As I get my head back into the Real Food arena for my family, I decided to make a strong effort to green our Easter baskets this year. Normally, I go with jelly beans, peeps, some chocolate, and a few small spring toys. This time, I switched to healthier options for the food and increased the number of toys or other presents in the baskets. Next year, I’ll start working on collecting the toys and presents a little earlier.
For the food, I picked up small milk chocolate candy bars and “healthy” candy at Trader Joe’s in Media and individually-wrapped Milano cookies (not perfect!), Goldfish (again, not perfect!) and Annie’s Organic Bunny Candy at Target. I have to admit I almost put jelly beans in my basket, but I put them back. We’ll be at an Easter egg hunt organized by extended family on Sunday; I know my kids will be getting jelly beans in their eggs.
For the non-food items, I first went to Five Below in Springfield which is one of my favorite places to shop for stocking stuffers at Christmas time. I can always find Lego toys, electronic accessories, art supplies, or board games, for $5 or less. This time, I found small boxed Lego sets, Lego figures, K’Nex sets, and Playmobil figures for the young boys, 2 pairs of gardening gloves for my young helpers, and a frizbee for my teenager. I bought the K’Nex and set them aside for Christmas.
At Target, I found lots of cool stuff in the dollar section, but I had a limited budget at that point. I did pick up small spray bottles shaped like butterflies for my youngest children. They can spray each other when it’s hot outside.
Did you green your Easter basket this year?
For more ideas check out this post from Kelly the Kitchen Kop.