Showing posts with label easter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easter. Show all posts


The Simplest Easter Egg Hunt! - Xtra Special Day

Last year we had our first Easter Egg Hunt.

Yes we are not young, in fact we are grandparents yet up to now I have never had an Easter Egg Hunt.

But now we are grandparents and I decided that we were going to have one.

So I planned that I would hide them all around the back garden for Matthew last year when he was 17 months old.  He was well on his feet and always full of energy and loved running around playing with nanny, grandpa, aunt or uncle or whoever would be around when he would visit our home on a dry day.

Hence my idea was to get some eggs that were a decent size for him to find easily and some Cadbury Creme eggs (really these ones would be for the grownups) and I would hide them all around the back garden.

BUT!  It wasn't a dry day.

Plans had to be changed easily and quickly so it became an indoor hunt with eggs hidden (well sometimes almost in plain view - he was very young) in the hall, lounge, sun room, and guest bedroom.  5/6 hidden in each room some easier to find than others so that he could get some by himself and so that uncle Jonathan could help him while his mum and dad had a little sit down and catch up with social media on their phones.

In the Sun Room Matthew immediately decided he would have to get into the TV unit

then he jumped around to look behind the furniture so fast that I could hardly get a picture that wasn't blurred.

With the eggs found from that room he headed off down the hallway and immediately spied one on the little flower stand there.

We had not hidden any in Fred's Office because Matthew loves to play the drums there and might have got a bit distracted but we were surprised when he didn't even ask to go into it at all.

Next was the guest room where he sometimes stays overnight or takes a little afternoon nap.

After finding one beside the teddy bear doorstop and a few others on one side of the bed he quickly ran over to the wardrobes and found one behind a briefcase.

Now there were several more still to be found in the guest room and he needed a little help for some of them as you can see in the short video.

Then back up the hallway because he thought maybe some would be upstairs and he went so quick he missed a very obvious one

so we had to call him back.

He was now so good at this hunt that he easily found the ones in the lounge and then

it was time to make sure they were all in the crystal basket (yes I hadn't thought to buy an Easter Basket so we had to improvise).

We counted the eggs to make sure he had now got all of them and he was rewarded with a few to eat straight away and the rest were put into a bag to go home with him.

Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

It was such a simple easy hunt to prepare but such fun to watch him enjoy running round and searching excitedly for each one of those tiny eggs.  

The quick, simple, inexpensive things we do together can be as much fun as big outings or more expensive adventures - we just judge things by how many laughs and smiles we hear and see because a joyful time together is an Xtra Special Time.


I am not Dropping the EASTER! - Coffee & Conversation

Yes it's an Easter Egg - I am not dropping the EASTER!

What is a chocolate egg without Easter?

We would not have had chocolate eggs if it had not been for Easter.

Now the chocolate companies want to drop the Easter in Easter Egg and just have an egg, will it sell more because it will be seen to be more PC?

But it will not be an Easter Egg to many people.

A few years ago I was introduced to "The Real Easter Egg" which is produced 
by Meaningful Chocolate.

I was attracted to the eggs because of the fact that they are fairtrade and because they don't just provide a chocolate treat for children (and the rest of us) but they have a booklet (new one each year) for the children as well which teaches them about The True Meaning of Easter in an interesting way.

We have bought them for the kids at our church and we have enjoyed them at home.

But the main thing about these eggs is the fact that along with the chocolate egg 
is the Real Meaning of Easter.

When many other Eggs are going to be sitting in our shops this year without the word Easter on them, this is an egg that still proclaims the real meaning of Easter which is the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus who is the only Saviour of the world and the only one by which we have a way to God.

You can read my review of The Real Easter Egg Here.

Then why not check out the website here for more info and details of  the other eggs they offer and the shops that stock them but because Easter is early this year orders online need to be in through the site before 6th March to have them delivered on time.

As I said at the start of this post
 "I am not dropping the EASTER" 
and this applies to Easter as well as to eggs.  
Our special times of the year all seem to changing to "seasons" or  "holidays" now but I'm still a Christmas and Easter supporter and I will not be dropping either.

Yes it's an EASTER Egg! - I am not dropping the EASTER!


The Real Easter Egg - You've got to try one!

