It’s a Dog Eat Dog World…

24 Apr

And I’m wearing milkbone underwear.

38 Hilarious Animal Pictures

 

Wasn’t that a great way to start your day?

Happy Monday!

xoxo,

T.

Bon Voyage

20 Apr

Bon Voyage! Girl’s trip!!

xoxo,

T.

It’s Monday!

17 Apr

Don’t forget to be awesome!

xoxo,

T.

Happy to Report…

14 Apr

#Winning!  One week and counting till #GirlsTrip17.

xoxo,

T.

Best of My Easter Posts

13 Apr

I have been blogging for seven years.  Shocking, but true.  I have probably posted about Easter and baskets, peeps, decor, funny peeps-related jokes for six years and probably touched upon Easter at least ten times.  In researching about new Easter ideas, I don’t think I can improve upon what I’ve blogged about the last six or seven years…so I present, The Best of My Easter Blogs! Something for everyone.  No worries, LAP, just skim and maybe you’ll find something you like!  Food, Decor, Clothes, Jokes, Peeps!  Best. Easter. Blog. Ever!  IMO.

 

Unique Easter Basket Ideas

As a parent I often get confused about what to put in an Easter basket that is fun, Eggcellent,  the kids will enjoy and at the same time unique, so I’m not always filling them with the same items year after year….or just Cash, as this is what both Mer Mer and Paddy crave, as they feel Cash is King!   Jelly beans, DVDs, Peeps,  iTunes cards and Chocolates are the usual, but there are also other ideas out there.  The kids usually get some of the same, year after year.   So, when looking for some Eggcellent new ideas,  I found some of these , and thought perhaps some of You can also try the following Easter basket ideas to make this year’s baskets more unique and memorable.

Unique Easter Basket Idea with Books
If your kids love to read or you would want them to make books their new best friends, you can try a cute Easter basket idea with books. Little children will enjoy books with Easter story themes and older kids may enjoy Harry Potter or Twilight-type books. Whatever  their reading preferences, you can gift them Easter baskets with books and help them discover the hidden reader in them…and buy yourself a wonderful new book as well.  Girl with the Dragoon Tatoo is on my reading list.  You can start a tradition by gifting a favorite gift, each year, in the baskets.  Wish I had started that 19 years ago.  And in working with my “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” theme…may I suggest,  “If you give a Moose a Muffin?”

Unique Easter Basket Idea with DVD and CD
This is a great idea to be given to teens as their Easter basket gift. You can fill their basket with the latest movie DVDs or music CDs. They will enjoy their Easter basket gift and will look forward to see their favorite movie. You can make personalized CDs for the recipient, with all their favorite music!  Along with gifting your favorite books , you can gift your favorite movies and music.

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

You can get creative and make the Easter basket ideas for toddlers fun. These young minds are looking forward for fun and play and you should gift them just what they expect. You need to add some colorful Play Doh dough or fill it with toys like bath toys, sand toys or add in some character toys like Bob the Builder, Elmo, The Wiggles, etc…

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

The Easter basket ideas for kids should include paints, colored pencils, stickers, coloring books, plants, bird feeder kits, gift certificates from the local burger or pizza parlors. You can  fill their baskets with temporary tattoos, fake fairy dust, or flower seed packets. You can even fill their baskets with food goodies like chocolate bunnies, Peeps, bunny shaped cookies, and candies of course. If your child is musically inclined, you can place a small musical instrument in the basket surrounded by plenty of candies. Girls will enjoy cute jewelry and lip balms and boys will love baseball and football cards. Stuff toys are always a hit and you can always place tickets to the theme park as a surprise.  Take it a step further and put baseball or basketball tickets in it.

Vintage Candy filled basket

Easter Basket Ideas for Teens

While many teens might declare they’re too old for Easter baskets( Easter is one of Mer Mer and Paddy’s favorite holidays!), most won’t say no to a basket full of their favorite goodies.   These can include movies and video games, music or books. Funky socks or a T-shirt may bring a smile , along with favorite treats, from candy and gum to energy drinks to anything Chocolate!

Other ideas for Easter baskets for teens include gift cards for gas, iTunes cards or shopping at a favorite store, movie tickets, and coupons for one night’s later curfew,  or skipping a least favorite chore one-time.  Patrick would enjoy not having to take out the garbage.

Easter Basket Ideas for Adults

Easter is a family celebration and not only the children, but adults too look forward for their Easter basket. Easter basket ideas for adults includes coffee packets and coffee mugs for those who cannot survive without their hot cup of  Joe. Or you can even try Easter basket ideas for adults, like filling the basket with cigars surrounded by other goodies. A person who loves golf can be given an Easter basket filled with golf tees, golf balls, glove and a mini book.  Or you can gift your “gal pal” an Easter basket filled with assorted creams, lotions, bath soaps and candles, perfume, nail polish,  and Spa gift cards.  Oh, and don’t forget the “Pink Ladies from Fannie May”!   Couples can fill each other’s baskets by adding heart-shaped candles, candies and perfumes and cologne.  Or you can show your love with an Easter basket filled with the choicest wine bottles, special wine glasses, and sassy napkins.  That would be the world’s perfect easter basket!  Oh, and don’t forget the Nordstrom gift card! 😉

Easter Jars


Easter Basket Cupcakes

Ghiradelli-Chocolate filled Cable Car

Jelly Bean Filled Ice Cream Cones

Double-use Easter basket ideas – in lieu of easter baskets, fill some of these, for a fun-filled, memorable Easter treat.  Aside from the obvious, a large, Fabulous Handbag, try these:

Baseball Cap
Dump Truck
Dress-up Hat – fireman; army; hard hat, etc.
Doll stroller
Shopping Cart
Pillow Cases
Sand Pails
Wagon
Beach Bag
Purse
Sports Duffel Bag
Batters Bag
Flower Pot
Make-up Container
Decorated Paint can
Storage Containers
Back Pack
Fishing Tackle Box
Jewelry Box

 

Up with Peeps!!

