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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

How to Make an Easter Egg Tree

One of our family traditions is to make an Easter Egg Tree. We hang plastic eggs filled with jelly beans on trees in our yard such as the one shown below. In this post, we'll teach you how to make your own Easter Egg Tree.

Craft: Easter Egg Tree
  •  Plastic Eggs (We recommend at least two dozen.)
  • Thin string (Any type is fine, but keep in mind that it is easier to shut the eggs with thinner string.)
  • Scissors 
  • Optional: Candy to fill the eggs

1. Cut string to desired length between 6 and 12". Tie a knot on the end.

2. Insert the knotted string and optionally fill with your favorite candy.

3. Close the egg. You'll notice that the knot helps to prevent the string from slipping out of the egg.

4. Hang the colorful eggs on your trendy Easter Egg Tree!

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Monday, March 27, 2023

(Win it!) Miracle at Manchester on Pure Flix! #MiracleAtManchesterMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opin-ions are 100% my own.

Get ready for an uplifting and powerful movie experience with Pure Flix's upcoming release, Miracle at Manchester! This is a heartwarming and inspiring movie that showcases the power of faith and prayer in difficult times. The film beautifully portrays how a community can come together to support a family in need and how the love and strength of God can bring hope and healing to those facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. This movie is a must-watch for anyone who needs a reminder of the goodness in people and the power of belief.

Here is a quick overview:
"God is still in the business of miracles. Based on the true story, a high schooler’s bright future changes in an instant when he’s diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. But the power of prayer and support from his community renews a father’s faith and brings healing to a family."

Check out the trailer here:

The movie has a talented cast that includes Kory Getman, Brycen Newman; Eddie McClintock, Richard Newman; Daniel Roebuck, Ed Hanson; Kathy Patterson, Marilyn Hanson; and Dean Cain, Dr. Getty!

The movie will make you think about these bible verses:
  • I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

  • Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

  • I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  - Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

In addition, there are some nice readings that you may enjoy after the movie:

Miracle at Manchester is just one out of many great movies on Pure Flix! We highly recommend signing up for Pure Flix, the premier streaming service for uplifting, family-friendly content. With an extensive library of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and original programming, Pure Flix offers something for everyone. From heartwarming stories like Miracle at Manchester to exciting action movies and inspiring documentaries, Pure Flix has it all. Plus, they have a commitment to providing only family-friendly content that is rare nowadays. Additionally, Pure Flix offers a wide range of features, including the ability to stream on multiple devices. So why not sign up today and start enjoying the many benefits of Pure Flix? 

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Saturday, March 11, 2023

Family Friendly Fun - Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe in now available on Nintendo Switch!

Disclosure: Thanks to Nintendo for providing a sample of this game. All opinions are honest and our own.

The Nintendo Switch team has done it again -- they released another incredible family-friendly game to make family game nights extra special!  Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is now available on Nintendo Switch and is generously packed with whimsical content to whisk your family to an imaginative new world that is filled with colorful characters and activities!

Let's start with a quick overview:

"The tough puff Kirby is back for a 1-4 player* platforming adventure across Planet Popstar. Help Magolor rebuild his ship with newly added Mecha and Sand Copy Abilities! 
Float and fight along with friends on the same system as you control Kirby. Each other player can control a different Kirby or one of Kirby’s iconic friends like King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee." 

Here is the trailer for the game:

In our personal experience, we love that this game supports up to 4 players so that our entire family is able to play together.  Our children have a large age gap, so it's also nice that the game is accessible and engaging for all of us to play! The Nintendo Switch game designers did such a great job so that even our kindergartener is able to join the fun.  He is truly able to play with the rest of us!

We also love that it's easy to combine powers as a team by riding piggyback. If you press and release the Lor R buttons at the same time, you may create a super-strong Team Attack! The effects vary based on the number of players and who is on the bottom of the the stack. This makes it very engaging and interactive. It's perfect for family bonding!

I hope that this gives you insight into this incredible game without ruining too many surprises.  Our family loves it and feels like it's a fantastic addition to our family game night collection!  If you treasure family time and family game nights as much as us, I recommend Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe on Nintendo Switch!  You'll find it at the Nintendo store, Amazon, and stores nationwide!

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5 Easter Dessert Ideas to Sweeten Your Spring Celebrations

5 Best Easter Dessert Ideas to Sweeten Your Spring Celebrations

Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner! While Easter egg hunts and family gatherings are a highlight of the holiday, no celebration is complete without some sweet treats. From classic desserts to creative confections, we've rounded up the best Easter desserts that will have your taste buds hopping with joy. In today's post, we'll share these dessert ideas and point you to our favorite online bakery that will ship spring desserts to your doorstep - Mackenzie Limited!

