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!

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They look so pretty hanging in our classroom.

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

Happy Easy Cross Craft-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!

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.**

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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.

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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! :-)

Happy Easter!!!!

Today we celebrate our precious, risen Savior.

The One who came to set us free!

How I pray that you know Him, sweet Happy Home Friends.

If you don’t already, life with Jesus is just a prayer away…

Simply tell Him you are a sinner and that you need Him to forgive you of your sins.

Simply ask Him to live and reign in your heart as Lord over all.

And then simply receive the free gift of eternal life that is yours because of the cross. :-)

DONE.

Hear me when I say that choosing to follow Christ will be the greatest decision you will ever make.

Now go enjoy your Happy Home as you spend the day basking in the hope that is yours through JESUS!!!

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Much love to you all!

Happy Happy Easter-ing! :-)

FREE Inspirational Printables for Easter

free amazing christ-centered printables at happyhomefairy.comEaster is just a few days away, so if you are looking for some last-minute ways to add inspirational decor and Christ-centered traditions to your Happy Home, these incredible FREE Printables will do the trick!

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I love this FREE Printable Easter Subway Art from Antsi-Pants.

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When I was growing up, my mom always made sure my brothers and I had bright new outfits for Easter Sunday.

It was a sweet little symbol of the new life we are given in Christ.

This FREE Printable tag from Desiring Virtue is just the thing to add to your Happy Buddy’s Easter clothes on the morning of His resurrection.

P.S. If you click on the link, there is also a great printable featuring Bible verses you can add inside plastic eggs that each say something about how sweet our Lord is.  Too cute!

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With just a printer, some hole punches and string you can hang this victorious He Is Risen Banner from Whimsicle Design Studio as a celebratory declaration!

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One Dog Woof designed this lovely print using the hope-filled passage from Matthew 28:5-6.

Print, frame and give as a gift!

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I think this FREE Printable from The 36th Avenue sums it up just right!

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We are singing this hymn on Sunday at our church’s Easter service!

Hymns and Verses made this print to look just like a chalkboard.  I thought it was so beautiful – with no chalk dust to clean up!

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And, finally, this last FREE Printable from Simply Home is AMAZING.

Create a Resurrection Basket for your Happy Buddies by adding printed eggs to plastic eggs.  Each printed egg has a piece of the Easter story on it and all together the eggs spell out, “Jesus Is Risen.”

What an incredible way to share the Gospel with your Happy Buddies on Easter morning.

And there is even a boy-colored version!

Also, please don’t forget all of the Christ-Centered FREE Printables offered here at Happy Home Fairy…

FREE Printable Easter Morning Scavenger Hunt (BY FAR my most popular printable AND it’s all about Jesus!!!)

FREE Printable Jellybean Prayer Cards (this is a great addition to Easter Baskets)

FREE Printable Easter Story Cards (I am doing these each night with the Happy Buddy this week)

FREE Printable Empty Egg Poem (if you haven’t seen this yet – it’s a MUST!  Total tear-jerker)

FREE Printable Inspirational Pencil Banners (a perfect gift for friends!)

FREE Printable You’ve Been Egged Signs (He Is Risen-Style)

FREE Printable You’re Egg-stra Special Gift Tags (a simple way to share the true meaning of Easter with the people in your world)

I hope you’ve found something here to inspire you to remember just how much you are loved!! :-)

Happy Inspirational FREE Printable-ing! :-)

The Dollar Tree Easter Basket Date Night Challenge

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Last night the Happy Hubby and I got to go out on a little date (yay for Grammie and Pop-Pop!).

As we were heading out, I asked my man if he might be willing to risk utter humiliation for the sake of the blog.

After hearing my idea, and being the good sport that he is, he said no way. :-)

One of the things on the agenda to discuss on our date was our finances (this is real-life, my friends), so my idea did not exactly coincide with the bleakness that is the current state of our bank account.

But as we drove away from the house, we modified the idea a bit and he eventually agreed, so we took a detour to the Dollar Tree.

The mission?

We were going to put together Easter baskets for each other at the dollar store.  And because we didn’t want to be there all night, we decided that just 5 items would be good.

We also decided that in light of our financial status, we’d skip the actual buying of the Easter baskets and just exchange them in the store before putting everything back.

After all, it’s really the thought that counts, right???

As soon as we were in the store we took off – first to find baskets.

dollartree easter date1Then the items.

We met at the back of the store after about 10 minutes to exchange our baskets.dollartree easter date3

First up was me!

I had picked out a camouflage Easter bucket for my tough guy (who is even more of a man, in my opinion, for standing in the back of a Dollar Tree with an Easter basket in hand).

Here’s what I picked out for him…dollartree easter date4

A Pizza slicer because the Happy Hubby could seriously eat pizza every night of the week.

Hi-Liters because he is always studying and needs them to mark important notes in his books.

The second love of his life – chocolate.

A funny Sumo-man Stress Ball to help him cope with the crazy hours he has been keeping at work recently.

And pain medicine to relieve the headache he probably had from spending so much time in a Dollar Tree! :-)dollartree easter date2

I have to say.  The Happy Hubby NAILED my basket.

I almost cried when he showed me the things he gathered in my honor!dollartree easter date5

Easter Pencils because he knows how excited I was about this FREE Printable I made for y’all!

A Disney Princess Candy Egg for indulging after the Happy Buddies are in bed.

Glitter Glue because he knows my motto is, “When in doubt, just add glitter!”

A Minnie Mouse Coloring Paint Set because I love anything that has to do with Walt.

And the best item?

That Bible.

The Happy Hubby said he chose the Bible because he knows I love to read it!

That was the one that brought the tears – I am so happy that he sees me in that way and not the fearful, fretting woman I am trying to surrender.

God’s sweet grace, I tell yah!

When we were finished the exchange we raced to put our things back.

As I returned the Peanut Butter Cups, something caught my eye.

Something that I should have put in the Happy Hubby’s basket to help ease the burden of the conversation we were about to have over a giftcard-paid dinner.

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easter dateThanks, Big Hunny, for putting your manhood on the line for some Happy Home Fairy antics!

Happy Easter Basket Date Night-ing! :-)

*Don’t forget to pick up your FREE Printable Easter LOVE NOTES to give to your Happy Hubby this week!  Find them HERE!*