Lollipop Seeds Easter Tradition

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We have all heard of Elf on the Shelf for Christmas, now there is an adorable family tradition for Easter called Lollipop Seeds. I was sent a copy of The Lollipop Seeds that Sprout for Kind Deeds to review with my family. I absolutely love this new Easter tradition.

This is a great tradition that teaches children the importance of doing something nice for others. The tradition is every time your child does something nice, whether it be sharing their toys or helping their parents around the house, they get to plant a seed in the lollipop garden. I have been writing down when my own kids do something nice and then about a week before Easter they will go out and plant the seeds that they have earned. I also told my kids that each time they do something that is not nice or fight with each other they get a seed taken off of them.

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It has been working, I have four boys and they are determined to have more lollipops grow than their brothers so if they get one taken off of them they work extra hard to earn another one. They are very excited to plant their seeds the week of Easter. They know that when the Easter Bunny comes he will sprinkle some magic on the seeds and when the kids wake up Easter morning their lollipop garden will be in full bloom and they will be able to go out and pick their lollipops.

This is the legend of the lollipop seeds. Check out the website http://lollipop-seeds.com for more information and to order your own copy. If you order before April 15 2014 you will have your book before Easter. Also like their Facebook Page.

Acording to legend, the tradition of Lollipop Seeds goes back hundreds of years. But, it was only recently re-discovered by the Easter Bunny when he asked his Grandma about the meaning behind other Easter traditions like eggs and candy.

Once the Easter Bunny learned of the Lollipop Seeds tradition, he couldn’t wait to hop on it and start delivering them to kids everywhere.

The magic of the seeds lies in the heart of the child who plants them. They sprout into lollipops on Easter morning, not by water or sun, but by kindness instead.

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Easter Bunny Fun!

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It’s that time of year to go hunting for eggs! Listed below are some Easter egg hunts and events around the South Hills. Most hunts are usually BYOB (bring your own basket) but there are a few where you decorate your own basket at the hunt. Have fun and good luck at the egg hunts!

~Whitehall Public Library
Hippity Hoppity Follies
Monday April 7 from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Spring puppet show presented by The Pittsburgh Puppet Works. A clumsy bunny who’s taking the Easter Bunny final exam needs some serious help.
Registration required contact Denise 412-882-6622 or email ignaskd@einetwork.net

~Pleasant Hills Public Library
Family Egg Hunt Extravaganza!
Sunday April 13 3:00-4:30 pm
There will be games, crafts, snacks, and an extreme egg hunt! A $2.00 donation per child is requested.
Register by visiting the library, calling 412-655-2424 or email Miss Dani at danylod@einetwork.net

~Upper Saint Clair Alliance
2nd annual community egg hunt.
Saturday April 12 10:00-11:30am
There will be 3 age groups 2-3, 4-6, and 7-10. Each will have their own hunt. Everyone is welcome!

~Dormont
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 5 from 10:00am-12:00pm (rain date April 12)
Will be at the recreation center at Dormont Park.
Join them for crafts, a cookie and drink, and go on an egg hunt in Dormont Park. Bring your own basket.
Pictures with the Easter Bunny are $2.00 or free with a donation of a non-perishable food item. (One photo per item)
For more info contact Khullihen@dormont.pa.us

~South Hills Village
Kidgits Easter Craft Event
Saturday April 5 from 1:00-3:00pm
Lower level north court
Kidgit Club members can decorate a special Kidgits Club Easter Bucket. The Easter Bunny will hop in for a visit too.

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~Simmons Farm
Easter Egg Hunt
Begins April 11th
Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
Cost $10.50 per child
Included is:
~decorate a farm related craft
~coloring craft
~collect 12 eggs and exchange for prizes. Every child hunting receives a prize (in apple orchard if sunshine and in the greenhouse if rain)
~decorate flower pot and plant a flower
~petting zoo
No charge for adults to accompany children. All crafts and prizes are based on availability.
Call 724-941-1490 for more details.

~Trax Farm
Breakfast with The Bunny
April 12,13,18 & 19
Cost is $8
Fun starts at 9:30am
Join the Easter Bunny for a healthy breakfast, egg hunts, outdoor train rides, petting zoo and more.
Space is limited. Call to purchase tickets with a credit card 412-835-3246 or purchase in store at customer service.
Also at Trax is Egg Hunts with the Bunny
April 12,13,18 & 19
10:30am-1:30pm
$7.00
Hunts are in three age appropriate patches and start every 30 minuets beginning at 10:30am. Reservations not required for the egg hunt.

~Gateway Clipper Fleet
Easter Cruise
Sunday April 20
Board 12:30pm
Depart 1:30pm
Return 3:30pm
The Easter cruise features a two hour cruise, dinner buffet and a DJ. Candies will be provided at the tables for guests.
RSVP online www.gatewayclipper.com Or call 412-355-7980

~National Aviary Egg Hunt Extravaganza
April 12 & 13 and 18 & 20
Visit with the Easter Bunny and Duckey friends. After visit the Rose Garden for a traditional Easter egg hunt.
No reservation required, included with price of admission.

~Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Breakfast and lunch with the Easter Bunny.
April 12 & 13 and Saturday April 19
Breakfast 9:30am-11:00am
Lunch 12:00pm-1:30pm
Breakfast includes scrambled eggs with cheese, home fries, sausage, biscuits and tropical fruit salad.
Lunch options, chicken tenders, hot dogs, mac & cheese, fresh cut chips, granola bars, and freshly made veggie burgers.
Before you meet the Easter Bunny have fun making a craft, and meet some of the zoo’s animals. If you wish to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny please remember to bring your own camera.
Members(adults and children) $17.00
Non-members(adults and children) $20.00
Children under 2 $7.00
Go to www.pittsburghzoo.org to register.

There will be more events added as I find them so check back to see what’s new!

Sparkling ICE Easy Summer Cocktail Drinks

The warmer weather is almost here, we hope! Time to start planning those outdoor parties and get togethers. Why not include Sparkling ICE zero-calorie drinks in your party plans. I know you have seen them in the store and they look so refreshing! They taste amazing and come in so many different flavors you are sure to find a few you like.

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Frozen Strawberry Watermelon Shooters

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Ingredients
1.5 oz Vodka
4 oz Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling ICE
6-7 Strawberries, hulled (plus more for garnish)
Ice

Directions
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until it becomes slushy. Pour into shot glasses and garnish with a strawberry.

Cherry Limeaide Spritzer

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Ingredients
3 oz. Cherry Limeade Sparkling Ice
1 oz. vodka
Fresh raspberries and lemon slices for garnish

Directions
Pour vodka into a chilled glass with ice
Top with Cherry Limeade Sparkling ICE
Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices

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