on baking eggs

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During this week that seems to be all things eggs, I stumbled on what might be the greatest egg dying tip in the history of egg dying tips.

bake them.

I’ve seen this on Pinterest before but hadn’t needed a full dozen hard boiled eggs until suddenly it was Easter week. It worked so well I thought I would leave you with this tiny tip on a Wednesday.

All you do is…

Place eggs in muffin tin

Bake 325 for 30 min

Let cool

We had just one cracked egg in the two dozen I baked yesterday and just for testing purposes, we ate that one. Delicious! Turns out, it would also be a great method for egg salad or keeping hard boiled eggs on hand for snacking. Just so easy.

filling her basket


I have been in hot debate with myself over what the Easter bunny should drop at our house this year. Holiday’s tend to spin way out of control if I don’t put myself in check pretty quickly. I had to remind myself that our basket is pretty small and in years past, it’s been a little too plentiful. I even started annoying my friends with far too many texts about what their bunny brings. The consensus seems to be that our littles are still a little too little for candy and yet, it’s just not an option to totally skimp and miss out on excited faces come Easter morning. Here’s what I came up with for our basket. Hoping it might help your bunny sort out his issues too.

1. Annies Fruit Snacks – We’ll call this candy.

2. Bunny Socks – A little Easter for your toes. Yes!

3. Extra Yarn – I have had this book on M’s Wish List for a while. How cute are the black and white photos with the colorful yarn?

4. Retro Shades – Everyone needs new shades come Spring.

5. Bath Bomb – We are obsessed with Bath Bombs. This one is currently hiding in my closet waiting for Easter and I’m not sure I’ll be able to give it up. My closet smells SO good!

6. Plui Cloud – This was one of those items I annoyed my girls with texts about. I wasn’t sure if M was too old for this but I’ve been assured it’s a bath time favorite.

7. Wooden Half Dozen Eggs – M loves to help cook and her favorite task is cracking the eggs so I can’t wait to see these in action in her play kitchen.

Up Go the Lights









Little M was so impressed with her daddy’s Christmas light hanging skills last night. Mr. K was up on the roof with all sorts of ropes and pulleys for safety. Poor Little M could not figure out how he got up on that roof or why she could hear him talking from way up there. Total confusion! And get used to the drool, she’s 6 months old and it’s never {never ever ever} ending. Just keeps coming like a flood. But it’s pretty cute in pictures!

Just Saying: Minted

I ordered our Christmas cards today! Minted.com has an awesome new comparison tool feature. You can load your photo in and it will appear on all the cards as you are shopping. So so helpful! This year I went with a postcard. Is that tacky? I thought it was different and would be easy for me to actually get in the mail in a timely fashion. Cant wait for them to get here!

Ornament Update

Ornament Update

I have collected our Christmas tree ornaments over the years but have worked hard to make sure they all ‘fit’ together. To make them appear as a complete set instead of the hodge-podge set that they are I updated the hangers on all of my ornaments. In place of the standard boring hooks, I went with some fun Jute Twine  I had sitting around my house. Clip the old hanger off, tie twine in a knot…….What a difference this little update made!


Enjoy! Melissa

Forget The Tree……Oh Garland

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Garland 1

Garland Helper

I’m not sure if I’m the only one but I feel like I’m stuck in a holiday decorating rut. Year after year, I pull out the same Tupperware and put up the same decorations. Typically, I hang some standard fake garland on the mantle for the holiday season. This year, I spiced it up and went with real, true-blue garland. I added some white lights, sparkle birds and birch candles. AMAZING! The garland was fairly inexpensive at, of all places, Costco and made a huge difference in the Christmas flare.

Oh and don’t forget that this was the first year I had a little elf to ‘help’ me when I was decorating. I think she successfully taste tested and supervised most of the Christmas flair. But really, having her around really brings back the Christmas spirit. Makes me giddy to think about her opening presents and dreaming of Santa. Our favorite thing to say to her right now, “What does Santa Say?” and give a little tickle as we say, “Ho Ho Ho”! Oh the Christmas Spirit!

Enjoy! Melissa