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  • Kid Friendly Web Streaming With Kidoodle.TV and a Coupon Code!

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    I’ll confess, there are times when Turtle is napping and I REALLY need to get a blog post finished, dinner prepared or 15 minutes of “me time” so I turn on the TV and let the TV babysit 5 year old Bean while I get my work done. Do I feel like a horrible mom admitting this? Kind of… but I know that I’m not the only one. 

    My kiddo loves TV. She doesn’t get to watch it constantly but sometimes after she’s played with her Barbies, read a pile of books, cleaned the playroom and colored some pictures I let her watch a bit of TV as a reward/to keep her occupied.

    That’s why I was so excited to test out Kidoodle.TV, a new kid friendly web streaming service from a Calgary creator.

    Kidoodle.TV is just $4.99 a month. Parents can create profiles for up to 5 children on 1 account. Within each child’s profile parents can choose an avatar for their child, what age group of television programming they want their child to have access to and there is an option to turn off specific shows if you don’t want your child to watch them (very handy after you have listen to your child watch the same show 5 times within 5 days.)

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    Making Kids Easter Crafts With Kinder

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    Bean has been anxiously counting down the days until Easter for months now. It’s one of her favorite holidays and it’s one of mine too. When I was a kid my mom would go all out for Easter. We had boxes and boxes of Easter decorations in our basement. I remember coming home from school and our house had been turned into an Easter wonderland. It wasn’t even that my mom was an Easter fanatic, she just loved to decorate. 

    I find it’s hard to go as “all out” as my mom did while I’m working full time and writing part time, but I do like to create little handmade touches for Easter. Last year, Bean and I decorated our whole front window in an Easter garden theme using handmade contact paper window clings

    This year, Bean and I decided to make an army of chick and bunny Kinder Surprise wraps to go on all of our window sills. Bean made me extra proud when she told me that she went to school and made a few of these for friends in her kindergarten class during art time!

    We love making kids Easter crafts and I hope you do too! This is a fun and easy craft to do with your kiddos to get them in the Easter spirit. 

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    Kinder Surprise Egg Wraps:

    What you need:

    • Construction paper in white and yellow
    • Markers
    • Scissors
    • Glue (I used my hot glue gun so I wouldn’t have to worry about dry time, but you can use Elmer’s glue too.)

    Kinder Easter Cutout

    Directions:

    • Cut out a strip of paper approximately 7 inches in length by 2 inches high. Cut a rounded “bump” in the center for the bunny or chick’s head.
    • If you are making a bunny cut out some 2 ear shaped pieces. Color the center of the ear in using markers and then glue to the back of the bunny’s head.
    • Draw a face on your bunny and chicks using a marker.
    • Wrap the paper around a Kinder Surprise egg to figure out how tight to wrap your paper. You should have a slight overlap with your paper ends, approximately 1/2 inch.  Put a line of glue where the wrap should close and then pinch shut. 
    • Leave to dry. If using Elmer’s glue or a glue that doesn’t dry as fast you may want to paper clip shut until the glue dries. 
    • Once your wraps are dried, stick a Kinder Surprise inside the wrap and put out on Easter morning or decorate your window sills. 

    I feel so lucky to be a Kinder Mom! My kids are going to have an eggs-tra special Easter this year because Kinder sent them a bunch of Kinder treats for Easter. 

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     Kinder isn’t just showing my kids some extra joy on Easter, they are also spreading the joy to sick kids. Once again, Kinder has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and will be providing 12 baskets to  CMN hospitals.  As well, Kinder will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America.

    Happy Easter everyone! What is your favorite craft project to do with your kids?

    “Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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    Link Up Your Best DIY, Craft & Food Posts at Wonderfully Creative Wednesday Week 16

    Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays Link Party Week 16 Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? Mine went by much to quickly. I’m headed to SNAP in just over a week and I feel like there is SO MUCH TO DO before I leave!!! Yesterday the fabulous Lindsay Faber took head shots for me, so that I can add them to my business cards (check out my article about 5 Things That Every Blogger Should Have on Your Business Cards here.)

    I think that this photo may be the one that I’m going to use on my card. I’m hyper critical about my looks and hate having photos taken but Lindsay put me right at easy. 

