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KCL Friday Finds

Happy weekend, and welcome to Friday Finds! Today it's all about holiday hostess gifts. It about the time when you may have several seasonal parties and functions to attend, and you should never show up empty-handed. The best hostess gift should be something just for the hostess that he or she can use at a later time, either for entertaining or just for themselves. Just because you may have been assigned a side dish or drinks, you should still being along a special hostess gift.

A hostess gift doesn't need to cost a lot. They can range anywhere from $10-$25, and really should be on average $20. There are so many appropriate options in this price range - anything from a set of tea towels to a cookbook, or something gourmet, or even a little bath and body gift. If you need a hostess gift for a party or dinner this holiday season, you can't go wrong with one of the picks below.

This first one is my favorite, because it's a versatile multi-use item, and it's so chic. …

6 Ways to Plan the Perfect Easter

I used to feel like I got a break after Christmas, but now that I have children (and this website), I have to go big for every single holiday. The stores and products don't make it any easier. But I love holidays none the less. If you have a family of your own, it's time to start some new holiday traditions. Here are some great traditions you and your loved ones can start this Easter.

1. Host and Egg Dying Party. Egg dying is something you have to do around Easter if you have children. Why not turn it into a fun social event with other moms in your neighborhood. Include on the invites whether or not you want each family to bring their own eggs and/or decorating kits. Lay extra-large trash bags flat onto a folding table for a water-proof table cover and easy clean-up. Decorate with fresh flowers and serve brunch dishes. And have a few Easter games ready if the kiddos get bored. I would do egg-themed games like relay racing with an egg on a spoon or a classic egg hunt.

2. The Hunt. If you have children, you can't have Easter without an Easter Egg Hunt. Make it special by hosting an Easter-Egg Hunting Party. If you want to take a break from being the hostess, you can find a church or local place that has an egg hunt that is open to the public. These events tend to have lots of fun crafts and games for children as well as an opportunity to get pictures with the Easter Bunny (if you can get your child to sit for the photo).

3. Crafts. I don't know about your children, but my girls will sit for hours doing crafts. There are a lot of great printables online these days. If you have yet to stock up on craft supplies, you can find some great all-inclusive holiday craft kits at your local craft store. If you're on a major budget, hand them a piece of paper, glue and a bag of cotton balls to make a bunny!

4. The Basket. Once children are old enough to go on an Easter egg hunt, it's time to give the traditional Easter basket. I get an odd kick out of tricking my daughters during holidays or with things like the tooth fairy. It must be because I always wanted to be a spy. Since I became a mom instead, I have to get my stealthy fun wherever I can, like sneaking back into the house while they hunt for eggs then yelling, "Girls! I just saw the Easter bunny! He left you something...". Then they race into the house to find their Easter baskets filled with goodies. I'm afraid Iwon't be able to pull it off with my eight year old this year. Once she found out the cold, hard truth about the tooth fairy, she has been skeptical about even Santa Claus.

While I'm on a tight budget this year and would love to get them cheap pre-filled baskets, I just can't help myself. I love to get them personalized baskets filled with all of their favorite things.

5. Celebrate the Real Meaning of Easter. Take time to teach your children about the meaning of Easter by celebrating Good Friday, Palm Sunday and Passover. You can celebrate these days by attending a service, having a special meal or simply reading to your children about what these days mean.

6. Celebrate New Life. If you prefer pagan celebrations or simply want to add to your Christian celebration of the season, celebrate the Spring equinox. You may want to keep your focus on the cross and take the season and the Easter bunny out of the equation. Personally, I think it's important to keep a balance and to be educated on all aspects of history, whether pagan or Christian or otherwise. To each his own of course.

I would celebrate the Spring equinox by planting something. If you don't have a garden, now is a great time to spruce up your outdoor entryway with potted flowers. It's a fun and easy way to get your kids involved in gardening.

Another fun way to celebrate new life would be to take your children to a local farm or petting zoo to see baby animals. Try to find a place that lets you interact with the animals by petting and feeding them.

However you choose to celebrate the season, start a special tradition for your family and just have fun!


  1. I'm not entirely sure what I'll be doing when easter comes around this year...


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