Easter is almost here!!
Easter is 12 days away, and this year, I'm determined to enjoy it more than I have in the past. I have 4 kids, and if there's one thing I've learned over the years when it comes to holidays, it is this: simplicity always wins. When I try to make things complicated and add more work to my plate, I end up adding stress, fatigue, and eventually grumpiness to my plate as well. And I don't know about you, but when I'm grumpy, the holidays don't end up being too pleasant for anyone. So I'm going to keep things simple this year. And magical. Being simple doesn't mean boring or unpleasant. It means I pick what's most important to me and my family, I plan ahead a little better (rather than throwing things together the night before), and then I get creative. I'm going to share a few ways we can all simplify Easter this year AND make it a little more special.
First, take note of what you'll be doing on Easter anyway and change it up a little bit to make it special. For example, tweak things just a little bit for each meal to make it unique. You could get a new tablecloth, or get one out that you haven't used in awhile to add to the festivities. The kids could draw an Easter picture on construction paper to use as placemats or make any other Easter craft to display on the table while you eat. This is a great idea for an easy craft, and all you need is construction paper, scissors, and glue or tape. You could change up breakfast and keep it simple by eating a unique kind of cereal. Peeps is a limited edition Spring/ Easter cereal that would be fun to have that morning. You could change it up even more by ordering an international cereal from the Stirs.com website, or step it up even more by ordering a subscription box with international cereals, shelf safe milk, cereal themed merchandise, a cereal snack, and cereal swag! The Easter Bunny would be happy to deliver that box full of amazing cereal surprises on Sunday morning :)
Second, think outside of the box for filling Easter Eggs. Kids love looking for Easter Eggs. And every Easter Egg doesn't have to be completely full of candy. I learned early on that hiding 100 eggs with 0-3 little pieces of candy was much better than hiding 10 eggs with 20 pieces of candy in them. Kids like to look for eggs. They don't have to be totally full. And they don't even need to have candy in them! You can fill plastic eggs with a couple of berries, pretzels, marshmallows, cereal, pennies, nickels, an "I love you" note, stickers, and they can even be empty :). Get creative! The kids will likely enjoy whatever is in the eggs as long as you're confidant in it and think it's fun yourself :)
Third, involve the kids and be ok with messes. I don't love messes normally, but when I want to make a day special, being ok with messes opens up a world of possibilities. And to be honest, the clean up is usually never as bad as I think it will be. Letting the kids help with food prep or making a craft is one of the easiest ways to involve kids. And again, make it simple! The kids can help with an egg salad you're already making, or they can participate in making a treat like these easy Easter Rice Krispies treats.
Easter can be a special day for you and your family regardless of how you like to celebrate it. Think outside the box AND keep things simple to make it a day that your kids AND you can enjoy :)