5 Tips for Making Easter Baskets for Your Kids

I know, Easter was last Sunday but I made the girl’s baskets Saturday night so this post isn’t late when you think about it that way. Just pin it and dig it up next year when you’re scrambling for DIY basket ideas like I know you will. This was my second attempt but  I learned from my mistakes last year so these are keepers. I don’t think I’ll have to make baskets ever again. Here are 4 things to keep in mind when creating your own baskets.

Grab what you like then figure out how to make it work. I loved the flowers in the can but I didn’t know how exactly I wanted to incorporate them until I got started. They worked out perfectly with a little glue and dots from the lettering kit in the middle of each one.

Think function. These baskets weren’t Easter specific, just colored ones I found at Michael’s. Harper’s basket from last year was too small and the handle was so low that we couldn’t get books to fit inside. When they get older we’ll put shirts and other grown up goodies in there, I think the size of these baskets will work for that phase too. (Note: Post-‘bunny’ we got baskets well until high school. It was just a fun tradition that I’ll do with my girls too.)

Bigger is better. The basket I made last year had lettering that was way too small so I grabbed these oversized ones and I’m so glad I did. They’re more sturdy and they stuck perfectly to the uneven texture of the basket.

Simple doesn’t mean plain. There are only two elements I used here- flowers and letters and they look great. Their function is to hold gifts and candies so they’ll look better once they’re filled anyway.

Down with glitter. I’m not a fan of glitter on things for kids anyway because it transfers onto their hands and always ends up in their eyes and mouths.

Ester Basket Essentials
Everything was found at Michael’s, the glue gun, paper flowers, and lettering.

Their middle names are on the back with more flowers.

I’m not especially crafty (honestly, or else I’d already have a glue gun) and it only took me about 30 minutes to put them both together.  They’ll last a long time and will be used every year like Christmas stockings so for me, the extra effort was totally worth it.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Here are my two little leprechauns. We’re celebrating with an all-green meal that Mike’s preparing right now (just an excuse to have green chile I think.) So although we aren’t drinking green beer (something I was never into anyway), we’re having fun with our little ones just cooking and laughing and doing our thing. Hope your day was just as fun.

St Patty's Day

4th of July 5k Run

Over the 4th while you were hopefully sleeping in or having a breakfast filled with mimosas, I squeezed into my workout gear and high tailed it over with Mike and Harper for a neighborhood 5k run.

I understand that this is a totally unremarkable feat for most but considering (excuse alert!) I haven’t ran in at least 2 years and I’m almost 6 months pregnant, it was a somewhat big deal. Mike was totally surprised when I even brought up the possibility of running it and immediately jumped online to get us registered. Well shit. ‘Now I have to do it’ was my only thought. Since Mike runs marathons, short races like these aren’t interesting to him, but he was so excited that I wanted to do it and we could take Harper who loves being in her stroller. Family run on a beautiful day right?

Um no. Although I’m not huge (yet) I’ve of course gained weight and I could really feel those extra pounds I was dragging. It’s like on The Biggest Loser at the end when they make the contestants strap on all the weight they lost and run around. That’s how I felt even though it really wasn’t even in the realm of that at all. Anyway, running is hard. And although I walk 2-3 miles most days with the baby (I’m most comfortable when I’m moving these days), it’s still not the type of endurance you need for running, especially the mental aspect of being uncomfortable but keeping up the pace anyway. It makes me really appreciate Mike’s daily runs and marathons, I can’t imagine enduring that type of discomfort for hours and 26 miles! I know this wasn’t an Ironman or anything people, but it was hard for me ok?

So, we ran. while the baby looked around and made her sweet little sing songs as we call them, and Mike talked the whole time which always pisses me off because I’m dying and he’s totally fine. But it was fun and I’m glad I did it.

Here we are are before and then finishing. My hair flying around makes me look so fast so I kept it down.

I think I’m done running for the rest of this pregnancy, the ecliptic and walking suit me just fine, but I love our little family doing active things together. It’s exactly who we want to be.


Happy Harper Days!

Merry Christmas to you all! Today was little Harper’s 7 month birthday. We spent the day with family who gushed over this loved little girl. We’ll host more family tomorrow. I hope your holidays are full of love too.


Tennessee Valley Beach on Thanksgiving

We got the chance to get away for Thanksgiving this year and visit my best friend and his family out in the bay area. It was perfect; no stress, easygoing, and a gorgeous Thanksgiving afternoon hike where Harper saw the ocean for the first time at Tennessee Valley Beach.

Getting there was tricky because it’s a few miles in from where you park. At first it’s a paved path so it’s no problem. Here’s Kevin with 2 of his three adorable kids in the Bob (a jogging stroller that would’ve come in really handy for us), and Mike pushing little Harper.

Then the paved road quickly turns into wet gravel which is what it was for the majority of time time. We would’ve brought the Bjorn had we known, but we made it just fine. As you can imagine, Harper found it hard to nap with the extreme stroller turbulence so she was wide awake the whole time. We all chatted, threw the football around to Parker, and I caught up with Kevin’s parents who and I miss terribly since their move from Colorado years ago- that’s me walking with them and Kevin.

After a while on our windy path, our view became untangled and you could see the water. The day was beautiful and the area was packed. It seemed the everyone wanted to go for a pre-dinner hike to the beach.

Picture time! As usual we took turns kissing sweet Harper’s round cheeks. We certainly don’t need a camera for this, we pretty much do it all day long.

Dad’s turn! I love this face she’s making- it’s like a ‘WTF’ meets ‘I’m cold.’

She was getting a little chilly but was still up for a few more shots. When we got back and saw this picture I laughed because it’s like she was posing and smiling right along with us. She’s just so fun.

When we lived in the bay area (Walnut Creek) 9 years ago, we weren’t there long enough to explore little places like this so we were happy to see it. We had such a great time, we might have a new Thanksgiving tradition!

Our Christmas Tree Inspired by Houzz

Houzz is still my most used app especially now that we’re in full on Christmas decorating mode over here. I can’t get enough of Christmas (I have 4 trees!) and since it’s Harper’s first one I want it to be extra special. For our big tree in the living room, I wanted to do something different this year so I browsed pics on Houzz to get inspired. This was our inspiration below:

And ours which took us like 5 hours last night.

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It still isn’t finished, we need to fill in a few gaps and make the edges tighter so you can see sharper contrasts, but I really like it. We did a row of traditional ornaments in the center that you can’t see very well in this mediocre IPhone photo, but I like the idea of incorporating these old family ornaments I have into a more modern backdrop.

Downlad the Houzz app which isn’t just for home decorating. They also have some great articles about entertaining, how to set up a room to create a better flow for a party, and table centerpiece ideas that are easy and gorgeous.