    Crystal Outdoor What did you get up to this weekend? Did you spend any time making crafts? Did you whip up a delicious recipe? If you did, I hope you’ll share it with us here because… you know what time it is!!! Wonderfully Creative Wednesday Time!!!

    Last week 268 creative links were shared! Thank you all so much for coming back week after week after week to share your favorite creative posts and to visit other people’s links. We hope to have even more of you share your fabulous posts this week. So without further ado, let’s get this link party started!

    Last weeks most clicked post was:

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    Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti from The First Year

    The links that made me want to click and pin them were: 

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    Strawberry Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake from Heather’s French Press

    Duck Tape Mini Instant Photo Frames and Magnets from DIY Dreamer

    Homemade Twinkie Cupcakes from One Cheap Utah Chick

    Crafty Spring Tree from Adventures of a DIY Mom

    Raspberry Acai Slush from Mom On Time Out

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    Weekly Inspiration- Adorable Easter Crochet Patterns Perfect For Easter Baskets

    Weekly Inspiration Adorable Easter Crochet Patterns.jpg Easter is next weekend! Do you know what that means? Time to get your Easter Basket Stuffers ready! I love putting a couple of handmade gifts in Turtle and Bean’s Easter baskets. I’m currently crochet crazy so today I thought I would share with you 6 different adorable Easter crochet patterns that are perfect for Easter baskets. These projects can be crocheted quickly, but don’t delay… Easter is only days away!

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    Easter Egg Cozy Crochet Pattern from Petals to Picots- FREE!

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    Easy Crochet Bunny Basket from Craftaholics Anonymous- FREE!

    Chocolate Easter Bunny Crochet Pattern

    Chocolate Easter Bunny From Whisker And Wool- $2.95

    Easter Chick Crochet Toy Easter Egg Chick Toy from Little Punky- $4.95

    Easter Egg Cozy

    Easter Egg Cosy from Charming Kawaii- $5.00

    Spring Bunnies

    Spring Bunnies from All About Ami- FREE!

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    Tell me… What are you putting in Easter baskets this year?

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    Throwback Thursday- Paint Chip Easter Egg Garlands
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    Happy throwback Thursday! We can’t believe how quickly this week is going! The weekend is going to be here before we know it. I have a busy few days ahead of me with some fun blogger events, getting headshots taken … Continue reading

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    Cast Iron Skillet Chai Tea Bread Pudding Recipe
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    One of my favorite treats in the whole world is a steaming mug of chai tea. Sweet, spicy, warm… it does the soul good. A few weeks ago when I shared my Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe, … Continue reading

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    Easter Edition- Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays Link Party Week 15
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    I can’t believe that it’s time for Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays again already! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend! My weekend went by in a blink of an eye. It was a weekend filled with crafts, baking, thrifting … Continue reading

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    Dani’s Habitat for Humanity Trip To Thailand and Cocoze Kickstarter Project
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    My good friend, Danielle, took a trip to Thailand recently. She went to do work for Habitat for Humanity, to clear her head and to refocus. There is an image that has been floating around Tumblr recently. The quote says … Continue reading

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    Crochet It! Amigurumi Plastic Easter Egg Birds for Easter Baskets
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    Each year I like to make a little handmade gift for Turtle and Bean’s Easter baskets. Last year I felted yellow dryer balls and needle felted chick faces on them. This year I am amigurumi and crochet obsessed so I … Continue reading

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    Throwback Thursday- Easter Project Inspiration
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    It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging over a year already! I posted some great content last year as I started to build my blog following… but honestly, some of my first posts very few people saw! So I decided … Continue reading

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    Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays Food and Craft Link Party Week 14
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    Happy Wonderfully Creative Wednesday everyone! Did you all have a nice weekend? We certainly did. We went to Bellingham to celebrate my mom and dad’s birthdays. My mom’s birthday is on March 31st and my Dad’s birthday is on April … Continue reading

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    Kids Easter Fashion Look Book & a Giveaway from Sears Canada
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    I have a secret fantasy that I’m a fashion blogger.  In my dreams: My children and I are all always impeccably dressed. Clothing companies email me daily, begging me to let them send me clothes in exchange for photos of … Continue reading

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