Bunny & Chick Egg Tags (Bonus Personal Progress Tag)

Bunny & Chick Egg Tags

Another last minute gift idea if you are stumped about a cute little gift for your Young Women or for a group of kids. I seriously LOVED these cute little bunny and chick eggs I found at Walgreens. They were begging to be used! They came as a package of three for $0.99. Fill them up with your favorite Easter candy, attach these tags, and you have a darling handout to give your girls on Easter.

I couldn’t get them to match up when printing the Personal Progress tag on the back so I printed it separately and then glued it to the backs of the other two tags. You could also keep them separate. It’s also nice because you can use them for any occasion just by printing the bunny or chick. I hope they help you with your Easter fun!

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An Eggcellent Printable for an Easter Gift!

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I don’t know about you, but holidays always sneak up on me. I get all of these great ideas, find fun things at the store, buy them with the intent to do something cool with them, and then run out of time even though I swore I wouldn’t procrastinate again. Sheesh, you’d think I would learn!

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I love chocolate covered marshmellows, included the ones that come in the egg cartons every year. And they are cheap! I found them at Walgreens for only $0.99! Perfect for a small little neighbor gift or to use as packaging for something else.

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So if you’re last minute like me, download one or all of these printalbes, adhere to the top of an egg carton, add some fun twine or ribbon, and voila! A cute little gift. I included one for neighbors, friend, a host, and a blank one. The shine you see on the paper is from the pearl cardstock that I used.

And there’s one that says “I hope you have an Eggcellent Easter”. I left a little space if you want to write a little note too.

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Here are some other fun things you can fill the egg carton with I found via Pinterst. Be sure to check out their blogs!

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April 17 Daily Deal: Crazy 8 Sale

I love finding good deals and I’m always on the lookout. I often find random ones too that are great for keeping on hand as little gifts or favors for parties. I usually find them daily too. So, I’ve decided I am going to post a daily deal here on the blog and on all my social media. It will be for sales, coupons, and other random little finds. I’d love to hear what you’re on the hunt for too because I may just run across it! Drop me an email or leave me a comment if you ever need some help finding something.

Today’s daily deal is a great sale over at Crazy 8! They have a Buy One, Get One for $0.88! I love their clothes, especially because it can be hard to find stylish things for boys. The sale runs now through Sunday, April 20.

Buy One Get One for $0.88 at Crazy 8!

Let me know if you find anything good!

American Girl Doll & Book Giveaway!

I remember being eight years old and coming home from school, eagerly grabbing the mail and filling with excitement when I saw that it had come. What is “it”, you ask? My American Girl catalog of course! I spent hours pouring through the pages, creating wish lists, birthday lists, and Christmas lists. My very first doll was Kirsten. She was my favorite. I remember the excitement I felt when I opened up her box on Christmas morning. My dream come true! I loved the outfits, the accessories, and the books. I later also received Molly and the year that the American Girl of Today dolls came out, my best friend and I each got a doll that looked like us. I named mine Danny (short for Danielle) and hers was Sam (short for Samantha). We spent endless hours playing with our dolls. They were our little companions. And I still have them!

I have such fond memories of American Girl. They are such a great way to inspire girls and help them see the great things they are capable of doing. American Girl characters past and present show girls today that they can do great things if they believe in themselves and each other. From a Native American girl living in the Northwest in 1764 to a contemporary girl whose passions inspire action, the characters in every story illustrate the power of determination, imagination, courage, and hope—the same spirit that inspires modern American girls.

One lucky winner will receive an American Girl Doll & Book.

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends April 30th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck.

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this publication and are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@momtobedby8.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Because of Him: A Week of Easter Messages

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The week approaching Easter has always felt sacred to me. Even when I was younger, I could feel a difference. I love that Easter occurs in the Spring, when trees come back to life and flowers start to bloom. It’s renewing, it’s healing. But there is one person who is the ultimate Healer, the One who has made it possible for life to continue in it’s beautiful, Eternal circle.

This week, I want to share with you why I believe in Jesus Christ. My relationship with Him is personal and the most important relationship I have. It has grown through my trials. He is my best friend.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jesus Christ is the center of our religion. Beginning today, on Palm Sunday, we want to encourage everyone to think about their own relationship with Jesus Christ. And if you don’t have one, you can begin. Right now. His message is the most important one we can share, no matter what church we attend, and everyone deserves the opportunity to hear His message.