1. Hot Cross Buns

A classic Easter treat, hot cross buns are a must-have on any Easter table. These soft, spiced buns studded with raisins and candied citrus peel are topped with a cross made of icing, making them both delicious and symbolic. Serve them warm with a dollop of butter for a heavenly breakfast or dessert.

2. Easter Basket Cake
Another Easter classic is one that we tried from Mackenzie Limited! Their Easter Basket Cake is a moist and flavorful dessert that is perfect for springtime. Made with premium ingredients, this cake makes you slow down to enjoy each bite!  A fun feature of this Easter Basket Cake is that they ship this cake (pre-frosted with a rich frosting) to your doorstep with the supplies for your family to decorate it! This gourmet cake comes with coconut “grass” that is dyed green and sugared almond “Easter eggs” in bright pastel colors. It provides a family bonding experience as you decorate the Easter Basket Cake  together.  I'm not sure which is more fun - decorating or eating it!

3. Easter Egg Nest Cookies
These adorable Easter egg nest cookies are almost too cute to eat! Made with shredded coconut, melted chocolate, and mini candy eggs, these cookies are a fun and creative way to celebrate the holiday. Kids will love helping to make these festive treats, and they're sure to be a hit at any Easter party.

4. Limoncello Cake
A bright and tangy Lemoncello cake is a refreshing dessert that is perfect for springtime. Made with a buttery double-layer Sicilian lemon-infused sponge cake with the Italian mascarpone cream filling, this is a classic dessert that will impress your guests. Top it with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream for an extra burst of flavor. If you aren't up for preparing this gourmet cake on your own because it takes a lot of time and effort, visit Mackenzie Limited. Their talented chefs have you covered! Just order soon for this sweet and slightly tart cake to arrive at your doorstep!

5. Bunny Tail Cake Truffles
Whimsical bunny tail truffles are a fun and playful dessert that will delight both kids and adults. Made with vanilla cake, frosting, and fondant bunny feet and tails, these treats are almost too cute to eat. While you may make them on your own, we recommend ordering Bunny Tail Cake Truffles from Mackenzie Limited because their gourmet chefs are perfectionists that know how to make cake truffles that are delicious and adorable!

In conclusion, these are the best Easter desserts that are sure to add some sweetness to your Easter celebration. Whether you prefer classic treats or more creative confections, these desserts are guaranteed to be a hit with your family and friends. So hop to it and start baking or order your treats from Mackenzie Limited!
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Allbirds Smallbirds Shoes Review and Discount Code KIDDOS!

Are you looking for comfortable and sustainable shoes for your kids? Allbirds Smallbirds shoes are the perfect solution! Made from natural and renewable materials like merino wool and sugarcane, these shoes are soft, durable, and eco-friendly.

At Allbirds, sustainability is a top priority. The company uses recycled materials and reduces their carbon footprint in every way possible. And now, for a limited time, you can save 50% on a pair of Smallbirds shoes when you spend $100 or more with the code KIDDOS.

Smallbirds shoes come in a variety of fun colors and designs, perfect for any style or occasion. The shoes are breathable, preventing odors and keeping feet cool and dry. Plus, they are versatile and can be worn for any activity.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to save money while providing your child with high-quality, sustainable footwear. Order now and use the code KIDDOS to get 50% off your purchase of Smallbirds shoes. Your child (and the environment) will thank you!

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Eco-Friendly Footwear: Get a Free Pair of Allbirds Socks with Your Purchase

Attention Allbirds lovers! I have some great news for you and a special deal to share with my Trendy Mom Readers. For a limited time, when you purchase any pair of Allbirds shoes, you can get a FREE pair of Allbirds socks with this exclusive coupon offer. Simply use our Trendy Mom coupon link add any pair of socks and at least one pair of shoes to your cart, and the socks will come off as FREE at checkout. Don't miss out on this opportunity to save and step up your style game!
If you're not already familiar with Allbirds, they're a high-quality brand that combines trendy fashion with eco-conscious practices. Their shoes are made with natural materials, like ZQ-certified Merino wool and FSC-certified natural rubber, making them sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

But Allbirds isn't just about sustainability, their shoes are also incredibly comfortable and stylish. The Women's Wool Dasher Mizzles are my favorites! They offer water-repellent protection, making them perfect for stormy weather runs. Wool Dasher Mizzles have a soft wool fabric and stretchy top area that provides a feeling of comfort and support. I've tested them out myself, and they're perfect for a workout or running errands.

The Allbirds flats are my favorite business casual shoes because they are so comfortable! 

