Not Your Average Easter Basket Ideas

Are you as tired as I am of putting the same ol’ stuff (candy eggs, light spinners, etc.) in Easter baskets? Well, I am especially tired of the candy (gosh, I sound like a buzz kill of a mom), but lucky for me, my sister is @tellittoyourneighbor! She’s always telling me little gems of information.Natives

For example- since our kids were little, she’s been putting Natives in her kid’s Easter baskets, and I followed suit. It was a good filler for the Easter basket, it wasn’t candy, and about this time every year, we are saying “sayonara” to winter shoes and “hola” to summer shoes. Well, I forgot to buy them last year and by the time I got around to ordering, they were sold out of my oldest son’s size everywhere! So we settled for some not so cute shoes all summer. Well, by golly, it won’t happen this year!!! We’re getting Orange Natives with glow in the dark soles! I also bought a white pair. I thought they might have that clean cut, Converse look.

Easter Basket Gifts

And if you’re looking for something cute for your little lady, how about one of these fun colorful necklaces by Gunner & Lux (a company started by a little girl and her dad). How cool is that?  And look, they made a special bunny necklace just for Easter!

Easter Basket Gifts


Is it weird that I want one? Ha! On a side note, I bought a whole bunch of Gunner and Lux necklaces to give to the little girls in our lives. I couldn’t help myself. The price was right and so was the cuteness factor.

Golden Egg

Here’s another really great idea my sister just told me about: each year she puts a “golden egg experience” in her kid’s Easter baskets. Inside the golden egg is a fun experience, like tickets to the movies or to a sporting event. Genius!!!

Thank you to my sis for always having such great ideas and sharing them with me! If you want to hear her great ideas for yourself, you can follow her @tellittoyourneighbor.

Top two images by: Traci Ling Photography


Valentine’s Ready

Gilded Heart Hoops

I love a fun accessory, but a fun, themed accessory that I can wear all year round makes me  just GIDDY! I can’t help it, I’m kinda nerdy like that. I’m a sucker for for cute themed t-shirts to wear for certain holidays (Valentine’s, Halloween, etc). I used to wear them under my work suits. It was so fun! That’s why I’m always looking for fun ways to celebrate a holiday! This year, I’ve found the perfect accessory to help me celebrate Valentine’s Day! Heart hoop earrings that you can wear all year round. I mean, how cute would these be with a sundress or a tank top and shorts in the middle of summer?! I’m in! The pair I’m wearing in the picture are from Anthropologie, and they are only available in store. The other option allows you to choose the size of your heart hoop, the clear winner for those of you who like a smaller hoop.  And then there is the rose gold option. (I had my sister and my cousin at rose gold). Fun, just plain fun.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts)
I am a BIG feeler, and I always thought it was a bad quality, one to be ashamed of, until recently. You know the “you’re too sensitive” comments of youth? I carried those sentiments around for way too long and let them make me feel ashamed. Well, by golly, I am sensitive! And that’s ok! In fact, it makes me extremely empathetic. And if there is one thing I want to pass on to my boys, it is that if they are sensitive and need help talking about their feeling (I desperately needed help talking about my feelings), I am all ears! I find that books are the easiest way to get them talking about their feelings… to get the ball rolling, if you will. (Btw, my counselor told me they have entire seminars on the importance of helping children talk about their feelings!)

“In My Heart” makes for the sweetest bedtime story moments, and it sure does beat buying them another piece of candy for Valentine’s Day! We have boatloads over here. Oh, and I learned something about myself in this great “book of feelings”– the cure to heartbreak is hope, and I also learned that I feel shy quite a bit. Maybe I’m a shy extrovert.


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