I received ONE free Easter Egg to REVIEW after having purchased several others

I've had many Easter Eggs over the years but here is one that is somewhat different.

My Pastor handed me a leaflet and asked me to take a look at it and if I liked what I saw to go ahead and get some for the children in our church.

I glanced at it and left it on the kitchen worktop to read later in the week.

When I did read it I was as enthusiastic as he was and went online to order the eggs for church.

After ordering the eggs it was then agreed with the company that I would receive an egg free of charge to taste for myself and then write a review and this blog post is my honest opinion of the product.

So here are my thoughts on The Real Easter Egg.

I ordered the eggs for church online and they arrived within 2 weeks from England to Northern Ireland.

I received a rather large box showing that it is in partnership with the Charity Traidcraft (click on the picture below to find out more about this)

This is what I found on opening the box

another box was inside and it contained 6 eggs  (eggs are ordered online in groups of 6)

As you can see above each egg is 150g and these ones are milk chocolate eggs.
(on the website you can see the other types of eggs available)

The first thing I noticed was just how attractive the box was and clearly marked fairtrade which I would be glad to choose.

There is also plenty of information on the packaging as you can see below on the side, back, other side and bottom of the box.

On opening one of the eggs the top of the box revealed that there was a little more than just an egg for you to enjoy

   Included is

  • A bag of Chunky Milk Chocolate Buttons.
  • A Happy Easter booklet.
  • A little snippet of the Easter Story from the Bible printed on the card, all before you get to your egg.

   When unwrapped I could tell the egg was quite thick and there was a textured marking over it as you can see in the picture below

    Well because I did not want to eat too much chocolate (you know folks I am trying to keep off the weight), I decided that I would share this egg with my husband Fred and son Daniel who were sitting watching a rugby match on the television.

The advantage also is that we could have 3 opinions here instead of just the 1.

     So did it pass the test?

     Not just one test we had four!


How would it break?

Firm pieces or crumble up too much?

The picture above shows not too much crumbling  -  GOOD!


The initial taste test - too sweet?  not sweet enough?  or just right?

These two intrepid tasters said "pretty good".


The silly (but can be very important) melting test - does it melt too quickly?

You can see by the picture above they proved it passed this one too.


Finally the all important - does it go well with the tea and coffee test?

And the result was?


It passed all four tests.

Then I had to be quick to grab a picture as they started into the buttons (and I was warned by these two guys to tell you that they really are chunky).

Because very quickly everything was gone, but yes I did get two buttons and another bit of egg before they were leaving me an empty tray to take away.

How to get The Real Easter Egg.

If you want to buy an egg and get a surprise then do not read any further or look at any more pictures just simply go buy the egg and enjoy it - I did and my two guys really did.

You can buy the eggs at various shops within the UK
(click on the map below to find a shop near you)

Or click on the online link below to order from the website

Now for the SPOILER

If you want to know exactly what you are buying to give to someone else then read on.

Inside the box we already saw there was a Happy Easter Booklet.

A nice decoration for any child's room.

But turn it around and we have the Easter Story

followed by some information about eggs and an Easter Quiz

and finished off with a recipe for Easter Biscuits

So Here we have other activities to enjoy after the egg has been eaten.


Definitely much more than the usual Easter Eggs we buy for our children, our grandchildren, or the children of friends.

We were very happy to eat it and give them as gifts.

Each year the booklet inside the egg will be different so each year we can continue to buy these eggs and know that the recipients will have more than an egg to enjoy.

I love chocolate but I also really love the way this focuses on 

The Real Meaning of Easter 

and not just on chocolate.

If you wish to know more or to buy some of these eggs then click on over to The Real Easter Egg website via the picture below

If you wish to read the latest news about The Real Easter Egg Campaign then click on the picture below

The Real Easter Egg is just as good each year and of course has different story content etc. inside.

I received ONE free Easter Egg to REVIEW and I will NOT benefit in any way from any purchases any of my readers will make.


Easter Letters! Free Printable! - Easy to Organise Presentation by Kids

Need something last minute for your kids group to present the Easter Message to others?

If you have a printer and card you can do this.

