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).

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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!*

You’ve Been Egged – He Is Risen Style (FREE Printable!)

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I absolutely love the tradition of ‘egging’ someone’s house.

If you haven’t heard of it before, no, it does not mean you chuck raw eggs at your neighbor’s windows.

This kind of ‘egging’ is when you take a bunch of treat-filled plastic eggs, head to a friend’s house, jump out of the car, hide the eggs all over their lawn, and then hop back in the car and drive away.

When the ‘egged’ houses’ homeowners come outside they get to be surprised and blessed by the spontaneous egg hunt!

egged picI originally saw the idea and printable over at eighteen25.  Then I came across THIS PIN and fell in love with the Jesus-spin that was added to the whole ‘egging’ business.  I decided to combine the two ideas and make a fun FREE Printable (based on the same design as the one at eighteen25) for us to use on our ‘egging’ adventures – all while keeping it about Christ!

The other great thing about this FREE Printable is that it specifies 12 eggs.  I like the number 12 because it sounds really do-able.  You know, if you’ve ever thought about ‘egging’ someone before, you might have chickened out of doing it simply because you had this preconceived notion that you had to do like 40 eggs to make it any good.

Oh not so, my friend!  Keep it easy!  12 is all you need!

Plus, the specific number ensures that every egg will be found.

The Happy Buddy was very excited about the idea.

eggingWe got right to work stuffing our 12 eggs with stickers, mini Easter erasers, my FREE Printable Easter Notes from last year, and even a little bit of candy (be careful about the chocolate candy – you don’t want it to melt.  We knew our friends would be home soon after our mission was accomplished, so it was all good.).

And, of course, the empty egg – the most important one!

egging1We headed out, eggs in bucket.

And still wearing our pajamas – ‘cuz that’s how we roll.

egged3First we taped the sign to our friends’ door.

Then I set the Happy Buddy loose to hide the eggs.

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When we were all done, we high-tailed it out of there as if we were being chased by Farmer McGregor himself!

I got some great text message photos an hour later when they got home and their Happy Buddy discovered the eggs.

The best part, though?

Knowing that we had shared the TRUE meaning of Easter with our friends. :-)

Would you like to ‘egg’ someone in your world this week?

egged8Get your FREE Printable ‘You’ve Been Egged’ sign right HERE.

Happy You’ve Been Egged – He Is Risen Style-ing! :-)

*Would love it if you might consider sharing this awesome FREE Printable with your friends – see sharing buttons below!  Let’s try to get EVERYONE ‘egging’ each other in the name of the One who is risen, indeed!*

Easy Bunny Pancakes

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As much as I want Easter in my Happy Home to be Beyond the Bunny, I don’t have anything against the bunny, himself.

I mean, bunnies are God’s creation and they happen to be a great symbol of the springtime season.

If I do a bunny craft or we come across some bunny-themed item in the store, I’ve been saying in a lighthearted voice, “Bunnies are cute and fun, but tell me, Happy Buddy, is Easter all about bunnies?”

And he has been smiling and responding with, “Nooo, it’s about JESUS!”

Boom.  No holiday confusion.

So the other day I decided to keep the Happy Buddy home from preschool so we could have a little fun.

We made these adorable Bunny Pancakes using the same recipe I posted HERE when I made them for the Happy Hubby (I am pretty sure my sweet husband was super relieved when we finally had children so that I would stop using him as my holiday guinea pig!). ;-)

To make your own Bunny Pancakes is so easy.

Ingredients -

bunny pancake ingredientsFrozen pancakes (or you could make them for real but I didn’t feel like dealing with the mess)

M&Ms

Mini chocolate chips

Your favorite syrup

Directions -

bunny pancakes step 1Step 1 - Place 2 of the frozen pancakes on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 30 seconds.

bunny pancakes step 2Step 2 – Cut a third pancakes as shown in the photo.

bunny pancakes step 3Step 3 – Add the cut pieces to the plate and microwave again for another 30-45 seconds, or until hot.

bunny pancakes step 4Step 4 – Add bunny’s face.

