10 Easy & Adorable Easter Bunny Snacks

Easy Easter Treats

I love Easter and even though my girls are getting older, I still love hunting down cute Easter ideas. Here are 10 easy and adorable Easter bunny snacks for any brunches or parties you may be preparing to attend or host this weekend. I don’t have much free time, if any, lately so I’m all about quick and easy cute Easter ideas. I’ve also tried to include some healthier options, just in case you’ve already been into the jellybeans. (And yeah I’m raising my hand here!)

 

 Eggs and Bacon Bunnies via Worth Pinning


Bunny Eggs for Easter Brunch


Bunny Fresh Fruit Platter via Worth Pinning


bunny fruit platter


Bedtime Bunny Pancakes via Our Thrifty Ideas (I cannot find the original source and she just links to an image file..but this is just so stinkin’ cute I had to include it!)


bedtime Easter bunny pancakes


Easter Racing Rabbits via Living Locurto  (no bake, all fun!)


racing rabbits Easter bunny treats


Bunny Oreos via Party Pinching


Bunny Oreos

Easy Bunny Buns via One Simple Project


bunny buns Easter rolls

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Bunnies via With Style and Grace

Sweet Potato Bunnies

Cinnamon Sugar Roll Breakfast Bunnies via Tablespoon

cinnamon roll bunnies

Easy Easter Veggie and Dip Platter via The Nesting Corral

Easy Easter Veggie Dip Platter Bunny

Three-Ingredient Chocolate Bunny Pretzels via Shaken Together Life

bunny pretzels

Let me know if you try any of these treats! And for more fun ideas, be sure to follow my Easter and Spring board on Pinterest.

5 Foolproof Ways To Build Your Brand On Instagram

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I have a huge fan girl crush on Instagram. It’s much easier to skim through than Facebook and I love beautiful imagery. There are so many big brands that have established themselves on Instagram, but it’s also an amazing tool for bloggers.

Here are 5 ways bloggers can build their brand on Instagram:

Keep It Real

Show your readers what really happens behind the scenes of your blog. Social media all too often can give the impression that we’re just a bunch of got it together people who are selfie ready 24/7. Show your messy house, your workspace…show the “real” you! I love this post from fellow Nashville blogger @JessicaNTurner and so did her followers.

Jessica Turner Instagram

Toot Your Own Horn

Use your Instagram feed to promote your latest blog content. Here I used the same graphic as used to illustrate my post about 2015 blog conferences. Because you can’t hyperlink within the graphic text that accompanies your image, it’s a smart idea to update your main url in your bio to reflect your latest post.

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Inspire

Here busy working TV news mom @workingmommagic makes an inspiring graphic from one of her own pics. Love this!

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Engage

Ask your readers a question. Here one of my favorite bloggers Audrey McClellan asks a question, snaps a selfie AND promotes a giveaway. You go girl!

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Laugh martinisandmayhemLaugh

My new favorite go to funny Instagram account is @martinisandmayhem I am a huge believer in humor…laugh at yourself or make others laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine!

I hope this gives you some awesome content ideas to chew on. Let me know if you have additional favorite Instagram content strategy ideas or Instagram accounts you adore!

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And click here for all of my archived Social Media Mondays goodness.

Budget Friendly Spring Dress Options

This time last year I was looking for the perfect spring dress to wear to my niece’s wedding in upstate New York. Whether you have a bridal or baby shower to attend or you’re headed to Nashville’s Steeplechase, you might need help finding dresses on a budget. My new favorite online consignment store is ThredUp. Not only have I bought a few things for myself and my older daughter, but I have also consigned some clothes. It’s not a huge pain in the rear like traditional consignment sales, either. No wire hangers! Thank you sweet baby Jesus! And no pinning index cards and hunting down safety pins. ThredUp will send you a postage-paid bag to fill up and ship back to them. They do all the work. Easy peasy.

I donate a lot of clothing to local thrift stores, but it’s nice to have a consignment option for some newer or more expensive pieces. You can also opt for either shopping credit or get cash back from any of your items that sell on ThredUp. There’s even a fundraising option for groups seeking to raise cash for programs or projects.