Follow along for our Photo-A-Day Challenge and at the hashtag #becauseofhim. Share your thoughts, your feelings, your pictures, and stories. Allow them to uplift and inspire others. Later tonight, I will post my first experience along with a fun activity to do with your family to celebrate and bring His message into your homes.

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To kick things off, here is a a beautiful video that shares how blessed we are #becauseofhim. Visit this site for more information about Jesus Christ and Easter.

 

Eat Clean Challenge Week 1: Orange Chicken Stirfry

I am so excited to be a part of the Eat Clean Challenge this month! I admit, it’s been hard to think up yummy recipes that don’t include any processed foods, but I love a good challenge. And we aren’t complete strangers to it in our house.

Last year, my husband began a special diet because we wanted to GAIN more weight. Yes, gain more! If only that were my problem. His diet has been very specific and includes mostly fresh ingredients and a lot of lean protein. It was a pain at first to change how I cook, but it has been nice to fix our mindset.

I have also found a need to eat more “clean”. I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called “Hashimoto’s Disease” and it was recommended that I begin an anti-inflammatory diet. I haven’t changed anything yet, but this challenge is helping!

We love recipes that use as many vegetables and fruits as possible. This recipe  is easy and customizable as well. Instead of orange, you could throw in pineapple and use whatever veggies you have on hand. You can also adjust the amount of sauces and spices that you use. Yum!

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Orange Chicken Stirfry With Baked Chickpeas                                                                                            (recipe adapted from Clean Eating.com)

1 cup chickpeas

1 1/2 cups jasmine or brown rice

2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

1 bunch of broccoli, cut into pieces

1/2 package mushrooms

1 yellow pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1/2 bunch green onions, sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into pieces

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 orange, peeled and cut into bite size pieces

salt and pepper to taste

1. Toss chickpeas in a bowl with olive oil. Add sea salt and pepper and coat chickpeas. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 375 until slightly crispy (about half an hour for me but keep an eye on them).

2. Begin cooking rice according to directions (1 cup rice, 2 cups water).

3. Begin steaming broccoli. If you use carrots or similar veggies, steam them now as well. I use my rice cooker that came with a steamer to do this. It’s great-I cook the rice and steam the veggies on top at the same time. Whatever did I do without it?

4. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cut into pieces. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a skillet and add the chicken. Cook the chicken until golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms and peppers and saute for a few minutes. Next, add the soy sauce and ginger. Saute until veggies and chicken are cooked through.

5. In a small saucepan, heat 1 tsp olive oil. Add garlic. Saute until golden brown. Remove from heat and add rice wine vinegar.

6. Add the sauce to pan with the chicken and veggies. Mix together well. Once broccoli is done, add broccoli, green onions, and oranges.

Serve over rice and top with crunchy chickpeas. My husband LOVED this recipe and my four year old as well. Our toddler still refuses to even put a vegetable in his mouth but he loved the chicken and chickpeas.

Here are some other amazing clean eating recipes from my friends. I can’t wait to try them myself! And check back again next Saturday for more clean eating recipes from all of us.

Clean Eating Recipe Challenge Round Up Week 1:

Garlic Greens from Rick•a•bam•boo

Rosemary Pita Bread with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Clarks Condensed

Roasted Sweet Pepper Dip from Keep it Simple, Sweetie

Clean Cobb Salad from Cooking with Curls

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding from Delightful E Made

Easy Spinach & Egg White Omelette from Yummy Healthy Easy

Fire Ants on a Log Recipe from Project Domestication

Taco Stuffed Avocado with Avocado Salsa from YoursAnd Mine Are Ours

Paleo Biscuits Recipe from My Natural Family

Grilled Zucchini from Bite of Delight

Tropical Smoothie Bowl – Je suis alimentageuse

Greek Salad~ Tips From a Typical Mom

Stir Fry Tofu and Vegetables in Chile Sauce from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Lazy Summer Salsa Recipe from Everyday Southwest

Mean Lean Green Popsicles from Life As Mrs. Larson

Frugal Friday: Crazy 8 Sale!

