananas (of course), and some Cookie Robots (made from a cut up wire hanger and a pen cap).

minion party 7.jpgMy mom made this awesome, show-stopping Minion Fruit Head.

minion party 12.jpgminion party 20.jpgminion party 19.jpgpin the goggles on the minion.jpgWe played Pin the Goggles on the Minion.

happy baby bday.jpgAnd we had the movie playing throughout the party.

minion party 11.jpgI wanted the Happy Baby to look like a Minion, so my mom bought him a yellow shirt and a pair of Osh Kosh overalls.

I thought it did the trick!

minion party 14.jpgminion party 15.jpgminion party 16.jpgWe ate Minion Cupcakes (tutorial HERE).

minion party 13.jpgminion party 17.jpgThe Happy Baby loved having everyone sing to him.

And he blew those candles out all by himself.

Take that, hypotonia!  Woo!

minion party 4.jpgAll of our guests got to take home a goody bag and a Minion Easter egg (tutorial coming) with a special message inside.

The only thing we didn’t do was photocopy our bottoms!

It was a great morning.

And thankfully, no evil purple minions showed up.

Happy Minion Party-ing! :-)

NoBUNNY Loves You Like Jesus – FREE Printable!

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If you are participating in The Joy Journey, Day 3 features the idea to bring someone a chocolate bunny with an inspiring note.

Well, I have a FREE Printable for you today to accomplish this task! :-)adorable free printable from happy home fairy.jpgadorable free printable from happy home fairy3.jpg

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The Happy Buddy will be delivering these yummy bunnies to his teachers tomorrow.

We think it will make them pretty ‘hoppy.’ :-)

Click HERE for your FREE Printable NoBUNNY Loves You Like Jesus Note!

Happy Chocolate Bunny-ing!

Last Minute Hilarious April Fool’s Day Joke

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I have never been a huge fan of April Fool’s Day, but for some reason the Happy Buddy has been talking about it a lot lately.

So I thought we should do something. ;-)

I mean, I never want to pass up an opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face.

I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it was so funny and so clever and so EASY that it was a no-brainer.

For April Fool’s Day this year the Happy Buddy will be bringing his teacher some brownies.april fool's day idea!.jpgapril fool's day idea! so cute.jpgapril fool's day idea! hilarious.jpgapril fool's day idea! love this.jpgapril fool's day idea!!!.jpg

I think she will like them.

:-)

For those of you who may not be too keen on puns…  Brownies…

Brown E’s…

I’m thinking he just might score some brownie points with his teacher.  Ha!

#iknowyouarelaughingoutloudrightnow

#greatestaprilfoolsjokeever

#gomakeapanrightnow

Happy April Fool’s Day Joke-ing!

The Joy Journey – Christ-Centered Easter Activities (FREE Printable)

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Easter falls late in April this year.

I love it.

We have 20 days, beginning April 1st, to go on a journey.

A journey that gives us a chance to look into the work of our Savior.

Hebrews 12:2 says, “We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.”

This is it, my friends.

We want joy?  We must do as Jesus did.

We must look beyond the trials, the troubles, the tears of this world and remember the JOY that is waiting for us -

BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID AT EASTER.

While this is the message to preach to our Happy Homes – to the world – every. single. day, this month brings an especially tangible and precious opportunity to make this joy come alive for our loved ones.

I put together 20 Christ-centered activities for you to help make it possible. :-)The Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 9.jpg

It’s called The Joy Journey.

The Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 10.jpgThe Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 12.jpgThe Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 11.jpg**You can print the 20 activity cards at the bottom of this post.**

The Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 1.jpgThe Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 2.jpgThe Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 3.jpgThe Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 4.jpgThe Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 6.jpgI cut mine out, put them into 20 plastic eggs, numbered them with a Sharpie, and placed them in a bowl.

I purposely tried to gather the easiest and most doable ideas (’cause, you know, if it requires more than 4 things, I usually start breaking out in a sweat).

You can grab a supply list for each activity HERE.

The goal is to do one activity per day during the month of April and prayerfully engage my little ones in the sweet message of our Lord’s journey to joy.

The Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 5.jpgAnd speaking of sweet, I may have slipped a few M&M’s into the final egg to be opened on Easter morning. :-)

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Oh, dear bloggy friends!  I pray that this little website can help assist you in focusing your Happy Homes on the cross this Easter!

Bunnies are fun and adorable and are even a small part this journey and are, in fact, created by the Lord, Himself, but they are not what Easter is about.

The Joy Journey - Christ-Centered Activities for the Easter Season 8.jpgEaster is about the joy that awaits us.

Easter is about the joy we can experience today.

Right now.

Because Easter is about Jesus.

Click HERE for the FREE Printable Joy Journey Christ-Centered Activity Cards

Happy Easter, everyone. :-)

**Would love it if you could share this post with the people in your world.**

Tape Resist Cross idea is from The Golden Gleam.
Many other ideas inspired from Thriving Family.

