Once a Upon a time I loved holidays. I loved to make each holiday super special with decorations, themed crafts, baked goodies, books, all out for all holidays. I am a pinterest mom, I just loved it…..note how I said loved not love. Now that I have more than one child, holidays have gotten out of control. I have created holiday monsters. Its horrible, they are so exited and won’t stop talking about whatever holiday is next…..its extremely annoying to constantly explain that Easter x number of days away or St Patrick’s day is not your birthday (my middle child name and so he and his siblings think it is “His” day) and its a constant discussion of holidays. Of course once you start something in a house full of children they quickly learn that it is now a “tradition” and you gotta do it for the memories right. Sigh I know I did this to myself…..I’m warning all you parents of singles and babies if you are planning on having more children lower the expectations now, because what you did for one you have to do for all. This advice is for all holidays, birthday parties and basically everything in your life. They will hold you to this, I’m warning you now and they will never let you forget “but he got to do it why can’t I” avoid this at all costs.
So now Easter is around the corner and I’m basically screwed because don’t you know I have to do all holidays by myself and I did not follow my own advice early in life. My husband to be honest he doesn’t care about holiday crap….its a mom job we all know it. They have no idea what they got the kids for Christmas let alone all the minor holidays that magically happen. This year he is also working, life of a shift worker sometimes you have to work during the holiday’s. So because we have always taken our oldest to the community Easter egg hunt…..guess what now we have to go every year. So you will see me stressed out to the max that my children will be lost, run away from me (extremely likely), get hurt (equally likely) or taken in a crowd of hundreds of families but I’ll put on my big girl panties and suck it up because my children are so excited and will not forgive me if they miss out.
We limit the amount of treats and chocolate our kids have, they don’t need it and frankly it never ends well for us…they are sugar monsters and my husband just ends up eating most of it, he is not sad about this and requests his favorites……really like I need a reminder. But because of this they are at the age where sneaking away their treats requires MI6 spy level skills, I’m too tried for that crap so here’s my go to non candy Easter basket treats that won’t break the bank and your kids will love too.
Crayola paint, they sell them at amazon in the 10 pack, they are small and brightly colored so its fun and easy for them to find. All the kids really care about is finding tons of stuff so the more items you can buy and split up the better! works with markers and crayons too! Now my kids love the dinosaur hatching eggs, I found them online and at the Dollar store they are always a big hit in the Christmas stockings too! Bubble wands, now I find the cheaper the better because those jerks will dump out a tube in seconds again they come in packs so yay! more crap to find but make sure everything is in even numbers….because they will find out if one has more than the other. Go down to the dollar store and find some fun bugs, silly string, sunglasses, glow sticks, hot wheels and coloring books, the key to to get things that they enjoy doing and will use. So if you have a little crafter in the house get some fun supplies, books are always a great thing to find at the thrift stores, mix it up but don’t break the bank because they could care less how much money you spent, save it and buy a bottle of wine for yourself because its going to be a long ass day setting everything up and then the ticking time bomb of meltdowns all day long.
Now my kids do get a few treats that I put in the refillable plastic eggs, I change it up based on their ages. My older kids get jelly beans, foil eggs, smarties (careful if you are doing this outside if they get wet its not fun) , bear paws or annies cookies and I mix in a few of Dads favorites which we ask them to “share” they are always watching to make sure all their eggs are still intact, use your spy skills or be mean whatever works for you. When they where little and for my current baby, I fill them with yogurt covered raisins, love ducks, and baby food. That’s pretty much it, it ends up being a ton of stuff for them to find which is all they really care about but most of it is things that we use anyways in the summer months so its great because I was going to buy it anyways, now it counts as a gift….hahahaha suckers!!