FREE Printable Easter Treat Tag

FREE Printable Easter Treat Tag at Happy Home Fairy!!!.jpgSo I found THIS PIN and I was like, “Oh, this is so happening.”

I called our church’s children’s ministry director and asked her if she wanted a little gift idea to give all of her amazing volunteers on Resurrection Sunday.

She said yes and boom.

I present you with the cutest Easter treat ever!

You will need some Rolos candy, the FREE Printable tag at the bottom of this post, some Ziploc snack bags, a hole punch, and some yarn.FREE Printable Easter Treat Tag at Happy Home Fairy - so cute.jpgFREE Printable Easter Treat Tag at Happy Home Fairy.jpg

 Put together a few bags and add them to your Happy Buddy’s Easter basket.

Or surprise a neighbor!

Or a teacher.

Or the mailman.

I think chocolate and the Good News of Easter go pretty well together, don’t you? :-)

Click HERE for your FREE Printable Easter Treat Tag

Happy The Stone Was ROLO-ed Away-ing!

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.

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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

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.

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.

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!*

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! :-)

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!*