5 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas From Crayola

Can you believe Easter is this weekend already? Though it’s later in the year, it completely snuck up on me. We still have to see the Easter Bunny and color eggs! One other thing still on my list is to put together the Easter baskets for the boys. Every year I try to incorporate things my kids can use past the Easter holiday. Crayola helped me get off to a great start by sending me a box full of goodies. My kids are going to be so excited!

Here are 5 wonderful Easter basket filler ideas from Crayola:

1) Crayons and Markers. Crayola crayons have always been a staple in our Easter baskets but now that the boys are a little older they also enjoy using markers. If your kids are really little, Crayola has egg shaped crayons that are perfect basket fillers.

2) Bubbles. Crayola makes colored bubbles for outdoors. The boys are going to LOVE these!

3) Color Wonder products. Color wonder products are great for those times your kids want to do art but you want to keep them (or the area they are in) clean. Perfect for Easter morning because the kids can be dressed in their finest outfits while they color! I am going to use these on our upcoming roadtrip since Lucas tends to drop his markers on the floor and I prefer to keep my car color free :)

4) Chalk. Now that the weather is getting nicer, the boys insist on playing with chalk every day while they wait for the school bus. Crayola sent a box of 48 different colored chalk pieces and Jake was in Heaven. Now they can create anything their little hearts desire on our sidewalks.

5) Games. I’m putting a couple travel sized games in the Easter baskets this year. One of the games is a chalk grab n’ go game from Crayola. Such a fun item to add!

What are you adding to your Easter baskets?

Easter Basket Fun With Hershey’s

(Disclosure: Hershey’s sent me an Easter basket but all thoughts are my own.)

What’s an Easter basket without a little chocolate? Hershey’s recently invited me to hop the “Virtual Bunny Trail” and create an Easter basket for myself. Since the Easter Bunny doesn’t bring Mommy a basket anymore I was more than happy to do this.

Once I had chosen my basket color and the color of the Easter grass it was time to choose the chocolate I’d put in it. I love chocolate! My very favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter cups so I was excited to see one of my choices was a large Reese’s Egg that was about the size of my hand. I also chose a Cadbury rabbit, Reese’s bunnies, Cookies n’ Cream eggs, and a snap-apart chocolate bunny.

I was excited to eat all this candy but, literally as I type this, the boys and their daddy are at the kitchen table eating my chocolate! Sinisa bit the ears off the Cadbury bunny, Jake is trying to open the snap-apart bunny, and Luke is peeling the wrapper off of a Cookies n’ Cream egg. Thankfully I have the Reese’s Egg by me or that might have been gobbled down, too!

What Hershey’s products would you put in your Easter basket?

Mattel’s Easter Toy Basket Giveaway

Mattel’s “Save the Chocolate Bunny” campaign is promoting “toys instead of chocolate” to encourage creative, healthy, sugar-free play for kids! Visit Mattel’s Save the Bunny website where you’ll find more giveaways and coupons.

Enter below to win a Mattel Easter Basket with Hot Wheels, Barbie, Thomas & Friends, Fisher Price, Monster High and more! PLUS there are 10 second place prizes of either a Hot Wheels multi-pack or Barbie Madison! (And keep an eye on this site because I’ll be having another Mattel giveaway in the next week that’s just for Making Time For Mommy readers!)

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Fannie May Easter Chocolate Gift Basket Review & Giveaway

Chocolate automatically comes to my mind when I think about Easter baskets so I was really excited to get an email about reviewing a basket full of candy from Fannie May and giving one away to a lucky reader!

I was sent the Happy Easter Chocolate Gift Basket from Fannie May. The yummy treats came in a pretty flowered container that can be reused as part of our Spring decor. The basket contained just a sampling of Fannie May Easter favorites, including a milk chocolate bunny, white chocolate bunny, an egg shaped tin of peanut butter buttons, an assortment of cream eggs (one of each flavor: fruit & nut, chocolate butter cream “green may,” yellow butter cream and raspberry cream), a package of mint cookie clusters, jelly bird eggs and three chocolate bunny pops.

I had a hard time deciding what to eat first because it all looked good. I ate a mint cookie cluster expecting a chocolate mint cookie but was surprised to find chocolate with cookie bits in it. It was unexpected and delicious. Next, I opened the tin egg of “peanut butter buttons”. I found chocolate and peanut butter candies that  learned in my college years were called “buckeyes”. The peanut butter was so creamy and the chocolate around it was perfect. I am also claiming the chocolate buttercream eggs to myself.

I was tempted to hide the basket and give the rest of the candies to the boys in their Easter baskets but I couldn’t help myself and instead of hiding them I gave one of the chocolate bunny pops to Jacob the second he came downstairs from nap. As a blogger I of course pulled out my phone to take a picture of him enjoying it. {How could I not include this adorable picture of my kid with a mouth full of Fannie May chocolate!?}

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This wonderful gift basket (and many other delicious treats) can be found in Fannie May stores around Chicago and across the nation and also online at FannieMay.com.

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One lucky winner will win an Easter Chocolate Gift Basket from Fannie May {Retail Value: $49.99}

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Giveaway ends on Easter, April 8th, at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I was sent a basket to review but all thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Think Outside The (Easter) Basket

Every Easter I buy baskets to put goodies in. I don’t just pick any old basket. I take my time. I choose the cutest baskets I can find. I then search multiple stores for yummy candies and fun toys. I buy the colorful Easter grass so that I can nestle the goodies in the basket. I organize the items in the basket so each one can be seen. Get my drift here? This Easter basket takes a few hours to prepare. Here is Jacob’s Easter basket last year (it was his first Easter basket):

Easter 2009

Wasn’t it cute? Jacob was young so not a lot of goodies but a decent amount. He loves the fridge DJ and the Thomas book. His dad and I enjoyed the candy. And the basket… well, I’m not sure where the basket is. It may be in a box in storage. It may have been given to Goodwill when we moved…. I just don’t know!

So this year we aren’t doing baskets. I just can’t stand the thought of spending $5-10 on something that we will not be keeping. And now that I have two children the cost goes up! So this year we are skipping the baskets and instead we are giving each of the children their “goodies” in these rolling toy bins that I found at Target.

Aren’t they wonderful?! They were more expensive to buy than baskets but I know that they will be used after Easter, too. We could always use more toy storage and these are sturdy, mobile, and have handles for easy lifting. I love them! :)

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