Sunday, March 31, 2013

Why Eggs?

If you have been following my posts this week, you may have noticed a theme :) Yes, I have been having a blast with my family celebrating Easter via fun egg related activities and decorating. It has been over 20 years since I have celebrated Easter in this way and never have I celebrated Easter with a week long celebration.

It hit me about half way through this week, why eggs? Why are eggs part of a Easter?

"Easter eggs are used as a Christian symbol to represent the empty tomb. The outside of the egg looks dead but inside there is new life, which is going to break out. The Easter egg is a reminder that Jesus will rise from His tomb and bring new life." 
- excerpt from Anne Jordan's Book, Christianity.

I am at a stage in my life where there is much new life. This is the first spring in two years in which I haven't been carrying around 20+ extra pounds. March 2011, I was 8 months pregnant with [F]. March 2012, I was 5 months pregnant with [B]. I am experiencing this season without a baby on board, but WITH two very special littles by my side.

These two new lives that I have helped bring into the world renew a charge for me as a Christian. To celebrate fully and completely this important season. Which means enjoying the company of my little family, but also discussing and resonating on what was accomplished for us on this day so many years ago.

"There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.......The angel said..."Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."
- Matthew 28:2-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...
- 1 Peter 1:3 

"New birth into a living hope"..........Living Hope. - that is a hope that is alive. A hope that has breath and a very realness for us today in our circumstances. A hope that allows us to commune with Our Creator. Without this hope, without Jesus' perfect sacrifice - we would be cast away from the very presence of God because of our sinfulness. What a gift!

My boys can't comprehend what all of this means now. But I know that I if I don't consider the significance of this and humble myself before the Lord in light of this great gift - they may miss out on this incredible love.

So, as we celebrate with fun egg activities here on Mama Bee No E it, let us also recognize the specialness of this season.

Happy Easter.

- Mama Bee No E

This post is wrap up to my Easter Series.....

Mixed-Media Eggs

mixed -media eggs
With all of this kid focused egg decorating going on at our house, Josh and I wanted to decorate some ourselves. One evening (after babies were asleep) we set all things aside and sat down to decorate eggs together. It felt kind of like our college days spent in the design studio.  We used some eggs that I had blown out earlier in the week and materials we could find around the house. Here is the result...

mixed media eggs 1-3

Decorated by Brook

[1] Tissue Paper + Fabric + Modge Podge

[2] Transfer that I bought a craft store when I was in high school

[3] Paper Napkin + Modge Podge

mixed media eggs 4-6
Decorated by Josh

[4] Homemade Egg Dye - allowing the blown egg to float on top of the dye

[5] Homemade Egg Dye + Sharpie - See additional Humpty Dumpty scenes below

[6] Homemade Egg Dye - plaid made using all dye colors available

The tissue paper technique came from {Martha Stewart}

Find more details on the homemade egg dye in my post {Dying Eggs with My Toddler}

Cost Break Down

6 eggs @ 14 cents a piece - $0.84

Modge Podge - $4.99

Total Cost: $5.83

Left over Budget: $2.33

This wraps up all the egg activities for Egg Week 2013 here on Mama Bee No E. We had fun and will do it again next year.

- Mama Bee No E

This post is part of my Easter Series....

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ice Eggs

Ice eggs
This was my absolute favorite Egg Week activity. It combined outside, toys, water, and destruction. Perfect for a 23 month old boy. I filled balloons with water and a little trinket, popped them in the freezer for about 5 hours and viola! - Ice Eggs. [B] even got in on the action :)

Ice Egg Toys
filled balloons

ice eggs in the freezer
Ice Eggs

toddler with ice egg

breaking open with spoon

getting the ice egg prize

destruction of ice eggs

melting ice eggs

baby with ice egg toys

One disclaimer about this activity - Don't send nice spoons to break open ice eggs. One of mine was completely destroyed. [F] started banging it on the driveway and it is no longer usable. Even still...

We had so much fun with this. We will be doing these all summer long to beat the heat.

I got the idea for this activity from {A Little Learning for Two}

Cost Break Down

Toys from Party City - $3.65
Balloons - $1.50

The rest of the stuff we had at home....

Total: $5.15
Remaining Budget for the Week: $8.16

- Mama Bee No E

This post is part of my Easter Series....

Friday, March 29, 2013

Paint Eggs

toddler paint eggs
toddler painting eggs
I found out a while back that [F] does not like paint (or anything) on his hands.

This came to my attention after a traumatic finger painting session a couple of months ago where he was upset and I couldn't figure out why.....after a couple of minutes I realized that he wanted me to wipe his hands. Once I did that and gave him a brush, he was set to go.

