7 Tips for Creating Easter Baskets on a Budget

Welcome to another edition of the #ChosenChixHop, where I partner with 7 awesome bloggers to bring you 7 posts, each filled with 7 fun things! This week is all about Easter – I’m sharing 7 tips for creating Easter baskets on a budget, then at the end of the post you’ll see links to all of the other fun posts too. Be sure to check them out, and share if you find some posts that you love.

Easter egg hunt ideas

I grew up celebrating Easter in a big way. My great aunt used to put on a HUGE Easter egg hunt and lunch out at her house. A lot of the other family all lived on the same street, and all of the yards connected with no fences, giving us lots of room to run and play. We probably had 100 of us each year! We’d divide into age groups and wait our turn while the grown-ups hid the eggs for each group. They were empty plastic eggs, and at the end, they’d count how many each of us got. Everyone got an Easter bag, bucket, or basket as a prize – plus some coins and dollars depending on how many eggs we found. When you’re 5 years old, a baggy full of change and a dollar bill makes you feel like a millionaire :)

Polka dot Easter basket and outfit

After my aunt passed away years ago, that tradition went away too. I realized how much I missed it when we were preparing for Abby’s first Easter. So many of the cousins have all lost touch, moved away, etc. But I have quite a few friends who are like family, so I decided to create my own Easter celebration! We do it every year on the Saturday before Easter, since many of them have other family obligations on the real holiday. Last year, I had 40 kids coming, and wanted to create enough prize baskets for all of them, just like we had when I was a kid. I had every parent bring at least a dozen filled plastic eggs per kiddo, so there’d be lots of them to find – but needed a way to create the prize baskets, buckets, and bags on a budget.

Prizes for Easter egg hunts

So, here are some of the tips and tricks that I use each year to create a huge assortment of Easter baskets and gifts, without emptying my wallet. Hope you find a few to help you too! {For more frugal ideas, see my most popular post of all time: 10 Ways to Make Money from Home.}

  • 1. Containers. For our main Easter baskets, the ones that I make for Abby and my two nephews, I use a more substantial container – but not a traditional style Easter basket. Those don’t really have much use after the holiday, right? A few favorites: Easter pail or a character-themed bucket like this Jake and the Neverland Pirates one. Buckets are handy all year – playing in the yard or at the beach, holding bath toys, or playing in the pool. Another idea, even though it might seem funny since it’s more expensive than a traditional wicker basket, is something like this Fabric Bucket Tote. You can personalize it, it’s super cute, and you’ll use it all year too – making it totally worth it! And my other go-to is the dollar store. Any type of bucket, those collapsible fabric baskets, storage totes, etc – those are all things you’ll actually use later on too! I also will use things like dollar store gift bags jazzed up with some ribbon and glitter too, for smaller gifts, or to make something look more special before adding it to the main Easter basket.
  • 2. DVDs. If you check Amazon, you can find loads of deals, with so many kid’s movies at around $5 bucks. I made a list awhile back of 14 kid’s movies under $5, but prices change constantly on Amazon. As of this minute, they’re all really close in price – and you can see other suggested movies in this price range too. They’ll get a lot more use out of a $5 movie than a $5 chocolate bunny.
  • 3. Books. The dollar store is another amazing resource for this. I find so many fun board books for Abby here! Plus coloring books, crayons, markers, stickers. When the board book is only $1, I let her use craft supplies like that to decorate her books, which totally makes her happy :)
  • 4. Hair accessories. If you go to the craft store {Michael’s is my personal favorite} and buy a bundle or two of fake flowers, you can usually get them on sale for just a couple of bucks. Then grab a package of Alligator Hair Clips, and some ALEENES 15599 All Purpose Glue, 8-Ounce. {Or use a hot glue gun if you have one.} You can simply attach the flowers to the clips, or even embellish them a bit beforehand by adding a little glitter or rhinestones. And bam – super inexpensive but SUPER cute flower hair clips for little girls! Love it.
  • 5. Bracelets. Little girls LOVE this. I buy some inexpensive beads, string them on some elastic cord, and in less than 5 minutes have a pretty bracelet for a special someone for less than a dollar. Bonus if you buy a set of beads with letters to personalize it – Little girls LOVE seeing their name on a bracelet!
  • 6. Toys. Since I’m on a budget, most of the toys I buy for Easter are from Amazon, Oriental Trading Co. where I can buy in bulk, the dollar store, or Walmart. They’re the “cheapy” type of toys. But, I make sure that they are things that – while they’re not high-quality and won’t last long – won’t be a waste. Meaning, they’ll help create fun memories during our party. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, jump ropes, foam airplane kits, plastic whiffle ball or golf sets. Things that get them all playing and having a good time. Another favorite: Playdough. I’ll get something like this 101-Piece Cookie Cutter Set, plus a Play-Doh Case of Colors, and use some of those cheap gift bags I bought to divide them up into sets. Cookie cutters are awesome tools for designing with Playdough, and the kids have a blast.
  • 7. Candy. Yep, while there’s been more of a trend lately to have “candy-free” gift baskets, which I totally support… Easter wouldn’t be quite the same to me without some candy :) The best way to save is to buy in bulk. There are times of the year that kiddos can get picky about the brand of candy they eat – but at Easter, there are so many themed candies that come in great big ol’ bags – it’s definitely a way to save, especially if you’re entertaining a lot of people.

