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Apr 09

Easter Egg Decorating!!

Posted to Creation Station by Tiffany Barker

Good Morning Everyone,

Today looks like its going to be another beautiful day. Easter is right around the corner and I wanted to give you some fun craft ideas that you can do at home and still celebrate this weekend. 

One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid around Easter was to dye eggs. Did you know that decorating eggs dates back to over 2,500 years ago. In 1290 King Edward the 1st ordered 450 eggs to be colored or covered in fancy gold leaf to be given to royal relatives. Now growing up we didn't have fancy gold leaves, but we did dye the eggs all different kinds of colors. My parents would hide them and my sister and I would race all through the yard to find them. Those are some of my favorite memories. 

There are so many amazing ways that you can dye eggs now a days. So today I'm going to share some of my favorite ways so you can have fun with your kids this weekend coloring and hiding eggs. 

Tissue Paper Eggs:
Using bleeding tissue paper you can mix all different kinds of colors together and just spray them down with water. In 10 mins once the eggs are dry you can peel the paper away and you have a pretty cool tie dye egg. Here is a link to show you how

Free Printable:
If you have kids that are in to something specific and want their eggs to look a certain way, don't worry they have lots of free printable's online that you can use to decorate your eggs. My nephews are crazy about dinosaurs and have printed out dinos that they can color and glue to there eggs. It makes them hiding in the grass that much more fun! 

Water Color:
If you have some water color paints this is a fun way to decorate your eggs. The water color makes for some cool effects on your eggs. You can watch your eggs colors bleed together and make new colors. This is a great project if you have some young kiddos that want to get involved. 

Tie Dye Eggs:
You can get a paper towel and add tie your egg inside. Tie it with a rubber band and then add some drops of food coloring. Once you add your drops you spray it down with water. Set aside to dry and when its dry you unwrap to find a groovy eggs. Here's a link with a video if you watch to watch how its done.

There are so many amazing ways to get creative and have fun with this challenge. Don't have a yard, thats ok hide the eggs in your house. Get creative and above all have fun and use your imagination with your kids. Make sure you tag us in your photos on our Emporia Rec Facebook. Have a fun and safe weekend everyone.
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Feb 10

February Self-Focus: Meditation

Posted to ERC's 2020 Year of Self Care by Shalla Bennett

Meditation is a real buzz word these days.  You hear it everywhere.  There are classes and apps to help you meditate.  But, the great thing about meditation is that it is free.  It is a self-care practice that you can do on your own with no financial investment.  Plus, there is no wrong way to meditate.  It's just a way of relaxing and giving your brain a break from stress.  According to the Mayo Clinic article, "Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress," When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance
Let's get started on meditation as a great self-care practice for the month of February.  Try out this 20 minute video on Mindfulness Meditation. Take 20 minutes at work, in the morning, or before bed to listen and to focus on yourself.