So, when I found this decorating technique - I knew [F] would be all over it.

Paint eggs is pretty straight forward, the toddler puts paint on the eggs. Because  the eggs roll around a lot, they get this cool marbled look to them.
creating egg painting
This 'egg painting' activity piggy backed nicely with the paint eggs. Once he lost interest in using the paint brush we rolled straight into this.

I covered a baking sheet with plastic to protect it from the paint.
egg painting oops
As you can see, we should have used something with higher sides.... :)
finished egg painting
The Finished Egg Painting

Paint Eggs with Car

This was too cute not to include. I was trying to get a shot of the eggs and this was [F]'s way of telling me time was up :) He is such a boy and I love it.

I got the idea for Paint Eggs from {Parent Magazine}
I got the idea for the Egg Painting from {Experimenting Mom}

Cost Break Down

6 eggs @ 14 cents a piece = $0.84

The finger paint, paper, and brushes we already had at home....

Total: $0.84
Remaining Budget for the week: $13.31

- Mama Bee No E

This post is part of my Easter Series....

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sticker Eggs

sticker eggs
The next Egg Week activity involves one of [F]'s favorite things, STICKERS!

He is obsessed with them and when I say obsessed I am mean OBSESSED! Every afternoon, he goes to the work table and asks me to get out his stickers.

When I found this idea, I knew we had to try it.

We used the eggs that we dyed before as a base for this activity and went from there.

I used stickers that I already had at home.
Most of them came from my years teaching middle school.

Of course, right away, [F] knew what to do :)

I covered a baking pan with a towel to give the eggs a soft, roll-resistant place to rest while he applied stickers.

And as usual, he went sticker crazy.....thank goodness for our stainless steel table top.

I used the sticker leftovers on a couple of the eggs. These worked great because, you can apply them completely flush to the egg if you cut them as you go.

After we were done applying stickers, we popped them back in to egg dye for their second coat.
As you can see, some of the stickers did not stick so good during their dye bath. I found that not all stickers are equal when it comes to decorating easter eggs. The ones that worked the best for us were foil stickers (ones not made of paper).

Last step is to peel the stickers off. Another one of [F]'s favorite things to do :)

Here is the end result. Aren't they pretty? I was really pleased with how they turned out and how much fun [F] had during the process. Below is a little about each egg....

[1] This egg was dropped by [F] during the process of applying stickers. Although it cracked, we still used it. The stickers did not stick so well, but the cracks made an interesting design on the egg. We may try to do a whole batch of purposely cracked eggs next year.

[2] & [3] These are the eggs that I applied the sticker left overs to. #3 is my favorite.

[4] & [5] Both of these were done by [F]. The colors in both turned out so great.

I got the idea for this activity from {Handmade Charlotte}.

Cost Break Down

5 eggs @ 14 cents a piece   $0.70

stickers and egg dye supplies we had at home already.....

Total: $0.70
Remaining Budget for the Week: $14.15

- Mama Bee No E

This post is part of my Easter Series....

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dying Eggs with My Toddler

dying eggs with my toddler

When I set out to dye eggs with [F], I was really nervous.

Nervous that this would be such a ridiculous activity to try with him.

Nervous that it would end up being some show down that [F] would end up in tears.

Well, it ended in tears....but good ones :)

Below are photos to describe the process with a little description along the way.

I want to make sure I point out a couple of key elements that made egg dying a huge success with my (not even two year old) toddler.

ATTENTION.....Huge Mommy Hint Ahead!

I had [F] use a whisk when he was transferring eggs and it worked beautifully. He was able to do it all on his own with 100% success. I put the eggs in the whisk and then took them out, but he was able to do most of the work. As you can see above, he wanted to take them out but couldn't :)

toddler egg dying with whisk

toddler Stirring Egg Dye

I read almost everywhere that the eggs needed to soak for about 10 minutes for vibrant coloring and I thought "He is not going to sit there patiently with nothing to do for that long.". So, I gave him lots of spoons to stir the dye. He used them to stir and splash. It worked perfectly to keep him busy and keep his hands out of the dye.

Small egg dye spill
I used my turkey pan to contain all of the dye cups. This helped to contain spills. It also discouraged him from picking up the cups.....well almost :)
large egg dye spill

I don't know if you can tell in this picture, but the bottom of the pan is full of purple dye. Hence the almost empty dye cup in the foreground. I turned around for a second - and he already had it turned over....thank goodness for the pan.
little feet
Little Feet While Working
dyed eggs with toddler
The finished product.
I got the idea for using the whisk from {We Are That Family}

Egg Dye = Water + Food Coloring + White Vinegar

I found different measurements for each ingredient at each website I went I just filled in with enough water, put in the amount of food coloring until desired hue is reached, and then poured in a splash of vinegar.