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Or in the spirit of bunnies, nibble. :-)

If you’re looking for less of a morning sugar fest, I suggest blueberry eyes, a strawberry nose, and raisin mouth.

bunny pancakesHappy Easy Bunny Pancake-ing! :-)

Christ-Centered Children’s Books for Easter

christ centered easter book ideasA reader asked if I was going to share some Christ-Centered Easter Children’s Books with y’all (kind-of like I did at Christmas with THIS POST).

I thought that was a great idea!

So, here are some really amazing books that will point your Happy Buddies to the true meaning of the Easter season.

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This first book is our favorite!

Simple rhyming with a precious, gentle telling of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

The best part is the end where the author basically shares the Gospel and whenever I read it to the Happy Buddy it’s like this incredible opportunity to lead him to Jesus all over again.

Buy it HERE.  NOW. :-)

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This sweet book shares the message of Easter through a little girl who receives a bulb as a gift.

The story goes on to parallel how that bulb ends up becoming a beautiful lily and the little girl learns a powerful lesson about forgiveness and grace.

*Note – this book does not explicitly tell the story of Easter, but rather it is a parable with Easter Scripture references at the bottom of each page.  It might be a little difficult for a small child to make the connection, but still a great read!*

But it HERE.

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Well, first of all, this book glitters.  And that is pretty much enough to convince you to buy it.

But if I must go on… This book also describes items in an Easter basket and how they relate to the message of Christ.

YES, please!!!

Buy yours HERE.

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If your Happy Home uses Resurrection Eggs to experience the story of Easter every year, then you MUST buy this book!

A little boy, Benjamin, has a small box that contains items that are the same as the items in the Resurrection Eggs.

You can actually read along and open the eggs with your Happy Buddies as the story unfolds.

But it HERE.

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This book gets your Happy Buddies practicing their ABC’s in a Christ-centered way.

Awesome.

But more importantly, this book leads readers through the events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday using bright and colorful illustrations.

*Word to the wise – just watch out for the end.  In an effort to make those obscure letters X, Y, and Z work, the author kind of jumped to Jesus’ ascension to heaven instead of explaining that He revealed Himself to a bunch of people first.  Just thought you might want to explain that to your Happy Buddies so as not to confuse the actual events!*

Buy it HERE.

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Love this simple board book for young ones that affirms the fun of bunnies and baskets and egg hunting, but points out that the real beauty of Easter is in what Jesus did for us.

But it HERE.

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And, finally, the Happy Buddy and I have been reading this story a lot over the last couple of weeks.

It just tells the traditional Easter story in an easy to comprehend manner so that your Happy Buddies know exactly what this upcoming holiday is all about.

But it HERE.

I am also a huge fan of this author’s other meaning-behind-the-holiday board books.  You can check out her whole collection HERE.

Hopefully you will have enough time to hit up your local Christian bookstore, the library, or Amazon to enjoy one or all of these great titles with your little ones.

Plus, any of these books would make great additions to your Christ-Centered Easter Basket:-)

Happy Christ-Centered Children’s Easter Book-ing!

Easter Basket Craft Ideas

Easter Basket Craft Ideas at happyhomefairy.com - so cute and so many easy ideas! You don't need to spend money on a fancy basket with this brilliance!!You know you could just pop over to Target and buy an Easter Basket for your Happy Buddy…

But wouldn’t it be so much more fun to MAKE one?!

Check out these easy and creative ideas!

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I love these little Easter Basket Bags from Parents.

The added touch of a candy dot handle is too cute!

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Remember my post about Washi Tape?

No Biggie made these adorable Paper Plate Easter Baskets in just a few easy steps, then wrapped some Washi tape around the base for a little extra pizzazz.

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Another simple little paper plate Easter basket craft from Toddler Approved.

