Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids and one lazy dog, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Ideas

I can't believe Easter is in about a week! I'm still trying to come up with the boys' Easter Basket Hunt for this year. If you are like me and need some ideas, I have some below!

FOOD:

EGGS, EGG HUNTS, AND EASTER BASKETS:

CRAFTS:
  • Clay Pot Baskets. These are super easy (and cute) baskets that work great as centerpieces.
  • String Up My Easter Treats. (string craft eggs)
  • Snowflake Style Eggs
  • Stained Glass Egg. Here are directions. They are for the pumpkin stained glass we made, so make an egg shape instead for Easter!
  • Marble Egg. We made a marble painted craft, which is lots of fun and look neat when it's done. After the paint dries, cut out an egg shape to have a nicely decorated Easter egg! You could even cut out multiple smaller eggs for form a garland, napkin rings, etc.
  • Bunny Basket. Easy to make bunny basket out of a paper bag.

ACTIVITIES:




Sunday, March 29, 2015

There's A Bunny In My Bread

I was in charge of bringing a side dish last year to Easter. I wanted to try something a little different, so instead of a regular veggie tray, I added a bread bunny!


I think I made the cheeks a little too big and the teeth kind of slipped to the side. However, everyone else loved it, so I guess it turned out alright!

I do have some changes I would make if I made it next time though: Make sure the cheeks are pinched together so they don't separate. Add the nose right above the cheeks. I might try to tuck the top of the almonds under the cheeks to try to keep them in place. I would also use a smaller dip container so more of the belly shows.

You will need:
  • Bread dough (I used frozen dough that had been thawed), 2-1lb. loaves
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 raisins
  • 3 almond slivers (Optional. I used them this time but I don't know that I use them again.)
  • Dip, veggies, large platter, etc.

Directions:

  1. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  2. Cut 1/4 off of one loaf of dough. Shape it into a pear-shape to form the head. Roll the rest of the dough out to form an flattened oval for the body. Place onto baking sheet. Place head at the top of the body.
  3. On the head, cut 3-4 narrow cuts on each side to form the whiskers. The cuts should be about 3/4 inches deep.
  4. Take the second loaf of dough and cut into 4 equal pieces.
  5. Ears: Use two of the pieces and roll into 16-17 inch long ropes. Fold in half. Arrange with the ends touching the head.
  6. Bottom feet: Take another piece and cut into half. Form into ovals for the bottom feet, about 3.5" ovals. Position at either side of the bottom of the body. Cut 2 slits to form toes, about 1 inch cuts.
  7. Top feet: Take the remaining piece of dough and cut into 3 pieces. Form 2 pieces into balls about 2.5" big to form the top paws. Place on either side of the body, slightly below the neck. Cut two slits for toes, about 1 inch cuts.
  8. The last piece of dough will be divided into two 2-inch sized balls for the cheeks and one 1/2-inch sized ball for the nose. Place in the middle of the head, next to the whiskers.
  9. Add on the raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth.
  10. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot until doubled, usually 30-45 minutes. Brush the top lightly with the beaten egg.
  11. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown, at 350 degrees F.
  13. Remove and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  14. Arrange on a serving tray. If you want, cut a circle large enough to fit a dip container in the center of the belly. Place different veggies and things to dip around the bunny bread.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Time Word Find

I am very ready for the cold weather to be done and spring to come, even if it means allergy season comes with it. I can't wait for colorful flowers and plants, warmer days, and the kids having fun at the parks. In honor of Spring finally showing signs of coming, here is a Spring themed word find!

To print: Right click on image, Save As/Save to Computer, Print.






ANSWERS:








Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 Holidays & Oddball Holidays

I can't believe I forgot to post this at the beginning of the year! In case you still are looking for a list of holidays, here is a list of regular and oddball holidays in 2015 (ones marked with a *, link back to one of my posts for that holiday):

