#Tie-dyed Easter Eggs #Easter 2015

 

I’m still getting over being sick & just haven’t had the energy to do half of the things I wanted to do, make, or bake for Easter, but my kids weren’t going to let us skip dyeing eggs this year. It ended up being a blast (other than having to use a ton of bleach to get rid of all the dye that ended up on everyone’s hands and my counters lol) so I’m glad they didn’t let me be lazy. We tried a new way this year which resulted in the same “have I been doing everything the wrong way all my life” epiphany that I described in my Oven-Baked Bacon post. We’ve tried a couple ways of dying eggs throughout the years usually resulting in less than spectacular results. We’ve tried wrapping them with string or rubberbands to make stripes or adding stickers for a stenciled effect before dipping them but it usually resulted in the bands coming off mid dip or the stickers refusing to stick to our eggs, basically more frustration than fun. We’ve bought different egg dyeing kits some we’ve liked like & others were just a waste of money. Last year’s eggs turned out ok, kinda 50/50, liked some but on some of the eggs others the dye adhere well & came off in weird patches. The kids still enjoy it, but after this year experience, I think dipping our eggs is a thing of the past.

2014 easter eggs

2014 Easter Eggs

So after a little Pinterest-ing, I ran across this pin for Tie Dyed Easter eggs & was instantly intrigued. It is super easy & the results were so cool!

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Here are some of this year’s Easter eggs… there are a few traditionally dipped ones in the mix & a few that my youngest did by just setting her eggs in a strainer in the sink, dumping the food coloring on them, & spinning them around (those also turned out pretty cool lol) but we are going to focus on the Tie Dyed ones.

Ok so on to how you make these beauties…

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Here is a quick overview of our process before we get into detail…

Tie-Dyed Easter eggs

Supplies:

  • paper towels
  • ziploc bags
  • boiled eggs
  • vinegar
  • food coloring
  • plates (we used our regular dinner plates though plastic disposable plates would have been nice for easier clean up)

 Steps:

  • Dip your paper towel in vinegar & wring out excess.
  • Lay your paper towel out on your plate.
  • Add drops of food coloring until the colors pretty much cover the whole area *This is something where I told the kids not to put too much, but the ones that I believed were too “colorful” & would turn out looking black actually turned out better. Obviously their overzealous food coloring was perfectly fine. lol
  • Sit your boiled egg in the middle of your colored paper towel & wrap it completely.
  • Squish the paper towel around your egg & put the whole bundle into a plastic bag.
  • Let the eggs sit for about 30 minutes *The longer they are in there the brighter the colors got we did about 30 minutes, but some probably could have used longer. The original directions says anywhere from 5 minutes to a couple hours. Might just have to play with it at first to see what works best for your eggs.
  • Remove from bag & paper towel & sit your eggs out to dry.

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Here are some of our completed Tie-Dyed Easter eggs. Unfortuantely the pictures really don’t do them justice, such beautiful colors & intricate designs that you’d have to see in person to truly enjoy!

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Got a basket all ready to decorate our dinner table when we go over to Mema’s later 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this Easter egg decorating idea! Need some last minute ideas? Check out my Easter Pinterest board for inspiration! 🙂

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Hope the Easter bunny brought you a bounty of goodies & that you have a blessed Easter with those you love!

 

 

#5-Hour Energy Goes Pink #Honoring A Courageous Woman

As part of my latest Smiley360 mission, I was asked to toast a courageous person in my life so without further ado…

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I’d like to raise my Pink Ribbon 5-Hour Energy Shot in honor of Susan Slayman! This beautiful lady has had to go through more in the last few years than anyone should have to endure in their lifetime but has tackled it with a strength and positivity that I could only hope to manage on a good day!  She is a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, & friend who didn’t let cancer beat her or destroy her happy, caring, beautiful spirit! She is an everyday hero and an inspiration to all who have the privilege of knowing her! I love you, Susan, and am so thankful that my mom and I have you as part of our “family”! I’d like to nominate my mom, my friend, Liz, and all of my readers to grab a Pink Ribbon 5-Hour energy and make a toast to honor someone special or two in your life!

P.S. I received a free product from Smiley 360 for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.

#5-Hour Energy Goes Pink Mission #Smiley360

After a couple days of feeling like poop (think my body is fighting something off), I was pleasantly surprised to find my newest mission packet waiting for me! As a working mom, I definitely can use a little pick-me-up off and on and am excited to try this free product that I received from Smiley360 for the purpose of my review! Not only is it full of B-vitamins for a natural energy boost, sugar free, & only 4 calories, now through December 31, 2014, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every specially marked bottle of Pink Lemonade flavored 5-hour ENERGY® to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. LBBC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. The minimum guaranteed donation is $200,000.00. Just look for the white 5-hour ENERGY® bottle with the pink ribbon and you can help make a difference today! I’m already tickled with the pink ribbon bottle & opportunity to help raise money for breast cancer, but I’ll let you know how it works for me soon! 🙂

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My 5-Hour Energy Goes Pink Mission Packet