Easter For a 3 Month Old

Check out my super adorable baby girl last year on Easter. She is rocking another adorable custom onesie made by the same etsy shop, Polka Dot Closet, as her St. Patrick’s day attire. Look at her, still drowning in 0-3 months!


It doesn’t get much cuter than that folks!


Last year I was such a procrastinator. I don’t know if it was new mommy chaos colliding with going back to work, but I seriously waited until the very last minute to get this Easter basket thrown together. I wasn’t crazy over the actual basket, but you take what you can get when you wait until last minute.


The main question was, what on Earth do you put in a still basically newborn’s Easter basket?? Luckily, as much as I stressed over it, I’m pretty confident she doesn’t remember in the least, so it really isn’t that important. But in March of 2012, it was basically life or death and had to be perfect.


I didn’t want to go crazy and spend an ungodly amount of money on crap she wouldn’t use/play with, so I kept it pretty simple.  Her basket included this mint green TY buddy bunny from my childhood.  I have an embarrassingly large TY beanie collection that I plan to hand down to her over the years, and holidays make the perfect opportunity!  It also keeps me from wasting money on stuffed animals, because let’s face it, kids rarely actually play with those and they end up in a big pile of fluff in the corner.  I included four yoyo hairbows, because I was making them out of every piece of scrap fabric possible in those days.  I’m glad I did too.  I was smart, and put them on a clip instead of sewing them to her headbands.  They were the perfect size for her tiny head then, and now they are perfect size to use as just a single hair clip!  I also included a teething ring and a touch and feel book.  This adorable book, that is still a huge favorite of Elise’s, featured baby animals with different textures to “pet” and feel of.  The windmill was a big hit for many months until just recently, Elise accidentally broke it.  It was good stimulation for her when she was so little.  She loved to watch me blow it and see the colors twirl.  See that completely awesome pacifier sticking out?  That is totally my homemade “wubbanub!”  Those things are way too expensive in my opinion, so I took matters into my own hands and made my own.  I took a few of these McDonald’s TY mini beanies (I told you I have a huge collection of this crap) and sewed them by hand onto the paci.

These would make such a cute gift to include for a baby shower!

For the one included in her Easter basket, I simply stitched through it’s mouth and the part of the paci that sticks out.  But for her others (which included a mini blue elephant, a dalmatian dog, and a gray cat), I made it a little easier on myself and sewed each paw to one of the holes at the bottom of the paci, which is much easier than trying to stab a needle through the paci.  But this little guy didn’t have any arms, so this was my only option.  These things were a life saver when Elise was little and would drop her paci every five minutes and cry for us to get it back.  She could hold on to the animals and it gave it enough weight that if she spit it out, it wouldn’t go flying and she could get it back.  This was especially helpful in the car seat!  I can’t tell you how many times I had to pull over to try to hunt a paci that she sent flying into the floor board before we started using these!  She did however eventually grow out of these Avent Soothies and started using Nuks, but by that point she had more control of it and was able to keep it a little better.  Luckily now, she has just quit using her pacis all together with no effort from us.

Elise wasn’t overly impressed.  She was all business Easter morning and had her serious face on.



Here she is modeling another fabulous custom onesie from Polka Dot Closet.  For this super cute and easy hairbow, I simply sewed a few scrapbook flowers together that morning and attached them to the handband.  If you are super short on time, you could always use glue!

This year I’m much more prepared for Easter and I am so excited that she is old enough to actually take interest in her basket and hopefully to hunt eggs!  As soon as I get her basket together this year, I’ll share all the details!


Filling Easter Eggs without Candy!


It seems like for Easter, all anyone ever puts in Easter eggs is candy, candy, and more candy.  Although Elise does get an occasional treat, she most definitely isn’t going to be getting 493,207,520,358 miniature bunnies, peeps, and reese cups in her eggs.  Her chocolate bunny and marshmallow sucker will be more than enough sugar to do her for a few days.  I’ve compiled a list of a few non candy options.  Most of these work better for Easter basket eggs, but several could work for outdoor egg hunts too!