January 1       New Year's Day
January 2       Run It Up A Flag Pole And See If Anyone Salutes Day
January 6       Bean Day*
January 6       Cuddle Up Day
January 7       Old Rock Day
January 8       Bubble Bath Day
January 10     Houseplant Appreciation Day
January 11     Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friend Day
January 14     Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 15     National Hat Day
January 16     Appreciate A Dragon Day
January 18     Winnie The Pooh Day
January 19     National Popcorn Day
January 19     Martin Luther King Day
January 21     National Hugging Day
January 23     National Pie Day*
January 23     Measure Your Feet Day
January 24     Belly Laugh Day
January 24     Compliment Day
January 25     Opposite Day
January 27     Chocolate Cake Day
January 28     Fun At Work Day
January 28     National Kazoo Day
January 29     National Puzzle Day
January 29     National Cornchip Day
January 31     Backward Day*
February 2     Groundhog Day
February 4     Thank a Mailman Day
February 5     National Weatherman's Day
February 7     Send A Card To A Friend Day
February 8     Boy Scout Day
February 8     Kite Flying Day
February 10   Umbrella Day
February 11   Make a Friend Day
February 11   White T-shirt Day
February 11   Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
February 12   Lincoln's Birthday
February 14   Valentine's Day*
February 14   Ferris Wheel Day
February 15   National Gumdrop Day
February 16   Presidents' Day (it's the 3rd Monday of the month), Washington's Birthday
February 17   Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17   Mardi Gras
February 19   National Chocolate Mint Day
February 20   Cherry Pie Day
February 20   Love Your Pet Day
February 21   Card Reading Day
February 22   Walking The Dog Day
February 22   Washington's Birthday
February 23   Banana Bread Day*
February 24   National Tortilla Chip Day
February 26   Carnival Day
February 26   National Pistachio Day
February 26   Tell a Fairy Tale Day
February 27   Polar Bear Day
February 28   Public Sleeping Day
February 28   National Tooth Fairy Day (also 9/22)
March 1         National Pig Day
March 1         Peanut Butter Lovers' Day*
March 2         Old Stuff Day
March 2         Read Across America Day*
March 3         National Anthem Day
March 3         Peach Blossom Day
March 6         National Frozen Food Day*
March 6         Dentist's Day
March 8         Daylight Savings
March 11       Johnny Appleseed Day*
March 12       Girl Scouts Day
March 12       Plant A Flower Day
March 14       Learn About Butterflies Day*
March 14       National Pi Day* (Pi = 3.14)
March 15       Incredible Kids Day*
March 15       Ides of March
March 17       St. Patrick's Day*
March 19       Poultry Day
March 22       National Goof Off Day
March 23       National Chip & Dip Day*
March 24       National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
March 25       International Waffle Day*. National Waffle Day is 8/24.
March 25       Pecan Day
March 28       Something On A Stick Day*
March 30       Take A Walk In The Park Day
March 30       National Doctor's Day
March 31       Bunsen Burner Day
April 1           April Fool's Day*
April 1           International Fun At Work Day
April 2           Children's Book Day
April 2           National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
April 3           Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day
April 4           School Librarian Day
April 4           Walk Around Things Day
April 5           Easter
April 6           National Tartan Day
April 7           No Housework Day
April 7           Caramel Popcorn Day
April 9           Winston Churchill Day
April 10         National Siblings Day
April 11         National Submarine Day. Submarine Day 3/17.
April 13         Scrabble Day*
April 14         Look Up at the Sky Day*
April 14         National Pecan Day
April 14         Reach as High as You Can Day
April 15         Taxes Due
April 15         Rubber Eraser Day
April 16         National Librarian Day
April 16         National Eggs Benedict Day
April 16         National High Five Day
April 17         National Cheeseball Day
April 18         International Juggler's Day. World Juggler's Day is the Saturday closest to 6/17.
April 19         National Garlic Day
April 22         Earth Day
April 22         National Jelly Bean Day
April 23         National Zucchini Bread Day
April 24         Arbor Day
April 24         Pig In A Blanket Day
April 26         National Pretzel Day
April 26         Richter Scale Day
April 27         Tell a Story Day
April 30         National Honesty Day
May 1            Mother Goose Day*
May 2            Brother and Sisters Day
May 4            Bird Day
May 5            Cinco de Mayo
May 5            National Hoagie Day
May 6            Beverage Day*
May 6            National Nurses Day
May 8            No Socks Day
May 9            Lost Sock Memorial Day*
May 10          Clean Up Your Room Day
May 10          Mother's Day* 
May 11          Eat What You Want Day
May 12          Limerick Day
May 13          Leprechaun Day
May 13          Frog Jumping Day
May 14          Dance Like A Chicken Day
May 15          National Chocolate Chip Day
May 16          Love A Tree Day
May 18          Visit Your Relatives Day
May 18          No Dirty Dishes Day
May 20          Pick Strawberries Day
May 23          Lucky Penny Day  
May 25          Memorial Day*
May 30          Water A Flower Day
June 1            Flip A Coin Day
June 3            Repeat Day
June 4            Applesauce Cake Day
June 5            National Doughnut Day
June 6            National Yo-Yo Day
June 7            National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 8            Best Friends Day
June 9            Donald Duck Day
June 10          Iced Tea Day*
June 14          Flag Day
June 16          Fresh Veggies Day*
June 17          Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 18          Go Fishing Day
June 20          Ice Cream Soda Day*
June 20          Word Juggler's Day (Saturday closest to 6/17)
June 21          Father's Day*(gift ideas)
June 21          Summer Solstice
June 22          National Chocolate Eclair Day
June 24          Swim A Lap Day
June 27          Sunglasses Day*  
June 28          Paul Bunyan Day
June 29          Camera Day
June 29          Waffle Iron Day