Check out all these super cute dresses I found on ThredUp and all for less than $50 (and most around the $30 range.) Most are at least half off and this first dress in a pretty turquoise color (one of my favorite colors) is 78% off and new with tags. Double bonus! And here’s a link to a special code for a $10 credit which will come in handy: http://www.thredup.com/r/QWHNRA

Antonio Melani

Antonio Melani  Casual Dress, Size 8, $36.49


Max Studio Red

Max Studio Casual Dress, Size Small, $30.49


white house black market

White House Black Market Cocktail Dress, Size 10, $24.49

J Crew peach

J. Crew  Silk Dress, Size 6, $39.99


 

banana republic

Banana Republic Factory Store, Size 6, $19.49


Bebe


Bebe Silk Dress, size medium, $30.49


J Crew silk


J Crew Silk Dress, size 6 petite, $45.99


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David Meister Fun Retro Cocktail Theme Summer Dress, Size 4, $35.99


calvin klein


Calvin Klein Casual Dress, Size 6, $30.99


Do you have a favorite dress featured here? I really love the first two dresses. I’ve features several strapless little numbers and while I like them I’d probably pair them with a cardigan. I need to work on my Michelle Obama triceps! Have you ever shopped consignment before? I love it and the search engine on ThredUp makes it very easy to find colors, sizes, and even styles.


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I’m linking up to Fashion Friday, hosted by some fashionable bloggers like Jo-Lynne Shane, who regularly features fabulous looks for all of us 40-plus mamas!

Style Elixir

As well as to the Fab Favorites Link up on Style Elixir.

Tips To Help Your Child Fly Solo

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My older daughter (who will be 13 this summer..be still my heart) just flew for the first time solo to Tampa to visit my sister.

Now with her on the cusp of teendom, I wasn’t concerned about whether or not she was ready. She’s been excited about this trip for months! There were several things I factored into the decision, however, and I thought I’d share them with you so you can help get your child ready to fly solo.

Tampa pool


Spring break girl…life is tough for 7th graders.


Here are four things to consider when deciding whether or not your older tween or young teen is ready to fly solo:

Responsibility

Will your child keep an eye on their bag(s) (I definitely do NOT recommend having an older tween, younger teen check in luggage…have them bring a carry on bag to the plane). Will they keep up with their cell phone?

Independence

Has your child spent an extended time away from home, comfortably, such as sleepover camp or another trip? My daughter went on a road trip to Gatlinburg last spring break with a friend and her family for six days and did not get homesick, so I knew she was mature enough to be away from us for a four-night getaway to Florida.

Maturity

Will your child be able to navigate the airport, find the proper gate, and board with little to no adult supervision? Can they seat themselves on the plane and get themselves buckled without assistance from an adult? Will they be able to sit still on the plane and occupy themselves with a book or music? If they need assistance, will they know how to approach flight staff?

Problem solver

Is your child savvy enough to know what to do in case of emergency? For example, what if the relative who is supposed to meet them is a no show (due to traffic or some other unforeseen circumstance.) Talk with your child and go through a few scenarios and ensure they have emergency contact information for more than one person in their city of destination.

A few more tips

I’d recommending booking a direct flight if at all possible, especially if your child is traveling solo for the first time. This was my daughter’s first plane trip solo and I don’t feel comfortable having her change plans in a strange city in a strange airport. When booking her flight I immediately eliminated any with connecting flights. I also was able to get a guest unaccompanied minor pass at the Southwest ticket counter that allowed me to go with her through security and walk her to her gate which made both of us feel much more at ease. Next time I book a flight for my daughter, I’ll also fork over the $12.50 to Southwest to secure Earlybird check-inA because even with checking in online 24 hours before her departure date she was in boarding Group B. Lastly, plan to arrive at the airport earlier than you usually would. With it being spring break season, the Nashville airport security line was insanely long for 7 a.m.! Long lines made for unnecessary early morning jitters for both me and my daughter.

Nashville airport crowd

 

Have your kids flown by themselves? If so, how old were they when they first flew solo? What advice do you have to give to make the experience as stress-free as possible?

 

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