Happy Easter – Iowa Style! #Eastersmiles #CBias

I hope you all had a very lovely Easter! Here are some of the highlights of our special family day.

I started really thinking about Easter baskets last week. With four kids, keeping costs down is pretty important to me. I don’t want to end up with a basket too full of junk food and I like to avoid all of the disposable belongings that somehow always find their way into my life. This year I made the rounds for the Easter Baskets: (my husband was gone most of the week, so when he got back in town, I took off for some retail therapy…)

~ I found some really nice books at Goodwill.
~ Using Menards (a hardware/home improvement store) rebate money, I bought chocolate and bubbles AND Terra Cotta pots – I decided to use them instead of baskets this year.
~ I bought more chocolate at Aldi (and some peeps – had to get a few of those nasty things for some reason…)
~ I got some electric Nickelodeon toothbrushes – Dora the Explorer & Sponge-Bob Squarepants – at Walmart, Colgate toothpaste, and bath bubbles.

I was actually pretty excited to think of the pots. I always end up throwing away the flimsy little baskets and I tried to come up with something with a little more staying power, but something that also wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. The flower pots fit the bill! We’re going to paint them later this week and then plant flowers in them. I can’t wait to see what my kiddos end up doing with them. Here is a picture of the completed “baskets:”

The toothbrushes were actually a HUGE hit. I’m not lying. No sooner did they unwrap those things, they were all in the bathroom brushing their teeth. It might help that I rarely buy them electric toothbrushes, but if I would have known how much difference an electric toothbrush would make over a manual toothbrush, I would have bought them a long time ago! I did hear my almost 8 year old make a snide remark about Dora the Explorer…I maybe should have bought her something else. She’s growing up too fast!

Toothbrushes will come in super hand because not only did we eat a TON of chocolate and candy today, we also made and ate this at our family Easter get-together this afternoon:

But eating isn’t the only thing we did today. We enjoyed a really lovely afternoon with my husband’s family at their farm. Grandma gave each of the grandkids a new John Deere shirt. Sadly, getting a nice picture of all 7 of them at the same time proved impossible today, but I love this picture of the older girls laughing and talking with each other:

And this picture of the three younger ones being super silly.

We had an Easter Egg Hunt:

And played a family ball game in the lovely, lovely weather:

When we came home, my kids ran to the bathroom to use their new toothbrushes and toothpaste again, watched a documentary on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and went to bed.

It really was a very nice day. I hope you had a fabulous day too!

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  1. on my dad's side there are 11 grandkids and we were joking today that when we were younger how there aren't any good pictures since someone is always crying or not looking at the camera. Glad to see we aren't the only family with that issue lol. Love the pots for baskets too. Happy Easter!
  2. Yeah, I fellow Iowan - only I'm about 20 years removed from the state. Genius idea using the pots. I only buy baskets we can repurpose because you're right, all that disposable stuff does end up in the house!
  3. What a great Easter! Your baskets were gorgeous, your kids are gorgeous... :) It looks like you had a great day!! :)
  4. I love the idea of the pots! I always fill our baskets with outdoor stuff like new gardening gloves, shovels and seeds, but have never thought of using pots! Brilliant!

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