June 30          Meteor Day
July 1             Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
July 2             I Forgot Day
July 4             Independence Day*
July 4             Sidewalk Egg Frying Day*
July 6             National Fried Chicken Day
July 7             Chocolate Day
July 7             National Strawberry Sundae Day
July 8             Video Games Day, National Video Games Day 9/12.
July 9             National Sugar Cookie Day
July 10           Teddy Bear Picnic Day
July 11           Cheer Up The Lonely Day
July 12           Different Colored Eyes Day
July 12           Pecan Pie
July 14           Bastille Day
July 15           Tapioca Pudding Day
July 15           Cow Appreciation Day* (Chik-fil-A celebration 7-14-15.)
July 17           Peach Ice Cream Day
July 17           Yellow Pig Day
July 19           National Raspberry Cake Day
July 19           National Ice Cream Day (3rd Sunday in July)
July 21           National Junk Food Day*
July 22           Hammock Day
July 23           National Hot Dog Day
July 23           Vanilla Ice Cream Day
July 26           Parent's Day (4th Sunday in July)
July 27           Take Your Pants For A Walk Day
July 28           National Milk Chocolate Day
July 29           National Lasagna Day
July 30           National Cheesecake Day
August 1         National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
August 2         National Ice Cream Sandwich Day*
August 2         Friendship Day
August 2         Sisters Day
August 3         National Watermelon Day
August 6         Wiggle Your Toes Day
August 8         Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day*
August 9         Book Lover's Day
August 10       Lazy Day
August 10       National S'mores Day
August 11       Son and Daughter Day
August 12       Middle Child's Day
August 13       Left Hander's Day
August 14       National Creamsicle Day
August 15       Relaxation Day
August 16       Tell a Joke Day
August 17       National Thriftshop Day
August 20       National Radio Day
August 22       National Tooth Fairy Day (also 2/28)
August 26       National Dog Day*
August 27       Just Because Day
August 30       Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31       National Trail Mix Day
September 5   Cheese Pizza Day
September 6   Read A Book Day*
September 7   Labor Day*
September 8   National Date Nut Bread Day
September 9   Teddy Bear Day
September 11  Make Your Bed Day
September 11  Patriot Day
September 12  Chocolate Milk Shake Day
September 13  Grandparents' Day
September 13  Fortune Cookie Day
September 13  National Peanut Day
September 14  National Cream-Filled Donut Day
September 15  Make A Hat Day
September 16  Collect Rocks Day
September 16  National Play Doh Day*
September 16  Stepfamily Day
September 17 National Apple Dumpling Day
September 17 Citizenship Day
September 18 National Cheeseburger Day
September 19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19 National Butterscotch Pudding Day
September 21 Miniature Golf Day
September 23 Checkers Day
September 24 National Cheeries Jubilee Day
September 25 National Comic Book Day
September 25 Native American Day
September 26 Johnny Appleseed Day*
September 27 Crush A Can Day
September 29 Confucius Day
October 2       Name Your Car Day
October 4       National Frappe Day
October 5       Do Something Nice Day
October 9       Curious Events Day
October 9       Leif Erikson Day
October 9       Moldy Cheese Day
October 9      World Egg Day
October 10     National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11     Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
October 12     Columbus Day
October 14     National Dessert Day
October 14     National Fossil Day*
October 16     Bosses Day
October 17     Wear Something Gaudy Day
October 17     Sweetest Day
October 21     Count Your Buttons Day
October 21     National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 22     National Nut Day
October 24     National Bologna Day
October 24     Make A Difference Day
October 25     World Pasta Day
October 27     National Tell A Story Day in the UK
October 29     National Frankenstein Day
October 30     National Candy Corn Day
October 30     Frankenstein Friday (last Friday of October)
October 31     Carve a Pumpkin Day
October 31     Halloween*
November 1   All Saint's Day, All Souls Day
November 1   Daylight Savings
November 2   Deviled Egg Day
November 3   Sandwich Day*
November 5   Gunpowder Day*
November 6   Marooned Without A Compass Day
November 7   Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
November 8   Cook Something Bold Day
November 10 Forget-Me-Not Day
November 11  Veterans Day
November 15  Clean Your Refrigerator Day
November 16  Button Day
November 16  Have A Party With Your Bear Day
November 17  Homemade Bread Day*
November 17  Take A Hike Day
November 22  Go For A Ride Day
November 25  National Parfait Day
November 26  Thanksgiving
November 28  Red Planet Day
November 30  Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day
December 1    Eat A Red Apple Day
December 2    National Fritters Day
December 4    Wear Brown Shoes Day
December 5    Bathtub Party Day
December 5    Repeal Day
December 6    St. Nicholas' Day*
December 6    Put On Your Own Shoes Day
December 7    National Cotton Candy Day
December 7    Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 8    National Brownie Day
December 9    National Pastry Day
December 12  Poinsettia Day
December 13  Ice Cream Day. National Ice Cream Day is the 3rd Sunday in July.
December 15  National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16  National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 17  National Maple Syrup Day*
December 17  Wright Brothers Day
December 18  Bake Cookies Day
December 19  Look For An Evergreen Day
December 19  Oatmeal Muffin Day
December 20  Go Caroling Day
December 21  National Flashlight Day
December 21  Look On The Bright Side Day
December 22  Date Nut Bread Day (also 9/8)
December 24  National Chocolate Day
December 24  National Egg Nog Day
December 25  Christmas Day*
December 25  National Pumpkin Pie Day
December 27  Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day*
December 27  National Fruitcake Day
December 28  Card Playing Day*
December 30  National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
December 31  New Year's Eve