 

 

Some people have, in my opinion, an unhealthy obsession with PeepsPeeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the United States and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals (such as ducks). There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent ad campaigns tout the candy as “Peeps – Always in Season”, as Peeps has since expanded to include Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. They are made from marshmallow, corn syrup, gelatin, and carnauba wax. (Wikipedia).

I have to admit, I have NEVER eaten a Peep.  Never.  The thought of that much sugar coming anywhere near my teeth, gives me the Heeby Jeeby’s.  However, with Easter upon us…Peeps are Everywhere.  And they’re not just for Easter baskets anymore.  Instead of a long-winded blog, I thought I’d let a few pics tell the story. 🙂

The Ultimate Peep Show

Exhausting…I know.  They do look harmless, don’t they? And to think people  spend countless hours making these…and notice how many, many of these ideas are Non-Edible.  What does that tell you?  Peeps…Pleasing to the eye, with their lovely yellow, blue and pink colors…but it’s Not necessarily a taste that the masses would like crossing their lips. But they sure are lovely to look at. 🙂  The Easter Bunny has provided Meredith and Patrick with Peeps every year for Easter, and I can tell you that NEVER have they been eaten.

 

Easter Ideas…a Pictorial, if you will.  Featuring everything from basket ideas, to centerpieces, to egg decorating, to Easter frocks and bonnets and other Eggcellent things I’d love to share.

FROCKS – not sure everyone still dresses in Easter dresses and suits, but, just in case…Pretty sure Mer Mer and I will dress up accordingly, though not sure about Kevin and Paddy.  Men!  Boys!  So, here are so lovely Easter attire options:

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I own this dress… love, love, love it!  When it’s chilly, I pair it with a denim jacket, and usually pair it with silver chunky sandals.

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Back in the day…not my day, but back in the day. 🙂

 

 

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BONNETS – An Easter Bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter, in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption. (Wikipedia).  Women, will wear a hat/bonnet at the Kentucky Derby, or a derby party, but you’ll be hard-pressed to see anyone wearing one at church this Easter. Or, I should say, you’ll have a difficult time finding an Easter bonnet.  Derby hat, yes.  Easter bonnet, no.

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Back in the day…this is more my day. 🙂

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EGGCELLENT  IDEAS

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Fill a Mason jar with pastel-colored M&Ms, and peeps…

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Fill a baggie with gold-fish (crackers not the real deal), and tie top with green ribbon.

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S’Mores…with a Peep, graham cracker and mini Hershey bar

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Unravel the Cinnamon Rolls, and shape into a bunny…I need to find something else other than slivered almonds for the teeth, to accommodate my boys nut allergies.

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Dip a pretzel rod in melted white chocolate, and add pastel-colored sprinkles

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Dip marshmallows in melted chocolate, and add sprinkles

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Easter Egg Dyeing Guide

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Glittered Eggs.  So pretty.

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Glue on colored confetti.  I believe this would take lots of patience…at least for me.  I have not been blessed with the gift of patience.

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And throw a little vodka in there and you have Jello Shots for Easter brunch!  Lora…read up!

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Egg Cake Pops!

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A fun way to frost a cake… makes my teeth hurt to think about eating it…but looking at it, is all I need, quite frankly. 😉

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Fruit Tart, topped with Fresh Fruit…you can fill with pudding or custard.

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Arrange cupcakes in the shape of a bunny!  Love this, and will do this myself.

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Just another cute idea on how to decorate your cake for Easter…Of course, this would be a total Grand slam, if they used Coconut, and not the white sprinkles…but the white sprinkles would still rock.

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For your Vegetable tray…slice carrots, and use broccoli at the top for the stem…I’m bringing this to brunch.  Best brunch guest ever.

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I love this centerpiece (one above), made with decorated eggs, and flowers…I’m thinking this can be done with hollowed out eggs, and silk flowers, and you have it for many years to come.

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I’m absolutely Obsessed with these “floral” decorations.  They appear quite easy to do…it’s almost like I could do one myself!  Almost. 🙂

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Fill the plastic Easter eggs with Privileges and coupons, instead of candy… or perhaps half with coupons the other half with candy. 🙂

Funnies not necessarily about bunnies

 

 

Happy Easter!

xoxo,

T.

 

PS – Speaking of Jelly Beans, my favorite, are Hands Down, Brach’s Jelly Beans…and NOT the spicy kind either.  These are far better than Jelly Belly, Mike and Ike, or Starbursts.

The Greatest Fans

10 Apr

This is, quite frankly, one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.  Combining the Cubs World Series Win with the music from Rudy.

 

It doesn’t get better than this.  Unless we get a Repeat, of course.

Happy Monday and Happy Opening Day!!  Go Cubs Go!!

xoxo,

T.

How a Men’s Shirt Should Fit

3 Apr

Because it’s important that your shirt fit…and fit well.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or designer, but it needs to fit properly.

Just trying to shore up my male fan base as I’ve ignored them as of late. 😉

This is called…end of an era.  On to newer pastures and as my cousin Mary Clare said, “May its new memories be as happy as its old”.

On to newer pastures. 🙂

xoxo,

T.