Not only are Allbirds shoes stylish and comfortable, but they're also carbon-neutral, thanks to sustainable practices like using natural materials and funding high-impact carbon projects. So not only will you be supporting your feet, but you'll also be supporting the environment.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the Allbirds website and use this exclusive coupon offer to get a FREE pair of Allbirds socks with the purchase of any pair of shoes. This Allbirds coupon is perfect for back-to-school shopping or for treating yourself to a new pair of eco-friendly, comfortable shoes. Get the deal here!

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The Best Nerf Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

As a Boy Mom, I know the importance of Nerf toys for happy childhood memories.  It's amazing how these toys have entertained children for decades and are always popular.  My children are obsessed, so I worked new Nerf Guns and darts into our Easter Egg Hunt this year.  I really like this idea because it focuses on physical activity instead of binging on candy. Let me share the basic ideas and then some photos.

These are the basics:

  • Nerf Easter Egg Target Shooting: Place the plastic eggs on golf tees for them to use as target practice.
  • Nerf Easter Eggs with Darts: Fill plastic eggs with extra Nerf darts so that they are able to race to stock up on darts before their game.
Personally, I filled oversized plastic eggs with Nerf darts.  This is a fun alternative to filling eggs with candy.

I then placed the plastic eggs on golf tees in our yard for Easter morning.  Here are some of the supplies:

While you could technically just set the eggs in the grass, you'll notice that the golf tees are nice because they allow the eggs to sit higher for target practice.

Here are a few of our eggs that are filled with Nerf darts for Easter morning!  

Finally, I set out their Easter baskets, each with a Nerf gun and goggles.

The Nerf Easter Egg Hunt is perfect for my children to enjoy playing together and exercising on Easter morning instead of binging on candy.  I think that this Nerf Easter Egg Hunt will always be one of their favorite childhood memories. It's a win on multiple levels!

If you want to order Nerf supplies, Amazon has a great selection. Here is my Amazon Affiliates link: 

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Tips for Easter Egg Hunts for Teens and Tweens

We love a good Easter Egg Hunt! Even if your children no longer believe in the Easter Bunny, it is still fun to continue Easter traditions.  It can be a lot of fun to organize a challenging Easter Egg for older children! Here are some tips to increase the difficulty of an Easter Egg Hunt for tweens and teens.  

1. Use Hard-To-Find Easter Eggs

Wonka makes fantastic plastic Easter Eggs that blend into the terrain. For instance, they include eggs that look like rocks, tulips, and eggs that blend with the grass and trees. These are perfect for older children that are up for a challenge. For instance, check out the photo below where we hid Wonka Hard-To-Find Easter Eggs that look like rocks in our rose bush.

This Wonka Hard-To-Find Lady Bug Egg blends into a bush.

Here is another example where we used eggs that blend with grass or trees.

Our flowers haven't bloomed yet, so we added Wonka's Hard-To-Find Eggs shaped like tulip in the plants.

2. Make it a GPS Egg Hunt

Another fun idea is to turn the Easter Egg Hunt into one that uses GPS. Give clues that make the eager hunters creatively solve problems in order to find the locations of eggs.  The level of difficulty is easy to adjust based on the age of your children. You may even want to get multiple families involved for extra competition!

3. Make it a Haunted Egg Hunt

If you have adventurous children that love surprises, move your egg hunt to evening and make it a haunted Egg Hunt!  We wrap eggs in glow sticks which is popular and memorable for children.  This is a great way to excite children.

Here is an indoor egg that we wrapped with a glow stick.

Here is another for outside.

4. Make it a race

Another option is to make the Egg Hunt a race between children.  "Ready, Set, Go!" Let them race to find the most eggs. The winner receives a special prize and bragging rights. The winner also gets to pick what we eat for breakfast.

5. Make it a Nerf theme.
Finally, check our our Nerf themed Easter Egg Hunt here.

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Tips for Extreme Easter Egg Hunts to Challenge Older Children

Have you been wondering how to make Easter Egg Hunts more challenging for your children? In this post, we'll share five tips to help you to create a challenging Easter Egg Hunt for your older children!  These tips are perfect for tweens, teens, or grown children. You may vary the difficulty level as you see fit.

1. Incorporate Indoor Hard-2-Find Easter Eggs

The Wonka Indoor Egg Hunt Hard to Find Eggs will help you take your Easter Egg Hunt to a new level. They have eggs that have built-in:
  • Suction cups,
  • Double-sided tape,
  • Strings, and
  • Flat edges
These eggs allow you to be very creative. For instance, the photo below shows that I stuck an egg with double-sided tape under our counter, placed an egg with a flat edge on top of a door, hung a hanging egg on my son's towel rack, applied a suction cup egg to a mirror in a hallway, and applied a section cup egg to a lamp in my husband's office.  These eggs are really awesome for increasing the challenge, especially if your children don't know that these eggs exist and wouldn't think to look in such creative places.

