Barefoot by the Sea: Build a Better Basket!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Build a Better Basket!

With Easter right around the corner, it's hard not to get completely caught up in the commercialization of the holiday and filling the baskets with all sorts of treats and goodies that look appealing! One thing to keep in mind, is that a lot of our favorites are full of chemicals and sugar. Im certainly not suggesting there are no treats on this holiday but there are some other products that are better choices than the usual suspects. I'll be the first to admit, I love a fistful of jelly bellies as much as the next guy but I don't always love the ingredients (corn syrup, sugar, Red 40, Blue 1, Sodium Lactate, Tapioca Dextrin, etc). Here, I've compiled a list of some great alternatives and non candy items that your kids might enjoy...
Think Flowers! Watering can/gardening gloves/garden tools/seeds: Easter signifies rebirth, so planting items is always a fun basket filler.

Go Outside! Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, sunglasses, a kite! Anything that they will fill those long Summer days with is a great idea. After this long Winter, we are all looking forward to getting outside!

Get Creative! A great sketchbook and some cool colored pencils (we love the metallic and fluorescent options from EEboo!) doodle books and gel pens are also great! 

Better Candy: Yummy Earth has some delicious organic options to fill those baskets. I found the most recently and places like T.J. Maxx, and target as well as their own website. They have Sour Jelly Beans, organic pops and gummy bears!

I love Annie's snacks as well - all sorts of bunny gummies, bunny crackers and more!  I always find snack packs at Target.

There are amazing Fair Trade, non GMO treats from Endangered Species chocolate and Unreal Brand. Unreal for the Record, has a line of delicious options that will remind you of your favorite candies you grew up without with all the junk! Justin's also makes a great Pb Cup!

We love Easter around here because it's a holiday that really welcomes spring and signifies rebirth. The most precious gift of all is the gift of spending time with one another as a family. Most importantly, share a delicious meal with one another, take time to slow down, for a family walk, get your body moving. With Easter, we typically are gifted with better weather and milder days perfect for discovering the outdoors again! We can't wait!

What fills your Easter baskets? Do you have a special family tradition? Any tips or treats to share? I would've to hear them!

3 comments:

  1. I really like this idea. We are the same way about what we put in our baskets. My mom is really good about buying either healthier snacks or just getting more educational non-sugar related items. The one tricky part is easter egg hunts. They are fun, but I have three kids that end up with baskets full of individual wrapped candy. YIKES!

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  2. I need to buy a few treats for the girls. It's not as much fun as it used to be, that's for sure! I love those Justin's candies and Yummy Earth too!

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  3. How is it possible that I still have not tried Justin's peanut butter cups? I need to fix this!
    Looking forward to a wonderful Easter, and hoping to be able to spend some time out doors :)

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