Easy, Cheap, and Fun Ideas for Spring Break

My little brother is getting married this weekend!

Things have been kind of crazy around here.

My parents came into town Wednesday night and we ran out to Macy’s with my soon-to-be sister to find her a dress for the rehearsal dinner.

We were also looking for a pair of sparkly silver shoes to wear with my bridesmaid dress but instead I found a pair of leopard print high heels that I posted about HERE on Instagram.  I may or may not plan to wear them to bed tonight (and every subsequent hour thereafter) I love them so much.

Next week happens to be Spring Break in our neck of the world, so I spent a little time dreaming up a few ways my boys and I could have some easy and free fun during our time off.

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Do you think a person can play kickball in heels?


Happy Spring Break-ing! :-)

How To Fake Clean Your House In 5 Easy Steps

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It’s Spring.

That time of year when people like to couple the word Spring with the word cleaning.

Not my favorite combination, I admit.

I much prefer duos like milk and cookies or bed and breakfast.

But there is another duo that plagues our homes year round and that is kids and messes.  Those two go hand in hand.

Whether they are painting the walls with their own dirty diaper, or dumping out those super-organized-Ikea-bins, or shaking out a sand-box-filled shoe on the carpet – if you have kids, there will be mess.

If you are a grandma, I hear you.  I hear you telling me not to worry about the mess.  That they are only young for a short season.  To embrace the mess and confidently declare that my children are making memories.  Yes, I hear you.  I even blogged about that HERE.

But the truth is, I like a little bit of order.

I kind of break out in a rash if things get overly cluttered with too many piles of mail/laundry/un-emptied lunchboxes/half-eaten bananas/Matchbox cars taking over every surface in our home.

It is hard to make a good memory when those kinds of messes build up.  Because I am pretty sure that the memories my kids are making are those of me hyperventilating while sitting in the middle of a Lego explosion.

So here are the 5 things I do to COPE in the midst of the mess.

And they take no more than 5 minutes – total!

These 5 little tricks won’t help you if you have a ring around your bathtub or cobwebs in your chandelier, but they will make your home feel a little more like you can live in it without having a panic attack.

You can call it Spring Cleaning for Dummies.  Or Fake Cleaning.  Or Sanity Saving Steps to Somewhat Order.

Whatever you call it, I hope these simple ideas will inspire you to have your spring and your clean too!

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This is usually where I begin.

If I am completely overwhelmed by the mess in a room, I make the bed.

This immediately helps me feel enough better about everything else (dust, piles, iron that I never use) that I can move on to another task.


Tip #2 – Close the closet doors.spring cleaning for dummies5.jpgspring cleaning for dummies6.jpg

I tend to throw things in closets to forget they exist, so when the doors are open, it can make a room feel a whole lot worse than it is.

Take 2 seconds to slide the doors closed and breathe a sigh of relief.

I think whoever first said, “Out of sight, out of mind,” closed a closet door before that zinger fell off their lips.

Tip #3 – Close the shower curtains.spring cleaning for dummies3.jpgspring cleaning for dummies4.jpg

The same is true for shower curtains.

Every time I give the boys a bath I wonder if their bath toys are procreating in there at night because they just keep multiplying!  The little toy basket I bought doesn’t fit them all anymore and it takes way too long to clean them up at the end of the bath when all I want to do is get the monkeys toweled off and in bed.

So we close the curtain and carry on until the next bath.

Tip #4 – Fluff pillows.spring cleaning for dummies7.jpgspring cleaning for dummies8.jpg

I must do this about 6,735 times a day.

But it makes the whole room feel company ready (even if when said company sits down they find Cheerios and all manner of unidentifiable crumbs under their toes.  And possibly an old snot rag stuffed down in between the cushions).

Tip #5 – Clear the fridge.spring cleaning for dummies9.jpgspring cleaning for dummies10.jpg

There comes a day about every 6 weeks where I start feeling a little claustrophobic about what’s happening on our fridge door.

The Happy Buddy seems to think that every single piece of art he creates (including the half-hazard scribbles and unending trail of worksheets from school) are fridge worthy.

I am always secretly throwing his things away and then piling other trash on top because he has discovered one too many times his work in the garbage and then looked at me with accusing eyes and said, “Mommy!  Why are you throwing away all of my beautiful things?”

Because Mommy is about to lose her marbles, maybe????

No, actually, I try to say in a bright voice, “Because now we can start over with new artwork, my little Picasso!”

And then we repeat the same scenario 6 weeks later.

So, there you go!  Close up your computer or put down your phone and try these 5 simple tips and you will be feeling like a million bucks.

Until the kids decide to have a pillow fight while playing elevator in the closets.

In that case, my only spring cleaning tip for you is to…

Go eat a piece of chocolate and spray everything with Febreze.


Happy Fake Spring Cleaning! :-)

Tweet Tweet

sweetest bird crafts for spring at happyhomefairy.comWalking outdoors during the months of spring means being surrounded by a choir of the loveliest sounds.

Most of which are birds – singing sweet melodies of gratitude because they’re so happy for the warmer weather. :-)

I just adore those cheerful, chirping creatures and wanted to do a post about them.

You’re going to flap your wings with excitement at these great ideas!

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A simple lunch bag can be transformed into a bird’s nest!

Fly over to Creative Preschool Resources for the how-to.

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If you’re like me, you have leftover Easter eggs coming out your ears.

eighteen25 uses them to make adorable little Easter Egg Birds.

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I love this little Paper Plate Bird’s Nest from Refined Metals Academy.

