garden essentials for the kiddos

garden kits for kids_jsorelle

Nani and Mimi have the Easter baskets filled with goodies, accessories and clothes, so instead of a typical Easter Basket this year, we bought the kids their own gardening essentials to grow their favorite vegetables. My fave, Target’s dollar section, had colorful watering cans for just $3 each and gardening tools, and good ‘ole Home Depot supplied the organic cucumber, carrot and pepper seed packets, as well as the Transplant Peat Pots.

You’ll Need:
organic potting soil
biodegradable peat pots
cellophane bags
seeds packets
tools
watering can
name labels

How To:
Fill the cellophane bags with potting soil and tie a bow, then just fill the watering cans with the gardening goods. All the kids need to do is plant, water, find a sunny spot…and watch them grow. Once the weather gets warm, we will transplant the biodegradable pots into pots or the garden.

DIY gardening kits for kids_jsorelle

DIY gardening kit for kids_jsorelle

DIY gardening kits_jsorelle

DIY gardening kits_jsorelle

DIY gardening kits for kids_jsorelle

It’s a fun project for the kids {especially on Monday, April 22 – Earth Day}, teaches them the responsibility necessary to take care of something, and they will have the opportunity to watch and eat what they sow.

NOTE: The potting soil bags look slightly foggy – seems the soil was somewhat wet, and when I took the watering cans outside, the outside cold temps ‘frosted’ the bags.

{images via j. sorelle}

happy easter sundae {free printable}

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

We are planning to celebrate the upcoming Easter Sunday by first, spending time in prayer and reverence at church in our finest spring pastels, devouring a delicious brunch with family and friends {accompanied with a mimosa or bloody mary}, participating in an Easter Egg Hunt with the kiddos and then topping the Holy Day off with an Easter Sundae {beautifully and cleverly packaged, of course}.

Our FREE Happy Easter Sundae printable is available now. All you have to do is download and print the free printable here, find a cute box or bag, and get to the store to buy ice cream and all the yummy sundae fixin’s. This makes for a lovely hostess gift on Easter, and also a fun end {or beginning if you want} to the day. Vanilla ice cream covered in torn pieces of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg sounds so amazing right now!

easter sundae_jsorelle_FREEPRINTABLE

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

I bought my Kraft box at Target {$3 in dollar bins…omg, I LOVE and crave the dollar bins at Target}, and filled it with pastel paper shreds, treat bowls, colorful spoons and napkins, and chocolate syrup and sprinkle toppings conveniently stored in adorable $1 glass jars {also from the Target dollar bins}.

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

happy easter sundae_jsorelle

{images via j. sorelle}

egg-stra special sunflower

sunflower eggs_jsorelle

Martha Stewart’s team sent out an newsletter e-mail with information about an Egg Decorating competition, and although they probably had thousands upon thousands of applicants, part of me thought, ‘why not just attempt a semi-creative egg and see how it turns out, and maybe I can enter?’ Well, it turned out to be a fun project for the kids and I on a cold day, and I like the way it turned out.

I know sunflowers do not typically go hand-in-hand with Easter, but the texture with the ground espresso {oh, and the amazing smell} and the bright yellow color lured me in. Maybe you can follow some of the same steps below and use eggs to create Tulips for your Easter table? If you do, pretty please send me photos.

You’ll Need:
sunflowers
hard, white eggs {they are not plastic, but more plaster and do not open}
hot glue gun
a screwdriver {to screw or drill a hole into the bottom of the egg}
green acrylic paint
scissors
ground coffee or espresso beans {they add the sunflower texture}

How To:

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1. Find a sunflower you can part with, and remove it from the stem {I was able to just pull mine off}, and remove all the greenery under the leaves.
2. Cut a circle in the center of the flower – I guessed at the size, and when it was too small, I cut it to make it larger.
3. Slide the flower over the egg and put a little tu-tu {otherwise known as sunflower leaves tu-tu} on it. If it fits snugly, fantastic, and if not, add some hot glue to keep it in place.
3.5. {not pictured} Use a screwdriver or nail and hammer to put a small hole in the bottom side of one egg. I did this, with not much muscle strength.
4. Pull all the leaves back and hold them with your hand. Add a generous, but not too heavy, amount of Modge-Podge.
5. Gently rub the Modge-Podge covered egg in espresso or ground coffee beans.
6. Insert a toothpick in the hole, and paint green acrylic paint on the bottom of the egg. Then place in cardboard or styrofoam to let it dry.

Once it’s dry, add the egg flower back to the stem {mine had little stems to keep them in place}.

