Thursday, March 5, 2015

A CandyLESS Easter Basket

I've shown a bit of respect to St. Paddy's and now I'm moving right into Easter. Y'all know me! I love the holidays and want to celebrate. them. all! So when Dollar Tree reached out to me and offered me the chance to participate in their Happier Easter Contest, I was thrilled for the opportunity. I'm a big fan of their store. I purchased books for our Christmas Book Advent Countdown from there along with other inexpensive goodies for Connor for his Christmas stocking, our Play Date Survival kit and so much more.

With Easter a little over a month away, I've started to think of what goodies we will be adding to Connor's basket this year. Some of his favorite things right now are play dough, dinosaurs, Buzz & Woody and Egg Surprise. While the options are endless for what can go into his basket, the one thing I am trying to avoid is adding junk food and candy to his basket.


This candyLESS Easter Basket was a cinch to put together and provides fun for your little one without worrying about them consuming empty candy calories. Here is a close up of the basket.


The basket includes the following candyLESS items for just $15!
+ Pinwheel
+ Bendable Flower
+ Stuffed Duck
+ Bouncing Ball
+ Rabbit Sunglasses
+ Hoppity Windup Bunny
+ Alphabet Blocks
+ Styrofoam Eggs
+ 2 Childrens Books
+ 5 Easter eggs filled with balloons and stickers

The bucket along with the Easter grass were picked up for Dollar Tree as well, putting the finally cost of this basket less than $20! Isn't amazing that $1.00 can still fill your needs for the holidays?
 

20 comments:

  1. Love the idea of no candy in the Easter basket! I always got a little candy but mostly got other goodies so I wasn't hyped up on sugar!

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  2. Such great ideas and no candy is awesome. Saves me from being the one to end up eating it :).

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  3. A no candy Easter basket is a great idea! I definitely will be keeping this in mind when I put together Carson's basket :)

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  4. Love it. I'm so excited about Easter this year. And Aria saw the easter eggs in my st pat/easter holiday box and was downright mad I didn't bring them out. I think she is going to rock easter egg hunting this year, which makes me a happy holiday camper!!

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  5. I love the Dollar Tree! Great basket ideas!

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  6. No sugar high...This is every mama's dream

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  7. Love your ideas and love doing this for my children. One year I had the brilliant idea to replace the candy in their plastic Easter eggs with trail mix. My middle son, who was probably 8 at the time, opened his eggs to find the nuts and raisins and said, "Trail mix? It's like the Easter bunny is on a diet or something." And then a slow realization washed over him and he looked up at me with knowing eyes.

    Another favorite Easter basket filler for me are supplies for the upcoming summer. In late summer, I buy swimsuits, googles, and small summer toys on clearance and save them for the baskets. I add sunscreen and other fun items and they're good to go!

    Thanks!

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  8. I think that a candy less Easter basket is a great idea! I know for a fact that she will get some from grandma during the hunt! Lol

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  9. Oh, ballooons are a great and inexpensive idea! My kids are obsessed with them! I usually fill their baskets with non-candy except for a tiny bit of some quality yumminess, like See's or Ghirardelli.

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  10. What a great idea! I love that you put books in the basket!

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  11. Love this idea! I was just starting to think of things to put in Mason's Easter basket too. I probably won't put candy but the kid loves himself some goldfish and apple sauce so there's sure to be some of that. I recently went to our 99 cent store and saw tons of goodies and think I need to head back to pick some up!

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  12. I've been on the hunt for some good Easter basket fillings myself. And can you believe I've never even though to check the Dollar Tree? Shame on me.
    I do love the idea of candy-less for Marcus. But for me? You best believe there is a bag of Starburst jelly beans neatly hidden away in our pantry. #noshame

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  13. What a great idea! I used to do the no candy basket when my boys were real little. They always love books and balls in their baskets.

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  14. Great ideas for fillers! Love the candyfree idea- you know the little ones don't need anymore energy than they already have. Mama's tired... :)

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  15. What a great, budget friendley idea!!!!!!! :) I love it. I don't think we made Easter baskets for each other last year because we both knew we'd get carried away on the candy! ;)

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  16. I'm so glad that I'm not the only mama who refuses to do piles of candy for every stinkin' holiday! Haha. I love those alphabet blocks! We have a few things stashed away and ready; Target has adorable books in the dollar aisle, too!

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  17. Distract them with enough toys and books they'll never even miss the candy!

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  18. You are a woman after my own heart. You know my love for the dollar store runs deep. I made M's basket last year completely from items from there and she loved it. Great post!

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  19. Love this! We don't have dollar stores in australia. The cheapest we go is $2 but i'll be there!

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