Monday, March 16, 2015

Leprechaun Word Hunt

How many words can you make out of the word Leprechaun?
To Print: Right click on image, Save As/Save to Computer, Print.

I have a list of some of the words we came up with at the bottom, but I am sure there are plenty more! I let them the boys use names and places.


Hint: Break the words down into just the letters. Put the letters in alphabetical order. Use rhyming to help come up with more words!

2 LETTERS:
An          He         Ha          Pa          Re           Up           Uh        
3 LETTERS:
Ace        Ale         Ape        Arc        Are
Can        Cap        Car         Cue       Cup         Cur
Ear         Era         Eel
Hen        Her        Hue
Lap        Nap    
Pal         Pan         Par          Pea         Pee         Pen          Per         Pun        
Ran        Rap        Rep         Rue        Run
Urn
4 LETTERS:
Ache       Acne      Acre      Arch
Each       Earl        Earn       Ecru
Cane      Cape       Care       Carl        Carp       Chap         Char       Clan    
Clap       Clue        Cure       Curl  
Hale       Hare        Harp      Haul       Heal        Heap         Hear       Heel    
Help       Hera        Here      Hula      Hurl
Lace       Lane        Leah      Lean      Leap         Leer         Lena       Lure
Pace       Pale         Pane      Pare       Pear          Peel          Peer       Peru
Plea        Plan         Pure
Nape      Neal         Near
Race       Reap        Real       Reel       Rene        Rule         Rune
Ulna
5 LETTERS:
Elena
Caper      Cheap       Cheep    Cheer   Churn       Clean        Clear    
Crane      Creep       Crepe
Helen      Hence
Lance      Leach       Learn     Leech    Lunar       Lunch       Lurch
Nepal
Paler       Panel        Parch      Peace      Peach      Peale        Pearl    
Pecan      Penal        Pence       Perch      Place     Plane        Preen       Prune
Ralph      Ranch       Reach     Recap     Renal      Repel
Ulcer       Uncle
6 LETTERS:
Careen    Carpel       Cereal     Chanel    Chapel
Hauler    Healer       Helena     Helper
Lauren    Launch      Leaner
Parcel     Placer        Prance     Preach    Paunch
Rachel    Repeal  
Unreal    Unlace
Neural
7 LETTERS:
Cheapen   Cheaper   Cleaner   Cleanup
Nuclear
Replace
Unclear

Friday, March 6, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Ideas

It's hard to believe we're already in March and that St. Patrick's Day is coming up! I like celebrating it with the kids and trying to come up with new ideas for snacks and fun. Last year, the leprechaun hid pot shaped bags with candy in them, as well as little pots with treats under the table. Previously, the leprechaun made a rainbow on the wall, complete with a batting cloud and jelly bean rain drops. I have no idea yet what I will...I mean the leprechaun ...will do this year. If you want any ideas, just click on the post links for the directions or the recipes!
FOOD:

CRAFT/ACTIVITIES:

LEPRECHAUN VISITS/TREATS:
  • Leprechaun Pots of Gold
  • Leprechaun Treat Bags
  • Some fun treats for the pots/bags are: green or yellow bouncy balls, shamrock stickers, shamrock sucker (see shamrock sucker napkin rings above in Food), green or themed pencils/pens, chocolate gold coins, gold or yellow wrapped candy (mini Snickers, Starburst, mini Reese's cups, Hershey Kisses, Sixlets, etc. Party City normally has bins where you can buy individual candy pieces, which is great for finding only the colors you want! Some stores even carry bags of a single color of Jelly Belly.)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Leprechaun Donuts

The boys have already been asking when St. Patrick's Day is and if they might get a treat again this year. While, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little bit, we definitely don't go over the top (I refuse to clean up leprechaun or Elf messes). 

Last year, the boys made their own leprechaun traps. Bernardo actually did it for school, so of course Higgins wanted to be like his big brother. Surprisingly, the traps didn't catch a leprechaun, but there was a treat left for them. Leprechaun Donuts!
These are super easy to make and were a big hit with my boys.

All you need are:
  • Cherrios (plain)
  • White chocolate or white candy melts (green or yellow work well too)
  • sprinkles
  • wax paper (Optional: I just like it for easy clean up!)
Directions:
1. Melt the chocolate or candy melts.
2. Dip the Cherrios into the melted candy. 
3. Place on wax paper and add sprinkles.
4. Let set. Once the "donuts" are finished, place on a plate. I found small things like bottle lids, or even the plastic piece in the pizza box that looks like a table, are great ways to display the treats.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Read Across America Day

March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday, as well as Read Across America Day. To celebrate, there are some events going on 3/1 and on 3/2.
  • You can check out my Dr. Seuss Celebration Ideas post for food/craft/activity ideas, as well as a Dr. Seuss themed word find!
  • Check your local library. Many are having special reading times.
  • Half Price Books is having a story time on 3/1. My local store is having it at 3pm, but click here to find your store and time.
  • Barnes & Nobles bookstores are having a story time and activities on 3/2. Click here to find a store near you.
  • Seussville.com has has a list of bookstore events for different states. Click on the link to find one near you! (I know of at least 2 other bookstores near me that are having Dr. Seuss story times, but are not on this list. If you have a local bookstore, check with them too.)


Friday, February 6, 2015

Easy Valentine's Day Memory Game

Higgins brought this home from school and I thought it was super cute. It's a Valentine's Day themed memory game with Hershey Kisses.

Pick the Valentine colored Hershey Kisses (silver, red, pink) to use as the game pieces. The bottom of the Kisses will have the symbols. His teachers printed out different pictures on sticker paper and placed on the candy. You could also use stickers from the store. You want 2 of each symbol. Some ideas are: red hearts, pink hearts, heart and arrow, cupid, lips/kiss, double hearts, etc. The game fits easily in a sandwich bag or you can even eat it when you're done!

Valentine's Day Ideas

It's somehow February already and I've been seeing Valentine's Day stuff in the stores for about a month now! In case you need any ideas, here are some of mine :)

CRAFTS:

ACTIVITIES:

FOOD:

GIFTS:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Love the Birds


Higgins loves making crafts, so this one was really easy to do. All you need is a pipe cleaner, some Fruit Loops and a piece of twine or string.

String the Fruit Loops on and twist the ends together to close it. Shape into a heart and tie on piece of string/twine. Finish by tying to a tree branch!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Heart Candy


These super easy Valentine's Day candies were a huge hit with the boys last year. I thought they may be a little too breakable to send in the lunch box, so they were waiting for them when they got home from school.


You will need:
  • Candy Melts/Waffers (red, white, pink, etc.). (White chocolate works well too)
  • Candy Canes
  • Plastic Sandwich or snack size Ziploc bags
  • Parchment paper, scissors
  • Sprinkles, optional


Directions:
1. Melt candy melts (or white chocolate) according to package directions.
2. Lay down candy canes to form a heart shape on a piece of parchment paper. If candy canes are too long, carefully break the ends off.
3. Fill Ziploc bag with melted candy melt and snip just the tip off.
4. Fill in the space between candy canes and smooth out using the back of a spoon or knife.
5. Optional, add sprinkles on before candy melt/chocolate sets.

DM Alternatives:
  • For another idea, pipe a rectangle or square of milk/dark chocolate and let set. Pipe on O's and X's. This is a great snack by itself, but it would also be great on top of ice cream, a cupcake or on a small cake. 
  • Pipe out the word LOVE and let set. Attach with little dots of melted candy melt/chocolate to the heart candies.