Because there is a Free Printable available for you to download and print your own cards.
(See the link at the end of this post)



Printed Letters for word Easter
(make sure that the letters are correctly printed on both sides of the cards so that the letters of Jesus LIVES are in the right order when cards are turned around)
Words of Songs (you can adapt with songs known by your group)
Handmade paper palm branches (can be made in a SS lesson)
Handmade paper crowns (can be made in a SS lesson)

Time Required:
Very little time needed to practice with the kids.

Narrator with notes,
6 kids with letter cards,
oldest child with bible readings
If you have more children they can stand behind the row of 6 and join in with the songs

We begin by having the Narrator stand to one side facing congregation and the Oldest Child at the other side.
The 6 Children with Letter Cards sit on 6 chairs at centre front facing congregation.
The children do not hold up their cards until it is their individual turn to stand up and then keep holding their cards up when they sit down again.


At Easter Time we learn exactly why we can have faith in God
Now the children are going to tell us what Easter stands for.

1st Child                    Stands & Holds up letter E.            

E is for Everyone

Oldest Child         Reads          

Romans 3 v 23
For everyone has sinned and come short of the glory of God

1st Child      Sits down again


No-one has lived a perfect life except Jesus.
God hates sin and because we have all sinned God cannot have us in Heaven with Him.
No-one is good enough to be in the presence of God.
But God still loves everyone so much that He provided a way for us to be with Him.
He sent Jesus to die for our sin.


2nd Child                    Stands & Holds up letter A.            

A is for Anyone

Oldest Child         Reads          

John 3 v 16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that anyone who believes on His Name shall be Saved.

2nd Child      Sits down again


Anyone is not the same as only one.
Anyone means You, personally You, no matter who You are or what You look like or where You live or what You have done.
Jesus died on the cross for You and He wants You to trust in Him and You will be saved.
This is a personal promise for You.

3rd Child                    Stands & Holds up letter S.            

S is for Salvation

Oldest Child         Reads   
Acts 16 v 31
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved

3rd Child      Sits down again


The children would like you to join them in singing the SALVATION chorus.

(The children will stand up to sing & wave the palm branches

The Salvation chorus will be on the screen for the congregation

and also held up for the children  By The Leader)


4th Child                    Stands & Holds up letter T.  

T is for Today

Oldest Child         Reads            

Hebrews 13 v 8 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today & forever

4th Child      Sits down again


We know from the Old Testament that Abraham, Isaac & Jacob knew the promises of God, and trusted God to keep His promises.  But we don't have to just trust in something that was for many years ago.
God wants us to trust in Him today because has never changed and still keeps His promises today and He will forever keep His promises.
Our verse tells us that Jesus never changes, so we can be sure that today He is still the Saviour of the World but more importantly He wants to be your personal Saviour.


5th Child                    Stands & Holds up letter E.  

 E is for Everlasting life

Oldest Child       Reads          

John 6 v 47
Most assuredly I say to you He who believes in me has everlasting life

5th Child      Sits down again


The children would like to sing a chorus for you.

The “He that Believeth” chorus will be held up for the children
By The Leader

The children will put down their palm branches and letters & lift up their crowns & stand up to sing.
The children will sit down again at the end of the chorus.


6th Child                    Stands & Holds up letter R.           

 R is for Resurrection

Oldest Child       Reads         

John 11 v 25
Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection & the life

6th Child      Sits down again

Now everyone can see the word


Today we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the day when Jesus rose from the dead.  This is so special to us because it means that our Saviour is no longer dead, He is Alive forevermore.
Jesus is a living Saviour and He wants us to trust Him and live for Him, praising Him forevermore.
So Easter is all about the fact that.......

The 6 children with letters turn their cards around

and all the children shout out 



Please click on the link at the bottom of this post to download your free printable

and you might enjoy the video below

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God bless you and your work with children this Easter Time.


Why We Worship 16

I am taking time each week to ask myself "Why we worship"

There is only one reason today that I could possibly include in this series.

There is only one reason that we celebrate this special day of the year.

There is only one reason that this is the only post I will put up on the site over Easter while we are visiting our son in Leeds, England.

That reason is 

That is the reason we are worshipping God today.

That is the reason we know we have a God to put our trust in, 

                               because He is a God who is Alive for evermore.

Today we have been at our son's church rejoicing as he baptised a teenage girl who also believes the Bible when it tells us that 

God is Alive

Is this what Easter means to you?