Okay, I know a it’s a lame excuse for a rhyme but I couldn’t resist making myself giggle. I am here to talk about last minute Easter shopping. This year we are hosting Easter at our home which means that my mind has been on all things menu and getting the house in order. Then I realized that my children need Easter baskets, and I have a two year old who LOVES holidays and celebrating with every fiber of her being, so I have to bring my A-game. Well, here I am a week away and finally pulling together some pretty top notch baskets, if I do say so myself. Here are some of the actual things I’m giving to my kiddos in their baskets this year. Most of them can be snagged at Target because that’s just how I live my life. I did also include a few things from some of my favorite small ships that were just too good to pass up on, and if you hurry there’s still time for you to order them and have them show up in time for the Big Bunny’s special delivery.
We’ve all been there, only halfway through a shopping trip when one of your kids enters into full on meltdown mode. You could leave, but then you’d be without your groceries and your “mom stash” of M&M’s Easter Peanut Butter Eggs (If you haven’t tried them, it’s fine there will just be more for me). You could get into a debate with your tantrum throwing toddler, but we all know those are hardly successful. You could pull a really enticing toy off the shelf to keep them occupied for the rest of the trip, but then you either deal with another meltdown when you don’t purchase said toy at checkout or actually have to fork over $24.99 for a toy that will be forgotten or broken by the weekend. Your last option is to get into the fetal position in the middle of the cereal aisle and hope that a fairy godmother will come grant your wish and magically poof you back home and put your kids down for a three hour nap. Yeah, none of those scenarios are great but I’ve been in all of them. Alright, I might not have exactly gotten into the fetal position but I’ve sure wished for a fairy godmother, or a magic lamp with a genie, or even a magical amulet that would send me a helpful princess. Well, I’m here to very happily tell you that I’ve figured out the magic combo to shopping survival, and it includes three simple things, want to know what they are? Keep scrolling sister!
Alright folks, I’ve just got to share a little bit about what is on my mind. As a teacher we’d say “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Maybe for you it’s the Golden Rule or WWJD. Whatever it may be, the bottom line is that we should all do our best to be nice. It seems like an easy enough thing to do, but sadly we all fail. I do my best to take responsibility for the times when I mess up, so it’s so discouraging to see others who go out of their way to make someone feel bad about themselves. I’ve seen countless other mom friends get these sorts of comments on social media and their blogs, but I’ve been fortunate enough to never encounter it, until today. I was tempted to delete it and move on, but that’s not how I roll. Instead I am choosing to replace those negative vibes with a whole lot of positive ones. So mamas, if you are staying at home, working full time, working part time, or work from home, no matter what sort of category or non-category you fall into this one is for you, because you are AWESOME.
Okay, so I have to admit I was totally one of those people who thought spending money on certain baby items was silly. Then I had my first baby and I would have dropped any amount of money for the perfect item for her. I soon realized though that going broke was just around the corner if I kept my addiction up. So, I figured out which items were worth it, and one of those things are baby moccasins. I don’t know what exactly it is but those tiny little feet slipped into those cute little shoes just makes my heart skip a beat. Even just seeing the tiny things lying around gives me a twinge of baby fever, and I just had a baby 2 months ago for crying out loud! Like I discovered with a lot of baby items, not all brands create the same quality of product. Let me just say this once and for all for all of you skeptics out there, not all moccs are created equally. I am die hard, fan girl obsessed with Freshly Picked you guys and they just released a whole new line called “The First Pair” of super adorable, super affordable, newborn size crib moccasins. Just take a look at this little man rocking his newborn moccs and you’ll have no choice but to agree.
Okay, so let me start by saying that I actually love to cook. However, being an adult means that cooking is typically not a leisurely experience where I am trying out a new fancy recipe, wearing a cute apron, and listening to french music. Nope, like never actually. This means cooking has become a little bit more like a chore and a lot less like a hobby. I think the biggest reason why cooking isn’t as enjoyable for me is because I have to meal plan, grocery shop, and do all the cooking (luckily my amazing husband handles all the clean up). Enter my new obsession, Hello Fresh. I click a button and 3 meals are sent straight to my doorstep with everything I need to have a great dinner for my family. I can finally relax and have fun in the kitchen again and I even had the energy and patience to let Elouise be my mini sous-chef! Lucky for you I have a sweet coupon at the end of the post.