What do these two things have in common? For MONTHS my daughter has been telling me the Easter bunny comes on daddy’s birthday. She’s close, the Easter comes the day before his birthday but I have no clue how she associated the two events. I mean she’s smart, that’s evident in the things she says and does every day but I’m thinking someone must have put her up to saying that.
This year I decided to my kids would get Easter baskets that wouldn’t be full of sugar and sweets. Not too much of a problem with my 15-year old step-son since he’s into gadgets and electronics but a little more difficult for my 2-year old. Every time we go to an event, it’s all about the sweets and candy. Now I’m not one of the hard and heavy moms who abolishes all things sweet in the house (hey, I want my share too), I just want to provide some different options. We’ve already attended one Easter egg hunt and now she’s stocked up with candy!
This year I headed to Kmart to shop for my daughter’s Easter basket. I look at their flyer in my Sunday paper every week so why not go there and get my supplies?! It had been a while since I’ve shopped at Kmart so I stopped at the customer service desk to see if I was signed up for the Shop Your Way Rewards program. Ashley, the customer service representative was a gem. She explained everything to me and signed me up (I’ve had so many phone numbers, it wasn’t worth going through them all). After I signed up, I grabbed a flyer and started shopping! I knew I wanted to find her a DVD since we often taken long car trips.
In addition to the DVD, I knew I wanted to get her a stuffed toy and some coloring books. I also knew I would be going with a Disney or Dora theme, as those are my daughter’s favorite characters. Disney ended up winning out. I have to say I’m surprised at the longevity of some of these characters. Strawberry Shortcake, Hello Kitty and Care Bears? I remember having all of these as a child.
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For me, the fun part about Easter is the hunt. The house we’re living in right now doesn’t have much in terms of backyard landscaping so unless I let the grass (OK, weeds) grow high, she’ll have a real simple time finding the eggs. So I’ve decided to have a little fun with her and make her hunt for her Easter basket. Since she can’t read, I’m using pictures but still, she’ll understand how to find the next clue.
The starting point will be her favorite Easter display. I may have the one kid in the world who doesn’t like Peeps. She won’t eat them but she’s OK with me sticking them in some fake grass.
When she finds the picnic table, which is outside, she’ll find her Easter basket. You can see all the great things I was able to find at Kmart for just at $30. The super cute pink basket was 50% off and since it doesn’t scream Easter, I can use it for other things. There were several Mickey and Minnie Mouse items to choose from not only in the Easter section but also in the toy section. I found a stuffed Minnie that was the perfect size for her basket along with some Minnie inspired hair accessories. I was hoping to find a Mickey Mouse Easter themed DVD but couldn’t pass up Here Comes Peter Cottontail, after all it is Easter.
My daughter is going to be thrilled with her Easter basket and it will be fun watching her search for clues trying to find it. Instead of taking the easy way out and buying a premade basket that she wouldn’t love, I was able to pick things out that I know will give her enjoyment for a long time. Well, everything except for that chocolate bunny. That bunny will be gone in NO time!
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