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Look at these Itty Bitty Easter Baskets from Inner Child Fun!

They are made using empty cardboard egg cartons, paint, pipe cleaners, and delicious chocolate eggs.

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A paper cup can be transformed into an Easter Basket!

Follow the instructions at My Own Ideas.

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I am loving these Paper Bag Easter Baskets from Our Big Earth.

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Bakerella shows how easy it is to whip up a festive Easter Basket Cupcake (take it from me, piece of *cup*cake to make). :-)

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And finally, do you get more excited about Easter than your kids???

All that Easter candy hanging around?????

Then you’re going to be wild for this incredible, entirely EDIBLE Easter Basket (seriously – the basket above has star quality, right?!) from Free Fun Easter.

Happy Easter Basket Craft-ing! :-)

Inspirational Easter Pencil Printable

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I was strolling through the Dollar Tree the other day and came across a package of 12 adorable Easter-themed pencils.

My brain immediately thought how cute it would be to create a set of FREE Printable banners to poke through the top of the pencils.

You can use these little pencil banners however you please!  Maybe as gifts for your Sunday School students, party favors for an Easter party, a surprise in your Happy Buddy’s Easter basket, you could pass them out to strangers as you run errands, or you could even use them to march around the house having a He Is Risen parade. :-)

Whatever you choose, I pray they bless you and the people who will receive them!easter pencil printable1easter pencil printable2easter pencil printable

*Print on thick paper for best results and use a hole punch to punch out the holes.*

Get your FREE Inspirational Easter Pencil Printables HERE!

Happy Easter Pencil Printable-ing! :-)

Washi Tape + Easter = Awesome

washi tape easter ideasDo y’all know about Washi Tape?

It’s like masking tape, but instead of boring cream-color it comes in a bazillion different beautiful patterns and designs.

If extra money was flying around our Happy Home, I think we’d all be in trouble of me not being able to practice any self-control by spending it all on Washi Tape!

The bright and happy Washi Tape colors make it the perfect thing for Easter projects.

So, for all you Washi Tape Addicts, here are a few of my favorite Easter Washi Tape Ideas

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Looking for a mess-free way to decorate Easter eggs?

Simply have your Happy Buddies wrap them with Washi Tape!  So cute.

Check out the details at Ucreate with Kids.

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Craftaholics Anonymous used Washi Tape to help seal her plastic Easter eggs closed.

Number 1 this is a great way to keep your Happy Buddies out of the eggs for an extra 10 seconds.

Number 2 – this is helpful if you put heavier items like money in your Happy Buddy’s eggs.

And number 3 – stick your Washi Tape Eggs on a few Easter Rolo’s and BAM – you’ve got yourself one seriously cute Easter display.

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I really like how The Artful Parent used the extra Washi Tape rolls as display stands for her Washi Tape-decorated eggs.

What a festive sight!

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I am IN LOVE with this Washi Tape Easter Egg Wreath from Tatertots and Jello.

How can you not help but smile at that happy sight??

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The Taylor House used a simple method to make a Washi Tape Easter Egg Garland for her Happy Home.

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My Sister’s Suitcase made this super easy Washi Tape Rabbit Art.

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Washi Tape + hole punch = Polka-dot Easter Eggs from zakka life!

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You can design your own Easter Egg Card using Washi Tape like this adorable one from Omiyage Blogs.

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Use Washi Tape to turn Easter Party guests into Egg Heads.

Hop over to No Biggie for the details and a sweet little FREE Printable.

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And, finally, do you need a simple Easter centerpiece idea?

A Pumpkin and a Princess took Washi Tape and wrapped it around some Mason jars to make a cute vase for flowers!

If you weren’t before, have I convinced you to be a Washi Tape Lover?

I hear you can buy 4 rolls of it for $4 at Target.

Like we mommies needed another reason to go to Target! :-)

Happy Washi Tape Easter Idea-ing! :-)