egg-stra special sunflower

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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!!

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DIY egg sunflower_jsorelle

diy egg sunflower_jsorelle

{images via j. sorelle}

bears

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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

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cinnamon bears at bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

bears party

bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

bears party_jsorelle

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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}

easter baskets

We’ve gathered some of our favorite gifts for the kids Easter baskets this year. Hop to it!

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FOR THE PRETTY LITTLE LADIES
1. Pink Bunny Coin Purse, Paper-Source
2. Tropical Romper, The Children’s Place {I just bought this for my daughter – LOVE}
3. LIL tOOders Superhero Custom Cape – enter a giveaway for a free cape {including an Anna or Elsa cape from Frozen} here.
4. Melissa and Doug Bright Flashlight, Yo-Yo
5. Sunglasses, Gap
6. Melissa and Doug Watercolor Paint Set, Amazon
7. Bunny Jute Bin, Land of Nod
8. Frozen Snow Wand, Target

easter basket ideas for boys

FOR THE HANDSOME GENTS
1. Aviator Sunglasses, Gap
2. Swimways Torpedo Bandits, Amazon
3.  LIL tOOders Superhero Custom Cape – enter a giveaway for a free cape here.
4. Woosh Frisbee, Amazon
5. Green Puppet on a Stick Pen, Amazon
6. Galvanized Bucket, Pottery Barn
7. Melissa and Doug Habitats Reusable Sticker Pad, Amazon
8. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Amazon

{images via The Children’s PlaceGap, Target, LIL tOOders, Amazon, Yo-Yo, Paper-Source, Pottery Barn, Land of Nod}

pint size superhero + giveaway

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It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman. Only it’s the cutest super man or women I’ve ever seen…my very own kids. They don’t have the protruding muscles, Hollywood stunt doubles or the ability to climb skyscrapers…but armed with imagination and bravery to save the world one teddy bear at a time…they are my ultimate and favorite super heroes of all time!

And, now they have the perfect and must-have superhero accessory – their cape!

Thanks to my dear friend Devon, who surprised the kids with capes, and her friend, Leigh Ann, owner of LIL tOOders, who designed and created the adorable, custom capes.

little tooders girls capes

little tooders boys capes

The capes have been a hit around here – my son pretends to be a superhero and my daughter pretends she is wearing Elsa or Anna’s cape from Frozen. We have been living in a Frozen world of Let It Go lyrics and hair braids all winter with my 3.5 year old daughter, so this cape actually even excites me. It’s just like the real thing for a young girl with these LIL tOOders versions of the Princess and Queen’s capes.
lil tooders_frozen capes

The lightweight fleece capes are available for $25 and the satins are $30.  You can re-order any of the capes you see in the photos, or customize the cape for your child. E-mail Leigh Ann at liltooders@yahoo.com to order, visit her on facebook or her website for more information and photos…and other great products.

Lucky for you, Leigh Ann is offering a free cape to a J. Sorelle viewer, just in time for those Easter baskets!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends Friday, April 11, 2014. Good luck!

{images via LIL tOOders}