Easter basket ideas on a budget

So – there you have it. After 4 years of putting on Easter egg hunt parties for 25-50 kids, and creating Easter baskets and prizes for them all, these are the things that have worked for me, and lead to a giant field full of happy kids. If you have more tips to share on Easter basket ideas, definitely feel free to share in the comments! I love to hear from you.

And, for more great Easter posts, be sure to check out my fellow Chosen Chix bloggers, and follow the #ChosenChixHop hashtag on your fave social media sites:

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McDonald’s® Chicken Select Tenders Are Back!

I’m enjoying McDonald’s® Chicken Select Tenders as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #McDPartners….

My very first job was when I was 15 1/2 {the youngest that you could work in Washington state at the time} at McDonald’s®. I worked there for 2 years, and actually loved it. I have such good memories from that time. The franchise owners were awesome – They threw us fabulous themed holiday parties each year, actually visited and helped work in the store with us, and were just so super nice. I’ve also stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle multiple times – which is funded by those little change jars you see at each register. So, McDonald’s® has always been a part of my life. :)

3 Chicken Select Tenders from McDonald's are back #mcdpartners [Read more…]

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Learning Portion Control with Weight Watchers Personal Coaching

This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #WeightWatchers #WWsponsored

So, over the past couple of months I’ve been on the Weight Watchers plan. It’s not a diet – because honestly, diets don’t work. A “diet” means you are making a temporary change. You go “on” and “off” of a diet. That’s why they don’t work. Weight Watchers is an awesome lifestyle change, that helps you learn to eat proper portions of the right foods, and live healthier. But, that’s not always so easy. Which is why in addition to their awesome app, online tools, local classes, and all the rest – they now also have personal coaching. Someone to be your expert when you have questions, cheerleader for motivation, and more.

Learning Portion Control with Weight Watchers Personal Coaching #WeightWatchers [Read more…]

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Pura Vida Hop-a-Rita Recipe

You guys might remember a few months ago that I had the awesome opportunity to get tickets to the RockstarUPROAR festival in Seattle, to meet up with the band Godsmack, and get a VIP experience to try out the amazing Pura Vida tequila on their tour bus. You can see some pictures and video in my post about the festival here. It was super cool to meet the band, and really awesome to get to hear from the people behind the Pura Vida tequila brand – how they got started, how they make it from the highest quality ingredients. I know a lot of people who say they can’t drink tequila. Well, lemme tell ya – this is NOT the tequila you drank in college, my friends :) This stuff is smooth enough for sipping over ice. And it’s even better when mixed into some fabulous drinks. I got to try a couple of awesome drinks while on the tour bus at the concert, and visiting with the band – and was sent an awesome package of complimentary product once I got home, to test out some cool drink recipes to share with you. Here’s a favorite….

Pura Vida Hop-a-Rita Tequila Recipe

Introducing the Pura Vida Hop-A-Rita Recipe! It combines the smoothness of the Pura Vida tequila with the sweetness of the Pura Vida Naranja {which, side note, every time I see this bottle I read it as Narnia. But that shows my book-nerd side, lol.} – plus the flavor of hops and lime. Perfection, anytime. Here’s the info on how to make this crafty concoction yourself:

Ingredients:

1.5 oz pura vida gold
.5 oz naranja
1 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz agave nectar

Add all ingredients to a shaker. Then shake it. While shaking the drink, I also advise shaking your booty. To the song of your choice. Some excellent choices – Taylor Swift, Shake it Off. Shake it Like a Salt Shaker. Or my newest fave, Uptown Funk :)
Next, you pour this amazingness into a glass. Then top with 3 oz karbach hopadilla. And drink, and enjoy with a smile. Share with friends. Good times.

To see more awesome recipes, follow the #815TequilaTime hashtag!

