Wednesday, March 25, 2015

6 alternatives to a traditional Easter basket

Not to sound like a Scrooge (or whatever the Easter equivalent would be) but I am not a fan of regular Easter baskets. I mean, I can get behind how cute they are, especially the ones in bright colors that have fabric liners with cute springtime animals festooning them. So you'll probably think my reason is really silly.
They're a pain to store.
For real. It's not like I'm a minimalist, but I try not to hold onto a lot of superfluous items, and when it comes to seasonal decor I try to store it as efficiently as possible. Traditional Easter baskets don't stack into each other, hence they take up a ton of room for something you use one day.
My second reason is that I like things like that (Easter baskets, Christmas stockings) to match, or at least coordinate, and how do I know I'll be able to find the same type of baskets I've bought for the rest for the family for each kid that comes along?
So, here are some alternatives to the traditional Easter basket, if you're also in the market for something different.

//1. Bushel Baskets//
When I was looking at Easter baskets when we were first married (because, yes, I love holidays and we got Easter baskets before we had little ones) I fell in love with small bushel baskets. You can find them all year long, they stack into each other, they get a lot more use then just for Easter, and I can always find the exact same type even when I've had to look in different stores in different states. So this is what we use and they're perfect for us! I've also seen now that they're starting to make more festive Easter baskets in this style, but you'll pay a lot more the Easter version of them, when you can just buy them yourself and add your own paint or decoration!

//2. Reusable Bags//
Reusable bags have become really popular, and you can find them in pretty much any dollar store (these cute Dr. Seuss  bags were in my local Target dollar bins). I love these because they're so practical, they make great pool or library bags for your littles, or you could always steal borrow them and use them to make your grocery shopping a little more fun!

//3. Sand Pails//
I don't know about you, but we go through sand buckets pretty quickly over here. They just always seem to only last a season, with the handles breaking, or long cracks appearing after numerous loads of heavy water and sand. If you household is like ours, wouldn't a new sand pail be a great Easter basket to welcome the warmer weather and replace your old one? Plus, they are really inexpensive!

 //4. Storage Bins//
Check out these adorable totes and baskets I found on a recent trip to Target. There are so many decorative bins out there that would make beautiful Easter baskets, and then have a great second life as storage for toys, art supplies, or clothes!

//5. Flower Pot/Watering Can//
If your little one has a green thumb then they'd probably love something that they can use outside. A little plastic flower pot or fun water can with their favorite characters on it would put a smile on both your faces when they use them outside to help you in the garden! You can usually find a ton of outdoor things geared towards kids at this time of year at Target, Kmart, and Walmart.

//6. Edible Candy Basket//
If you're not sure what I mean by an edible basket then check out {this} post on The Krazy Coupon Lady and {this} post on One Good Thing by Jillee. The great thing about these "baskets" are that once the candy is eaten, there's nothing to store! These are great is someone in your family REALLY loves candy, although I think if I went this route I would make sure that everything inside the basket was candy-free. :)

What about you? Are you a traditional basket family all the way? Do you think I'm silly about not wanting to store them?

Monday, March 23, 2015

diy yarn wrapped letters

When it comes to home decor on a budget, necessity truly is the mother of invention. Like when I wanted something else to put up on my gallery wall in my master bedroom. 
By the way, there is a reason that you haven't seen a big post about my master bedroom but you have of pretty much every other space in the house; master bedroom=dumping ground for leftover odds and ends and the last to have any attention paid to it. Sad.
Anyway, statement letters have been popular for awhile now, and you can find them in pretty much any medium available, wood, cardboard, chipboard, floral foam... you name, you can most likely find it. I wanted one for our wall, but I didn't want to spend any money. This yarn wrapped letter fit the bill!

After I printed out a large letter outline on my computer (because I do not trust my free-hand skills whatsoever), I cut it out so I could use it like a stencil. Then, using a Sharpie, I traced the letter onto some scrap cardboard.

This next part is difficult, so pay attention. ;)
I taped one end to the cardboard, then I wrapped the yarn around the letter, going every which way.
Yep, that's it!

Just make sure that you have good coverage everywhere and in a few minutes (and $0), you have a statement letter for your home decor! Even if you had to buy yarn, you can get a whole skein on sale for about a dollar, and you don't need really good quality for this, or to even use a whole skein, so it really is inexpensive!

Friday, March 20, 2015

#boyMomBoxSwap & Adventures in Mommyhood

My first swap box of the year has been mailed off and I wanted to introduce you to my partner! This particular box swap is the brain child of Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me and Liz at Chasin' Mason. You can find the original post {here}, but basically it's just a fun exchange of goodies you can share with your little man!
My partner is Jennifer, and she blogs over at Adventures in Mommyhood, a lifestyle blog where she talks all about her cute little family.

Speaking of which (fun coincidence), her cute son Max was born in August of 2010, only 3 months after my son was born. And her sweet daughter, Emma, was born in May 2013, one year after, but the same month my oldest daughter was born. #Maybirthdaysforthewin
Also, she lives in the beautiful state of Washington, only about a 30 minute straight-shot south of where my dad grew up and my grandparents had the most wonderful, historical home. 
Seriously, I was just thinking about it the other day and how neat it was. It had these beautiful, lead-paned windows and a stone wall basement. Also, also, there was this delicious shake place near by called the Ranch Drive-In and I still think about that place all the time even though it's been like 20 years since I've been there.
Okay, sorry about the trip down memory lane, let's get back to Jennifer.
I loved {this} post of hers that inspired me to go buy some washi tape and do something creative (I still have not gotten on the washi-tape bandwagon).
I also am in love with the GIANT cupcakes and cookies that she served at her son's first birthday party. I even think giant food would be a great party theme. I know I'd like it. :)
You can also check Jennifer out on all of my favorite social media spots: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Can't wait to share my box with you once we get it!

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