Decorating Easter Egg Cookies - Food Fun Friday

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Decorating Easter Egg Cookies for kids! Kids love helping in the kitchen. An easy way to get them involved in the Easter preparations.

I don't know about you, but around this time each year I start to think about how we will decorate our Easter eggs. I usually buy one of those Paas kits, but may do something a little more creative this year. While  I was thinking about this, I thought it would also be fun to decorate some Easter egg cookies. This is a perfect activity for all ages and I bet you already have everything you need at home.
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Toddler Pudding Finger Paint - Guest Post from Homespun With Love

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Today I am delighted to have Kristin from Homespun With Love guest posting. If you like budget friendly recipes, craft and decorating ideas, and all around great tips, you are going to want to pay her a visit. Today she is sharing a fun activity for making some colorful Toddler Pudding Finger Paint. This is a terrific sensory experience for little ones and you won't even mind if they get some paint in their mouth!


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Plastic Canvas Letters - Guest Post from SugarTart Crafts

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I am very excited to have Toni from SugarTart Crafts here today to share a wonderful sewing activity for kids. I must admit sewing is a bit out of my comfort zone but this activity is easy enough for even a  child to do. I enjoy reading Toni's blog because she has great ideas for food, crafts, and kids fun.

Hi there Mess for Less Readers. I'm so happy to be visiting you today!

My name is Toni, and I blog over at SugarTart Crafts where I focus mostly on sewing projects for my 2 year old daughter and our newest addition (on the way).


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Recycled Nest Craft - Guest Post from Crafty Mischief

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Please welcome Brittany from Crafty Mischief to Mess For Less. Brittany is a wife and mom of three and she shares her awesome ideas and experiences on her blog. Today she is sharing a great Easter craft that involves recycling, nature and peeps - three of my favorite things! This is a great presentation for some Easter treats. It's all yours Brittany...


Hi! I'm Brittany and I blog at Crafty Mischief. I'm a lover of all things crafty, but I especially love making crafts with my 3 kids and creating fun memories while we craft.

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Food Fun Friday - Marshmallow Sugar Pops

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My mom got me a subscription to Food Network Magazine which is really funny if you know me. While I like cooking and food, I have little time to do anything elaborate and even less time to watch the Food Network. But I have gotten some nifty inspiration from Food Network Magazine. You may remember the Cookie Tray we made from an ad in a previous issue. 
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Crazy Promotion: ZenniOptical Buy 2 pairs and Get 1 Pair Free

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zenni Optical for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
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When we found out my three year old needed glasses we discovered how expensive they could be. We went to some chain stores and found the prices to be very high considering we were buying glasses for a child who would probably break or misplace them.

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Review and Giveaway: VeggieTales Robin Good and His Not So Merry Men

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If you have kids, chances are you are familiar with the VeggieTales series. These Christian children's DVDS feature a delightful group of vegetables that teach and entertain kids of all ages. We were recently given the opportunity to review Robin Good and His Not So Merry Men.
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Handprint Flowers in a Vase - Guest Post from Two Sasters

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Have you been looking for a cute Easter gift that the kids can help make? Well, look no further. Today Cari and Cortnee from Two Sasters are here to share a simple project that will be a big hit with whoever receives it. I am excited to have Cari and Cortnee here today! They share lots of fun ideas, tips and designs on their blog and they really make me wish I had a sister. Hey, maybe one day my three girls will have a blog together.  

Hi Mess for Less Readers!!  We are so happy to be here today!  A huge Thank You to Vicky for inviting us!!

For those of you that do not know us, we are two sisters, Cari and Cortnee, who blog over at Two Sasters and create handmade kids shirts and bows over at CGCDesign:)

Cari, is 14 months older and lives with her 2 year old daughter and hubby.  Cortnee and her hubby are expecting their first child in a few short months:)


Today we wanted to share with you a hand-print flower bouquet! 

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Cardboard Tube Birdhouses - Guest Post from One Orange Giraffe

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What a treat we have today! I am excited to introduce you to Vicky (yes, another Vicky!) from One Orange Giraffe. Vicky is a wife, mom and all around domestic goddess. She loves having fun with her kids and coming up with some great ideas to keep them (and you) entertained. Today she will be helping us clear out our recycling pile as she teaches us to make bird feeders out of toilet paper rolls. Take it away Vicky!

Hi everyone! It's Vicky from One Orange Giraffe. 
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Stamped Tote Bags

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Last month at MOPS we made some cute personalized totes using stamps and paint. I made a library bag with the kids initials and various princess stamps. I had so much fun and thought this would be a perfect project for the kids. I found some tote bags at Michael's but they weren't the size I wanted. Luckily, the MOPS craft leader was selling the extra bags for $1 each at our next meeting.
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St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Jello - Food Fun Friday

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day! To celebrate, I made the girls St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Jello. I originally saw a version of the idea on the Family Fun website. They used hollowed out limes as the holders but I found some cute mini buckets at the dollar store about a month ago and decided to use them. It was a lot less work too!