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Frockstar™ Nation Event – Best Dresses & Giveaway!

I’ve partnered with Karina Dresses for another Frockstar™ Nation Event. I received an awesome dress, and am excited to offer you a chance to win a bunch of your own!

Karina Dresses Frockstar

I have absolutely fallen in love with Karina Dresses. I love how they have are so flattering – and have a fit that’s perfect for ANY body. Seriously. Plus, they’re so “wash and wear.” Like, never wrinkled, never need ironing, don’t shrink, fabric stays perfect for so long. Love ‘em. Check out this one that I’ve had forever, one of my faves:

What is a Frockstar

This is a dress that fits my body perfectly – and has pockets! That was one of my fave features. I’ve never had a dress with pockets. Ever. Amazingness.

Karina Pockets

Want one of your own?

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Use @KarinaDresses and #frockstar to let Karina know your favorite dress from the Frockstar™ Nation Event bloggers. You can also get 100 entries a day by commenting on each of the bloggers posts from the linky below!

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7 Tips for Starting a Spring Garden

Every Saturday, I love to bring you guys a post that rounds up some awesome tips from a bunch of my favorite ladies, as part of the #‎ChosenChixHop‬. Hope you enjoy too! :)

How to start a spring garden - planting trees

How to start a spring garden

My mom is a serious gardener. Like, amazing. Which means over the past few years, I’ve learned a ton from her. And I love that she doesn’t just help me grow pretty stuff, like flowers and greenery, but also practical stuff like fruits, nuts, herbs, and veggies. She rocks. And as we gear up for spring planting time {I know, I know, some of you still have snow. But here in Central Washington, it’s oddly super springtime already!} I thought I’d share a few tips if you want to get your own spring garden ready for blooming too. [Read more…]

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Share Your Pins & Party With Us! #PinIt Pin Party!

Welcome to another awesome week of fun! We all love Pinterest – whether it’s finding cool inspiration, learning new things, or as bloggers – getting fab new traffic! – it’s one of the best ideas the web has ever concocted. :) I myself have had two posts go viral now on Pinterest – 10 Ways to Make Money from Home, and 10 Ways to Save on Baby Essentials. {Clearly, I should write more “10 best” type posts, since people love them, lol.} So – if you’re a pin-a-holic too, be sure to link up your favorite post this week. I have been sick – but do my best to share and repin every one of your posts. AND – they go up on several other sites too. Fun, right?

best pins of the week on pinterest

Welcome to the #PinIt Pin Party!

Who is ready to have some fun!?! We are loving all the creativeness submitted to the #PinIt Pin Parties! From recipes, to holiday decor, children activities and more! Everyone is so talented. Again last week, we seen many St. Patrick’s Day and Easter submissions. I love it! Life is definitely worth celebrating. And, holidays are a great reminder to not only celebrate but to be with family. Do you go all out for holidays, too?

We had a terrific turn out last week and hope to have you join in the fun this week. Before we begin, let’s check out the MOST CLICKED submissions from last week’s Pin Party! We just LOVE these…


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Jen
Jen from Pin-n-Tell

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Dawn
Dawn from Pin-n-Tell

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Meagan
Meagan from Sunshine and Sippycups

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Ashley
Ashley from Embracing Homemaking

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Jessica and Nellie
Jessica & Nellie from Butter with a Side of Bread

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JOIN THE PARTY!

We encourage all bloggers to join our pin party and link up any post from your blog or Pinterest account that you would like to share.

To make the party even more fun, remember…

  • By linking up at our #PinIt: Pin Parties, you are giving us permission to feature your submissions on our social media outlets and be considered to be featured as a Pinner of the Week… with a link back to you of course :)
  • We will be monitoring the submissions, checking them out and pinning our favorites!
  • Be sure to visit and PIN or comment on at least 2 other links. Let’s spread the love.
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  • Please only link up to your blog posts or pins. No affiliate posts, sponsored posts, ads or products. If you have an Etsy shop, we would LOVE to feature you in our Shopping Saturday posts so please be sure to contact us!

Need more incentive to join in and #PinIt? Every week, some lucky participants will WIN fun prizes and get featured on our site! Whoo hoo!

Here’s how you can be a part of our Pin Party: Simply insert the URL for your PIN or Blog Post, so that we can showcase your creativeness! This party is open to any FAMILY FRIENDLY posts or pins. We will be monitoring the submissions, checking them out and pinning our favorites! So, be sure to #PinIT!

Let’s introduce our fans, and everyone on Pinterest, to your great posts, pins and creativity :) Have FUN… and Enjoy!


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