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Toddler Easter Candy Free

Candy Free Easter Basket, Eggs & A Gift Idea for Teacher!

Toddler Easter Candy Free

Candy Free Thomas the Train Easter Basket

Toddler Easter

This guy LOVES Thomas. It’s all Thomas the Train, all the time. Sadly, I know all of the character names, all of the songs, and every movie in existence right along with him. Such is the life of a toddler mom! So, when it came time to put his Easter basket together, I HAD to put some Thomas goodies in there. The Easter Bunny couldn’t mess that up, right? So using my super-sleuth shopping skills I found a plethora of Thomas goodies at Target to fill his Easter Basket with.



We live by the beach and spend many days there throughout the year so the trunks, rash guard and sunglasses were a must.  Thomas the Train Easter Basket

I realize the Cars socks from the One Spot don’t exactly fit with the theme, BUT the kid has another, yet slightly less, obsession with McQueen. Thomas the Train Easter BasketSome movies, a book and some containers filled with stickers to finish it up. I just shoved it all in a big yellow bucket with some tissue paper. Easy Peasy. Thomas the Train Easter Basket

Yeah, he totally rocked the Thomas gear. I wonder what he will be into next year?All Thomas All the Time

Candy Free Eggs

Logan’s school has a no-candy policy for their Easter Eggs so I decided on bubbles and stickers. What toddler doesn’t love bubbles and stickers?! I found this cool set of eggs with a handy-dandy giant carrying egg at Target, along with the bubbles and the pad of stickers. Candy Free Easter Eggs

I cut up all the stickers – – make sure you’re comfy, this takes a while.Candy Free Easter Eggs

Stuff those eggs!Candy Free Easter Eggs

And we’re ready to go!Candy Free Easter Eggs

What are some other fun little candy-free things to pack into these eggs? Some of the things Logan got from his friends: Temporary tattoos, shaped crayons, and those parachute men!

Personalized Easter Gift for Teachers

Target always has the greatest things in the One Spot (the dollar bins!). I found these adorable tin baskets and post-it notes and thought they would make really cute gifts for the teachers at Logan’s school. Personalized Easter Gift for TeacherOf course, I added some chocolate and a Starbucks gift card… had to make it worth their while! I wrote their names using a Sharpie paint pen, and added a cute little tag to make it complete. Personalized Easter Gift for Teacher

What are some other good gifts for teachers? Share your ideas! Something like this can really be gifted at any time — like teacher appreciation, valentine’s day, end of school year, christmas, etc.

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I Dig You, Valentine!

My three year old is obsessed (OBSESSED!!!!!) with all things construction lately. We happen to have a lot of road work and building going on ’round these parts too, so every time we get in the car and leave our neighborhood, my son is in his glory – calling out the names of every construction truck he sees. Digger! Excavator! Bulldozer! Crane Truck! Dump Truck! Jackhammer! Forklift! Oh yes, he knows them all. I do too now, thanks to him. 🙂

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share his obsession with his classmates, so I started digging around online (see what I did there?) and found these cute little pull-back diggers on Amazon. Digger Close Up

To make them cute, my good friend Target helped me with some felt hearts and party bags, and I created my own little digger valentine on cardstock (Thank you, Google Images). 🙂


Sticky dots, always. ALWAYS.


A little hole punching here…


A little twine there…






A super cute and totally rad valentine that won’t give the kiddos a sugar rush or cavities.



You’re Welcome.

Make Your Own!!! supplies

  • Get the Diggers HERE. (You could instead do construction stickers)
  • Get the Printable HERE (Name is left blank so you can write it in)
  • Twine — Target, your local craft store, or my favorite, The Shipping Guru
  • Baggies — Target in the party aisle or your local craft store
  • Felt Hearts — you can get anywhere, OR you could simply use a heart punch on cardstock, OR forget the heart all together and just hole punch the valentine.


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Sticker Valentines — Love Week 2014

It’s LOVE WEEK! The week of Valentine’s Day… the week where everything is red and pink and white and purple and smothered in hearts. I freakin’ love it! I know there are people out there who think of Valentine’s Day and go “UGH” – but I am SO not one of those people. I am the person that all of the marketing folk are trying to target with their heart-laden materials… I swoon over the heart shaped candies and chocolate peanut butter hearts and of course, the heart shaped doilies. I just love Love Week.

To celebrate the first day of Love Week, I made Logan’s valentines for his class of 2 and 3 year olds. Since he’s only 2, he doesn’t much care about the valentines but I know he will love putting them in their little cubbies (he’s all about sorting), and since he loves stickers (any kind of sticky thing, really), I thought gifting stickers to his friends would be cute. The school has a low sugar policy so I wasn’t about to give them sugar bombs…I’m sure his teachers would LOVE that though.  🙂

I found these cute stickers at Target – they came with two sets of stickers per pack, so I bought two so that I could give each classmate 4 sheets of stickers.

Cute Stickers!

Cute Stickers!

I found large foam hearts at Michaels (along with all of my other supplies), and wanted to use those. At first I thought about stapling the corner of the sticker sheets to the foam, but that wouldn’t be very cute, right? I dug around through my stash of craft supplies and found some small brown paper bags leftover from Christmas (you can get them at any craft store, or use any other kind of baggie or small envelope) – I had some plain ones and some with hearts all over them – perfect!

Perfect lil' baggies

Perfect lil’ baggies

SO I decided to put the stickers in the bags, fold them like an envelope, and seal them with some sparkly foam stickers.

Pretty lil’ package

The plain brown baggies needed some sprucing up, so I added a stamp at the bottom!



Now, I could have stopped there… those are darn cute little valentines. But I wanted them to be big and fabulous! I decided to use some sticky dots to stick the baggies to the large foam hearts I purchased…

Sticky dots

Sticky dots

… and centered the baggies on the foam hearts.

Bigger is Better?

Bigger is Better?

Bigger is better?





For the last part, I printed out the tag using Word and cut it with some jagged edged paper cutting scissors. I then used scrapbook adhesive to glue the tag to the valentine, and added an extra foam heart sticker for good measure.

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Not bad for a quick trip to Michaels and an hour of naptime fun, right?

Stay tuned this week for more Love Week Fun! I have a printable in the works, I need to finish my mantle, and I have some gifts for Logan’s teachers that are super easy to put together.

Love & Hugs!

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