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Mother’s Day Printable: All About Mom

Mother's Day Printable

HAPPY Mother’s Day to all you warrior mamas working, homeschooling, running the household and managing ALL THE THINGS! It’s a lot of work and we deserve some extra love and attention this year.. don’t you agree? I found the All About Mom Printable I created a few years ago and quickly printed it for my girls to fill out. I LOVE seeing their answers and it truly is the best gift that holds so much meaning. Scroll down for the FREE Printable and enjoy the little things in life a little bit more this Mother’s Day, because being a mama truly is the greatest gift! Xo

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Quarantine Activities

Well, it’s official.. School will not resume the remainder of the school year! While I actually love having my kids home (and the slow lifestyle), there have definitely been some challenges. Boredom, hunger, and overwhelmed with schoolwork are just to name a few.. and that’s just from me! Ha!

Chloe was on Spring Break this week. It was the perfect time to break out the Christmas gifts that we didn’t get a chance to use yet, and also order a few new things to keep us busy and creative. I hope this collection inspires you to find some new ideas..

Calligraphy Book | Learn to Read Book | Thinking Putty | Barbie Color Reveal | Metallic Rock Art | Tie Dye Kit | Bracelet Kit | Foot Spa for Kids | Go Glam Nail Stamper

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Valentine’s Day Charcuterie

Valentine Charcuterie

If you’re looking for a simple and fun idea for Valentine’s Day, then create yourself a Charcuterie Board! For the past few months, they are one of my favorite things to create. My girls absolutely love snacking on them, and I love how quick and easy they are to assemble. I often use whatever is in my fridge/pantry (typically cheese, crackers, fruit and salami), and make a pretty presentation that looks like it took way more effort than it really did.

I found this pretty new charcuterie board, and while grocery shopping last week, I stumbled upon some fun heart and “xo” shaped foods that would be perfect for a special Valentine’s Day Charcuterie! I added some sweet treats, and focused on red and pink colored foods. The options are endless, and I love that!

Valentine Snack foods
Charcuterie Presentation
Valentine Kitchen
Valentine Charcuterie and I love plum tutu

..and of course, someone couldn’t resist the temptation! Ha!

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Capri’s Swan theme 5th Birthday Party

HAPPY New Year! Can you even believe that it is 2020?! Whew! ..what a decade it has been. I definitely have SO much to be grateful for.

The past decade has given me two of my greatest gifts.. my beautiful girls! Capri turned FIVE years old last week, and I am so amazed at how quickly those five years have come and gone. Last weekend, we celebrated her Birthday with a Swan themed Birthday Party. It was complete with lots of pink, sparkle and frill.. just like my girl! I know she’s growing so fast, but I hope that she stays in the phase of loving her baby dolls, dressing up in pretty party dresses (just to go to the grocery store), or always having to have her nails painted. It’s what I love most about her!

Here are some fun photos from her Birthday Party..

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Christmas Gifts for Helping Hands + a FREE Printable

While writing my Christmas list and checking it twice, I always seem to find myself scrambling to find gift ideas for teachers and teacher aides. This year, Capri has SIX teacher aides in her classroom! I wanted to find some inexpensive, but useful gifts that they would each enjoy. Who wouldn’t love a cute holiday soap by their kitchen sink?

While I haven’t shopped in a Bath & Body Works in YEARS, I fell in love with the adorable packaging of these soaps, as I was walking through the mall this week. I created some cute gift tags, and tied it with ribbon and twine for a quick and simple gift. I’ll also add a Target or Starbucks Gift Card to show extra appreciation.. to the ones who truly make a difference in this world!

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Christmas Books: A Holiday Tradition

One of our favorite holiday traditions, is to gather around the Christmas tree or snuggle in our beds, and read Christmas books together. Each year, on Christmas Eve, my girls get to open one gift. It is always a Christmas book, with a sweet written message that I write to them. The excitement that they have, when I bring out the basket of Christmas books each year is pure joy! It’s a fun tradition, which carries sweet memories that we love to look back on.

Here are a few of our favorites, along with some new books I’ll be gifting to them this year..

The Sweet Smell of Christmas / The Little Reindeer / God Gave Us Christmas / Dasher / The Reindeer Express / Snow Sisters / The Night Before Christmas / The Wish Tree / Pick a Pine Tree / The Polar Express / The Nutcracker / The Crayons’ Christmas / The Christmas Wish / How to Catch an Elf / Gingerbread Mouse

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Chloe’s First Communion

Last weekend, we watched our beautiful Chloe Mae receive her First Eucharist. We are so incredibly proud of her. She has become so devoted and eager to learn what it means to receive the Eucharist of the Lord. It was a beautiful day, filled with family, friends and sunshine!

Here are a few of my very favorite photos, taken by my very best friend, Megan, from Under the Willow Photography.

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Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

Easter is next weekend, and I’ve been searching for some fun things to add to my girls’ Easter Baskets. I’m not a fan of giving them candy, so I prefer to fill them up with some cute accessories or small toys. I also love the idea of adding a few fun things for summertime, to get us excited for the warm months ahead. Here are some cute finds, in a mixed variety for both age groups.. Chloe (8) and Capri (4).

Easter basket ideas

headband | sequin purse | mini caboodle | makeup kit | surprise chick | hatchimals basket | sequin bunny | bracelet kit | water bottle | goggles | jump rope | unicorn pool float

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Chloe’s 8th Birthday Party: Descendants Style

Last weekend we celebrated our beautiful girl, Chloe Mae. She turned 8 years old and has been obsessed with everything Disney Descendants. I have to admit, I wasn’t thrilled when she wanted this party theme, but together we made it fun.. and not too “wicked.” Here’s a peek at some of the party details..

Descendants Banner
Descendants party pieces
Descendants Cupcakes
Descendants Party
Descendants party favors

I really enjoy these themed parties and dread the day that my girls no longer ask for them. My favorite part is planning them together and gathering their ideas too. As they are getting older, I cherish these moments with all my heart.

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Fruit Salsa with Heart Shaped Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your spouse over a romantic dinner? Or together as a family with your kids? We like to make it special with our little loves, and today I’m sharing a super simple recipe that’s so fun to get your kids involved, and “helping” in the kitchen.

Fruit Salsa with Heart Shaped Cinnamon Sugar Chips is the perfect appetizer or sweet treat for your Valentine’s Day dinner. It is so versatile, and can be used with a variety of different fruits. We used strawberries, raspberries and apples (to make it look pretty with pinks and reds). But, you can add pears, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple.. the list goes on!

I had Chloe (my older one) cut the fruit into tiny pieces, and then Capri (the youngest) mixed it all together. We all took turns with the cookie cutter shapes and sprinkling the cinnamon sugar. It was a fun activity and delicious treat that we were all able to create together.

Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 burrito-style tortillas
  • coconut oil cooking spray
  • cinnamon sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut tortillas into appropriate shape with cookie cutter
  3. Spray with cooking spray
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  6. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool
  7. Serve with fruit salsa or store in an airtight container

Fruit Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 large apple
  • squeeze of citrus to prevent apples from browning (we used a squeeze of grapefruit)

Directions:

  1. Finely chop strawberries, raspberries and apple
  2. Combine ingredients
  3. Squeeze citrus
  4. Gently mix together
  5. Chill until ready to serve

Happy Valentine’s Day from House on Prairie Lane

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