1.      Goldfish Crackers
2.      SOCKS (We can always use more socks and neon colors could be a lot of fun)
3.      Those tiny $1 bubble sets – way more fun than candy!
4.      Money (from pennies to dollar bills, any child that is old enough to know what money is will appreciate hunting for it)
5.      Special notes from mommy and daddy (if child is old enough to read)
6.      Confetti!
7.      Grapes
8.      Blueberries
9.      Blackberries
10.  Cherries
11.  Strawberries
12.  Mini nail polishes (PIGGY PAINT!)
13.  Raisins
14.  Hairbows
15.  Stickers
16.  Play jewelry
17.  toy cars
18.  Erasers
19.  trail mix
20.  Popcorn
21.  Paints
22.  Puzzle Pieces
23.  Balloons with messages they can read when they blow them up
24.  Have a crafter?  Beads, buttons, ribbons, glitter – SO many crafty items could easily fit into eggs!
25.  Play make up
26.  Sample sized perfumes
27.  Pretzels
28.  Tickets/Coupons for favorite activities (movies, picnics, ice cream dates, etc)
29.  Teddy Grahams
30.  Playdough

10 Themed Easter Basket Ideas to get your little one THINKING & CREATING!

Themed Easter Baskets - megankunkel.wordpress.com

At 1, Elise is too young for most of my themed Easter baskets ideas, but I need to type this stuff out or else I will forget over the years.

My favorite idea – Craft Basket!
I could go crazy with this!

  • Eggs filled with Pom poms, buttons, ribbon and fabric samples, foam letters, googly eyes, etc.
  • A sewing kit
  • Maybe a sew a bunny project or make a bunny craft
  • Glues
  • Decorative scissors
  • Assorted glitters
  • Felt
  • Foam
  • The actual basket could be a personalized craft basket to keep it all in.

Fun in the sun

  • Beach ball
  • Jump rope
  • New swimsuit/summer outfit
  • Sandals
  • Bubbles
  • Water gun
  • Water balloons
  • Sunglasses
  • Sidewalk Chalk

Spa day:

  • Play make up
  • Eye mask
  • Nail polish
  • Nail kit if old enough
  • Bubble bath
  • Bath dyes
  • Lotions
  • New bath robe
  • New house shoes

Book Worm

  • New book
  • Alphabet magnets
  • Bookmarks
  • Costumes to act out the story in the new book
  • A “half” book where they have to come up with the ending
  • Puppets or even better, a hand puppet craft to put on a puppet show!

Art basket

  • Fingerpaint
  • Water paints
  • Paint by number sheets
  • Paint brushes
  • Personalized Apron
  • Miniature Easel
  • Frames to decorate and put their artwork in
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Coloring book
  • Molding Clay

Ready to get dirty:

  • Recipe for homemade “mud”
  • A basket full of dirt to take outside and make mud with
  • Dump trucks, toy bulldozer
  • Shovel and pail
  • Play dough
  • Silly string

Chef basket

  • Everything in a picnic basket
  • Decorative cupcake pan
  • Cake mix
  • Variety of icings
  • Sprinkles
  • Simple “cook book” with your cupcake recipe. Want to get really creative? Measure your ingredients out and put them into eggs, let the cookbook tell them what color egg to use next! Don’t forget to include eggs full of yummy toppings like chocolate chips!
  • Personalized apron
  • Sandwiches
  • Eggs full of healthy snacks (berries, cheese cubes, pretzels, goldfish crackers, fresh veggies)
  • Blanket so that you can take your baked goods and have a picnic!

Detective work

  • Police badge
  • Spy goggles
  • Magnify glass
  • Walky talkies
  • Flash light
  • Book with clues to a scavenger hunt to solve a mystery (who took all the Easter bunny’s eggs?? With a big basket of eggs with prizes in them at the end of the hunt/mystery.)

Little Gardner:

  • Gardening set (shovel, gloves, etc)
  • Different flower seeds is plastic eggs
  • A sun hat
  • Little watering pail
  • It would be very cute to have a child size wheel barrel to put it all in

Expecting a wet and cold Easter? Have a Rainy Day basket

  • Deck of cards
  • Board games
  • Puzzle book
  • Puzzles
  • Crayons
  • Coloring book
  • Eggs filled with fun little games like jacks, marbles, dice, dominos, etc
  • New movie
  • PJs

I have so many ideas for fun little baskets!  Elise may just have to stay young longer so we can fit them all in!  I hope you are able to take these ideas and make them you are own to create those special memories with your special little girl or guy!

Pancake Cupcakes!

Most days it’s just me and E for breakfast. I don’t want to make a big mess for just me and her. Not to mention I’m pretty lazy in the mornings. I don’t wake up bursting with energy. Luckily, I came across this pin:

Pancake Cupcakes

The link doesn’t work for me but luckily the pinner wrote the instructions when she pinned it. So simple!

Mix a pancake mix, spray a cupcake pan, fill with mix, add toppings, bake for 12-14 min at 350.