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Warmer weather is quickly approaching, but not as quickly as your kids grew out of last year’s clothes! I can’t believe how quickly my kids grow out of things. And my oldest has been begging to wear shorts for a month now. It’s time to start stocking up on this season’s styles for spring. Luckily, Crazy 8 is offering 20% off markdowns, up to 60% off at Crazy 8 so your kids can get everything they need (and some they don’t!) without cleaning out your wallet.The sale starts Friday (4/11) for a limited time, so hurry before it’s gone! Nothing better than some fun weekend shopping.

 

Summer Dreams Little Tikes Hide & Seek Climber Giveaway

#SummerDreams Outdoor Fun Sweepstakes

#SummerDreams Outdoor Fun Sweepstakes

hosted by: Mom to Bed by 8 & Everything Mommyhood

I never realized that being a Mommy to two boys would be soooooooo busy! They climb, jump, hit, spin, run, fall, punch, tackle… It’s exhausting but fun. Most days.  I mean, you can just see their busy mischievousness in their eyes.

Man they’re cute.

That’s why I love anything that will occupy them and keep them busy. One of the best ways to do that is to give them something fun to climb on, jump off of, and slide down. That will give me some time to kick back, enjoy some rays, and enjoy my Cherry Coke. Wait, that last part is just a fantasy. Really, I’d be doing yardwork instead! Or thinking of doing yardwork. That’s usually how it goes.

This climber is perfect for keeping them busy (yep, even the four year old-he likes to jump off of anything!) and having fun while allowing me to get my own work done.

And one of you can win one of your own!

So when you’re kicking back in a lounge chair with your own cherry coke, think of me and how I helped you get there. Or at least fantasize it like I do. All it takes is entering using the form below and you could very well be on your way to some mommy time!

Here are some details. The Little Tikes Hide & Seek Climber delivers a world of fun for toddler girls and boys. The climber comes with a climbing rock-wall designed for beginners and an adventurous tunnel that kids love to crawl through and hide in. This Little Tikes climber is just the right size for toddlers and is a great way to build coordination and balance.

One winner will receive a Little Tikes Hide & Seek Climber.

Giveaway ends April 21st at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per mailing address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below.

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

 

Join Me At The Mom Summit!!

I don’t know about you, but I still love going to classes and learning new things. Unfortunately, I don’t get to do that much anymore because I have two incredibly busy boys who barely give me time to think. But I’ve learned from the times I’ve been able to sit down with a notebook and allow myself to soak in inspiration, that I always come away more relaxed, with new goals, and more motivated as a mom to better my family. Having said that, though, no Mom is Perfect! If you love being inspired and uplifted like I do, join me at the FREE, online Mom Summit: For Moms by Moms!

Register Now! 

Desi Ward, host of The Mom Summit and creator of The Unconventional 
Kitchen, created this educational and entertaining event because no mom 
is perfect. That’s why we share our strengths! You know the whole idea; 
“I’ll do your laundry if you do my dishes?” At The Mom Summit we will 
gather together to learn from each other; we are our greatest resource! 

Attend FREE and be a part of the online Mom Summit
taking place on March 31 – April 7, 2014! 

WHY?

It’s going to be more fun than a solo shopping trip and more informative 
than a library full of parenting books! 

Being a mom can be overwhelming at times, so The Mom Summit contains 30+ 
online classes to make motherhood more enjoyable. 30 rock star bloggers 
(mostly moms) will be teaching classes on topics incredibly important, 
like cooking a month’s worth of dinners in ONLY a couple hours, getting 
kids to listen without yelling, nagging or reminding, and making sure 
there’s not just heat in the kitchen, but how to put the sparks in your marriage, as well.

Here are a few of the incredible presenters: 

-Freshly Picked (did you see her on “Shark Tank”?)

-Six Sisters Stuff  (just listening to them alone is worth it! Love these girls!)

-100 Days of Real Food 

-Wellness Mama 

-One Good Thing By Jillee (also an incredible woman!)

-Balanced Bites 

-Super Healthy Kids

… along with 20+ additional presenters sharing their wealth of 
knowledge. This invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for mothers 
everywhere! 

As moms, we share! And, the Mom Summit is all about moms helping moms by 
sharing ideas and gathering insights from our most reliable sources: 
each other! 

It’s all online and FREE! 

Come listen and be inspired. Registration is now open for The Mom 
Summit, March 31 – April 7, 2014! 

Sounds AMAZING, right? Learn more about it and register for FREE now. And then come back in a couple of weeks as I share some of the things I took away from the Summit and I’d love to hear from you as well!