#Supermommas, I know you feel my pain. Everyone loves a piece or two of candy, but I just can’t willingly let my little monkey dive head first into the sugar shack of Easter candy overload. I’m not a killjoy whatsoever, I promise!! I believe in making candy laden holidays like Halloween and Easter as fun as possible without the sweet treat overkill.
Let me show you how with a little creativity you can still be the best Momma bunny on the block. I’m going to show you two Egg-a-rific Easter baskets. One of our baskets has minimal candy and the other contains ZERO candy.
Easter Basket #1 - a NO candy version:
Brooks is cuckoo for Transformers and Superheroes right now. So my no candy distraction is ALL about loading his basket full of things I know he will love. Theme that baby out! You know what lights your little up. Take their favorite thing(s) and find related treats for their Easter basket.
- Amazon is a great place to find specialty items. That is where I found the Transformer Bumble Bee Easter basket.
- Target has a great Spiderman, Yoda, and Ironman Easter baskets that would bring a smile to any child’s face. If a more traditional basket is what you seek, than this or this one may be more up your alley. I’m also a big fan of all the super adorbs baskets I’ve seen lately made of felt.
- For my little Transformer man, I thought this tee would be a perfect fit. This vintage looking tee is really cute, too.
- Who doesn’t love Play-Doh? This garbage truck is sure to win over those who love things with wheels (AKA Brooks) or how about this Superhero Super Smash Down Hulk?
- I think this Kinetic Sand is really cool and the perfect treat for those little bubbas who love making sand castles at the beach.
- Brooks is really getting into temporary tattoos so I added a pack of those to his basket. Looks like Hello Kitty is getting into the faux ink game, too!!
Easter Basket #2 - a light smattering of candy:
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not against candy. I just think it’s a wise idea to add more toys and non-edible treats to balance out the Easter sugar fest equation.
- You can't lose with these cutie mini Dr. Seuss Books. They are perfect for travel and especially during a road trip.
- Sidewalk chalk is always a winner.
- My son’s life would be nothing without bubbles. Playing with bubbles is one of his favorite pastimes.
- No Easter basket at my house would be complete without some Transformer love.
On the candy front, my suggestion is that you scale the candy to the size/age of your child. There is no reason to hand over the 4-foot solid chocolate Easter bunny to your toddler.
- Smaller treats like the chocolate carrots pictured above are a better option.
- I’m a huge fan of Yumearth Organics. Their lollipops and their gummy fruits are some of my favorite treats. There may have been a bag of gummy fruits that did not make it into Brooks’ Easter basket due to a certain pregnant Momma who needed a snack herself. Names removed to protect the innocent!
- Yogurt Raisins that come in small snack sizes are perfect basket filler and I simply couldn’t resist the chocolate covered sunflower seeds that come in carrot shaped packaging.
I’m by no means the sugar police. I’m a proponent of moderation and I know around the Easter holiday our kids are given more candy than they should eat. If you are open to being a little creative, it is pretty easy to find candy alternatives that will make your kids equally as happy.
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