I ended up with 11 after preparing 2 cups of mix, but I filled mine really full. I also used a “just add water” pancake mix because the goal of this it to be fast and easy.


For toppings, I used chocolate chips, bacon, and cinnamon. I also made them with bananas last week. The chocolate chips were my favorite and Michael liked the cinnamon. We both agreed that the bacon ones were gross! I really wanted blueberries, but my grocery store didn’t have any.


Best part, they freeze wonderfully! It’s so easy to make a bunch on day 1, then throw one in the microwave each morning! This could make the life of a working mom SO much easier. My toddler and I just finished eating some. Banana and cinnamon seem to be her favorites!

The topping possibilities are endless. Try it out and see what variations are favorites in your family!

Finger painting turned photo session!

Elise & I decided it was time to have more finger painting fun with our “edible finger paint.”  Check out my finger painting madness post to get details on how to make the paint.  I was in the mood to take some photos, and my husband was around to help contain the mess, so I thought why not turn a fun activity into a few adorable photos??









I think I may somehow incorporate a few of these into her art space in her new playroom if I ever get on the ball and get it going!

Better than Sex Chex Mix – Recipe

Better Than Sex Chex Mix


Excuse the yucky cell shots.  I was way too excited to actually eat this to drag the big camera out!  I came across this AMAZING recipe from tablespoon.com.  I instantly decided I had to make it.  I’ve been entirely too much of a sugaraholic lately.  Plus I love salt.  This lovely creation mixes the best of both worlds!


Better than Sex Chex Mix is all over the internet, but the recipe seems to be pretty consistent.  It is SO easy to make and would make the perfect party food.


  • 8  cups Chocolate Chex® cereal
  • 3/4  cup packed brown sugar
  • 6  tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3  tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, MINI size
  • 1 cup MINIATURE marshmallows
  • 1/2  cup caramel bits (found by the chocolate chips in the baking aisle — or chop up regular caramels)
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2  cup MILK chocolate baking chips (or more if you’re a huge chocolate fan)
  • 1/2  cup vanilla (white) chocolate baking chips
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt


  1. In a large microwavable bowl, measure cereal; set aside. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.
  2. In a two cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Pour caramel mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on High 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Spread on cookie sheet. Cool 10 minutes. Break into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Make sure Chex mixture is cool to the touch (so candy doesn’t melt.) Evenly sprinkle mini peanut butter cups candy and miniature marshmallows over Chex mixture.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave caramel baking bits and cream uncovered on High about 1 minute or until chips can be stirred smooth. Use a spoon or fork to drizzle over snack. Microwave the milk chocolate baking chips next, starting with 20-seconds and stirring, then at 20 second intervals until the mixture is completely smooth (microwave temps vary, so watch the chocolate and stir frequently until it’s of drizzling consistency). Drizzle over the snack mixture. Then microwave the vanilla (white) baking chips in 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth, and drizzle that over the snack mixture. (Note: The vanilla and milk chocolate chips should not need cream added.) Quickly sprinkle coarse salt over all while candy drizzles are still wet.
  5. Refrigerate until set. Break apart and store in tightly covered container.

The only variation I made was to add more salt.  I have a salt addiction though, so 1 tsp may very well be enough for you!  When I make it again, I will probably greatly decrease or eliminate the mini Reese Cups.  They made it a little too sweet and chocolatey for me!  Head on over to tablespoon.com and check them out.  They have tons of yummy recipes!




Rewind to St. Patrick’s Day 2012!

Last year Elise was still an itty bitty baby for St. Patrick’s Day. At 2 months old, she was still as squishy as can be. How I miss those days!

This was her “holiday picture” which I am still to this day in love with because of this huge string of drool.  I may have on mommy goggles, but I refuse to clone it out.  That is the cutest drool I’ve ever laid eyes on! 

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On actual St. Patrick’s day, we were headed to a baby shower, but little miss was dressed to impress.

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(I can’t believe how much my hair has grown in just a year!)

My super crafty mother made her adorable leg warmers out of an adult pair of socks.  I made her headband and bow out of elastic and yoyos.  Her super cute onesie came from The Polka Dot Closet on Etsy.  I ordered several personalized onesies from her when Elise was little and they are great quality.  I highly recommend her stuff!!

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Elise’s Grammie is super talented when it comes to sewing and she is making her an outfit for St. Patrick’s day this year.  I can’t wait to see!  I’m hoping for some pretty weather so we can do a few outdoor photos.  This momma is tired of being cooped up in the house!