Create Easter Memories with Louisville Stoneware!

Spring is just around the corner, y'all.

I know, it's still ridculously cold outside. And, some of us even awoke to a bit of snow -- oh, I can't even bear to say the "s" word anymore -- yesterday morning. But, believe it or not, March begins this weekend. I saw a few brave tulip leaves peeking up in my backyard yesterday, and was encouraged to see my neighborhood garden-supply store stocking up with a semi-truck's worth of mulch this morning! Before you know it, we'll be wrapped up in college basketball tournaments, planning trips to Keeneland, and planning for Easter.

One way you can get started planning for Easter is with one of these adorable Easter Bunny Creating Memories Platter. Our friends at Louisville Stoneware have designed a simply adorable personalized Easter keepsake for those of y'all with kids or grandkids. The design features your child's footprint on a 14" stoneware platter, along with the child's name and the caption "is someBUNNY special. This keepsake is recommended for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a shoe size up to 3. The Creating Memories pattern requires you, and, of course, your little one, to visit the Louisville Stoneware retail store, although no appointment is necessary. The Creating Memories Platter is $95, which includes cost of plate, staff assistance with capturing your child’s footprints and artists’ time. UPS delivery is available for an additional charge. Creating Memories Plates purchased by March 15 will be guaranteed complete no later than April 19. Personalized items take 4 to 6 weeks, and because the platter is specially made for you, cannot be returned. 

With a little positive thinking, and some early planning for Easter keepsakes, it is starting to feel a bit more like spring!

Valentine Ideas for the Kiddos

Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me. Much like my Christmas ideas, I always plan on doing really cute homemade valentines with my girls, and then suddenly it's February 12 and I realize I have nothing prepared.

Luckily, I've saved a few cute homemade ideas over the years, and today I decided I'd make 50 homemade valentines for the kids in my girls' preschool and kindergarten classes. (That's right. Fifty. And that's right, I decided this today. If you're thinking, "Hey Megan, aren't you supposed to be working on your book revisions right now?" You'd be correct, and I'll thank you for not mentioning it again, thank you.)

I thought I'd share these valentines with you too, in the (totally improbable) case that any of you have also been caught off-guard by Valentine's Day this year.

Note: These valentines do require just a bit of work. If you see these and think, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" Never fear--I've also included a few files of strictly free, no-fuss, printable valentines that are super adorable.

Here's what you need:

  • This free printable (There's also a plain version, and it might be fun for kids to color the flowers themselves.)
  • Card stock (I used shimmery card stock, because I don't understand why anyone would choose plain card stock when something sparkly is available, but you do what you want.)
  • Green construction paper (OR green card stock and this leaf printable if you're not as lazy as I am)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • sharpie marker
  • Tootsie roll pops

Once you have the printable, it's fairly self explanatory. Print and cut out the flowers. Use scissors to poke a hold in the middle, and stick the tootsie roll pop through it. (You'll need to hold the wrapper fairly tightly around the stick as you push it through.)

Use the green construction paper to make a leaf-like tag for the stem and write "From: Your Child's Name" on them. (Alternatively, print the leaf printable on the green card stock and then cut the leafs out and write your child's name on them. I decided fifty flowers were plenty enough to cut out and I would become a violent, angry person if I had to cut out fifty little leaves too. So I just cut fifty little straight-edged tags. Voila!) Glue the leaf/tag to the stem. I pushed my tags up pretty far so they'd also serve as a stopper to keep the flowers from slipping down the stem.

Skip To My Lou has several free printable valentines, as well as printables and crafts for other holidays. It's one of my favorite web sites--be sure to check it out if you're into that kind of thing!!

As promised, here are a few free, printable valentines that require no extra work aside from cutting them out! (Be sure to explore the sites they're from, because there's lots of cute stuff on there!)