Our Easter weekend celebration!

We got to celebrate Easter over the weekend with both Scott’s side of the family and my side of the family which was FUN! We decided a few years ago that visiting two different families in one day was just too much. It worked out well this year because Scott’s sister Renee was hosting Easter on the Saturday and we were able to see my family on Sunday.


Saturday morning was spent cleaning up the house and working on the boat before it was time to head down to Canyon Lake to visit with Scott’s family. Renee hosted my in-laws, my sister-in-law and her husband and their two little kids and Scott and me for an early Easter dinner. It was great to visit with everyone and see all the kiddos. Jude even brought out his bunnies for me to hold. He’s been raising them for about 1.5 years now and you could tell he was really proud of them. We’re up to 3 nephews and 2 twin nieces. Lots of love to go around in the Hamilton family.

Nephew Rudy, cutest baby EVER!


Our neighbors invited us to Easter service at their church, The Church at Lake Travis. I’ve gone a couple of times but this was Scott’s first time trying it out. We’ve been looking for a church in the area so I was glad he was finally able to join me on Sunday. By the way, I’m really enjoying this church. Sunday kicked off a new series called Believe, which will cover hard questions about faith, God, scripture, etc. I’m really looking forward to it.

From there we drove out to my Aunt Kim’s house in Liberty Hill. She has a huge property with a couple of horses and 3 dogs. I loved getting to catch up with everyone and spend some quality time with family I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. We had a huge lunch followed by some snuggles with my newest nephew, Callen. Some adults went outside to hide the Easter eggs while all of the kids anxiously waited inside. It’s always so fun to watch the excitement unfold as the kids hunt for hidden Easter eggs.

After we got home from Aunt Kim’s house, we had about 2 hours to spare before going over to our neighbors house for ribs. I got in a quickie 40 min workout while Scott finished working on the boat. We headed over to Chris and Maggies house around 6 and had a low key night, which was a perfect way to end our Easter weekend!



Just wanted to pop in to share with you that Dollar Tree has opened up their contest for voting at ileavehappy.com, featuring a lot of wonderful Easter craft ideas! I shared my Dollar Tree crafts with you a few weeks ago in this post and now I’m asking for a little bit of help! I’d love it if you visited ileavehappy.com and gave me your vote! Just by voting, you have a chance of winning a $50 gift card to Dollar Tree! Contest ends April 6th so head over and get your vote on!

Go here to vote for the papier mache egg!
Papier Mache Easter egg

Go here to vote for the Easter inspired center piece


Thank you!!!

Easter crafts

I know it may seem strange to already bring up the idea of Easter, but if you really think about it, it’s only a month away! If March flies by as quick as February did, then it will be April 5th before we know it.

Now is the perfect time to get your craft on and start decorating your home for Easter and spring time. Once again, I have to share with you the amazing things you can find at Dollar Tree for a whopping $1. I admit, when it comes to crafting, I want all of the things! And let’s be honest, at other craft stores, that’s just not realistic! When shopping at Dollar Tree, I can buy all of the things that make my crafting heart happy and not feel guilty about it! <<-best part!

Not only is Dollar Tree affordable, but they have REALLY cute stuff!

See what I mean?

I put together a few eggciting crafts that I’d like to share with you if you’re needing some crafting inspiration or just need some decorating ideas. Everything that was made/put together/decorated was with Dollar Tree products… Oh I just love saving money!

Table Center Piece

Children’s Easter Basket
I loved putting this basket of goodies together. It reminded me of when I was a little girl on Easter morning. I’d roll out of bed and at my feet there would be a basket overflowing with all of my favorite candies, trinkets and toys waiting for me… Dropped off by Peter Cottontail of course.

 Easter Egg Candy Dish

Bucket of Blow Pops

Papier Mache Easter Egg Craft
This was my favorite craft to make. I haven’t done papier mache since elementary school, so I really enjoyed myself. It’s simple, kid friendly, and it turns out really cute! I even impressed myself. I made a separate “how to” post here.

Be sure to visit ileavehappy.com for more Easter inspiration! You might just see one of my pictures up there! Dollar Tree will be hosting a contest open for a public vote that will decide the winning blogger. Contest starts March 16th. And just for voting you have chances of winning $$$. I’ll post a reminder when voting day comes!!