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    What's the best kind of card to get on Mother's Day? I think most of us would agree it's the hand-crayoned variety that we cherish the most, particularly if it includes an awesome misspelling. (I got "WROLD'S BEST MOM" once and it remains my favorite to this day.)

    Still, there are times when the printed or e-card variety is more practical, and for those purposes, I've sifting through HUNDREDS of crappy, sappy, cheesy, and flat-out lamesauce Mother's Day cards to find the very best. "Best" meaning "snarkiest," of course. On this Mother's Day, send something that says you care ... about possibly-inappropriate humor.

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    Meeting the Easter Bunny is a rite of passage! Just like meeting Santa. Each year, little kids get so excited to go and visit everybody's favorite egg- and candy-giving magical bunny. But let's admit it, when it comes to meeting the Bun for the first time, there's a little bit of a learning curve.

    Sure, he's cute and fluffy when he's in the pages of a book, but when you meet him in the flesh and he turns out to be five times your size and wearing a slightly, uh, frozen expression, it's natural to get slightly nervous ... or just have a total meltdown

    We've rounded up some of our favorite Baby-Meets-Bunny moments from the web. 'Tis the season to chuckle affably at these great kids and marvel at their worry, disdain, and bemusement upon meeting this magical rabbit. We hop, I mean HOPE it brings you as many chortles as it did us!

     

    Image via Instagram

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    Easter bunny cupcakes give new meaning to the phrase: you're so cute, I could just gobble you up! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to add cupcake baking to your list of Easter traditions? Get your kids in on the fun by assigning them an easy task (if your tots are anything like mine, they'll forego wanting to hold a mixer and potentially creating an insane amount of mess in favor of decorating their bunnies with cute candy noses and ears). Whip up a big, yummy batch of these darling cupcakes the day before you plan to color your Easter eggs and -- voila -- you'll have an instant and memorable treat loved by every member of your family.

    Did I mention the adorable quotient of these little goodies is off the charts?

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    Can you believe that it's St. Patrick's Day this Monday? March is truly flying by, and who knew it'd be time to whip out the green outfits and beer so soon? You're already set with some typical St. Patrick's Day recipes, like Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and Shamrock Shakes. But since the temps still have yet to warm up in most parts of the U.S., why not indulge in one last ultimate comfort food -- traditional Irish shepherd's pie.

    This Irish shepherd's pie recipe from Food.com is super straightforward and versatile. You pretty much cook all the ingredients in a pot, top it off with some mashed potatoes, and brush the potatoes with egg and Parmesan cheese -- and you're done! Hearty, delicious, versatile, filled with beef or lamb, this will surely get you into the Irish spirit in no time. The popular dish, also called cottage pie, originated in the UK and Ireland, so feel free to honor its origin and indulge a little this holiday!

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    Sure, eating corned beef and cabbage is a traditional way to mark St. Patrick's Day, but if you're more of a sweet tooth person, you might be psyched about busting out a different kind of Irish treat ... Baileys Irish Cream! The whiskey- and cream-based liqueur is the perfect addition to tons of decadent dessert recipes. 

    For instance, this chocolate pie from LifeLoveandSugar.com features a graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, chocolate pudding-esque filling, and chocolate whipped cream. Perfect for St. Patty's, yes, but I'm thinking just about any day you bake this baby up will be a lucky one!

    Check it out ...

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    If you're looking for a fun, easy, and really cute dessert to make for the kids on March 17, then this adorable St. Patrick's Day cupcakes recipe from Taste of Home will fit the bill for sure.

    They take relatively no time to throw together, and with a delicious pistachio pudding base and subtle green frosting, they're sure to bring the luck of the Irish to your hungry little snackers. Imagine their delight when they come home from school to find these treats waiting for them?

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    If you don't drool over soda bread and the idea of corn beef and cabbage is less than appealing -- you're probably still at a bit of a loss over how to get deliciously festive for St. Patrick's day. While I occupy myself with this entire pot of colcannon, allow me to share with you the sweetest, tastiest, and most thematically appropriate option for all your St. Patty's day baking needs. 

    These sweet sugar cookies paired with suculent green-to-match frosting will bring the luck of the Irish to all who eat them! You don't need to venture out into a field to hunt for a four leaf clover, you don't need to go any further than your own kitchen! One cookie cutter is really all you need to make these fast, pretty, cookies in honor of the day where we are all a little bit Irish. 

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    St. Patrick's Day, birthday parties, and spring on its way are all great reasons to celebrate with rainbow decor! I went to Pinterest to find out how people are using rainbows to brighten even the dreariest of day and found these clever rainbow goodie bags.

    The idea is to layer candy from every color of the rainbow over gold colored candy for the perfect rainbow treat. 

    While I think these candy-filled rainbow goodie bags could make anyone happy all year long, I wasn't sure how easy it would be to maintain that layered rainbow look.

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    Happy Valentine's Day! Ready for a romantic night out filled with dinners, shows, drinks, cards, flowers? Well, after a wonderful meal, you may want to prove your love (to your partner or to yourself) by whipping up a cake. A heart-shaped cake. Nothing quite says love like homemade baked goods, right?

    But you don't have a heart-shaped pan! And why would you? Besides Valentine's Day, you probably wouldn't get too much use out of it. So what do you do? Read up on the ways to make a heart-shaped cake without said pan on the Internet. This helpful step-by-step tutorial (with photos!) from Better Recipes shows just how to make that heart-shaped cake with an 8-inch round and 8-inch square baking pans. The recipe calls for a red cake, but obviously you can make whatever color you want. That special person in your life would truly appreciate your awesome baking skills (and of course how wonderful you are, etc.).

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    There's another side to Valentine's Day that some of us forget when we're shopping for racy red lingerie: it can be a sweetly innocent day when we celebrate our love for our children, moms, dads, and good friends. These gorgeous Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies make us feel like kids again -- there's something so wholesome about them. While whipping these up, you'll feel like you're making V-Day cards out of construction paper and crayons again.

    And everyone in your life -- from your smallest tot to the lover who will also appreciate your lingerie -- will feel the love when you present these little beauties to them. 

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