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Friday, March 27, 2015

Easy Easter Bunny Cards

Easy Easter Bunny Cards

A few years ago I used to be so on top of cards. Making them, sending them; from Christmas to Easter to thank you cards – I did a pretty good job.

Then somewhere along the way things have gotten busier and busier and I don’t take the time to make them like I used to with the kids, and that makes me sad. I don’t want to be so busy that I forget to teach the kids the importance of letting other’s know that you are thinking of them – and my kids are such little artists; they enjoy creating and sharing what they do.

So, since it was spring break this week, and we were having a stay-cation, I helped them make their own Easter bunny cards to share with our family. They were so easy to make and it gave the kids the freedom to decorate them however they wanted, so it worked out perfectly.

Easy Easter Bunny Cards

Here’s what you need:

White paint
A variety of paints and markers
Sponges and paint brushes

Fold the construction paper into fourths, creating your card.
Then carefully paint your child’s palm, middle, and ring finger with white paint.
Next, spread their two fingers apart, firmly place onto the construction paper.
Repaint for each print until you have the desired number of cards.
Let them dry completely.
Then, allow your kids (or yourself!) to create their own unique Easter bunnies!

Easy Easter Bunny Cards


Now that we finally have the cards all finished I just have to physically put them into the mail! Guess I’d better get on that since Easter isn't very far away!

~Melissa

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

14 Photos That Will Make You Want to Run Away To The Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
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Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene
Oregon Coast // Lincoln City via @melissakaylene

Unlike most of those around us, we aren't visiting the coast during Spring Break this year. As much as I love the beach we are choosing to stay close to home – opting for activities around the house like creating Easter cards (more on those soon!), visiting Sky High Sports, and tomorrow we are talking about driving over to Silver Falls State Park. It’s one of those places that are practically in our backyard and yet we've never been before.

Anyways, I am however, so glad that we stayed in Lincoln City for three nights last month. One thing that I love about the Oregon coast is that sometimes you can find yourself pleasantly surprised with the weather during the winter. With no tourists out and an oceanfront view – the weekend would have been enough by itself, but add in gorgeous 60+ degree weather with no breeze and it was simply nothing but a small slice of heaven on earth – and these photos don’t do it justice.


Sometimes it’s worth it to take a chance – you never know what you may find.

~Melissa

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Living Locally: I Love Lucy® Live on Stage!

I Love Lucy Live On Stage in Portland, Oregon
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Two months ago I attended my first Broadway performance and quickly fell in love with it! I have attended two performances now and am really looking forward to the next show that will be at the Keller Auditorium April 7-12th - " I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE". 

I Love Lucy® has been one of my favorite television shows since I was a young kid, so much in fact that I probably drove my mother crazy with all of my re-run watching! Seeing I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE will be so much fun and I'm really excited to see how the show is transformed into a stage performance. 

Here's more information for you, because I know you're interested in attending!


U.S. Bank Broadway in Portland is pleased to announce the Portland premiere of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history.  The national tour will play Keller Auditorium from April 7 – 12, 2015.

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!

Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada lead the company as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, with Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel playing Fred and Ethel Mertz, the Ricardo’s loveable landlords and sidekicks. The cast also includes Sara Jayne BlackmoreSarah Elizabeth CombsGregory FranklinJody MadarasCarlos MartinDenise MosesCindy SciaccaKami Seymour, Richard Strimer and Mark Christopher Tracy.

An “out-of-body experience for ‘Lucy’ fans” according to Showbiz Chicago. I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE takes audience members back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes, “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” A charming host entertains and enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process of a brand new thing called “television,” the Crystal tone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50's style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel.  It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I've seen in years – including Broadway!” 

I Love Lucy Live On Stage in Portland, Oregon
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The iconic hit sitcom I LOVE LUCY® originally aired on CBS from 1951 – 1957 for a total of six seasons and 179 episodes and is widely considered to be one of the most popular programs in the history of television. Due in no small part to its relatable characters, sharp comedic writing and Lucille Ball’s signature zany charm, the show continues to endear new audiences with every passing generation. The program was a technical trailblazer, pioneering the multi-camera shooting technique (still employed by the majority of traditional sitcoms to this day) and the use of 35mm film for the capture of a weekly, 30-minute scripted television program (which made possible the re-airing of episodes at a later date, what we now know as “reruns”). In September 2012, I LOVE LUCY® was named the “Best TV Show Of All Time” and the “Greatest TV Comedy” by People Magazine and ABC’s "20/20" special "Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time."

I Love Lucy Live On Stage in Portland, Oregon
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I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE had its world premiere in Los Angeles at the Greenway Court Theatre from October 2011 – February 2012. A subsequent Chicago production was launched that played two engagements at the Broadway Playhouse, September 2012 – March 2013. The national tour visited cities including Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville and Costa Mesa.

The show is produced by Stephen Kahn (executive producer), David George (executive producer), Allan Williams (executive producer),Jeff Davis (executive producer), Dede Harris, Sharon KarmizanHyra George, Kim Flagg, Barbara AlpertSophie and Alan Alpert,Neil HoffmanNancy AlpertTeri Alpert and David Carpenter (associate producer), under license from CBS Consumer Products.