You will have an egg-stra special centerpiece for your Easter party!!

diy egg sunflower centerpiece_jsorelle

DIY egg sunflower_jsorelle

diy egg sunflower_jsorelle

{images via j. sorelle}

bears

disney nature bears party_jsorelle

On April 18, 2014, we celebrate furry, cuddly and powerful BEARS with the release of Disneynature’s Bears.

With the magnificent Alaska as the backdrop, Disneynature Bears follows a mother and her cubs as they emerge from a long winter’s nap and discover the life, dangers, beauty and lifelong lessons of being a bear…and the same struggles, joys and strength it takes for a parent, bear or human, to raise a cub.

My kids are thrilled to learn more about the world of bears, and watch the two cubs discover the world around them. So, in honor of Earth Day and Disneynature Bears, we celebrated with a fun bear party…bear party_jsorelle

Furry stuffed animal bears, honey {a bears favorite treat}, berries {also a bears favorite}, yogurt and granola, Teddy Graham’s and books all about bears served as the perfect backdrop to our rustic celebration of bears. The kids and I spent the afternoon painting stencils on sliced wood from a tree trunk in our backyard, otherwise known as the Rocky Mountains, to spell BEARS, and of course, their initials. Then, the kids and I went on an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt {you can go on a hunt too with our amazing FREE PRINTABLE} and also an Indoor Scavenger Hunt {also available here in a FREE PRINTABLE} to find the ‘bear’ party awaiting us in the kids room.bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

granola at bears party_jsorelle

bears party snacks_jsorelle

cinnamon bears at bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

bears party

bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

bears scavenger hunt 1

bears scavenger hunt_jsorelle

I hope you celebrate the beauty and majesty in the earth that will live, breathe and play in everyday on April 18 and every day after. And, I hope you check your local listings to discover a world of bears that awaits you!

Thanks for Jenna {sister and also owner of Fleur de Lis, a paperie} for creating the Scavenger Hunt printables for us to enjoy!!

{images via j. sorelle}

glam bomb 4 + giveaway

It seems we have all been touched by cancer, in one way or another. Lately, I keep hearing that dreadful, feared and too-often heard c word. I’ve lost loved ones. I know loved ones bravely battling the disease as I type. And, having worked at The Children’s Hospital, Colorado, I met countless of families and young children who fought for the chance to live their lives. There is something amazing and special about the patients and staff on the Oncology floor. I met children there that forever touched my life…and although I only spent a short amount of time with them, I still think about them to this day.

As we continue to make leaps and bounds with research, more and more people will be cured. But, as people fight for their lives today, and for those who have conquered it, the opportunity to really live and feel a sense of hope again is so important emotionally and physically. Which is why organizations like First Descents, a Denver nonprofit that provides free outdoor adventure programs for young adult cancer fighters and survivors, is so essential…and why we wanted to write this post today.

The Perfect Petal is to host Glam Bomb 4, a private party that showcases independent jewelry design while giving back to a great cause, on April 16th in Denver. This season’s event will benefit First Descents. 100% of ticket sales {$25 general admission and $50 VIP}, 10% of purchases and all live auction donations will go directly to First Descents.

All you Colorado folks have the opportunity to go to this fabulous event to give back, and if you don’t live here, you can always find ways to get involved. You can help send young cancer patients and survivors to a camp for an adventure of a lifetime {whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, and surfing}. My words don’t do it justice, but this video just might.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers, music from DJ Manos and shopping among 21 local and national independent designers. Featured designers include Lindsay Bloom, Campbell, Dean Davidson, Christy Lea Payne, Cynthia Rybakoff, and more.
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Thanks to Bloom Jewelry, one j. sorelle reader who buys a ticket to the event will win a FREE bracelet {see style below} they can pick out the night of the event. Once you buy tickets to the event, leave a comment here telling us you did. If you bought your ticket a month ago, you can still enter. If you bought your ticket today, you can enter. Anyone who bought a ticket to the event can enter – just leave a comment. Giveaway ends on April 15 at 5 p.m. MST. The winner will be notified on April 15 via e-mail.
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Following the tradition and format of Glam Bomb events, the location is not communicated to guests until the morning of the event. How fun is that? A feel-good party that truly gives back with a top-secret location…and throw in some fabulous shopping…I’m sold. This year’s location can accommodate more than 200 guests, making this the largest anticipated turnout since the inception of the event series in 2011. So, make it a ladies night out, and buy tickets. And for all you gents out there, you are invited to a rooftop reception with cigar and whiskey tasting.

Find out more info about the event here. And, mark your calendars!

{images via Bloom Jewelry and Glam Bomb}