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, you can have your Happy Buddies make this precious Handprint Bird from The Craft Nest for Grandma.

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Happy Hooligans has the instructions on these happy Paper Plate Birds.

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If you happen to have a plethora of cute scrapbook paper hanging around your Happy Home, then these Paper Birds from Spoonful are for you.

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And, finally, you know how much I love a good tp tube craft!

Thanks to Crafts by Amanda, you can make these awesome Cardboard Tube Birds.

And now for a bird joke.

Q. What do you give a sick bird?

A. Tweet-ment.


Happy Bird Craft-ing!

Paper Plate Crafts for Spring

paper plate crafts for spring - so cute and easy! happyhomefairy.comI ALWAYS have paper plates hanging around this Happy Home because I don’t like doing dishes! :-)

Plus, they make excellent little crafts.

With the season of spring upon us, I rounded-up 8 of the easiest Paper Plate Crafts that celebrate this time of year.


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Giggleberry Creations featured this unbelievably adorable Paper Plate Snail.  I love all those colorful tissue paper squares!

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What kid doesn’t like Do-A-Dot Art?

Let them go nuts on a paper plate to make the wings for this lovely Paper Plate Butterfly from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

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I couldn’t find a link for these Paper Plate Bees, but man, I thought they were too cute not to share!

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I think crafts with giant eyes are so fun.

Check out these giant-eyed Paper Plate Lady Bugs from DLTK.

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Those little dots in the center of these Paper Plate Flowers are made from a pencil eraser.

See all the fun over at Mommy Minutes.

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We’ve been getting quite a bit of rain here this month!

I think these Paper Plate Umbrellas from Creative Family Fun would be very appropriate to make.

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What a happy little Paper Plate Frog from The Mommy Playbook!

Lovin’ that the frog’s hands (feet?) are made using your Happy Buddy’s handprints.

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And, finally, this one’s my favorite!

After the dreary, bleak winter months, I cannot think of a better craft than this to cheer things up in your Happy Home!

Pop over to A Little Delightful to see these uplifting Paper Plate Sunshines.

Pick one to do this weekend!

Happy Spring Paper Plate Craft-ing! :-)

Scrumptious Desserts for Spring

spring dessertsI would imagine that many of you are trying to put together a little Easter dinner menu right about now.

Allow me to give you some dessert suggestions that will have your guests absolutely begging you for more!

Each recipe is just perfect for spring and so easy to make.

You’re welcome. :-)

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IMG_7839Angel Food Cake Strawberry Trifle

IMG_7387Banana Bread Pudding Trifle

IMG_1020Lemon Cheese Bars

I promise not one of these recipes will let you down!

Happy Scrumptious Desserts for Spring-ing! :-)

Ding Dong DOORMAT Ditch

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Y’all know I am a fan of Ding Dong Ditching!

Last year we Ding Dong Ditched some diapers to a sweet friend of ours who had just had a baby (you can read more about that HERE).

This year, with spring starting, we felt it was the right time to do another Ding Dong Ditch to make someone’s day.

In our neighborhood, there is a woman several doors down from us who lost her husband a few years ago.

When the Happy Buddy and Happy Baby and I go on walks, I’ve noticed that she does not have a doormat.

With all those April Showers coming, we figured a new doormat was a necessity!

Instead of just giving her one, we thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a new doormat just magically appeared on her doorstep??”

So that is what we did!

I picked up a new doormat at Home Depot for about 10 bucks.

doormat ditchThen we wrote her a little note.

doormat ditch 2We headed down the street, quietly snuck up to her door, set the doormat and note down, and raced off!

We’re praying it will be a happy springtime blessing whenever she comes home.

Happy Ding Dong Doormat Ditch-ing! :-)

Berry Sweet Ideas for May

The Happy Buddy and I were at the grocery store yesterday and as we were walking through the produce section, I almost got knocked over by the sweet smell of strawberries.

I grabbed 5 cartons of those beautiful, fat, juicy red fruits and then felt inspired to do a post featuring all things strawberry!

Here are the berry best ideas I found…

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With Teacher Appreciation Week starting on Monday, here is one more super cute FREE Printable and idea from eighteen25 using some fresh picked items from Bath and Body Works.

Psst!  This FREE Printable also has a version for moms for Mother’s Day!

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Speaking of Mother’s Day, here is a precious Strawberry Mother’s Day Card from All Kids Network that uses your Happy Buddy’s fingerprints as the strawberry seeds.

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Or transform your Happy Buddy’s handprint into a strawberry like this one from Meet the Dubiens.

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I love this Scented Button Strawberry from itmom because once you have painted the strawberry on white cardstock, you get to sprinkle strawberry Jell-O or Kool Aid powder on top!  Yum!

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This clever Strawberry Necklace from Parents is made from a WALNUT (how cool is that?!) and just two other supplies.

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Surprise your Happy Buddies after school this month with these cute Strawberry Mice Snacks from Family Fun.

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Have you ever tasted a Strawberry Pretzel Salad?

I made this a few months ago for our MOMs group at church and I had a flood of emails practically before the meeting was over begging me for the recipe (you can find it HERE)!

This is the perfect thing to carry to a Spring picnic or Summer BBQ.

OR check out this DELICIOUS Strawberry Trifle Recipe that  I made for my mom last Mother’s Day, as well as this addictive Strawberry Salad Recipe.

Thanks for PICKING Happy Home Fairy as one of the blogs you read! :-)

I think y’all are BERRY sweet.

Happy Strawberry Idea-ing!