Friday Wrap: Easter Carrots

Rosie wishes you a happy day. <3

I love this time of year. Spring is in the air – even if it means a rain shower here and there. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and Easter is just around the corner, which leads me to today’s round-up post.

What goes hand in hand with the Easter bunny? Baskets, treats, decorated eggs and CARROTS!! Although, funny and true story…our little Rosie the rabbit doesn’t really eat carrots. She’ll nibble on the green tops, but that’s it. Haha!

Assuming all of the other rabbits in the world love them, here’s a tribute to those beta-carotene packed little wonders. I found five extremely festive ways to work them into your holiday celebration. >>

{ONE} Carrot Door Decor

I could not be more in love with this front door decoration. It’s simply made with silk tulips tied with greenery at the top. I can’t wait to attempt this project this weekend. I think the trick will be finding the right color of tulips. Wish me luck!

{TWO} Carrot Cutlery

I’ve seen several variations of this idea online, but I like this one the best with the green curly ribbon tied to the tops. This would be an easy project for the kids – and something they could do several days in advance of our Easter brunch.

{THREE} Carrot Treat Boxes

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to package up treats for my kids’ Easter baskets. I’ve done the carrot-shaped goldfish bags and bunny bags, but I’ve never seen this adorable carrot packaging before.

The possibilities for what to put inside are practically endless…popcorn, candies, nail polish, hair clips. It would be cute to fill the entire basket with a carrot patch of treats.

{FOUR} Carrot Centerpiece

You know how I adore fresh flowers. Well, just look at this gorgeous number. Pictures like this seriously make me want to own a floral shop. Sigh.

I love how the earthy carrots line the inside of the vase that’s overflowing with tulips and Queen Anne’s Lace – which is also known as Wild Carrot. So that makes perfectly good sense for this arrangement. Beautiful work. And something for us to try at home.

{FIVE} Carrot Cheese Ball

Another passion of mine…cheese! Haha! You may or may not remember my annual pumpkin cheese ball for Halloween. Well, it’s always a huge hit at parties. Now I’m on a mission to create a cheese ball “something” for every holiday. And this carrot is spot on for Easter.

That’s a wrap for this Friday, anyway. Have a great weekend preparing your hearts and homes for the holiday.

Blessings,

Kate

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Revved Up for Friday

Happy Friday! It’s the weekend of Bikes, Blues and BBQ in Northwest Arkansas, so the energy (and sound levels) are off the charts around here. Before we head on down to the excitement, I wanted to share a few discoveries of the week. Here’s my Five on Friday Wrap.

Blogged while watching the high school parade march down our street. Happy homecoming, Har-Ber High. Go Wildcats!

{ONE} Birthday Cheers!

My sweet B had a birthday this week. He’s only 6-months younger than I am, but the kids still think it’s funny that I’m the oldest person in the house. Yes, it’s funny – on some days. Other days I get to use it to my advantage. If I’m the oldest, I get to pick [insert movie, song, or dessert choice here]. It’s perfect. On Brandon’s special day, though, the day he turns “my age,” he gets to pick the good stuff – including presents. He’s not big on surprises. He wanted some fancy-pants cocktail glasses like they had in Mad Men, and we found these. Aren’t they handsome? If you have a special fella in your life, this would make a great gift. They’re even Brandon-approved.

{TWO} Another Magical Use for Lavender

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I’ve always been a huge fan of lavender. It smells divine and has so many uses. In fact, I just read it can help deter flies. This was a new one to me, so I had to share. If you rub a few drops of lavender oil (with an old rag) around the edges of your doorway, it keeps flies from coming inside. We’ve had countless trips in and out of the house lately trying to potty train Leo the puppy, so we could really use this right now. Shoo, fly.

{THREE} Pupdate

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Leo is pondering the day ahead – like where he’ll cop-a-squat.

Speaking of lil’ Leo, I haven’t given a pupdate in awhile. He’s up to around 10 pounds now. Such a big boy. We’ve continued with the puppy lessons at PetCo, and he’s now a champ with the “sit”, “down” and “wait” commands. I think “waiting” is the biggest miracle I’ve seen in quite awhile. Our trainer did some kind of voodoo mind trick on Leo. Our little dude was running around the room like a kid on caffeine, which I know is dangerous and is my point exactly. He was out-of-this-world wild with the crazy eyes and everything. Our trainer pulled out his magical treats, paired with his stern, calming voice. Within minutes, he had Leo not only sitting, but also waiting patiently to retrieve his snack. Wow. Just wow. Leo still jumps and nips at times – especially around new friends – but he’s sooo much better now that he knows to “wait”. I still think the command should have been “chill,” which is more accurate.

{FOUR} Hoppy Hour

We can’t forget about Rosie the Rabbit. And if you’re a rabbit owner like me, take note. There’s an actual thing called Hoppy Hour up in Minnesota. I don’t happen to live there, but a friend does. She takes her bun to a weekly gathering where tons of other rabbits and their owners gather for hay and coffee and a general good time. The bunnies bounce around and socialize, which is super important for their health. And owners can brag and/or gab about any issues they need to share. I’m so in love with this idea that I want to start one here. If anyone lives in this area and is interested, let me know! And if you don’t live here (or MN) you should start one in your area, too. Bunnies unite!

{FIVE} Writing Resources

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Hey, if you’re like me and you love to write, why not get paid a little extra on the side for writing some great articles, poems or posts? A friend shared this resource with me this week, and I thought it would be worth passing along. Launch that Word program of yours, and see what pays off! If you have other go-to resources, be sure to share them in the comments.

Have a creative weekend, my friends!

-Kate

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