2. Incorporate Hard-2-Find Easter Eggs

The Wonka OutdoorHard to Find Eggs are fun to use outdoors. They have trendy eggs that blend into our terrain, including:
  • Rocks,
  • Tulips,
  • Ladybugs, and
  • Green eggs to blend with grass and trees
We place these in trees, grass, bushes, and flowers. This is especially fun if your children have never seen these types of eggs before!

3. Make it a race

"Ready, Set, Go!" Let your children race to find the most eggs. The winner receives a special prize and bragging rights. The winner also gets to pick what we eat for breakfast

4. Make it a GPS Egg Hunt

Create an Easter Egg Hunt that uses GPS and scavenger hunt clues. Give clues that make the eager hunters creatively solve problems in order to find the locations of eggs.  The level of difficulty is easy to adjust based on the age of your children. You may even want to get multiple families involved for extra competition!

5. Make it a Haunted Egg Hunt

Move your Easter Egg Hunt to evening and wrap the eggs in glow sticks. This may be done indoors or outdoors. We live against forest, so we keep our haunted egg hunt indoor to be safe, but I am sure that this varies based on where you live. In any case, this is one of my son's favorite activities!

Of course, you could combine multiple tips above to make an over-the-top Extreme Easter Egg Hunt!

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Recipe: How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Recipe: Hard Boiled Eggs
1. Place a single layer of eggs in a pot of cold water.

2. Heat water and eggs to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, promptly remove the pot from the heat.

3. Let eggs stand in the water for 15 minutes.

4. Drain and then rinse with cold water.  Refrigerate until ready to use them.

Craft: Dye Easter Eggs
Purchase a box of Easter Egg Dye. We purchased a cheap box for 99-cents. Follow the instructions on the box.  We'll show an example of the process that we followed since they are all fairly similar.

1. Drop one dye tablet in a bowl with 5 ounces of warm water. Stir to help dissolve. This takes approximately 5 minutes.

2. After the tablets dissolve, stir in one teaspoon of white vinegar for each color.
 3. Place hard boiled eggs in each color.  Let them soak longer for darker and more vivid color.

 4. Let dry and then serve.  Refrigerate any unused eggs.
5. Optional: Color with crayons on the eggs. We drew Angry Birds Star Wars characters on our Easter eggs. My son loves R2Egg2 on his Easter eggs!
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Thursday, March 9, 2023

(Win it!) Stock up on Superior Source Vitamins with a Women's History Month Sale #SuperiorSourceVitamins #Microlingual #InstantDissolveTablets


Women's History Month is a great opportunity to recognize contributions that women have made to advance society, support each other, and focus on self care.  In today's post, I'll tell you about one self care routine that is important to me -- supplementing my healthy diet with Superior Source Vitamins. I'll also point you to a Superior Source Vitamins sale at Walmart and host a giveaway for one of our lucky readers to receive a bundle of my favorite Superior Source Vitamins!

Let's start with an overview of why I love Superior Source Vitamins. This innovative company has been around for over 50 years. Their tiny vitamins use a proprietary MicroLingual technology that allows them to quickly dissolve under your tongue.  You don't even need water!

The convenience is great. Even better is that my body absorbs the vitamins quickly! Many other supplements that you swallow lose as much as 50% of the potency in the high acid environment of the stomach.  The Superior Source Vitamins dissolve sooner as shown in the figure below. 

My entire family loves taking these vitamins with MicroLingual technology. Once we started using Superior Source Vitamins, we couldn't go back to swallowing giant pills. We also prefer these over gummy vitamins because we avoid high fructose corn syrup and other fillers.  Superior Source vitamins are clean, pure, and simple - the way nature intended! They don't add chemicals, preservatives, binders, excessive fillers, added sugars, or artificial colors. This trusted brand is made in the USA. Superior Source Vitamins is a very customer-centric company that has spent decades providing innovative and high quality vitamins!

If you want to stock up on Superior Source Vitamins, there is a big sale on Walmart.com with prices marked down by 15% to 30%.  No coupon codes are needed. Just visit here.  This is a great time to stock up!

We hope that you will try these game changing vitamins.  We have been using them for years and love stocking up when they are on sale!

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One lucky winner will receive a Superior Source Vitamin 6-pack of vitamins that includes: 
  • Melatonin
  • Vitamin B12
  • Kid’s Clean Melts™ – C + D3
  • Vitamin D3
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin K
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Visit the Superior Source Vitamins website and list of online retailers.  Follow on social media on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.

While we recommend taking advantage of the Superior Source Vitamins Super Sale at Walmart.com, you'll also find Superior Source vitamins online and at stores nationwide throughout the year.  Look for them at the stores listed below!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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