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Is it me or this year just flying by? I’m officially 32 weeks in my pregnancy and I’m trying to prep for anything and everything in advance. I’ll most likely be having baby girl right before Easter and I’m looking to find ways to still have our Easter egg hunt even though I will be exhausted. We’ve been having Easter egg hunts since I had Evan (my oldest) and the boys (plus now Olivia) have always loved the thrill of finding the eggs and gathering as much candy as they possibly can. In an effort to continue the tradition, I decided to make a DIY Easter Bunny basket filled with MARS® Mixed Mini Bags (available at Sam’s Club now). I always head to Sam’s Club early to prep for any special occasion, just as I am with Easter.

The MARS® Mixed Mini Bags 165ct Spring themed bags  are perfect to build Easter basket and will be more than enough to fill the DIY Easter bunny basket. It’s enough candy for an early treat and then later when we do the Easter egg hunt! I love that the MARS® Mixed Mini Bags has such a great variety of everyone’s favorite chocolate candy like M&M’S®, TWIX®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 MUSKETEERS® that I might even make a basket for each one of the kids to store all their goodies! This Easter will be a lot of fun to watch the big guys run around with Joseph and Olivia and include them in their egg hunt.

I had a lot of fun making the DIY Easter Bunny basket. It’s easy enough to even make with kids!


Small round wreath

Medium pointed wall basket

Pipe cleaners



Wired bow

Large pom pom

Easter grass


Take two pipe cleaners, wrap around the bottom of the small wreath and attach to the pointed wall wreath.

Hang baskets and tie bow onto the same spot and cover pipe cleaners.

Take two pipe cleaners, attach and bend into the shape of bunny ears. Repeat. **Don’t worry about bunny ears being even I purposely left mine two different sizes. Attach to the top of small wreath.

Adjust ears and bow. Glue on your pom pom.

Add a pretty flower, stuff with Easter grass and candy from the MARS® Mixed Mini Bags and you’re good to go!

Add a sweet treat to any room with this DIY Easter bunny basket filled with M&M’S®, TWIX®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 MUSKETEERS® from MARS® Mixed Mini Bags on a door, in the kitchen or even a play room. Then after Easter, you can even use the DIY Easter Bunny basket for hanging a plant or pretty flowers!

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As of today, I am 31 weeks and only have about 7-8 weeks to go. My doctor and I made the decision that another c-section would be best and we’ll be scheduling it for about the first week of April. It’s gone by SO fast! The next coming weeks will be filled with hopefully a lot of shopping and maintaining a tight schedule with Olivia and Joseph, so that when the new baby arrives we can continue it smoothly. I like to focus on making reading time fun & part of our daily routine. It’s one of our favorite ways to unwind, and is a big part of our afternoon and evening routine. During the afternoon we combine snack times with reading and gather up a few books while Joseph has his new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks, Olivia her bottle, and we lay out and read books together. Sometimes even my older boys will walk by and grab a snack and sit for a few minutes.

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

It’s snacks like these that are made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs, and chocolate (we love our chocolate) that make this busy mama happy! TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks (Located in Walmart’s cookie/cracker aisle and have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, or artificial colors) loveable bear-shape give these snacks a special homemade look (and delicious taste in two different flavors Chocolate and Vanilla) without the hassle. I believe in developing routines that are fun, and also something the kids look forward to. Reading for us has always been our way of unwinding and snacks only make it that time more enjoyable!

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

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Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Having a large family and being a working mom is a lot of work. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for things like baking or even cooking meals from scratch, but making the time we do have together is special and that’s what counts, I can’t wait to add another little girl to our reading/snack time in just a few more weeks!

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

What’s your favorite way to unwind with your kids?

In exactly four weeks we will be celebrating Olivia’s first birthday (click here to read her birth story! Time has flown by and I couldn’t imagine life without her, she’s everything I was hoping for in a little girl and so much more! We’re having a low key birthday at home and we’ve tossed around the idea of celebrating Olivia’s and Joseph’s birthday together but I want her 1st birthday themes for girls to be over the top girly and just for her.

20 1st Birthday Themes For Girls

I’ve been gathering 1st Birthday themes for girls for some inspiration and there’s a lot out there! Below are 20 1st birthday themes for girls that I love!

Mermaid Party

Teddy Bears Picnic

Carnival Theme

BumbleBee Party

Pink Lemonade and Pinwheels

Fairy Party

Sparkling 1st Birthday

Rainbow 1st Birthday

Picnic Party

Pink and Orange Party

Abby and Elmo Birthday

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Garden Party

Princess Party

One Is Fun 

Secret Garden 

Flamingo Fiesta

Watermelon Party

Alice In Wonderland

Nursery Rhyme Party

These are all gorgeous themes! I want Olivia’s theme to be magical and sparkly just like her personality! What theme did you pick for your babies 1st Birthday?

I finally got around to buying Olivia’s first Valentines Day outfit (see below) so much fun celebrating all her first holidays and to think I get to do this all over again next year with our baby girl #2 is so exciting!To kick off the celebration of love I’m sharing this free Valentines Day owl printable (it’s 8×10) that perfect for a kids room, a classroom or even framed and hung in a hallway.

Click on image to download

We’ll be home this Valentines Day so I bought Olivia a Valentines Day onesie to go with her heart jeans and a cute bib.

More Valentines Day Goodies Below!

What do you guys have planned for Valentines Day?