Cost Break Down
1 dozen eggs = $1.69  (2 eggs broke in the hard-cooking process)
Everything else I had at home already.....

Total: $1.69
Remaining Budget for the Week: $14.85

These eggs will be used for crafts later in the week. This round of dying was just the first step. Stay tuned for more.

- Mama Bee No E

p.s. There were tears because [F] didn't want to stop dying eggs. He pitched a fit when I took all the supplies away after an HOUR! I am glad he had so much fun :)

This post is part of my Easter Series....

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I Am Worthy of More Than Excuses

Sometimes, I just don't want to do it. I don't want to workout.

Sometimes, when it is my night to workout - I dread it all day. I know I should workout. I know I have to workout - I just don't like it.

I am not one of those people who crave working out....who feels incomplete if they have missed a workout. I wish I was one of those people, but I am not.

Over my thirty-two years of life, I have become quite skilled at coming up with excuses to justify not working out....

....too busy, too tired, too weak, too out of shape, too distracted, too depressed, too name it...if I have felt it.....I have used it as an excuse to not workout.

I have been cheating myself out of so many things with these excuses. I have deprived myself of goals that are hard to achieve, but ARE achievable.

I have been lying to myself, telling myself that these excuses are good enough for me.

I am worthy of more than excuses

There a few of things
that I have learned to do that help me fight these excuses and actually workout.

- [Set up all my needed equipment before I start] so that I have absolutely no excuse to get up during my workout.

- [Workout after my babies go to bed] so that I can't use them as an excuse.

- [Workout every other day] so that I know I always have a day of rest coming my way.

- [Put my workout clothes on early in the evening] walking around in them a bit actually helps my motivation.

- [Journal my workout] I have been doing this for sometime personally, but have just started publishing them here on the blog. Sometimes the only thing that gets me going is reading back and reminding myself of how far I have come.

- [Don't beat myself up] If I have missed a day, week, or month of working out - it is not too late to start over.

- [Have an at-home workout option] I love working out in the gym and the community of taking classes but I can't afford it at this time. If I have something I can do at home - money, weather, time...are no longer excuses.

I hope this list inspires and encourages you to stay with it, start over, or begin your restoration journey.

Are there any things you do to keep from giving in to excuses when it comes to working out?

For more details on my current workout routine checkout my Restoration Page.

*This post is dedicated to Emily, my sister, who constantly encourages me in my working out.

This is post is linked up with the Build Em' Up Series @ Blue Eyed Bride, Kelly's Korner, Lil Light O' Mine, and Life in the Green House.

- Mama Bee No E

Workout Journal 2013: 3/18 - 3/24

Monday 3/18 - Sunday 3/24

This week I was continuing to struggle with being sick. I finally went to the doctor on Wednesday and found out that I had a sinus infection. In an effort to not prolong being sick, I did not workout. I am praying that I do not have too much trouble with motivation next week. In the past, when I have had a break from working out, it is really hard for me to get back into it. We will see.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Glitter Eggs

Glitter Eggs
The first 2013 Egg week activity, Glitter Eggs, is an excellent craft for almost two year olds. We had so much fun doing this.

Josh saw the supplies for this craft and said "are you REALLY going to let him get a hold of glitter?" and I said "Yes! it will be fine, I will clean up (for the next month :) all the glitter, I promise." :)

I will let the pictures do most of the talking.....

Glitter Eggs Supplies

Glitter Eggs - Toddler Gluing

The only difficult thing for [F] through the whole activity was squeezing the glue out of the bottle.

Glitter Eggs - Toddler Glittering

The pie pan really helped contain the mess. I dumped out the excess glitter after each egg onto a sheet and then put it back in the glitter container.

Glitter Eggs - Parent Gluing

My husband can not stay away from art supplies. He took a short break from his work day to create a glitter egg :)

Here are samples of the eggs created by each of us......
Toddler Glitter Egg
Mommy Glitter Egg

Daddy Glitter Egg
Glitter Egg Banner
I connected them together with some tape and yarn I had lying around the house. The glitter eggs are now hanging in our kitchen. [F] was so proud of his creation :)

I got the idea for this activity from {Kid's Craft Weekly}.

Cost Breakdown

Glitter $1.47
Construction Paper $1.99
Everything else I had at my home already.....

Total: $3.46
Remaining Budget for the Week: $16.54

I realized later in the day that I had glitter on my face :) 

Would you try this with your toddler? I would love to know.

- Mama Bee No E