St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Jello - fun treat for the kids!
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Thrifty Thursday - Fine Motor Skills from the Dollar Store

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Believe it or not I actually had a life before Mess For Less. Today I am going to be sharing a fine motor activity we did last year BB (before blog). The best thing about this activity is it will only cost you $1-2 depending on what supplies you already have on hand.
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Review and Giveaway: My Easter Bible Storybook using Precious Moments art

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Recently, I was sent a copy of My Easter Bible Storybook published by Tommy Nelson.  This book is perfect for this time of year and contains all the whimsy and nostalgia we have come to expect from Precious Moments. The book is recommended for ages 2-6 and both my two year old and my three and a half year old twins loved the delightful illustrations.


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Review and Giveaway: The Parable of the Lily

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My daughters love books. Even though they can't read many books yet, they love looking at the pictures and of course, being read to. Recently, I received a copy of "The Parable of the Lily" by Liz Curtis Higgs and published by Tommy Nelson. The kids were excited as soon as they saw the cover. The bold illustrations and Spring flowers really spoke to them. 

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Homemade Lollipops - Guest Post from Meaningful Mama

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Jodi from Meaningful Mama is here today to share an easy way to make homemade lollipops. I have made chocolate pops in the past, but this is something totally different and very unique that I know you will LOVE doing with your kids. If you haven't checked out Meaningful Mama yet, please do. I usually do a little intro telling you about my guest blogger, but Jodi has done a great job of that herself. Read on...

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Lenovo ThinkVision LCD 14" Monitor

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When I heard about the Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 LCD Monitor, I immediately thought of how great it would be for my husband. He does his fair share of presentations and traveling for work. The Lenovo ThinkVision monitor is perfect for travel. It is 14 inches, under 2 pounds and less than an inch thick. Anyone who travels and does presentations can benefit from this mobile monitor.
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Selling Your House When You Have Kids

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Selling your house when you have small kids. How to survive the home selling process with your sanity.

So we decided to take the plunge and sell our house. It hit the market a few days ago. We are staying in the same town, just looking to move to an area with a little more land. If you have sold a house with young children then I have lots of admiration for you. Moving anytime is a stressful experience, but when you add 3 little ones to the mix, it can be insane.
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Food Fun Friday - Healthy Vanilla Pudding - Guest Post from Raising Dieter

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Today for Food Fun Friday we have a great recipe for Vanilla Pudding from Shay at Raising Dieter. I confess, I never even thought about how you would make vanilla pudding. I usually just buy the pre-made stuff or the box mix. When I saw how easy the whole process was, I couldn't believe it. Besides the simplicity, the best part of Shay's recipe is that it uses all natural ingredients. I'm going to make three lucky girls some pudding this weekend!

Raising Dieter
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Thrifty Thursday - The Best Bang-For-Your-Buck Craft Supplies

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The name of this blog is "Mess For Less," so obviously we like making messes and we like saving money. If you are looking to purchase some supplies for playing and crafting but are on a budget,  check out these inexpensive supplies that you will return to again and again.
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3 Ideas for Straw Games and Crafts

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I've been going through some old posts of mine and realized that we have done a lot of fun activities with straws. Not just any plain straws though. The kind I am talking about are these pretty guys. When you see them at your grocery store bursting with color, don't just pass them by. Pick some up and look at all the fun things you can do. 
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DIY Birdhouse - Guest Post from Dwell on Joy

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My kids just love the outdoors. There is something about being out in the cool air that calms them and brings us closer to nature. Do your kids feel the same way? I am excited to be sharing a project for a DIY birdhouse for all you outdoor loving folks from Sarah at Dwell on Joy. Sarah is a mom of three boys and blogs about food, crafts, home and family. Please check out this clever mom's blog. I know you'll love it! 




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Painting with Shaving Cream

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It's been a while since we used our shaving cream, so I paired it up with some food coloring in a muffin tin to make an artist's palette. We started off painting on paper, but as you will see, the girls got some other ideas. 
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Food Fun Friday - Mini Pizza Biscuits - Guest Post from Live Laugh Love Craft

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Are you guys hungry? Well it's Food Fun Friday here at Mess For Less so I hope so! I am so pleased to be able to introduce you to Katy today. She has a great blog, Live Laugh Love Craft that gives me plenty of ideas and inspiration. I could go on, but why don't I let Katy tell you more about herself. Take it away Katy!
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Thrifty Thursday - Decorating on a Dime - Yarn Wrapped Balls

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I am not one to spend a lot on decor. Recently I took a trip to Big Lots (not an ad, but I do love that place!) and saw some twine wrapped balls. You know, the kind you can put in a bowl. That got me to thinking....

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