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Easter Traditions


Still, to this day, when I see brightly colored Easter eggs, the happy child in me gets all giddy.  I can rarely recall the process my mom and my sister went through to get to the end result, but I do remember the proud moment sitting back on my heels at the kitchen table admiring our boldly, colored creations.

This was an Easter tradition at our house. 

Another tradition was never missing Palm Sunday. As a kid, I couldn’t wait until they got to part of the story when they handed out the hundreds of palms to the congregation. As an adult, this still serves as a powerful reminder to the reason of the season. 

Now that my kids are getting older, there isn’t a whole lot of egg coloring any more. And I miss this. 

Seeing the multiple egg images flashing across blogs and pinterest this week, it got me thinking that maybe we can still keep the tradition alive but slightly modified to satisfy the kid in me … and maybe some of the kid still left in them.




Check out these cool DIY Easter Egg decorating tips.

In the states, every now and then you will come across a yard that has as a few eggs hanging in the trees. This never struck me as a fun decorating idea .. it’s not a Christmas tree after all??

But apparently it’s a European tradition and these shots from Germany are downright gorgeous!

{ If I had the patience, I would TOTALLY do this! }


Volker Kraft decorates a tree with 9,200 Easter eggs in his garden in Saalfeld, Germany. The Kraft family have decorated their tree with Easter eggs for more than 40-years


What are your Easter traditions? 

Even if it’s just getting together with family and sharing a meal, we hope you have a wonderful and blessed weekend! 

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Pictures of Strangers

One day at work, I found this picture in a book…

We all shared some small chatter over how cute it was and unfortunate that someone had left it in this book.  But we didn’t know who it belonged to and we had more work to do, so we decided to resign it to the trash can. Just as I was about to drop it in, an employee remarks:

“NO!  Don’t throw it away!  Can I have it?  I love old photos.  My entire fridge is covered with other people’s photos I have found in various places.”

o. kaaaaaaayyy

After my co-workers and I shared a few odd glances, I sheepishly handed it over.  Personally, I thought it was odd and downright creepy that this guy had a collection of complete stranger candids that he fondly gazes upon as he eats his dinner every day.

Weird, right?

Photos are so personal; candids especially. True candid shots (I think) capture people in their natural state. It’s not posed or arranged. They capture authentic emotions, a snapshot of a certain 10 second moment in their lives. That’s a real person/people after all. With real lives and real problems. Somebody’s kid, mom, friend.  So personal.

But.  I have always enjoyed looking at old photos of times gone by; especially strangers.   I feel privileged for the opportunity to gaze upon their 10 seconds in time. I am enchanted by their faces and the thoughts of what might have been happening at that very moment in their lives.  Were they miserable? Was it hot? What happened after this shot was taken? What was going through their head at the time? Did they love their life? Who were they?  Did they have a secret?

When you put it that way, maybe it’s not so creepy after all?

So.  I’ve decided the next time I find a forgotten photo left behind by its past loved ones, I think I’ll take a different approach. Maybe we can have an employee caption contest set up in the break room? Or what about making it into a huge piece of framed art that you hang in your family room?

I especially like this last photo … I think it may have been photoshopped (not sure?) but it would make for an AWESOME conversation starter at my next dinner party don’t you think:

{ majority of photos courtesy of one of my fave tumblrs  }

Is Father’s Day Overrated?

That’s a silly question.

And the answer is “Only if Mother’s Day is overrated too!”

Don’t get me wrong, as a Mom, I think we tend to get the shaft when it comes to Mother’s Day any way.  Seriously.

We are, after all,  the unsung super-heroes of the family.

But with that said,

I also think Dads go under-appreciated for their super-hero abilities as well.

In some homes, it’s the Dad that brings home the bacon and pays the bills.

In some homes, it’s the Dad that is the playmate, the buddy, the wrestler.

In some homes, it’s the Dad that is also the Mom.

In some homes, the Dad is the fixer, the handyman, the get-er-done guy.

In some homes, it’s the Dad that is just cool to hang out with.

Here at Stuff, we’d like to give a shout out to all the Dads out there and say “THANKS” for the awesome things you do and the super-hero that you are.

So when you’re out with your wife, the fam, or just “looking around” at Stuff Etc, be sure to register to win one of the totally sweet Father’s Day Golf Packages that we will be giving away to one lucky father at each Stuff Etc location.

Golf courses include Brown Deer Golf Club, Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course, and Pleasant Valley Golf Club, (among others in Waterloo & Davenport).

Registration boxes are up now until June 17th. No purchase necessary.

We love you, Dad!