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TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION


April 7 – 12, 2015  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay

Tuesday, April 7 |  7:30pm
Wednesday, April 8  |  7:30pm
Thursday, April 9  |  7:30pm
Friday, April 10 |  7:30pm
Saturday, April 11 |  2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, April 12   1:00pm and 6:30pm

For information on ADA seating, please call the Portland Opera Box Office at 503-241-1802 or email boxoffice@portlandopera.org
Tickets can be purchased:
www.BroadwayInPortland.com
Portland Opera Box Office: 503- 241-1802 or toll free at 866-739-6737
Portland’5 Box Office: 800-273-1530, All TicketsWest locations

U.S. Bank Broadway in Portland is a partnership between Portland Opera and Broadway Across America.

~Melissa

Friday, March 20, 2015

How to Create 3 Different #DisneyEaster Baskets

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DisneyEaster #CollectiveBias
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Happy Spring everyone! Like I mentioned last night, I am so ecstatic that I've been on the ball this year and am all done shopping for Easter baskets this year!

I've honestly never been the kind of parent to buy a pre-made Easter basket – to me they just aren't as personal. I want my children to be surprised at all of the fun things in their Easter baskets and know that I put a lot of love and thought into creating it for them.

Noah’s and Emma’s baskets were easy – I created a Spiderman themed basket for him, and a FROZEN one for her.

Anika on the other hand was a little bit harder. She is still 11, so she’s at that ‘I want to be a big girl’ one minute stage, then playing make believe with Emma and Noah the next.

Obviously I don’t want her to grow up any faster than she already is, so I decided to do a basket with a character I know she likes: The Little Mermaid. 

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 At Walmart I found everything I needed, and I began gathering things for the kids, - one theme at a time.

They had Spiderman baskets there too and I quickly realized that they would perfect because they had quite a bit of room for me to fill them. I chose red as Noah’s color theme, as I thought it would be fun to not only pick character themes, but color themes as well.

Spiderman action figures, body wash, a watch, and more were placed alongside chocolates and candies.

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 Emma’s basket is filled with FROZEN fun. There is a FROZEN wand, lip gloss, tattoos, and more and then of course color coordinated candies for her too. I bought light blue Easter egg grass to match all of the goodies inside.

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Anika’s I ended up altering it a little bit more – I knew I wanted a green basket with purple accents (like Ariel), so I bought the first wicker basket I found at Walmart and had to modify it a bit. There was a wooden figure glue to the front that I carefully removed, and then wrapped the top of the basket with purple ribbon, attaching it with glue dots. I then covered the area that I had the wooden animal removed from with purple bows.

I bought her an Ariel doll because she still likes playing dolls sometimes – only because her sister ‘begs’ her to, you know.  ;)

I tried to keep all of her basket with green goodies, even down to the Chap Stick I bought for her.

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All of the fun Disney products can be found in the Toy and Easter sections at Walmart.


I’m so excited to have these done! Now if I can find a good spot to hide them until Easter Sunday where they won’t find them!

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 Have you made any Easter baskets yet this year?

~Melissa

Thursday, March 19, 2015

5 Ways to Make Your Easter Dinner More Memorable

This is a sponsored post on behalf of HoneyBaked Ham; as always opinions are all of my own. 
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I love Easter – the days are longer, flowers are blooming, and the kids are all excited to decorate Easter eggs and play outside while they search for them.

This year Easter is creeping up pretty quickly (as every holiday this year has!) and I’m actually planning a little ahead for this one! The kid’s Easter baskets are already done (I’ll share them on here tomorrow) and I've made a list for what we will be eating for Easter dinner. I’m all about tradition for holiday meals, so naturally that means we’ll have a ham dinner with all of the trimmings! Preparing for a big dinner or gathering can get stressful at times (I speak from experience here!) so I wanted to share a few tips that can help you make Easter Dinner easier - thus making it more memorable and less stressful.

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1. Plan your meal ahead of time, and figure out how many people you will be feeding. Write down what you’d like to make as well as a shopping list.

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2. Keep some cooking simple, by not cooking it all. I used to have to make everything; it was like I was a glutton for over-achiever punishment. I still make most of our meals, but sometimes I’ll let the pro’s do some of the work: HoneyBaked. Their hams are literally all ready to go – all you have to do is warm them and serve them! The HoneyBaked Ham Company also carries a variety of side dishes that you can purchase and your guests and family will seriously never know the difference!

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3. Set the table in advance – and use what you have. I am always a fan of a gorgeous tablescape, but I know personally my family is going to be looking at the food, not the fancy china. It is okay to mis-match dishes if need be, and you can even stack different sized plates on each other to dress up the table a bit. Make sure you have fun pops of color like flowers or candles – don’t worry about buying stuff though, get creative and use what you've got!

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4. Pass the buck on – or make it a potluck. Once again, I used to be horrible with delegating. Friends or family would ask if they could bring something and I would always tell them not to worry about it.

Don’t be me.

The more food the merrier – and it’s always fun to taste new dishes. Ask them what they’d like to bring, or give them two choices of side dishes and let them decide which one they’d like to make.

Make Easter more meaningful for the whole family by letting them participate in creating it. 

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5. Send food home so you don’t have to deal with it. Buy some Tupperware and let guests pile up on leftovers so you’re not left packaging up food half of the night. That is, of course if it’s not all devoured during dinner.

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 Right now you can save $5 off of $50 or more at Honeybaked – just in time to help you make dinner easier!

Have any other Easter dinner tips to share? Comment below!

~Melissa