The Easter Dress Tradition

I very rarely post selfies.

Mostly because I am NEVER ever satisfied with a photo of myself.

I’m all about ‘being real’ and genuine on this blog, but c’mon, it would just take too much work and too many shots before I felt even remotely comfortable giving y’all access to my bad hair days, large-pored nose, and Snow White skin.

But the other night I posted a pic on Instagram and within a short amount of time it became my highest liked photo ever and it got me to thinking that maybe I needed to share with everyone a little bit of the history behind it.

easter dress tradition.jpgThis is my mom.

She is a-maze-ing.

Seriously.

She is the person who will drive out to my house in the middle of the night to check my hair for lice when my husband is out of town because I am having a panic attack convinced that I have to shave my head.

She is the person who brings me a roll of paper towels or toilet paper whenever she comes over.

She is the person who my firstborn wants to marry.

She is the person who tells me everyday that I need to blog more because she believes in my writing and my mission (to which I respond with – GREAT! When are you coming to babysit so I have time to write????).

She is the person who, when told that one of my articles had been published over HERE at Parents Magazine, sat in front of her computer and refreshed the page 1,000,000 times so that the good people at Parents think I have a lot more fans than I really do. :-)

She is the person who regularly reminds me that it’s all going to be okay.

And, for the purposes of today’s post, she is the person who keeps my wardrobe up-to-date.

If it were up to me, I would still be wearing the clothes I had in high school.  I am a firm believer that if you hold on to something long enough, it will eventually come back in style.  Case in point - THIS.  Yes, I still have mine.

My mom has a great eye for fashion, gets rockin’ coupons for Macy’s, and often drops a bag on my doorstep with a new top or sweater or poncho or something cute and in season.

I’ve just started to tell people that whenever I look cute, immediately assume it is from my mother.

So what does all this have to do with Easter?

When I was a little girl and the spring season rolled around, my mom would plan a day and take me shopping for an Easter dress.

Except for the few years when all I wanted to wear were stir-up pants, mismatching socks, Keds, and oversized sweatshirts, finding a new dress was an incredibly special time.

Everything was bright colors and big flowers and thick satin sashes and white tights and white patent leather shoes.

Sometimes there was even crinoline.

And one year I even had a muff.

But as much as I loved sticking my hand in that thing… I really loved just being with my mom.

Well, that sweet lady has carried this tradition all the way through the years up until now.

In fact, on Monday night this week she kidnapped me and took me to Macy’s to look for an Easter dress.

easter dress tradition2.jpgWe tried on a few but this one was our favorite.

I thought it might be fun to ask my Instagram followers if they approved, so I decided to take a photo in the dressing room.

About 347 takes later an hour later, I settled on this shot.  I worked really hard to get my arm in the right place so that you couldn’t see the little pocket of pudge that lives under there.

I was also thankful that Instagram has filters that make your skin look less like a bottle of Elmer’s.

And everyone liked the dress so much that they didn’t even notice my mom’s boobs in the corner. :-)

Why buy new outfits for Easter?

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Anyone who believes in Christ is a NEW creation.  The old is gone!  The new has come!”

When we repent and receive Jesus as our risen Lord and Savior, He gives us a new outfit of righteousness to wear every single day for the rest of our lives.

We are no longer clothed in our sinful selves, but rather washed clean and made new by the power of His blood.

Talk about a piece of fashion that will never go out of style!

How sweet it is to celebrate this gift on Easter Sunday with a fresh, clean, lovely, never-been-worn-before outfit.

A true picture of what He has done for us.

Does your Happy Home wear new outfits for Easter?

**Dear Mom, Thanks for helping me tangibly experience the beauty of our risen Lord year after year.  I love you so much!!**

Happy Easter Dress Tradition-ing! :-)

The Greatest Giveaway EVER

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Because…frozen giveaway.jpg

That’s right, people!!!!!

Happy Home Fairy is giving away a copy of the HOTTEST (or should I say coldest – lol!!) movie right now!

The Lord blessed our little family with an extra copy and we want to share it with you.

Would you like to win it???

Here’s what you need to do…

1. ‘Like’ the Fairy on Facebook – click HERE to do that now – and tell me about it in a comment below (BONUS POINTS if you also sign up for an email subscription!!).

2.  Share with me your favorite Frozen-related story.  This could be your favorite scene, something your children enjoy about the movie, maybe you saw it 30 times, favorite Olaf quote, who is your favorite character and why… Anything of that sort!!!

We will choose a winner on Friday, March 28th and notify you via email as well as an announcement on Facebook.frozen giveaway2.jpg

We can’t wait to make one of you go all ice crazy. :-)

Tell all your friends!

Happy Frozen Movie Giveaway-ing!

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS LAURA KAGEFF! CONGRATS, GIRL!!!**